2e klasse B - Concordia 3 vs Kampong 3

Summary:
Concordia 3 256 -2 (30.2 overs) v/s Kampong 3 254-7 (40 overs)

Report:
Going into the last home game of the season, the team morale was high considering that we had won consecutively five games at home and looking to make it six. Captain Vidhvat was just back from India, happy to lead, but partially annoyed by the Etihad cabin crew, air hostesses in particular for not letting him sleep during his flight. He straight away went to set the boundary while Sid, Geetha (on time for a change), Rahul and Ankush were setting the sight screen. Special mention for Faizi and Rupert who carefully selected which stumps should be used for the match. Shortly the opponents arrived and there was a familiar face in Pawan who was termed "Desh drohi" by Faizi. Soon, Vidhvat walked out for the toss with their captain, Poort, only to lose the toss and being asked to bowl.

The final warm up of the season (of course full of jokes during hip movements) was followed by some catching and fielding practice. In walked the batsmen and from ball one it seemed like it was all happening. Our opening bowlers, Vidhvat and Sid were off to a fabulous start. Leaving little margin of error to the batsmen, they only scored one run of the bat in the first five overs. Soon, Sharma got the first breakthrough as he rattled the stumps of a clueless batsman who thought the ball would be a wide down the leg side. Our bowlers continued to hot good line and lengths while taking wickets and the score read 27-3 in 9 overs. Sharma was taken out of the attack while Geetha was given the ball as first change. Ibrahim was also brought in to replace Vidhvat and was rewarded with a wicket. Akshar was also brought into the attack to replace Ibrahim who bowled a couple of looseners in an over. Akshar had a couple of tight overs and bowled with Vishal at the other end who kept things tight and got their batsman off an edge which was taken one handed by Concodria's stalwart wicket keeper, Rupert sir. In walked their no. 6 batsmen who seemed to be quite bulky and strong. Things took a turn at this point of time. He smacked Akshar for a six first ball and then a couple of boundaries. Vidhvat thought of changing with spin and bringing in medium pace but Rahul as a bowling change didn't work. Soon he went back to Sid but nothing seemed to work for Concordia suddenly. Their batsmen no. 6 was ruthless and on attacking mode. Vishal at the other end kept things tight but the partnership wasn't broken yet. Vidhvat thought of taking things into his own hands and made a strategic fielding replacement as he replaced Rupert with Ankush as the keeper. He was effective in taking a wicket caught behind, However, Harmer, their no.6 batsmen smashed the ball all over the place and seemed to be riding on luck as he had a few catches put down. Vishal got another wicket caught by Ankush, the wicketkeeping change that seemed to work. Wickets kept falling around Harmer and the last 10 overs were finished by our mainstream pacers but they were hit all over the park as the score read 254-7 after 40 overs with Harmer not out on 131 after 6 dropped catches.

Lunch was followed by the Concordian openers Akshar and Ankush walking out to bat against Pawan in overcast conditions while it was drizzling. The first over started off with several wides and the score was 11-0 after 1 over. The other opening bowler showed little control as our batsmen played sensible cricket- running quick singles and putting away the bad balls while wides and no-balls kept coming. Some beautiful cover drives of the bat of Ankush and he made his first 50 of the season in his farewell game for Concordia. Akshar also got there soon and the mood in the dressing room was cheerful as the score read 144-0 after 20 odd overs. Ankush was then caught behind and in walked Ibrahim who is in the running with Akshar for best batsman of the season. In no time, he smashed their spinner for a couple of sixes and raced on to 42. However, in trying to finish off things quickly, he was caught on the boundary of the spinner whom he earlier hit for a couple of huge sixes. With 12 overs to go and the score reading 221-2 in walked Faizi to finish off the job. Meanwhile, Akshar was on 92 and with 3 runs needed. Faizi finished off the innings with a boundary to make it six wins of of six at home for Concordia. It was a thoroughly professional performance by out batting unit who asserted their authority over a tired bowling attack. Classy shots by Akshar, Ankush, Ibrahim and Faizi sealed the victory, perhaps the most convincing of this season.

Concordia 3 is now 13 points (6 wins and 1 tie ) in their debut season in Klasse 2B. The team definitely picked up extremely well in the season after the initial hiccups. Having beaten every team, except for the league leaders, at least once in the league, Concordia 3 is looking to finish on a high since there is a possibility to finish 3rd after being guaranteed a 4th place finish.

Kind regards,
Rahul

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