|Villa Park lit up Bright Future in another tense encounter; Haris Imtiaz (44 runs & 5 wkts) named MOM|
By Arsalan Ali
After a remarkable performance against Windy City, Villa Park faced desperate Bright Future for their re-scheduled match at Dee Park, a new venue for both teams. Bright Future won the toss and elected to field first. Due to fading natural light and problems with artificial lighting, match was delayed for an hour. Villa Park lost Mujtaba (0) in the first over but Zeyad toyed with Bright Future bowling by dispatching them in all directions leaving the Bright Future fielders mere spectators. Zeyad departed after scoring quick 25 off just 14 balls. Arif Hockla (19) joined Haris (44) and together they displayed the power of VPCC batting by scoring at a breath taking rate. BFCC's captain Arif Mahmood kept getting frustrated and had no clue how to stop the flow of runs. Just when Villa Park were looking at a humungous target, a mix-up resulted in Arif Hockla being run-out. Fawad Agha, leading VPCC run-scorer in 30-30 Day tournament, could not find his touch and was unlucky to pick out the fielder in deep. Haris followed Fawad as he guided a powerful cut straight into the hands of gully fielder. VPCC did not let quick wicket affect their scoring rate at all. Uzair (22) joined Hassan (36*) and they milked Bright Future with ease and authority. Uzair was run-out after taking off for a run that never existed, but Hassan did not let the guard down and was especially severe on Amir as he dispatched him for few humungous sixes leaving Bright Future a mammoth target of 177.
Bright Future started their batting and start swinging wildly aiming the shorter straight boundary. Jameel Vohra (4) was first one to depart when Ahmad Bakhshi (1) had him caught smartly by Uzair behind the stumps. Omer Khan (12) dispatched Haris for a straight six off the edge, but later it turned out he shouldn't have made that mistake. Haris bowled with such rhythm and controlled swing that Bright Future’s top order only wished they didn't have to play his bowling. Haris magnificent spell, well supported by brilliant fielding, fetched him 5 wickets and had such psychological effect on Bright Future that they lost count of their batsmen that went in and became Haris's victim like rookies. Bright Future was reeling at 50/7 when Haris was finally done with his onslaught and had VPCC looking at a huge win. Villa Park took it easy and all of a sudden drop countless catches allowing Bright Future to score some boundaries but Arif Hockla soon put an end to their misery by claiming Haris Syed and Arif Mahmood to leave Bright Future at 130/9 in 17.1 overs and had them staring at a tournament eliminating defeat.
The moment the last batsman walked in the field, the lights were turned off and the game had to be stopped and it saved Bright Future from ultimate humiliation. Villa Park believed they had done enough to ruin Bright Future weekend but their captain, once again, was not satisfied completely and tried to re-schedule the match on the grounds that it was not completed and they did not lose 9 wickets when the lights went out. Villa Park completely understood his concerns as this was not the first time they had to deal with an immature captain and they knew their authoritative display in field can have lasting impact on opposition for an extended period of time. The match was eventually awarded to Villa Park but Bright Future was lucky not to get a big hit on their run-rate. Haris Imtiaz was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant all-round performance.