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Match Reports 6th-7th May

Ripley CC, Surrey – 1st XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI

TD won by 42 Runs

“Catches win matches, especially in patches”

After the disappointment of the last preseason friendly away to Shepperton, the firsts travelled to one of our favourite away grounds to take on Ripley for the first points of the season. Dixon junior returned having missed pre-season with a thumb injury, although the team had a more experienced feel to it, with Farley, Robinson and Blumire all in the team. Jarvis called incorrectly and TD were asked to have a hit first.

Dixon elder and Williams strode out to open the innings and for the second season in succession Dixon stroked the first ball of the year for 4. Zapp and Scott both beat (and found, but it fell short) the outside edge in a testing first little session, however the TD openers slowly got in to their stride, and with the outfield like glass the boundaries started to flow. Dixon passed 50 but eventually chipped to cover off Woods for 66, leaving TD 85-1 after 15. Farley came in at three, his first 1st XI appearance in several years, and was promptly run out in a misunderstanding with Williams for 3. 91-2. After these minor setbacks Williams and Morgan went about restarting the innings. Morgan played a couple of gorgeous drives on his was to 18, but when he spooned up in the air and Williams was adjudged lbw in the following over for 37 TD were in a spot of bother at 137-4.

It’s fair to say TD over the past couple of seasons would have managed about 165 usually from this position. But not on this day. Henry played with a fluency not often seen and also hit a big 6, whilst there were useful contributions from Butt and Robinson JNR. Skipper Jarvis (playing as a specialist batsman due to a shoulder innings) made a very handy 17* and assisted by Blumire got TD up to a useful (but slightly under par) 211-7.

Due to the aforementioned injury to Jarvis, Dixon junior shared the new ball with Weir and they both struck early. Dixon had Primmett caught by Williams (his first for the club) at mid-off and Weir cleaned up Hawkes for 4. When Dixon elder had Harris caught well by Jarvis at slip the score was 42-3 and all seemed right in the world. Morgan started a tight spell but then Russell came in at 5 and played an innings that completely defied his career batting average of 19. He smashed 13 4s and a 6 (mostly off Dixon elder) on his way to a brilliant 70. Assisted initially by Khan (who would become Butts first 1st XI caught in the gully by Farley) and then by captain Scott, in a blink of an eye Ripley were on to 153-6 and seemingly in command of the game.

It’s an old saying, that catches win matches, but on Saturday this has never been more true. First of all Butt held his nerve to catch captain Scott off of Dixon the elder, but what happened next was the stuff of folklore. Offered a hint of width by Dixon jnr, Russell slashed hard and it flew off the edge. Blumire dived full length, one handed, to his right (think Dwayne Leverock) and pouched the ball. The crowd went wild. The players went crazy. The batsman looked stunned. But the magic wasn’t about to stop there. Off Dixon Jnrs very next delivery Farley (still renowned as the best gully in Surrey) threw himself to his left and held a one handed worldy. Incredible scenes and suddenly Ripley were 9 down. Dixon jnr had Zapp caught by Blumire in his next over to finish with career best figures of 4-27 (and a second spell of 3-6).

It’s important to note that Richard Maughan also played, bowling 3-0-19-0 and dropping a catch.

All in it was exceptional team performance and 20 big points to kick start the season. Next week we break the Shepperton hoodoo…

Result Summary

Result:    Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI – Win – LO by 42 runs
Ripley CC, Surrey – 1st XI Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI
Score 169 all out (38.4 overs) ‘t’ 211 for 7 (45 overs) ‘b’
Game Points 0 20
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 3 0
Bowling Points 3 0
Total Points 6 20

