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Periscope of prosperity pops up against Helensburgh


 

The Herculean effort in the previous match against Glasgow University was always going to be difficult to follow. But there was an air of optimism around Titwood as the two teams warmed up. Both teams knew they were capable of winning.

Helensburgh showed that they meant business from the start, and demonstrated that they were a side used to scoring runs. Opening batsman Arachchi was Helensburgh’s highest scorer amassing 73 runs before being run out. Pendle, who scored 43 runs off 23 balls, would surely have gone on to an equally impressive score had it not been for the magisterial catch by David Blane which sent him back to the pavilion.

It was a difficult evening for the BBC’s bowlers, but newcomers Thomas Jose and Paul Tucker, proved that there is much to look forward to from both of them. They certainly earned respect from the Helensburgh batsmen.

BBC Scotland found themselves having to beat 173 runs to win the game. But they had done it before. Could they do it again?

Holmes and Mellis fired the opening salvos proving that the BBC were not going to be sunk without trace. Both were bowled by the scarily efficient W Muller, scoring 30 and 25 respectively. It was Lord Blane who struck the Helensburgh side amidships, and when he was run out for 59, victory was still a possibility. But some very tight bowling from Helensburgh meant that the BBC’s powder was now damp, and despite an excellent resurgence from Collins and Tucker, there was to be no repeat of the previous week’s upset.

Despite the loss, however, the BBC side held their heads high. They had fought valiantly against a strong opposition, and have shown that they can score runs as well as any side. This is a team that is sure to prosper as the summer continues.




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