Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI Vs Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 1st XI Division 1 – 2017||Date :||Saturday 12th August 2017|
|Toss:||Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Thames Ditton Cricket Club||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI||Chaldon CMO CC – 1st XI|
|Score||216 for 0 (39 overs)||213 all out (43.1 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’|
After a cracking win the week before the 1s found themselves at home to high flying Chaldon who sat 2nd in the League.
With selection proving difficult running up to Saturday there were plenty of changes from the previous week. Most noticeably for the 2nd week in a row Pebo had managed to remove the ball and chain and free himself from his Surbiton dungeon.
On a lovely sunny day with a belting looking track it was clear both teams wanted to bat. So here is what happens…
- Joe flicks the coin
- The opposition skipper call heads
- To no surprise it comes down a heads.
- Joe then tells the opposition skipper we will have a bat….
- Chaz then has to remind Joe of the rules, its a difficult concept to understand heads or tails. Their skipper then tells Joe that in fact they will have a bat.
Fair play to Joe it was a bold effort to cheat before the game had even got under way but low and behold it failed and we were fielding 1st again.
Chaldon are renowned for playing there shots and batting deep so Jarvis decided to save his overs for later in the innings and opened with Hamza unsurprisingly and Maughany much more surprisingly.
Chaldon saw off the opening couple of overs comfortably before Hamza enticed Abbas to have a loose drive at one which was expertly pouched by the big french man at cover. This brought their number 3 to the crease and straight away he took a liking to Maughanys bowling dispatching one over for 19.
Jarvis and Dixon Snr where then brought into the attack. There were some decent balls but also the odd loose one and at the 15 over point the game was looking at getting away from TD. Chaldon found themselves 105-1. It was at this point that TDs revival started. Jarvis had the number 3 bowled for a decent 53 and then Dicko cleaned up there no.4 bat for a duck with a delivery that turned…apparently.
A few more decent partnerships occurred but TD had the happy knack of picking up useful wickets just as the oppos batsmen had seemed to get their eye in. Henry was the pick of the bowlers controlling the run rate in middle overs and returning figures of 9-1-29-0. He was very unlucky not to pick up a wicket.
Jarvis returned for a 2nd spell and cleaned up there lower order batsman with a fine spell of quick bowling. He finished with 4 wickets and a run out to his name. the rest were shared around with Hamza picking up 2, Maughany 2 and Dicko 1.
Chaldon all out for 213. Not to bad at all from a TD point of view as a score of 250+ looked on the cards at one point. Must be said however TD didn’t cover themselves in glory in the field as 4 chances were shelled. A bit more fielding practice for some wouldn’t go a miss
After a lovely tea TD set about chasing this decent total down.
What happened next was a sight to behold.
Dicko and Henry opened the batting and made a solid start punishing the odd poor delivery and defending the good ones. Once they were both in and finding life easier they started to increase the run rate, Dicko in particular playing some lovely strokes through backward point and cover. The 50 partnership was soon followed by the hundred partnership. At drinks TD were in a commanding position but not getting carried away as like all TD teams a huge collapse can always be just around the corner.
Dicko brought up his 1st League hundred of the season with a well run 2. A fantastic innings without giving a chance away. Two players on the side line had discussed whether or not they would rather see him out for 95 or reach yet another 100. Obviously without doubt they both said they would like for Dicko to reach his 100 and not become the newest member of the 95 club…..
As the scoreboard reached 50 to win with 10 wickets still remaining there were a few murmurs of ‘can we get changed yet skip I won’t need to bat’ or ‘ can I have a Fosters yet, it will have a big top honest’ however these fell on deaf ears as Joe rightly pointed out we had lost it from here before.
Nothing was stopping these 2 and with only a few runs required mike brought up his 150. All that was left was to hand over the strike to Henry so that he could bring up a well deserved 50. However when the bowler served up a rank waist high full toss mike couldn’t help himself in belting it to the boundary for 4. TD had won by 10 wickets chasing 213. Dicko finishing on 155* and Henry 47*. An astonishing achievement.
