Southern Railway, Kenley & Selsdon CC – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 1st XI Division 1 – 2017||Date :||Saturday 5th August 2017|
|Toss:||Southern Railway, Kenley & Selsdon CC – 1st XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Kenley Sports Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Southern Railway, Kenley & Selsdon CC – 1st XI||Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI|
|Score||109 all out (22.3 overs) ‘t’||213 all out (39.1 overs) ‘b’|
Washouts in our two previous matches, both against very beatable opposition, meant that even a lengthy drive to a ground that resembled a high security enclosure could not dampen the team’s enthusiasm for the game ahead.
The threat of a brief thunderstorm coupled with an already damp pitch made it imperative that captain Jarvis should win the toss and have a bowl. However his catchy mantra of “Heads never fails” again shockingly came up short, seeing M. Dixon and B. Park stride to the crease with a tough task on their hands. After both openers put in quacking displays in the previous game it was a relief as the runs began to flow, with the score at 38-0 when the first downpour came.
After witnessing Hamza dominate changing room cricket once again (hardly surprising as he provides both the bat and the ball), the game resumed in resplendent sunshine as the opening partnership (worth 62) was eventually ended as Park knicked a wide ball to second slip, with Williams taking his place at the crease.
Tensions were high after Dixon’s stumps were hit without the bails being dislodged but they reached their peak when a noise, heard around Surrey, sounded as the ball passed the outside edge of Williams’ bat. The decision was not out (much to the dismay of the opposition) and even Oli’s List A background and Cricinfo page did not stop him being labelled a cheat by a crestfallen wicketkeeper.
Williams eventually fell for 12 and the middle order of Terrington, Vasudev and Annable, although failing to fully capitalise on some buffet bowling, added useful runs to the total nonetheless. Dixon was the only batsman to pass 30 and his 89 runs included four sixes, with two blows shattering roof tiles of the surrounding houses.
A quick-fire 23 from Butt meant that TD reached a respectable 213 all out against a formidable opposition attack (and umpire). This was despite Jarvis selling C. Dixon short on a quick single to ensure that the latter entered the duck race (and is now surely odds on favourite to retain his crown). The earlier rain saw the opposition’s target altered to 148 in 26 overs, it was well and truly game on.
Jarvis and Dickson Jr used the lunch break to settle their differences and returned to the scene of the crime to bowl tightly at the start of the innings. This pressure was heightened by dynamic fielding from all involved as the home team were made to fight hard for every run. This effort in the field was epitomised by run outs from Park and Annable, as well as smart catches from Williams and M. Dixon.
Unusually, the greatest threat from the opposition came in the form of a flying object as the opening batsman let his bat fly. Although it hit the ground close to umpire Darby at square leg, we were assured it was accidental and by no means a revenge attack for his earlier decision on Williams’ caught behind.
The game was fully under control at 50-5 and despite Newbold kindly allowing 17 off his final over to make more of a game of it, the result was never in doubt. The wickets were shared amongst the bowlers, with C. Dixon, Jarvis and Butt (who removed the main threat) taking one, Newbold taking two and M. Dixon finishing with three as Southern Railway, Kenley & Selsdon were dismissed for 109 with 3.3 overs remaining. It was a resounding victory and a vital 20 points.
Hopefully this dynamism in the field and drive to win can be carried on against Chaldon this weekend as TD chase an outside shot at promotion.
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Horsley & Send CC – 2nd XI
|Type :||League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017||Date :||Saturday 5th August 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Giggs Hill Green||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI||Horsley & Send CC – 2nd XI|
|Score||88 for 3 (19.4 overs) ‘t’||87 all out (42 overs) ‘b’|
The promotion-chasing 2s arrived at Giggs Hill Green to an all too familiar grey backdrop with the ever varying forecast threatening the pursuit of a much coveted positive result for the third week running. With Old Paulines winning the only completed game last Saturday, they were hot on our heels and we knew that they would have the chance to leapfrog us into second position if we didn’t claim the 20 points.
However, the afternoon quickly got off to a good start as skipper Natt won the toss and put the opposition into bat under the ominous grey clouds. Singh opened up first with the new ball, passing the outside edge several times in an extremely tidy spell. Inevitably it was not long before he struck, trapping the disgruntled victim in front, who trudged off gesticulating towards unimpressed umpire Steyn as he claimed bat before pad. He could have had another shortly after, had Farley managed to cling on to a sharp chance at gully. From the other end Morgan trundled in, bowling with visibly tricky subtle variations in length. He claimed the next batsman who mistakenly went back to a good length delivery and his stumps were duly rearranged.
After 10 overs Weir replaced the excellent Singh and after a relatively expensive first over went for 4 he found his line outside off as Morgan continued reliably from the other end. TD were keeping the lid on the pressure cooker as the opposition attempted to build steadily before perhaps a little frustration tempted the batsmen into going aerial. Morgan unfortunately came off the worse, his spell accounting for three-quarters of the total innings boundary count. Despite this he picked up a second wicket bowled to finish off the top three and went for just 22 runs off his 9 overs. As the two continued to keep things tight, Weir pitched one full outside off with just enough movement to find a thin tickle through to Shah behind the stumps.
