This page holds the match reports for all games completed so far this season. It is my intention to post at least a summary report for each game, at the same time as the result for the game, with full reports becoming available as and when those designated for the task turn in their copy. The current report will always be available in the latest section of the results page but will also be available here.
The links below provide a direct route to the report for each game plus access to the reports for seasons from 2000 to the present. It is also possible to link to them from the associated rolling results page entries and I hope to extend that facility to include all of the historical results pages, once I’ve figured out the best method of doing so.
Unless otherwise noted both summary and full match reports are written by your host and webmaster, Steve Pitts, as are all editorial comments and statistical notes. For reasons that are now lost in the mists of time, the reports are laid out in reverse chronological order, but hopefully the links above make that an unimportant detail.
Statistical Notes: When Mark castled the home opening bat in the final over of his first spell he recorded his 500th wicket for the Badgers, a list in which he is already in third place all-time and on which he stands very little chance of catching the leading pair, who despite Mark adding number 501 in his second spell are still 441 and 464 ahead of him. To be fair both Alan Tickner and top dog Brian Moore bowled a lot more overs than Mark has done, and probably will in his lifetime given the shift to limited overs cricket, but equally both have far better strike rates. Hopefully Mark will take many more for us, irrespective of the impregnability of the position of the top two in the list.
This was Jake’s 39th score of 50 or more in 155 innings which lifted his ratio to better than 25%. Only three Badgers are above him in that regard – Darren Hanley (27.1%), David Aldwinckle (27.3%) and the remarkable Pat Redding (36.7%) – but at the rate he’s going he may well move past at least two of them, if not all three.
Darrell joined Wardy on 243 games played for the club, tied for either eleventh or twelfth place on that list (see the discussion on the subject in the notes for the Beechwood game two weeks ago for more detail on their standing in relation to Barry Passmore and Richard Kemp).
This was our first ever visit to Giggs Hill Green to play Thames Ditton, with the only previous fixture between the two clubs taking place in late May of 1980 at Rose Hill. Nobody from either side played in both that game and in this one – I did play that weekend, but only in the Bank Holiday Monday game against Old Walcountians – so there is no one available to tell us whether it was as dank and cold that day but I would be prepared to bet that is was not. Nonetheless a game of cricket was played without interruption, so we can be grateful for that, and despite the weather it turned out to be a cracker.
The home side won the toss, elected to bat, and the opening pair were soon putting the visiting bowlers under pressure, with eight boundaries hit in the first eight overs, six of them by home skipper Dixon. However, Bill Jenkins curtailed his progress courtesy of a cracking low catch by Ian Estall at slip and that reined the scoring rate in for a few overs at least. This was to turn out to be one of our sloppier bowling and especially fielding performances, with 35 extras recorded, including eighteen wides, and seven or eight chances missed – a sharp stumping chance, a caught behind standing up, a diving effort in the gully, three massive skiers in the area of deep mid on and a hard hit shot straight to deep square leg all went begging – whilst numbers two and three continued on their merry way, amassing a second wicket partnership of 177 before Jonny Annable tamely poked a Mark Gordon back of a length delivery to Ian again, this time at shortish extra cover, to end his contribution just four shy of three figures. The innings closed eleven balls later on a total of 223 for just two wickets down, which felt like a fairly imposing total.
Despite both Darrell Pitts and Mark Goldfinch hitting impressive cut shots for four off the left arm quick bowler from one end, both struggled to score freely, especially against the veteran Annable at the other, who bowled his eight overs off the reel for just 28 runs. Goldie played all round a leg stump yorker from the left armer, whilst Darrell tired of hitting Annable right out of the middle along the ground straight to a fielder and varied things by doing so in the air to point. This left Jake Gordon and Ian Estall to rebuild things and ten overs into the innings the Badgers found themselves on 26 for 2 with the winning post looking very distant indeed.
In fact things took a turn for the worse with Ian being adjudged LBW from the penultimate delivery of Annable’s spell but the incoming Dan Ward got to watch Jake starting to unfurl his shots as he took a liking to both change bowlers, especially home skipper Dixon who replaced Annable and saw his first four overs clattered for 51 including four sixes. Dan had been minding his own business and farming Jake the strike and did not deserve to be called for a suicidal single off the final ball of the 24th over which saw him comfortably beaten to the striker’s end stumps by the bowler with ball in hand. His taking one for the team was much appreciated by the watching Badgers as at that point Jake had 93 runs and the pair had added 77 for the fourth wicket despite Dan having just the three singles to his name having faced less than a third of the strike during that span.
At that point the visitors were 127 for 4 with 16 overs left to score the required 97 more to win, and four overs later when Jonny Stokes had his bails trimmed it was up to 89 from 12. At that point yours truly strode to the crease, with the sole goal of feeding Jake – who was on 98 at that juncture – the strike, which the home side largely facilitated by not closing down the open spaces when I was on strike. Over the next few overs Jake moved quickly past his 100 and we were able to keep things moving along at roughly the rate required and it was the 34th over of the innings that probably decided the match. The unlucky Raveendran watched helplessly as Jake hit a massive skier, only for deep long off to shell the chance, and another one two balls later, better hit but nonetheless catchable, to long on, with the home skipper adding insult to injury for his bowler by deflecting the ball over the boundary for Jake’s fifth and final six.
