MATCH REPORT: BBC couldn't catch a cold

Glasgow Evening League Division 2: Moorcroft v BBC Scotland, Tues 1st May, 2012.

Moorcroft: 164-6
BBC: 93-7

Moorcroft win by 71 runs.

BBC Scotland CC opened their league account in Division 2 with a comprehensive 71 run defeat at Moorcroft, Renfrew.

In a match characterised by appalling catching, there were but a few positives to take from the game.

Moorcroft won the toss and elected to bat and the Beeb bowlers struggled from the outset to contain Renfrew's openers, Colin Moffat making the best of a bad situation with figures of 0-31 from 5 overs.

A change in bowling, however, brought the breakthrough. Bharat Balani had to buy his two wickets, but they were timely as Moorcroft threatened an opening century-partnership. Boney's first wicket was a low, flatter delivery that beat the bat, and his second - a slower, shorter delivery - enticed Pervez (69) into an uppish drive to David Blane at mid-off.

That was one of only two catches taken in the match, among the 1,739,466 chances dropped by eight different players in the BBC team.

The second, however, came off an excellent spell with the ball for Blane (3-36). After a rough first over, Blane found his line and length and when Aslam advanced down the track and missed, McGill, behind the sticks, quickly capitalised on the stumping chance.

It was on the next delivery that McGill, again, exploited a rank delivery and even worse shot to comfortably hold a looping top edge.

The final ball of the over established a new first for the club, a hat-trick, as Blane cut the ball back into the left-handed new batsman, removing his off-stump.

Moorcroft's middle-order had not proved as strong as their openers, but despite another late stumping - this time off the bowling of Alex Leithead, there was still time for a flurry of dropped catches and Renfew finished on 164-6.

The BBC opening batsmen knew that the batting order lacked strength-in-depth, but made an encouraging start against some wayward bowling. By the sixth over, however, the bowlers had found their line and the runs began to dry up.

The skipper, David Holmes, found some long lost form with a number of emphatic cuts that took him to 24, but neither Mellis (12) or Vaidya (14) ever looked entirely comfortable and even before McGill (0) dragged a leg-side ball onto his stumps via his glove and pad, it was clear that the runs chase was far in excess of what was achievable.

David Blane continued his good form, scoring a quick 26, including a magnificent six over the bowler's head, and McGuigan swept his first boundary for the club. Elsewhere, however, there were only ducks in a row for the BBC, who finished on a disappointing 93-7.

Moorcroft won by 71 runs and BBC Scotland will need to show greater resolve all round if they are to avoid similar scorelines, starting with their Glasgow Cup tie later in the week.

MotM: David Blane.

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