EYMET vs MORANGIS CC, Sunday 10th June
The gloomy weather continued as Eymet took on the visiting Morangis XI from the Paris region. After flooding at Damazan, the game was relocated to Eymet. Clubman David Horlock nipped out to cut (most of) the grass the day before. Sometimes Eymet struggle to put out an XI. Today, they were oversubscribed and David, Colin Goodall and Ian White generously stood down. David nominated young Numan to captain in his absence. With Morangis arriving late, both sides agreed to play 30 overs.
Morangis won the toss and elected to bat. Both Numan and Nigel struggled with their run-ups as moss had invaded the mat. At the same time, the batsmen found it hard to work the ball away. Nigel was the first to strike, pinning Vinoth plumb LBW with 14 on the board. Enayet replaced Numan and soon induced a snick off Djega into the gloves of debutant Adnan. Ahmed Jewel came on to bowl his skidders and Morangis crawled to 33 off 13 overs. Batsman Saravanan entertained with a Hollywoodien range of facial expressions showing his disgust at the slow conditions. Morangis would have been better off working the singles but continued to look for the big shots. It was therefore a surprise when Vengha ran himself out. New man Morel and Saravanan rebuilt, taking the score up to 60. Roland ‘Sausage’ Marshall then tempted Saravanan into an injudicious swipe, which was beautifully held by Parneet at square-leg, rising late like a lazy salmon to snatch the ball over his head. This brought Satish to the crease whose broad shoulders would make Eymet’s Ben Delaney appear a beanpole. Cameron Jones made a sprightly start to his bowling but struggled as well with slippery footholds. Nigel returned to the attack and a slower ball did for Morel, held brilliantly by Enayet at mid-wicket. Meanwhile, Satish did a Ben impression with a series of powerful sixes including a huge flat-batted effort off Enayet. This took Morangis to 138 off 28. However, he tried it once too often and was safely held in the deep by Nigel off Enayet. In the final over the persevering Enayet bowled Aroun to close proceedings on 152.
A delicious lunch was taken with a selection of cakes which would not have been out of place on Great British Bake Off – many thanks to Eileen Draper and Joan Wall, Marie-Christine, for completing a fine service .
Parneet and Adnan also struggled with the damp conditions until Adnan went ‘route one’ and deposited Sridhar over the ropes. The frustrated Parneet was caught behind off Aroun and Ahmed joined Adnan with the total on 30 off 6 overs. These two kept the scoreboard ticking over until Ahmed was LBW with 70 on the board. Owais Mohammed turned the face too quickly and gave a regulation catch to midwicket – 91 for 3 off 16. As Nigel joined Adnan it looked like a run chase with 60-odd to get off 14 overs. Adnan had other ideas: maybe he had a train to catch; maybe he was stung by a bee. Whatever , no one would have predicted what happened next as Adnan went berserk in an orgy of six-hitting. Eymet raced to 153 in the next 8 overs. In all, Adnan hit 8 sixes, including 2 enormous efforts towards the football pitch. Fittingly, he squeezed past the hundred landmark just before the winning total was achieved, his second fifty taking only 26 balls. Seasoned Eymet-watchers may like to speculate who was the last to score 100 on debut for Eymet.
Many thanks to David for umpiring and to Colin Goodall for keeping an immaculate book. Gratitude also to sponsors the Pizzeria, the Café de Paris, Danelander and Anglo-Info.
RESULT: EYMET WIN BY 7 WICKETS
MORANGIS 152 for 7 off 30 overs (Satish 59, Enayet 3-34, N.Jones 2-19)
EYMET 153 for 3 off 24 overs (Adnan 105*, Satish 2-30)
EYMET: Numan (capt), Adnan (wk.), Parneet, Ahmed Jewel, N.Jones, Owais Mohammed, Azizul, C. Jones, R. Dunham, , R. ‘Sausage’ Marshall, Enayet Hussein.