Match Reports - ACCSO T20 Preliminary Round 13th August 2017 -1
Hello, Stan is back with three reports in the space of one as the annual T20 competition began. It was Eymet’s turn for the mid-region venue and were joined by Damazan and Catus. The two closest teams, Eymet and Damazan lined up at 10:00 (yes, remarkably on time) with just a couple from each side still en route. And, that familiar form of Aussie Ben was spotted for the first time this season.
Damazan won the toss and decided to bat, Gagan and Lytton opening. Skipper Horlock galvanised his troops and Owais started with his spin, just 1 run in the first over. Ahmed Shehzad, back in Bergerac for some exams, took the other end and went for 8. The 3rd over started with a big 6 from Gagan, but then he lofted one precisely half-way between The Horlock and Aussie Ben. The former must have seen his life flash before him as both hurtled for the chance but David hung on and Damazan were 15 for1, the dangerman had gone! Swaren joined the fray and nudged a few, but overs 5 and 6 were maidens, and by the time Lytton was caught behind of Shehzad, the score had moved to just 22 off 8 overs. Numan and Twirler Tim Chancellor took over. Rayman was quickly bowled for 2 by Tim, bringing in Moby, a new man at Damazan with a reputation for big hitting. He hit a 6 and a 4 before Swaren fell, caught by Eloquent Ed Nicolson off Tim, and then Goffi was bowled by Numan for 5. Moby managed another couple of 4s but at the other end Ed took his 3rd catch, off Numan, to dismiss Ali. At the 13th over the score was 49 for 6. Richard Brown took over from Tim and was devastating with his straight ball. He bowled Moby for 18, Shoib for 1 and had the last man caught, again by Ed, for 1. Damazan had scored a paltry 62.
After the usual T20 quick turnaround, Eymet set out to chase. Aussie Ben with the famous ‘railway sleeper’ ebay bat, opened with Ahmed Jewel. It took just 7 overs to get to 58, as Ben smashed Goffi for successive 6s. Trying for a 3rd he was bowled for 32, a fine knock for a first outing of the season. Ed joined Ahmed and just 7 balls later the match was won.
Eymet win by 9 wickets.
Damazan - 62 All Out off 15.4 overs. (Moby 18, R.Brown 3-8. Numan 3-14.
Eymet 63 for 1 off 8.1 overs. (B. Delaney 32, A Jewel 23 no.)
The win earned Eymet a rest and Damazan took on Catus for the next match. Damazan again won the toss and batted first making 108. Catus took on the chase and were doing well but wickets clattered and runs dried up. With just 2 runs needed, 2 balls left, and only one wicket intact, Karim hit into the outfield and set off for a run. A poor throw and the final pair set off for a 2nd resulting in what looked like a run out. Not so, decided the umpires, as the Damazan wicket keeper was judged to have impeded a batsman. Five penalty runs were awarded and Catus won by 6 runs.
Catus win by 6 runs
Damazan 108 All Out
Catus 114 for 9 in 19.5 overs