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Thames Ditton tour to Devon – 2015

Without wishing to break the shayman law of what goes on tour, stays on tour, it is safe to say the 19th tour of Devon was a roaring success. 16 tourists in all made the journey down south, bringing back memories of the glory days of tour in the early 2000. There were fresh faces a plenty, with Stephen Leahy, Richard Knapp, Arne Deckestecker and Henry Weir all “virgins” and doing their punishments with mixed success.

The Sunday fixture saw us take on Shobrooke Park in a semi serious (emphasis on semi) 35 over game, played amongst the puddles on a pretty miserable afternoon. TDCC won the toss and had a bit, and despite a quick fire 40 from David Morgan, soon found themselves in trouble at 148-7. Enter 1st team skipper Joe Jarvis to join Mike Dixon at the crease. The following 14 overs produced 175 runs, and surely a club record for the 8th wicket. Jarvis fell for 24, Dixon ended up unbeaten on 208, TDCC closed on a whopping 366 from 35. With the ball, the game was almost over quickly. Jamie Pemberton bounced out future England player Dan Pyle for 0, David Morgan had fantastic figures of 4-0-7-1, whilst Knapp was most expensive with 4-0-46-0. Shobrooke got to 209-6 off their 35, mainly due to an unbeaten 121 from Ram. TDCC win by 157 runs.

The Monday was the big one, the battle for the Swans. Thames Ditton had lost the previous 3 meetings, so were keen to bring the trophy back up the A303. Once again TDCC had a bat first, and it was slow progress in the mud, with TD crawling to 132 off their first 20, Peter Darby scoring a valuable 69. Following the second innings it was neck and neck, with Shobrooke managing 129-8. Akash Kapoor ripped through the middle order with 2-0-9-3, Dave Packington kept it tight with 2-0-5-0 and Adam Terrington provided the comedy moment, being taken out of the attack after just two balls for bowling beamers. The second innings was once again slow progress, with TD mustering 126-6. Chris Dixon got 30, Mike Dixon 46 and debutant Stephen Leahy 16* at the end. This set Shobrooke 130 to retain the swans. Cometh the hour, cometh the Dryden. With one of the greatest spells of swing bowling you will ever see, Geoff took a stunning Swans hat trick (the second of the year following Packington in the home fixture) and ended with the ridiculous figures of 2-1-2-4. Shobrooke were in tatters and fell 9 runs short. The Swans were won!

There was the usual mix mash of drinking, throwing up and general skulduggery…. I could tell you all about it…but instead come along next year and find out yourself!

Written by Mike Dixon (Thanks Mike)

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