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Saturday 21st April

N.C.I. Vs Fen Ditton

Fen Ditton beat N.C.I. (twice)

Report by Adam Brown

The first day of the season at last! On a day of sunshine and showers, the scheduled 40 over contest was "reduced" to two 20 over games, the rationale being to make sure both teams got chance to both bat and a bowl before the rain came down. As it was, we got in a 20 over game and a 15 over game, and only had to go off for rain very briefly during the 2nd innings.

Despite the shortened nature of the event, both teams seemed determined to refuse to be enticed by the IPL-like atmosphere produced by the fairground music on Parker's Piece, and played as if it was a full length contest, with forward defences and nagging seam rather than reverse hit 6's and inswinging yorkers the order of the day on a spongy green pitch.

Asked to bat first, AB and Goose opened up for Ditton and put together probably the most fluent partnership of the day, both cracking boundaries through the off side field, before Goose fell for 18 with the score on 40. A brief flurry of wickets later and we looked worried at 50-4. However a sensible partnership between MVS (21) and Gilo (11) pulled things back round, and a late acceleration thanks to Andy and Dobbo pulled us up to the right side of three figures. An under par score we thought? Well we were soon to find that NCI would find the going considerably harder than us, as all 6 bowlers used picked up at least one wicket for very few runs, as NCI ground their way to 61-9. Jacko, with 3-4 off 4 overs was easily the pick of the bowlers. So a comfortable 44 run win, and with that we went straight into the second game, in which both teams decided to bat in reverse order (possibly in an attempt to improve the scoring rate?).

This time it was NCI's turn to bat first, and Ditton opened with the bowling of Andy and Michael, who was surprisingly not totally ineffective with his eternally flighted legbreaks. NCI got a little more momentum going in this game, and forced their way to a challenging total of 84. Batting in reverse order, the highlights of the early going were a sweetly struck sweep from Tommy, and some sensible strike rotation from Jacko, before he had to retire for a nap with a side strain. As in the first innings, a mini collapse caused a few palpitations, before once again the partnership of Gilo and MVS steadied this ship as both started to play with increasing fluency. Needing 16 to win off the last 2 overs, Mark was eventually dismissed, but this only brought Adam to the wicket, who bludgeoned a handful of legside boundaries to get us over the line with an over to spare.

So, two games, two victories, and a good workout all around. The batting was generally ok on a difficult wicket with everyone chipping in, and the bowling and fielding were impressive for a chilly damp saturday in April. NCI are always a friendly bunch to play against and the match was played in an excellent spirit; lets hope all our Sunday games are played with this attitude.

Saturday 12th May

Fen Ditton Vs Milton

Milton 110 all out beat Fen Ditton 79 all out by 31 Runs


First hurdle

Our first match in 2B following promotion and a tricky fixture as Milton had to negotiate which division to play in this season after starting 2011 in the Senior League. Would they be too strong? They'd started with an eyecatching win last week while we festered in the Nottingham damp.

For a long time we looked like worldbeaters. An impressive warm-up in club polos was followed by Adam bowling well AND getting wickets. Could any of us really believe we had Milton 10-5 and mentions of not even letting them reach 40 for a bonus point? We reached drinks with the score at 27-5 and then switched off. The Milton number 4 had quietly been getting himself in on a slow, low wicket which required patience and good technique. Once presented with some 'gift' balls from Charlie and AB he cashed in, hitting anything loose to the boundary and effectively farming the strike. His sixty odd, assisted by the tail, took Milton to a competitive but surely not defendable 110. Adam should be pleased with his 10-3-15-4 as should Jacko with 10-3-21-1. Charlie will reflect on a mixed bag for 7-0-35-4.

Our batting began as we had finished bowling, losing both AB and Goose before reaching double figures. H dug in and encouraged others to get in line and play down the line. Charlie hit 20 before picking the wrong ball to have a hit at. Giles and Marc battled to play sensibly, given the mass of overs we had left, but the scorecard makes sorry reading. H fell for 33 when feeling Ditton needed a couple of boundaries to swing momentum, leaving Andy and Jacko with an impossible task.

