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D1 match report: Bad light stops Ram scoring a century in win

   With the semi-final dream still very much the D1 side gathered at SRFC for a must win game against Bashers CC, with Malpy sunning himself on the beaches of Benidorm it was again left to Dayne to lead the troops. The task would have been easier if JJ had turned up, but thankfully Andy showed all his Steele and filled in to bring the team back to 11. The HotDogs took to the field looking to continue their good bowling and fielding form from the previous game. With a few mishaps in the field and Darsh Vader forgetting how to use his hands, the Bashers would have been the happier team headed to drinks after 20 overs with a score of 120/2. Some good bowling from the Dogs after drinks brought things back a little, with debutant Manik being the stand out. However, things continued to be sloppy in the field and combined with some good batting meant the Bashers were able to post a very competitive 258 all out in 39.3 overs.

   Dayne and Alex got the HotDog chase off to a good start adding 64 in 13.1 overs before Alex was out LBW for 33. With light already proving a concern, a brief consultation with the oracle known as Vikas, revealed that if bad light was to stop play early the team with the higher run rate would be victorious. As such Ram joined Dayne at the crease with the brief of keeping the run rate up and, thanks to some sensible batting and the occasional boundary, this was achieved. A partnership of 106 was finally broken when Dayne was stumped on 44 trying to keep the run rate above the required 6.45 runs per over. The next few overs were a roller coaster ride but thanks to Manik hitting a few much needed boundaries and Ram rotating the strike on his way to passing 50 the onlooking HotDogs were confident a win was secured when the umpire ended play at the end of the 31st over. 

   After some quick calculations it was decided that a revised total of 199 from 31 over shad been successfully reached by the HotDogs as they finished on 204/2 with Ram top scoring on 65 not out. With victory secured the dream of a repeated championship is still alive heading into the final regular league game next weekend.