2009 Match Reports

XIIIth Game  v  Nutfield   4th October 2009 

The weather was perfect for a game. Stand-in skipper Peter Matthews was however slightly embarrassed, as DCC needed to "borrow" two of Nutfield's touring players. That done, the two Captains arranged 40 overs each team, maximum 8 overs per bowler, with Nutfield batting first to produce a sporting competitive match.

From the off, Nutfield's Australian opener Dave Sloane batted well, and despite the best efforts of Ian Snooke and our own Aussie Ritchie Lytton -as well as surviving a dropped catch, and, a good run-out chance -  Dave skillfully batted on to his 100 before retiring. Hastain (36) and Parker (31) continued to make it difficult for Damazan in the field , and although every DCC player stuck gamefully to their task, Nutfield pushed their score to a good 237 off 39 overs. Ian's fine 5 overs  failed to claim a wicket., Ritchie finished 3 for 24., Paul Spencer 2 for 56 and Peter Matthews 3 for 30.

Damazan opened with Ean Ireson and our "guest" Fraser Goldrey. The Nutfield bowling proved to be quick and aggressive, and one fast ball hit Ean full on the toe, causing him not only the the indignity of a large bruise, but, a slightly dodgy lbw decision. Incoming Swaran Singh found it difficult at No.3, having to duck a bouncer or two before losing his wicket. Peter Matthews (37) joined Fraser (28), but Peter soon lost that partner, and then, equally quickly lost new partner Ian Snooke. The entry of Paul Spencer (32) to help steady the ship, caused Nutfield's Captain Adam to bring on the slower second string bowlers, in the hope of enticing a few false shots. Wickets did not fall as regularly as planned, and the runs were accumulating, but Nutfield still had control with their change of bowling. Damazan were gradually contained, to leave John Ayling (14 n.o.) and our second "guest"  Chris Goldrey (19 n.o.) playing out the end to our innings, as DCC reached 190 for 7 from full 40 overs.

Another fine Annual Challenge, with the Trophy returning to England, after its Year in France. Club Captain Dave Matthews' Man of the Match is given to PETER MATTHEWS for top scoring, taking wickets and helping create a great game.

XIth Game  v  Battersea Badgers  6th September 2009

A 40 over match, with a maximum 8 overs per bowler, between opponents all in their twenties, and a DCC team full of tired "old crocks" barely recovered from magnificent efforts of the previous day. 

Badgers won the toss and chose to bat. With the ground at it's driest and quickest this season, Ian Snooke and Richard Lytton bowled excellently to capture two early wickets. Nontheless, opener Jinks (46) still remained, and when joined by Barker (59) they formed a a hundred partnership, to push  the Badgers on to 130 runs. With things looking dire for DCC, and, with two dropped catches not helping the cause, Ian Snooke's return to the attack was decisive, as he bowled out both the threatening  batsmen.. Wickets continued to tumble,.with Goffi  (41-4-8) achieving some appreciable turn with his legbreaks, and the ever reliable Richard Lytton addiing 2 wickets for 27, to a star turn in the field, stopping full-blooded drives, and chasing hard to all parts of the ground. With the run rate being held to 4.75 an over, the Badgers innings closed on 190 - 9 and DCC a little more content.

The Damazan reply was solid but a tad slow and needed an anchorman to come forward. That man was Peter Matthews who played with great acumen to hit 50, and, provide the foundation for a possible win. A good knock from Swaran (25) and some great defence from Chris Champness then moved Damazan into a position for a late flourish. This was produced by the swashbuckling efforts of Paul Spencer and Roy Pedersen. During ten final nailbiting overs, with Badgers chasing every ball, and frustrating batsmen by reducing "certain boundaries" to 1's & 2's, their magnificent partnership lifted the run rate and moved DCC to needing just one run from the final ball. Watching for both sets of spectators was unbearable, as Paul 37 n.o. and Roy 27 n.o.charged down the wicket to cross and gain the victory..

The game was played with tremendous camaraderie and it was a pleasure to play against such an enthusiastic and appreciative side as the Badgers. The Captain's Man of the Match goes to PAUL SPENCER for his incisive performance with the bat, keeping his head at the key moments

Xth Game  v  Bristol Venturers  5th September 2009  

Match of 40 overs a side, on a hot day witha nice breeze. Bristol won the toss and elected to bat, with a rock hard outfield favouring the batsmen.

