See scorecard here
Well we finally won the toss on another bright and beautifully sunny day in Barna and opted to take the bat. We had a very solid opening start with Siddhartha and Umer putting on 31 before the loss of Sid who was caught for a total of 13. Next in line was Alex who came in with a determined look on his face and really took on the bowlers. He and Umer put on a brilliant partnership of 83 which had the opposition gobsmacked. Some great shots were played and it was a pleasure to watch. Umer then fell for a healthy and top score of 34. I came and went again to collect my second duck in a row and in came Rob who didn't seem much in the mood to run as he smacked five boundaries. Alex was bowled on 27 but the damage had already been done. Ahmad added 9 more to the score and he and Rob (23*) were not out at the end leaving a total of a very healthy 175 to chase.
Mohsin took the new ball and terrorised the opening batsman with it and had them on the back foot from the get go. Sai opened with him and bowled very well to dry up the runs. The first breakthrough came in the form of an LBW from a beautifully pitched delivery from Sai that had the batsman caught on the back foot and plumb! The second wicket followed soon after as Graham took a good catch and Sai picked up a second. Ahmad took over from Sai and got the third wicket with a nice catch taken at square by Alex. Sid also came in and bowled superbly. Sid's first wicket came from an LBW and then he took a catch in close off the bowling of Ahmad to pick up his second wicket. Nadim showed us his reflexes when he whipped off the bails for a great stumping off Sid and then Sid picked up another LBW. The final wicket was a cracker as the batsmen decided to leave a ball which darted back in on him and took his off stump and that was the last of the batsmen. They reached 130 in 15 overs but were left wanting.
OVERS WICKETS RUNS
MOHSIN 4 0 32
SAI 3 2 37
AHMAD 2 2 23
SID 3.4 3 12
UMER 2 0 20
All round a great performance by all so give yourselves a pat the back gents it was great to watch.
Also, in all seriousness, a big thankyou to Mohsin as the scorebook was excellent this week and it really helps me write this (especially late) more or less accurately.
Until next time and COME ON BICC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!