LDCC U14s play an International Fixture!

May 31, 2014 by  
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Den Haag U14 88- 8 24overs/Long Ditton 58 all out 22.2overs Den Haag won by 30runs
Ethan 4-1-14-2 Imogen 4- 1-4-1 Felix 4-0-13-1 Keegan 4-0-15-1, Jamie 4-0-21-0, Kit 4-0-19-1
MotM – Felix W 19, Special mention for James D – a battling 0 not out through 5 overs.
Tom Webb – Good Catch, Imogen sharp run out, Ethan action packed bowling and catching chances.
Champagne moment – Felix picking up a full toss for 6!

Tough International baptism for the U14s today in largely fine weather on a stodgy track at Old Tiffinians. A good bowling and fielding effort contained the visitors to 88 but once again our batting let us down against some accurate bowling. Dutch MotM Viktor tore out the LDCC upper order with a fine spell of 3-1-3-3 from which we struggled to recover despite a fine effort from Felix. Even with some stoic late resistance from James, our tail refused to wag.

Bowling – Generally pretty good today but its worth noting that 40 runs were contributed by our wides/no balls tally- Tighten up our lines boys and girls
Fielding – Great effort today. Despite a couple of spills we pressed hard in the field and created two successful run outs- Great job. Good pace to get through our 24overs in good time.
Batting – The first 6 wickets I saw were clean bowled middle stump! First rule defend your wicket. Second rule , hit the bad ball. We are being caught on the crease and not getting into our defence with a purposeful stride and weight on the front foot. Still need to be more purposeful even in defence. Those out caught were leaning back and chipping instead of leaning into their shot. Keep alert and looking to keep the scoreboard moving even on a tough track like todays.

Overall however I think everyone would agree it was a great experience for the U14s today. Big thanks to everyone who helped make the morning work and send Den Haag on their way with a great impression of LDCC. The return invite sounded attractive

U12s match report against Stoke D’Abernon – 25 May

May 31, 2014 by  
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LDCC U12s vs Stoke D’Abernon, Sunday 25 May 2014
With heavy rain dominating the run up to Sunday’s match it

was with cautious optimism that both teams congregated on our home turf. Responding to an early morning emergency call Jake made his debut for LDCC, whilst U11 Joe (on standby) ended up fielding for the opposition as they were short of players.
Tommy won the toss and opted to field. With the odd fluffy cloud scuttling across the sky, the established opening pairing of Ben and Sean set to work. The first wicket fell in Sean’s 1st over, spectacularly clean bowled in a wicket maiden. Score at 1-1. Picking up on the intense bowling attack, strong fielding saw Louis, Callum, Jake and Aaron acrobatically stop certain boundaries. Hari began his spell of bowling just before Sean, obviously on fire, struck for the second time with Louis taking a fine catch. 9 – 2. As low-flying birds skimmed the square (Blowers would know their names) and the U8s and U9s chuntering on the sidelines Tommy and Hari began bowling in tandem.
The batsmen looked liked settling in to pile on a few runs. Luke and Jake had other ideas though with excellent stops in the field – Jake hitting the stumps with his throw in, a knack he demonstrated further as the game progressed. With 47 runs on the board Tommy cleaned bowled one of the established batsmen to temporarily put the brakes on. It took a while though before the next wicket fell – to Guy who after a wide and somewhat shaky start delivered a stump-shifting blow. 73 – 4 with 5 overs remaining. Tommy, Luke and Callum displayed some great tight bowling before Ben took a fab catch off Callum 79 – 5. Yet again Ben made things happen in his last over of the match – taking a wicket and watching in awe as Jake shattered the stumps with an exceptional throw from the boundary. The target to win 94.
Adwait and Hari opened the batting for LDCC and looked for boundaries from the start, sadly they hadn’t reckoned on Freya, Stoke D’Abernon’s invincible secret weapon, who thwarted many attempts throughout the innings with her excellent stops. Hari fell first to a catch, the score 5 -1. Adwait dug his heels in whilst being joined by Louis and began to pepper the ground with some classy shots. With the top score of 15 runs Adwait was caught behind by the wicketkeeper 19 – 2. Tommy came to the crease as the sun came out and with it the dawning realisation that quick singles might be the way forward. Great running between the wickets saw the score move on to 30 before Louis was caught. In a somewhat speedy and bewildering period of play worthy of our national team Tommy was run out, Ben bowled and Aaron caught. 40 – 6. Luke had assumed his mantle of stability again, watching partners come and go before being bowled. Guy and Callum picked up some solid singles with good running and calling before the eagle-eyed wickie took advantage of Callum stepping slightly out of his crease, and Guy’s one chance of a boundary was thwarted by his brother. Jake joined Guy and some great scampering between the wickets continued before Guy was bowled and Sean came into bat. Hitting a nice shot to start with Sean was felled quickly and Jake became the last man standing.
LDCC’s final score: 67 – 10 in 19.3 overs. A win to Stoke D’Abernon in a match played in good spirit by both sides.

