The SA7 team played G&M Mavericks at the Lenz Tech grounds this past Saturday. Being a home fixture and due to the burst water pipe the fixture was played in Lenz.
After a bit of a delay from our stand in wicketkeeper, we left Marlboro and caught up with the SA8 team who seem to have thought they were playing in Cape Town rather than Lenz.
The toss was conducted and yet again, I lost and we were asked to field. We started of pretty tight with the bowling between Naeem Nathie and myself.
During the middle of the innings we seem to have lost our concentration and with one bad ball an over the opposition were away and ending on 251 after 38 over’s and with 2 penalty over’s, set a target of 271.
Naeem Nathie 8-48-5
With yet another hefty total ahead of us and the advantage of playing only 8 fieldsman. The SA7 team started off with a positive attitude and a REAL game plan in mind. Super sub Naeem Natie after his fantastic 5 wicket haul opened the batting with the every energetic mouth piece of Marlboro Cricket Club, Labib.
The pair started off nice and easy and settled in nicely when then Labib was caught in yet another soft dismissal on a score of 26. Sa7 51/1 after the 12th over. In at 1 down our hero of the Sunday side, Jaydeep walks in. With our super sub the pair were in their stride settling in nicely and after 20 over’s were 128/1. Game plan working.
However shortly thereafter Jaydeep was caught of the bowling of Raymond with a well played 44. In walks in our blast from the past, one of the senior players of the team in age, Noey. Started off easy but once he got going it was almost impossible to stop, but alas 2 runs short of his 50. Noey scored a superb 48. Well played old man, tighten that back brace mate
With time running out and calculations being made it was impossible for us to lose...Game Plan....Eventually in the 35th over with light fading quickly Super Sub Naeem Nathie scored a awesome 107 Not out to take SA7 to a subliminal total of 262 and 50 penalty runs to win the game.
It was poetry in motion.Even thou we played a team with 8 players we gave them nothing. Our batsmen played a near flawless innings and was the biggest run chase that I have experienced at the Marlboro Cricket Club.
Well done Boy’s...
Labib Adam 26(35)
Naeem Nathie 107*(105)
Jaydeep Patel 44(24)
Naushaad Khan 48(31
Hamza Sidiqi 2*(2)
Man of the Match was an obvious Naeem Nathie. Give that man a Bell’s