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Match Reports 10th & 11th June

Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey County League 1st XI Division 1 – 2017 Date : Saturday 10th June 2017
Toss: Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Six Brothers Field Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI – Win – Time by 92 runs
Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI
Score 222 for 9 dec (48.5 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’ 130 all out (32 overs)
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 1
Bowling Points 0 4
Total Points 20 5

Thames Ditton set off on the long and winding road to Chaldon full of hope, with memories fresh still of their momentous victory on that ground last year. For those of you that haven’t played at Chaldon, the ground is beautiful but the facilities could be described as “lacking” at best.

Skipper Jarvis was running late from work, so stand in tosser Dixon called incorrectly and TD were asked to have a bowl first. Chaldon had won 5 from 5, batting first in each game, so it was no great surprise. Butt and Raj took the new ball and both bowled a mixture of superb balls and some very loose deliveries. Trying to score off of the stumps wasn’t easy, but anything with some width was punished brutally.

Raj struck first, having the opener caught by Dixon at slip (36-1) but in no time at all Chaldon had reached 70. What followed was one of the most intense fielding displays by TD all season for 15 overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals (70, 78, 81, 82, 100) with both Butt and Dixon showing no quarter. Despite a small partnership, Dixon struck at 146 and Jarvis picked up his first wicket of the season (average 115) to leave the home side reeling at 151-7.

Butt and Jarvis wrapped up the innings quickly leaving TD 165 to chase. Well that’s the sentence I’d like to be reporting anyway. As always TD failed to polish of the tail. Chaldons number 10, Hussain, absolutely belted 47* (including 24 off of a Dixon over) and Chaldon declared on 224-9. A tricky chase, but certainly not impossible.

Well it wouldn’t have been impossible had Thames Ditton shown any real semblance of how to bat. Dixon (63) and Park (16) were the only two players who managed to face over twenty balls. Once again we went from a position of strength (97-3) to having our pants pulled down (119-9). Only a couple of lusty blows from Butt and Raj securing us a batting point. 130 all out.

With news filtering through that Claygate had won, TD know it’s time to shape up and get smart, otherwise Fullers League 2 will be looming.

Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Aamir Abbas ct Warren Blumire b  Hamza Butt 57 8 1 52
2 Muhammad Mohsin Iqbal ct Mike Dixon b  Felix Raj 12 2 0 16
3 Sikander Gulzar ct Joe Jarvis b  Hamza Butt 7 1 0 15
4 Asad Nadeem ct Warren Blumire b  Hamza Butt 1 0 0 9
5 Shaik Faiyaz ct Jonny Annable b  Hamza Butt 59 8 0 112
6 Muhammad Raza Khan lbw b  Mike Dixon 0 0 0 6
7 Ali Raza Noorani b  Mike Dixon 8 1 0 14
8 Zeeshan Sarwar lbw b  Mike Dixon 12 2 0 29
9 Aqeel Arshad ct Felix Raj b  Joe Jarvis 5 1 0 4
10 Ijaz Hussain not out 47 4 3 32
11 Usman Chaudhry* not out 4 0 0 5
Extras       b (1), lb (4), w (5) 10
Total 222
Wickets 9 dec
Overs 48.5

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

36-1 Muhammad Mohsin Iqbal (Aamir Abbas-0*); 70-2 Sikander Gulzar (Aamir Abbas-0*); 78-3 Asad Nadeem (Aamir Abbas-0*); 81-4 Aamir Abbas (Shaik Faiyaz-0*); 82-5 Muhammad Raza Khan (Shaik Faiyaz-0*); 100-6 Ali Raza Noorani (Shaik Faiyaz-0*); 146-7 Zeeshan Sarwar (Shaik Faiyaz-0*); 151-8 Aqeel Arshad (Shaik Faiyaz-0*); 209-9 Shaik Faiyaz (Ijaz Hussain-0*);
* = not out batsman

