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Match Reports – Season 2017

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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.

11th June – Leigh: 71 all out   Badgers: 72 for 3

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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: Jake’s dominant knock was his 100th innings for the club, the 28th Badger, to come to the crease that many times. His nineteenth fifty for the club ties him with Darren Hanley in ninth place on that list and those nineteen have come in just three years, since he made his first in this fixture in 2014.

Vinny’s three for six (which was really a four-fer if you count the outrageous dropped catch in order to run out the better batsman) is his best bowling figures for the club, bettering the 3 for 17 at Horley two year’s ago.

4th June – Maori-Oxshott: 166 all out   Badgers: 171 for 5

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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: About halfway through his innings Jake became the sixteenth Badger, to make 2000 runs for the club and with his very next shot passed Adrian Cowell into fifteenth place on the all-time run scoring list.

Darrell played his 129th innings for club, taking him past Keith Miller into 19th spot on the all-time list of innings played. The next couple of places should fall in short order, but thereafter things start spreading out and it will be 2018 at the earliest before he stands any chance of catching Albert Briscoe in 16th.

28th May – Old Whitgiftians: 203 for 7   Badgers: 204 for 8

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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: The unbroken 108 that Mark and Bill put on between them smashed the previous ninth wicket record, held by Mark and Greggy since the 2011 visit to Ham, by 35 runs. It was the 21st century partnership that the Skipper has been a part of, extending his own club record in that category.

Mark’s unbeaten 103 is his sixth century for the Badgers, taking him into joint second place on the all-time list of century makers, tied with Chris Morgan and two behind Pat Redding. He also went past 10,000 runs for the club in style – with his second scoring shot being a six – and becomes the only player in club history to reach the five figures.

PLEASE NOTE that it took me some time to sort out the scoring for this game, not helped by the fact that I didn’t play, and the boring detail can be found in the Statistical Sett.

21st May – Dormansland: 119 all out   Badgers: 121 for 7

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A lovely sunny afternoon greeted us at long-time opponents Dormansland – this was our 58th meeting, dating back to 1962 – and having lost the toss the Skipper chose to field (or at least that’s how he described the outcome). Rob Knew sent down a particularly miserly spell of opening bowling for which, in time-honoured fashion, he received absolutely no reward whilst Vinny Cibardo snared three victims at the other end courtesy of a smart slip catch from Bill Jenkins, a one-handed sprawling effort from Mark Gordon tracking from mid off to just behind the bowler and a straightforward effort off the very next ball for Ben Valentine at mid-wicket. When they finished their tandem effort after 14 overs the home side were 41 for 3 but the change bowlers offered a similar degree of niggardliness with Greggy picking up a victim courtesy of one that kept low and Darrell Pitts being thwarted in his efforts to get the batsmen to hit out at him despite giving it more than enough air.

When Ben and Mark took over the bowling chores the score had reached just 73 off 25 overs, for five wickets down courtesy of a very daft run out (which Amy Gordon, keeping wicket, later tried to wheedle the scorer into crediting to her rather than the thrower Bill. My decision was that neither of them should get it), with Dave Tribe serene at one end but nothing much happening at the other. This pattern continued with Ben trapping Josh Varney in front of all three (for a Varney-leading three runs on the day – his brother having made the golden duck and his old man then slapping one straight back to Ben in his next over after recording just a single). At this point Dave, rapidly running out of partners as Ben snared his third victim in the same over as the caught and bowled courtesy of another Mark special, started to show a little more aggression, hitting a couple of straight sixes off Mark but when George Jarrett had his bails trimmed without troubling the scorer either it looked like Dormansland might be rolled over for less than a hundred.

Some sterling resistance from Stuart Hellier, a disallowed catch by Darrell at square leg that would have been Ben’s five-fer had he not over-stepped and a couple of lusty blows that tripled Ben’s runs allowed saw the hosts reach 119 before Stuart became the third leg before victim of the innings (an indicator of the havoc the rainfall in the days prior had wreaked on the track rather than any reflection on the umpiring) leaving Dave stranded on 78 of those and thus 22 runs shy of making a second hundred against us nearly 37 years after his first.

