Saturday, April 20th 2013 marked the third match of the season for the Dartmouth Cricket Club as they arrived at the Fort Ethan Allen ground, home of the club’s old rivals and good friends, Chittenden County Cricket Club. Chittenden CCC won the toss and elected to field first. Dartmouth’s opening batsmen Hassan Kiani and Faizan Kanji made their way to the pitch for the start of the 30 over contest.
With the all members of the young Dartmouth team playing at this venue for the first time, the players were unaware of the pitch conditions. Taking advantage of the highly unpredictable bounce of the pitch, CCCC’s opening bowlers, Salman and Nikhil ripped through the Dartmouth top order with Hassan, Faizan Pawan, Pal and Ajay being bowled out in the space of 4 overs. Dartmouth’s team was in a huge mess at 12 for 5. The next two batsmen, Prajeet and Angad, stabilized the innings to an extent, playing very cautiously on this tricky pitch. Luckily for the Dartmouth team, CCCC bowlers gifted a lot of extras which kept the scorecard ticking. The stand was broken when Nikhil managed to get Prajeet out. A few overs later, the next batsmen Raghu who had been playing very cautiously, also fell without scoring to bowler Omar. Next Angad and new batsmen Amogh built the only partnership worth mentioning. They kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and doubles, in attempts of getting Dartmouth to a decent total. Eventually, the partnership was broken when Amogh was bowled by bowler Ashish for 8 runs. Following from that Dartmouth’s final two batsmen Awais and Khizer were also dismissed by Ashish after failing to score. Dartmouth concluded its innings with a total of 61 runs, with Angad Kapur being the highest scorer with 16. It is important to note that CCCC bowlers leaked 35 extras, more than half the total score.
Dartmouth Bowlers knew that a target of 62 was not enough for the home team, yet they tried to give it all in the field. Dartmouth bowlers kept a tight line and scoring runs was very difficult for the Chittenden batsmen. Opening bowler and captain Awais Malik got a wicket on his first ball when he bowled opener Sharath. The other opener Parash and new batsmen Dalta built a solid stand as they kept playing the Dartmouth bowlers very cautiously. The partnership was finally broken when Parash was caught by Faizan off Awais’ bowling. Soon after, Angad managed to bowl Dalta with his off spin. Next two batsmen Omar and Ashish were also bowled by Awais after a few overs. However batsmen Navneet and CCCC captain Salman hit some much needed boundaries to take CCCC to the target with 5 wickets to spare.
Despite this being the third consecutive loss for the young Dartmouth team, the players were not demotivated. Having learnt some valuable lessons regarding playing in tough conditions, the team was ready for its big match the following weekend against ivy league rivals, Harvard Cricket Club.
Result: Dartmouth lost by 5 wickets
Today's date: Wednesday, April 16th 2014.