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Hamza Butt 16 3 81 4 1 0
2 Felix Raj 6.2 0 32 1 0 0
3 Mike Dixon 16.4 4 65 3 0 0
4 Joe Jarvis 9.5 0 39 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 5 0
Total 48.5 7 222 9 1 0

Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Mike Dixon ct Sikander Gulzar b  Ali Raza Noorani 63 7 2 67
2 Adam Terrington b  Usman Chaudhry 8 1 0 19
3 Oli Williams b  Usman Chaudhry 5 1 0 12
4 Jonny Annable ct Muhammad Mohsin Iqbal b  Ijaz Hussain 8 1 0 13
5 Oliver Park lbw b  Ali Raza Noorani 16 2 0 41
6 Mike Robinson b  Aqeel Arshad 4 0 0 13
7 Hamza Butt ct Usman Chaudhry b  Ali Raza Noorani 12 0 2 7
8 Francois Piriou b  Aqeel Arshad 0 0 0 2
9 Felix Raj b  Ali Raza Noorani 7 0 1 11
10 Warren Blumire lbw b  Ali Raza Noorani 0 0 0 1
11 Joe Jarvis* not out 2 0 0 4
Extras       b (2), lb (2), w (1) 5
Total 130
Wickets all out
Overs 32

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Usman Chaudhry 11 1 48 2 0 0
2 Ijaz Hussain 11 1 46 1 0 0
3 Aqeel Arshad 5 1 13 2 0 0
4 Ali Raza Noorani 5 1 19 5 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 4 0
Total 32 4 130 10 0 0

Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Whiteley Village CC, Surrey – 2nd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017 Date : Saturday 10th June 2017
Toss: Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Giggs Hill Green Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

TDCC – D Morgan 6/41 WVCC – D Yousef 6/31

Result Summary

Result:    Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI – Win – Time by 18 runs
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Whiteley Village CC, Surrey – 2nd XI
Score 147 all out (37.3 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’ 129 all out (46.2 overs)
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 1
Bowling Points 0 4
Total Points 20 5

The 2s took on Whiteley Village 2s on the Green under bright and breezy skies. With the funfair in town also, there was a carnival feel to proceedings.

Skipper, Amrik Natt, won the toss and elected to bat. With a number of high scores already recorded at the ground this season, this appeared to be a sensible decision. The fact that the oppo were already a couple of pints down each before they had taken to the field also suggested that their mind wasn’t quite on the job.

However initial appearances can be deceptive. Owen Neal was soon back in the hutch edging to slip off Scott Stiff (not a joke name!) for a duck. Jamie Pemberton, the other opening bat, looked in good early touch stroking a couple of cover drives off Sarchett. At 10-1, he was joined at the crease by St John. However, a blossoming partnership was nipped in the bud when Jamie, appearing to be deceived by some low bounce off a good length, had his furniture rearranged by the Stiffmeister for 13.

TD were tottering at 25-2. This brought Ben Park, younger brother of Ollie, to the wicket who along with St John set about repairing the early damage. St John had just unfurled two consecutive boundaries off their premier bowler, Stiffler, and was going for three in a row, when he scooped an attempted drive to cover to be caught for 38 and brought a promising partnership of 41 to a premature end. When asked about this apparent loss of concentration on returning to the pavilion, St John remarked that his mind was on other matters, specifically whether anyone had put the bins out the night before!

Ben Park in showing maturity belying his tender years continued to bat unfazed by the situation and combined solid defence with some fine attacking shots. He was joined by Dave Morgan with the score at 66-3. Another partnership between Morgan and Park threatened to put TD in a good position but just as it was starting to gather momentum, both fell in quick succession. Morgan (14) caught at cover and Park (29) bowled, both falling to the impressive Deen Yousaf, whose seam up bowling was to yield great success and saw him finish with figures of 6-31-7. This left TD on 99-5 and suddenly a total of 150 started to look a long way away. A bad 20 minutes saw TD’s lower-middle order stage a mini-collapse to lose 3 wickets for 9 runs and leave the 2s floundering on 108-8.

