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SH survive as Domigan shows steel

PUBLISHED: 16:43 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

SOUTH Hampstead's overseas player Jason Domigan had a County League debut to remember against Enfield at Milverton Road on Saturday. Aussie paceman Domigan took 5-76 and then, batting at No5...

SOUTH Hampstead's overseas player Jason Domigan had a County League debut to remember against Enfield at Milverton Road on Saturday.

Aussie paceman Domigan took 5-76 and then, batting at No5, scored a match-saving 59 not out as SH successfully survived the final four overs to salvage a point.

"It felt like a win," said South Hampstead's secretary Ken James. "We had a delayed start because of the weather and it was important to get something from the game. Jason was outstanding with ball and bat."

SH's stand-in skipper Zia Sialvi - regular captain Tom McMahon missed the game because of illness - won the toss and asked Enfield to bat first and his decision was soon vindicated as Domigan quickly reduced the visitors to 45-2.

In fact, the Aussie went on to claim the first four wickets and Enfield soon found themselves 108-6. Greame Farley then chipped in with a couple of wickets and the visitors declared on 188-7 in 43 overs, leaving SH 40 overs to win the game.

But their reply started poorly as they lost both openers Sialvi and Paul Atherley in the first five overs. The home side continued to lose wickets and were reduced to 41-7 at one stage.

But Domigan soon showed his skill with the bat and with support from Matt Cullen (35) took the score to 110-8 before Cullen departed.

Ed Hewens (11) then offered solid support and Domigan stayed calm to see off the final four overs for a vital point.

SH's home Club Cricket Conference Cup tie with Gidea Park was rained off on Sunday. It has been rescheduled for this Sunday at Milverton Road. On Saturday, SH travel to North London in the league.


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