2010 Match Reports

Damazan vs BBC Bushmen 26th September 2010 
 
Once again the weather was cool but with sunshine prevailing for the return 40 over match, could it be revernge for Damazan?
 
Damazan's captain John Ayling lost the toss and once again the BBC captain decided to bat. This time the BBC openers scored quicker and signs were looking rather ominous as the star batsman- Rob Ancil- was still to come! However Damazan's bowlers pegged back the scoring whilst taking wickets and when Rob Ancil arrived at the crease he was held in check to some degree by tight bowling. Damazan captain John Ayling rotated the bowling and tightened the match, Ancil was dismissed for 61 and the innings was over in less than 40 overs, BBC making 158. Cockerell scored 32 and Owens 22. The pick of Damazan's bowlers was Goffi with 29 for 3 and Marcus Harris who picked up the suberb figures of 23 for 3. Damazan's fielding was much improved on the saturday performance and this showed in the target of 159 for victory.
 
Damazan's batsmen got off to a bad start and the first three were back in the pavilion for less than 10 each. That brought Marcus Harris to the crease, Damazan's best batsman for 2010, the hopes of the hoardes of supporters hinged on his broad shoulders. He was joined by Richard Lytton who was needed to play a sheet anchor roll in support of Marcus. The pair came together with the score in the 30s and stayed together, facing an array of bowling changes, finally Marcus Harris was dismissed for 77 with the score in the 130s, a great partnership that saved the match for Damazan. BBC fought back hard dismissing several wickets and the match became excruciating tight at 154 with one over remaing and Damazan running dangerously low on batsmen. The man for the moment was Roy Pedersen who faced the final over, he cracked a four and the scores were tied with one ball remaining and cool as you like picked off a single. Damazan won on the last ball of the season, not to mention the match. Credit to the BBC Bushmen who played the whole weekend in great spirit, the most erudite opponents Damazan have ever faced!
 
Champagne moments were thick and fast in this fantastic match: Richard Lytton's middle stump hit and runout from the boundry as well as his diving catch late in the innings; the brilliant batting by Marcus Harris and the the man for the moment match winning Roy Pedersen- not to mention the wizardry of the captain John Ayling. 
 
 
Damazan vs BBC Bushmen 25th September 2010 
 
This 40 over match was played under very cool conditions, perfect for the touring BBC Bushmen who felt right at home. Damazan captain Peter Matthews lost the toss and the BBC captain decided he would bat under conditions that rather suited the bowlers.
 
The opening batsmen were held down to 15 runs off nearly the same number of overs, however, with the entry of Rob Ancil into the picture the batting advanced at a cracking pace. BBC were 50 odd after 20 overs but amassed an astonishing 200 for 6 by the end of the innings. Rob Ancil rather thrashed the Damazan bowlers and he finished on 76 n.o. This demolition was assisted by Norman Butler who scored 39 and Spratt who scored 26.  Damazan's bowlers toiled hard, Swaran Singh being the best with 38 for 3.
 
With the wicket still damp and the outfield quite slow Damazan's task appeared grim and that proved to be the case. Peter Matthews excelled and halted the tide fighting hard for his 44 and Sanjay batted well for 24 but the BBC bowlers utilised the conditions wonderfully, all bowling well with Butler and Jeavons both capturing 10 for 3.  Damazan were finally all out for 110 in under 30 overs, all credit going to a polished display by the BBC Bushmen.

The champagne moment has to be the suberb batting by Rob Ancil with his cracking 76 n.o. in super quick time.
 
Catus vs Damazan 19th September 2010 
 
The 35 overs match between Damazan and Catus was played under cool but pleasant conditions.
Damazan fielded a rather weak side due to having played a match on the preceding friday. Catus captain offered 2 players to make up the numbers, the toss was won by Catus and they decided to bat.
 
Their two openers quickly got into their stride and it looked like it was going to be a very hard afternoon for the Damazan team. Ken Sutton was finally dismissed for 61 runs after plundering Damazan's weakened bowling attack. However Catus did not continue this plunder and Damazan bowlers struck back to restrict the scoring. Rob A made 49  and they were finally all out for 187. Peter Matthews bowled well to trap 29 for 3 and Richard Lytton took 35 for 3. 
 
Damazan's innings commenced well with an opening partnership of 31, however Catus bowlers performed well, bowling a tight line and taking the main batting threats cheaply. That in combination with a rather long tail in the Damazan batting attack left Damazan reeling, finishing on a rather flat 95 for 7. Peter Matthews top scored with just 19, only three other batsmen reached double figures. For Catus Richard Cole took 6 for 2 and Rob A  9 for 2. 
 
Champagne moment being the determined batting by Mike Frewin who showed great determination in occupying the crease and scoring 10 runs.
 
 
The 40 over match against Mold was played under cool conditions. Captain Ean Ireson lost the toss and Mold decided they would bat, they were a tad short on players and had three women make up the team.
 
Damazan held the scoring with openers John Ayling and Richard Lytton also picking up early wickets. However Mold stuck to their guns and Wiseman played out the rest of the innings finishing on 75 n.o  At the score of around 150 runs Wiseman was left high and dry with all the wickets falling, however, Damazan captain Ean Ireson recalled Wisemen to the crease inviting him to continue batting. He carved out some crucial runs and Mold finished on a respectable 181 runs. Harradine also contributed with 23 runs. Swaran Singh picked up 32 for 3, Richard Lytton 43 for 3 and John Ayling 41 for 2.
 
Thus the scene was set for a fine run chase, with 182 runs being a challenge on a dampish pitch and slower outfield. Damazan opened with Ian Richmond and Peter Matthews, Ian was out early but Peter continued and once again batted superbly finishing on 100 not out. Unfortunately for Damazan it was only Marcus Harris who stuck with him, Marcus clubbed 33 runs. Scoring was difficult and time ran out for Damazan, they fell short by 7 runs of Mold's total finishing at 174 for 5.
It was a satisfying afternoons cricket, Mold's bowlers all stuck to their tasks, several bowlers taking wickets.
 
