Back-to-back defeats as Beeb crash out of Greenwood Cup

Two defeats in a week for the BBC have been blamed on poor batting. The top order in the league fixture away to GHK and the Greenwood Cup 2nd Round tie at home to Cavaliers failed to provide any foundation for building challenging totals and their failure was at the heart of two heavy defeats for the BBC team.

Discounting extras, the BBC has yet to break 85 actual runs in any of their T20 matches this season, an alarming statistic and one that requires quick remedy.

GHK: 132-3
BBC: 91

GHK wins by 41 runs

At GHK, the partnership of Alex Leithead and Jack McGill - batting 7 & 9 - was the only bright spot in a murky, drizzle-soaked batting innings for the BBC that saw their chances of a successful runs chase effectively vanish as early as the 10th over, with the quick loss of all six top order batsmen.

Despite the appalling - almost dangerous - playing conditions, however, the fielders stuck to their task and Seth Edwards (26-2) and David Blane (29-1) can both be reasonably happy with their bowling spells. That only one wide and one no ball was conceded in such slippy conditions speaks volumes for their concentration.

BBC: 114-8
Cavaliers 115-1

Cavaliers win by 9 wickets

This week's cup tie at Titwood against local rivals, Clydesdale Cavaliers, ended with a disappointing nine wicket defeat, despite a strong BBC line-up.

Familiar batting problems were at the fore with the team making a tortuously slow start and losing cheap wickets as the pressure built. David Holmes "anchored" the innings, but Ewan Crawford and Jack McGill both holed out to mid-off with the same weak and badly timed shot, while David Blane top-edged for the second time in as many innings against Clydesdale, and Julian Dismore was beaten for pace by a formidable Billy Pirzada.

Of the bowling quintet that included David Blane, Jack McGill and Bharat Balani, only Seth Edwards and Michael Hines came close to producing satisfactory form. In truth the quality of Tariq and Calum Lindsay, Clydesdale opening batsmen, was too much for the BBC, although quite clearly the batsmen could have played their part in giving the bowlers a bigger total to defend.

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