Hats off to Dicko and Henry for one of the best chases that the green has ever seen.
With 3 games left in the season there is a decent chance that 60 points could see the 1st team promoted.
Bring on Claygate next week!
Whiteley Village CC, Surrey – 2nd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017||Date :||Saturday 12th August 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Whiteley Village Cricket Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Whiteley Village CC, Surrey – 2nd XI||Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI|
|Score||154 for 8 (45 overs) ‘b’||139 all out (41.3 overs) ‘t’|
Having recorded a comprehensive victory over Horsley and Send the previous week on the back of another impressive bowling and fielding performance confidence was high as TD 2s travelled to Whiteley Village. The village itself is an oddity. The author of this report having never played there didn’t quite know what to make of it. The ground itself is very picturesque but the place has a strange feel. There is a sense of isolation, of being cut-off from the rest of society and Surrey, like a commune. You start to wonder if the villagers ever leave the place, and you can imagine the village folk to all look and act the same while hiding something sinister beneath a veneer of normality – a bit like the films: Stepford Wives or the Village of the Damned (based on John Wyndham’s classic novel ‘the Midwich Cuckoos’).
During fielding practice Robbo gave us the back story, explaining that Mr Whiteley (after which the village is named) was a successful businessman having established and built up Whiteley’s deparment store. He established the village in his name for his workers to ensure they could live out their years in a nice place. Robbo finished the story by explaining that Mr Whiteley met his maker in fairly grizzly circumstances as he ended up being murdered! It turns out that only pensioners are allowed to live in Whiteley Village….rumour has it that Cassie has just put down a deposit on a place there.
Unfortunately, Robbo’s story did nothing to inspire the troops as we trudged back to the changing room after practice in sombre mood having listened to the story of poor Mr Whiteley’s premature demise.
Natt having won the toss asked WV to bat on a pitch which had taken a lot of rain over the preceding week. The outfield was lush and green and we all knew boundaries were going to be hard to come by. TD opened with Akash and Rajeev who both bowled tidily without a great deal of assistance from the pitch. WV got off to a decent start with makeshift opener, Scott Stiff (27) and Watson (15) putting on 46 for the first wicket. Akash accounted for both openers, caught in the outfield off aerial drives. However, it became obvious that as the innings progressed runs were becoming difficult to score on a slow, low and damp pitch. It felt that it was the kind of pitch where batsmen were going to get themselves out through frustration or poor timing rather than a rozzer from the bowler. Recognising the way to go was to take the pace off the ball, Natt rung the bowling changes with the introduction of the slow bowlers – Mak Gill; Tam and himself – and the runs duly dried up as WV were finding it difficult to score at any more than 2 an over. WV’s key batsman, Shuter, came in at 4 but struggled, played and missed a number of times while grumbling about the lack of support from his teammates on the boundary. He was eventually out for 27 driving Felix to Robbo at cover. Their number 6, Falce, with his 4lb bat played a bright and breezy cameo which included 3 large sixes, two consecutive sixes off Felix – both of which cleared the boundary by some distance, including one straight over the sightscreen and another onto their expensive looking covers. This threatened briefly to lift WV’s total towards the 180 mark. But Falce’s departure to a great running catch by Amrik, starting at long off and scampering around to long on to pouch the ball comfortably, put the brakes on once again as WV lost wickets towards the end to finish on 154-8 off their 45 overs. Good figures from the majority of bowlers were recorded: Akash 2-19-9; Mak Gill 1-20-9; Tam 1-32-9; and Felix 3-28-8 with Skipper Natt also taking 1-18-5. However, while TD came off the pitch happy enough with their first half efforts, it was difficult to say whether this was a below par score or not.
