Queen's Park Match Report

Welcome back Toby Stevens! The BBC Executive Producer hadn’t so much as picked up a bat since the end of last season but wasted no time in making his mark at Titwood, rattling his way to a splendid 40 and taking two wickets.

His man-of-the-match performance, full of well placed strokes and strong running, was not enough to prevent defeat against strong opponents, but the explosive return of Stevens bodes well for the rest of the season.

Having won the toss and electing to open, David Holmes was no slouch either, abandoning his customary caution to cut and thrust his way to a tremendous 33. David Blane, Aniruddha Vaidya and Tom Cara also looked in good nick with the bat, contributing to a highly respectable 123-7 from 18 overs.

With hopes of a possible upset raised, it was vital that BBC Scotland made Queen’s Park work hard for their runs. Unfortunately, Colin Moffat’s first ball – a wild full toss – was swatted away for four and rather set the tone for an evening of frustration in the field.

The visitors clobbered their way to victory in the 15th over, brutally punishing any delivery that was not right on the money, while several shots dropped agonisingly out of reach.
Moffat claimed the prized wicket of the opening batsman with a slower ball, expertly gathered by Holmes, who was sharp behind the stumps all night, and Stevens took two quick-fire scalps, with the help of a good clutch from Vaidya and an unexpected lbw decision from the previously taciturn umpire.

But any prospect of a comeback was quickly dashed as balls continued to speed to the boundary. The bowling needed to match the sterling batting effort but fell some way short and 22 wides contributed to our downfall, along with a series of mis-fields.

However, we can take heart from a great batting display and the reintroduction of Stevens, although some may be slightly dismayed at just how easy he made it all look after such a lengthy hiatus.

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