2014 Match Reports

Damazan versus White Hunter played on 28/9/2014 by Richard Lytton.

The last game of a difficult season with the prospect of going 3 out of 3 games for Damazan to finish it off. 

Damazan opened the batting and Eymet guest Dave Horlock and Richard Lytton made a fine 68 run opening stand. Damazan continued to bat well with all batsmen getting a start. Finishing on 5 for 224, Dave Horlock scored a fine 40, Richard Lytton 39 and Gagan Singh 37 not out. For White Hunter Cooper took 2 for 33.

After the copious afternoon tea White Hunter were up for the challenge. 

Damazan's bowlers and fielders again performed at a high level and White Hunter were never really on pace to top 224, they made a fine 8 for 154 batting out the 35 overs. Dixon contributed a fine 50 and Ibbs made 26.

Hussain starred with the ball for Damazan taking 3 for 25 and Gagan Singh took the last wickets taking 3 for 3.

White Hunter were a great bunch and it was a fun day, hopefully they will pop across next year!

For Damazan it made three wins out of 3 games and a great end to the season, the team finally pulling together as a team.

Damazan versus Great Durnford played on 21/9/2014 by Richard Lytton.

Another 35 over match with warmer conditions. 

Great Durnford batted first and Damazan controlled the match with quality bowling and fielding. Only Skip managed 21 with no batsman going on with the job. Richard Lytton took bowling honours with 4 for 25, Hussain took 2 for 18 with Gagan Singh rifling the tail enders taking 2 for 0!

Great Durnford were all out for 109 in 30 overs. 

They enjoyed the world renowned hospitality of Damazan cricket club's afternoon tea.

Damazan Captain Sanjay Seth decided to switch around the batting order and after a reasonable opening partnership wickets began to tumble but hitters Goffi scored 19 and Hussein 24 took Damazan into a winning position. Damazan made the runs in the 33rd over at 7 for 113. 

Opener Richard Lytton scored a dogged 20. For Great Durnford March picked up 3 for 18. 

Two wins in a row for Damazan, on a roll. 

Special mention goes to the magnificent catch of Sanjay Seth, by far and away the catch of the season; a full blooded hit which looked a certain 4, Sanjay dived across at pace and snapped it up for breakfast-  a very magic moment and one of three catches taken by Sanjay!

Full accolades to Great Durnford who played in great spirit.

Damazan versus Bristol Venturers played on 13/9/2014 by Richard Lytton.

This 35 over game was played under difficult weather conditions. 

Bristol Venturers batted first and their Aussie blow in C Perry carved out a great 95 not out and with McDowell scoring 36 not out they finished at 3 for 180. 

Sanjay Seth took 2 for 13 and Marcus Harris bowled 6 tight overs with 1 for 14.

With Damazan having a fairly complete line up the total of 181 to win was certainly on the cards. Once again C Perry played an outstanding role bowling with surprising pace and superb accuracy to capture Damazan wickets at a regular pace. Peter Matthews opened for Damazan and scored a fine 46. Marcus Harris compiled a solid 30 and Goffi clubbed a quick fire 22 and Damazan made the total of 182 for 6 in the 35th over. 

It was harder than expected but Damazan chalked up a much need win. 

C Perry starred again for Bristol Venturers taking for 4 for 16 of 7 overs. Sturdie picked up 2 for 12. 

All in all another tight, exciting cricket match with an outstanding performance for Bristol Venturers by C Perry.  

Fine bunch of lads Bristol Venturers playing cricket in the true spirit of the game.

Damazan verus Catus played on 17/08/2014 by Peter Matthews.

At last, a long awaited beautiful day arrived for a cricket match, sunny but not too hot. The toss was won by Martin, the Catus Captain, and he unexpectedly put Damazan in to bat.

Openers Pete & Chris took a couple of overs to settle in but then scored reasonably quickly. Catus frequently changed their bowlers but made little progress as Damazan scored consistently at 4/5 an over. Pete played his usual role of supporting his partner whilst Chris scored heavily. Without previously having any problems Pete played onto his pad & then the wicket finishing on 18. This only meant Gagan could come in, with a good platform he unleashed almost immediately. Chris & Gagan partnered each other really well & runs flowed. Eventually a tired Chris didn't move his feet, played on the line of middle stump & was bowled on the off stump. He had played very well for his 82. This brought the big hitters of Gagan & Marcus together, something Catus never relish. These two set about the bowling immediately, quick, slow, medium or spin, everything flew to the boundary. Gagan was finally caught for 62 but Marcus, with Goffi now, continued to thrash the ball. Goffi was very easily caught & bowled on 10. Sanjay came to the crease but didn't face a ball. Marcus finished on an unbeaten 59. A total of 258 off 35 overs was a formidable target for Catus.

Tea was taken with Damazan very happy with their score & Catus were slightly worried.

