This past Saturday saw us take on #1 ranked Allrounders in the QF of the SoCal Winter League.
We had managed to sneak into the 8th and final playoff spot following two wins in our double header Saturday the week before to end the regular season in the 10 team league.
A glorious morning for cricket saw Allrounders win the toss and elect to bat at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach.
Some great opening bowling from Raghav ‘Punjabi Power’ Mehra and Ajay ‘Jadeja’ Yadav saw the opposition limp to 33/3 at the halfway mark in the innings.
Raghav picked up a wicket with the first and third balls of the innings giving as the perfect start. A few over later, the Punjabi Power himself had a direct hit run out from mid off and the batsman was on his way and our perfect start continued.
Opening batsmen Babar Hashim (who would carry his bat for 64*) found an able partner in Muhammad Sadiq and they batted together throughout the middle overs until Chethan ‘Gin ‘n Tonic’ GT was given the ball.
Chethan who had recently returned from India where he was playing for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, showed why B&D fought so much for his services by ripping out the Allrounders middle order with a great spell of fast bowling.
Using his pace and aggression, Chetan bowled all of his victims on his way to figures of 3/18 from his 4 overs and finds himself on a hattrick next week!
The spinners were uncharacteristically expensive and some late hitting by Allrounders saw them finish on 115/7 in their 20 overs.
Raghav finished with 2/24 from his 4, as usual skipper Manoj Arunagiri picked up a wicket and Ajay ‘Jadeja’ Yadav conceded only 7 runs from his 3 overs.
Our innings got off to a shaky start with opening Ajay getting run out after some confusion with Trevine ‘Mahela’ Felsinger.
There was a call of ‘Yes’ in Hindi followed by a ‘No’ in Sinhalese which was quickly followed by some fine English expletives that would’ve made the Queen blush.
Punjabi Power joined Mahela at the crease and they continued to keep the scoreboard ticking along. By the time Punjabi Power was adjudged LBW, the scoreboard read 32/2 after 7.2 overs and with the young Punjabi muscling his way to a run-a-ball 24.
PJ ‘AB’ Goedhals, new South African signing, picked up as a free agent, joined Mahela at the crease. Together they would take the score to 59 after 12 overs before PJ gave the bowler easy catching practice. Some would say that he was trying to replicate the shot that saw him hit a ball into the road for a big 6, while he would argue that he was trying to knock one down the ground to long-off for a single. All we know is that he departed for 17 from 14 balls and was very impressed with Kamal’s bat (Thanks Kamal!)
The fall of wicket brought the Pro from Karnataka to the wicket. After quickly adjusting to the more bouncy skiddy wicket of Long Beach, Chethan rotated the strike well and with Trevine, he put pressure on the fielders and turned many 1s into 2s.
Chethan would later perish for a well played 16, also from 14 balls and this would bring the ‘Bombay Basher’ to the wicket – Kartik Nuggehalli.
Kartik, who doesn’t like to find too many dot balls next to his name in the scorebook only managed 1 dot ball in his knock of 6 balls which resulted in 14 runs.
There was even a 3 run in his innings. Those that witnessed it said it looked like a combination of Arjuna Ranatunga and Inzamam ul-Haq trying to get to Dunkin Donuts before closing time.
In fitting style, Trevine hit the winning runs with a boundary and the glue-that-held-the-innings-together finished with an unbeaten 39 from 45 balls.
With that, it’s off to the Semi Finals baby!
Lets rewrite the history books in true B&D style!
Allrounders 114/7 in 20 overs (Chethan GT 3/18 in 4, Raghav Mehra 2/24 in 4)
BritDom 117/4 in 18.3 overs (Trevine Felsinger 39*, Raghav Mehra 24)
BritDom win by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare.
Way to go B&D!