Thames Ditton Fayre Well against Streatham
With 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI games called off on the Saturday, Sunday’s game against Streatham CC was in some doubt. However, with the covers drained, the sun emerged to produce a lovely day on Giggs Hill Green for a resounding Thames Ditton victory and a vibrant Dittons Scout Fayre. With tunes pumping, dogs competing in slalom and being rammed into traffic cones, and a “poo in the loo” competition in full swing – Thames Ditton’s dressing room was mayhem. Meanwhile, there was also a fayre going on.
Hamza Butt and Tom Pickup opened up for the Swans, to face the opening bowling of S Mattrass. Speaking of things that help with sleep, Tom Pickup’s batting showed surprising levels of intensity; hitting the ball off of the square on multiple occasions. The pair tucked into the friendly bowling, bringing up the 50 partnership by the 8th over. Despite some dubious running between the wickets and Pickup dropped with the score on 64, the pair escalated to bring up the 100 partnership by the 15th over. Butt eventually departed for a well-made 65, caught behind in slow-motion. With the score on 165-2 and Tom Pickup joined by Andy Lessiter at the crease, a rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” rang out from the fayre, performed by the local stagecoach group. Submitted without comment. Tom picked up Hamza’s mantle and struck his way to his maiden TDCC half-century before being caught out for 66. He was caught wonderfully by the substitute fielder; TDCC’s own Amir.
Mike Dixon (36) and Andy Lessiter (28*) clubbed TDCC towards a formidable score, and Amrik Natt added a further 6*; Thames Ditton finishing on 232-4 off the 35 overs.
After a break for a lovely tea, Thames Ditton set about demolishing the Streatham batting line-up.
Chris Dixon made light work of the Streatham top order. Despite dropping a caught & bowled chance off of the first ball of the innings, the breakthrough came just three balls later as Natt found the time to fall over and then cling on to a difficult chance, dismissing opener Dorsett for a duck. Bomford (13) and Whitford (11) came and went following a sharp grab from Mike Dixon and the bucket hands of Piriou making no mistake, leaving Streatham in real trouble.
Ollie Johns supported well opening from the other end and finished with figures of 1-19 from his 5 overs, bowling out James for 5.
Dixon wasn’t finished though and he tore through Strang (4) and Rodgers (0) to claim his first five-wicket haul since 2014; a man of the match performance that left the result in no doubt.
Natt and Steyn entered the attack next and continued the pressure on the opponents. Natt helped himself to three wickets with a fine bowling display.
A sharp legside stumping by wicketkeeper Chris Tune, his first for the club, brought Steyn his well-deserved wicket (1-9) and the game to a close with Streatham finishing on 58 all out.
The final margin of victory was 174 runs but there were winners all over the Green as fayre latecomers were able to get Hot Dogs for £1 and canned drinks for just 10p. A top effort all round.
Thames Ditton 232-4 from 35 overs (Pickup 66, Butt 65, M Dixon 36, Lessiter 28*)
Streaham 58 all out from 19.4 overs (C Dixon 5-16, Natt 3-12, Steyn 1-9, Johns 1-19)
Thames Ditton win by 174 runs