Unusually the Catus Captain opened with his number 11 & asked Sanjay not to open with the usual bowler, namely Gagan. As this was a friendly Sanjay was happy to open with himself & very unusually Pete. Ken & Mr Carter opened the batting & made good progress scoring at 5 an over. Ken called for a run but his partner was comfortably run out. Karim came to the crease & simply threw the bat, style, no, not important. On 14 runs he simply missed a straight ball & was bowled by Pete. Allen came in & went on 16. Ken was caught at point by Hussein for a fine 39. But this is when Catus took the game by the scruff of the neck. Batting was Rofik with Shafik. Crash, bang, wallop, the name of the game was simply to throw the bat at the ball. They did this magnificently not appearing to have a care in the world & it turned out to be their day with their luck holding out. The score rattled along at about 10 an over for many overs. The very big total that was set was now in their sights & Catus were in the driving seat. Chris came on & was shown no respect but eventually bowled Rofik on 57. Then chris took the wicket of Shafik but he had more or less won the game was a very hard hitting 105. The last few runs were easily knocked up to give Catus an excellent & very satisfying win in the final over. Chris 3 for 52 off 7 & Pete 2 for 36 off 7. 

Champagne moment. The entire game. It appeared that everyone thoroughly enjoyed playing in this friendly match, lots of banter between the sides, lots of runs, the game was played in a very friendly spirited manner. Thank you Catus. 

Damazan versus ABC played at Damazan on 3/8/2014 by Richard Lytton.

This 35 over match was played under warm conditions with Damazan once again batting first. 

New man Searson opened the batting but Damazan never got a handle on the batting. ABC bowled and fielded well and bowled Damazan out for a low total of 136 in the 31st over. Searson topped with a creditable 40 with Gagan Singh making 27. Natraj was pick of the ABC bowlers with 2 for 7 off 5 overs with Abishek taking 2 for 17.

Damazan had a disorganised innings that end with only 136 runs. 

ABC struggled early on with Gagan Singh snapping up the first three batsmen cheaply.  At 3 for 30 it looked like it could go to the wire; moving to 6 for 69 it looked like Damazan could snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. However some stubborn resistance from Vivek scoring a fine 29 and Tony hands  who saw the match out finishing with 29 not out, his last wicket stand with Abishek saw ABC to victory at 137 for 9 in the 33rd over.

Gagan Singh took 4 for 20 and Searson completed a fine double taking 3 for 18 with Sanjay taking 2 for 31.

A low scoring but entertaining match with loads of late drama.

Damazan versus Dorking played on 16/7/2014 by Richard Lytton.

A regular fixture against  a Dorking team that always puts on a competitive performance. This 35 over match was played under warm conditions. 

Damazan set out to bat and Peter Matthews played a fine innings just missing out on a 50- he scored 47. Unfortunately none of the other batsmen got going with the exeption of Marcus Harris who ended up scoring a straight ton- 100.  The total of 185 for 6 was a little underdone with Hammond doing the damage for Dorking taking 3 for 26 off 7 overs. Dorking bowled and fielded well to restrict the total.

The Dorking batsmen had a field day with Damazan fielding a very understrenghed attack especially with Marcus Harris not being able to bowl. Dorking took full advantage and quickly made 186 with the loss of just one wicket in the 29th over.   For Dorking Hammond scored 76 not out and Roberts 80 not out. For Damazan, Sanjay Seth picked up the only wicket with 1 for 37. 

A great performance by the Dorking team both with bat and ball. Marcus Harris shone for Damazan with a fine 100.

Damazan versus Beer Engine played on 10/7/2014 by Richard Lytton.

With a name like Beer Engine one would expect Damazan would more than a chance in this 40 over match. 

Damazan batted first and made a fine 230 for 5. It was Gagan Singh's day as he compiled a magnificent 139 runs including 8 sixes! Peter Matthews lent good support to Gagan making 23 and Swaran Singh 19 not out. The Beer Engine lads utilised 10 bowlers, Gilbert picked up 1 for 11 and Crosby 1 for 14 off  6 overs. Quite a formidable total as the outfield was still quite green.

After a slow start with some fine bowling by Gagan Singh and Richard Lytton the middle order batsmen took to the under strenghed Damazan bowling attack. Ian G. scored 73 and Steve J. scored 65 but the match went right to the line with the  Beer Engine just making the 231 in the final over- 5 for 231.

Gagan Singh bowled superbly taking 1 for 10 and Richard Lytton took 2 for 32.

All in all a match that Damazan should have won but a great days cricket 
with the performance of Gagan being the highlight of the day.

Damazan vs Midi CC (Siddalls Quarter Final) played on 22/6/2014 by Richard Lytton.

This match was played under very warm conditions on a ground that can be best described as hard and fast. The pitch was a plastic wicket and the bowlers run ups consisted of dry dust.