Milton had bowled exceptionally well, with very few rank bad balls. They kept their intensity up in the field, much as we did last season when defending lowish scores. They set intelligent fields and deserved the win. We probably shouldn't linger too long on this, other than the batters who need to get hardened to match situations rather than batting in nets.

Saturday 19th May

Fen Ditton Vs Waterbeach

Waterbeach 48 all out lost to Fen Ditton 49-0 by 10 Wkts



If we won the toss this week, what should we do? The obvious thing, with Ali freshly back from Canada, would be to bowl first on a greenish Ditton wicket, but the batsmen were anxious to get back out there and put last weeks debacle behind them and expressed a preference for batting first. In the end strategy won out over psychology and we stuck Waterbeach in.

It soon proved to be the right decision, as for the first 20 overs we repeated the trick of last week, with Jacko teasing and probing at one end, and someone bowling fast and straight at the other. Last week it was the Skipper who cleaned up, this time it was Ali's turn as he bowled with pace and movement to repeatedly whack the ball into the Waterbeach stumps, leaving them in serious trouble at 20 odd for 5. Deja vu struck as their combative no 4 seemed to be playing himself in for a long and occasionally counter-attacking innings, and we identified getting the "green helmet" as the key to winning the match. And so it turned out that in Adam's first over his slower ball did for him and we knew the game really was there for the taking. AB survived an erratic first over to finally settle into a rhythm, and finished things up with 2-11, Waterbeach all out for 48. Ali finishing with a genuinely remarkable 6 for 5.

After postponing tea, Goose and AB were determined not to repeat the mistakes of last week and went out determined to play straight and sensibly. Both got their heads down, defending solidly against anything straight and punishing the occasional loose ball. No palpitations in the dressing room this week as the opening pair cruised to the target in only 11 overs. The only downside of such an emphatic win was that we were already in the pub by 4pm, still wishing we were out there playing. But any win is a win and hopefully this will have put some of the demons from last week behind us.

Saturday 26th May

Little Shelford Vs Fen Ditton

Fen Ditton 201-7 lost to Little Shelford 204-9 by 1 Wkt



Possibly the best, hardest, closest game of cricket I've taken part in. This match had a bit of everything and hopefully we'll look back on it in the future with a wry smile. The stuff oft-told annecdotes are made of. The one, big problem for Ditton was that we came out, marginaly, on the wrong side of the result. But as McCann might have said (but then received a kicking behind the pavilion) "Cricket was the winner". To be accurate, Lt. Shelford were the winners of the 20 points, and I'm sure this will go down in their club folklore.

Ditton were invited to bat on a good looking wicket which turned out to be a batsman's paradise. AB (31), Goose (41), H (43) and Skip (40 not out) showed that the top order can get a score on the board. Adam running out THREE of his partners notwithstanding. Ali bashed two boundaries in the final over for us to reach 201-7.

Our defence started with Ali bowling a little bit leg-side and Charlie a bit short. Adam replaced Charlie and tightened things up. We got among the wickets and were looking good. Then AB announced the new batter was the Shelford 'pinch-hitter'. Does he have a dossier on every other team? He was correct though and this was the day when the 'pinch-hitter' hit very cleanly. You can't field balls that are flying over the ropes. He didn't give a single catcheable chance and with ten overs left the game had swung decisisively towards the hosts. A stern word at drinks had the desired effect and removing both batters in the big partnership put us back in with a shout. Ali came back to take wickets and Adam, by now, was giving nothing away. The game changed again as Shelford's lower order swung and missed and found themselves nine down and 8 needed fom the final over to be bowled by Adam. Second ball, Adam got his feet tangled and a gentle half-volley was smashed for four. A couple of dots and then there should have been a run out with Skip missing the stumps on his follow-through. Last ball, three to tie, boundary to win, last pair at the wicket. Ditton fielders all on the boundary. All twenty two players (and the dog) will relive the next 6 seconds for a long time. "Wilson runs in, past the umpire, bowls, BANG! It's high and handsome to wide long-on. . . and it's SIX!

