Match Day Weather
vs Coftonians CC
|Old Doms CC vs Coftonians CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 21st August 2016|
|3||Brookes M||70||Not Out||11|
|4||Banaham M||10||Not Out||8||1||24||2||2|
|Extras||23||(6B 3LB 9W 2NB)|
|149||-2 in 35.1 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Coftonians CC 148ao in 39.3 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 8wks|
Coftonians were the visitors to Bromsgrove and they must have been confident of continuing their winning run against the Doms, as it was way back in April 2014 that the Doms had last beaten the Coffs.
The weather forecast was for heavy rain about 6 o'clock so which ever team one the toss they could hold the key to who was going to win this game. Well Tank returning after going lame and a Cornwall holiday skippered the side and was asked to bowl first after the Coffs skipper called correctly.
Kalid and C Surplice opened and soon found that the Doms bowlers were not going to be blown away. Dan Brookes produced another unplayable opening spell of 5 overs having both openers unable to play any shots, when they did manage to lay bat on ball it was all defensive. At the other end Banners was causing problems with his spin and lift. Surplice was first to go offering an easy caught and bowl to Banners with the score on 20 in the 7th over.
The same bowler then bowled Ian Surplice for 1 run with still only 32 runs on the board and 12 overs had already been ticked off in the score book. The Doms were certainly in charge. Sean McNeice playing his first Sunday game for the Doms took over from Brookes, having real pace from one end was a big bonus for the Doms.
Kalid was struggling against the pace of Brookes and McNeice and it was perhaps a cause of frustration that made him chase a wide ball which he dragged onto his stumps off McNeice. Coffs 3-41 and 16 overs gone.
Banners finished another good spell at the sharp end taking 2-24 off his 8 overs. Perry replaced him and continued to keep things tight until he pulled up lame again ! Last took over from the hockey pitch end.
Meanwhile McNeice was racing through his overs. At drinks the Coff were struggling at 4-70 in 20th over.
Last then removed the dangerous Shazad for 26 when a lifting leg break took the outside edge and Davidge in first slip took a great catch overs his left shoulder. This started a collapse as 5 wickets went down for 6 runs, McNeice being to hot to handle for Ali and Shah, McNeice ending with 3-26 which brought back Danny Brookes who nipped out Sri Shah and Bryan for ducks whilst at the other end Perry held onto a drive from Salmen off Last. The Coffs in disarray 9-100 in 31st over.
Then an irritating last wicket stand by Raji and Junaid who belted the ball around and pushed the score onto 148 before keeper Adams caught a skier off Pedro and the Coffs were skittle out for 148. A great first half by the Doms, great bowling and support fielding. No dropped catches or miss fields.
So the Doms walked off thinking only the weather could stop a win for the hosts. Tea was taken, sadly there were two quiche offerings following an online poll. The cakes provided by @abiMaud was again a treat to behold.
So with the skies closing in Davidge and Adams started to chase down the 149 to win. Sadly Davidge's season with the bat is still a mystery. Form has certainly deserted the opener. Brookes joined Adams with the score on 3 as Davidge was adjudged lbw and he trooped off to another duck.
The visitors needed to take wickets quickly or spin out the game until the rain came. The Doms batsmen played a sensible game, seeing off Bryan and Sohal. At drinks the players came off as rain started to fall and the covers went on. The score was 1-73, another 76 needed in 20 overs.
The rain squall soon departed and the players were again on the pitch again. Adams and Brookes sensing the rain could be an issue started to play shots and the score moved on at a pace. Sadly just 4 short of another 50 Adams played a sloppy shot and was caught off the bowling of Mahmood. The score in the 28th over was 2-112. 36 needed off 12 overs.
Banners and a full flowing Martin Brookes hit the ball around and the Doms were home and dry in 36th over with Brookes not out on 70 and Banners a controlled 10. A great 8 wk win for the Doms. The Doms now move onto the final 20Twenty game on Thursday.
Man of the Match: A Brookes double header, Dan for an explosive unplayable spell of bowling and Martin a chanceless 70no