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Match 7 (7th scheduled) 2017: May 24

Battersea Bohemians CC vs Pimlico Strollers CC

Bohos canter past Strollers to clinch T20 win
posted: May 25, 2017

Not even a fine unbeaten 52 from Gav (his first half century in a T20) nor a scintillating opening spell from Viral and our seamers were enough to secure our first win of the season when, having posted a modest 133-7, the Battersea Bohemians were able to mount a measured response and clinch the win with 9 balls to spare in our first T20 of the season.

On a beautiful hot, sunny evening at North Middlesex CC, upon winning the toss Rob somewhat surprisingly sent us in. Gav and Dave got us off to a cracker until, after a few lusty blows, the kitten edged one to Archdale at slip. Then followed an 80+ partnership between Gav and Matt (the cat making his first domestic appearance of the year) with both working the ball well off the seamers, although picking the slow stuff from Yogesh and Rob less so. Matt eventually went for 25 having been trapped LBW by Meier but nevertheless the hundred was reached in the fifteenth over and, shortly thereafter Gav reached his well earnt fifty having dispatched the ball to all corners of the boundary along the way.

However at this stage some acceleration was needed so, understandably, Viral called the big man back in to allow himself some pinch hitting with Haris in the final overs. Unfortunately it didn't quite go to plan with the skipper sent packing without troubling the scorers — playing, missing and bowled by the speedy Huddleston. Haris too then scooped one up to Alex Gray (guesting from the HICCs) and Asish, making his Strollers début, did likewise off McCaskill, who had also seen off Gideon. With runs scarce to come by Dave Gorton returned for a somewhat suicidal second run on the last ball and was duly run out, our total having edged up only as far as 133... something to bowl at at least if not the imposing 150+ we felt would be needed.

However our spirits were lifted when, on the first ball of the Bohos innings, Viral struck to dislodge Robin Hayley's leg stump, sending the potentially dangerous opener back to the hutch for a diamond duck. This was followed by some attritional stuff from Gideon that kept scoring opportunities to a minumum. Haris got into the act as well, taking over from Viral with the immediate reward of Al Andrews' wicket. This was followed by the potentially game-changing prize scalp of Alex who likewise played down the wrong line to Haris and was clean bowled to our whoops of delight.

With around a hundred still needed, we felt the game was there for the taking. However this was not the view of Richard Meier — the Bohemians' lefty clearly seeing the ball better than his team mates and kickstarting their innings with a series of thumping boundaries. Jones at the other end may not have been striking the ball so cleanly but did well to keep us out and, as the score climbed our own total looked decidedly fallable.

Simon, back for his first appearance of the English season, and now sporting a fearsome headband in the mould of Dennis Lillee bowled well but without penetration as Meier and Jones resisted. With less than thirty needed Viral brought himself back on. Thankfully his frustrations when a low chance to Davie G at cover was put down were short lived when a couple of deliveried later he finally managed to get through Jones' defences and bowled him for 37. But sadly it was too little too late — Huddlestone came in to help Richard past his own fifty and, in the penultimate over, past the winning line.

An enjoyable game on a delightful early summer evening but sadly no cigar for us, again. We meet the Bohos again in 10 days time ...perhaps then will come that elusive first win.

Gavin Richardson


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