It was only a 9th wicket partnership between Nav Singh (17) and Wes Steyn (10) of 30 which allowed TD to set a total which at least gave the bowlers something to defend. TD were eventually bowled out for 147 in 37.3 overs.

After tea, TD took to the field knowing that while they were 30 runs short of a par total, a couple of early wickets would put the cat amongst the pigeons for a side which wasn’t used to winning games this season. Natt chose not to take the new ball, and opened with himself and Dave Morgan. The decision was inspired. Straight away Morgan found some useful inswing to the right handed openers, Ayres and Watson. Natt was also able to exert impressive control over his legspin, and Whiteley Village were finding runs hard to come by. Natt bamboozled Ayres to clean bowl him for 3, then had their keeper-opening batsman Watson caught by B Park for 8 while Morgan forced Shambler their no. 3 batsman to edge to Neal at first slip. Whiteley were suddenly struggling. From here Morgan set about bowling a superb spell into the wind. Spurred on by his girlfriend watching on, Davey boy generated in swing to their right handers and away swing from their left handers. Morgan was to eventually finish with figures of 6-41-17.2.

A couple of Whiteley Village’s batsmen dug in and tried to assert themselves on TD’s bowlers, but just as they threatened to seize back control a wicket would go down to put TD back in the driving seat. The most controversial moment of the game came when Weedon (who was to make 28) their last recognised batsman was involved in an attempted run out. Requiring another 40 or so runs and 7 wickets down Weedon was crucial to Village’s chances of winning the game. The occasion seemed to get to wicketkeeper, Jamie Pemberton, when sensing an opportunity to become the hero he swooped to take the ball and demolish the stumps in one single motion. In fairness to Jamie, the young lad umpiring for Village and the batsman himself were happy with the dismissal while the umpire at the other end was unsure. However, a number of TD players had concerns that Jamie had not properly collected the ball before breaking the stumps. This led to a great ethical dilemma within the team. On the one hand the batsman was central to Village’s hopes and the umpire had given him out, but on the other hand there was a deep unease with what had transpired and would the team be able to hold their heads up high in victory knowing that a profound injustice had occurred?

Good did prevail in the end as TD made the “collective” decision to recall the batsman, Weedon, Nerves started to shred as Village began to eek out the required runs. But just as it looked like the sporting decision TD had made was about to cost them victory the cricketing gods smiled and Jamie was able to make amends to take two catches, the first a blinder, to bring Village’s innings to an end and give TD victory by 18 runs. A debrief in the changing room led to reflection on whether the spirit of the game had been upheld and it was felt that a new end of season award should be introduced – the spirit of cricket award, to be coined “the Jamie Pemberton award”.

Special mentions should also go to Mak Gill (1-30-13) making his debut, and Sam Muller (1-11-6) who bowled really well under pressure. Skipper Natt also bowled well to finish with 2-29-8

Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Jamie Pemberton b  Scott Stiff 13 1 0 23
2 Owen Neal ct Christopher Shuter b  Scott Stiff 0 0 0 6
3 St John Farley ct & b Scott Stiff 38 6 0 52
4 Ben Park b  Deen Yousaf 29 5 0 68
5 David Morgan ct Billy Shambler b  Deen Yousaf 14 3 0 16
6 Chris Harding ct Keith Watson b  Deen Yousaf 3 0 0 10
7 Nav Singh b  Deen Yousaf 17 2 0 16
8 Sam Muller b  Deen Yousaf 0 0 0 2
9 Mak Gill ct Keith Sarchett b  Deen Yousaf 0 0 0 3
10 Wesley Steyn b  Keith Sarchett 10 2 0 20
11 Amrik Natt* not out 2 0 0 6
Extras       b (9), lb (1), w (11) 21
Total 147
Wickets all out
Overs 37.3

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Scott Stiff 12 3 25 3 0 0
2 Keith Sarchett 7.3 0 37 1 0 0
3 Gary Harkett 8 0 25 0 0 0
4 Deen Yousaf 7 2 31 6 0 0
5 Christopher Shuter 3 0 19 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 10 0
Total 37.3 5 147 10 0 0

