Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) v Lagaan Cup on Mon 15 Aug 2016 at 13:00
Optimists Cricket Club Won By 9 Wickets

Match report Sunshine baked the Pierre Werner Oval in Walferdange today to provide a fitting setting for the annual Lagaan Cup. This is a traditional match played between the Optimists CC and Indian Association of Luxembourg (IAL) on the Independence Day of India now 69 years ago in 1947.

The IAL Select XI elected to bat in great conditions but struggled to get their innings going due to the tight bowling pressure in particular from William Cope. Batsmen struggled to break free and the scoring did not flow until Vikram Vijh joined the action. His array of shots showed the way and he helped his side reach 215 for 5 from 30 overs with an excellent hundred. Aanand Pandey was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 27 off 6 overs.

However, with the outfield in perfect batting condition, this score was considered below par as the Optimists enjoyed the innings break with an excellent curry. In starting the chase, James Barker was soon showing his form and ably supported by Marcus Cope. The run rate of 7 an over was always kept with James crunching drives off his front foot regularly to eventually reach 125 not out. Aanand Pandey joined the chase and showed his skills but ended agonisingly on 49 not out as he hit the winning runs. An excellent day’s cricket was ended with a short presentation of the trophy amongst these great cricketing friendships.

Lagaan Cup Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
215 (30.0 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) Bowling

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Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
4nb 18w  
for 1 wickets
James Barker Not Out  125
Marcus Cope Caught  18
Aanand Pandey Not Out  49
William Cope  
Alex Martin  
Deepak Gianchandani  
A.N. Other  
A.N. Other  
Graham Cope  
Michael Pyper  
Mike West  

Lagaan Cup Bowling

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