The Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) have played two matches on the road and have been back in the practice nets as they look to get back to playing competitively in their 10th season.
With all of the playing members now vaccinated the club started practice nets at Newton’s Law of Fitness in early May allowing many of the members the opportunity to shake off the cobwebs after over 18 months without cricket. Nets sessions continue on a weekly basis every Tuesday from 7pm.
The clubs first competitive match was on the road against old rival Marin Cricket Club where the NVCC played against their Social team on Saturday May 22. It was the first of three matches scheduled for 2021 between the clubs with NVCC running out easy winners. With Club Captain Brendan Helme unavailable due to the birth the evening before of his daughter NVCC were captained on the day by New Zealander Bernie Peacock who marshalled the team well in their first outing of 2021.
Having lost the toss NVCC were asked to bowl first and Peacock threw the ball to Adersh Maqsood to open the bowling. Maqsood repaid Peacock’s confidence by taking a wicket with his second ball, and another one in his third over. The second of Maqsood’s wickets brought Marinn CC Chairman, Nick Lynam, to the crease and Lynam was in no mood for giving up his wicket. He ultimately put on 68 runs off 91 balls playing a calm and steady innings while at the other end Marin CC batsmen came and went in a steady procession.
Pick of the bowlers for NVCC were Karan Grewal and Andrew Healy. Grewal took 4 wickets for 19 runs off 8 overs including 3 maiden overs while Healy took 3 wickets for 28 runs from the 5 overs that he bowled. Remarkably both of these bowlers were on hat-trick balls with neither able to convert and take that most coveted of accolades for a bowler. Marin CC ended up all out for 145 runs thanks to an excellent fielding performance with NVCC taking lots of their catches with Jake Radloff and Nick Martin in particular showing safe pairs of hands.
With the bat Maqsood laid a solid foundation for the chase retiring with 50 on the scoreboard to allow others to bat. Sorabh Das also contributed a healthy 43 which included eight fours and ultimately NVCC won the match with seven wickets and 13 overs to spare.
Peacock presented the 19 Crimes Man of the Match award to Marin CC’s Lynam for his strong performance with the bat.
“It was great to play a game of cricket after all of the time we’ve had away from the game due to the pandemic” said Peacock after the match “and it was even better to win our first game back! Marin are always great hosts and the annual three-match series against them is always one of the highlights on our calendar.”
Over Memorial Day weekend NVCC traveled to Davis to play the Sri Lanka Lions in a 30 over match at Arroyo Park. With NVCC Club Captain Helme winning the toss he chose to field first given the strong bowling line up at his disposal. His decision paid early dividends with Bernie Peacock taking a wicket in the first over. That was to be all the success that NVCC had early on as the Lions top-order put on a strong batting display. Scores of 31, 35, 64 (not out), and 25 set the Lions up for a solid innings. NVCC’s next wicket came from the very last ball of Peacock’s six-over spell.
Despite some tight spin-bowling from Helme he was unable to take a wicket but he rotated his bowlers regularly and eventually made the breakthrough he was looking for by bowling Grewal and Healy in tandem with each other. After their successful wicket-taking at Piper Park the week before both recorded four-wicket hauls with Grewal again on a hat-trick ball only to miss that and take a wicket with the next ball, for three wickets in four balls. A wicket on his NVCC debut for Jamaican-born Dayne Buddo lifted the NVCC spirits and they ended up wrapping up the Lion’s tail with 189 runs on the board.
“The fast outfield here at Arroyo Park didn’t help us with our bowling” said Helme at the innings break “as the Lions batsmen took full advantage of any loose, or full, balls that we bowled. That being said I think we stuck to our task well as a bowling unit and Karan and Heals did a great job taking wickets late on to slow their run rate and keep them to under 200 runs.”
NVCC started brightly in the chase with Abhijit “Doc” Adhye and Buddo opening the batting. After a solid 13 off 14 balls Adhye fell to a rash shot which brought Vinay Madavan to the middle. Madavan played a solid and watchful innings amassing 22 runs off 50 balls, with 39 of those dot balls. Buddo eventually fell for a solid 25 runs and despite a storing effort from Grewal with the bat (32 runs off 25 balls) NVCC were always behind the required run rate and were eventually all out for 156 with the Lions winning by 33 runs.
After the match Helme presented the 19 Crimes Man of the Match award to Sri Lanka Lion’s Chamin for his strong performance with the bat.
Sunday 13th June, 2021 – NVCC travel to Larkspur to play Marin CC in the second match of their annual three-match series. The match starts at 10:45am at Piper Park.
Saturday 29th May, 2021 – Sri Lanka Lions v Napa Valley CC at Arroyo Park, Davis
Sri Lanka Lions (189 ao) beat Napa Valley CC (156 ao) by 33 runs. (30 over game / 12 batting)
NVCC Batting – Karan Grewal 32 runs off 25 balls (5 x 4), Dayne Buddo 25 off 21 (4 x 4), Vinay Madavan 22 off 50 (2 x 4).
NVCC Bowling – Karan Grewal 4 wickets for 10 runs off 6 overs including 1 maiden, Andrew Healy 4 for 55 off 5.5, Bernie Peacock 2 for 20 off 6 incl 1, Dayne Buddo 1 for 35 off 4.
Saturday 22nd May, 2021 – Marin CC Socials v Napa Valley CC at Piper Park, Larkspur
Marin CC Socials (145 ao) lost to Napa Valley CC (148/5) by 7 wickets. (40 over game / 13 batting)
NVCC Batting – Adersh Maqsood 50 runs retired off 46 balls (3 x 4, 2 x 6), Sorabh Das 43 off 34 (8 x 4), Jake Radloff 14 not out off 12 (1 x 6).
NVCC Bowling – Karan Grewal 4 wickets for 19 runs off 8 overs including 3 maidens, Andrew Healy 3 for 28 off 5, Adersh Maqsood 2 for 14 off 5.