Tim thanks for scoring and keeping your beady eye on my kit too!
Barnes Common CC 2020 season : Played - 6 . Won - 4 , Lost - 2 BCCC 164 in 34 overs out of 40 beat Putney CC - 44 all out in 16 overs! Toss - Yes won by BCCC captain for the 2nd time in a row and we decided to bat first! Pitch - Worst pitch we have played on for a long time. Makes Barnes Common pitch look like the Oval .. Weather - right for a game of cricket
BCCC batting - The opposition had a good old laugh when the BCCC captain won the toss and decided to bat first as they thought batting 2nd was the way ahead . Well I guess the joke is on them after the thrashing they got as they should have known better as it's their home ground after all!!! The pitch was very slow and the bounce was totally unreliable as wicket after wicket tumbled except for Hassan 38 and Hamza 28 who showed some backbone and helped BCCC reach a very decent score of 164 all out. PCC bowlers used the pitch well and had BCCC in all sorts of trouble .But having a strong line up helped , well at least 10 of the players could bat and most chipped in with some runs to help BCCC get up to a competitive score on this wicket. Adi on 3 who with 6 overs to play was batting with Hamza on 28 decided in his wisdom after being categorically told by the skipper to play straight to do the opposite and merrily went on to reverse sweep the bowler only to be caught at backward point !!! AJ batted well briefly and hit some good shots around the ground. Also good to see Hamza score more than his brother Zef in this game , long may that continue.
Stand out bowlers for PCC was their opening bowler Max who had amazing figures of 8-5-12-2 . Great spell. Helped along with the 1st change bowler Khan who took 4 wickets for only 27 runs in his 8 overs .
Putney CC batting - Not really sure if there is much to say about their batting as they all collapsed to 44 all out in only 16 overs !! With the exception of Workman who somehow scored 20 no one else reached double figures . PCC and BCCC have played some really good games in the past but this one definitely not one of them .Only consolation was that the game finished 26 overs early and we all could go home and watch the Champions leagues finals on TV! Saying that some excellent opening spells by the BCCC bowlers, Grame who ended up with this season's first 5 wicket haul and Hamza at the other end took 4 . Some good fielding and particularly all catches offered were taken by Zef , Sanjay and Adi. Not to forget Hassan who kept very well behind the wicket. Jack would have taken a blinder of a catch if he had managed to hang on to the tough chance at short midwicket, good effort though .
Bowling figures :- Hamza - 8-3-20-4 & Graeme - 8-1-19-5. Stand out bowlers for BCCC - Graeme and Hamza for decimating Putney's batting line up.
Conclusion - I think match manager need to start mentioning to opposition teams in advance what level of team we wish to play against as most Sunday's we end up fielding a very strong line up, well at least on paper !! Man of the Match - Hamza for his rearguard action of scoring 28 not out and his 4 wickets . Catch of the match - Adi for his juggling catch at backward point . Shots of the day- Some crisp drives all along the ground by AJ