BBC Taught a Lesson by GU Staff
Posted by Jack McGill Tue, 3 May 2011 0649:50 BST
Last week's league opener was as tight as any of the pre-season friendlies, a situation that seems certain to repeat itself throughout the season.
GU Staff prevailed with two balls to play and the BBC might rue a number of missed chances to close out the game.
Ewan Crawford and Peter Mellis had set the BBC on course for a fantastic total, adding to the skipper's 12, with a century partnership. Both were in the form of their life, Crawford scoring an impressive 75no off 69 balls, and the partnership could have been bigger had a mix up after an overthrow not resulted in Mellis being run out on 34.
Rougvie and McGill continued their wretched form with the bat before Tom Cara bludgeoned the remaining runs to set a defendable total of 143-4.
As was the problem for much of last season, however, the BBC were not blessed with any of their pace bowlers and it was left to McGill and Hines to open the bowling backed up by a chastening spell for Ewan Crawford.
12 from the first over, set the tone, but McGill and Hines both had their rewards in the opening wickets of skipper Bell and Kashif.
Bharat Balani continued a rich vein of wicket-taking, thanks in part to a superb catch by Ewan Crawford, and even grandad Mellis chipped in with two tight overs that kept the game very much alive.
Ultimately, a lack of depth in the bowling did for the BBC and as always GU Staff looked to Gourav Shinde to haul them back into it. His calm 48 and well-run partnership with Siri was enough to clinch victory.
GU Win by 5 wickets
MotM: Ewan Crawford