The first home outing of 2018 proved to be more fruitful for the Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) that their previous four road matches. A mix of senior club members and new faces saw off the challenge of the San Francisco Seals under the captaincy of Australian Brendan Helme.
The omens were good for Helme when he won the toss – the first time NVCC have won it in 2018 – and had no hesitation in asking the Seals to bat. Helme had a formidable bowling attack at his disposal and he was determined to make use of it.
An early breakthrough for NVCC for Martin Mackenzie with Leigh Ritchie talking a sharp catch saw the Seals one down with only three runs on the board. Three balls after that the second wicket fell to Sorabh Das. This brought Seals opener, Brad Busch, and Gwynn Hoskins together and the pair added a substantial 33 runs for the third wicket and dragged the Seals back into the match after the loss of the early wickets. In the ninth over, while just about to up the run rate, Busch was out to a stunning caught and bowled by the New Zealand born left-arm medium pacer. Tim Mills. Sukhvirsra Singh (23 runs off 24 balls) (NVCC player but subbing in for the Seals due to short numbers) joined Hoskins and continued to help the Seals put on runs. Once both Hoskins and Singh had lost their wickets, to Mills lbw (leg-before-wicket) and bowled by Das respectably, it was a quick finish to the Seals innings as the tail-enders came and went without making any impact. The Seals ended up with 95 runs off only 24.4 of their 35 alloted overs.
Mills bowled superbly and ended up with four of the Seals wickets while Helme did his best to get Mills his “5-for” as he was the only NVCC bowler to bowl his full allocation of seven overs
After an early lunch NVCC took up the chase with Australian Pete Carson and South African Adriaan Foot opening the batting. Carson stuck around to score eight off 23 balls while Foot was gone quickly on his second ball, having scored a four on his first ball! The middle order fired for the NVCC with double-figure contributions from NVCC top-scorer Sarabjit Singh (19 runs off 12 balls), Harjit Singh (14 off 22), Martin Mackenzie (10 off 36), and Das (12 off 18). NVCC wrapped up the chase after just 22 overs with 99 runs on the board and so secured their first victory in five attempts in 2018.
After the match the Clos du Val Man of the Match award was presented by Helme to SF Seals Gywnn Hoskins for his excellent contribution to the match with both bat – 16 off 20 – ball – 2 for 13 off 4 – and in the field with two catches.
“It was great to get a win here today at our first match of 2018 at the Napa Valley Expo” said captain Helme “and I thought Timmy [Mills] had a great match with the ball. It was good to see Sarabjit and Das contribute too and as new members to the club all three of them made a positive impact today. And playing at the Expo was just great as we had a lot of family and friends join us for our home season opener so that atmosphere, combined with a pretty comprehensive win, made for a good day out for all.”
Sunday 10th June, 2018 – Napa Valley CC v SF Seals at Midway Green, Napa Valley Expo –
Napa Valley CC 99 for 7 beat SF Seals 95 all out by 3 wickets. (35 over game / 11 batting)
Napa Valley CC Batting – Sarabjit Singh 19 runs off 12 balls (2 x 4, 1 x 6), Harjit Singh 14 off 22 (2 x 4), Sorabh Das 12 off 18 (2 x 4).
Napa Valley CC Bowling – Tim Mills 4 wickets for 32 runs off 6 overs, Sorabh Das 3 for 23 off 7, Brendan Helme 1 for 3 off 3.4 incl. 2 maidens.
Saturday 14th June, 2018 – NVCC host the Marin CC Socials on the Midway Green at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa from 10:30am.