Historic Midi league victory to mark 10th anniversary season

Talismanic Frenchman David Amoros helped guide Midi CC to a dramatic last-gasp
one-wicket victory against Armagnac-Bigorre on its St Pons de Mauchiens home
ground on Sunday.

The triumph marked the first time the club had won two league matches in a season
in its 10-year history and sealed what captain Paul Rogers described as “a great
team effort where every single player chipped in with a contribution, especially in the
field”.

Armagnac won the toss on a fine, sunny day and looked set to take its score past the
300 mark with top-order batsmen Hemchandar and Sriram compiling a 164-run
stand on a super quick outfield after Patrick Dubois had struck early with no score on
the board thanks to a sharp second-slip catch by Rogers.

But Midi did not panic and an inspired Dubois removed Hemchandar (64) and new
batsman Satish in successive overs, both again snaffled by Rogers, his third effort
an incredible one-handed effort on the boundary.

Dubois then had top-scorer Sriram (80) leg before with the score on 181 to give him
impressive figures of four for 42 from his allotted eight overs.

A late cameo from Chaitanya who hit five fours in a breezy 26 pushed the Armagnac
score along to a competitive 246 for seven wickets.

While Dubois took the honours with the ball, it was club stalwart Nick Allison who
provided the foundation for Midi’s victory with the bat.

His two-hour stay at the wicket as opener yielded 71 runs, with 12 fours, and when
he was out fourth wicket down in the 34 th over with the score on 214, Midi looked to
be heading to victory.

Allison was ably assisted by Harshesh who hit 39 which included the game’s only
six.

With Allison gone and 32 runs to win off the remaining six overs, Midi hit the self-
destruct button.

Last-wicket partners Joris Verdaasdonk and David Amoros were presented with the
nailbaiting task of scoring 10 runs for victory after two disastrous, some would say
farcical, runouts which sent grizzled veteran Dom George and Ram Khumbar back to
the pavilion.

Amoros, whose wicketkeeping had been exemplary, was untypically cool headed as
he dispatched a boundary to set up victory from a wide ball, an appropriate finale as
Armagnac generously gifted Midi 46 wides to help the home side achieve its target.

Midi’s triumph followed an away win over Armagnac in early May where new recruits
Ankush (108) and Harshesh (28) provided the backbone for a score of 231 and a 60-
run victory.

Midi’s next game will be at home on 14 June against Catus CC who won by 53 runs
at Seissan last month.

It’s a game that Rogers is desperate to win. “Everybody who went to Catus was
gutted. We definitely have a point to prove to them but more especially to
ourselves. On the 14th we will have no excuses.”

Club President Marc Dalling was also enthused by Midi’s performance. “This is the
first time we have won two league matches in the same season and bodes well for
the future. We need to keep the momentum going against Catus now on the 14th.
We know that victory is possible and we must do everything possible to beat them.”

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