VCC 2 took on Green & White in their second major league match. Although they won their debut match last week, the weather conditions were not so favorable, with a damp and sticky pitch it was crucial to win the toss and bowl first, but our ever so consistent captain lost the toss, which seemed to be winning form for us last season, and we went to bat.
The pitch proved a challenge for the batsmen, with some early wides from the bowlers, mixed with excellent swing bowling and good lengths from the Green & White openers. However, Nehaan was able to take advantage of loose deliveries and got off to a fast start. Cedric’s wicket highlighted the difficulties of the field, as he lost his wicket with a leading edge that was accepted by the bowler. Lau and George were able to balance the innings with a crucial partnership of 57 runs, with Lau scoring his first half-century of the season. Despite losing several wickets in the middle, Ali and Floris fought back and helped VCC 2 to a total of 210, which they said was defensible.
After lunch, VCC 2’s bowlers were fired up, knowing that Green & White’s top-order would come out strong, looking at their innings last week. Steff and Georginho were able to put some pressure, which resulted in Omair Sultan’s breakthrough. George then took the lead, hit his lines and took two more wickets, and was unlucky not to have a third, as an edge behind that was clearly taken in the slips was not given. Floris came on to bowl his leggies and got some vital breaks, but VCC 2 failed to grab that one crucial wicket of the green and white opening batsman that they desperately needed. Rehaan took a wicket, but it was not enough, and VCC 2 lost the match by two wickets.
Looking back on the match, we must admit that there was room for improvement in all areas. With another match scheduled for the next day in Bloemendaal, the team had to recover and prepare for another tough match. Highlights of this match: Lau scored a solid 55 off 56 balls, while Floris contributed with both bat and ball, with 33 off 46 balls and 2/29 in 10 overs. George was the best of the bowlers, with figures of 3/29 in 9 overs.
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