Dear members, as I’m sure you’re all aware we have been told that cricket is indefinitely suspended at our level. We are all gutted and hoping to get back out there as quickly as the nation’s health permits.
You may have noticed that we haven’t sought membership fees at this stage, we know this is a difficult time for everyone. The club still has some costs we need to meet whilst we’re closed – mostly to ensure our facilities are playable as quickly as possible when we return.
cricket is indefinitely suspended at our level. We are all gutted and hoping to get back out there as quickly as the nation’s health permits. You may have noticed that we haven’t sought membership fees at this stage, we know this is a difficult time for everyone. The club still has some costs we need to meet whilst we’re closed – mostly to ensure our facilities are playable as quickly as possible when we return. Membership is the clubs most important cash flow at this time of year, and it may be some time before we can access funding from Sport England and the ECB – we are in the process of applying. The club has taken all the steps we can to minimise or outgoings, with particular thanks to Stepping Stones Nursery and our groundsman Chris Notton.
In the mean time we would like to ask is whether our members would be happy to pay membership fees, or make a donation of an equivalent value through our Go Fund Me page – £7000 is approximately the income we will lose over the next few weeks, so we have adopted that as our target.
This contribution is entirely voluntary and any smaller donations would be more than welcomed. We are a small club and these contributions are really important in helping us guarantee our future into 2021 and beyond. We will ensure that our membership policy reflects the goodwill and kindness of our members when we get back to the season.
To parents, we are actively considering what we can offer our junior members during the summer holidays. If you would be interested in helping develop a plan to provide coaching and other activities for our colts please contact
Long Ditton beat Lingfield by 86 runs on the semi-final of the Fuller’s League Cup on Sunday. Ian Antoina scored 87 not out, James Mumford 65, with Charlie Hinchliffe, Matt Baker and Mike Hall sharing the wickets amongst themselves.
LDCC will play the winner of Hampton Hill v London Gymkhana on 2nd September, with West End Esher staging the 2018 final.
On a scorching hot day, the Senior First XI travelled down to Newdigate in the Fuller’s League. Having lost the toss, the First XI were somewhat relieved to be asked to bat first. Highlights of the batting were Ian Antonio 86 not out, James Mumford 75 and James Chapple making 60.
After tea, Matt Baker and Anand Desai destroyed the Newdigate batting, with Baker taking 6 – 31 and Desai 3 – 29, giving LDCC a huge 216 runs victory.
The 2nd XI hosted Newdigate at home and batting first made 194 – 9 off 49.5 overs. Ben Cheema and George Bradford made 49, with Steve Williams scoring 31 and Felix Williams scoring 17 not out. In an amazing piece of cricket, George Bradford was dropped 3 times in 3 successive balls.
In reply, Newdigate found batting comfortable and coasted home to win by 8 wickets.
Will Bradley’s 101 not out against Battersea Ironside was the highlight of the weekend, which saw the First XI lose away at Ham and Petersham, the Second XI win by 15 runs against Battersea ad Ironside and the Sunday XI comprehensively beating St. Mary’s Church on a glorious sunny day at Stokes Field.
With yet more rain falling on Saturday, both League games were abandoned. The First XI at home had managed to get a good start against Shepperton before the rain came, but the game was abandoned with Shepperton on the ropes at 26 for 3 after 11 overs.
The Second XI had travelled to Weybridge Vandals and got a solid start, before they were forced off, having posted 78 for 1 after 23.3 overs. Captain Bennett had reached 25 not out, Bradley 34 not out.
On Sunday, the First XI were away to Southern Railway, Kenley and Selsdon Cricket Club. This time the day developed into a pleasant sunny day, with Long Ditton batting first. They were quickkly struggling at 6 for 2 off 4 overs, 54 for for 4 off 19 overs , but managed to reach 125 all out, thanks to knocks of 31 from Hall and 26 from Bradford.
A super bowling performance from Chapple taking 5 wickets for 8 runs off seven overs and Fegan taking 4 wickets for 6 runs off 5 overs saw LDCC bowl out Southern Railway for 69, to achieve a superb win and progress through to the next round.
Following a couple of weeks build-up, Long Ditton becomes one of the many clubs officially running the ECB All Stars Cricket programme. At present, we do have limited space – sign up at the link below: