Match Day Weather
vs Coftonians CC
|Old Doms CC vs Coftonians CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 27th April 2014|
|1||Davidge M||51||Run Out||1||3|
|3||Hodges J||164||Not Out||7||17|
|6||Adams C||W||5||Not Out||1||1|
|262-4 in 36.3 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Coftonians CC 261-5 in 40overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 6 wks|
The Doms third match of the season and again it looked like the weather would intervene. Given the the forecast rain it was decided to use the artificial track although good for keeping the game possible the bowlers couldn't have been happy with the 50 yard boundary at the top of the slope.
A fine drizzle welcomed the Coftonians batsmen to the wicket and for most of there innings damp stuff dropped out of the sky. Coftonians have been a long time fixture for the Doms and some good battles have been fought out. This one was one of those games. The Doms fielding a 'youthful' eleven with 4 15 or under players. Skipper Perry back into the fold after a 'weekend away' was up against the pressure of keeping the Doms 100% start to the season.
Srini and Last opened and soon found the wet ball hard to control. The first 6 overs going for 38 with Srini getting some stick in his second over when he went for 14. Last bowling uphill mindful that anything short or on middle and leg would bring the short leg side boundary into play. His 24th ball being a prim example, a ball on leg stump crashed for a 6 never getting more than a foot above the ground.
After 10 overs with the score on 47-0 Srini was rested and a wicket then fell. The batsmen untroubled at that stage looked for a quick run, a quick flat return by Dan Brookes to the keeper who threw to Last who smartly took the bails off. A good piece of cricket 47-1.
Dan Brookes, downhill joined Last with the latter bowling out 0-43 off his eight. At the drinks break Coftonians were 95-2 after Brookes had Surplus caught behind for 13.
The Coftonians then built a good partnership between Niq and Templeton which moved the score on alarmingly quickly. Niq retiring after reaching 105. There was some reward at the end of the Cofs innings for the bowlers, Perry, Srini and Sam Johnson picking up a wicket each. Although Sams two overs cost 26 he bowled very well against batsmen looking for quick runs at the death.
The Coftonians had racked up the 16th highest score ever against the Doms. It was going to be hard work for Perry and his men to turn this one around.
Tea was taken alfresco...scoring on the Tea Index 7. Things must get better.
The Doms started their chase badly. The inform Martin Brookes falling for naught after facing 3 ball. a good shot but straight to a fielder who held a sharp catch. Doms 5-1 in the second over. Hodgy joined Davidge to start the repair work and get the Doms score to a respectful total.
Although the bowling was not bad the pair, particularly Hodgy was severe on any bad balls. Hodgy belting boundaries whilst Davidge played one of his best innings for the Doms. Positive, finding the gaps and giving Hodgy plenty of support.
The 20 over drinks break came fast, still some rain about but now interspersed with some bright clouds. The Doms score had rocketed to 145-1 at drinks. The visitors were getting a bit edgy with only 117 needed to win with Hodgy and Davidge looking well set.
Hodgy and passed his 50 then his 100 as the runs amassed. The score went past 200 in the 29th over. 60 odd off ten needed. Then a minor hiccup came about. Davidge just passing his 50 went for a single to mid off who was deep, who picked the ball up and some how got a direct hit with Davidge about a yard short. Sad way to end his innings but a good bit of fielding. Doms 214-2.
Hodgy and Srini took the score to 242 before Srini played on. Perry the only other casualty being bowled for 4. The Cof lads who never gave up in pursuit of victory sensed a vain hope of turning things around. The Doms needing just 6 to win as Cal Adams walked to the crease. Fielders closed in but Adams calmly drove the ball for 4 to get the Doms over the line at 262-4 with 4 overs to spare.
A great Doms win with stats being broken all over the place. The Cofs score was the 16th highest ever scored against the Doms, The Doms 262 was the Doms 9th highest team score. Hodgys 164no was the Doms 3rd highest individual score. The partnership of 214 between Hodgy and Davidge was the highest for any wicket beating the same pairs previous record of 204 scored last season.
A great Doms win played against a Coftonians team that never gave up. A good days cricket.
Player of the Match - Hodgy's 164no was the winner.
Dropped Catches: Brookes D -1 Johnson B -1 Running Total -6