Charlton Down and Kim Park were in “seventh heaven” as their impressive unbeaten run was extended to seven matches and given a sever test by an excellent and very keen Dorset Indian team but we ran out eventual winners by 57 runs thanks to an excellent bowling performance by Kim Park 7-36 backed up with some excellent catching and fielding.
Charlton Down elected to bat in very warm conditions and with the score on 21 Jae Miller was run out for 6 after a mix up. Nick Voss(34) and Jack Eveleigh(30) were looking comfortable but both were dismissed with the score on 79-3. Voss smashed a full toss straight to mid wicket and Eveleigh was adjudged leg before wicket. Sam Roles added a quickfire 32 to push the score to 126-4 but other than Roger Frapwell(18) and Kim Park(19) no other batsman made double figures and Charlton Down were all out for 167.
The Dorset Indian Tigers batsmen found it difficult to score runs against the accurate bowling of Matt Stevens (0-11) and Dan Stevens 1-24, after 8 overs only 12 runs had been scored. Dan Stevens struck the first blow with a lovely delivery which nipped back off the seam finding the inside edge of Vinod Chakrapani with the score on 17-1. A double change of bowling saw spinner Kim Park reduce Dorset Indians to 44-4 taking three wickets in his first two overs. Well judged catches by Miller, Eveleigh and Sam Roles keeping wicket. Javed Gill(2-31) then bowled the key man Dino Thakkar for 42 and Tyson Luis was brilliantly caught at mid on one handed by Nick Voss. Four more wickets fell to Kim Park as each batsman came and went trying to produce lusty blows. It was fitting that Mark Homewood caught his second catch off Kim Park to seal victory in only the 28th over and Park finishing with fine figures of 7-36 off 7.3 overs.