Shaky start - assured finish!
By Jug-Raj Grewal
After being 19-4, a great performance from lower order and Kas sees us to a second win in a row!
On one of the warmest days of the year, 28 degrees, TMCCs were searching for a second win in a row. After a tense tie, and a few crushing defeats and then tasting success, we were hungry for more.
Having won the toss, the skip chose to bat on such a warm day with a decent outfield. A mixup in the middle and complacent left us 19-4. Very much a 'here we go...' moment, with plenty of stress in the camp that was felt! However, standout Kas was having none of it, playing his game and sticking around for a long time to steady the ship, with a solid and assured 19 which inspired the middle order. Some great batting followed - Parth with 31 in his first game back, Ronak with 15 on his debut only to be outdone by a fantastic direct hit, Bips with 22 and Rahul with a speedy 24, left us with a respectable 187 and the wind in our sails.
We remained optimistic but very coy. After last week's brilliant fielding and bowling performances, we were keen to take that into this week, which was a challenge.
Off started our opening pair of Bips and Jamie who kept it extremely tight and a few potential wicket taking jaffers were on show, prompting the hands on head moments in the field! 'How the hell has that missed?!'. Bipin and Jamie took out the openers, with plenty of assurance. If there was ever a day for a fly slip it was today - plenty of edges went abegging but into that fly slip area!
On came Rahul, who carried his rhythm from last week into this week, picking up a brilliant 4fer and breaking a promising partnership. The oppo's number 3 was pushing back with some assured and big hitting but was taken out by a brilliant stumping by JP.
Parth was another standout - a fantastic forward diving at point kept the momentum going and we were on the verge of winning. Kam took an instinctive blinder at slip which left the oppo batsman in disbelief. Then Jamie wanted a piece of the cake and joined in with what we've dubbed a Superman catch at mid on - diving to his left and the ball stuck, certainly the catch of the day and perhaps season!
On goes the 4s - two in a row with a big game against second placed Northwood next week. Keep making us proud boys.