Thanks to JP for guiding and umpiring, Simon for scoring and Jake’s mum for answering her phone at 9.00am

LDCC through to second round of League Cup

May 26, 2014 by  
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In the only seniors  game of the whole Bank Holiday weekend, LDCC beat Horley by 45 runs in an absorbing game of cricket. Jason Matthews top scored for LDCC with 51, but contributions from Tommy Daniels (22), Mike Hall (45) Matt Baker (32) and Gareth Plunkett helped LDCC reach 210 all out with 1 ball left of their 45 overs. On a slow outfield, 210 seemed a decent score.

In reply, Horley gave their all and were still in with a chance with half of their innings gone. Tight fielding and some great catches held by Mike Hall and James Mumford meant the required run rate was going up all the time, with Horley being bowled out 45 runs short of the required total. James Chapple, Mike Hall and Matt Baker were the pick of the LDCC bowlers, with 3 wickets each.

The next round of the cup is next Sunday at home, against Effingham – 1pm start.

Another win for the Under 12s on Mon, 19th May 2014 – match report

May 24, 2014 by  
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The U12s continued their winning streak with a victory over Worcester Park on Monday, 19th May.

Henry Blofeld of Test Match Special fame would have loved the scene. A perfect early summer evening of bright sunshine and suprisingly searing heat. Trains gliding in and out of Worcester Park station, commuter craning their necks to watch the cricketing action on the sunsoaked field of play. No pigeons but a few gnats.


Worcester Park won the toss and opted to bat first. Bowling 6 overs in tandem, openers Ben and Sean kept the batsment in check. Ben striking first in his second over with Tommy taking a fine catch. Sean didn’t get the wicket he deserved with his very tight bowling but produced 2 maidens in his 4 over spell. The next wicket fell with a crack ball off Tommy’s spin – in a wicket maiden (the first of his 3 maiden overs). With the score at  15 – 2 Long Ditton’ bowlers supported by strong fielding looked to be taking charge. The batsmen settled for a while though, the next wicket falling in the 13th over to Tom’s bowling, 34 – 3. Amongst spirited appeals and responsive fielding Worcester Park’s score ticked over and upwards. In a flurry of activity during Ben’s final over 2 more wickets fell – to a run-out and a splending stumping from Louis in his first outing as a wicket-keeper. The target to win – 71.

Unusually Guy and Tom opened the batting and frustratingly for them both fell quickly to some strong bowling from Worcester Park. 4 – 2 with 2 overs down. Tommy and Louis stabilised the situation with Louis sending some classy shots to the boundary. As skies clouded over and the commuters thinned out, Louis was out LBW for 17. Tommy found a new batting partner in Luke and there followed some excellent running between the wickets. 7 runs away from the target Tommy fell to a run-out. Luke became the reliable anchorman as he saw out the rest of the innings, watching first Hari and Ben arrive and depart quite quickly (rather like the trains). With nerves jangling slightly at the prospect of an England-like collapse, James joined Luke at the crease and saw Long Ditton safely home.

Worcester Park 71 – 5 off 20 overs. LDCC 72 – 6 in 16.5 overs

Thanks to JP for stepping into Brian’s shoes and Simon for scoring. Well done boys, onwards and upwards!



A milestone weekend 17 & 18 May

May 19, 2014 by  
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On a perfect weekend of cricketing weather, the Saturday First XI won away at Old Tenisonians, whilst the Seconds, missing a few second team players who had made the step up to the firsts, were soundly beaten by Old Tenisonians at home.

On Sunday, Ben Cheema posted a century at home in a loss against Chiswick and Latymer, who always post an almost impossible score, with keeper Steve Williams making an amazing 4 stumpings in the game.

The Sunday First XI beat Leatherhead, with Matt Baker taking 6 wickets and James Mumford making 84, passing 4000 runs for LDCC and captain Tom Bennett reaching 50 in one of the highest scoring opening partnerships the club has seen for a long time. Club veteran Mark Lambert made his 250th appearance for Long Ditton (and probably had his 250th tea cooked by Margaret in the evening).