The champagne moment must surely be the 100 n.o scored by Peter Matthews with special mention of the run "offered" to Peter when he was on 99- thanks to the Mold lads for their fine spirit.
 
Bordeaux vs Damazan 12th September 2010 
 
The setting was perfect for this battle of the giants Bordeaux versus Damazan played over 40 overs. A glorious outfield in magnificent surroundings of Chateau Giscours. What with pleasant weather at around 26 degrees this promised to be something special. Captains for the day, Ian Snook for Bordeaux and Richard Lytton for Damazan reached an agreement that Damazan should open the batting.
 
Peter Matthews and Goffi opened and Damazan quickly lost the latter snicking a legside delivery to the keeper.
Sanjay played a dazzling but short knock, getting his stumps rattled on 19. This bought Marcus Harris to the crease and his partnership with Peter Matthews pulled the innings together. Peter was dismised for 12 and Marcus scored a solid 48 runs. Bordeaux used some young bowlers who battled hard to restrict the scoring with Swaran Singh belting a quick fire 31 runs. The innings slowed with the dismissal of Marcus Harris but Swaran and Richard Lytton got the scoreboard up to the final score of 188 for 6. Marcus top scored with 48, Swaran made 31 and Richard finished on 23 n.o. Tom Smallwood bowled a long stint to finish with 49 for 2.
The afternoon tea was exceptional not to mention plentiful.

At the start of Bordeaux's innings it was thought that 189 was a relatively easy target. Rupert opened the batting with Stewart and the opening bowlers for Damazan were Marcus Harris and Richard Lytton. Rupert played his typical swashbuckling innings clubbing several fours. However Damazan's openers picked up two early wickets and the match started to become interesting. Bowling was rotated quite a bit and spinners Goffi and John Ayling kept control of the scoring as well as taking wickets. Rupert's stubborn resistance kept Bordeaux's chances alive but with his dismissal for 47 runs and David Smallwood's dismissal for 28  started the game swinging in Damazan's favour. However with Hugo at the crease and batting well Bordeaux were still in the running. Captain Lytton decided to turn the screws with bowlers Marcus Harris and Sanjay, both bowlers bowled tightly and when Hugo was caught on 21 off Sanjay's bowling  it appeared that Bordeau's chances rested with their captain Ian Snook, well known for this hard hitting.
However, scoring was restricted and Ian did not get much of the strike, Sanjay picked up the final two Bordeaux wickets and Bordeaux's innings finished at 158.  Rupert top scored on 47, with David Smallwood getting 28 and Hugo 21. Credit must be given to all the Damazan bowlers, Sanjay taking the magnificent figures of 29 for 3 including the prize wicket of Hugo. John Ayling took 23 for 2 and Goffi  36 for 2. A fine match played in good spirit ending off with the consummation of some of the lovely Chateau Giscours wine.
 
A polished victory for Damazan with two champagne moments, the brilliant catch by fielding superstar John Ayling to dismiss Hugo and the all round performance of new man Sanjay,  taking three important wickets at a crucial stage. 
 
Damazan vs Bristol Venturers 4th September 2010 
 
The 40 over match was played under cooler conditions, temperature around 28 degrees. The Bristol Venturers are a great bunch so the match was always going to be enjoyable despite the result.
 
Damazan lost the toss and were asked to field, Ian Snook bowled extremely well and restricted the scoring as well as trapping an early wicket. John Ayling opened the bowling with Ian and also bowled well so the overall scoring rate was kept in check.
Bristol's innings was held together rather single handedly by McDowell who batted through to the end. Damazan bowlers all bowled accurately and Bristol Venturers finished after 40 overs on 144 for 6.  Goffi took 37 for 2, Ian Snook 7 for 1 off 5 overs! Marcus Harris also bowled a great line without luck taking 3 for 1 off 4 overs. New player Sanjay captured his first wicket for Damazan, taking 19 for 1- congratulations and I am sure it is the first of many to come.
Bristol batting was marked by McDowell who scored a suberb 77 n.o with Vanderlinden making 20.
Damazan Captain Gagan decided to open up with the fireworks combination of Ian Snook and Goffi. Both batsman took a liking to the Bristol bowling and the new ball was lost in the lake scrubland 3 balls into the innings. Damazan did not relent, Ian Snooke was dismissed on 34, he scored 2 singles, the rest of his runs were all 4s.
Unfortuntely for Bristol this brought Gagan to the wicket, he rapidly scored 51 including 4 hits of six, he retired and Goffi finished off the innings with Richard Lytton. Goffi finished not out on 53, including 4 sixes. Damazan cruised in to win in 17 overs at 148 for 2.
Solid hitting from Ian Snook, Goffi and Gagan secured a great victory for Damazan. The Bristol Venturers stuck to their guns, Vanderlinden ended with 28 for 1 and  Miles captured 40 for 1. 
The champagne moment was the magnificent catch of John Ayling who with the speed of Usain Bolt scuttled across the ground to take a catch off Goffi's bowling; I hope the paparazzi got that shot on camera!   
 
Damazan vs Battersea Badgers 2nd September 2010 
 
The 40 over game started under clouded skies with relatively high humidity and a temperature of around 30. 
 
Skipper Gagan won the toss and decided to bat, openers Peter Matthews and Mike Frewin set about the task with Peter batting in a more aggressive style than normal, Mike was out after some stubborn resistance to accurate Battersea opening bowlers. New man Sanjay started off with a cracking cut for 4 runs but was dismissed for the same score, Marcus Harris and Swaran Singh steadied the ship to some degree before both were dismissed in their twenties. Then with the quick dismissal of Gagan the ship was looking like it would sink but the partnership between Peter Matthews, who was right on song and Richard Lytton advanced the score significantly, Peter batting magnificently to finally hole out chasing quick runs for 86. The innings finally finished at 226 for 8 with Richard Lytton not out on 27. With a super fast, dry outfield the score was a tad on the low side so the Battersea Badgers had a good opportunity to chase down the total. The best bowlers for Battersea were Thorpe 24 for 2, Mackrell 42 for 2 and Warman 48 for 2.
Peter Matthews batted with panache in accumulating an excellent 86, Richard Lytton battled for 27 n.o ,Swaran Singh scored 25 and Marcus Harris 20.
 
