The First Team travelled to Dinting and were asked to bowl as the home side won the toss. Despite an early wicket Dinting were allowed to set up & build a first innings total of 219 thanks to Dove not capitalising on numerous chances in the field. Pick of the bowlers was Vice Captain Critchlow 4-57.
In reply Dove lost regular wickets and struggled to build any momentum in the run chase. The only resistance came from Joe Gregory 34 as Dove were dismissed for 133 some 86 runs short.
The Second Team hosted Birch Vale and the day started with skipper Hawkes losing the toss and Dove getting elected to bat. Dove didn’t start the day well with Hawkes nicking off early on leaving the home side 9-1.
R.Johnson and Turner put on a great partnership to take the team to 80-2 Mark Turner got an impressive 43. Dove lost two batsman in quick succession after this losing opener Reece Johnson who played a battling innings to get 30. Ben Bagshaw came in next but soon left for a duck, receiving what he described as a “Jaffa” but this was all forgotten later in the day. In stepped Paul Scowen and Mick Johnson who both looked like they were rolling back the years, Scowen with a great 84 and Johnson with 42. The partnership was broke, but in stepped Wayne Collins for the last few overs but he wasn’t holding back, reaching 19 in 8 deliveries. Dove finished on 238-7.
Dan Waterhouse opened the bowling and his first ball was a wicket ball. After 15 overs Birch Vale were 18-3 due to the tight bowling from the Opening bowlers. Ben Bagshaw made up for his earlier duck by getting 3-25.
Kieran Collins snuck in on the wickets getting 2-9, Dan Waterhouse ended up with figures of 4-13. Dove bowling and batting brilliantly to victory with Birch Vale all out for 86.