Midi wind up league campaign in spectacular style

Midi CC wrapped up their league campaign in spectacular style on Sunday going
down to table-topping Catus CC by 10 wickets for their fifth successive loss.

Midi, who had beaten the formidable Catus by one run at home in a dramatic and
unexpected start to the league season, cemented their position at the bottom of the
Midi-Pyrenees/South Division after setting their opponents a dismally low target of 34
runs.

An away trip to Catus without the injured Paul Rogers, senior pro Dom George, top-
order batsman Nick Allison, strike bowler Patrick Dubois and young French
international Lucien Calkin, was always going to be an uphill battle. But the task
quickly become a lost cause when after winning the toss, Midi sank to 11 for four
wickets.

Midi had no answer to the most lethal opening bowling spell faced all season. Karim
and J. Patras, with two wickets apiece, clean bowled Jason Armstrong (2), Marc
Dalling (8), Ram Khumbar (0) and captain Alex Lalljee (1).

When Joris Verdaasdonk (5) and Joe Whitworth (0) both fell with the score on 16,
Midi were staring in the face of their lowest ever league score.

But a late flurry from Ken Miller (7) and David Amoros (6), ably supported by
occasional batsman Reg Gratton, with a neatly compiled 0 not out, eased the Midi
score to 33 in 16 overs.

Midi’s opening bowler Ken Miller quickly expunged any dream of a sensational Midi
victory with two wides and a six in a first over which conceded 13 runs. It was all
over in 2.3 overs with Rahim on 13 not out and Shafiq on 21.

Midi’s away weekend was to have opened on Saturday at Seissan with a new T20
tournament involving league opponents Toulouse CC and Armagnac-Bigorre CC.
But the triangular tournament was reduced to one match when Toulouse pulled out
at the eleventh hour.

Nine-man Midi lost the toss and Armagnac, led by captain Tony Hands who hit 76
not out, set the visitors an imposing target of 175 after their allotted 20 overs.
Armagnac’s score was augmented by Midi’s bowlers who generously conceded 43
wides.

Pick of the Midi bowlers was once again Paul Rogers who took two wickets in his
first over, but then after a three-over spell which yielded only six runs, he tweaked a
calf muscle tripping over a divot and was unable to complete his four overs.

Midi started their run chase disastrously with Rogers and Ram back in the pavilion
with only five on the board but Joe Whitworth and Jason Armstrong combined to
take the score past 30 and when Whitworth went for 10, captain Alex Lalljee joined
the South African for a partnership of 57.

But the run rate was against Midi and although Armstrong hit 30 with four fours and
Lalljee top scored with 33 and five fours, they went down by 52 runs. A late run
flurry was highlighted by Pierre Zivanovic who hit a best ever 18 in helping take the
Midi score to 122 for seven.

Midi’s focus is now on the Siddall’s Cup with a home match against Damazan CC
on Sunday, 22 June. With a number of key players back in the team, Midi will be
hoping to put the Catus loss behind them.

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