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S&N Target too much for Staff

Jim Nicholson  Wednesday, June 13, 2001  10:02 GMT

Tuesday night's game aginst Scottish & Newcastle
followed the same script as quite a few midweek games
so far this season as the Staff, batting second,
were chasing too large a total after a combination
of wayward and unlucky bowling.

S&N won the toss and chose to bat on a grey and gloomy,
but thankfully dry, evening at Peffermill. Chris
bowled an excellent opening spell of 4-1-8-2 as he
ignored the wild swishes of the opening bats and
kept an excellent line and length. Unfortunately
Jim's spell at the other end was nowhere near as
disciplined and this took much of the pressure off
the batsmen that Chris had built up. Hamish and
Dave F were next into the attack but it wasn't until
Gareth and Nick L came on to bowl the last 8 overs
that any more wickets were claimed and the run
rate was reduced. It was a difficult night
for fielding with the light so bad and there was
a fair assortment of catches but down - some unluckily
so but others that really should have stuck. The
S&N innings came to a close on 131-4 off 20 overs -
once again this looked like 20 or so runs too much
to be chasing.

Nick and Ewen opened our reply but couldn't really
find much fluency on a pitch with variable bounce
and against a brace of accurate seam bowlers.
Singles and twos were collected but Ewen was back
in the pavilion by the end of the 5th over. Nick
was joined by Paul D but again the big shots eluded
both players and they could only really score in
singles. Nick was out to catch on the leg-side
and Paul missed the first ball by S&N's deceptively
quick Aussie, both for 14, to leave the staff on
40-odd for 3 off 14 overs. The last 6 overs saw a
combination of expansive shots from Dave F and
impressive running and accumlation of singles by
Martin pick the run rate up hugely. The 100 came
up off the last ball of the innings with Martin on
14 and Dave on an unbeaten 34.
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