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Milan vs Kingsgrove – April 9th

I offer no apologies for adopting a different style with this match report – and it actually has nothing to do with the fact that scorebook floundered  a bit ( how is it possible that Kingsgrove don’t even know which of their bowlers is on ??) -  I will turn to those ancients philosophers of old Banarama to sum up the day and say “It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it”. Milan lost this game when they could have won it -  a dismal performance on the field was followed by a stuttering performance at the crease. The statistics that I have / don’t have amount to little, as it was the way in which Milan contrived to lose this one that is important.  

So I won’t lead you through the dynamics – let’s just look at where it went wrong when we fielded– some decidedly loose overs as we started, some pretty lackadaisical chasing down / gathering / returning of the ball ( how many runs do we gift when we do this ? We MUST be more aggressive and deny teams these singles ); line and length were clearly still on holiday in Malta – shame that the dropped catches ( now known as “Maltesers”) weren’t as well. Credit where it is due : Yogesh out their opener under pressure from the start and had him caught behind in the second over, but pressure was lacking elsewhere ( 6 fielders on the boundary with 2 new batsmen at the crease ? Surely not !! ) - far too many batsmen were allowed to make starts, and Kingsgrove went about their business, plundering runs off the generally toothless bowling. Eventually wickets fell as Kingsgrove chanced their arm, but their final total was 209 for 7 off 35 overs, of which 20+ were wides and 8 were byes. Not good enough, Milan – just not good enough.   

One of the ( few) highlights of the day was Gurmel’s innings – a fluent 71 which gave a measure of respectability to the Milan score -  if my memory serves me well Milan had got to about 170 when they lost their final wicket with overs still in hand ( let’s hope Craig isn’t reading this week !), no major contribution coming from anywhere else. As said above, it’s not what you do, it’s the way you do it – and we did it all the wrong way – including not tidying up and locking up, it transpires. What a depressing day.