This is an old page. Match reports will be posted via the home page from 2019 onwards. Still some good reading in here though…
Dollar CC v Falkland CC
As only one old biddy uses public transport in Dollar, we joined her and met at 11:45 in the bus stop outside the Kings Seat for the trip to Falkland. Well all of us except Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith did, whose excuse for being late was he’d travelled down from Aberdeen that morning. On arrival at the ground we were greeted to about 200 kids playing kwik cricket all over the field. After ascertaining that we were at the right ground and they were due to finish any minute we headed for the changing rooms to prepare for the game. Buck won the toss and elected to bat on what was an overcast and humid June day. The Falkland team was made up of a mixture of their three senior and junior teams and it looked as though it was going to be a fiercely contested game which started in the worst possible way for Dollar when ‘Buck’ who opened the batting with ‘Turkish’ was bowled on the 3rd ball of the game adding just 4 to the total before his departure. That brought me out to the middle and after a shaky start and a couple of dropped chances (phew!) I settled down.
Turkish didn’t trouble the scorers much before departing after being caught behind and this brought Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith out to the crease. As we were still less than 5 overs into the game and already 2 down it was time to try and build an innings and partnership and see off the new ball. Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith soon got into his stride and quickly built up his run tally taking a particular liking to Falkland’s first change off spinner who he smashed to all corners of the ground. At drinks after 20 overs both Craig Smith and I were on 42 when Buck and Turkish took over the umpiring duties from Fox and Greg ‘Usain’ Dimello.
Unfortunately in the next over Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith went for another big shot off the spinner and got caught just inside the boundary rope not adding to his total at drinks. I meanwhile chipped away and got hold of the spinner to hit him, (in the words of Harold) for a ‘majestic’ 6 straight over the sight screen into the adjacent cow field to bring up my 50! ‘Cakes’ had joined me in the middle after Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith’s departure then it was me who was next to leave, getting out pretty similar to Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith launching the spinner to the long off boundary but this time with not enough strength / timing and I was also caught just inside the boundary.
‘Gorgeous’ George was next out to join Cakes and proceeded to continue where Craig ‘Craig Smith’ Smith left off belting the ball to all corners of the pitch. PK believes that George now hits the ball harder than Buck and the way some of the shots smashed into both the boundary boards and my car’s rear bumper I have to agree! Cakes fell soon after me getting stumped trying to just dabble a quick single. I think he needs to go back to his all out attack mode which brought him 17 off 1 over a few games ago! This brought Harold to the middle and he quickly raced up to his PB of 37 (33 of which were on the leg side). George fell just 2 shy of his half century in an explosive innings of powerful hitting (was this a tactic not to buy a round in the clubhouse for the team???) which allowed the crook pair of Harold and Tom to reunite their partnership which was so successful in the last game. Harold tried his best to end the partnership early on calling for a quick single which took Tom by surprise. Fortunately for Tom the fielder shied at the stumps and missed, as if he had of hit Tom wouldn’t have even been in the frame on the 3rd umpire’s instant replay, not that you would have needed one as we could have given it out from the boundary!
The Crook partnership didn’t deliver the same results as the previous game as Tom was bowled in the next over for just 3 runs. Greg ‘Usain’ Dimello then came to the crease with his Gray Nichols bat which is older than half of the Dollar team. It’s still got a good middle and after some good defensive blocks from Greg he wound up and swung the 20 year old bat to register his first boundary for the CC. Harold was bowled shortly afterwards and is still stuck on his PB of 37 and Fox and Greg saw out the innings. Fox improving his average greatly with a fine 21 not out and Greg finishing with 8 as Dollar managed 270 for 9 from our 40 overs. A great batting display!
Fox and Keshae eagerly opened the bowling after seeing what the opposition could do on a pitch which was used the day before by Falklands first eleven. Fox bowled his usual tight overs but unfortunately couldn’t breakthrough with the new ball. Keshae however was bowling a spell of left arm bowing which was worthy of an international call up and but for a dropped catch by me in the slips could have added to his tally of two wickets from his seven overs. Cakes and Darth Douglas came on to replace Fox and Keshae and Cakes bowled a great spell only conceding 13 runs from his 6 overs and taking 2 more Falkland wickets and by this point there was the sense that the game was won as we had Falkland at 74 for 4 from 21 overs. The rest of the wickets taken were shared one a piece between the Buchanan-Smith ‘brothers’, myself and Greg Dimello, taking his first wicket for the CC with his leg spin. In the end Falkland reached 154 for 9 wickets off their 40 overs so the DCC go marching on with a 116 run win! It’s worth noting that we still need to do more work on our ground fielding and catching with us conceding a few extra runs and putting down a couple of chances which in another match could have cost us the game!
