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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Zorax » Sat Apr 16, 2022 5:44 am

Match Report - Bangladesh vs India, ODI, 13th Apr 2022 @ Tendulkar International

Match ID: 1588811
State of Pitch: 65 Moisture, 31 wear, 76 speed
Weather: 5 wind, 66 cloud, 61 heat

Pre-Match Head to Head ODI Record: Played 11, Ind won 5, BD won 6

Toss: India won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Bangladesh won by 21 runs.

BD XI: S. Javed, T. Iqbal, H. Sattar, B. Snigdha, R. Shkorer, H. Magesh, T. Chung (+), M. Obaid (*), M. Uzair, R. Khan, M. Rahman
Ind XI: H. Solkar (*), B. Pichai, A. Venkatesan, J. Mahale, J. Nagin, I. Thuraisingham (+), P. Ram, D. Pratima, B. Koppolu, G. Kaushal, G. Madhana

BD ODI debuts: None
Ind ODI debuts: Jayendra Mahale

w00t another big win! After starting the season with 3 losses, we've picked up 3 wins in a row. Beating India at a ground called the Tendulkar International is even sweeter. Another really solid team effort, this time in defending a score.

We were forced to make four changes to the XI due to fitness issues. Mubashar Obaid returned to the XI as captain to replace Taufeeq Imran. Obaid knows what it takes to beat India, having captained and taken a five-fer when we last played them in ODIs! Raun Shkorer made his return to the side as well, slotting back in at 5 to replace Sajid Sami. Tony Chung relieved Sajid Nauman as keeper, and paceman Idrees Jamil was replaced by fellow paceman Mustafizur Rahman. We also picked the swing of Riaz Khan over the spin of Tauseef Baloch due to the conditions, leading to a total of 5 changes to the side, and an almost entirely different bowling attack to the one that beat Australia over the weekend.

We lost the toss and were sent in to bat first. This is just the 2nd time in the season so far that we've batted first. I would have liked to have bowled first too, especially coming off two successful chases. India however have struggled with chasing, having lost their last 3 ODIs batting second! Keeping that in mind, it was a brave call to bowl first by the Indian team management. Onto the ratings and we actually out-rated India overall, and cracked 70K for the first time this season! But that's mainly down to our fielding again, where we clocked in 76K vs India's 66K. Our tail end batting was bolstered up to 44k too thanks to Obaid, but India out-rated us fairly significantly in other departments, especially in bowling. So the overall ratings were a bit misleading - India still the much stronger side. But 70K ratings for us is a minor accomplishment, I'm pretty please with that :)

Onto the game and the pitch had a little bit in it for the quicks in the first few overs, but very quickly eased out and became nice deck to bat on. Shan Javed and Tamim Iqbal put on another solid opening partnership for us, and we crossed 50 for no loss. Javed was clearly struggling for fitness, the intense ODI schedule taking its toll on him, but looked fluent nevertheless. He scored 46 runs at close to a run-a-ball without a single rash shot, but nicked off behind just shot of his fifty. Great catch by Thuraisingham, and we were now 66/1 in 14 overs.

Javed's fluency was in contrast to Tamim's doggedness, as the junior opener seemed determined to occupy the crease and bat deep into the innings. He was joined by Haroon Sattar, who looked in great touch right from the get go. Sattar's 10th ball was blocked down the ground for 4, and he very quickly caught up to Tamim's score, so much so that the two of them brought up their fifties within 7 balls of each other! Their partnership was a chanceless one, and formed the backbone of our innings. It ended up being worth 121 runs in 151 balls, with Haroon doing the bulk of the scoring. He was on 70* from just 60 balls when Tamim was dismissed for 68 in the 39th over, and at 188/2 with 11 overs to come the platform had been set to launch!

