U15’s match report v Chessington U15’s

June 29, 2010 by  
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Jubilation on Sunday Morning as the U15’s win!!

Stokes Field is usually a very quiet and tranquil ground at the best of times. However, on Sunday morning this place was changed into a battle ground as the Long Ditton u15’s played against a very competent but injury ravaged Chessington team. Chessington, without their strike bowler and star batsman due to a broken thumb, won the toss and put LDCC into bat. This seemed like a good move for both sides because Long Ditton skipper Tom Rogers fancied a bat anyway. So the fearless opening duo of Ratnakumar and skipper Rogers opened up for Long Ditton. Things got off to a good start when in the first over Ratnakumar scored the first runs off the day with a guided shot through third man for the first boundary. Rogers with his new batting stance was soon up and running as well guiding a four through third man. The opening pair where looking good until disaster struck, Rogers was bowled by the first ball of the ninth over for 13 leaving the score on 26-1. This brought star batsman Charlie Boxall to the crease. However, 2 overs later Ratnakumar was out swiping at a ball just outside his off stump. He played on, leaving Long Ditton 30 odd for 2. This brought the coach’s son to the crease. Ollie Neely has been in the runs this season and that was demonstrated straight away as he played shots to both sides of the wicket. Boxall was next to go caught at mid off trying to hit over the top. The big hitting Troy Judkins was next in, however he went first ball bowled by the Chessington off spinner. The explosive Charlie Clark was next but he never got going and was out caught and bowled for none. This brought the very underrated Ryan Cording to the crease and he showed why he was so underrated as he and the prolific Ollie Neely ended the innings in fine style as they freed their arms and added 30 runs off the last three overs to take Long Ditton to a very under par 108 for 5. With Oliver Neely finishing on 39 not out and Ryan Cording being run out on the last ball of the innings for 18. Their knock delighted the skipper who said ‘they’re opening next week’.

It then took an inspired team talk from coach Chris Neely and Captain Rogers as they tried to gee up the troops for what would be a very nervous innings in the field.  

The very experienced seamer Adam Barlow opened up down the hill. He bowled well but went wicketless with his 4 overs going for 15. Off Spinner Charlie Boxall opened from the other end and he bamboozled the opening batsmen but he too went wicketless as he ended his four overs with figures of 0 for 12. Rogers then turned to batting hero Ollie Neely and this bowling change worked straight away as Neely picked up two wickets with his first two balls including the very dangerous Chessington Skipper for 17. Judkins came on from the other end and he struggled early on in his spell testing skipper Rogers’s keeping skills by sending the ball miles down the off and leg side. However, he was back on the money in his second over as he really tested the batsman’s resilience and agility with a series of well placed bouncers but at drinks Chessington looked set to win comfortably on 54-2. Long Ditton were dealt a serious blow as star all rounder Ollie Neely had to go off for a few overs with suspected dehydration in the 30 degree heat. This meant Rogers turned to another all rounder, Charlie Clark. His first spell of two overs were a bit all over the place so he was given a rest. Troy Judkins continued up the hill and his perseverance paid off as he got a wicket with a full toss that was missed by the Chessington batsman, which left them 60-3 after 14 overs. Judkins was now bowled out. This left Rogers needing to find four overs from somewhere. He turned to spin King Ryan Cording who bowled very well, only conceding 12 runs off his 2 overs. At the other end left arm seamer Jake Quinn was brought into the action and he bowled with pace and determination as he went for 19 off his two overs. Then Rogers was dealt a huge boost as Team Manager, scorer and Mum, Claire Neely passed Ollie Neely fit enough to take his place on the field to bowl two of the last four overs. Things were getting tight with Chessington needing 14 from 4 overs. Ditton then used their trump card by using the supposedly ‘injured’ Tom Dixon as a substitute fielder for one of the injured Cockerill twins. Rogers brought all the fielders into the inner ring. The 21st over went for 2 runs. This left Chessington needing 12 runs from 3 overs with 6 wickets in hand. Skipper Rogers then decided to have faith with the pace of Charlie Clark and this was inspired as he took two wickets including the first LBW umpire Chris Neely has ever given at U15 level. All the pressure was on Neely as Chessington needed just 8 to win from 12 balls, surely they would do it wouldn’t they? Neely’s first ball was on the money,a full leg stump Yorker, however the batsman somehow managed to inside edge it down the leg side past the despairing dive of Keeper Rogers, however substitute fielder Dixon stopped a certain boundary when he dived and saved two runs. 6 needed from 11 balls with the number 9 on strike Neely held his nerve and no more runs were conceded in the over. So the pressure was put onto Clarke with Chessington on 102 for 7 off 23 overs. They needed 6 to win. Clarke came into bowl and conceded a single which brought  the number 9 batsman on strike. Charlie then bowled 4 perfect balls. Chessington needed 5 to win off the last ball. Rogers sent the whole field to the boundary however this proved to be unnecssary as Clarke sent another worker in and Long Ditton had won by 5 runs.

