Match report: British Airways CC v N2 CC, Saturday30th April 2016 at The Concorde Club, London TW5
A cloudy and windy day in the shadow of Heathrow Airport at the previously named Concorde Club and delays on the M25 and North Circular led to the late arrival of many a player including the skipper!  Not a great start to the season but winning the toss allowed Bhatt to select to field… with only 7 players at the ground it seemed right to delay the start but the opposition Captain convinced N2CC to bat first.  No stress especially with the potential batting available.  As the openers warmed up, the clouds threw down a few spots but Hingorani and Patel walked out confidently with the captains words of encouragement ringing in their ears. “Just stay there!”  The plan was to have 10 wickets available for the last 20 over push in the limited overs match – 40 overs 8 per bowler.  A shower at the start of the innings looked ominous but the rain held off to leave the teams to play a tough game.
Hingorani looked confident and played well against the opening bowlers until he was enticed into pushing to one that moved away. Edged to slip – curses!  (N2CC 3 for 1) Was this the start of another early season collapse?  Tahir Younis went to the crease and soon put any fears to rest with Ash Patel holding down the other end.  Together they put on a 49 run partnership to push the score to 52 for 2 by the 16th over when Younis fell to a catch not quite connecting.  At 20 overs N2 were on 77 with 8 wickets still in hand and when Patel fell in the 23rd over (45 partnership with Raheel Siddique) with N2 on 97 a big push was on. Siddique and Nafaz Miah at the crease but Miah was bowled having scored 1 before Siddique joined him in the clubhouse (well sitting in front of the scoreboard anyway!) having put on a stylish 36 runs before being caught.  Next up was Abdullah Mohammed (back with N2 at last) and Faisal, from our Cincinnati connection (thanks Dee).  Hoping to score quickly, Faisal was too quick and the ball hit his stumps after having scored 5.  Next up Waqas Choudrey who had been keen to bat and showed why striding in and scoring some lovely fours (6) and two sixes off 27 balls.  A swashbuckling 45 runs later he came back having done the job and put on 66 with Mohammed to move the score to 183 in the 37th over.  Wickets then started to fall as N2CC tried to push for a total over 200 and finishing on 201 all out with three balls left.  Extras was 36 with the leg-side rule playing a big part.
N2 batting
D. Hingorani (W)         caught            2
A. Patel                        caught             20
T. Younis                     caught              20
R. Siddique                 caught              36
N. Miah                        bowled           1
A. Mohammed             bowled           19
Faisal                          bowled             5
W. Choudrey              bowled             45
Arslam                         caught            5
A. Hussain                  bowled            4
S. Bhatt (C)                Not out            0
Extras                                                 36
TOTAL: 201 all out
Target: 202. Required run rate: 5 per over.
Having enjoyed an expensive tea, it was down to our fielding and bowling with catches the key.
Bhatt opened with Abbas Hussain at the other end bowling like a demon and getting a wicket maiden in his first over.  The key was the support but after only bowling 3 overs Bhatt took himself off.  Thinking about it, perhaps it would have been best to start with a pace spin combination as the medium / fast bowlers seemed to play into BACC’s hands.  Cpying N2’s start, the stand for the next wicket was also 49 runs.  Faisal bowled well to keep the batsmen tied down with both Hussain and then his younger brother Arslam before Arslam took the next wicket with the score on 64 and a run out helping to keep the run rate around 5 to 6 per over.  The key would be taking the No1 bat but we somehow managed to drop him 4 times – three times with top edges sending the ball into the gap between the keeper and square leg. Mohammed came on to cause a few problems for the batsmen but having a slight shoulder injury didn’t help him get his line and length before Choudrey tried his luck alongside Younis.  Both got a wicket with an LBW and a stumping for Younis.  Younis should have had a second stumping in the over but the square leg umpire somehow thought a bat down a foot outside the rease counted as the batsman being in!  Tahir took it well but the batsman went on to score 29 with only tail enders and non-batsmen left – a win taken from our grasp.  Bhatt came back and after being tonked for a couple of overs decided to try to spin it and succeeded by getting the opener LBW after he’d scored 67.  The damage had been done and N2 struggled to take any more wickets as BA managed to get 11 runs from the next over including two fours from no-balls.
N2 bowling
S. Bhatt                       6-0-42-1
A. Hussain                  6-2-15-1
Faisal                           6-0-19-1
Arslam                         4-0-21-1
A. Mohammed             4-0-23-0
W. Choudrey              5-0-34-1
T. Younis                     5-0-34-1
R. Siddique                 0.3-11-1