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26th May 2019: Qui Vive 2 won by 22 runs, by Rhett Bridgens 

Summary:

Qui Vive 2, 161-8 after 40 overs (Patil 3-37, Biradar 2-18)

Hengelo 1, 139-10 after 38.2 overs (Bridgens 45, Sridhar 36)

After a successful weekend for the H1 boys in Amsterdam in round two of the league, Sunday’s fixture was back at the Slangenbeek in Hengelo. With the weather forecast looking decent, and a bit of sun out, captain Adi Sridhar won the toss and decided to put Qui Vive into bat.

The H1 boys started well, bowling tightly and fielding just as well. The breakthrough came on 11 runs when Peter Peperkamp took what is undoubtedly the catch of the season so far, and an effort that may be difficult to beat for the remainder of the season, when he flung himself to the right whilst at first slip to take a vertical two-handed screamer, after overseas player/coach Rhett Bridgens found the edge. 

The Qui Vive batsmen managed to see out the two openers first spells, albeit through several plays-and-misses and near chances, to reach a respectable total of 38-1 after 10. The game however swung back in the favour of the H1 boys soon after, with Kiran Biradar producing some superb swing bowling to first castle Qui Vive’s remaining opener, before removing the leg-stump of the next man in not long after, to leave Qui Vive reeling on 41-3 after 13 overs. 

A brief resistance was then staged by Qui Vive, with a partnership that lasted 10 overs and 26 runs for the fourth wicket, before our very own Ishant Sharma/Vijay Shankar (whichever you prefer) – Akshay Patil - got the break-through by finding the edge to keeper Prit Duraisingam who took a good catch low down. Patil and John Kloppenburg then combined to pick up a bowled each to put the H1 boys in a very strong position with Qui Vive on 92/6.

As is the case a lot of the time in this unpredictable game that is cricket, the momentum of the game swung back in favour of Qui Vive after what can only be described as a below-par final ten overs in the field by the H1 boys. Dropped catches, misfields, overthrows, and some ill-disciplined bowling as well as a pinch of bad luck resulted in Qui Vive managing to recover to 161 at the end of their 40 overs, a more than competitive total for the slightly unpredictable Slangenbeek pitch and thick outfield. 

Nevertheless, the H1 boys were still in high spirits and confident of chasing the total down, even more so after a good lunch and rest. Openers Bridgens and Peperkamp combined for the second time in the day to give the H1 boys a reasonable start at 28-0 after the first 10 overs where the Qui Vive bowlers must be complimented for their tight and disciplined bowling. 

The discipline continued into the 17th over where the score had creeped on to 46/0. Although H1 were now behind the required run rate, there was no panic yet as there were still plenty of overs to up the rate. However, things changed quickly when Peperkamp was bowled for 14 in the 18th over, with Abhishek Talele following him back to the changerooms in the same over after unfortunately hitting one straight to the mid-wicket fielder. 

Bridgens then hit a six and a four, but new man in Satheesh Muthusamy came and went, to leave H1 on 59-3, Qui Vive now with their noses ahead. Next man in was captain Adi Sridhar, and he and Bridgens combined to trade some big blows each to move H1 back into the match. As was the theme for the majority of the match, Qui Vive managed to get back on top in the match after claiming the wicket of opener Bridgens, who fell for 45 trying to cut a ball of width but only succeeding in under-edging it low to the Qui Vive keeper who managed to hold on in such a big moment of the game. 

With Bridgens gone, and the score on 84-4 with 12 overs to spare, it was up to captain Sridhar to try see the team home, whilst hopefully getting some assistance from the H1 lower order. Unfortunately that never materialised, and even though Sridhar managed to strike some decent blows with Ani Chandrasekaran, the writing was on the wall once Chandrasekaran was caught at mid-wicket for 7, keeper Prit Duraisingam was run out for 4, Jawad Bawar & Akshay Patil were both caught for 2, and John Kloppenburg was bowled for 2 as well. 

Captain Sridhar was the final wicket, also caught, for a good knock of 36, to leave H1 bowled out for 139 resulting in a 22-run loss. Needless to say the H1 boys were bitterly disappointed as they had been completely on top for the first 30 overs of the match, but their loss of concentration for the final 10 overs is ultimately what cost them in the end. Credit to Qui Vive for always staying in the game somehow even when it looked unlikely, a good game played in a competitive spirit.  

H1 are back on the road for round four and will be looking to pick themselves up and right their wrongs from round three.