Humped by Hillhead?

Following the drubbing at the hands of Poloc Panthers in the league, and defeat against Kelburne in the Glasgow Cup, the match against Hillhead at Titwood on Thursday 10 July, was an opportunity for the BBC to get its’ season back on track, and return to winning ways.


The weather was perfect at Titwood, and the gods of cricket were ready for another sacrifice to be performed on the altar of short grass and dried earth.


Hillhead won the toss and elected to bat. There would be no period of getting used to the bowling attack. Hillhead made their intentions clear by scoring ten runs off the first over. This essentially set the run-rate for their innings. By the time they had reached the end of the twentieth over, Hillhead had reached an incredible 200 runs.


A Fergus (29) was the only wicket to fall, which came from a superb catch from Qayyum at deep backward point, off Mishra’s bowling. Despite the best efforts of all the BBC bowlers M Ali (103) and G Burns (56) offered a masterclass in how to score runs in T20 cricket.


Victory seemed unlikely, but it did offer the BBC a chance to prove their character.


It was down to the top order batsmen to lead the way. McGill (17) found his stride before offering an easy catch, and Mellis (3) is surely a captain whose fortunes are somehow linked to those of Alastair Cook. Unable to score at the rate for which he is famous, he was clean bowled and returned to the pavilion for an early refreshment.


Mishra (12) demonstrated again that his place in both the bowling attack and top order for batting are well-deserved. Qayyum (27) scored his runs off 9 balls, which demonstrated a hunger that may have come from the total set by Hillhead, or – arguably – from the lack of food allowed during daylight hours at the moment.


Top scorer for the BBC came from club newcomer Kar (34), who demonstrated that he has the goods to back up his chat in the field. Perhaps the most promising element of the BBC’s batting, was that it was very much a team effort, exemplified by the batting of Leithead (13). Following coaching in the nets, he discovered that moving his feet really does offer the reward of runs. A beautiful cover drive, which in itself seemed to offer the promise of endless summer, will hopefully be the first of many more to come.


But despite their best efforts, the BBC found themselves 38 runs short of Hillhead’s total, but had the moral victory of at least making it to the end of the twentieth over. The final score was 162-9.


However, the evening ended with the bizarre revelation that Hillhead had fielded an unregistered player. Regardless of what action the WDCU takes over the matter, the evening will be remembered for a thrilling game of cricket, and much to be positive about for the BBC.

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