Beeb lose out to East Kilbride in dramatic runs-chase
Posted by Colin Moffat Fri, 4 Jun 2010 1009:06 BST
Tonk! That was the sound of the enormous six that flew out of the ground from the fourth ball of our final over against East Kilbride.
And as the ball clattered against the roof of the gym hall adjacent to Titwood, BBC heads collectively bowed in despondency.
That sucker punch levelled the scores at 151 and the penultimate delivery from Colin Moffat was clipped away for four as the home field closed in desperately to prevent a single, taking EK’s star man Mahmood Allum to a mightily impressive, match-winning 95 not out.
Following on from last week’s victory, BBC Scotland again opened with purpose; David Holmes (38) and Peter Mellis (39), making the most of a bowling attack that was weaker than a Michael Hines one-liner.
Unfortunately, both openers fell within a few balls of each other and much of the momentum was lost. Nick Rougvie added a swashbuckling 29 but the wickets began to fall at an alarming rate. A late cameo from Bharat Balani made sure we passed the 150 mark in the final over, giving us a more than decent total to defend against youthful opponents.
Phil Goodlad, David Blane, Balani and Hines all induced tasty edges, gratefully snaffled up by Jack McGill behind the stumps.
Blane produced his best spell of the season, with some zinging unplayable deliveries, while Hines can be satisfied with his crafty contribution.
However, there were a number of slack deliveries and Allum was not for budging, continuing to hammer the ball all over the park, finding the gaps with teasing accuracy after every alteration in the field.
One edge from Allum did find the outstretched glove of McGill late in the game but, for once, the ball did not stick.
While it was disappointing to lose from what had been a promising position, the game was a real thriller and there was much to take heart from.
The team is streets ahead of where we were last season and, hey, we’ve even played in some sunshine.