Regionalliga: narrow defeat to Welle

Captain’s Match Report – CICC Vs. Deutsche Welle, Regionalliga 2015

A pretty horrible day for cricket: we had interim spells of rain and it was very windy at a the ground making it quite a tiring experience. Not to mention the fact that we played with just 9 players!

First Innings (CICC batting):
Having won the toss, we decided to bat and Naeem opened with Tushar. Their job was to build a steady partnership and keep the score board ticking. They did a wonderful job rotating the strike and getting us to a respectable 45+ in the first 12-13 overs when Tushar fell. A few shots from Tushar were wonderful to watch, especially his flick for 4! I joined Naeem and continued the partnership, at which point Naeem also started opening up, dispatching a couple of good boundaries.

Close to the 21-22nd over I started to try to go after the bowling and was caught at gully. Naeem continued until the 35th over scoring 59: a very special innings considering the fact that we were missing nearly 4 of our in-form batsmen. The rest tried their best to stay at the wicket and nearly 25 extras from their side helped us get to a respectable total of 149 in close to 42 overs. Furqan held his nerve till the end with some sensible batting.

Second Innings (CICC fielding):
We started very positive with Rana on song, supported well by Furqan and then by Byju. First few wickets fell fast and we had them on the back-foot. Rana’s German Team experience was great to see as he bowled a wonderful first spell. Byju also bowled well, and his wicket was special when Naeem took a brilliant running catch. The best of the season I feel.

After that Tushar, Matt and Kausar continued. They bowled very well to keep the score down. Unfortunately we failed the pick the crucial wicket of Kausar, who played well and took the win from us.

Highlights:
Naeem’s half century – well planned, well played! I believe if he had more support his score would have been bigger!
Bowling – Rana with 2 wickets, but also Byju, Matt, Furqan, Tushar and Kausar. A very disciplined attack. We must improve on our extras though.
Fielding – Absolutely brilliant. With 9 fielders to work with, it was difficult to set an attacking field. Having said that I feel all of us were on red bull or some other energy drink :D cause they was some beautiful dives, stops and saves! I would like to see the same commitment every game we play. It is an achievement that they took 35 overs to get there. Good to have Vijay behind the stumps again!

All in all a good match. If had we played a full team, I am 100% sure it was winnable. But it is what it is. Congratulations to the team. a brilliant effort on a tough day.

Cheers
Sir Pochont

CricHQ report: https://www.crichq.com/#matches/281779/match_info