Midi CC wins Fair Play Award for second time in three years

Midi Cricket Club has won the 2018 season Fair Play Award for the Blevins Franks Southwest Regional League – the second time it has received the honour in the last three years.

The award, which carries a 200 Euro prize, was presented to the club at the ACCSO Annual General Meeting on 10 November in Damazan and recognises the team that adheres best to both the practice and the spirit of cricket in its conduct during the league and cup season.

It was noted that Midi gained five Sporting Bonus points for a player walking when the umpire was unsure if he was out. In this case it was Midi captain Dom George who set a fine example to his players that matches should be played in the correct spirit.

The umpires compile the data which monitors provision of team lists before the toss, provision of scorers, fielding side on field promptly, respect for over rate, absence of sledging, applause for incoming batsmen, silence during run-up, absence of dissent, absence of excessive/orchestrated appealing and positive player attitude towards umpires.

Next season the Fair Play Award is to be re-named the Sportsmanship Award.

ACCSO, which governs cricket in this region, also agreed at its AGM to revert to two pools for the league  – North and South – with semi-finals and final to decide the overall winner.

Midi will be playing in the South pool with a likely two sides from Toulouse CC and Catus CC on a home and away basis. The long distances involved in playing in one division last season resulted in matches being forfeited and contributed to Midi finishing last in the league. The match format will be changed and will be no more than 75 overs with a new points structure.

It was also agreed to continue with a T20 tournament with pools of three teams where possible. The Blevins Franks Cup with a 35-over format would also be re-introduced with a Grand Final at the end of August as a major sponsor’s event. A plate competition would run in parallel.

ACCSO also agreed to continue with pink balls which were introduced last season with the caveat that teams could choose the colour of the ball to be used on their ground. Catus had complained that the pink ball became unplayable after being fished from the river that runs by their ground.

Most of the other clubs however felt that the use of pink balls last season had been a success – they were much more easy to see and also to find when hit out of the ground.

Midi CC Annual General Meeting on 15 November


Thursday, 15 November, at 18:30

Le Wine Shop, 65 Avenue de Verdun, Pézenas

Midi Cricket Club has embarked on an ambitious programme to involve its members and supporters in a wider range of activities beyond cricket.

While the club will continue to play both league and social cricket in the 2019 season, we also want your help in supporting regular social nights.

We have already held two successful darts, pies and beer nights in Pouzolles this year with another two planned for 5 December and 6 February. We have a Retro Night at the Pouzolles Salle des Fetes on Saturday, 3 November, and urge you to come along and enjoy the night with a live band, as well as food and drink from the 50s/60s era. We also plan a social softball event in the New Year at our Pouzolles ground.

So if you are interested in helping to ensure the long-term health of the club, come along to the AGM on 15 November and have your say on how we can continue to play a role in the life of the expat community.

The club has booked a stand at the annual Cracker Fair on 24 and 25 November at Abbaye de Valmagne in order to generate membership and provoke interest.

At the AGM we will be electing the committee to take us into an enduring future. We will also be looking to co-opt people on to our permanent social and events committee to help steer the club in its new direction.

Please email the secretary at  reggratton@gmail.com
of your intention to attend this meeting and send any items to add to the AGM agenda which will be circulated ahead of the meeting.

Afterwards, an apéritif will be offered by the club


Midi so close to first win of the season in loss to UK touring side

Midi Cricket Club came very close to lifting the gloom of a bleak league season, losing by only 14 runs in a friendly match against UK touring side, Maids Moreton CC, at their Pouzolles home ground on Saturday.

Victory had seemed remote when half the side were out for 60 chasing an attainable target of 207 in the 40-over game but a vintage innings from captain Dom George, coming in at number 7, and a brilliant late cameo from American import Ken Miller, who had earlier taken three wickets and pouched the catch of the season at deep mid-wicket, saw the home side come tantalisingly close to their first win of 2018.

George top scored with 49 and Miller was left frustrated on 19 not out, as Midi were dismissed for 192 – deprived of a Maids deflowering. 

Maids Moreton went in to bat under a clear blue sky but their two opening batsmen – Chris Coxill and Driscoll Ford-Gibb – had no time to enjoy the sun as Midi’s wily spin bowler Naeem Abbas had them both dismissed for 0 as the visitors struggled to reach 18 for three with pace bowler Wasim chipping in with an LBW of Arun Rajaraman,

Maids recovered from their early setback with Andy Norman (26) and Dan Fox (26) compiling a solid partnership of 47 before Louis Parry bowled Fox and Miller picked up the first of his three wickets by trapping Norman LBW.

The match seemed to be slipping away from Midi as the Maids middle order stepped up the run rate but then Miller bowled Mike Fisk for 38 and produced a miraculous catch in the deep to remove top-scorer David Wise for 42 off George’s bowling.

However, from 117 for seven, Wise had pushed the score to 184 helped by a late flurry from Maids captain Omar Khan (34) and aided by a dour 11 not out from Mike Heath. Maids were ultimately dismissed for a respectable 206. Miller finished with three for 57 while George took two for 12, Naeem two for 24 and his fellow opening bowler Wasim two for 22.

The run chase started at a limp with Midi losing two quick wickets, both victims of Fisk, but Ben Morgan (19) and Mark Hayden (14) moved the score along before both were dismissed with the score on 38.

With four wickets down, Midi were looking at a heavy defeat but a breezy 22 from Naeem, which included five fours, followed by a 72-run partnership between George and Joris Verdaasdonk edged Midi closer to the target.

But sadly victory was not to be – Verdaasdonk ran himself out on 26 while George fell to a mishit one short of a deserved 50. Miller, coming in at No.10, set about the bowling, hitting two fours and a six in his unbeaten 19 but he lost both Anton Banuski and Wasim for ducks as the home side fell short of the target.

The defeat against the Maids followed Midi’s poor season in the South West Regional League – bottom of the table with two defeats and two forfeits for not being able to field a side.

A post match teams photo with Maids Moreton in blue

Midi’s Grand Fete is on Sunday, 24 June


Join us at Pouzolles on Midi Cricket Club President’s Day on Sunday 24 June 11am – 4pm

Fun & Games for adults and children will include target golf, croquet, batting and bowling competition, welly throwing, skittles, lucky dip, raffle with great prizes, social cricket match, CSF book stall and other retails stands

Food & Drink will include a BBQ, Mr Fish & Chips, beer (English and local), wine and soft drinks.

Where we are: Route de Roujan. Pouzolles, 34480. There will be signage from the Pouzolles roundabout.