2012 Match Reports

Damazan vs Knossington 8th October2012 by Richardo
Last match of 2012 and what a way to end it, a run feast and a result for Damazan. This 40 over match was played under overcast and threatening conditions. Damazan were sent in to bat and some particularly nippy bowling from J.Blackwell saw two early wickets fall. However after that Damazan batsmen commenced to demolish the Knossington attack, Goffi blasted a quick fire 31 and Peter Matthews played a suberbly timed innings, amassing a well crafted 67- local commentry gave it the nod for his best innings this year! Then the onset of master blaster Marcus Harris pummelled the bowling to all areas of the ground and after 6 sixes and 17 fours the Knossington lads realised they were really going to have to bat exceptionally to win the match. Marcus finished not out 127. Damazan's total finished at 4 for 284. Best bowling for Knossington came from J.Blackwell who took 2 for 12 off 5 overs- strangely not bowling his allowance of 8 overs.
After consumption of the best afternoon tea offered to south west cricketers Knossington commenced their innings. They started off rather quickly with many thanks going to the off sorts bowling of yours truly, Swaran Singh bowled well to tighten things up taking two early wickets. Once again J.Blackwell flourished in his role as opener, scoring quickly and knocking up a fine 71, combined with M.Cavanagh 57 runs and J.Spencer 47 runs the seemingly impossible victory was looking decidedly possible. However, Marcus Harris stepped up in the bowling department and took crucial wickets( all top three scorers) as he swung the game back to Damazan, finishing with 4 for 44. Best bowlers were Marcus Harris 4 for 44, Swaran Singh 2 for 39 and Sanjay Seth 2 for 59. In the end Knossington were all out for 282, a most memorable match played in great spirit.
Champagne moment being the batting of Peter Matthews and Marcus Harris and the double performance with the ball of Marcus Harris. 

Damazan vs Kingston Taxes 15th Sept 2012 by Pete Matthews

The weather was cloudy for half the match but then sunny, not to hot for this 35 over match. The pitch played reasonably with the odd ball staying low & as usual the outfield was very fast.

Gagan won the toss & decided to bat. Pete & Ian opened but unfortunately Ian soon perished, a golden, hitting the ball hard to a close fielder. The early bowling was reasonable so Ean, in at number 3, and Pete watched the bowling for a while & then started their assault. Runs jumped from 3 an over to 5 or 6. Unfortunately Ean advanced down the track but forgot to hit the ball & was easily stumped. Enter the Captain. With Pete hitting the ball as hard as he had done all season Gagan soon joined him. Kingson were short of bowlers so the batsmen took full advantage smashing the ball to all corners. Pete could see another ton but the ball went off the bat to pad to wickets, out on 88, what an idiot. Gagan retired himself on 74 & Marcus sportingly allowed Matt to go in along with Sanjay. Matt displayed the progress he has made with his batting & raced to 23no.
Pete 88, Gagan 74, Ean 32 & Matt 23no. The best of the Kingston bowlers was Woods with 1 for 35 off 7 overs. Damazan finished with 246 off 35 overs.

Tea was taken in the sun before Kingston Taxes took to the pitch. The openers Richards & Matthew scored heavily immediately, taking advantage of some poor bowling. With too many balls going down the leg the batsmen hit many fours & after 7 overs were scoring at 8 an over. However, during this period, Richard managed to take 2 wickets, a catch each to Marcus & Sanjay. Sanjays catch was good, running backwards & throwing an arm into the air to just get the ball. Richards was the victim having scored a fine 35. Gagan took off the opening pair & then things slowed down. Sanjay bowled a good controlled line & length. In his early overs, Goffy, also contained the runs. Captain Gagan decided he needed a rest, he is getting old now, Suzi came on & bowled 7 overs for 43. During this period Kennedy came to the crease at number 5 & for the first few overs didn't look too convincing but once he got into it he looked good & scored well. With Damazan having scored a huge total Kingston never looked like they would reach their target & so the game slowly came to an end.
Kennedy 37no, Richards 35, Wold 21no & Matthew 20. Richard 2 for 21 off 4 overs & Goffy 2 for 25 off 7. Kingston Taxes finished with 149 off their 35 overs.

The match was played with great spirit & Damazan helped Kingston out by loaning them 2 players. Hopefully Kingston will be our guests again in 2013.

Champagne Moments:- The running backwards overhead one handed catch by Sanjay comes to mind. Also the best knock that Matt has had so far. Of course I have to mention the magnificent GOLDEN by Ian.
 
Damazan vs Bristol Venturers 9th September 2012 - By Pete Matthews

The weather was sunny & very hot for this 40 over 12 a side match.

