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Wanderers OSS began the year 2020 with great vigor and focus. The goal was clear, to improve on the exhilarating performance shown in 2019, and to win the 3rd division title. And then the pandemic struck cricket, just as it did the world. The thinking changed dramatically from playing 3 preseason matches, to whether if we would play any cricket at all in year. Those initial days were indeed filled with great uncertainty and adjustment for most of us.
By July thanks to some valiant effort by the medical profession, citizens and the government, things began looking up again. cricket started again under very strict safety protocols. It was a bizarre start to the season, but the club was happy just to be on the grass again and feel a bit normal. During all the upheaval, the board of wanderers focused on being productive and successfully completed the procurement of our club jersey in the colors of Oss. While we maybe not the get recognition from the Gemeente, in return, the club does feel a close bond with the town, as evident from our choice of colors.
Team 1 in Division 3A
Team 1 began the season with a disappointing away defeat against HTCECA from Eindhoven. The lack of preseason clearly showed in the way the players were rusty. But thankfully that result was just an aberration as the team finished joint second in the final table. As the season progressed we witnessed some outstanding performances . Notable among them Ishant Upadhyay cemented his place as key player, making a top score of 98 not out against Salland CC. He also claimed the most wickets in the division from wanderers. Pascal Schuurmans topped the batting charts with an amazing average of 36.75 scoring 147 runs in 7 matches.
Then there were the usual performers. Nicky Sjamaar showed a control and variation in his bowling that was never seen before. He also cemented his place as an opener, with a respectable haul of runs, and some vital performances. Tom Sjamaar, showed he has the innate Sjamaar batting acumen, if given the chance. Vikas, could not reach the high scores that seemed so easy for him last year, but he showed a level of consistency befitting his position as an opener. In addition in the first half of the season, he made a huge impact with his new found spin bowling. All in all there were too many good performers , for this report to cover. Shital, Luke, Anupam, Yogesh, Pavanesh, Dean, Siddharth, Navaraj with amazing captaincy all made great contributions. A special thanks to Vatsal for always filling in whenever the team was short.
Zami lives up to the billing, visiting some great clubs
While the seventh position in the table does not show favorably, Zami had some exciting matches. In one such match wanderers defeated Blomendaal CC in the final two balls. A close game indeed. Overall, ZAMI managed to keep its fun ethos alive. Results are expected to only get better as players get more experience, and new members join the side. On a special note Eric Van den Bogaart scored an astounding 180 runs in 5 innings. That is an average of 90.0!!!!!! Dean Van Rooyen score a respectable 105 runs and captured 5 wickets, making a key contribution. Captain marc chipped in with a great tally of 9 wickets. Steve Binns and Barend both returned a tally of 5+ wickets.
Season Close and looking ahead
The season was concluded with a nice family day out while respecting COVID regulations. A special lunch was provided by kit sponsor mount Everest, definitely earning more followers in the process. Thankfully the season wrapped up before the second wave hit, so now is the time to reflect, and prepare for the next season. There are some exciting developments in the pipeline. A revamped preseason in 2021, a coaching structure within the club, new members joining the ranks, improved facilities. There will be new challenges as well, but the club is as always resilient enough to find solutions and move forward. More about behind the scenes actions in the board, and the preparation for 2021 can be soon read in a follow up report on our website.
The cricket season of year 2020 is fast approaching. While recent health issues in the world have dampened the spirit in the society, we hope this will soon become a non issue. On the club front everything is progressing ahead at full power. With this latest update, all members can be aware how the preparation at the club is progressing.
Indoor practice with bowling machine pays off
The club has been able to organise up to five sessions of indoor training with the new bowling machine. It is already possible to witness the result of this investment by the club, the form and technique of many batsmen is at a higher level than previous years. It is likely to give wanderers an edge at the beginning of the season. During these sessions, fitness, fielding, catching have also been tackled and worked upon. We thanks TBL Oss for their continued support and in allowing us to use them GymZaal in the weekends.
Kit order almost ready and new sponsor
The ordering of the new club kit is in the final stages. Thanks to the efforts of the board and Navaraj, Anupam, the club were able to secure kit sponsorship from Mt Everest Restaurant from Eindhoven. Mt Everest is a restaurant that has long operated in Eindhoven, and serves delicious Indian and Nepalese food. Their Logo will be placed on the back of our shirt, with deal signed for at-least coming 3 years. The Board appreciates the speed with which all members paid their contributions towards the kit. It is much appreciated. In more encouraging news, more sponsorship leads for the kit are being pursued, and will be known in the coming week.
