A return to sunnier weather saw the 3rd XI travel to Dogmersfield and for the second time the skipper called wrong and the Shotts were put into the field.
The Oosthuizen brothers opened the bowling with Cameron soon amongst the wickets picking up both openers. There was also some action in the outfield as some of the senior members struggled to keep their feet…
Julian was soon amongst the wickets as the home team went from 43-3 to 60-5 with Brayshaw Snr also picking up a wicket. At this point the Shotts hoped to contain the home team to a small total, especially with Brayshaw Jnr bowling a tidy line and was unlucky to be wicketless for his 9 over spell for just 16 runs. Ahmed however had other ideas finding the boundary with ease with 60, well supported by Raja 25.
The skipper brought the Oosthuizen bowlers back into the attack to reduce the run rate and with both picking up another wicket apiece, sharing six wickets between them. Dogmersfield finished on 174- 8
A new opening pairing of Messina and Wheeler started for the Shotts and stood firm against some accurate bowling again of Ahmed and Raja before Wheeler fell with the score on 17 after 10 overs had passed. Wheble Jnr and Messina started to push the score along and put the bowlers under some pressure before Wheble fell for 15. Messina who was the only batsman who looked comfortable at the crease continued to stroke the ball around but continued to see wickets fall at the other end. As the run rate increased Messina had to open up further and in doing so lost his wicket for a well played 67.
With 40 required off the four remaining overs Brayshaw Jnr (22 no) and Julian Oosthuizen (14 no) kept the scoreboard ticking along and ran well between the wickets but finding a boundary was difficult with the field well spread. The Shotts finishing 16 runs short.
An enjoyable game of cricket played in the right spirit. You can see some highlights here courtesy of Andy Wheble