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Not even close, a wake-up call for a team in slumber

Gepubliceerd op 24 mei 2016 door Krijn Vrolijk

In tegenstelling tot eerdere berichten (zie http://quick.nl/cricket/senioren/quick-3/wedstrijdverslag/quick-iii-verliest-dik-van-qui-vive-iv), toch een wedstrijdverslag van de hand van Harshan Athureliya over de wedstrijd Quick III – Qui Vive IV.

Its not often that I’ve had to turn my pen around and to write with a critical voice about a Quick III performance. Unfortunately, I need to find words to express how woeful we were on a dreary, cold, and wet Sunday afternoon. Our performance matched the weather, dreary at best, with very rare glimpses of sun.

At no stage did we seem in the contest. Winning the toss and electing to field on a wet pitch with clouds galore, should have excited the bowlers and fielders to take the chance and skittle the opposition for a low score. Ultimately it ended up simply delaying the inevitable. The bowling was wayward and the catching horrendous. With three or four easy chances being dropped in the field, missed run-outs, and mis-fields, the shoulders dropped and any hope of an inspiring afternoon evaporated. On a small field, with a short batting line-up, those chances had to be taken and we didn’t deserve to be given a second chance. The lack of discipline was easy to see, with a total of 44 wides bowled, and five no-balls conceded! Each free hit usually disappearing to the boundary.

A valuable lesson needs to be learned from the fielding and bowling debacle. Our customary “warm up” which involves arriving at the ground one hour before the start of the game (or later in the case of those who repeatedly forget their alarm clocks!) to simply sit around drinking coffee, has to change. The other teams stretch, go through fielding drills, practice hitting some balls, while we assume that we can simply turn up and compete. With the score passing 200 in quick time, the assumption was clearly shown to be wrong.

The opponents, courtesy of a well-made century from a classy left-handed, gratefully accepted the gift-wrapped present of poor bowling and worse fielding. This translated into a run-rate which exceeded 10 till the half-way mark. We were in real danger of conceding 400 runs or more in a 40 over contest. Embarassment was knocking on the door, and I implored the team to try and lift. With some loose shots and regular dismissals we managed to bowl the opposition out for 310, with an outside chance we didn’t deserve given how poorly we performed in the field. Prable in his first game picked up a catch and 2 for 22 (off 2 overs). The other wicket takers were Sawan (3 for 55 off 5.5 overs), Arief (3 for 79 off 8 overs), Harshan (1 for 33 off 5 overs) and Julius (1 for 50 off 8 overs) being the most economical.

Unfortunately our batsmen, with the exception of Tim who made a well constructed 46, fell short of the challenge. With Sawan dismissed early (for 13), after trying to smash each ball to the boundary, and Oliver not spotting a man on the deep square-leg boundary, we were left in early trouble at 2 for 32. When Harshan was dismissed for 22 and Tim followed shortly after, the procession to the pavillion began. None of the remaining batsmen managed double figures, and the batting line-up collected a total of three ducks, as the innings folded like a pack of cards, collpasing to 124 all out. Lots of work to be done to turn around this performance, but perhaps it’s the wake-up call we needed.

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