DCC 2s vs Westcott 2s – 10th June 2017

The visitors batted first and 10 of us took the field feeling very excited because having missed all of 2016 due to injury, Stuart Leece was making his come back. Stu, of course, was his normal chilled out and laconic self.

Jimmy McPhee and Stu opened the bowling and were excellent. They bowled so well that the dots mount in the score and before long there more of them than there were on Timmy Mallet’s teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. This pressure, inevitably, led to a wicket. It was a run out courtesy of a brilliant and athletic piece of fielding from Russ O’Donnell. Stu took 3 more wickets,very quickly, and the visitors were struggling at 20 for 4. Herriot (22) and Young (19) hug in and  saw off the opening attack. Change bowlers, Barnhill and Moody, were not their normal reliable selves and were unable to exert the same degree of pressure. Although Herriott and Young were dismissed this brought together the father and son pairing of Phil and James Bateman. They batted very well in making 34 and 42*, taking Westcott to a respectable score of 144 for 7.

After tea Simon Oldfield and Joe Roberts opened the batting and were calm and composed in adding 50 in 20 overs. Joe was dismissed, soon followed by Simon, and thereafter no was able stay with the rock like Andy Cork. At 80 for 7, Dave Barnhill joined Andy and with some sensible batting, clever running and one big 6 over long on he name 18 and the pair added 25. When Dave was out, Stuart and Andy tried manfully, but the required rate was just too much and we finished 123 for 8, disapproving DB’s thought that we would win if we batted 40 overs. A disappointing result but it was great to see Stuart back on the cricket pitch and there were other consolations to be had. An enjoyable day and Ashley has to be congratulated for ensuring DCC always play in the right spirit and with a smile. Westcott were worthy winners, and a really nice bunch. Look forward to seeing again later in the season.

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