Sattar took 13 runs from the next over to bring up BD's 200, but was bowled in the 43rd just 3 runs short of what would have been his maiden ODI ton! 97 off just 79 balls against one of the best teams in the world, outstanding innings :clap: With wickets in hand we were primed for a strong finish, but could manage just 53 runs off the last 7 overs. Above a run-a-ball, but I would have liked closer to 10 rpo. Still 273 is a very solid score batting first on a good deck with a bit of wear. Raun Shkorer was dropped in the 45th over, but ended up 29*, while Tony Chung whacked 13 off the 4 balls he got to face.

India got their chase off to a bright start, with a boundary in the first over, but two consecutive maiden overs followed it. The two left-armers, Riaz and Rahman, bowled well upfront, but it was Magesh who once again got the breakthroughs! The allrounder continued his his fine bowling form from last game, dismissing both Pichai and Venkatesan in the space of 3 deliveries! India 32/2 at the end of 10 overs, the pressure now on their middle over to deliver. Captain Solkar set about rebuilding the innings with debutant Mahale, and the pair of them added 59 runs off 87 balls. But with the asking rate creeping up to 7 rpo the pressure was building, and it was skipper Mubashar Obaid who seized on it, nailing his yorker to clean bowl his opposing number for 42! India 87/3 in 24 overs and in serious trouble.

Jayant Nagin is a quality batter, and he joined the debutant out in the middle with 187 still needed off just 158 balls. He wasted no time getting stuck in, attacking from his very first ball and finding the boundary fairly frequently during his knock. Mahale joined in as well, and soon brought up his ODI fifty off only 53 deliveries! He then stepped on the gas, and together the pair of them scored 93 runs in the 13 overs following Solkar's dismissal! A brilliant counterattack, and India now found themselves ahead of the game, requiring only 94 more off the last 13 overs! We probably weren't as tidy as we would have like in the field, but full credit to the batters, they were hitting them very well.

The game was delicately poised when Balakk Snigdha was asked to bowl the 38th over. He had just taken his first ever international wicket in the game vs Australia, and does have over 350 wickets in league cricket. However I don't think anyone watching would have predicted what came next. Mahale cut the first ball bowled to the fielder for a dot, and then swung wildly across the line next ball to be clean bowled! Out for 81 off 73, a brilliant innings cut shot, a dangerous partnership broken and we were back in the game!

Keeper Ikshan Thuraisingham walked out for India - a man with 1030 ODI runs in 14 innings at an average of 93, including 7 fifties and 3 tons! Those are some incredible stats. Balakk nailed his yorker first ball to get another dot, and then landed a gentle leg-cutter outside off. Ikshan attacked it and got a thin edge behind to Tony Chung, who held onto a hard catch! Out for a duck, the dangerman was gone and it was two wickets for Balakk Snigdha! Scenes!

But the over wasn't done yet. Left-handed allrounder Prabhjeet Ram made his way to the middle, marked his guard, and then promptly flicked his first ball from Balakk straight into the hands of Hansh Magesh at square leg!! The 3rd wicket of the over!! India now all of a sudden 6 down, what on Earth was going on! Balakk Snigdha has just torn through the Indian middle order in the space of 5 balls, and just like that we were back in the game!

Devratt Pratima, in at number 8, pushed the last ball of the over through a gap in the offisde for 2 runs to get his innings underway. India 182/6 after 38 overs, with Jayant Nagin -who witnessed the carnage of that over from the non striker's end- on 43* off 45.

Nagin continued to battle on with support from Pratima, bringing up his fifty and threatening to pull off the chase despite having no recognized batters left to bat with. The pair of them took 16 runs off Mustafizur in the 42nd, 9 off Obaid in the 43rd, and then 11 from Mustafizur in the 44th. Pratima scored 18 -his highest score in International cricket- and with 39 needed off just 36 balls Indian fans would have started believing yet again. Obaid started the 45th over being hit by Nagin for 4, but dismissed Pratima caught behind on the 5th ball. India 240/7 after 45 overs. Game not quite over yet, the tension on the field was palpable.