Anyways onward and upward for DCC and we are still unbeaten this season!
Dollar CC v Carlton CC
As a former Aussie I played with in England used to say, Sunday was a ‘Champion Day for Cricket’! A glorious blue sky, lush green outfield and rock hard wicket greeted the teams who assembled for the 2pm start and once the obligatory boundary markers were laid out, sight screens were moved into position and Alan ‘Turkish’ Douglas got the correct stumps from the clubhouse (not the junior ones which were used the day before) we were ready to go. Buck got back on form and won the toss and elected to bat. This allowed the DCC to congregate on the boundary benches exposing all their white bits (well it might be the only chance we get!). Gregg ‘The Walnut’ Dunsire arrived looking like he had just got off his yacht complete with panama hat and PK nearly took off his jacket to give readers an indication of the temperature and conditions.
Buck and Turkish headed out to bat and saw off the opening bowlers whilst slowly building up the runs. Turkish was the first batsman to depart being bowled by the first change bowler which brought me to the crease. Their team was mainly made up of the younger generation of cricketer and this did lull us into a false sense of security and apart from a few double bouncers the majority of the bowling needed to be treated with respect. Buck was next to go after a hard hitting 41, by a fantastic off break from one of the young lads. He enticed Buck to drive a full delivery which turned off the pitch and went ‘through the gate’ taking Buck’s off peg, much to the excitement of the young bowler. Unfortunately I couldn’t confess to being out by such a great ball. The same bowler who got Buck bowled me a full bunger outside off stump and, having hit him for 4 the previous over, my eyes lit up as I attempted the same shot, only to in no way time the ball and it looped straight to mid off who took a simple catch.
Fraser Cristie ‘Cakes’ couldn’t repeat his quick fire scoring of the previous game and he chopped one onto his stumps for just 1 run. Cameron Glasgow came to the wicket and once he adjusted to the slowness of the pitch began to hammer the ball to all parts of the ground scoring a quick fire 24, before being caught behind off the bowling of his arch nemesis from Carlton. Cammie and Alan have a history of getting each other out (it’s because of these two we have a fixture against CCC) and Sunday was no exception.
After those quick fire wickets we then had the calming influence of Harold and Tom ‘The Whittler’ Hall batting together. The Crook pair built their innings and after a steady start which Geoffrey Boycott would have been proud of (3 runs from 5 overs) they began to accelerate the run rate. Tom and Harold put on a 5th wicket partnership of 68 but both fell late in the innings, however both batsmen hit their PBs for Dollar CC, Harold with 37 and Tom with 21. Gregg ‘Delmonte’ Dunsire and Wee Toby Douglas finished off the innings and Dollar made a very respectable 182 for 7 off our 40 overs.
Obligatory tea was served in the pavilion and most took the time to admire the fine selection of sandwiches and cakes which had been made/bought by the team. There was a definite improvement in the quality and presentation of the food after ‘Sandwichgate’ last week and Harold took the prize for his toasted bacon and brie brioches and ‘Walnut’ Dunsire brought along a fantastically tasting homemade victoria sponge cake to take the dessert prize, a credit to his daughter Kirsty who slaved over the hot stove baking it the night before!
After all that food unfortunately we had to take to the field and defend the score we had made. Mr Fox and The Wizard opened the bowling and bowled extremely tight overs but apart from a chance off the Fox which was put down they couldn’t make a breakthrough, even with 3 slips, 2 gullys and men close in either side of the bat! After 11 overs, extras were the top scorer and Carlton had moved onto 24 without loss. Buck made a double bowling change and brought Wee Toby Douglas into the attack who bowled his first 3 overs without conceding a run, which ultimately built the required pressure for what was to happen at the other end!
