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Mitcham CC – 2nd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017 Date : Saturday 2nd September 2017
Toss: Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 12:30
Ground: Mitcham Cricket Club Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI – Win – LO by 3 wickets
Mitcham CC – 2nd XI Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI
Score 129 all out (40.2 overs) ‘b’ 130 for 7 (42.1 overs) ‘t’
Game Points 0 20
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 1 0
Bowling Points 3 0
Total Points 4 20
The 2s could have been forgiven for travelling to table-topping Mitcham with a ‘devil may care’ attitude. With promotion secured the previous weekend, no-one would have held it against the team if they didn’t have their minds on the job. Mighty Mitcham had been all conquering, with only one loss all season and despite being docked points for fielding an ineligible player they remained comfortably top of the league. However, the maths had been done, TD would need to win and then limit Mitcham to no more than 3 bowling or batting points if they were to snatch the title which seemed highly unlikely only a few weeks earlier.
Mitcham’s forte is to bowl first and then chase. Using their long batting line-up they back themselves to reel in any target. Natt, realising this, won the toss and inserted the league leaders. The pitch was green and had bounce. TD’s success this season has been built on disciplined and relentlessly accurate bowling which has suffocated the opposition’s batting, strangling the life out of them like a python does to its unsuspecting prey. Today was no different. The usual suspects (minus Akash who pulled up lame after two balls), Pradeep, Spiler, Dave Morgan, Tam and Felix set about their work.
Standing at slip, you really get an appreciation of the control that these bowlers have over the ball and the difficulties the batsmen have in keeping them out. Wickets fell early and Mitcham were reduced to 30-3, Spiler and Pradeep doing the early damage. Amrik took a good catch in the deep off Spiler to get rid of their dangerous left hander to leave the opposition reeling at 51-4. From there, some good catches were taken and Mitcham collapsed, staring into the abyss at 71-8. However, they aren’t top of the league for nothing and the tailenders looking remarkably useful with the bat carried the attack to TD as they sought to at least set a score of over 100 for TD to chase. Felix took a bit of punishment before eventually bowling their number 9, for 13, and a bizarre attempted ramp/scoop shot by their no. 10 who looked in good touch gave the final wicket of the innings to Felix. Mitcham were bowled out for 129, short of their allotted 45 overs.
After a top tea, Felix and Sinj began the run chase. However, both fell early, as did Shah coming in at no. 4 to leave TD wobbling at 10-3. With Mitcham sniffing blood it took all of Robbo and Owen’s experience to keep their fired-up bowlers out. Both were struggling to score boundaries but were able to pick up ones and twos to rotate the strike and to take advantage of some of Mitcham’s sloppy fielding. Slowly and surely the partnership grew and while batting could never be described as easy against a bowling unit with good depth, momentum started to shift back towards TD. Robbo and Owen put on 69 for the fourth wicket before Robbo fell for 29 going past 400 runs for the season with the score on 79-4. Pradeep came in at no.6 and brought a calming influence as well as some very nice shots as the score moved to 111 before Owen was bowled off arguably the worst ball of the innings, a real half tracker which hit the stumps on the way down. At 111-5, TD could ill afford to lose any more wickets if they were to secure the title, however, Davy Morgan and Rich Spiler’s dismissals both in rather odd circumstances, Dave edging to first slip and Rich being run out meant that Mitcham were already celebrating despite seeing the game slip away from them. All that was left was for Pradeep and Tam to knock off the remaining runs to finish on 130-7. A famous away win to cap off a great season which was then celebrated late into the night by the players and supporters back at the club. A special mention should go to the skipper, Amrik, for always putting the team ahead of himself and putting so much effort in behind the scenes as well as scoring every match! His captaincy has gone from strength to strength. Delighted that the team could do it for you skip!

Chessington CC – Saturday 3rd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey Championship Central Division – 3rd XI – 2017 Date : Saturday 2nd September 2017
Toss: Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 12:30
Ground: Sir Francis Barker Ground Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Chessington CC – Saturday 3rd XI – Won: overs by 80 runs
Chessington CC – Saturday 3rd XI Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI
Score 220 for 7 (45 overs) ‘b’ 140 all out (41.5 overs) ‘t’
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 2
Bowling Points 0 3
Total Points 20 5



What a lovely day for a game of cricket, on a ground where we have a good record and winning the toss, all was set fair for having a good old go at Chessington.

