3rd June 2019: Groen en Wit 2 won by 55 runs, by Rhett Bridgens
Groen en Wit 2, 241-8 after 40 overs (Biradar 3-21, Sridhar 3-47)
Hengelo 1, 186-10 after 37.2 overs (Sridhar 40, Bridgens/Kloppenburg 27)
Round four of the 2019 season saw H1 head back on the road towards Amsterdam to take on Groen en Wit Cricket Club on what proved to be the warmest day of the summer so far (31 degrees). 1000 things could be said about the events of Sunday, 999 of them most likely not appropriate for this match report.
The toss was won by captain Adi Sridhar and the decision was made to put Groen en Wit in to bat on what wasn’t a very big ground, with an artificial field (and some pretty unique sight-screens). That decision was almost immediately vindicated when our very own Jimmy Anderson (Kiran Biradar) picked up a wicket with only the third ball of the innings, finding the edge straight to first slip where Peter Peperkamp took another solid catch. A couple of overs later, and after numerous plays-and-misses and an edge through the slips for four, Groen en Wit’s remaining opener had his middle stump knocked back by Biradar with a beautiful delivery to leave them on 7-2, and when our mountain of a man Satheesh Muthusamy swallowed a catch in his buckets-for-hands at square leg off the bowling of Jawad Bawar, the score had moved heavily in favour of H1 on 15-3.
A partnership of 66 followed for the fourth wicket, with both batsman looking relatively comfortable until captain Adi Sridhar managed to get the breakthrough with Rhett Bridgens taking the catch at cover after a reckless shot by the Groen en Wit batsman during a period of sustained pressure by the H1 bowlers. Biradar was then brought back into the attack, and picked up his third wicket of the afternoon, clean bowling the Groen en wit number 6, before captain Sridhar claimed his second pole of the day, with the catch being held by Vignesh Rajendran, to leave the score on 103-6.
What followed next is truly hard to put into words. To keep it short and sweet - some of the most bizarre player-umpiring you’ll ever see led to a naturally disheartened & deflated H1 side, and as this all unfolded in the heat of the day, Groen en Wit managed to find their way to 212 before the next wicket was taken, not an LBW as you can guess, but a catch at square-leg by Biradar off the bowling of Sridhar for his third wicket of the day. As the dubious decisions continued throughout the back-end of the innings, Groen en Wit posted an extremely competitive 241-8 after their 40 overs.
Player/coach Rhett Bridgens flabbergasted at what he had just witnessed, and with about 200 more grey hairs than he had at the start of the day, as the players left the field to try recompose during the lunch interval. Some tight bowling by the Groen en Wit opening pair, as well as the early wicket of Peter Peperkamp, caught at mid-on for 10, left H1 under some early pressure and truthfully well behind in the game. Abhishek Talele and Bridgens combined to stroke a few boundaries to push the score up to 48, with several more needed and in good time for H1 to get back into the match – but unfortunately Talele was caught for a brisk 19 at long-on attempting to go for another one.
With Groen en Wit adopting a very defensive field, scoring proved hard to come by, and even though Bridgens managed to strike two boundaries in a row, when he too was caught at long-on the following over attempting to keep the run-rate up, and Athul Sundaresan edged behind for 4, the match was very quickly slipping away from H1 at 67-4, still needing a mammoth 174 to win with the overs remaining running very thin.
What followed next was to be expected, with the defensive field ultimately doing its trick in leading to the steady fall of wickets as the H1 boys tried to find a way back into the match. Captain Sridhar (40) and John Kloppenburg (27) managed to combine for a well-played 56-run partnership for the ninth wicket, but when Sridhar was caught with the score on 183 and Kloppenburg was bowled shortly after, H1 were bowled out for 186, resulting in a pretty hefty defeat in the end.
All things considered, the boys can hold their heads up high, as unfortunately as is the case in life, you cannot control other people’s ideas of what is fair and what is right. Next game will see us back at the Slangenbeek on Sunday the 9th to take on Quick 1888 Nijmegen.