Saturday 4th August 2018
MDAFS III 89ao (R Ketinedi 29) beat Edinburgh South II 80ao (L Towns 6 for 10, J Gutteridge 3 for 12) by 9 runs.
After finally returning to winning ways the week before with a narrow win over Stewart’s Melville, the 3’s were back in action away to Edinburgh South 2’s at the inch. Incredibly, James won the toss again which makes it eight in a row. It has since emerged that James is under investigation for this suspect business.
With a recent return to the 3’s, Super Ali and Lindsay opened the batting to face an impressive opening attack. Unfortunately both were out relatively early to the South’s excellent opening bowler Tiwari, who ended up bowling all his eight overs at the start which included seven maidens……
After the tricky start, things did not become easier as the pitch was slower than James offering to buy the next round in the Roseburn. A slow, but important partnership developed between Ram and Devik, until the latter was bowled. Sunny continued adding crucial runs with Ram until he too was bowled, then somehow ended up unceremoniously on his back. Those watching were surprised to see this was from a spin bowler and not after an intimidating spell from an angry fast demon. Captain James took the bold decision to promote himself up the order despite having no form with the bat since Sunderland were a decent side in the English Premiership (Editors’ note: Or ever…), and deservedly was out for 0. Boundaries were as rare as an appearance from Dean at training as we had to deal predominantly in singles. Matt was unlucky to be bowled by a ball by that bounced more than once and tickled the bails off the stumps. Last week’s batting heroes Graeme and Neil were reunited briefly, until Graeme smashed a ball straight at 2’s skipper Graham (which is the wrong way to spell it) to depart for 6, and the less said about the rest of the innings the better as we were all out for 89 in 32.5 overs. Excellent bowling from Tiwari and Dodson taking 5-24 and top batting from Ram making 29.
Opening the bowling and needing to take early wickets was left to Tom and Adam. Despite two excellent spells with plenty of pace, we could only muster one wicket, a beauty from Adam hitting middle stump. After a few overs of frustration, James managed to dismiss the other opener Blood for 10 to keep the match alive. But ten overs followed without another wicket falling, a terrific partnership between Shafiq and Singh took South to 58-2 for at drinks.
Needing a miracle, Graeme and Ali continued after the break. With a close stumping turned down and two drops off Graeme’s Shane Warne-esque (Editors’ note: Maybe Xavier Doherty-esque) bowling, the match seemed to be over at 68-2. However, an inspired performance from Lindsay changed all the momentum. What followed was a match winning spell that should feature in next year’s Wisden, or at the very least the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Rolling back the years, Mr Towns took 6 wickets for just 10 runs which stunned the opposition. With lots of hungry fielders crowded around the bat, the atmosphere was tense. Keeper Neil on his birthday took a brilliant stumping to remove Tiwari, what a present! It should also be noted that sensing the opportunity to claim a few wickets at the death and be the hero, James brought himself back on to take another two wickets, but deservedly it was Lindsay who took the final scalp, Edinburgh South 2’s all out for 80 which ironically was the age of the last batsmen.
A much needed win after a tough July and hopefully we can finish the season on a high.
Author: Graeme Mitchell