Match Day Weather
vs Village CC
|Old Doms CC vs Village CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 7th June 2015|
|1||Hickin J||W||81||Not Out||13||1||1|
|2||Davidge M||79||Not Out||14|
|Extras||52||(14B 9LB 24W 5NB)|
|212||-0 in 32 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Village CC 208-7 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 10wks|
Well its fair to say at Tea the Roving Reporter was mentally writing this report in a non to favourable light. Luckily the second half display by Chickin and Davidge required a mental rewrite.
The opponents for the day were Village CC a friendly bunch of lads who's visit to the Bromsgrove was their first experience. The sun was shining and the sky blue, a great day for cricket. The Doms had a good side, Banners drafted in to boost the batting line up and new boy Elliot Pearson. Pedro tossed the coin and the oppo skipper called wrongly and the Doms would bowl first.
Srini down hill was on top form and with his 4th ball had Coxall caught off his glove by Chickin behind the stumps. With Pedro bowling up hill the pair kept the runs down and Pedro was unlucky with the start of some dropped catches. Its was not going to be a good day for the bowlers if they expected the fielders to take catches! Well in the 5th over Srini struck again, this time Gafour was bowled for 11 and the visitor had got off to a shaky start at 18-2 off 5.
Khan and Human dug in and no further wickets fell until the 14th over when Pearson got his first Doms wicket when Pedro held on to a catch. 55-3 off 14 overs. Doms were keeping things tight but it could have been much better as catches were being dropped all over the place, although Banners was unlucky, a rather simple catch to mid off gently went Banners way, he steadied, got into position and then a sun flare decided to erupt some 149,600,000 km away straight into Banners eyes, even though he had very expensive sunglasses on the blinding light was to much even for Banners. He dropped the ball.
Pearson off for a very useful 1-3 off 4 overs. It was now Colin Hunt and Hodgy trying there hardest to get more wickets without needing the support of anyone catching the ball.
At drinks the Doms were well on top with the visitors on 68-4 off 20. There could have been more wickets but the blinding sun seemed to be coming out at every angle around the ground.
Hunt got the dogged Human out for a well crafted 35 and Hodgy taking the wickets of Baker and Abdullah and the Village boys were on 105-6 in 26th over.
Hodgy completed his 8 at 2-28. Catches were still going down as Last and Banners were given the task to finish off the innings, sadly Steve, a 'guest' player from Stoubridge 1sts had had time to settle in and decided to push on against Banners and Last. Together with Asif who was finally stumped off the penultimate ball from Banners the visitors had gone past 200. So the Village boys had scored 208-6 off their 40 overs. Had the 8 dropped catches and missed stumping been taken the Doms run chase would have not been so challenging !
The players trooped off to tea. It was an ok tea, still not enough home made stuff and little flare with the sandwich production needed.
So 208 to win. The Doms recent run chasing has of late been a bit tardy and that together with the appalling efforts to catch the ball Chicken and Davidge walked out with some interpretation.
Well they got off to a flying start, Davidge smashing his first ball over the slips for four. After 5 overs 29 runs were on the board and the pair almost doubled the score by the 10th over at 57-0. The Doms were off to a great start with a sound platform being set. With the Doms up with the required run rate Davidge and Chicken spurted along the next 10 overs and at drinks the pair had bossed the first half and had got the Doms well within sight of the 209 needed. At drinks 127-0 off 20.
So 82 needed off 20 with all wickets intact. A great position to be in. The next 5 overs saw the openers crash 54 runs with both batsmen passing their well deserved 50's. So at 181-0 off 25 the pair eased off a bit and took all of 7 overs to get the remaining 28 to win. They eased over the line at a canter with the score at 212-0 in 32 overs.
With records broken Davidge 79no and Chickin 81no walked majestically back to a standing reception from the packed Players Pavilion.
Just for the record this was the highest ever score for any wicket in the Doms history beating the 204 scored by Davidge and Hodgson vs Sportsman CC in 2013. And for the record Davidge out scored Chickin in the boundaries scored count, Davidge scoring 14 boundaries to Chicks 13.
A game of two halves. A great record breaking run chase, who would have seen that written in a Roving Reporters Match Day Report this season?
Man of the Match - Davidge and Chick - top record partnership
Dropped catches:8 Kman 1 Banners 1* Chickin 3 Davidge 2 Manjo 1 Running total 34
* sun burst