Sun 18 April Radlett Lost by 4 wkts
We 177/10 in 34.3 overs (Amit Shanker 47, Bernard van Vuuren 34, Tabrez Khan 23, Jai Singh 21, Navjot Sidhu 3/3, Rafsan Zaman 2/20)
They 181/6 in 22.4 overs (Animul Shihan 50 retd, Buddhika Wickramasingha 38, Tim Fielden 22*, Amit Shanker 2/23)
On a chilly yet clear day Preetinder Singh skippering KCC for the first time won the toss and elected to bat in this 40 overs game. Jai Singh and Amit Shanker gave us a flying start putting on 55 runs in 10 overs until Jai was trapped in front of the wicket for 21. Stefanos Nayar strode to the crease purposefully but was quickly out caught smartly in the slips. Enter new recruit Rakteem Katakey who immediately showed promise hitting a lovely six over long on. Amit meanwhile went along his merry way, playing some excellent shots and taking advantage of the short boundary, punishing the not very many loose deliveries offered. Amit was eventually out LBW to the left arm spinner just short of his fifty (90/3 after 19).
We started our attack indifferently both Wajid Tahir and Alex Tharakan looking decidedly cold and rusty. Alex, in particular, struggled with his line conceding several wides. However, in his third over he picked up a wicket; a sensational left-handed catch low down at slip showed that Jai Singh has an unbelievable pair of hands. That was probably the highlight of the KCC fielding effort and was a catch of the season so far – if there are any better, they would have to be pretty special! Next over Amit Shanker replacing Wajid struck twice, and Radlett were 42/3.
All in all, a chastening experience but it was the first game and essential to blow the winter cobwebs out from our stiff bodies.