RBCC2 vs Roeselare CC (home)

RBCC win by 6 wickets (DLS)

Match Report

Hardly anyone expected a game of cricket as both teams made their way to Ohain last Saturday. Driving through pouring rain and puddles of water, an abandoned match seemed to be the most likely result. However, RBCC’s home turf surprised members and visitors alike, with damp but definitely playable pitch and outfield.

RBCC skipper, Khuram won the toss and asked the opposition to bat hoping to take advantage of the damp and overcast conditions. Roeselare CC’s openers made their way to the crease and to everyone’s disbelief this fourth division game was a go. Ricky started the bowling attack with exceptional line, length and just the right amount of swing, making him virtually unplayable. Matt took the ball from the other end and matched Ricky ball by ball. Khuram’s ploy was working as Roeselare lost two wickets in less than 15 overs with not much on the board. Being the infamously funny game cricket is, it only took couple of loose overs to change things round. Roeselare’s big hitter stared connecting and ball was disappearing to the ropes more often than RBCC would have liked. Runs started piling up and at the 30 over mark, a total of 300 plus looked very likely.

Sameel came on from the golf course end and started slowing things down, helped with few quiet overs from Manuj and Prateek. Seeing good results from slower ballers, Khuram brought Basit on to bowl his off spinners. Runs started slowing down and wickets started to tumble. RBCC now saw the possibility to restrict the visitors to 250. Basit continued bowling consistently and picked up 4 well deserved wickets. Sameel bowled his full quota of overs with very economical figures, continuously troubling batsmen.

Roeselare finished their innings with exactly 250 runs, a challenging total but much lower than what it could have been. RBCC walked off the field feeling confident with momentum swinging their way. Winning the toss seemed to be a blessing as RBCC started the chase with the sun finally starting to peak from the clouds. Imran and Shrikant looked solid at the crease and started building a good foundation, Imran timing the ball particularly well. After taking some shine off the ball, aided by the still wet outfield, Shrikant perished and was soon followed by Basit. RBCC looked in a spot of bother with two wickets down and big total still ahead. Jawad walked on to the crease and the pavilion was confident in his ability to stabilize the innings. He did just that holding one end up and this allowed Imran to free his arms. Intermittent sun shine led to a faster outfield and Imran took full advantage of that with beautifully timed stroked disappearing to all corners of the ground. Before the fielding side could realize, RBCC was scoring at a very steady pace. Imran breezed past his 50 and Jawad kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and occasional boundaries.

The batting side was well past 100 in 20 odd overs, having built a strong foundation for this chase. Imran didn’t seem to be in any troubled until a very good delivery snuck past him to hit the stumps. A wonderful innings of over 70 runs coming to an end. Manuj walked on and kept the tempo going with lot of quick one and twos. Jawad and he kept the score board ticking, deflating the opposition with every run. Manuj then fell to missed full toss, bringing young keeper, Deepak to the crease. He used the pace of the ball very well, sneaking boundaries past the keeper. His compact stature also threw the ballers off as they bowled no balls giving free runs to RBCC. Things were looking balanced with scales slightly in favor of the chasing side as the heavens opened up with much more intent this time. Entire RBCC pavilion rushed to the ipad screen to check the Duckworth Lewis par score and were delighted to see that they were 18 runs ahead. Quick singles and sneaky boundaries had just taken RBCC past the par score. After 30 minutes of continuous down pour, umpire called the game off, declaring The Taverners winners by DLS.

RBCC’s season is certainly going the right direction with back to back wins in all formats. All players are chipping in one game or another leading up to an emphatic finale of the 2017 season.

Written by Manuj Khanna

Scoreboard

Category : League

RBCC Innings
Batsman Dismissal Runs 4's 6's
Imran Fazal bowled 68 11 0
Srikant Desai caught 1 0 0
Abdul Basit LBW 2 0 0
Jawad Mian not out 40 5 0
Manuj Khanna bowled 8 1 0
Deepak Murugan not out 9 2 0
Khuram Shahzad 0 0 0
Prateek Gupta 0 0 0
Sameel Hayat 0 0 0
Matthew Grant 0 0 0
Muhammad Rehman Hussain 0 0 0
Bowling Extras 27 0 0
Totals: 155 19 0
Bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Extras
Muhammad Rehman Hussain 7 2 24 0 0
Matthew Grant 5 0 36 1 1
Khuram Shahzad 5 0 31 2 2
Sameel Hayat 9 1 42 1 1
Prateek Gupta 7 0 57 0 0
Manuj Khanna 3 0 26 0 0
Abdul Basit 7 1 23 4 1
Totals: 43 4 239 8 5
 
Fielding
Fielder Catches Stumpings Run Outs Dropped Catches
Deepak Murugan 2 0 0 0
Prateek Gupta 0 0 1 0
Sameel Hayat 2 0 0 0
Totals: 4 0 1 0