Royal Brussels CC Juniors v Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI on Sun 20 Jul 2014 at 13.00
Optimists Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report Royal Brussels hosted the Optimists on a day which forecasted consisted rain and some thunderstorms along the way. With the inclusion of three debutants, Captain Ben Embleton led the Optimists after having won the toss and choosing to field first. The weather however provided no hindrance as Aanand Pandey and William Cope got their team off to an excellent start dismissing the opponent's aggressive top order cheaply. They ultimately ended up with figures of 6.4-35-3 and 6-13-2 respectively. New wicket keeper Ananth Srishilapathy also assisted the bowling brilliantly conceding only 1 bye and taking a neat catch behind the wicket.

The middle-lower order was then strangled and starved of runs courtesy of Tamil Mani and Arvind Pandey who both bowled long spells in tandem and conceded only 54 runs in 17 overs. Tamil picked up 3 wickets whereas Arvind got 1. Royal Brussels were finally dismissed for 143 off 34.4 overs.

The total was chased relatively easily with a slight scare where two wickets were lost in quick succession and the score went from 70 for 1 to 70 for 3. However, there were no further scares as the Optimists cruised home in 26 overs with excellent batting from Ben Embleton (25) and James Barker (37). The top order also batted strongly with Tim Barker scoring 27 and Arun Krishnan who made 24.

All in all, the excellent summer weather was backed up by an excellent performance from perhaps the youngest Optimists team ever to compete. Also, a key lesson was learned; never trust the weather forecasters.

Royal Brussels CC Juniors Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
4nb 37w 1b 4lb 
for 10 wickets
143 (34.4 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Aanand Pandey6.4035311.675.25
William Cope6.001326.502.17
Tamilselvan Mani9.032137.002.33
Arvind Pandey8.0028128.003.50
Jeffrey Stone2.002600.0013.00
James Barker3.0015115.005.00

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 3 wickets
Timothy Barker Lbw  27
Ananth Srisailapathy Lbw  3 1
Arun Krishnan Caught  24
Ben Embleton Not Out  25 1
James Barker Not Out  37 3
William Cope  
Aanand Pandey  
Arvind Pandey  
Piran Merkl  
Tamilselvan Mani  
Jeffrey Stone  

Royal Brussels CC Juniors Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Roger Barker (TBC)