Two overs later the home side reintroduced the left arm quick into the attack, despite the light being fairly grim, and I have to say that I did not see either of the balls he bowled to me, although somehow managing to scrape a single off the second of them. At this point we were scrambling everything, off the bat or no, but my luck ran out off the penultimate ball of the 37th over when I played all around a straight one from Park, who had been wheeling away for seven of his reasonably economical overs by that point, ending the sixth wicket stand at 64 from 53 balls. This brought Mark to the crease to fulfil the role of feeder of singles largely filled by Ian, Dan and I to that point, and the following over was to prove the decisive one.
The ‘wise’ heads on the boundary at this point proclaimed that there was a potential advantage to us from the quick bowler being on, because the slightest bit of bat was going to send the ball to the boundary with the fielders struggling in the gloaming probably more than the batsmen, and those words were to prove prophetic as Jake broke a Badgers record for the individual score in an innings with a snick past stumps and keeper for one four before a more authentic steer to the third man boundary for another. Three more off the next ball and a single from the skipper saw the equation reduced to eleven from twelve balls and the scampering continued into the final over, Jake bringing up his 150 in the process, which the home skipper bravely took upon himself with his four main bowlers all bowled out. Jake snatched two from the first ball but then two weary heaves attempting to finish things in one hit resulted in him losing his castle and Bill heading to the wicket with three needed from three.
More ‘sage’ musings from the sidelines had three leg byes as good enough, thinking back to the last ball win at Leatherhead a few years ago and so it was to prove, with a scrambled leg bye off the next ball and a variation via the two byes that ensued off the penultimate ball which somehow missed the wickets, possibly caromed off some part of the wicket keeper and ran far enough away towards fine leg to allow Mark and Bill to hustle through for the winning runs. A close game played in the right spirit, the right result from a Badgers’ perspective and a big thank you to our hosts.
Statistical Notes: Having come so close against Leatherhead on the same weekend last season Jake finally smashed Chris Morgan’s long standing Badgers’ highest individual score for an innings, being bowled for 155 with just three balls of the innings remaining having batted since the last ball of the sixth over whilst facing 109 balls. During that span he hit 20 fours and 5 sixes but the most impressive numbers for me were the 47 dot balls faced and especially the 12 balls he faced before getting off the mark from the thirteenth. A lesson for all of us, I suspect, although those of us arriving at the wicket in the last ten overs of the innings did not really have the luxury.
We do not often score 220 or more batting second, with only 14 other occasions on record, and this ties the highest score we have ever passed under those circumstances, matching the 223 that Malpas made in the Sunday tour game in 2013. As noted in the linked statistical notes for that game, we have never managed better in a limited overs game, and there are five losses and three draws scattered amongst the fourteen.
Rob’s second over of the innings was a maiden, one of only two that we sent down, and that took him to 200 lifetime maidens for the club, the eleventh Badger to reach that mark. He too is quite lowly ranked in the percentage of maidens to overs bowled – 19.8% compared to Darrell’s 9.1% and also slightly ahead of Mark’s 19.0%, but then maidens are much harder to come by with the way the game is played these days. Which makes Billy’s numbers all the more remarkable as his 30.4% sits comfortably in second place and only slightly adrift of the inevitable Brian Moore who turned in 31.8% of his overs bowled with no runs from the bat.
My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and there is only an outside chance that anything will be
Statistical Notes: A welcome return to Badgers’ colours for Ian Estall, who turned out for us to help when we were short for a game eight years ago at Horsley & Send and has offered his services on a more regular basis this time around. He started out in fine style with a half century that put us in a good position to win this opening fixture, an opportunity which the rest of the batting lineup just failed to grasp.
In contrast to Ian’s second appearance, Wardy turned out for the club for the 243rd time, possibly moving him into eleventh place on the all-time list ahead of Barry Passmore. As ever the doubt comes because Barry played in the 1981 season and thus may be missing games in which he played but did not bat. My best guess, based in this instance on the number of innings and the usual relationship to games played for the person concerned – Barry did not bowl and thus generally batted in most of the games he played in – is that he actually played at least one more game, but probably only one, and that Graham is actually tied for eleventh as I type this. The next man up in tenth place, Richard Kemp, also may be missing an appearance or two, but either way if Wardy continues to play regularly this season he could pass both Barry and Richard for definite before the year is out.
Darrell included a wicket maiden amongst the seven overs that he bowled which takes his lifetime tally of maidens to 100, the 23rd Badger to reach that figure, although of the preceding 22 only Mick Willmott has a lower ratio of maidens to overs bowled.