Cricket vs Clifton : T20 & 50 Overs
vs Clifton College – T20
We went into this game with very little match practice due to our preseason fixtures being affected by rain. Clifton on the other hand had just come back from a 4-day Cricket Festival; however, this is no excuse on our performance as we are a far better team than the results suggested.
DHS won the toss and we backed our bowlers. However, you could see that we just lacked the match practice both with the ball and in the field. Clifton got off to a good start and although DHS did pull it back in the middle overs, we bowled too many 4 balls and miss-fields which allowed Clifton to get to 133 for 6 in their 20 overs.
DHS got off to a slow but conservative start with the bat, but again the lack of match practice was evident in the way we batted. DHS reached 103 for 9 after their 20 overs.
Summarising from this game is that we need to improve from this performance in all disciplines. It is not that the boys don’t put in the hard work, it’s more game time that is needed and now with cricket season in full swing, and hopefully with some good weather, we can play more cricket.
Clifton: 133 for 6
DHS: 103 for 9
Clifton won by 33 runs
vs Clifton College – 50 Overs – 14 September
DHS Captain Taine Owen won the toss and decided to bat. DHS got an early break through but, unfortunately, did not capitalize on it. DHS bowlers and fielders were not up to our usual standard and our decision to put Clifton in to bat was because we believed that bowling and fielding would be our strength as we also lacked match practice with the bat. Our thought was to try put the Clifton batters under early pressure, but this was not the result as we allowed them too many easy runs. DHS allowed Clifton to score 212 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs, with Jordan Bryan the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 51.
DHS got off to a steady start with the bat, but we lost too many wickets at crucial times. Batters getting in and then just not continuing to get a big score. DHS were bowled out for 170 with Yudi Ramanand, the best of our batters with a well-played 59.
As per our game against the same opposition in the T20 competition, we just lacked that time in the middle. Never an excuse as good teams adapt but it did tell in critical situations during the games.
Clifton: 212 for 9
J Bryan – 4 for 51
DHS: 170 all out
Y Ramanand – 59
R Shedlock – 25
DHS lost by 32 runs
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