Whiteley Village CC, Surrey – 2nd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Andrew Ayres b  Amrik Natt 3 0 0 0
2 Keith Watson ct Ben Park b  Amrik Natt 8 0 0 0
3 Billy Shambler ct Owen Neal b  David Morgan 19 0 0 0
4 Jamie Shuter lbw b  David Morgan 29 0 0 0
5 Deen Yousaf ct & b David Morgan 17 0 0 0
6 Robert Weedon ct Jamie Pemberton b  David Morgan 28 0 0 0
7 Gary Harkett b  Mak Gill 1 0 0 0
8 Alan Law lbw b  Sam Muller 3 0 0 0
9 Christopher Shuter ct Jamie Pemberton b  David Morgan 3 0 0 0
10 Scott Stiff* ct & b David Morgan 3 0 0 0
11 Keith Sarchett not out 0 0 0 0
Extras       b (4), lb (1), w (10) 15
Total 129
Wickets all out
Overs 46.2

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 David Morgan 17.2 5 41 6 0 0
2 Amrik Natt 8 0 29 2 0 0
3 Mak Gill 13 3 30 1 0 0
4 Sam Muller 6 0 11 1 0 0
5 Wesley Steyn 2 0 13 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 5 0
Total 46.2 8 129 10 0 0

Dorking CC – 3rd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey Championship Central Division – 3rd XI – 2017 Date : Saturday 10th June 2017
Toss: Dorking CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Westhumble Playing Fields Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Dorking CC – 3rd XI – Won: time by 7 wickets
Dorking CC – 3rd XI Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI
Score 74 for 3 (20.4 overs) ‘t’ 73 all out (34 overs) ‘b’
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 0
Bowling Points 0 1
Total Points 20 1

THAMES DITTON TAKE ONE HELL OF A BEATING FROM DORKING

The Thirds suffered a Theresa May like reverse against Dorking on Saturday – a cricxit a guess the new parlance would be. On a beautiful sunny, yet very windy day, under the gaze of beautiful Box Hill, the omens were not good, when we only had 6 players at the ground at 12.45. Wallace’s pimp mobile turned up with 3 of the youngsters, but Jay lost the toss and we were inserted on what looked like a drying wicket.

Dorking are playing and bowling well so it was going to be tough and with two new players in tow too (Chris a Zim now residing in Greenwich and Senthil a mate of the mighty Felix) who knows where we might be and how long it might last. Well obviously Dorking did – I had the joy of watching the majority of our innings from the crease or the bowlers end, as batsman after batsman perished. One shot perished early playing across a straight one, followed swiftly by Nic Corvi – hanging his bat out to dry, Jai similarly, Oli Lodge ditto (no relation to Beth), and Clydesdale back after a bout of gout or similar was unfortunate to be dismissed on what should have been a high no ball. May be it was Nic Corvi’s understanding of what waist high was and where in fact where it was on Geoff – we may never know.

16-5 and the prospects of an incredibly early tea looked a certainty. It was left to yours truly and Senthil making his first start to steady the shipwreck a little. Yep we even made drinks and at 49-5 it was looking a little better. Not long after, Senthil having made a bright 16, was given out lbw despite the ball pitching outside leg stump and him hitting it. It was our umpire but in the words of a well-known grocery provider – Every Lidl Helps”.

So with newcomers and youngsters left, the likely end was nigh. Chris failed to trouble the scorers on his debut, Lucas and Kian managed 4 each and I was 9th out having made 36 in 32 overs. Now if it hadn’t have been me batting, I would have said it was purgatory, but what more can a poor boy do under those circumstances.

73 all out – and the wicket was showing a bit of variable bounce – so maybe, just maybe?

Nah – not a chance really. Senthil and Ollie Lodge opened, with Ollie bowling well and collecting an early lbw, may be it wasn’t going to be the parade we thought. A creditable spell from both openers with Ollie picking up a second and Senthil a first (and he can spin the ball which is why Steve gave away so many byes) meant it took Dorking 20+ overs to reach the target. This did give us an opportunity to see more from the youngsters and the two debutants showed at they would also be useful acquisitions so all is certainly not lost.

