Murrayfield DAFS v Edinburgh South

Saturday 13th May 2017
Roseburn (Grass)

By Gavin Poole

MDAFS (20) : 149 all out in 45.4 overs.

L Hayes 44, S Fergusson 30, F Sheikh 4 for 38,
H.E.P. Warner 2 for 26

Edinburgh South (5) : 38 all out in 23 overs.

N Anjum 4 for 5, B Peters 3 for 10, G Poole 3 for 12

MDAFS beat Edinburgh South by 111 runs

A combination of my being here and Luke’s mention of a BBQ meant we awoke to some very dicey weather. We were just able to get the covers off the pitch in time for the toss, which Luke aptly lost with no surprises Edi South sending us into bat. The rain then came in thick and fast for around half an hour and the game starting looked rather unlikely but unlike last year, the weather cleared and we got started with only a 20 minute delay.

Luke and Finlay opened up, and Fin continued his fine form this season with a well played duck, Alex joined Luke and they continued their strong partnership once again but the scoring slowed when Katy McGill turned to the bowling crease. Alex unfortunately fell to her after a well made 16 which included a massive six over square leg.

Durrani and Philip tried their best to stick around but both fell cheaply. Sam joined Luke and was his aggressive self. Luke made his way to 44 and in sight of a half century gave it all away. Some solid tail end batting from Bradley 13, Anand 12 to go with Sam’s well played 30 got us 149 all out in the 45.3 overs.

Please note: My 4 runs included a cover drive which some say was better than Fins last week.

With a par total on the board we knew quick wickets were crucial and the boys came out firing with the ball. I followed my form from last night by putting balls on a good length and the partnership with Brad worked brilliant and is starting to become one of the best opening bowling combinations in the competition. After nabbing 2 each, Edinburgh South were reduced to 4 for 4 off 4 overs.

A bit of resistance followed but brad was able to pick up his 3rd wicket of the innings, after the arrival of Carl and Neil and under the immense scrutiny from fine leg and some insightful coaching advice from Neil I had forgotten how to bowl. I somehow grabbed a 3rd pole and Edi South were 6 down for not many when Brad and I spells were over. The show now turned to Nadeem who cleaned up the last 4 wickets to end with incredible figure of 4 wickets for 5 runs.

Katy McGill put some down resistance with 16* but without any support from anyone else they folded meekly for 38 giving us a win by 111 runs.

UP the MUFS let’s keep this going!

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