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T20 Summary

posted Apr 16, 2018, 7:42 AM by Sagar Dinesh

Hello team,

Our T20 tournament ended just the way it started. Wet and washed out. That being said, I am extremely proud of our performances in this tournament. Few key highlights

  • Scores of greater than 175 in ever game we have played. I have never seen such consistent batting performance in my time in WGCC! 
  • Total of 2 centuries and 3 fifties in 3 games! 
  • Senior players raising their hands up and performing to compensate key losses such as Biv and Vijay due to injuries. Mayur, Dipen, Damu, Prashant and Amar - you guys made my job easy. 
  • Players such as Anup and Sarvar stepping up to the plate - showcasing their abilities to perform in the big games
  • Our 'remote' players, Neel and Aditya playing 2 games on the same day, showing their commitment to the cause. I know that if his knee allowed, Vicky would've been there too. 
  • It was also heartening to see players changing their personal plans and risking the wrath of the 'boss' to show be available for the games. Tarun, Raj, Sarvar - I salute your bravado. ;-)
  • Constantly seeing a squad of 13-14 people at every game, cheering us on. Guys like Gaba, Joe, Prageesh, Guru and Prady - you epitomize the spirit of WGCC! Special call out for Biv, who in spite of his injury and busy schedule took out time to come see the games and cheer us on. 
It wasn't a great way to end the T20 tournament. I do believe we had a good chance to win yesterday. However, it is time to regroup and look at how we can improve our T35 season. We have a few areas still to improve on.
  • We missed approx 10 chances in 3 games. That is way too many. Some of them were relatively simple and cost us the game. Against tougher opponents, we cannot afford such mistakes.
  • Ground punctuality was poor on most days. We had the same few players setting up the ground. I expect each of you to be more responsible towards ground duties before and after the game.
  • Disappointingly, we only had 10 players for our QF game. Many people backing out without explanations and at the last minute. Understand the weather wasn't conducive and it was a long drive. However there are rules that we have to follow in such situations. Commitment is a two way street - if you cannot show commitment to your club, don't expect the sky in return. The club is always bigger than the player.
This is also a time for feedback. So if anyone has suggestions on how we can do better as an individual and a team, please reach out to me and/or Prashant and let's improve our performances. 

I believe in this squad and what we can achieve together. Let's continue this momentum and have a great T35 season.

Play to win!

Regards,
Sinu Nair

Captain's report - T20 Match 6 vs KECC

posted Apr 9, 2018, 5:04 AM by Sagar Dinesh   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 5:05 AM ]

Team,

I am sure we are still hurting from today's loss. I'll keep the report short and list out a few positives and areas to improve that we need to work on in up coming games.

Our batting once again clicked. This time Faraz came back into the playing to hit a stupendous unbeaten 126* - the highest ever by a WGCCian. Well done Faraz bhai. Ably supported by the rest of the batting line up. Well done and let's continue to build this momentum. 

Our bowling unfortunately lacked venom. We did not field well either, adding to the misery. The dropped chances will hurt us more in upcoming back. That's 2 consecutive games we have conceded close to 10 an over. I do know we are better than this and can definitely improve on our bowling and fielding. 

Don't dwell too much on the loss. Introspect, look at the videos, talk to your teammates and me. Let's help out each others game. That is the only way to improve. 

Let's shake it off as a bad day and come back stronger!

Play to win! 


Regards,
Sinu Nair

Captain's report - T20 Match 5 vs CL

posted Apr 3, 2018, 12:56 PM by Sagar Dinesh   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

It was a beautiful day for cricket and we were pretty excited to confirm our spot in the playoffs by beating CL. As some of you might be aware, we lost against this team last year after scoring 187. While they may not be a strong team on paper, in Prashant Shinde, they have one of the best batsman in the league. 

CL had a double header on Sunday, and came into our game at the back of a crushing loss. There was no doubt that they would want to make amends against us. Luckily we won the toss and elected to bat first. Mayur walked in with a new opening partner in Prady and the 2 of them started cautiously. Shinde and Thouhid were accurate. Prady was out soon trying to force the pace on the leg side. This brought Dipen on the crease. Together, they went not only rebuilt, but raised the run rate. Dipen set the tone with a monstrous straight six, before Mayur took over. Together they added on a 124 runs. Dipen contributed with a well made 41(26). With not a lot of overs left, Harish fell trying to go for a big shot.On the other hand, Mayur was unstoppable. He was hitting boundaries at will. The CL bowlers were clueless. Even the good balls were hit out of the park. Mayur finally reached his maiden T20 hundred in just 54 balls. It was a sublime innings,full of magnificent strokeplay. He was eventually out in the 17th over for a classy 115(61) - the highest T20 score by a WGCC player, eclipsing Dipen's 112 from 2 years ago. Sinu and Amar, as has become the norm, finished the innings with a quick 30 run partnership in the last 2 overs. We wrapped our innings for at 205/4 - our second highest CCL T20 score.

