Claygate CC – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 1st XI Division 1 – 2017||Date :||Saturday 19th August 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||12:30|
|Ground:||Recreation Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Claygate CC – 1st XI||Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI|
|Score||151 all out (33 overs)||258 for 4 (45 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’|
One has to admire the stalwarts of club cricket, who keep going through thick and thin and sustain their clubs no matter what stormy seas rock the metaphorical boat. Claygate, beset by fires and with the hulk of the last clubhouse looming over the pitch are one such club. They remain defiant though and have even fashioned a nice little bar set up in a portacabin.
The pitch itself looked nice, bar the slope at one side of the square and the two trees in the middle of the outfield. It turned out most of the team did not know the rules regarding said trees (4 if it hits the tree anywhere, no penalty if you hit the tree throwing the ball back).
To the surprise of everyone Jarvis won the toss! An event so noteworthy it deserves a paragraph to itself.
TD batted, and Oli W and Henry opened the batting. Usual opener Mike suspiciously declared he was happy to bat down the order – rumour has it he was scared of the fastest bowler in the league. The quick did not trouble Oli W or Henry though and they moved slowly and serenely through the first ten overs. Henry continuing his excellent form looked as though nothing could get him out – and then Oli ran him out…
Prab joined Oli and raised the tempo – he smashed Claygate’s best spinner for two huge sixes (ruining his season economy of two runs an over) and moved rapidly to 30. Sadly drinks were his undoing, as is the case for so many batsmen each week. Mike, walked out gleefully- the paceman was nowhere to be seen. Sadly he walked back LBW just a ball later – Jarvis had a hint of a smirk on his face as Mike returned.
Oli was still going strong and was joined by Jonners. Jonners rode his luck, getting dropped a few times but then opened up hitting several 6s on his way to a well-deserved 50. Oli W had long passed 50 and caressed the ball to all parts as he creeped towards 100. Williams got stuck on 95 – could it be??? Thankfully he made to three figure – his first for the club! Jonners fell for a match changing 74 and Hamza added some quick runs including a big straight six off the quick (what was Mike afraid of?). Oli finished 111 not out, a superb knock which helped TD get to 258.
After an excellent tea, Claygate meant business. Some good infielding built the pressure up and soon Henry had the break through – a great catch standing up from Wassa. Hamza soon joined him in the wicket column, O. Park taking a steepling catch.
Claygate’s danger man, fast bowler Rodrigo however was looking in ominously good form. Grinning like a shark picking which juicy ball to pick up, chew and spit out before waiting for the next one.
Henry got another breakthrough though, Max taking a very good catch on the boundary, right in front of his fan club. B. Park had the consolation of producing some excellent ground fielding but was left alone on the far side boundary, away from the fans and indeed all human contact.
Rodrigo hit Henry almost out of the ground – the team knew he could still win it for Claygate single handedly. That all changed though when eager to keep the strike he ran himself out. Oli W (who else) produced the throw which Wassa dealt with efficiently.
From then on TDs win did not look much in doubt. Mike bowled well and picked up a couple of wickets, Joe got a deserved wicket and Prab produced a dead eye throw to run someone out. The match was sealed when Prab took a stretching catch over his head off the returning Hamza – TD had won by over 100 runs.
The celebrations were soured not long after with the news that one of Effingham’s players had tragically died after collapsing during their game against Newdigate. Our thoughts are with his family and friends – we will remember him scoring runs against TD earlier this year, the sun shining, the willow pinging and in my imagination at least wearing a smile that suggested that life did not get much better than to be on the field with your friends, playing the game we all love, with the sun a benevolent watcher over it all. RIP.
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Woodmansterne CC – 2nd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017||Date :||Saturday 19th August 2017|
|Toss:||Woodmansterne CC – 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||12:30|
|Ground:||Giggs Hill Green||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI||Woodmansterne CC – 2nd XI|
|Score||117 for 6 (29.2 overs)||116 all out (44.3 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’|
Thames Ditton keep up the pressure in pursuit of promotion, with a 3 wicket victory over Woodmansterne.
Following a typically British August, it was a damp start to proceedings. However, with the weather set fair it was a bowl first and let the pitch dry out sort of day. Amid complaints from Felix that the boundary was too big Amrik went to do the toss. Whilst Woodmansterne’s skipper did win the toss, he appeared to have lost the plot – they elected to bat first.
Kapoor and Morgan opened up bowling with accuracy and control, Morgan picking up the early wicket of Houghton for 2. Hemmingway stayed earnest and battled hard only to fall for 9 trying to sweep Bennet, but instead popping a dolly to Kapoor on the 45 – it was never in doubt. Next to fall was Vistry, cunningly bowled behind his legs by the wiley Kapoor, an intentional ploy depending on who you believe. This left the oppo 32-3 with a run rate below 2: TD were rightly confident.
Into the middle overs with Kapoor bowled out having picked up 1-14 in his 9 overs. Bennet and Pradeep followed the openers lead, giving very little away to Woodmansterne’s middle order. Vagg (stop giggling) was Bennet’s second victim of the day, smartly (if ungainly) stumped by Shah. Next to go was skipper Whyte without troubling the scorers, a sharp delivery by Pradeep and an exceptional catch by Rutter at gully. Pradeep finished his 9 overs with a wicket and just 12 conceded with Bennett bagging a brace.
