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Final league position 2nd. 1 st XI Year Book 2012. Darlington Cricket Club. The 2012 season. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Darlington Cricket Club

Darlington Cricket Club1st XI Year Book 2012

Final league position

2ndThe 2012 season Beautiful weather around EASTER meant the first team squad could get some much appreciated training outdoors. However when the pre season friendlies and league season arrived.,..it was wet and miserable!In fact the story of the season was to be centred around the weather. Officially the worst cricket weather on record, it rained and rained.Indeed, the opening games of the season due to be against the leagues new comers, Sedgefield was called off well before a ball could be bowled. The whole league programme was washed out that day.We had to wait until the following week to see our new signings, Professional Jon Barnes and Martin Lower in action.Barnes had joined us from Northallerton who had been relegated last season and we were hoping the all rounder would help with experience to what still was a very youthful 1st eleven. Lower was an all rounder who had come from Sedgefield after a highly successful season in Division 1 in 2011.So it was that we made the trip to the seaside and although everything was still wet from the monsoon conditions of the previous week, the sun was shining.

Martin Lower (above) and Jon Barnes (above right) warm up at Marske for the seasons opener2(c) DSM Cricket 20122(c) DSM Cricket 2012DCC Bowling;OMRWDoug Mulholland82231John Barnes179175Peter Armstrong154303Martin Lower5.52141Seasiders Bowled out for 85

Jon Barnes showed why he was worth signing in the opening game with amazing figures of 5 for 17 off 17 !The opening game started well with us winning the toss and inserting Marske.There was a general excitement about seeing how Jon Barnes would bowl for his new club.An aeroplane celebration broke the ice when he dismissed the seasiders pro Hendricks with the score on just 1 and everyone relaxed a little.What followed was a joy to watch as Barnes dropped the ball on the spot with ease and moved the ball off the seam both ways.It was as if the wicket was made for him. His 17 overs went for 17. Marske were bowled out for 85 in 45.5 overs.We found it very difficult to bat on the soft green wicket also and were in trouble on 34 for 6 before Simon Lee steadied the ship with a determined and concentrated 49 not out as he and new boy, Martin Lower (7*) saw us home to victory.3(c) DSM Cricket 20123(c) DSM Cricket 2012It was back down to earth with a bump when Richmondshire visited Feethams for game 2. The visitors were most peoples top pick for the league title this year and they certainly looked the part as the restricted us to 95 for 8 from 50 overs. Only Liam Coates showed any form as he made 37 unbeaten.Richmondshire showed there were no demons in the track as they made short work of knocking our score off in 35.1 overs.Gary Pratt being the only wicket to fall. He made 48 before he was bowled by Martin Lower.Layfield and Clarkson were in no trouble and we were well beaten by the better team as we finished the game with no points at all !Pointless Defeat to Richmondshire

Early season form with the bat for Liam Coates4(c) DSM Cricket 2012(c) DSM Cricket 20125Bank Holiday May Day saw us travel to Mandale Bottoms to face newly promoted Thornaby.We were back to winning ways and we still hadn't been in a game where anyone had scored 100 runs!Doug Mulholland gave a man of the match performance with ball and bat.Firstly his 4 for28 off 16.2 overs helped bowl Thornaby out for 97 in the last over.Then his 37 runs with the bat as he opened with Lee Hutton (15) helped us on the way to victory.Simon Lee managed another not out (17*) but everyone else struggled with the wet slow tracks.We lost 7 wickets in reaching the target score in 31 overs but we were back to winning ways.

Dougs Dig In Day

Mulholland cant believe his luck as a close in catch is put down (top) and (left) he smashes the Thornaby attack(c) DSM Cricket 20126Our game at Stokesley saw Peter Armstrong and Doug Mulholland turn up at the SCG first thing in the morning with the super water sopper from Feethams. So determined were they to get the game on they arrived and offered their services to the puzzled Stokesley players and officials.A delayed start saw a 44 over per side game. We lost the toss and lost two wickets for 7 runs. Then Liam Coates led the revival with his best innings of the season to date, a fine 68 before being bowled by their overseas pro, Brandon Viret.Barnes(30) and Dobson (26) then continued the hitting as we pushed for the biggest score possible reaching 176 for 6. Colin Biglin smashed his way to 25 in just a few balls in the last couple of overs.Our four pronged attack of Barnes, Mulholland, Armstrong and Lower shared the wickets as Stokesley were bowled out with just four balls left for 122Stokesleys Andrew Weighell had looked dangerous for a time but when he was brilliantly stumped by James Dobson off Jon Barnes, the home side struggled.