Thames Ditton CC – 1st XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Mike Dixon* ct Toby Zapp b  Tom Woods 66 10 1 64
2 Oli Williams lbw b  Shakeel Khan 37 2 0 64
3 St John Farley run out (Ben Scott) 3 0 0 10
4 David Morgan ct Tom Woods b  Toby Zapp 18 3 0 29
5 Henry Weir ct Scott Hawkes b  Shakeel Khan 22 1 1 39
6 Hamza Butt ct Ben Scott b  Shakeel Khan 13 2 0 26
7 Mike Robinson ct Richard Zapp b  Aaron Preston 11 2 0 12
8 Joe Jarvis not out 17 3 0 15
9 Warren Blumire† not out 2 0 0 3
10 Richard “The Fridge” Maughan ESQ did not bat
11 Christopher Dixon did not bat
Extras       b (13), lb (2), w (6), nb (1) 22
Total 211
Wickets 7
Overs 45

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

85-1 Mike Dixon (Oli Williams-12*); 91-2 St John Farley (Oli Williams-15*); 137-3 David Morgan (Oli Williams-37*); 137-4 Oli Williams (Henry Weir-0*); 165-5 Hamza Butt (Henry Weir-13*); 185-6 Mike Robinson (Henry Weir-19*); 201-7 Henry Weir (Joe Jarvis-10*);
* = not out batsman

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Richard Zapp 9 1 50 0 0 1
2 Ben Scott 5 1 19 0 0 0
3 Tom Woods 9 1 40 1 4 0
4 Toby Zapp 9 1 36 1 0 0
5 Shakeel Khan 8 2 25 3 0 0
6 Aaron Preston 5 0 26 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 15 1
Total 45 6 211 7 4 1

Ripley CC, Surrey – 1st XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Jon Primmett† ct Oli Williams b  Christopher Dixon 8 2 0 13
2 Shakeel Khan ct St John Farley b  Hamza Butt 24 3 0 38
3 Scott Hawkes b  Henry Weir 4 1 0 10
4 Matt Harris ct Joe Jarvis b  Mike Dixon 12 2 0 21
5 Tim Russell ct Warren Blumire b  Christopher Dixon 70 13 1 57
6 George Geaves b  David Morgan 10 2 0 24
7 Ben Scott* ct Hamza Butt b  Mike Dixon 17 4 0 17
8 Tom Woods ct St John Farley b  Christopher Dixon 3 0 0 4
9 Aaron Preston lbw b  Mike Dixon 0 0 0 3
10 Toby Zapp not out 6 1 0 6
11 Richard Zapp ct Warren Blumire b  Christopher Dixon 2 0 0 6
Extras       b (3), w (10) 13
Total 169
Wickets all out
Overs 38.4

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

16-1 Jon Primmett (Shakeel Khan-5*); 23-2 Scott Hawkes (Shakeel Khan-8*); 42-3 Matt Harris (Shakeel Khan-14*); 82-4 Shakeel Khan (Tim Russell-29*); 107-5 George Geaves (Tim Russell-44*); 153-6 Ben Scott (Tim Russell-67*); 156-7 Tim Russell (Tom Woods-0*); 159-8 Aaron Preston (Tom Woods-3*); 163-9 Tom Woods (Toby Zapp-4*); 169-10 Richard Zapp (Toby Zapp-6*);
* = not out batsman

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Christopher Dixon 8.4 0 27 4 2 0
2 Henry Weir 8 1 36 1 3 0
3 Mike Dixon 9 0 47 3 0 0
4 Richard “The Fridge” Maughan ESQ 3 0 19 0 0 0
5 Hamza Butt 5 2 21 1 0 0
6 David Morgan 5 1 16 1 5 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 3 0
Total 38.4 4 169 10 10 0

Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Byfleet CC – 2nd XI Saturday

TD won by 54 Runs

The league season dawned anew but Amrik faced with the same old problems. TD only had 10 players until 2 minutes until 1 when Shah finally turned up, having subbed in for a late dropout.

Natt won the toss and batted on a day when the overhead conditions meant there was not an obvious decision to be made.

Things got off to a bad start when Felix tried to pull a ball that was way too full and got bowled. A duck to start things and bad news for all of those who had picked him in their fantasy teams.

Rutter and Jamie rebuilt, the innings sneaking along at a glacial pace, though what was needed in the circumstances. The crowd grew restless as full tosses went unpunished but there was plenty of good bowling as well.

