HICCs hold on despite Strollers scare to clinch tight T20
posted: May 28, 2021
The atmosphere at Ally Pally was tense last night as the Strollers mounted a superb comeback to almost steal an unlikely win in our first T20 of the season against the Highgate Irregulars.
Having lost the toss the HICCs made best use of the sunny early evening light, batting first to post a monumental 192-3, thanks to a half centuries from Yash Singh (52) and Diyen Ramani who carried his bat with some powerful sixes along the way to a superb unbeaten 88. Our cause wasn't helped by some woeful fielding errors – your writer counted at least 8 dropped catches (possibly a record in T20s). However, Rohit made our first breakthrough in the 15th over, cleaning out Yash's middle stump with Varun claiming another to dismiss the dangerous Alex Gray before Davie C hurled down the stumps to see off Tony Mitchell at the other end.
Our target of 193 certainly seemed like a big ask although we responded well as we carted the first over for 18, with Kash letting loose some beautiful shots through the cover boundary. Having helped get us past 40 we hit a painful setback in the fifth over when Gav took one in the nethers and forlornly limped off (The Kitten asked with some concern if Gav would be OK for work the next day, to which the big guy wondered what kind of work Dave thought he did...). Nevertheless, we soldiered on although both George and Matt were dismissed cheaply as they played on to the loopy slow stuff from Gallagher and Woollard.
However, Harsh – making his first welcome appearance of the season – cashed in having survived a drop at long on from Yash. Unleashing some powerful hitting through the V our run rate gathered pace despite losing Kash, who had batted well on his way to 25 but was somewhat bemused to be triggered out LBW after he got in a good stride. Gaurav holed out to Gallagher soon after which made way for Harry at which point the touch paper of our innings was truly lit, as we passed 100 in the twelfth over.
Having put on a vital 50 stand with Harsh, Harry was eventually bowled for 23 by Ramani, giving way to Fenil who kept our momentum up with some quick running and some nifty hitting through the gaps. Harsh notched up a well-earned fifty and, as the light began to fade, there was just a whiff of an upset in the air. However, needing 23 off the last over, we ended up agonisingly just 11 short of victory and we were left to lament that had we taken just one or two of those spilled catches, or saved a few of those extras, the outcome could have been very different.
Still, what a game it was and, thanks to a spirited fightback we have much momentum to take into Sundays' game at Ferme Park.