Long awaited match report by Ajeet & Gazi [Delay was my fault -El Pres].

Before the start of the game we made up our minds to enjoy the day whether it’s a win or loss, where everyone will get to bat and bowl while still maintaining a competitive spirit. Unfortunately, we lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. Will, our previous secretary, came in to help us for early overs as few players showed up late, he bowled really tight lines and got an early breakthrough.

Through a bit too short bowling, and good number 3,4, and 5 batters from Harris park, they scored quickly. Bowling changes from both ends slowed down the run rate. Dinesh (2/18) bowled some really good out-swingers, but still at end of first break Harris Park made 123 runs. Captain Ajeet (2-17) bowled reasonably well [ this is way too humbly put. It should read, “…bowled with ruthless precision, consistently in a ten centimetre channel, stemming the flow of boundaries -El Pres] and got two wickets, but they ended up scoring a huge total of 223 runs. Harris Park number 3 and 4 both scored fifties. Dinesh, Gazi, and Ajeet got two wickets each.

We lost our first wicket on first ball of our chase, the opening bowler of Harris Park was seriously quick. Captain Ajeet had requested our young talented batsman Arjun (34) to open the innings. He was really solid in defence once again, and hit a few great shots taking advantage of some no-ball free hits. Batting at 3, Gazi Hosain was in sublime form, and he hit some great shots. We looked like we were in the chase as we maintained the run rate of 6+ an over, but Gazi fished at one and was caught behind on 36. We lost some quick wickets, and the run out of Dinesh especially set us back. Young Abhijeet came to bat at number 9, and batted out the entire overs. He was solid in defence and showed some good shots, ending up with 31*

We ended up around 45 runs short.

Considering the unavailability of our regular openers, Isaac and John, it was tough to chase that huge total, but we were never out of game, as we planned everybody got to bowl, bat, and field and still maintained competitive spirit. Hopefully we will bounce back next week and regain our winning streak.- From first time Captain Ajeet. Thanks to President Al and senior members of the club for giving me this opportunity.

Gazi added: Apache Nazgul assembled a team without a wicket keeper. Club president did not realise that he is only wicketkeeper for the match given Issac and Mal were not available. For the first time in many years Ajeet Kumar was given captaincy and as part of that role he decided he will keep, as he lost the toss and we were forced to bowl. Initially we were 7 playing against nine, until Will showed up and wanted to bowl few overs. It was one of the worst bowling performances by the Apaches with such a strong bowling lineup. Bowling either too short and full tosses helped the opposite side to pile on boundaries after boundaries. Only Ajeet bowled beautifully, probably from the added responsibility as Captain. He bowled beautiful line and length. He was so calm and cool with the help of late arrival our regular keeper club president Smokey. Anyway we finished the innings, the opposition all out for 223, [with a couple of good catches by the reliable hands of Chinmay, and a batters nightmare from Dinesh, which swung out from the hand, with both the batter and keeper moving across outside off stump, only for the ball to sharply swerve back in, and through the gap at ankle height to remove middle stump. Just unplayable. -Smokey] Every one was in the wickets but new captain Ajeet by far the best bowler.

Chasing 225 in 36 overs given the outfield was so fast, we may able to to win. We started the innings with Bryan and young gun Arjun. Bryan was bowled for a golden duck [very unlucky to get the only ball on the stumps for the first eight overs, judging by the extras conceded – Smokey]. Gazi was next. He started hitting the way he always does. Some boundaries and quick singles saw Apaches settling on run chase but one wide delivery which he never had to play, edged it behind and got out for 36. GG went to bat next. Hit his classy cut shot through point. A few balls after he hit one straight to the point fielder, which brought his downfall. Arjun, on the other hand, kept his calm and kept on batting. This guy always impress me with his passion of being at the wicket, looking for definite loose delivery and to cash in. He continued to bat well. Then he got one half tracker pulled straight up in the sky, and fell for 34. New captain Ajeet hammered one over the bowlers head. However, he could not stay around, as he tried to whack one low full toss, missed it, and lost his castle. Vipul, Chinmay, and Balaji, all tried their best but in the end it was not to be. We lost the game. If we bowled the way we bowled in other games, the opposition would not score that many. It is cricket the way it is. Hope to play next time better and back in the winning fold. Cheers.