Olympia 1 misses out on win

After some bizarre pre-match rolling of the grass wicket at VOC, the match got underway with Sander and Ajay opening the bowling for Olympia once again. Whilst the bowling was generally tight, and few runs were gained by the VOC openers, it wasn’t until the introduction of Mohsin, that Olympia got the breakthrough. However, Olympia could not get their grip on the game after taking the first wicket. From this point, VOC managed to put together a number of solid partnerships through the middle overs. Mohsin, Nasir and Wijnand all managed to pick up two wickets each, however, apart from Sander who finished with 0-25 off 8 overs including 2 maidens, the bowling was not as accurate as it needed to be. The main run maker for VOC was their opening batsman, who after batting to the 40th over was out for 87. His score, combined with handy cameos from their middle order, meant VOC raced to a strong total of 226. Olympia did not help themselves though, eventually finishing the innings with 50 extras.

 

Mohsin and Nasir went out to bat knowing that in order to chase down the total set by VOC they would have to start positively. Together they gave Olympia a strong start, before Mohsin was out with the score at 40 after 10 overs. Nasir continued to bat well, finding the rope frequently, however, the loss of Sander at number 3 for only 6 runs and then Nasir shortly after for a well compiled 40, Olympia looked to be in quite a bit of trouble with the score at 66 for 3 in the 13th over. Olympia were going to need a big partnership if they wanted to get back into the game, and up stepped Nayyer and Wijnand. The combination of Nayyer’s aggression and Wijnand’s ability to rotate the strike gave Olympia’s innings some stability through the middle overs. The partnership raced past 50 runs, but slowed somewhat as VOC employed a more defensive field to reduce the amount of boundaries the Olympia batsmen were able to get. Even with this strong partnership, the required run rate was getting close to 9 an over as we reached the last 10 overs of the innings. The extra pressure of needing to bat at a higher tempo eventually cost Wijnand as he was bowled for 46, ending a 90 run partnership between him and Nayyer. Much like the first game against Que Vive, the middle and lower order struggled for runs, as VOC applied the pressure to the new batsman. Nayyer eventually also went for 40, and Olympia were only able to get to 170 all out in the end.

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