Rutter fell to a good catch by the keeper, and out to the crease strode Shah, who made a welcome return. Soon he was batting with great authority and played some outrageous shots including a reverse scope flick off the opening bowler which had him wondering why he was a bowler and if he should retire.

Jamie fell for a well-made 19, and Wes continued the patient theme of the innings. Shah eventually went for 41, having altered the momentum in TD’s favour. Nav came and went, and soon TD were in trouble again at 90 odd for 5. Wes did not last much longer. Park and Young though rebuilt, with Park the more attacking of the two. The runs gradually ebbed up as TD edged (literally in some cases) to an acceptable score. Young was bowled, and then Spiler managed to step across his stumps and lose his leg stump. Akash joined Park at the crease, and they accelerated the run rate putting on over 40 before Park ran Akash out in the last over due to what cynics said was a desire to reach 50. The next ball went for four to bring Park’s 50 up. Clearly the return of May, his favourite run-scoring month, had invigorated his league form. Some quick running with Amrik meant TD finished on 171-9, Park 55 not out.

After a nice tea, TD went out to field. Spiler, upset about how expensive he had been after going for 5 runs off 9 overs last week, resolved to do better and duly went for 3 off his 9 this week! He picked up a wicket too, Shah catching well in the gully. Akash supported him well, cunningly slipping in the odd full toss to surprise the batsman.

They were replaced by Wes and Young. Young in particularly bowled well, getting the ball to move late and taking two wickets. Amrik came on for Wes and bowling fizzing leg breaks which in the words of one batsman were the quickest balls of the day, promptly bowled someone.

Byfleet gave up seriously chasing TD’s total not long after. Akash and Felix closed out the innings well, denying Byfleet even one batting bonus point.

After an excellent start to the season, TD will be looking to get as many wins on the board as possible in the initial batch of limited overs games.

Result Summary

Result:    Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI – Win – LO by 54 runs
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Byfleet CC – 2nd XI Saturday
Score 171 for 9 (45 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’ 117 for 9 (45 overs)
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 0
Bowling Points 0 4
Total Points 20 4

Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 James Rutter ct Glyn Clough b  Lewis Deven 13 2 0 36
2 Felix Raj b  Andy Pelling 0 0 0 6
3 Jamie Pemberton b  Andy Pelling 19 2 0 60
4 Fahim Shah ct Malcolm Denham b  Louis Collins 41 5 0 53
5 Wesley Steyn b  Daniel Bowman 8 1 0 14
6 Nav Singh lbw b  Daniel Bowman 2 0 0 8
7 Oliver Park† not out 55 5 0 55
8 John Young b  Alfie Mickley 5 0 0 26
9 Richard Spiler b  Alfie Mickley 0 0 0 4
10 Akash Kapoor run out (Daniel Bowman) 11 0 0 19
11 Amrik Natt* not out 0 0 0 0
Extras       b (8), w (7), nb (2) 17
Total 171
Wickets 9
Overs 45

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

4-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 19-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 64-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 82-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 93-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 94-6 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 123-7 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 123-8 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 164-9 Unsure (Unsure-0*);* = not out batsman

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Andy Pelling 9 3 19 2 0 0
2 Lewis Deven 9 2 21 1 0 0
3 Daniel Bowman 9 2 42 2 0 0
4 Malcolm Denham 5 0 21 0 0 0
5 Louis Collins 8 0 42 1 0 0
6 Alfie Mickley 5 1 18 2 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 1
Total 45 8 171 9 0 0