Battersea Badgers opened up rather slowly and Damazan bowlers Ian Snooke and Goffi held the score, the required rate was increasing above 6 runs per over and  early wickets fell, it looked like Damazan had a chance to defend a modest total. But the lads from Battersea battled hard and started to score more freely with their middle order all performing. Jinks played a blinder scoring quickly and sharing in parterships with Dickinson and Blaiklock and despite an excellent bowling display by Gagan Singh it looked like an easy win for Battersea but some wickets fell and Battersea sailed in with 8 wickets down, in the end quite close but a great match played in fine spirit. In the 38th over Battersea scored the winning runs finishing 229 for 8. Jinks starred with 69 runs ably supported by Dickinson 30 runs and Blaiklock 32 runs.  Gagan performed with the ball taking 30 for 3, Ian Snook 31 for 2 and Goffi bowled well with 47 for 2.
 
The champagne moment of the match has to be the batting display of Peter Matthews who batted superbly to mark 86 runs. 
 
Siddalls Cup Final - Bordeaux vs Toulouse 29th August 2010 
 
As always an immaculate ground had been prepared by Damazan for the final.   The weather was sunny with a breeze that ensured it was not too hot.  The match was the first final between Bordeaux and Toulouse with neither of them having previously won.
 
Toulouse were deemed the home side and “Tipster” the third (+) choice as skipper flicked the coin spinning into the blue sky, Bordeaux called heads, the coin gently nestled in the grass with the tails standing proud.  Toulouse had won …. the toss!  With a depleted batting line-up “Tipster” elected to field.
 
Right from the start Bordeaux accumulated runs being particularly good at picking up anything loose.  Throughout their innings they averaged more than one boundary an over, but the five Toulouse bowlers, supported by some determined fielding, stuck admirably to the task.  Four  bowlers took a wicket each with Felix being the most economical and “Taxman” Fermanel claimed a double.  This in itself was something of a success as Bordeaux had only lost a total of two wickets in the competition prior to the final… we made them put their pads on!  Particularly sharp in the field was Rich behind the stumps who stood up to just about everything, Fergus who seemed at times to be covering one side of the pitch almost single handedly, “El Presidente” who seemed to have a rug pulled from under his feet yet was still able to reach up from a lying position to stop the ball and Raja who took two catches, one of them a particularly fine piece of athleticism.  All of the Bordeaux batsmen reached double figures and with Vasey and Holderness both scoring fifties they amassed 251 for 6.
 
A very fine tea ensued and “Tipsters” plan of not bowling but to instead concentrate on leading the batting was 50% there, he hadn’t bowled unfortunately he didn’t bat either.  Soon in response, Toulouse were 5 for 3, then 10 for 4, with only Derek of the first five reaching double figures, with one glorious six into the grandstand (poetic licence) before ladling one into the hands of the slip fielder.   At 27 for 7 it was all looking more than a bit demoralizing but thanks to some rear-guard action from the bowlers, Raja 16, Fergus 20 and Felix 19 (not out!!!) a little respectability was achieved.  Felix’s innings was of note as Bordeaux dropped only 3 catches all off Felix including two by the slip who had obviously been lulled into a false sense of security by Derek’s earlier ladle and, also because for some reason he seemed to take a dislike to the bar area dispatching a six that cleared a table like a 10-pin bowling ‘Strike’.  Toulouse scraped their way to 90, just short of the target!
 
As always our thanks to the Toulouse’s fan base who did the club proud, The Wags as Pink Ladies and the junior section, with their cheering and waving of every little success it greatly enhanced the atmosphere and ensured that Toulouse remained motivated.
 
It only remains to pass on our congratulations to Bordeaux, our thanks to Damazan for their hospitality and to Siddalls for providing the sponsorship and excellent refreshments for the event
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Damazan vs Pacific 25th August 2010 
 
This titanic struggle opened up under cooler weather conditions. Captain courageous Gagan won the toss and elected to bat, openers Ean Ireson and Roy Pedersen started steadily before Roy was caught without scoring. Batting became bogged down and wickets fell quickly leaving Damazan reeling at 52 for 4 before plodder Richard Lytton teamed up with master blaster Marcus Harris and added some 102 runs for the fifth wicket. Marcus continued magnificantly and took every opportunity of a dropped catch, he ended not out on 132 runs. The rest of the batting was irregular with only Richard Lytton ( 26) Gagan Singh (16) and Earn Ireson (12) making double figures. But with a competitive total of 231 for 8 the match was on.

After a glorious repas provided by Damazan's ever reliable tea ladies the Pacific lads set about their task admirably. Stalwart John Ayling opened the bowling with Richard Lytton and the score was kept under control in the first 10 overs however one the Pacific batsmen cracked on and despite wickets falling around him continued through his 50 advancing on, with the score in the 170s the Damazan "lads" began to flag a bit in the fielding department. Gagan decided to sacrifice his aching back and bowl, largely with success, tight line bowling at reduced pace pegging off two crucial wickets. The tension was electric and tempers were at a kife edge as Pacific were within 30 runs of victory with just three overs to spare. In the end the magnificent Walker carried his bat to 122 n.o and with the assistance of Richards who made 40 n.o the Pacific team scrambled on the very last ball of the day to 231 for 6 and the match ended in a tie.  Best bowling for Damazan being John Ayling 25 for 2 and Gagan Singh who battled with his aching back to take 46 for 2.

Despite some controversial run out attempts the match was a delight, not to mention a nail biting spectacular for the hoards of supporters.
 
Champagne moment - even this was shrouded in controversy but Peter MacKenzie's well judged catch gets the nod.  Minor medals to John Ayling bowling the giant Aussie Tempany( David v Goliath) and Ean Ireson's ripper catch at deep mid on. 
 
 
Damazan vs Beckenham Dads and Lads 20th August 2010 
 
The weather was extremely hot & muggy for this 35 over match. The rain the previous day made the bounce slightly lower than usual.
 
