WCC stretched their unbeaten run to five games in a row with an impressive victory over host team Cossonay on Sunday morning. Several players performed well in this match after getting their early morning alarm call for the long drive to the Romandie. Star of the show was team quiet man Muhammed Waqar , who let his actions do the talking hitting a quickfire fifty and then taking a hat trick with the ball as WCC won an exciting match, although with hindsight, one less dramatic than the second match of the afternoon.
Batting first, WCC lost Sanjeev and Prafall early on against the new ball as the Cossonay opening bowlers got the new ball in the right areas. The sun glasses clad ex WCC dibbly dobbly opening bowler Vaidhav Singh was particularly hard to get away as he varied his pace well between slow and quite slow. Waqar joined Pip in the middle and saw off the opening pair before gaining more confidence in the mid morning sun. Pip continued his form from the previous week, finding the boundary and turning the strike over to Waqar who started cut loose on the change bowlers. Whilst they say that fortune favours the brave, Waqar can be lucky that Cossonay new boy, and former WCC dibbly dobbly pacemen, Vaibhav Singh had exported some WCC catching drills into the Cossonay team, with Waqar being dropped twice before he reached double figures, leading a one wag on the boundary to comment that Cossonay's fielders had "done a Hasta".
As Waqar got into his stride, it was clear that the ground was not big enough as three consecutive square cuts were flashed away for six over cover point. Waq eventually skied a catch in the middle overs but his brutal 59 off 27 balls including 7 sixes and 3 fours and had put WCC in a great position.
As the final overs approached, Pip holed out at long off for 36 to bring together Raj Singh and Nasir who continued to find the boundary to the end, Raj hitting 23 off 16 balls and Nasir 19 off 12 to leave WCC with a strong total of 156-6 after 20 overs.
In response, Nasir set the rone in the field with an aggressive first over which had a chance put down at slip second ball and which finished by comprehensively yorking the Cossonay opener for 1. A few tight overs from Nasir and Sanjeev followed which put the required run rate up into double figures meant the home team had to go for their shots more than usual.
Several balls went in the air as the batsman took risks and WCC held onto their chances bringing wickets to Nasir, Ashgar and Pip with catches from Raghu, Raj and a great one handed diving grab by Prafall behind the stumps backing up the bowlers.
The final word went to Waqar in the 18th over, where a clean bowled and a first ball slogged to long on where Nasir took a well judged running catch set up the chance of a hat trick. Turning down his bowler's plea for three slips, two gullies and a short leg, skipper Raj held his nerve and kept the same field. A short ball from Waqar was top edged towards backward point where Raj had placed himself.
As the ball came out of the sun, Raj shielded his eyes, ran around in a circle, circus style, almost fell over but importantly stuck out a hand at the right moment into which the ball stuck as he swallow dived to the grass. Hardly prima ballerina stuff and probably 3.5 for artistic impression from the pitch side jury but in any case Waqar had his hat trick.
Cossonay's innings ended at 115 for 9 after 20 overs to leave WCC winners by 41 runs. Both sides contributed to an exciting and sporting contest played in a good atmosphere with all agreed that quiet man Waqar's performance shouted loudest on the day.