2's Continue Their Good Show - Guaranteed Division 5 Status for 2016
"It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning."
The home ground advantage was on display yet again, as the Accies 2's clinched victory against a threatening Stirling County 3's side this weekend. In the process, it also guaranteed our position in Division 5 of ESCA for the forthcoming 2016 season with a mid table finish looking very likely.
Now having won three of our last four fixtures, the rut of losses from earlier in the season is well and truly behind us. We are now eagerly looking forward to give Preston Village CC a run for their money this Saturday, in an effort to continue our match winning ways.
The toss was won by Stirling who put us in to bat first, having two exceptional frontline bowlers in A Knapmann and A Dawtrey. And the strategy was obvious when they bowled themselves out in the first eighteen overs. It seemed to have worked as well, with us in deep trouble after a top order collapse to some excellent pace and disciplined bowling left us reeling at 66/7.
Hafzal showed the only resistance with a well compiled 27 before a freak dismissal saw him caught and bowled. This bought the pair of David and David (Blacky and Woodsy) together to the crease and the retiree (Blacky) had a thing or two to teach us younger players, as he laid anchor together with the karate kid (Woodsy) in a very patiently compiled 32, which also included a career first six. A straight drive spank over the bowler's head that was cheered loudly by the whole team.
Woodsie played his part as well and the innings was steadied and the total gradually grew. Woodsie however departed for a well made 13 which brought in our own dynamite in a small package, Kunal, who smashed a quick fire 27 for the 10th wicket. By the time Blacky fell as the last wicket for an LBW appeal, the total was a very competitive 145 which would eventually prove too much for the visitors to overcome.
The visitor's innings started patiently. At times as seen in cricket, lower scores tend to be tricky when being chased and Stirling County fell victim to the trickery. What Stirling could not be foresee however was the arsenal of bowling prowess that we possessed with Ross, Talha, Hafzal and Sankha making up our top 4 bowlers. And so their patience backfired.
The run rate was stifled for about 2.5 to 3 runs an over for most of their innings, with wickets at regular intervals. Post the drinks break, they decided to take the attack to us in a bid to match their run rate with the constantly rising required rate. More wickets followed, and at 7 down for 102 in 36 overs, it was the Accies 2's who had dominated most of the Stirling innings. It was still however anybody's game. With 54 balls remaining and the target a mere 44 runs away, it seemed like it was going to be a close one. But Ross Low had other plans.
0,0,W,W,0,W read the 37th over, Ross' last of his spell. What could have been anybody's win was ours. A missed hattrick yes, but an over no one in the 2's will forget too soon. Because it meant far more than just a victory. It meant we were guaranteed of remaining in Division 5 next year. Moreover it showed that we did not just make it by the skin of our teeth, but that we actually belong and have what it takes to entertain thoughts of a possible promotion in 2016. 0,0,W,W,0,W. And that was all she wrote.
Next up - Preston Village CC. Be afraid. Be very afraid.