By John Thompson

All good things must come to an end, and the 1st’s unbeaten run was ended by the narrowest of margins against East Oxford 2nd’s. We chose to bat first on a Lincoln College ground where chasing has proved to be exceedingly difficult and made steady progress before losing Martin with the score on 30.  With an outfield sporting grass longer than any we’ve seen this season, only Saurabh found scoring easy of the top order until he was out for 27 with the score on 50.  Lucky batted as well as anyone and eventually top scored with 37 but Wickets fell regularly as we limped to 129-9 before a late flurry from Govind (21) ably supported by JT took us to a final total of 152.

East Oxford’s approach was markedly different to ours with pretty much every batsmen throwing the kitchen sink at what felt like every other ball, an approach that led to many chances and half chances that we stuggled to take with Govind once again the pick of the bowlers taking the first two wickets.  The score had moved into the 70s before JT broke the third wicket stand and he and Martin then picked up the next three between them leaving the match evenly poised with East Oxford needing 30 with 5 wickets left.  Martin rang the changes and threw the ball to Lucky and brought back Govind and they almost did what seemed like the impossible dismissing one hard hitting batsmen after another until three were needed with the last man at the crease joining his East Oxford captain. A lucky inside edge to an almost perfect yorker from Govind (4-41) got the number 11 off strike and the skipper cut the next ball through point for the winning couple to inflict a single wicket defeat on us. 


Date Time League Season Result
July 24, 2021 1:00 pm Cherwell Cricket League –Division 6B 2021 RCC 1 Lost by 1 wicket




RCC 115210Win
East Oxford 21539Loss


Batting Dismissal Fielder Bowler Runs B 4s 6s Ct St
Martin Kalyan*LBW Hikmat Jan701010
Saurabh MehrotraCaught Tanveer Alam2704010
Sandeep GeorgeCaught Tanveer Alam500000
S M Mansoor Abbasi+Caught Ulfat Rehman801010
Lokeshwar BandhuCaught Zahid Ali3705020
Romio FernandesLBW Zahid Ali701010
Rakesh NambiarLBW Amugham Shahid1601010
Gaurav SamuelBowled Amugham Shahid000000
Govind GourCaught Tanveer Alam2102000
Satish YakkalakotaCaught Amugham Shahid100000
John ThompsonNot Out  300000
Extras20 (b =8, lb =0, wd =12, nb =0)
Total   152015070
Bowling O M R W
Rakesh Nambiar72310
Govind Gour11.52414
Martin Kalyan*91361
John Thompson80282
Lokeshwar Bandhu30112

East Oxford 2

Batting Dismissal Fielder Bowler Runs B 4s 6s Ct St
Adnan HamidBowled Govind Gour400000
Saleem SadiqCaughtRakesh NambiarJohn Thompson2703000
Zia HamidCaughtLokeshwar BandhuGovind Gour000000
Amugham ShahidCaughtMartin KalyanJohn Thompson4904300
Mubasher Hassan+CaughtLokeshwar BandhuMartin Kalyan801000
Muneeb Quershi*Not Out  2002000
Muhammad Kashif ShakoorCaughtRomio FernandesLokeshwar Bandhu1901100
Tanveer AlamBowled Govind Gour1202000
Ulfat RehmanCaughtSaurabh MehrotraLokeshwar Bandhu401000
Hikmat JanCaughtS M Mansoor Abbasi+ Govind Gour300000
Zahid AliNot Out  100000
Extras6 (b =3, lb =3, wd =0, nb =0)
Total   153014400
Bowling O M R W
Tanveer Alam123343
Hikmat Jan70241
Ulfat Rehman71341
Zahid Ali110222
Amugham Shahid80263