Davin Dill gets county hundred off his bucket list
Davin Dill achieved a personal goal he had targeted this season during the second round of the Western Counties at White Hill Field at the weekend.
The PHC batsman stroked a maiden century in the annual series to help the challengers beat champions Warwick Workmen’s Club by 119 runs in the 50-overs contest.
He gathered 111 off 107 balls, which included 13 boundaries, during a 162-minute stay at the crease.
“Before the season started, I told my mates that I was going to score a hundred in the counties games this year,” Dill told The Royal Gazette. “Especially if we are playing against Warwick because it’s like a community rivalry going on.”
The challengers were in trouble at 25 for two in the tenth over after losing the toss and being sent to bat before Dill dropped anchor and dominated several partnerships to spearhead an impressive fightback.
He added 79 with captain Dev Hanuman to halt the slide, 96 with guest player Dalin Richardson in a fourth-wicket partnership that ultimately put the match beyond Warwick’s reach, and a further 46 with Jahmari Beach.
The No 3 bat eventually ran out of partners as a late collapse saw PHC lose five wickets for 39 runs in the space of four overs, including three without any addition to the score.
“I knew I was going to score a hundred and it was easy,” added Dill, whose century arrived off 104 balls in 157 minutes.
“There wasn’t anybody who troubled me. It was a good batting crease and I knew what I was capable of doing.
“I wouldn’t say it was a special hundred. It was just something that had to be done.”
The century was the second of the 22-year-old’s career, having achieved the feat against county rivals Willow Cuts in the league two years ago.
PHC scored 290 all out in 47.3 overs, with Richardson their second-highest scorer after an aggressive 57 from 31 balls that contained five sixes and three fours.
The all-rounder’s half-century arrived off just 25 balls in 41 minutes.
Hanuman and Beach chipped in with 29 apiece.
The challengers then dismissed Warwick for 171 in 34 overs, with all-rounder Hanuman and Kevin Tucker sharing the wickets.
Tucker claimed five for 16 to lead PHC’s charge with the ball while man of the match Hanuman took five for 45.
PHC will defend the cup against Willow Cuts in the third round at White Hill Field on August 7, with the winners to meet Southampton Rangers in the final on August 21.