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HotDogs D3 Vs Daredevils Match Report 17th May

Another good win for the doggies.
The message from Sukant was “Maanas. Peter, Supra, Ben, Jitesh Shiraz, Chris, please try to reach Wellington by 8:15. We were all there and noticed Sukant had not included himself in the list, must have been keen to avoid the toss……
We duly lost the toss, but fortunately the Devils decided to field first so out we trundled to bat.
Peter and Supra opening, the 2 clear rules were:
1. No run outs
2. No run outs
This time the calling was good and we were seeing of the opening bowlers nicely, Supra showed intent, crashing a lovely boundary before falling for 8 to a good ball from their spinner.
Anant fell soon after bringing Manju to the crease and we made it through to drinks only 2 down. Manju picking up the pace with some good running and a couple of well struck 4’s. The outfield was damp and slow, making it hard to score quickly, but 81 for 2 off 13 overs was another good base to build on.
A couple of overs after deinks, the Devils brought on their incredibly slow bowler Barry, who got Manju’s edge to the keeper and had Ben clean bowled first ball.
Jitesh came in to rebuild when Peter retired on 50, and after getting used to the pitch scored a good 20 of 20 balls before trying to pick the pace up in the final 5 overs. Shiraz was looking really good before falling to a great catch at short fine leg as wickets tumbled as we tried to force the pace.
Krupakar held things together very well with a smart 13 not out and Peter came back in, the last wicket to go in the last over for 54, setting the Devils 168 to win.
Mannas opened the bowling, another great opening bowling performance, but the Devils were showing intent after their win the previous week against the Bashers. Their openers were taking risks, but just about keeping up with the run rate required with some powerful hitting over the infield. The grass was drying out and the ball was reaching the boundary much more easily than during our innings. Krupakar was keeping it tight from the other end, but still no breakthrough and a change of bowling was needed.
Chris was called into the attack to much enthusiasm from the doggy fielders and was bowling beautifully, great line and length and their dangerman skied one to Maanas in the deep. Maanas keeps showing the rest of us how to catch the ball, taking a great running catch to send their opener back for 31 of only 26 deliveries. Another wicket for Chris and Jitesh before drinks and the doggies knew they were now on top.
The Devils knew that we were on top also, as Manju kept reminding them very clearly from Square leg before each delivery. They tried changing umpires, possibly costing Chris a fine LBW shout, but they were bogged down against some tight bowling. Shiraz was swinging it well, chances were coming but not going to hand or being put down. The ground fielding and backing up was great, but we did put down a few too many chances.
Jitesh took a couple more wickets, but this brought a couple of big hitting tail enders to the crease. Beno their opening bowler and their American keeper were starting to speed things up, despite having a very drunk runner in place, and the game was starting to look tighter than it should. Supra was brought into the attack and Maanas took another great catch ion the deep to end that cameo and we were firmly back on top. Another chance went begging, but in the confusion we ran out the Devils last chance and they needed 31 off 2 overs.
Krupakar came back and conceded only 1 wide and the game was as good as over.
Sukant bowled the last over with 30 needed. We suspected he might try and bowl 10 wides, taking no chances, but it was all over and we won by 24 runs.
Great team performance again, everyone had fun and we are looking good, second in the table.