Feb 24, 2020
The game had to start at 1130 hrs as the field had to be surrendered to the Rugby boys at 1630hrs.
We won the toss and elected to bat. Our opening pair of Kuven and Abas made a promising start as both batsmen punished the bowlers from both ends. Our run rates at one time was 9 runs an over. After Kuven was out lbw (22 runs) and Abas was bowled (20 runs) it was left to Thava and Desmond to restore some order and continue where the openers had left.
The runs kept flowing but a decision which was disputed by Desmond put paid to his stand and he was out caught for 15 runs. A few overs later it was also the turn of Thava when his cameo act ended also caught after making 27 runs. The introduction of Hary and Syaris kept the impetus as both punished the bowlers. A successive six from Syaris drew gasp from the opponent. Both had to withdraw after each had made thirty runs. The tail enders didn’t make much contribution and after 25 overs our score was 160 runs for 8 wickets.
On paper, 160 runs is a defendable total. The opponents knew they had an arduous task ahead and they kept pinching on our total score. Their two openers laboured to score 30 runs each and had to retire. We were still on top with superior run rates. It was time to bring the slow bowlers as our pace bowlers were too expensive. Ashih came in to bowl and immediately put the batsmen in trouble. Two wickets fell to his legs pin and it was the turn of the Captain Adrian to step in. A recognised batsman he could hit the ball off the ground with ease. Captain Thava introduced Mohidin and his looping delivery had the batsmen in trouble. Finally, Mohidin manage to fox Adrian whose drive found Ashih who held the catch, much to the disappointment of Adrian.
As usual complacency and sloppy fielding crept in and Devendran guided RSC across the finishing line with 3 balls left to win in the penultimate over. RSC won by 4 wickets. It was a very exciting game right till the end as both teams had sniffed victory. We meet them in April when we host them for the Patel Trophy and hopefully, we had learned from this defeat.
Coincidently later in the evening RSC played NS Wanderers in an annual rugby match and the cricketers were introduced to Tan Sri Tengku Imran at the Players Pavilion. Thank you to RSC for the good fellowship after the game.