Match Day Weather
vs Sportsman CC
|Old Doms CC vs Sportsman CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 17th July 2016|
|1||Morris S||101||Not Out||1||10||7||42||1||1|
|8||Davidge M||W||0||Not Not|
|Extras||35||(11B 6LB 10W 3NB)|
|207||-6 in 40 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Sportsman CC 270-3 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms lost by 63 runs|
With the excitement of Thursdays win still in the air and a weather forecast of sunshine and summer warmth the Doms rolled up to the Hedges ground looking forward to another 40 over game, this time against our old chums from the Sportsman. With the ground packed the visitors won the toss and decided to bat on what looked a corker of a batting wicket. The Doms bowling attack would be stretched on this batsman friendly track and speedy outfield.
Last decided to open with slow stuff at both ends against youngsters Mangat and Patel. The plan seemed to have worked in as much as the runs were being eked out rather than a racing along. At the 10 over point the runs had been kept in check at 41-0. Given the wicket and pacey outfield honours were about even.
Morris was rested after 4 to be replaced with Danny Brookes, the Doms only pace bowler in the side. Although no wickets were gained by the Doms at drinks the match was evenly balanced at 102-0. Banners had produced a tidy but wicketless spell of 42-0, it was now 14 overs of Banners without a wicket.
After the drinks the young openers started to push on knowing that plenty of batting was still sitting in the pavilion getting pad rash. Brookes finished a clean spell of 41-0 and Hunt rested after 4 overs for 32. After 30 overs the score was on an impressive 194-0 but in the next over Last took the wickets of both openers, Patel well taken by Banners for an impressive 78 and two balls later Stato took another top catch dismissing Mangat for 107, a top innings taking only 88 balls. A really great opening partnership from the youngsters.
With 9 overs to to defend the Doms fielding becoming ragged in the heat the Sportsman lads innings ended on 270-3 with Stato picking up the other wicket. The Doms trudged off to seek out cake and tea.
Another good tea, plenty of choices and home made stuff. Again @abiMaud produced three top cake options.
So the Doms to chase down 270 would have to bat well and got off to a great start with 10 coming off Ahmeds first over. But in the space of 8 overs the score was 28-3, a rubbish start. Collins adjudged a very woody LBW, then Hodgy belted a good one at Mangat who somehow juggled the ball onto his stomach and chest before holding on. Finally Banners searching for a score played down a line allowing the ball to go down another line and clatter into his wickets. The Doms chase had come off the rails at 27-3, a score they never really recovered from as the visitors dictated the game with 4 or 5 fielding in the deep leaving the Doms batsmen few boundary options. At drinks the Doms were 91-3 just 11 runs short of the visitors at the same point but more importantly three of the Doms big hitters sitting out watching.
It was clear that the Doms would struggle to get to 270 especially when Martin Brookes was caught off Sohail for a run a ball 38. The Doms 118-4 in 27. It was all about getting as close to 270 as possible with Stato holding up the visitors from running through the Doms innings. A useful 10 runs from Smaylen, out again bowled by a straight ball helped Stato close in on his first 100 for a number of seasons.
With 13 needed for his ton and one over left and fielders scattered to all parts of the boundary when the first went soaring over the two legside boundary fielders and the next crashed for a 4. Balls 3 and 4 were fended off without a score. 4 needed off two. The fifth punched for a well run 2 to bring Stato to 99 with one ball left. Skipper Bansal trying his hardest to stop Stato's 100 brought all eleven fielders in close. Gone was the victory for the Sportsman and forgotten was the match defeat for the Doms, all that appeared to matter was Stato's final ball. In raced Jaz, Stato stood still and straight punched the good length ball along the ground beating fielders and 2 runs were scored. The Doms and the pavilion roared with delight as Stato walked off with an undefeated 101 off 119 balls. A top innings.
Both team had played their hearts out, 477 runs scored for only 9 wickets with the Doms 63 runs short. A top game of cricket played how it should be with both sets of players drained by the experience wandering back to the bar for a well deserved drink.
A game where cricket was the winner.
Man of the Match: Stato of course
Drops: 3 Stato, Banners and Dennney one each