Thankfully, Obaid had one last trick up his sleeve. Mirza Uzair came on to finish off his 10 overs, and put the kibosh on the chase by getting Nagin to nick behind to Chung with his first ball! 84 from 72 balls, a phenomenal innings, one that could have quite possibly been match winning if not for those 5 balls of madness. Koppolu was bowled by the googly a couple of balls later, and Kaushal managed to hit Mustafizur for a 4 to keep hopes of the unlikeliest chase flickering just that bit longer till Mirza got him caught at mid-on to bring an end to proceedings. India all out for 252, we win by 21 runs!

A great win, set up by some excellent batting from our top order and then wickets from Magesh, Obaid, Balakk and Mirza! We could consider ourselves a bit lucky here -it's not often our part-timer will be taking 3 big wickets in a single over- but at the same time we played good cricket throughout.

Positives - Valuable points in the bag. Good innings from Tamim and Sattar, who are now starting to establish themselves at this level. Wickets for Balakk Snigdha, unexpectedly, but also Mirza, Obaid and Magesh. Javed now the 4th leading run scorer of the Nat season. This was also Mirza's 50th game of international cricket, so it's good that he was able to play a key role in the win.

Fitness Updates - We are wrecked. Iqbal, Javed and Magesh will have to be rested for the game vs South Africa later today, while we're still not sure on Uzair.
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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Zorax » Sun Apr 17, 2022 3:20 pm

Snap back to reality with that game. Clinical performance by the Saffars, well played :thumbup:

Two games in two weeks to end the season. Eng, NZ, Zim, Aus all probably locked in as the Top 4. WI and India might have an outside chance of making it as well.
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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Zorax » Fri Apr 22, 2022 4:18 pm

Match Report - Bangladesh vs South Africa, ODI, 16th Apr 2022 @ Perry Pirates CC CG

Match ID: 1588798
State of Pitch: 22 Moisture, 80 wear, 12 speed
Weather: 17 wind, 96 cloud, 98 heat

Pre-Match Head to Head ODI Record: Played 10, SA won 4, BD won 6

Toss: South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: South Africa won by 8 wickets.

BD XI: B. Snigdha, Z. Mehr, H. Sattar, T. Chung (+), S. Sami, R. Shkorer, M. Hafeez, M. Obaid, T. Baloch, I. Jamil, T. Imran (*)
SA XI: U. Fouche, G. Gwynn, W. Torquil, E. De Kock, M. Rumble, L. Novak (*)(+), L. Frayn, J. Opperman, J. Du Toit, W. Afrika, K. Luvuno

BD ODI debuts: Zakaria Mehr
SA ODI debuts: None

Welp. After 3 wins on the trot it was time to snap back to reality. A fitness-ravaged side got skittled on a minefield and weren't able to build any pressure with the ball, SA cantering to an easy win.

Let's discuss the playing XI first. I really wanted to play 2 spinners, but Mirza Uzair just wasn't fit enough the morning of the game, and we don't have any other real spin bowling options to call upon. I was tempted to call up Lester Shum to the side, but with Hafeez and Obaid playing to lengthen the batting it was either Lester's offies or Jamil's pace. I went with the pace, and used my one change this week to bring in 20-touch Zakaria Mehr into the squad, since both Javed and Iqbal were not fit to play either. Tony Chung was given the gloves over Sajid Nauman and asked to bat at 4 - being the better batter of the two and in better touch as well. The plan was for the top 4 to give us a platform, Sami/Shkorer to tackle the old ball, with a bit of a batting in the tail to hopefully push us to a solid score. The bowling a bit seam heavy on a very worn and dry track, but the hope was they could get enough out of the surface and make use of the cloud cover to extract some wickets.

Our ratings for this match cracked 70K again, which is phenomenal despite missing several key players. As usual we were clocking in big fielding rating - SA's overall ratings were almost identical but they outrated us in every department. I wanted to bat first but honestly it was a tough call. My thought process was get runs on the board and hope the pressure of the chase would see SA's powerful batting collapse. Ultimately it was SA who won the toss and sent us in, obviously backing their potent 3-pronged spin attack to do the damage.

