Midi stretch beaten run to four after bright start to league season

Midi CC gave opposing Toulouse CC Captain Brett Trudgett the best possible
farewell on Saturday – a six-wicket league victory at St Pons de Mauchiens and the
gracious gift of two successive sixes to seal a win for his side and send him back to
Australia with the warm memory of another job well done.

Trudgett, who has scored hundreds of runs against Midi over the last five years,
provided more of the same in his last match on French soil, scoring 42 not out,
including four sixes, as he and partner Neil Warren, 60 not out, combined to ease
past Midi’s total of 189 with 11 overs to spare.

Midi, who lost by only one wicket away to Toulouse three weeks previously, have
now slipped to second last in the Midi- Pyrénées/South Division after briefly topping
the table when they surprised everybody, particularly themselves, by registering their
first league victory in four years, defeating the formidable Catus CC in the season
opener.

Midi, hoping to stop the rot of three successive losses, won the toss on a cloudy but
dry day and Captain Alex Lalljee chose to bat, a decision he quickly regretted when
he and fellow opener Paul Rogers both went cheaply to send the home side tottering
at 14 for two.

But Nick Allison once again showed grit and determination and supported by senior
pro Dom George, the pair ground out the runs taking the score to 41 before George
fell to Presanth for 12.

Midi’s France U19 international Lucien Calkin joined Allison and the pair pushed the
score past 100 to raise hopes of a solid target for Toulouse to chase.

But when Allison fell for 19, caught and bowled by Neil Warren, followed by Calkin
soon after, another Warren victim, for a classy 38, an encouraging 114 for four was
transformed in familiar Midi fashion to 137 for seven.

Joe Whitworth and Joris Verdaasdonk both went for ducks but Midi found a saviour
in Ram Khumbar who held the rest of the Midi innings together, hitting seven fours in
his 34, and aided by American import Ken Miller, who bludgeoned 20, the home side
were able to set the visitors a respectable target of 190.

Toulouse set about their task slowly, Rogers and George restricting the openers to
only 17 in the seventh over when Rogers struck to dismiss Paul Lawrie leg before.

When Ram snared opener Michael Fitchett for 22 caught behind by Calkin after a
wayward wide-filled start to his spell, followed by Amit who was brilliantly caught
behind by Calkin off Patrick Dubois, Midi had the smell of victory in their nostrils with
the visitors struggling at 49 for three.

But Derek Blackham and Warren steadied the visitors’ ship, and when Blackham fell
for 14, bowled by Dubois with the score on 104, Trudgett came in to help overhaul
Midi’s score, wrapping up the win with two sixes off the first two balls of Whitworth’s
spell.

While Dubois took two for 39, it was once again Rogers who proved the hardest to
get away, finishing with a miserly one for 21 off his allotted eight overs.

Midi will rue three missed chances, two off Warren, one a straightforward catch at
cover with the score on 104 for three, the second in the 28 th , a skied shot to deep
square leg.

Now Midi have to regroup for their final league match on 15 June away to Catus,
who doubtless will still be smarting from their defeat at St Pons.

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