Cue pitch invasion by delighted Shelford players, spectators, dog. Ditton players crestfallen, heads in hand. We said after our opening loss to Milton to forget it as a freak poor performance. This one will and should be remembered as a game we should have controlled better and not let it reach the stage it did. In the end though, I'm probably with McCann on this one.

Saturday 2nd June

Bar Hill Vs Fen Ditton

Bar Hill 178-9 lost to Fen Ditton 181-7 by 3 Wkts


Growing Up

It's often easy to forget that our Skip is still a very young man, but the last two Saturdays have demonstrated that in defeat at Shelford he was more disappointed than I'd ever seen him, and yesterday at Bar Hill, more determined to put things right for HIS team than I've seen.
At the end of November 2011 Michael McCann was 18 years old. At the start of June 2012, he became a man (in a cricketing sense). After scratching around for three years, nudging singles, he walked to the wicket in a tight situation and played an innings beyond what any Ditton follower would have expected.

A typically dull day in Bar Hill, where the sun rarely shines on the sloping cricket ground, Adam invited the hosts to bat and Ali was soon into his stride, bowling a consistent off-stump line at a decent pace. His first spell yielded two wickets for just nine runs. At the other end, Adam was quick and passed the outside edge several times without any luck. AB and Dom replaced the opening pair and while AB had an off day, bowling just three overs, Dom bowled well as the Bar Hill batters looked to accelerate and deserved his first wicket for Ditton. Goose bowled well to pick up three wickets but also had to suffer a few big hits. Ali and Adam returned to finish things off and the wicket taking ability of our attack kept the scoring in check. The fielding was generally good on a difficult outfield, with particular mentions to Marc for heading an attempted catch and Butler holding catch of the season so far at long on. 178-9 after 40 overs was par but no better and we went to tea with high hopes of a successful chase.

The Ditton innings began badly with AB out early for four. H joined Goose looking for a repeat of last weeks big partnership. It soon became apparent that 'keeping had tired H more than he'd realised and a scrappy knock was ended with the total on 48, just a smidge behind the rate. Adam strode out to play arguably his best league innings to date. Despite losing Goose for another solid 34 and Butler for 1, Adam's fifty came up from 46 balls in 58 minutes. MVS and Gilo chipped in and then, with more than fifty still required from seven overs McCann came in and drove into and through the 'V' between bowler and cover again and again. The partnership was worth 33 when Michael was run out at the non-strikers end with the bowlers boot deflecting a sraight drive onto the stumps. Incredibly, Michael had outscored Adam with his 21. Although Bar Hill celebrated the wicket, we were now within one clean hit of victory, which Adam supplied to finish 81 not out from 74 balls in 88 minutes. A real Skippers knock.

We've steadied the ship with 2 wins and 2 defeats. Lets move ahead next week when we meet Granta III.

Saturday 9th June

Granta III Vs Fen Ditton

Granta III 139-9 lost to Fen Ditton 143-6 by 4 Wkts



It felt as though the rain would never let up during the week. Surely Saturday would be a washout across the county. Our best hope was that St Catherines had covers. On the flip side, colleges generally don't want to damage their squares for the sake of Junior 2B matches. A flurry of texts from Skip confirmed the match was ON.

Adam invited Granta to bat and Ali invited them to score a single run off the bat in his opening six overs. The second invitation was declined as Ali began with 6-6-0-1. Dobbo, making a belated debut for the season was also tight and took a good wicket, pinning the opener LBW. Adam replaced Ali and it remained a blocked end. Jacko took over from Dobbo and used the cross breeze to confuse the batters and induce a rash shot from his old mate Richard Brown to get the wicket he most wanted. Both bowled through with Adam 10-4-25-4 and Jacko 10-2-28-2. During this phase of the game we saw thirst getting the better of our Skip as Granta struggled with a locked pavillion to get any drinks on until 26 overs. I don't know why these prima dona bowlers make so much fuss about a quick swig of squash. The Granta #6 had started playing some nice shots and yet again, one opposition batter threatened to change the game. Ali returned and was tidy enough to finish with 10-6-17-1. Dobbo became the targeted bowler and had some huge straight sixes struck off him, but will have learnt that he needs a bit of variation at 'the death'. As much as the bowlers having a good day, the support they received from the field was excellent. We kept chatting all the way through and there were only two real fielding errors. The inner ring from short fine leg to mid-off saved plenty of runs on a college outfield which requires dives rather than futile chasing. Charlie entered the competition for catch of the season with a great effort over the shoulder, sprinting away from the wicket. 140 to chase and tea to enjoy (for Michael).