The Damazan Skipper, Gagan, won the toss & decided to bat opening with Ean Ireson & Goffi. Ean had a fairly long innings but Goffi was soon out. Gagan joined Ean at the crease & runs were quick to mount up. After 12 overs Damazan were on 80 but then the young Beckenham bowlers began to tie the batsmen down. At 20 overs Damazan had only reached 100. Gagan was bowled by a low ball on 48 & so entered Marcus Harris, unfortunately Marcus didn't find it as easy as usual & took a bit of time before blasting some runs. Marcus was caught after mis-timing a shot on 33. Richard came to the crease but was brilliantly caught at square leg for 13. Damazan finished on a disappointing 175 for 6 in their 35 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Beckenham was Winskaley 2 for 28 & Greenwood 2 for 25.
 
Beckenham opened with W Engel & J Dickman & they set off at a cracking pace, runs came very easily for them. W Engel was caught at slip by John Ayling, John was quick to trust a hand high into the air & the ball stuck. After J Dickman scored his 50 he retired. Young Kent batsman J Mac showed the class he has with some wonderful clean hitting, his timing & power was superb. J Mac also retired after he scored a quick 50. C handy & S Abbrahams easily steered Beckenham to their target which gave them a very comfortable victory. W Engel 34, J Dickman 51 & J Mac 56. Beckenham 178.
 
Well done Beckenham, a comprehensive win. Well done to their Skipper also, John is guiding his young team very well.
 
Champagne Moment:- A great catch low down at mid-wicket from W Engle to dismiss the dangerous Ritchie Lytton.  From Damazan John Ayling took a one handed slip catch off Goffie. 
 
 
ABC vs Damazan 15th August 2010 
 
The weather was a mixture of cloud & sun with a 30 minute shower during the match.
 
Because Damazan only had 9 players Captain Gagan requested the match was only 35 overs, ABC had 11 players. ABC won the toss but put Damazan in to bat. Openers Ean Ireson & Goffi set about scoring runs from ball 1 even though they knew the ABC pitch would be irratic as usual. This proved to be the case with high bouncing balls & balls that simply rolled, the outfield proved to be difficult as well, being hard but not flat made fielding very difficult. Unfortunately Ean was bowled on 4 but Richard Lytton & Goffi continues scoring quickly. Goffi was caught on 41 but with Gagan & Richard together runs rattled up. Richard playing his nurdling style & Gagan smashing the ball to all corners. Gagan was bowled on 79 by David. David was brilliant taking the next 3 wickets in as many balls which meant he took 4 wickets in 4 balls.  Annis, a guest player, came in at number 8 & scored very quickly ending on 17no. Richard 60no, Goffi 41 & Gagan 79. David was the pick of the bowlers for ABC taking 5 for 30 off 7 overs. Damazan scored 230 for 6 off 35 overs.
 
ABC opened with ex Damazan player Paul Spencer & David, David scored reasonably quickly but Paul was swiftly out on 7, stumped by Jean Claude. Arthur seemed intent on clowning around & was then run out brilliantly by Gagan throwing down the stumps. Several ABC players got into the 20's but nobody went on from there which meant the Damazan total was never threatened. David scored 26, Arthur 22, Gil 26 & Chris 28no. Damazan bowlers did well with Swaran getting 2 for 34, Goffi 2 for 17 & Richard 3 for 26. This meant Richard had a wonderful all round game scoring 60 no. & getting 3 wickets. ABC ended on 137 for 9 in their 35 overs.
 
Champagne Moment:- Without a doubt it's Ean Iresons dismissal. After yet another high bouncing ball Ean told the bowler to pitch the ball up. David bowling, did as he was instructed, the ball was well pitched up & took out Eans leg peg.
 
Damazan vs Noe 7th August 2010 
 
A lovely sunny day for cricket at 28°c. Unfortunately for Damazan CC all its match winners, Gagan, Marcus and Ean not available for this match. Noe arrived with its young squad of Indian and Pakistani players lead by Anbu. Damazan won the toss an opted to bat.
 
Peter Matthews & Goffi opened the innings with quick deliveries of Inam & Sriram/ Stephen. Goffi got out after scoring 17 runs while Peter kept his brave defence alive. Ken Sutton stroked some excellent boundries & a six, top scoring with 39. Richard lytton was going great guns before being unlucky at 21 snicking a quick delivery to first slip. Peter Mathews was out for 11 and all other Damazan players did not show much resistance to Noe bowlers; last man getting out on last ball. John Ayling scored 9 runs with 2 fours. Second highest scorer was Mr. Extras. Noe captain Anbu took 4 for 33 n Sriram 2 for 9.

Noe's openers started well. However it was not an easy to score against Damazan's opening attack of Richard & Goffi. Sriram scored 51 & Anbu 33, Peter Matthews was the most successfull bowler with 2 for 40. Damazan bowlers bowled well, it took 28 over for Noe to reach the victory. Damazan fielding needs to be mentioned with a brilliant catch taken by Simon coldrick & 13 years old Leo Singh fielding superbly at fine leg.
 
The Champagne Moment:- Without a doubt it was the catch by guest player Simon. Fielding at deep mid off he ran to his right & then dived to make an incredible catch off Peter Matthews bowling.
 
 
Damazan vs Mellis 3rd August 2010 
 
For this 40 over match the weather was intermittent cloud & sun & not too hot.
 
Gagan won the toss & decided that Damazan would bat first. The two openers found it difficult to score runs quickly but Mike Frewin & Ean Ireson stuck to their task until Ean was run out in the 11th over with the score on 32. Mike trod on his wicket which meant Pete Matthews & Swaran Singh partnered each other at the crease producing a farcical run out, very sportingly Mellis withdrew their appeal. Swaran was soon giving out LBW but Pete continued. Goffi batted well for his 29 until he was bowled by Jenny Box, a young lady. Richard Lytton joined Pete & the runs started to flow for both players. Ean Irson 15, Goffi 29, Richard 31 not out & Pete Matthews 53. Damazan scored 184 in their 40 overs but they knew they it was 40 short of par. The best of the bowling for Mellis was Greenwood 2 wickets for 44 & Neil Spence 2 wickets for 15.
 
