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vs Beaumont CC
|Old Doms CC vs Beaumont CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on16th July 2016|
|10||Anstey JF||8||Not Out||2||5||45||2|
|Extras||5||(1B 0LB 4W 0NB)|
|50||a/o in 21.4 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Beaumont CC 237-7 in overs
|Match: Old Doms lost by 187 runs|
Well the Doms managed to get 11 players and I think this match will be referred to the "Generation Game" match (all you youngsters consult Google) in years to come....
The Doms had an interesting line up, 3 generations of Anstey's (oldest 60++ and the youngest just 8) plus the Smith brothers, with young Ollie making his Doms debut. We even had two Ollie's batting at the same time, another Doms first was a debut for Dean Phillips who happened to be wandering past the Anstey's car and ended up in Bromsgrove playing cricket!
So with 4 players 16yo and younger and 2 players well into the 60's the Doms set out to play a 40 over match on the sunny baked Hedges ground down at the Boars. The visitors were Beaumont CC. Dolly Hickin was appointed skipper for the day and he won the toss and elected to bowl to ensure the game lasted until tea.
Last and Morris opened and failed to get any joy with their first stints as skipper Hickin shuffled his bowlers around. Opener Jandu was the more aggressive of the opening pair and he lost his partner when Anstey JF tossed one up and Morris took an excellent one handed catch over his shoulder to the surprise of all those on the field of play! 36-1 in the 9th over.
Young Ollie Smith bowling uphill with a very long run up took the next wicket with Johnson R being caught in the deep by Anstey JF 87-2 with 17 overs gone. Considering the Doms bowling attack things didn't look to bad and the performance in the field was exemplary. Even young Ollie Anstey (age 8) nearly took a stunning catch at deep backward square leg.
After drinks the visitors stepped up a gear as skipper Hickin shared the bowling around. It must be said the visitors were made to graft for their runs as the bowling remained tight and the fielding the keenest you could ask for.
Stato picked up 3 wickets and took another outstanding one hander and Anstey JF another as the visitors innings ended on 237-7. Not a bad first half for the Old/Young Doms.
A very nice tea was taken sitting in the sunshine.
So the Doms needed 238 to win, it was not the start that skipper Hickin wanted as Davidge decided that attack was the best policy and his third ball saw him charge the bowler only to see his stumps knocked over! The next 4 balls saw the wickets of Anstey JW and Ben Smith perish. The Doms after 2 overs struggling on 3-1 still 234 runs adrift.
With Morris and Anstey WJ now at the crease the crowd settled back to enjoy the runs chase. Sadly after cracking an elegant 4 Anstey was caught. 4-15 in 6th over.
The skipper was next to go for 4 runs and debutant Phillips out to a first ball, the Doms 29-6. Happily for the Doms the lowest Doms innings ever scored of 23 had been surpassed.
It was a bit disappointing that with an 11yo facing the hatrick ball the Beaumont team surrounded the young batsman with some overly aggressive slating of the batsmen. Sad to see given the state of the match. I'm sure had the bowler managed the hatrick he wouldn't of said when boasting to mates in the bar that his hattrick wicket was an 11yo lad. Unnecessary and not in the spirit of cricket.
The hattrick ball seen off young Ollie Smith faced a further 38 balls without looking in trouble before he was caught out for 7 including a well struck boundary. A nice little innings.
Young Ollie Anstey showed his dad how to bat and defend his wicket for 14 balls.
The match ended with the Doms being bowled out for 50. It was a performance that on paper may not tell all, the young lads worked hard in the field and tried their best batting against a team who obviously wanted to win.
Its very encouraging for cricket when you see the likes of the Anstey brothers playing and being coached at Weoley Hill CC and the Smith boys from the Boars academy set up. These lads will do well as they progress.
Man of the Match: Steve Morris - 3 wks, 2 one handers and a team top score of 20 (bloody awful shot to get out though)
Drops: 3, Anstey JF, Anstey OJ and Davidge 1 each.