Corinthians Lost by 121 runs.
On a day where the weather was mixing pleasant sunshine with short sharp showers, the Second XI rolled up to a very picturesque Englefield Green looking to build on some mixed early season form.
Usual Vice-captain Druva (captain this week in the absence of Prakhar) won the toss and chose to bowl on what looked like a classic sticky wicket.
Opening bowling duties were taken by the ever reliable Steve O’neil and debutant Azad. Steve gave us the perfect start getting the opener in the first over for a duck caught at point by Mayank. After that the Numbers 2 nd 3 got themselves in a build a partnership mixing solid defence with some lusty shots down the ground and punishing anything loose. David C and Keith took over bowling duties and produced a bit of a mixed bag as runs started to flow at a reasonable rate. A breakthrough was eventually made shortly before drinks when Theo (getting appreciable turn with his off cutters) had No.3 Newman caught at deep square by Keith (score about 70-2).
Number 2 Oberah was on fine form though and brought up his fifty shortly afterwards. Runs continued to come at an increasing pace after drinks Druva eventually Getting Oberah caught by dave at long on with is leg breaks.The reintroduction of Steve led to another quick wicket with the aggressive Zayn taken at point by Mayank in a carbon copy of the opening wicket. The Englefield skipper was in at 6 and decided that with wickets in hand some more runs were the order of the day hammering a number of drives over cover and down the ground to help his side to an imposing 216-4 after 40 overs.
After a filling tea, Corinthian openers Olly and Kim started watchfully against some accurate opening bowling and Olly perished for 4, bowled, in the 3rd over (9-1). Mayank in at three was somewhat starved of the strike as Kim cut loose bludgeoning several 4’s though square leg, Before Mayank popped a simple catch to shortish mid wicket (26-2). Kim continued his aggressive progress and Sumit followed suit dealing in boundaries, including a six apiece, my personal highlight being Sumit lacing one through point with a classic square cut. The fun was ended when Kim was caught behind for 36 off 41 (50-3). In many ways this was about as good as it got, as Dave 1(5) (76-4), Azad 0(7) and eventually Sumit 33(30)fell in quick succession to leave us in tatters at 79-6. Our demise was hastened further by a hattrick from Ballantyne, who took Druva and Steve with the last two balls of his first over and Keith with the first ball of his next (94-9). Shreyas proved that youth was better than most of the experience above him with 8 off 8 as he was last man out to give Ballantyne remarkable figures of 1.4-0-2-4 stranding Theo on 1 not out, only 100 or so short of a match-winning blitz (obviously). Corinthians finish 95-10 in a paltry 19.4 overs… Oh well next week the league is back on and we have a chance to put this right.