Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI Vs Southfields CC
|Type :||Friendly||Date:||Sunday 6th May 2018|
|Toss:||Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:|
|Ground:||Giggs Hill Green||Rules Type:||Standard|
|Thames Ditton CC – Sunday XI||Southfields CC|
|Score||335 for 4 (40 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’||325 for 9 (38.3 overs)|
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the thermometer registered a warm but comfortable 25 degrees. Everything was set fair for a peaceful afternoon in the sunshine for this, Thames Ditton’s first Sunday fixture of the season.
The opposing team was Southfields CC, a side TD had not played before. They arrived in good time and in good spirits. Just before 1.00 pm, Annable (J) called the toss correctly and elected to bat, just as he and countless other Sunday captains before him have done
Dixon (M) opened the batting with Newbold and took 12 off the first over, the third and then the fourth. He reached his 50 after 24 deliveries before inexplicably edging to the Southfields keeper. The opening pair put on 57 runs, Newbold’s share a solid 1!
Enter Butt at three, looking a little jaded and out of sorts to start with. It didn’t take him long to settle in, though, and with Newbold, the pair added a further 81 runs, albeit in sharply contrasting styles. One was correct in defence, elegant and fluent in attack while the other danced down the wicket to bludgeon good and bad balls alike to the boundary. One shot of Newbold’s, a four through midwicket, was as good as anything played by either side all afternoon. As with Dixon (M) it came as a surprise when he guided a ball to gulley for 46, missing out on what would have been a very well-deserved 50.
Annable (J) strode to the crease and with Butt proceeded to add a further 159 runs. Butt’s century came off 78 deliveries; Annable’s from 59. Both were a pleasure to watch, Butt fidgety and aggressive, Annable caressing the ball to the boundary on both sides of the wicket, and helping himself to the occasional six. Butt perished on exactly 100, going for broke. Annable’s century came in the 40th over, ably assisted by Malins, who gamely gave his wicket away to get his captain the strike, and Lodge who saw his captain through to three figures with a couple of balls to spare. It was Annable’s second century of the season, his third in all for TD on a day which also saw him score his 5,000th run for the side.
The final total of 335 for 4 (including 27 extras but only one no-ball) if not quite a record for the Sunday 11 was not far off. A couple of spectators were heard to observe that the game was already over. Well, they were wrong.
After tea, there was no hint of what was to come in the first couple of overs bowled by Annable (M) and Ahmed which saw just a couple of runs scored. The first three openers were dismissed cheaply before the Southfields middle order, led by A Azeem, started to put Thames Ditton to the sword. No bowler was safe. Annable (M) went for 23 in one over including three successive sixes. Dixon C, Natt, Lodge and Butt were all dispatched to the boundary with equal disdain. Within 30 overs, Southfields were less than 100 away from their target and they were still only four wickets down. The TD cause was not assisted by a woeful series of dropped catches, (Azeem’s 189 saw him dropped eight times!) and by some eccentric umpiring which saw 12 no-balls including a desperately late call after one of the batsman had been bowled.
It was at this point that the tempers erupted. Words were exchanged (no blows) and the offending umpire was eventually withdrawn by their captain so that play could resume. Dixon (M) (with two wickets and four catches) broke the middle order but it was Newbold with a spell of 3 for 13 from three overs who saw TD home in as tense a finish to a Sunday match as the players could remember.
So 660 runs were scored in 79.3 overs in a wonderful match marred only by poor fielding, some indifferent TD bowling and a spat bought on by some poor umpiring. The overriding memories, however, are of three wonderful centuries (Annable (J) 105*, Butt (H) 100 and A Azeem 189 and a decisive spell of seam bowling to take TD home by Newbold.
For a full breakdown of the match stats, following this link: http://www.play-cricket.com/website/results/3645864