After a few defeats in a row Damazan needed a win so with the conditions favouring batting Skipper Gagan batted first. Unfortunately Ean didn't follow the script & was caught behing in the first over by a ball that got up a little higher than he anticipated. Goffy joined Gagan at the crease & sent his first ball fizzing to the boundary, a square cut, Goffy played a great square cut. Gagan took his time & played himself in but Goffy wanted runs quickly. The bowler, Fuller, gave Goffy a few bouncers but he dispatched them to the boundary usually behind square leg, the Goffy we all know & love. Having got in, Gagan began to show his class & began to score freely. On 62 Goffy was caught but this only brought Marcus to the crease. Marcus needed runs after 3 or 4 poor batting performances & it showed, he looked a little tentative. With the wicket playing perfectly & an extremely fast outfield any half decent shot got it's reward with 4 runs. Marcus & Gagan rattled the score along despite giving around 10 catching chances between them. Bristol Venturers didn't hold any of the catches presented to them but it has to be said the ball was being hit extremely hard. Marcus was out on 92. Gagan retired on 123, a fine knock. With only 4 overs to go there wan't much time for Sanjay to do much damage but he threw his bat well & scored a good 23no. Bristol Venturers tried their best both batting & fielding but seeing so many catches go down the team were deflated especially when Damazan flew past 250.
Gagan 123. Marcus 92 & Goffy 62. Fuller & Garland got a wicket each. Damazan scored 318 in 40 overs.

After a very hot time in the middle for everyone, a long teabreak was taken & then Bristol Venturers began the difficuly chase opening with Muller & Vanlerlinden. Progress wasn't as rapid as they had hoped or needed. Goffy was obviously in the Skippers good books as he & Richard opened the bowling. With only 24 on the board Bristol had already lost 2 wickets but the next 2 batsmen got in & scored well, Garland & McDowell. With 300 on the board the Captain could mix & match his bowlers. Gagan was replaced on the field by Suzie & she bowled well. Pete bowled, the first time in a while, it was reasonably tidy & he varied his pace well. In the meantime McDowell continued & scored a fine 62 & Garland 31. During the game Roy did well behind the stumps, his best work was when he took a fine catch down the leg side. Fallon & Fuller did well with 44 & 29 but 300 was too big a target. On most other days Bristols score would win the match.
McDowell 62. Fallon 44 & Garland 31. Goffy 2 for 39 off 7. Bristol finished on 244.
The match was played in a wonderful spirit with plenty of friendly banter. The Damazan players look forward to Bristorl venturers returning next year.

Champagne Moments:- For me the square cut by Goffy was amazing, mainly because it's such a rare event. Also Mike for his fielding, despite the fact that Damazan had such a huge score he continued to hurl himself around the field.

 
ABCC vs Damazan 2nd September 2012 - by Richardo
This 40 over match was played under warm conditions between a desperately under resourced Damazan side and a well equiped ABC outfit.  Damazan were sent in to bat under good batting conditions, unfortunately the batting did not get going and batsmen were dismissed at regular intervals, once Gagan Singh was dismissed by a blinder of a catch by Gil, it was only Richard Lytton who rode out the innings to finish 30 not out. Swaran Singh contributed 14. The total of 6 for 92 was never going to be enough. Best bowling figures for ABC were Abhishek 2 for 14  and Tony Hands 2 for 12.
After a 2 phased afternoon tea- Tony Hand nipping back 20 minutes into afternoon tea with a hastily prepared round of sandies- it was left to ABC to knock off the poor Damazan total. Gagan Singh bowled magnificently to thwart the batsmen for as long as he could finishing with figures of 3 for 36 off 12 overs. ABC though stayed cool and comfortably won the match at 4 for 96.
Hughes top scored for ABC with 31 and Gadsby steered home his team with 30 not out.
A rather uncompetitive match with the champagne moment going to Alan Morpheth taking his first wicket for Damazan with figures of 1 for 14.
 
Damazan vs Beckenham 23rd August 2012 - by Richardo
 
Following the defeat against De La Salle on monday it was hpoed that Damazan could notch up a much need victory against Beckenham Sorcerers on thursday. Unfortunately the weather conditions were very hot and Damazan's players usually need a good week recuperation. Beckenham was sent in to bat and they set about the task; despite the youthfulness of the side they batted with clarity and sensiblity. The scoring was not very rapide but well paced with runs flowing and few wickets falling, this allowed them the accelerate and an impressive speed in the last 6 or 7 overs; the weather and fatigue got to Damazan and Beckenham profited remassing 9 for 224 off the 35 over match. Most impressive batsmen were D.Tyler 40, Harris 43, J.McCullough 36 and S.Abrahams 33. All bowlers were slayed but Swaran Singh, benefiting from his cut hand- he wore a glove- captured 4 for 21, Sanjay Seth bowled well taking 2 for 34.
 
