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Watch out Grandad, here comes Daddy!


 

After a difficult week with losses to Polloc Panthers in the Greenwood Trophy on Thursday, and to both Torrance and Clydesdale in the Tri-Wizard Tournament on Sunday, the BBC needed a solid performance both to lift team morale, and also to put the improvement seen in recent matches back on track.

Having won the toss, Weirs put the BBC in to bat, with McGill (whose son Michael was watching) and Jose opening. It was an impressive partnership that put more than 60 runs on the board before Jose’s wicket was taken by Weirs’s skipper Chris Smith. A golden duck the following ball for Vaidya (who put in a petition for the use of the snickometer in future matches) and a collapse seemed possible.

But McGill’s batting, buoyed by the presence of his son, was worthy of his self-confidence. Ending the innings on 59 not out (his first ever half-century), he demonstrated that perhaps a future role as an opening batsman is not out of the question.

The BBC ended their innings on 120-5, not the 150+ that we have come to expect, but an excellent effort and a defendable total.

Moffat opened the bowling with Tucker, both of whom bowled well and kept the run rate below what Weirs required for a victory. Tucker’s lbw showed that he is certain to become a constant figure in the bowling attack, but as opener Rohit Shinde began to get into his stride, memories of the century he made at Titwood last season came flooding back. A change in the bowling proved fruitless, and Weirs managed to put on 59 runs in the space of three overs.

Slider Hines took a wicket, though sadly it was not that of Shinde, and was too little too late. Weirs cruised to their target of 121 in the tenth over, with Shinde finishing on 93 not out.

A night for batsmen perhaps, but greater accuracy from the bowlers will help turn defeat into victory.

 

Nets are Sunday mornings 1000-1200 at Titwood.




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