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EUSCC Batting Fails to Reach Required Standard

Jim Nicholson  Friday, June 15, 2001  10:41 GMT

Thursday night's game against Standard Life produced
EUSCC's second defeat in 3 days - but this game
was played in a far better spirit than Tuesday's
against S&N and the game remained competetive for
much longer.

Jim, once again, lost the toss and EUSCC were invited
to field on a bitterly cold and gloomy evening that,
thankfully, remained dry. Chris and Gareth opened
the bowling and despite bowling tidily found their overs
expensive as SL's left-handed opener played some
huge shots off fairly decent balls (the hockey and
tennis players came under attack over the short,
western boundary). Nick L and Gordon joined the
attack after 8 overs and quickly got the run rate down
by giving the batsmen no room and keeping the leftie
off the strike. Nick made the breakthrough with the
wickets of both openers (one with a stinging c&b) while
Gordon bowled a miserly spell from the pavilion end.
The last 4 overs bowled were made up of Paul D
steaming in from the far end, Rebecca (making her
debut) putting the ball on the spot and claiming
her first wicket froma good catch by Chris at
short midwicket, and John bowling his deceptive
outswingers. Standard Life finished their 20
overs on 100-4 (who got the 4th wicket?) - a really
good effort in the field by the Staff after their
innings had looked to be heading for in excess of

Nick and Rob opened the Staff's reply but found it
hard going against some decent swing bowling. Rob
decided to hit out after a few overs but got bowled
and Paul who replaced him was caught behind off a
very fine edge when he was looking to build a big
innings. When Nick became the 3rd wicket to go
down and with the score not yet at 30 from 10 overs
the omens did not look good. However Russell and John
then settled down and started to put together a
decent partnership - John driving strongly on the
off-side and Russell showing off his repertoire of
cuts and flicks off his legs.
In the last 10 overs the pair put on an undefeated
50, to take the staff score to 73-3. So, defeat by
27 runs - but the Staff put in a useful performance
and everyone contributed. It was far too cold to be
playing cricket though - but at least that meant
that tempers didn't get the chance to get too hot!
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