Sunday Match Report, CDCC vs Weymouth
Well, Weymouth ended up as comfortable winners by 45 runs, but for large passages of play it was CD who seemed to be in the better position. Stand in skipper Pretty won the toss and took a bit of a gamble by bowling first, tempted by the muggy conditions and the thought of a nice new ball in his hand. The Weymouth openers had to be watchful against some testing bowling but just as they looked well-set Matt Stevens induced a mistake from Armfield, nicely caught by Shezza Gill at square leg, and next over Pretty bowled Luvett with a good-un. That made it 33-2 off 9 overs. The change bowlers continued to keep the pressure on with a tight bowling from Javed Gill and unpredictable bowling from Miller getting a wicket apiece to remove danger men McKay and Ryall. Special mention should go to Sam Roles who took a smart catch and generally fielded like a demon despite his fine tequila hangover. Moments after catching McKay in the covers off Javed, Sam visibly turned green and had to leave the field for what will be described here as a ‘comfort break’. With the score on 70-4 off 20 overs, it was time for CDs finest pair of tweakers* Roles and Wild to tie down the Weymouth middle order. Wild got the key wicket of Trotter, mis-timing a drive to Matt Stevens at mid on and then picked up two more wickets as scoreboard pressure began to take its toll on the batsmen’s shot selection. With four overs to go the score was 138 for 7 and it looked like the decision to bowl first had been a good one. However, mayhem then commenced with a further 57 runs coming from the last 4 overs with Stevens getting some particularly harsh treatment. Weymouth No 9 Seres slogged a very rapid 44 while their No 3 Blackman continued to score effectively, eventually holing out for a gritty 75 runs in the penultimate over. A final score of 195-9 meant that CD would have to bat well to win.
Sam Roles, batting like a man in a hurry to get to bed, fell to Trotter in the first over. But from then on Holdcroft and Matt Stevens batted in fine style, smashing the occasional loose ball and running hard between the wickets. Holdcroft had progressed to 37, including a mighty pulled six and some nice straight drives, before he was undone by a fast, full, straight one from Seres. Lock came in to see off some more lively bowling from Seres and provide good support for the increasingly fluent Stevens. After 20 overs the score was 99-2, with Miller and Javed Gill still to bat, CD looked well placed if they could maintain the momentum. It is an old cricketing adage that the drinks break brings a wicket – it did, and then another, and then another…. Armfield came on to bowl and snared the big wicket of Stevens in his first over, chasing a wide one and nicking to the keeper. Matt’s 54 was easily the classiest knock of the day and had been a pleasure to watch. After that, everyone flickered but no one got established – Armfield and Weymouth skipper Thorne were the chief destroyers taking 4 wickets each, leaving CD 150 all out in the 35th over. Overall verdict: we played very well for the majority of the game but didn’t quite seize on the strong positions we created for ourselves. Credit goes to Weymouth who hung in there when the going was tough and delivered a match winning sucker punch – it was that 57 runs from the last 4 overs that took the game away from us.
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