Clyde sinks without trace*

Wednesday's league fixture at home to Clyde was cancelled after the opposition failed to raise a team. Clyde, who's membership has fallen significantly this season, has now conceded their first three competitive fixtures.

In place of the league fixture and not wanting to waste a beautiful evening, the BBC players paired off for a thoroughly enjoyable Pairs Challenge.

Each pair had four overs to score as many runs as possible with everyone else fielding and four runs deducted for every wicket lost.

After a robust playground selection process, the pairs were as follows:

Steven McGuigan & Zohaib Ali
Alex Leithead & Jesse Godolphin
Michael Hines & Tom Cara
Jack McGill & Martin di Paola
David Blane & Danny Rawling
Alan Lawson & Mark Williams

Steven & Ali set an early benchmark of 33 runs, despite Ali top-edging to McGill off the bowling of Michael Hines, which proved too much for Alex & Jesse who lost two wickets to the bowling of David Blane and Zohaib Ali on their way to paltry 18.

Michael & Tom provided enormous entertainment and found themselves 1-1 after a keystone cops run-out executed by Mark Williams. They recovered in frantic fashion, but with no shortage of powerful shots, including an off drive from Michael that almost cleared the cover boundary. Their march, however, was halted by another wicket when Michael chopped onto his stumps off Alan Lawson's bowling. Yes, Alan Lawson's bowling.

Tom took the gloves for the remainder of the evening as Jack & Martin went into bat and unspectacularly prodded and nudged their way to 35 without loss - the only pair not to concede a wicket.

The glamour partnership was David & Danny who had both also bowled well; and although David was trapped LBW by McGill early on in their innings, they soon recovered with some big boundaries, topped off with Danny Rawling's majestic off-drive through extra cover that was surely the shot of the evening. They finished on 43.

Mark Williams, who scored a half century for Clydesdale this week, was gunning for David & Danny's target, but mistimed several chance to score legside boundaries and instead had to watch as Alan, at the other end, was agonisingly run out by David Blane and then succumbed to a McGill long-hop that he popped up right back at the grateful bowler for a simple catch. The two wickets were too costly from which to recover and Mark & Alan finished on 24.

Winners: David & Danny - 43
Runners-up: Jack & Martin - 35

And a good time had by all.


*headline courtesy of John "Crusher" McCrossan

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