Preseason games are being planned so that the sporting side of the things can be kicked off. A friendly match with HTC Eindhoven is already confirmed in march, with more games being discussed with other clubs. In a more intriguing news a club from Dubai who are visiting Netherlands in April have got in touch for friendly T20, Things are being discussed to see if a game can be possible.
Club membership count remains stable
At the voorjaar vergadering it was announced, we had lost up to three members this season. However we are proud to announce that we have three new members who are willing to play with us. Daan Rigbers, Yogesh Rijal, Shital Gupta have all joined in the preseason. The board welcomes them to the club, and wish them a great season and experience.This enables us to keep our membership count stable, enabling participation in two divisions. In addition we can now focus on the club goal of increasing the membership to 50 members in two years time. if you should see an opportunity to recruit members suited to our club philosophy, bring them along to one of our matches. Even if someone is not in to playing but would like to watch, take the extra step and bring them to the club.
Next week Sunday , 15th of march the club is seeking volunteers to help with preparing the ground. Activities include, working on the pitch , Painting the container green on request of of our neighbors. If you have the time please drop by for some DIY. In addition we are looking to procure a boundary rope from a club that is winding up in Friesland. This would be an upgrade on the the flags used at this moment. It should also contribute to the authentic cricket experience we all crave.
As we all know Corona Virus has reached the Netherlands and Brabant. We from the board wish you all the health , and ask you take good care of your health. Hope to see you healthy and full of energy in the upcoming season. On this note lets keep pushing ahead to meet our club goals.
Wanderers OSS organised the ALV(Algemene leden vergadering) for the year 2020 on the 18th of January 2020. The meeting began with the announcement that Mathijs Sjamaar would be stepping down from the board. A life long member of the wanderers and a valuable board member, he has played a pivotal part in the steady ascent the club has achieved. He was awarded a memento as a token of the club’s appreciation. Mathijs was keen to point out that he was stepping down to give fresh ideas a chance , but he would continue being available as a playing member. As his replacement Siddharth Chunduri was appointed to the board.
Financial Overview 2020
During the meeting the provisional financial statement(voorlopige) was presented. As always it highlighted wanderers will have to continue striving in attaining sustainable and responsible sponsorship to improve the footprint and facilities of the club. We thank Femke for keeping our books in order.
Club Jersey selected
Next Agenda point was the selection of the club jersey. A jersey commission comprising of Mathijs Sjamaar, Marc Meinema and Siddharth Chunduri has been working hard since December to come up with designs and suppliers for the new club Jersey. we thank our sponsor Yes Energie for supporting us in procuring the new club apparel. The club members were presented with 3 options , and asked to vote on the preferred option. With 14 votes constituting a majority the colors of deep sky blue with a dash of yellow were chosen as the jersey colours. The supplier of the kit will be Gray Nicolls, A brand of quality and trust for anyone who plays cricket.
New committees, membership turnover and ball sponsorship
In the meeting the board unveiled their vision for the club for the next three years. Most notable was the aim to achieve a membership total of 50 members by 2023. This year the strength of the club has fallen slightly from 28 to 25 at the time of this post. There are a couple of promising recruits in the pipeline, but tentative as of yet. Considering the present fact it will be a challenge to raise the membership to 50. In addition a milestone for the club is to create a Ladies or youth team representing wanderers by 2023. This normally entails better facilities and equipment. The process of improving this has already started. For instance, a new container to hold equipment, a bowling machine and higher quality cricket balls have been procured. Making these improvements of-course costs money, and we are looking for members and non members would like to be ball sponsors which is pegged at 25 euros. As a way to meet the goals two new committees have been formed to look in to how they can achieved. A technical committee will look in to how coaching standards, sporting philosophy and facilities can be enhanced, to meet our ambitions as a club. Mathijs Sjamaar has volunteered to participate in this group. One more member needs to be selected, any volunteers should express their interest to the technical committee. Siddharth Chunduri will complete the group action as board liaison. A recruitment committee will think about strategies to increase our membership, and promote the club to potential members who suit the club philosophy. Vikas Gupta has volunteered to be part of it, and more slots are open for anyone willing to giving input and ideas.
Oss -It has only been 3 months since Wanderers concluded the most successful season in recent history. As things wound down, all cricketers downed their tools, to take a break from everything and take stock of things. However behind the scenes, the board has been driving preparations shaping up the club for the next season. A new bowling machine was bought and tested in one of the indoor sessions. The results of training with it were amazing and worlds apart from previous indoor seasons. This is a big step in direction of providing club members with more realistic preparation facilities for the outdoor season. Another development was the much awaited placement of a storage container on the field. This will eliminate the great inconvenience of fetching furniture , equipment etc from locations far from the ground every time there is a practice or a match. Thanks in part to the board and Gemeente OSS who provided the permit, a major inconvenience has been rectified. With the upcoming ALV meeting in January, the club board shall announce various topics, like levy of extra tax on club from the gemeente, sponsors, the club jersey commission and the efforts to get them ready etc. The Board is also planning list of facilities we would like to have at the club like sight screens, expanding membership, more facilities on the field. however with our financial strength not all can be achieved in a year or so. But over a period of time we as a club will strive to make it happen. Till the ALV. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.