The afternoon tea went like gease lightening, due to the usual superior standard- hats off  to Sheila and Linda- and the famished nature of Damazan's over worked players.
 
Damazan's innings started reasonably well with the top order largely getting away but a few loose shots and magnificent fielding by the far too young Beckenham side cut the innings back. Gagan Singh played another tantalising innings but holded out at 67, there was little resistance after that and Damazan finished on 7 for 152. Sanjay Seth played a fine double making 29 and Richard Lytton scored 18.
Credit has to go to the Beckenham bowlers and fielders who toiled under Australian( western) conditions, S.Tyler finished with 3 for 25 and M.McCullough 3 for 39.
 
Despite the 72 run defeat the match was played under terrific condions and Damazan put in a reasonable performance given the heat and the frequency of games in the week. The champagne moments go to Gagan Singh's innings- worth the ground admission fee alone- and the better than average catches of Richard Lytton( modesty) Special mention to Allan Morpheth who fielded very well and bowled a fine spell under difficult conditions- welcome to the club Allan. 
 
Damazan vs De La Salle 20th August 2012 - by Richardo
 
This game was played under very hot conditions with temperatures in the high 30s. De La Salle won the toss and decided to bat first. They started with a flurry as it was shortened to a 35 over match, Lytton struck early grabbing two early wickets. However, their middle order kept the runs flowing at a steady rate, in the end they finished with a very repectable 189. Opener Bradshaw scored a finely crafted 50, Gibirdi clubbed 44 and Wainwright chipped in 30. Damazan's bowlers toiled well with Gagan Singh capturing 5 for 13, Richard Lytton 2 for 28 and Sanjay Seth 2 for 39.
 
On resumption Damazan started reasonably well but a bit slow, first wicket falling at 53. Unfortunately after that it was all downhill with only a swashbuckling 27 by Swaran Singh- top score- adding a bit of credibility to the score. Damazan finished at 130 all out in the 29th over, Swaran singh scored 27, Peter Matthews 22 and Ian Richmond 18.
 
For De La Salle, Gibirdi finished a fine double taking 2 for 11 and Wainright also took 2 for 11.
Nice match, played in good atmosphere just a pity about Damazan's ordinary batting display. Champagne moment being the ever so familiar juggling catch of Swaran Singh off a full blooded on drive, this left his hand badly cut but both his batting and bowling has improved as a result?!
 
 

Damazan vs Noe (Cup Match) 11th August 2012 - By Pete Matthews

For this 35 over cup match the weather was mixed, muggy & cloudy for the first 2 hours but then sunny & clear.

Gagan won the toss & decided to bat first. Openers Sanjay & Pete went to the middle but very soon Sanjay played a terrible shot completely missing the ball & was bowled. With Ryan having terrible traffic problems the Skipper came to the crease. At the far end Pete desperately dug a ball out that almost arrived underground but a few balls later he couldn't do it again & was bowled. Marcus joined Gagan & squeezed his first ball to point for a very easy catch. Amazingly he was dropped, did this signal it was going to be Marcus's day? Unfortunately Gagan tried hitting a straight ball & was bowled, not a great shot. Ean joined Marcus and took his time. Then Marcus was bowled by a low one. Damazan were now in desperate trouble with only 26 on the board. To this point the bowling had just been average but with a combination of the pitch & some poor shots Damazan were struggling. Ian Richmond joined Ean. Ian was served a juicy slow full toss, it begged to be hit for 4 or 6, he took his eye off the ball & was bowled. Now that Ryan had arrived in he went. After 2 balls out he came, bowled by a ball from Anbu that spun considerably. Richard followed, a golden, he lobbed up a ball for a simple catch. Next Swaran joined Ean but not for long, Ean became the next victim to a low ball, despite having been at the wicket quite some time he still couldn't keep the ball out. Goffi came in and went to a first ball, lbw.  Swaran was soon out, end of innings. It has to be said that the Noe bowlers took every advantage of the wicket, they bowled line & length & let the pitch rip the batting apart. No batting score worthy of any note. The best figures for Noe were Bipin 4 wickets for 8, Anbu 3 for 11 & Dawood 3 for 14. Damazan 70 off 22 overs.

