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Bodleian C.C. | Match report

Bodley's first game of the season may prove to be the most exciting this year as the team won with the last ball of the match. Fittingly it was down to Andrew Milner, who not only captained the game but carried his bat throughout, who got the winning runs. The game was played at the Magdalen College ground, which is overlooked by the new and impressive Centre for Islamic Studies on the Marston Road. Blue sky above but heavy clouds and the occasional flash of lighting and rumble of thunder kept everyone alert and ready to make a sudden dash for it if needed. Bodley start well, with wickets for Andrew and one of the four new players in the team, Leigh McKiernan. Things are going well, wickets are falling regularly and runs are proving hard to come by for our opponents, the St Clement's Strollers, until a tactical change nearly turns the game. A need for one more bowler means a change of wicketkeeper. Now, even if I say so myself, I wasn't doing a bad job behind the stumps, almost good enough in fact to erase all those painful memories of being Bodley goalkeeper many moons ago. Bowling on the other hand proved to be a bit of a disaster, as two overs of medium pace going down the off-side proved very expensive at the end of the innings. Thankfully others were less generous with Andy Hudson and Ditta Yousaf deserving special mention with both getting important wickets, one of Andy's a fine catch by Tom Hayward. So, the Strollers get a good score of 118. In what must be a first, a father and son playing in their side are both out first ball. Bodley start well, with Andrew and Ditta scoring freely. Then a minor wobble as a number of batsmen come and go without making much of a contribution until Leigh comes in, and with some confident stroke play puts Bodley back on track with a quick and thrilling 30. Bodley need to score 23 off the last two overs, then 13 off the last. Tense times on the boundary but nerves are settled when Andrew and Tom steer us home. So, a fine start to the season, which looks promising now the team have got some new, capable players on board. Not mentioned in dispatches above but who also played their part in a fine victory were Nigel Walker, Andy Mackinnon, Ed Ball, Will Mann and Stephen Arnold.

Stuart Ackland, Bodleian Map Room

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(May. 18, 2006)

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