The result may have been the same, but this was a much improved batting performance from the Shotts.
Dogmersfield 2nd XI started at a rapid pace finding the boundary with ease, despite regular changing of the bowlers by the skipper. It was 198 before the opening partnership was broken, not helped by several dropped catches by the Shotts which continued throughout the innings, and contributed to Dogmersfield's score of 295 for 7. Opener Raja got to a ton whilst Fraz went for the jug avoidance on 89. Their wickets fell in quick succession, subsequently reducing the run rate, but Dogmersfield continued to pile on the runs. Brayshaw Jnr 3-39 and Brayshaw Senior (1 -58) bowled well.
Many thanks to the tea provide by the Oosthuizen and Sriharan family, and it was a feeling of deja vu for the Shotts, but it wasn't to be.
Openers Charles Brayshaw (46) and John Wheeler (71) put on a chanceless partnership of 124 stroking the ball well to all parts of the ground. They both fell in quick succession but Sampson Snr (36 no) and Lucas Hutchinson (37) continued the good work finding the boundary regularly combining with some good running between the wicket. Young Lucas timing the ball well to the boundary. The pair knew the target of 207 would earn the Shotts their first 2 points of the season and comfortably achieved this and finished on 218-2.
A special mention to Toby Waddell, who in his first adult game, might have been put off by seeing the ball going to all parts of the ground, not getting a bat or a bowl, but with a big smile on his face at the end saying he enjoyed it. Well done Toby....and well fielded , a great arm for someone so young.