It was time for a change of pace and in stepped Bennett, sending down some lovely flighted off-breaks which the batsmen couldn’t get away. He deservedly claimed his reward as the pressure he had created and a fine juggled catch from Robinson at mid-wicket brought him the breakthrough. Soon after, Weir struck in similar fashion to his first dismissal, this time removing top scorer Dennis, the prized wicket for 28 and at 48-6 TD sensed it was only a matter of time.
Natt had decided that he fancied getting in on the act and brought himself on to mop up the tail. He picked up his first thanks to a good grab from Farley low to his left at slip and the second a rank, waist-high full toss which somehow ended up safely in the hands of Weir at mid-off. It looked worrying at this stage as the rain which had fallen intermittently throughout the innings became heavier and umpire Steyn called the players off, the captains agreeing to take an early tea.
After tea the innings quickly came to an end as Natt bowled the number 10 for his third, with a cruel low bouncing delivery, ending up with the best figures of 3-14. Singh, in his second spell, continued where he left off earlier, claiming the captain lbw who had resisted well until that point. Horsley and Send had been bowled out for 87 at just a touch over 2 an over.
After a short interval the TD innings got underway. Pointed out during the break was that the TD order was packed with batting from 1-10, much to Natt’s delight. Naturally this boosted morale although we all knew that the game was far from over at the halfway stage. Any potential nervous mutterings would’ve been dispelled as Shah and Raj opened up with intent, the former smashing three boundaries in quick succession before falling lbw for 17 with a huge heave across the line. However he and Raj had built a good platform for the short chase as Farley entered the crease. He didn’t last long though, playing what was agreed to be a ‘Mike Dixon-esque’ attempted flick across the line to a full and straight one for 2. In the meantime Raj was blundering the bowling superbly to all parts and by the time he was unfortunately caught for 40 the damage had been done. All that was required then was for Neal and Robinson to stay together as they calmly knocked off the final 20 runs to complete a comfortable 7-wicket victory inside 20 overs.
All in all a great performance, the only downside being that Ollie Park didn’t get a bat or bowl in his 100th game for the club!
Epsom Methodists CC – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI
|Type :||Friendly||Date :||Saturday 5th August 2017|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:30|
|Ground:||Gibraltar Recreation Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Epsom Methodists CC – 1st XI||Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI|
|Score||132 for 9 (35 overs)||146 for 8 (35 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’|
On Saturday, TD 3s took a trip to Gibraltar for the friendly match against Epsom Methodists. The outfield was long and lush and the strip was a bit soft underfoot. With dark clouds and a spot of rain overhead, Jai won the toss and TD chose to bat. Eventually the rain eased and James and Tom walked out to bat.
The Epsom bowlers initially found movement in the air, and a line and a length, to test both TDs opening batsman. The other test the batsman faced, was with the outfield, as the long, wet grass meant the ball struggled to reach the boundary, which meant a lot of running for James and Tom.
Both batsman looked solid until Tom fell for 10 to an incredible leaping, one-handed catch at mid-off. Next Joe was looking good for his 13, until he went to a soft dismissal, which then brought the skipper to the crease. Jai had other plans than batting, however as he decided to to join this year’s duck race. All the time James played sensibly with a straight bat to stay around at this end. Chris was next into the crease, for what turned out to be a well-matched partnership. James played properly at one end, whilst Chris decided to go hard at the other.
A mixture of bad bowling and strong pinch-hitting from Chris got TD up to 98-3 either side of a rain break, until Chris was bowled by a tricky “double-bouncer” for his high score of 41, since under 14 level. James fell right after, and suddenly once again TD seemed in a bit of trouble at 98-5. Paul looked good for his 4, until getting out to a shocker. No need to worry though Sam and Oli (Lodge) at the crease to steady the ship. Sam played a mixture of straight bat and big shots, whilst Oli played very nicely at the other end to put on a partnership of 34, before Oli run out in the last over. Oli (Johns) came into bat for the last few balls, and due to a mismatch in counting between the scorer (Tom) and the players on the pitch, he may have faced 1 too many balls in which he was bowled. TD ended up with 146.
Tea an eventful affair, with the jam seemingly misplaced onto the cheese sandwiches instead of the peanut butter ones.
After the team had refuelled, they got straight back out onto the pitch. Ben steaming in downhill bowled a very tidy opening spell, without the reward he deserved, whilst John managed to get the opener trapped LBW with an away swinger at the other end, in between a series of rank full tosses. The two Olis came on first change. With the Olis on a mixture of movement in the air and off the pitch, brought wickets at regular intervals. Lodge managed to get the prized wicket of the opener. with the second great catch of the match from James, and targeted the stumps to bowl numbers 3 and 5, in between beating the outside edge several times. Oli (Johns), bowled a good line, and pitched it up to bag a brace. However, runs were still coming, and the skipper, who had kept well stopping numerous leg side deliveries in the course of the match, decided to bring on the off-spinner Tom who took a good catch for a caught and bowled. Sam’s spell unfortunately ended in injury, after a promising start of full and straight pitch up bowling, which led to Chris having to complete his over. To everyone’s relief, Chris’s 4 balls only went for 8 without a wide or no-ball. John came back for two overs to grab another wicket, bowled by the yorker, whilst the two Olis finished off well at the death, to take a couple more wickets, with a run-out coming in the final over, as everyone screamed for John to hold it, whilst he threw it as hard as he could at the stumps at the bowler’s end.
Overall a good win and a good all round performance from everyone.