Because of holidays (VOC) and a rainy Sunday in July (Hermes DVS) the weekend of August 22-24 did not only have the regular league match vesus Punjab on the menu for the U15’s, on Sunday (Hermes DVS) and Monday (VOC) they would play as well. Although the main course was definitely on Monday (earlier this season the U15’s suffered a loss versus VOC for which they desperately wanted to make up), the focus first had to be on two starters.
VCC U15-Punjab U15 Sat Aug 22
On Saturday we hosted or friends from Rotterdam-Zuid. From the first game we learned that the Punjab team is very much work-in-progress with some raw talent and some bigger guys who could bowl at decent pace and hit the ball for some serious boundaries.
VCC batted first with Danial getting ducked on the first ball, which was a very good yorker. The match continued with a good partnership between Farhaan (62*) and Aldino (28*) with both retiring to end it. Rain unfortunately interrupted parts of the first innings. Good contributions were made by Cedric as well with 27. The innings ended with 184-4.
Punjab had a slow start due to great bowling of the VCC bowlers. At the 10 overs mark the score was only 20-2. Subsequently they tried to pick up steam to get the score to 77-4 in 20 overs and eventually folded at 140-5 in 30 overs. Miraj was exceptional with 4 wickets for 12 runs in his 6 overs and Tom also supported him with 1 wicket.
Overall, it was once again a dominant VCC win by 44 runs.
Hermes DVS U15 – VCC U15 Sun August 23
The weather looked a bit the same as earlier in the season (the rained out match) when we arrived at Harga. Showers appeared in regular intervals, but fortunately the teams did not bother too much and managed to get 60 overs in before 1.30 pm, despite the rain.
We were warned about their strength as they managed to loose by only 8 runs the day before versus VOC. After loosing the toss, Hermes decided to bat first. They showed great resilience in their batting innings and managed to get 178 runs on the board, which is a very decent score, although the field was not too big. Farhan took two wickets and in difficult circumstances (wet ball) we bowled 42 extras, which remains an area of improvement.
Our batting innings started slowly, but steadily. We did not loose a wicket until the score was 70, at which time we cruised at a run rate of a bit less than 5 where 6 was required. Shirsak laid a very solid foundation with another 60* retired, when Tom entered the scene. He showed his batting skills and a lot of ah’s and oh’s could be heard, when he helped VCC to a win with a magnificent 18-ball 60 not out, via 5 sixes and four 4’s, finishing it off with a 2 on the last ball. In hindsight an easy win with 8 wickets and 7 overs in hand.
VCC U15 – VOC U15 Mon August 24
The big match versus VOC was the fourth encounter this season (two friendlies and the beforementioned loss in the league, the teams enjoy playing each other). As we could only start at 6 pm, the match was reduced to a twenty over match.
VCC won the toss and preferred to field first. The focus was there from moment one and although the extra’s once more accounted for 33% of the runs for VOC, we also restricted their topscorer Roman to only 15 runs. Farhaan the pick of the bowlers again with 2 wickets and only 9 runs in 3 overs, and Cedric contributed two stumpings and a run out. VOC 98 after 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
A required run rate of 5 seemed to be not too much of an ask, but the start was slow, credit to some good bowling. Via 16/1/5 and 44/1/10 the start was solid, but it turned out difficult to accelerate, because at 73/2/15 it still could go both ways. 6, 6 and 8 runs for no wickets brought us to 93/2/18, so only 6 runs required from the last twelve balls. But seven balls later we had lost Cedric (29) and had scored only two runs: 95/3/19.1. Fortunately Tom and Alejo did what they should do, looking for easy singles and collecting the wide to make it a tie in the fourth ball of the over. A full toss brought all players in ecstasy when Alejo connected to it and hit it for four, both batsmen finishing on 5 not out.
As always the 3rd innings were well taken care of and enjoyed by both teams and the parents. Plans were made for some extra friendlies in September and a good listener could regularly hear the P-word being used.