Dramatic Victory for Long Ditton U13s Plate Final 2014

July 23, 2014 by  
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A brilliant achievement which kept spectators engrossed to the very last ball, as Iain Carter commented” the final day of the open was not as intense as this”

A very ecstatic coach Chris Neely said ” It was a great night for colts cricket in a match that could have gone either way at one stage”. Long Ditton having won the toss elected to bat first, Freddie and Charlie got us off to a great start taking full advantage of some loose bowling. Followed by a very solid partnership in the middle order by captain Imy and the mercurial Ollie with very purposeful running. Stephen and Leo adding some fine shots to wrap up the innings to a total of 121.

Malden Wanderers faced a stiff test needing a run a ball to win the final. Losing early wickets to some accurate bowling from Felix and Ollie. LDCC where able to put the squeeze on Malden Wanderers making it hard for them to score freely, backed up with some tight fielding especially by the red capped Oscar .  An inspired bowling change saw Ollie C at the hogs end  applying more pressure picking up wickets with some great leg break deliveries.

Despite Malden Wanderers losing wickets frequently they remained in the match even to the last over where they needed approximately 16 runs with the last pair at the crease.  However this proved too much and Freddie was able to hold it together bowling the final over for a Long Ditton victory.

20/20 doesn’t get much better than that!


Annual Quiz Night at Club, 19th July

July 16, 2014 by  
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QUIZ NIGHT THIS SATURDAY! The quiz is written, the beer is ready, so that means it’s time for Long Ditton’s Big Fat quiz of the year after the cricket on Saturday. See you there!

LDCC U13’s through to Plate Final 22nd July

July 15, 2014 by  
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LDCC  will be hosting the U13’s Plate Final

Bar will be open along with food being served

Please come and support the team start time 5.30pm

Latest Under 12s match report – not for the faint hearted!

July 10, 2014 by  
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Match Report: U12s LDCC vs Spencer B, Sunday 6 July 2014

It was bleak. In climate and outcome.

Spencer B batted first and scored a masterful 198 – 3.  Four of Spencer’s batsmen retired on scores of 38 (x2) and 36 (x2).  They generously rotated fielders in/out as Long Ditton were down to 10 men through injury.  One of their fielders caught his team mate out.

Long Ditton’s reply?   28 – 9.

Moving on from the low-points… there were some memorable moments amongst the hysteria:

Sean steamed in and raised our spirits with a blitzing of the stumps in his 2nd over, only to learn it was a no-ball.  In the 20th he got the wicket he deserved.

Ninthujan made his debut for the U12s and put in a sterling effort with bat and ball.

Hari bowled his heart out and was rewarded with a wicket as the ball sneaked almost unnoticed over the stumps taking the bails with it.

Guy, suffering from extreme hair loss, eventually stopped bowling no-balls and got a wicket (courtesy of the catch by Spencer’s fielder Tom).  Later he went on to make an ill-advised call, and is quite frankly lucky that Luke is still talking to him.

Aaron was on good form with the ball and joined the ranks of Jake, Adwait, Sean, Hari, Ben and Callum in making notable stops  –  thereby preventing Spencer’s score from entering the 200s…  Andy (Luke’s Dad) took on the role of restricting the ball from its frequent hedgerow destination, prompting the advice of “hands not feet” from Brian.

The drama of this innings (apart from the obvious run-accumulation) began in Ben’s 2nd over with the loss of the ball in poorly placed undergrowth.  Parents searched extensively without success and play resumed with Sean’s well-used ball.  In the next over the ball was found and reinstated but it was discovered with horror that Adwait’s Dad had lost his wedding ring in the search.  As the match unfolded and a CSI-like forensic investigation of the area progressed, Adwait’s Dad brought in gardening tools and miraculously found the ring – in the 20th over.  Heartwarming, best part of the day!

Faced with a monumental batting challenge, Captain Ben experimented with the batting order and gave everyone a chance to have a go.  Jake and Adwait in particular rose to the occasion.  Luke stuck around and Guy too – for a little longer. Hari was not out.  What a relief that Geoffrey Boycott wasn’t in the commentary box.