And how right they were. Opperman, Afrika and Frayn combined for figures of 25-3-61-3 and squeezed the life out of our batting lineup. But the early blows were dealt by the seamers - Zakaria falling to a good ball Du Toit and even better catch by keeper/captain Novak, and then Snigdha trapped in his crease by a change of pace from quickman Luvuno. 29/2 was a great platform for the spinners to work their magic, and the pressure they built saw 3 runouts as well, as we were bowled out for just 107 in 39.4 overs. A disappointing effort with the bat, but SA bowled and fielded well in conditions that suited them. Sattar and Chung added 35 for the 3rd wicket but no other partnership crossed 20 or lasted more than 33 balls. We lost our 8 wickets for just 43 runs. A real performance to forget.

With the game all but over, we still had to get out there and bowl! We didn't do much wrong with the ball or in the field, we just had nothing to work with. Despite that we did take 2 wickets and dragged the chase into the 32 over - if we were bowling first this would be a pretty reasonable position to be in - but ultimately we went down by 8 wickets and lost the bonus point to go with it.

A tough loss, but these are sometimes inevitable. There might have been some things we could have done differently, but I think we picked the best XI we could have. These conditions just don't suit us, especially when we don't have our best batters and frontline spinner. Also Raun Shkorer run out yet again - that's 3 times in his 4 innings for BD this season. The man just can't catch a break!

Overall a poor effort, but a really clinical performance by SA. If I had another crack at this I might have tried to get a third spinner into the squad a bit sooner, rather than having to pick between more spin or an extra batter. But that wouldn't have helped us score more runs. Just a poor day in the office, best not to dwell too much over this and just focus on the next one.

Positives - Haha almost nothing here. Chung and Sattar batted well for a bit and we bowled decently, but really clutching at straws here.

Fitness Updates - Sattar was struggling a bit for fitness before this game and will now certainly need to be rested from the next one. Tamim didn't play but is still not fit enough to play for us tomorrow. Apart from those two, no major fitness issues and we should have the rest of our squad to pick from.

One change made to the squad tho, with Taimur Arif called up in place of Zakaria Mehr. Mehr didn't do much wrong, Arif just had a productive training session and we'd like to get a look at him while we wait for our first-choice bats to recover. Mehr will almost certainly play for BD again in the future :)
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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Knight » Fri Apr 22, 2022 5:40 pm

Super excited to see how Arif fares at the big stage. Especially after last week’s debut for KP, the stakes are high for Arif.

Good luck for tomorrow!

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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Zorax » Thu Apr 28, 2022 4:55 pm

Match Report - Bangladesh vs Pakistan, ODI, 23rd Apr 2022 @ Northern Cowboys CG

Match ID: 1588800
State of Pitch: 73 Moisture,12 wear, 80 speed
Weather: 19 wind, 52 cloud, 52 heat

Pre-Match Head to Head ODI Record: Played 10, Pak won 6, BD won 4

Toss: Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Pakistan won by 25 runs.

BD XI: S. Javed, T. Arif, B. Snigdha, R. Shkorer, S. Sami, H. Magesh, S. Nauman (+), M. Uzair, R. Khan, I. Jamil, T. Imran (*)
Pak XI: Z. Zubari, I. Iqbal, I. Shah, A. Naveed, A. Ansar, M. Nauman (+), A. Shafi, W. Malik, D. Khattak, R. Razzaq, M. Niazi (*)

BD ODI debuts: Taimur Arif
Pak ODI debuts: Danish Khattak

A real runfest of a game, it's shame we didn't come out as the winner.

