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  • Batting: Chetan - 73(61)*, Anand - 31(25), Ankit - 20(37) Bowling: Shiv - 1/28

SPCC REDS had their 7th match against PACC on 12th of May 2013, at Kilborne Park, the home ground of SPCC REDS. It was great weather for cricket except for the fact that there was some dew on the out field which could have given a hard time to the side bowling first. It was obvious that both the teams wanted to bat first and take advantage of the ground conditions. Basheer, the captain of SPCC Reds won the toss and elected to Bat first. Shiv and Anand opened the innings and gave a pretty good start, but the opening pair could not sustain longer and only after 36 runs on the board, Shiv was caught behind the wickets. Sankett joined Anand to take over the responsibility from Shiv. Anand was looking good and hit a few deliveries to the boundary. Only when it looked like Anand was getting into the grove and just getting his form back, he miss timed a shot and was caught at mid on, another wicket fell and SPCC REDS were now 2 down with both the openers back into the pavilion with 49 runs on the board. Within no time Sankett was found walking back into the dug out. Before the two new batsmen on the crease, Shirshant and Harsha, could start to build a partnership, they both fell prey to the same bowler Waseem. SPCC REDS were now 56 for 5 in 8 overs. Hiren and Ankit tried to stabilize the situation and were going good until the ball from Hiren's middle of the bat went straight towards the bowler and stuck into his hands, Hiren had to go and SPCC REDS were now 81/6. The captain Basheer walked into the crease to join Ankit, who was trying to hang on to the other end of the wicket. Both started to play in a defensive mode to make an effort in revamping the bad situation. As Basheer was trying to get his eye into the game, the frequent bouncers did not allow him to settle down. Now, to add on to it, there came the quick in-swinging yorker that surprised him and knocked off the middle stump. SPCC REDS were now 88 for 7 in 16th over. While PACC were relishing that moment, looking at the captain walking back in dismay, they did not care to notice the number 9th batsmen Chetan walking into the ground. Chetan stayed low while building up a good partnership with Ankit. Ankit was holding his crease at one end and was playing a good supporting role until he was given LBW in the 24th over. Kunal walked in to replace Ankit and took over the job, but while trying to give Chetan as much strike as possible, he was run out in a wild pursuit of getting a quick single when the ball was in the hands of the fielder. Rajesh was the last batsman to get in with a huge responsibility of holding on to the wicket for the next 10 more overs. All this while Chetan was going unnoticed only when he realized the fact that theirs was the last pair of wickets for the rest of the innings. He, then went all guns blazing and started the assault on the bowlers by hitting every odd ball for a boundary. Rajesh was trying hard to keep himself off the strike, but in the 32nd over he could not resist to a quick delivery coming into him and knocking off the off stump. The last wicket put on the highest partnership of the innings, 54 runs of just 34 balls. Chetan was unbeaten and scored a valuable 73 of just 61 balls, smashing 10 fours and 2 sixes. He helped the team to achieve a competitive total of 190 and gave the bowlers a good opportunity to get back into the game. Ankit and Anand opened the bowling but could not get an early breakthrough to the team which gave the batsmen some time to settle down and score at a decent run rate. Basheer quickly made a change to the bowling attack and brought in spinner Shiv with an intent of taking wickets. Shiv was able to get a break through in the 10th over of the innings which opened a door of opportunity for SPCC REDS to comeback into the game. Few more quick wickets could have changed the course of the game, but the bowlers could not back themselves nor were backed by the fielders. Lot of catches were dropped which gave the batsmen more chances to get a strong grip on the match. Manzoor and Waseem went on scoring runs with ease and took their team to a comfortable victory. Waseem scored an unbeaten century in just 84 balls, and Manzoor played a good supportive role through out his innings and stayed not out scoring 45 runs. PACC won the match with 9 wickets in hand. Waseem was declared the Man of the Match for his brilliant ton.

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