There was plenty of confusion in the week preceding the match. We finally decided to play the game in Mannheim. The ground had short square boundaries and a very quick outfield. The average score was around 300 in 40 overs.

SCE lost the toss and TSG Wiesloch (TSGW) chose to bat first. Sunil and Manish started things off for SCE. They were both swinging it away at good pace. Sunil, in his second over, got Balaji to nick one behind to the keeper. Manish followed suit in his third over and got an outside edge to carry to Mani at first slip. The scoreboard read 38/2 in 6 overs.

Sandeep then came on as first change and bowled a fine spell. Mani took another fine catch at first slip when Raghu edged another outswinger. He went on to take 3 wickets in 7 overs. He beat the batsmen almost every second ball. Shades of Glenn McGrath!

Adnan came on as second change and troubled the batsmen on occasion. Then came, the star of the day, Prasanna! The batsmen had a tough time facing his gentle in-swingers. He finally removed the well set TSGW opening bat Vinay with an lbw shout and got Rami Reddy with a slower full toss.

By the 20th over, TSGW were 120/7. After drinks, Raghu and Prasad of TSGW decided to take on the bowlers and went for their shots. On a small ground, this paid off. Raghu, in particular,  took the SCE bowlers for 46 runs. The 23rd over went for 17 runs.

Then, Adnan brought on Sridhar who took Prasads wicket and then finished off the tail with 3 wickets in 4 overs. TSGW were all out for a 179 in 27.4 overs.

Prasanna and Shakhawat (on debut) went in with the aim of batting as long as possible. They played the new ball with care. Once their eyes were set, they both let go. Shakhawat, in particular, cover drove and square cut a la Gundappa Viswanath. Prasanna, at the other end, was pulling and flicking with disdain.  SCE chased down the small TSGW total in 19.3 overs at an amazing run rate of 9.48!
Shakhawat scored 77* and Prasanna 67*.

It has to be said that this was our best effort in the field so far. There was plenty of chatter and energy. Fielders were sharp. It was the bowling and fielding that set up the game in our favour and the way both openers batted was encouraging to say the least.

This is the first win in the league for our club and we are proud of it!

P.S.: We thank Jai Ramamurthy for selflessly offering his car.