Thanks to Simon for scoring and Brian for resolutely declaring it a ‘learning experience’.

Dramatic win for U12s against Malden Wanderers

July 7, 2014 by  
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Match Report: U12s Malden Wanderers vs LDCC, Friday 27 June 2014

With the threat of rain not materialising and the late afternoon sunshine dappling the picturesque setting of Malden Wanderers’ cricket ground, LDCC’s U12’s arrived in end-of-the week high spirits. Ben captained the side in Tommy’s absence and, having to adapt quickly to Adwait’s delayed journeying, chose Hari and Louis to open the batting.  In a change of fortune Louis fell in the first over and Guy found himself at No.3, announcing his arrival with a confident 4.  Hari looked settled from the outset and with a gentle breeze and deceptively undulating pitch the pair set about running some well-judged singles.  A loose dog trotted along the boundary (obviously a cricket fan as he didn’t attempt to cross the markers) and heralded a loopy upward shot from Guy- safely caught, the score 21 – 2,  six overs down.  Luke was next in as Hari demonstrated a mixture of classic and unconventional shots – an interesting overhead number that safely escaped the watchful fielders.  Scoring picked up with some lovely shots from both batsmen, the score at the end of the ninth over: 32 – 2.  Helicopter traffic overhead interrupted the gentle murmur of spectators immersed in the match.  A somewhat farcical near run-out quickened the heartbeats before Hari was dismissed by a good ball.  His 9 runs didn’t do justice to the 13 overs he had stoically batted out as an opener.  62 – 3.  Tom strode to the crease and immediately looked at home, making 4s off the first two balls faced.  He and Luke moved the score along to 77 before Luke was out to a fine catch. Clearly recovered from his bruising encounter the week before, Tom looked like a batsman at the top of his game.  With the evening sun shining brightly, some good running supported by Callum, the score crept upwards towards an explosively exciting 6 from Tom  that brought up the 100 runs (rearranging a neighbouring fence panel in the process).  Amazing. Swept along by the shock of reaching 3 figures, it came as a surprise to lose a wicket – Callum clean bowled with the score at 116.  There the scoreboard stayed as first Ben, then Sean were dismissed and Aaron came in to face the last ball of the innings.  Hitting a classy 4 as if it were a normal day at the office he brought the target to beat up to 120 – the highest score this season.  Tom, not out for 30 runs.

With Adwait still struggling with transport difficulties, Louis kept wicket as Ben opened the bowling.  His second ball brought a resounding thwack and scattering of the stumps. 4 – 1.  Sean struck next in the fourth over. 18 – 2.  A very positive start.  As if a little surprised by their hold on the game, concentration slipped a little, the score inching up to 39 by the end of the seventh over.  Brian kept them in check with an order to “keep awake” and that did the trick.  Guy turned in a tight couple of overs and Tom and Jake prevented four certain boundaries accompanied up by accurate throw-ins. Sean and Callum added to the good stops but in spite of this the batsman moved the score along. Parents started to do the maths and it was widely acknowledged on the sidelines that a wicket was needed.  As if psychic, Luke did the honours in the next over with a lovely ball.  Disturbing an established partnership.  62 – 3. Game on.  Tom and Aaron formed the next bowling partnership, with Tom performing the role of expert fielder for Aaron’s overs – great stops on the boundary and yet again great throw-ins.  Tension, however, was sprouting amongst the spectators, Malden Wanderers score was nerve-janglingly on the increase.  Louis looked like relieving the pain with a catch which was then not given, leaving Aaron to complete the job with a clean bowl. 99 – 4 in the seventeenth over.  Guy, clearly miffed at his mother taking him off before his fourth over in the fielder rotation, sent the bales flying in the next over (admitting later that he had imagined said mother as the stumps…). 104 – 5.  He followed this up with a fine catch off Sean’s bowling in the nineteenth over (there’s a lesson in psychology there somewhere). 108 – 6.   Rather incredibly, the last over arrived with the match poised to go either way.  Captain Ben, looking cool on the outside though feeling goodness knows what on the inside, bowled the last ball – 1 run to draw, 2 to win.  As LDCC spectators nearly passed out, the scoreboard reflected the result: Malden Wanderers 119 off 20 overs. If the match had been televised the ratings would have gone through the roof!   A tremendously exciting and exhausting win. Finish it off earlier next time please lads…

Thanks to Brian for still being upright at the end, and Simon for continuing to score whilst the result rested in his son’s hands.

