August 10 2019, OSS: In the latest installment of the KNCB ZAMI pool 2 battle, V.O.C Rotterdam a.k.a “Beating Bats” graced the cricket ground of wanderers cricket club OSS. The Beating Bats renowned for their batting prowess are one of the favorites to win this Zami pool. In the previous away fixture, wanderers lost to this talented team, in-spite of setting a huge target of 200 runs.
V.O.C won the toss and elected to bat first. This worked out fine for wanderers as they preferred to exploit the swing in windy overcast conditions. Ishant and Anupam opened the bowling for wanderers. Anupam made an early break through with V.O.C opener Desar, caught behind by Vikas, who donned the gloves for this game. Then batsmen 2 Stikkers was run out by a direct hit from Siddharth. Navaraj, and Tom were the change bowlers, and they performed well with tom removing two of the strongest opposition batsmen. Navaraj picked up three wickets, with his disciplined and smart bowling. Premchand chipped in with 2 wickets. Appie, was unlucky, as up to four catches were dropped in his bowling. With five wickets down, it seemed very likely that V.O.C might be restricted to a total under 100 runs. However V.O.C displayed their batting depth with strong composed partnerships late in to the innings, setting a target of 171 runs for wanderers. While being very much defend-able, wanderers had chased 170+ targets at home multiple time, hence the mood in the camp remained optimistic.
With regular opener Steve Binns suffering from a serious groin injury, Captain Maarten decided to open the innings with Vikas and Siddharth. This was a great show of faith by the captain, for Siddharth had failed to show the composure deserving of an opening batsman in the season so far. The new opening combo started cautiously and nervously with some mix ups in the calling. But they soon settled in to the game. While Vikas held fort by batting out the good bowlers, Siddharth exploited the weaker bowlers going after the odd loose ball. By the 10 over mark the duo have accumulated 59 runs, at an impressive run rate of nearly 6 runs per over. In the 15th over with 80 runs on board, Siddharth was bowled out. He scored 45 runs, just 5 short of what could have been his first half century. For the next 5 overs, wanderers scoring came to standstill with just 6 runs coming from 5 overs, and the fall of 2 wickets. In the 20th over Ishant joined Vikas with the aim to bring back the momentum in wanderers’ favour. Ishant was quite prolific with his scoring and made 53 till he was caught out. This was enough for wanderers to reach the target in the 33rd over. Thus another exciting encounter came to an end, making this season all the more remarkable for wanderers.