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Hard Work at Broomhall

Posted by Dunnikier Cricket Club on September 14, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Broomhall v Dunnikier

Forth Cricket Union, Sunday 12 September 2010

The Cairns

Won by 2 wickets


Broomhall 93 all out

Dunnikier 97 for 8


Dunnikier ended the 2010 season with a victory against Broomhall on Sunday, a result which sees them finish third in the Forth Cricket Union.


Broomhall’s picturesque ground in Charlestown in the south-west corner of Fife was bathed in sun, though this was belied by a soft pitch which was always likely to prove hard to bat on.


Dunnikier will have been pleased to be able bowl first, with regular opening bowlers Ash Anjum and Iqbal Singh quickly finding their ‘line and length’.


Anjum made the breakthrough with the score on six to have A.Gudgin caught spectacularly by wicket-keeper Jim Sheehan. In the next over Singh then had the other opening batsman I.Ward caught in the slips by Nic Krzyzanowski.


With the Dunnikier bowlers and fielders in buoyant mood, it was to be Alex Thomson to make the next move as he cleverly ran out D.Glasgow who failed to ground his bat with the score on 17.


Two runs later and Singh (two wickets for eight runs from six overs) bowled S.Glasgow for a duck bowling around the wicket, Broomhall struggling on 19 for 4 wickets.


The young and old came together in the shape of G.Seath and I.Boyd, and both batsmen looked to consolidate. Having moved the score to 55, Boyd (13) was trapped LBW by Dunnikier’s captain George Budd.


A further breakthrough was made in the next over as Gregg Skene, having bowled an immaculate five deliveries, bowled a full-toss down the leg-side only for C.Hoefling to hit into the deep for Krzyzanowski to take a well-judged diving catch.


With Seath batting well, J.Hynd offered support to take Broomhall up to 79 though Budd was to then take his second wicket with Skene taking the catch at short fine-leg.


The final three wickets were to fall in quick succession soon after. First P.Ward was run-out following a powerful throw in the deep from Anjum, with the batsman again failing to ground his bat.


Swaraj Alkanti was then rewarded for some good bowling. First to go was Seath for a well constructed 38, dismissed twice by wicket-keeper Sheehan standing up to the stumps with a well-taken catch of a top-edge and then via a stumping. With neither the batsman willing to walk or the umpire wiling to give the catch to much disbelief, it was left to the square leg umpire to signal the stumping as the mode of dismissal.


The unlucky J.Pryce was then caught by Iqbal Signh first-ball of the bowling of Alkanti. Broomhall all out for 93 in the 28th over, Alkanti finishing with two wickets for 14 runs from one ball short of six overs.


After a short break, Dunnikier batsmen Anjum and Raja Singh opened up against Broomhall bowlers Hoefling and Seath, having seen some variable bounce in the first innings including some ‘tennis ball bounces’ occasionally.


Both bowlers bowled with discipline, though in response both batsmen looked to attack as much as they could. Singh was to make the first mistake though with the Dunnikier score only on seven runs, as he misjudged a throw to be run-out well short going for a second run.


With the powerful hitters Anjum and Robbie Singh now together, the scoreboard soon started ticking over. Singh having quickly moved to 16, was bowled by Seath with the score on 29.


Hoefling was to make it a double breakthrough in the next over as he bowled Iqbal Singh, who like his batting predecessors looked to hit out early in his innings.


Alan Budd, making only his second appearance of the season, then looked to consolidate with Anjum. Anjum though continued to take chances, mixing up some powerful hitting with a number of half-chances which the Broomhall fielders were not able to take.


Anjum was to eventually run out of luck, bowled for 29 by I.Ward with the score on 59. Sheehan batted sensibly with Budd to see the score through to 74 before losing his wicket to a well taken catch of the bowling of young J.Pryce.


Dunnikier then went through a major collapse, with three wickets being lost to LBW decisions. First Alkanti was trapped by the veteran M.Warren, then Pryce was rewarded further with line and length bowling to trap Skene and George Budd in quick succession.


Thomson came out to bat with Dunnikier on 79 for eight wickets, still requiring a further 15 runs to win. Calmly supporting Budd, Thomson helped push Dunnikier closer to the winning target.


Budd demonstrating all his skill and composure took Dunnikier close to victory with a six over long-on, and then soon hit the wining runs with a well-struck four through long-off.


Dunnikier ending on 97 for eight wickets in the 27th over, Budd finishing on an excellent 30 not out.


Victory for Dunnikier coupled with Livingston defeating Dunfermline Knights means that Dunnikier finish third in the Forth Cricket Union to complete a successful season.

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