MAN OF THE MATCH – Nobody really, though my 36 (about 60% of our runs) was built on stoicism mixed with a smidgen of flair, so I’m claiming it.

Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Andy Cassie ct Robbie Howlett b  Tim Brewster 36 0 0 0
2 Steve Wallace b  Josh Shrives 1 0 0 0
3 Nic Corvi ct Tim Brewster b  George Edwards 3 0 0 0
4 Jai Patel* ct Tom Graham b  George Edwards 0 0 0 0
5 Geoff Dryden ct Andrew Halliday b  Josh Shrives 0 0 0 0
6 Oliver Lodge ct Robbie Howlett b  George Edwards 0 0 0 0
7 Senthil Sundar lbw b  Will Phillips 16 0 0 0
8 Chris Yates ct Robbie Howlett b  Will Phillips 0 0 0 0
9 Lukas Koehne-Mitchell ct Robbie Howlett b  Andrew Halliday 4 0 0 0
10 Kian Farr ct Tim Brewster b  Andrew Halliday 4 0 0 0
11 Oliver Johns not out 2 0 0 0
Extras       b (1), lb (1), w (2), nb (3) 7
Total 73
Wickets all out
Overs 34

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 George Edwards 6 2 9 3 0 0
2 Josh Shrives 8 3 11 2 0 0
3 Tim Brewster 11 2 31 1 0 0
4 Will Phillips 7 3 11 2 0 0
5 Andrew Halliday 2 0 9 2 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 2 0
Total 34 10 73 10 0 0

Dorking CC – 3rd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Peter Horton lbw b  Senthil Sundar 0 0 0 0
2 Jim Ovens b  Oliver Lodge 24 0 0 0
3 Tom Graham ct Nic Corvi b  Oliver Lodge 10 0 0 0
4 Matt Howlett not out 19 0 0 0
5 Tim Brewster* not out 8 0 0 0
6 Robbie Howlett did not bat
7 Andrew Halliday did not bat
8 Cameron Homewood did not bat
9 George Edwards did not bat
10 Josh Shrives did not bat
11 Will Phillips did not bat
Extras       b (5), lb (1), w (5), nb (2) 13
Total 74
Wickets 3
Overs 20.4

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Oliver Lodge 6 1 9 2 0 0
2 Senthil Sundar 9 0 29 1 0 0
3 Oliver Johns 3 0 19 0 0 0
4 Chris Yates 1.4 0 7 0 0 0
5 Lukas Koehne-Mitchell 1 0 4 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 6 0
Total 20.4 1 74 3 0 0

Thames Ditton CC – Surrey Trust Vs Horley CC, Surrey – Under 21

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey Trust League Tier 2 – Group 1 – 2017 Date : Sunday 11th June 2017
Toss: Horley CC, Surrey – Under 21 won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 13:30
Ground: Giggs Hill Green Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

TDCC – J Annable 52

Result Summary

Result:    Horley CC, Surrey – Under 21 – Win Against Eligible Team by 19 runs
Thames Ditton CC – Surrey Trust Horley CC, Surrey – Under 21
Score 207 for 8 (40 overs) 226 for 7 (40 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’
Game Points 5 10
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 3 3
Bowling Points 3 3
Total Points 11 16

The phrase “it was a game of two halves” is bounded around a lot, and nearly always pointlessly as of course it was a game of two halves. What you hear less often, and in this case is probably the most apt, is that “it was a game of four quarters.” The game jumped up and down as much as the juniors of the side at the recent Justin Bieber concert they group-attended for some team bonding. Thanks Steve for organising. However, unfortunately from the positions they got themselves into, it was Thames Ditton’s to lose, and Thames Ditton who let it slip. I shall go into more detail below, but if you would like a quick snapshot of each quarter and would like to read no further, please consult the graph below. This plots each team’s performance over 20 overs.

