Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI v Liege CC on Sat 21 Apr 2018 at 13:00
Optimists Cricket Club Lost by 5 wickets

Match report Saturday saw the Optimists Cricket Club start their Belgian Cricket Federation T20 campaign against Liege CC.

Blue skies, sun shining and to begin with all was right with the world. Skipper, Richard Neale won the toss and elected to bat.

Tony Whiteman and Richard Grundy opening the innings but with Tony falling in the first over and Richard Grundy in the second over, it was down to Richard Neale and Vikram Vijh to rebuild the innings and start again.

The bowling was tight and runs were hard to come by, and after 10 overs the Optimists were 58-2. However, Neale and Vijh started to increase the scoring tempo until Richard Neale was run out for 32. Vikram really started to show his class and hit some aggressive shots to up the run-rate either further.

Vikram was joined by Saransh Kulshrestha and Joost Mees in cameo innings and eventually Vikram also succumbed for a brilliant 81.

After 20 overs, the Optimists made 161 with the loss of 6 wickets. A good score that the Optimists were confident of defending.

Vice-captain, Saransh Kulshrestha opening the bowling and is immediately apparent, Liege CC were going to attack from ball one. Ball one went for six!

Pankaj Malav opened from the other end and clean-bowled the other opening batsman. The bowling was rotated but runs were flowing freely and after 6 overs, Liege were 60-1. Vikram Vijh then came on to bowl and had the golden touch. Clean bowling the Liege captain who made 55, then decimating the middle order and at one point was on a hat-trick. After 12 overs, Liege were 97-5. However, the Liege wicket-keeper had other ideas and batted very well to get things back on track for the opposing side.

He was ably supported by their number 7 who at the end was also hitting some lusty blows to further dampen the Optimists spirits.

They hit the winning runs in the 18th over to much jubilation.

There was a lot for the Optimists to learn from this defeat to ensure a better performance in their next T20 game next Saturday. However, it was an excellent day for Vikram Vijh who batted and bowled brilliantly and looks to be in great form this season.

We move on to next Saturday where the Optimists will play two T20 games in Gent to try and ensure they go through to the finals day later in the season.

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 8w 2b  
for 6 wickets
Richard Grundy Caught  3 5 60.0
Tony Whiteman Caught  0 1 0
Richard Neale Run out  32 37 4 86.49
Vikram Vijh Caught  81 55 9 2 147.27
Saransh Kulshrestha Bowled  8 4 1 200 1
Joost Mees Bowled  13 10 1 130.0
Girish Venkateswaran Not Out  12 8 150.0
Pankaj Malav Not Out  1 1 100
Reinhardt Heyns  
Vishwajeet Deshpande  
Mohit Dixit  

Liege CC Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Liege CC Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
10w 1lb 
for 5 wickets
165 (18.1 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Saransh Kulshrestha1.001200.0012.00
Pankaj Malav4.0023123.005.75
Mohit Dixit1.001200.0012.00
Reinhardt Heyns2.001700.008.50
Richard Grundy1.001500.0015.00
Vikram Vijh4.002546.256.25
Girish Venkateswaran2.002300.0011.50
Richard Neale1.001700.0017.00
Vishwajeet Deshpande2.102000.009.23

  • Umpire :
    David Crowther
  • Scorer :