Good weekend results for the Sat. senior team, Cup quarter final win on Sunday

July 7, 2014 by  
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Both Saturday senior teams were undefeated on Saturday, with the First XI being involved in a close win against Putney and the Second XI making a huge 207 for 3 declared off 42 overs. The Firsts won by 3 wickets, but the Seconds just couldn’t get all of Hook and Southborough out, so had to settle for a winning draw. On Sunday, the First XI went through to the Semi Final of the League Cup, beating Roehampton at their own ground by 80 runs. Click on the Play-Cricket link on the bottom right hand side for the score-cards.

Latest U12s match reports

July 2, 2014 by  
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Match Report: U12s Spencer B vs Long Ditton (Cup match), Sunday 22 June 2014

An extraordinary scene greeted the U12s on arrival at Barn Elms Sports Centre. Hundreds of white-clad figures in varying shapes and sizes milling about in search of the right patch of turf. Once a spot of double-booking had been sorted, a quintessentially English mixture of tranquillity and expectation descended as several Spencer teams squared up to their opposition and other members busied about with training. Not to be out-done, Long Ditton had a little drama of its own unfolding.  Louis was delayed by a puncture and his Mum had to forsake a slightly gentler Sunday get-up for a mad dash to an unknown ground…

In glorious sunshine Hari and Adwait opened the batting.  Facing strong nippy bowling on a lively dry pitch Hari fell in the second over. 1 – 1.  Adwait was joined by Tom and both scored lovely boundaries before Spencer claimed their next wicket – Adwait, the score 9 – 2.  Louis raced to the crease announcing his arrival with a fine 4 before Tom, already wincing from earlier body blows, was on the receiving end of another bruising delivery.  Prepared to battle on but clearly in pain Tom retired hurt with the score on 19 off 6 overs.  Tommy was next in and he and Louis set about building a steady partnership with some fine shots and good running.  Church bells tolled, a helicopter appeared watchful overhead and, somewhat bizarrely, sailing boats circled on the Thames at the edge of the field (presumably sailing tuition underway rather than a plug being pulled). Time stood still but the score moved onwards and upwards : 40 runs at 10 overs, 54 at 13. All this against furious bowling and a tight field. Sadly the partnership came to an abrupt halt a couple of overs later when Tommy was clean bowled.  57 – 3.  Buoyed up by his team mates impressive efforts Ben joined Louis, sent a lovely shot to the boundary and then succumbed to another good ball.  Guy was next to shoulder arms, and was rather quickly disarmed two balls later by a tall bowler with a fast action and surprisingly low swinging delivery.  64 – 5.  Louis, joined by Luke, continued to thwart the bowlers with some super 4s.  The helicopter returned to clock him still at the crease, until moments later he too was bowled in the 19th over for a splendid 29 runs.  75 – 6. James joined Luke to see out the remaining balls.  Final score 80 – 6 off 20 overs – a competitive total against bruising opposition.

