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Life In The Petri-dish of Scottish Cricket


The BBC's points tally multiplied like bacteria this week after a comprehensive win over the Biologists at Titwood. Controversy had marred the close of the previous tie between these two teams, but such was the margin of victory here that the visiting team had cause only to grumble about their own performance.

David Holmes opened briskly, although his counterpart at the other end seemed a few chromosomes short of a double-helix. After one tight appeal for a catch behind, Crawford eventually succumbed to an uneven bounce, gloving the ball to a grateful Kevin O'Dell.

Holmes was not far behind him, but Peter Mellis looked to be capitalising on a rich vein of form, with three consecutive boundaries, until old habits reared their ugly head and a top edge back to the bowler saw the end of his innings.

With Nick Rougvie injured it was Toby Stevens sent out to once again steady the ship and with Ani Vaidya, put on a dominant partnership of 53, with Ani top-scoring 43. Looking certain for a half century, it would, of course, be McGill who was the architect of his demise with Vaidya run-out in the same circumstances as last week and with the same dithering companion at the non-striker's end.

Tom Cara blasted his way to 15, including one giant six, and with a few more runs added the BBC closed on 158-8.

After being unable to defend 150+ last week, the performance of the BBC bowlers was under the microscope and with few exceptions their aim of bowling much fuller was achieved. Peter Mellis, in a rare outing, took the first wicket, enticing a looping top edge to McGill behind the stumps. His efforts might have had further rewards if the sprightly Mike Stanger had held a catch at mid-off.

Mike was not to be criticised though with a bowling display that was an example to anyone on the field. With figures of 1-7 from three overs he can be well pleased with a day's work and topped it off by finally holding a catch at the fourth time of asking. Moffat too was rewarded for consistently bowling outside off, with Mellis at backward point taking the first of two excellent catches.

Bharat's bombay mix baffled the Biologists and when Toby Stevens eventually marked out his run up, the writing was on the wall. 3-11 was an excellent return for consistently dangerous bowling and was complimented at the Meldrum Gardens End by five overs and two wickets from Michael Hines, including that of Biologist skipper and teaching colleauge, Paul Tucker. Biologists: 81-9

Captain, David Holmes, was rightly proud of the side's achievements. Lost in his own world, he gaily skipped down Kirkcaldy Road, belting out Girls Aloud: "The way that we talk. The way that we walk. So easily caught. You can't mistake my biology…"

(And if any of you would like a reminder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBPtP4t2J1k)

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