After the victory against Eindhoven C.C. last week Olympia had the tough task to go to Punjab in Rotterdam and get 2 points. The race against Eindhoven for 3rd place in the competition is tense and both teams cannot afford to spil any points.
Fonzie as captain (2 tosses and two wins) had a simple message to all the players: enjoy yourself, and that is what Olympia did. The openers bowled tight (Silva and M. Khan) and runs were not easily scored and so read the scoreboard after 20 overs. 65 for 4 and Reno, the outstanding bowler, with 3 wickets.
But with wickets in hand Olympia knew they had to bowl tight and with the substitutes it was important to rotate the parttime bowlers. So Fred & Fred(erik) shared a few overs between them.
In the end Punjab made 189 in their 40 overs, because of the wickets in hand and a few sloppy moments from Olympia in the field.
At the start of the batting innings the message was simple from the captain: bat 40 overs and we win the game. A clear message got a clear result. Frederik (20) and Mohsin (26) made a good start in which Frederik started of scoring at a decent rate (to everybody's surprise), and when Frederik fell in the 10th over the score read 40. Niels became the victim of a caught and bowled so a collapse was possible but Fred H (19) and Mohsin lifted he score to 83/3 after 19 overs. Robert M fell for 2 in the process.. When Fred H and Mohsin got out, Silva (27) and Alfonzo (53) got together and batted sensible in the beginning by rotating the strike and punishing the bad balls. In the 37th over Fonzie finished the game with a florish of boundaries which lifted his score to 53 and by that became leading run scorer for Olympia thus far. Silva continued his good form from the T20 game. A fun fact was that both batsmen we're caught of no-balls: (un)intentional?
Another solid team victory for Olympia and thanks to all the subtitutes!
The race for 3rd place and maybe 2nd is still on (because Eindhoven won against VOC).
This thursday the Olympian T20 squad heads out to VCC (Voorburg). Game starts at 19.00. We gather around 18.00 at Olympia.
Next Sunday Olympia 2 play the home game against SON CC which promises to be a good and close game!