On June 12th, Rockaway CC took on Khyber CC. The weather gave the game a scare early on, but proved to be pleasant for the rest of the game. Khyber won the toss, and in an attempt to “take advantage” of the wicket, they sent Rockaway to bat first….big mistake!
Rockaway’s usual opening pair of Robert Naraine and Saud Hussain went in and started well, until Saud was caught. He played well for his 15. Robert would stay at the crease for some time along with B. Sanichar. Together they put on a good partnership. Sanichar went in with a mission, he looked to go after the bowlers from ball one. He played some great shots for his well deserved 55. Robert at the other end played a more “supportive” role, and allowed the other batsmen to play freely.
Next to come was P. “Shine” Bepat with almost 15 overs left. It would be fair to say that it was “Shine” vs. Khyber. As he showed no respect for any Khyber bowlers, hitting them out the ground at will and frequently. Boundaries were too numerous to keep track of as he amassed a mammoth 160 not out. One could have seen the fear in the bowlers as they ran in to slaughter. Robert on the other end played his role well, and managed to get a well deserved 55 before being bowled. Next to aid Bepat in the massacre, was Danny. He stayed with Shine to the end and made a supportive 17 not out. Rockaway got 320/3 in their allowed 30 overs.
After that harassment and the innings break, Khyber went to the crease. Their openers looked somewhat aggressive, hitting a few boundaries early on, but the pressure of having to score 10.67 run/over soon got to them. Zaid went for 17 and Asad for 19. The only two batsmen to show any resistance were Qufail and Iqrar. They managed to get a good partnership going, playing some good shots and getting some quick boundaries. They batted well until the man who tortured them with the bat came in with the ball. Bepat got the breakthrough, and Khyber never seemed to rebound after being traumatized. The other batsmen didn’t last long, the pressure and bowling were too much for them to handle. They all collapsed for a meager 189.
Young Chris Singh bowled fast and economically but didn’t manage to get a wicket. Montana “Pacey” also bowled well, giving the batsmen little chance to score. Ramlal gave the batsmen some difficulty, as he bowled well for his lone wicket. Bepat after that great knock managed to pick up 4 wickets.
Bepat’s all-round performance with good team work secured Rockaway’s fourth win for the season.