MILAN CRICKET CLUB
Earlier in the week a smidgeon of snow had actually been forecast for Sunday, but it was a perfect day for cricket: warm enough and an acceptable level of insectry.
No idea who won the toss, as once again the scorebook had vanished but I guess Milan won it and decided to bat so the 2009 season kicked off : would all those wintertime practice sessions put Milan in a condition to withstand the auld enemys onslaught for 40 overs?
Early indications were mixed Craig and his oxymoronic headgear ( see end of report ) dug in, but opener Nand was caught by Shanta at deepish mid off for just 5 Ramesh was next in and he scored 14 before being dismissed, but Craig was in no hurry, just content to put his Kooky through its paces and bide his time in fact Kirti coming in at number four got his fifty before Craig did the two of them took the fight to the bowlers and the score board move effortlessly beyond the 150 mark Kirti was out on 58 by which time Craig had moved up a couple of gears and was scoring freely eventually Jonathan joined in, batting at number 7 with the score on 210 for 5 with some 8 overs still to go Craig got to the century mark and was promptly out bowled without adding to his score: Milan closed the innings on 241 for the loss of 7 wickets, Jonathan bashing his way to an unbeaten 27.
So a good total but Lodi on paper at least, had the firepower to match the required run rate of 1 run a ball it must be said that had Lodi held any of the dozen catches that they put down, then in all likelihood the MCC total would have been a lot lower.
And guess what happened next ? Milan constructed its usual scare-the living-daylights-out-of-the-opener field with 6 slips and a gully and it worked!! The batsman gloved the ball to the wicket keeper : 0 for 1 !!!!! Difficult to recover from that, and by the end of the third over the Lodi score was 19 for 3 game over just after it had started, the subsequent batsmen arriving at the crease with a distinct lack of self belief Milan bowled and fielded well, and so Lodi were just content to not lose their wickets as the run rate was way way way behind the potential dangermen came and went and it was just a question of who was going to get the wickets : credit to Jack RG who took four (tho conceding rather a lot of wides in the process) and Nand who mopped up the tail with 3 top scorer for Lodi was Alberto on 24 (should we mention that he dropped 4 catches when fielding? Perhaps not)
The Lodi innings finally closed on 94 for 11 (not a misprint ) an emphatic victory.
A blistering start to the season and so to the new ground when surely the auld enemy will be seeking some redress
P.S. Craig was wearing a cap from the Old Modernians tell me, Craig, how does that work ?