Thanks again to Tim for turning up dressed ready to play in his son Caleb's turned up white trousers all the way to Dulwich and helped keep score.
Barnes Common CC 2020 season : Played - 5 . Won - 3 , Lost - 2
BCCC 205 in 40 overs lost to SBCC - 207 for 4 by 6 wickets .
Debutants - Ciju our Austrian International import & Toby our home grown player Toss - Yes won by BCCC captain for a change !! Pitch - Played similar to Barnes Common so we should have no excuses on the batting front. Weather - Overcast to start along with a few light drizzles but managed to get a full game in the end.
BCCC batting - Considering BCCC had 10 batters and Adi in the squad we struggled to get any decent partnerships together as SBCC bowlers bowled very well to have BCCC reeling at 43 for 4 in the 8th over. Only Ciju on debut stayed firm at one end whilst a few of the batters batted around him till he was out unfortunately for a well made 30 . A welcome addition to the BCCC youth squad and I am sure we will see him bat for much longer in the days to come. On Ciju's departure Jack took up the responsibility of getting us to a half decent score and along with his mate Matt put on a good partnership of 50 runs to take us to beyond 200 . A par score of this pitch. Jack finished on a very well structured 84 to easily pick up the coveted man of the match award.
Batting figures - Nik - 0 , Ciju- 30 , Sanjay -14 , Ash -4 , Henry - 17 , Graeme - 8 Jack -84 , Johnny - 0 , Matt- 24, Keith - 5 n.o , Adi - 0- I guess it'll be ok to say again .
Stand out bowler for SBCC was their opening bowler Twinn who took 3 of our top order wickets early on in the game. Bowled with pace and with a smile on his face.
SBCC batting - BCCC bowlers in Ash and Toby started well by having the opposition reeling at 10 for 2 in the 2nd over . After that tks to issues with the opposition umpires on what constitutes a wide our bowlers ended up giving away over 36 extras to become the 3rd highest scorer on the day. Ash bowled some real good lines but then unfortunately pulled a hamstring in his 4th over to end his contribution in the field for the day. Toby started nervously but bowled well in his first match for BCCC but managed to trouble the top order Unfortunately ,the slip fielders did not manage to take two of the catches otherwise Toby would have ended up with 3 wickets at least. SBCC consolidated for the 4th wicket and Jon 64 n.o, their captain in between surviving a disputed stumping chance batted well along with Fawkes 68 and put on an over 100 run partnership despite some tight bowling by Graeme, Johnny and Henry at the end . Credit to BCCC bowlers who took the game to the very last over of the game as it could have gone either way in the end. Quite a few basic fielding errors did not help matters , hopefully we can learn from this and go on to give a better performance away at Puntey next Sunday. Matt kept very well behind the wickets too.
Stand out bowler/s for BCCC - Johnny and Henry bowled very well and helped BCCC get back in the game and take the game all the way into the last over.
Conclusion - 36 extras ( 12 no balls and 13 wides ) along with some poor fielding by our elder statesman , captain included did not help matters . Nearly 20 % additional runs given to the opposition when they were only chasing 205 in 40 overs speaks volumes in itself. Hopefully we can cut down on these schoolboy errors in our next game.
Man of the Match - Jack for his well structured 84 with 16 4s and helping BCCC to a competitive target to bowl at.
Catch of the match - Henry for his juggling catch at midwicket , great reflexes . Shots of the day- Some crisp cover drives by Ciju
Man of the match Jack below with his 1st MOM award:-