Byfleet CC – 2nd XI Saturday

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Glyn Clough† ct Fahim Shah b  Richard Spiler 3 0 0 0
2 Tom Hansom ct Felix Raj b  John Young 36 0 0 0
3 Calvin Kara b  Wesley Steyn 0 0 0 0
4 Greg Clough* run out (Fahim Shah) 12 0 0 0
5 Shakel Ahmed b  Amrik Natt 6 0 0 0
6 Alfie Mickley b  John Young 9 0 0 0
7 Malcolm Denham ct Felix Raj b  Akash Kapoor 8 0 0 0
8 Louis Collins not out 19 0 0 0
9 Daniel Bowman run out (Felix Raj) 2 0 0 0
10 Andy Pelling b  Felix Raj 0 0 0 0
11 Lewis Deven not out 1 0 0 0
Extras       b (10), lb (2), w (7), nb (2) 21
Total 117
Wickets 9
Overs 45

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

7-1 Glyn Clough (Tom Hansom-4*); 21-2 Calvin Kara (Tom Hansom-17*); 52-3 Greg Clough (Tom Hansom-31*); 65-4 Tom Hansom (Shakel Ahmed-6*); 81-5 Shakel Ahmed (Alfie Mickley-9*); 81-6 Alfie Mickley (Malcolm Denham-0*); 109-7 Malcolm Denham (Louis Collins-14*); 115-8 Daniel Bowman (Louis Collins-18*); 116-9 Andy Pelling (Louis Collins-19*); * = not out batsman

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Richard Spiler 9 6 3 1 0 0
2 Akash Kapoor 9 2 30 1 0 0
3 Wesley Steyn 4 0 20 1 0 0
4 John Young 9 2 21 2 0 0
5 Amrik Natt 9 2 16 1 0 0
6 Felix Raj 5 0 15 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 12 2
Total 45 12 117 9 0 0

Kingstonian CC, Surrey – 3rd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI

TD lost by 70 runs

The 3rd team travelled to Kingstonians in New Malden full of new season hope and anticipation following an early morning scare after a last minute drop out for undisclosed reasons. Luckily, this initial setback provided an opportunity for Ollie Johns, son of club stalwart Ben, to make his senior debut for the club. An opportunity which he was to take with both hands, unlike some of TD’s fielders off the young tyro’s bowling. More later.

Skipper Jai Patel started off well by winning the toss and electing to field, and TD’s opening bowlers responded in style with Rajeev Dayal (1-39-9) generating bounce and a bit of zip off the pitch hurried their opener, Niazi, into an attempted pull shot which Andy Cassie took at first slip with a comfortable catch. When Tom Coulson-Smith took a smart return catch off his own bowling to dismiss Peter Kent, their other opener, Kingstonians were stuttering at 11-2.

However, that early success proved short lived as Kingstonians went about rebuilding the innings, putting on 128 for the 3rd wicket, with Singh and Waleed both posting half centuries. While the batsmen never got away from the TD bowlers, Ben Johns in particular able to exert great control, the lack of wickets spelt trouble for later in the innings.  Eventually, Steve Wallace had Singh (71) stumped off Cassie (1-41-9) with some smart glovework, and Coulson-Smith took another caught and bowled to get rid of Waleed (58). Wallace was quick to scotch rumours that it was his first ever stumping in a competitive match!

Ben Johns (1-21-8) finally got his reward with their no. 5 batsman, Khan, caught at mid-off by Rajeev Dayal. Coulson-Smith picked up his 3rd wicket clean bowling their keeper-batsman Browne (1) to finish with 3-35 off his 8 overs and Ram looked to be a promising acquisition for the club in the off-season, with a high powerful action able to bowl a “heavy ball” akin to Flintoff. However, injury struck and Ram was forced to cut short his spell after 3 overs.

The late drama was left to Ollie Johns with a number of dropped catches and near misses off his bowling. Firstly, Ram dropping a “cuckoo” at mid-off, juggling the ball a number of times off various body parts before it fell agonisingly to the ground, and then Cassie fielding at long on barely had to move before making a hash of an attempted catch and effectively chucking the ball over the boundary to add insult to injury. Cassie was quick to refute allegations that his calamitous attempt was a deliberate act to sabotage the young Johns’ bowling figures. Scenes reminiscent of a chuckle brothers sketch saw Dave Packington and Patel leave it to each other to take a regulation catch with neither able to lay a finger on the ball. Further allegations, this time of cowardice, were levelled at Neal fielding at long off after he was considered to have “white feathered” a catch. Again this was vehemently denied. Ollie Johns ultimately finished with figures of 0-44-8, but it could and should have been so much more, at least 3 wickets in the W column, if TD’s fielding had been on the money. Kingstonians eventually finished on 203-6 from their 45 overs.

