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WGCC vs SPCC June 19th at Kilborne Cricket Ground

posted Jun 20, 2016, 5:40 PM by Mayur Choudhary   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 5:49 PM ]
by Dipen Vyas

Riding the momentum from last week's big win vs CKCC, the squad was eager to take on the champs of 2015 season, SPCC in the hopes of starting a winning streak. This was going to be as tough of an outing as we would face this year due to variety of reasons. First, SPCC being the reigning champs of CCL and second, the game location. We had never won a league game at Kilborne Park in more than half a dozen tries as surprising as it may sound. SPCC won the toss and decided to bat first on a perfect day for a cricket game with temperatures in low 80s. With Arpit back in the side, Amar decided to hand him the new ball along with Biv. The ever dangerous Rupesh and Sunil opened the batting for SPCC. Biv started off brilliantly with a maiden over. With new ball in hand, Arpit started off with fiery pace and got Rupesh's priced wicket when he was beaten by the pace, plumb in front of the wickets. In the next few overs Biv and Arpit kept a very disciplined line and length. In no time, Arpit was rewarded with another lbw (Vishnu) for his tight line and length and it left SPCC reeling at 19/2. This was as good of a start as we could have asked for. Rohan and Sunil started building the innings for SPCC very carefully and got them back on track with a 50 odd runs partnership as they played few overs from Prady and Amar very carefully. Sunil was especially looking dangerous as he hit a few big shots and got the run rate back over 5 rpo. Prady continued his immaculate line and length and drove Sunil (46 runs) into playing a frustrated slog that resulted in a brilliant grab by Amar at short mid off. With new batsmen in, Amar brought Sagar back into the attack and he did not disappoint. Sagar had been very unlucky leading up to this game, threatening to take wickets in bunches in every game but few knicks and drops just not going his way. In his very first over back, he got Rohan to nick one outside off to Damu with his teasing line and length. Rohan played well and unfortunately could not capitalize on his start (23 runs). Sagar got another wicket later in that over when he got Mayank caught by Damu with a bottom edge and SPCC was in trouble with 5 down for 90 odd runs at the break. Knowing the depth of SPCC batting, we stayed aggressive after the break with our approach. Sagar got talented Kartik caught at point by Amit just as Karthik and Shirsanth were looking to stabilize the inning (115/6). In the midst of all this, Prashant continued his excellence from the last game and bowled few tight overs. Amar brought himself back in the attack and bowled Ankit and Shirshant within the span of 3 balls (132/8). A smart decision by Amar, brought Arpit back in the attack to finish off the tail with his pace and he got Harsha clean bowled purely beaten by his pace (134/9). Amar bowled Neeraj in the next over and SPCC were bundled for 134 all out from the position of 115/5. An excellent bowling performance by every bowler gave us a great chance to chase this total down.

In the chase, Prady and Faraz (debutant) opened WGCC's innings facing the formidable bowling pair of Ankit and Mohan. Faraz was aggressive from the very start and reeled off 17 runs in Ankit's first over with 2 boundaries and a humongous six on the leg side. Prady on the other hand tried and stayed calm and let Faraz stay as an aggressor. With flurries of boundaries all over the park in first few overs by Faraz, SPCC looked deflated early on as WGCC raced to 43 runs in first 5 overs. SPCC brought in Rupesh, their top wicket taking bowler and with his tight line and length, he slowed down our opener and was able to get rid of Prady (50/1) and Dipen (57/2) in quick succession. Amar joined Faraz but the pair was not able to build another partnership as Faraz succumbed to a soft dismissal as he was caught off at short cover (64/3) but not before a brilliant innings of 48 runs (9 fours, 1 six). Damodar and Amar started rebuilding the innings by taking singles when available and not taking unnecessary risks. SPCC was threatening to come back when they took 3 wickets within the span of few overs, but Amar and Damodar played with confidence and perseverance. With the target being small, thanks to our bowlers, the pair slowly inched towards the target taking the air out of SPCC's defense. Damodar got out (111/3) for a well made 17 runs but by that time we need only 24 runs. Biv and Amar made sure we crossed the finish line without any more hiccups. Amar played a brilliant knock to which we have all been accustomed to in the past 2 years. Leading from the front, Amar scored 46* along with picking up 3 wickets and a catch, making it easier for the umpire to award him the man of the match award. But Amar would agree that it wouldnt have been without the "men of the match (bowling unit)".

A victory against the reigning champs was not easy to come by, but this would help us boost our confidence in the upcoming stretch of matches. We should continue to ride this momentum as we get ready for another battle with CLCC next week who are eagerly waiting to face us since our T20 clash.

P.S. - Since start of our season with T20 tournament, Amar became the 7th person to win the MOM award this season. With 7 victories and 7 different MOMs (Sinu, Biv, Dipen, Damu, Mayur, Amit and Amar), WGCC is quickly epitomizing team play and this further strengthens our belief to play as a team and win as a team.