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OUCCC vs Loughborough Staff CC at Manny Rd, Sunday 10 June 2007

OUCCC won the toss and elected to bat

OUCCC innings

Gawley        bowled      0
Allender      bowled     78
Dipayan       caught    129
Dines         not out    68
Diganta       not out     1

Extras                   29
Total: 304 for 3 (40 overs)

Loughborough innings

Ranka-Dinek    bowled        Barker     11
Abhyanxar      c.&b.         West       99
Gohil          bowled        Das        59
Neale          bowled        Das         0
Siva           bowled        West        3
Vaidhy         ct. (Booth)   Das         0
Patel          ct. sub (Ben) von Delft   6
Asogan         bowled        Hartin      0
Jayawardne     ct. (Diganta) Hartin      1
Binner         not out                   2
Richardson     bowled        Hartin      1

Extras                                  24
Total: 205 for 10 (37.5 overs)

Booth     6    1  28  0
Barker    5    0  45  1
Diganta   5    0  37  3
Hartin    5.2  0  26  3
Dipayan   6    0  19  3
West      7    1  41  2
von Delft 3    0   5  1

OUCCC won by 99 runs

Our innings:

Sometimes a week of sunshine makes all the difference.  And so it was
at Manny Rd on Sunday: The bowlers' wicket of last week had be
transformed to a batting paradise.  Last week, the ball was swinging,
cutting off the wicket, and, there was hint of low bounce around.
This week the wicket and inclement conditions were offering little to
the bowlers.  So much so that at one point I was considering to pout a
call out to the Oxford City council to come and paint white lines down
the centre of the pitch.

Winning the toss, I decided to make best use of the hot conditions and
bat first.  Still in the first over, I had decided that quickly the
bowling wasn't that threatening and that it was time already to hit
out.  The next ball I attempted a premeditated swipe down-the-ground.
I missed.  But the ball didn't miss the stumps and I was out for a

My wicket brought Dipayan to the crease to pair with Steve Allender.
After last weeks' fast paced scoring, Dipayan was content early to
work himself in.  An ominous sign for the opposition.  Meanwhile, it
was Steve who was slashing out.  His 50 -- off just 25 balls -- was
full of plenty of well timed shots.  And not many dot balls.  The
scoring rate peaked at almost ten-an-over as Dipayan started to come
out of his shell.

Finally a (second) wicket fell -- Steve out for 78 with the score a
healthy 120 for two.  Now it was Phil Dines's turn to face the
bowling.  After a disappointing outing last week, Phil looked
determined from the outset to spend some time in the middle.

And so it was.  For the next thirty-odd overs, Phil and Dipiyan played
a masterful innings.  Plenty of boundaries and plenty of singles too.
The score board was continuously ticking over.  And, with an over to
go, Dipayan was finally out, caught, for 129.  Diganta, who had been
waiting -- with pads on -- for the duration of their partnership had
to come out to face one ball before walking off with Phil who made 68
not out.

At the end of our innings, the score was 304 for three.

Tea report:

The new tea policy at Manny road continued this week:  we again we able
to grace the inner sanctum of the club for our tea.  A big thank you
to Tom Wrobel who made an excellent contribution, raising the standard
yet again in the sandwich arms' race.  Pulling out all the stops --
including mixing cheese _with_ salad -- was much appreciated.  Apart
from neat-only tea (my fault for forgetting milk), a successful
operation all round.  A solid 8 / 10.

Their innings:

With the sun beating down and the weather more familiar to Queenslad
than Oxford, bowling was hard work.  The opening bowlers -- Martin
and Elton -- both struggled to get the ball moving as much as it had
done the previous week.  Elton sparked hopes with a wicket in his
first over:  he tempted their opener into a shot and he played-on to
his stumps.

But after this, things became more difficult.  The bowling was tight --
Martin even managing a maiden at one point -- but the batsmen were
unforgiving.  Every ball slightly short or wide was punished.  As the
score crept up, Diganta and Tony took over the hard work.  Both were
bowling very well in difficult conditions.  However a breakthrough was
looking as far away as ever.

With continued tight bowling, and alert fielding, the run rate was
reigned in.  At (much needed) drinks, they were 138 for one after
twenty overs.

After drinks, Dipayan took up the cudgels bowling spin.  The change of
pace seemed to help restrict scoring.  Steve West was hurtling in from
the other end causing the batsmen a few problems. Eventually it was
Steve, with a short ball, who finally had the breakthrough.  A much
needed wicket: their batsman out caught and bowled, unluckily for 99.

After this, the flood gates opened.  The fall of wickets tells the

1, 182, 184, 187, 188, 1995, 201, 202, 204, 205

Diganta, Tony, Steve, and Frank, all contributed to mopping up the
rest of the batsmen.

And, so after last week's 101 run win, this week's effort was similar:
a 99 run victory.