Midi crash at home despite George’s swashbuckling 82

Dom George slammed a swashbuckling 82 as he led the Midi CC run chase
against Noe Gascogne CC on Sunday 12 May but his captain’s innings was not
enough to stave off a second league defeat of the season.

The visitors posted a formidable score of 334 after winning the toss on a cloudy
but dry day.

While Midi for once avoided the usual mid-order collapse, they still went down by
147 runs with only Ken Miller, 20, Marc Dalling, 16, and Ben Morgan, 12,
providing George with support.

Midi’s bowling frailty, without absent stalwarts Paul Rogers, John McBurnie, Dave
Mickelborough and Nick Allison, was exposed by Noe’s top order with all four
batsmen posting 50-plus scores as they cruised to three figures with only four
wickets down.

Midi’s fielding seemed at times to be in a parallel universe, highlighted by two
failed run-out attempts when it seemed easier to hit the wicket than miss, and a
brilliant catch in the deep by American import Miller who then calmly sank back
over the boundary rope, blissfully unaware that he had conceded six runs.

Patrick Dubois, Alex Lalljee and Miller each picked up a wicket but all were
expensive and George, usually the most miserly of the Midi bowlers, gave away
59 runs in his eight wicketless overs.

Midi started their innings badly with Lalljee going for nought after spooning an
unplayable ball into the slips in the first over but Ben Morgan joined Dalling and
they took the score to 37 in only six overs before Morgan fell LBW for 12.

George then joined Dalling and while they only added another six runs, the
captain provided the foundation for an entertaining but ultimately unsuccessful
run chase.

Midi were finally dismissed in 28 overs for 187 after George’s jaunty
partnerships of 42 with Miller and a last-wicket 47 with Rashid Hriri whose
dogged two not out enabled his captain to flay the Noe bowlers.

Midi are still looking for their first win of the season, having lost to the No Hope
XI in a friendly and Toulouse CC in their first league match. They entertain
Toulouse again on Saturday 18 May.

Thank you to President Marc Dalling and Vice President Reg Gratton for mowing
the ground on Saturday afternoon and to Marc and wife Christelle for providing
the excellent tea.

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