Match report by Captain Somnath

BCC won the first Monte-Carlo derby. BCC batted first and had a quick start with Somnath making full use of some loose bowling from MCC opening bowler Jas. But from the other end Gareth bowled beautifully to remove Yoges and Baldev in quick succession.

And when Somnath (27) was held at deep mid wicket off Pardeep (who was loaned to MCCC) BCC was suddenly in trouble at 46-3. We lost couple of more wickets i.e. Kalith and Roshan cheaply it looked really ominous at 75-5. BCC were going at a good rate but at the risk of getting bowled out.

In comes Kavi (57 not out) and Janith (35). They not only made sure that we don’t get all out but also scored freely. Janith surely played the best innings of this session and Kavi once again showed how useful a bat he is.

A useful contribution from Colin (11) and 32 extras meant BCC posted a respectable total of 188 off 34 overs (all out).

BCC started with Tyron (3-25-1) and Kalith (3-9-0). Tyron was lucky to pick up MCCC opener Gareth cheaply (mostly owing it to a great reflex catch by Janith). Kalith from the other end was tidy and difficult to score.

MCCC’s strategy was very clear. Keep the run rate going even if they loose wickets. They were all stroke makers and managed to get quick runs. At no stage they got below 6 an over till the point when they lost 5-6 wickets and Jas was running out of partners.

There were two notable bowling performances from BCC. Colin seemed to continue his fine form from Lodi (7-32-3). Bowled 7 in a trot and was the difference between MCCC and BCC bowling performance along side Baldev (5-11-3). The pair made sure we don’t have an upset.

MCCC’s Jas (25) fought hard but was running out of partners. At the same time Ballu was accurate making it harder for him to hit out. Once he was bowled by Ballu it was all over. In the end BCC won by 62 runs. A convincing win in the end.

One notable thing is for once there were no dropped catch by us on the day. Great job guys.