In conditions like these our lineup basically picks itself. Mirza/Riaz/Idrees/Taufeeq was a bowling combination we've run out with success before, with Magesh staying on as our allrounder. Haroon Sattar and Tamim Iqbal both missed out due to fitness, which meant Raun Shkorer retained his spot and Taimur Arif got to make his International debut! Sajid Nauman returned to take the gloves.

We won the toss and chose to bowl first. The Expert Previews suggests that we were favourites - clocking 70k once again vs Pakistan's 68k, and this time without the fielding advantage - both sides hit 75k! We out rated Pakistan in every department except one - their Top Order hitting an imposing 78K. Our plan was simple - use the moisture and pace in the pitch to take a few wickets with the new balls, then squeeze.

Unfortunately that's not how it played out at all. Pak's 78K top order got stuck into us, with Zubari and Iqbal putting on 102 for the first wicket. They both fell in the space of 13 runs, but the platform had been sent, and young prodigy Ilyas Shah proceeded to take us apart enroute to his maiden ODI hundred! Just 22 years of age and in just his 4th game! He finished on 104* off just 84 balls, forming the bedrock of Pakistan's eventual score of 336/6. Ansar was the icing to Shah's cake, hammering 57 off just 27 balls, while their Nauman keeper hit 3 sixes in just 15 balls. Yikes. We didn't bowl too poorly, Pakistan just battered us on a good pitch. Idrees Jami and Mirza Uzair got a few wickets to show for their efforts, but no one ended with an economy of less than 6.

Still, it was a good wicket and the Pakistani bowling was that intimidating. We were still in with a chance, and debutant Taimur Arif started in confident manner. We lost Shan Javed in the 7th over, but Arif would go on to score 44 off just 56 on his debut. Balakk Snigdha got stuck in from number 3, top scoring with 83 off just 99 balls, while Shkorer kept the scoreboard ticking with 43 off 50 balls. Raun's dismissal brought in Sajid Sami, who went absolutely beserk hammering 4 fours and 3 sixes to score 42 in just 15 deliveries! However, we were still left needing 115 to win in the final 11 overs, and that was just too high a mountain to climb. Both Sami and Snigdha were dismissed in the space of 10 balls, and it was down to Magesh, Nauman and the tail. Hansh Magesh continued his rich vein of form, hammering 55 off just 27 balls, but wickets kept tumbling at the other end, and we were eventually bowled out for 311 in 48.4 overs. 26 runs short of the target, with 8 balls to spare. Speedster Azam Shafi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, taking 5/61, while Khattak enjoyed a fine debut with 3/51.

A valiant effort in the chase, but it really was just too many runs. Maybe we get there if someone in our top 4 gets stuck in and scores a ton, or if Sami and Magesh could have kept their onslaughts going just a bit longer. But really we lost the game by not taking new ball wickets. In hindsight, maybe we bat first and put their top order under a bit of pressure. But also we did drop Ilyas Shah on 66 (debutant Arif with the butter fingers) - take that catch and maybe we're chasing something more manageable. Game of fine margins is cricket, at least we put up a fight and took the bonus point from the match.

Positives - Wickets for Jami and Mirza at the death, despite taking some stick, while Arif, Snigdha, Raun, Sami and Magesh all batted very well.

Fitness Updates - The final game of the season is in a couple of days, and atm Taufeeq Imran and Balakk Snigdha are uncertain. Idrees Jamil a bit touch and go too, but I suspect he'll be fit.

Apologies for the late and fairly brief reports lately. RL commitments have picked up, don't have as much time to spare. But it's been a decent season, let's finish on a strong note :thumbup:
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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Knight » Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:26 pm

He did manage to hang on to the other two though :p

Edit: He was also the joint best fielder during the game with his 7 fielding skills :lol:

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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby JayTheFirebender » Sat Apr 30, 2022 12:28 pm

England are locked in to qualify, with Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka all competing for those final 3 spots. India and Pakistan both have very slim chances but they'd need a lot of luck and results to go their way, including winning their own games. South Africa and Bangladesh are totally ruled out . I suppose that is due to me supporting both of them and thereafter jinxing them:lol: Despite this they can influence the standings by winning their matches.
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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby YVRK » Sun May 01, 2022 8:00 am

That concludes the group stage. England, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe are through. Heartbreak for Pakistan who had such a great comeback against all odds in the latter half of the season, and actually ended up with more wins than Zimbabwe. However, Pakistan's lack of bonus points and lower NRR saw them miss out. Thanks to some fight by the Australian tailenders against Pakistan in their final game, Zimbabwe just about scraped through.

