Hoboken Cricket Club Hoboken CC v Columbia University CC on Sat 30 Apr 2016 at 11:30 AM (Day 2 - Test Match)
Hoboken Cricket Club Won by 7 wickets

Match report Day 1 Match Report:

On a slight rainy and very windy morning HCC captain Sagar won a very good toss and choose to bowl.

Not proving the captain's decision wrong HCC opening fast bowling pair Hemal and Raghu bowled a very tidy spell and contained the CCC openers from free scoring. Hemal drew the first blood in the form of CCC opener Abu’s wicket with the help of a fine catch by Hari at gully. The debutant Hari impressed with his bowling and got rid of other CCC opener Amit (bowled) to claim his maiden wicket playing for HCC. CCC’s 1st down player Tejas showed some intent to speed-up the run rate but fell to a wonderful catch by Sagar in the bowling of Gohar. Double credit to captain Sagar for his clever bowling change and excellent catching skills. Potentially the fall of Tejas wicket is the starting point of CCC’s batting downfall with no other CCC batsmen showing any resistance against the HCC spin trio of Amit (2 wickets), Gohar (3 wickets) and Saurav (1 wicket) ripping through the CCC’s middle and lower order batting. An excellent show of fast bowling by Saravana (1wicket) and Mayank is worth mentioning in the middle overs bowling in tandem with the spinners. Overall CCC’s first innings folded for a paltry 118 in 37 overs with extras (Byes- 13, leg byes-6, wides-18, No balls-5) being the top score with 42 runs.

After a super quick mini sporty lunch HCC’s innings started with openers Ganesh and Neeraj playing their usual self, scoring freely all around the park. CCC’s bowling attack was rendered clueless by Ganesh and Neeraj with an opening partnership of 43 runs in 7 overs. Finally, CCC got their first break-through in the form of Ganesh’s wicket (19 runs with 2 fours) given LBW by a well disguised slower ball by Rafiq. Joined by Saurav at 1st down Neeraj continued his attacking batting scoring few classy onside boundaries until calf cramps slowed down his scoring rate and the overall HCC’s run rate for few overs. Things turned CCC’s way for a few minutes when HCC lost 2 quick wickets in successive balls in the form of Saurav (LBW – Silvai) and Hari (LBW- Silvai). However, joined by Amit at 3rd down, Neeraj finished his half century and steadied the situation and turned the match towards HCC again. Neeraj’s fine innings came to an end at a personal score of 56 (caught at the boundary) in 24th over of HCC’s innings. After Neeraj’s exit joined by Mayank at 4th down Amit played a steady innings curbing his natural instincts and made sure that HCC surpassed CCC’s 118 without losing any more wickets. At the end of the day HCC scored 143/4 (first innings lead of 25 runs) with Amit and Mayank playing at 43 and 12 respectively.

Over all its out and out HCC’s day out playing CCC in all three aspects of the game i.e batting, bowling and fielding. The one aspect HCC can improve in this game come Saturday is curbing the extra runs thus making CCC earn their each and every run in pursuit of saving this match.
Players of the day for HCC
Batting: Neeraj
Bowling: Gohar
Fielding: Sagar

Day 2 Match Report:

Day 2 of the test match started with HCC at 143/4 having a lead of 25 runs over CCC’s 1st innings. It seemed the strategy was to go for the runs and Amit and Mayank continued where they left off last week. Amit quickly reached his half century and the pair added 70 runs within the first 10 overs itself. HCC lost both Amit (87) and Mayank (37) in quick succession but the batsmen had added some very crucial runs for HCC giving a lead of over a 100 runs. Sagar added some more to the total but the tail folded pretty quickly with the innings ending at 233 giving HCC a total lead of 115 over CCC.

