Match Day: Sun May 25 2014 | Start Time: 08:33: AM | Venue: Home
Type of Game: Friendly
Sunday XI 134 all out - Gravely 135/9
Performance of the Day: Yusuf Quershi 53
The M & B Sunday X1 were pleased to get out on the Bray pitch
for only the second time this season. Faced with a freshly cut and damp
pitch skipper Matt Armstrong may well have inserted the opposition in a
league game, but with it being Sunday he decided to give his batsmen
first use of the new deck. Alas for Armstrong the opposition, Graveley,
had a speedster D Smith, coupled with a spicy deck, spelt disaster for
the early order batsmen ! That said Sunday run machine, Raoul Cheema,
fell to the other less consistent opening bowler, Murphy, pulling out of
the pull and gloving it to the keeper. Other opener Simon Ball was
caught behind edging a rising delivery which the keeper took head high.
No. 3 Dixon only managed to glove it to the keeper. When last year's
centurion, Will Ballantyne, was caught in the gully by a fielder
appearing to catch it with the wrong hand whilst diving, Armstrong was
fearing an early bath at 16/4 and especially 32 for 5, when the usually
obdurate Atif Amin was castled by impressive Smith.
Luckily for M &B Yusuf Qureshi was still at the wicket. Showing
again why he must be one of the biggest wasted talents in the local
club cricket scene. Having not picked up a bat since last September,
Qureshi played some beautiful drives off both the front and back foot
with his Laraesque back lift, albeit reckless at times. He was pleased
to find a partner who was able to stay with him in the form of Arul
Appavoo, a much under rated batsman, who is beginning to put a few
scores on the board in this admittedly, embryonic club season. That said
Appavoo was off the mark with two scratchy shots through the slips
which found the third man boundary, he repeated the effort later in his
innings of 36 as well. The two stayed together for 13 overs and added
72 which gave the M & B innings some respectability. Qureshi's
demise(53 including 7 4's) triggered another low order collapse, more to
do with bad batting than good bowling, but Armstrong would have taken
134 all out in the 35th over given where they had been. Tail ender Ambar
Moorthy contributed 13 at the end but his innings was noteworthy due to
the remarkable 7 he recorded! After pulling the ball through the cow
corner region the ensuing fielder's throw hit the batsman whilst making
his ground and ricocheted to the boundary leaving the scorer and
fielding team to ponder the outcome.
Much like their batting M & B were quickly on the back foot in
the bowling stakes as left hand opener, Logan, quickly struck 19 off
Appavoo's opening 2 overs to leave the score on 26 off only 3, which
including 5 byes, when the ball went under Dixon and hit the keeper's
helmet. The game quickly changed in Ambar Moorthy's third over as Logan
was strangled down the leg side and the no. 3 obligingly guided his
third ball to Simon Ball at slip, who pouched the catch. Two catches for
Armstrong, both off leading edges, with batsmen playing too early
whilst flicking to leg, turned the game in M & B's favour, in the
space of 5 overs. From then on wickets fell at regular intervals whilst
the batsmen continued to score runs. Ambar Moorthy finished with the
excellent figures of 8/1/21/5, all courtesy of catches. His figures
would have been even better were it not for 3 4's going through the
third man region in one over, when skipper Armstrong decided to move
third man to fine leg!
The game saw the return to action of "Big" Tom Ryan, who impressed
with his speed and accuracy in his 8 over spell, which was notable for
the pearler of a first ball he delivered and a snorter of a delivery in
his last over, delivered round the wicket and shooting passed the
batsman's nose, as he swayed away. His two wickets, courtesy of hitting
the timbers, kept the game tantalizingly poised. Ryan finished with
figures of 8/0/35/2, no wonder headmaster Van Niekirk was keen to
discuss Ryan's availability for the coming weeks and months of the
season. No.3 bat D Smith continued to hold the Graveley innings
together, scoring 38, and looked to be seeing the opposition home.
Armstrong threw the ball to his senior twirler, Chris Butler, to see if
he could magic up a wicket, and so he did in his third over as he had
Smith deftly caught behind by Dixon to leave Graveley at 131 for 9.
Despite Armstong getting a few past the no 10's bat, skipper Wraight hit
the winning runs by pumping the ball for 6 and onto Bray road, to
conclude an enjoyable game of Sunday cricket, which had swayed one way
and the other.
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