After what was reportedly a cracking tea, and it certainly looked good, the Badgers gave Bill the chance to open the innings with Ricky Cibardo, since he had not had the opportunity to exercise his bowling muscles. I’m not sure that he was all that taken by the prospect (he was dozing in the sun when the skipper gave him less than five minutes notice to pad up) but he held the early innings together in genuine opener fashion as first Ricky, then Jake (a cameo featuring two big sixes, a four and an ugly hoick across the line) and Vinny all came and went in the first eight overs. The score was 38 for 3 as Amy joined Bill in the middle, well ahead of the required run rate, and the pair initially feasted on some loose deliveries – Bill hit the 29th ball he faced for six, having taken eight singles and a two off the previous 28, and Amy deposited a maximum into the same trees at square leg as her brother had targeted – before having to knuckle down against the fourth and fifth bowlers used, Beeson and Lindsay. The pair continued to bat sensibly – Amy facing 21 dot balls between her second and third fours – and had moved the score on to eighty, their partnership of 41 being the best of the day, before Bill was trapped in front and Amy castled in consecutive overs. Greggy departed in the next over, to the sixth LBW of the day, and the Badgers, if not teetering on the brink were wobbling a little, still requiring 34 to win with only four wickets left to fall.

Rod Smith and Darrell then set about dragging the visitors to their target, although the latter was incredibly fortunate to have an absolute dolly to mid off spilled early in his innings. He made the most of that stroke of luck by taking his side to within four runs of the target before making the mistake of hitting one straight at George fielding at short cover. Ben then ambled in at number nine and smacked the winning runs with more than ten overs still to be bowled but only three wickets in hand.

Statistical Notes: Rob reached a milestone of sorts for the second week running, his tight spell taking him to the 150 maidens mark, the 12th Badger to bowl that many. Ben’s four-fer was his best bowling figures since taking 4 for 14 against Ockley in 2014 and his best at anywhere other than Ockley!

14th May – Stoke D'Abernon: 197 for 5   Badgers: 185 all out

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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: Rob reached one thousand runs for the Badgers with the final single of his innings, just before valiantly holing out at long on to end his contribution. He becomes the 32nd Badger to achieve that milestone.

Westy became the second Badger this year to record a four wicket haul, which also happened to be his best bowling figures for the club, albeit only from a handful of games.

(You might also care to check out Stoke’s report on the match which has a final paragraph that one would like to hope sums up the feelings of every opponent we play)

7th May – Hampton Wick Royal: 231 for 9   Badgers: 230 for 6

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and it is fairly unlikely that anything will be

Statistical Notes: Andy Curtis made his debut for the Badgers in this game and became the first debutant to score 40 or more since Simon Clementson hit 45 on his debut against Seven Sports in 2006. Let’s hope that Andy plays rather more games for us than Simon did. For the last time that a player making their first ever appearance scored a fifty or more we have to go all of the way back to Robin Suggate in May 1989!

Jake’s unbeaten 84 was his second highest score for the club behind only the 89 that he made against Oxted & Limpsfield two years ago and it lifted him into 16th place on the all-time run scoring list. Matt Mann recorded his best bowling figures for the Badgers, bettering the 3 for 39 at Tadworth in 2012.

This is the third time in club history that we’ve lost a game by a single run – the previous occasion being last season’s vist to Malpas – and almost certainly the first time we have lost by less than a yard, with Jake’s valiant attempt to hit a match winning six off the final ball coming up agonisingly short.

PLEASE NOTE that there was considerable detective work required to sort out the first innings scoring this week and the details of those deliberations can be found in the Statistical Sett.

30th April – Beechwood: 159 all out   Badgers: 160 for 8

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My apologies for the lack of a report for this game, but nothing was written at the time and it is fairly unlikely that anything will be

Statistical Notes: Ricky’s fifty was his second for the club in his nineteenth innings. Billy’s four-fer was his sixth return of four wickets or more in this 66th bowling performance.

A handful of minor personal milestones this week, with Mark taking his 400th wicket for the club, the third Badger to do so but a long, long way behind the leading pair of Alan Tickner (942) and Brian Moore (965) and also playing (and batting) in his 30th season – tied for 7th most all-time. Greggy also reached a nice round number since he has now played, batted and bowled in 20 different seasons for the club – 8th most all-time on the bowling front and tied for 15th for played/batted. Less exciting, but “longevity has its place”, I extended my own record for seasons played for the club, having appeared in at least one game in each of the last 41 seasons.

PLEASE NOTE that there was a minor disagreement between the scorers this week, the details of which can be found in the Statistical Sett.

(You might also care to check out Beechwood’s page on the match which features a lengthy match report)

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