Douglas Community School cricket team finished their season with a win against Midleton College giving us a 100% record this year. The match was a Twenty over a side held on the college’s new pitch (A really good carpet of artificial turf laid on an aggregate base) at the rugby pitch in Midleton. Last year we lost our opening match to Midleton College so we were keen to see progress.
We lost the coin toss and they decided to bat first. Despite not having a full attack we used Yuvaraj and Ram to good effect. With the limit of 3 overs each we could have used only 6 bowlers but gave everybody a chance and ended up with 8 of the team taking an over or 2. Mohammad bowled the pick of the early overs taking a wicket but Ismail, Ibrahim, and Cian all bowled well early on with Akhil the pick of the later overs and Sheharyar bravely taking on the last over when all the batmen want to do is belt the ball to the boundary. They finished on a very challenging 105 for 5 wickets lost.
We opened as before with Shahrukh and Ibrahim both were watchful in early over but began to score well as they got used to the pace and the bounce of the new wicket. Ibrahim crossed the boundary rope with quite a few shoots before falling to a good ball and in was Mohammad again for his last innings for the school and it was a corker. Excellent contributions from Ismail and Shahrukh brought us quick runs with Ismail loosing his wicket just before the total was reached. In came Luke Courtney for his first ever innings in cricket. A convert to the game he scored the runs that took us level and was at the crease not out when a wide took us past their total with almost 5 overs to spare.