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WGCC vs PACC July 23rd 2016 at Weston Park

posted Jul 26, 2016, 9:50 AM by Mayur Choudhary
After a heartbreaking tie against CCCC and a loss against HPCC that we really should have won, WGCC was eager to correct the blip and get back to winning ways. Up against us were PACC, one of the top teams in CCL and one that we haven't beat since 2010!

Our batting has been our Achilles heel this year. The captain, Amar took it upon himself to lead from the front and along with the 'much-maligned' Dipen (haha!) decided to take on the guile and pace of PACC's bowlers. The outfield was as fast as it has been this year with the grass trimmed really low. Dipen quickly found his feet and started driving the bowlers confidently to the cover and straight boundaries. Amar on the other hand continued nudging and pulling anything short. In no time, were 90/0 in 17 overs. Easily our best start this year. The PACC spinners started drying up the runs. Amar was out for a well made 42(55). Amit, who was promoted up the order, had a rare failure. Dipen and Sarvar continued the rebuilding, before Dipen was caught smartly at long on. He made 57(49) with 10 sweet boundaries. Damu and Parthav were out quickly and soon we were 140/6. Sinu and Biv held fort for a while, but the innings never got the impetus it really needed and we folded for a below par 181. 

Most days, that score would not be enough on a fast outfield against a team as strong as PACC. But this year, our bowling has been something special. Biv and Arpit started off really well, mising swing and pace to deadly effect. Amir was out caught smartly by Amit one handed at gully. It was Damu who suggested to Amar just a couple of balls before that we need a gully. It goes to show how each one of us can contribute on the field by making suggestions and helping out the captain. Muzaffar and Mansoor were settling down very well and scoring without any risks. However, the runs were hard to come by. Damu continued his spin web from last weekend and got Muzaffar caught at long on by Biv. At the 12 over mark, we were even-stevens. The promoted Mushtaq got out without causing too much grief. This brought the dangerous Wasim to the field. PACC still needed about 5 an over with 7 wickets intact. Mansoor was living a charmed life with 3 dropped chances. At this moment, we needed a stroke of brilliance from someone and it was the man of the day Dipen who hit the non-strikers stumps from deep extra cover while Mansoor was trying to get a third run. This was the break WGGC need and we grabbed it with both hands. Sagar came back to get the dangerous Usman out caught at deep cover. And Damu got Waleed lbw first ball. WIth six wickets down, only Wasim stood between WGCC and a victory. Amar, who was having a day to forget until then on the field, fired in a fast one from around the wicket. Wasim slashed hard only to edge it to Arpit at short third, who gleefully accepted the gift. From then on it was a matter of staying discplined and not make the same mistakes we made vs CCCC. PACC continued to fight but did not get anything from our bowlers. In the end, we restricted them for 171, ten runs short of our score.

For some of us old-timers, this victory is particularly sweet since it comes after 5 years of painful defeats. It was nice to break the jinx. The team's pumped up and raring to go all the way. Next up is GCCC at home. Need not remind anyone what happened last year. We cannot take them lightly in spite of recent results. It should be a good game that hopefully would help us go on a winning streak.