Mellis opened with Ben Box & Darren Stringer & both batsmen made fine progress. It took Damazan until the 19th over to get thier first wicket. Ben was well caught by Roy Pederson behind the stumps & eventually Darren was bowled by Richard Lytton. At number 3 was Chris Tarrant, from ball 1 he looked to be a class act. Chris guided Mellis to a comfortable win & showed his class throughout his innings. Ben Box 27, Darren Stringer 53 & Chris tarrant 72 not out. Richard Lytton took 3 for 54. Mellis got the required 185 with 5 overs to spare.
 
Champagne moment:- Without a doubt the number 1 moment of the match was seeing Goffi bowled by a girl, well done Jenny. 
 
Damazan vs Silly Mid Offers 28th July 2010 
 
The weather was warm with partial sun & a slight breeze, perfect for this 40 over match.
 
Silly Mid Offers asked that Damazan batted first which they did. Ean Ireson & Ian Richmond both made steady progress, both players finished in the mid 20s. Enter Captain Gagan & then Marcus Harris. In the past this has always looked to be a devastating partnership & unfortunately for Silly Mid Offers today was the day. Both Gagan & Marcus blasted the ball to all corners & Sily Mid Offers could do nothing about it but they stuck to their guns. With a very young side they fielded exceptionally well & saved 30 to 40 more runs than the old boys of damazan would have done. It was a magic moment for young Smith when he bowled Gagan on 99. Marcus Harris scored 69no, Ean Ireson 25 & Ian Richmond 27 retired hurt. Not a day to be a bowler but Smith ended with 2 wickets for 49 off his 8 overs. Damazan scored 260 for 2 off 40 overs.
 
Silly Mid Offers started their innings well with B Walker scoring 26. Numbers 3, 4 & 5 did very well with scores for A Craig 39, G Smith 48 & D Walker 57 but the total of Damazan was never threatened. For Damazan Richard Lytton finished with 2 wickets for 35 runs off 8 overs & Goffi with 2 wickets for 34 runs off 5 overs. Silly Mid Offers scored 217 for 6 off of their 40 overs.
 
At the end of play there were close on 500 runs, a good days cricket which both teams enjoyed. Captain Gagan continues to be unbeaten this season in the matches that he has skippered.
 
Champagne moment:-  There are 2 moments in this match, A batsman shouting to the crowd to be quiet whilst he's batting & Gagan getting out on 99.
 
Toulouse vs Damazan 25th July 2010 
 
The weather was mostly cloudy with a little sunshine for this 35 over match.
 
Skipper gagan decided to bat first & opened with Goffi & Pete Matthews. Goffi scored well & soon scored 29 before being bowled. Pete plodded along & was also bowled on 13. Marcus Harris continued his big hitting form scoring an impressive 44 before he was bowled. Gagan came in at number 5 but didn't give himself enough time before playing a rash shot & was out on 6. Swaran was on 13 before the Toulouse keeper made an excellent one handed catch. Damazan ended their innings on 154 for 7. For Toulouse Ferenel, Dawkins & Wardle all gained 2 wickets each, the best being Wardle, 2 wickets for 14 runs.
 
Toulouse started briskly with Dawkins & Reboisson swinging their bats. Slower bowling by John Ayling & Pete Matthews slowed the scoring. At numbers 3 & 4 Wardle & Knee both scored 30. Wardle was bowled by Goffi & Knee was run out. The run out was another excellent direct hit from Marcus Harris, after bowling the ball it was firmly hit back to him, Marcus threw the ball extremely hard & the batsman was gone. Until that moment Toulouse were giving themselves a reasonable chance to win this match but from here wickets fell quickly, Goffi & Richard Lyton were mainly responsible. Toulouse were all out for 123. Goffi was the pick of the Damazan bowlers with 3 wickets for 14 runs & Richard got 2 wickets for 17 runs. Damazan won by 31 runs.
 
The match was played in good spirit but the very bumpy outfield made it extremely difficult for fielders & wicket keepers. The strip was also very poor which made it difficult to bat on but also extremely difficult for the wicket keepers. For Damazan Roy Pederson made the best of an impossible job behind the stumps.
 
Champagne Moment:-  I hate to say it but once again it's got to be the run out by Marcus. His quick thinking & very hard accurate throw turned the game Damazans way.
 
Damazan vs ABC 18th July 2010 
 
The weather was sunny but not too hot for this 35 over match.

Unfortunately ABC could only bring 7 players with them so the Captains agreed that Damazan would loan ABC 2 players. Damazan batted first & opened with Roy Pederson & guest player Ken. Both batsmen scored heavily from the off until they were both bowled by Tim Archer. Richard Cole, also a guest, continued well as did Swaran until he retired. Skipper Gagan batted late in the order but took very little time to accummulating runs until he was bowled. Roy 19, Ken 48, Richard 31, Swaran 50 & Gagan 34. Damazan finished on 213 for 6. ABC's Gill was in the wars slightly, the ball followed him all day & he was hit several times, unfortunately for him he dropped 4 catches before taking his 5th chance.

ABC's first 5 batsmen all got good starts but nobody continued to get a big score. Kees 19, Gill 15, Paul 18, Arthur 29 & Chris 19. Swaran was successful with the ball taking 3 wickets for 11 runs. Roy kept very tidily behind the stumps & took an excellent technically correct catch. ABC finished on 120 all out in the 32nd over.

After the disappointment of only 7 ABC players arriving both teams managed to turn this match into an anjoyable game.

Champagne Moment:- For ABC it was Gill, failing to take 4 catches & then finally getting that 5th one. For Damazan it has to be all those silly players singing happy birthday, & not in tune by the way.
 
Damazan vs Dorking (Dads Army) 16th July 2010 
 
Weather was hot & sunny with a cooling breeze, perfect for cricket. because of the heat Dorking requested a 35 over match.
 
