MATCH REPORT: BBC drop like flies at Garscube

Glasgow Cup v Biologists, Garscube

Biologists: 142
BBC: 120-7

Biologists win by 22 runs

The BBC Scotland CC is well used to dealing with a variety of injuries, but rarely do so many of them occur in the same match.

Skipper, David Holmes, was an early casualty taking an off drive to the head midway through the first innings and was followed to the treatment table by Kamran Butt, with a sprained ankle, Colin Moffat with a louping finger, and Jack McGill who has yet to shake off the back injury sustained against GU during pre-season.

Such were the extent of the injuries throughout the team that Sunday's friendly at West of Scotland had to be cancelled.

It certainly did nothing for the confidence of the team, as they looked to come back from a heavy defeat in their opening league fixture at Moorcroft, fielding at times with only nine players and batting without their regular opener.

Once again, dropped catches played a significant part in the Beeb's downfall, but the opening trio of batsmen, Peter Mellis, Jack McGill, and Ani Vaidya, will need to take a long heard look at themselves in the mirror after squandering an excellent opportunity to start the Glasgow Cup campaign with a win.

The Biologists opened the batting and Kamran Butt's controlled aggression the the ball put the Beeb firmly on top in the opening stages, aided at the other end by a trio of wickets for newcomer, Zohaib Ali.

Bharat Balani, however, was struggling to find his length and any turn on the Garscube wicket and despite picking up two wickets, conceded a significant number of runs.

Colin Moffat also picked up two wickets and Humphrey Tauro, one, before Kamran Butt returned for the last over and took the last two, to bowl out the Biologists.

Their total of 142 might have flattered them, but with five or six good chances put down in the field, it was little wonder that the Beeb once again found themselves with a mountain to climb.

With the openers failing to deliver, it was Humphrey Tauro (22) and Zohaib Ali (20) who held up the BBC innings with Steven McGuigan (14) and Bharat Balani providing an entertaining cameo at the tail end.

By that late stage, however, the match was beyond the BBC, try as the Biologists might to throw away their lead with some horrendous wides and no balls.

As the team trudged and limped off in the darkness, the concussed skipper was already in A&E and looking at two weeks on the sidelines.

Next week's home tie vs Clyde now takes on huge significance.

MotM: Zohaib Ali

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