Seniors unbeaten on 21 and 22 July

July 21, 2012 by  
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After last week’s break due to rain, the sun finally came out and the Seniors responded with the 1st XI gaining a winning draw at home against Roehampton, whilst the Seconds were away at Roehampton, beating them by 1 wicket. Matt Baker took 4 wickets in his two spells. Full round up after weekend.

At home, the 1st XI won the toss and elected to field. After an early wicket fell, Roehampton steadied themselves on a damp and slow pitch, with Costello and Dorsett particularly frustrating the Long Ditton bowlers. Tea was reached with 7 wickets down, with Roehampton declaring on 197 in the 51st over.

In reply, Long Ditton also lost an early wicket, but newcomer Richard Krige almost scored a fifty on his debut, making 46, before falling LBW. It looked like defeat may have been on the cards for LDCC, but very patient knocks from captain Ian Antonio and Michael Hall saw Long Ditton hold for for the losing draw.

The 2nd XI had a very dramatic game away at Roehampton, winning by just 1 wicket. Tight fielding and bowling ensured Roehampton were bowled out for 125 in the 47th over – the highlight being Matt Baker taking 4 wickets for just 24 runs in his 2 spells totalling 11 overs. All the bowlers played well, especially Dan Johnstone, who was again very unlucky in numerous appeals.

After tea, Allan Hutcheson and Ed Baxter played extremely well in a 75 run partnership, but then the nerves crept in, with wickets falling as the target came closer. Mark Lambert and Dan Johnstone were the last two men left and with Lambert on strike, anything is possibel. Much to his relief, he saw the ball sail wide down leg side to go for 5 wides, enabling LDCC to gain a dramatic victory.

On Sunday, there was only 1 game at home, which was against Chiswick and Latymer. LDCC could only muster 95, but Tom Ormerod (who had got married the day before), was the hero of the game, making 29 and taking 5 wickets, to leave Chiswick stranded 1 run short of LDCC’s total. Phew – what a weekend!

LDCC player starring for Surrey Over 60s

July 16, 2012 by  
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John Parkins has been playing in the Surrey Over 60s side (he is one of their colts!!) when the rain has occasionally allowed play. Below is a summary of a couple of matches:
Game 1 was played on 14th June at Beddington against Suffolk. Suffolk  batted first and lost early wickets against the accurate Surrey openers. They  eventually were all out for an under par 89. JP opened and Surrey lost their  first wicket in the first over. They rallied back though to win by 8 wickets  with overs to spare with JP unbeaten on 58.
Game 2 saw the old boys in deepest East Sussex at a beautiful ground at  Mayfield. Surrey batted first and after a decent start, JP departed for 13  playing an awful cross batted shot (you would have thought 50 odd ? years would  taught him something). A couple of decent partnerships saw them end on 190 which  seemed about 30 short. Sussex got home with 3 overs to spare against a spirited  Surrey attack which was missing two of the stars from the Suffolk match, winning  by 7 wickets.

Only one game played by seniors at weekend

July 16, 2012 by  
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To quote the Fuller’s League Secretary, there was fixture carnage over the weekend amongst clubs in Surrey. Only 2 games were played on Saturday and for the second Sunday running, there was no game at the club. The First XI did manage a game on Sunday, making the drive down to the beautiful ground of Outwood, not far from Gatwick. The game was delayed until 3pm, to try and give the pitch a chance to dry out. Under normal circumstances, the game probably wouldn’t have been played, but both teams were desperate for a bit of cricket.

Tom Bennett won the toss in the 30 over a side game and batted well on such a slow wicket, making 39 off just 46 balls. Newcomer Richard Krige, James Mumford and Tarn Huxford all made solid starts, but didn’t really capitalise on the bowling, with LDCC finishing on 167 for 7 off their 30 overs.

