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Old Doms CC vs Ward End Unity CC
|Old Doms CC vs Ward End Unity CC|
|Played at Ward End on 21st September 2014|
|Extras||23||(7B 1LB 13W,2NB)|
|188-9 in 37.2 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Ward End Unity CC 3326-4 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms lost by 138 runs|
Last game of a difficult season with only 10 players prepared to turn out. It was up to Ward End where the Doms trounced the hosts by 9wks the previous year. It was made clear at the start by Millsy that it wouldnt happen this game. The Unity team was made up of some 'recruits' that would ensure the Doms would get a good stuffing and pay for the mauling handed out by the Doms in 2013.
To the Doms boys it was just another game, ten players mostly pleased it was the seasons final game and disappointed that other players on the list were not available yet again. Fck some people have busy lives...
Pedro won the toss and put the hosts into bat. The Doms were not worried that they had a Jamaican T20 international to bowl to. Pedro and and young Danny Brookes opened against Richy the Jamaican batsman and did a fairly good job of keeping him in check although any loose ball was cracked to the boundary.
Martin Brookes and Last took over with the score on 58-0 off 10 overs. With the openers now set in they upped the run rate. Last bowled a tight 3 overs for 11 then Calypso Richy hit him for 3 big consecutive sixes taking 19 off his forth over and 17 off his fifth over. But with no other regular bowlers playing Pedro had no option but to ask Last to continue to bowl. Meanwhile at the other end Brookes got a couple of wickets and ended his spell with a credible 2-54.
The score was looking to pass the record conceded by the Doms as the Ward End mercenaries continued to find the boundary. Last was rewarded with his persistence when the Jamaican international was beaten by a a straight ball and was adjudged LBW for 85.
Dolly and White bowled well but could not stop the flow of runs and the Ward End mercenaries innings ended on 326-4. Given having only ten players and a very small ground the Doms fought hard for all 40 overs.
Tea was taken.
So the Doms needing 327 to win started badly with Chickin caught hooking down leg side for 7 and the Doms were 1-7 in the 3rd over. The next five batsmen came and went adding only 13 runs between them. At the other end Collins battled away finding the boundary with some good shots. He managed to get some support with a stand with Dan Brookes before he was bowled by the Richy for 13. Pedro helped get Collins past his 100 and his fine innings came to an end when he was caught for 107. Pedro batted well for his 26 not out and the innings ended with the Doms on a credible 188-9.
It was hard going for the Doms but the gallant ten never gave up against a far stronger side. It was a disappointing end to the season where so many players had preferred to do other things rather than turn out out for the Doms.
Hand shakes all round and off to the club house for a deserved pint or two.
Player of the match: Dave Collins for his great 107 knock although the remaining 9 players each deserve a lot of credit for never letting the Doms down.
Dropped Catches: Piper-1 Last-1 Brannon -1 . Running Total -57