Midi falter again against Catus after solid start

Midi CC looked set to prosper on the confidence of a narrow defeat to Toulouse CC in their previous
league match but after posting their best opening partnership of the season, the home side
foundered once again with Catus CC cruising to an eight-wicket victory on Sunday 26 May.

After several changes to the fixture schedule, what was supposed to be a double header ended up as
a league match only, with the Siddalls Cup game against Catus now to be played on Sunday 30 June.

Put into bat first, Midi started in solid fashion with a 55-run opening partnership but then the
wickets tumbled and Catus were set a moderate target of 136 runs.

The visitors’ Catus top order were in no mood to hang around and with their youthful side fresh
from a recent victory against perennial league champions Noe Gascogne, they took the game to
Midi from the first delivery, sealing victory in only the 16th over of the 40-over match.

The fourth defeat of their league campaign was disappointing for Midi who were bouyed by the
return of their injured captain Dom George and were in the mood to post their first victory of the
season

The rain of recent weeks had stayed away and openers Jason Armstrong (24) and Dalling (43) made a
solid start under blue skies. Their partnership of 55 provided a decent platform against some pacey
and accurate bowling from Catus’s opening bowlers. Armstrong was eventually dismissed just before
the drinks break.

Dalling and Lalljee (11 took the score along to 82 until Dalling was caught in the deep following a
flurry of boundaries. Next in was captain George (28) who picked his way through the first few
deliveries with well-placed singles as the scoreboard ticked over at a reasonable rate.

When Lalljee was bowled by Rofik, the ball ricocheting off his pads, Midi were in need of a solid
middle order partnership but as so often in the past, wickets tumbled and Midi lost five batsmen for
12 runs, including two first-ball ducks.

A late flurry of boundaries from the resilient George and Mickleborough helped push the scoring
rate up late on as Midi finished on a below par 135 all out.

A delightful tea was provided by Ken Miller, highlights including some deceptively tangy chicken
wraps. The hope was this would give Midi a kick at the start of their session in the field and make
some early inroads into the Catus top order.

Midi began with focus, but with Catus eyeing up the short boundaries square of the wicket they
quickly took the game away. They raced to 50 in five overs with Shafik (36) throwing the bat with
abandon.

Keeble (52 not out) at the other end played a fine innings, with some beautiful off-drives and several
clips behind square leg for four.

The Midi bowlers were quickly rotated to mix things up in an effort to stem the flow of runs. There
were also several big efforts in the field, George and Patrick Dubois launching themselves to make
stops as Catus peppered the outfield.

Catus reached their target of 136 in 15.4 overs with Midi left rueing a few early chances that didn’t
go their way, and which may have made a difference in slowing the Catus charge.

Onwards and upwards, Midi’s next game is against touring team Bedouin CC on Saturday 15 June. A
victory would see off those mid-season blues and give some confidence for the away weekend
double header on 22/23 June.

Practice continues…

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