Murrayfield DAFS 3s v Edinburgh CC 3s
Saturday 25th May 2019
By James Gutteridge
Murrayfield DAFS 3 v Edinburgh 3
Edinburgh 3 (9) : 155 All Out in 38 overs.
A Farooq 40, N Pujari 3 for 23, F Chinigar 2 for 31, J Gutteridge 2 for 47
Murrayfield DAFS 3 (20) : 156 for 7 in 37.2 overs.
S Shah 57, F Chinigar 35, MS Ashraf 2 for 16
Murrayfield DAFS 3 beat Edinburgh 3 by 3 wickets.
The 3s travelled to the Meadows looking to bounce back from a couple of narrow losses that should really have been wins. The opposition for the day were Edinburgh CC 3s who had given the 3s a torrid time last season and a tough game was expected.
James lost the toss and the Edinburgh skipper chose to bat first. Simon (6-0-16-1) and Zain (6-0-18-1) opened up, with both bowling excellent, probing spells. Simon snared the dangerous Razzaq with a ball that lifted sharply, while Zain followed it up with a full in-swinger to trap the opposition Number 3 LBW.
Vivek and James came on looking to take advantage of the good early work by Simon and Zain but were hampered by increasingly damp conditions and the soaked ball that wasn’t giving the bowlers any assistance.
While Vivek (6-0-17-0) was keeping the pressure on from one end, James saw a number of edges fly over the slips and a few big slogs over cow allowed Edinburgh to keep the score ticking along at a furious pace.
However, cometh the hour, cometh the man. With Number 4 Farooq looking nailed on for a 50, Nidhish produced a moment of absolute magic. A one-handed pickup at point gave him one stump to aim at and he didn’t fail, castling the stumps and providing the crucial breakthrough.
Farhad (7-0-31-2) came on and was straight into a typically threatening spell, though he was also hampered by the wet ball and soggy fielding conditions. James managed to snag a wicket with a well disguised slower ball to remove the Number 5 followed by another slower ball yorker to remove classy opener Akhtar.
Farhad removed the dangerous Hassan before Nidhish (5-0-23-3) came on and produced some excellent bowling in his first 3s spell of the season. Excellent line and length brought all three of Nidhish’s wickets, helped by some excellent catching across the side, including a blinder of a take from stand-in keeper Lindsay.
In the meantime, Farhad had removed the opposition Number 9 with some more accurate bowling meaning Edinburgh were all out for a very useful 155.
The new look 3s opening pair of Dave and Shehryar opened up and looked confident from the outset, with Dave smashing a pinpoint cut for 4 early in the innings. Unfortunately, Dave fell LBW soon after, albeit to a questionable piece of umpiring.
However, this brought Farhad to the crease and he unleashed a flurry of boundaries, including three enormous 6s to race to 37 before falling to a ball that kept low. This kept the 3s well ahead of the rate which would prove crucial as the game wore on.
Shehryar had so far played the anchor role but with Vivek (5) going early doors and being replaced by Jonathan the roles were reversed. A partnership of 60 took Murrayfield to a strong position of 120-3 before a classic 3s collapse brought the score to 123-6.
This brought together Matt and Zain and the proceeded to add a vital 25 run partnership with a mix of judicious hitting and excellent running. Zain fell for a crucial 10 but Simon came in and he and Matt added the last few runs to see us over the line.
An excellent result for the 3s, especially given our history against Edinburgh CC, and hugely encouraging to see the two juniors – Matt and Nidhish – making match-winning contributions.