 

By now the sun had been shining for a while & the conditions for batting were perfect. Damazan knew they had to bowl line & length. Indrayish & Daniel confidently took their opening spots knowing they had a fairly simply task ahead. Gagan & Ryan opened the bowling but sadly Ryan couldn't find his line & length & 2 overs later the batsmen had taken him for 23 runs. The pitch did present 1 or 2 low balls to the batsmen but they squeezed them out. Marcus took over from Ryan, he bowled well but the batsmen were set & nothing was going to stop their easy win. After 10 overs Noe were scoring 5 an over. A couple of overs later the job was done. The two openers did a fine job for their side. Indrayish 37no & Daniel 32no. No bowling for Damazan worthy of note. Well played Noe & all the best in the final.

 
Damazan vs Eymet (Cup Match) 22nd July 2012 - by Pete Matthews

This 35 over cup match was played in sunshine but not too hot, perfect batting conditions.

The Eymet Captain won the toss & didn't hesitate to bat first. Gagan opened the bowling with Ryan but the Express wasn't his usual self so after 2 overs & conceding 23 runs he was rested. Palmer & Nigel Jones were off & running & after 10 overs 50 was on the board. At this rate Eymet looked likely to have a big score. Damazan were well up for this match so the team dug in & the bowlers began to pull them back. Marcus bowled accurately & seemed to take it personally if a run was scored, after his 7 overs he had only conceded 14 runs, great bowling. Ryan had another over but the batsmen seemed to enjoy his pace & again the ball flew to the boundary so he was taken off.  Palmer & Jones slowed their scoring & on 52 palmer was given out lbw to Sanjay. The Eymet Captain came to the crease at number 3 & was unlucky to be given out caught by Roy, a golden. Sanjay bowled well taking the only 2 wickets to fall, Swaran only conceded the odd single & Goffi started well but Mike Gear loves it down the leg & scored easy fours. However Mike didn't appear to have any urgency scoring towards the end of the innings. By now Eymet were well pegged back, Damazan bowled & fielded well & Eymet finished with only a par score.  M Gear 35no, Palmer 52 & N Jones 75no. Marcus 7 overs for 14 runs & Sanjay 7 overs, 2 for 35. Eymet 171 off 35 overs.

Tea was taken & Captain Gagan instructed Sanjay & Pete to play their natural opening game as the Eymet score was less than 5 an over. Jones & Jiaman opened the bowling but any pace was lessened by a good pitch so Sanjay & Pete never appeared to be in trouble & slowly accumulated runs. After 8 overs the run rate was slightly under 4 but at this point Pete & Sanjay decided to push a little harder. Morgan & Farrell took the bowling on but they made little inroads untill Sanjay was caught on 34. At this point quick singles were going well but unfortunately Ryan was run out when Pete called for a dodgy single. This only brought Captain Gagan to the crease & his form has been superb this season. Pete carried on in his usual style & was relieved to reach 50 because his confidence wasn't high. Gagan soon started smashing the ball around the park. Anything slightly loose was dispatched. Gagan very quickly  approached his 50 & won the game in the 30th over. Damazan conclusively won this match with 5 overs to spare. It was another very good all round performance by the whole team.
Sanjay 34, Gagan 52no & Pete 59no. Farrel 5 overs 1 for 31. Damazan 172 off 30 overs.

Champagne Moment :- 3 this week. Three times the ball was smashed to Damazan players, Marcus, Gagan & Ean all made brilliant efforts to catch the ball but the pace was just too fast.
 
Damazan vs Dorking Dads & Lads July 16th 2012 by Pete Matthews

This 35 over match was played in beautiful hot sunshine, perfect conditions.

The Dorking Skipper won the toss but realising his side was a little weak this year put Damazan in to bat. Skipper Gagan gave some of the lads that hadn't batted too often this season the opening spot. Richard & Ian started the first 4 overs at 4 an over but found the bowling attack lacking somewhat so they opened up a little & soon pushed the scoring to 5 an over. With the score on 86 Ian mis-cued & was caught. Richard didn't play any big shots, he was steady, but when he was into the 30's he was caught. Goffi wasn't his usual self & after a couple of 4's & 6's Goffi was bowled.  Ryan hit a couple of big shots but Swaran continued his season struggling with the bat. Swaran was soon out missing a slow straight ball. Marcus & Ryan began well together but Ryan was out to a fine catch. Gagan & Marcus now began the onslaught until Gagan missed & was bowled. With Marcus not quite on his 50 the final over came along. The bowler put the ball into the arc of Marcus & at a pace he loved. At the end of the over the bowler was shellshocked having been smashed for 28 runs off it. For Dorking D Yandell bowled well, it was strange that the Captain held him back to be the 6th bowler. In his 6th over he had 4 wickets for 13 but with the last over Marcus helped spoil his day.
Goffi 23, Gagan 26, Ryan 29, Richard 33, Ian 36 & Marcus 70no. D Yandell 4 wickets for 41. Damazan finished their 35 overs for a massive 256.