As Damazan only had 8 available players it was always going to be very difficult.

Capatin Sanjay Seth won the toss and opted to bat with Gary Stark going in as opener. Sanjay clubbed a quick fire 21 then Gagan Singh teamed up with Gary Stark, they took the score to 64 when Gagan was caught on 36. Marcus Harris played a rather subdued innings at the start knowing that there was little batting to come, Gary stuck with him playing sheet anchor roll to perfection. They took the score to 150, a partnership of 86 before Marcus was bowled for a quality knock of 72. This was in the 31st over so not much time to knock up much more. Damazan finished on a highly creditable 5 for 163. George was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 20.

Midi put on a BBQ and a copious lunch was most welcome, tasty hamburgers, fresh salad and fruit even some Rose was on offer- thanks to the Midi lads for all your efforts.

After posting a competitive total Damazan gave themselves a chance at victory. However the Midi openers played the conditions to their advantage and with 80 runs coming quite quickly for the first wicket things were looking grim for Damazan who only had 4 bowlers. The crunch came when Richard Lytton was called for two no balls and rubbed out from bowling any further. It has to be said that the call of no ball was a mistake by the umpire and excluding further bowling probably gave the match across to Midi. Midi steadily hit the runs winning the game in the 27th over finishing on 5 for 165.

Armstrong top scored for Midi with a fine 44 and Dalling score 35. Sanjay Seth took 3 for 35 and Jean-Claude Rieudebat toiled hard to get 2 for 31.

All in all Damazan played very well with only 8 players on a ground that was unforegiving; 11 players and one or two decisions going our way would have seen Damazan take the spoils on this occasion.

Special mention in dispatches to the exploits of Gary(The Rock) Stark who played an incredible innings finishing on 10 n.o. pretty much chanceless against some good bowling- must rate as the champagne moment of the year.

T20 Qualifications played on 8/6/2014 by Richard Lytton.

Damazan versus Eymet 

First of the 20/20 games played at Eymet played under nice conditions with Damazan hoping for a little better performance than against Catus in 2013.

Eymet won the toss and sent Damazan in to bat. The top order did reasonably well but the middle order and tail collapsed badly seeing Damazan all out for 106, with 6 of the batsmen bowled leaving the impression that the pitch was keeping a tad low. Marcus Harris scored 39 and Gagan Singh 15. Eymet's demon bowler Dave Horlock bagged 3 for 11 and Jaman 2 for 11.

After a quick ten minute break Eymet set about the task well, steadily compiling the runs, they scored the runs with ease finishing on 3 for 107. Dave Horlock completed a fine double scoring 25 and Delaney played very well finishing on 27 n.o. Damazan's bowlers bowled well but were not assited by quite a number of dropped catches. Alan Morpeth took 1 for 15 and new man Searson bowled well taking 0 for 17 off his 4 overs.


Damazan versus Catus

As Damazan lost the first match they played again after a short break against Catus.

Catus won the toss and batted first Opener Rob Allan got his eye in and appeared to enjoy the pitch, ater surviving possible heat exhaustion he made a fine 69 and helped by Rahim's 49 Catus made 168 off the 20 overs. Gagan was pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 19 and Goffi took 2 for 16.

Unfortunately Damazan got off to a bad start and were 2 for 8, wickets continued to fall with rapidity and only Marcus Harris and Gagan Singh provided resistance. In the end Damazan were all out for 86; once again 8 of the dismissals were bowled giving an impression that the wicket kept low and played slowly. Marcus made 44 and Gagan 18. Catus bowled and fielded very well, Ibrahim snapped 5 for 15 and Rahim 2 for 19.

Damazan vs Bordeaux CC played on 18/5/2014 by Richard Lytton.

Damazan took a rather understrengh side to play Bordeaux, eventually 6 Damazan players took the field. Lovely conditions for cricket and the sides were balanced by Bordeaux supplying several young players of high quality. 

Damazan batted first and guest player Ramiz stole the show scoring a magnificent 108; at one stage he hit 3 sixes in succession. Ali compiled a quick fire 42. Damazan made a substantial total of 8 for 202 off 35 overs. For Bordeaux Alex Smith and Nareem both took 2 for 15.

Afternoon tea was accompanied by some local wines and included some tasty curry. 

Bordeaux started the chase quite well but Damazan pegged them back in the middle stages. Wickets began to fall with regularity but to be fair Bordeaux had the game in control and paced the chase nicely. They got the 203 required in the 35th over the match finishing at 8 for 203. For Bordeaux Imran Khan scored 54, Alex Durrans 46 and Clinton Ferreira(Captain) stedied the ship at the end scoring 30. Guest bowler Usman showed excellent pace and captured 3 for 21, Marcus Harris took 2 for 24 and Ramiz 2 for 25.

