Shepperton CC – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI
Shepperton Litter-ally Dispose of Thames Ditton Victory Hopes
Warning: Bin affected match report. This report was written after the writer had spent far too long waiting for the club’s new bins to turn up. And just like the heightening of perceptions experienced when you’re in love and you see her face in every crowd, once you start thinking about and looking for bins – you start to see them everywhere. Look out.
Thames Ditton’s first team, made the familiar trip to Shepperton on Saturday with early season optimism tempered by the knowledge that this loveliest of grounds had not been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Swans over recent years. But when the Shepperton line up was spotted outside the clubhouse well before the start of the game in the cold late April sunshine there was hope that this time things would be different and that the two Fuller’s Brewery County League Division One Clubs would be closely matched this time. In terms of selection, both sides had gone for a solid, capacious line up in the hope of containing anything thrown at them or indeed into them. To be specific, both clubs had opted for 1100 litre general waste bins in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) with Lockable wheels and lid, combined with two 240 litre wheelie bins again in HDPE – the classic wheelie bin here deployed as glass recycling specialist.
The two clubs really could not have been more closely matched.
The only difference was in the bin suppliers. Shepperton opting for BIFFA while Thames Ditto had gone with Suez (previously SITA). Did this selection point to home advantage? Would the visitors rue their new choice of supplier in this pre-season head to head? Only time would tell.
Oh, you wanted to know about the cricket? Sorry.
And so it was that skipper Jarvis won the toss and elected to bat on a belting track. Would this tip the odds in the visitors favour?
Thames Ditton’s own ‘Biffa’ Mike Dixon strode to the wicket with Weir to face the new ball attack on a track which was anything but hazardous (like a car battery, old chemicals or aerosols). Dixon immediately went on the offensive and biffed a number of boundaries before being smartly taken by Hayes off opener Pearcey. Hayes’ hands appearing as clean and as large as a new Brabantia 40 litre matt steel, fingerprint-proof, touch bin with plastic inner bucket. Things simply do not spill out of those beauties.
Next in Farley joined Weir and the pair stuck around, steadily adding 26 against tidy Shepperton bowling before Farley drove over-ambitiously in the air to Pearcey at mid off. With the overs ticking over the innings looked set up for a total around the 200 mark still probably below par though would at least be a challenge to the hosts. However, the wickets of Morgan and Colvi in quick succession meant that TD’s target had to be revised down.
When Weir went, half of the team were back in the pavilion – sitting like a row of council wheelies in an alley way behind terraced houses in the industrial north of England – with less than 80 on the board.
It was left to Harding on his first team debut and Butt, now pushing for a regular first team slot, to set about rebuilding the innings and they both worked hard to seize on any loose bowling. When these perished the end of the innings was nigh. Butt’s dismissal was most disappointing in attempting an overambitious reverse sweep when on a well-hit 36 just as he seemed to be seeing the ball as big as a twenty stone refuse collector in a high-vis vest. We also shouldn’t let Blumire’s bizarre first ball skyer off Osborn taken by Dieterle pass without comment. His visit to the crease having all the speed and grace of a household collection made by a 6×2 Dennis Elite Refuse Truck with terberg lift.
However, a late flourish by the wristy Robinson who reached a stylish 31 meant that the visitors worst fears were not quite realised, although a final score of 172 did not look enough on a good track and fast outfield. The under performance was particularly disappointing because the innnings closed after 36.3 overs meaning 3.3 overs had gone to waste.
In reply, the home side set about some loose opening bowling with relish. Too much of the early bowling was mis-directed which meant that the umpire’s arms were busier than those of a refuse collector directing his driver while he/she reversed up a narrow alley to gain access to the communal bin area besides a large block of flats.
