Roving Reporters Match Day Reports - 2017
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vs Coftonians CC
|Old Doms CC vs Coftonians CC|
|Played at Bromsgrove on 7th May 2017|
|10||Hunt C||4||Not Out||1||4||41||1||1|
|11||Last A||C||6||Not Out||8||31|
|Extras||18||(6B 3LB 7W 2NB)|
|194||-9 in 40 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Coftonians CC 257-5 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms Lost by 63 runs|
Well two weeks ago the Doms couldn't chase down 151 against our old chums from Coftonians, perhaps it was going to be a Doms day to reverse that result. The Doms had a good looking eleven (in terms of cricket skills !) so the team were hopeful of a good result. As it is nowadays no one seems to want to take up being captain so Last was appointed and duly went out and lost the toss. It was a nice warm early summer Sunday afternoon, a great day for a game of cricket.
McNeice opened down hill as the batsmen settled into what seemed a good looking track to play on. Azfar was soon into his stride taking 28 off Adie's first two overs with the score already on 34 off just 4 overs.
Last replaced Adie and taking the pace off the ball did the trick and the run rate was back under control. McNeice was first to strike by sending Surplice back for only 3. Coffs 44-1 in 8th over. This bought Khalid to the wicket. The batsmen played well within themselves piecing the ring of fielders occasionally. At drinks the Doms felt 113-1 was a good first half given there was two very good batsmen at the crease. Last had finished his 8 overs without a wicket but only leaking 31 runs.
Srini and Hunt got the charge in the second half and the batsmen took 70 off the next 7 overs before Srini had Khalid caught by Martin Brookes for 38 and in the next over Hunt held onto a ripper of a caught and bowled to remove Azfar for 121. A great chanceless knock leaving the Coffs on 186-3 in 29th over.
Zahab was quickly sent on his way by Adie for 6. Coffs 186-4. Sadly the Doms bowlers couldn't keep the run rate down and the visitors ended their 40 overs having hit 257-5. The Doms kept plugging away but couldn't seem to get a firm hold on the game with the ball, but the fielding was very good without any weak links in the 11.
Tea was taken. The only big news was that Jase had cooked a quiche or two, sadly he was let down by a soggy bottom (no nothing the do the wine girl!). But overall it was a good tea with AbiMauds box of treats being held back for an after game nosh. What a great little baker of cakes she is.
So it was up to Adams and Dolly to get the Doms off to a good start in chasing down the 258 needed to win. After a tentative start the pair were off and running, their running between wickets was top class turning ones into twos. Sadly in the 17th over Dolly played a tad to early and skied an easy catch for a very credible first knock of the season of 40. So after 17 the Doms were doing ok at 97-1.
At drinks this had turned into 112-2 as Con Adams misread a ball and was trapped for a very good 56. Sadly when the Doms needed to push on wickets fell, not through great bowling more poor batting as wickets tumbled and the runs inevitably slowed up. 9 wickets were down for 184 in the 35th over with 75 still needed. Sadly try as they might Hunt and Last failed to chase down the runs but provided the packed stands with an array of cricket shots before stumps were drawn with the Doms on 194-9.
A very disappointing result, the first half of the game saw the Coffs probably get 50 more runs than they should have and an early season brittle batting line up did not help the cause after a good platform was set. Well we move on to the first 20/20 during the week and a 40 over match next Sunday.
Player of the Match: Tom Hickin, fine little knock and running between the wickets plus some keen fielding.
Drops: Last, Adams one each.