Buck unleashed Ben ‘Warney’ Leighton into the attack to replace Mr Fox. Ben bowled magnificently and it wasn’t long before an edge was found and after a bit of juggling in the gully, Turkish held onto the chance and their opener was walking back to the pavilion. It’s a good job the guy edged it as at the time we had 2 leg slips, 3 regulation slips and 2 gully’s and 3 outfielders! The old age saying 1 brings 2 came true on this occasion with Ben following his first wicket maiden up with a double wicket maiden from his next over and all of a sudden Carlton were 24 for 3. Toby should have added to his wicket tally and made his figures read even better on his debut for DCC but for a simple dropped catch by me at mid off. ‘Cakes’ came into the bowling attack to replace ‘Warney’ who finished with figures of 3 for 9 and took 2 quick wickets, one of which a great diving catch by Mr Fox at short cover. I replaced Toby at the Back Lane End and managed to open my wicket account for the season and I could have had a second if Cammie had been wearing his high heels!
Tom still buzzing from his PB batting display came into the attack and immediately struck with his first delivery trapping the batsmen plumb LBW with a low bouncing skiddy delivery. This brought Cammie’s ‘enemy’ out to the middle and of course we had to throw him the ball to see whether he could get his revenge. Unfortunately for Cameron, Andy managed to play the over out however hard Cameron tried to throw the ball down. The umpire tried his best to give Cameron as many balls as he could calling a wide which seemed a little harsh but not as harsh as the back foot no ball he gave, much to Cammie’s frustration. ‘Deadly’ Dunsire came into the attack as he didn’t really get chance to fully show off his batting prowess and from his 1 over he managed to snaffle 2 wickets including, pretty ironically Cameron catching his arch enemy Andy after he smashed the ball straight towards him at square leg. Afterwards Cammie confessed that if he hadn’t caught it, he would have needed to visit to Dollar Dental Surgery after the match! Tom took just 2 balls from his next over to finish the match and DCC bowled out Carlton for 91.
Another great win for DCC but after working on our ground fielding over the last few weeks, which has dramatically improved, we still need to practice catching with a few chances going down during the innings, the best of which was Fox’s star jump, Strictly Come Dancing effort on the boundary after the batsman hit the ball straight into the sun in the direction of the floundering Fox!
Next week it’s the inaugural Dollar versus HMP Glenochil, Saturday morning indoor match so hopefully it will be another resounding victory for the DCC to extend our winning run.
Before that it’s training tonight and with the weather forecast looking excellent – get yourselves down to nets at the Academy from 6:30pm.
Dollar CC v The Forty Club
The motley crew congregated, sandwiches and cakes in hand on what can only be described as a typical Scottish summers day (grey, overcast and windy) ready for the first game of the cricket season. Scully was already rolling the track and marking the wicket after Saturday’s school game and once the covers were pushed off the field, sightscreens moved into position and boundary flags inserted into the ground we were ready to go. From the published team sheet we had a couple of late changes with the 2 gap year students, Ben and Matt replacing Cammie Glasgow and Wee David. Captain Buck got us off to the worst possible start by losing the toss, the lousy tosser, and the opposition elected to bat first, mainly because I don’t think they brought enough jumpers to all stand out in the field for 40 overs!!!
Fox opened the bowing and after a couple of looseners (wides) we thought we had the first wicket of the season. The batsman nicked one behind however Spoffer’s salmon-like dive down the legside and his outstretched glove couldn’t hold onto the ball. The next few overs passed with both Fox and Georgie causing the batsmen problems but unfortunately not able to break through. The left hand / right hand opening batsman combination was giving Wee Gregg plenty of exercise running either side of the wicket down at fine leg and after a training ride for the Etape in the morning, he more than most was relieved when Mel broke the opening partnership after coming on to replace Georgie and we were on our way. Ben ‘Warnie’ Leighton replaced Fox who tripped over a blade of grass and aggravated an injury he picked up in the winter nets. Ben struggled to defrost his fingers enough to be able to unleash his fierce turn and I think the square leg umpire was starting to get frostbite too and had to move around a bit to get warm so no-balled Ben a couple of times for height? Talking of height, Taliban Tom is going to have a pair of platform boots made for the next game as there were 3 occasions in close succession where if he was a couple of inches taller Mel would have added to his wicket tally as the balls just missed his outstretched fingers.