After a superb tea (Mark was very happy), Outwood found batting difficult against a strong bowling attack. Catches made the real difference between the two sides, with LDCC only dropping one, which in reality was only a half chance. One very sporting moment occurred when Richard Smith (no, not that one), tried to turn a ball of Michael Hall’s bowling to leg, but got a thin edge into Mark’s gloves. There was some doubt as to whether Richard had hit the ball, but the Outwood player walked before waiting for the umpire’s decision. Don’t see that often these days! Only G Lynch and Matthew Norman really put up any resistance, with Norman determined to stay for the whole innings, which he did, running out of partners in the 25th over. Tarn Huxford took a sharp one handed catch in the slips to end the game, with LDCC, having travelled with only 10 men due to a mis-communication, beating Outwood by 79 runs. Despite the late start, both teams really enjoyed the game, which was played in a great spirit and we hope a Sunday Second team will play Outwood again next year. Is worth going there, just for the flapjacks!

Juniors Presentation Evening on Friday, 20 July

July 16, 2012 by  
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Don’t forget the presentation evening for all the junior players this Friday evening. Presentations will start around 7.30pm for the various age groups. We’re hoping the Under 8s and 9s will be able to have a match, but this very much depends on the ground drying out very quickly. It will take a long time for the ground to become playable. All the Under 8s and 9s will receive a medal on Friday, with other awards for the older junior players.

Officially, the Under 8s and 9s last day of training was last Sunday. Due to such bad weather, I’ll be down the club again on Sunday morning, to at least make up one lost session, weather permitting!

No Senior Sunday Seconds game today 15 July

July 15, 2012 by  
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Sadly, the ground is like a bog and will take several days to dry out. No senior game therefore today at home.

No outfield training on Sunday, 15 July

July 15, 2012 by  
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The outfield at the ground is like a bog and will take several days to dry out, if we have good weather, which is probably unlikely the way this summer is going. We can go in the nets however.

Mark.

No Saturday Seconds game 15 July.

July 14, 2012 by  
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The ground is unplayable, therefore no game today. We are keeping everything crossed for tomorrow.

No games Sunday

July 9, 2012 by  
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Yet again, there were no games on Sunday in the junior cricket programme. Matches are desperately trying to be re-arranged, but with the sun showing no signs of coming out for more than half an hour daily, things are difficult in the cricketing world, to say the least!

Saturday 1st XI back to winning ways

July 9, 2012 by  
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After a losing spell, the Saturday First XI got back to their winning ways, with a 6 wicket win over Shepperton at home. Having won the toss, Long Ditton decided to field and bowled the opposition out for 114 off 39 overs. Gareth Plunkett did the main damage, taking 5 wickets, with James Chapple adding to his tally for the season by 3 wickets. Dan Johnstone, having moved up to the First XI from the Seconds, cleaned the tail up, taking 2 wickets.

After tea, Jason Matthews scored 91 not out, at a rate of 1 a ball, with Dave Downey not needing to even break out into a sweat. The first wicket fell at 49, then a slight scare with 3 quick wickets falling, but Ian Antonio remained with Jason, to see the First XI home for a much needed win.

The Second XI were away to Whiteley Village. Having won the toss, LDCC elected to bat first. It was noted that last week’s centurion Paul Mock was absent, someone commented “resting on his laurels!” Under 17 Josh made his Saturday Second XI debut opening the batting with Paul Sweeney. Paul Sweeney made 21 and Ben Cheema made 37 off just 50 balls, before being given out LBW by his Dad, which made for interesting conversation at tea. 2 needless run outs and several more heart-stopping moments saw Long Ditton finishing on a below-par 102 all out.

After a quick turn around, as tea was not ready (Mark was not happy), Whiteley Village found batting not easy, and lost wickets at regular intervals, before Tony Best steadied them with 46 not out, to pave the way for a win by 4 wickets. Another 40 runs on the board for Long Ditton could have meant a very different outcome.

On Sunday, the heavens opened yet again and no cricket was played at all. It did mean Mark could go to the village fair however and sample some of Margarets finest home made cakes, much to Frank’s annoyance.

Under 17s opponents conceded on Friday

July 2, 2012 by  
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Sadly, the Under 17s opponents, Shepperton, were unable to get a side out on Friday, much to everyone’s disappointment. Hopefully the Under 17s will get a game soon!

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