Venturers started well, but due to tight bowling and sound fielding, they were never able to accelerate. Our visitors were able to recover, with the middle order finding easier runs from our change "part time" bowlers. However, Skipper Peter Matthews juggled the bowlers well to maintain control, and the continued excellent fielding resulted in two sharp run-outs. Venturers completed their 40 overs, finishing with 160 - 8. Accolades go to Ian Snooke with 2wickets 14runs off 8 tight overs., Ritchie Lytton 2-18 off 6, and, Goffi 2-9 off 4 

Damazan replied with a workmanlike display, steadily in line with the asking run rate. Excellent disciplined contributions came from Ian Snooke (47) Dave Matthews (25) and Peter  Matthews (17) until a final acceleration from the dashing Goffi 30 n.o. and Richard Lytton 23 n.o. assured a victory with 162 scored and 2 overs to spare. A great performance from DCC.

The game was competitive, played in good spirit with much banter on the field. The Captain'sMan of the Match goes to IAN SNOOKE for his all round performance, and inspiring enthusiasm when fielding

IXth Game  v  Toulouse  30th August 2009

With many of the stronger summer players having returned home, DCC fielded a weakened side, on a hot day in bright sunshine. Toulouse batted first in a 40 over match.

Damazan were put to the sword by some fine batting from Trudgett and Hinton, who both retired after scoring centuries. However, DCC  maintained high morale in the field, and their enthusiasm to contain the run rate continued throughout the innings. Toulouse achieved 272 for the loss of 4 wickets. Considering the speed of  the parched outfield, this was an excellent effort by the tired limbs of Damazan.

The best of the bowling came from opener Richard Lytton, who bowled 9 overs unchanged in the blazing heat, for only 58 runs. Ian Snooke was just behind in performance, with 3 for 73 in 9 overs. Credit also goes to Goffi, who managed to hold Toulouse to 41 runs from his 8 overs

Despite our less forceful batting line-up, DCC set off at rapid pace in the attempt to achieve a run-rate close on 7 per over. Ean Ireson and Ian Snooke were batting comfortably, when Ian (19) was unluckily - but brilliantly - caught at square leg. The asking rate was climbing, until Ean developed a partnership with new batsman Swaran Singh. With confidence increased bv their time at the crease, and finding runs more easy to come by, Ean and Swaran put on over 150 runs before Swaran's wonderfully crafted innings was ended on 61. The pair had provided a platform for what now seemed an unlikely victory. Marcus Harris joined the tiring Ean, in a valiant attempt to provide the winning runs. Unfortunately, Marcus pulled a calf muscle during his full-flow demonstration of power hitting, and was (inevitably) caught for 18 off 9 balls. For the loss of only 3 wickets the Damazan innings closed on 253 with Ean Ireson carrying his bat for 101 n.o.

A Toulouse victory by just 19 runs. A tremendous afternoons cricket, with over 500 runs scored for for the loss of only 7 wickets. A demonstration of the good conditions for batting.

The Captain's Man of the Match goes to EAN IRESON  for his magnificent innings of elegant shots, and quick singles (taken despite the heat and advancing years) His performance was a joy to watch and the highlight of the day.

VIIIth Game v  Beckenham Dads n Lads  22nd August 2009  

Warm & sunny with a cooling breeze, a perfect day for cricket. Captains agreed 12 a-side game, using 11 players when fielding. The Beckenham Skipper - "to ensure a good match"-, asked D.C.C. to bat first, and Damazan were more than happy to comply.

Openers Ean Ireson and Hugo Warner made swift progress scoring at 5 runs an over, but it was after Hugo (17) was trapped LBW, that the real fireworks started. Gagan Singh went to the wicket and proceded to dispatch the ball to all corners of the ground. Almost every over saw a well struck cricket ball flying over the boundaries.-, and the maize field ! -, and the lake area !!.  After scoring an incredible 109, the skipper "invited" Gagan to retire & let wife Suzie Singh bat higher in the order than is usual. Unfortunately Suzie didnot  trouble the scorers as much as Gagan, but Marcus Harris gave a show of powerful hitting before also deciding to retire (61). Ean batted long and steadily (34) and others chipped in, with the final wicket falling on Damazan 268.

