JP Trophy – Game 2 – Columbia vs JPM
Match Report by Vivek Radhakrishnan
On a clear and sunny Saturday morning, Columbia CC geared up to play the “JP” Trophy game No.2 against the corporate JPM team captained by Rochan. Having won the first game early in the year after a fighting chase, Columbia saw a tough opponent to beat and retain the trophy. JPM won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Varun and Ougni opened the batting for Columbia. Getting settled into rhythm soon, both batsmen found the gap and scoring occasional boundaries, made a good start. Ougni trying to clear the fielders, got bowled for 10 by their opening bowler. Fergie went in to bat and was looking good right from ball 1, rotating singles and clearing boundaries. Varun(14), Shyam and Ash Patel fell in quick successions, with Varun caught off a blinder at gully. Madhura and Sriram tried to add some resistance and bat out the good balls, gave good partnerships to Fergie on the other end who was cashing on the bad balls. Vivek went into bat with Columbia at 100/6 in the 26th over. He and Fergie scored at around 10 runs per over, clearing boundaries and sneaking singles and scored 42 off the last 4 overs. Columbia finished their innings at 142/6 in 30 overs with Fergie on 61* and Vivek on 15* . Great efforts by Fergie to stay in the middle for almost 25 overs and clean hitting to make sure we got to a defendable total.
After some good Biryani for lunch (Thanks to Chetan from JPM for sponsoring the lunch for the game), Columbia took the field to defend what was a decent target on hands. Nischay and Ash Patel took the new ball, and they were bowling with tight line/length often beating the batsmen. Nischay didnt take too long to get the first breakthrough for Columbia with a good catch by Vivek at extra cover. Ash soon followed it up next over with a beautiful outswinger that nipped right back in to trap the batsman who had no clue for a lbw. Nischay bowled out his quota of overs with 6-1-14-1 and Ash with 4-0-16-1. Vivek brought himself on in the 10th over and was belted around the park in the 12th over for 20 runs. Didnt want to leak any more runs, Madhura and Varun were brought into the attack and JPM looked settled at 61-2 at the 15th over mark. Coming in after the break with renewed vigor, Varun took 3 quick wickets, sneaking through the batsman and castling the stumps all 3 times. He and Madhura controlled the flow of runs to finish with Varun at 6-0-21-3 and Madhura at 6-0-29-0. With 6 overs to go and 40 runs required Ougni and Tanay came on to bowl some offspin. Ash took a great catch at deep mid-wicket off Ougni. Vivek brought himself on with 24 required off 3 overs, and gave only 2 runs off his last 2 overs. Unable to handle to pressure on one end, their main hitter was bowled by Tanay on the 29th over. Columbia finally defended the target well ahead by 12 runs, to win their first trophy for 2017.
Credits and a big thanks to Rochan for organizing this fundraiser for the club and captaining the JPM team. Also, our thanks to JPM, this is a great game and tradition – for more to come in the future!
Well played, everyone!