Match report by Somnath

The opening game of the second half of the session was a cracker with Riviera. Kavi after leading the side to victory against ECC was to repeat the same against RCC.

RCC was put to bat on a nice easy day. Ravi and Roshan were not effective against RCC opener’s Iran (28) and Bishesh (102 n.o.). Irfan was aggressive and was punishing anything that’s wide and wasn’t hesitating in hitting the ball in the air. Bishesh on the other side was playing an extremely cultured knock. He was playing the ball on pure merit and as much as possible along the ground.

RCC hit at least a boundary every over till 17 or 18 overs. That is some achievement. It was Kalith who finally broke the stand by bowing Irfan who played one shot too many. BCC chipped in with couple of more wickets with Baldev bowling a tight line and hard to get away (4-1-15-2). RCC finished at a mammoth total of 222 in 35 overs.

Overall not a great display of bowling from BCC who gave away too much width and didn’t have much control. They were not supported well by fielders either. It seemed a bad day at work so far. Will it change in second session.

You bet. Roshan hit their opening bowler Peter for 21 runs in the very first over. Suddenly BCC has reduced required run rate by half a point in just the first over. But that was that as far as the openers are concerned. Both Roshan (22) and Somnath (5) were out cheaply. The number 3 and 4 i.e. Yoges (35) and Baldev (43) did the trick again.

But required run rate was still tricky. We still needed close to 7 an over. And RCC was bowling well. Enter Kalith (43 n.o.) who is in the form of his life. He played a perfectly paced innings. He started to see off the good deliveries but hitting slightest of loose ones. That put the bowlers under pressure and started to get their line length off.

Kalith along with Chaminda (46 in 28 balls who was on loan from ECC) made sure run rate is no problem and ECC finished the game in 32nd over.

A great display of batting from BCC to clinch a high scoring match despite a poor performance by bowlers and fielders.