Hampton Hill CC vs 1st XI
After fighting through the traffic TD managed to make it to the ground just in time for the toss. TD were sent into bat. The crowds descended on mass, as the benches around the ground started to fill, and the herds of deer gazed upon the opening pair of Terrington a Vasudev heading out to the middle. Hampton hill’s boasted arguably the best opening pair of bowlers in the league, both openers were getting the batsmen to play and miss, and after a few 4s to the point boundary. Terrington was dismissed for 14, by a inswinging yorker from their overseas. Vasudev followed shortly after when he knicked off for 12. With Dixon and Annabel at the crease, TD still looked comfortable, as both batsmen were able to cope with the fast bowling. An interesting battle was emerging, but both batsmen were scoring runs and TD were looking comfortable. Both batsmen quickly moved into the 20s. Hampton Hill looked to their spinner, Annabel found it difficult to get away, and after pressure built, a leading edge was sent high in the sky. After taking out a high flying bird, mid off dropped a sitter, Pan the man got away with one, he made them pay by slapping back to back sixes. At the other end Dicko was going along nicely, until a dubious decision from the umpire sent Mike on his way. Rutter was brought to the crease after a few weeks off due to having a lock in at the gym. Rutter looked solid as ever and that wasn’t his batting. He dug his heels in as wickets tumbled around him, frustrating the bowlers with every ball. The Hercules look alike wasn’t going anywhere, he finished on 35* a top knock given the situation. TD were eventually out for 165 after no other batsmen was able to stay around with James.
On a lovely batting wicket TD would have been hoping for some more runs, however, 165 was something to bowl at. TD took the field and a tight opening spell from Nailson and Spiler was needed. While both bowlers bowled well, without taking wickets it is always going to be a struggle. Skipper decided to change things up with TDs famous double act of Jarvis and M Dixon. However, still no wickets, and drinks brought a welcomed break, Joe brought the team together, the boys knew they needed to raise it. Shortly after the break Dicko got his breakthrough bowling Hamptons opening bat after he was looking to attack the short boundary. The number three didn’t hang around long either. However TD knew the important wicket was at the other end. Hamptons captain was looking comfortable and passed his 50 enjoying his batting. Jarvis replaced one Dixon with the other, Chris (Orvil, Neptune, chicko, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Sir Mix A lot, Kim Kardashian) Dixon came onto bowl, once he had got warm he started bowling some great lines and had both batsmen in trouble, Chris picked up a couple of wickets, we had a game on our hands! The tandem bowling of Jarvis and Dixon was a delight to watch, with the latter picking up a could 2 more wickets from catches in the slip corner. However, the runs were running out coming an issue as Hampton slowly made their way to the total with 2 overs spare. TD drove them to the wire and with some fine bowling from Jarvis and Dixon C with possibly his best spell of the season, TD were unlucky not to get a result. The failure to capitalise on a good batting wicket will disappoint the team, however, there was still lots of positives to take form the game into next week.
UP the TD
2nd XI vs Hampton Hill
Natt decided a change in tactics was needed ahead of our clash with Hampton Hill. Tamil had pointed out to him how we had posted some big scores when batting first, and so when the captain won the toss, he controversially decided to bat. O. Park and B. Park opened, the latter unluckily ajudged caught behind after a solid opening partnership. His brother followed not long after, done by a ball which stopped in the pitch. Sinj and Tamil fell cheaply, but Felix was in magnificent form, hitting the ball powerfully down the ground in trademark fashion.
He was joined at the crease by Hamza, who when not charging up and down the pitch in a frantic attempt to put the bowlers off, hit the ball cleanly. When Felix fell for an excellent 39, Hamza was well supported by the lower order.
The pick of Hamza’s shots was a switch hit for 4, something which caused the bowler to erupt in fury with the force of Krakatoa in 1883. He reached a well deserved first league fifty of the season not long after, much to the delight of his long suffering captain. Butt’s diligence was well supported by Harding (who was close to collapsing after running 6 2’s in quick succession), and Natt and the 2s score edged slowly towards a respectable score. Hamza fell for 71, but some late order runs meant we made 197-9 and were able to declare just before halfway. A good score on a pitch that was turning more than Hypnodisc’s flywheel in its pomp.
