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MATCH REPORT: BBC Dissects Biologists


BBC CC recorded a comfortable 22-run win in their season opener at Garscube, v. The Biologists.

There were three debutants on show and skipper, David Holmes, gave each an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.

Jimmy Quigley had exhibited a swashbuckling batting style during winter training and although that did not quite translate to the pitch, thanks to some tight bowling from Paul Tucker, there was enough in his 13 to suggest that time at the crease is all that's needed to get the best out of him.

David Henderson's three-over spell of 1-8 exceeded already high expectations, and if Matt Walmsley can eradicate from his game a mountain of extras , he should prove an asset.

It was, as ever, the skipper who led by example. His 30 (retired) from 22 balls set the bar for the rest of the team. It was, however, a rallying cry that slightly petered out. Crawford couldn't wait to have a swing and Mellis, having just watched his skipper annihilate Nayam in his previous over, attempted to do likewise and was promptly bowled.

Tom Cara, elevated to five, played some fine shots on his way to ten, and David Henderson looked in good touch until he was stumped.

The total of 105-6 (16o) was a vast improvement on the same time last year, but its respectability owed much to the 20 extras.

In near pitch-black conditions, the Biologists made a shaky start losing their openers to a run-out and a deceptive ball from Michael Hines. It was to prove a frustrating day for Hines who struggled to find his line. Walmsley too, from the other end, was splaying the ball in all directions, but it's notable that very few runs were scored in his two overs despite the plethora of extras.

With Holmes behind the stumps, Jack McGill (1-13) was in the bowling attack and with just the second ball, Darren Creek dollied up to Quigley at cover, who took a safe catch. It was a suffocating spell for the Biologists, with David Henderson, who took an excellent catch off his own bowling, tying them up from the other end. A great run out from Peter Mellis and another from Ani Vaidya set the BBC on course for victory.

The run-rate had dried up by the time the Mumbai magicians took the ball. It was now almost impossible to see the ball, but it was as tough for the fielders as it was for the batsmen, and McGill's catch at slip brought the first of four wickets for Ani Vaidya (4-2) as he mopped up the tail end. Biologists all out for 83.

It was a positive start, but this team knows tougher things await in Division 1.

BBC: 105-6
Biologists: 83

BBC win by 22 runs
MotM: Ani Vaidya




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