After a top notch tea, TD’s opening batsmen, Shah and Felix got the innings off to a great start, taking on the new ball and opening bowlers, seizing on anything loose and running aggressively to reduce the required run rate and putting the pressure firmly back on WV. Shah departed for a well-made 25 but at 47-1 TD were still very well-placed to knock off the remaining 100 odd runs. However, the reliable pair of St John (8) and Robbo (3) were soon back in the hutch, arguably undone by the sluggish nature of the pitch as both picked out fielders with attacking shots. Felix having reached 39 and looking good to record his half century overstrained in an attempt to launch one down the ground, missed and was clean bowled. TD were now 81-4. WV rung the bowling changes similar to TD to bring on spinners from both ends, and this had the desired effect as the runs dried up. The debutant, Kai Hashni, coming in at 5 played well for his 19 runs and with Neal nursing a pulled calf muscle sustained during some midweek fitness training, pushed the score up to 106 – 4. The 49 runs needed for victory with 6 wickets left looked very much on, but Neal’s departure for 10, tamely mistiming an attempted cut to cover and then Tam and Hashni’s quick fire departures saw TD collapse to 108-7. Some spirited late-order counter attacking from Rajeev (14) and Akash (10) brought the total within sight of the 155 runs needed and at 138-8 all was not lost, but their dismissals and that of Natt (0) meant TD finished on 139 all out, some 16 runs short of their target. It left TD to rue a missed opportunity with a number of batsmen getting into double figures without going on to make a telling contribution or finishing the job.
To add insult to injury, although not unexpected, news filtered through that Old Paulines had won, leapfrogging TD to take 2nd spot albeit by only a few points, and making next week’s fixture against Woodmansterne a must-win if TD is to keep their promotion dream alive.
Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI Vs Dorking CC – 3rd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey Championship Central Division – 3rd XI – 2017||Date :||Saturday 12th August 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Old Paulines||Rules Type:||Standard|
A Haliday 53
|Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI||Dorking CC – 3rd XI|
|Score||100 all out (34.2 overs) ‘t’||169 all out (44.4 overs) ‘b’|
THREES BATTING COMES UP SHORT YET AGAIN
DORKING 169 ALL OUT (44.2 Overs) – THAMES DITTON 100 ALL OUT (34.1 Overs)
Its groundhog day, a great bowling performance let down by a timid batting display ensured that Dorking maintain an interest in promotion and consigned TD to mid table mediocrity at best.
Patel won the toss and inserted, an opening attack of Martin Annable and “Kim” John Young quickly ran through the opening four Dorking batsmen and at 30-4 things were looking good. Ageing juvenile Martin Annable was hit to all parts of the ground in his spell 9 overs 4 maidens 11 runs 1 wicket (a fine tune played on an old fiddle), John Young bowled just as well his 9 overs costing 19 runs for 3 wickets, so that by drinks Dorking had reached 49-5 off 22 overs – we’re in.
Sadly not to be – as their opener Ovens turned up and scored a well executed 53 to give Dorking a fighting chance. Some half-baked fielding (ha ha) helped him on his way and once again we dropped a couple of important catches which could have made all the difference.
Andy Jones fresh from holidays in the sun, ducked under one and then attempted to stop a ball with his feet in the field (enter exploding car) with footwork reminiscent of a member of the Bolshoi ballet or the Tiller girls he succeeded only in pirouetting past the ball allowing it to run for four. Saturday cricket at its very best.
Still the wickets fell regularly, Senthil picked up a couple (2-30), Ollie Lodge did the same (2-13), Sam Clutterbuck bowled well for only one (1-26) and Jonesy came on at the end to clean up the tail – Pie action at its very finest (1-11).
So at the turnaround we felt we had more than a fighting chance, though we had let them get 50 runs too many.
Batting was a different story however and we let ourselves down yet again like a cheap pair of tights. Only 2 batsmen got into double figures, with Jai applying himself well and a modicum of luck getting 43 and Sam getting 10. The rest well best not to recount. Steve Wallace with a bad back (and a not too good a front either) battled away for 18 overs for 8 (though he claimed that the scorer- Jones gave most of his runs to Jai out of spite), the rest varied from poor to abject so we won’t dwell on that.
100 all out with only 34 overs bowled showed that with a bit of application we could have reached the target, but again we came up short.
Man of the match – Kim John Young
Pensioner of the Match – Martin Annable good to see you back
Back on Saturday for the excitement of Sheen Park at home and a curry to finish off.