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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.


19th May – Dormansland: 152 all oout   Badgers: 106 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: The 6 for 13 that Mark recorded were his second best bowling figures for the club, against the same opposition as were on the receiving end of his 7 for 19 back in 2012, and also the best figures by anyone since then. In taking those six wickets in just 3.5 overs he also recorded the fewest number of total overs for a five-fer or better in the past 35 years, which is as far back as the database holds bowling figures. The last three wickets fell from the last three balls of the innings, meaning that Mark recorded that rarest of beasts (and least documented) the hat-trick. Best as I can tell he is the first to do that since Alan Tickner against the FCO in 2004 and quite possibly the first to finish an innings that way since Brian Moore’s 10 for 2 performance against Montrose in 1966.

This was Darrell’s 200th appearance, the sixteenth Badger to play that many games for the club, and his first two scoring shots tied and then took him past Andy Parker into 17th place on the all-time runs scored list. Rob also passed Andy when adding three maidens to his tally moved him into 12th place in that category whilst Ben turned out for the 150th time, making him the 23rd Badger to notch that many games, and played his 128th innings which ties him with Keith Miller in 20th on that list. The five runs that Greggy scored were enough to squeak him past Barry Passmore into 22nd on the gamut of run scorers.

We (especially yours truly) contributed a phenomenal quantity of free runs to the Dormansland cause, in the shape of 2 no balls, 30 wides (which included 12 runs as well as 18 free deliveries), a single leg bye and 26 byes for a grand total of 59 extras. In discussion whilst watching our innings I told Matt Smith that I had the data going back to at least 1985 to see whether that was some sort of record but it turns out that that is not really the case. Historically, when the information was entered by hand at the end of each season, all I stored was a single eXtras record in the batting and bowling data (the total extras for our innings and the fielding extras for the other side’s innings) that enabled the total score to be cross-checked.

Even when I started scraping the data entered into Play-Cricket rather than typing it by hand, back in September 2010, I carried on simply totalling the appropriate extras numbers and recording a single database record. That changed in late 2013 when I made the belated decision to extend the Badgers database to record all of the information kept by Play-Cricket, which also added boundaries hit, balls faced and individual bowler wides and no balls, and at some point over the next year or so I updated those details to record the individual extras totals of all games recorded on Play-Cricket (which you can see on the scorecards pages).

So, the long and the short of it is that I only have full extras details for 1985 to 1987, 2004 and 2008 onwards (if anyone is willing to undertake the fairly tedious chore of filling in those gaps, working backwards from 2007, then please shout as there are other advantages to having the full information recorded in Play-Cricket) and thus can only tell you that the highest wides figure we have recorded in those seasons was 22 at Beechwood in 2013 and the highest byes conceded was also 22, at Leigh last year. Aside from those two games there is only one other game with a total fielding extras of more than 25, covering the whole period from 1985 to today, which was the 2003 visit to Maori-Oxshott where the combined 29 comprised 16 byes and 13 leg byes (although the total total was only 31 because there were single wides and no balls).

By contrast, the highest wides total recorded by our opponents in the seasons for which we have that data was 23 by Old Alleynians in 2004 and the biggest byes allowed was the 25 by Westcott in 2014. The highest total extras on any of our batting slates from 1985 onwards was the 41 recorded by both Crondall in 1994 and Whiteley Village last season.


12th May – Ham & Petersham: 225 for 8   Badgers: 202 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: There have been thirteen previous occasions when the Badgers have made 200 in a losing cause, with the most recent on tour last year at West Monkton. Only four of those have come when we batted first and all bar two of the thirteen have come in the past decade. Perhaps surprisingly, all fourteen have come against different opponents.

Andy recorded his first half century for the club in his tenth innings, with his previous best having been an unbeaten 46 at Ockley in 2017. In contrast Wardy’s curtailed innings was his 200th for the club (the twelfth to reach that milestone) as he continues to inch towards the 3000 run mark – if he continues to play regularly this season, and avoids running himself out too often, he may find himself in eight place on both lists before the season is out.

PLEASE NOTE there was some confusion this week over a couple of individual scores and Darrell will no doubt be unhappy to learn that I have ended up giving the disputed four to Rod, although I did find him an extra run too. For anyone interested in the boring details, or any insomniacs looking for relief, they can be found in the Statistical Sett.


28th April – Beechwood: 189 for 8 dec.   Badgers: 147 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 little or no chance that anything will be now

Statistical Notes: This was our first drawn match in more than three seasons, with the last coming at Ockley back in 2015, although we have only played 13 timed games between the two draws.

Darrell’s 5 for 25 were his best bowling figures since he took 5 for 6 against Beddington in June of 2017 whilst Matt Mann’s 40 was his best batting performance since falling one run shy of a half-century on Ham Common in 2015.

Mark played his 500th game for the club, in which he is already comfortably in third place lifetime, whilst Greggy played in his 285th game, which might (with the usual caveat) take him past Brian Moore into seventh place on the all-time list of appearances.

The first of Bill’s wickets took him past Simon Fox into 12th place on the list of lifetime wicket-takers and he ended the day just 13 behind Jake in 11th. With his first scoring shot of our innings Wardy also passed Foxy, into tenth place on the lifetime runs scored list and he finished 13 runs short of 3000 and 38 shy of David Aldwinckle in ninth.

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