After a thrilling semi-final win, Stars CC won the toss and decided to field first in overcast conditions. The openers from WOCC were cautious, however, could not build up a substantial partnership mainly due to the disciplined opening spell from Ansh Trivedi and Rahul Shah of Stars CC. Ansh was rewarded by picking up 3 big top-order wickets when the score only reached 22. James Barker and Reinhardt Heynes started the rebuilding process through a partnership of 41 runs. It included solid defense, quick running and a couple of cracking boundaries by Reinhardt. In addition to the Stars CC bowling challenge, they were also faced with frequent rain shower interruption that broke the momentum. The opposition skipper Vijay Desai broke the partnership by taking 3 quick wickets that included a stunning catch by Shiv to ensure WOCC have no chance to recover. James was runout after a watchful innings of 22, whereas, Pankaj and Atif cameos ensured that WOCC crossed the 100 run mark. In the end, Star CC were only given 104 to chase off 20 overs.
Chasing smaller totals can sometimes be tricky, however, Star CC openers came with positive intent to ensure the total can be chased down quickly. Will Cope dismissed their opening batsman, Pranjul and Reinhardt exhibited brilliance in the field through a direct hit to run out the other opening batsman. Although WOCC bowlers kept applying the pressure, however, Shiv and Ady ensured that they cross the winning line without further troubles. In the end, Stars chased the total down in the 16th over and comfortably won by 8 wickets. While Shiv was the hero with the bat and field for Stars CC, it was their collective team effort that enabled them to become Pete Mitchell Cup champions.
The WOCCers were disappointed and dejected to have a bad day in the office, however, they are proud to have an overall successful 2021 outdoor.
to Stars CC and
to them as they represent Luxembourg next year in the ECC championship in Spain.
Better luck to WOCC for the next season!