As a club manager I'm quite happy by how good Ansar has been for Pakistan this season: his average just shy of fifty (more than made up for by his strike rate) and the third highest runscorer of the group stage :)

Really it seems that every team had a decent season by getting at least 4 wins except for South Africa...after a good few seasons we've been demoted back to being the minnows of the league. Two thumping victories against Pakistan and Bangladesh were in the midst of a series of underperformances where myself and lightning can't really work out what we were getting so significantly wrong throughout the season. There are positives to take, most notably Fouche, Torquil and Rumble's standout batting performances coupled with the emergence of Du Toit and Luvuno as our future seamers. Pretorius and Afrika have also impressed.

Shoutout to Zorax whose write ups have been fabulously detailed and entertaining to read. :clap:

Good luck to all those in the semis! I'll be behind Zimbabwe this time, but may the best team win!
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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Molle » Sun May 01, 2022 8:15 am

Does this mean South Africa get relegated? :lol: :angel:

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Re: Nat Season 30

Postby Zorax » Sun May 01, 2022 4:55 pm

Match Report - Bangladesh vs West Indies, ODI, 30th Apr 2022 @ Dom Dom Memorial Ground

Match ID: 1588809
State of Pitch: 94 Moisture,12 wear, 76 speed
Weather: 51 wind, 45 cloud, 27 heat

Pre-Match Head to Head ODI Record: Played 11, WI won 5, BD won 6

Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
Result: Bangladesh won by 2 wickets.

BD XI: S. Javed, T. Arif, H. Sattar, B. Snigdha, S. Sami, H. Magesh, T. Chung (+), M. Obaid, I. Jamil, R. Khan, T. Imran (*)
WI XI: S. Hawes, O. Kenton, O. Foot (+), A. Donaldson, O. Cousins, H. Fowler, D. Felton, W. Yarnton, M. Kendrick (*), D. Butcher, D. Reader

BD ODI debuts: None
WI ODI debuts: None

What a great game! A win to end our campaign on a high note :) Even sweeter that it came at my own ground - the Dom Dom Memorial Ground, named in honor of a dear friend who departed last year. I had the option of setting the pitch for the fixture, which is a rarity at Nat cricket, and so naturally went with a surface that suited our strengths. ZCC play on a similar pitch anyways, so it wasn't too difficult.

Our playing XI for this final encounter picked itself. Javed and Arif retained as the opening combo, Haroon Sattar returning to the XI in place of Raun Shkorer, and Tony Chung taking the gloves from Sajid Nauman - better batting, in better touch, and has just popped in keeping skill as well. Plus he's played a lot of games out here, he knows the ground well ;) The one controversial decision was leaving out wrist-spinner Mirza Uzair for left-arm medium pacer Mubasahar Obaid, leaving us with no spin options for this game. It was a tricky decision, but Obaid has been bowling well and the conditions suited him a lot more than it did Mirza. Also helps lengthen our batting, which I felt might be critical in this game.

I wanted to bowl first, and the West Indies obliged by sending us in to field at the toss. We outrated WI by 2k overall, driven mainly by fielding, but also had the edge on middle order and tailend batting, as well as powerplay and death bowling. We were proper favorites, I was feeling confident. All we needed now were new ball wickets.

