Good morning everyone. What a lovely weekend the last couple of days have been. Hope you all have enjoyed the hot sunshine of early spring.  

Now it’s, Monday again :(, the time for the captain’s email: 

 

Match Report: 

We played extremely well as a team and with the right spirit. However, we lost to a team who know how to take the advantage of their odd-shaped home ground. But it was more or less evenly contested. Prior to the match, we received a prediction from HNCC Nostradamus (Ben Swingler) about the outcome of the match (Final outcomes are in the bracket & CAPS): 

“Big runs from Tim hill after his coaching session yesterday (HOLDS TRUE), Arg drops a sitter but takes a screamer (DIDN’T DROP THE SITTER), Dawes hits the first boundary of the year (HOLDS TRUE), Jon makes some runs (HOLDS FALSE) but gets out playing an ambitious hook shot (HOLDS TRUE), we give one of our guys out to a dubious lbw decision (HOLDS TRUE), there are 2 run ours prob involving Arg! -) (THERE IS A RUNOUT WHEN I WAS BOWLING – THAT’S A GOOD THING, RIGHT?) And Dominic takes 3 wickets (DOM DID NOT GET ENOUGH CHANCES TO BOWL). Hncc win (I WISH!).” 

I lost the toss and was sent to the field, although I would have chosen to field if I could have won the toss. Ollie and Tim started the attack. Tim took the first wicket of the season. Good bowling from Ollie too. Venky and I were the 1st change. Both of us were able to check the run rate and took three wickets each. I have managed to scout out an off-spinner Ravi, who was super with his bowling but, unfortunately, no wickets for him this time. I was able to use other 3 bowlers Madu, Sam and Dominic and they did well too. Moreton scored 202/8 at the end of the allotted 35 overs. 

Jon was great with the gloves as usual and, special mention, he took a valuable catch when the Moreton opener nicks the ball. Fielding, in general, was great special mention Sam, James (took a boundary line catch) and Ravi. 

Jon and I opened the batting for HNCC as usual. Not a good start of the season for Jon as he gloved a ball and the ball went up and it was an easy catch for the keeper. Bad luck Jon you didn’t deserve the duck. Then James and I started to slowly build-up the innings. Now, it is looking like, James and I are getting 50+ partnerships every time when we are in the crease together. I, scoring 41, was LBWed in the middle of the innings. Then followed by two more LBW victims – Ravi and Venky; both scored 2 runs each. James Dawes scored 24 runs with lots of sixes and boundaries and, then, was caught at the boundary. Tim Hill was superb as usual with his power and elegance for batting and manages to get 40 before he was caught out by a stupendous fielding. Our middle order and the tail end didn’t do too well (17 runs for the loss of the last 5 wickets) and we were 145 all out by the 30th over. 

Many thanks to Dominic for managing to find time to play and congratulations on your 6 not out!;   I am aware that you needed to sort timings for your work and GCSE homework. Highly appreciated. 

 

Next Game: 

v. Donnington away at Donnington Castle lane ground (RG14 2LD) on this Sunday (29th April, 2 pm start). Please be there by 1:50 pm if you are playing. 

Please let me have your availability ASAP and ideally by this Thursday morning. 

 Just would like to make you remember, Donnington Castle is a special ground for us. Jon and Ben scored the record-breaking opening partnership of 187 runs (Jon 82, Ben 103). Ben’s century was first of the three centuries that HNCC registered last season. So guys, hoping for an exciting match this time too. 

   

Outdoor Nets: 

We are holding an outdoor net session tonight from 6:15 pm onwards @Dean Meadows (Hampstead Norreys RG18 0TR). We are expecting a few new recruits to join us in the nets.  Please let me know if you would like to join the nets tonight. 

  

That is it for today mates. See you at the nets tonight. 

Have a great week ahead. 

  

Best regards, 

Arghya 

Sunday Captain, HNCC 

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