Sounds insane right.. but history would tell you it’s happened many a times. Victories are a crown jewel, but no big victory comes without a defeat. A loss teaches us things that a victory conceals. When you win, all dropped catches, poor shots, misfields…you name it, does not matter. It does matter and hurt when you lose and that too at a crucial time.
The takeaway is, mistakes yesterday were noted by all players and everyone will now have a purpose to come back hard and prove how good they are.
A bit about the game
For once, we were spoilt for choice on selection. But, a few drop outs and inevitable changes in last minute impacted the game plan. Unfortunately, it was unavoidable and we played with the best options we had available. Well done to everyone who stepped up. It goes without saying, we badly missed Shakir, Piyar Singh and Patrick yesterday. Their energy, athleticism and positivity will be much needed in the game against title contenders, Monkswood.
In terms of batting, we had a good foundation set up by our openers. At 10 overs, we were 27 and with Ash and Zubi out, we had a tough task ahead of us. Mubashar (bash) and Sandy steadied the ship with both playing decent strokes. Sandy recovered from early wobble and his excellent 79 was the highest score by a Dragon this season – well done!
We slowed down in middle overs and whilst we had foundation, the last ten overs required some firey hitting.
Avinash, Rabbi, Syed, Taj all chipped in and we managed a decent 211-7, against a quality opposition. Sudbrook displayed great quality in batting, bowling and fielding. We remained not out, which was excellent. However, this score could easily have been 250, had we converted singles to doubles, kept rotating the strike. I’m sure the players will think how much a difference these 30-40 runs could have made in the death overs.
Baby Dragon and our only supporter at the game – busy on his Nintendo 😂
A story of bowling, mis fields, dropped catches and come backs
Avinash and Rabbi opened the attack. It was a good test of bowling against the quality batting. The first ten overs were huge and in most of our wins, we rely on opening attack. The last two games have shown us that we must be ready in the second, third and fourth attack in order to take the game back.
The spell between Bash and Syed brought sudbrook down on knees. They were struggling at 140 for 6. The difference now was Richard Lund from Sudbrook, who was dropped twice off Syed and once off Bash. Catches win matches and this game could have been won, had we taken him. We don’t drop many, so I won’t hesitate to say, It just wasn’t our day.
The passion and energy in a tough game is obvious and admirable. Rotation of bowlers, change of attack and field placements are tactical decisions, which everyone must understand.
We are now second on the table, but the energy, enthusiasm and passion of this side gives me the belief that we will be back on the top soon and we must beat Monkswood on 05/08/17, if we have any aspirations for winning the title.
Well done to Bash and Syed for getting into top ten division bowlers list, which is all occupied by Monkswood,Sudbrook and Dragons. Their strike rates of 12 and 16 maintained thoughout this season are brilliant, but it will be a great test of stamina to continue this form in the remaining games.
Avinash and Rabbi are destined to strike back and it will happen anytime soon. Burhan is a new talent and we will get to see skills soon as well. There is no doubt they are all match winners on their day. Go on Dragons, the title is yours to chase.
Next match is an away fixture against Cardiff 4ths. Good luck 🐲🐲🐲