Our bowling was revitalized by the return of Sagar "thou shall not drive" Dinesh. He started off with his nagging short of good length which he is now famous for. As much as he tried, Shinde couldn't put bat to ball. Amar was uncharacteristcally off length, ended up conceding boundaries in between good inswingers. Prady was brought in the 5th over and he responded with a wicket of the 1st ball. Anup started off like he has been bowling on auto pilot - line and length accurate. At the end of 9 overs, they were 60/1. A mountain in front of them. Against any other opposition, the rest of the game would've been a formality. But Shinde had other ideas. He gave us a glimpse of why he is considered one of the most dangerous batsman in the league. Actually, more than a glimpse. He showed us his whole repertoire of strokes. He hit 11 fours and 10 huge sixes in his chanceless innings of 121 (59). Sagar, inevitably, got his wicket tailing in an inswinger from outside off to end the onslaught and give us a well deserved victory. 

An encouraging thing I noticed during the game was the constant cheering even when our bowlers were getting hit. Be it Harish from deep cover, Prady from deep square or Prashant at mid wicket. This was a good test for our bowlers and fielders. As we talked about after the game, reflect on what you could've done differently when a batsman is in such attacking mode. This will help us in future games as the oppositions keep getting tougher. 

With this victory, we have all but qualified for the playoffs. Winning the next game will ensure top 2 spot and home advantage for the playoffs. Let's put our best foot forward and continue the momentum.

Player of the match is Mayur for his 115(61) and 4-1-28-1. 

Play to win!


Regards,
Sinu Nair

Captain's Report - T20 Match 3 vs TLCC

posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:31 AM by Sagar Dinesh   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 9:44 AM ]

After the washed out double header last weekend, I was excited to get on the field and register our first victory of the season. Playing against TLCC who had lost some of their key players, it was important for us to not be complacent. 

Losing the toss (that's 2 in a row now), TLCC put us in to bat on a damp pitch and a wet outfield. We lost Dipen early to a suicidal run. Mayur followed soon thereafter. What followed next was an exhibition of how to pace an innings. Vicky continued from where he left off last weekend with his usual flamboyance. While Aditya was getting his eye in. scoring was on at around 6-7 an over. Once the platform was built, we saw a series of magnificent sixes from Aditya and excellent finish by Amar. We managed a healthy score of 178/5. More than 110 runs scored in the last 10! 

Amar and Neel started miserly at the beginning. We continued to pick wickets at regular intervals. Each and every bowler came in and did their job. Prashant broke the spine of their batting, getting Abu and Kamran in 1 over, effectively ending any hopes of a fight. Damu chipped in with 2 good wickets as well. All in all it was a professional performance, one I hope to see many times in upcoming games. 

There is still much to improve. We missed at least 4 chances on the field. And gave away 2-3 runs extra due to our carelessness. While it may not seem a lot, in big games, it is the difference between winning and losing. Let's continue to improve in the upcoming games.

I am equally thrilled to see so much participation in the games. It has not been easy to pick only 11 players. If any one has any questions about their role in the team, please reach out to me or Prashant. Be patient, it is a long season ahead, and we will have enough game time for everyone. 

Play to win!!

