Milan C.C. vs Euratom C.C. May 24th 2009
What a glorious day and what a glorious pitch. For those who have
not yet played at the new ground you should get yourselves there as soon as
possible. The track played superbly and with the outfield cut to the length of a
fashionable man's hair it was as good a ground as you are likely to get.
Craig Buick, who will get several mentions for both good and bad reasons, was
captain for the day in the absence of anyone else who wanted to do it. He duly
won the toss (good) and then, in 30+c heat he decided we should bowl. (Bad. Very
bad). The upshot of it all is that Euratom plundered 207 on a very batsman
friendly pitch in just 30 overs. A fair amount of buffet bowling, most notably
young Atul whose spells would best be described as variable, and John who
suffered from an in form batsman clubbing him to all parts. Pick of the bowlers,
its true, was Ross. Swing of the highest quality although at times it tested
Wing Commander Lockett behind the stumps but figures of 3-29 don't lie. Has he
been under bowled by previous captains? 1 of the Settimo guys, whose name I dare
not try to spell, but it sounded like Boelyn, bowled superbly without much luck
eventually picking up 2 wickets. Sunil deserves a mention for a great spell at
the start of the innings but amazingly finished wicket-less. Just too good. Our
fielding was fairly shoddy in the catching department, led by Buick who dropped
2 (Bad). The first a hard chance at 2nd slip and the second a little more
straight forward at mid on. Ross missed one at first slip and we missed a sitter
in the deep. Ground fielding was generally good despite the searing heat.
everyone put in maximum effort despite the amount of chasing we had to do.
Our reply was a pretty good effort but only had real contributions from 2 men.
At 53-0 wicket off 10 overs we were following the plan but once that partnership
was broken it all seemed to break down. Ramesh and Sunil fell in quick
succession despite Ramesh seeming to be in good touch and we never really
recovered. Lockett and Buick made the error of making us believe we might
actually win with some sensational hitting towards the end and even with 30 odd
needed from the last 2 overs there was a real feeling of optimism. Unfortunately
a couple of dot balls in the last over meant the game was all but lost. Steve
Lockett had manged a bright and quallity shot filled 43. The real target was to
see Buick get to his century. On 94 and facing with 2 balls left he manged
another glorious 6 from the first ball much to the delight of the few of us who
were actually watching the game. We finished on 197 and were left to rue
opportunities in the field that we missed. Sincerest congratulations to Craig on
a well timed and very enjoyable innings. (Good)
A special mention to Ramesh for a brilliantly managed day.If I have left
anything out or there are any inaccuracies please address all your complaints to
Next game is on Sunday and Sunil is the manager.
p.s. Beer ban? Don't be ridiculous. We are hardly quaffing it and behaving like
teenagers in Benidorm!