AB and Goose looked comfortable until Goose 'edged' to the 'keeper according to the umpire, and the umpires word is truth. H kept out a barrage as Granta tried to find a window of opportunity, before dragging on for a single. Skip followed last week's heroics with a duck. AB had hit cleanly from the start and reached a good fifty, only to be out nine runs later. Charlie had started OK but Michael had been bowled for a duck after a hectic week for him. MVS played some VS shots for a timely 20, leaving Marc to play a short cameo of 8 not out to get us over the line with something in hand. Charlie looks to have rediscovered form with 24 not out.

A true team performance where all eleven can feel they contributed in some way which might have been reflected by a good turnout back at the Kings Head.

Saturday 16th June

Fen Ditton Vs Wilbrahams II

Wilbrahams II 127-8 lost to Fen Ditton 129-0 by 10 Wkts


Forehand Smash

Garden Cricket - The Laws.
Overview - A derivation of traditional cricket which excludes any run scoring and allows for defensive batting only. There is a high degree of reliance on Fair Play by both batsman and fielders.
Details - Equipment is (ideally) a plastic bat and tennis ball. Wickets at the batters end can be 'proper' stumps or a cricket bag stood on end. The bowling crease shall be approximately 20 yards away but can be modified for space restrictions. It shall (ideally) be marked by two diet coke cans. The batsmans crease may be marked with any loose debris.
Play - Each player (no restriction on numbers) takes turns to bat, bowl and keep wicket. The batsman can be out in all the usual MCC Laws of Cricket ways but also, may be caught one-hand, one bounce. This is where the skill of playing with sound technique and 'soft-hands' comes in. An aggresive shot, which reaches predetermined boundaries, is also out. It's a game that can be enjoyed inside and out, in almost any space and surely has a big future. Enjoy!

Fen Ditton bowled at Wilbrahams in gusty conditions and restricted our guests at Histon #2 to 127-8 in 40 overs. We then saw a bit of Godolphin CC smashing their way to 345-5 on Histon #1 on our way to Tea. AB (69 not out from 48 balls with his 50 from 33 balls) and Goose (50 not out from 66 balls) rattled up the winning runs before the scheduled drinks break. I only properly watched the last over, with Goose needing a couple to reach fifty, but running out of time before the game was over. Wilbrahams used a bowler who sent down two very wide wides, followed by some head height no-balls, which Goose swung frantically at (he's no tennis player). Finally, with only one required to reach the winning total, he connected with a shot you might see at Wimbledon, but not Lords. For the wind-blasted Ditton spectators, it had been an odd afternoon. Most of us had done very little fielding, not bowled or batted and made our own amusement with a human scoreboard. Still, we won't complain at a ten wicket win. By the way, Godolphin finished Histon II off with a hat-trick to win by 224 runs

Then it was off to the McCann Bumps Party, where Michael was expecting a very special guest. A most enjoyable evening was had by all, with good food, good company, garden cricket and football (you can tell who still has it). Butler jumping in the pool was a lowlight and we have to also apologise for the shorts he was wearing when he arrived. Many thanks to the McCann family for inviting us all. We now just need to know how Michael felt the evening went with Harriet?

Saturday 23rd June

Haslingfield Vs Fen Ditton

Haslingfield 131 all out lost to Fen Ditton 135-3 by 7 Wkts

The Empty Pub & Papa Johns


Ali Selmes missing and Haslingfield third in the table. But we can still win this, right? Of course we could. Because collectively, we're always up for the challenge in front of us and we work hard for each other. We have "star players" but they don't consider themselves stars, just one of the group. We function like a beehive and for a long time now we've experienced more success than disappointment.

