BAM vs Transputec: the inaugural T20 cricket match

On the hottest day of the year so far, the inaugural T20 cricket match between BAM and Transputec at the Cavendish Cricket Ground took place. It had been a much anticipated game, in which many thought Transputec were going to be totally outclassed (mainly at Transputec) but in fact the match was a rather close run affair with only the faded light preventing an exciting climax to the match.

Some sharp catching by BAM prevented Transputec getting a really large total but they still had a challenging but gettable total to chase. At around half past nine after eighteen overs had been bowled of the BAM innings, it was agreed to abandon the match. The near half century of wides bowled during the Transputec innings, equating to an extra eight overs was the key reason for this but it was still a pity that the match could not be finished. It certainly became the darkest conditions (without floodlights) that a game had been played in for anyone involved.

 

The two captains, Steve Brown and Shaun Maistry agreed Transputec would bat first and the opening batsmen were Sonny Sehgal and Mark Nightingale. Sonny took the first over bowled by Colin Jones and with three on the scoreboard (all wides) missed the first straight ball and second legal ball of the match to be bowled.

Sachin Sikand came in at three and after taking a few balls to settle started to play some shots. Mark Nightingale at the other end managed to bounce one out of backward point’s hands for a single before soon afterwards giving the same fielder a second chance which he held on to, putting Transputec two down for barely double figures. Senthilraj Govindasamy decided to try and hit a straight one from Paresh Somani and missed, to lose his middle stump in the process to leave Transputec 27-3 and bring the left handed James Day to the crease. He dug in and supported Sikand well, these two putting on 44 until Sikand was caught by a diving Chaminda Pereara at mid-off to give Mukesh Parmar a wicket.

Steve Curteis joined Day and the two of them put on eleven before Day was also caught, off the bowling of Panesh Parekh. Rishi Sehgal came in next, with every intention of beating his uncle’s score. With two more runs on the board, Curteis soon followed his colleague back when he was also bowled by the spinner Somani. One Steve was replaced by another and the Transputec captain saw out the rest of the over. The two batsmen were now looking to pick up runs where they could and all was going according to plan until a couple of overs later, Brown top edged a sweep for Eleanor Radville to take a running catch and give Mark O’Connor his first wicket. John Bennett arrived next and after getting himself off the mark managed to miss a straight one from Radville to give her a wicket. Runs had now dried up somewhat for Transputec with, aside from a two for incoming batsman Mark Boulton, only singles (mostly wides) were being scored.

With the score on 118, Rishi Sehgal retired at the end of the nineteenth over to allow last man Horace Mills a chance to bat. He played and missed his first ball but managed to hit the second one but only into the hands of the again diving Chaminda Perera to give O’Connor his second wicket and the innings was closed on the same score.

The teams changed around without a break and BAM opened their batting with Mark O’Connor and Charlie Law. Steve Brown bowled the first over for Transputec and not only surprised Mark O’Connor with his pace but also wicketkeeper John Bennett who totally misjudged the ball for it to go for four byes. After the second ball that lifted sharply the batmen were able to run a bye and Law managed a single two balls later. The fifth ball of the struck O’Connor on the pads for a narrow escape but the sixth ball left the umpire with no doubt when he was hit in front.

BAM were six for one at the end of the first over. Senthilraj Govindasamy took the second over to Charlie Law who had been joined by Eleanor Radville. This over consisted of a wide and a single for Eleanor to get off the mark. This left her facing Steve Brown’s second and as it turned out final over of the match. After hitting a cover drive for two, the bowler stopped giving her any width and hit the middle stump to remove one of BAM’s most dangerous bats. The wicketkeeper, Colin Jones came in next and managed to guide a four through backward point the last ball of the over. Govindasamy continued to bowl tidily without reward conceding only singles of various types from his three overs. Again one Steve was replaced by another but this time in alphabetical order.

After two wides and two singles off the bat, Colin Jones pulled Curteis to the boundary. Unfortunately for the batman he also, to the bowler’s delight, hit his stumps with his stroke. To add insult to injury, he had broken his own wicket before the ball had crossed the boundary so did not even get the four runs for his trouble. It was now time for the BAM captain and power hitter, Shaun Maistry to come out to bat and safely saw out the rest of the over. Govindasamy finished his third over to end with figures of 0-5. Curteis bowled his second over and with his second ball gave Maistry a full toss which was happily dispatched for four over the midwicket boundary. The bowler was advised it was not a good idea to bowl that time of ball to this batsman and dutifully proceeded to pitch the remaining balls of the over conceding only a few more runs including the customary wides that seemed to be a major facet of this match. Sachin Sikand replaced Govindasamy at the Bowling Green End and proceeded to prevent Maistry from scoring. On the fifth ball of the over he moved across his stumps in an attempt to push the ball out on the leg side and missed to be trapped lbw. This brought BAM’s star fielder Chaminda Perera to the crease. A bye brought him down to face the new bowler Mark Nightingale and he was quickly off the mark with a single. Another single this time to Charlie Law and a three the Perera brought the score to 42-4 after nine overs. Another single Perera, two byes and a wide off Sikand’s next over brought the score to 46 at the theoretical half way point.

The eleventh over was only worth four more runs as Mark Nightingale continued to bowl tightly and when Charlie Law’s long vigil for four was ended by Sikand the following over, BAM were 54-5 from 12 overs. However the new batsman, Chris Jones, hit Sikand for the first boundary for BAM for a while and with the dimming light preventing the return of any quicker bowlers, there was an opportunity for BAM to increase their scoring rate.

The eleventh over was only worth four more runs as Mark Nightingale continued to bowl tightly and when Charlie Law’s long vigil for four was ended by Sikand the following over, BAM were 54-5 from 12 overs. However the new batsman, Chris Jones, hit Sikand for the first boundary for BAM for a while and with the dimming light preventing the return of any quicker bowlers, there was an opportunity for BAM to increase their scoring rate.

And that is what happened, Nightingale’s next over went for nine including another boundary and a two to Jones and then Perera score two more boundaries and a single off Sikand in the fourteenth over as part of BAM’s largest scoring over of eleven. However Chris Jones was bowled on the fifth ball and at the end of the over BAM were 71-6. Perera and news batsman Paresh Somani shared singles and a wide for five runs off John Bennett’s first over but the overs were ticking away nearly as quickly as the light was fading. James Day came on to bowl the sixteenth over and BAM still needed over forty runs but just one boundary, a single and a wide came from it. Bennett’s second over was worth only three to BAM giving them a score of 87 from seventeen overs. It was at this point it was decided that there could only be one more over as it was simply becoming too dark to continue. Chaminda Perera retired to allow Panesh Parekh a chance to bat, although in near darkness and BAM were still thirty-two runs short of the target and although they managed to score seven of Day, the game was abandoned as a draw with BAM ending on 94-6.

It was agreed that for the next fixture, perhaps an earlier start would be in order.

By Stephen Brown, Helpdesk Engineer at Transputec

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