Midi Cricket Club once again successfully defended their long losing streak on the road with
defeats against Noe-Gascogne CC and Catus CC in a weekend league double-header at the
Catus home ground near Cahors on 22 and 23 June.
The double loss keeps them rooted firmly at the bottom of the Midi-Pyrénées/South division
of the Siddalls Regional League with six defeats from six matches to wind up their 2013
After their confidence-boosting first win of the season the previous week in a friendly against
Bedouins CC, Midi CC were hoping for a change of fortune on the first road trip of the
Batting first in both matches, Midi had the chance to give their bowlers scores to defend, but
despite (for Midi CC) lengthy stays at the wicket in both matches, particularly from the
dogged Jason Armstrong and captain for the weekend, Alex Lalljee, the runs simply did not
Armstrong was the backbone of the innings in Midi’s first match against Noe-Gascogne but
although his top score of 21 accumulated over 20 overs helped his team to a reasonable
score of 110, Noe-Gascogne ultimately cruised home by 4 wickets after an early scare when
three of their top order were back in the pavilion with only 44 runs on the board after half the
allotted 40 overs.
Lalljee’s patient top score of 13 in his hour at the crease against Catus CC found support
from only Ken Miller (11) and the 46-run target took the home side only five overs to
overtake for an easy nine-wicket victory.
Midi were once again below strength for their trip away from St Pons with captain and
leading run scorer Dom George still recovering from a broken finger, Roger Hartill nursing a
strained calf muscle and David Mickleborough and Joris Verdaasdonk unavailable.
But at least they were able to welcome back Paul Rogers after his Central American
adventures, and he quickly repaid his return to the side with two slip catches – one a brilliant
take low down to his right – and a wicket, which gave Midi a smidgeon of hope that they
might break through eight-man Noe-Gascogne’s defences for a first on-the-road win.
But middle-order batsmen Pierre and Yoji steadied the Noe-Gascogne ship and a
partnership of 72 saw them safely home. Lalljee (1 for 10 in five overs), Patrick Dubois (1 for
21 in six overs) and Rogers (1 for 26 in four overs) were the pick of the Midi bowlers.
Midi had determinedly battled to 110, thanks to Armstrong, some middle-order support from
Miller (16) and Dubois (11), and some generous Noe-Gascogne bowling which produced 36
wides, nine in the first two overs.
The Sunday match against Catus was painfully one-sided thanks to the UMC (usual Midi
collapse) and a batting order that ended at nine, with scorer Reg Gratton bringing up the
After laboriously toiling to 31 for three after 26 overs, Midi lost their last five wickets for 14
runs, to leave the run-hungry Gratton on a neatly compiled 0 not out.
Catus CC man-of-the-match Richard Harris finished with 2 for 6, one a curious bowling of
Miller who was given out when a bail dislodged itself from the wicket with the batsman aware
of no apparent intervention by the ball.
Catus CC were in no mood to hang around and with both Dubois and Miller unable to find
the line and length of the previous day, Harris proceeded to hit an unbeaten 28 – the winning
shot a huge six off Dubois – to help seal an easy home side victory. Miller took the only Midi
wicket at the cost of 21 runs from his two overs.
Midi now face a Siddalls Cup match against Catus CC at their St Pons de Mauchiens ground
on Sunday, 30 June, and will be hoping that captain Dom George will make his return from
injury to provide some inspiration for his team after the disappointing away weekend.
Thanks go to Midi President Marc Dalling and Ken Miller for driving duties and the Cahors
Auberge de Jeunesses for providing a toilet flush in the team dormitory that would have
woken the dead and probably contributed to Midi’s abject failure against Catus. Also thanks
again to Colin Trickett for making the long trip and providing his usual impeccable umpiring
in the Catus match.