Our opponents bowling was excellent, especially that of their junior W. Engle. He claimed 2 wickets in his first spell but saved his best for the second. He bowled beautifully to claim a magnificent "hat-trick" (which included a chastened John Ayling) and finished 9 overs 6 for 27 

Beckenham opened with another junior lad  J. Dickman and the more Senior D. Scotts. Young Dickman looks to have a very fine batting career in front of him, and together the pair settled, and then struck out for what seemed a certain century partnership. With the skipper desperate for a wicket, Marcus (7-1-46) came up trumps, forcing Dickman to miscue for Swaran Singh's waiting hands. Engle (24) and Sangey (22) came in with able support, but Scotts was unfortunately injured when attempting a quick run (57) and could not continue. Without doubt this changed the course of the match, and whilst several players batted well in a run chase to the finish, Beckenham could not quite get to the winning post, falling all out 247

Gagan followed his batting with a fine bowling display 8-1-31., skipper Peter Matthews moved things along with a 6-4-35 reward, and the champagne moment came from Suzie, who in her only over demolished the final batman's stumps, and ran thrilled down the wicket to joyous congratulations from team-mates.

The match was played in a wonderful spirit and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Beckenham and Damazan players joined later for dinner and everybody voiced a wish to return next year. Captain's Man of the Match of course has to be GAGAN SINGH for those fantastic strokes and the fun had watching for the balls to be found.

VIIth Game v  Noe-Gascogne  2nd August 

A pleasant day for a game between evenly matched teams, 40 overs each, with 9 over limit on bowlers. Noe won the toss and elected to bat.

Noe started well despite the fast attacking bowling of Gagan Singh (8-19-0) and Cosmo Warner (8-30-2), both of whom were unlucky to pass the bat on numerous occassions. Peter Matthews and Richard Lytton were introduced to vary the bowling, and it was Peter (9-35-2) who made the first breakthrough. The slow bowlers then played their part, with Roy Pedersen (3-9-3) teasing out a key batsmen just as he looked set fair for a big score. John Ayling and Swaran Singh bowled well, and Suzie Singh pitched her good straight line for one over, returning 2 wickets for the loss of only 1 run. Nontheless, the Noe skipper Anbu (49) was playing a decisive role as he carefully protected each of his partners, and with the help of Tamiz (30) , Noe progressed steadily towards a final total of 160 all out in the final over.

Damazan openers Ean Ireson (back after illness) and Peter Matthews, had to dig deep against some lively bowling. The loss of Peter led to a surge of runs from Gagan who scored a breezy 37, before being unfortunately bowled off his pad. Ean now secured one end but the Damazan middle order collapsed, and ended relying on late order batsmen who could not maintain the higher run rate. Ean finally ran out of puff (44) and despite bright knocks from Swaran (12) and Roy 15 n.o., it was too late as Noe reduced DCC to 151 for 8. 

A good game, with DCC using eight bowlers competitively. The Captain's Man of the Match goes to EAN IRESON for valuable runs on his long awaited return to the side, and a superb flat return from backward point for the keeper to run-out  a top order batsman.  

Sixth Game  v  Catus 26th July 

A scorching day in the high 30's, on a flat true Catus wicket, and both sides keen for a competitive game. Damazan were close to full strength with Catus admitting  to being a little weak.. Thus it was decided that DCC bat first, with a compulsory retirement for batsmen at 50. Bowlers were not limited.

DCC started at breakneck speed with Gagan Singh striking 50 against their better bowlers, in (we think) only18 balls.. The dogged Mike Frewin had managed just 4 in this period !  Catus did not know what had hit them.

Although this rate could not last, DCC continued to score at 6 an over, with Marcus Harris mixing power shots with exquisite glances, before he also retired having reached his 50. The innings slowed somewhat at the 20 over mark, but a great knock of 49 from Champness provided glue for the tail, and despite Kavanagh bowling well in the latter stages (9overs2wkt16runs) to stem the flow of runs, Damazan finished with an excellent 204 for 8 declared, with 3 balls remaining 

The Catus reply got off to a mixed start with Ken Sutton batting delightfully, but quickly losing 2 partners. One of these was a run out featuring a great return from Goffi at point. Ken was retired at 62 (the 50 limit somehow being missed, but with much good spirit between the two sides, no-one cared) From then on Catus were always just behind the asking rate. Nevertheless a win for DCC remained in doubt until the knock of 28 from Kavanagh was brought to an end, by another great catch at long-on from Richard Lytton. Catus consequently fell short at 157-7 in their 40 overs 

All our bowlers did well - (Gagan was rested following last weeks exilarating stint) - Richard Lytton conceding only 12 runs in 6 overs, gaining one wicket. Suzie Singh bowled line & length, deservedly shattering the wicket of a middle order batsman with her quicker ball, to finish 3-1-17.

