New Club Record by Numan 27 for 6 !!
MIDI v EYMET– Blevins Franks League, Sunday 27 May 2018
A League match against Midi, not a trip to Montpellier in the deep south, but to a half-way house for both teams at Catus. The pundits had been shaking their heads at Eymet’s early season batting form, referring to the injury-loss of anchor-man, Eloquent Ed Nicolson, who normally talked his way to at least 30 runs. The question was, could Eymet bounce back with the smaller boundary at the pretty Lac Vert ground?
Skipper Horlock won the toss and with rumbling weather in the offing he took an age to decide that it was best to bat. The pitch and outfield were still damp from morning rain, perhaps he thought his quickies would “slip” to defeat for lack of grip. But it was the Eymet batsmen who showed no grip as Midi opened up with their slower bowlers and soon struck twice to make it 6 for 2! Now one of these slow fellows was a Yank called Miller, who hailed from a baseball background, but horizontal speed with the ball was not his forte. Eymet could simply not get him away as they struggled on to 24 for 3. The scene seemed set for Owais as he marched out, for Catus is his favourite ground. The 2nd ball cleared the ropes, and a couple of handy fours followed, but he soon fell to the baseball chap as Eymet languished at 40 for 4. At least The Horlock was still there, deftly clipping runs around with some able support from Numan. At drinks Eymet had reached 75 for 4 and a reasonable total beckoned. But alas, as is often the case, drinks accounted for David, and Eymet were back in the soup again. Fortunately, the innings then took a strange turn, as Eymet seemed to fight back after each wicket, but then gave away another when they seemed to be on top. Azizul was the pick of the batsmen with a controlled 30-odd and new boy Richard Dunham clouted a few, but it was left to Roland “Sausage” Marshall, and Twirler Tim Chancellor, to steer out the 40 overs as Eymet ended with a more than useful 172 for 9.
Numan steamed in at the river end and soon accounted for a couple, including the baseball bat of Miller, and matters looked even-stevens at 5 for 2. Midi then seemed in a hurry to get on with it, perhaps they wanted an early trip home, or had mistaken the match for a T20. The runs soon piled on and the sensible onlookers had spotted that the run-rate was crucial if those storms arrived. The Horlock turned to his spinners to stem the tide. “Sausage” shouted encouragement to the troops but immediately became “The Juggler” as Owais’ next ball went into his hands, out of hands, into his hands, out of hands and then stuck! Eymet had their breakthrough. Twirler Tim then trapped a couple leg-before and Midi had been rocked back to 64 for 5. But the T20 blast continued as Shejar gave Twirler Tim some rough treatment and Midi passed the ton. The storm clouds were gathering in more ways than one! And who do you turn to, Numan, the Bangladesh express. Owais started it off with another LBW but Numan was then let loose to rip through the tail. Shejar holed out and Ross was soon skittled. Next ball, the experienced Rogers was bowled off his pads, and Numan was on a hat-trick. The hat-trick ball just missed the stumps but a few deliveries later Wasim was trapped leg-before. Midi had lost their last 5 wickets for just 11 runs and had succumbed for 116. Numan had finished with a 6for, although not quite rolling off the tongue like a 5for, this is a rarity in the Sud-Ouest league.
At drinks (what drinks – the price of playing at a neutral ground!) the team celebrated a top of the league performance. The rumbling of thunder had started and all soon departed to miss the rain. The batting had picked up but the bowlers still held the key. Meanwhile there are rumours that Eymet’s newest roving reporter, the eponymous Stan, is waiting in the wings to take up this column. Be afraid everyone ……….
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Eymet win by 56 runs
Eymet CC: 172 for 9 in 40 Overs (Azizul 32, Numan 21, Naeem 2-10, Miller 2-14)
Midi CC: 116 all out in 19 overs (Naeem 26, Shejar 25, Shakil 25, Numan 6-27, Owais 2-24, T.Chancellor 2-44)
Eymet Team: D.Horlock (capt & wkt), Parneet, Ahmed Jewel, R.Brown, Owais, Numan, Azizul, R.Dunham, R.Marshall, Enayet, T.Chancellor.