Match Report for 11th May HOME vs Old Aloysians CC
Mill Hill Village

After various phone calls and pitch inspections both on Sat night and Sunday morning, N2CC were pleased to be able to play a 30 over match with no interruptions due to rain.  Having had 11 confirmed, the team was left in limbo slightly when two players dropped out late on Sunday morning, however, a big thank you to Kamran Butt who interrupted his family commitments having got a call from a very desperate Captain.

As Bhatt strolled out to toss the coin, his thoughts were on what the bowling lineup would be but to his surprise, Old Aloysians opted to field... they are usually a strong batting side but their skipper must have thought the pitch would aid his bowlers and dry out for his batsmen.  The skippers agreed to a 30 over match with no limit on bowling in case the heavens opened.  The signs wre not good as N2 had not been batting very well so far this season mainly with players both new and old not protecting their wicket.

Having struggled the previous week due to a lack of openers, Dyer and Depala strode out to master what could have been a very unpredictable pitch.  After hitting a four off his second ball, AnjayDepala looked comfortable, but a swinging yorker undid the hard work of the first two overs.  Jacques Bolt, at 3 helped to steady the ship and with N2 at 33, things looked  to be going N2's way.  Jacques walked back to the pavilion after his brother gave him out LBW whilst Andy Wilson also managed to take the long walk back immediately.  Not a good sign... N2 collapse possibly?  Well Josh had a thing or two to say about that and after a couple of sighters, both he and Simon went on to make a 104 partnership with some good shots and some good old fashioned slogs before Simon was caught by the one fielder who you wouldn't think could catch a cold.  Sorry for calling out you were on 48 Simon...
Emile Bolt then joined Josh and scored well to set Old Aloysians a target of 190 to win.

A very nice tea prepared by Paul Dodd himself (thanks for your efforts Paul on an uncertain weekend) went down well with both teams and N2 were energised to bowl out the oppo with a fairly good target to play with.

A steady start by the opening batsmen, meant Bhatt and Dodd would have to work hard for wickets and Old Aloysians traditionally batted well down the order.  Bhatt managed to bowl out the OACC Captain who was the main threat with his classic hitting through the V - a beauty that swung into the batsman's toes and nipped away to send the bail flying towards the boundary.  This was followed by a wicket for Dodd courtesy of a wonderful catch by Josh diving forward and scooping up the ball (fielding at extra cover).  At 27 for 2, OACC were losing :)  then Butt (a last minute call up) went into action replacing Bhatt to get himself three good wickets.  Depala came on to replace Dodd and helped himself to four wickets, all bowled as the batsmen were bamboozled by the spin and the quicker ball including the No2 batsmen who was aiming to win the game for OACC on his own.

A good victory was followed by some liquid refreshment in the Mill Hill Village bar.

Man of the match: Josh Newham for some sensible batting (he even played defensive shots!) and a great catch.
S. Dyer - caught 49
A. Depala - bowled 4
J. Bolt - LBW 7
A. Wilson - 0
J. Newham - NOT OUT 89
E. Bolt - NOT OUT 22
K. Butt - DNB
A. Shah - DNB
P. Dodd - DNB
S. Bhatt - DNB
Extras 18
Total 189 for 4 in 30 overs

Bhatt -        6 overs - 3 maidens - 7 runs - 1 wicket(s)
Dodd -        8          0           41             1
Butt -          4          0           18             3
Depala -      3.4       0            9             4
Shah A -     2          0           12             0