Match Report: WSL game, Hoboken CC vs Mad Dogs CC – July 28th, 2018
Hoboken CC – 142 All Out – 30.5 Overs
Hanoze – 73
Hardeep Jaswal – 29
Mad Dogs CC – 91 All Out – 24.2 Overs
N.Green – 16
Hardeep Singh 3-20
Kirti Kumar 3-26
Gohar Nazir 2-13
Hoboken CC Won by 51 Runs
A Hoboken CC side full of youth and experience made their way to Greenwich, CT for their first fixture of the year against a Mad Dogs side well versed in WSL cricket. Mad Dogs won the toss and took to the field on a day that would be hot a sticky throughout.
Hoboken openers, Cheong and Kirti, got off to a slow but steady start; respecting the ever tempting but nevertheless dangerous bowling of the Mad Dogs openers. The first wicket fell in the 7th over and 3 more followed quickly to leave Hoboken 44-4 by the 11th over. Hanoze, Hoboken’s in form WSL batsman since making a move to the middle order, made his way to the crease and promptly dispatched the oppositions bowling for several sweet 6’s. This changed the frame of the game instantly, and Mad Dogs were on the back foot again. Hardeep joined Hanoze at the crease and was determined to make the most of his stay. Together the pair put on a 50 run stand, an effort crucial to Hoboken’s chances in the game. Hardeep fell for 29 well-earned runs, and Hanoze continued to pounce on anything short as he was eventually dismissed for a game changing 73. Hoboken’s lower order faltered towards the end leaving 4 valuable overs unused, something they will look to improve on in future endeavors. Mad Dogs would require 143 to take the spoils.
Gohar and Hardeep shared the new ball and quickly reduced Mad Dogs to 3-21 in 8 overs with a controlled and well thought out bowling partnership. Kirti took the ball during first change and immediately struck to further reduce the dies, allowing Hoboken to bring in the field and force Mad Dog’s hand early in the game. Some wayward bowling, including 33 wides in the innings, threatened to give back the advantage Hoboken had gained. Thankfully Hoboken struck just before drinks to expose the bottom order. Having refueled at drinks, Hoboken returned and struck regularly through Kirti and Vivek taking a further 3 wickets for just 11 runs. Gohar and Hardeep returned to wrap up the innings with 10 overs left to spare.
Hoboken’s fielding effort was superb again, a feature that has defined the WSL side’s success this season. Key catches were taken and high energy and focus in the field persisted throughout the innings. The team enjoyed a few beers with Mad Dogs after a well-played, good spirited game. The side now looks to a key away fixture vs Fairfield this Saturday.
Post credits: Craig McIlwaine