Match Day Weather
vs Ward End CC
|Old Doms CC vs Ward End CC|
|Played at Ward End on 22nd August 2013|
|1||Hickin J||W||43||Not Out||6||1|
|3||Brookes M||11||Not Out||2||8||3||15||2||1|
|132-1 in 22 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Ward End CC 128-9 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 9wks|
Batsman on 40, Last comes into bowl, the batsman walks out to hit Last over the top... ball pushed through quicker, Chickin takes the ball and whips the bails off. New batsman facing his first ball, Last bowls a good length ball and the ball is edged into the hands of Dolly at slip, yes Dolly in the slips. Hat trick ball, players crowd the bat, the batsman looks nervous. Last ambles in, the expectations are high...fielders wait...the ball is released...the worst hat trick ball is bowled. Groans all round. Rubbish.
Well the Doms final match, Ward End away. Not a good team to play for your last match if you want the season to end on a high. Players missing from the Doms line up but not a bad eleven. Pedro looses the toss and the Doms will bowl first. Rich and Pedro open and it soon becomes apparent the wicket is a bit of a pudding. Ball stopping and batsmen playing way to early. The run rate was pedestrian as the batsmen struggle to come to terms with the wicket. In the 8th over the first wicket falls to Pedro, Mills a dangerous batsman plays on and the hosts are 1-24 off 8.
Runs were at a premium and Pedro picked up the second wicket with the score only on 32 off 14 overs. Rich and Pedro bowl straight through 0-25 and 2- 15 respectively. Martin Brookes bowling down the hill with some pace bowls Wooley for 0 and the hosts limp to drinks at 3-47 off 20 overs. The Doms were well on top and the fielding was keen and energetic.
After the drinks break with the sun blazing away the home team struggles with the wicket and the tight bowling, Perry and Martin Brookes bowl tight spells 1-19 and 2-22 before Last comes on and messes up a hat trick but finishes with 3-14. The hosts just manage to play out the 40 overs but the total of 128 would be hard to defend.
Tea was taken
The sun was now hotting up nicely as Perry and Chickin strode out to make inroads into the 129 needed to win. The first few overs were seen off by the batsmen as they assessed the wicket. The ball coming through better. The sun was having an affect on the wicket. Three overs of considered batting was enough for Tank and he smacks two sixes in the fourth over. Tank was not going to hang around.
Ten overs gone and the Doms were looking comfortable on 0-37. Tank continues not to let the bowlers settle and races at more than a run a ball towards his fifty. facing his 44th ball Tank nudges the ball to covers and scampers though to a well constructed 50 with some hefty boundary shots. Much kissing of the badge as he raises his bat to the players pavilion..
The inevitable win looks certain and the bookies have stopped taking bets. The only blip in the Doms run chase was Tank being bowled for 60 off 51 in the 17th over with the score on 98. Brookes comes in and together with Chickin knock off the runs required and the Doms romp home by 9 wickets and 18 overs left. Chickin continues his good run with a undefeated 43 and Brookes on 11.
The early evening sun shone down as the players sat outside and had a pint or two. A good way to end a long and eventful season, 19 wins and 14 defeats with records broken. This is the Roving Reporter signing off for another season, winter well and see you in the nets in March.
Man of Match: Tom Perry again with a solid 60 and 1-19. Last would have won it if the hat trick ball was better.
Drops: 2. Rich -1 Dolly -1Running Total 70