After tea Dorking Dads & Lads began their massive task of trying to score 257 to win the match. Captain Gagan knew how difficult Dorkings target was so John & Swaran opened the bowing for Damazan. Roberts & Ed started the innings well but without scoring many off the bowlers. No wickets fell but when Sanjay & Ryan bowled things soon changed. With the pace of Ryan J Roberts decided attack was the way to go but he was caught at cover by Sanjay. Once Ed was bowled by Sanjay any resistance from Dorking went. After the 2 openrs no other players got into double figures & because of injuries the final two batsmen didn't even make it out to the crease. The 25th over came along, nobody knew it was to be the final one. Gagan was bowling. Gagan clean bowled Chris with his 2nd ball. The 3rd ball saw Tom hit one to square leg where Swaran casually tried catching the ball. All the Damazan team were disappointed when he dropped it. Hang on -------he flung out his left hand & the ball fell in it. A great comedy moment. With gagan's 4th ball he clean bowled John Roberts for a fine hat-trick.
J Roberts 17 & Ed 25. Sanjay 2 for 16, Ryan 3 for 25 & Gagan 3 for 0 runs. Dorking were all out in the 25th over for 83.

Champagne Moment:-  Difficult to describe the comedy facture but it has to be the catch by Swaran. 
 
Damazan vs Mansle July 8th 2012 by Pete Matthews

The journey to this distant away match saw changeable weather, heavy rain at one point. Once at Mansle the weather for this 35 over Cup Match was intermittent cloud & sun.

The Mansle Captain won the toss & decided to put Damazan into bat, possibly due to the fact that Mansle only had 9 players. Now that Gagan was again back from India he resumed his role as Skipper. Pete & Sanjay opened the batting having been given instructions from Gagan as to how to approach the innings. Thanks to several wides from a slow bowling attack the score mounted at 4 to 5 an over. Pete found it difficult going with the game plan & tried a big shot too early & was soon out. Marcus at an unaccustomed number 3 position was also soon out but Sanjay & Gagan steadied things & scored well. Ryan joined the Skipper when Sanjay was caught attempting a big shot for six. Ryan didn't find things as easy as his last two knocks but he partnered Gagan well enough until he was controvertially given out caught behind after a very half hearted appeal. Gagan soon followed when he skied a ball & was also caught. The scoring now faultered despite the determination of each new batsmen. In the final over Ian & Richard did well adding a vital 10 runs to the teams efforts. With the outfield grass being very long, shots that were worth 4 runs only gained 1 or 2 so the Damazan total of 145 was worth somewhere around 200 at home.
Sanjay 20 & Gagan 52. For Mansle Clulee 3 for 21 & Gorridge 2 for 25. Damazan finished with 145 for 7 off 35 overs

Both sides enjoyed the curry at tea before Mansle tried to score 146 to win.

With this being the first serious match for Damazan in a year all the players took to the field in good spirit & a solid determination to win the match. Gagan opened the bowling with the Von Ryan Express & himself. It was evident from the first couple of balls that the Mansle batsmen simply couldn't handle the pace. The openers had dot ball after dot ball & the pressure slowly grew for them to play some strokes. With Gagan being a little slower than Ryan the batsmen tried their luck but Clulee was quickly bowled. With Ryan rested Marcus soon cleaned up the other opener M larter. From the first ball Gorridge faced he looked a fine competent player but he edged a ball to deep gully where Ryan snapped up a great catch off Gagan's bowling. With 3 wickets down & only 9 Mansle players, Damazan knew they were well on top but everyone continued playing hard. With runs only coming at 1 or 2 an over each incoming batsmen tried to hit their team out of trouble but each man quickly fell. Damazan's determination showed with no catches going down, Ryan, Ian, Pete & Roy took a catch each.
A Larter & M Usman each scored 11. Gagan 3 wickets for 4 runs & Harris 2 for 11. Mansle all out for 71 in the 22nd over.

Champagne Moment :-  Well played Gagan, you played an excellent all round game on your return. Well done the bowling attack, everyone bowled tight. Well done to the team in general, a good performance from all. Finally, well done Jamie, it can't be fun travelling all that way to be 12th man.
 