Those unfortunately were short in supply, as Hawes and Kenton took us to the sword. They saw off the early threat posed by Riaz and Taufeeq and proceeded to build, putting on a 100 runs in the first 20 overs. At this point I was fearing the worst - batting was only going to get easier here on in, we might have been forced into a steep run chase. Mubashar Obaid's introduction into the attack was delayed, and when he finally did get to bowl he broke through for us, dismissing Hawes for 44! The in-form Hansh Magesh then bowled the WI 'keeper Foot off the inside edge, and got a tired Keaton out for 78 a few overs later! Overs 21 to 30 produced 3 wickets for just 38 runs, and we were right back in the game!

Re-invigorated, our bowling attack applied the squeeze. Boundaries were in short supply and wickets were taken at regular intervals. Balakk Snigdha dismissed allrounder Cousins, Riaz Khan picked up Fowler LBW, and then Tony Chung pulled off two smart stumpings in a single over standing up the wicket to Riaz to dismiss Donaldson and Yarnton! Kendrick and Felton stuck around and added 39 boundary-free runs, Idrees Jamil took 2 wickets in 2 balls, and his hattrick ball was hit for 6 by Reader, as the WI clung on to bat out their 50 overs! 239 was our target - I was very confident.

And that confidence was well justified, as Shan Javed and Taimur Arif went to work laying a solid platform. They didn't hit a boundary till the 13th over, but hit 6 in the next 13. Javed brought up his 6th ODI fifty 25th over, and Arif his maiden ODI fifty the over after! At 107/0 in 26, the game was safely in our grasp.

But cricket is a funny game. Arif lost focus briefly and nicked Kendrick behind to be out for 50 exactly. Javed called Sattar through for a quick single, only for the new batter to be caught short of his ground for 1. Javed then played all over a innocuous straight ball to be LBW, and we were suddenly 118/3 in 30 overs. Uh oh. Some stability was needed!

Thankfully we had the two veterans Snigdha and Sami in the middle and they set about rebuilding. They added 58 runs in just 56 balls, whittling down the asking rate from 6.05 to 5.82. Snigdha was dropped by Foot behind the stumps, and with just 64 needed in the final 11 overs, the pressure was back on the West Indies. But there were a few more twists left in the tale. Willy Yarnton picked up two wickets in two balls to start the 39th over - Sami for for 34, and the dangerous Hansh Magesh for a golden duck! Trouble!

The final few overs of the chase resembled the dying rounds of boxing match, with two tired warriors slugging it out blow for blow. Snigdha hit 3 fours and a six in the next two overs, but dragged Fowler into his stumps to be bowled for 46! Obaid hit a boundary in Fowler's next over, but was bowled too just a few balls later! Then Jamil hit Felton cleanly through a gap for 4 more, but was caught well behind the stumps at the end of that over! We were 220/8 in 46 overs, needing 19 off the last 4! Edge of the seat stuff.

All through this chaos, Tony Chung had quietly accumulated 12 from 15 balls, assessing the situation on a ground he knows very well. He proceeded to seize control of the match, facing 17 of the next 18 deliveries bowled, and hitting two boundaries from them! It was a masterclass in finishing off the game, as he pinched quick runs and manipulated the strike, bringing the situation down to 4 to win off the very last over with himself on strike. 100 overs of hard fought cricket, and it was the young wicketkeeper/batter delivering the final blows! Quick man Kendrick was entrusted to bowl this over for WI, and produced a dot ball first up as Chung's slog trickled off to midwicket. Chung attempted to slog the next ball as well, and hit it high into the air. Reader sprinted around and put in a desperate dive, but the ball burst through his fingertips! A hard chance dropped, and we were now just two runs away! Chung swung hard once again, and found the fielder in the deep. They ran the first hard, the fielder fumbled his pick up, and they sprinted back for the winning run, and off on a lap of honour! A nailbiting win in front 14,000 cheering fans, was a fantastic way to end the season!

Positives - Excellent win with solid contributions from nearly everyone in the team.

Fitness Updates - Season's over, we've all come through in one piece :)
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