Match report: Crusaders vs The Perse School

Thursday 14 April 2016

Their second game in two days saw the Crusaders take on the Perse School, in a 40 overs per side contest at the Perse. Once again, captain Day lost the toss, and the Crusaders were asked to bat first. Tom Day and Henry Goodwin opened the batting for the Crusaders, and got off to a quick start once again, fluent cover drives from both batsmen taking the score to 21-0 from the first three overs. Day was dismissed in the 4th over, but Goodwin and Mihir Bhushan consolidated, and added 39 for the second wicket.
Goodwin was caught at mid-off attempting to increase the scoring rate for a well-made 30, after a quiet period when spin dominated. Goodwin looked strong through the off-side, and was timing the ball beautifully, until his unfortunate demise in the nineteenth over. At drinks, Cambridge were 64-2 with 20 overs to go, and well-placed to go on and make a big score. Tom Corner had joined Bhushan at the crease, and he looked at ease right from the beginning, working the ball on either side of the wicket to rotate the strike and look to score at a higher strike rate.
Bhushan and Corner shared a partnership of 56, which was only broken in the 30th over, as Bhushan was bizarrely run out at the non-strikerís end from what seemed an innocuous throw, but which unexpectedly hit the stumps direct and the umpire ruled in the fielding sideís favour. Corner, however, continued on his way, and looked untroubled as he moved serenely towards 50. He brought up his half-century with a boundary off the back foot, and never looked troubled. There were some excellent shots, but the straight drive off the spinner particularly sticks in the memory. He also ran excellently, and held the innings together well at number 4. Lyle Hill made 7, and Chris Webster 8, as Cambridge looked to score as many runs as possible before the end of the innings. Syed Jafri, batting at 6, also played some nice shots, and he finished unbeaten, alongside Rory Sale, who plundered 15 runs from the penultimate over, including a 4 and a 6. Cambridge finished on 189-6, a score which represented a vastly improved performance from the previous day.
However, the run chase for the opposition began in a similar manner, with opening bowlers Day and Webster showing a lack of control and allowing the opposition to reach 49-0 after 9 overs. However, the introduction of Lyle Hill into the attack in the final over of the powerplay changed the game for Cambridge, and Jan Zamirski at the other end also showed excellent control of line and length. Hill picked up his first wicket in his second over after a drive from the opening batsman was sliced to Goodwin in the gully. Zamirski then accounted for the second opener, who missed a full straight ball and was trapped LBW. Hill then repeatedly beat the bat and forced the batsmen into false strokes, before an outside edge was brilliantly caught by wicket-keeper Nikhil Patel. In Hillís next over, he took two wickets in two balls, both bowled, and the hat-trick ball narrowly missed the leg stump. Rory Sale picked up a wicket in his first over, and Hill completed his 5 wicket haul in the next over, to complete a collapse which had seen the Perse fall from 64-0 to 80-7.
Sale and Mo Zia bowled tightly in the next period, conceding few runs and looking dangerous, but a 20 run partnership got the Perse to three figures. However, on exactly 100, Zia picked up his first CUCC wicket, a just reward for some excellent bowling, Day taking the catch at slip. Rory Sale then produced a beautiful slider to deceive Perseís number 10, bowling him through the gate, before the return of Hill fittingly saw him pick up the final wicket, leaving him with fantastic figures of 6-26 from his 7 overs. Rory Sale also bowled excellently, conceding only 14 runs and collecting 2 wickets from his 7 overs.
This was a much more impressive performance from the Crusaders, and they will be looking to continue their good form in their next match vs. the Cryptics on Sunday 24th April.

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