Match report by Captain Somnath

A day of contrasting performances. BCC travelled on a miserable weekend to play Lyon and CERN CC. Lyon skipper Peter agreed to play a 25 over game as it was looking increasingly dodgy weather wise and was already pouring in.

LCC elected to bat first under light rain. They completely misjudged the wicket and conditions and paid by getting all out for 62 in 15 odd overs. Everyone bowled well and no batsmen was allowed to settled down.

BCC decided to experiment a little and send in Kavi as an opener. BCC scored the required 63 with 5 wickets down (a few too many for our liking but a convincing win none the less). The notable performance was Roshan getting back into form with an unbeaten 20 odd (difficult to read the scorecard).

Lyon wanted to play another game as there was enough time and weather didn’t deteriorate any further. BCC continued from where they finished the last match and Roshan and Somnath started positively (still under rain) and maintained a run rate of over 6-7 before Roshan was out for 33. Ballu had a slow start but once he accelerated there was no stopping him.

Both Somnath (24 retired) and Ballu (41 retired) so that everyone gets some time in the middle. Everyone contributed but one name needs to be mentioned i.e. Kalith (36) who was instrumental in getting more then what BCC skipper Somnath had in mind. We finished at 176 in allotted 20.

We surely can’t loose from there, can we? Of course, we can. BCC got a dream start with bowling. Lyon lost 3 wickets in first 2 overs with score reading in single digit. Both Ravi and Tyron had a decent start. But in came Lyon skipper Peter (probably after watching an IPL match on youtube).

Colin who had been lynchpin of BCC bowling alongside Ballu in the last 3-4 matches suddenly found himself as a target and was taken for 30 odd runs in his only over by Peter. After that no bowler was respected by Peter as he found at least one loose ball every over to maintain a run rate of 8-9 consistently.

BCC tried 8 bowlers but it were only in the 17th over we managed to get Peter out (caught well by Ravi off Ubhaynath after a well made 80 odd). We are still in the game and all we needed was one good over and suddenly Lyon may find it too much to get 20 odd in 2 overs. Alas, it was not too be. We kept bowling at least that one leg side loose ball every over and eventually Lyon got the last 13 runs in the 19th over to win the game with a whole over to spare.

It was a disappointing finish to the day after having a dream start and dominating the opposition for three quarter of the day. A very exciting day under miserable weather.