DLRCC1 were playing their first league game of the season on a sunny day in Corkagh Park. Adamstown captain Bradley Fernandes won the toss and opted to bat first. Adamstown were on the back foot from ball 1 as the experienced Renjith Nair cleaned up H.Ali with the first ball of the game. The new ball bowlers Renjith and Sanket along with Abilash kept piling on the pressure with some consistent bowling as ACC1 were reduced to 29 for 5 by the end of 13 overs with Renjith bagging 3 wickets and one each for Sanket and Abilash. The highlights in the first hour of play included an incredible one handed catch by wicket keeper Ramji to dismiss Pranith Padival and Renjith turning back the clock with an incredible spell of bowling (9-1-22-3). Another wicket fell to M Javed in the 20th over and ACC1 were reeling at 46 for 6 with Hanan Mann holding the batting together.
Shiva Katta joined Hanan in the crease and stitched a 77 run partnership together before Vivekanandan trapped Shiva LBW for 12. Some very tight bowling from Binson, M Javed and Abilash ensured that the run rate was just hovering around 3 rpo. A crucial drop catch by the skipper Arjun and some lusty blows from Hanan in the end helped ACC to reach 151 with Hanan top scoring with 86 and second highest run getter being the extras – 30 (26 wides)
With the target of 152, DLRCCC1 couldn’t have got a better start with openers Ramji and Srikanth completely at ease handling ACC’s new ball bowlers. The score raced to 41/0 by the end of 6 overs. Introduction of spin in the form of Sridhar Janardhan saw Srikanth dismissed for a decent 19 (18 balls, 2*4, 1*6). Some reckless batting followed with the dismissals of Alex, Vivek, Arjun and Sandeep in quick succession. DLRCCC1 was in deep trouble at 61/5 after losing 5 wickets for 20 runs in 6 overs. However, the opener Ramji was holding one end with some sensible batting and Abhilash joined him to add an important 37 run partnership, DLRCCC crossed the 100 mark without any more damage. Soon after, Abhilash(16 runs) was brilliantly caught and bowled by H. Ali and Ramji departed to a run out soon after a brilliant 51(79 balls, 8*4). DLRCCC were 104 for 7 in 29 overs needing 48 runs to win. The lower order didn't offer much resistance either, with the team bundling over for 112 with H.Ali finishing with 3 wickets and Sridhar with 4 wickets.
To summarise, a brilliant bowling performance earlier in the day by DLRCCC1 was overshadowed by a disastrous batting performance. If the team has to have any chance of promotion, the batsmen have to buckle down and start putting in decent performances. Long way to go in the season and we will be back with an improved performance against Mullingar this Saturday.