TD’s plan was to bat sensibly and keep wickets in hand. Owen Neal and Nic Corvi opened the batting, and with Corvi looking solid in defence, and the bowling offering no obvious threat, the target of 204 did not look insurmountable. Corvi (1) however perished LBW to the new ball, trying to turn a straight ball to leg and Jai Patel (7) coming in at 3 having issued instructions to his openers to stay patient, ignored his own advice and was caught at mid-off trying to blaze one over the top. Wallace arrived at the crease a bundle of nervous energy, and while he occupied the crease for a long period, he found runs hard to come by and fell for 12 bowled between bat and pad. Neal combined resolute defence and the occasional boundary, but in truth TD were always behind the required run rate and as he attempted to push the scoring along chances were given and he was eventually stumped for 55 off the redoubtable Kent. Neal’s demise spelt the beginning of the end, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Dave Packington (9) and Johns the younger (10) provided the entertainment with some lusty blows and intelligent placement which at least took TD into the 45th over of their innings, but TD were some 70 runs short of their target.

Overall, a reasonable first outing with the bowling effort a real highlight, standing up well to the pressure. A promising performance from Ollie Johns with both bat and ball proves that TD’s junior and youth development programme is nurturing and developing some good young players which bodes well for the club’s future.

Result Summary

Result:    Kingstonian CC, Surrey – 3rd XI – Won: overs by 69 runs
Kingstonian CC, Surrey – 3rd XI Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI
Score 203 for 6 (45 overs) ‘b’ 134 all out (44.2 overs) ‘t’
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 1
Bowling Points 0 2
Total Points 20 3

Kingstonian CC, Surrey – 3rd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Arab Khan Niazi ct Andy Cassie b  Rajeev Dayal 0 0 0 0
2 Peter Kent ct & b Tom Coulson-Smith 4 0 0 0
3 Dhruv Singh st Steve Wallace b  Andy Cassie 71 0 0 0
4 Hafiz Waleed ct & b Tom Coulson-Smith 58 0 0 0
5 Junaid Khan ct Rajeev Dayal b  Ben Johns 9 0 0 0
6 Shibasish Banerjee not out 35 0 0 0
7 Jack Browne† b  Tom Coulson-Smith 1 0 0 0
8 Neel Patel* not out 0 0 0 0
9 Rupert Sutton did not bat
10 Kiri Sathananthan did not bat
11 Richard Eccles did not bat
Extras       b (6), lb (4), w (6), nb (9) 25
Total 203
Wickets 6
Overs 45

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

2-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 11-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 140-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 155-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 169-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 186-6 Unsure (Unsure-0*);

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Tom Coulson-Smith 8 0 35 3 0 0
2 Rajeev Dayal 9 0 39 1 0 0
3 Oliver Johns 8 1 44 0 0 0
4 Ben Johns 8 1 21 1 0 0
5 Ramakrishnan Vilathur Srinivasan 3 1 13 0 0 0
6 Andy Cassie 9 0 41 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 10 0
Total 45 3 203 6 0 0

Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Nic Corvi lbw b  Rupert Sutton 1 0 0 0
2 Owen Neal st Jack Browne b  Peter Kent 55 0 0 0
3 Jai Patel* ct Kiri Sathananthan b  Rupert Sutton 7 0 0 0
4 Steve Wallace† b  Neel Patel 12 0 0 0
5 Rajeev Dayal ct Rupert Sutton b  Neel Patel 5 0 0 0
6 Dave Packington st Jack Browne b  Richard Eccles 9 0 0 0
7 Andy Cassie b  Richard Eccles 5 0 0 0
8 Ben Johns b  Richard Eccles 6 0 0 0
9 Ramakrishnan Vilathur Srinivasan b  Peter Kent 2 0 0 0
10 Oliver Johns ct Shibasish Banerjee b  Richard Eccles 10 0 0 0
11 Tom Coulson-Smith not out 3 0 0 0
Extras       b (7), lb (3), w (8), nb (1) 19
Total 134
Wickets all out
Overs 44.2

