Cricket – A dull and pedestrian sport where eleven men stand doing nothing for two hours looking like they should be waiting tables on a cruise ship.
Well, if there are any people in Berlin or the surrounding area who think like this, then get them front-row tickets for next season when BSV II play Bangladesh CC Berlin. Let’s not forget the first game of the season, where BCCB squeaked home with just one wicket in hand. Surely it couldn’t be this close again…could it?
Batting first in blazing sunshine (for a change), we got off to a steady start (also, for a change). Opener Rajan went cheaply bowled around his legs, before Arun holed out for 13 whilst in a good position. During this time, the wides and extras were flowing and some nice running also kept the score ticking along. The loss of the skipper in over 22 brought the feared Britannia middle order into play, but this time it simply didn’t click, with wickets falling at a steady pace to some decent bowling and injudicious shot selection.
Thankfully, the lower order did sterling work as ever, with Sunil finally experiencing some success with the bat and ending with the top score of 23. With the final wicket the result of some comical running by Neil and Sunil (surely a sticky subject in the car home), and tweaking Neil’s hamstring to boot, BCCB were set 148 to win.
Once again, BCCB’s reply was stifled, this time by debutant Prasanth with some downright hostile fast bowling with the new ball. The result was his first wicket in Britannia colours, a rising ball that cramped the BCCB opener and resulted in a gloved catch behind. With the next two wickets also falling cheaply, we were in the box seat. However, Main Uddin then set out his stall immediately with several sweeps to the boundary and he was ably partnered in the middle to gradually tip the game back towards BCCB. His virtually chanceless and sensible 72 not out was undoubtedly the game changer.
Again, wides kept the score ticking, before a burst of wickets from Rajan (4-19) again made it interesting. With the pendulum swinging back and forth and the target coming ever within range, two great catches from Omair and Prasanth once again left the game on a knife edge. Unfortunately for us, our total proved too little to defend and BCCB made it home with just under 10 overs and two wickets to spare.
Thanks to our cheerleading troupe who came along for the day, plus Omair and Mahant for the twelfth man duties. Congratulations again to BCCB and we hope to meet again for some cracking encounters next season. One thing is for sure, it won’t be boring!
Take a look at the scorecard on CricHQ here!