The Village (141 for 5) beat Pecos XI (140 all out) by 5 wickets

Summary
The Village won the toss and elected to field
Conditions

 Sunny, with light drizzle right at the start, allowing Bilal time to arrive.

 Scanning... scanning… Victory acquired

With robotic, machine-like efficiency, Village CC glided past Pecos with a five wicket win.

 

Thanks to a good team performance from the bowlers, with tight lines and wickets at regular intervals, the home side restricted Santa and his elves to 140 all out. Naz (2-24) and TdM (2-11) particularly impressive.

 

In reply, VCC set about their task with a mix of guts, application and skill, as Bossy (36) and Grey Ham (15) get us off to settled start. Collapse then threatened but never fully arrived, as Bosh hit a quick-fire 27 and the in-form Cressey (18*) and ever youthful TdM (14*) saw us home.

 

In typical VCC fashion the moment of the match was a dropped/missed catch which any one of six players could have probably caught.

 

Pitcher bowled, the ball looped 62 feet into the air and hovered over the wicket-keeping position. Instead of an easy catch being taken; Naz smiled and nodded at gully as if he was back in Amsterdam; Bossy re-faked his hamstring injury from backward square; Pitcher’s follow through is not long enough; Thomo stood and laughed at cover; Bilal thought about cheesecake at mid-wicket; Ollie moved himself from a short but deep mid-wicket to a slightly longer mid-wicket, and JdM rotated on a sixpence several times looking at the floor seemingly using radar to track the ball’s last known location.

 

We laughed for pretty much the rest of the innings.

 

Very good pub session afterwards, skipper home at 2am. Village at its best.

Runs 4s 6s
GC Pontin b Santa 15 1 0
C Bosshardt b Gopal 36 2 1
OL Morgans c Keeper b Gupta 10 2 0
J de Mellow † b Gopal 1 0 0
P Misra b Ranji 27 4 0
R Cressey not out 18 2 1
T de Mellow not out 14 2 0
B Hussain 0 0 0
N Choudhury 0 0 0
C Pitcher 0 0 0
N Thompson * 0 0 0
(Frank) Extras 8b 6lb 0nb 0p 6w 20
Total for 5 141 (31.1 ovs)
Bowler O M R W
Gopal 5 0 31 2
Gupta (long run up) 7 0 31 1
Koutha 6 2 14 0
Raji 3 0 17 1
Ramster 1 0 4 0
Santa 8 2 21 1
Yadav 2 0 8 0
Fall of Wicket
No data recorded
Pecos XI Innings
Runs 4s 6s
Yadav lbw b N Thompson 4 0 0
Gupta lbw b T de Mellow 21 0 0
Kumar, P lbw b T de Mellow 13 0 0
Kumar, S b P Misra 17 0 0
Shrimali c N Choudhury b N Choudhury 13 0 0
Kumar, K c N Choudhury b N Choudhury 11 0 0
Santa b C Pitcher 9 0 0
Kumar, R b N Thompson 9 0 0
Gopal b R Cressey 15 0 0
Vayyapurii b N Thompson 0 0 0
Koutha not out 13 0 0
(Frank) Extras 4b 2lb 1nb 0p 8w 15
Total all out 140 (39.5 ovs)
Bowler O M R W
C Pitcher 6 1 29 1
B Hussain 8 2 18 0
N Choudhury 8 0 24 2
N Thompson 7 4 21 3
R Cressey 3 0 21 1
T de Mellow 5 2 11 2
P Misra 3 0 10 1
Fall of Wicket
No data recorded