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vs Clent CC
|Old Doms CC vs Clent CC|
|Played at Clent on 23 July 2017|
|8||Perry T||2||Not Out||4||10||2|
|9||Blackmore N||2||Not Out||8||1||30|
|Extras||10||(6B 1LB 3W 0NB)|
|173||-7 in 38 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Clent CC 170-7 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 3wks|
On an overcast but decently warm afternoon the Doms rolled up in the nice little village of Clent somewhere in Worcestershire. Its the first time the Doms have played Clent CC and were pleasantly surprised with the set up, a nice compact ground in the centre of the village. Good car parking with a path to the local working mens club. The ground is undulating with a sharp downhill section which may be more acute than the Hedges ground.
The Doms had a good looking 11 (not aesthetically but in terms of cricket skills!). A mixture of youth and experience. It was good to see Tank Perry with his whites on again and eager to play.
Sunday skipper Dolly called wrongly and the hosts decided to bat on a green looking dampish track. Nick Blackmore and Banners opened the bowling and the openers Ali and Khan found hard to get the ball away. After 6 overs the score had meandered on to 10. After adjusting to the slowness of the wicket they started to increase the run rate. Blackmore was rested after 6 frugal overs with the score on 46 off 11.
Banners bowled through, wicketless for a creditable 0-29 after getting much turn that the batsmen failed to get away. Last and Olli Smith were paired up, with Last's first two overs going for 16 which included a 'tip over the bar' 6 as Blackmore failed to hold on to one in the deep.
In 16th over Ali reached his 50 with the home side looking comfortable on 73-0. However in the next over Last beat his defence and Ali walked off bowled middle and off unaware that he was the bowlers 500th wicket for the Doms, this would have come many seasons earlier if the Doms fielders had held on to catches ! Anyway it was a touching moment as the Doms congratulated Last on this milestone.
At drinks the hosts were on par at 1-91 off 20.
Olli Smith was rested after 4 over after taking the wicket of Walley for 17, a good catch by Banners to allow Perry to turn his arm over, meanwhile Last had wicket 501 when Hickin back flipped like an energetic dolphin to hold on to what was a simple catch to remove the other opener. In the same over wicket 502 was secured when Shahdil was trapped in front for a duck. The hosts were in a spot of bother at 106-4 after 25 overs.
Perry knocks over 2 in 2 but fails in his bid for a come back hatrick. He looks a tad slower but the grunt is still there. Clent 122-6 in 30.
The only other wicket to fall was Heath who somehow got trapped by a Morris straight one in the next over. To the credit of Clent, Can and Hassan rode their luck and took the score up to a defendable 171-7 by the end of the hosts innings.
Tea was taken, alfresco, a nice spread of buns with various fillings and a super mug of tea. Top stuff.
So 172 to win. Davidge and skipper Hickin strode out purposefully hoping to get the Doms chase off to a solid start.
The pitch looked a tad easier as the sun came out and the pair raced along at 3 an over before Hickin was adjudged LBW for a solid but unspectacular 22 and the Doms chase was at 40-1 off 12.
Collins breezed in and got a couple of friendly balls which he dispatched with some force to the boundary. At drinks the Doms were still touching the required run rate at 77-1, just 90 odd runs needed.
5 overs and 15 runs later Davidge's latest marathon came to an end when he was caught for a solid 23. Ben Smith looked assured as he supported Collins and the score had pushed onto 141 in 30th over before Smith was bowled. A good solid supporting knock.
Dave Colling's innings came to a close when it didn't look like he was going to get out, but he did when he was caught for a match winning 83.
Procter who had looked good in the field played his best knock for the Doms , it was surprising when he was bowled for 15. The match was all but won when both Banners (13) and Stato (2) were out to appalling shots, it left Perry and Blackmore to push for the last few runs needed and the Doms were home by 7 wickets and 12 or so balls spare.
A really good game of cricket played against a nice bunch of lads, we look forward to meeting down at the Boars later in the season. Players then wandered through the grassy meadow to get a drink or two at the club.Man of the Match: Dave Collins for a smart 83
Drops: 3. Davidge, Smith B and Hickin one each.