Douglas Community School cricket team won their first match of the season against Bandon Grammar. The match was a Twenty over a side encounter that brought great performances from both sides. We lost the toss and were put in to bat. Our openers of Sharukh Nawaz and Ibrahim Khan made a steady start and accumulated well with some lusty blows from Ibrahim. They lost their wickets around the 8th over and in came Mohammad Ali and Ismail Khan both played well with Mohammad Ali sticking the inning together with a real captains knock staying in until almost the end of the innings and was the top scorer of the match. Even the lower order played well with Javed and Azim Bhayla adding runs and Cian Hurley contributing in his first school match. We set a target of 87 a good score but not enough to be safe.
We started with Azim who bowled well and the second over was bowled by Mohammad Ali who took a fine caught and bowled to dismiss their opener. This proved a mixed blessing as it brought in their star player and wicket keeper who went on to get more than half their runs. However Ismail, Ibrahim, Javed, Cian, Sheharyar, Azim and Akhil all bowled very well to hold them down and steadily work through the order taking wickets ever few overs. Fielding was excellent with good catches taken by Azim in particular and excellent work by Luke at 3rd Man and Emmanuel at Short Cover to keep the scoring low. Down to the last wicket and they were winding up for a close finish needing 14 off the last 10 balls. Their best man at the crease a decent ball was cracked towards the boundary only to be brilliantly caught by Sheharyar Nawaz to win us the match. A very good natured and friendly game ended with handshakes all round.
The team was Mohammad Ali (Capt), Shahrukh Nawaz(VC and W/K), Azim Bhayla, Luke Courtney, Ibrahim Khan, Ismail Khan, Akhil Chellapuri, Emmanuel Oladunjoye, Sheharyar Nawaz, Javed Bhayla, Cian Hurley and Kyle Twomey.