Sat 17th June – 6th XI v OD Cuaco

OD CUACO 111-6 (35.1) beat DULWICH 109 (35.1) by 4 wickets


A good team on paper. How often have we heard that phrase, with good availability in the higher teams and obviously tough decisions required at selection the 6th team looked a strong one as we set out for an away game at Old Dunstonians/Cuaco commonly known as OD/Cuzco. It was a blazing hot day and as well as winning the toss skipper Brown agreed two drinks breaks in each innings.

Having chosen to bat Tim's day got immediately worse, as returning from two weeks injury he was too impatient hitting the third ball of the innings to short cover for a duck. In came Alex Irvine to join Richard Blench and they battled against some good tight bowling and a somewhat tricky deck. It didn't look pretty in the main and was slow but they managed to get us to drinks at 14 overs for 34 with 1 wicket down. Richard eventually ended up with 24 before a slight nick to the keeper saw the end of him and Alex 12 before being bowled early in the spell of a 13 year old off spinner who impressed (10 overs 4 for 27). Alex Owen came in but soon perished and Mo Jameel outdid the skipper in a 2 ball duck as he attempted to attack the young man too early. Simon Moore fell to pace at the other end trying to pull a short ball but getting a top edge.  

Finally another small partnership as Amyn Haji (third top score with 14) joined Curtis McNeice who was the right balance of cautious and aggressive in a fine 39 although in the end the aggression cost him as he was bowled round his legs. Matt Craig fell to a fine catch as he tried to counter attack and Geoff Warriss outdid both Mo and Tim with a first ball duck leaving Kanak 0 not out not having faced a ball. A sorry 109 with only two partnerships of any note whatsoever.

Still after a good tea we set out confident that we had a good enough bowling attack to put them under pressure and with early wickets we could win the game. They had 44 overs and ultimately that extra 4 overs probably won them the game. Kanak struggled w the slopes on his run in and despite bowling 9 tight overs was never happy! At the other end Matt Craig bowled as Matt does and both had identical analyses of 1 for 23 off 7 as we made it difficult for OD Cuaco. They batted sensibly however and despite two very good spells from pacy Geoff Warriss (6 overs 1 for 9) and Off spinner Simon Moore (10 overs, 4 Maidens 2 for 19) they edged towards their target. Amyn Haji was threatening but the 13 year old came back to show amazing maturity as he hooked a beamer for 6 and then took another pace down the wicket next ball. Eventually a 4 off the first ball bowled by Curtis McNeice took our opponents to victory.

Proof as always that cricket is played on grass not on paper.  

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