Dorchester 175 AO V Charlton Down 176-0 Div 3 Saturday
It was all 10’s for Charlton Down as they made it 10 straight wins with an emphatic 10 wicket victory over Dorchester 2nds.
Dorchester’s innings started slowly against the accurate bowling of Matt and Dan Stevens. Matt struck first bowling Josh Foot with a beautiful yorker for 5 and then had captain Mike Peake caught behind off a lifting ball by wicketkeeper Sam Roles with the score on 30-2. Dan Stevens then bowled a frustrated Peter Diffey at 34-3.
A useful partnership between Simon Joslin and Stuart Beasley of 44 was ended with the change of bowling and saw James Pretty(2-24) have Joslin caught off a top edge by Marc Spurway for 13 and Matt Porter followed soon after caught by Sam Roles for 6 with the score on 101-5. Stuart Beasley’s hard hitting innings of 68, including 12 fours, came to an abrupt end when he just missed a straight one off captain Tommy Tucker second ball. Sam Roles then removed his pads to bowl Eiron Fitzgerald with a simple caught and bowled and Habib Wardak and Dorchester had collapsed to 129-8. The returning Dan Stevens bowled Nathan Quinn for 3 and the Dorchester innings looked like it was drawing to a close on 135-9. However the talented Ollie Osborne, son of former opening bowler Alan Osborne, decided to show more senior players how to bat. A mixture of a perfect defence to lovely straight driving and improvised shots was pleasing to the eye and was only out for a well constructed 40 as the overs ran out. Osborne would not have been able to produce the late charge if it was not for Ben Alford who ably held up his end with solid defence. The partnership added 40 valuable runs to ensure a completive score of 175 was set.
The Charlton Down reply was very impressive from openers Jae Miller(71no) and Jack Eveleigh(77no). A chanceless partnership of 176 lasting over two and half hours saw Charlton down to victory with 10 overs remaining.
Miller and Eveleigh’s trade mark running between the wickets kept the score board moving. Eveleigh’s straight and cover driving was pleasing to the eye as he caressed the ball to the boundary including 12 fours. Miller was more careful but did include the only six of the match and included 6 fours.