CCA faced a strong South Hampstead side in a T20 and 40-over match. The opponents brought in a handful of U-19 boys and a strong bowling attack. CCA U-17 were up for the challenge but ended up losing the two matches. In the end, they lost both matches and ended their tour with a 3-3 record.
In the T20 game against South Hampstead CC, CCA won the toss and elected to field. The opponents brought some boys who were over 17 years old, so this match was an even contest between bat and ball. Wickets fell at regular intervals, some catches were missed and South Hampstead reached a competitive score of 145.
For the hosts, the older boys were able to generate some serious pace and Jamal Ahmed was especially effective. Mohak Buch (pictured right) played some absolutely breathtaking shots: one straight six being a real standout. The remaining boys struggled against the pace and movement and wickets fell at regular intervals. Jamal Ahmed accounted for 6 for 23.
An adventurous last wicket stand (the highest of the innings) between Aravind Patnam and Gaurav Patanker took the chase to a respectable 116.
South Hampstead Cricket Club 146-8 (20 overs), CCA U-17 116-9 (Jamal Ahmed 6-23)
Neil Tagare and Yadunandan Polisetty stuck together and their partnership solidified the chase. After Yadunandan got out, Vibhav Altekar came and continued with positive intent. But just as Vibhav also appeared to be settling down, he edged one to the keeper. After Rohan Khasgiwala and Mihir Athavale fell in quick succession, Neil Tagare got run out for a very well compiled 59.
Akhil Ghirnikar hit a few good shots which found the ropes but it was too little, too late and CCA ended on 191 in the 39th over.
South Hampstead Cricket Club 236-7 (40 overs), CCA U-17 191.