Weekend results 28th & 29th June 2014 – Hall smashes 127 not out, J. Rogers 71 not out on Sunday

June 28, 2014 by  
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On Saturday, both games were abandoned due to rain. The First XI’s game away at Hampton Hill was abandoned without a ball being bowled, whilst the Second XI’s game at home against Sheen Park was abandoned after an early tea, though bowler Charlie Hinchliffe did pick up 2 wickets before the rain came.

On Sunday, the First XI beat West End Esher by 50 runs, with Mike Hall making 127 not out. His innings included 18 fours and 3 sixes. Pick of the bowlers was captain Tom Bennett, claiming 2 for 34 off his maximum 8 overs.

At home, the Second XI were narrowly beaten by St. Mary’s Church by 3 wickets with 1 ball to go in the 30 over match. Joe Rogers was top scorer with 71 not out. Ben Cheema was unlucky to be run out with a straight drive being directed onto the stumps by the bowler having made a classy 33 and keeper Steve Williams made 47 not out.

Adam Barlow and Tom Leaning were the top wicket takers for Long Ditton.

Click on the Play-Cricket link for the full scorecards of the matches.

Weekend run feast, 21-22 June: Matthews makes 123, as both Saturday sides unbeaten

June 22, 2014 by  
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An amazing amount of runs were scored by the Saturday teams, with the highlight of the Saturday matches being Jason Matthews scoring 123 to enable Long Ditton First XI beat Horley. James Mumford made 55, with Ian Antonio 22 not out and Mike Hall 21 steering Long Ditton to their target of 233 in 41 overs. (Anyone following the updates on Twitter, which the former Club Secretary Mark Lambert was, sitting at home nursing a fractured ankle, knew it was much tenser than the final scoreline suggested)

The Saturday Second XI were unbeaten against local rivals Claygate, after having lost the toss and put into bat, made 216 for 7 off  47 overs, before declaring. Chris Hoult made 46, Tarn Huxford made 47 and Paul Mock 45 – Paul hit 9 4s in his innings.

In reply, Claygate couldn’t quite get to LDCC’s total and had to settle for 207 -5 off 48 overs. Dan Hoult was the pick of the bowlers for LDCC, taking 3 wickets.

On Sunday, the First XI beat Twickenham.

Click on the Play-Cricket link for the full scorecards.

Win for U11s against Leatherhead, U13s lose against Thames Ditton 22 June 2014

June 22, 2014 by  
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The Under 11s had an excellent win away at Leatherhead on Sunday. Having lost the toss, Long Ditton managed to restrict Leatherhead to 98 for 5 in their 20 overs. Quite a few extras bumped up the score, no doubt something the Head Coach will be looking at! Jack and Ravi  were the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 wickets each.

In reply, Jamie, Matt and Joe were all in the runs, which made the difference between the sides. Jamie scored 22, Matt 28 not out and Joe 26, hitting an amazing 5 boundaries. Captain Matt steered LDCC home, to win by 6 wickets. Cut and paste the link below to see the full scorecard:

http://longditton.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11887630

The Under 13s didn’t fare quite as well, losing at home in the local derby against Thames Ditton by 6 wickets.

Losing draws for the Saturday sides

June 16, 2014 by  
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Both Saturday First XI and Second XI were undefeated on Saturday, but had to settle for losing draws. Click on the Play-Cricket link for full scorecards.

Watch the World Cup at Long Ditton

June 10, 2014 by  
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Losses on weekend 7 & 8 June

June 9, 2014 by  
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Both Senior First XI teams lost at the weekend, with the Saturday 2nd XI called off at 11am due to the ground being underwater following the thunderstorm. The Saturday First XI, missing 3 key players lost against a strong Frimley side, whilst on Sunday, the First XI lost in a good match against Worcester Park in a friendly game. Click on the Play Cricket link for full details.

U12s match report – Sunday 1st June v Spencer

June 7, 2014 by  
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Match Report: Spencer C vs LDCC, Sunday 1st June

An early start in a recreation ground off Merton High Street saw caffeine-deprived parents contemplate for a while as to whether they’d arrived at the right venue.  Yes was the answer, and no the opposition were not girls as expected.

