Roving Reporters Match Day Reports - 2017
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vs Massey Ferguson CC
|Old Doms CC vs Massey Ferguson CC|
|Played at Coventry on 28th August 2017|
|5||Adams C||CW||40||Not Out||2||5||1||1|
|6||Collins D||6||Not Out||1||5||43||1|
|Extras||5||(1B 1LB 1W 2NB)|
|204-4 in 36.2 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Massey Ferguson CC 201-7 in 40 overs
|Match: Old Doms won by 6 wickets|
It was a glorious Sunday with the sun shining and the temperature touching 25 degrees as the Old Doms travelled to Coventry to play Massey Fergusson CC, this was the first ever meeting of the teams.
On arrival the team comprised of 8 fine players but this quickly became 11 as “looking for a game” Tom Mountford joined the ranks along with McNeice who had been lost in transit and eventually by Dolly after his shift at work.
Captain for the day Con Adams won the toss and elected to put the hosts in.
Massey Fergusson’s two opening batsmen strode to crease including sprightly Barry Ascroft who was taking the field in his final game after 60 years of cricket.
Captain Adams threw the new(ish) ball to Mark Hunt as the Old Doms went about restricting opposition. Hunt began by serving up a couple of looseners which were confidently despatched but he soon found his rhythm bowling a tight line and length. He was joined at the other end by the miserly Banners off-spin. Banners instantly made the breakthrough as early scoreboard pressure forced the MF opener to nurse a simple catch up to Hope. After a 2 over opening burst Banners had figures of 2 overs 1 maiden 1 for 1.
Adams Captaincy style is one of fluidity as he adjusted the field and the bowling attack throughout the innings to keep the batsmen thinking. Although the batsmen scored at a reasonable rate with plenty of boundaries wickets fell regularly as no batsmen was able to go on and make a telling score.
First change McNeice bowled quickly and with menace and was rewarded with figures 7 overs 2 maidens 3 for 22. Banners returned to the attack in the middle overs and struck again with a stumping through some very sharp work behind the stumps.
There were also tidy spells from Colin Hunt, DC, visiting Tom Mountford and even 3 overs from gun batsman Dan Brookes with his part time dobble.
The innings was notable for 2 strange events though; Banners homage to spinner Shane Warnes “ball of the century” with quite frankly the “worst ball of the century”. There was also the moment when the very future of cricket was put in jeopardy. Opening bat Ascroft defying his years was scoring runs nicely but required a runner, he was joined in the middle and proceeded to nurdle a single. Ascroft set off for a quick single, the runner didn’t move aside from a strong right foot and trapped the ball with the style of Lionel Messi and then drilled a beautiful pass to a Doms fielder. Everyone looked confused
Ascroft made a classy 50 as Massey Fergusson set the Old Doms a challenging 201 for 7 from their 40 overs and tea was taken.
I’m told it was a very decent affair with a pot of Chilli, pasta, bread rolls plus many of the other things you would expect to see in a tea. Many of the ODs were enjoying what looked like Michelin starred pot noodles. Just to confirm Quiche was present and enjoyed by some.
After tea eager to impress Captain Adams, went to his gun batsmen to build a solid platform for the reply and sent out Dolly and Dan Brookes. Things didn’t quite go to plan as Dolly was cleaned up after 2 balls, the ball was on the Piccadilly but Dolly played down the Bakerloo line sprang to mind. Brookes was joined at the crease by Hope and they made an immediate impact. Hope was economical in his running but was hitting the rope regularly with some perfectly timed drives and pulls. On witnessing this from the non-strikers end Brookes was becoming inspired as he started to entertain with some fine shots of his own. The partnership of 88 was excellently paced and always up with the required rate. However it was ended abruptly as Hope was caught, a rare miss timed shot went to the MF fielder but the platform for victory had been laid. 88 for 2 in the 20th over.
Brookes was joined in the middle by Wright and more of the same ensued. Wright demonstrating peerless timing began to score with ease but all eyes were on the impressive Brookes and his 360 degree scoring shots, deft glances, picture perfect cover drives, cuts and pulls this innings had everything.
Having put on a fine 59 run partnership sadly Wright departed as the score reached 147 for 3 in the 30th over, 55 needed from 10 overs.
Brookes was joined by Captain Adams as they set about reaching the target. With the bit between his teeth Adams opening up with a boundary and followed this with 11 further scoring shots racing to 26 not out. Sadly during the run fest Brookes departed attempting to hit a lofted drive for 4 and was caught at midwicket.
Although a 100 beckoned Brookes fell short but did post his Old Doms career best of 77 at close to a run a ball repaying the faith placed upon him by the skipper. Well played Brookes, a terrific innings.
Needing very few runs to reach the winning total the crowd began to turn on the free hitting Adams as his first dot ball was greeted with boo’s from the watching Doms. In an act of defiance Adams then dispatched the next ball into Leamington Spa for an enormous 6 and squared up to the naysayers.
With order restored the winning target was reached with further maximums and boundaries in the 36th over, Adams scoring an 18 ball 40 and DC 6 not out.
MOM – Dan Brookes for his excellent innings
Drops – 5, Brookes, Hunt M*, Adams Hickin*, Banners, Mountfield McNeice *
*Apparently difficult chances.