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by: conrad_a_bedford


Thanks to Amout Kok for the report ….

On the 14th and 15th of September the Andorra  Cricket Club took part in its first ever tour. We played two teams, the Armagnac  Bigorre CC (ABCC) and the Toulouse Cricket Club.
The first match was against ABCC and consisted  of 40 overs, played in glorious sunshine in Seissan, just outside of Auch.  ABCC won the toss and elected to bat. Our bowling and fielding has improved  greatly since we last played and this resulted in us limiting the home team to  155 all out. This marked the first time that we were able to bowl  out an entire team. With spirits high we went in to bat only to  experience one of the worst batting collapses in the history of cricket! We were  bowled out for 63, with Martin Porter making 42 and thankfully limiting the  embarrassment. 6 ducks and 50 runs in total from 11 players was a  poor effort.  
The second match against Toulouse was  played at the same ground, again in sunshine. Spirits were low after  Saturday and we took a bit of time to get into the game. This match was played  over 30 overs and once again we bowled out the entire team, this time for 189.  Toulouse are a strong batting team and our bowlers struggled against some solid  batting. Our batting was much better and we were able to score 130 all out.  Still some way off a win but at least we didn’t lose so many wickets. In fact,  we went from trying to smash everything for 6 in the first match to blocking  everything in this match. At one stage we had only 34 runs after 15 overs  before we decided to start taking a few more risks. 
We drove back to Andorra on Sunday evening having  had a fantastic weekend, however quite disappointed that we didn’t perform  better. The next step is for us to purchase a practice mat and set of nets which  will allow us to practice with a proper cricket ball. We have contacted some  clubs around Catalonia to try and arrange a match in Spain on the 27th October.  We have been invited to play a 20/20 match in La Manga in December and the  Menorca Cricket Club has asked us to come to Menorca and play a couple of  matches in May next year

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