2015 Match reports
Milton Vs Fen Ditton
Saturday 3rd September
Milton Vs Fen Ditton
The last 1st XI match of the season saw Ditton make the short journey to Milton. The first match this season saw Ditton claim a narrow win at El Campo batting second. This match produced a similar result to help us complete the ‘double’ over Milton for the second season running. However in a season of strange new challenges with two teams, it only seemed apt that we ended the campaign with a strange game.
Having been blessed with no rained off games this summer and plenty of sunshine our luck had run out on the weather front. It rained constantly throughout getting increasingly heavy as the afternoon went on. Thankfully though a good spirit and determination from both sides meant the game started at 1pm and was reduced to 32 overs. To see our 1st and 2nd successfully take such measures, and be 2 of just 14 completed games in the county, is something to be really proud of as a club.
There were plenty of changes from the Ditton side that lost to St Ives a fortnight ago, with a disappointing default from St Ives in-between the two games. Darren, Butler, H, MVS and Dobbo out - David Shah, Wayne C, Skip and the Colwell father and son combination.
Milton won the toss and chose to bat probably anticipating that the rain would make the pitch a pudding later on. Jackson and Clements both bowled well to have Milton 22-3 off 10. Jacko should have had an early wicket but AB and Rob both went for the same catch and neither took it. Jacko had his reward when inducing a sliced catch to George C and then took a sharp caught and bowled. Wayne had his wicket through a brilliant sharp stumping by Paul C from a length ball outside off.
Jacko eventually bowled through for top figures of 8-2-19-2 in steady rain that suited him and made it feel like cricket in May. Jacko was disappointed to be taken off as he was unaware that the shorter game meant just 8 overs per bowler. He’s bowled the 4th most overs in the entire league this season though, so he’s had plenty! We’re glad too - Jacko also bowled the 4th most maidens in the league, and his 19 wickets takes him onto 375 for FDCC.
Milton were in trouble at 22-3 but had changed there normal order, so Newton came out at 5. He’s a good bat and helped lead a recovery. That came with a fortunate partner who edged five boundaries to the third man fence - two off Wayne and three off his replacement, a luckless Skip. After a few weeks without bowled he had a good day with the ball, beating the bat often before having Newton nicked off caught behind to Paul C.
That wicket sparked a steady collapse from 75-4 to 128 all out, with a clatter of wickets late on. AB had replaced Jacko and bowled a really good spell of 7.5-0-25-2, giving nothing away to bring his economy rate this season just below 4. Skip completed a run out with some smart work took a second wicket to finish with 2-38 from his 8, figures that don’t reflect how well he bowled. Wayne came back to take his second wicket, finishing with 2-42 after getting some tap in his second spell. Our out fielding wasn’t great generally truth be told but all four bowlers had good days. Milton 128 all out with a ball to spare, Colwell squared claiming catches and a stumping between them.
McCann, Rob and Ab will all finish this season inside the top 10 run-scorers in the league, but in the spirit of this end of season fixture the normal top 3 was not used. McCann and Fez opened up but the former was bowled early for 5 to an error of judgement. Fez was playing some nice shots and was joined by George C. The youngster struck a beautiful cut for four to add to his three catches before he was stumped for 6, dad Paul giving him out from square leg.
George was to be the first of five batsman to fall stumped, tempted out of their crease by the two Milton spinners - David Shah went for a duck, Fez fell for an important 32, Dan Sanchez-Pomerol was out for 2, and Rob Smith joined H on three 1st XI ducks this season. Wayne made just 2 before being caught trying a big shot against the spin, but Jacko showed why he’s the best number 11 in the CCA with a brilliant 25 not out. AB and Skip made good cameos worth 13 and 15 respectively to take us closer, but Skip was out trying to finish it with a six. Paul C walked out and with five balls to spare struck the winning blow with a cut for 4. Ditton the winners by 1 wicket. A good way to end the season, with Jacko moving to the top of the batting averages in show his class to see us through to victory.
The win means we end 2016 11-7, not quite matching the 13-5 achieved in 2015. However we finished 3rd, the highest we’ve ever managed, and a place higher than last season due to the league being more even from top to bottom. Plenty of to be proud of - Longy hit a ton and had the best economy rate in the league (min. 10 overs), AB’s 7-21 vs Littleport was the best figures by any junior 1 bowler this season, Skip was one of the league's top wicket-takers, whilst Rob and McCann got themselves onto the FDCC the honours board.
Most importantly though both teams can/hopefully will finish the season with winning records provided the 2nd win next week, whilst the dinner on the 17th will be a great occasion to round things off. Thereafter no doubt there’ll be plenty of winter socials and training before we do it all again in May 2017. It’s been a pleasure and thanks for reading/listening to the podcasts - 2016 1st XI match reports over and out.