Heren 2 laat zich zien

Andrew File van heren 2 zal dit seizoen frequent verslag doen van het wel en wee van dit team in de Overgangsklasse A. Hieronder het verslag van zondag 26 mei tegen Quick Nijmegen 1 in wat uiteindelijk een spannende pot cricket werd.

Match #4 – Quick Nijmegen 1 beat Kampong 2
On a sunny and humid day the assorted selection of cricketers known as Kampong 2 made their way down the A12 and A50 towards Nijmegen. Many different routes of transport were taken (car from Schiphol, cars from Kampong, car from Driebergen and even the ever reliable .... NS) to ensure a full team was to take the field.

After winning the toss our fearless captain Ross decided to bowl first. During our pre-game peptalk Ross had informed us of the high % of run outs conceded by Quick and we were hoping to capitalize on this. We never would have expected however that on the 5th ball of the innings said opportunity would arise and let alone that we were able to capitalize! A great start to the innings and Quick were 1 down in the first over. This would however be a short-lived triumph as batsman #2 and #3 batted well together for the next 113 runs! Try as we might Andrew, Harris, Dipesh could not get the breakthrough we so desperately craved. Cometh the man, cometh the hour and Ajmal (of our two resident Afghanis) steamed in to pick up the crucial wicket of batsman #3, caught by Ross. This was to become something of a reoccurring them for the game as Ajmal kept bowling them and Ross kept catching them on and around long on. Batsman #2 was in sight of a well-deserved century but perished in the deep trying to get there with a big shot and ended on 96. With 10 overs to go and a score of 170 on the board we were looking at a very large total to chase. We were fortunate to keep picking up wickets which stemmed the flow of runs to an extent but at the end of 40 overs we still had a large target of 235 to chase. Its safe to say our fielding was not up to our normal standards and as a bowling unit we didn’t perform as we should have.

Bowling figures: Ajmal 8/1/43/4; Andy 8/2/36/1 and a dropped sitter on the boundary (sorry Ajmal); Haris 8/0/61/2 and two catches; Brin-Lee 3/0/17/0; Dipesh 5/0/16/0; Josh 5/0/35/0; Tushar 3/0/22/0; Ross 4 catches in the deep!

After lunch Kampong took on the task of trying to chase the 236 runs needed to bring back the two points to Utrecht. Abdul and Brin-Lee opened up and knew it was important to keep wickets in hand. A slow but steady start was the result and we were dropping behind the required rate. Luckily enough we knew we had enough firepower later on in the innings to catch up. After patiently seeing out the first 10 overs or so we lost Abdul and Brin-Lee to stumpings leaving us 58/2 after 15 overs. 235 seemed a long way away. Almost as far away as a Trump impeachment. Dipesh, Mahender and Josh all came and went attempting to push the run rate and at 85/5 after 20 overs it was looking very bleak. Enter captain fantastic, Ross, and our IPL import Tushar who quickly went after the bowling and did a good job of getting us close to the required rate. Fours and sixes were struck, bowlers brought out the hands-on-hips teapots as the balls started evading the fielders. Aided by some iffy fielding Kampong was suddenly back in the game. At this stage Kampong needed a clean 100 off the last 10 overs. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so it was done. Ross was undone by a ball from a bowler, and despite the ball being delivered by an action more closely resembling that of Raymond van Barneveld, was sent on his way for a quick-fire 42. This of course did not mean he went without any vocal protests and many an inhabitant of Nijmegen must of thought that the gods were talking such was the power and loudness of the voice resounding around the fields. Enter Ajmal. As is his wont he launched himself upon the bowling, smiting sixes left right and centre and had Nijmegen struggling. Tushar perished trying to clear the ring and Andy joined Ajmal. Knowing that the rate was hovering around 10 an over runs were run quickly, fielders were pushed and balls deposited to bovine territory with impunity. Needing 29 off the last 3 overs, Ajmal finally miscued one leading to delirious celebrations by the Nijmegen fielders and him departing the field for 41. Andy soon followed – bowled attempting a slog to the legside. Last pair Joanne and Haris valiantly tried to hunt down the target but agonizingly came short. Kampong ended up on 225/9 – falling short by 10 runs!

Batting of note: Abdul:  27, Tushar: 23, Ross: 42, Ajmal: 41, Six-hitting club: Dipesh, Tushar, Ross, Ajmal.

All in all a nice close game of cricket which could have had a different result had we been more diligent in the field and a bit more proactive in our batting approach. We are currently 2 from 4, sitting tight in the middle of the table. We have been able to win 2 without even playing to our potential and losing 2 other ones. As Ross ‘the boss’ says, imagine what we can do if we finally show up and do what we all know we can do! Anyway, enough about the game. Time to keep thinking forward and to get ready for the next game on Sunday the 4th June, away at Excelsior!














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