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Dropped catches win matches?

After some tight and less tight losses the Zomi’s were still awaiting their first victory of this cricket season. With the loyal crowd spread around the field the Zomi’s decided it should happen against Quick, on our familiar but bumpy home ground. With still the match against CCG in the back of our minds where we, despite a respectable total of 232, still lost due to dropped catches (6 in total), we knew our fielding should be sharp and tight from the start.

On this sunny day skipper Guus won the toss and decided to bat first. In went Guus and Rob and they made the start we all hoped for. With some smart running and very nice shots they both reached fifty, but with underway some catches being dropped by our opponent. Unfortunately Rob’s nice batting inning ended at 62 with a run out. Luckily for us Guus continued to produce some nice shots and went on to reach his first century of this season. Rob and Guus reached a respectable partnership of 125 runs. Lennaert tried to follow-up the good start with some good knocks but was bowled keeping his score under ten. Thereafter it looked like Rutger and Guus were establishing a new partnership but just when it got any shape Rutger was surprised by a shorter delivery and caught behind the wicket. With the inning heading to its end first Rene and thereafter Marc with some nice shots managed to bring the total to a respectable 241 runs with Guus remaining not out at 111. But would this total be enough?

Charu and Lailesh opened the bowling and started off well keeping the run rate low. After a couple of overs the openings batsmen were confronted with Rob’s fielding skills. Since this Sunday Rob is not only outside but also inside the boundary ropes highly appreciated for his stiffness. This physical condition in combination with some excitement resulted in two beautiful catches bringing Quick to 18 for 2. A potential recovery was suppressed by further good bowling of Lennaert, Vishal and Marc with Lennaert having a ‘caught and bowled’. With amongst other a nice stumping of Richard and a beautiful direct hit by Guus Quick’s resistance stopped at 102 with only one batsman reaching 20+. It was good to see that the training resulted in sharp fielding and good catches. Did dropped catches win this match? No our own performance did. Next week Kampong is awaiting us, let’s continue on this course.