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May 12 2018 - Dinton II - Away - 1pm
Damerham 143-10 lost to Dinton II 248-6 by 105 Runs
05 - 0 - 49 - 0
08 - 1 - 31 - 0
06 - 0 - 33 - 3
06 - 0 - 27 - 0
07 - 0 - 41 - 0
08 - 1 - 53 - 3
Dinton’s first team played in CD3 last year. This year they’ve lost a lot of players and could only get one team together, so their first team have withdrawn from the league. So we knew they were going to be strong. We know from past experience that one or two first team players can be enough to swing a game. And so it proved.
Their opener carried his bat for 120, as they made double that. Hakey bowled very well for no reward again (despite swearing blind that he had said opener out LBW first ball of the game). Rob bowled a tidy spell, and Andy found prodigious swing, and picked up three. H took himself off so I could get spanked instead. Tappers bowled well again and also got three, including wickets from the last two balls of their innings. He’s on a hatrick, first ball of the next league game.
In the confident knowledge that the chase was rather likely to be beyond us, we set about trying to get consolation points. They’re definitely a batting side. We got to seven, which could easily have been worse, largely thanks to a 50+ partnership between Pards and Tappers. Pards hit a couple of classy extra-cover drives in his 29, but was at his most entertaining when repeatedly dropped trying to get out because he had to leave to see his girlfriend’s play, until one of their fielders kindly hung on to one.
But the day once again belonged to Ross ‘Tappers’ Tapley, and his ludicrous bat, The Mighty Tapper. He swiped, bludgeoned and mowed his way to a thoroughly entertaining 37, which also included some pretty fine shots, most notably a nonchalant clip off the pads over square. Two more runs would have seen him leading both batting and bowling figures. All hail Damerham’s new allrounder.
(As a side note, this was the first Hampshire league game I can remember without a Colbourne present – either playing, umpiring, scoring or tea-ing. But in a remarkably prescient move, young Ben Colbourne, who is not old enough to play for us until next year, was off scoring a ton for his district side. The youth are coming.)