SACC 2nd XI 159-7 (40 overs)
Intellectuals CC 160-7 (29.4 overs)
A lovely spring day saw the SACC second XI take on regular visitors
the Intellectuals CC for another friendly match.
With the toss won, the home side opted to bat but were soon in a
chaotic mess at 29-4 with two wickets apiece for Shan (2-22) and
S.Hersh (2-25 off 8 overs). The middle order set about repairing the
damage, however, and contrasting knocks by S.Cowley (28 n.o.) and
C.Griffin (29), along with a remarkable amount of extras, lifted the
hosts’ total to a somewhat paltry 159-7 after 40 overs.
The below par total was going to require an outstanding effort in the
field and that almost materialised; at 56-4 (based on Fletcher’s 2-15
and Taylor’s outstanding 4-41), the home side briefly entertained
hopes of an unlikely victory. Not for the first time this season,
however, Khan showed his liking for the local bowling and his fine
unbeaten 61 (the highest individual score of the match by 32 runs)
proved to be the difference between the two sides and the
Intellectuals chased down their total inside 30 overs with 3 wickets
in hand. For the defeated home team, special mentions must go to
juniors Metcalfe (1-21) and Roper (0-21), who stuck to their task in
spirited fashion. Indeed, had the top order shown the same amount of
dedication, victory may well have been secured!
Congratulations nonetheless to the Intellectuals on their long overdue
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Batting
|Player Name||Runs||Mode of dismissal||Catches||Stumpings||Run outs|
|Ian Perrins||1||Not Out||1|
|Shafique Ur- Rehman||18||Caught|
|Steve Cowley||28||Not Out|
|Alan Fletcher||0||Not Out|
Intellectuals C.C Bowling
Intellectuals C.C Batting
|Player Name||Runs||Mode of dismissal|
Sporting Alfas Cricket Club Sporting Alfas 2nd X1 Bowling
Match Report – Sporting Alfas CC v Intellectuals CC
Sunday 2nd March 2008, Woodbridge Oval, Playa Albir.
Sporting Alfas CC 159 for 7 off 40 overs.
The Intellectuals CC 160 for 7 off 30 overs.
Sunday 2nd of March, and a perfect spring day for cricket. Alfas batted first, and after losing a wicket per over off the first three overs were probably wishing they hadn’t. Two ducks and a single off the batting meant that after 18 balls Alfas were at 9 for 3, the rest of the runs coming from extras. A hard hitting Shafique Ur-Rehman (late of the Intellectuals) came out to score some runs, 18, before also succumbing to a fine catch. At this point Alfas looked very much in trouble, however the next batsmen steadied the ship – Taylor and Sunderland had a reasonable partnership before Sunderland fell for 10, and then in came Cowley, who was to be this reporter’s Man of the Match. Ably supported by Taylor and later Griffin, he withstood all that the Intellectuals could throw at him and after 28 overs of solid and sensible batting was eventually able to carry his bat and ensure that Alfas used all their allotted overs. A special mention also goes to Griffin who was Alfas’ highest scorer with 29.
In the field the Intellectuals showed a couple of good points and one particular bad one – fielding was good with 4 catches, one each for McGarry (first wicket, 3rd ball, safe as houses), MacInnes, Khan and Keeling. The opening spell of bowling off Shan and Hersh Snr was devastating (2 wickets each and Hersh Snr ended up 25 runs, for 2 wickets off 8 overs (including 2 maidens). Khan, Afzaal, Shafrak and Keeling all made a contribution, pinning down the batsmen into playing defensive strokes, although between them only being able to get 2 wickets. The bad point – of the 159 runs scored, there were 49 wides and 13 no balls. In other words the Intellectuals fielded for just over 50 overs. Improvement in this area is definitely needed.
Hopes were running high in the Intellectuals’ camp – could this finally be the long promised day? However, with some strong bowling from Alfas, the Intellectuals lost two early wickets in the first five overs. McGarry (17) then partnered Shan (29) for a stand of 49 before both were dismissed in the same over by Taylor. With the score at 56 for 4, ‘Alfasian’ hopes seemed to be rekindled.
Khan and MacInnes then took up the challenge and moved the score on to 100 before MacInnes was bowled, again by Taylor. At this point it is worth remembering that if it wasn’t for the horrendous number of extras the game would have been over. However, as it was the Intellectuals still needed 60 runs. Khan was then partnered by three other Intellectuals and it was his solid batting, ending the game on 61 not out, that eventually carried the day and with it the first (and hopefully not the last) victory of the year.
Special note should be given to the two Alfas bowlers who almost changed the course of the game – Taylor with 8 overs, 41 runs and 4 wickets and Fletcher 5 overs for 15 runs and 2 wickets.