Following the nail-biting first match, the second EUCC six won the toss and elected to bowl first. Due to some slight organisational mishaps from the EUCC committee members, we were a team of seven for the second match, and so Monty Thompson could only watch from the side lines as Luke’s team walked out to bowl. Caleb and Dinesh were picked as the opening duo, with the former starting brightly. With little risk of umpire Paddy Keogh calling out his bent arm, Caleb fired down some searing pace to which Teesside’s opener had no answer, 5 dots went by in a flash, sadly the sixth ball finding a thick inside edge before bouncing between Luke’s legs and onto the wall. One run scored and no maiden for poor Caleb. Dinesh matched his opening partner and kept his bowling tight to only allow a couple off his over. The openers had a further over each, conceding few runs, before Luke brought on the changes.
The skipper himself took to the fifth over, starting with a few dots and bowling surprisingly full given his reputation from previous years. His third ball brought about the breakthrough; a wild slog to a length delivery found the inside edge, and flew high to hit the side wall. Luke took a handy diving catch to snarl the ricocheting ball and remove the first batsmen. Another dot was followed by a yorker that hit middle stump and all of a sudden Teesside were 2 down. All things come to an end, as proved by Luke finishing with a wide. Alex was next to take the ball and, like Dinesh, impressed in his debut bowling performance for the club. Hitting the right line and length, Teesside were able to knock a few 3s but couldn’t accelerate the run rate as they would have liked at that late stage. Alex and Luke had another over each again conceding few runs before Dinesh finished his spell with another clinical set of six. Finally, Liam was given the chance to turn the arm over, and started well by absolutely ragging the indoor ball with his deceptive leg-spin. However, he struggled to pitch the ball at a full enough length and the Teesside batsman took his opportunity to dispatch three deliveries to the back wall for a maximum. At the end of it all, Teesside finished on 88 – 2 off ten overs.
Edinburgh knew that their target was achievable given the batting ability in their side. Skipper Luke stepped aside to allow Monty to open alongside Alex, the freshers entrusted to get us off to a good start. Monty took the first ball and thanks a few well-placed nurdles off the bat-face and some wild bowling from Teesside, Edinburgh kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely. Sadly, Alex’s innings soon came to an end as he was clean bowled, brining Joe Root tribute act Harry Wilson to the crease. These two shared a lengthy partnership knocking the ball around for 3s before Monty retired on a well-deserved 25. Liam was next in and began with a flourish as he drilled a couple of deliveries down the ground for four as well as knocking off a few 3s. Liam was soon caught out after that and Dinesh stepped in with less than ten required, some quick running and a powerful lofted drive for six by Dinesh brought about the victory with more than 2 overs to spare. As Teesside had travelled all this way, it was agreed that we should continue on with the match for the whole ten overs. They say you should never tempt fate, and it wasn’t long after play resumed that Dinesh sent a huge six right to the top-right of the back wall, disastrously crashing through a window pane leaving a perfect cricket ball shaped hole. After that it was pretty clear that we should wrap things up then and there.
A good turnout at the villager later on made for some entertaining fines, as well as the perfect opportunity for Birky to bring out his rather eccentric dungarees. A great performance from both teams and well done to the freshers for stepping up to the plate so early in their EUCC careers.
Match Report by Luke Stevens
Updated 13:36 - 18 Sep 2018 by Edinburgh Uni Cricket