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WGCC vs HPCC August 7th at Weston Park

posted Aug 10, 2016, 6:35 AM by Mayur Choudhary
By Mayur Choudhary

WGCC was looking forward to their clash against HPCC, a team which was unbeaten in the Division I. It was going to change after the game. HPCC won the toss and decided to bat first as they had a strong bowling attack which was capable of defending any score. It was displayed in the last encounter between the two teams when HPCC successfully defended 145 on their homeground. HPCC openers started steadily punishing the wayward deliveries and taking advantage of the few extras bowled by Prashant and Arpit. WGCC drew first blood courtesy of an accurate delivery bowled by Prashant aimed at the off stump. HPCC skipper Mushi was greeted by another pinpoint yorker from Prashant leading to a golden duck. Amar brought in Mayur early into the attack and he did not disappoint. He got 3 quick wickets courtesy some very sharp catching by Amar, Tarun and Faraz. Special mention to Faraz as he took a blinder low to his right getting Manzoor out. HPCC was reeling at 38/5. Nasir and Wasif started reconstructing the innings and they had a good 80 run partnership. They were very methodical and cautious in their handling of WGCC spinners and kept scoring at a decent pace. Final impetus was provided by Wajahat with some Dhoni style helicopter shots which sailed out of the ground. HPCC ended on a score of 181, which was an above par score, considering their bowling attack and slow outfield.

WGCC started their pursuit in a disastrous manner losing Amar and Dipen with single digit scores to their names. Faraz was going strong at the other end. Mayur walked in and both of them started negotiating the guile and pace of HPCC bowlers. It was difficult in the beginning but things started becoming easier with every ball faced. Boundaries were scored when opportunities presented themselves. Yorkers were dug out, bouncers were played cautiously. They had a 70 run partnership for 3rd wicket, when Mayur was bowled by Nasir. The scoreboard read, 107 after 21 odd overs. This made sure that we had wickets in hand for the final stretch of the game and that turned out to be the deciding factor. Faraz went back soon after scoring 49 after Mayur's dismissal and Damu and Amit joined  the chase.  Another important partnership that decided the fate of the game was between Damu and Ashish. They ran hard, with purpose and commitment, scoring a few boundaries in between and kept the chase alive. The run-rate was always hovering around 8, but with wickets in hand, we knew that it was possible. Damu got out after hitting a couple of boundaries of Sunny Gill,, boosting the run-rate in the process. Tarun walked in, hit quick runs before getting out. haw can one forget the 6 when 16 were needed off 10 balls. That swayed the game heavily in our favor as Sagar and Ashish ran the next 10 runs and brought us the sweet victory. Special mention to Ashish who kept  the runs coming from his end and bringing a calm to the chase. Finally a well-deserved victory and a total team effort.