The after match discussions demonstrated once more the tremendous spirit in which the game had been played. Thanks to Catus for being such good hosts.

The Captain's  Man of The Match  goes to GAGAN SINGH for his swash-buckling innings

Fifth Game  v  Bordeaux XI 19th July 

What a difference a few days make ! With Bordeaux fielding essentially their 2nd team of good players amongst many youngsters, the two captains colluded to engineer an enjoyable and competive game. Temperature was a pleasant mid 20's.

Damazan batted first, with Peter Matthews again excellent against the better opening bowlers, before  he "agreed compulsory" retirement 51. Gagan Singh supported with a flashing 28, and a great knock at the death from from Roy Pedersen (22) gave DCC a competative score of 179 for 9 

The Bordeaux reply made for exilarating cricket, with the pace of Gagan and Cosmo Warner pitted against our opponents stronger batsmen. A tremendous duel ensued, with each equal to the test. The match turned toward DCC with the dismissal of Ken Sutton, - bowled by Gagan - and the stumping of their skipper Dave Smallwood by our skipper, off the bowling of Roy Pedersen. Roy went on to take 4-30, containing their best batsmen with line and bounce. Despite a late flood of runs, DCC managed to hold on, with Bordeaux finishing 10 runs short of target at 169 for the loss of 9 wickets after 40 overs.

The match was played in great spirit, demonstrated again in long post-match discussion between the two sides. Captain's Man of The Match goes to ROY PEDERSEN for his tremendous contribution with bat and ball.

Fourth Game  v  Dorking Dad's Army  16th July 

A game for a weakened DCC in which anything that could go awry, did !  On a blistering day with temperatures in high 30's , Damazan won the toss and batted first.

Our top order all failed uncharacteristically and DCC was tottering at 40 for 4 in no time. Fortunately Ritchie Lytton (37) and Simon Ellen (18) were in dogged form, and able to rescue the situation. They batted iintelligently until Ritchie was run out, and shortly after, Simon stumped. Again, the demons had struck! and Damazan struggled through to achieve a respectable 140 all out.

The Dorking reply was brutal, and one Damazan will want to forget. They opened with a batsman of superior class to our grade of cricket, and  (shorn of Gagan Singh's pace) we were unable to curb the flow of runs. Despite an herioic bowling  effort from Cosmo Warner, we were beaten inside 15 overs, with Dorking not losing a wicket.

Not the best of games, but worthy  "Man of the Match" goes to COSMO WARNER for his great bowling effort. We all enjoyed his bouncer.

Third Game  v Armagnac-Bigorre 28th June AWAY 

The match was 40 overs, the weather was a scorching 32 degrees in the shade. ABC won the toss and fielded with 12 players including a number of Juniors.

Batting was never going to be easy on a wicket of variable bounce., the fielding side would also have to contend with a hard, cracked, bumpy outfield.  Damazan made a solid start with Ean Ireson and Gagan Singh making an opening stand of 45 in 9 overs. Gagan scored a bright 31 in his usual free flowing style. Following the quick dismissal of Marcus Harris, runs became scarce. Despite good knocks from Ean Ireson (27) and Peter Matthews (23) DCC rarely scored above 4 runs an over. With running between wickets becomng increasingly sapping, Damazan were thankful to gain 37 runs from the bat of Paul Spencer, with good support from Simon Ellen (10).  The innings finished at 163 for 7. ABC best bowler being Hopper with 8overs 3wickets 15runs

With a strong bowling line-up Damazan were confident of achieving victory. Nevertheless, despite keeping the batsmen behind the asking rate, wickets were not falling. The ABC ploy of introducing their youngsters higher in the order than is customary, required constant field adjustments, and, the bowlers to change their pace during overs. This was wearisome for fielders and disruptive to Damazan's approach. With half our overs completed, and DCC in danger of losing the game, the fielding strategy was changed to put more pressure on the better batsman of each pair at wicket. This finally resulted in the breakthrough by Gagan. Richard Lytton fittingly claimed victory, with a superb catch running backwards to a high skier, giving Simon Ellen his first wicket for the club, and leaving ABC  on 143 all out after 36 overs. Bowling performances were all good with Richard Lytton (3-25) and Gagan Singh (2-18) perhaps the best.