Bowling first on a sound wicket and quickish, given the rain again this week, outfield it looked like it could be a high scoring game. When the Haslingfield openers reached fifty without loss, it was the base for a decent score, albeit they'd have to pick up the scoring rate. Charlie and Jacko had opened up for us and Charlie had his best spell as a Ditton bowler. Consistent rather than erratic meant that although he didn't get the wicket he deserved, his seven overs only cost 22 runs. Jacko was nearly as miserly and when the double change came the prospect of acceleration was dashed by Adam and Adam. AB had the batsmen guessing every ball and fully merited his 10-1-36-3. Skip split his bowling into two spells, having a taken wickets at the pavilion end he decided to let Goose loose from that end also and it paid off with James' 6-0-13-1 slowing the scoring to a crawl. When Skip returned at the far end he bowled better than his first spell and completed a 'five for'. Just to put the cherry on top, he finished the innings with his sixth to record 9.3-5-27-6. Haslingfields slump from 50-0 to 131 all out was testament to how well the bowlers bowled but also to the excellent backing from the fielders and continued encouragement and belief within the Ditton team.

Whisper it, but AB and Goose would have gone out with another ten wicket margin on their minds. The notion only lasted three balls when AB chopped onto his stumps. H joined Goose and the pair hardly scored at all against accurate bowling. Just when the rest of the team would have been getting concerned that runs were behind overs and we were batting as though it were Garden Cricket (TM), H suddenly smashed an enormous straight six out of the ground, followed by a 'big' four and the innings was up and running. Goose played and missed, hit it hard straight to fielders and even very hard to hit the non-strikers stumps. But he stuck at it. H was well caught for 25 but once again that just served to bring Adam to the crease and his form clearly hasn't deserted him yet as he made a fluent 44, before mis-judging a slower ball despite 'picking it'. Charlie shepherded Goose to 48, and 1 run to win (sound familiar?) and in keeping with some of his early innings batting, he brought up his fifty and won the game with an edge past the 'keeper for four.

A seven wicket win against solid opposition and up to third in the table. Next week it's top placed Milton away, and another challenge to overcome.

Saturday 30th June

Milton Vs Fen Ditton

Milton 170-9 beat Fen Ditton 101 all out by 69 Runs

Take it and move on


Ditton visited near neighbours Milton with a degree of trepidation not seen in the last season and a half. We would be facing the league leaders without Goose, Ali, Charlie and Marc. Since three of these four are regular bowlers and two top five batters, we needed replacements to come in and play out of their skins.

Milton had no hesitation in batting first and Adam experimented with Liam opening in his first league game for Ditton along with the old warhorse Jacko. Liam made a decent start and soon had his first wicket. Jacko bowled well but again without luck. Skip and AB bowled well enough for AB in particular to keep taking wickets so that, despite a lot of boundaries, Milton didn't really get away from us. The fielding was up to usual Ditton standards with catches taken and McCann doing a fine job on the boundary. Liam completed his spell of 2-50, which was as good or better than we expected from the ten overs we'd normally get out of those missing. Adam finally combined wicket taking with economy for 3-29. AB took the brunt of some big shots to a short boundary and, therefore, his 4-46 was excellent. Jacko finished with 0-41 which was about par within the Milton total of 170-9.

We would probably have been confident of victory at Tea had Goose (man in form) been opening with AB. As it was the decision to open with McCann meant he was so nervous he ate barely any food (really!). It was a shame to see him bowled for a duck and hopefully he will learn from it and conquer the nerves. H joined AB and progress was slow. Then AB was caught and we'd begun digging a hole. Skip looked good initially (another man in form) until Milton introduced their young leg-spinner. First ball, tossed up and clean bowled. MVS and H were building a decent partnership up to drinks at which point you couldn't say Ditton were out of it. Four overs later both were out - MVS for 14 and H for 36, and the game looked beyond us. Gilo made 12 but, with Paul unable to bat, the tail only managed 26 runs leaving us 19 short of the third bonus point. Defeat by 69 runs looks worse than it was as it's hard to see anyone else beating Milton. As it's turned out with other results, the six we achieved have kept us third in the table. A win of any kind against Granta III next week is crucial, then get some key players back.