T35 WGCC vs CDCC May 14th, 2017 at Tanglewood Park

posted May 18, 2017, 1:55 PM by Mayur Choudhary

On a bright sunny day at Tanglewood Park, WGCC took on the T20 finalist CDCC in the second game of the season after starting out with a disappointing performance in game 1. WGCC was put into bat by CDCC on the field that was not ideal for ground scoring shots due to thick grass. Aware of new pitch mat and thick grass, Dipen and Amar started the innings cautiously, leaving few deliveries to negotiate the swing and determining how the surface was playing. Dipen was able to score few boundaries to break the shackles a bit while Amar on the other end was getting his eye in. Both batsmen settled in but soon lost their wickets in quick succession. Mayur and Damu started out carefully and took their time to settle in but once they did, they started playing freely. As mentioned earlier, ground scoring shots were impossible on this field so batsmen had to take few risks with aerial shots. Mayur was looking very solid as he was able to connect multiple boundaries and sixes and raced to his 50 while Damu on the other hand was playing a supporting role. Both of them continued to play well and punished bad balls and the partnership grew over 100 runs. In the last 10 odd overs, both batsmen started playing freely and peppered the CDCC bowlers with sixes. Mayur reached his 4th career hundred and ended up scoring 121 not out (10 fours, 9 sixes) and Damu scored 67 runs (2 fours, 6 sixes). They had the biggest partnership in WGCC history with 210 runs. CDCC was set a huge score of 257 to chase. 
Before the inning started, Amar delivered a strong message to the team and said that they will need to take risks to score runs as well so the bowlers and fielders need not to worry if they hit a few boundaries and just focus on good line and length and good fielding. Sagar and Valkal started the proceedings for WGCC and as usual Sagar was impeccable with his line and length while Valkal was bowling with some furious pace. Valkal was able to get the first breakthrough with a mistimed shot caught comfortably by Biv and he soon followed with another wicket. After a shaky start CDCC started rebuilding and kept scoring. At the break they had 90 odd runs with 8 wickets in hands and match hanging in the balance. Soon after the break, Mayur got Gautam to bite on a flight ball which was not timed very well and looked like it was going to fall short of long on but a brilliant effort from Tarun saw the end of Gautam and changed the momentum of the game. Biv came into attack and was immediately unplayable with his line, length and swing. He cleaned up the middle order with 3 wickets and full spell of 7 overs and brought the match in the favor of WGCC with required run rate over 10 rpo. Sagar came back into the attack and got much deserved 2 wickets and at the end WGCC won the match comfortably by 99 runs. 
Awesome batting by Mayur and Damu and the whole bowling ad fielding unit did well. It was as complete of a team performance as you can get with all 3 units clicking. Lets continue this going into our next game. Man of the Match - Mayur
Go WGCC

T20 WGCC vs GCCC April 1st, 2017 at Lakhany

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:06 AM by Mayur Choudhary

Energized by the comprehensive victory against CLCC in the morning game, WGCC was looking forward to winning another away game. Amar won the toss ad decided to bowl first. Biv and Sagar started proceedings with the new ball. GCCC started aggressively but soon Sagar controlled the run flow and took 2 early wickets with impeccable line and length, excellent bowling by him one more time. Rest of the WGCC bowlers didn't allow GCCC batsmen to score freely and they were also well supported by some excellent fielding effort. Tarun's running catch on long-on boundary is worth mentioning. GCCC could only score 108 runs in 20 overs.

Now the fun part starts - Amar decided to start batting with Mayur and Sarvar instead of himself with Mayur. We thought that it would be a piece of cake to score 109 against GCCC, but kudos to GCCC bowlers as they bowled very well and didn't allow our openers to score freely, especially Sarvar, who had a tough time rotating strike. With every dot ball bowled, WGCC's players blood pressure was increasing as the run rate creeped to 8 an over. But finally Mayur and Sarvar were able to break free of their shackles and stepped on the gas. Dipen grabbed the opportunity soon after and guided WGCC smoothly towards the victory with a rapid 28 runs in 21 balls. Noticeable performances were by Sagar (4 Over, 12 runs and 2 wickets) Dipen, and Mayur grabbing 1 wicket and scoring 34 runs, he was also judged MOM - well done Mayur.

T20 WGCC vs CLCC April 1st, 2017 at Lakhany

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:05 AM by Mayur Choudhary   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 8:06 AM ]

WGCC was coming off of a disappointing home loss against CL and was ready to play a double header in Charlotte against CLCC and GCCC. These two games were important for WGCC to solidify playoff positioning and possibly clinch a top 8 seed to host a home playoff game. Wet outfield and clear sunny skies with awesome weather of 70F, CLCC won the toss and decided to bat first in the hopes of neutralizing WGCC's pace attack. Biv and Sagar started the bowling for WGCC and Biv struck on the second ball of the innings when a brilliant line and length caught Abhi out of options but to nudge it straight to Mayur at first slip. Kirtan came in and hit a few quick blows while Krunal on the other hand was not able to cut loose with impeccable line and length from the opening bowlers. Sagar was rewarded with his discipline when he destroyed the off stump of Kirtan, stunning the CLCC dug out. Krunal soon succumbed to a similar fate off Sagar. CLCC was reeling at 31/3 to start the innings and the middle order couldnt score freely with Amar, Mayur and Prashant keeping a tight line and length. The ground fielding was great and we had 3 run outs in the game. As usual, there were few easy catching opportunities missed but luckily it did not hurt us. CLCC was only able to put up 81 runs in 19 odd overs and knew it was a big task ahead of them to keep this game close. 

