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Pace is King

On one of the first chilly Sundays of the end of the season, Dartmouth College Cricket Club set out to play Chittenden County Cricket Club, in probably one of the final games of this year. Playing with a younger team, DCCC was fielding a new captain, Vibhor, who lost the toss to his counterpart, Salman who choose to bat first. DCCC started out well and they had a pace battery to boast. Omar and Miral started out the innings and had CCCC tied up with little room for the openers, Naveed and Abrar to cut loose

Apurva and Adeel took over and gave away little as well. At the end of 10 overs, the score was a low 31 but CCCC had the advantage of keeping the wickets at hand. With some good juggling of bowlers, as well as positive energy in the field, DCCC worked hard in the field grasping all catches, keeping the field tight as well as some excellent keeping behind the stumps by Govind. Vibhor introduced himself and Ruhin at good intervals and the wickets kept falling as CCCC felt the heat of a low run rate and by the 21st over they were struggling in the mid 60s with their top order back in the pavilion. But as soon as the 5th wicket fell, Salman, came to bat and from the very first ball, he declared that this day belonged to him and him alone and no matter how well the bowling figures of Vibhor, Apurva or Omar's looked at the inning's end, it was Salman and Navneet's aggressive batting that accelerated CCCC from the 60s to a very defendable 131 in 30 overs. Despite that, it was excellent display of control and line by DCCC and all credit to CCCC for a good fight back and to post what was going to be an imposing total at the day's end.

DCCC's batting started with a hurry, and they quickly had posed 18 runs in the first 2 overs and it looked like Govind and Harsha were going to close the match in the next 15 overs. Salman, though, had other ideas and he was in no mood for the match to go on that long. The next 5 overs produced one of the most heavily inflicted defeats DCCC has ever faced. The wickets started falling like a pack of cards, their batting collapse reminded many of a Pakistan or India batting performance against Australia in Australia. The pace attack of Salman, Yasir and at the end, Naveed, was just too much. Salman led the destruction with an excellent line and length, beating the bat with swing and movement off the seam on the balls he was unlucky not to take wickets in his 4 over spell. He ended up with 6 wickets and lived up to the declaration that this match was all about him. Yet another defeat for DCCC to their neighbors bringing the tally to 5-0, home and away, this season but, their were many positives from the match for DCCC, the performance on the field was one of the best this season. At the end a young team, with hardly any batting experience was no match for Chitendon's excellent bowling attack.

Written by: Omar I. Khan

Today's date: Friday, April 26th 2019.


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