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Milan C.C. vs.  Euratom C.C.  October 3rd 2010
Match photos 3 October

It was a tough call: the Milanese Public Transport Company was having an open day today, and the thought of inspecting all those tram depots was tempting, but in the end we decided to forego this opportunity of true anorakism and get some cricket in instead – so with 23 players hastily assembled (don’t ask) after a week in which a lot of people dropped out the match got underway just after 1 o’clock: 35 overs, 7 a bowler and leaden skies overhead. Milan lost the toss (which I put down to a highly suspect 5CHF piece provided by Dai ) and were asked to field. Sunil (pavilion end ) and Zaheer (the other one, obviously!) opened, Sunil in particular getting good length getting 2 LBW victims early on : Dalip in the third over for 3 and then Saranga for 5 – but the pace clearly was a problem for the behind-the-bat fielders, in particular as “colander Karthik” saw a total of 14 byes go past him – add that to the 14 wides and once again Milan found guilty of gifting runs to the opposition – but Euratom, having just posted 21 runs after 6 overs for the loss of both openers, seemed to content to
add a few runs here and there, batsmen Kishan and Sameera both getting into double figures. Kishan was bowled by David for 12, and Pramod ( medium pace ) had Sameera caught for 15 – exciting moments were few and far between as Euratom plodded along, rarely scoring more than 4 an over, although Sumith livened things up a bit a) with a decent score which included 7 of Euratom’s 8 boundaries of the day and b) by insanely running out dangerman Sandeep (of Settimo fame) for only 6 – having hit the ball straight to mid on he called non-striker Sandeep for a run and then decided to send him back when he was over halfway down the wicket – sheer madness ! Sumith went on to finish the day unbeaten on 49 (Jonathan dropped him on the boundary quite early on- would this prove to be costly?) as the other batsmen came and went without getting into double figures – Euratom batted the overs out with a comparatively low score of 138 for 9 – the scorebook relates that all but one of the wickets was bowled or LBW, which suggests that that the bowling was good, but it was hardly an inspiring performance by either team. You will be pleased to know that this week I have the score book with me, but it contains a number of glaring inconsistencies – however : it appears that Sunil and Narayan picked up 3 wickets each – and I can tell you for sure that there were far too many extras : 28 in total. Still, 139 to win – surely Milan could win this one ?

The batsmen were instructed not to do anything rash and take their time – openers Zaheer and Hareen got off to a good start – but after conceding 14 runs with his first 5 balls of his 3rd over Sandeep had Zaheer LBW for 21 with the score on 31, 5 overs gone. Next in was Sunil, next out was Hareen, bowled for 20 by Trishan, Milan’s position still pretty comfortable at 55 for 2 with only 10 overs gone - absolutely no need to score quickly, absolutely every need not to lose wickets. So it was with some disbelief that Milan watched both Vijay and Karthik go in and get out in quick succession : Vijay bowled for 1 and Karthik for 8 –so now we are at 68 for 4 after 14 overs –tons of time, boys but protect your wicket !! So at the crease we have Sunil who was starting to build a score and Mark, back after a 3 month absence hunting groupies, er, groupers in Greece – once he had overcome his initial nerves he start to strike out with some confident shots, and the score marched into 3 figures, victory seeming within easy reach. In the 20th over Sunil was caught at deep mid on, Milan now on 104 for 5 – still with 5 wickets in hand only 35 runs needed and 15 overs to get them in...... and then it all fell to pieces – Mark was bowled for 12 trying to hit a full toss, Pramod was caught behind for 2, Narayan was bowled without scoring , Dolat was bowled for 4, and Jonathan ( not out on 13) eventually ran out of partners as Andrea was caught at short cover first ball by Dai : Milan all out for 127 with hardly a defensive shot to their name, 5 wickets lost for 23 runs. So in the end the 2 dropped catches ( neither easy but...... ) and the wides n’ byes proved the undoing of Milan who only have themselves to blame for this defeat. John and Screecher Sumith the pick of the Euratom bowlers with 3 wickets each. Still - at least it didn’t rain !