Saturday 7th July

Fen Ditton Vs Granta III

Cancelled - rain

We need an Ark

Very. Heavy. Rain. All. Week.

Saturday 14th July

Fen Ditton Vs Bar Hill

Cancelled - rain

Still raining

Doesn't feel like it's stopped raining all week. Last Saturday, AB and H played golf instead of cricket . . . and got drenched. Planning to do it again today. What do you do when games are called off?

Saturday 28th July

Fen Ditton Vs Little Shelford

Lt. Shelford 184 all out lost to Fen Ditton 190-5 by 5 Wkts

Deceiving appearances


The wicket at The Rec has had more work carried out on it in the last year than I can remember, and yet due to the weather and the way the fixtures worked out, it looked as poor as ever. Cracks, loose topsoil, the 'sticky stuff' and ant dust. And yet it was me who predicted it would play better than it looked and we could have a high scoring match, as we had at Shelford earlier in the season.

Despite my prediction, Adam stuck our visitors in first. Ali embarked on another runless spell, backed up by Dobbo. Runs and overs were keeping pace with each other until we took a wicket. That brought our nemesis from the earlier game to the crease and the first few balls he faced from Adam produced three boundaries, if not all out of the middle. The next ten overs up to drinks saw chaos as the ball was sent regularly to and over the boundary. Half way through the innings and 98-1, the huddle proved crucial. Goose came on to entice an error and it almost worked first ball with a near stumping. Next ball saw a thin edge to Paul and we'd got our man. Goose finished with 3-32. Shelford weren't finished by any means and pushed over 150 with the final ten overs to be bowled. The combination of Ali (10-3-20-2) and Adam (9.1-3-35-4) bowling eight of those saw the run rate slow and wickets fall. A final total of 184 was far less than Shelford were on target for but still about par and defendable.

Paul had dislocated his finger 'keeping and decided that opening was the best option to get a few runs while he could just about hold the bat. His 15 got us off to a good start, with AB playing a more vigilant role. Goose went in at three and played his best innings of the season so far. More fluent than during his previous two unbeaten fiftys, he still had a bit of good fortune but probably deserved it. AB had made 34 when he got a very good ball that seamed and hit the top of off stump. Neither H nor Skip made the contributions they'd have hoped for but Marc supported Goose well and McCann made a cheeky 1 not out at the end. It was fitting that Goose finished the chase with a big six, just as the game at Shelford had finished, albeit in less tense circumstances. 89 not out sees Goose over 300 runs for the season with an average of 76.75, which is ridiculous.

A good win in the end, having shown some signs of rustiness after a month without cricket. Now for the final charge and see where we can finish in the table.

Saturday 4th August

Fen Ditton Vs Haslingfield

Haslingfield 121-8 lost to Fen Ditton 122-7 by 3 Wkts



With both AB and H missing the match, the next best hope of a match report was from Skip. You will see from the scorecard link that he had quite a game and a report was probably well down his list of priorities. You may not know that his fourth wicket broke the record for most in a season by a Ditton bowler.
Marc might have made a stab, as part of the "media team", or either MVS/Goose/Gilo - all teachers (they can write, can't they?). Even McCann didn't come up with anything, possibly on the basis that it wouldn't get published. So we'll have to imagine the ebb and flow of this one.

Saturday 11th August

Waterbeach Vs Fen Ditton

Waterbeach defaulted

No game, 20 points

Again, since I was away, I'm presuming that Waterbeach felt unable to field a competitive eleven, or ten etc. to face the mighty Ditton, who now reach the summit of the league table with just three games remaining.

