Murrayfield DAFS v Clackmannan County

Saturday 6th May 2017
Roseburn (Grass)

By Luke Hayes

Clackmannan Co (2) : 78 all out in 35.2 overs.
B Peters 4 for 28, N Anjum 3 for 14

MDAFS (20) : 79 for 4 in 21 overs.
L Hayes 38, T Kagumba 2 for 21

MDAFS beat Clackmannan Co by 6 wkts

A second toss and a second win had Clackmannan padding up to face openers Gavin Poole and Bradley Peters. With the opening 5 overs yeilding 28 runs I was getting excited about the amount of runs that were in the pitch but turned out they just hadn’t bowled well and proceded to leak very few runs from the remainder of their 6 over stints with Brad trapping both openers LBW in the process. Enter Batman Anand Venkatesh and Nadeem Anjum who bowled in tandem for massive 10 over spells, reducing Clackmannan to 8 for 73 by the 32nd over including a misfield deflected by Nadeem onto the stumps off his own bowling, getting rid of the only batsman in their side who looked like hanging around. Perfect line and length from both of them produced amazing figures with Nadeem finishing with 10 overs, 4 maidens, 3 for 14 and the ever reliable Batman with 10 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 10 with Farooq hanging onto a great catch at first slip to restore Batmans faith in humanity. Brad and Gavin came back on to put the nail in the coffin with Brad picking up the final 2 wickets to end with figures of 7.2 overs, 1 maiden, 4 for 28 and Gavin 8 overs, 3 maidens, 0 for 18. 11 maidens were bowled out of 36 overs which just shows how well all 4 guys bowled on a pitch with a few demons in it but offering enough to both batsmen and bowlers.

Needing 79 to win and Philip Hawkins injured and not able to open the batting, Sam Fergusson and Luke Hayes headed out to the middle, keen to reduce the deficit quickly but without doing anything silly. An excellent 30 run stand was finished after a yes, no, stop, start runout saw Sam, with a very restrained and patient 13, heading back to sheds. Alex Dow wasn’t able to repeat last weeks brilliant knock managing just 3 before being bowled. Mangesh Akerkar continued his rare vein of bad luck with his 2nd duck in successive matches trapped LBW by the pick of the Clacks bowlers, Kagumba. Agha Ali Durrani joined me with the score at 3 for 41 after 11 overs. Another good partnership of 36 got us to within 2 runs of victory before I played back to a good lengthed delivery from Kagumba which skidded through to crash into middle stump, bringing my innings to an end on 38, disappointed not to have finished the job but happy Ali.D, with an excellent 13 not out and Farooq 1 not out did so without losing another wicket.

Another successful run chase, made possible by some good partnerships and smart batting. We all know Roseburn has a few demons in the pitch and you need to stay patient and wait on the loose deliveries, and I think the guys showed that on Saturday.

A superb bowling effort put us in a position to eventually cruise past the target of 79, 4 down in the 21st over to see us to our second win and some momentum going into this weeks match against Edinburgh South. Fingers crossed the weather holds out and let’s keep this winning streak going.

Up the Mufs!!

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