Day & Date : Saturday, 18 May 2019
Ground: Raynes Park, London
Weather: Cloudy and breezy with temp 16 Degree Centigrade.
Pitch : Good covering of grass, slow and variable bounce.
Our team: Experienced players with good batting and bowling line up.
Their Team: Few young guns along with experienced players.
Toss: Wimbledon CCC (Elected to Bowl first)
Croydon Lion Innings: Croydon Lion’s started their innings very poorly by losing their first wicket in the first over to fast bowler Rakesh and took a while to recover really as the rest of the top order gifted their wickets to Corinthians at regular intervals. Steve ‘O’ profited from this and bowled an exceptional spell taking 4 wickets for 29 runs and put Croydon firmly on the back foot, at 55 for 6. Their 7th wicket partnership stopped the rot, playing cautiously to begin with and decided not to give away their wickets away and batted nicely putting on 100 or so. Druva keept the pressure on giving away only 24 runs and picked up the breakthrough with a wicket maiden in his 8 overs. After Druva got his man it was just a formality for WCCC to take the remaining 3 wickets leaving Croydon all out for 182 in 39.2 overs. Prakhar and Manik grabbing wicket each at the end of the innings
Wimbledon Innings: Promising opener Arvind started his innings cautiously hoping to avoid the increasingly traditional Corinthians collapse. His partner Kim had other plans and tried to hit everything to the boundary from the first ball he faced. Kim didn’t last long however and got bowled when the score was 21. Wicket Keeper Batsman David C joined Arvind and slowly built a partnership until David tried being bit too aggressive and was bowled by an in-swinger from Farhan Butt. Manik at 4 joined Arvind and put on a brilliant and belligerent 100 runs partnership. Belligerent is a term at risk of being over-used in cricket but it is simply the essence of Arvind’s batting style and was obvious for all to see as he stepped back and away to club Prasanna Kumar over the extra cover boundary to bring up his second fifty of this season putting the team in the driving seat. He was well supported by Manik, with an important knock of 38 off 55 with a six and 4 fours. Unfortunately, Manik departed gifting a simple catch to mid-wicket off a ball that appeared to bounce twice drawing vociferous no ball appeals from the pavilion with 19 required. Arvind stayed around to finish the job and patiently took us home to a comfortable victory in the 30th over with his unbeaten 72*(75) with a six and 9 fours.
Result: WCCC won the match by 6 wickets
Highlights: Steve O’Neil Ramsadeo 4 for 29 with 3 maidens in 8 overs & Arvind’s 72*(75) with a six and 9 fours
Reporter: Druva (edited by Theo)