Mississauga Dolphins make club history playing in their first game in the Elite Division for the first time. With a young squad going into the game the president of the club Adeel Ahmed had to say, “The team is young and talented and we are confident going into this game, Yorkshire is a very talented team and this will be a tough game but the playing XI will need to give it their all in order to come out with a win.”
With the blessings from the president of the club, skipper Armaan Kapoor going in with confidence had won the toss and chose to bat first. With openers Shahroz Shah and Dhruv Patel, Dolphins looked to score north of 200 but unfortunately with an early collapse fell short of their goal. With early wickets falling and a slow start of just 19 runs off the first 10 overs, Dolphins were in trouble.
With wickets falling, Taha Ali looked promising staying at the crease a little longer taking some of the pressure off the next batsmen where Jaiveer Chauhan and Araf Shahid looked to have a steady partnership before Jaiveer’s departure. Viren Patel making his Dolphins debut, looked to stay in the crease scoring 10 runs in a 25 run partnership between him and Araf Shahid. With another collapse in the lower order, Dolphins were all out for 101 in 40 overs.
Playing in the Elite Division, Dolphins knew that this was an unacceptable total and that the game from their on was going to be very tough. Very tough it was as the Dolphins started the next inning off with conceding a six from the very first ball where it was all down hill from there. The player moral was down as you could here a pin drop in the first 5 overs.
With 2 crucial catch drops by 2 proven players, it made things worse as the playing XI played as if the game was already lost within the first 5 overs. The Yorkshire batsmen continued to pounce off the freebie full tosses for boundaries which helped closer to the target. Jaiveer Chauhan finally came through in his first over picking up the first Dolphins wicket in the game but it was too little too late as Yorkshire had a 92 run opening partnership. with 10 more runs needed, Yorkshire need 9 more balls to finish that feat winning the game by 9 wickets, their final score being 105/1 in 11 overs.
An early wake up call is what the Dolphins needed and they got just that. Its good to make early mistakes and learn them early on moving forward in the season as the Dolphins look forward to bounce back next Saturday against the Mississauga Ramblers at Maple Leaf Cricket Grounds at 12:30pm.