|Energetic Youngsters doomed Villa Park in a low scoring thriller|
| Unbelievable!! Yes, that was the reaction on every face watching as Villa Park saw a game stolen from their hands by the new and as energetic Youngsters. One could?ve easily given up and predicted the result as the game looked one sided until the last hour. However, without losing hope and determination to their strength, Youngsters Cricket club showed why they are a threat to look forward to this season. From a satisfying 70/2, Villa Park seemed right on target chasing an under par score of 115. Zeyad got off to a blazing start, scoring a fifty to aid the opening stand. But that was it, as Saad provided a key breakthrough with the wicket of Harris. It was all downhill for Villa park, as the bowlers made a strong come back and smart bowling changes by Osman lead to an outburst of wickets. Urivsh and Osman produced hostile spells as Villa park found the going tough. Talha then took the game away from the opponents as he produced a gem of a spell. Talha lead the bowling figures with 4 crucial wickets and was very well supported by Urvish, Saad, and Osman to rattle through the green line-up. The fielding from Youngsters exceptional as they inflicted three run outs, two of them from their team?s best fielder Kailash.
Tense feeling and nervous expressions defined a game winning situation for Youngsters. 14 runs to go and 2 wickets in hand. Osman took Youngsters a wicket closer as the game left in sight for either team to take home at 8 runs, last wicket. A run out? Yep, it took the duo of Saad and ever reliable Kailash in the field to end the dramatic turnaround. The Youngsters clinched their first victory this season with a come from behind victory. Fielding was a major factor all day as both sides took some highlight-reel catches. Urvish took two brilliant catches and Kailash?s two run outs were the highlights in the field.
Villa Park faced quickly becoming rivals Youngsters on a beautiful GH1 field on chilly Saturday afternoon. Missing their big guns (Ahmed and Hassan Bakhshi and off course Bashir Iqbal), VPCC decided to test Youngsters batting line-up. That move paid off dividends as VPCC pace attack rattled the nerves of Youngsters batting. Apart of few wides Haris Imtiaz (1) and Fawad Agha (1) kept reigns on usually fluent Urvish Desai (10). But real treat came from unlikely sources; M. Ahmed (1) and Mujtaba Baqir (1) conceding only 12 runs in their 7 overs combined and grabbed 2 crucial wickets. Youngsters middle order was very uncertain against some accurate swing bowling of Furqan (3) and co. Furqan rocked Youngster middle order to snatch 3 quick wickets. Noman (13) and Jigen (23) did provide some resistance to take the score to respectable 114 all-out.
VPCC missing their main stays in batting was still confident of chasing this below par target even against usually tidy bowling and superb fielding team. Zeyad (50) looked in mighty form as he starts dispatching the ball all across the park. Osman did made quick changes to unsettle the run flow and succeeded in capturing few wickets in the middle, but VPCC was still cruising towards the target with over seventy runs made with only 2 wickets lost. Fortune turned in the last hour of the game where some fine bowling combined with brilliant fielding rattled the VPCC middle order, with 3 run outs and some fine catches were taken. Once looking in the driving seat VPCC all of a sudden was shell-shocked when they saw their last man got run out with still 7 runs shy of the target.
It has been one of the most devastating losses to VPCC team after bowling and fielding brilliantly could not finish the game and all credit to Youngster who never gave up found a way to grab victory from the jaws of defeat. Talha Zamir was the man of the match after his 4 wickets hall.