Eagles CC 1sts v Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI on Sun 15 Apr 2018 at 12 noon
Optimists Cricket Club Lost by 41 runs

Match report On Sunday the 1st XI set about defending their BCF 2nd Division title with an away trip to Mechelen to play Eagles CC.

Upon arrival, the ground was water-logged on one side. Although everything looked like the match would have to be abandoned, some hardwork from the Eagles CC to try and clear and drain the water (using some interesting techniques!) persuaded the umpire the game could go ahead. Due to the time taken, the match was reduced to 20 overs per side.

Richard Neale lost the toss and wisely, the Eagles decided to bat first. After a brisk start from the Eagles, 26-0 in 3 overs, Yatin Bhamare trapped their dangerman opening batsman LBW and this was the lead for wickets to start to tumble. Reinhard Heyns was brought into the attack and picked up a wicket with his first ball before quickly taking another in the same over. Girish was brought on at the other end and also took a wicket in his first over and Eagles were reduced to 41-5 off 7 overs.
20 over cricket is known for the fact that anything can happen and enter Tejinder Singh who batted excellently. Although riding his luck at times, he demonstrated some clean and powerful hitting and was ably supported by Eagles skipper, Ismail. Singh went on to carry his bat and scored 92 off 49 balls with 9 sixes. Richard Neale managed to dismiss his opposite number and claimed one more wicket with Atif coming back at the end to claim a wicket but Singh had ensured Eagles secured a very good total on a ground that had long, wet and in parts a boggy outfield. "Singh is King" were the chants as he walked off and were probably fairly accurate!

Still, Optimists (living up to their name) were not fazed and hungry for victory, looked to start positively with Tony Whiteman and Ben Embleton opening the batting. The Eagles bowlers bowled tightly and with Whiteman departing for 6, Girish went quickly, and that left Ben and new batsman Vikram Vijh to put on a counter-attack. Both were cautious but looking to hit the bad ball until Embleton was finally dismissed for 22 with the score 45-3 in the 10th over. Unfortunately the middle order collapsed and Optimists were in trouble at 58-6 in the 12th over. Richard Neale then joined Vikram Vijh. Vikram particularly started hitting some powerful shots that sailed over the boundary for sixes, and the Optimists were starting to turn things around. With two overs left, Optimists were on 120 and needing 25/over is always a tall order. Vikram went down fighting and scored a brilliant 64 off 40 balls before eventually being caught. Some excellent shots and spirit to the end.
Yatin Bhamare joined Neale for the final few balls and the Optimists were able to get to 129-7 off their 20 overs.
It was always going to be tough as our style of cricket requires quick outfields rather than boggy ones! However, lots of positives to take away from the match and a long season ahead.

We are looking forward to welcoming Eagles back to Walferdange where we will look to make things right!

Eagles CC 1sts Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
1nb 9w 1lb 
for 9 wickets
170 (20.0 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Atif Kamal4.0030130.007.50
Yatin Bhamare4.0042142.0010.50
Reinhardt Heyns4.0030310.007.50
Girish Venkateswaran4.0030130.007.50
Saransh Kulshrestha2.001900.009.50
Richard Neale2.001829.009.00

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 4w 3b  
for 7 wickets
Tony Whiteman Caught  6 15 40.0 1
Ben Embleton Bowled  22 30 1 73.33 2
Girish Venkateswaran Caught  0 4 0
Vikram Vijh Caught  65 34 5 5 191.18
Saransh Kulshrestha Lbw  0 3 0
Reinhardt Heyns Caught  0 3 0 1
Atif Kamal Lbw  0 3 0
Richard Neale Not Out  22 23 1 95.65
Yatin Bhamare Not Out  2 3 66.67
Vishwajeet Deshpande   1
Praveen Kuruvalli  

Eagles CC 1sts Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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