Effingham CC – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 1st XI Division 1 – 2017||Date :||Saturday 15th July 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||The Calburn Cricket Field||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Effingham CC – 1st XI||Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI|
|Score||143 all out (47.4 overs)||180 all out (41.2 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’|
TD were playing at Effingham, a ramshackle but picturesque ground once frequented by Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb.
Captain for the day, Mike, won the toss and decided to have a bat. He opened with the younger Park and despite both flirting with danger through the slips they built a solid and vital partnership. Mike punished anything outside off on his way past 50, while Ben played a lovely hook shot and looked strong off his legs.
Eventually after facing 56 balls for 28 runs, Ben was caught behind, followed soon after by Jonners. Felix was not able to hang around after suffering a Harmison to Ponting esque blow to the helmet and when Mike was eventually out TD had slid into trouble from a comfortable position (sound familiar?).
Prab hit a might six before falling LBW, but the older Park hung around (despite the seven close catchers in place) while Newbold went on a mad boundary hitting spree. Leaving the coaching manual in the bin he stepped to leg and carved the bowlers over the off side for 26 very important runs. Sadly the fun subsided when he somehow outside edged it between the stumps and himself to the keeper. TD had though got above 150 and under the watchful guidance of Maughany ended up 180 all out.
On a pitch that had started to do a bit, it was a competitive total. After a nice tea, TD took the field and Hamza was soon among the wickets; Newbold taking a Sinj esque catch at gully.
Maughany went wicketless but the introduction of Chris into the attack brought a wicket first ball, his 400th for the club. Rumours have it only 150 have been given LBW by various members of his family…
Hamza then picked up another, Jonners taking a great diving forward catch at slip (and somehow not managing being put off by Warren advancing towards him), followed by Max getting one caught behind. Mike then ended the resistance of their number 3 with Maughany taking a sharp catch at slip – no doubt his mind was focused by the prospect of being moved to a position where he might have to run if he dropped it.
There then followed a mini Effingham revival with Mike in particular being hit for some lusty blows. The crowd was left disappointed though when a ball speeding towards Dave’s windscreen (he had kindly come to spectate) was stopped at the last moment by hitting a pole.
Mike eventually though broke the partnership as Effingham’s wicketkeeper smashed a ball high in the air and the older Park running in from the boundary took a smart catch, much to his and everyone
Thereafter in the face of some accurate bowling from Mike and Felix the wickets gradually fell like leaves from an autumnal tree and when Mike induced the number 11 to pat one up in the air to Wassa, TD had
secured an excellent victory.
Next week sees a must win visit from Roehampton. Will TD finally achieve the elusive prize of two wins on the bounce?
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Merton CC – Saturday 2nd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017||Date :||Saturday 15th July 2017|
|Toss:||Merton CC – Saturday 2nd XI won the toss||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Giggs Hill Green||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI||Merton CC – Saturday 2nd XI|
|Score||177 all out (47.3 overs)||179 for 7 (41 overs) ‘t’|
Match week 11 saw Merton CC visit Giggs Hill Green, Merton struggling in the relegation zone needing a win to support their cause of staying up, and TD needing a win to keep chase at the top.
The forecast wasn’t great and just before play the covers were brought on, very overcast with rain in the air. It was very much a bowling first day! True to form, skipper Natt lost the toss and TD were in to bat. There was no sign of the light drizzle stopping and TD openers Terrington and Morgan headed out to bat, after some strong boundary hitting early on from both openers, the first wicket came from Terrington. Many a TD man has got out in this way, a vicious bouncer or a turning spinner… no flicking a full toss off your legs straight down the man at square leg. After a few more boundaries from Morgan, he saw his stumps broken, some say you even heard Abdie shouting from Antigua, “ Dave, tell me how you out?…..well the ball was moving, NO DAVE YOU MISSED A STRAIGT BALL”. At 53-2TD’s two experienced batsmen at the crease looked to steady the ship, however, not before offering the oppo a glorious chance to get another wicket, Farley was on the receiving end of a Dixon esc waist high full toss, only to top it straight up in the air, keeper underneath, Farley already with cap in hand, scorer had already started to fill out the wicket in the book, only for the keeper to mistake his gloves for symbols and Farley received the luckiest of escapes. Farley went not long after for 23, all top 3 batsmen getting a start but failing to push on. The run rate slowed, however, at 80-3 TD still comfortable. However, TD were losing regular wickets, with Harding and Sam “yogurt pot” Muller unable to stay at the crease to support Robinson Jnr who was hitting some lovely shots and scoring regularly. TD needed the tail to wag, however, there was not much wagging, Robinson finished with a match saving 65. TD had something to bowl at!
