Antwerp Indians CC 1sts v Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI on Sun 23 Apr 2017 at 12:00
Optimists Cricket Club Won by 26 runs

Match report As the new season begins, Optimists travelled to Antwerp Indians newly improved club house and pitch under a cold but bright day. Having lost the toss, Ben Embleton and James Barker got Optimists off to a very solid start which saw the loss of no wickets at the first drinks break. On the fast outfield, the two ran quickly and hit through the gaps to record regular boundaries. The great start eventually has halted when James was caught for 31 with the score at 116 from 21 overs. The next period of batting saw two small partnerships with Ben still going along nicely, William Cope contributed to the total with a small cameo before falling just after the second drinks break. Poised at 164 for 3 off 31 overs with Ben nearing his hundred, Optimists were in a fine position to kick on in the last 15. After Ben secured is century with some fine hits but unfortunately due to some good fielding and tight bowling, Optimists lost their last 5 wickets for just 16 runs. Due to this collapse, the Optimists total was slightly below par with 226 all out but with a strong bowling unit, the away side were confident to put some immense pressure on the Antwerp batsmen.

Atif Kamal and William Cope opened the bowling with the swinging new ball, tight bowling saw little reward in wickets but kept the scoring to a minimum with only 38 off the first 10 over powerplay. The first wicket was picked up from Suhail Sadiq in the 12th over with some swing bowling. With both Mohit Dixit and Suhail bowling well, three wickets fell to reduce the hosts to 100 for 4 from 22 overs. This was thanks to catches from Ben, Tony Whiteman and Girish Venkateswaran. Then the tandem bowling of Girish and skipper Richie Neale, Antwerp struggled for runs on an ever-drying fast outfield. Then just after the second drinks break, Graham Cope took the catch of Antwerp’s opening batsmen off the bowling of Richie. This put the game in the balance with 15 overs left, the hosts required 70 with 4 wickets in hand. Atif then returned into the attack to try and finish off the tail. With 30 runs off the last 30 balls. Thankfully it was shortly after that Atif cleaned up the tail which meant a 26 run victory for Optimists in their first game of the Belgian League season. A hard fought victory but well-deserved.

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 7w 1b 8lb 
for 10 wickets
James Barker Caught  31 57 3 54.39
Ben Embleton Lbw  109 107 18 1 101.87 2
Richard Neale Bowled  6 11 54.55 1
William Cope Lbw  22 26 1 84.62
Tony Whiteman Run out  13 20 1 65.00 2
Girish Venkateswaran Caught  12 8 2 150.0 1
Ananth Srisailapathy Bowled  4 5 1 80.0
Atif Kamal Caught  5 6 83.33
Mohit Dixit Caught  5 8 62.50
Suhail Sadiq Bowled  0 2 0
Graham Cope Not Out  2 9 22.22 2

Antwerp Indians CC 1sts Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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Antwerp Indians CC 1sts Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3nb 52w 3lb 
for 10 wickets
200 (41.0 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Atif Kamal7.0036312.005.14
William Cope9.0140140.004.44
Suhail Sadiq5.0112112.002.40
Mohit Dixit4.0026126.006.50
Girish Venkateswaran9.0044144.004.89
Richard Neale7.0039313.005.57