Match Day Weather
vs Old Griffs CC
|Old Doms CC vs Old Griffs CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 14th July 2016|
|3||Hodgson J||C||120||Not Out||7||12|
|4||Adams C||W||37||Not Out||4|
|Extras||6||(0B 3LB 2W 1NB)|
|170||-2 in 17.4 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Old Griffs CC 168-3 in 20 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 8wks|
After the disappointing defeat on Sunday it was time for the Doms players to show a bit of metal and get quickly back into winning ways. Tonight's visitors are Old Griffs, a very useful team with many demob happy teachers in their eleven. The game earlier in the season saw a hard fought match end the way of a Doms win, this match was to follow a similar pattern.
Skipper Hodgson won the toss and decided to chase a total. Kman and Banners opened the bowling with the formers first over going for 13 runs. This set the scene, as openers Javid and Sattar got stuck into the bowling on a fairly benign wicket. The score crashed along at a pace and by the time Banners had bowled his 4 the visitors were on 0-73 off 8. Banners would consider himself a tad unlucky not to have picked up a wicket or two as Dolly dropped a couple. Banners off with 0-32 against his name.
Stato and Danny Brookes tried to stem the flow of runs. When Javid was on 73 off 42 balls he somehow thought it was enough and decided to retire. Stato was the first bowler to have any luck, having just been carted for successive sixes Sattar holed out in the deep to Danny Brookes trying to get a third. Griffs 1-125 in the 12th over.
With the free scoring openers now back in the pavilion with 8 overs left it looked very much like the Doms would be chasing around 200 when they came to bat.
But the Doms tightened up the bowling and fielding, with McNeice bowling his usual frugal overs the Doms restricted the next 8 overs to just 42 runs. A great instinctive run out by McNeice to see the dangerous Niam walk back only scoring 7 runs and bowling Wobbler for 3 with a corker. The 3-0-9-1 figurers showed how well McNeice bowled at the death.
So the Griffs who were on course to score big stuttered to a chasable 168. Game on !
Pinch hitters Dolly and Smaylen were sent in by Hodgy and started the chase well against some tight bowling. Sadly in the second over with the score on 11 Smaylen was caught for 3 and a few balls later Dolly was caught in front and was walking back being given LBW for 7. Not a great start for the Doms, 2-19 off 4 overs.
Two more overs and the score had raced along to 2-25 as Hodgy and Con Adams settled themselves in. At the halfway mark the Doms were on 2-70 still 99 needed to see a Doms win. Hodgy and Adams then flicked the cricket equivalent of F1's DRS switch and the run chase took off.
Hodgy being very aggressive with any ball in his hitting arc whilst Adams supporting with some classic batting shots. Sixes and fours were hit in all directions. At one point the Griffs keeper decided to give Hodgy some verbal grief which only spurred Hodgy to hit some massively extravagant shots. You wont see many bigger hits on the Hedges ground.
With the visitors now recognising they were getting a hiding it was only a matter of time before the winning runs were delivered in the 18th over. Adams took an easy single off the first, Hodgy then defended the second which brought more 'chirping' from the Griffs. Hodgys answer was swift, a flat rocket 6 over point off the third ball followed by another cracking 4 to win the match with 14 ball to spare. The visitors chirping had stopped as they trudged off the park..
The last 54 balls had seen 99 runs scored. Hodgy 120 no out off 51 balls and Adams 37 not out off 31 balls. A partnership of 151 runs, not a club record but a bloody good effort. Looking at the match stats it just goes to prove how much easier it is to get runs than it is wickets..
Man of the Match: Hodgy for a blistering 120.
Drops: 4. Dolly-3 Smaylen-1