As we arrive at Matchday 4 of the current season, the players are finally into the swing of things and raring to make this season a success. The fitness levels are slowly increasing, and players are starting to find their form.
AVINASH GOVEN EARNED HIS 1ST XI CALL UP AFTER STERLING PERFORMANCES IN SA6. Mia and Hamza completed the line up
MCC: 235/8 in 40 overs.
A sterling opening partnership of 74 between Zain and Ebrahim Kadwa in a matter of 13.2 overs set the platform for the innings. Kadwa took charge scoring 38 in a mere 44 balls before being bowled by a superb in-swinging yorker by Navesh (Zameer's bru-in-law or something?!?) Up stepped Zain, after playing second fiddle to Kadwa, taking the attack to the bowlers with some superb strokes. He even played on the front foot, which is a good sign for our Chairman. Zain ended on 65 which earned him the man of the match award. Knocks by Eboo(17) [2nd wicket partnership 50] Farhad (23) [3rd wicket stand of 42], one hit wonders Nasier and Hamza, followed by Zameer and Avi all contributed to the steady run-rate.
With a storm lurking, the bowlers had their work cut out to keep the run rate down as well as try and make in roads in the Securedata batting line up. Once again they didn't disappoint. Opening pairing of Nasier and Zameer kept the batsmen honest, with Juju , Avi, and Kadwa keeping good lines. When the clouds did open up, Securedata were 65/4 in 20 overs, handing MCC their second victory of the season. Juju, Kadwa, Nasier and Avi all with one wicket each, and Zameer as miserly as ever.
All looks good going forward from here. All the players are acknowledging their roles in the side and staking claims to remain part of the first XI. We need to mantain this winning formula and continue working hard to improve our game.
After our first loss Kadwa suggested: ''Never wish for something, cos you might get it and won't be able to handle it''
We wished for SA4, and we got it. We need to mantain the high standards we set, and who knows... SA3 may await us!!