On Monday 23rd July – thanks to the organisation skills of Mike Adams and his many valued contacts – the Club was seen as its very best as it hosted a T20 friendly between a St Cross Symondians Invitation XI and the Nepal National Team.
Currently in the UK for a triangular tournament with the Netherlands and the MCC the Nepal team, recently achieving ODI status, were looking for competitive practice – and they got it!
The number of people involved in making the evening happen was enormous and thanks go to everyone who made the Club feel very special in front of a huge audience (read on).
Jimmy Adams launched an early onslaught against the Nepalese pacemen with one memorable, monster pick-up backward of square leg 6, but it calmed down after Nepal introduced their spinners, including 17 year-old IPL player, Sandeep Lamichhane. Jimmy kept going, accompanied by Felix Organ. Both fell before the 20 overs were up – Adams for 72 and Organ for 39. It was then left to the middle order to take the score to 168 for 6 – a par score at best on the fast St Cross outfield.
Indeed Nepal started very brightly and were well ahead of the rate before Josh Merluk forced an error out of the dangerous Subash Khakurel with his first ball. The other opener Anil Kumar Sah continued to battle and would eventually pass his 50, but again, spin cooled the batting temperature, with off spinner Organ completing a fine match with three wickets and Harry Trussler with two. Nepal looked unlikely to overhaul the St Cross score from about five overs out, the loss of wickets ultimately were their undoing, and they were unable to find the boundary sufficiently to mount a serious late challenge, finishing on 149 for 8.
However… At the suggestion of the Nepal management, the game was live streamed through our Facebook page and onwards onto Youtube (don’t ask me how please). We now understand why this was requested. Football used to be the main sport in Nepal, but recently cricket has taken over and is a national sporting obsession. As a result, the following data was received back – thanks to Jamie Aldridge and Matt Howarth (excellent commentary)
We received 192,398 views on Facebook live from the match.
We gained 3,471 likes to the St Cross FB page in the past 48 hrs (we had only 330 likes
before then up to Sunday evening)
We received 344,725 posts from the match.