Match Day Weather
vs Sportsman CC
|Old Doms CC vs Sportsman CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 5th July 2015|
|10||Last A||10||Not Out||1||6||41||2|
|Extras||35||(12 B 5 LB 15W 3NB)|
|126-9 in 35.1 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Sportsman CC 299-8 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms lost by 138 runs|
Oh dear, the 5th highest score ever conceded by a Doms team and so easily avoided. The Doms team lacked batsmen and bowlers and could only turn out 10 players to take on the Sportsman boys. How the Sportsmen lads must have been licking their lips at the prospect of facing 40 overs from the Doms bowlers on a flat run fest wicket. Perfect playing surface and super Formula One fast outfield. They lost the opportunity to choose to bat first by calling wrong BUT we gave them a first class ticket to a world where the runs are plentiful. It was fill your boots up time for the Sportsman batters.
So the ten Doms walked out to a hapless afternoon of chasing the ball around the park for 40 overs. It was worse than that as the bowlers gave them an extra 24 balls through wides and no balls. However Srini got an early breakthrough when he bowled Edginton for 2 and the visitors were 1-22. Bopal and Hemsley then got stuck in and the run rush was on. The 100 run second wicket partnership came up before drinks.
Last produced a loose shot by Hemsley and he was well caught at point by Manjo for 77. A few overs later somehow Colin Hunt beat Bhopal's bat and was bowled for a brisk 72 when a ton looked a certainty. By now the score was on 3-223 and loads of balls yet to be bowled.
Chris Walder then edged Srini to the keeper although he didn't want to leave but the umpires finger was pointing to heaven so off he trudged for 43 and the chipper Sportsman boys were up to 4-235. Mangat didn't stay around long as Srini got a well deserved 3rd wicket. Crikey the rot had set in at 5-256.
Steve Hazo and Last came back on to bowl the final three overs between them and took another three wickets leaving the Sportsman boy tantalisingly close to the 300 mark on 8-299.
The 10 Doms to their credit kept plugging away and gamely chased the ball around, to their credit only dropped one catch all afternoon.
Tea was taken. Hey it was a good spread and enjoyed by all but the organisation is still haphazard with no one bothering to put the kettle on and only a few bothering to help clean up afterwards.
Right just as the second half was about to start a few raindrops came down when some really black angry clouds came over. Luckily the covers were on quickly and as quick as the clouds came they went. And the teams set about playing the second half. Now the idle watcher of the game might have thought the Doms should have batted first and set about 200, with a limited bowling attack the Sportsman would have eased past the total with wicket and overs to spare instead. A calculated defeat limitation strategy opportunity missed.
However with the initiative gone the Doms faced the nigh impossible task of scoring 300 runs to win. Chickin and Davidge set off at a roaring pace but with nearly 8 an over needed it was always going to be a do or die batting performance. 48 runs came off 8 overs before Chicken put up a tame lob and was well caught and bowled for 19. Dan Hazo and Dav moved the score on but with the rate dropping wickets started to fall, Dav 23, Dan Hazo 17 and Smaylen 11.
Only Srini, playing and unfamiliar role of steady batting held the brittle batting line up together before falling last out for 28 as the Doms innings ended on 161-9 in 35.1 overs. A resounding 138 run defeat to a well drilled Sportsman team.
A game played in good spirit by both teams on a fine track for batting. The Doms squad will need to show more individual commitment and need to play much better if they are win another game this season.
Man of the Match - Srini 3 wickets and a sound 28runs.
Dropped catches: 1 - E Pearson Running total 45