Going into batting, we knew CLCC will fight till the end as they always does. Fortunately, we had two experienced openers in Amar and Mayur that started the task of chasing down a tricky total. There are times when we can chase these totals down in 8 odd overs (see WTCC game) and there are times when a solid opening partnership is needed to make sure there are no hiccups to be had against a strong side such as CLCC. Amar and Mayur gave that solid foundation neutralizing CLCC's pace bowlers. Amar got out to an ill-timed sweep attempt to Kirtan. Dipen joined Mayur in the chase and in next few overs, Mayur demolished their spin attack with some brilliantly timed shots. Dipen played around on the other hand stealing doubles and odd boundaries. With only 1 run needed, Mayur got out on 47, missing out on a well deserved 50 but more importantly, taking WGCC home and continuing his great form. In the end, WGCC secured a huge victory by 8 wickets in 12 odd overs and in the process of doing that, they had bounced back big time after a let down on the previous weekend. Kudos to CLCC for fighting till the end and I am sure we will see them again down the road in playoffs.

Major take aways from the game:
- Great comeback by the bowlers by only giving up 81 runs and hardly giving away any lose balls to CLCC.
- Great overall fielding effort but as always there is a room for improvement.
- Finally, as they say, the most important sign of a championship caliber team is how they bounce back from a disappointing performance  and we just did that. It is important to remember that it is a long season and there are always a few hiccups here and there but how we respond to that will ultimately determine the fate of our season. 

T20 WGCC vs CL March 25th, 2017 at Weston Park

posted Mar 28, 2017, 2:18 PM by Mayur Choudhary

Buoyed from two back to back victories WGCC was looking forward to their game against CL, which incidentally was their maiden game in CCL. The game was important for both the team for distinct reasons. For WGCC, a win would have taken them closer to qualifying for the playoffs and for CL, it was a chance to get their feet wet in the competitive Carolina Cricket League. Prashant Shinde, won his very first toss and invited WGCC to bat first. Amar and Mayur walked in with great intent and started the innings cautiously as the opening due from CL, Mohit and Thouhid was right on the money from the very first over. CL drew first blood with scoreboard reading 24, when Thouhid hurried Amar on the backfoot and hitting his pads, to be given out LBW by the umpire. This brought Dipen to the crease. After a watchful first few balls, Dipen just tore into the CL attack, scoring efficiently on both sides of the wicket. Mayur on the other hand was batting steadily, scoring boundaries intermittently. With Dipen and Mayur in the middle, runs were coming thick and fast. Dipen raised his first fifty of the season in the process. They had a 95 run partnership in quick time before Mayur got out trying to clear the extra cover fielder. Dipen was next to go skying a slow delivery form Prashant. Biv and Sinu started to rebuild. Biv was able to smash three sixes before he was out caught at long-off. Tarun was the next batsman in and he has a short stay at the crease. Gaba was next to go in and he got out after scoring a couple of boundaries. Snu was holding one end together, running hard and trying to score quick runs. WGCC finally managed 188 in their 20 overs.

Prashant and Imran started the pursuit of 189 runs against WGCC. Amar started the innings with Mayur as he wanted to test Prashant against spin. Prashant started cautiously and confidently scoring steadily. Biv and Prahsant Dixit were the next bowlers in the line up. Only thing consistent about WGCC bowling was that they were offering boundary balls every over and CL batsmen kept obliging. This allowed CL to score at 10 an over. Amar tried to stem the flow of runs but was not successful. Prashant brought up his half century and he gout out to Ashishs Gaba soon after. Mohit was the next man in and he started aggressively. The WGCC bowling was off colors, no matter who was bowling. Ashish Gaba was able to get Imran out caught at deep square leg. There was a brief period of time when WGCC bowlers thought they could pull the game back as the required run rate touched 11 but all credit to CL batsmen, who kept coming on hard at the bowlers and scoring boundaries at will. Arpit got the third wicket for WGCC and that brought Chetan to the middle. Him and Mohit were literally toying with the bowling  and the pair chased down the total with one over to spare. All credit to CL players for not panicking during the chase and this allowed them to register their first win in the T20 tournament.