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Shibasish Banerjee 6 2 14 0 0 0
2 Rupert Sutton 6 0 26 2 0 0
3 Kiri Sathananthan 8 2 26 0 0 0
4 Neel Patel 9 0 24 2 0 0
5 Peter Kent 8 0 19 2 0 0
6 Richard Eccles 7.2 0 15 4 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 10 0
Total 44.2 4 134 10 0 0

Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI Vs Richmond Nomads CC – Friendly XI

TD won by 25 Runs

This week, we were presented with a rare occasion this Sunday, whereby we had no one to play. With hoards of teams however lining up to play on the green, a quick email to the conference secured us a fixture against Richmond Nomads CC. Word had spread around the home counties of the work TD had done on their pitch, and the old saying “Sh*t pitch, good tea” may well have been banished for good. No longer will we hear “I went back to a sodding half-tracker, and got bowled at the foot of middle stump…however I had seven chicken nuggets at tea, so swings and roundabouts I guess.”

Alas, away from such trivial trivialities, and onto more important matters. The Thames Ditton fair once again graced Giggs Hill Green, much to the delight of the fair-goers, and much to the trepidation of the cricketers. With a fence defending the crowd about as well as Leicester have defended their title , bit hitters such as Dixon (M) and Butt were hopefully not aiming to nut any of the fair-ites, but it was conceded that it was a very possible eventuality.

Upon losing the toss, the Sunday XI were put into bat – no bad thing, as tradition dictates, but also on a day when the batting line up was so strong, anyone who had to bat 11 must have felt aggrieved, As it was, Natt cordially elected (or was ordered) to do the honours. Recently-resident openers Dixon (M) and Newbold (Max, not Steve) took to the field, planning to build on previous weeks of important opening stands. After some formidable hitting, Dixon fell early, not quite timing the ball, and on his Thames Ditton debut, Reucroft got a first baller. Like a lunar eclipse, Tottenham winning a trophy, or Ebenezer Park buying a jug, it is very rare you can give an LBW from the scorer’s box – however this was one of those times. However, for Reucroft, as D Ream sang, things can only get better.

Annable (J) joined Newbold on a hatrick ball, defending it gallantly. The former was on a run of bad form, and the latter was set on 20, eyeing up a 50 at the very least. Nerves settled slowly, and 32-3 gradually increased through a mixture of supreme running, overthrows, big hitting, and suspect shots which were more appropriate on a hockey pitch.  The partnership quickly eclipsed 50, soon powered through 100 and before long it was 150, seeing the score reach 183-3. Again with the grievances, at TD you pay your match fees knowing you’ll get a bat – this looked in doubt for most of the team, another rarity. Annable frustratingly held out on the boundary, cursing himself for not going on to make his maiden ton, and a quick cameo from Big/Old John saw us march over the 200 mark. Corvi battled hard to give Newbold the strike as he approached his maiden century, playing as straight as a straight thing. A moment of madness gave point a fairly routine catch of a short wide ball, when Newbold was on 96. Luckily it was fumbled, and three singles and a four later, he raised his bat aloft celebrating. His captain said “Remove your ruddy helmet”, but apparently he’d never get it back on in time… nevertheless an amazing effort. Special mention goes to Chapman (J) who was certain of a bat all innings, and was padded up for a long while!

