Match Day Weather
vs Sportsman CC
|Old Doms CC vs Sportsman CC|
|Played at Richmond Hill on 28th July 2013|
|4||Hickin T||24||Run Out||3||7||67||1||1|
|6||Sukurmaran M||0||Not Out|
|290-4 in 40 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Sportsman CC 201-7 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 89 runs|
The sun was shining, Pedro's Norwegian weather App forecast rain later in the day so the Doms rolled up to Richmond Hill in leafy Harbourne to take on our old chums Sportsman. An interesting strip was laid out, a tad grassy and some small boundaries. Pedro called wrong again and the Doms would bat.
Chickin and Davidge to open and looked well in control in the early overs, a steady 4 an over, nothing flash just assessing the wicket which surprising played very well. However on 29 runs Chickin played a lazy shot, no foot movement and was trapped in front giving the umpire no option to raise his finger. 1-29 off 8.1 overs.
Hodgy swaggers in, well when I say swagger it was more of ' fck look at these sort boundaries'..
Well, if you would want to see a batsman struggle this was it. Although his second ball faced went for a six it looked and sounded all wrong and for the rest of the runs needed to get to a 32 ball 50 it was a calamitous performance all round. Hodgy miss hitting, top edging, bowlers bowling full tosses and fielders dropping Hodgy about 6 times. It was amusing if not excruciating. The Sportsmen boys were kicking themselves at the number of chances dropped.
Hodgy changes his bat and things improved and at drinks the Doms had moved onto 1-97. Pedros weather app was still proving correct.
Well the next 20 overs went for 193. Hodgy peppering shots all around the ground, sixes and fours were his preferred scoring shots. and his 100 came up in 58 balls. So many balls by this time had been lost and at one point rescue dog was needed to be sent into the holly bushes to rescue a prostate Pedro.
The 200 came up in the 30th over. The Sportsman skipper tried in vain to keep the score down but Hodgy was in full flow. Meanwhile at the other end Davidge continued to play his Chris Tavare innings, supporting and giving Hodgy the strike. But his marathon innings came to and end when he was bowled for 23. The Doms now 2-234 in 32 overs, a 2nd wicket partnership of 204. The highest wicket partnership for any wicket for the Doms just beating the 197 set by Banham and Hodgy earlier this season.
Hodgy, now tiring played another awful shot and was well stumped going for a legside heave for a mercurial 171. He failed by just 2 runs to equal his and the Doms highest ever individual score. Doms teetering on 263-3.
Dolly and Srini blasted away at the few balls remaining Dolly making 24 and Srinin 17 not out. The Doms 40 overs complied 290 runs the Doms 4th highest ever team score.
Tea was taken, and surprising the Sportsman have got their teas sorted. The teas at Sportsman have been legendary for the quality, quantity and presentation, legendary in the awful sense but the new regime have turned things around and it was a jolly good spread. Well done lads.
Well how would the Sportsmen boys approach the chase? Well its was always going to be a tough ask and when you are faced with Srini bowling down hill cheap runs are never going to be on offer. Sodha and Mclean tried but more often or not the ball beat the bat. Pedro up hill also kept it tight. In the 10th over the inevitable happened and Sodah was LBW to Srini. 1-24 off 10 overs.
Pedro took a rest and Hodgy huffed and puffed his way up uphill. Srini picked up two more wickets before his spell ended 3-20 and with Hodgy picking up Khan LBW the home side were on the rack at 4-41 off 15. The 291 needed to win was just a dream away for the home side.
Last came on and bowled a tight 8 overs finishing 1-25 and the wicket of batsman No3 Bhopal was indicative of the quality of the batsmen he bowls out. Oh and it was was a very sharp piece of keeping by Chickin to aide Last's wicket.
Hodgy took another lower order batsman and Dolly getting into form for the Tour picked up a wicket. The Sportsman innings ended on 201-7 with Idrees 45 and Bansal 41no. A match dominated by Hodgy and dropped catches and a contender for 'Blooper' of the moment. Hodgy placing Last and Pedro in at 3 4 in the slips close. He thought his plan had worked. Batsman top edged, ball in the air, Last steps forward to allow Hunt to take it, Hunt stands still allowing Last to take it. The ball drops onto the grass.. looks of bemusement, amusement and mirth. Hodgys face was a picture.
So hand shaking and stuff takes place before we wander over to the White Swan for a beer or two to consider the Bowling Index. Good game and lots of interesting stuff with a good bunch of lads.
Jamal the Sportsman's keeper had one of those moments when he was given out, some of us have done it and many have wanted to do it. Thrown bat and gloves, the air blue. But it takes a big fella the reflect on his 'moment' and send a unreserved apology to the Doms and Lorrain. Accepted. Good man.
Man of the Match: Hodgy for his batting...
Dropped Catches: 3 - Dolly 1, Chick 1 and Pedro 1 Running total: 47