News Archive: July 2014

Last wicket heroics for 1s

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Turns won the toss and put Bournemouth into bat. The overnight rain meant that the outfield was still a little bit slow, however this wasn't really put to the test by Bournemouth for some time, as there batsman occupied the crease without really going anywhere. Some early wides by the Dons meant that the away side got a few runs early on, however early wickets from Dan Hewitt and Will Mann kept the away side in check before Kyle Shinn and Ian Turner came on to suffocate the batting side with good displays of boring bowling, both picking up a wicket. Zanzima had got a bit excited with the new ball, however when he returned he got a wicket with a short ball, a real rarity for the ridge. The umpire reckoned that the Dons had gone over their allocated time after some strong time wasting from Bournemouth's number 9, who seemed to think he was West Indian, marking his guard with a bail in the 46th over of the innings. Shortly afterwards Nono wrapped up the innings with a quality hat-trick, including a spread eagle diving catch from clubman 2k14 John Barrett.

Tea was next level this week, warm chicken, fantastic sandwiches and the return of the spring role. Along with the regulars of quiche and scones this was formidable. 9.25/10

The batting got off to a good start with Collings Wells and Lavous putting on an opening stand of 66, Collings-Wells profiting from some bizarre short ball tactics. The Dons found themselves in trouble however, with 3 wickets in 2 overs. Hewitt and Pongolo set about rebuilding however Nono was dismissed LBW leaving the dons in trouble, compounded by Hewitt attempted to clear long off and departing, Chris Griffin with the wicket. The lower order fell away leaving Dons staring down the barrel with 33 runs needed from the last wicket. Lager enthusiast John Barrett strode to the crease, furious that the other batsmen had interrupted quality time at the bar. Both played positively and with 3 runs needed to win Bournemouth made a big call to bring Third Man up to Barrett, who had been hitting a few balls in that area. The next ball a huge swing saw the ball fly over short third man's head, and the experienced duo completed a gentleman's 3. Great entertainment, and still in the top half of the table!