Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI v ACCB Cricket Club on Sat 03 Sep 2016 at 12:00
Optimists Cricket Club Lost By 3 Wickets

Match report After a delayed start, Skipper Joost Mees got his choice and Optimists batted first. James Barker fell early to the new ball, while the top 4 failed to contribute significantly. Girish Venkatesh steadied the ship to take the score to 135-6 off 23 overs, of which he scored 44. Wickets fell again until Aanand Pandey and Atif Kamal had a 50 run partnership with some fine sweep shots performed by the tall man Atif Kamal. The tail then went fairly quickly but not before Mohit Dixit nailed a one bounce four over the covers. Extras topped scored with 57, with many being 5 wides. Optimists finished with 227 all out.

The home team took to the field to defend a slightly below par total withWilliam Cope and Atif Kamal taking the new ball. Tight bowling restricted the opening pair to 34-0 off 9 overs but as it proved wickets would be key. Newly recalled Christopher Evans was brought into the attack and bowled 5 straight overs at 1-9. Mohit Dixit and Vikram Vijh restricted the other end with some clever bowling and backed up by courageous fielding by the whole team, not least the aggressive and positive wicket-keeping of Bichitrananda Sahoo. Afghan CC were now 102-3 off 25 overs but skipper Joost Mees knew Optimists needed to bowl the opposition out. So Atif Kamal returned to the attacked and dismissed their opener who was on 48. This was followed by an outstanding catch by Joost Mees off the bowling of Saransh Kulshrestha. Now 136-5 off 29 overs meant that the numerous supporters led by Michael West started to be heard. Unfortunately Afghan's number 7 then took the game away from the home side by scoring 85 not out with some quite incredible boundary hitting. The away side reached the target in the 36th over and won by 3 wickets in the end.

The scorecard doesn't do justice to the effort and performance of the Optimists who fought continuously throughout the day. Now with the return fixture in 2 weeks, everyone is eager to defend the league title in front of the home crowd.

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
3nb 30w 19b 5lb 
for 10 wickets
James Barker Caught  7
Joost Mees Caught  12 1
Saransh Kulshrestha Caught  4 1
William Cope Caught  15
Girish Venkateswaran Caught  44
Vikram Vijh Lbw  14 1
Bichitra Sahoo Lbw  5 1 1
Aanand Pandey Bowled  28
Atif Kamal Caught  29 1
Mohit Dixit Not Out  9
Christopher Evans Bowled  0

ACCB Cricket Club Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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ACCB Cricket Club Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 15w 6b 1lb 
for 7 wickets
229 (36.3 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
William Cope6.022800.004.67
Atif Kamal8.0138138.004.75
Mohit Dixit3.001800.006.00
Vikram Vijh6.0133133.005.50
Saransh Kulshrestha5.0053317.6710.60
Aanand Pandey1.0010110.0010.00
Christopher Evans6.0019119.003.17

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Phil B