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29th May 2016: Hengelo 1 won by 6 wickets, by Phrithivi Duraisingam

On 29th May 2016, a cloudy Sunday afternoon, MCC Hengelo's first XI took on Hilversumsche CC at home. The hosts outplayed the visitors in all three departments and claimed a convincing victory by 6 wickets.

Hengelo won the toss and decided to put the opposition in to bat. Rahim began the proceedings from the pavilion end with a maiden over. Akshay started a bit scratchy from the far end and bowled many wides. His spell of four overs cost 10 runs and yielded no wickets. He eventually compensated by bowling some effective dot balls. An amusing fact of Akshay’s spell was 70% of the total runs conceded by him were wides. Hengelo believed they had a good chance, as captain Rahim (1/14 in 6) bowled his counterpart J. Dillam for 9 runs, in the 7th over of the game. Following an economical and quiet start by the opening bowlers, Safi and Prithivi were brought into the attack. Hengelo's sheer brilliance in the field [newly discovered - editor] rattled the opposition's top order. The hosts managed to put the visitors on the defensive as Safi (3/17 in 6) and Prithivi (2/11 in 5) picked 5 wickets in quick succession. A couple of sharp catches at first slip by Rahim and one by Safi off his own bowling stood out of the bunch. Edoardo (2/25 in 8) and Pramod (1/11 in 8) capitalized on the pressure created by the quicks. They bowled sensibly in tandem and made sure the visitors did not get any momentum in the game. The visitors were stumbling after 37 overs with only 93 on the board and just one wicket left. Krishna (1/1) was brought into the attack to wrap up the first innings. He finished the task in 3 deliveries, with the help of Adriaan behind the wickets, who quickly clipped the bails as the batsman stepped out of his crease. The wicketkeeper Adriaan had a stumping and a catch to his credit.

After restricting the visitors to a low and chase-able total of 94, the Hengelo camp was relaxed and confident of sealing the encounter with ease. Hengelo's opening pair was challenged by the aggression of Hilversum's new ball bowlers. The chase grew tense, as both the openers Abhishek (4) and Erik (7) returned back to the dugout with only 15 on board. The visitors thought they had the game under control. However, Edoardo and Adithya kept their calm and stabilized the batting by putting up a partnership worth 52 runs. With the game back in Hengelo's control, Adithya lost focus and threw away his wicket to Hilversum's opening bowler A. Gangadharan (3/29 in 8). The sensible partnership that put the hosts in the driver’s seat was broken. Edoardo looked solid to finish the game, scoring back-to-back boundaries. But with the end in sight, he unfortunately nicked one to the first slip. With Adithya (19) and Edoardo (32) back in the hut, Hengelo needed to score just 17 runs in 27 overs to register their second win of the league. Krishna (13*) and Pramod (5*) did not take long to finish the formalities as the hosts comfortably reached the target with 149 balls to spare.

Overall, an all-round performance by the Hengelo 1 lads led to this victory. Hengelo 1 (2 wins in 3 games) retains its second position in the table, behind SV Kampong 3.