T20 WGCC vs WTCC March 18th, 2017 at Weston Park

posted Mar 21, 2017, 5:57 PM by Mayur Choudhary

By Prashant Dixit

It was a damp day with overnight rain but the pitch was dry as WGCC had covered it the previous evening. WTCC won the toss and decided to bat first. Sagar and Prashant shared the new ball; they were pretty consistent with their line and length and didn't allow openers to score quickly. Sagar got the first break through with batsman edging the ball and Dipen taking a good catch near third man.
After that, wickets kept tumbling with Mayur & Damu taking 3 wickets each, and Amar / Valkal taking 1 wicket each. WTCC was never able to accelerate and build partnerships, so they could only score 68 in 16.2 overs. Dipen took 2 catches and Ashish was involved in a scintillating run out.

WGCC opened batting with Mayur and Ashish. While Ashish took time to settle down, Mayur started briskly and scored at a rapid pace. In no time he scored a brilliant half century with excellent shot selection and placement. I think Gaba enjoyed his batting the most from the non striker end, but he made sure that we did not lose any wicket.

WGCC won the match comfortably with 11.3 overs to spare. Noticeable performances were by Mayur scoring 53 runs in 30 balls, 3 wickets & a catch, by Damu 2 overs, 3 wickets and only giving 4 runs and Dipen taking two difficult catches.

T20 WGCC vs KUCC March 18th, 2017 at Weston Park

posted Mar 19, 2017, 12:56 PM by Mayur Choudhary

By Dipen Vyas

On a nice day for a double-header, WGCC had convincingly beaten WTCC in the first game of the day by 10 wickets and were pumped to play the second game against KUCC, a new team formed with some familiar faces. Since the first game was finished way ahead of time and having an hour and half break, Damu (as usual) and Tarun had already planned and convinced our treasurer Sinu to order some delicious food from Szechuan Palace. The team enjoyed some Manchurian and rice before getting ready for the game. 
Amar won the toss against KUCC and in a heartbeat decided to bat and put a big total on the board as a strategy. Mayur and Amar opened the innings for WGCC. Mayur picked up where he had left off in first game and looked unstoppable. He was hitting boundaries at will and Amar gave him a good support on the other end. WGCC raced to 65 runs in no time when Mayur hit a short ball directly in the hands of the fielder at midwicket who juggled couple of times before holding on to the ball. He missed out on another 50 that would have been a third consecutive 50 to start the season but nonetheless, his quick 41 helped to build the foundation as he saw off the opening bowlers of KUCC with authority and utter disdain. Dipen walked in and immediately got going with rotating strike with Amar. The left-right hand combination of Mayur and Amar and then Dipen and Amar with strike rotation gave KUCC bowlers some trouble as they spotted few juicy deliveries which Amar and Dipen dispatched with ease. Amar was in the groove and found gaps in the field and both batsmen exploited the fielding by taking multiple doubles every over. Amar and Dipen took WGCC to 140 runs (75 runs partnership) in 15 overs when Dipen succumbed to Obaid while trying to accelerate the scoring. Biv joined Amar and both ran hard when boundaries were hard to come by at the end of the innings due to some good bowling by KUCC. Amar got out on the last ball of the inning an unfortunate ending of an otherwise brilliant inning. WGCC set an above par target of 175 for KUCC. 
After a quick break, WGCC started the bowling with Sagar and Rohit and it will be difficult to describe in words how magical the spell was from both of them. Simply put, the batsmen were having a hard time making a contact to the ball with the impeccable line and length and would have given fits to most opening batsmen in the league. Only 19 runs were scored off the bat from the first 7 overs bowled by Sagar and Rohit as they snatched 1 and 3 wickets respectively. That spell essentially took the game away from KUCC as they had a mountain of remaining run rate to chase with only 6 wickets in hand. Arpit came in as a second change and he bowled 4 brilliant overs that included a peach of a delivery to knock of the stumps of Akbar. He was well supported by Damodar and KUCC never threatened in their chase. Tarun and Aditya finished off the last 4 overs as KUCC ended up with 99/9 in 20 overs resulting in another comprehensive victory for WGCC. 
Two big victories in a day will definitely help with the momentum and the most impressive part of the day was that we lost only 3 wickets total in both matches. 
Big thanks to Joe, Krishna, Prady, Parthav, Tina and Casper who came out to show their support. 

Go WGCC!

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