MILAN CRICKET CLUB
Taking a break from their Large Haldron Colliding activities our old friends from CERN ventured south of the border (well, both of them, actually ) for a double fixture – for the Saturday game Milan put together a team comprising the great, the not-so-great and the good !
The toss was lost and CERN decided to bat – 40 overs on a hot but breezy day.
Joe Torti from Lodi opened the bowling from the “nets” end but was distinctly out of sorts – Miles kicked off at the would-be pavilion end – Steve Osborne took over from Joe and as usual produced his trademark accurate and very economical bowling and in the 5th over he bowled his CERN namesake for 18 with the score in the 20s ( guess who doesn’t have the scorebook to hand ?) – next to strike was Miles, Keigwin LBW for 6, and shortly afterwards he managed to latch on to fierce shot to get Elvin out, caught and bowled for 0 – CERN now 39 for 3 after 10 overs.
Looking good – but then the game followed
the England vs Pakistan test of the previous day : you will recall that Trott
and Broad stayed together for what seemed like an eternity – well, CERN batsmen
D’Mello and Bolton did something similar – Milan bowled and bowled but could not
find anything to ruffle the batsmen’s composure - and the score moved on at
approximately 5 an over : Milan toiled and sweated ( for it was mighty warm out
there !!) but had nowt to show for it. Eventually with the score well on its way
to 200 with more than 30 overs bowled Miles from the Nets end outlasted rather
than outwitted Bolton who, while chasing a widish delivered on the off, spooned
the ball into Shanta’s grateful hands at deep point for his 59. Miles then
claimed his 4th victim of the day bowling D’Mello who was just 6 short of his
century – the CERN inning closed on 203 for 6, Miles finishing the day with a
creditable 4 for 46 – it must be said that some sharper fielding towards the end
would have meant a lower total ( AND better figures for Miles !)
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Disaster struck in the 3rd over – young Mr Onions bowled Mervyn for 0 : Milan 7 for 1. Batsmen Nand and Jonathan both needed to produce scores as neither had been very consistent in the season so far – Jonathan put together a totally styleless 27 with a series of pusillanimous leg side shots before being bowled ( but the partnership was worth over 60 and the score was now 70 ) – Nand was looking good, however, and serenely reached his half century with the run rate proceeding at just over 4 an over – he was eventually bowled having scored 61. Robert and Shanta were next in but were unable to build scores. Ross, who had opened his account with a 6 lofted over square leg, now found himself with a problem – the run rate needed to be increased but there was a somewhat static Dai at the other end, rather disinclined to take what is known in the trade as “quick singles” – Ross was controversially out for 26, having hit what he thought was a carbon copy of his first six, but the fielder who caught the ball claimed the catch (tho’ from where I was sitting there did seem to be a lot of longish grass around his boots) – 4 wickets down and Milan now needing to chase the game – Miles had the same problem as Ross had had – and for the greater good pushed for singles which resulted in Dai being run out for 12 ( or something similar !) – the task was too great with very few overs remaining, and despite an over with 12 wides which momentarily lifted spirits Milan came up six runs short to finish on 198 for 7. I am tempted to say “if Jonathan had... if Ross hadn’t... if Dai had..” but this would be churlish – we had a good day’s cricket with just over 400 runs scored ( and a suspected broken CERN finger – sorry about that!).
Thanks to the guesting players and especially to Chris for managing the day.
(READ ON : THERE’S MORE!)
................. and to close here are the top 3 quotes of the day:
Miles: “ I’m bowling from the wrong end - I’d be more effective from the other end ( and then immediately picks up 2 wickets)
Mervyn, on being bowled for nought, to the incoming batsman: “ All terribly easy out there.”
David: “Who’s batting now ?”
Ross : “ Dai and Nand”
David: “Which one’s Dai ?”
( .... and we wish David every success for his forthcoming visual enhancement course.)