Down to the last ball
The Accies T20 team faced Marchmont on a sunny (to begin with) evening at Cavalry Park in the Edinburgh Trophy.
Marchmont won the toss and decided to bat first, a good decision, as the sunlight falls quickly with the mountain scenery at Cavalry Park.
Tamal Banerjee and Arshad Ahmed opened the bowling and got Accies off to a great start, with the score at 17 for 1 after 4 overs, Tamal clean bowling the opening batsman. The first change bowler Ketan Patil had a fantastic spell, claiming the next four batsmen with figures of 4 for 27, and bowling with incredible accuracy.
Accies were in a great position as Marchmont were on 35 for 5 after 8 overs. Next to bowl, Talha Khan continued the pressure and had tidy figures of 1 for 16. However, batsman G. Wilson and Abbas Sheikh (former Academical) resolved Marchmont’s position scoring 23 and 31 respectively.
Marchmont closed their innings on 120 for 8. Arshad finishing well with 1 for 20, and Tamal with 2 for 20. An excellent performance in the field with 5 catches taken – the pick of the catches from Lawrence Mann ‘Lawro’, taking a high ball on the boundary at long off.
Accies needed to have a good start with the bat and got off to a flyer with Andrew Cosh hitting the first ball for 4. Cosh proceed to hit three 4s in a row before getting a fine edge to the keeper and was caught for 20.
Tamal, who also opened the batting, helped guide the innings before losing his wicket for 20. A couple of quick wickets fell; Mark Lambson and Arshad were bowled and run out respectively. Ankit Sehgal came in and made a hard hitting 14 before he was bowled in the fading light.
Up stepped Ketan and Lawro, who put on a fantastic partnership and got Accies into a winning position. The sun was setting behind a mountain and with ten runs required off the last over, Ketan was run out for a superb 35. It was down to the wire, Accies needed 4 off the last ball. Unfortunately, a good yorker on the last ball gave Marchmont the win. Lawro finished on a hard fought 17*.
A very close match that could have gone either way in the end and a great team performance. We wish Marchmont all the best in the Edinburgh T20 Trophy.
Man of the Match: Ketan Patil 27/4 and 35
Champagne moment: Ketan beginning to walk off the pitch because he thought he was bowled (keeper had actually made a stumping attempt) and then went on to hit the next ball for 6.