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

  GRAND FETE

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. 

https://goo.gl/maps/hhRkDuh1mZp

 

Midi slumps to second consecutive league defeat

Midi CC looked on track to record its first win of the league season when set a moderate 173-run target for victory against Eymet CC on Sunday, 27 May, but a dramatic collapse saw it fall 57 runs short and slump to a second consecutive loss.

Midi’s score of 104 for five wickets off a mere 15 of its allotted 40 overs, had the club well ahead of the required run rate, with half of the wickets in hand.

But the reintroduction to the Eymet attack of opening fast bowler Uddin prompted a collapse that might even make England’s Test cricketers blush. Uddin’s pace proved too much for Midi’s lower order and the last five wickets fell in less than four overs, with just 12 more runs added to the total.

Midi’s dismissal for 116 followed a 83-run loss to Toulouse at the Pouzolles home ground the previous Sunday and puts it at the bottom of the five-team Blevins Franks South-West Regional League while Eymet’s victory puts it top with two victories from its first two matches.  

After a delayed start due to an early morning shower at Catus – the agreed venue to ease the travelling distance between clubs’ home grounds – and the late arrival of the opposition and both umpires from Eymet, Midi’s stand-in captain Paul Rogers put the opposition into bat under leaden skies.

Rogers’s tactic of unsettling the Eymet top order by opening the attack with slow bowlers Ken Miller (2 for 14 from 8 overs) and Naeem Abbas (2 for 10 off 4 overs) paid off, as Eymet were struggling at 24 for three wickets after the first 11 overs.

However, Eymet’s middle and lower order batsmen fought back, but a much-improved bowling performance from Midi  – although at 53, extras were the top scorer – saw Eymet restricted to 172 for nine off its 40 overs.

As the sun came out and the outfield began to dry, the target looked well within Midi’s reach. However, by the end of the first over of the innings, it had become more challenging, with two batsmen already back in the Catus outdoor pavilion.

First American import Miller, promoted up the order to try to ensure that Midi kept the run rate ticking along, was unable to cope with the additional pace and bounce of the new ball, skying a chance to second slip for a duck.

Then Sher Ahmad, having glanced his first ball for four to the third man boundary, tried to repeat the shot to the third delivery he faced, only to see the ball snaffled up by the Eymet slip cordon.

With the help of the Abbas brothers, Naeem and Shajar, Shakeel Akram counter-attacked, with Shajar’s performance with the bat drawing comparisons with his countryman, Pakistan’s great Inzamam-ul-Haq.

While all three were dismissed in the mid-twenties, just when they looked set to take the game away from Eymet, Midi’s score of 104 for five meant a very gettable 69 runs were needed off 25 of its allotted 40 overs, well ahead of the required run rate.

However, Uddin’s reintroduction sparked the collapse and he finished with six wickets for 27 runs. Midi now faces the arduous journey to Mansle in the Charente in the third league fixture.

Result: Eymet 172 for 9; Midi all out 116; Eymet win by 56 runs.