21st May 2016: Salland 2 won by 79 runs, by Sreejesh

The day was 21st of May and it was yet another good day for cricket. Hengelo 2 had an away match against Salland 2 in Deventer. Conditions were warm and sunny, ensuring that it will be perfect for a good cricket match. It was the 2nd match of the season for Hengelo 2, who were coming out of a fighting defeat in their last match.  For Hengelo 2, Edoardo Mazzi, who played the last match, missed out as he rejoined his Hengelo 1 teammates for the league match the next day. 

The toss was won by the home side and they asked the visitors to bowl first. Although Hengelo also wanted to bat first, they knew that the home team was not at full capacity and that meant with quick wickets, they could be restricted to a small total. The home team had only 10 players and the extra man was provided by Hengelo as they had a reserve player [namely Mika Dullaart - editor] in the side. The home team opened the innings with Th. Sikkema and P. Peperkamp at the crease. For Hengelo, Sreejesh and Harm were given the responsibility of opening the bowling. The two batsmen played cautiously, but at the same time punished the bad deliveries. The outfield was quick, so once the ball passed the infield, it was almost impossible to pull it back. The first strike for Hengelo came in the 5th over, when Peperkamp edged a ball to Adriaan, who completed the catch cleanly.  Next in was Rana, who along with Th. Sikkema, managed to steady the innings for some overs.  A bowling change from Hengelo was fruitful as the next wicket came soon after, when Sikkema was bowled by J. Kloppenburg. Then there was a series of quick wickets, thus reducing the home team to 80/5 at the end of 16th over. However, the batsmen following played sensibly, and were able to make short but useful partnerships. At the end, the home team had a score of 182 with all their batsmen back in the pavilion. For Salland, S. Rana was the highest scorer with 48, followed by Sikkema and J Gordinou de Gouberville, with 36 and 27 respectively.  M. Dullaart, who was playing for the home team on loan from Hengelo, chipped in with a useful 18. J. Kloppenburg was at the top of the wickets chart for Hengelo 2, with 3 to his name. H. Lameris and A. Sridhar managed 2 wickets, while Sreejesh and Ragu  finished with 1 wicket each. The extras were on the higher side for Hengelo 2, which accounted for 37 of the total score.

Chasing a score of 183, Hengelo 2 opened the batting with Diederik and Roelof. For the home team, F. Machiavello and J. Nijbroek opened the bowling attack. In the second over, Hengelo lost their first wicket in the form of Diederik, who was trapped in front of the wicket by Machiavello. From there onwards, the Hengelo batting didn’t really pick up, and wickets were falling at regular intervals. The bowling from the home side was consistent, without giving too many loose balls. Hengelo were unable to build any solid partnership and were soon reduced to 38/5 in 14 overs. Some kind of resistance was offered by J. Vriezen and A. Sridhar, but it was insufficient. By the 32nd over, the away side was all out for 103. Unfortunately for Hengelo 2, the highest scorer was the extras column, at 28. From the batsmen, A. Sridhar and J. Vriezen managed to score 21 and 14 respectively, thus entering two digit score.

Overall a forgettable day for Hengelo 2, especially in the batting area.  But it sure was a good learning experience and a chance to get better in the next game.