After two overs, I replaced Ben but couldn’t break through to open my wicket account for the season. I like to think my tight bowling built the required pressure to then force an error at the other end where Buck had brought himself on instead of Mel. Buck’s variation of pace caused no end of problems and his first wicket could have come from his very first ball, a full toss which the batsman hit to the safest pair of hands on the field and his son, Georgie. Unfortunately for George he momentarily thought he was playing football rather than cricket and rather than catch the ball chested it onto the floor much to the disbelief of his dad who was already celebrating the wicket, the certainty he had over his sons catching ability! Fortunately for George the drop wasn’t costly as 2 balls later, Buck bowled the guy with a slower looping delivery and George’s blushes were spared. I completed my 8 over spell and with Buck steadily taking wickets at the other end we were slowing down the run rate after the good start The Forty Club made. Matt ‘Brett Lee’ Taylor replaced me at the Mylne Avenue end and immediately struck bowing the batsmen with his first ball for the CC. Not a bad start! The wickets continued to fall with both Buck and Matt sharing 4 each as The Forty Club were eventually all out for 123.
The guys took some good catches in the field with Buck taking a great catch to dismiss one of the later batsmen who looked like he could have quickly hit a decent score, and the gap year students both taking a catch each. Mel also took a catch but the catch of the day has to go to George who managed to catch one off his dad’s bowling eventually. Buck looped up a flighted full toss which the batsman hammered into the leg side. Unfortunately for him George dived to his right and took a great one-handed Jonty Rhodes style catch. This was much to the annoyance of the batsman who was hoping for a decent knock with his new 200 quid bat!
After a great tea provided by the team, Fox taking the prize for the best sarnie with foot long subway style baguettes and Gregg’s daughter making a lovely sponge cake the Buchannan-Smiths headed out to the wicket to start the run chase. The father and son pair made a good start with Buck trying his best to keep up with George who was attempting to run for everything, turning 1’s into 2’s and 2’s into 3’s. When Buck got his breath back he made sure he hit the ball hard enough that he didn’t have to run at all but when a miss timed shot headed high into the sky the long off fielder took the catch and Buck was walking back to the pavilion. That brought me in with George and we continued to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking over. I played quite a few sketchy shots and should have been caught early on in my innings when I drove one straight to mid off but I think the fielder was so surprised how easy the chance was he dropped it, much to my relief. As the bowlers tired George and I were able to free our arms a little more and accelerated the scoring. If only the boundaries were a shorter or our arms stronger (ok, my arms) then maybe a few of those 2’s and 3’ would have been 4’s. I eventually played a daft shot and hit it straight down the throat of point who this time didn’t make the same mistake his fellow teammate made earlier in my innings and I was on my way back to the pavilion.
Ben then joined George in the middle and is still acclimatising to the Scottish tracks, so much so that his only scoring shots came from full toss deliveries. George reached his fifty with muted celebrations as PK wasn’t sure whether he actually got it or not only for a couple of balls later be given out LBW off a ball which he says he got an inside edge to from a bowler bowling left arm over…. It just so happens that the guy who gave him out was 200 quid batman. A touch of revenge maybe?
Anyways this brought Mel to the crease to join Ben and as the scores started to converge, Ben asked the question of the score box to see how many was required. PK’s usual response came, ‘keep going, till I tell you to stop’ and I think this baffled Ben a little as the next ball he was bowled. This brought out Stuart to the wicket and when the bowler threw the first ball at his head, Harold’s helmet came in handy. Those wayward balls which had been thrown down in the nets inspired a hook of the ball over square leg for four. This must have sealed the victory but PK still said keep going and when a wide was thrown down in the next over after a few more singles that was the end of the game.
All in all, a great victory for DCC by 6 wickets, with some notable performances with both bat and ball. Matt Taylor in his first game for the club ended up with figures of 19-4, Mel’s figures were 21-2 but most impressive was Buck with 7-4! On the batting front, George of the Jungle finished with 51, myself 37, Ben 12 and Buck 10. For the first game of the season the team performed great but we need to work on our ground fielding and throwing into Harold’s gloves.
The next game is now arranged for Sunday, an inter-team game to get everyone involved. If the weather plays ball we hope to have a BBQ going so bring all the family. There’s plenty of room for the kids to play and sufficient stagger space for the cricket WAGs with their Pims and GnTs!!! Until then what a good start to the year and see you all at training on Wednesday, 6:30pm, Dollar Academy. Hopefully we’ll be outdoors but after glorious weather today we might have used up our full annual quota of Clackmannanshire sunshine.