First change bowler Weir, did bring some control back and it was he who enforced a false shot from Pepall with Jarvis taking the edge at first slip. This gave the hint of a chance for Thames Ditton as Young started to induce swing with the new ball and some pressure was finally exerted on the batsmen. This pressure was rewarded when a misjudged third run on Colvi’s misfield followed by an excellent throw by this fielder brought a runout and the glimmer of hope grew stronger. Unfortunately this hope split and fell apart like a Tesco value bin-liner (always go for quality).
The main cause of Thames Ditton’s downfall was a number of half chances which were not taken in the field, with the ball seeming to narrowly elude several fielders but faithfully pursue Robinson. One chance stands out as the all-rounder was not able to back pedal quickly enough to catch the ball which number 3 batsman Pilkington had hit over his head at deep extra cover. These chances proved expensive, though none were SITAs.
It was Pilkington who continued to take the attack to Thames Ditton and punished the loose balls which were appearing too frequently and he made it to fifty in double quick time, prompting him to retire. New batsman Hope joined Dieterle and the runs did not stop flowing. The South African Dieterle being particularly unforgiving with anything pitched wide outside his off stump. The winning runs were hit in the 28th over. The drubbing was complete. The curse of Shepperton CC continued and Thames Ditton’s hopes were well and truly binned.
|Shepperton CC – 1st XI||Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI|
|Score||173 for 2 (27.1 overs)||172 all out (36.3 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’|
|1||Mike Dixon||ct Jack Hayes||b Leo Pearcy||36||6||1||27|
|2||Henry Weir||b Richard Barker||20||3||0||51|
|3||St John Farley||ct Leo Pearcy||b David Dieterle||16||3||0||22|
|4||David Morgan||ct Dan Hunt||b Jack Hayes||5||1||0||12|
|5||Nic Corvi||b Richard Barker||2||0||0||10|
|6||Chris Harding||ct Leo Pearcy||b Richard Barker||16||2||0||27|
|7||Hamza Butt||ct Ryan Stanton||b Richard Barker||36||3||2||22|
|8||Mike Robinson||ct Dan Hunt||b Leo Pearcy||31||6||0||30|
|9||Joe Jarvis*||b Jack Hayes||6||0||0||11|
|10||Warren Blumire†||ct David Dieterle||b Mitchell C Osbon||0||0||0||1|
|11||John Young||not out||0||0||0||3|
|Extras lb (1), w (3)||4|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|7||Mitchell C Osbon||2||0||11||1||3||0|
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||1||0|
|1||Richard Barker||run out (Nic Corvi)||27||4||0||0|
|2||Mark Pepall||ct Joe Jarvis||b Henry Weir||13||4||0||0|
|3||Mark Pilkington||retired not out||57||11||1||0|
|4||David Dieterle*||not out||38||6||0||0|
|5||Jon Hope||not out||12||1||0||0|
|6||Mitchell C Osbon||did not bat|
|7||Dan Hunt†||did not bat|
|8||Chris Moy||did not bat|
|9||Leo Pearcy||did not bat|
|10||Ryan Stanton||did not bat|
|11||Jack Hayes||did not bat|
|Extras b (4), lb (4), w (18)||26|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||8||1|
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Shepperton CC – 2nd XI
A new season beckoned for TD’s 2XI, full of questions. Would Amrik lead his team to promotion, would Akash score over 15, would the loss of Hamza stifle the team? These just some of the unknowns that will play out over the season. For now though the team was sharp and keen after the winter cricket famine.
TD even had the luxury of giving the opposition a player, thanks to Abbas for agreeing (though there was no need to bowl as well as he did…).
Our foes Shepperton sportingly said TD should bat if they wanted a game. TD duly batted.
Jamie looked like he’d discovered some form over the winter, sadly he was bowled for not very many. Wes, ‘the Wall’ Steyn and Felix rebuilt. Wes took so long to get off the mark, some feared the season was almost over, but thankfully the runs came and he offered sterling support to Felix. Felix blocked and biffed his way to a well deserved 50 and even (mostly) resisted the urge to play the Sinj dab to third man he gets out playing every week.
