Monday, February 25, 2008

End of tour on a winning note

We packed our bags and loaded our luggage into the bus by around 9:00AM. A perfect day (Sunday 24-FEB-2008) to play cricket, initially threatened for few hours in the morning by looming dark clouds. We reached Belgrano Athletic Club - a 20min ride from our hotel - to play against Belgrano Cricket Club.

This facility is the 2nd best facility we have seen so far - 1st being Hurlingham Sports Club. A lush green outfield, must be quite nostalgic for both the Brits and the brats on the team. Game was reduced to a 40 over contest, keeping our departure time (to the airport) of 6:30PM in mind. Mad Dogs CC lost the toss and were asked to field first. Derek McDonald and Neil Harrison bowled tight and restricted the home team to 172/10 in 35 overs.

Mad Dogs CC reached the target in 35 overs losing 7 wickets (incl. 2 retired out). Derek McDonald played a great innings and Jaideep gave a good support to him out in the middle. I made a meager 5(10). The wicket a bit grassy - the ball was "stop and come" kinds. I played too early - on the front foot and the ball missed the bat to hit my pad above the rings to be given out LBW.

Mad Dogs CC vs Argetina Cricket Clubs - the score was 2-3. If not for the washed out game we would have very well leveled the series. We cooled off with last sips of Quilmes - Argentine beer and some pizza before heading out to the airport.


Neil said...

Nice blog, Sri. Good batting, bowling and keeping too. I really enjoyed our makeshift touring team, and all things considered I think we blended quickly and effectively - it was a pleasure for me when things all came together at Hurlingham and Belgrano. Being left out by the management for the 2nd game was a bit of a head-scratcher for me and made it difficult to figure out our talents. Captaincy is a bit of a headache, especially when a lot of the fielding is not of a high standard. It's a challenge but overall I would rather just do what I do best - bowl...!! Sir Lincoln sends his regards.

Best, NLH

stanikela said...

you should blog about today's match and win!