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Match Report

First Team: The first eleven played Broadbottom at home on another scorcher of a Saturday. As the decks continue to harden and the outfield gets quicker it was a big toss to win and Cartledge won and elected to bat. Dove started well and were 38 without loss before Critchlow departed. Tight bowling and some quality fielding from broady made the Dove batsmen, Vernon (61) and Gregory (65) work hard for two very well crafted innings’s. Riley was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-41. No other batsman really got going but small but important contributions from all batters saw dove finish 210 all out in the final over. As the teams enjoyed another customary delicious tea and a classic World Cup tie, Dove knew they would have to bowl well to restrict broady below the total. Things looked promising early on as in form all rounder Jack Gregory (2-34) continued a good day all round by picking up the early important wickets of Welsh and Orpen. However, the strong gusting wind made things difficult for the Dove bowlers from the bottom end, as Walsh dug in to chase down the total. Walker bowled excellently taking 3-31. Some quality batting from Cheetham-Roberts (60) and Walsh (67) saw the total come within sight. As both fell it looked like dove were back in with a chance. However, good hitting from Perrin ensured Broady reached the target, 6 wickets down, with three overs to spare - despite yet another cameo wicket from underused off spinner Joe Gregory. It wasn’t to be doves day as catches fell short, balls found the gap and some good batting form the away team meant it wasn’t to be. Onto the T20 Thursday. A huge thank you to the broady lads who as ever enjoyed a few pints, in good spirits, before departing after the game. Second Team: When the 2nds rolled into Broadbottom and looked down on the track we all knew how important the toss would be. Fortunately, it was won and Dove started to bat with captain Pete arriving back from Portugal just in time to see the first ball. The innings was a little stop,start and with 30 overs gone we were 130-6 but Wayne played his best innings for the club (39) and Jonty biffed a great 36 for us to end on 215-8. Tea was lovely and Cory and Dan then got an opener out each to have Broady in trouble. Joe Brotherton looked a good bat but when Ben bowled him Keiran (3-37) and Ben (3-22) mopped up the tail with little fuss. A very good win for the lads against the league leaders and again proof of how strong the Dove squad is this season. A huge Haply Birthday and best wishes to the first team’s long term and much appreciated scorer Kayleigh Scowen, who celebrated her 21st in style in the club house late into the evening. 

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