Losing the toss LDCC were put into bat.  Adwait and Hari opened the innings in the warm sunshine and Adwait placed a lovely shot to the boundary before being judged out LBW.  The score 9 – 1. Tom joined Hari at the crease and the pair displayed some good running between the wickets amidst a tight fielding ring before Tom was bowled, 18 – 2.  Hari looked well settled and together with Tommy found the gaps with some classy shots to the boundary whilst adding to the singles rate.  With the score creeping up nicely Tommy was bowled by a stunning in-swinging ball.  44 – 3. Hari had donned Luke’s mantle of stickability and was joined next by Ben.  Sadly 2 runs later the glue dried up and Hari was caught and bowled, leaving the field with a top score of 15 runs.  Guy ambled to the crease and then surprisingly replaced his normal laid-back approach with an unrecognisable sense of urgency – and speed…   Finding the middle of the bat he and Ben picked up the pace of the game with some well placed 4s and took Brian’s longstanding suggestion of ‘going for the singles’ to heart.  Throwing caution to the wind they took some pretty racy chances off no-balls and overthrows, nervy viewing for spectators until Guy’s luck ran out courtesy of a direct hit to the stumps.  A partnership worth 31, score now at 77 – 5.  Ben stayed in for a little longer supported by Luke before being caught.  An extraordinary leaf tornado whirled round the rec interrupting play, and concentration perhaps, as Luke, Aaron (having scored 6 well-deserved runs) and Callum fell swiftly to some expert fielding. Sean was the batsman not out, LDCC: 84 – 9 off 20 overs.

Ben and Tommy formed the opening pairing for the first five overs. Ben bowled an excellent opener amongst what can be only described as a bewildering fielding fiasco – 2 missed chances to run the batsmen out.  Tommy rallied the startled troops, and the fielders began to make amends – a great mid-air stop from Sean, and fabulously acrobatic curtailing of certain boundaries from Aaron, James, Tom and Hari.  Dog-walkers and lycra-clad runners circled the rec whilst buses slid down the High Street unaware of the mounting pressure on the field of play.  The batsmen’s progress was eventually halted in the 5th over off Ben’s bowling and Sean’s direct hit at the stumps. 17 – 1.  The batsmen settled once more and the scoreboard ticked over and upwards in spite of Sean bowling a maiden, and Tom mixing it up a bit.  A potential game-changing flurry of excitement was prompted by Tommy in the 10th over. 2 run-outs aided by Adwait’s stumping off a well-judged throw-in from Hari, and a fabulous stump-shattering blow from Luke.  51 – 3.  Man-of-the-moment Luke looked like turning the game on its head with a clean bowled wicket in the 13th over, and following it up with another in the 15th – off an amazing slow-motion catch by Tom. Spectators held their breath as the ball flew towards the fielder in the cool shades… had he seen it? Then up went the arm as the ball was effortlessly plucked out of the air.  Marvellous.  76 – 5. Sadly it was not to be enough, in the 16th over Spencer reached their winning target of 85 runs.  An entertaining encounter played in good spirit.

Thanks to Brian for his unfailing stoicism and Simon for his ever diligent scoring.

Some sad news about Stewart Hinchliffe

June 4, 2014 by  
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Stewart Hinchliffe, former Club Treasurer sadly passed away this week. Stewart was Treasurer for several years and did a huge amount of work in making sure the club’s finances were in order. Much of this work was unseen by club members, but those on the committee could clearly see how hard Stewart worked in the role. Everyone at the club will miss him and all our thoughts are with Mikey, Charlie and family.

Weekend results Sat 31st May and Sun 1st June

June 3, 2014 by  
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The Saturday Seniors narrowly lost against Mitcham at home in the Fullers League, whilst the Seconds lost against a strong side away to Ewhurst, in a friendly game, as this was their free Fullers Week.

On Sunday, the First XI went through to the third round of the cup, convincingly beating Effingham, whilst the Sunday Seconds lost away at Dulwich. Click on the Play-Cricket link for full scorecards.