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31 July 2016: Hengelo 1 won on run rate, by Chodimella Venkata Pramod

Sunday, the 31st of July, was not a great day for cricket as the weather prediction showed on-and-off rain. However, Hengelo 1 looked confident of winning another tough game. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and set a decent total of 162. The opener of the visiting team, F. Bajwa hit the very first ball of the innings (bowled by captain Rahim) over long-on for six.  However, the Hengelo bowlers kept their cool and grabbed wickets at regular intervals. The pick of the bowlers was Safi, who bowled exceptionally well taking 3 wickets and a maiden over in his 8 over spell whilst giving away only 28 runs. Anirudh, Akshay and the part-time bowler Adithya played their supporting roles as bowlers, picking up 5 wickets between them. Apart from good cricket, the expected rain also played its part, interrupting the game 2 to 3 times. To save time, the Hengelo captain proposed a quick lunch during the break [as another burst of rain was expected shortly after – editor]. Because of the bad weather and in accordance with the KNCB rules, both the captains agreed that the match would be stopped if the allotted time of 7 hours per game had passed.

Hengelo 1 quickly started their innings with their regular opener Abhishek and replacement opener Diederik. Both the openers played sensibly until Diederik was run out because of a lack of communication between the openers. Soon after, Abhishek returned back to the pavilion after the fielder B. Bajwa took a quick reflex catch at short mid-wicket. The other batsmen, Pramod and Adithya handled the visiting team bowlers quite well. However, Pramod left the crease after giving a simple catch to the square leg fielder. Both the batsmen put up a partnership of 45 for the third wicket. The next batsman Anirudh followed Pramod quickly, trying to play an unnecessary pull shot off a quick short pitched delivery from the bowler, A. Gondal. The next batsman was Sander, who played a supporting role from the other end. A lot of arguments and controversial decisions took place during the match [Almere accused the Hengelo umpire of acting improperly when handing back the bowler’s cap; in an already heated match, this was the final straw and would ensure the match would end on a sour note – editor]. As the allotted time had finished, the match was called to a halt and Hengelo 1 won due to their superior run rate at that stage.