What should have been an easy win for Methlick from the visit on Saturday to Groat’s Road proved the old adage where defeat was snatched from the jaw’s of victory. The spell of fine weather had continued and Methlick were put into bat expecting runs to come from a fast outfield.

Mark Woodhouse and Stuart Anderson had to continue from the previous week and build a solid foundation for the big hitters to come in later on to play some shots, and all seemed to be going to plan until the 11th over when Anderson was given LBW for 8. Alan Robson came in and his first scoring shot was pulled for 6.

The two moved the score on to 43 until Woodhouse was bowled by a half-tracker that kept low. Stuart Kennedy joined Robson and the two started to move fluidly through the gears. Without needing to over-exert Robson reached his 50 and a hundred came up without any trouble. Kennedy was moving towards his half-century when he missed one from Siddiq on 39 and the partnership of 116 was eventually broken.

Khan and Siddiq had done a lot to restrict the scoring from the two batsmen and although Methlick were 159 for 3, there were only 6 overs left. To add to their problems Robson fell 12 short of his century and nicked one behind.

Addison did his best with 17 but Tim Duffy and Brian Anderson could only hold on as MCC reached 206 all out. It was felt that they were probably 30 runs short.

After tea Duffy and Addison kept a lid on things and restricted the Siyapa openers to 14 off the first 10 overs and way behind the scoring rate. The first wicket fell after 17 but Siyapa were only scoring at 2-an-over. Addison bowled Usman and at the half-way point the home side still needed 122 with the run-rate required climbing to more than 7 per over.

Robson had to leave early, expecting a comfortable win, but this meant that suddenly gaps in the fielding were cruelly exposed. Haseeb and Shahid, and following this Siddiq, came out of hibernation and started dispatching the ball to all parts. The field spread further and further exposing even more gaps and Siyapa ended up almost comfortably winning with an over to spare.

By Mark Woodhouse.