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vs Ward End CC
|Old Doms CC vs Ward End CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 20th September 2015|
|4||Adams C||W||95||Not Out||13||1|
|6||Hawker B||3||Not out||7||48||2||1|
|Extras||13||(9B 1LB 3W 1NB)|
|248-4 in 38.2 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Ward End CC 245-4 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 6 wickets|
Its that time again, the final game of the season. A summer of cricket now just history and just the one final game to end the 2015 season. All the seasons ups and downs, moments of glory and moments of despair put aside for one more final game of cricket. The game where you want to end on a high. So the Doms roll up at Ward End for what has now become the traditional end of season game, a game that has seen some big wins for both sides. The Doms got a hiding last season so could the Doms get through with a win?
The Ward End ground is in deepest Hodge Hill tucked away behind some houses and a school. A very compact ground where running an all run 4 was never going to happen and a prod forward would likely get you a maximum 6.
A few late changes saw Stato and Collins dropping out to be replaced with Pedro and Adams snr. Pedro wins the toss and the Doms would bow first. Danny Brookes down hill and Pedro struggling to come up the steep slope!
Brookes bowled fast down the hill but suffered with some tight calls for wide balls. Ackra and Gary the hosts openers kept the scoreboard moving with well taken runs with 30 odd runs coming up in the 9th over. But in the 10th over Hawker bowling down hill got a quick one through Ackra's gate and bowled him for 16. 1-55 in the 11th over.
Mills came in to replace Ackra and greeted Hawker by driving straight for a four over midoff off his first ball faced. Mills was not looking to hang around.
Meanwhile Banners had taken over up hill and bowled a very tight line making life difficult for the batsmen to score quickly. Banners was bowling so fast that one of the hosts batsman had his bat snapped in half. Top pace Banners bowling.
Mills had raced to 14 off 5 balls before he was out foxed by Hawkers slow ball, he played his drive to soon and Hawker held on for a cracking C&B. Ward End 2-69 in 13.
With Hawker rested Martin Brookes was used down hill. At drinks the home side had pushed on to 2-98. The Doms were containing the runs with some tight bowling from Banners and keen fielding.
Banners spell ended unrewarded 0-32 off eight and Jonners was brought on to replace him. Runs started to flow as the hosts tried to up the run rate past 250. At the 30 over point the score was 2-166. The Doms needed to bowl a tight last ten if the score to chase was going to be gettable.
Last took over uphill and bowled a tight line. Whilst Hawker was brought on downhill. With the opener Gary now on 74 he played to soon to a straight ball which was well caught by a diving Danny Brookes. Wards End were now on 3-204 off 36. Then Sohil's first ball from Last beat the edge and Connor Adams timed his stumping perfectly and Sohil was walking off with a golden duck to his name. 4-205.
Ward Ends number 4 managed to get to his 100 off the penultimate ball and the home sides innings ended on 4-245. So with 246 needed to win tea was taken.
Chickin and Banners were given the task to get the Doms final innings off to a rousing start. Sadly Chickin was out to the fourth ball, bowled. A lazy shot, poor foot work, awful start. 1-6 and 39 overs left in the season.
Banners due a big Doms score launched the seventh ball he faced over the boundary for a six and he was off and running. Together with Martin Brookes they pushed on at a good rate edging to nearly 6 an over. However in the 10th over Brookes was bowled by a straight ball that kept low from Aftab. The Doms were on 2-57 in 10 overs and Brookes departed with a 25 ball 32 including six fours.
Connor Adams on a good run with the bat for the Doms joined Banners for the partnership of the game and maybe season. Banners playing some more lofted extravagant shots whilst Adams played text book drives and cuts.
At drinks the pair had continued to keep pace with the run rate taking the Doms to 2-118 off 20 overs. So 128 off 20 overs with 8 wickets in hand.
Banners and Adams continued to find the boundary with Banners hitting the occasional maximum with some ease. Adams continued to look a good playing classical cricket shots with some deft flicks off his pads racing to the boundary.
In the 30th over the Doms reached 184 but sadly with Banners just 8 short of a magnificent 100 he played the poorest shot of the day which looped up into the air and he trudged off despondently after the grateful fielder held on to an easy catch. A great knock of 75 balls comprising of 4 6's and 9 4's. A despondent Banners sat on his own for a while contemplating why he played such a poor shot.
Meanwhile Smaylen joined Adams and moved the Doms closer to the 246 needed to win the game. Smaylen playing a supportive role was bowled for 9 leaving Hawker to join Adams at 4-220. So 26 needed off 4 overs, a run rate that the Doms had maintained throughout their innings.
Adams not wanting to leave it to the last over played some smart shots and got the Doms over the line with 10 balls to spare. The only disappointment was Connor ran out of runs to chase and finished on 95 not out off 81 balls including 13 fours. One of the best chanceless innings played in a Doms shirt.
So the Doms complete the final game of the season by winning by 6 wickets. A great all round performance, some excellent fielding tight bowling on a batsman friendly ground finished off with two great innings. A good game to end on and the Ward End boys played in the spirit of the game which makes the game what it is.
Man of the Match - The 90's boys. Banners and Con Adams for two great match winning knocks.
Dropped catches: 0 - Running total 78