Roving Reporters Match Day Reports - 2017
- Players WANTED
- The Doms still struggle to field 11 players
- All new Stats page is now online
Match Day Weather
vs Sportsman CC
|Old Doms CC vs Sportsman CC|
|Played at Richmond Hill on 16th August 2017|
|5||Banham N||31||Not Out||4||4||24|
|10||Davidge M||W||2||Not Out|
|Extras||11||(1B 0LB 10W 0NB)|
|107-8 in 20 overs|
|Fall of Wks||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
Sportsman CC 247-2 in 20 overs
|Match: Old Doms lost by 140 runs|
A trip to leafy Harbourne saw the Doms turn up with 11 players which made a change to face the lads from Sportsman CC, the third match of the season with the teams at one a piece, much has gone on over the season since the Doms beat Sportsman by 9 wickets chasing down 170 down at Bromsgrove on a chilly April afternoon. Only 4 Doms players who played in that match would turn turn out 3 months later and one of those was injured after only two balls of the match.
Mid week skipper Martin back from 2 weeks surfing in Cornwall lost the toss and Raj the hosts skipper had no hesitation in batting in the daylight on the usual unpredictable West House School track.
There was some debate with the umpire about the size and weight of the ball, it looked and felt more like a junior ball than one for adults but as the umpire said it was the same for both sides. That may well be but given the Doms had no bowlers who could muster up any pace with the ball the batsmen were likely to have a field day as the dinky ball sat up at a nice pace for the patient batsman to clobber out of the ground.
Last was saved the ignominy of being thrashed around when with the first ball he pulled a side muscle, tried a second before being banished to the boundary hoping the ball would not come his way.
Moore was first to strike when he trundled in and a length ball died and gently rolled under the bat of opener Vijay and just had enough pace to take the bails off.
Meanwhile the Doms bowler of the match , Banham was perplexed as Walder, who was still in his teens missed a full length ball which hit him ankle height way back in his crease only for the umpire to stand motionless, when asked why it was not out he replied that the ball would have gone over the top. Both keeper and bowler bemused at the decision. Walder went on to make 120 not out. Nothing more to be said, umpire decision is final.
The ball was standing up nicely and the Sportsman's batsmen couldn't have had a more easy task of scoring big runs, the only thing they had to worry about was the odd ball running along the ground. Bhanji had another very good appeal for LBW turned down against Ali, it was one of those games when nothing goes you way. But Bhanji took the umpire out of the equation and bowled Ali for 39 and the score was on 97-2.
With no bowlers to call on Skipper Martin struggled to keep the the runs in check and it was no surprise when the hosts raced past 200 and ended up with their best ever score in a 20/20 of 247-2.
So as the gloom descended the Doms set about getting through the 20 overs without being bowled out. It was easy to see how putting pace on the 'ball' helped keep the runs down as Pedders and Wright struggled against Abeer but tonked slow bowler Bish (two overs for 34 run) all around the park much like the Sportsman lads did to the Doms under paced bowling line up.
Wright was bowled which set off wickets tumbling at regular intervals, only Pedders and Banham 31 each showed any signs of getting runs in the dark as batsmen were bowled or caught by the ring of boundary fielders. We even gave an LBW.
The match over as a game very early on in the Doms innings chasing 248 finally petered out on 107-8. The Doms first defeat in about 5 matches, but that's cricket.
Man of the Match: Banners, good all round performance.
Drops: Martin, Davidge one each.