All in all and excellent days cricket enjoyed by all in the beautiful Chateaux Giscors grounds.

The champagne moment of the day has to go to Goffi (Captain) who dropped a fairly easy catch at gully and received a more difficult catch which he took well the very next ball. Congratulations to Goffi on captaining the side and making a good fist of the match.

Damazan vs ABCC played on 4/5/2014 by Richard Lytton.

This 35 over match was played under pleasant conditions on ABC's  improved centre pitch area with a quite playable outer area- although a  little damp near the ropes. ABC won the toss and elected to bat first.  

Damazan's bowlers restricted the scoring, however, ABC stuck to their  guns and scored steadily throughout their innings finishing with 9 for 116. Hughes played an impressive innings finishing 28 not out. All the  bowlers contributed but Marcus Harris finished with magical figures of 3 for 4 off seven overs. Guesting from Ireland David Fleck( son in law to  David McCollough) took 1 for 12. 

ABC put on a rather large spread which went down well and the remainders  were keenly sort after the match. It was thought that ABC's total was a  little short so Damazan were quietly confident when they opened their  chase. This confidence was dashed when ABC's bowlers got right into the top order, Marcus Harris stuck to it and played himself in after which he began to crack the bowling. Unfortunately he rapidly ran out of  partners and following a highly controversial run out decision- going  his way- he was bowled on 55. Damazan finished all out for 91, a rather  disappointing result given our reasonable bowling display. 

Credit must  be given to the fielding and bowling of ABC, particularly the wicket  keepers 4 catches. Abi took 2 for 10 and Chaitanya 2 for 13.

Champagne moment for Damazan clearly being the tight bowling of Marcus Harris followed up by a sparkling 55 with the bat.

Damazan vs Highgate Irregulars CC played on 27/4/2014 by Richard Lytton.

The first touring side match of the season was played under what could be best described as wet conditions. It was decided that 30 overs would  be the target under the circumstances. Highgate won the toss and sent  Damazan in to bat. Damazan batted well under the conditions with several  exits off the field due to heavier rain. Several batsmen made great contributions  and Damazan ended on 7 for 110, a competitive total.  Marcus Harris topped the scoring with 40, Gagan Singh compiled 28 and  guest player Richard Harris( Catus) played well for his 19. Highgates  bowlers toiled well and were not really assisted by some dropped  catches. Both Robert and Rose took 1 for 18.

A rather large afternoon tea and must have made the Londoners feel right  at home.

Highgate's openers never really got off to a flying start and tidy  bowling by Gagan Singh and Richard Lytton limited the runs. With runs  drying up Highgate tried to accelerate the scoring and wickets began to fall with regularity, with the  exception of A Gray none of their batsmen got a good start and when he  got out for 22 any real chance of Highgate getting the runs was well and  truly gone. In the end Highgate finished on 8 for 88 giving Damazan a  fine victory by 22 runs. Best bowling for Damazan by Richard Lytton 3  for 17 and Marcus Harris 1 for 10. Thanks to the Highgate crew for a  fine match played in the best spirits of the game, hope to see you back  next season.

Besides the fact that we managed to complete the match under such  weather condition,  I think the champagne moment goes to Roy Pedersen's  sharp catch to dismiss Gray as there was still an outside possibility 
that Highgate could have snatched the match.

Damazan vs Catus played on 13/4/2014 by Richard Lytton.

First match of the season played away at Catus. This 35 over match was played under rather cool conditions after a fair amount of rain. Catus batted first and opening bowlers Gagan Singh and Richard Lytton kept the scoring down helped by some reasonable ground fielding. But the Catus lads struck back in the middle order with Sahfiq and Rofik who compiled a handle partnership and really accelerated the scoring. From a slow start Catus arrived at a more than competitive 8 for 183  for 8 with Sahfiq making 44 and Rofik 36.
Goffi starred in the bowling department with 3 for 42 and Alan Morpeth claimed 2 for 11.

A sumptuous afternoon tea was on offer and the weather held clear for Damazan's response.

Being Damazan's first match the batting was a bit "rusty", well diabolical is more descriptive. The two openers went quickly and Gagan Singh profited from some rather sloppy catching, or dropped catches; fortunately he did because Damazan finished with all out for 70 in 22 overs. With 5 ducks and a top score of 33 to Gagan it was left to Gary Stark to show some resilience scoring 7 from the rest of the battsmen.  To their credit Catus fielded and bowled really well and deserved the huge win that they achieved; Rahim starred with the ball capturing the remarkable figures of 5 for 8 and Shafiq completed a great double taking 4 for 22.

Champagne moments are difficult to come by with such a result so it is more of an encouragement award to the batting of Gary Stark who stuck it out against good bowling; looking more and more like Rod Marsh every day, or maybe Adam Gilchrist.