Club Captain’s Report
2015 did not really start for the three League teams until June given the winless May. Results did improve but as per previous years it was the Seconds who suffered most from player availability problems and were relegated to the Surrey County League after eight seasons in the Surrey Championship.
Although TD does not have enough players of First Eleven standard, the club does have enough players. This puts us in a stronger position than many of our local rivals. Approximately 120 players have played on Saturday or Sunday for TD in 2015. Even when there were 25-30 players un- available on a Saturday we still managed to field three teams and not concede any matches. The fact that we had a larger pool of players to choose from this season than in the last few years gives some encouragement for the future. The years of seven or eight players in a side playing in the same side week in week out are probably gone so having a wide base of ‘irregulars’ is essential if TD is to continue to play three teams on a Saturday.
This increase in players has undoubtedly helped to revive Sunday cricket. Considering that in 2014 we struggled to find a Sunday captain and a regular side to the extent that regular Sunday cricket might disappear, this season has been a revelation under the new captain Jonny Annable. He has even had to turn players down due to the popularity of playing on the Green.
Over the Winter myself and a number of senior players will continue to search for that most elusive of cricketer, a 1st team player who is not currently attached to a club…
So in conclusion although we struggled a little bit on the pitch, the spirit and morale amongst the players is good and in my opinion as good as it has been for a few years.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the captains; Joe, Amrik, Jai and Jonny who have each done a magnificent job this season.
1st XI Report
TDCC 1s entered the season hopeful to push on from their 3rd place finish the year before. However, losing the first 5 league matches was not ideal. From that moment on the team spirit was superb and we managed to put a string of good performances together, notably beating arch rivals Long Ditton home and away and a superb chase against Mitcham. Going into the last game the situation could not be tighter; it was a straight shootout between us and Putney. It was a very close game, with some excellent cricket being played and TDCC managed to triumph. Notable performances this year include Mike Dixon who scored a massive 732 (second in the league) including a 174 against Long Ditton and Tom Pemberton’s 357 @25.5 including a match wining 56 against Putney. Nailson Raj led the bowling attack with 33 wickets @ 17.64. A good end to the year with the team working hard for each other, we must take this into 2017 and start strong.
1st XI Captain
2nd XI Report
The 2015 season was far more successful than the previous season; as the 2nd XI recorded their first league win in just under 2 years. The team led by new captain; Amrik Natt, chalked up four wins (one conceded) in total; however the team was ultimately relegated. As with many other local teams the club has been struggling with playing numbers, which is the primary reason for the teams struggles this year.
Some of the highlights of the season include:
- 13/6/15 – First win of the season, and first win for the team in over 18months. Batting first TD scored 236/9 dec with top knocks from Oliver Park (75) and Shah (53). Horsley & Send bowled out for 196, thanks largely to a superb bowling effort from Akash Kapoor, who finished with figures of 18-3-55-7, his best figures for the club.
- 15/8/15 – Another away win, chasing 181 the team won by 6 wickets. The highlight of this chase was the unbeaten and match winning partnership of 74 between Geoff Dryden (52*) and Akash Kapoor (34*).
- 05/9/15 – On the final day of the season after relegation had been confirmed the team recorded a moral boosting win in their last league fixture. Chasing 93 to win the team were in an awful position at 24/7 when Amrik Natt (32*) and Akash Kapoor (23*) got together to record an unbeaten partnership of 71 to see the team home.
A special mention to Akash Kapoor for his impressive tally of 32 league wickets in 16 league games with 2 6fors and a 7 wicket haul in an innings. Akash finished as the fourth highest wicket taker in the league.
Hamza Butt was an ever present and had a commendable first season for the clubs 2nd eleven. He finished with 26 wickets and 172 runs. The arrival of Shah proved a god send as he played every game after joining the club, and he wasn’t a bad player either! Shah scored 198 runs with 2 half centuries. Finally Oliver Park played 13 games the majority of which as the teams make shift keeper he performed admirably behind the stumps and also contributed with the bat making 243 runs.
Although the team didn’t manage to remain in the league there were many positive performances which the club hopes to take forward to the next season.
2nd XI Captain
3rd XI Report
They say consistency is the key to success and sadly the perils of team selection took its toll on the club and in turn over 40 players were used in the 3rd XI. The season started with some promise narrowly losing out to Merstham by 7 runs, giving us plenty of hope, but after being reduced to 9 for 6 at Chessington the group sobered up and realised this may be a relegation dog fight again. Despite consistently being in the bottom 2 for most of the season the team played in some thrilling games none more so than the victories against Battersea and Leatherhead chasing down over 200 in both but only winning by 1 wicket. It is thanks to these wonderful team performances and also some 1-man cameos from the guys listed below that the 3rd XI stayed up.
The side enjoyed some cracking grounds and some not so special thanks to Merstham and “ The Ring”.
The runs were shared between the mercurial Mike Robinson 365 with an average of 28.08, Matt Monk (a great addition to the club coming in for three games) scoring 224 runs at an average of 74.67, John Fairhust 223 @ 45 and Ed Vaughan 223 @ 21.
The Player of the Season, Mike Robinson also picked up an impressive 23 wicket haul @ 20.05 and six fielding catches, the only other bowler to make double figures was Rob Jones taking 13 @ 27.79. Just as last year, the bowling economy was brilliant however the team lacked regular bowlers this year so suffered with most bowlers needing “a few” overs to settle in.
It would not be fair not to mention a marvellous maiden half century from Max Robinson and the return of the skipper Jai Patel after 11 months out due to injury.
3rd XI Captain