Northwood Town Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI v Northchurch II on Sat 06 Jul 2019 at 1:00 PM
Northwood Town Cricket Club Lost by 5 wickets.

Match report Town hosted Northchurch at chestnut avenue with expectation that it was going to be a tough game due to 'obvious reason' known to the entire division. Town won the toss and elected to bat and openers Janardhan and Ramawat started their inning positively but soon lost Janardhan to a loose shot. Halai joined Ramawat in the middle and they started to rebuild the innings making use of bad balls and leaving out goon deliveries from Vila who bowled really good and controlled lines, town were 32/1 in the 10th over. Together they added further 40 runs before Ramawat got out in the 19th over with scoreline 73/2. Gairola joined Halai who was playing a controlled innings and Gairola picked the spinner and started to score freely. At drinks, town were 105/2 in 24 overs well set for a good total. Just after the break, Halai who was well set and looked solid, had a shocking decision when opposition umpire gave him lbw to a deliver that pitched outside the leg and further kept going down the leg from the off spinner. Pandey joined the middle but town lost another wicket when Gairola got out trying to cut the same off-spinner who was gifted early Xmas present with Halai wicket earlier. Brahambhatt steered town innings with maturity early on and together with Pandey collected 43 valuable runs in 10 overs before Pandey got out in 39th over after occupying the crease for valuable 14 overs! Patel injected the late innings tempo that town much needed but got run out in the process and town finished their innings on a very respectable 219/9 in their 45 overs build on solid innings from Halai & Brahambhatt.

After a lovely tea prepared by Malik, town took to the field and opened with Malik and Brahambhatt who both started with decent lines but were soon faced with the nightmare they knew would hit them hard. Numerous caught behind were denied with the dead face. It was a day where bowlers knew that they are not going to get any leg before hence did not even bothered to appeal but some of the catches that were taken by the keeper and slip were see as 'deviation of the pitch' and not awarded. It was quite clear that one team was adamant on winning at any cost!

After several interruptions, town kept their spirit high and wickets kept coming and scoring rate was well in balance and kept town in game. At a crucial time, Syed took a brilliant catch at backward point but the same umpire who was at the Sq leg and was blinded by slip fielder who also went for the catch, refused to give it out as his view was that he though the catch was not taken cleanly despite being in no position what so ever... this really broke town players spirits and it was quite clear that the opposition would do anything to win which they did in the end.

It was a game never seen before where emotions were so high and a team that was so adamant on winning that they would do anything (if it was a game played in some other country, some of us would fear for our life, such was the ferocious desire from the opposition to win) . Skipper Ramawat believed that we gave everything that we had, played a great game and it is a shame that only one team was playing in the spirit of the game but as they say, the show must go on and we must carry on playing the game in the right spirit.

Upwards & Onwards!

Northwood Town Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
10w 4b 3lb 
for 9 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Harish Janardhanan ct b Pyne 8 6 2 133.33
Ravi Ramawat ct b Chapman 29 42 5 69.05
Jesant Halai lbw b Chapman 47 59 8 79.66
Deepak Gairola ct b Chapman 30 31 5 96.77
Pradip Pandey ct b Sweeney 3 30 10.0
Bhushan Brahmbhatt ct b Randall 63 52 5 4 121.15
Suryanaryan Patel Run out  12 11 2 109.09
Iqbal Anjum b Sweeney 4 3 1 133.33
Nishil Mapara ct b Randall 3 3 100
Sajid Shafique Malik Not Out  1 1 100
Shahmir Syed  

Northchurch II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Northchurch II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
4nb 7w 1lb 
for 5 wickets
220 (43.0 overs)
Channon b B. Brahambhatt 6
J. Smart ct b B. Brahambhatt 104
Prideaux Run out  19
Randall ct b N. Mapara 10
R. Smart b I. Anjum 23
Sweeney Not Out  22
Chapman Not Out  24

Northwood Town Cricket Club Saturday 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Sajid Shafique Malik7.013600.005.14
Bhushan Brahmbhatt9.0143221.504.78
Suryanaryan Patel6.003600.006.00
Iqbal Anjum9.0032132.003.56
Nishil Mapara2.0028128.0014.00
Harish Janardhanan2.001500.007.50
Shahmir Syed7.002900.004.14