A close match played in great spirit by both sides. A special mention for Roy Pedersen and Peter Mackenzie who umpired together - extremely well - BOTH innings. Captain's Man of Match goes to PETER MACKENZIE for his great effort at the bowlers' end throughout.

Second Game v Noe-Gascogne 31st May  AWAY 

Weather was perfect for the match, Sunny - not too hot. Both the batting strip and outfield had very long grass, nevertheless the strip actually played perfectly well.

The toss was won by Noe, and captain Ambu decided to bat first. Noe made good progress, scoring at a consistent rate against DCC bowlers Marcus Harris and Richard Lytton. Opening batsman Mansoor who was making his debut, scored 62 runs, a fine start for his club. The scoring quickened as the batsmen adjusted to our attack, and the DCC captain countered with his bowling changes. Pete Matthews bowled with reasonable accuracy to help stem the flow of runs, and Noe finally completed their 40 overs with an excellent score of 186-6., (which - taking into account the grassy outfield - would be the equivalent of nearer 230 at Damazan.)  Mansoor 62., Ambu 35 retired. Bowling: Richard Lytton 10-55-2., Marcus Harris 9-32-0., "Goffi" 9-56-1., Chris Champness 1-12-0., Pete Matthews 9-30-3.

Damazan openers Ean Ireson and Mike Frewin started fairly well, but immediately Mike was out, we saw fireworks from Marcus Harris, who hit several 4 & 6's with power and timing. One particular shot was worth 12 runs, landing some 40mt beyond the boundary. Noe captain Ambu was put on the back foot, and must have been pleased when Marcus was finally out on his 50. - a great debut score. "Goffi" joined in with a fine 27 and Richard Lytton had a lovely cameo knock, Pete Matthews finished 17 n.o. (admitting it wasn't his best batting form). Damazan continued chasing the runs required, but finished frustratingly close on 177-6. Bowling: Ambu 10-26-4., Imam 10-20-1., James 8-46-1.

The match was played as any captain would want, with players trying very hard and both teams competing in the spirit that cricket should be played. Well done to both teams for an enjoyable,tight match. Well done Noe for your win.

Captain's Man of Match has to be MARCUS HARRIS for a wonderful, exciting, debut 50

First Game v Armagnac-Bigorre 24th May HOME 

The season finally got underway in bright sunshine, the outfield still a little soft, but boundaries achievable from firm strokes. ABC batted first, with Damazan fielding three new players Dave Foulk, Marcus Harris and Richard Lytton.

ABC started quietly with DCC opening bowlers Harris and Lytton lively and accurate. Wickets fell steadily, with the run rate constrained to a mere 2 runs per over. "Goffi", Peter Matthews and Roy Pedersen continued the stranglehold with more tight bowling, and - despite a seventh wicket stand of 56 - DCC remained in full control. Excellent and enthusiastic fielding complemented the bowling."Goffi" being unlucky to be wicketless, giving away only 16 runs in 8 overs of entertaining leg spin. ABC finished with a disappointing 92 for 7 from their full 40 overs. Peter gained 3 wickets., Richard 2 wickets, Marcus & Roy shared the other 2 wickets to fall.

Damazan's reply started slowly against the bowling of Wijling and Meade. However, despite managing to score only 14 runs in the first 10 overs, the result was never really in doubt. With the introduction of ABC second line bowlers, a glut of runs came from the bat. The openers Ean Ireson and Pete Matthews were able to carry their bats to victory in 28 overs. Ean finished with 44 to Pete's 34. A clinical reply. An enjoyable day's cricket for DCC against a sporting side who were disappointed in not giving us a more competitive match.

There were many solid performances, but  Captain's Man of Match goes to "Boy of the Match" JACK BODFISH. Only 10years old, Jack practised on the team in the nets with both bat and ball and with some prowess. He also 'managed' the scoreboard for Peter Mackenzie, and played a full part in support of the day's activities. Thanks Jack