For score-cards click on the Play Cricket link on the right below.

IMPORTANT: LDCC News update May 2014

IMPORTANT: Thefts have taken place at several cricket Clubs (thankfully not at LDCC) by the same person pretending to be a player wishing to get back into cricket. Money, credit cards and even a car have been stolen from players, which are being investigated by Surrey Police. These thefts have taken place when sides have been out on the field. Please ensure all changing rooms are locked and be wary of anyone you don’t know coming to the club.

INTERNATIONAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: LDCC has some ODI tickets for the day/night game at the Oval on Thursday against Sri Lanka. If you are interested, please contact the Club Secretary Frances Rogers.

Under 14s and Under 12s win this week

May 12, 2014 by  
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Following a great win by the Under 14s against Cobham Avorians, the Under 12s carried on the winning ways. Below is the U12s match report.

U12s Long Ditton vs Richmond: 11.05.2014

Under swirling winds and leaden skies LDCC took the field ready to do battle with Richmond. First Blood to Long Ditton with some fine bowling from Ben who took three early wickets in his spell. Backed up by Sean bowling tightly at the other end, Richmond were soon in trouble at 14-4. Scoring runs was tough partly due to the soft wicket and slow outfield but also because of the good fielding. Very little got missed by the fielders and as Tom took a wicket in the tenth over and then Guy a further two in the eleventh, Long Ditton were starting to take charge. At one point Richmond were reeling at 25-7. Their middle order knuckled down well and combined with a few too many extras in the middle of the innings, they almost doubled their score before the next wicket fell to a stumping by Adwait off Louis’ bowling with the scoreboard reading 52. With a run out in the closing over Richmond nudged and pushed their way to 64-9, it looked like a score that wasn’t out of reach. The chase was on. 65 needed to win.


Louis kicked things off with a nice opening innings quickly scoring 9 runs. That was already a higher score than all but one Richmond batsmen. Like the Richmond innings, runs were difficult to come by and with Hari out for 3 and Adwait run out without troubling the scorers, LDCC were wobbling themselves at 20-3. Tommy came to the crease and settled things down with a nicely struck 13, the same score made by Tom who came in shortly after. This was sensible middle order batting by the boys and was the backbone of the innings. Together with a number of extras and quick 3 from Ben, the score moved onto 64-5. With three overs still to go and only 1 run needed, this was a winning position which was not to slip from Long Ditton’s grasp. The winning run was a mid-wicket flick by Aaron on the penultimate ball of the seventeenth over. Final score, 65-6.

A good team performance and the first match of the season won well and with good spirit. Ready to build on this at training on Friday night. Well done all.



Chris Gearey

Loss for 1st XIs, wins for 2nd XIs at weekend 10 & 11 May

May 12, 2014 by  
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All teams managed to dodge the showers at the weekend, managing to complete their games, although with some stoppages. The Saturday First XI were heavily affected by rain showers, coming off the field 5 times. In the limited over format, Ripley won by 6 wickets. Away to Englefield Green, a youthful side put good pressure on, having won the toss and electing to bowl. Paul Sweeney paved the way to a 6 wicket win, ably supported by Paul Mock.

On Sunday, the Sunday First XI lost at home to Sunbury, whilst the Sunday Seconds won again, in a close match, by 7 runs. Full scorecards can be seen on the Play-Cricket site.

Both senior Second XIs start with wins

May 5, 2014 by  
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The Second XI sides were the only sides in action this weekend, as the ground at LDCC was still too wet for play. A young Second XI travelled just down the road to Hook and Southborough, to begin their campaign in the new look Fuller’s League. Having won the toss, Hook and Southborough elected to field, but LDCC’s batting was more than up to the task, with Tommy Daniels again passing 50, Will Bradlley making 38, Chris Neely 45, Charlie Hinchliffe 36 and Matt Baker 21, to post a formidable total of 231 for 5 off the allotted 45 overs. In reply, Hook and Southborough, having only 9 men with 2 being taken into their first team at short notice, could only post 45 all out, giving LDCC’s Second XI one of their biggest wins in the Fuller’s League for a very long time.

On Sunday, the Seconds visited Godalming and also claimed a win. LDCC bowled out Godalming for 95, with Sam Cheema the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets. Tommy Daniels took 3 wickets and Felix Williams 2 wickets. LDCC were never really in trouble and won by 5 wickets, with Steve Williams (30) and Matt Baker (20) the two top scorers.

Full scorecards can be seen on the Play-Cricket link on the right