Felix was brought in to the attack and whilst slightly more expensive he picked up crucial wickets with a quick and accurate spell. He finished with 3-24 of his 7.3 overs including the important wicket of Mulley, who finally fell for 40. Morgan kept it tight with his remaining overs from the other end picking up the wicket of Sharp, sharply (sorry) caught by Neal at slip. Morgan finishing his 8 overs picking up 2-21.
Amrik also bowled and valiantly confirmed to Felix that the boundary wasn’t in fact too large. Noble stuff.
Woodmansterne 116 all out of 44.3, a fine bowling and fielding performance.
TD got off to a slightly nervy start, Felix fell without troubling the scorers and James went for 5 to what looked an absolute peach from opener Rayner.
8-2 and Neal and Shah to the crease, both played their natural aggressive styles and swatted away the bad balls to get TD well ahead of the rate. Shah on several occasions advancing down the pitch and clubbing the ball back over the bowlers head. Neal was cleaned up by Jacobs for 13, Shah following soon after playing one too many shots. A very useful 28 had TD on top at 63-4 with time to spare.
Robbo continued to steady the ship sharing a healthy partnership with Pradeep, where the boundaries continued to flow. By the time Pradeep fell for 13 TD needed only another 28. Robbo continued to find the boundary finally falling for a well-made 42 with only 3 required. Morgan (playing for his run rate) streaked one down to 3rd man picking up 3 from his solitary delivery.
A solid win for TD who now play Old Paulines in a must win match, promotion still a firm possibility.
Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI Vs Sheen Park CC – 3rd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey Championship Central Division – 3rd XI – 2017||Date :||Saturday 19th August 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||12:30|
|Ground:||Old Paulines||Rules Type:||Standard|
TDCC – James Chapman 6.3-2-7-5
|Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI||Sheen Park CC – 3rd XI|
|Score||68 all out (21.4 overs) ‘t’||156 all out (44.3 overs) ‘b’|
TDCC 3XI vs Sheen Park 3XI…unfortunately we didn’t clean up!!
Welcome to this week’s match report which is entitled 50 Shades of Grey (The Curry Edition) ……and I am not talking about Cassie’s hair!!
The good Mrs Jones once told me of a small novel she read that involved an erotic, thrusting, sexual encounter with lots of pilau talk that had a certain amount of dominance but ultimately ended up with submission. I think is a very good description of our game vs. the shouty men of Sheen Park.
TDCC 3rds arrived at our spiritual home of Colets well in time for the 12:30pm start, however, Sheen were a little more relaxed and gradually appeared in drips and drabs, one can only assume they had been stuck on the M25 having picked most of the team up from Heathrow. The team did not appear to know one another and then played in the clothing they turned up in, either that or they do not separate their whites when doing a wash. They obviously didn’t listen to the founders of their club who used to say “Mr Sheen shines umpteen things clean”…..apart from their white/greys!!
Once again the 3’s were batting light and bowling heavy (no comments please), so the sensible decision was made to field first. Opening up was our North Korean Dictator & Lodge Junior. Sheen’s opening partnership couldn’t have been more different at one end was one of their recently landed players, Suki Singh and at the other end was a very small man, well put it this way he made Jilesh look like a giant. Suki looked naan too shabby and it wasn’t long before he took a liking to Kim’s bowling with some big shots. However, when Kim bowled a grass skittler, which was a bouncer to the small man, he launched it straight up in the air and Wallace snaffled the catch. Next in was a man with surely the best name in league cricket Cosmo Lieftingmorra….very Richmond!! Between Cosmo & Suki the score rattled along at an alarming rate, however, when Suki decided he wanted to launch another of Kim’s missiles towards Guam, he missed and Sheen were 58-2, ultimately, he had it Cumin.
Both John & Lodgey bowled well in the circumstances and we were in the game. Next up were Ram & making his league debut James ‘Chapati’ Chapman and what a debut, with his high tossing twirlers Chappers caused chaos with the Sheen batsmen. Within the Flash of an eye Sheen were 86-6, Chappers ending with figures of 6.3-2-7-5, a fantastic performance and had we taken our catches it could have been even butter!! Ram also bowled well and kept it very tight and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. At one point there was a bit of argy Bhaji, when the gentleman dressed head to toe in grey Superdry clearly nicked one behind but refused to walk. Wallace naturally took this with good grace and informed the batsman that ‘this is 3rd XI cricket’.
The Pieman then entered the attack and bowled a load of old crap but somehow manged to pick up three wickets with Wallace picking up two stumpings. It was a frustrating period with runs coming easily with their last 3 batsmen putting on 65 runs, at times the fielding was Phaal-sical, but in the end Sheen finished on 156, which was probably 56 more runs than they should have got, but we only had ourselves to blame.
It was then time for us to Bhat and to be honest it is difficult to find many highlights. Before you knew it we were 9-3, with Geoff bowled for 0 and the normally mild-mannered Mr Cassie not happy having been triggered, in fact he looked mad-ras and was heard to say “I don’t want to aloo chat about it”. Jai and Steve tried to put up some resistance and moved the score into the fifties, but the last 6 put on a grand total of 10 runs and so it was we were all out for 68 with Ex Tras the 2nd highest scorer with 15. So another loss and once again our batting let us down, but hopefully things can only get Bhuna and as Mariah Curry once sung ‘There’s got to be a way’, however, if you were a betting man you wouldn’t tikka chance on me, and unfortunately, I cannot turn to religion because my Poppadom Preach.