Natt decided to open with the old ball and spin, and soon was rewarded with O.Park taking a sharp chance at slip off Tamil in the first over. Natt opened from the other end, and made the next breakthrough, Harding taking an excellent catch as he stood in the way of a smashed long hop.
Natt and Tamil bowled through to drinks, with Natt claiming three of the first four wickets to fall. Hampton were well behind the rate and the 2s were unusually fielding well, with Sinj and B.Park also taking good catches.
By the time Natt took the new ball, Hampton were battling to save the draw. While Clutterbuck went wicketless, Hamza took two wickets, including removing the limpet like opener who had batted for hours for his 56. A breezy 26 from Hampton’s number 7 briefly revived hope of an unlikely Hill victory. However when Tamil had him caught behind by O.Park who had rotated behind the stumps with Bennett at drinks, Hill looked to play out for a draw. Amrik took his fourth wicket, but time was running out for the 2s.
With the last over to come, Hampton had two wickets left, and a draw was seemingly secured. However a wild drive second ball of the over was caught by a flying Natt at cover, to gasps of disbelief from the growing crowd on the boundary. That left the last pair five balls to survive. They negotiated the first four, and then it was the last ball. Hamza did his bit putting the ball on the stumps. The ball caught the outside edge and flew to Sinj at silly point. He pounched it nonchalantly and TD had a famous win!
Hamza was man of the match with 71 and four wickets, ably supported by the captain who also took four. The 2’s roller-coaster continues!
Esher vs 3rd XI
………. 3s lost ………
Good points – brilliant debuts from Joe Inglis, Tom Coulson- Smith and Max Tammick
Sunday XI vs Lord Gnomes XI
A depleted Sunday side turned up to play Lord Gnomes XI, with team stalwarts such as the Dixons choosing staycations over playing for the mighty Sunday team. Natt was selected as captain by default and won the toss; TD were batting. Dave Williams opened the batting as Hamza, still celebrating the previous days win, was late, and went first ball.
Paul Inglis, coming back to the game after decades lost to it, batted well for 16, sadly falling just when he was set. Damien, John’s friend, played a lovely straight drive but also went not long after.
That left John Mallins and Hamza to rebuild. After a slow start they both became increasingly fluent, before disappointingly falling just when they were ready to push on. John scored 29 (top scoring), and Hamza 15.
Thereafter the innings somewhat fell apart. Bennett went without scoring, and while the younger Inglis played well for 13, Amrik chopped on for 0, and when M. Annable (who unlike his son the Sunday captain had bothered to turn up) got an unplayable delivery which seamed and bounced onto the stumps, Park was stranded on 20 not out, an innings which included two sixes into the road.
M.Annable as is traditional opened the bowling from his end of the ground, and with his usual consistency took figures of 1 for 10 from his 8 overs. Bennett bowling Lyon-esque off-spin round the wicket opened from the other, and while he was more expensive than Annable bowled some good deliveries.
Bennett was replaced by Dave Williams, and he immediately troubled the batsmen, with some sharp bounce and pace. So shaken was one, he attempted a blind charge down the wicket and the resulting skier was caught by Park behind the stumps. Williams went on to claim two more wickets in an excellent spell, that was said by older observers to remind them of Frank Tyson in his pomp.
Park, freed from the shackles of the wicket-keeping pads, came on at the Annable end, having decided that he would bowl off-spin as the leg-spin and medium pace weren’t working. Much to everyone’s relief, his first over only went for one boundary. Indeed he claimed his first non-tour game wicket of the season a few overs later, a turning, dipping, ripping off-break was spooned to Francois at cover, who took a stunning catch diving forward. There was some doubt over whether it had carried, but no-one was going to argue with Francois or question his integrity and the batsman was on his way.
Hamza replaced Williams and soon got a wicket. If the team was able to catch he would have had more. Natt replaced Park and also made a breakthrough. Sadly the captain also started leaking runs, and together with some indifferent fielding Lord Gnomes XI made their target with three and a bit overs to spare and with three wickets in hand.
A good effort from the Sunday side, who hopefully will bounce back to winning ways in two weeks time.