Rog & Jack opened for Down and started well, for the second week running securing a century opening partnership. That didn’t always look the case, however, since Rog felt his hamstring go after just 4 overs. Deciding to just hit out until he got out was probably a better decision than he could have hoped since he didn’t seem able to get out!! Rog raced to 55 before being caught well at mid-wicket for 55 in just the 8th over. Enter youth Henry Dipple, his debut. After a slowish start Henry found his touch and began to play some great strokes (the likes of which we rarely see in the seconds!)
The score continued to build, albeit the run rate slowing a little but Henry eventually went when ran out for 15… if only he’d grounded his bat!! Tiger Purnell entered to show us how to do it… and boy did he make an impression… on his face, edging a ball that resulted in a badly chopped lip and a lovely ‘wait’ until midnight in A & E before he walked out fed up without having been seen!
Next day was 3 stitches outside and two inside – ouch…
Jack went on to reach 52 before being bowled by Tonnley. Cameron Robinson was caught for 3 and then Bridget and Kieran Heath saw the innings to a healthy close, ending on undefeated 8 and 9 respectively.
Our total of 171-4 looked pretty good from our 18 overs.
Cosmos were held back from the off with both Dan Stevens and Richard Fagence keeping the visitors down to 20 off of the first 4 overs. On came Ian Tanner and Ollie Davies and although wickets seemed to be slow in coming, Down’s fielding was tight and so too was the bowling, Ian keeping his 3 overs down to 0-14. Ollie Davies was delighted to take the first wicket, with captain Wilson caught for 24. When Rog ran out big hitter Keane for 0 it looked like Down would be comfortable winners… and so it proved. Despite the long-standing partnership of Bowden and Burnett, undefeated on 53 and 44 respectively, the result was never in doubt. Cameron Robinson and Kieran Heath, another couple of youngsters, also had opportunity to each bowl a couple of overs towards the close of the innings and both did well despite both batsmen trying to hit out in a vague attempt to increase their run rate. Kieran did especially well with 0-12 off of his 2 overs. Dan rounded off to shut up shop with another great performance bowling his 4 overs 0-14.
Cosmos did well to reach 148-2 but the result was never really in doubt. Great win tonight boys!!!
CD II won by 23 runs