Dorking batted first but it was Damazan who had the better first few overs. Dorking lost their 2 openers, Yandell & Austin, to Marcus Harris. Dorking soon rallied & the middle order rattled the score up to 212. Entwistle 42, Symes 41no & Ed 96no, Ed's display was a fine all round batting performance. Young Cosmo Warner was welcomed back to Damazan, as he matures & controls his line & length he will be a handful with his pace. Dorking Dads Army finished their 35 overs on 212 for 3.
 
Stand in Skipper Pete Matthews put in Swaran & guest Richard Cole to open the batting but neither made much progress. The in form Marcus Harris continued his big hitting until given out LBW on 44, another good knock. At number 6 Ian Richmond scored well & formed a good partnership with Pete Matthews at number 7. Once Ian was out young Cosmo Warner displayed some powerful batting & gave Dorking a scare forcing them to bring back their openers. Once Cosmo was out any chance of Damazan winning this game was gone. M.Harris 44, I.Richmond 34, C.Warner 31 & P.Matthews 36no. The pick of the bowling for Dorking was Symes 26 for 2 & Ed 3 runs for 1 wicket off 5 overs. Damazan finished with 196 for 8.
 
Well played Dorking Dads Army, the skipper opened the match out when required to help create an excellent game of cricket which was played how a touring match should be played.
 
Champagne Moment:-  Cosmo took an incredible diving catch on the boundary but then unfortunately his back touched the fence. Nobody on the pitch saw this but Cosmo immediately signalled 6 runs.
 
Damazan vs St Aulay (Cup) 11th July 
 
The weather was extremely not & muggy for this 35 over Cup match.
 
Damazan batted first & immediately lost Goffi LBW, a dubious decision. Ean continued with Gagan & runs began to flow. Ean was also given LBW despite a full stride down the track. Enter Marcus Harris, in fine form this season he was in the mood to score big. Gagan & Marcus rattled the score up until another LBW which looked to be going well over the stumps, Gagan was out. Marcus continued his big hitting & was well supported by Richard Lytton. St Aulay stuck to their bowling & fielding task but without anyone able to dominate. Gagan scored 27, Richard 23 & Marcus a magnificent 102. Damazan scored 221 for 9 in the full 35 overs.
 
St Aulay opened with Adrian Raynor & he quickly set about the target set. Having lost a couple of partners in quick succession Adrian was also given out LBW on 38, another controversial decision. Marcus Harris having only 1 stump to aim at ran out D Mawdsley. St Aulay continued & I Sheikh scored 38 & C Williams scored 20no but the target was too high & the win for Damazan soon came. Jean Claude took 2 fine catches behind the stumps. Gagan ended his spell with 3 wickets for 25, Pete Matthews 2 wickets for 18 & Roy Pederson took the final wicket with his 2nd ball, another dodgy LBW. St Aulay scored 121 all out in the 20th over.
 
Champagne moment:- With only the 1 stump to aim at it has to be the brilliant run out by Marcus.
 
 
Damazan vs Moreton  8th July 2010 
 
The weather was extremely hot so the Moreton Captain asked for a 35 over match. The track was good & the outfield fast.
 
Moreton decided to bat first & the 2 openers set off like trains. Richard Lytton & John Ayling opened the bowling but could do nothing to stem the fast run rate & after 10 overs Moreton were on 66. Hessic scored a hard hitting 51 before being bowled by Richard. Ean Ireson brought on Pete Matthews for John & the runs began to dry slightly, Richard stuck to his task well & wickets began to fall. Stimpson scored 20 as did Wicks but what looked like a massive score for Moreton ended at 137 all out in the 33rd over. Richard Lytton finished with an excellent 5 wickets for 60 runs off 12 overs. Pete Matthews finished with 3 wickets for 26 runs off 10 overs. Guest, Arthur Wijling got the other 2 wickets for 8 runs off 5 overs.
 
Damazan opened with Ian Richmond & Pete Matthews but neither batted well. Unfortunately the rest of the Damazan batsmen didn't perform except for the Skipper, Ean Ireson, he scored 33 before being caught. Moreton made 2 spectacular catches, 1 at short cover & the other at 1st slip. Damazan finished on 103 all out. Fletch ended with 2 wickets for 12 runs & Smith with 4 wickets for 16 runs.
The match was played in great spirit, a very friendly touring match.
 
Champagne Moment:- The 2 catches by Moreton were very special. Richard getting his 5th wicket, it's been a while since the last 5 wicket haul for Damazan.
 
 
Catus vs Damazan  4th July 2010 
 
The weather was generally overcast but hot & very muggy for this 35 over match played with 12 per side. The strip & outfield were wet & slow.

Damazan batted first & Gagan (Captain) decided to mix his batting order. He opened with Pete MacKensie & Ian Richmond. With very low bounce on the strip batting wasn't easy so the openers made slow progress. Wickets fell without too many runs until Marcus Harris & Richard Lytton came together at numbers 5 & 6. Unfortunately with the score in the mid 40's both were out. Gagan & Pete Matthews set about the task of achieving 150 which was the Captains target. Gagan was superb hitting a fine 76, with a dry fast outfield this could easily have been a ton. Pete Matthews partnered Gagan in his usual dogged style. John Ayling came to the crease as the number 12 & scored 6 not out but the fielding side enjoyed every minute of the entertainment John provided. Gagan 76, Pete  23 not out, Marcus 20 & Richard 17. Damazan finished 160 for 10. For Catus Ken Sutton finished with 3 for 17, J P Patras 2 for 25 & S Coldrick 2 for 29.

Catus opened with J P Patras & S Coldrick but once again the pitch proved to be difficult to score on. Slow progress was made throughout the innings of Catus. Behind the stumps Dave Matthews was in fine form taking 2 quick stumping for Goffi. D Worsfold was caught by Pete Matthews, a one handed catch he was proud of. Ken Sutton scored 44 when he was run out, Ken was the only Catus player to score a significant amount of runs. Catus ended their 35 overs 106 for 8. Goffi ended a fine spell with 3 for 7, Pete Matthews 1 for 14 & Roy pederson 1 for 21.

