By Daniel Herlihy – Transition Year Sports Correspondent (Cricket)
Douglas Community School’s cricketers won their opening game of the season against Bandon Grammar in a keenly-contested match on November 7th.
DCS won the toss and chose to bat first, with Daniel Herlihy and Shane Madden at the top of the order. Some wayward Bandon bowling put early runs on the board for DCS. Captain Shahrukh Nawaz came in after Herlihy lost his wicket and he contributed some fine runs. With just 15 overs being played, every run was vital and Akhil Chellapuri and Yuvaraj Khatri’s boundaries were key. DCS debutant Kieran Pyke ended the innings on a high with a 6. DCS finished with a competitive total of 56.
DCS’ bowlers came to the fore as Bandon attempted to chase them down. Early wickets were the order of the day and captain Nawaz delivered, as he helped to get rid of Bandon’s top order. A superb catch from Eoin Hodkinson put a smile on the face of coach Neil Bronks.
DCS were on the way to victory when they were rocked by a serious injury. Wicketkeeper Herlihy, in his first game behind the stumps, broke his arm in a collision with a Bandon batsman. Further wickets from Chellapuri and Madden, plus a vital stop in the field from Chellapuri, guided DCS to victory. Bandon fell just short with 52 runs.
DCS can look confidently to 2013 with a winning record in hand.