This was Long Ditton U15’s first home win in nearly 3 years. After the game, Rogers was heard to have said ‘woo we won!’ however coach Chris Neely said ‘I think most of the credit must go to Tom, his motivational talks at every wicket were second to none. His Captaining, field setting and bowling changes were the best I’ve seen in a long, long time. He really is the best skipper I’ve ever seen.’

This was the second U15 win of the season having beaten an under strength Leatherhead earlier on in the season. They currently lie in mid table in the mid Surrey U15’s league.

Their next match is at home on the 4th July against a fairly strong Ashtead side. Rogers’ men will be looking to build on this run. Entrance to the game as always is free. However any donations you would like to give to the skipper please feel free.

Tom Rogers-U15 Captain.

Juniors’ results, 25th, 26th and 27th June

June 28, 2010 by  
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Under 11’s lost at home to Stoke D’Abernon

Under 13’s lost away at Chessington

Under 15’s got another win at home against Chessington.

Any match reports are always welcome and will be posted here. E-mail them to Mark for him to post on the web-site.

Seniors’ weekend round up 26th and 27th June

June 28, 2010 by  
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Saturday First XI – lost at home to Haslemere

Saturday Second XI – lost away at Haslemere – match report is below

Sunday First XI Development Side – lost away at Sunbury

Sunday Second XI – did what England couldn’t do and won against St. Joseph’s!


Long Ditton Saturday 2nd XI match report for 26/06/10 vs Haslemere


After last weeks performance the team started the day with a surprising text message from the run master that is Thomas Rogers. The text read this – “Hi it’s tom, I have changed my batting stance and now I am getting runs”. With this new knowledge the team felt that no one could stop us as we had a player in fine form and with a new stance.


The ground was another long distance trek from the Hog’s fortress. Nevertheless, the team got on with it and made their way down. Dave Oldham once again uses the “magic” coin and wins the toss and lust electing to bat on a very hard bouncy track. With Paul Mock unable to play the captain stepped up to his duties and opened the batting with Mr Sweeney. Paul got a hard grafted four runs but was bowled by the pacey right arm bowler for 4. With Oldham up the order it gave him more time to settle in and play his usual game. The captain batted extremely well notching up 11 fours and going onto getting 52 until getting bowled by the spinner. Craig Connaughton was run out on 9 and Mark Blackwell was caught for 18. Next up was Tom “I have a new batting stance” Rogers. The jury was out for the young man as he walked into the crease (very slowly). Tom failed to utilise the new stance and was consequently out LBW from the slow leg spinner. Sam Cheema came to the crease with a whole amount of pressure coming in on 3 consecutive ducks with a new bat. However, it’s a new game and he finally got some runs (not a lot) as he got 10 before being bowled. Long Ditton’s heart and soul Mark Lambert hit a nice 7 before being caught. Adam Barlow was also caught for 3. Sean O’Rourke stepped to the crease with Cheema’s new bat and got more runs with it that Sam has in 4 innings. He got a not out (batted for his average) for 11 with Jerry and Suresh both getting 6. Ditton were bowled out for 142 of 49.2 over’s. However, a rarity had been achieved as no one in the batting line up got a duck.       


With Ditton failing to reach a par score on a track where runs should have been scored it was always going to be an up hill struggle for the bowlers. Adam Barlow was thrown the new ball by skipper Oldham and failed to make the much needed early break through. With the batsman going after the bowlers from ball one it was going to very hard. Sam Cheema opened the bowling as well and was getting good bounce. However, with dropped catches and missed chances he couldn’t get the breakthrough. This was until Tom “I have a new batting stance” Rogers caught a routine catch of his bowling. Jerry was bought on for Adam and got a wicket with a fine off stump ball. After Cheema had tired it was left to spinner O’Rourke to bowl. Taking a wicket with a nice flighted ball and consequently stumped by Lambert. Haslemere got the total in 18.5 over’s.

Bowling figures:  A.Barlow  4 overs, 24 runs.  S.Cheema  6 overs for 50 runs for 1 wicket.  J.Morton  5.5 overs, 44 runs, 1 wicket.  S.O’Rourke 3 overs, 22 runs, 1 wicket. 


Next the 2nd XI face Guildford City at the famous Stokes Field ground.


Sam Cheema match reporter

Quiz Night – Friday 23rd July

June 28, 2010 by  
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Don’t forget this year’s Quiz Night, which is on Friday, 23rd July at the club from 8pm. Teams should be no more than 5 and it costs £5 per team to enter. This year Dave Oldham is setting the quiz – so start revising now with the Daily Telegraph crossword!

Surrey Trials

June 26, 2010 by  
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Good luck to some of the Under 9’s who are going for a trial with Surrey on Saturday, 26th June. Don’t forget to tell the club how you got on. Don’t forget, enjoy the experience, no matter what the outcome!

