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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.


10th June – Newdigate: 270 for 9   Badgers: 241 for 9

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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: This was the fourth time we’ve allowed 270 or more runs in an innings, all of them fielding first unsurprisingly, but we took more wickets in this one than across the other three combined and came far closer than ever before to matching such a total. For the strong of stomach the offending matches were against Blindley Heath in 2007, Maori Oxshott in 2009 and Wallington in 2013.

The Badgers have scored more than 240 only nine times, this being the fifth time batting second with the previous four instances yielding two wins, a loss and a drawn game. Our only previous loss scoring that many runs was against Hook Norton on the 2003 Tour.

Whilst changing after the game, the last one in the changing rooms as usual, I overheard a conversation on the verandah outside about the confusion between Greggy’s wickets taken on his personal page and on the lifetime averages page. We had all forgotten about it by the time I emerged, but I thought it best to explain it here rather than have the conversation recur until I was able to recall all of the details. Darrell did a good job explaining the whys and wherefores, which were already covered off on the Q&A page, but the current confusion has led me to add a table to that entry of all games that exist in the database but do not count towards the official averages and if one were to track back it would become apparent that Greggy played in the last three games in that table and took three wickets in the Tadworth T20, three more at Martinstown and one at Cholmondley, accounting for the seven wicket difference between the two sets of figures.


3rd June – Badgers: 200 all out   Teddington Town: 149 all out

There is no scorecard for this game as yet, because of problems with interpreting the opposition scorebook

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: Darrell reached the half century for the first time since his hundred against Cuddington game in 2016 whilst Jake was dismissed on 49 for the second time in his Badgers career so I was unable to offer the same consolation as last time at Beddington last year.

The 74 that Darrell and Jake added for the second wicket is their best together with the previous coming in that Cuddington game.


27th May – Badgers: 185 for 8   Banstead: 153 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 there is only an outside chance that anything will be

Statistical Notes: For the second week running a Badger reached fifty by hitting a six, with Rob doing so to notch up his fourth half century for the club and his first since the Iscoyd game on the 2016 Tour.

Darrell’s first wicket took him out of a tie with Steve Card for eighth place on the all-time wicket takers list and he finished the game with 213. It is likely to be a long time before he passes anyone else as Greggy in seventh has 293 to his name.


20th May – Dormansland: 173 for 9   Badgers: 165 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 little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Rod’s 50, brought up with a six, was his first half century for the club and surpassed his previous best of 42 against Banstead last season (a fact that didn’t get flagged up in the statistical notes for that game – mea culpa).

Another debutant this week in Ned Rowland, who we suspect turned up expecting to play for the home side but found himself making up the eleven for the visitors and a big thank you to him for that. He bowled a tidy spell of left arm medium pace, took a wicket and a smart one-handed catch, but didn’t get a chance to show his prowess with the bat due to a mix up with Danny on the running between the wickets front.


13th May – Old Wimbledonians: 69 all out   Badgers: 72 for 4

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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 little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: Rob’s 4 for 29 were his best bowling figures since his only five-fer for the club against Horley in 2013 and had the skipper somehow clung on to a sprawling catch running back from gully towards short third man he might have bettered those figures.

Darrell carried his bat for the first time since his century against Cuddington Casuals in 2016, and for only the third time ever, although he required some generosity from the fielding side in doing so.

Danny Glover made his Badgers’ debut, clinging on to the only chance that came his way in the field and taking the same number of balls to score the same number of runs as the skipper when he batted, so a solid debut and here’s to many more games as a Badger.

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