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9th June 2019: Quick 1888 won by 87 runs, by Rhett Bridgens

Summary:

Quick 1888 Nijmegen, 162-10 in 36.3 overs (Bridgens 6-15, Kloppenburg 2-29)

Hengelo 1, 75-10 in 20.3 overs (Bridgens 23, Muthusamy 16)

A welcome return home for the H1 boys saw them taking on early-season fellow bottom-dwellers Quick 1888 Nijmegen, who won the toss and decided to bat first on what was a nice sunny morning. 

The H1 opening bowling pair of Vikas Gadoo & Vinny Venkatraman started off well, showing much improved discipline and control, which subsequently lead to the first wicket of the innings after an unnecessary push for two gave John Kloppenburg the chance to cause a run-out, which he took brilliantly with a direct-hit from outside the inner-ring. Quick opener Wilson and captain Moorjani rode their luck to build a partnership of big swings, plenty mis-hits, and a bizarre top-edge that the H1 boys failed to communicate about, resulting in it landing in the middle of three of them. By the time the player/coach Bridgens was brought into the attack and managed to bowl Moorjani for 36, Quick had recovered very well with their score on a strong 105-2.

However, after a very angry few words in the huddle (and rightly so) from captain Adi Sridhar regarding the H1 boys staying focused, an excellent fight-back was soon to follow. First, Bridgens followed Kloppenburg’s example and got a direct-hit from mid-on to remove the third Quick batsman of the afternoon, before a very well taken catch by Satheesh Muthusamy off the bowling of Bridgens left Quick on 118-4. 

The fall of wickets did not stop there, the fifth of the innings would fall on 125, again off the bowling of Bridgens, this time stand-in keeper Adriaan Poffers taking the catch, before the sixth wicket would fall 18 runs later, Bridgens again producing the edge, with Peter Peperkamp taking another brilliant diving catch at slip – something he is making a habit of this season!

Quick now found themselves on 143-6 having been 105-2, and contrary to the pattern that H1 have set this season of taking far too long to wrap up the innings, the last 4 wickets were snapped up with the addition of just another 19 runs, Bridgens (LBW & caught Poffers) and Kloppenburg (bowled & caught Bridgens) managing another two wickets each. Quick all out for 162, an excellent turnaround from the H1 boys, picking up the last 9 wickets for just 57 runs. 

Unfortunately what followed next is a case of ‘the less said about the better’. After just 20.3 overs, H1 were all out for an embarrassing 75. Some incorrect shot selections, bad running, and what can only be described an inability to bat time and take the game deep, resulting in only two H1 batsman reaching double figures. Nothing more to be said on that.

A quick special mention to a couple players:

Adriaan Poffers – who as mentioned above took to standing in for regular keeper Prit Duraisingam who was away in Greece, and took two excellent grabs behind the stumps as well as leaking blood after taking a pretty nasty blow to the face standing up to the stumps off the bowling of Vinny Venkatraman, only to come back on and keep for the remaining overs without complaint!

John Kloppenburg – after struggling in recent weeks with the ball, John took to organising a net session on Thursday with Bridgens to try figure out and correct what had been going wrong, and the hard work and commitment paid off with John bowling a much-improved spell of 2-29 in 6.3 on Sunday.