Saturday Cricket Club Blog

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A facile victory... finally!

After a couple of hard fought wins, it was time Saturday CC upped their intensity and won a game comfortably to start off the 2nd round of TCA Open 2008. The match against Kasturi Pade presented this opportunity and Saturday CC made most of it.

Kasturi Pade won the toss and put Saturday CC in.

On a wet and heavy outfield it was not easy scoring runs. To add to that, KP bowlers bowled 2 consecutive maidens to start the proceedings. Naresh and Viral opened the innings for Sat CC. Naresh was dismissed on the very first ball he faced. Shiv joined Viral in the middle. Viral hit a cracking lofted off-driven boundary to break the shackles in the 3rd over and Saturday CC never looked back. Shiv, first with Viral and then with Hardik and Satish stitched very useful partnerships. Shiv finished with a man-of-the-match winning 31 runs. Hardik, Viral, Satish and Gyanesh pitched in with useful contributions.

In this tournament, Shiv has been like a rock. He is the one that holds our batting together playing calmly, taking what the bowler gives yet at the same time putting the bad balls away. And it looks like he is yet to peak which is a good sign for our batting. His innings today was mixed with those short jabs, drives and nudges to get some singles interspersed with some big pulls and cuts. It was a treat to watch him play today. Great job Shiv, keep it up.

We ended up scoring 5 to 10 runs fewer than what we should have – thanks to a spate of run-outs in the slog overs and some decent bowling by KP.

Saturday CC made 87 for 9 in 20 overs.

Ananta and Gyanesh opened the bowling for Saturday CC and both struck in their respective first overs. Ananta produced a miserly spell of 4-0-6-1 while Gyanesh who was superb too with his line as well as length, was unlucky not to pickup more wickets as Saturday CC fielders dropped quite a few catches off his bowling. After the first 8 overs, Jayanth, Mahesh and Abhay teamed together to get the rest of the KP wickets. Mahesh and Jayanth were especially deadly picking up 4 and 2 wickets respectively. What especially will be etched in memory is Mahesh’s superb slow ball that clean bowled a KP batsman as he swung through an hour too soon.

KP were bowled out for 52 in 18.4 overs.

A good easy win but the margin of victory could have been bigger if we had scored more at the death while batting and/or held all the catches that came our way. I think we ended up dropping 5 catches.

We next play against Friends CC and I consider this a “banana skin” game not only because of the opposition but also because of the ground (Starbird Park) which appears to be a low-scoring Gill Park type ground. We are very close to qualifying for the round of 16. But we need to make sure we do not slip in the next game.

Let’s go SatCC!