Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI v Exiles CC on Sun 17 Jun 2012 at 13:30
Optimists Cricket Club Won by 5 wickets

Match report Having been beaten in every game so far this season in the BCF 1st Division, the Optimists knew a win was a must if they had any chance of staying in the 1st division.

Skipper Joost Mees won the toss and decided to field first.
Exiles were immediately in trouble with some solid bowling from Nishith Gandhi and Taral Desai. Both bowling a good line and length and Desai receiving the accolades of two early wickets.
Arjun Nandal was then introduced into the attack and immediately made an impact with two quick wickets falling from two good slip catches taken by Joost Mees and Richard Neale respectively.
At 37-6 off 14 overs, it looked like it could be an early finish but the Exiles lower order held thier nerve and batted cautiously whilst accumulating the runs.
Anand Pattibiraman bowled his delicate off-spin and although bowled well, ended wicketless. Iqqi Murad also bowled well at the other end and took two wickets, one was an excellent caught behind by wicket-keeper, Graham Cope.
Neale came on and offered a bit of pace and was able to break up the partnership that seemed to elude the Optimists and so it was left to Nishith Gandhi to wrap things up with two quick wickets in the 41st over to bowl the Exiles all out for 128.

Tim Barker and Arjun Nandal were expected to lead the charge in reply but after looking pretty solid both were caught and with the quick wickets of Ali Siddiqui and Samir Kalra, the Optimists were in a bit of trouble at 39-4 off 12 overs.
However, Joost Mees and Richard Neale set about re-building the innings by taking singles and punishing the bad balls and tried to keep the risks to a minimum.
Both batted with patience but eventually Mees was trapped LBW. However, his job was done and he made a fine 29 leaving Neale and new batsman Desai to knock off the final 40 runs with 20 overs to spare.
Both Neale and Desai continued the cautious approach which paid off when Desai hit the winning runs in the 34th over.
Neale batted solidly for a 39 not out and Desai ended with 25 not out.

It was a great win and the Optimists will look to build on this in the remaining game to ensure they not only stay up but finish in a respectable position after such a bad start to the season in this format of the game.

Exiles CC Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 21w 3lb 
for 10 wickets
128 (40.4 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Nishith Gandhi6.4120210.003.00
Taral Desai8.0033311.004.13
Arjun Nandal9.011829.002.00
Mohammed Iqbal Murad9.0126213.002.89
Anand Pattabiraman6.012100.003.50
Richard Neale2.00717.003.50

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 9w 4lb 
for 5 wickets
Timothy Barker Caught  11 1
Arjun Nandal Caught  10 2
Ali Ejaz Siddiqui Bowled  2 1
Samir Kalra Caught  0
Joost Mees Lbw  29 1
Richard Neale Not Out  69 2
Taral Desai Not Out  25 1
Graham Cope  
Nishith Gandhi  
Mohammed Iqbal Murad  
Anand Pattabiraman  

Exiles CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
    Arranged by the BCF
  • Scorer :
    Michael Swithinbank