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Serie C

Milan C.C. vs.  Sud Tirol C.C. 24th May 2011

by Jonathan Legge

Match photos

Hot day – phew, wot a scorcher – summer’s here and the time is right for playing cri - i - cket !! ( 5 points if you can identify the artist who sang the slightly differently worded original ). Quite amusing to see the umpire turn up almost an hour late, but quite sad to learn that he will have to report himself to the Italian cricket authorities for this misdemeanour.

Our opposition for our second Serie C fixture was the Sud Tirol Alto Adige Cricket Club (hereafter known as the Bolzano boys), fetchingly decked out in royal blue, but oh dear ! - no numbers on their shirts !!! So they used masking tape which a) curled up after 5 minutes and b) fell off after 15. Oh well : game to go ahead regardless.

Milan fielded first – the grass was very dry, toasted brown and also very short. And what a start Bolzano made ! Milan were left stunned by the ferocity of the fearless batting : Yogesh’s first over went for 11, Sunil’s first for 10, Yogesh’s second for 12, and Sunil’s second for 6 – 40 for no loss after 4 overs – eek. No wides, but 8 boundaries !! What on earth was happening ? No
time to lose : at this rate the Bolzano boys would be close on 300 after 30 overs – and a double change of bowler ( Nand and Rukhsar ) brought about an immediate reduction in the RRR, the Bolzano batsmen seemingly much less able to deal with the slower deliveries – still, 60 for 0 after 8 was a long way from being ideal from Milan’s point of view. And then ........ the batting collapsed in the most spectacular of fashions : 9th over – Khan S. stumped for 29 trying to swat away to leg a Nand delivery; next over the other Khan was bowled for 36 - and then no-one else seemed to know how to bat : no. 3 Abbasi was bowled for a duck ( the first of six !! ouch ), which meant that Bolzano had lost 3 wickets in 3 overs for the addition of just 2 runs. The runs then dried up ( only 2 more boundaries were added in the 24 overs after the first 4 ) and the batsmen recklessly threw away their wickets with nary a defensive shot to their names ( the 3 LBWs tell their own story ) – 3 consecutive ducks takes us to 74 for 5 in the 18th over – brief resistance was offered by Ulabedeen who finished on 16 not out, 8 batsmen producing just 14 runs between them. The innings folded rather pathetically in the 28th over, Bolzano 110 all out : 1 stumped, 3 LBWs and 6 bowled. Happily Milan bowled only 6 wides throughout.

Credit to Nand for his 3 for 15 off 6, to Rukhsar for his 3 for 18 off 5.3, and also to Pramod who, although not getting a wicket bowled 4 overs for just 6 runs (2 maidens). Muhammed and Bhupi shared an opening stand of 87 as the Bolzano boys struggled to do anything right : uninspiring bowling and below-par fielding gave Milan not so much a platform on which to build but a good view of the winning line - Muhammed and Bhupi exhibited some fine, confident strokeplay before both were caught in the 9th and 11th over (41 and 30 respectively). It was then left to Gurmel and Gautam to see Milan over the winning line to wrap up a comprehensive 7 wicket victory after just 14 overs – the fact that the winning runs came courtesy of 4 overthrows says it all : and to rub salt into the wound I mention here the 21 wides bowled by Bolzano - up to six in one over for one hapless guy – and the only bowler who didn’t bowl a wide bowled a no ball instead !! So a fairly dreadful display of batting, fielding and bowling – were they having an off day or are they always like this ? Perhaps we should invite them back more often ..........





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