Following the washout on the previous day, it was left to the first team to achieve the success of the weekend, which they did in fantastic fashion against the multiple German champions from DSSC.
Bowling first for the third time in succession this season, Britannia picked up their first wicket in brilliant sunshine with a sharp run-out. With no shortage of class throughout the DSSC order, it was important to not allow any player to get a firm foothold. Despite boundaries coming on a regular basis, no DSSC player reached more than 21 runs. Kumar took 3 for 32 with Rohit also contributing with a marvellous 3 for 21, backed up by some tight fielding and good catching.
Chasing a modest 135 to win, the evergreen Javed kept the openers under wraps. Despite this, intelligent cricket saw slow but steady progress, with Alex offering resistance coming in at three and Hussi making a typical captain’s knock at four. With the main bowlers finished, Waqas then cut loose and just failed to reach his 50 at faster than a run a ball. The target was reached comfortably with five wickets and seven overs to spare.
With the positive results coming week after week and the club on a steady upward path, we are no longer the soft touch that we once were. Just as a footnote, in 2008 BSV were bowled out for 70 against DSSC, who then reached the target from seven overs. How times change!