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Another Win in the Bank

Jim Nicholson  Friday, May 10, 2002  08:54 GMT

The EUSCC midweek side recorded their third win in their third match of the season
last night, with a comprehensive victory over the Bank of Scotland that featured two
outstanding individual performances.

On a grey, miserable and damn cold night at Peffermill, Chris won the toss and elected
to bat in order to avoid the lottery of a run-chase in poor light at the end of the game.
The regular weekend 1 and 2 opened the batting for us, with both Paul B and Nick L
getting a start (scoring 11 and 10 respectively) before being dismissed. Ewen and Will
replaced them at the wicket with Ewen immediately playing some excellent shots
and all the while looking for quick singles. Will was run out for 7 and was soon followed
by Chris - who did lots of running with Ewen without much tangible benefit. Kevin
joined Ewen and they proceeded to put together the largest partnership of the game.
Unfortunately, with a couple fo over to go, Kevin recieved a dubious lbw decision and
departed for 14 and he was quickly followed to the clubhouse by Donald who only
managed a single. At the other end, Ewen was still looking good, and with just 2 overs
of the innings left was in the low-forties. Maybe tiredness was beginning to creep into
his play, or perhaps it was just nerves, but the last few runs for his 50 were proving hard
to get and he was dropped in the last over going for the big shot. It all went down to
the last ball of the innings, Ewen on 47, and the pressure was on. He made a decent
contact, sending the ball flying over mid-on but not threatening the boundary... an easy
2. That wouldn't be enough though and third run was always on his mind, even as the
ball was fielded and returned to the bowler's end - the danger end for Ewen. If the
bowler could have removed the bails cleanly first time then Ewen's innings would have
been cut cruelly short - as it was there was a fumbled, Ewen made his ground and was
applauded off the field with a well-earned half-century. The Staff's 18-over innings
had reached 116-6 - a total that, with a strong bowling line-up, always looked
good enough.

And that was before the Lins brothers got their hands on the ball! I doubt whether twins
have ever opened the bowling attack for the Staff club before. However I doubt that it
will be the last time as a combination of Roger's probing medium-pacers and Will's
sharp-turning leggies reduced the top of BoS's innings to tatters. Roger followed up
Tuesday's great effort with a spell of 4 over for 2 runs with 1 wicket (and it could have
been more - apologies...). At the other end, Will's 4 overs returned the amazing figures
of 5 wickets for 6 runs. Ewen continued his good evening with a catch and Chris also
snaffled a chance. A great effort. With the match as good as won, the tempo of the
game gradually wound down as BoS found a pair of batsmen who could at least stay
at the wicket, if not actually compile large scores. Kevin bowled 3 tight overs and Al
Dewar made his bowling debut for the club - but neither could claim a wicket. The last
4 overs fell to Paul B and Chris - Paul inducing a dreadful shot from a dreadful ball
and claiming a lucky wicket from Alan's catch.

EUSCC won the match by 41 runs as BoS finished on 75-7 and a horribly cold evening
had been warmed by two terrific performances by Staff players. Despite Will's excellent
bowling display however, the general consensus was the Ewen's sense of theatre in
leaving off getting his 50 until the last possible moment, combined with some great
batting and a well taken catch of course, had done enough to earn the Man of the
Match award.
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