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Milan C.C. vs Idle CC March  22nd 2009

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 enemy’s 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 Idle 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 ? 




               Craig Buick on his way to 100

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