Catus cut short Midi cup campaign with 118-run victory canter

Midi Cricket Club, bruised by Catus Cricket Club’s emphatic nine-wicket victory in their last
league match of the season, battled bravely against the same club at St Pons de Mauchiens
a week later, but still went down by 118 runs to end a short-lived Siddalls Cup campaign.

However their 2013 league and cup season ended on an optimistic note with Joris
Verdaasdonk and Midi’s man-of-the-match Joe Whitworth putting together an unbeaten 40-
run eighth-wicket partnership as Midi vainly chased Catus’ 257 target.

Midi finished on 138 for seven after captain-for-the-day Paul Rogers top scored with 39,
having turned round a disastrous Midi start which saw the four top-order batsmen back in the
pavilion with only 18 runs on the board.

Catus won the toss on a hot, fine Sunday and. with four players still making their way to the
ground, decided to bat first in the 35-over match.

With Midi’s attack still short of captain Dom George, recovering from a broken finger, Patrick
Dubois and David Mickleborough opened the bowling and it was the South African Dubois
who struck first with the score on 21, opener Rob Allen caught by the reliable French
youngster Pierre Zivanovic.

But having pegged Catus back in the early stages, Midi were left to rue two dropped catches
off Rahim, who went on to score 33, and a missed run out chance, allowing the visitors to
move past a century with only two wickets down.

Catus consolidated and moved past 150 for three wickets before Whitworth came on to
claim two victims in consecutive overs – Mark Beard, caught by Rogers on 21, then topscorer
Shafiq, bowled for 42. Whitworth lulled both batsmen into a feeling of security by
sprinkling six wides across the two overs.

Whitworth then picked up his third wicket with the score on 201, caught by wicketkeeper
David Amoros, to give him figures of three for 42 from his allotted seven-over spell.

The ever-dependable Ken Miller also picked up two wickets for 41 runs, with Verdaasdonk
(1-22), Dubois (1-60) and Ben Morgan (1-34), also chipping in, but Catus were able to set
the home side a formidable 257-run target for victory.

It all started very badly for Midi with Catus’ opening strike force, Karim and Rahim, sending
back the first four batsmen with only 18 runs scored. It was left to Rogers and Dubois to
steady the ship and they took the score along to 41 before Dubois (12) gave Rahim his
second wicket.

With victory slipping away, Midi were looking for respectability and Rogers, leading from the
front, grew in confidence and with support from Miller (13), Verdaasdonk (26 not out) and
Whitworth (12 not out), the home side were able to post 138 runs.

Rogers had looked well set in his second match after his return from his Central American
adventures but was sent on his way on 39 when given leg before by Shafiq bowling round
the wicket, a decision not often seen in Costa Rica.

Midi now go into their summer slumbers ahead of their September social season, launched
with the President’s Day festivities on Sunday, 8 September.

Thanks go to Joe Whitworth for putting together the tea at short notice and David Amoros
and Reg Gratton, for undertaking the mowing and, regrettably, giving Catus, a very fast
outfield.

Midi CC is now partnered with Cancer Support France (www.cse-languedoc.com), a local
organisation providing support in English for those affected by cancer.

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