Quick III verloor zondag van Ghausia II. Hieronder een verslag van Harshan Athureliya, zijn laatste, want hij gaat in Cambodja werken.
Feyenoord dismissed for 207, a great effort by Quick to fight hard to pick up 10 wickets. We had an outside chance to chase the target, but the batsmen crumbled for a disappointing 88. But the scoreboard does not always tell the full story. As I sign off for the last time and hand over the captaincy of Quick
The first positive was Tim’s outstanding spell of controlled leg-spin bowling (8 overs 4 for 32). With his height, bounce and turn, he has the potential with more practice and dedication to the art, to become a real spin bowling threat. He has also grown into a confident and dependable batsman. Prable, showed signs of improved control with his bowling and fielding and claimed another well-deserved wicket. Coen also produced his best bowling performance of the season and finished with 3 for 35 and also showed some resiliance and technique in scoring 19 runs at the top of the batting order. Coen has also showed great dedication and organisation in finding players for the squad, arranging training and other logistics of running a team, I am confident that he will also make a great captain and will keep encouraging the boys to be the best they can be.
A special mention to everyone else who played in my last game. Playing with Kamran, who introduced me to the club has always been a great pleasure. His experience and words of advice as one of the “golden oldies” will always be valued, and I hope we can take the field together again some day and look back on this golden period of playing cricket in The Netherlands. Oliver , the man with the golden arm, great hands, our English specialist, who delivered a famous tie last season and has already made runs this year, I hope to read about many more. Jochem who took the new ball in this game, my nemesis in the nets, who is harder to hit than you could imagine, who dives around the field and keeps our tidy score-book.
Arief, a talented cricketer with bat, ball and in the field, he is just a good knock away from getting his confidence back with the bat, one man I can trust to take a catch. Lasantha, our new import for the season, keeps the captain guessing by running to and fro, and swinging the bat wildly in true Lankan style. Sawan, who gives me a weekly excuse to complain about people being late, has the potential, with some thought and variation, to be a match winner with the ball and with a bit of focus and patience, should be able to hit the ball long and hard. We have some very talented young players from the U16s who should be given the chance to really develop as cricketers through as much exposure to senior cricket as they can get. Finally we have our “coach” Jeroen, who loves the game and being part of the team. He turns up week in, week out with the same positive attitude, he has really improved his batting, bowling and fielding, and I hope to read about him taking a catch and making some runs this year! He should inspire us all to keep loving the game which brings us together.
I will really miss not playing with this great batch of young men, who are clearly passionate about the game of cricket, while never losing sight of the joy which the game brings through a laugh and joke, regardless of the result on the scoreboard. Good luck boys and have fun!