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St Luke's 244-8 (4o overs) tied with Wimbledon Corinthians 244-9 (40 overs)
Having absorbed all the sunlight on an unusually bright and hot day, Wimbledon Corinthians turned photo-voltaic and put up a solid show to end it with scores equal.
Although Corinthians chose to bowl on a green top, the winter break and rusty legs brought plenty of fielding mistakes resulting in early dropped catches, which allowed the St Luke's openers to find their feet better and get a good opening partnership early on.
The fielding momentum was soon built up by a picture perfect full stretched boundary saving dive by the Captain and some good tight deliveries from the new comer Nasrullah. Saddam found it tougher to hit good lengths though bowled like he does it... Fast!
Ben and Kunal bowled some tight spells. While Ben had early wickets, Kunal kept the batters unmoved from their crease. Prakhar caught a tough dipping square cut perfectly hit by the opposition captain.
Adding to the early damage done by the St Lukes Opening pair - Vishwa and Harsh, Sultan and Alok scored some quick runs post drinks to set up a solid target of 245 for WCCC. Ben with his 2 victims was the highest wicket taker for WCCC. Nasrullah, Santosh, Druva and Kunal each had 1 on their names.
WCCC approached their chase cautiously. Classic Chris started the batting show for WCCC in his style, smooth and steady. Alom showed some good cover drives but couldn’t convert his good start into a bigger score. Besides Chris, not much resistance was seen by the top order batting line up, though the middle order was tough to get through. Chris and Ben setup a good partnership at a run a ball before Chris perished on 77, highest individual score for the day, leaving Corinthians in a good position. Ben perished soon after, for a stylish 24.
Swarup, an accidental WCCC debutant on the day who replaced a missing 11th player for us, and Kunal added another 40ish on the score to take it closer to 200 in 32nd over. Harsh from St Lukes bowled a really good spell to send key Corinthians batters - Chris, Ben, Kunal back to the hut!
That left 45 for the tail to get in last 7ish overs... But the firepower waiting in the dugout looked eager to chase it down. Swarup and Santosh scored 20 each to leave the last pair get 13 out of last 3 overs.
Last pair, Nasrullah and Druva, was determined to take it to closure for Corinthians. With runs required and balls remaining racing one other, the last couple of overs made everyone extra nervous about the results... Especially with the St Luke's spearhead Harsh bowling the 39th over to no 10 and 11!!
Druva had different thoughts though... Bold of him to whack couple out to mid-on with Nasrullah holding his nerves in a difficult time and get the team to score exactly 244!
Overall was a good practice game for both the teams. Both teams batted deep, bowled many of their bowlers and had enough to run around on a big field.
January 25, 2018