Match Day Weather
vs Beaumont CC
|Old Doms CC vs Beaumont CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 12th June 2016|
|5||Brookes M||27||Not Out||1||1|
|7||Morris S||10||Not Out||1||5|
|Extras||14||(4B 2LB 5W 3NB)|
|231||-5 in 40 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Beaumont CC 176a/o in 38.4overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 55 runs|
Well a bit of déjà vu as the Doms welcomed back the Beaumont boys three weeks after the last meeting of the teams, again it was a murky day for cricket, loads of overnight rain and drizzle and stuff during the morning. But as the teams turned up the weather front moved on and it was just a matter of has the cricket strip survived the overnight downpour. Well the groundsman had the playing surface covered pre storm and other than a few minor wet patches where someone with cricket spikes had walked onto the cover the pitch was good to go.
Winning the toss could be crucial, as in the first game the team batting first would have the worst of the playing conditions. Again the visitors won the toss and put the Doms into bat. At the previous game the Doms batsmen struggled and only achieved 131a/o but managed to eek out a win. Skipper Perry sorted his batting line up out and Smaylen and Adams were given the task of getting the Doms runs flowing.
Adams took 6 off the first over but it was soon to become clear that the outfield was so damp that shots normally racing to the boundary were slowed and fours were turned into 2's. It was slow going as the batsmen were finding it hard to get the ball away against some tight bowling. Granger was first to strike in the 8th over when Adams holed out for 19 off 17. 24-1 became 38-2 in the 10th over as Smaylen's dogged innings ended when he was adjudged LBW for 13 off 25.
The the partnership of the game started with Hodgy and the in form Banners pushing the score along. It wasn't a flowing partnership of racing boundaries as the wet ball thudded against the bat, it was really hard work for the batsmen to get the ball to the boundary. At drinks the pair had taken the score onto 93-2, on a dry day 20 or 30 more runs would have been in the score book by this stage.
Banners was first to 50, Hodgy passing the same milestone a over or so later. With the partnership on 142 in the 31st over Hodgy was caught off Jandhu for a 58 ball 62. The Doms now on 180-3 Martin Brookes joined Banners and kept plugging away. Sadly only 19 runs were added when Banners did a 'Hales' and got himself out again when a 100 was within touching distance for 86 after facing 85 balls.
So with the Doms on 200-4 in the 34th over the black clouds covered the ground and saw the teams take and early tea as the rain came down.
Well the tea was a good one, loads of stuff to eat. The jewel in the crown was cake baker supreme @abimaud with her colourful regal cupcake redness attractively set amongst the formal lines of banana cake. A wonder to see and taste.
So with the rain blown away and the covers off the Doms completed their full 40 overs with Brookes not out on 27 and Stato grinding out a 15 ball 10no.
So 231-5 was a top score given the condition and as in the first game the sun came out and the conditions were certainly much more conducive for the side batting.
Danny Brookes opened down hill and Banner taking on the donkey role going uphill. Young Brookes produced a devil of a spell with his first 4 overs conceding only 5 runs whilst it was quite different start for Banners, his first two overs being smacked around for 24 runs as he failed to find the right length.
With helmetless Hall struggling against a Brookes short ball which whizzed past his nose he seemed relieved to be walking off when Brookes bowled him with a snorter. 35-1 in 9th over. At the other end Banners was finding more control and the runs off his bowling dried up.
Brookes took the second wicket when Krishna got a good delivery which gave keeper Adams a regulation catch. 55-2, Brookes finishing a great spell 8-3-14-2 and given Banners awful start 42-0 was a good turnaround. So with the first set of overs done the visitors were 59-2 off 16 overs.
With the visitors now needing over 7 and over Hodgy downhill and Perry looked to turn the screw although the only thing that was screwed was Perry who pulled up lame in 20th over with a pulled fetlock. So at drinks Beaumont were 83-2.
Hodgy continued down hill whilst Last took over the slog of bowling uphill. With Jandhu going well and looking set on 39 Last reflected on Shane Warne's master class advice watched earlier in the day, "bowl straight, put your best catchers in a V behind you and get the batsman to drive". Well it took only 4 balls of Last first over to prove Warnes advice was correct as Jandhu drove high and straight down the throat of Hodgy who took the catch. NB, youngsters you are never to old to learn skills..
So 88-3 in the 22nd over the run rate was up to 8 an over required. 5 overs past where batsmen Hodgson and L Johnson fiddled around not really getting on top of the bowling when Hodgy struck, trapping his namesake plumb in front for a useful 31. 108-4 in 27th over.
Johnson R joined his brother knowing the run rate required was rapidly rising to over 10 an over. The Doms were now well on top, the fielding was very keen with Smaylen and Dolly chasing around like the youngsters they are.
Hodgy off after 7 overs, 37-1 was replaced by Adie. Last then again proved Warne's theory in the 34th over when L Johnson played straight and long but not long enough as Banners with a little 'skip' made a difficult catch look easy. Johnson out for 41 and it now looked all up for the visitors at 156-5 off 34, still 76 more runs needed off 6 overs. This wicket started a major collapse as 5 wickets fell for the addition of only 1 run as Last picked up his third and Adie 3 of her four wickets.
Grainger and Gregnt flailed around but with the score on 176 Grainger was adjudged stumped for 7. The visitors all out for 176 loosing by 56 runs.
Another great Doms win in trying conditions. It was really a good all round team effort that has kept the Doms winning run going. The Doms now move on to a difficult 20/20 away match against Belbroughton.
Man of the Match: Joint, Banners for his batting and Danny Brookes for a first class spell of bowling.
Drops: Dolly (really hard chance but..) and Adie 2.