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.