Heerlen Cricket Club v Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI on Sun 27 Jul 2014 at 13.00
Optimists Cricket Club Won by 9 wickets

Match report On a very humid but warm and sunny day, the Optimists ventured to The Netherlands for their seventh BCF League Fixture.
Things did not start well for skipper Joost Mees who not only lost toss but realised all of this cricket clothes were left where he stayed the previous evening with family. Fortunately a few frantic calls later, Mees took ownership of his trousers much to the delight of his fellow players.

The Optimists were asked to field first and quickly had success with an excellent run out in the third over. Aanand Pandey opened the bowling and bowled well with a good tight line. His final figures of 1-10 off 7.4 overs reflected this.
However, at the other end was Tamilselvan Mani with this left arm around the wicket approach and made life difficult for the Heerlen batsman. Mani made short work of the middle order dismissing 4 in succession. Having bowled a fabulous spell of 9 overs, 4-18, Mees turned to other options who all contributed well. Cope, Merkl and Krishnan all bowled well and Heerlen were struggling on 50-7 at the 20 over mark.
Taral Desai then entered the attack with some strategic bowling. Bowling in phases, Desai had obvious plans as to how he was going to dismiss the batsman. These tactics worked and Desai finished the session with 5 overs 1-2. Tim Barker made his Optimists debut with the ball and picked up a wicket - clean bowled! After 36 overs, Heerlen were eventually bowled out for 77.

William Heath and James Barker opened the innings in response and both looked calmed and composed. The outfield was long but Heath still managed to pull and cut some boundaries whilst Barker was efficient in picking up the ones and twos with some fine shots that were not rewarded the full allocation of runs they should have been.
With a bit of assistance from the Heerlen bowlers (25 wides), the Optimists cruised home with only Heath falling just before the end. Mees joined Barker to see the Optimists home and record their 4th win of the season.

It was a great team effort and hopes are high to finish the season with a win against PCCB at the end of August.

Heerlen Cricket Club Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
77 (36.4 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Aanand Pandey7.4210110.001.30
Tamilselvan Mani9.031844.502.00
Richard Neale4.001700.004.25
William Cope4.01818.002.00
Piran Merkl3.00818.002.67
Taral Desai5.03212.000.40
Arun Krishnan2.00700.003.50
Timothy Barker1.00313.003.00

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 1 wickets
William Heath Caught  23
James Barker Not Out  24
Joost Mees Not Out  4
Arun Krishnan  
Timothy Barker  
Taral Desai  
William Cope   1
Richard Neale  
Aanand Pandey  
Piran Merkl  
Tamilselvan Mani   2

Heerlen Cricket Club Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Phil Burleigh