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WGCC vs GCCC, July 30th 2016 at Weston Park

posted Aug 3, 2016, 6:12 AM by Mayur Choudhary
By Dipen Vyas

After a momentum changing win against PACC in the previous week, we were eagerly waiting to get back on the field to start a winning streak. It was supposed to be another hot day in the making with the outfield completely baked out from the heat with no rain during the week. Amar decided to bowl first after winning the toss in the hopes of getting GCCC out cheaply (they were also playing with 10 players), especially with the way our bowling unit had performed so far this season. But GCCC openers had a different idea and they came to bat with nothing to lose approach, especially Mikul. He started off the innings with 4 boundaries in the inning's first over and did not look back from that point. Arpit did a good job of holding the other batsmen in check with his pace but Mikul was freely swinging at anything and everything. GCCC were off to the races in no time and scored 70 odd runs in first 6 overs before Sagar bowled Mikul with a beauty of a delivery. Soon after, Arpit struck twice as he destroyed the stumps as usual in his brilliant opening spell of 6 overs. Ashish was brought into the attack and he didnt take long to settle in and get a dismissal. The bowlers controlled the bleeding and at the break GCCC were 100 odd for loss of 4 wickets. As the wickets kept falling, Aadi, their 14 year old prodigy kept chugging along on the other end. All the bowlers bowled brilliantly in the middle overs, but we couldnt get away from giving away boundaries on bad balls every now and then. Vishal gave GCCC a final push with his quick fire 33, but a very disciplined death bowling by Biv and Sagar restricted GCCC to 212 runs, a decent score on our ground. Biv, Arpit and Ashish ended up with 2 wickets each and Sagar with 1 wicket. 

WGCC opened the chase with Dipen and Amar trying to replicate their successful opening stand from last game. They both started well, picking off quick boundaries off bad balls but could not capitalize on their starts. Dipen (18 runs) succumbed to an ill-advised shot (LBW) while Amar (18 runs) unfortunately became a target of poor umpiring decision, another LBW. Sarvar's resistance didnt last very long as he fell to a top edge. Amar instinctively decided to send Amit up the order to accompany Dharma who was already looking in fine touch. They started building a partnership and soon enough they were scoring freely and punishing bad balls. We were scoring at a really good rate in the middle of the innings, something we have struggled to do in previous games. They put up a 116 run partnership for 4th wicket before Amit got out for another brilliant innings of 49 runs. At that stage, WGCC was cruising along comfortably with 40 odd runs required. Ashish went in to bat and quickly found his feet, scoring a quick 29 runs. Dharma scored 81 runs in 57 balls and made sure he was there till the end as WGCC chased down the target in 29 overs. This was a very successful chase after a long time that felt like it was done with ease and no drama, but for that, Amit and Dharma deserves full credit to put us in that position. Our batting unit finally put together a performance that we have been looking for all season. Hopefully we can build up momentum in our batting with this performance and keep it up in the next few games. 

Thanks Tarun for providing delicious lunch.