The match was played as a friendly should be played, wonderful spirit, fun & loads of mickey taking between the 2 sides. An example of this was Marcus Harris cheering when Ken Sutton slaughtered a ball for 6 runs off Pete Matthews bowling.

Champagne moment :- The one handed catch at square leg by Pete, the batsman said that he didn't even think he would get a hand to it, let alone actually catch it.
 
 
Damazan vs Crossbats  27th June 2010 
 
The weather was very hot, sticky & sunny for this 35 over game. The Skipper of Crossbats having batted 2nd the day before wanted to bat first but the stand in home Captain didn't agree so the coin was well & truly tossed. Ean Ireson won the toss & decided to bat first. It has to be said, Crossbats players were not pleased to be out in the heat once again.
 
Openers Goffi & Ean made slow but steady progress. Pete Matthews guested for Crossbats & was invited to open, a challenge he enjoyed. Ean scored 13 & Goffi 29. Gagan, after arriving back from India a few days earlier, started his first innings this season for Damazan. Even though his timing wasn't quite right he still scored 53. Swaran followed his previous days innings with 29 & Ian Snooke 21 no out. Ean Ireson decided to declare on 190 after 33 overs. Once again Monica bowled well, 8 overs 2 wickets for 49 runs & Pete Matthews 7 overs 1 wicket for 21 runs.
 
Crossbats started their innings determined to be better than the day before. And what a difference a day makes, it was almost like a different teams were batting. Wright scored 15, Wozzy 66 & some excellent hitting, Spiro 45. With the target approaching the determination hardened, enter Thompson, alias Jade, from ball 1 he smashed it all over the park. The target of 190 was achieved with an over or 2 to spare. Obviously it was difficult for the bowlers but Ian Snooke finished with 2 wickets for 51 runs off 8 overs.
Well done crossbats an excellent batting display.
 
Champagne moment :- The Crossbats Captain discribed their batting on Saturday as "crap". The champagne moment wasn't just a moment, it was watching the entire Crossbats innings on Sunday, just an unbelievable improvement.

 
Damazan vs Crossbats  26th June 2010 
 
The weather was extremely hot & sunny for this 40 over game. The 2 Skippers discussed team strenghts before the match & the Captain of Crossbats (Arse), yes that's his name, thought their batting wasn't quite there so Damazan opened.
 
It was good to see Roy Pederson open for Damazan & he was 100% solid. Roys partner, Pete M, unusually didn't walk but was given out caught. This however turned out very well for Damazan because big hitting Marcus Harris came to the crease. Roy pushed singles to give Marcus the strike & so he struck a wonderful 74 before being bowled. Enter Swaran, he welcomed himself back to France with a superb 77 not out. Richard lytton joined Swaran after Roy was out & Richard achieved a very good 39 not out. After 37 overs stand in Skipper, Pete Matthews declared on 239. It was a difficult day for the bowlers but Lawrence, alias Monica, did an excellent job bowling 6 overs & ended with 2 wickets for 17.
 
After tea a hot & weary Crossbats began their innings. Goffi & John Ayling opened the bowling for Damazan & Spiro & Wright opened for Crossbats. Even though Goffi bowled well & stopped runs he didn't get a wicket but the old geezer did his thing & finished his 6 over spell with 3 wickets for 15. Crossbats made slow progress so slow bowling was the order of the day. Wickets fell without any real scores until Ross, alias Wozzy & alias again The Banker, came to the crease. He scored a superb 65. Once Crossbats had achieved a ton Damazan began the real task of getting them out. Crossbats finished on 139. Richard Lytton was invited to bowl late on & finished with 2 wickets for 12 off 3 overs.
 
Champagne Moment :-  Before Wozzy came in to bat the umpire explained that he recently had 2 LBW's, he told us to appeal if it hit his jeg & he would jokingly give him out. The second ball hit his toe & John Ayling appealed, up went the finger. Wozzy's jaw hit the floor & he sulked as he trudged off. Obviously he was invited back. An enjoyebale moment.
 

 
Damazan vs Woodlawn CC  5th June 2010 
 
The weather was very hot & sunny for this match. Because Damazan fielded a weak side the two Captains decided for the sake of a better match that Woodlawn would bat first.

Woodlawn opened with P Cole & Wakefield & despite losing Wakefield for 0 scored at a good rate. A Shand came in at number 3 & quickly knocked off a 50, he then retired. 2 other batsmen scored 50 & also retired, Sharp & another Wakefield. With 251 on the scoreboard Woodlawn decided to declare despite there being 3 overs to go. The best of the bowlers was Lytton with 2 wickets for 54, John Ayling & Pete Matthews both finished with 1 wicket for 27.

Damazans Captain decided to switch the batting order around. Openers Mike Frewin & Pete MacKensie paired up, Pete was soon out but Mike was stubborn & hung around for approx 10 overs. Next was a guest from ABC, Arthur, unfortunately he soon fell for just 6 which was disappointing & so did Paul Spenser for 10. Skipper Pete Matthews had the top score, 12, which shows how poor Damazan batted. Damazan finished just under 50 for the second time in a week. For Woodlawn Preston bowled very weel ending with 3 wickets for 4 runs B Wakefield helped with another 2 wickets.

Well played Woodlawn for the second time this week. This game as the previous was played in good spirit. It was nice to watch some good up & coming young cricketers.

Champagne moment:-  Seeing Mike Frewin & Pete MacKensie not only batting but opening.
 
 

 
Damazan vs Woodlawn CC  2nd June 2010 
 
The weather was perfect for a cricket match, warm & sunny. With Damazan fielding a slightly weak team the 2 Captains decided this 40 over match would benefit if Woodlawn batted first.

Woodlawn opened with Preston & Clissfold & they immediately scored runs at a brisk rate. It appeared that luck was on Woodlawns side with balls off edges missing fielders by 2 or 3 yards. Preston lost his wicket on 25, Marcus Harris ran him out with a great throw from 25 yards hitting middle stump. This didn't stop Woodlawn, they scored runs consistently & quickly throughout their innings. Damazan stuck to their task & continued fielding to the best of their ability even with the score passing 200.
Wakefield a young very promising bat top scored with 58 & was well supported by G Shand 33, Sharp 30 & A Shand 24. Woodlawn ended an excellent innings on 236. For Damazan Richard Lytton bowled well & was rewarded with 4 wickets for 36 & Goffi ended with 2 wickets for 40.

