Match Day Weather
|Old Doms CC vs Sportsman CC|
|Played at Richmond Hill on 29th July 2015|
|3||Collins D||56||Not Out||2||6||1|
|6||Brookes M||34||Not Out||1||4||4||19||4|
|Extras||11||(2B 2LB 4W 3NB)|
|121-4 in 20 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Sportsman CC 134 a/o in 19. 4 overs
|Match: Old Doms lost by 14 runs|
Well this was a salutary reminder of where the Doms have come from, so use now to well prepared wickets rolled and tendered and good to play on. The Doms rolled up to Richmond Hill to play our mates Sportsman on a dark dank evening on a wicket that was always going to give the bowlers plenty of reward and even more difficult for the team batting second.
Sadly for the Doms Chickin lost the toss and the hosts took the obvious decision to bat first on what was the best time to bat. Danny Brookes and Ladha opened. Mangat and Khan started well punishing the short ball and dealt mainly in boundaries as the scoreboard raced along.
Last and Perdo came on with Last soon having Khan caught leg side by an alert Chickin behind the stumps. Last's next over saw Mangat slice to Ladha at point and the Sportsman were 2 down. The run rate started to slow with only Danny Bhopal and Indress mastering the tight second half of the innings bowling. Bhopla was bowled by Danny Brookes as the hosts lost wickets regularly. Martin Brookes bowling a good spell downhill with 4-19 and Pedro taking the final two wickets leaving Indrees stranded on 42 not out with the innings ending on 134 all out with 2 balls unused.
So at some point it looked like a bigger chase would be needed but the wicket was genuinely deteriorating as was the light. Doms openers looked all at sea and unable to get the ball away against some tight bowling. With 7 overs bowled and three cheap wickets (3-7 at one point) the Doms had edged to 20 runs, well off the pace. Stato scratched around and with Collins the score moved slowly onto 57 in 13th over when he played an awful prod at the ball and was caught and bowled for 15.
So 78 off 7 overs needed on a dog of a pitch. Martin Brookes and Dave Collins started playing shots in the accumulating darkness, as the batsmen hit out balls were being regularly lost. The quality of the spare balls not helping value for money shots.
So with 18 balls left the Doms needed 35 runs and on came the fast bowlers as the gloom descended. The pair tried to get the runs but some tight darkness bowling and keen fielding by the Sportsman team helped to secure them a 14 run victory. Two great knocks from Collins 55* and Brookes 34* was the shining piece of the Doms run chase. The Doms bowlers need to look how they didn't help the cause by bowling 11 wides and 4 no balls. That's nealry an extra 3 overs in a 20/20 match, a rather shameful fact that at the pace the bowlers bowl that they give the opposition more opportunities to score. So far this season the Doms bowlers have conceded 64 wides and 12 no balls in 8 20/20 games. Its time the captain spoke to the bowlers about the need to be more disciplined. Awful statistic.
A good close game on a not to friendly track for cricket was played out with our mates from the Sportsman.
Man of the Match - Joint award, Martin B for 4-19 and 34 plus Dave Collins for a cracking chanceless 56
Dropped catches: 0 Running total 58