Match Day Weather
vs Peopleton CC
|Old Doms CC vs Peopleton CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 23rd June 2016|
|6||McNeice S||39||Run Out||3||4||3||12||3|
|9||Clarke J||4||Run Out||1|
|11||Last A||C||0||Not Out||4||22||1|
|Extras||30||(10B 3LB 17W 0NB)|
|116||a/o in 19.3 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Peopleton CC 105-7 in 20 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 11 runs|
Well what a game, another win, the 7th on the trot. The visitors were new opponents for the Doms, Peopleton CC from somewhere in deepest Worcestershire. With the regular skippers still injured, recovering or doing 'other' things it was down the Last again as Hodgy had a tutu issue. I suspect the responsibility of captaining a winning side weighed to heavily for Hodgy.
The visitors turned up and looked a well honed team of cricketers, well in comparison to the Doms 11 they looked a professional outfit. Last won the toss and following the groundsman advice decided to bat first on what looked a good strip. There was a look of dismay from the team as given the choice the Doms always bowl first.
The Doms had a decent looking 11 which on paper looked full of runs. How wrong things turned out! Pedders and Smaylen opened with Pedders getting off to a decent start scoring 11 off the first 8 balls, sadly at the other end Smaylen became the first of seven Doms to be bowled. He faced three and untroubled the scoreboard before walking back. Not a good start 1-12 off 2 overs.
The team sat back with Hodgy and Pedders at the crease waiting for the big shots and the score to race along. With Smith bowling a good line and length Hodgy played forward unbalanced missed the ball and was easily stumped for 1 run. A shocking piece of batting by Hodgy. 2-15 soon became 3-15 as Adams played down the wrong line to Smith and was bowled first ball. So after 4 overs the Doms were in a mess at 3-15.
Banners now joined Pedders, again the team sat watching thinking this pair would turn the game around. Pedders taking most of the strike edged the score along, however Banners run of form with the bat ended when Smith got his 4th wicket bowling Banners comprehensively for 3 runs. With only 14 runs added Pedders became the 5th batsman to walk back, although at least Pedders had scored a 24 ball 30. So after 9 overs the Doms were in real trouble at 5-51. A decent defendable total look a long way off.
McNeice and Stato steadied things a bit with Stato playing a supportive role whilst McNeice belted the ball around with some cracking boundaries. Stato was 6th out with the score on 90, bowled by Jamil for 3.
With McNiece playing well Dan Brookes managed to get his partner run out for a very good 39. Brookes was at it again when Clarke suffered from confusion and saw himself run out.
The Doms innings concluded with the the disappointing fact of being bowled out in under 20 overs for 116. A shocking performance with the bat other than Pedders and McNeice. The visitors bowled very well, in particular Smith who finished with 5-15. They looked a happy bunch of lads as they came off.
So how would the Doms do defending 116. At about 5.5 runs per over on a fast outfield the odds were stacked against Last and his team defending that modest total.
Brookes downhill and Banners uphill were the choice of bowlers. Hindmarsh and Deeprose opened and got off to a niffty start with 22 run coming off the first three overs. With Banners 7th ball he enticed Deeprose to loft a ball to Hodgy who accepted the challenge. 1-22 off 19 balls. After 3 overs from Brookes the skipper decided to take all the pace off the ball and make the batsmen put the effort in.
Banners finished on a very good 1-14 whilst Last and Stato trundled in. The ploy of no pace was working, Hindmarsh and Billington found it hard to get the ball away for more than singles and in the 11th over Last had the dangerous Hindmarsh taken superbly by a casual Brookes at deep long off for 41. The visitors 2-60 off 11 overs needing 76 off 9. Last finished with a 1-22 haul and Stato 0-13.
A big call for skipper Last, who to bowl the death overs. Pedders and McNeice were the chosen options, and what a great choice it turned out to be. Pedders the first to strike getting Billington stumped for 26. 3-92 in 17th over. 26 needed off 12 balls.
McNeice bowled a snorter of a third over, the teams 19th, Blight, Bird and Smith all comprehensively bowled leaving the visitors run chase in tatters on 6-97. So Pedders needed to not concede 19 runs in his final 6 balls. A great run out by Banners and only 8 runs being scored took the Doms home for an incredible win by 11 runs.
A great game of cricket, played out over 40 overs. Both teams contributed to what crickets all about. The Doms, not for the first time this season and defended a low score when all looked lost. A really good bowling and fielding performance by the 11 Doms.
Man of the Match: Could have gone to the whole team but McNeice for his 39 runs and blistering 3-12 was well worth the award.
Dropped catches: 1, a really hard chance put down by Smaylen.