 

Now into the nitty gritty – to the groans of the players, the scorers, the umpires and even the sacred protected tree on the green, Dixon lost the toss and was put into the field on a very warm afternoon. Not quite “el scorchio” but not far off – remember to wear your sun cream lads, club mark and all that. Pleasingly, this lack of energy at the toss never crossed the boundary rope however, and for 20 overs the Surrey Trust XI were absolutely superb. There was positivity in the field, some absolute Wasim Jaffers (the first wicket by Cooper would have pipped the Indian opener’s off stump as well I’m sure), near run outs, stopped singles. The run rate never eclipsed 4.5, and indeed was stuck around 3 for quite a while with some very tidy bowling from Cooper and Butt – the sort of opening 15 overs where you put your mark on the game.

With none of the top five scoring over 30, Thames Ditton were on top, and eyeing up a large tea and a not-too-large chase. Drinks brings wickets usually, but unfortunately Thames Ditton let their concentration slip for 10 overs. Some good bowling, LBWs and catches were intermittent amidst some relaxed fielding, dropped catches, easy singles and unlucky missed run outs – on a day when the Gods were smiling on him, Natt could have had 4 or 5 runouts! Nevertheless, on an outfield which was as quick as the finest Venini Murano glass, and only getting quicker as the sun beat down, Horley’s total of 226 was very gettable – before tea, in a sermon led by the Reverend Muller, but delivered by Captain Dixon, we discussed that we need 40 from the first 10, 60 from the next, 70 from the next, and 56 from the last. That was the plan and we were confident on executing it.

Suitably high on fruit, biscuits, sandwiches and ice cream (no E numbers, don’t worry parents), Annable and Jingles/Jigloo opened the batting, knowing it was a matter of staying in and the runs would come. Thames Ditton bowled 33 extras and knew they would get them backed with interest if, like parliament, they hung around. Like an Inuit ice fisherman, unfortunately Jigloo holed out early, brining Chapman/Chappell to the crease. With an opening bowler who was swinging more than Austin Powers, Chapman and Annable did well to keep out the good balls, and throw their hands at anything with width. The makings of a rebuild were brought to a close as Chapman nicked off bringing Sweeny to the crease – despite the fall of wickets, mini partnerships kept the score ticking over and after 20 overs, with Annable frustratingly falling for 53, snicking behind again, the game was finely in the balance. Dixon was looking the sort for form we’ve become accustomed too, timings, beating, cushioning and bludgeoning the ball to the boundary, putting on good partnerships with Sweeney and Bennett.

As wickets fell, we did however let Horley get on top of the run rate – scoring less than 20 runs in the 8 overs surrounding drinks cost us dearly, leaving too much to do at that latter stages. Butt, Cooper, Newbold (sporting some of the finest blue pads this side of the Thames) and Natt had a lot of ground to cover to hit 226, and unfortunately we fell 19 runs short.

What do we learn from this game? Firstly, the Surrey Trust team had been, until this game, unbeaten. Much like the formidable Chelsea this season, a loss was going to come – however, next time if lose, it will be because we were outplayed, not because we played half the game well, and half the game poorly.

Secondly, I believe it was Ghandi who said, “Catches win matches”, or it might have been Mother Theresa. Regardless, once again it has proved to be inexplicably true. Extras happen, leg side wides are harsh but fair as they apply to both teams. But catches and fielding, this is where you restrict a 226 total to 186. We have to be tighter in the field, in terms of catching and stopping, what was at times, quick cricket tip and run for Horley.

It’s now how we go about our business in the upcoming games. We are a better side than any teams we’ve played so far. We are away to Trinity Mid-Whitgifitians this coming Sunday, and although they may have revision to do for actual exams, both juniors and seniors have some swotting up to do. A few more wins and we should still secure a top two finish, but our route to the final becomes a whole lot easier if we finish top.

This match report has been blessed by the Reverend Muller. Special thanks also to Alan Hague for scoring in his finest technicolour, and to Wes Steyn for a sterling job as umpire.

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