12th May 2019: Hercules 1 won by 5 wickets, by Rhett Bridgens
Hengelo 1, 75-10 after 19.2 overs (Duraisingam 17)
Hercules 1, 76-5 after 33.5 overs (Bawar 3-21)
The old saying 'the only way is up' proved to be all too relevant for what was Hengelo 1’s first game of the 2019 season.
With a few new faces, including player/coach Rhett Bridgens brought in from South Africa for 3 months, the boys were motivated and hungry to start the season off with a win - particularly after all the hard work and dedication they had shown in the two weeks leading up to the first fixture.
It’s safe to say that things unfortunately did not go to plan. After winning the toss, and conferring with some senior players, captain John Kloppenburg elected to get the season underway with a bat. An hour and a half later, and H1 had been rolled for 75. Excellent spells of bowling by Hercules’ two spinners Dravitzki (5-12) & Wickramasinghe (3-6) had torn through the H1 middle and lower order after some early wickets fell to the seamers. The only resistance came from keeper Prit Duraisingam who top scored with 17.
H1 weren’t going to go down without a fight, and opening bowler Jawad Bawar picked up a treble of LBW’s (including 2 in 2 balls) to leave Hercules at 15-3, before Bridgens bowled Hercules’ remaining opener and John Kloppenburg had a wicket of his own, caught at cover, to leave Hercules with half their batsmen in the shed and still needing 20 runs to win, and the H1 boys fully believing & backing themselves to snatch the win from out of nowhere.
That, however, was not the case. With H1 missing some key chances in the field that truly could’ve decided the outcome of the match, Hercules captain Brouwers (4*) & Bhatti (23*) saw their team home with 6.1 overs to spare. A disappointing day for the H1 boys; however, the fight shown in the second innings was commendable, taking Hercules and the match all the way to the 34th over for just 75 runs.