Catch that!

I saw the glimpse of the Hilversum scoring 250+ runs against ACC while we were playing against HMS. I knew we were in for a run feast this last Sunday. When we reached the Hilversum ground we were amazed to see how small the ground was. To top that up , trees branches from square boundaries were saying "hello" 10 meters inside the field of play.  Hit that and its a 6.

Square boundaries also had water creeks and and thick bushes. It looked like we were going to play in an Island surrounded by water. 300+ runs? yes very possible. Going to use 10 balls in a match ? Of course. Though the home team said , if you can not find your own ball that's hit for a boundary chances are you are going to find another one inside the thick bushes....
So the question was who is going to bat first?

With half of the team was not even available at the ground ready to play , captain went for toss in hopes to win it but sadly like last week this didn't happen. Hilversum instantly made the decision to bat first. We started almost on time with the attack bowling by Zee and Bilal. No wickets fell in first 8 overs but Hilversum also had the trouble to score runs of good bowling by the two. Shahzaib as first change was handed over the ball in hopes to break the partnership that was on the brink of making team frustrated. Shazaib delivered what was asked for and clean bowled the opener in his 2nd over. He bowled 4 maidens in his 5 overs first spell with 1 wicket. Since pacers were not getting rewarded well Ali replaced Bilal and that's where our team fielding showed a flaw. 4 cathes were dropped ( 3 in 1 over). This was frustrating for everyone and specially for the bowler. We could have bowled them out for under 120 but in order to do that you need the catch the damn ball at every opportunity. Hilversum started scoring odd boundaries when eventually a ball was caught at short cover by Tajieb bowled by Ali. A much needed break through was delivered. Last 5 overs Shazaib and Zee did good bowling and reduced the score to 178 for 6.  in 40 overs.


Bowling stats:
Zee          6o 1m 21r 2w
Shahzaib  8o 4m 19r 2w
Ali           8o 0m 37r 2w

After lunch in the forest somewhere ( A wooden shed was the marker to find the place to eat ) Shahzaib and Ali opened the batting for VVV. It looked like they both were in a hurry to finish the game in 20 overs. Too much IPL's i guess? In any case that was a fire cracker start. Within 8 overs we were well over 50 when Ali got caught at Extra cover? or was it cover? or was it extra extra cover? Hilversum captain was smart closing in the gap for Ali shots. Tajieb went in and started off with a few dots and then out of no where hit a huge 6 over long off. Soon after at 91 we lost Shahzaib to very odd dismissal. He nicked a ball which looked like it bounced just after touching the bat to the keeper. Umpire did not give out but Shahzaib showed great sportsmanship and walked away just shy of 1 run from his half century. Abid was new batsman on the crease with Tajieb and they kept the score rate high as Ali and Shahzaib and built up a partnership of 40 runs in no time. Tajieb finally had a good knock with 1x6 and 4x4 while  scoring 31 runs. Tajieb fallen prey to wide off side off stump ball and trying to play it towards backward point when 20 runs were needed for victory. Within 23 overs Abid and Djawid Akbari finished the game with ease with Abid again stayed NOT OUT for 2nd time at 36 ( 1x6 and 5x4). 

Batting stats:
Shahzaib  49

Abid       36*

Tajieb    31

A good win and 2 points in the bag and a new thing to improve in the training. Our fielding.


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