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BBC continue to develop against a mature Clydesdale side


 

There are few occasions in Scotland where the weather and conditions are as perfect for cricket as they were at Titwood for the match between the BBC and the Cydesdale Development XI. The sun shone, it was warm, and the wicket was perfect. All we needed now was a thrilling game of cricket. Nobody was disappointed.

Having won the toss, the BBC elected to bowl. Despite some excellent bowling and a tight fielding performance, it became clear that this was a day for batsmen. Allan and Siddique, opening for Clydesdale, both made it to 49 (it was thought on that ‘Tart’ had made his half century, but a closer inspection of the scorebook after the match showed he was dismissed one run short).

Chances in the field were few, but credit to Lord Blane, ‘Daddy’ McGill, and Steve Collins, who all took catches. There was a chance for a run-out by Blane, but was denied by the square leg umpire who found himself in an unfortunate position where he could not see the stumps. Honourable mention also goes to Tauro and Ali Qayyum who took one and two wickets respectively.

Clydesdale finished on 171-3, so another fine batting performance from the BBC was required.

There were some who feared that the absence of ‘Grandad’ Mellis would have a detrimental effect, but newcomer Thomas Jose stepped into his shoes and scored a magnificent 65. Holmes notched up 37, and it seemed that Lord Blane would be easing his way to another half century when he hit a big six, but sadly got bowled for 27.

A win was mathematically still possible, but despite some big hits from Butt, the bowling was too tight and the BBC ran out of balls, ending their innings just 15 runs short of the target set by Clydesdale.

Although it was the second defeat in a row for the BBC, it was the third match in a row in which the batsmen amassed a total of more than 150. Coupled with a much better performance in the field, the general improvement of the team marches on, and it surely cannot be long before the BBC find their winning ways.




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