Saturday 18th August

Fen Ditton Vs N.C.I. III

N.C.I. III 323-5 beat Fen Ditton 136 all out by 187 Runs


Down but not out

During the past two seasons, there have been occassions when Ditton were missing key players but the rest of the squad have collectively made up the difference. This game saw this Ditton squad collectively fall apart. The bowlers were poor, catches went down and apart from AB, the batting was poor.

Inserting a team in 30 degree sunshine without your two main strike bowlers must have seemed a workable plan to someone, but by the time NCI were 50-0 after 11 overs, it didn't seem too clever. Dobbo was the best of our bowlers with 8-1-48-0, which tells it's own story. Both NCI openers made centuries, one brutal, with 15 sixes; the other measured and chanceless. Ditton dropped 4 catches, but only one, when the scorer of 148 had yet to reach 50 made much difference to the match outcome. It seemed that our bowlers were incaple of finding and sticking to a decent length and their batters rarely failed to find the middle of the bat. Our only defence might be the toll taken by the heat, but 323 is an awful lot of runs to concede. Worse still, Paul took another blow on his already broken finger and had to give up the gloves, with no chance of batting.

We looked a shattered bunch at Tea and H was gloomily predicting 100 all out. Goose found a thick edge to be caught for a duck and our best chance of getting good bonus points probably disappeared. AB played a gritty innings of 62 with some typically belligerent hitting, but only H with 18 joined him in double figures. The remaining Ditton batters will not linger long over this page in the scorebook. Heavy defeat but with Milton losing, the title and promotion are still in our own hands if . . .It's N.C.I again next week and we'll need some inspiration from Skip to come back from this. We've done it before, so let's think positively and put this one behind us.

Saturday 25th August

N.C.I. III Vs Fen Ditton

Fen Ditton 165-9 in 40 overs, N.C.I. III 17-0 in 5.1 overs. Match abandoned

Cats and Dogs

The weather forecast was for slow moving, heavy showers with the chance of a storm. Absolutely spot on. It transpires that two shops and the Central Library had to close in Cambridge on Saturday afternoon due to flooding. The Fitzwilliam covers saved us from the first storm just to lead us into the requirement for a non-drowning exit plan during the 'big one'.

It's a tribute to both sides that we reached a second innings, but having been invited to bat Ditton made a miserable start. AB cracked his first ball to the boundary but then stretched horribly to reach a wide and chip it to point. Goose lasted longer than his previous two innings but again found the edge to gully having made ten. At 25-2 Skip came out and batted like he'd had two weeks of nets rather than a fortnights holiday. Eight boundaries in a quick-fire 45 before chopping a cut onto his stumps. H had been holding up the other end but the need to put some runs on the board quicker led to his downfall for 35. Following the first storm and Tea, we were witness to Marc Wilson making his highest score for Ditton. Batting with power, placement and good running, he compiled 42, helped along by Andy Fowler who rotated the strike before selflessly being run out to let our last couple of boundary hitters have a go. Dom and Ali did what was required and despite McCann probably claiming the Duck Trophy with his third of the season, 160-9 was a creditable effort and one which we felt would win us the match and the league if Ali, Skip and co. bowled OK. The bigger issue was the black mass coming towards us in the sky.

Ali and Dobbo put everything into 5.1 overs without making a breakthrough, before Dave Norman started the tractor to get the covers back on and pointed us towards the pavillion. The deluge was quite something. The NR means we are unlikely to claim a second successive shield, but we are very, very likely to finish second and be promoted to division 1.
Ali's last game for Ditton, the chance of winning back to back titles gone, but promotion almost secured. Bitter sweet but let's fully reflect on the season after next Saturday. Not that even McCann would put money on Wilbrahams fielding a side but let's see. . . .

Saturday 1st September

Wilbrahams II Vs Fen Ditton

Wilbrahams II defaulted


Are we surprised that Wilbrahams failed to find eleven to play us? Are we surprised that the season has ended with another Ditton promotion? Will we be very surprised if Granta III do us a favour against N.C.I. III and we win the title?
Promotion is more than we aimed for at the start of the season, but if you don't aim high . . . .