Finishing on 251-4, TD took to tea assuming the victory was pretty much guaranteed. A score of over 200 is rarely chased down at the field of dreams. Early wickets, one apiece, from Dixon (C) and Butt put the Sunday XI firmly in the driving seat, and the win already seemed within our grasp. Some strong middle order scores (69, 22, 68) saw Richmond Nomads ramp up the scores quite quickly, and at drinks there were a few nerves; not many, but a few. A quick couple of wickets, and it would be a certainty. Chapman (W) and Reucroft started their bowling careers at Thames Ditton well, with the odd bad ball getting dispatched – just a bit of creaking and rust, nothing to worry about as we move into the season, and Reucroft eventually got his maiden wicket for the club. Chapman (J), unable to bowl due to injury had to get a piece of the action, and acted with a cool head when a run out chance presented itself. Dixon (M) and Natt, aka the spin twins (not identical twins I must add, the main difference being the revolutions on the ball) tightened up proceedings, and were well rewarded with wickets, three between them.

Going into the last few overs, the run rate was at a difficult, but not attainable, 10 runs per over. Big wickets, including the captain Gupta caught and bowled by Dixon (M) tightened the screw enough, meaning that as long as Dixon (C) and Butt bowled well in the last four overs, we would get the desired outcome. They did exactly that, and on a day when he would have been upset to get two catches and a non-match-winning ton, Newbold (Max, not Steve) led the team of to whooping, cheering, and most importantly, the promise that Newbold, (Steve, not Max) would do a yard.

Result Summary

Result:    Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI – Won by 25 runs
Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI Richmond Nomads CC – Friendly XI
Score 251 for 4 (40 overs) ‘b’ 226 for 8 (40 overs) ‘t’

Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Mike Dixon ct N Kachawa b  . McArdle 24 5 0 24
2 Max Newbold not out 112 10 0 115
3 Miles Reucroft lbw b  . McArdle 0 0 0 1
4 Jonny Annable*† ct N Kachawa b  N Swain 74 12 1 48
5 John Mailins ct N Kachawa b  Mahesh Patel 7 1 0 12
6 Nic Corvi not out 9 1 0 10
7 James Chapman did not bat
8 Hamza Butt did not bat
9 Christopher Dixon did not bat
10 William Chapman did not bat
11 Amrik Natt did not bat
Extras       b (11), lb (4), w (10) 25
Total 251
Wickets 4
Overs 40

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

32-1 Mike Dixon (Max Newbold-3*); 32-2 Miles Reucroft (Max Newbold-3*); 183-3 Jonny Annable (Max Newbold-74*); 219-4 John Mailins (Max Newbold-92*); * = not out batsman

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 . McArdle 8 1 27 2 0 0
2 D Sparks 5 0 27 0 0 0
3 Mahesh Patel 8 0 71 1 0 0
4 N Swain 8 0 50 1 0 0
5 G Gill 5 0 36 0 0 0
6 N Kachawa 5 0 16 0 0 0
7 R Gupta 1 0 9 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 15 0
Total 40 1 251 4 0 0

Richmond Nomads CC – Friendly XI

Batting

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 A Shirley b  Hamza Butt 1 0 0 0
2 S Hambling b  Christopher Dixon 7 0 0 0
3 A Robson lbw b  Amrik Natt 69 0 0 0
4 N Kachawa ct Max Newbold b  Miles Reucroft 22 0 0 0
5 N Singh ct Max Newbold b  Christopher Dixon 68 0 0 0
6 N Swain ct Amrik Natt b  Mike Dixon 2 0 0 0
7 G Gill run out (James Chapman) 3 0 0 0
8 R Gupta* ct & b Mike Dixon 37 0 0 0
9 . McArdle not out 15 0 0 0
10 D Sparks not out 2 0 0 0
11 Mahesh Patel did not bat
Extras       0
Total 226
Wickets 8
Overs 40

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Bowling

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
1 Christopher Dixon 7 0 36 2 0 0
2 Hamza Butt 8 0 13 1 0 0
3 William Chapman 4 0 35 0 0 0
4 Miles Reucroft 5 0 37 1 0 0
5 Amrik Natt 6 0 39 1 0 0
6 Mike Dixon 7 0 41 2 0 0
7 Max Newbold 3 0 25 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 0 1
Total 40 0 226 8 0 0
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