1st XI vs Deando Ruxley
After three games without success the ones were desperate to get a win this week. Deando Ruxley arrived to the green and after a thumping victory in the first league game of the season TD was confident of a result.
The pitch, looking like a combination of Mumbai at the ends and Steve Wallace’s luscious lawns in the middle looks dubious. The Deando’s skipper’s first words were “Oh my god”. When tails came down and their skipper desperately trying to tell me the coin was wrong, TD was having a bowl.
C.Dixon and Spiler opened up and after a few wayward overs both bowlers got a relatively early breakthrough. Deando had a game plan to play their shots and we had to be ready. Jarvis and M.Dixon came on and both were rewarded with 4 wickets each from a combination of average bowling and even worse shots.
TD was chasing 117 for victory and was asked to bat straight away before tea. Terrington and Vasudev opened the batting and looked set early before Terrington lost his off peg out of the ground. Deando’s opening bowler, Jafferi, looked sharp.
M.Dixon joined Vasudev and they played some lovely shots, not letting the bowlers settle before M.Dixon was bowled (same way) by Jafferi for 30. Annable came and went without troubling the score and Rutter and Vasudev settled in nicely. The later was eventually bowled again by Jafferi for an excellent 47.
Pemberton (worried about getting a ‘thanks for coming’) entered and decided to run out Rutter much to his delight and TD had their usual wobble. Halabanchy Blumire arrived and tried to smack every ball into orbit before being cleaned up with the scores tied, Jarvis clobbered his first ball for 4 and TD were victorious.
Jarvis eventually calmed down after thinking all of his team were a bunch of bhenc#@ds, especially Newbold for that piece of fielding.
We celebrated Terrington’s birthday in style, however. Vasudev was necking whiskey and cokes; M.Dixon (aka the snorlax) had taken up his position at the corner of the bar, looking more like some sort of pimp daddy and Maughan was eventually found stumbling his way back to the club at 5:30am to pick up his keys, we can only presume he woke up fully clothed with a burger and chips by his side.
With many players available next week selection is looking interesting and places in the team are certainly up for grabs. We have 5 limited overs games remaining and we are aiming to win them all.
Woodmansterne vs 2nd XI
Fresh from their last ball heroics the previous week, the Twos travelled to Woodmansterne looking to catch up with the teams above them.
With Amrik eventually turning up for the toss, and losing, the Thames Ditton new opening pair of Morgan and Pemberton were asked to pad up on a deck with plenty of grass and bounce. It was an interesting start to the match with Morgan hit on the thumb first ball courtesy of the extra bounce but both batsmen looking positive in the early stages. Pemberton was unluckily caught behind off his glove pulling, and when Morgan went caught and Felix bowled not soon after, Thmaes Ditton were in trouble. Things were not made any better with Robbo falling for a duck to a ball which had extra bounce and took his glove to be caught at slip.
Enter last week’s hero Hamza, who instantly looked in the mood. Between himself and StJ (who played the anchor role yet again) they were able to get the scoreboard moving as boundaries came with regularity and at drinks TD were in a strong position.
Unfortunately StJ did not last long after, and he fell for a well composed 39. Chris Harding did not last long and suddenly Thames Ditton were looking at posting at an under-par score. Fortunately Hamza found support in the 2’s most hungover person Oli ‘Gills’ Capon. With bowlers dropping short and Oli continuously smashing them to the boundary, the runs continued even when Hamza fell for an excellent 86 off 57 balls. Once Hamza had fallen TD continued to bat for time and were eventually dismissed for 192.
TD went into the field looking for wickets, and Williams instantly rewarded his captain’s faith in him by bowling the opener first ball, then sending a vicious bouncer at the number 3 and the tone was set. From 0-1 the scoreboard very quickly read 5-2 then 11-3 with Hamza bowling with pace and skill. Williams was replaced with Morgan, and Hamza picked up another wicket.
It was here that Woodmansterne started to develop a partnership, and with both teams looking for the win it was starting to get pressurised with boundaries coming regularly for the opposition.
With drinks approaching, Morgan managed to pick up a wicket with Harding taking an excellent catch. Tamil then snared the dangerous number 5 caught and bowled, but still runs came with ease and it was not until another wicket fell that TD could start to think of a win, though stubborn resistance came with Woodmansterne now thinking of the draw.
With 15 overs left in the day, TD needed 3 wickets, and the oppo only needed 50 runs it was getting tough. Natt reintroduced Butt and Morgan and both picked up a wicket. 8 overs left, 1 wicket to win. However, unlike the previous week, TD were unable to pick up that final wicket and had to accept the winning draw. Hamza the star of the show with his batting and 4 wickets, Morgan picking up 3, with Williams and Tamil picking up one each. Next week, a return to the limited overs format, and a trip to Shepperton.
3rd XI vs Old Emanuels
OLD EMMANUEL – 154 ALL OUT – TD 103 ALL OUT
When Saturday comes, we like the Italian army in 1944 capitulate.
An interesting line up of raw youth and new talent added a bit of spice to a bottom of the table fixture. Kuldeep Singh fresh from a spell in Smethwick and corrective face surgery was joined for his first cap by Ollie Lodge, son of the creeking wheelbarrow that is Robert (plan ahead for your funeral – Rob has some good deals on currently) against perennial league propper uppers Old Emanuel. On what looked a decent strip Old Emmanuel batted with Cassie and Dayal (back from a near miss in Nice on his holidays) opening against what appeared to be a better than third eleven opening pair. An early wicket for Cassie and some dismal umpiring decisions meant that Emmanuel reach 60-1 off 16 overs, enter Mr Singh. A little rusty to start off with but quicker than Andy Jones on speed, Kuldeep took six for 49 including a hat-trick, the third wicket of which being an lbw which the Old E umpire tried to think through reasons to not give but eventually sheepishly raised his finger. Salter nicked a couple of wickets and of course the pie-man came on at the end to take the final wicket – a player we called Nike (due to his strictly illegal teeshirt) who frankly didn’t know which end of the bat to hold. Jones was devastating as ever and his trip to Dubai looks very much on. Can I also say that Ed Vaughan needs to understand how to dry his cricket kit as his shirt was an absolute disgrace. Also it was great to see a decent young wicket keeper behind the sticks Sam Bennett doing a grand job in place of holidaying One Shot.
As night follows day we batted like the OE number 11 – Nike. With the exception of Max Robinson with a spirited 39 the rest were pant like against very poor bowling. Dryden fresh from 30 pints at Goodwood, Ed “crumply shirt” Vaughan both failed to trouble the scorers and the familiar 1-2 arrived, it was however a good heart warming debut for Ollie Lodge who only scored 3 but showed he has the class that his father never showed in the 30 years he played for the club (I forsee a comeback on the cards here). The rest probably aren’t worth mentioning other than the Welsh wizard. Jones strolled to the crease with a big score needed. First strike a beautifully hit off drive that even Dicko would have wanted. However the excitement of that shot soon got to him and he perished in standard fashion playing across the line and with his stumps rearranged.
Another big loss but at least we got over 100 for the first time in a few weeks, bowling was good, fielding was pretty decent too so its not all gloom and doom and we have two new players who I am sure will make an impact over the years to come.
Onwards and upwards as they say – back to the 45 overs games and home produced teas for the week.