Strong top order leads Centurion club to easy victory

It’s always eventful at Ross Lord East. On 21st May, it was the clash of batting heavy teams including our own Centurions club and Bloomfield Cricket Club. As we know, it is a Regular Seniors, 50 over match. The winning team would run away with 6 points added to their tally. Centurions club called the toss correctly to earn decisive rights. Our XI decided to bat first, a decision we wouldn’t repent. In all honestly, it was not one of the crucial tosses in Ross Lord East.

The top order scored the bulk of runs for us. The top three scored almost 60% of the team’s total. Fittingly all of them were seasoned batters, who are no stranger to the circuit. Rajadurai and Anantharajah were the openers, who scored a combined 38. Anantharajah hit the only six of the match. Kathirgamanathan coming as one down scored 36, the highest individual score in the match. His innings consisted of two boundaries. Other batsmen chipped in with single digit scores to take it to a respectable total of 128. Centurions benefited from the 15 extras, in which 11 came from wide balls alone. Amongst the Bloomfield bowlers, Anandappa had the best figures in his 3-21. Gamage took 2-21 with identical economy of 2.1.

The Bloomfield batsmen had a forgettable second innings this time. All of the top seven batsmen failed to reach double figures. Their no.8 and 9 made it to the lowest possible double digit score. If not for the lower order contributions, Bloomfield would have faced even worse humiliation. ‘Extras’ was the highest scorer in their scorecard. Chasing a decent total of 128, Bloomfield didn’t get a solid start they would’ve wanted. Their middle order and lower order was forced to play catch up game following top order failures. They were never able to hit superior gears in scoring rate, throughout the innings. They could not gather a collective performance with the bat after surrendering 128 runs to the opposition.

Even after winning by 50 runs, our chosen XI for the match had few areas of concerns. The bowlers bowled with less disciple, resulting in 17 wide and 2 no balls bowled inside 49 overs. Among the bowlers, Raghuram bowled with the best economy of 0.75. He managed to bowl 3 maidens and pick 2 wickets in his 4 overs. Anantharajah played a more than decent part timer’s role, returning figures of 2-10. Where our XI impressed the most was, we didn’t concede a single boundary. For Bloomfield the silver lining would be bowling us out within the allocated 50 overs. It was also the day of the skippers, with both of them contributing excellently with bat and ball.

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