MILAN CRICKET CLUB
Oh so you want more detail than that ? If you insist………. but are you ready to talk Tiger ?
It has been remarked upon before that the MCC can bowl – but frequently lets itself down by batting irresponsibly - this game turned out to be the one that was won / lost by the batsmen.
Another glorious day, a nice cool afternoon temperature in preparation for Zuoz ( ha ha ) and 9 MCCers turned up along with 14, 632 tigers of various shapes and sizes. I can’t say I know who won the toss but Milan took the field – two points worth noting : the first two bowlers were uncharacteristically ineffective, but more peculiarly the Tigers seemed disinclined to do much running, content just to swat loose deliveries away to the boundary - and this somewhat lazy attitude resulted in them maintaining a run rate of just about six an over from start to finish – it wasn’t until the eighth over that Sunny,on loan from Lodi for the day broke through with the ball dismissing a large Bengal Stripey – the succession of Siberian whites, Javan short tails and Armenian long claws ( I made that one up ) saw absolutely no change in the batting philosophy – “ if – I - can’t- get- it- to- the - ropes – I - ain’t –running”, so the MMC just had to see how well the could perform in the field by limiting boundaries – it must be mentioned that some difficult catches were put down and there were occasional bits of fielding madness, but the static batting saw the total march on – whereupon the Tigers, finding themselves on 131 for 5 suddenly decide to throw the bat at every delivery and upgrade their species from “endangered” to “extinct” : a marvellous spell of insanity as they lost five wickets for 13 runs – special mention to the star bowler Sunny who really shone ( well he would with a name like that ), finishing with figures of 5 for 25 off 5 overs, the MCC bowlers getting one wicket apiece – Sunil the pick of this bunch with figures of 1 for 12 off five.
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The senseless second over run out notwithstanding, the MCC settled down to the task of batting – with brains – loose deliveries were dispatched with aplomb, but the score book will also show lots of singles – the Tigers batting approach was very individualistic, but the MCC built some partnerships – opener Ramesh was out LBW for 22, Craig indulging in a rare moment of madness was bowled for 41 ( he y ho there goes the average .. ) and it was left to Sunny and Nand to calmly craft decent innings to see the MCC over the finish line with some 3 overs to spareand 6 wickets in hand , Nand getting a much needed unbeaten 21 and Sunny 33 – and on a final note it was touching to see all 3 Ross Gowers operating on the pitch within inches of each other : one bowling, one umpiring and the other scoring under paternal supervision – tho’ I cannot mention any of the Tiger bowlers by name as this is how they are listed in the score book ….
… but the best one of all is Emily’s description of the final bowler ….. “rabbit”
( well we started out with a tiger theme, moved into millinery so why shouldn’t we finish with something leporine ? )