Malik came in and batted nicely until he was stumped having wandered down to the Scilly Isles to play the ball. Nav went a ball later, padding up to a straight ball – perhaps he had forgotten what to hit the ball with over the winter. Park though kept out the hat-trick ball.
Francois with Gallic flair, smashed the bowling to all parts (and by all parts I mean mid-on). Him, Park, Spiler and Akash (clearly batting sensibly to try and impress his new wife) added quick runs and TD finished on 176. The captain ran himself out for 0, perhaps an indication he has got his eye on winning the duck race this year?
Shepperton were never at the races. Jamie having bigged his fielding up in the interval so he could field at slip “yeah I’ve never dropped a catch etc etc”, promptly dropped one first ball. Spiler bowled superbly, 9 overs for 5 runs, and finished with more maidens than even he knew what to do with.
Akash got one of the openers caught by Park behind the stumps, before Rajeev bowling with impressive dip took another also caught by behind the stumps.
Malik should have had wicket with his first ball for the club, but his bounce surprised first the batsman and then Park and the chance went. He did pick up a deserved wicket though when Nav took a stunning one handed catch at gully in a supremely casual fashion.
Amrik bowled well to pick up two wickets, one bowled and the other (an easier) catch for Nav.
Felix though fresh from his batting exploits retuned to mop up the tail. He took four wickets and knocked the middle stump out the ground so frequently it refused to go back in. The game was almost abandoned but luckily the batsman lent his bat to be used as a mallet.
We took the last wicket not long after (one Shepperton player was injured) and had them all out for 82. An encouraging start, but tougher challenges (including a full strength Shepperton) lie ahead.
|Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI||Shepperton CC – 2nd XI|
|Score||176 all out (42.2 overs) ‘b’||82 for 9 (37.2 overs) ‘t’|
|1||Jamie Pemberton||b Nick Cooper||4||0||0||22|
|2||Felix Raj||b Muslim Abbas||54||9||0||65|
|3||Wesley Steyn||ct Alun Cope-Morgan||b Suneel Nayar||9||0||0||53|
|4||Malik Ali||st Alun Cope-Morgan||b Gunpreet Bhatla||11||1||0||16|
|5||Francois Piriou||ct Paul Holland||b Muslim Abbas||20||4||0||17|
|6||N Singh||lbw||b Gunpreet Bhatla||0||0||0||1|
|7||Oliver Park†||ct Suneel Nayar||b Gunpreet Bhatla||17||2||0||17|
|8||Rajeev Dayal||ct Suneel Nayar||b Jaisundar Duraikannu||13||1||0||16|
|9||Richard Spiler||b Jaisundar Duraikannu||18||3||0||23|
|10||Akash Kapoor||not out||11||1||0||15|
|11||Amrik Natt*||run out (Suneel Nayar)||0||0||0||2|
|Extras b (4), lb (5), w (4), nb (6)||19|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||9||1|
|1||Mark P Osbon||ct N Singh||b Malik Ali||4||0||0||78|
|2||Philip George||ct Oliver Park||b Akash Kapoor||0||0||0||0|
|3||Paul Holland||ct Oliver Park||b Rajeev Dayal||18||0||0||0|
|4||Calvin Roake||b Felix Raj||21||0||0||0|
|5||Alun Cope-Morgan†||b Amrik Natt||9||0||0||0|
|6||Gunpreet Bhatla||ct N Singh||b Amrik Natt||3||0||0||0|
|7||Muslim Abbas||lbw||b Felix Raj||4||0||0||0|
|8||Nick Cooper*||not out||8||0||0||0|
|9||Suneel Nayar||b Felix Raj||0||0||0||0|
|10||Jaisundar Duraikannu||b Felix Raj||2||0||0||0|
|11||Peter Mair||did not bat|
|Extras b (10), w (3)||13|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper