Victoria Imperious at Titwood

BBC Scotland fell to their heaviest defeat on Wednesday at Titwood against defending champions, Victoria.

Despite the BBC's competent early bowling, Victoria initially found runs easy to come by and an opening partnership of over 70, ensured that the BBC's challenge was always going to be an uphill one.

The partnership was eventually broken by returning bowler, Toby Stevens, whose first over had seen the ball disappear out of the ground onto Kirkcaldy Road. Once he had shaken off the pre-season rust, however, the old form returned and he took a second wicket, LBW, soon after.

There was an important wicket too for Bharat Balani, who continued his good run of form, Colin Moffat taking an excellent catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary, to remove Victoria's chief runs-scorer.

Despite two drops, the fielding and bowling in the second half of the innings was exemplary and from a position of 94 from 9 overs, Victoria finished on just 158.

As it transpired, Victoria's bowling was almost as good as their batting. David Holmes, playing the scoreboard instead of the ball, was bowled first over for 0, while Peter Mellis was run out for the second consecutive match, admittedly victim of a tremendous direct-hit from extra cover.

Ewan Crawford struggled to find the rhythm that he demonstrated so fluently last week. Tom Cara and Jack McGill forged a brief singles partnership, but both were needlessly out, Tom cross-batting a full straight delivery and Jack bottom edging a beamer onto his stumps (clearly a no ball - Ed)

One saving grace in the innings was a flurry of four sixes from Matt Walmsley (27), who continues to impress with the bat, and a superb four from Colin Moffat. It added a modicum of respectability to the BBC's total of 86.

Interviewed after the game, Tom Cara said, "It was disappointing to only bat for 14 overs. There was enough light for the full 20 and we could have scored 86."

Victoria: 158-3
BBC 86 all out

MotM: Colin Moffat (all about the four)

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