Long Ditton took to the field in good spirits. Off Ben’s first ball Hari demonstrated a text-book long barrier to curtail a quest for the boundary.  In spite of strong bowling from Ben, Sean, Tommy and good stops from Guy and Adwait the score inched up, the first wicket making its appearance in the 5th over off Ben. 27 – 1.  Used to watching hi-jinks in the field, spectators were not to be disappointed in Tommy’s next over, with a run-out in prospect then hopes temporarily dashed by an overthrow, Jake came to the rescue with a great throw in.  32 – 2. Excitement mounted as a pleasant breeze helped move the ball, and geese and ducks honked and quacked whilst going about their business (noted underfoot).  Luke and Tommy applied the brakes to Spencer’s scoring, backed up by tremendous saves from Jake and a fabulous diving stop from James in his snazzy trainers.  Soon though, with 10 overs down, the mental maths began to tell a different story 53 – 2.  The batsmen began to find the gaps and, despite another run-out off Louis’ bowling giving a shortlived sense of hope, the score moved to 76 – 3. An acrobatic stop and throw-in from Guy didn’t prevent Spencer reaching their target of 81 in the 16th over. Thanks to Lorna for getting Louis to the ground, Simon for scoring with the book on his knees and Brian for umpiring amongst the duck poo.

Match Report:  U12s Long Ditton vs Chessington,  Sunday 15 June 2014

Under brooding moody skies and irritating mizzly rain, not to mention the chill, LDCC’s U12s welcomed Chessington to their home turf.  Not sure what was more troubling – the weather prospects, England’s performance in the early hours, or the fact that the tea urn wasn’t working.

Still, Tommy won the toss and invited the opposition to bat.  In their established role as opening pair, Ben and Sean attempted to keep the batsmen in check.  In the gathering gloom it seemed an age before a breakthrough (though it was in fact only four overs) courtesy of Sean with a stump-scattering blow on the last ball of his second over.  9 – 1.  This, with a smattering of blue sky, lifted spirits and Jake stuck out a well-positioned hand to prevent a certain boundary.  Capitalising on the improving meteorological and emotional mood Tommy rearranged the stumps for the second wicket. 19 – 2.  What Long Ditton hadn’t reckoned on though was a sterling effort from Chessington’s batsman Josh.  Despite valiant bowling from Tommy, Aaron and Callum and energetic stops from Aaron, Guy and Louis, Josh found the gaps with some lovely shots to the boundary.  The runs began to mount (a few overthrows helping the cause), an enthusiastic shout for LBW was made more in hope than expectation, and shivering parents dreamed of warm fleecy blankets as 50 runs came up for the opposition.  In a twinkling, Josh had reached a very well-deserved 37 and retired. Out of nowhere with the next ball came wicket number 3 – courtesy of a decent delivery from Tommy.  68 – 3.  Not content to just bowl well, Tommy took a superb one-handed catch off Luke’s first ball. 69 – 4. Used to seeing fortunes change with Luke stepping up with the ball spectators were not to be disappointed.  With the fifth ball of his first over Luke claimed his second wicket off a great catch by Aaron. 71 – 5.  Louis served up a maiden and James a well-judged over before the closing overs descended into total run-out madness with attitude. Both Louis and Ben ran-out their facing batsman with the help of accurate and alert fielding from Hari and Callum.    95- 7 off 20 overs.

Josh (of retiring fame) opened the bowling for Chessington as the drizzle and cold returned and Hari and Louis set off to run some quick singles (a good way to keep warm).  With the U8s and U9s noisily enjoying their training, Hari was caught in the second over. 9 – 1.  Adwait was next in, causing some nervous spectating as a bit of spooning went on – luckily not caught by the fielders.   A beautiful boundary by Adwait tempted the sun out from behind a cloud and temperatures rose fractionally as it became obvious via a rash of 4s that Louis was in top form. A good partnership between the two developed and the score crept encouragingly upwards.  The ascent was halted in the tenth over with the score on 49 as Adwait’s strident shot was caught by a sensational two-handed catch. James strode to the crease and with Louis moved the score along before, with the score on 72 – 2, Louis reached a majestic 35 and was forced to retire. James was joined by Tommy and the target of 96 looked manageable, the only nagging doubt was the number of overs remaining.  Fielders moved in to stop the singles but the batsmen did some clever gap-finding. With tension building amidst the teeth-chattering another carnival of run-outs was set to begin. James  89- 3.  Tommy  and  Ben 93 – 5.  Bewildering.  Guy was left with the unenviable task of scoring off his second ball to save the match – and some dignity. Sadly it wasn’t to be…

Thanks as ever to Brian for umpiring and Simon for scoring.