Regionalliga 50-over match, 10.04.2016: CICC vs. Altendorf 09-ESSEN-2
In dry, eventually sunny weather CICC played their first Regionalliga match against the new Essen team Altendorf 09-ESSEN-2. The toss was won by CICC by default (because the guests turned up a bit late), and then chose to bat first.
1st Innings CICC Batting
Samar and Ricky opened the batting for CICC. Both openers fell for duck by some good accurate bowling. The skipper Tushar went 1 down needing to stabilize the innings, but unfortunately got a leading edge and was caught on 3. At that point CICC was under a bit of pressure and needed some good rebuilding partnerships – which they got too! Vikram and Anish on their debut scored 35 and 30 and increased our runrate with some nice big shots from Vikram and steady strike rotating by Anish. After Vikram’s dismissal, Furqan came into bat and showed confidence and experience by careful shot selection and managing the tail-enders, finally ending with 38 not-out after there was no support anymore on the other end. CICC scored 164 in 39.4 overs, which was a decent score on that pitch and something to for the bowlers to defend.
2nd Innings CICC Bowling & Fielding – Target 165
Assad (also on debut) started off his spell with Furqan from the other end. Bowling on the right line and length picking up early wickets put us on the right track. Assad 3/27 and Furqan 2/19. Both did their job well, until Waqas from Essen came in and showed his batting brilliance hitting big shots and starting take the match away from CICC. He and his partner were well set and chasing well to get Essen over the line. CICC needed to keep things tight and so spin was introduced on both ends with Samar and Tushar. At first struggling a bit for wickets, but then the breakthrough was finally there by Tushar, when Waqas swept it directly into the hands of Assad. This tilted the game back in CICC’s favour again, who finished it off bowling the Essen team out for 96 in 26 overs. Samar finished it off well by taking 3/17, landing CICC their first league match win of the 2016 Regionalliga.
A big factor was the brilliant fielding all round (not a single dropped catch) by the players, who kept up a strong motivation and eagerness to win. There was also exceptional fielding by Said, who was not only agile and quick but also had soft pair of hands every time a ball came into his way. Great keeping by Koushik (also on debut!) who took an outstanding catch behind the stumps of Samar. This was definitely a promising start for CICC and builds up the confidence for the matches to come.
Furqan – Man of the Match 38* and 2/19
Vikram – 35
Anish – 30
Assad – 3/27
Samar – 3/17
Tushar – 2/21
Great overall fielding and good team work to secure the first win of this year’s Regionalliga! Keep up the good work!