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Hot Dogs D2 Vs Bashers CC

Date: 
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Hotdogs team: 
Hotdogs 2nd team
Hotdogs score: 
?? - WON
Opposition team: 
Bashers CC
Opposition score: 
165

A gloomy day, it felt like the Sun was taking a day off with the Rain God stretching (as Mike Tsesmelis does it before match) and preparing to come down pouring. But everyone reached the ground hoping that Rain stays within the clouds and enjoys this epic clash.

As usual, Vikas lost the toss and was asked to field first. It wasn’t a disappointing toss to lose as the plan was to field first seeing the overcast weather conditions. For the first time this season Hot Dogs experimented with opening the bowling attack by using the slow left arm bowling of Vinay, with the new ball in hand. Vinay did not get wickets but was effective restricting the Bashers opener to get the rhythm going. Nathan was effective sharing the new ball but was unlucky for not getting wickets. In his first over there was an edge which carried to the wrong hand of the slip fielder, Vikas, who could get his hand under the ball but not hold it. Another chance was missed when the batsman tried slogging off Nathan’s bowling and the ball went pass backward short leg. Turning around, Rak had to run hard to get to the ball - he also got both hands to it but could not hold it long enough.  Garlen came as the first change and bowled tidily.  Karthick was the next change bowler from the other end and was effective in restricting Bashers. Rizwan came from the pavilion end and he scared the Bashers with his pace. He was very effective taking 2 wickets and bowling all of his quota of 6 overs at a stretch. Rak proved once again effective with his leg spin taking 3 wickets in his quota of 6 overs. At the depth of the innings Venki found it difficult to keep up with the slogging and went for few runs in his 2nd over. Finally Nathan got his much deserved wicket in the 29th over. Bashers were all out for the score of 165.

Keeping an eye on the target Vinay and Vikas started the run chase. Vinay, with his open stance tried to smash 3 consecutive balls of Rowell's over but did not connect with a single delivery. It did seem a desperate effort but he was calmed by opening partner Vikas. Vinay and Vikas slowly got the ball rolling and went on to put 39 run partnership before Vikas was bowled by a slower ball. This marked the entry of “Herschelle Gibbs” of Hot Dogs – Nick (Jonty when fielding) to the crease. Vinay went on to score 35 runs before getting out. Hard-hitting Rizwan was the next man in.  Rizwan, as usual, was nicely connecting with the ball. At the drinks break Hot Dogs were comfortably placed at 103 off 15 overs.  Nick was of the view that he just needed to "hang in there" and let Rizwan take on the bowlers. It was just after the drinks break that Nick did exactly opposite to what he said. He marched to the crease and started with his power hitting and made Bashers see the ball fly all over the park. He hit 3 huge sixes of which one was out of the park, floating it into the adjacent canal. He was undoubtedly the Man of the Match for his 65 not out. Rizwan also scored 28 and remained not out. At the end it was a day of joy for Hot Dogs 2nd XI beating Bashers for 8 wickets.

The season is now in full swing and we are improving well with every match. We are in better control of our extras; our fielding has improved and is approaching high standards; and our batsmen are showing good touch of bat and are scoring well. Another noticeable aspect of our game is that we are chasing very well, which is usually a nightmare for many teams. However, the main concern is our catching. We need to practice hard at developing our catching skills. If we compliment our bowlers for their fine efforts we will end up chasing fairly low scores which will boost our confidence a lot.