HILLHEAD 1st X1 TRIUMPH IN GAME OF TWO HALVES

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Hillhead 248 for 6 in 50 overs ( 25 pts ) Titwood 96 for 6 in 22.3 overs ( 3 pts) DLS 180

If there had been an award for Man of the Match, Hillhead’s captain, Jack holland, would have won any vote unanimously. He led his side from the front with a fine 118, 12 4’s, 80balls, in Hillhead’s innings and then managed his side effectivity in the field during the febrile atmosphere of Titwood’s DLS chase.

Inserted on a blameless wicket, Hilhead built their massive total on two partnerships : the 3rd wicket pairing of Ganesh Ardarkar and Jack Holland who put on 75; and then the 5th wicket pairing of Jack Holland and wicket keeper, James Lindley-Dawe, who cracked on with 106. Batting 3, Ardarkar made 40 with 3 4’s and was all elegance and front foot driving, whereas Holland was all aggression, never still at the crease, always punishing the loose ball and electric between the wickets. Lindley- Dawe, after a nervous start, drilled anything short mercilessly to the leg side and then, for an occasional change, showed a polished off drive, cleaning up the change bowlers for a thunderous 41 no, 4 4’s and 1 maximum.

An hour of play had already been lost due to heavy showers during the Hillhead innings with an early tea being taken. However no overs were lost to the 50 over reply, and Titwood began their aggressively with the dangerous Barbour knocking the ball about effectively. “ Logger” Lynch soon saw off the danger with the Titwood opener, holing out to Bartlett at square leg. Soon after the rains returned for some 75 minutes, this time resulting in the parameters of the game being altered. The Titwood target was now 180 off 28 0vers, the first 10 of which ( pre-rain ) had yielded 44 runs.

A setting then for steady and calm heads, and most of these belonged to Jack Holland and his players. A result can be achieved in 20 overs and by the time rain drove the players finally from the field after 22.3 overs Titwood had managed only a further 52 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. The Hillhead Captain entrusted the death bowling to himself and Ross Jones, who returned figures respectively of 6 1 23 2, and 6 1 26 3. This pair also shared 3 catches, 2 for Jones. Titwood fell well short of their revised target

A game then of two haves with one winner, Hillhead. Sincere thanks to CSMOA umpires, Tommy Halpin and Bob Hugh, for their perseverance in game management.

Hillhead are next up against Mearns at Bellahouston Park on SUNDAY 6th AUGUST, 12.00 start.