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BBC finish runners-up at Weirs in Bill Greenwood Sixes


An heroic effort at Albert Park, though less about the cricket played and more about just getting a team out and keeping a semblance of it intact, as an entertaining day of drink, sledging and the occasional bit of cricket trailed long, long into the evening.

The day couldn't have started worse with Beeb all-rounder Matt Walmsley customarily mixing up his weekends and missing the tournament completely. The start of the day's play was then delayed by over and hour as cricketers from across the city fought through the throng of unfit Glaswegians puffing and panting their way round The Great Scottish Run.

Clydesdale's Johnny MacKay stepped in at the last minute to cover for the errant Walmsley, with Jack McGill skippering a team than included David Holmes, Michael Hines, Kamran Butt and an inebriated and broken-fingered, Peter Mellis.

The format was a simple five-team league, with each team playing four matches of five-over innings. As the booze began to take its toll on the overs rate, however, it became clear that Kamran and Johnny would have to take their leave only half way through the matches.

Kamran had opened the tournament against Weirs Juniors with a belting 60, which remained the highest individual innings of the day, from any team. Michael opened with a golden duck.

Having then comfortably seen off The Asian Babes - a misnomer in more ways than one - BBC were two from two.

The crunch match was the third game against Weirs, in which Johnny MacKay threw a massive hissy fit after being given out, caught on the boundary. To most observers it had seemed that the Weirs skipper was several yards over the boundary when he caught the ball, but despite Johnny's reluctance to leave the field, the decision stood.

His shortlived innings had followed Jack's laughable first-ball dismissal to a rank full toss, and the remainder of the innings, in which now the Beeb included a twelve-year old ringer, ended in much the same vein.

Ewan Crawford, who had turned up to spectate for an hour, was press-ganged into service as a bowler, but Weirs comfortably made their target of 41.

In the final match, against the Weirs OAPs, a good bowling performance set the Beeb a target of 51 to secure the runners-up spot and Holmesy (26) and McGill (22) made sure of it.

With Kamran's form with ball and bat a good omen for next season, a couple of wickets apiece for McGill and Hines and good catches also from MacKay and McGill, the season ended with a little something to cheer, even if it did take a little longer than expected to get there.

Thanks to Weirs for the invitation and organising the day.




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