27th May Dog day, worst level of cricket I have ever witnessed in my Netherlands carrier. Sportsmanship 0 , Tolerance level 0, Umpiring level 0. Knowledge about cricket 0. Performance 0 . How many 0's I can add to this game which I played this last Saturday against QV. In fact the opponents gave so much trouble in even scoring by bowling 52 wides. Wow . What a shame and then complain about respecting the umpire decision. I thought it would be a a competitive game and we should give our best but seriously I am doubting that thrill of a thought I had before the game. Was it really needed when playing against such an opponent? It was such a poor level.
The game it self for VVV3 players was a spot on performance with 7 people in the team fasting in the month of Ramadan. Considering it was a hot day, 33+ degrees it was an achievement on its own to play in that weather. And to top that up we dominated the game from very beginning.
VVV won the toss and elected to bat first. We had a target of 200 total as par on that field. With strong batting line up Kokab Nadeem and Bobby Murtaza opened and we lost an early wicket of Kokab trying to hit a ball for 6. The ball kept low and Kokab was sitting with us in no time talking about how well he is going to be doing next match ( Which BTW he did ). Tajieb Tabassum joined Bobby and they did manage to score some runs together when Tajieb got caught at cover after scoring a few boundaries. This lad will make VVV proud some day but this was not that day. At 26 for 2 Saqib Chaudry joined Bobby and score a quick 26 in no time with some really good fireworks shots. In the mean time QV bowlers were busy giving us extra runs every over which was helping us great deal in keeping the score run rate at 10 an over and we reached 100 in no time.
After Saqib got caught. Ali Rashid started building up an innings with Bobby Murtaza ( who was also the one who was fasting that day) . Bobby played master class innings and kept rotating the strike after hitting a boundary. QV had no reply for Bobby. It seems Bobby had a mission to score a hattrick of 50's back to back. Which infact he did. Bobby and Ali built up a partnership of 91 runs. In the mean time Qui Vive bowlers were committed to add extra runs to our total and kept on bowing wide balls in every over. Some supporters were saying what level of cricket is this? They can not bowl an over without giving an extra wide run? Ali scored good 38 runs when he tried to hit a loopy spinner out of his crease and got stumped. Bobby finished with a massive total of 70 runs. The middle order batsman R.Alves and Bilal Khadim added 40 plus runs together to the team total and VVV finished their innings with a grand total of 259 for QV to chase in 40 overs.
Bobby A Murtaza 70
Ali Rashid 38
Saqib Chaudry 26
After lunch Zee Choudhry and Shafaqat Ali attacked for VVV and bowled good line and length. With a catch dropped no wicket fell in first 8 overs so Zee was replaced by Bilal which resulted in a wicket. 9th over total was 33 with 3 forced extras by QV umpiring. A no ball was called after the batsman hit the ball in air and it was almost going to be caught. The square leg umpire said batsman played with cross bat over his waist where infact he played with straight bat and hit the ball in air towards mid off where Kokab was ready to take the catch. We knew this is coming after QV bowling performance. After we were told to respect umpires decision we continued on with the game. Moments later a run out was not given. Respecting "UMPIRE" decision we moved on and finally able to get another run out appealed approved. 55 for 2 was a good start in 12 overs for us. QV was struggling to score runs already when Ali Rashid was asked to spin and what a good change it was. QV could not read Ali off spin and started to hit the ball in air. Zee took 3 catches on Ali bowling and Ali excellent spell finished with 8 overs 3 wickets and 38 runs. Since QV had trouble to play spin, Saqib Chaudry and Khurram Tahir ( Spin fast mixture) were brought in to attack and each took a wicket. After 2 more runouts and one wicket left, Kokab was asked to bowl to finish of QV miserable innings which he did on his first ball of 2nd over. QV all out for 163. ( with some bad scoring and unaccounted for extras they added to the total)
Good win for VVV but a bad level of cricket. In a nutshell VVV won the game with almost 100 runs margin and what a team performance this was. Excellent bowling and Excellent batting. We do hope QV starts considering educating their team on how to umpire and do good scoring on books. And most of all learn to bowl.
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Picture: Left to Right, Ali Rashid , Bobby A Murtaza
Many of us already expected and believed that Sunday is going to be an epic day. As VVV2 and VVV3 both were playing their away games at R&W. With high spirits and support for each other, game mode was already set before Sunday.
R&W3 won the toss and selected to bowl first to test out our batting skills. Imran aka Captain decided to go with usual batting line up, with a license to kill (nah not really)…
Asif and Rashid on crease and boy oh boy what a start it was. The man in form, Asif aka Centurion started where he left last week but this time around it was brutal batting from both ends. Rashid was also on fire with his powerful strokes, eager to make runs. He didn’t bother much about singles (still in trauma because of runout history). We reached 100 only in 8 overs.
Unfortunately we lost the first wicket in 9th over, 107-1. Rashid 40(4 X 5, 6X3, 1X2).
In 13th over we lost Asif’s wicket 140-2, what a spectacular inning, 85 (4x7, 6X9, 3 x 1).
Captain decided to change the batting order. He knew damage is already done by the opening partnership. So big weapons were unleashed, aiming at high score target and continue playing aggressively.
Following the lead set by the openers another spotlight performance by Kokab, a new member of our club, already shining with his hard hitting and all round performance, 57 (4x1, 6x7), 2nd fifty in a row.
High scoring run rate comes with consequences, we were losing wickets but we were not ready to drop the run rate. Everyone was chipping in, providing support to each other and hitting boundaries. We ended our innings at 308 all out in 34 overs. A little less what we were expecting, but a huge target for opposition.
Asif: 85 (4x7, 6X9, 3 x 1)
Kokab: 57 (4x1, 6x7)
Rashid: 40 (4 X 5, 6X3, 1X2)
After showing off our batting power it was time for the bowlers to rock the 2nd half. Same plan for fielding side, bowl aggressively, field sharp and finish the match early so we can supports our other team, as most of the time our eyes and ears were on other field trying to get some updates.
Farhan and Rashid started the attack. Farhan got his first victim in his first over. A caught behind nicely taken by the keeper (Imran). 3rd over 2nd victim, 5th over 3rd victim. On other end Rashid bowling on tight line and length keeping them under pressure.
Normally we have a bowling change after 10 overs, but Farhan wasn’t ready to get off the Attack, he wanted to continue until he finish his spell, with Captain’s confidence he completed his great spell with few dropped chances.
With bowling changes and sharp fielding we were getting wickets till the 18th over , R&W 104-7.
Afterwards I am not sure was it Fasting (its Ramadan and most of guys were fasting) or we were getting lazy on the field. With few dropped catches and after 28th over R&W were 176-7.
Time for a break and a motivational speech by Captain. The Rain, the Sweat, frustration, aggression, smell of a victory, all ingredients were there to push a little harder.
Buddy you're a young man hard man
Shoutin' in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on yo' face
You big disgrace
Wavin' your banner all over the place.
We will we will rock you
We finished the game in 33rd over. R&W3 191 all out and we went to other field to join VVV2 for the victory dance.
Farhan : 8-3-55
Thank you R&W for being a great host like always and for a good day of cricket.
Your correspondent: Khurram Tahir from VVV Cricket Club Amsterdam, with the passion for cricket and technology.
VVV3 won their game and young Tokir scored a 54 not out yesterday!