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                        Games Played: 22       Won: 9            Lost: 7             Drawn: 6

2013 was another very active cricket season here in Oporto with 11 visiting teams from England, the Kendall Cup held in Oporto and the new annual addition of the President's XI. The touring sides included new visits from two teams, the Geneva Sri Lankans CC and the Totteridge Milhillians CC, and the rest are old friends such as the Wine Trade CC and Law Society CC, which proves that Cricket in Oporto is somewhat special with certain visiting sides returning for more than 10 years consecutively.

There were a few new additions to the Club squad last year who made valuable contributions in both the bowling and batting departments, which helped the team record more wins than losses which is an improvement over the past few years! It was great to see a growing interest from many players, both old and new, with a selection having to be made from a list of players for most weekends. We hope that this trend continues for the upcoming season.

The season got off to 'rusty' start after the eight month break, with the Club losing their first three games and lacking considerably in the batting department, being bowled out for under 110 in all the respective games. Order was however quickly restored, and the bowl, bat, field and Port combination was re-aligned, with the Club recording 8 consecutive victories.

There were many notable match winning performances throughout the season in all departments, some of those being, BATTING : - J.Radford (51,52,75), P.Sher (62,53,57), A.Chambers (68,55,51,112), P.Rajani (101,51), J.Rogerson (111), A.Farook (66), G.Stotesbury (67,73)

BOWLING : - J.Radford (5-24), M.Rajani (3-44), A.Chambers (4-54), M.Weeks (5-56), P.Rajani (4-55), G.Stotesbury (3-29), H.Rajani (3-19).

The Kendall Cup 2013

The 152nd fixture of the Kendall Cup took place in July at Oporto with the Club putting foward another youthful side.

Porto lost the toss and were put into bat by the visitors. The Club started off well seeing off the first 15 overs, however then lost the wickets of Sanath and Jeremy in quick succession, with the Club 39 for 2. Usman came to the  crease and batted well alongside James Graham putting on a fifty run partnership before being dismissed just before lunch with the score 90 for 3.

After lunch James lost his wicket early, and the two Rajani's, Hinay and Premal were at the crease. Batting aggressively they put on a 70 run partnership when Premal was dismissed and the score was at 156 for 5. There were a few more runs put on the board and Oporto were all out for 185.

Lisbon commenced their innings and got off to a flying start scoring their first 50 runs in 8 overs. The 'first, and second blood' was then drawn in consecutive balls with the visitors 60 for 2. Some aggressive bowling and flawless fielding put pressure on the visitors with wickets falling at regular intervals and stumps for the first day were called with the visitors on 129 for 8.

The next morning Oporto's intentions for a result were evident by bowling a good pace and dismissing the visitors for no addional runs being and all out for 129.

The Club’s innings started off slowly losing 3 quick wickets and they had us on the back foot, until Usman came to the crease and countered the Lisbon bowling attack playing aggressive strokes and reaching his century just after lunch. With a view to leaving enough time to dismiss the Lisbon side and obtain a result we declared on 197 for 6, setting a target of 253 for the visitors with approximately 40 overs left in the day’s play.

We started off well dismissing the top three batsmen within 15 overs and kept the runs down to eliminate a loss scenario. Hinay Rajani bowled very tight lines picking up 2 wickets in his first over alongside Vikram who took two wickets also. With approximately 10 overs left in the day and the score at 95 for 6, we rotated all our bowlers in search of the remaining 4 wickets. The last few overs made for a thrilling ending with Lisbon managing to block out the Porto attack and stumps called with the score on 106 for 9 and the result a draw.

We hope to improve on this result next year when we head down to Lisbon for the fixture.

It was a successful season for the Club with all the fixtures resulting in good games of cricket and some very enjoyable weekends. Congratulations to Anthony Chambers on winning the highest batting average and also to Jeremy Radford for the best bowling average. A special mention must go to John Rogerson who seems to have broken various records in cricketing history scoring 111 runs in just 48 balls! Well done John. And also thanks to Simon Dixon who played every game for the Club as wicket keeper and took 25 catches throughout the season.

There is always a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for cricket in Porto with hosting visitors and arranging fixtures, and on behalf of all the cricketers we would like to extend our thanks to Mukesh Rajani, who has organised the season’s fixtures, the Executive Commitee for their support, Mr. Ricardo Fernandes our Club Manager and all the staff members who provide excellent service during the match days, and also to all the Port Houses who generously donate fine Port for the cricket lunches and dinners throughout the season.

We have a full line-up of fixtures for 2014 and we wish the team and all the players the very best of luck for the coming season. Those of you who wish to play cricket this year please contact Mukesh Rajani by email (juntra.lda@mail.telepac.pt). Even if you don't play cricket, it's always nice to come and support the team and we encourage anyone who wishes to attend the cricket dinners to join and meet some new faces.

 Premal Rajani & Jeremy Moor-Radford

Cricket Captains

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