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.
August 4 was the day of the much awaited home fixture against Salland cricket club in the division 3 pool D. Having been overwhelmed by Salland on their grass pitch earlier in the season, the Nepalese trio of Ishant, Anupam and Navaraj were raring to have another go on home turf. The game turned in to a perfect exhibition of contrasting human traits of irrationality and grit. With Salland, 2 players short, the duo of Tasal and Abhai “lange” adhin stepped up to the uncomfortable task of playing against wanderers.
Salland opened their innings with Tasal and the very experienced Sikkema. Wanderers bowled with lethal precision, as Salland was restricted to a run rate of about 2 for the first 11 overs. Tom and Navaraj bowled with great focus and hardly conceeded any runs. Ishant proved to be most effective with 3 wickets at an enviable economy of 2 runs per over. Appie chipped in with some classic spin bowling to frustrate salland and pick 2 valuable wickets. Salland collapsed to a paltry total of 80 runs in 24 overs. Captain Marc showed his guile with some very disciplined spin bowling and took the wicket of the best Salland batsmen, that resulted in a brilliant diving catch from Ishant.
With a modest target of 80, it seemed all but over for Salland. However this turned in to one of those tricky games, where batting frailties were exposed. Wanderers opened with in-form batsmen Vikas and Pascal. However both were dismissed cheaply. There was no reason to hit the panic button just yet. Jeroen and Anupam built a small yet steady partnership. Jeroen, exhibited some of the batting potential we often see from his father Eric. Anupam continued his improvement scoring 16 runs. However soon they too fell. Immediately after Tom and Appie Adhin both fell for ducks leaving wanderers at 39 for 6. Two new batsmen in Siddharth and Eric arrived on the pitch to salvage the innings. They together built another small partnership to get the wanderers to 62 runs, when both of them fell within a space of 6 runs to unlucky dismissals. With 12 runs to win and just 2 wickets remaining Ishant blasted 4 fours , to make it all seem so easy. Thus in essence achieving the first victory over Salland in 5 years. Yet another sign of resurgence from wanderers in this year of club records. Thanks in particular, to Caroline Sjamaar for her enthusiastic scoring and Mathijs, Ernst-Jan and Maarten for supporting wanderers with passion.
On 2nd August it was time for the away fixture of wanderers 2 to the beautiful ground of ACC Amsterdam. In the home fixture, wanderers 2 had surpassed all expectations in comprehensively defeating ACC. The Game started with ACC opting to bat first. They had a solid, steady start and built many partner ships. However Wanderers kept taking wickets at regular intervals. ACC ended their innings with 176 runs with fall of 8 wickets. Premchand showed that experience prevails with a good haul of 3 valuable wickets. Tom Sjamaar continued to show his potential with a disciplined bowling effort and taking 1 wicket in the process. The rest of the bowlers chipped in with 1 wicket each. As a special mention, thanks to Vikas Gupta, everyone got to try some Indian style samosa at the ACC cafe.
Wanderers started their batting innings looking to repeat their effort from the home game against ACC. However our golden boy Vikas fell cheaply edging to the slips unable to repeat his heroics of the past. This made sure he had ample time rest of the day to talk to him mum and do some umpiring. This meant Steve with his injured leg arrived to join Barend at the crease. Both of them stuck to their batting styles of slowly and steadily building a partnership, however due to the outstanding and disciplined bowling effort of ACC, they could not make much dent in the run rate required. In the 16th over with 50 runs on board, Steve was run out. The remaining batsmen tried to accelerate which also included a valiant effort by Barend to catch up on the scoring rate. However it was too late, and wanderers fell short by 28 runs. A special mention to Barend for his 62, and to Dean van Rooyen, who is improving with every game, but fell victim to a doubtful decision this game. Special thanks to Rutger Schenk one of our club sponsors, for getting in to the trenches with us to try and win the game. Stay Tuned for our report on 3D game against salland 2.
In a thrilling encounter, wanderers 2 displayed a commanding and complete performance to defeat last year’s champions voorbug CC zami. It was a great comeback by the wanderers after being completely overwhelmed by the finesse and experience of the VCC team in the previous fixture. We would also like to thank the VCC zami team for turning up for a thrilling cricket match in spite of stormy forecast.