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Match Report T20 WGCC vs HPCC April 2nd, 2016

posted Apr 5, 2016, 9:03 PM by Mayur Choudhary   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 9:04 PM ]
by Mayur Choudhary

After a couple of rainy days, our third match was under threat of being washed out, but the weather Gods smiled and sun was out after a gloomy and cloudy morning. Amar was at the ground earlier than everyone with his beloved "On-time tracker".  After a small practice session at the Hobson ground nets, the team was raring to go. This was probably the longest batting line up (on paper) for WGCC, and a strong bowling attack. Amar won the toss and decided to make use of the pitch first. He walked in with Mayur to face the experienced bowling attack of HPCC. The disaster struck in the very first over when Amar failed to control a drive on the ground off Arif and was snaffled up my Manzoor at covers. WGCC was one down with no runs on board. Vicky walked in next to face the music and he got off the mark soon to calm the nerves. Mayur who was watching from the other end got the strike and he got things moving from the very first ball, a double followed by a fierce square cut for four. Next over by lanky Uzair saw another WGCC wicket fall down in the form of Vicky, who misjudged the length of a full ball and got bowled. It was time for Sinu to walk in who had been among runs last weekend. He started scoring at brisk pace and it looked like a partnership was building for WGCC. But, it was not to be, as he got out playing a square cut straight into the hands of Faisal at point. Mayur was next to go trying to clear the field off a full delivery from Salman. The corecard read 53/4 and WGCC was in big trouble. WGCC kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Only noticeable contribution came from Sagar who made a patient 21 considering he was struggling to find people at the other end. Finally we ended up at 101 runs, all out in the 19th over. I must say it was a disappointing score considering the batting line up that had.

After the break, WGCC walked in determined to make a match out of the low score that they were defending. Wasif and Manzoor, on the other hand had other plans and they came out all guns blazing in the first over. Biv was able to get Manzoor out in his first over but that did not deter the scoring rate as Wasif and Ghias kept on scoring at an healthy rate and ended up at 50 runs after first four overs. Mayur bowled the first boundary free over of the innings. Him and Gaba made the scoring difficult. Ghias got out courtesy of a screaming catch by Mayur at extra cover. Wasif kept HPCC moving ahead even after some tight overs by Gaba and Amar. Gaba was finally able to get Wasif out after a well made 37 runs. Uzair and Jehangir started new partnership and they were looking to attack from the first ball they faced. Uzair was able to take Neel for 10 runs off one over. On the other hand, Jehangir had to negotiate a quick over from Arpit and he barely survived it. Mayur was given the 16th over when HPCC was only 2 runs away from victory but he managed to get Uzair out before Jehangir score the winning runs.

Overall, it was a disappointing game for WGCC but I am sure we will be back to our best in the coming weekends of the T20 tournament.
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