Strongroom show some mettle
Highgate CC, 8/30/2020
Highgate CC won by 22 runs
Highgate CC: 273-4 [A.Vani 103*, B.Blyghton 45]
Strongroom: 252-8 [I.Azam 49, G.Jones 48, O.Proctor 43]
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I won the toss and decided to bowl, as I was unsure how strong they were.
We had three debutants - Imran, Nilesh and Dilawar.
Highgate batted very well.
We bowled adequately, but dropped and missed a few key catches.
Imran bowled well and with a good hustling pace.
Mario was excellent as always.
Riaz took some rare punishment, but the straight boundaries were short for a spin bowler.
JG performed a rare and direct run out.
David Siddal answered a late emergency replacement request and joined us to replace Gwyn with the wicket keeping duties.
273 was not such a bad score, as it could have been 300+ at one stage.
Welsh boys Gower and Jones started really well in what turned into an excellent opening partnership of 90 in 15 overs. With their departure, Jon G and David Siddal maintained some momentum, but then Fred caused some havoc with his high-floating leg-breaks, with most of us attempting to hit him out of the ground, and three failing!
Just as it looked the game might be gone, Imran (49) and Otto (43) both played very well and kept us in the game.
Otto hit two straight 6s, and another over extra cover off their brisk pace bowler Tom.
Finally, we got within 22 of their total, and did quite well, but they were always in control of the game.
Below we see Vinay and David Siddal preparing diligently for their respective innings.
Written By: J.Gower