It was a fine day as DCS played its first cricket match of the modern era against the best of the munster schools, Midleton College. We played a 20 over a side fixture at their beautiful ground. Mohammed Ali Syed, our first captain, won the toss and put them in (which means we bowled first). Early overs went the way of the home side with their opening bat punishing our early fast bowlers. But then on came Ismail Khan to bowl. His first over broke their opening partnership and then he took a wicket in his next two overs to finish with three for 35 – the best figures of the day. The score was not helped by poor fielding, with two exceptions. Padraig McSweeney kept very well, despite it being his first time doing it, and Otto Cronje frankly should give us all a class in how it is done. Mohammed , Azim and Abdullah all took a wicket each and the scoring slowed to leave them on 181 after 20 overs – a great score, but not a disaster.
Our turn to bat started with the Khan twins settling to a good rate of singles. However with such a high total to reach we had to go for it and the wickets tumbled. Akil and Azim, as well as Javed, all scored freely before losing their wickets while Ibrahim Khan (Ismail’s twin) held up the other end amassing runs and keeping us in the game. Then in came Paudie Marum for his first match. He battered the ball to all quarters but we left it too late and despite valliant atempt by Ram in the last over we got 124 Ibrahim on 50 not out and Paudie on 21.
We were very pleased and later found that was the best total any team had got against Midleton College this year. The coaching staff of Sharuk Nawaz and Mr Bronks were very pleased. Bring on the next match.