Basel CC VS Zug CC7th August 2016, Bachgraben, Basel
Basel CC won the toss and elected to bat first
Basel CC: 256/9 (35/35)
Zug CC: 120 (27.5/35)
With the perfect weather conditions for cricket, Basel won the toss and elected to bat. Rajesh and Vishal got us off to the perfect start with a very strong 60+ partnership off the first 10 overs before Rajesh played behind to the keeper off the 2nd change bowler Sajan for 33.
Then in came the master blaster Shabir, who in my eyes played the best innings of the season so far; blasting absolutely every thing around the ground, while Vishal was holding up the other end like a top class batsman that he is.
Those two got us through to drinks with ease with the score at 135 for 1.
After drinks the Boys got the word to start to unleash, and they continued the belting until Shabir unfortunately was very unluckily caught out to Sahan the opening bowler for a very pleasing 71 of only 45 balls.
Anil came and went very cheaply getting bowled around his legs.
Vishal then retired after reaching his much deserved 51 (his second 50 against zug in as many games)
Those two boys made way for Jack and Manji to come in, Jack getting out very cheaply by Ushanta; lobbing one up to short mid on.
It wasnt such luck for Manji though who went on to smash a very quick 25 off 14 balls much to the delight of the onlookers which have seen him really play like we know he can the last couple of games with the bat.
The 2 young boys Tanmay and Mallik got a chance to bat together unfortunately it would be a day to forget for them as they got 4 and a duck respectively.
Arman did his job and chipped in with a nice 14.
In came Tafheem who scored with a quick but magnificent 23 of 14 really rubbing salt into the wounds of the fielders.
Sunny chipped in with a run a ball 3 and Natu had a nice little cameo at the end with a quick fire 12 off 8.
Extremely happy with the way everyone batted and supported each other.
After the dominant batting display and a delicious lunch supplied by the very hospitable Zug CC; we went out to bowl.
Things started off pretty well for us with the first ball of the innings being a wicket.
Things just went from bad to worse for Zug from there with their second wicket falling in the second over to a beautiful in swinging delivery from Sunny.
The wickets just kept falling from then on but the 6th wicket partnership manage to steady things a little bit for Zug but the breakthrough came not long after the 12th over with Manji bowling some of his infamous Leggys. Tanmay bowled very tight which is really good to see, he didnt get a wicket but bowled very very well. Anil came on to bowl and made an impact straight away with a wicket on the second ball of his spell, then later in his overs managed to pick up the very prized wicket of our President and his dad, Jay.
Arman and Mallik bowled very nicely and manage to slow down an already slow run rate.
Natu bowled some very nice leg spinners and managed to pick up a wicket with some very tidy bowling.
The figures at the end of the day were:
Sunny had 2/13 off 5
Tanmay 0/9 off 3
Manji 1/3 off 3
Jack 5/9 off 5
Anil 2/16 off 3
Arman 0/9 off 2
Mallik 0/13 off 2
Natu 1/28 off 5
Great effort by all the boys today.