Above Liam Coates on his way to a first half century of the season and below James Dobson a fraction of a second before he stumps Andrew WeighellDo it yourself super sopper!(c) DSM Cricket 20127Middlesbrough were next to visit Feethams and were inserted by Peter Armstrong who finished the innings as our top bowler with three wickets.( 3 for 36)James Lowe scored a half century (51) and Adil Ditta 27 but everyone else struggled on an incredibly wet track.Boro reached 130 for 8 from 49 overs as again the start was delayed as we mopped up.Coates was again our hero as we chased down the visitors score.He made 62 and was assisted by James Dobson who as unbeaten on 23* as we passed the line for the loss of 5 wickets in 45.2 overs.Coates on Fire!

Liam Coates with another half century as we notched up another victory.(c) DSM Cricket 20128A visit to Park Drive to face Hartlepool was next on the agenda. Many were surprised at the state of both wicket and outfield. A low scoring games saw us win by 29 runs.Martin Lower opened and looked good for his 40 runs. James Dobson made 20 and everyone else struggled to reach double figures as we were all out for just 118 in 49 overs.The Hartlepool faithful were certain their side would be victorious with such a small score to chase.They had reckoned without Barnes and Mulholland though. The pair of seamers each took 4 wickets as Pools were sent packing for just 89 all out with just one over left. A terrific fight back in the second half of the game. Darlington were showing a bulldog spirit not seen for some time.

Lower top left, Dobson top rightBarnes left and Mulholland rightBulldog Spirit at Pools(c) DSM Cricket 20129Marton were the visitors for the next game. A team many thought would be title challengers, indeed they were the reigning champions.Only Martin Lower(pictured) (50) coped with the moving ball from Upal Indisiri and Neil Russell and were bowled out for just 135 in the last over.You couldnt write a script like it...enter Jon Barnes who again gave a display of wet track bowling at its best. His 5 for 22 off 16 overs helped dismiss the Champions for 81 in 33 overs.Armstrong claimed 3 for 13 too. Another twenty points in the bag. The team were starting to believe in themselves.

A maiden half century for Darlington new signing Martin LowerThe Lower and Barnes Show(c) DSM Cricket 201210Next up was a trip to Normanby Hall. A beautiful sunny day but when we arrived they had tried to call the game off due to a mysterious pool of water on the square.Plenty of mopping and the sunshine soon cleared this up and the game went ahead.Another new opening partnership was tried for this game Danny Morgans and Jack Vickerman who had been drafted in to replace the unavailable Lower.They accumulated 58 before Vickerman fell for 25. Morgans went on to make 35 in 107 balls playing the anchor innings while Coates (33) and then Dobson (29*) pushed the rate along. We finished on 166 for 5. The result would be dependant on getting the wickets of Gunarathne and Roberts.Once again it was the Barnes / Mulholland show as they both took 4 wickets. Roberts made 43 not out but his team mates capitulated for 103 with 2 balls left. Another incredible last over finish and 20 points

New opening partnership of Morgans and Vickerman (above) and big hitting from Coates (right)Another Last Over Finish!(c) DSM Cricket 201211The Great FloodThe 9th of June saw most games in the north east called off due to a week of rain. The day was sunny enough but most clubs squares and outfields were under water.Darlington however had other plans. A team of a dozen volunteers had by now got used to early starts getting the field fit for play in this wettest of summers.The scene meeting them at 8 a.m. However was one of biblical proportions! The whole bottom end of the ground was under water.A motorised pump from The Auto Centre and a Fire Engine from the nearby Fire Station helped get most of the water removed. The rest was mopped up or pushed off the playing area. The boundaries were brought in and eventually a 30 over a side game was possible against todays visitors, Guisborough.

(c) DSM Cricket 201212Batting on a paddy field is the best description of what the Darlington batsmen faced when they lost the toss and Guisborough put us in.The amateur batsmen all failed but our two professionals, Barnes (66) and Mulholland (33*) saved our bacon as we reached 119 for 7 from our 30 overs.The visitors fared even worse on the track of death!Only two of their players reached double figures.Mulholland took four wickets and Barnes and Armstrong a brace each.Guisborough hung on for a draw with it finishing a winning draw for us with them on just 58 - 9 off 30 overs. The points earned helped our position in the table as no one else played.

Barnes and Mulholland earn the draw

Jon Barnes hits a half century for his new club with a vital 66 against Guisborough.(c)