Auntie breaks records at Garscube

The BBC Scotland Cricket Club has arrived. After a series of dress-rehearsals - and fielding their strongest team of the season thus far - the Beeb batsmen finally stepped up to the plate against GU Staff at Garscube on Thursday night.

Holmesy elected to bat and after a brief, rain-enforced delay strode manfully onto the field - resplendent in pink - to take guard. From the first over he and Ewan Crawford set a positive note, with Crawford in particular lighting up the outfield, alternately cutting and pulling to high-scoring effect.

An excellent opening partnership of 66 was broken when Holmesy played-on to an excellent slower ball, but if anything (and read into this what you will) the momentum increased as Rougvie, fags in pocket, wasted no time in clubbing anything short over the fielders and away for four. Crawford, already past his half-century really began to find the middle and peaked with a beautiful six back over the bowler's head.

His celebrations, however, were short-lived. Whether through giddy delight or mental fatigue, he raced off for an ill-advised single and turned back too late to prevent his run-out. It mattered not; a splendid 81 (49 balls) marked a club record and with only four overs to play, the team was well on for their own club record.

Who could have predicted what would happen next? Peter Mellis, who had been warming up for over an hour, was in no mood to slow the run-rate and off some Wellsian bowling scored a remarkable 41 from 19 balls. He and Rougvie finished not out and the Beeb closed on a club record 185-2.

There's one thing, however, that we know from bitter experience: GU Staff can bat. Having previously put 180 past the Beeb in the first round of the Greenwood Cup, no one was being complacent. The opening few overs yielded little reward for the bowlers, with Bell and Singh setting a competitive run-rate. Maintaining it and protecting their wickets, however, was always going to be the challenge for GU.

The breakthrough came in the fifth over, skipper, Hugh Bell, lofting a pull to Peter Mellis at backward square leg. The GU batsmen, however, did not relent and it took some smart bowling from Bharat Balani (3-44) and keeping from David Holmes to coax the top order out of their ground resulting in two stumpings as well as c&b.

With the introduction of Toby Stevens and Colin Moffat's second spell, the run-rate dried up and the middle-order crumbled, although not without first producing a memorable catch for Peter Mellis at long-on. "TEACH THAT!" screamed the ecstatic Holmesy as he streaked naked round the boundary.

BBC: 185-2
GU: 145-8
MOTM: Ewan Crawford. (Honorable mentions for Colin's 3-22 and Peter's all-round performance. Ewan's 81, however, was the backbone of the victory)

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