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Tuesday 13th July - Shell CC v Knightriders - Correspondent's report


A beautiful evening at Allan Park greeted Shell CC and Knightriders with coloured clothing the order of the day; Knightriders with their colour co-ordinated kit and Shell CC wearing a kaleidoscope of colour. Toss lost by Captain Aqeel, Knightriders to bat.


Shell CC took the field with Patrick Watson fielding temporarily until the promise of his Tea was too great a temptation resulting in 10 fielders until Taj arrived later in the innings.


Anjum Toor struck twice in his first over; a loose drive from Mohan was gobbled up by Mohammed Shahid and Anjum’s second wicket was a smart catch by Raje again off Anjum. Wicket keeper Naveed sportingly allowing the edge from Vijay to travel to Raje to get him in the game. 2 for 2 after the first over.


Haider took the next wicket with Balaji bowled leaving Knightriders 15-3. The principle of catches win matches was a theme throughout the game with Naveed taking a nonchalant one handed reflex catch behind the wicket to prize out another batsman. Wicket number 3 for Anjum.


19-4 in the 4th over – was as early finish in order? No.


Sanjay played some powerful strokes including a huge six off Shahid that landed somewhere near the 12th on the Paul Lawrie golf course. Knightriders unleashed another secret weapon and tactic; the legside shuffle; anything remotely in the vicinity of the leg stump was destined to be called a wide….Extras played a blinder – steady accumulation throughout the Knightriders innings finishing on 34…ouch….


Sanjay finally bowled by Shahid after taking the score to 60.


Haider replaced by Mausum and Shahid replaced by Mush. Mausum took the next wicket with Tarun bowled for 9.


Spin was introduced with the veteran spinner Mush offering up liquorice all sorts, some good ones some double wides and some wicket taking deliveries including a bowled and a caught and bowled. The score 89-8 after 13 overs.


Balaji shepherded the tail with good effect adding 27 for the 9th wicket with bowler Umer feeling the impact of Balaji’s stroke play with the partnership ending due to a smart catch by Mush Kazi at deep gulley off Haider. The innings wrapped up by Anjum Toor in the 19th over with the obdurate Pankaj being bowled and finishing with 4 for 12. 122 the score to beat.


The Shell innings got off to a tremendously bad start…Shahid playing across the line to be bowled by Kannan without troubling the scorers. Talking of not troubling the scorers Taj played an ambitious on drive however only succeeded in picking out mid on…2 for 2 and the first over still hadn’t been completed. The situation could have been a whole lot worse with Raje dropped first ball causing the fielder Sanjay to slip and hit his head on the rock hard outfield…thankfully no lasting damage to Sanjay or the ground. How costly would that drop be? Patrick had by this time returned from receiving sustenance and took on the scoring duties with Ian…the Blues Brothers taking on the mantle of keeping the scoreboard and book updated.


Wajahat and Raje then staged a recovery taking the score to 28 until Wajahat went down the Bakerloo line with the ball taking the Piccadilly line to be bowled for 6. The partnership a joy to watch with Raje playing some brutal strokes aswell as showing some deft touches to race to 31 off 21 balls. Good show. Aqeel took a page out of the Shane Watson school of placing pad in front of wickets and then trying to play the ball…fortunate not to be given LBW.


Aqeel played a captains inning and was ably supported by Mausum taking the score from 52 to 89 before Mausum was adjudged LBW for 20. Umer joined Aqeel and played some sumptuous drives and flicks taking the score to 112 before he was bowled by Kannan. Knightriders spinner Pankaj bowling with flight and using to guile to subdue the attacking intent.


Shell coasting to their target….until a rearguard attack by Knightriders in the space of 9 runs the score became 112 for 6 to 121 for 9! Anjum yorked for 2, Aqeel retired for 30 thanks to a nick off the shoulder of his bat for a boundary and finally Haider with the scores level deciding to dance down the pitch and try and hit the bowler into Hazlehead. Ahh the lack of fear the youth of today have. Unfortunately he missed the ball and was stumped. Could the match be tied? Enter veteran Mush; surrounded by fielders; 1 to win. Having received some final words of wisdom from the captain, he took guard and waited………the ball was threaded through backward square and Mush called Naveed through for a single giving Shell CC victory and a close example of claiming defeat from the jaws of victory. Will Shell learn to bowl in the corridor of uncertainty or continue down the corridor of leg side pain? Time will tell.
aqeel  14 Jul 2021 - 18:18   
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