Damazan vs Eymet July 1st 2012 - by Pete Matthews

For this 40 over match the weather was pleasant, intermittent clouds & not too hot.

A match against Eymet always proves to be difficult for Damazan & this one was no different. Damazan Skipper, Sanjay, won the toss & elected to field. Dave Horlock & Nigel Jones opened & very quickly got into their stride. The early bowling gave neither batsmen cause for concern & 5 an over was comfortably achieved. The openers soon reached 100 & the change of bowlers, Marcus & Ryan, couldn't hold the runs back until Dave Horlock was caught off the bowling of Marcus. Runs didn't come as freely as before but Nigel continued scoring relatively freely. At number 3 Zaman threw his bat but was bowled by Pete when he missed the ball. Nasir also threw the bat but was soon out to Goffy & then John Fabb was quickly bowled by Ryan. Nigel powered his way to an impressive ton.
Nigel Jones 106no & Dave Horlock 65. No bowlers for Damazan got more than 1 wicket. Eymet 236, a good score on a very very slow outfield.

Tea was taken & due to the lack of any cake their batting reply suffered. Pete & Roy opened for Damazan & runs flowed at 5 an over for the first 11 overs. Unfortunately Roy edged one to the keeper but when Ryan came to the crease he continued where he left off last week. In the 17 over & the score on 80 Pete was caught by Nigel, nobody was quite sure if the catch was true but Pete took the word of Nigel & walked. Marcus joined Ryan & the pair piled on the runs. The Eymet Skipper was forced to bring on their best bowler, Nigel. He soon found the edge of Marcus's bat & he was caught at slip. When Ryan clipped one to the keeper the Damazan challenge ended. Unfortunately there was no resistance from the remaining Damazan batsmen as they fell one by one. Farrell & Fabb bowled well taking a brace each.
Pete 22, Marcus 31 & Ryan 57. Fabb 1 run for 3, Farrell 18 for 3 & Jones 20 for 2. Damazan ended all out for 180 in the 36th over.
 
Damazan vs Catus June 24th 2012 - By Pete Matthews

For this 40 over match the weather was very hot & sunny, about time too.
Catus Skipper, Ken Sutton, won the toss and elected to bat. Openers K Keeble & R Allen made quick progress with 25 runs up in 5 overs. Sanjay realised something had to be done so The Ryan Express was brought on to bowl. 2 wickets fell quickly, one to Richard & the other to Ryan, both bowled. With I Philby & Rahim at the crease runs again flowed freely. Rahim took a particular liking to Pete's bowling & creamed him all over the park with some power shots. Marcus finally took care of Rahim caught behind by Roy who made the catch look regulation. Ken Sutton continued the run scoring for Catus. Marcus bowled tightly, controlled the run scoring & took wickets which meant it was likely Catus wouldn't reach 200, early on it appeared that 250 was possible. Once Ken was out the final wickets fell easily & without troubling the scorers. Rahim 60 & Ken 23. Marcus 4 for 36, Ryan 3 for 35 & Sanjay 2 for 22. Catus finished on 167.

There was concern for Mike Frewin at tea. A head injury to Mike earlier that day was thought to be worse than the Damazan players had known when Mike & Lynn didn't arrive at the break with the tea. Luckily all worries were quashed when they did arrive & the gash to Mike's head looked nasty but it wasn't serious to the relief of everyone. So, the innings of Damazan commenced. Very soon it spluttered, after 3 balls Ean was caught behind having got a fine edge. Not the start that Damazan wanted. Unfortunately the very next over more doom & gloom for Damazan as Pete was bowled by a fine yorker. Ryan & Marcus began their task of trying to win the match & very soon smashed the ball to the boundary. Ryan lead the charge with a fine 50 & Marcus followed with 34. Ryan was bowled by a good yorker & Marcus was caught behind.  From this point on it was always going to be a very difficult task to win the match & the Catus Skipper knew it. Ken sportingly opened the game up to the inexperienced Damazan batsmen & they were soon out.  Ryan 50 & Marcus 34. Rahim 2 for 10 & Shafik 2 for 30. Damazan scored 131. Lately the tide has turned in the favour of Catus, well played.

Champagne Moments :- Ryan for his hard hitting his first 50 for the club but as each week goes by he improves so I'm sure there will be many to follow. Dave & Jamie scored their first ever runs for Damazan, well done chaps.
 
