Match report by Captain Somnath

A spirited performance from BCC but heartbreak in the end. BCC batted first on a lovely sunny day in Lodi, still recovering from the beauty of the place. Imagine a lush green field, absolutely flat, properly maintained etc. Only the kind of ground/facilities one can expect in cricket playing nations like the UK, Australia, New Zealand etc.

After a disastrous start (7-2 in 2.3 over’s) which saw both the openers back in the hutch without bothering the scorer, Kalith (number 3) and Baldev (number 4) steadied the innings against a challenging and accurate bowling attack.

Kalith compiled a well timed 30 (slightly on the slower side) and Baldev was at his usual best and scored a very timely 52 to make sure BCC don’t have a collapse like against Milan CC the day before. At half way stage BCC score read 60 for 2. Both the batsmen (Ballu and Kalith) tried to force the innings but unfortunately Lodi quickie named Kirti was too good for them. Kirti finished with 4 wickets (getting Baldev, Somnath, Kavi and Janith). The middle order and the lower order chipped in with useful runs to ensure we have a fighting total of 161 from 35 overs.

BCC knew that it was slightly below par score and hence decided to go for wickets from the beginning. Opened with Ubhaynath and Tyron (who bowled particularly well in the last match). Though Tyron was wayward in his 2 over spell but was lucky to have a wicket on a full toss.

Kalith was brought in and immediately got us a wicket and from the other end Ubhaynath got a wicket too (despite being inconsistent and not able to swing the ball as much as he usually does). Despite losing wickets at regular interval Lodi never left their foot of the gas. Always going at above 6 an over.

BCC desperately needed to keep getting wickets and found the ideal bowling combination of Colin (31-2) and Baldev (25-2) who at one stage made it look like it’s going to be BCC’s day. We had Lodi at 101-7 at one stage. But it went downhill from that point onwards.

Lodi’s number 8 (Sunny 2) and number 9 (Vipula) just managed to keep us away form that crucial break needed to win the game. Chances were created but unfortunately either didn’t go to the fielder (like thick edges flying to 3rd man) or hard chances just not getting converted. By this time Kavi replaced Baldev from the far end and was bowling well to pressurise both the batsmen but still not managing to get the break. From the near end, after Colin, both Ravi and Ubhaynath tried but failed to break the partnership.

The real drama started in the 29th over from Kavi. Lodi needed just 3 runs to win and 3 wickets in hand (the partnership is already 58 runs). First ball form Kavi and Vipula was adjudged LBW. Glimmer of hope, you bet! With more close in fielder (to grab any catching chances) then ever but with still traditional mid-on and mid-off (still saving single position) number 10 Robert (skipper) gave in to pressure and tried to finish it with a boundary but only skied it to Tyron at mid-on.

Suddenly Lodi needed 3 runs with 1 wicket in hand. Are we going to see another Kavi magic? Unfortunately “no”. Kavi bowled a wide first and next ball was hit by Sunny 2 to ensure Lodi victory.

One interesting statistics to ponder about. Lodi conceded 15 extras (only 5 wides) whereas we gave 34 extras (16 wides). We need to get disciplined on that front too.