Match report: Qui Vive Team 5 vs Kampong 3.
Location: Qui Vive Cricket Club, Ground 2.
Toss: Won by Kampong 3 who decided to bat.
Kampong 3 – 173 allout ( 39.1 overs)
Varun 4-43 ( 8 overs)
Suresh 3-13 (6.1 overs)
Vignesh 1-13 (4 overs)
Ajit – 0-25 (8 overs)
Qui Vive Team 5 – 174/6 in 32 Overs
Varun – 79*
Vinoth Ram – 21
Naveen – 10
Man of the Match: Varun (4-43 and 79*)
We arrived at the ground around 11.15am for the first match of the season. We were fairly confident having played two practice matches and gelled well as a team. The opponents were not entirely new, however we expected a few new faces compared to the last season.
Kampong captain Shaik won the toss and elected to bat first. Given that it was a sunny day, it seemed like the right choice. But we were secretly happy as Vinoth, QCC’s skipper wanted to bowl first.
Vinoth opened the bowling with Suresh. They started with accurate spells, having identified the correct length to bowl on the pitch. Of the two Kampong openers, Dhama looked quite comfortable camping on the backfoot as he waited for loose balls. The other opener Sinha was eager to get on the front foot. They started judiciously letting a lot of balls go and punishing the odd bad ball. Suresh, who was getting the ball to swing drew the first blood by bowling Sinha for 2 through the gate with an indipper. Poort joined Dhama and they kept the score moving. At 56, Poort was bowled for 11 by Varun. He also dismissed the set opener Dhama for 30. The skipper Shaik was in next, but could not do much against a grubber from Varun which bowled him. On the other end, Vignesh dismissed van den Berg with a brute of a ball that took off from length and hit the batter on the helmet, who recoiled and disturbed the stumps with his bat. This brought a period of consolidation between Ajeet Kumar and Gupta eschewing risks. The spinners Ajit and Sriram kept a lid on the scoring. Ajit completed a economical spell of 8 overs for 25 runs Once Ajeet was run-out, Amit Das walked in to continue batting in a similar vein. He guided the tail to bat through to the last over when they were dismissed for 173. Varun bowled with fiery pace to take 4-43 and Suresh bowled with good swing and control to take 3-13.
The score of 173 appeared under-par on the day and we were quietly confident of chasing it down. After a quick lunch, Naveen and Rohit opened the batting for QVCC. Shaik and Das started bowling steadily, Das getting appreciable movement in the air. Rohit was the first to be dismissed after chancing his arm once to often to be caught at cover for 8. Vinay joined Naveen at the crease and they were intent on keeping out the new ball bowlers. But Naveen was dismissed bowled off Sinha for 10. This caused a mini slump as Hari, Sriram and Vinay were dismissed in quick succession to leave QVCC at 5-56. The match appeared to have shifted in Kampong’s favour. This brought together Vinoth and Varun. Varun was aggressive from the outset and Vinoth fed him the strike. Runs began to flow freely as Varun tonked the bowlers to all parts. Under pressure, Kampong bowlers began to bowl 2-3 wides an over and the fielding began to wilt. This partnership took QVCC to 156 (after a 100 run partnership) in the 27th over, when Vinoth was caught going for a big shot. Varun hastened the end with two huge sixes to finish on 79* and brought QVCC to victory comfortably with 8 overs to spare.
~ Ajit Skanda