Beeb rediscovers winning ways

BBC: 134
Torrance: 103-7

BBC wins by 31 runs

Sunday afternoon surprised everyone by being a good deal drier and sunnier than everyone expected. The BBC Scotland cricket team provided equal surprise by winning their 40-over match at home to Torrance by 31 runs.

Torrance Community Cricket Club was founded last year after BBC Radio Scotland's Fred MacAulay and Co. challenged producer Richard Cadey to found a cricket team from scratch, not realising that their BBC Scotland colleagues downstairs had already done it three years prior!

Undeterred, Cadey along with Aussie, Graeme DeBrincat, and a few others set about recruiting in Torrance, a village to the north of Glasgow. This summer sees the club play their first home fixture at Allan Glen's Rugby Club, but it was the BBC's pleasure to host them for their first visit to Titwood.

BBC skipper, David Holmes, lost the toss (again) and Torrance bowled first. If their thinking was that this would provide for a longer game, they clearly hadn't been paying attention to their host's batting performances in recent weeks.

To the encouragement of the home fans, however, David Holmes and Seth Edwards started with an excellent tempo and looked composed in the face of some excellent early bowling, particularly from Torrance's Martin Ferry, whose action and pace were reminiscent of an erstwhile cricketer of this parish, Tony Followell.

Having pushed their partnership beyond 50, both seemed comfortable, but the introduction of the quicker DeBrincat, unsettled the pair and after Holmsey edged to slip, Edwards soon followed with a leading edge that squirted back to the bowler.

The foundation had been laid for a competitive total, but a lack of concentration and poor decision-making did for Tom Cara, Jack McGill, and Michael Hines in quick succession.

At 79-4, the game was firmly in the visitors' hands, but a patient performance from Steve Collins helped see off DeBrincat and steady the ship. At the other end Kamran Butt looked impatient to get runs and could have easily added to his 19. Instead he holed out at cow corner: Herbie Hove took a splendid - if intitially dubious - looking catch.

Danny Rawling, who recently re-joined the Club, provided an entertaining tail-end flourish and had those around him dug in, could well have added to a quick fire 19* that included two fine cuts for four. As it was, a trio of wickets fell in one over as Martin di Paola, Will Cory departed with ducks and Steve Collins eventually succumbed to frustration and was stumped trying to cart John Allan over midwicket.

Colin Moffat - battling what looked like a brain haemorrhage, but was apparently only a bad hangover - was the last wicket to fall, although he and Danny Rawling were on their second leg-bye before the Torrance team remembered to appeal and the lbw decision was given.

The BBC defended their meagre total with much the same - if not more - discipline than Torrance had demonstrated with the ball. There were chances for Danny Rawling and Will Cory to bowl, but the key wickets belonged largely to the usual suspects.

The innings started with a flier as Kamran Butt yorked DeBrincat with the last ball of the first over. It was an early set back for Torrance, but Jimmy Whay and Herbie Hove dug-in against some very accurate bowling from Butt (1-10-5) and Michael Hines (0-27-8).

It took until a timely drinks interval to break the partnership, with Hove edging Colin Moffat (1-17-8) and drawing a fine catch from rookie wicketkeeper Steve Collins. It was just reward for a period of pressure that had also seen Seth Edwards inherit the 'hat of shame' after two drops at slip.

Again, however, Torrance's batsmen looked determined to keep their wicket. The bowling partnership of Seth Edwards (1-3-5) and Jack McGill (2-17-8) tied down the run-rate and a period of several overs of relentless bowling at off-stump, paid dividends when Jimmy Whay finally top-edged McGill with Collins taking another excellent catch; and Edwards enticed Ferry into an uppish shot that popped straight back to the grateful bowler's hands.

What followed was a masterclass in blocking as the new Torrance partnership scored just 6 runs in 8 overs, including a sequence of 23 dot balls. McGill ended the resilience, bowling Andy Shaw, to the relief of almost everyone in the ground. With Matt Cooper keen to swing the bat it was not long before another wicket arrived, this time John Allan run out after brave fielding by Will Cory, Seth Edwards' sharp throw and McGill deflecting the ball onto the stumps.

Definitely a day for the bowlers, but some fine individual performances with the bat will breed confidence ahead of the week's league and cup fixtures.

MOTM (and hat of shame): Seth Edwards

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