With a short break, CCC’s 2nd innings resumed with the batsmen trying to play out the remaining quota of 55 overs. HCC drew first blood when CCC’s opener, Abu, snicked Raghu’s menacing outswinger into the brilliant diving gloves of Luke leaving CCC at 10/1. The next two wickets fell pretty quickly and HCC had a pretty good shot of winning this without having to bat again. However, CCC’s batsmen, Madhav and Roshan, steadied the 4th wicket by some defensive playing and attacking when needed. CCC surpassed HCC’s lead of 115 and at this point, it seemed that a draw was on the cards and a result was only possible if HCC bowled CCC out and batted again. Who knew that the tables would turn when Raghu came back to bowl and bowled Madhav out for 42. This created the opening that HCC needed. The spin duo, Hemal and Amit, came back on and the batsmen didn’t look comfortable at all after that. Wickets fell one after the other and while Roshan held out as far as possible scoring a valiant 57, HCC wrapped up CCC’s 2nd innings at 136. Hemal and Amit finished with 3 wickets each and Raghu got 2.

HCC just needed 21 to win the game but we can all trust HCC to keep things “exciting”. As the openers walked out to score the paltry 21 runs, they were quickly back and the remaining players were forced to change back into their whites just in case they would need to bat. At 4/3, it was a little annoying but Sagar and Saurav stayed on and completed the formality and secured the test match win over CCC.

It was an exciting game and couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome on the 2nd day. The team played hard, with spirit and an attitude to win.
Amit earned a well-deserved man of the match with 87 runs and a total of 5 wickets. Notable batting performances by Neeraj and Mayank. Good bowling by Hemal, Gohar and Raghu. Excellent captaincy by Sagar.

Ok, well, I have to say it. We did drop a few catches. But, honestly, who cares?! HCC won the game and, at the end, that’s all that counts and that's what the red scorebook will say in the years to come.

Columbia University CC Batting - 1st innings
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
5nb 19w 9b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
118 (38.0 overs)
Amit b  b. Hariprasad 7
Abu ct  b. Hemal 5
Tejas ct  b. Gohar 15
Rochan ct  b. Sarvana 1
Raj ct  b. Amit 8
Ali lbw  b. Amit 3
Siluvai b  b. Gohar 20
Sid ct  b. Saurav 7
Nainesh lbw  b. Raghu 13
Syed Rafi b  b. Gohar 1
Nischay Not Out  2

Hoboken Cricket Club Hoboken CC Bowling - 1st innings

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Hoboken Cricket Club Hoboken CC Batting - 1st innings
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 10 wickets
Ganesh Anbazhagan lbw  b. Rafiq 19 2
Neeraj Kher ct  b. Abu 56 6
Sourav Sengupta lbw  b. Siluvai 1
Amit Singh b  b. Rafiq 87 10 1
Mayank Khurana ct  b. Rafiq 37 2
Luke Randall lbw  b. Madurai 0
Sagar Waghmare Not Out  15
Hemal Chalishazar st  b. Rafiq 1
Gohar Nazir b  b. Madurai 1
Raghu Kataru ct  b. Nischay 0

Columbia University CC Bowling - 1st innings

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Columbia University CC Batting - 2nd innings
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
136 (0.0 overs)
Ali Run out  6
Abu ct  b. Raghu 10
Rochan st  b. Hemal 57
Sharath ct  b. Gohar 7
Madhav b  b. Raghu 42
Briare b  b. Hemal 1
Nainesh ct  b. Hemal 0
Sid lbw  b. Amit 1
Madurai ct  b. Amit 0
Rafi Not Out  0
Nischay lbw  b. Amit 0

Hoboken Cricket Club Hoboken CC Bowling - 2nd innings

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Hoboken Cricket Club Hoboken CC Batting - 2nd innings
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 3 wickets
Luke Randall b  b. Nainesh 3
Neeraj Kher ct  b. Nainesh 0
Saket Gur ct  b. Madurai 1
Sagar Waghmare Not Out  11 1
Sourav Sengupta Not Out  5
Hemal Chalishazar  
Amit Singh  
Mayank Khurana  
Raghu Kataru  
Gohar Nazir  

Columbia University CC Bowling - 2nd innings

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