17 July 2016: Hengelo 1 won by 43 runs, by Akshay Patil

It was perfect cricket weather on Sunday 17th July and the home team captain won the toss and decided to bat first [Due to nobody having the keys to the clubhouse, time was lost and both captains agreed to do away with the toss so that Hengelo could bat first whilst also finishing any preparations editor]. For the home team, Abhishek and Pramod opened the batting. With the total score on 9 runs, Abhishek was caught off J. Bawar. He had scored just 8 runs. The next batsman was Krishna who was looking solid with singles and doubles between the wickets. But it wasn’t long before Pramod was caught off the bowler A. Bilal. He scored 10 runs. The home team was in trouble, with both opening batsman back in the pavilion with just 29 runs on board. The next batsman was in-form Anirudh, but he failed to open his account and was sent back to pavilion. At this moment, Hengelo were in serious trouble - 3 wickets down for a total of only 32 runs - when batsman number five Tushar came in and took a charge of the game. The 4th wicket partnership was 21 runs when Krishna got run out taking a risky single [Krishna was bowled before the umpire called a no-ball for the bowler’s action. Krishna was already walking off when the celebrating opposition realised and proceeded to run him out. We have a number of differing views. Would anybody like to comment on this form of dismissal? – editor]. He scored 19 runs in his innings. At this time, the home team needed a big partnership to put up a serious score to defend. Perhaps this feeling put a lot of pressure on Febin, the incoming batsman. The opponents, with a serious fast bowling attack, put a lot of pressure on the batsman, making even scoring singles difficult. But a class batting performance from Tushar forced the opponent captain to make bowling changes. Both batsman were looking good with a partnership of 35 runs for the 5th wicket when Febin got out, having scored 7 runs. Next, Sander came in and got out scoring just 1 run. The total score was 91 runs for 6 wickets, with Tushar still at the non-striker end. Safi came in and started to swing the bat, which got him a few boundaries but falling for the slower delivery, he was given LBW to W. Mahboob for 13 runs. Rahim came in and supported Tushar well as he was nearing his milestone but Tushar was bowled just short of his maiden 50, in only his first match this season. He scored 49 runs and was the top scorer for the home side. In total, the team scored 121 runs with 25 extras, which gave a score of 146 runs to defend.

In the 2nd innings, Rahim and Safi opened the bowling attack. They bowled really well in a 12-over spell giving away just 14 runs and 9 runs respectively, with 1 wicket each. But A. Gondal was looking good and Rahim decided to have a bowling change, with Febin and Akshay coming on to bowl. Febin bowled really well without success but Akshay was unfortunate in his 2nd over, with some edges from A. Gondal making his spell super expensive. Therefore, Rahim decided to bring in the spinners, Anirudh and Pramod, at both ends. But Pramod failed to put the batsman under pressure [Pramod had A. Gondal caught behind but the umpire went with the batsman’s word – editor] and Rahim immediately switched to Krishna. The Hengelo spin duo put some serious pressure on the batsman, constantly picking up wickets and giving away few runs. But A. Gondal at the other end kept fighting, although he got a lot of chances like a dropped catch in the slips and a caught behind, which he said came off his pad. He didn’t survive long after that when Anirudh got his wicket. He had scored a fighting 45 runs and at one stage Hengelo looked to be in danger, but with some good efforts in bowling and fielding (including two run outs) Hengelo manged to restrict the opponents to a total of 103 runs which includes only 7 extras. For the home team, the pick of the bowlers were the spin duo Anirudh & Krishna with 8-2-15-3 and 4.3-0-20-3 respectively. Krishna is now in the amongst the highest wicket takers in the league with 14 wickets, just behind his captain Rahim, who has bagged 15 wickets so far. Overall MCC Hengelo improved in fielding and limited the number of extras compared to earlier games. This win allows MCC Hengelo to retain their top position in the table with 16 points. The next game will be a repeat as MCC Hengelo 1 take on revenge seekers Almere Alligators CC 1 at the same ground.