Optimists Cricket Club 2nd XI v Basel Cricket Club on Sat 19 May 2018 at 12:30
Optimists Cricket Club Won by 42 runs

Match report Clear Skies and a lightning fast outfield welcomed Basel CC against OCC Second XI on the 19th. Basel CC choose to bowl first in this 45 over duel. Optimists opened with Praveen and debutant Vijay. The openers got off to a flying start making 30 off the first 3 overs. Unfortunately, Praveen got out against the run of play and Girish joined Vijay in the 4th over. Both the batsmen kept out the good balls and punished the bad ones. Scoring at almost run a ball, they put on 50+ partnership. In the 14th over, Vijay miscued a lofted drive and was caught at long-off. OCC entered the 15 over mark at 94-2. Another wicket fell right after break and OCC recognized the need to build big partnerships with Girish still going strong. Romil joined Girish and slowly started rebuilding. They put together another 50+ partnership of the next 10 overs before Romil got out for 25. OCC score read 174-4 at the end of 30 overs. Pankaj joined Girish and scored a quick 30 before he was out in the 34th over. OCC reached 200 in the 34th over and were all set for the big final push in the last 10 overs with six wickets in hand and a lightning fast outfield. Despite OCC losing wickets at regular intervals, Basel CC were sent on a leather hunt in the last 10 overs courtesy of some brilliant hitting and smart running by Suhail (who scored 36) and Prasad, who hit some mighty sixes. OCC finished at 291-8 of their 45 overs.

Chasing a stiff target, Basel CC were kept under check by excellent swing bowling by Suhail and Mohit. Basel CC were 31 for 2 at the end of 12 overs with both the opening batsmen back in the hut. Pankaj, Prasad, Akhilesh and Mike West kept the lid on the scoring rate after the opening bowlers got through an excellent spell of swing bowling. At the end of 15 overs, Basel CC were 75 for 4 at the end of 20 overs. No game is ever done before the last wicket is taken. Basel CC fought back in the next 10 overs with a fifth wicket partnership of 70+ before Akhilesh struck again. At the end of 30 overs, Basel CC were 147 for 5 with the game in balance as they had some big hitters to follow. In the next 5 overs, Basel CC counter-attacked and scored 35 runs. Basel CC needed almost 110 runs in the last 10 overs, not impossible given the lightning fast outfield, set batsmen and the T20 effect. Pankaj and Suhail were brought back into the attack and they struck immediately getting 2 wickets. A brilliant fielding effort by Anand resulted in reducing Basel CC to 230 for 8 at the end of 40. Basel CC scored another 19 runs before being bowled out for 249 at the end of 44th over. Top scorers for Basel were Narendra (64) and Anil (47). A hard fought and well earned victory for OCC Second XI before they begin their campaign in the Belgian League on the 17th of June. Do join us at the ground for the home game and put in your availability on the OCC website for the game.

Optimists Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 8 wickets
Prasad Rao Bikkineni  
Vijaykumar Desai  
Mohit Dixit  
Akhilesh Kumar  
Praveen Kuruvalli  
Pankaj Malav  
Romil Prasad  
Aanand Pandey  
Suhail Sadiq  
Girish Venkateswaran  
Mike West  

Basel Cricket Club Bowling

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Basel Cricket Club Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
249 (44.0 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

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  • Umpire :
    David Crowther and Richard Eames
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