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19th May 2019: Hengelo 1 won by 6 wickets, by Rhett Bridgens

Summary:

VVV 3, 184-8 after 40 overs (Kloppenburg 3-33, Bawar 2-18)

Hengelo 1, 185-4 after 36 overs (Bridgens 84*, Venkatraman 58*)

H1’s first away game of the season came with the added pressure of trying to rectify the wrongs of the previous week, to which they duly obliged, with a much improved and clinical performance against VVV in Amsterdam (or somewhere near it). After a couple hours of squished legs, the H1 boys arrived at VVV with the weather looking good, as well as all other playing conditions looking like it would lend itself to a good game of cricket.

Captain Adi Sridhar managed to win the toss, and decided on this occasion to bowl first. VVV had a steady start, and managed to push their score to 33 before H1 opening bowler Vikas Gadoo, drafted back into the team for this game, got the breakthrough, trapping Khan in front for 15. Two quick wickets followed to leave VVV struggling on 35/3 all of a sudden, with Jawad Bawar picking up where he had left off in the previous match, claiming a bowled and a catch at square-leg, after Vinny Venkatraman held on for a very good grab.

A brief partnership of 37 from VVV restored some balance to the match situation, but when H1 managed to remove VVV’s remaining opener for 37 himself, John Kloppenburg picked up his first wicket of the day with an LBW plumber-than-plumb, and Vinny Venkatraman picked up an LBW of his own, the writing was on the wall for VVV at 90-6.

Or so you’d have thought! A commendable recovery from VVV saw them put on 73 runs for the 7th wicket, before their tail-enders managed to see them to 184-8 by the end of their 40 overs.

Looking to have a better outing with the bat than the previous weekend, H1’s innings unfortunately didn’t go according to that plan, with Peter Peperkamp, captain Sridhar & Satheesh Muthusamy all falling to leave the score on a worrying 18-3. Next man in, Ani Chandrasekaran, joined Bridgens at the crease, and together they set about trying to calm the waters, which they managed with a solid 56 run partnership which included some smart rotation of the strike and good running.

Ironically, on that note it was in fact a run-out that saw the end of the partnership, but it’s fair to say this was more a case of good fielding (direct hit) and bad luck (a slip) that saw the back of Chandrasekaran for 13. Vinny Venkatraman strode out to join Bridgens with H1 still needing 111 to win and the game firmly in the balance.

That was where the good news ended for VVV, and began for H1 – a 111 run partnership from Bridgens & Venkatraman, which included some big sixes, plenty fours, and even more running, seeing the boys to their first win of the season with a comfortable 4 overs still to spare. A special mention to Venkatraman for what can only be described as a very mature, patient and smart innings of 58* to help see H1 over the line.

A great first win of the season for H1, and hopefully, the first of many in the 2019 season!