Ben Johns and Kim John Young opened the attack and proceeded to beat the bat on loads of occasions, making the Chessington openers Barker and Dixon struggle initially. After 18 overs of BJ and KY, Chessington had amassed only 50 runs and we were still in the game. Come 30 overs and with the score reaching just over 160 a different story. Both Barker and Dixon batted well for their 80 and 75 respectively and at 168-0 with 13 overs to bowl we were looking down the barrel of a gun. Changes of bowling reaped their reward and the Chessington innings subsided to 220-7 off their 45. Old man Cassie having collected a 5 for on the Tuesday for Surrey Old Gits, ran through the openers and a couple of others to end with 4-28 off 7 overs, Ollie Johns supported with 2-42. So if we batted well then surely we could reach a target of under 5 an over.

Well as the reader knows, the last time the 3rd scored more than 200 runs, Graham Ashton was playing Colts cricket, so (as it was to prove) it was a bridge too far for us.

Starting with Cassie and Harding the task looked possible but the quick dismissals of Harding (12), Cassie (16) and Chapman (3), left the increasingly difficult task to Jai and One Shot. A few lusty blows from skipper Patel and a single one shot from Wallace meant we maintained an interest for slightly longer than normal before top scorer Patel (35) perished to a swipe across his stumps to a very slowey. Still at least we reached 140 with most chipping in a few before making the customary bad shot choice.

The season ends with us second from bottom, bowling has on the whole been excellent, but time after time we have let ourselves down by not being able to bat. For next season we need to reinforce the middle order and to look at how other sides bat to win. If we do that then next season will be a good one.

Up the City

Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Vs Old Pauline CC – 2nd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey County League 2nd XI Premier – 2017 Date : Saturday 26th August 2017
Toss: Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 12:30
Ground: Giggs Hill Green Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

TDCC Robinson 52

Result Summary

Result:    Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI – Win – LO by 118 runs
Thames Ditton CC – 2nd XI Old Pauline CC – 2nd XI
Score 224 for 8 (45 overs) ‘b’ ‘t’ 106 all out (37.5 overs)
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 0
Bowling Points 0 3
Total Points 20 3

So here we are, after almost a season of league cricket, it comes down to this… stick or twist, hedge you bets time, last call.

The 2s went into the penultimate game of the season knowing one thing; win and they were promoted back to the Surrey Championship; lose, and it would be perhaps another year of missing out on the Holy Grail.

Things started well, our skipper won the toss and chose to bat, a positive decision. Things then got even better when Old Paulines opening bowler pulled up with a strain after bowling 2 overs, conceding 0 runs. With runs coming swiftly from the bat of Raj, Farley knew he could just dig in and rotate the strike. At 39-0 off 8 overs, things were looking good, but a true Thames Ditton team knows that a strike is only a matter of moments away. From 39-0 read 41-3, with Farley, the fluent Raj and Neale all the out batsmen. Its at this point the author should point out that Neale was out plumb LBW despite his complaints to his team mates and spent the rest of the afternoon as the most miserable man in Surrey. Something that was pointed out to him at the end of the game. 

Nevertheless, Robinson and Shah got the innings moving again, with Shah playing some very positive shots, much to the irk of the opposition wicket keeper. When he fell for 30, to one of 5 LBW’s in the innings, again, TD were wobbling at 77-4. Pradeep continued to rotate the strike with Robinson and the innings crept up to 118-5, then 132-6 after some hard running between the wickets by Harding, and finally 154-7. It was here that the innings really took off, with Spiler joining the limpet like Robinson, and taking the team total to 224-8. Robinson eventually departed for a match defining 56, and Spiler 40*.

Our plan was simple, bowl tight, field well, take our chances and we would win. Cricket is a simple game when going well. Spiler and Predeep opened up, and between them kept the run rate below 2 and over. When the first wicket fell, the pressure was starting to tell. 23-1 became 28-2 and then 32-3 TD could smell blood, but at no point did they get over excited. The bowlers continued to do their job, bowl dots, build pressure, wickets would come. Spiler was impeccable at this bowling an incredible 9 overs, 1 maiden picking up 2 wickets for 10 runs.