Damazan vs Woodlawn June 3rd 2012 - By Richard Lytton
 
After some uncertainty over the ever unpredictable weather this match got underway, leaden skies and rain a falling, Woodlawn must have felt at home. Woodlawn won the toss and sent Damazan in to bat with the expectation of a decent score under these conditions being rather low. Ean Ireson and Roy Pedersen started off well but rather slowly with 12 runs after 5 overs. The two openers were dismissed and Ryan West and Marcus Harris were at the wicket, Ryan played a blistering, albeit short, innings hitting 2 sixes and a four- 3 scoring shots for 16. Marcus played rather cautiously at the beginning of his innings, sensibly playing himself in under difficult batting conditions. However once this period elapsed he let loose with his usual flair, all bowlers were taken to the sword and Marcus rode his luck to score a magnificent 133 not out, with 5 sixes and 17 fours.  Woodlawn bowlers toiled hard against the Harris onslaught and were rewarded with wickets. Adam Wakefield finishing with 4 for 23 and Reece 2 for 21 being the pick of the bowlers.
So Damazan scored a substantial total of 9 for 248, a very difficult target under the conditions.
 
Following on the copious afternoon tea, Woodlawn openers commenced their chase, they started off quite well but tight bowling by Damazan's bowlers make the task increasingly difficult and with wickets falling Woodlawn were left needing over 90 runs in the last ten overs. It was then that Woodlawn began to pile on the runs at an alarming rate; having watched Marcus pummel the bowling the two Wakefields and Hill smashed middle order bowlers with gay abandon and captain Sanjay Seth began to get a little worried. Speedster Ryan West and plodder Richard Lytton returned to attempt to stem the storm. Lytton bowled B Wakefield who top scored with 80 runs. Ryan bowled the 40th over, his pace and accuracy ensuring that the ten runs needed were limited to 2.  Ryan finished with 2 for 20 and Marcus 1 for 7; special mention goes to the fine bowling display by spin man Goffi who bowled 7 overs for a paltry 22 runs, unlucky not to get wickets! Adama Wakefield scored 48 runs completing a fine double and Hill scored 42 runs. Woodlawn finished on 8 for 240 and Damazan won by 8 runs, all in all a magnificent day with high scoring and good bowling.  
 
The champagne moment of the day goes to the unstoppable fielding display by yours truly( Lytton) who having stopped a ball from reaching the boundry forgot that he was heading fall speed towards a 20cm fence post- the aftermath of which he had the appearance of being on the wrong side of a 12 round boxing match.  
 
 
Damazan vs ABC May 27th 2012 - By Pete Matthews

Th
is 40 over match was played in warm sunny conditions, perfect temperature to play cricket.

Damazan welcomed new player Ryan & ABC also had some new additions since last season, in fact, ABC had 7 Asian lads playing. Having won the toss the ABC Skipper, Andrew, asked Damazan to bat first. Ian Richmond & Pete Matthews opened for Damazan. The previous match was 5 or 6 weeks ago so timing etc wasn't going to come easy. The ABC opening bowlers immediately showed their genuine pace & Pete & Ian found it difficult to get them away. However, the bowling was wayward so the score moved along at 3 an over mainly due to wides. In the second over Ian missed a straight ball & was bowled by Sudheer. Sanjay came to the crease but soon departed. Marcus came in at number 4 & ignored the fact that Damazan hadn't played for so long & soon began smashing the ball around. Pete continued, his concentration & doggedness never wavering but unfortunately he batted with little skill & if he did hit a ball it was generally poorly timed. Pete tried giving Marcus the strike & it worked well. Marcus creamed three 6's & ten 4's before getting caught on 89 but by now the damage to ABC was done. Ryan West came in at number 5 but was obviously going to be rusty not having played for 7 years however he did enough to show that very soon he will be scoring big for Damazan. Ryan was caught, Pete was run out as the Damazan innings came to an end. Damazan 204 for 5. Marcus Harris 89 & Pete Matthews 56. For ABC Sudheer 2 for 20 off 8 overs

After a fine tea ABC set about their task & opened with Paul & Roy. Damazan opened the bowling with Richard Lytton & John Ayling, Richard bowled tight but Paul & Roy saw an opportunity to score big runs off John & took it. Unfotunately for Paul he couldn't keep tha ball on the ground & offered 3 catching chances, the third one was taken. Roy was caught at slip by John A who didn't have to move a muscle. Andrew, the Skipper & Vaisagh pushed the score along but Andrew was given out lbw by a very low ball, unlucky. Ryan came on to bowl & immediately showed that he had real pace at our level. He put one or two effort balls in & they were very quick. Damazan look forward to more pace from Ryan as he eases his way back. Preetam & Sudheer were bowled by Ryan. Manjor batted at number 7 & looked good until he tried to play a shot too many & was bowled by Marcus for 40. This proved to be the beginning of the end for ABC as all the remaining batsmen were soon out either caught or bowled. ABC were all out in the 30th over for 138. Manoj 40. For Damazan Marcus 3 for 30 off 7 overs, Richard 2 for 16 off 6 overs & Ryan 2 for 19 off 5 overs.

