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WGCC vs GGCC May 15th at Weston Park

posted May 17, 2016, 6:04 PM by Mayur Choudhary
WGCC was all set to start their campaign for the 2016 35-over league and ready to face GGCC at Weston park. GGCC won the toss and decided to bat first. Sagar and Arpit shared the new ball for WGCC and started a disciplined spell first up. Both the bowlers kept on beating the GGCC openers, Sagar with impeccable line and swing, and Arpit with his pace. GGCC lost their first wicket to Arpit's pace bowling. This brought together their most experienced batting pair and they showed how to score runs without taking any undue risks. Prashant tried himself and Mayur but they were ineffective in breaking the partnership. Prady was introduced into the bowling and he showed that he has not lost any sheen of his bowling. He kept the things under control from one end. He got two wickets in quick succession after the drinks break and WGCC was able to keep scoring in control. Harish and Swapnil from GGCC had other ideas though. Once Prady's spell was done, they started scoring freely before Arpit struck three quick blows. Harish was still going strong and he took Arpit for 20 runs in his last over. GGCC finally ended on 212 after 35 overs, a par score on Weston park.

WGCC started the chase and disaster struck in the very first over when Dipen was caught off Harish. Amit went in next and he could not survive for long either. Prady was next to get out, getting lbw. Mayur got out a few overs later mistiming a pull shot. WGCC was in deep trouble as they had lost 4 quick wickets with very few runs on the board. This brought together Damodar and Sinu who showed everyone what was needed to survive and score runs. They batted with discipline, picking up boundaries when any opportunity presented. They too the score close to 100 before Sinu perished in the pursuit of quick runs. Damodar kept on fighting as wickets keep falling from the other end and he was the lone warrior at the fall of last wicket, scoring a gritting half century in the process. 

Overall, a disappointing day for WGCC, but I would not read too much into it. We just need to shale it off and come back stronger. We can definitely pick up some pointers from GGCC performance in terms of discipline. We need to bowl consistently on one side of the wicket. We cannot afford to bowl 5 good balls and take it easy on the 6th ball, we cannot just afford to bowl 4 good overs and take it easy for our next over. In batting, we need to first spend some time in the middle before playing expansive shots. I strongly believe if we reset ourselves from the T20 mode and apply ourselves with more conviction and discipline, we will be back to the winning ways. Go WGCC. #playtowin