Match report by Captain Somnath

First of the double header in Milan. 12 warriors (including our manager and official entertainer Mr Nayanapriya Dhammika) and one local legend who was one of us just last year Mr Pardeep Sharma managed to arrive in Milan to play Milan CC.

BCC decided to field first (keeping in with the tradition). Colin and Tyron opened the bowling. Colin was clearly rusty (having been out of cricket for a good month) and it showed. Tyron (23-2) from the other end was bowling nicely and got the aggressive looking Vicky and then their skipper Tim cheaply.

Their number 4 (Sunil) played a very good hand. Ably supported by one of the remaining opener’s the pair added 40 odd runs before Ubhaynath cleaned up Sharanjit (the other opener). We kept on getting wickets at regular interval after that. The bowling combination of Baldev (28-3) and Kalith (17-2) were primarily responsible for that.

Once Sunil was out trying to slog Baldev it was pretty much all over but Milan still managed another 40 odd runs from that point onwards (for the last 4 wickets). We gave no less than 33 wides (total extra’s 35).

I think BCC took it little easy thinking 174 on that wicket is not a difficult target. Oh boy! Could we have been more wrong. Roshan didn’t bother the scorer’s and once Kalith and Baldev were out to Sharanjit (19-3, who displayed beautiful swing bowling) BCC was in trouble.

Yoges (22) from the other end was batting beautifully. His timing was impeccable. And that would bring his downfall. He pulled (his favourite shot) only to see it travelling straight to the only fielder at deep square leg.

That was that. No one stayed at the wicket after Yoges’s departure and we were all out for 81. Our second big defeat of the session.

It was one of those days when nothing goes your way. A day to forget. But that is not to exonerate our poor batting performance.