Chance to find out if you’re the fastest bowler in the Fuller’s League

June 25, 2010 by  
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On the evening of 6th July, at Shepperton CC, there is going to be a competition to find the fastest bowler in the Fuller’s Brewery Surrey County League.

Fast bowlers are invited to show their pace against the Sky Sports speed gun to find the quickest bowler in the League. The fastest may subsequently go on to represent the League in a national speed test, in conjunction with the Saturday morning Sky Sports TV programme “Cricket AM”.

Footage will be shown from the event on the Saturday 10th July programme.

The evening officially starts at 6pm on Tuesday 6th July but participants should be on-site between 5 and 5.30pm to register and warm-up! The league sponsors, Fuller’s Brewery, will be represented with goodies to give away. Further details will be available nearer the time through the Shepperton CC website.

The club can only send one representative – contact Mark Lambert if you want to have a go.

Surrey Girls U11s v Sussex Girls U11s – Match report from Imogen

June 25, 2010 by  
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The Surrey venue at Horley may have been difficult to find but was a very beautiful setting for our game against Sussex.


Our Captain Kirsty was joining us for her first match following injury. With two good performances Surrey were feeling confident and for the third time this season fielded first. The bowling could have been tighter at times, but with some good tactical field settings from Kirsty, Imogen and Caitlin, Sussex’s scoring rate was restricted. Due to this pressure Sussex lost wickets and were struggling to hit runs eventually finishing on 70 after 25 over’s.


Both Surrey openers Imogen and |Kirsty set about the run chase well and saw off Sussex’s opening bowling. After the first wicket fell, Caitlin came to the crease and soon hit some good shots to the boundary. The rest of the batting looked solid and victory was soon clinched with overs to spare.


Another win for Surrey and our confidence is now growing as a team. Next we take on Kent.

Latest U13 match report v Esher

June 23, 2010 by  
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Match report from Long Ditton U13’s vs Esher

On Sunday table topping Esher attended Ditton with 2 Surrey U13’s and 4 district players.  The boys knew it would be the seasons toughest match and they responded with a great display especially the batting.  Having last week bowled Chessington out for 48 Esher scented a quick victory and put Ditton into bat.  The only thing quick was the ball as it raced to the boundary.  Hugo Lockyer and Matthew Stevens both batted brilliantly and put on 72 before Hugo was out run out for 34 in the 14th over.  He hit 7 boundaries.  Matthew was next out caught on the boundary for 31.  Sam Creasey hit a 4 before being bowled.  William Bradley batted very well for his 31 not out showing the class that has seen him selected for the District U12 side.  Tommy Daniel supported him well and followed last week’s impressive knock with 12 before being run out.  Ditton finnished on 130 for 4 which was a great total considering the oppo.

Ditton needed some quick wickets but Esher got off to a flyer.  The skipper knowing that Louis Williams always gets a wicket with his first ball and the skipper brought him on early in the third over of the innings but even Louis could not get a wicket.  Ditton bowled bowled and fielded well but Esher are a class act and the difference in age for 7 of the Ditton team showed.  Matthew Stevens and Hugo Lockyer each got a wicket and there were two dropped catches but these would not have made much difference.  Esher reached the target with the loss of three wickets.  Jacob Byford kept very well conceeding only one bye.

 A good Ditton performance and a similar one is needed on Sunday as they travel to local rivals Chessington.  A win would see Ditton climb above Chessington into mid table.

Juniors’ Presentation Evening – Friday, 16 July

June 21, 2010 by  
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The Juniors’ Presentation Evening will take place on Friday, 16th July and hopefully a star player in the name of Australia’s Adam Gilchrist will present the awards. This is very muchg subject to his own cricketing commitments. The U15s and U13s will be playing a series of matches organised by Nick Stevens, from around 5.30pm, consisting of 36/36 ball matches. The U8s, 9’s and 11’s will be playing quick cricket or rounders and all will come together at approximately 7.15 for presentations. All the Under 8’s and 9’s will receive a Long Ditton medal, whilst there will be various categories for the Under 11’s, 13’s and 15’s. Food will be available – and of course the bar will be open!

Weekend round-up 19 and 20 June

June 21, 2010 by  
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The Saturday First XI suffered a surpise loss against Woodmansterne at home, whilst the seconds lost in a thrilling match away at Lingfield, by 1 wicket. Mark Blackwell hit a superb 83 and again got the ball wobbling around, with Lingfield just managing to hit the winning run on the last ball. Even thiough the Second XI lost, it was a great game and Dave Oldham’s youthful side deserved much credit for putting up such a fight.

On Sunday, the First XI beat Chertsey, recovering from 20 – 4, to finishing on 263 off 45 overs, with Michael Hall finishing on 123, having smacked the ball to all parts of the ground. The Sunday 2nd XI had an unexpected day off, with Epsom having double booked their ground. Just shows how hard Dave works during the winter to make sure all the fixtures don’t clash, as these sorts of things are taken for granted.

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