The headlines are positive for Civil Service 4, with a third place finish, giving them a three place improvement on 2018, and the highest finish in the league since 2016. It was an odd season though - on the pitch they were 5-4 with two walkovers received, an OCC decided match in their favour and a couple more matches rained off. It doesn't quite feel like a full season! And although they only finished three points behind Adamstown, wins in the last four games (including those two walkovers), saw Service move from the lower reaches to third - rather than nearly taking them to promotion. Runs were a problem to come by and remarkably, Dave Nugent was the leading run scorer with only 119 runs at 29.75, and only once all season did the team score more than 160. The bowling attack was a different story though, with two bowlers ensuring that it was difficult to get runs against Service, and finding their way on to the Team of the Year as a result. The top bowler by a long way was Abdul Sammad Khan, who took 23 wickets at 8.30 and probably deserved more than his two games on Civil Service 3. Asad Arshad only played six games for the 4ths, but took 10 wickets at a very useful 5.90, but four of the matches he played in were won.
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