Linlithgow 2s v Murrayfield DAFS 

Saturday 3rd June 2017

By Anand “Batman” Venkatesh

MDAFS (20) : 196 for 8 in 50 overs.
A Venkatesh 57, P Hawkins 52, R Thomson 3 for 48, D Bennie 2 for 20

Linlithgow (4) : 83 all out in 34.1 overs.
G Raven 33, A Venkatesh 5 for 16

MDAFS beat Linlithgow by 113 runs

Before we get to the cricket, a special mention for a few –
The coach Neil “Ring of Fire” Yelland – for playing despite his gut deciding to destroy every toilet from Edinburgh to Linlithgow. In spite of his dehydrated state Neil managed to get to the train on time, encourage / coach from the sidelines while the team batted and then get his whites on and keep them white(no code brown to report despite a few close calls) for the 34 overs it took us to bowl out the opposition and bowling 4.1 overs to finish the game. Well done…. for holding it in when it counted?!!

The 3 stooges – Finlay, Alex and Gavin (FAG group for easier reference in the future).
“Gavin “I snog smurfs” Poole and Finlay “I am too short to snog smurfs” Ross drinking till 5 am confident the game will be rained off (amateurs!!) Alex “where is my kitbag” Dow for celebrating his birthday a day earlier, drinking more than his body weight at the beer festival and remembering only
the next morning that his kit is in the armoury but the game is at Linlithgow!!

Getting to the cricket –
Batting:- Luke lost the toss (again) and we were asked to bat first on what appeared to be a flat track with a decent outfield. Slight misconception there!! Sam and Luke opened; the 2 paced nature along with variable bounce keeping things interesting from the start- Credit to the two youngsters who opened thebowling for Linlithgow and bowled very well throughout the game. Sam, F and A of the FAG group departed in succession but between them ensured that 16 valuable overs with the new ball were seen off. Luke and Philip toughing it out till the 23rd over before the skipper who had batted patiently for his 26 getting out to his opposite number. A gritty innings reflective of a difficult pitch.

This brought yours truly to the crease and along with the Hawkman managed to bat till the 47th over. A partnership of 127 in 24 overs followed. There were a few edges, the opposition did drop a few chances and their chat wasn’t the best. The highlight was Hawkman smoking one over cow corner with the opposition bringing the field in and audibly stating that this guy is not clearing the in field!!! Credit to Hawkman especially after a forgettable training session on Thursday along with a broken finger (bent out of shape is more like it but going for a bit of drama here), pushing me to run all those 2s & 3s and rotating the strike regularly enough to allow me to hack at a few, get some runs and get to 57.

Lewis then came in and ran Hawkman ragged with the latter finally out in 49th over for a well made and well deserved 52. Contributions from Lewis, the G of the FAG group and Bradley pushed the score to 196 .Well above the 140 we had aimed for at drinks.

Next was tea, sorting out the fire alarm which went off when Gav had decided his innings was that good that he needed to punch the changing room wall and a detailed explanation of Neil’s colonic exploits while we ate our egg sandwiches!!!

Bowling:- After coaxing the opposition to come out to bat, G and the St. Lucian Locomotive starting proceedings. The former still suffering from the previous night struggling in his first few overs to find his rhythm but Brad keeping things tight at the other end (insert Neil jokes). After being hit over his head for a couple of boundaries Gav had enough and decided to bowl what was probably the best slower ball of his life – batsman swishing at thin air, ball loops past the bat and crashes into middle. A cheery send off from our Kiwi export and a not so cheery response from the batsman resulting in the first wicket.

Brad getting into the act with a beauty that took the edge and was safely pouched by Hawkins. 14 excellent overs between the two which included a few drop catches. Luke calls for a bowling change with spin academy to the forefront. Kannan taking over from Gav and myself from Brad. 10 overs between the 2 spinners resulted in 15 runs, 2 more wickets and 3 maidens. Kannan bowling excellent line and lengths; a couple of wides being the only blemish. Dow given a “happy birthday bud, have one over before drinks”. At the end of 25 overs the opposition were 56-4 similar to what we were (55-4).

Neil extracts himself from the toilet and replaces Kannan. 9.1 overs between Yelly and myself resulting in 26 runs, 5 wickets (one of them a run out). With the last batsman not taking the field due to injury (I presume) MDAFS won by 113 runs. Wicket each for Gav, Brad and Neil, 5 for myself and one run out for Neil. Catching and ground fielding needs a bit of work but excellent batting and bowling from the team.

Onwards and upwards MUFS!!!

P.S. –
Can someone tag Kannan?
I did drop a catch but off Gav so does not count
Miracles do happen!!
Not bad for someone who is under the thumb yet playing on their wedding anniversary and surviving to write about it (thanks Addy – I am sure I will pay for it later)!!!

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