Damazan opened with Matthews & Richmond & they made slow but steady progress. Woodlawn Captain, Ben, realising 236 was a massive task for Damazan sporting mixed his bowling & opened the game up. With Damazan on 41 Richmond (16) was bowled which brought Marcus Harris to the crease. Marcus immediately set about his task & the ball flew to every corner of the ground. Every shot was hit cleanly & powerfully, it included 6 sixes & 9 fours, Marcus was caught having played a wonderful innings & scored 103.  13 year old James, loaned by Woodlawn, feared nothing & with only a few overs left set about Woodlawns target. James played some well executed square cuts & ended on 13 not out. Pete Matthews played in his usual style & ended on 60 not out. Damazans total of 211 was a fine effort. For Woodlawn young Clissfold opened the bowling, because of his age he could only bowl 4 overs but only gave 5 runs away. Wicket keeping Dad was a proud man.

The match was played by both teams as a touring match should be played, friendly with a good spirit, & once again well done to Ben for opening the game up.

Champagne Moment:-  Without a doubt it was Marcus throwing down middle stump from 25 yards, normally he wouldn't hit 5 sets lined up together.
 
 
 
 
Damazan vs Kings Bench Walk C.C  30th May 2010 
 
The weather was overcast all day with just a little drizzle. Ean Ireson won the toss & decided to bat. Unfortunately none of the batsmen decided to bat & proceeded to give their wickets away without accummulating any runs. Top score was 10 by Ian Snooke. Mia bowled well for KBWCC & ended with an excellent 6 wickets for 16.

With only 48 runs required to win the match KBWCC soon knocked it off with only the loss of 2 wickets. Cartwright scored 15no & Thomas 31. Marcus Harris took 1 wicket for 12 & Pete Matthews took the other for 8.

Well done KBWCC, they won well & played the match in good spirit. Despite a poor match it appeared that both sides enjoyed the day. A 20/20 match was played & KBWCC won by 50 runs.
 
 
 
Damazan vs South Hams  9th May 2010 

35 over match at the request of South Hams.

For the second match running the weather wasn't great, it was overcast & had rained during the night. The ground was wet but no rain during the match.

The 2 Captains tossed a coin & it came down in favour of South Hams, they decided to bat. From ball 1 the batsmen struggled, the bounce & pace was too much for them. This meant their run rate was extremely slow. After 9 overs South Hams only had 9 runs on the board. The Damazan Skipper, Ean Ireson, decided to open the game up but even this didn't produce the runs that Ean had hoped for, batsmen consistently got themselves out. Roy Pederson & John Ayling took advantage of the poor batting, both ending with 3 wickets each. C Puncher scored 23 & C Browning 24 were the only significant scores. John Ayling 3 for 8, Roy Pederson 3 for 28, all the other bowlers pitched in. South Hams could only score 81.

The very low score gave the Damazan Skipper the opportunity to mix up his usual batting order. Goffi opened & scored 30 before being bowled then Ian Snooke blasted the ball to all corners. He ended with 49 Not out & the game was won in the 11th over.

Champagne Moments:- Pete McKensie taking a good catch just 10 metres in front of the bat. Mike Frewin executing a great sliding tackle to save a four. But the best moment was when an opposition player searched for a ball in the long grass & screamed like a big girl when he saw a snake, so so funny. 

 

Noe vs Damazan  2nd May 2010 

40 over match with a maximum of 8 overs per bowler.

For this match the weather wasn't too kind. It had rained most of the night & was still overcast. The Noe players did a good job in cutting & rolling the strip before the game but it was impossible to significantly improve the wicket, it meant a slow low bounce all day that would prove to be difficult to score runs freely.

Noe Captain kindly loaned 2 players to Damazan, stand in Skipper Pete Matthews was asked by Anbu to bat first. Openers Ian Richmond & Mike Frewin unerstandably made slow progress but Ian, on his debut, stuck doggedly to the task. Wickets fell fairly frequently until Marcus Harris went in & blasted 28 runs. With a very long & wet outfield 28 was a good score. Pete Matthews batted with his usual determination but could only accumulate 13 not out. The pick of the Noe bowlers was Inam with 3 wickets for 7 runs, Stefan & Anbu got 2 wickets each. The total for Damazan was 91 for 9.

Tamiz & Stefan opened for Noe, Stefan was bowled by guest player Alfred & Tamiz scored 18 before being caught from guest player Debout. The only significant amount scored was 38 by Manzool, he was bowled late on by Richqrd Lytton. Wickets fell regularly but Noe always had control & eased over the line after going off for a 10 minute shower. Best of the bowlers were Debout 2 for 21, Alfred 1 for 9 & Pete Matthews 1 for 11. Noe 92 for 6

Thank you Noe, the game was played in the spirit that cricket should be played in

 

Damazan vs Catus  8th April 2010 

40 over match with a maximum of 8 overs per bowler.

The weather was perfect for a cricket match, warm & sunny. Unfortunately the Catus Captain won the toss & decided to bat in this 40 over match.  It was unfortunate because Damazan had 8 reasonable batsmen playing in this match. From the first ball Catus consistently lost wickets without making too many runs. Catus finished with 124 all out. All the bowlers got wickets, Ian Snooke 3 for 20, Marcus Harris 2 for 8 & Richard Lytton 2 for 21.

Damazan Captain, Ean, decided to open with himself & guest player Rislan. The 2 players score well before Rislan was out for 8. Pete Matthews came in next & along with Ean wasn't troubled by the bowlers until Ean was out on 41. Marcus Harris soon finished the match in his usual big hitting manner ending on 13 not out. Pete Matthews ended on 36 not out. So Damazan won the match extremely comfortably by 8 wickets with approx 10 overs to spare.