Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) v Nijmegen CC on Sun 08 May 2011 at 13:30
Optimists Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report Another beautiful day after yet another beautiful day and a great BBQ at the tennis pavillion, was host for the final clash between Nijmegen and the Optimists. Nijmegen won the toss and elected to bat first. They had reversed the batting order compared to saturday, so that those who did not got to bat, were given a chance. Out came mr Coster and mr Thannhauser, to face opening bowlers Pandian and Vankatachalam. The opening batsmen held out bravely, but in over 7 mr Coster got the inside edge and via his legguard he toppled his stumps over. After that, mr Thannhauser saw fellow batsmen come and go, with the spinners West and Gianchandani causing all sorts of trouble. Between them, they divided 5 wickets. When mr Straten arrived at the crease, those who witnessed the mayhem he could cause with bat, held their breath. Luckily for those who did, his innings ended pretty swiftly, after a couple of mighty heaves, with a good catch from Gianchandani. It was up to the skipper Mohammed to settle things out there in the middle. He bought calm and some good shots edged them towards something that could be an acceptable total. He got some good help from mr Dupont, who, unlike some of his fellow team members, held the ball low to the ground, using the quick and hard outfield to his advantage. Skipper Mohammed fell to a great catch from Pandian, whereas mr Dupont got caught behind off a delivery from mr Van der Knoop, that nipped back in. Thanks to tail enders mr Van Lennep and Van Lunszen, the final score ended on 174 for 9.

Tea was all set, thanks to clever thinking by mr Baker, and with the help of all around. Everybody seemed to very much enjoy the conconction of mrs Gianchandani. Thanks for that.

After a well deserved pause, Optimists resumed the match by sending out the youngsters of the side, mr Finch and Cope jr. They started off slowly, keeping a mindful eye on the required run rate. Opening bowlers mr Burki and skipper Mohammed kept the ball on the spot, not giving away too many chances. The first to fall was mr Finch. A drive by mr Finch, that could have been confused for a bump ball, was caught by bowler Mohammed, and the umpire sent him packing. In came mr Trivedi, who made no secret of why he was out in the middle. A couple of good whallops saw the score jump. On the other end of the crease, Cope jr was unfazed and kept his steady knock, well, steady. Trivedi departed shortly after racing to 12, making room for Pandian. He too made no secret of what he was about out there, and after a 6 and some 4's he was sent on his way lbw. Enter Vankatachalam. While Cope jr kept on collecting 1's and 2's, his partner decided that he would continue where his fellow south asians had left off. He reached his 50 thanks to some exquisite shots on the off side, favouring the cut. In the mean time, Cope jr inched towards his 50, only to be caught and bowled on 48 by the excellent bowling Mohammed. In came mr Pandey, who confidently saw, together with mr Vankatachalam, Optimists to a comfortable 7 wicket win.

All in all, it was an end to very enjoyable weekend. Most importantly, Mark Fitzgerald found his way back to the ground and his iconic "mango" reverberated around the ground once more.

I would like take a moment to thank all the people who helped me make my life as match manager for the weekend that much easier. Cheers.

Jeroen van der Knoop

Nijmegen CC Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
174 (0.0 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Rathinavel Pandian Ramalingam4.0013113.003.25
Sriram VENKATACHALAM4.001400.003.50
Simon Baker4.0019119.004.75
Arvind Pandey4.00717.001.75
Deepak Gianchandani8.0138219.004.75
Mike West8.0040313.335.00
Jeroen Van der Knoop4.0018118.004.50
Niraj Trivedi4.002500.006.25

Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 4 wickets
Sebastian Finch Caught  15
William Cope Caught  48
Niraj Trivedi Caught  12
Rathinavel Pandian Ramalingam Lbw  17
Sriram VENKATACHALAM Not Out  62
Arvind Pandey Not Out  14
Simon Baker  
Graham Cope  
Mike West  
Deepak Gianchandani  
Jeroen Van der Knoop  

Nijmegen CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Mick Swithenbank