Always entertaining opposition, Overdraught CC from Cambridge, MA played in Hanover on a weekend that was blessed with good weather but overrun with traffic because of the Shrine Football game.
After clearing the field of hockey paraphernalia, Dartmouth won the toss and elected to bat, though it appeared that Chris was also asked by Iain if we would bat first. Trying to replicate the opening stand against CCCC last weekend, Rahul and Amitavo tried to take on the bowling attack. They realized however, that the slower bowlers making up the opposition’s line up in Anish, Aravind and Ranjit, proved to make the collections of 4s and 6s in the initial stages rather difficult. Amitavo tried to loft one over mid off but found the hands of Ian at midoff off Ranjit’s bowling, exiting on 19(22). Chris came in at #3, batting with an injured hand and accompanied Rahul who was batting with an injured back. None of this was to be explicitly known on the field as the pair hit Matt, Ranjit and Iain towards and over the boundaries, both teeter-tottering around the same score. In the 13th over, Rahul having hit 6,4, and 4, nicked one to the keeper scoring a quick fire 55(35).
Chris meanwhile continued his runs with great support by Bhamin on the other end, a guest player from Conway CC who rotated the strike and pushed for singles. During the course of Chris’ innings, he was luckily dropped three times. In a freakish incident, Chris played the ball back to McCubbin who missed the chance while Bhamin was in his walk up from the other end. McCubbin’s spilled chance allowed Aravind to collect the ball and run Bhamin out on a useful 30 from18. Chris exited soon afterwards on 57(44) after calling for a new bat, McCubbin having the last laugh as bowler, caught by Ranjit.
Ravi and Jogi, another Conway import, propelled the score forward to 223, with Jogi hitting a six into the stands on his second ball. Thye were out on 23 (16) LBW, and 19(11), bowled Aravind, respectively. Omar and Govind both scored 10 and were both bowled by Aravind and Ranjit. This left Nicola and Vibhor with 2 overs to face, both not out and 3 and 2. The final score was 250 runs, perhaps a good 30-40 runs short.
Dartmouth’s bowling reply was encouraging. Rahul’s bowling produced 3 skiers that the fielders were either not able to reach or not able to hang onto until Chris dove for ball running hard to his right, clinging to the ball as he fell awkwardly injuring his knee in the process, to get Quentin out on 3. This accident left the Dartmouth team with 10 fielders. Omar’s opening spell proved inexpensive but wicketless.
As first change bowler, Jogi managed to keep the run rate at a low and bowled 6 on the trot. Ravi as second change produced 2 wickets, having Binesh caught by Amitavo as keeper on 24, and Ian caught by Govind. His remaining overs were expensive, being hit for quite a number of 4s. Before the drinks break, the bowling change in legspinner Bhamin managed to claim another wicket for Dartmouth, off the last ball Iain being given LBW. Dom (28) and Taft (25) held on for a middle order recovery while the other collapsed around them, Jogi finally getting Dom and Aravind out. Omar took care of the last 4 wickets to wrap up the game getting Overdraught all out for 112.
Today's date: Saturday, March 25th 2017.