The 3rd XI’s 6th game of the season was against HSBC, played on the best track we have seen on all year. After Sunny unsurprisingly, once again lost the toss – for the 5th time this season, BPCC were put in to bat on what felt like the warmest day of the year so far.
Simon and Marcus opened the batting and looked positive, before Marcus fell edging the ball onto his own stumps. Simon was joined by youngster Manav, who put on a partnership of over 50 on an outfield that seemed impossible to score a boundary on, due to a large outfield and long grass. Manav fell for a very impressive 41 in his just 4th senior game for the club, before he was replaced by Samit at the crease. Simon and Samit scored quickly late in the innings, also putting on another 50 partnership, to take BPCC to an impressive total of 207/2 off their 40 overs. Simon ended a great knock of 87 not out supported by a vital 37 not out by Samit. The difficulty in hitting boundaries meant that Simon’s 87 on any other day was comfortably into three figures, and he probably ran at least 75 of them.
After tea, Leo opened the bowling for BPCC and looked unplayable after recovering from his shoulder injury, beating the outside edge of the bat nearly every ball. HSBC looked to have no intention of scoring, being around 25-0 off 15 overs before Captain Sunny made the first breakthrough for BPCC. Leo somehow ended his spell of 9 overs wicketless, (too good for the batsmen to get an edge), bowling 5 maidens for just 11 runs. CJ picked up a wicket and produced a pretty lucky run out, managing to get a boot on the ball running out the non-striker. It was only a matter of time before this happened, as CJ seems to throw himself in front of every ball that comes his way. This provided Barry with some entertainment for the afternoon, as now he was able to sledge his own teammate calling him ‘big foot’ (don’t worry, Barry was later fined for this). Despite some chances going down in the field, BPCC displayed a strong bowling and fielding performance to restrict HSBC to just 116/6 off their 40 overs.
BPCC will be hosting HSBC again next week, but (strangely) possibly on the same pitch, and looking for a repeat of the performance and result. The 3rd XI currently stands in 4th position in Div. 3 Met/West. Stand out performances were from Simon (87 no), Manav (41) and Samit (37 no), as well as Leo, Sunny and the bowling attack.
|5 June 2021||1:00 pm||KRCL Division 3 - Met/West - 2021||2021|
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