Match report by Somnath

The final match of the Cote d’azur derby between BCC and ECC with score line reading 3-2 in favour of BCC.

ECC asked for an early start at 11:00 am as couple of their players were working that evening and had to leave early. Kavi won third toss in a row (hmmm!!) and decided to put ECC to bat. A day that would be remembered for two reasons i.e. dropped catches and lots of catches/chances going into gaps.

Despite all that credit must go to Andy (32) and Glen (56) who paced their innings nicely. Glen started watchful but changed gears when needed and really put BCC bowers and fielders under lot of pressure. The bowlers cause was not helped by some unconventional field placement too.

It was almost a century partnership (91) when Kalith (5-1-18-3) once again came to rescue when he got Andy caught behind. As it happens more often then not after a good partnership both batsmen gets out in quick succession, Glen didn’t challenge that notion and was out soon at score reading 98. But run rate was looking very healthy at more than 6 an over.

It seemed that ECC is going to post a huge total to challenge BCC’s strong batting line up. But it wasn’t too be. With some crazy running between the wicket Roshan (Perera) managed to gift us the father son duo run out. First Jack (24) and then Andrew (4).

Roshan (49) kept the innings going somehow and ECC still finished with a more then competitive 209 in 35 overs.

Will BCC keep its strong batting performance? Will it manage to win the series in 2014? In short “no” but this wasn’t to be without drama and excitement.

Roshan opened the innings with Yoges. Roshan didn’t bother the scorers and was taken superbly by Chaminda at gully. Catches win matches and ECC showed that all day long. Yoges (26) started to build the innings with Baldev (7) but both fell in quick succession. Baldev had a strange feeling of been given out caught at mid-on on a bump catch. He stood his ground before umpire raised his finger.

Somnath failed again when he tried to hit Chaminda straight at Andy’s throat who didn’t had to move an inch. All Andy had to do was to make sure that he closes his hands on time to catch a hard hit ball. He did and suddenly BCC were reeling at 50-4 in 15 overs. Not only lagging in run rate but also down almost half the side.

In comes Kavi and that changed the tempo of the innings. Kavi started to hit the ball crisply. Suddenly it was match on with ECC losing two players on field and both Kavi (32) and Kalith playing nicely. Kavi’s departure brought Ubhaynath (16) who kept the chase on with Kalith in 5th gear by now.

But two wickets in one over from Glen (7-0-52-3) getting both Ubhaynath and Kalith (68) killed it for us. 36 needed off last 24 balls with 2 wickets in hand. With Tyron getting out without much of an impact it was all left for the last pair of Colin (10 n.o.) and Ravi (7 n.o.). In the end it was too much left for these two and BCC finished its quota of 35 overs at 195.

So in the end ECC managed to pull a well deserved victory and square the series at 3-3. Well done to both BCC and ECC for a well fought out evenly poised series.