The day dawned. Warm and sunny, ideal day for the mother of all cricket matches- Tuck vs Rest of Dartmouth. Tuck won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a perfect day to bat. The openers Alasdair and Nitin, who inimitably started the fireworks, set about tearing the RoD attack initially scoring at around 10 runs and over and Tuck raced to 50 within the first 5 overs. After Nitin fell the need of the hour was consolidation which was what Ravi provided coming in at one drop. Ravi showed great temperament and maturity in collecting his maiden fifty for Tuck. It was useful partnerships between him and Alasdair and then later with Praveen which set up Tuck for some hitting towards the end.
The rest came and threw their bats around and Prashant topped it off by depositing one in the stands to end Tuck’s innings at 154/9 in the allotted 25 overs. For RoD the pick of the bowlers were Rahul ( 2/19 off 5) and Vinay, who particularly bowled well to collect 3/25 in his 5 over spell. The umpiring standards require kudos as Tuck proved that it was willing to uphold the “Tuck honor code” even on the cricket field by giving out LBW decisions in its innings.
The total was pretty reasonable and it was now up to the Tuck bowling line up to defend the total (and its honor as it happened in Lagaan). RoD came out with aggressive intents with Rahul chancing his arm one time too many. He was superbly caught by Srini off Sudarshan. Chris came in and had some difficulties initially settling in. The bowling was just about effective though not as penetrative as one would have hoped for with the new hard ball jagging a bit
At the other end Jay was getting into his groove until he prodded at a superb delivery from Nitin to give Prashant a regulation catch in slip. Unfortunately that happened to be the last time that Tuck would celebrate as Chris and Amitavo set up saw off the regular bowlers at Tuck with a great deal of restraint. By the time the part timers arrived Chris had got his eye in and he was pounding the ball to all parts of the park. Amitavo (17 off 38) on the other hand played the perfect sheet anchor – one which would have made John Wright look like a pinch hitter, but that didn’t matter as Chris clattered 92 and RoD comfortably raced to victory in 20 overs.
All in all it was a great game of cricket made possible through relentless scheduling efforts of Nic and the Tuck crew and as the cliché goes –“Cricket is the winner”.
Today's date: Friday, February 24th 2017.