Champagne Moments:- Ryan for his first ever Damazan wicket & without doubt there will be many more. Richards catch has to be mentioned. At our level it was something special & I would imagine the batsman was thinking what a splendid shot he'd just made for 4 runs.
 
Damazan vs Eymet April 15th 2012- by Pete Matthews
 
This 40 over match was played in cloudy cold conditions.

Eymet batted first & their openers, S Palmer & D Horlock, made good progress despite the fact that the strip proved difficult to bat on due to the damp conditions. The opening bowlers, Richard & John, bowled accurately but made little headway until Richard got S Palmer (40) lbw. Marcus replaced Richard & bowled the Eymet No3 when he was on 18. Marcus's bowling proved difficult for the batsmen because the bounce was unpredictable. Goffi bowled well restricting the batsmen to 20 runs off his 6 overs but unfortunately no wickets. In the meantime D Horlock continued his competent batting. Mike Gere batted with his usual style but unfortunately played the ball onto his shin which meant he needed a runner. Within minutes Mike's runner was run out leaving Mike not too pleased. Eymet batted well on this difficult wicket & finished on 185 for 4. D Horlock 86no & S Palmer 40. For Damazan Richard, Marcus, Sanjay & Pete all finished with a wicket each.
Damazan knew the chase would be difficult but they certainly didn't anticipate a total collapse. The Eymet bowlers were efficient but some very poor batting soon saw the innings completed. The Eymet bowlers spread their wickets around with Alei, Smith & Wright getting 2 each, Jaman, Sultan & Fadd getting 1 each. Damazan all out for 64.

Well done Eymet, a great start to the season with 3 very comfortable victories.

Champagne Moment:- Eymet allowing the Damazan 12th man a knock out in the middle, thank you.
 
Damazan vs Warner XI April 9th 2012- by Pete Matthews
 
The weather was cool, cloudy for the first half & then sunny later on. The Warner Clan arrived from all corners of the world for this early season match. The early start to the match meant that the outfield was wet so the Warner Captain had no hesitation putting Damazan in to bat.

Sanjay opened with Roy & Pete, they made steady progress with Roy scoring quicker than Pete. 4s weren't easy to come by with a slow outfield plus some good fast bowling from the Warners opening pair, George & Cosmo. Roy made a good start but was bowled just as he reached double figures. The next 4 batsmen, Sanjay, Marcus, Goffi & Richie, all got to double figures but were then bowled. Pete plodded on but made little progress with run scoring. After 20 overs it was lunch. A fine lunch was provided by the Warners. After lunch Pete decided it was time to get after the bowlers & this he did. The outfield was drying out & 4s were easier to get. When Mike came to the wicket it was time for running everything. Mike contributed 12 unbeaten runs whilst scammering up & down the track with Pete. Damazan finished with 178 for 6.

Pete 66no, Sanjay & Goffi 17, Richie 12 & Mike 12no. M Warner 2 for 16, Warner 2 for 29.

The Warners Eleven opened with S Carrick & H Warner. Damazan opened the bowling with Richie & John, they both bowled well but the Warner openers bidded their time & kept their patience scoring at a similar rate to Damazan. Young S Carrick batted beautifully showing maturity & skill. H warner fell lbw to John on 13 but then Cosmo came in & smacked the ball around the park. Damazan were pleased to see him stumped on 29, fine work by Roy. Unfortunately for Damazan George came to the crease & continued the work Cosmo started by blasting the ball to all corners. Sanjay invited Pete to bowl but it didn't worry George as 11 runs came off Pete's first over. By this stage the only way Damazan could win the match was by taking wickets. Sanjay must have known something because he kept Pete on & then wickets began to fall. Wickets fell due to some bad shots & some line & length bowling by Pete. The Warners needed 15 or runs to win but they continued to lose wickets until the final wicket fell to a good catch by Roy behind the stumps. The Warners were all out for 164.

S Carrick 58 (a really good knock) Cosmo 29 & George 29. John, Sanjay & Goffi got 1 wicket each & Pete 7 for 28.

Champagne Moment:- Dave taking his first catch for Damazan in his first match.

Thank you to all the Warners, not just the players but to all that came along, it was an enjoyable match to start the season & the teams were fairly well matched. The food etc that you provided was superb, thank you from all the Damazan
people.