Morgan and space cadet Clutterbuck opened up with the old ball with both seeing some nice movement in the air, TD knew that the key man was the opener. While some very good balls were bowled early on there were too many four balls being offered up to the batsmen. High shorts Morgan made the break through with an in swinger splitting the key man Roberts, and a few regular wickets followed. However, there were still too many boundary balls. The change was made to take pace off the ball in the middle overs, and the runs dried up, but wickets were harder to come by. Merton had moved up to 140-4 cantering at slow pace, when the Mak attack broke the deadlock following a sharp take behind the stumps. One over later a great direct hit run out from Young, 140-6 GAME ON! Natt was bowling some great leg spin regularly just missing the outside edge, but to no avail. Sen the number 4 had moved past 50 without looking like he would lose his wicket, at the other end Mak trapped the number 6 lbw, however, Merton carried on getting regular runs pushing the ball around the ground, needing 17 to win, TD had one last throw of the dice by giving Muller crunch corner the new ball, the swinging ball picked up a wicket, however, a couple of boundaries and the game was lost. It was a shame for TD who performed well in the field, alas not enough runs and too many four balls eventually cost them.
But after all of that, the result means, TD stay second 25 points clear of 3rd place and local rivals Old Paulines, missing out on the chance to extend the gap.
Can the Swans bounce back next week away to Godalming?
Kempton CC – 3rd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey Championship Central Division – 3rd XI – 2017||Date :||Saturday 15th July 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Kempton C.C.||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Kempton CC – 3rd XI||Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI|
|Score||231 for 9 (48.5 overs) ‘b’||64 all out (24.1 overs) ‘t’|
A Rainy Inception
After an exciting Cricket Week, TD were back to league cricket with TD 3s looking for their third straight week of full 20 points. Keeping in mind Kempton’s recent history of playing for a draw, skipper Jai strategically chose to field first having confidence on the batting line up, the tiny size of the ground and his dream the night before (More on this later).
Relaxing the rule of “Match not to be started when it’s raining”, TD took field with Salter and Oliver opening the bowling. But non-stop rain, wet outfield and a slippery wet ball meant that there were a number of dropped catches and misfields that gave good chance to the Kempton guys build the score, well aided by their umpire who stood there for 30 overs calling the most ridiculous wides ever seen. TD bowlers got wickets in intervals but could not keep a check on the score which was declared at 231-9 off 48 overs. Senthil got 3 scalps while Salter, Oliver and Ramgot 2 each. Ollie Johns and Dayal bowled well but were just unlucky to be not among wickets.
After a much needed tea, TD opened with Corvi and Inglis with the field now dried up quite well while the pitch still looking a minefield after an explosion. Corvi departed without troubling the scorers in the very first over. Jai and Inglis took their time against two very good bowlers operating at both ends but luck did not favor them for long as TD lost Inglis for 10 and Campbell for 8 in quick succession.
In came Wallace and Jai just hoped his dream from the night before where Wallace scored 89* would come true. However, this was just not the day Wallace would get his highest score for the club and he departed without troubling the scorers. OJ, Jai (30 – almost half the runs), Senthil, Tom and Ram were soon cleared up by their bowlers and TD were bowled out for 63 off just 24 overs. A lot to take away from this game for everyone that no matter how small the boundary is, no matter how strong the bowling and batting is, at the end of the day its catches that win matches.
After a tough game, the only thing we were glad about being bowled out so soon was that we could have an early start at the French night. OO LA LA Francois!!!