Damazan Vs Mansle 07/06/2015

Damazan versus Mansle played 7/6/2015

Fresh from two wins on the trot Damazan were hoping for 3 consecutive wins going into this game against Mansle. Conditions were ideal if not a bit warm with temperatures in the low 30s. Mansle won the toss and elected to bat first and having scored 168 against Bordeaux the previous week Damazan needed to bowl well in order to have a chance.
Haroon and Gagan Singh opened the bowling and Mansle were quickly in trouble at 2 for 6. Haroon bowled the two Mansle openers and Gagan proved largely unplayable. Mansle recovered a bit but at 45 when the forth wicket fell their innings fell apart and at 7 for 58 Damazan were well on top. Some resistance  from the lower order saw Mansle finish on 84 all out. Once again the bowling and fielding of Damazan was outstanding. After the wonderful bowling of Haroon his junior partner Shafi Ahmed ripped through the middle order; coupled with the usual fine line and pace provided by captain Gagan Singh this proved too much for Mansle. Paul Allan top scored for Mansle with a creditable 26 and Puttock helped the late order with a fine 19. For Damazan Shafi Ahmed excelled with 4 for 27 and Haroon took 3 for 27, Swaran Singh chipped in with 1 for 10 and Goffi took the final wicket taking 1 for 1.
Gagan bowled 8 fine overs and was unlucky on several occasions ending with the fine figures of 0 for 14. Special mention should go to Purcell who slipped whilst taking a second run and injured himself having to retire hurt on 6- we hope that he recovers quickly.
Afternoon tea went down a treat with the best tea ladies in the west, Sheila and Linda, doing an outstanding job.
After the break Damazan set out to ensure that the batting was solid and consistent as it has been rather unstable over the past few innings. Mike Gear and Peter Matthews opened up and faced some quite accurate bowling from Fred Larter and Gary Clulee but they stuck to their task knowing that the target of 85 was just a tick over 2 runs per over. To their credit Mansle bowled and fielded very well but the two experienced openers stuck to their task and only the wicket of Mike Gear fell on 82 runs. Damazan completed the victory in the 26th over. Mike Gear scored a fine 46 and Peter Matthews finished 29 n.o.  Mansle bowlers bowled well but defending 84 runs proved too difficult; Max Larter bowled 8 overs with the great figures on 0 for 7. Justin Burley took the only wicket taking 1 for 5.
So the Damazan juggernaut rolls on with 3 consecutive wins with the standard of performance improving with each game. The next game on 14/6 against Bordeaux provides a real test as Bordeaux are currently top with 5 wins from 5 games! Notwithstanding that result Damazan CC has proved competitive in each match and the decision to play league has largely been vindicated.
Special thanks to Mansle who provided a good match on the day and were more competitive than the scores indicated.
Finally the champagne moment of the day was the great bowling of Haroon and a special mention to Jean-Claude behind the stumps.