A disappointing batting performance from VCC 2 resulted in the first loss of the season. After losing the toss VCC 2 was invited to bat. Nehaan en Jacobus set up the innings nicely and at 82/2/25 VCC 2 looked set for a 200+ score on the quick outfield on our own main ground. However, the middle order struggled. A combination of bad shot selection and poor execution led to a collapse. Luckily, Sajjad, Floris and especially Ali managed to lift to score to something worth fighting for. VCC 2 finished on 144 all out after 48.4 overs.
It was always going to be tough to defend this but we showed against Eindhoven that we are capable of defending low totals. We started off well and took three quick wickets in succession. Qui Vive were 33/3 and then 53 for 4. Unfortunately, we were not able to break the crucial partnership between Pant and Arora from Qui Vive. They comfortably made sure Qui Vive chased down the target in just 34.2 overs despite VCC trying different bowling options and fields by using seven different bowlers. We did miss a couple of chances (run-outs and catches) but after reflecting on the match after the game we all acknowledged that we have to do better with the bat. 144 is not enough to win games, especially not when you have laid down such a solid platform. We will train hard again during the week and make sure we will perform better next week against VRA 2. Our first away game of the season.