Sunday X1 dismissed for a non-regal 89 in inauspicious start to season
Sunday XI v Regals 30th Apil 2017
Posted by: Mat Armstrong
M & B's Sunday X1 kicked off their 2017 with a disappointing 5 wicket defeat against the Regals. Although the batting order was not that strong skipper Armstrong was hopeful of a strong showing based upon the Regals team of last year and the fact that they were fielding three junior debutants, due to poor availability, all aged 11 or under ! Upon losing the toss skipper Armstrong was asked to bat, which made the toss superfluous as M & B would have batted anyway. Based upon the supposed poor weather forecast later on it was agreed to reduce the game to a 35 over affair.
So poor was the M & B innings that it was agreed there would be 15 overs batting before tea. For a change Armstrong delivered a Churchillian teamtalk and pointed out a few home truths. At least the bowlers put up a fight as Blackett continued his good match by bowling a challenging four over burst for 11 runs. He should have had the opener caught off a leading edge at point but Butler was caught flat footed and couldn't make the ground. Amber Moorthy bowled manfully into the wind from the Road End to concede only 9 runs from his four overs. Armstrong brought on Becker and Gunbarul at first change. The openers used the pace of Becker to drive and cut through the gully backward point region. Becker did make the breakthrough by reeling in the batsman with a slower ball in the last over before tea.
After the tea break Armstrong reverted to the slower bowlers and Faisal Aziz got another breakthrough immediately as the opener tried to clear mid-on but only found the safe pair of hands of Gunbarul, as he pouched another catch at full stretch. Butler was soon into the act as he had the no. 3 caught by Moorthy at mid-off. Butler capitalised on the fact that the no 4 was a 10 year old by bowling him and was lucky to sneak another wicket with a short ball, which was mishit to midwicket and another catch to Gunbarul. Skipper Raman though saw the Regals home without the loss of any further wickets as they reached their target of 90 in 26 over for the loss of 5 wickets. One of the Regals toddlers had the joy of hitting the winning runs, as all the field was camped on the wicket. Chris Butler at least went home happy recording figures of 5/1/12/3 for his first game of the season.
The moral of the story, looks can be deceptive. The Regals may have fielded three toddlers but they possessed 3 or 4 good players in their remaining eight which were too good for M & B's X1 !
Time to put pen to paper with my thoughts of the 2016 campaign whilst…
Mat Armstrong - Oct 11, 2016
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