HBCC 2s roll over Chads in Derby
Big bowling performances in a low-scoring game.
On a sunny and blustery afternoon, HBCC travelled to Glen road for the annual weird 'away yet home' fixture.
Skipper Jim lost the toss, and we bowled, opening with Dave 'Big Beardy Dave #2' McIlwaine and Shiva, who immediately caused all sorts of problems for the Chads openers. Shiva's 3 consecutive maidens, allied with some excellent ground fielding (Danny and Crutch especially), piled the pressure on at one end, while D Mac's rapid away-swing struck first at the other, bowling Qamar (2), Nigi (5), and getting Barnes caught by Dhaval, who was debuting behind the stumps.
They'd more or less given up trying to score off Shiv, so a change of bowling brought Steve Cossie into the fray, who soon dispatched Thegamuwa for 14, a skier well-caught by Will Clifton. Ahmedzi and Hird then departed without troubling the scorers, both skittled by McIlwaine, settling into good rhythm, eventually bowling through to finish with figures of 12 overs, 5 maidens, 5 wickets for 15 runs. Cossie was making it talk at the other end, and it said 'out' to Watkins (10), Raina (2) and Howard (0), with good catches from Danny Spiers and OBBD. Original Big Beardy Dave then chipped in another wicket to finish the innings, bowling Logoc (4).
St Chads 46 all out.
HBCC opened with Jim and Shiva. There was some big talk from Jim about seeing it through to the end, until he was trapped LBW by Ahmed first ball of the innings. Farhad came in at 3 and did what Farhad does, digging-in and being watchful. A succession of wickets saw Shiv fall for 4 (caught), and D Crutch for 3 (bowled). Tom Jenkins, under instruction to batten down the hatches, played the support role as Farhad accumulated. Tom was trapped LBW for 6, but in that time we'd scraped to within 10 runs of the target. Cossie was Frosseified, done by the flight on his first ball, but it didn't matter, as Dhaval came in and batted well, steering it into the gaps to get us over the line. Props to Farhad for his 21*, the most composed innings in a low-scoring game.
Closer than we wanted it, but hey, we bowled Chads out for 46, and knocked them off, so that's a good day.
MOM: David Mcilwaine, but loads of good performances with the ball and in the field, too.