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EUSCC Out of Parks Trophy

Jim Nicholson  Wednesday, June 20, 2001  08:37 GMT

Last night saw EUSCC's exit from the Parks Trophy
in disappointing circumstances after the start was
controversially delayed until almost 7pm.

There wasn't a lot that the Staff could do about
the late-show of their opponents - Muslim CC - who
refused to concede the game despite being asked to
at 6.45pm. There would have been little satisfaction
to the Staff if the game had been conceded - who
wants to be in the semi-finals after only playing
a single game? - though it seems something must be
done about an opposition who arrive an hour late.

With only 7 MCC players present at the start and the
prospect of the end of the game finishing in
twilight, the toss was always going to be crucial
and MCC were lucky to win it. They chose to bat
and were confronted by a terrific opening burst of
bowling by Chris and Paul D. Chris took 3 wickets
and Paul 2 in the first 8 overs, reducing MCC to
17-5. However, by this stage, the rest of their
team had arrived and their numbers 7&8 batsmen (not
their usual batting positions surely) together with
the opener who survived the opening onslaught, took
the attack to EUSCC's change bowlers who found the
wet ball very difficult to hold, nevermind control.
Nick L bowled a tidy couple of overs (1 wicket
for 8 runs) and Raghu got a wicket too but by the
end of their 18 overs, MCC had reached 114 (with their
opener falling for 55).

A good total, but with batting strength in depth
the Staff started their innings (in the enclosing
gloom) with optimism. 3 quick wickets in the first
5 overs left them reeling however, and despite some
of the later batsmen offering good support to
Nick, the required run-rate quickly got too high
without enough wickets in hand to allow enough
risk-taking. Nick scored a solid 28 while Stewart
hit some very powerful shots in a quick-fire 18.
The deminishing light and accurate bowling accounted
for most of the lower order as the scramble for
runs continued but by the end of the last over,
EUSCC were still 18 (?) runs short of their
target with the last pair at the crease.

A disappointing loss then - firstly due to the MCC
attitude to the start time etc... and secondly
because of a batting performance that didn't do the
Staff team justice.
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