Rainey blitzkrieg fails to save Senior B1s
A fantastic partnership of 104 from just 10 overs between Paul Rainey, in his 13th season for BCCC, and Pretesh Jeram wasn’t enough for the Senior B1 team to post a competitive score on January 31.
Coming to the crease in the 27th over with the score at 81/6 the pair launched an impressive counter attack with Rainey in particular dispatching the Eden Roskill bowlers to all parts of the ground, bring up his 50 off only 21 deliveries. Jeram fell first for a well-compiled 31 off 36 balls and Rainey soon followed having blitzed 88 off 46 balls, including 8 x fours and 4 x huge sixes.
The last few BCCC wickets fell cheaply to take the total to a sub-par 213.
Once again there were too many soft dismissals with five of the top seven being caught in the cover/point region.
Although the bowling effort started well with Nick Baker taking two wickets in his first over, there were too many wides being sent down which took the pressure off Eden-Roskill and kept their scoreboard ticking over.
A couple of dropped catches didn’t help either and the score went from 7/2 through to 203/2 before that man again, Pretesh Jeram, picked up a couple of late wickets. Despite that, Roskill cruised to a six-wicket victory with 10 overs still to go.
The B1s now have just one win from six one-dayers played, and one match abandoned.
Be it batting, bowling or fielding, the B1 side so far haven’t quite got things together on the pitch this season and ultimately it’s cost them all three one-day games played since the Christmas break.
South African hardman and captain Schalk Wasserman says it’s frustrating not to have taken their chances this season.
“The boys need to get things sorted for the rest of the season, put all this rubbish behind us and have some pride. The two-dayers are back now and we’ve at least a little bit fight in those so that’s what I’d expect for the rest of the season.”
The team currently sits second to last on the one-day table and fifth of eight on the two-day table.
That said, there have been some excellent individual performances by some players over the course of the season.
Manoj Patel currently heads the CricHQ leaderboard for runs scored in the two-day section of the competition, with 209 runs from three matches. Javeed Ali sits third on the bowlers and has two five-wicket bags to his name with BB of 5/18. Nick Baker also made an impact in the only two-dayer he played, with 6/6 from his 10.3 overs.
In the one-day competition Paul Rainey’s efforts over the weekend see him move to third in the batting standards, although first place, an Eden Roskill player, is a mile in front after a HS of 258. Kyle Williamson is 5th.
Bowling tells the story though with only one player, Manoj Patel featuring in the top 10 bowlers so far in the one-dayers this season.
The B1s are back into the two-dayers this Friday, February 6, taking on Waitakere at home at 12.30pm, a team that sits one above them on the two-day table so will be hoping some of the team’s good attitude despite their one-day efforts will see them come away with some rewards. The second day of that match is being played on February 14.
The Premier men’s side are also playing at Birkenhead War Memorial this Friday so if you’re looking for a good way to spend Waitangi Day, get down and support our teams. The Prems start at 11am.
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