Saturday 27th May 2017
Roseburn (Artificial)

MDAFS III 196 for 7 (J Gutteridge Snr 49, Y Hussain 34, A Malik 34) beat OCCC 113 for 5 in 25 Overs (D Gundala 3 for 28) by 9 runs (ELC)

After a heartening batting performance in last weekend’s sensibly abandoned game at Kirk Brae, the Mighty 3s headed back to the familiar stomping ground of the Roseburn artificial looking to pick up a much needed win against the dubiously abbreviated OCCC.

With Ali continuing his absurd run of wins of the toss (some might say he’s a natural tosser), the skipper chose to bat first and try to set an imposing total to take the pressure off our bowlers on the benign artificial surface.

Sandeep and David opened up, Sandeep instructed to play his natural game and David with instructions to frustrate the opposition bowlers. Unfortunately, for the first time this season, Sandeep’s natural attacking game cost us an early wicket with an attempted glance through the slips going straight to hand.

This brought Ali to the crease and he immediately looked in fine touch, following a run of very useful scores. However, another wicket came shortly after with David unlucky to nick behind to depart for a duck that did not reflect his sterling efforts to frustrate a very useful opening bowling partnership.

Dush was in at 4 and played a string of brutal shots to accelerate to a well made 18 before succumbing to the temptation to smash a ball that hung in the air and only succeeding in giving their keeper some practice taking a high catch.

After a season and a half of trying, James had finally managed to recruit his dad Jeff to play for the 3s after a good few years out of league cricket and he came in to bat at 5 alongside Ali who was ticking along nicely.

Jeff and Ali then proceeded to pile on the runs, with Ali continuing to hit some glorious shots through the offside and Jeff taking advantage of anything short or going down leg.

Ali was finally out for a hard earned 34, falling to a spectacular catch by an OCCC fielder who was not only half way through a fag, but also managed to slip and fall backwards in the process of taking the catch. Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admire some brilliant (if extremely village) cricket.

Yawer was next up and he and Jeff clearly decided to compensate for their inability to take quick singles by smashing a plethora of boundaries. Highlights included Yawer hammering a 4 straight down the ground and Jeff smashing a huge 6 over square leg.

Eventually the big hitting exploits created a few chances with Yawer departing for an excellent 34 after picking out a fielder with yet another huge shot and Jeff bowled by a fine yorker for an agonising 49 runs on debut.

This brought in Sawgat and Vivek who added some quick runs with some good hitting. Special mention to Sawgat for an outrageous ramp shot that deserved far more than a single run. After Sawgat departed for a very handy 9, Heera (9) came in at 9 and added some very useful runs with Vivek (23) to leave us with a daunting looking total of 196 for 7.

After demolishing a well earned tea, the 3s set about the task of bowling out the opposition on a very batsman friendly wicket.

Yawer and Heera opened the bowling, with Yawer (4-0-17-0) mixing up his usual excellent line and length with a few uncharacteristically loose balls while Heera (5-0-12-0) bowled a consistently excellent line and length to frustrate the batsmen.

Ali then turned to Dush (6-0-28-3) for the breakthrough and he duly provided with an excellent spell, claiming the wickets of both the openers and the opposition number 5.

James (6-0-20-1) then came on to replace Heera when the restrictions on junior pace bowlers brought an end to an excellent spell that deserved wickets. Apparently Yelly’s bowling coaching through the week had the desired effect, with James’ first 4 overs producing a wicket from one that swung late and clipped off stump and going for only 4 runs. However, the pressure of living up to J Gutteridge Senior’s batting performance apparently told with his last two overs going for 16 runs. Vivek (2-0-23-0) followed up and was again unlucky, with some very dangerous deliveries narrowly missing the stumps, a wet ball slipping out of the hand for 5 wides and several edges falling just short of the fielders.

Nidhish (1-0-5-1) then came on to bowl his first spell for the 3s this season and produced a fantastic first over, full of probing deliveries, and frustrated the well-set number 3 into a reckless swing of the bat that resulted in a well held catch from Sawgat and Nidhish earning a well deserved and crucial first 3s wicket.

The forecast rain then intervened, with a torrential downpour forcing an end to a game that we looked well set to win. Fortunately, the run-rate was in our favour and the 3s took maximum points against an opposition that have to be credited for the extremely friendly spirit the game was played in.