32-3 became very quickly 46-5, with Morgan picking up 2 wickets in an over, and from then, the game was over. It was only a matter of time before the rest of the wickets fell. Kapoor bowled his 9 overs, picking up a wicket, with Pradeep picking up 2 and Raj another 2 to his tally. With one wicket to win, it seemed only fair the captain gave them a chance and brought himself on. He duly had the number 11 caught, and complete what was, a victory by 118 runs.

Well done to all those who helped in this fantastic achievement of promotion, and long may it continue.

Cobham Avorians CC – 3rd XI Vs Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Surrey Championship Central Division – 3rd XI – 2017 Date : Saturday 26th August 2017
Toss: Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 12:30
Ground: Molesey Hurst Rec Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Cobham Avorians CC – 3rd XI – Won: overs by 96 runs
Cobham Avorians CC – 3rd XI Thames Ditton CC – 3rd XI
Score 134 all out (38.5 overs) ‘b’ 38 all out (20.1 overs) ‘t’
Game Points 20 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 0 0
Bowling Points 0 4
Total Points 20 4

Another Saturday rolls along, and with that, the 3’s were to face Cobham Avorians CC. The game was to be played at Molesey Hurst Rec, a ground notorious for its dodgy pitch condition (thats putting it lightly). Jai won the toss and decided to have a bowl.

Before match proceedings got under way, both teams gathered to observe a minutes silence for Mark Collin, the Effingham CC 1st team player, who had tragically passed away the week before in a league game. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and club.

TD started off well, keeping the bowling tight and the run rate down. Searching for the breakthrough, and after a frustratingly not given LBW decision that was plumber than plumb, TCS found the edge and the ball made its way to the safe hands of Wallace behind the stumps. The Effingham number 2 wasn’t so sure he touched it, but, in the end, reluctantly walked.

Terrible umpiring decisions seem to have been somewhat of a running theme for the 3rd teams season, and today was to be no different. John Young, looking for that well deserved first wicket, managed to find the edge of the Effingham number three’s bat, and through to Wallace’s gloves it went. The whole TD team go up in celebration, the knick was so loud you could have heard it from the club house, but the batsmen hasn’t moved! And the umpire hasn’t given it! An unbelievable decision. The following ball, a fired up Young charges in and throws one down with some extra pace and takes middle stump. You’ve got to walk for those ones. 37-2.

Meanwhile, the Effingham opener has settled in to his innings and is looking quite comfortable. A time for a change in the bowling attack. On comes Lodgey Jr. and Rajeev. Rajeev quickly disposes of the oppositions numbers 4 and 5. Rajeev continued his excellent spell by next getting Effingham’s increasingly dangerous number 1 out. A flick across the line sends the ball skyward only to be stopped by a stunning one handed over the head catch from Miles Reucroft. Three balls later, another wicket for Raj. This time caught by Lodgey Jr.

With Raj seemingly on fire, Jai decides to keep him on for a couple more overs. A wise decision, with Raj completing his fifer by clean bowling the oppositions number 8. Rajeev finished his spell with figures of 9-1-24-5.

Now to clean up the tail end. Jonesey manages to get his wicket just as the opposition number 6 was starting to play his shots and looking to really get going. Again, caught by Miles, the third of the match for him. Sam Bennett then enters the bowling attack and cleans up the final two wicket in under two overs, with figures of 1.5-0-3-2. Effingham finish with 134. A seemingly achievable chase for TD….

….”Seemingly” being the operative word.

Opening with Maughany and Wallace, TD were in high hopes. Wallace was the first to go. After being caught on the toe by a bowler who was “quicker than he seems”, the now injured Wallace is bowled. In strides John Young, but he quickly returns, out for a duck. TD are 14-2, a surprisingly high score considering, thanks to our friend “Extras”.

Jai joins Maughany at the crease, TD needing these two to settle down and score some runs. Maughany then gets caught and TD are 21-3. Things then take a turn for the worse. The next three wickets fall for next to no runs. 21 for 4, 22 for 5, 25 for 6. Jai survives to 31-7, ending his innings on what would be TD’s highest score of the game, 7. Rajeev and Jonesey then fall for 1 each leaving Lodgey Jr. and TCS at the crease with 96 to chase. Unfortunately today was not to be that day, Lodgey is caught and bowled on 5, leaving TCS not out on 0 (not out all season might I add.). TD finish on a disappointing 38 all out off 20 overs.


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