Mon 27th Aug
A return to Bank Holiday Monday games, due to early season rain, saw 2 excellent victories for Dorridge.
A resurgent Dorridge, bounced back from Saturday’s defeat to Kenilworth Wardens, with a result that lifts them out of the relegation zone at the expense of Ombersley. A stubborn 62 from 129 balls from opening batsman Gary Hawkins enabled Dorridge to reach 163 all out against West Bromwich Dartmouth as former DCC man, Andrew Umeed, took 4 for 21 for the visitors. WBD then collapsed from 60 for three to 115 for eight. A bold 52 from Shozair Ali took them closer to their target but once he was dismissed, the end came quickly. Iftikhar Ahmad (3 for 27) and David Ball (3 for 31) were the best of the bowlers for Dorridge.
The 2nds, at Sutton Coldfield, chose to “have a bowl” and after a second wkt stand of 50+ ran through the tail to dismiss them for 124. Luke James 5.1-1-9-3, Steve Hooper 9-0-26-3 & Chris Leavers 1-0-2-2 doing the damage. DCC reached 128-5 with thanks again to Luke whose 57* was the dominant contribution.
Sat 25th Aug
With the 1st team losing again and continuing to slide into the drop zone, the 2nds & 3rds upheld the Club’s honour.
An unbeaten 101 from Warwickshire seamer Chris Wright saw Dorridge to a total of 222 for seven against Kenilworth Wardens, with McCreath taking 3 for 51 for the visitors. At 40 for five, in reply, the target looked a long way off for Wardens but a superb unbeaten 121 from Prerak Mankad eased them to a two-wicket win with fifteen balls in hand. Mankad and skipper Mark Pidgeon (21 not out) put together an unbroken stand of 63 for the ninth wicket to send Dorridge into the relegation zone.
The 2nds had a comprehensive win away (117 runs) at Stratford, batting first they totalled 235-9 with major contributions from Nathan Myers (51) and Grant Harrison (44) with 7 others getting double figures. In reply Stratford lost early & regular wickets to Nathan Myers 3-15, John Palmer 3-26, and Oscar Henrick 2-32, and were all out for 118 in 35 overs. Dorridge maintaining their 3rd spot in the table.
The 3rds at Wellesbourne were bowled out for 136, with “20’s” from Matt Salmons, Phil Henrick and Dan Laugharne, but then fine bowling from Abdal Rahim Kahn 8.2-1-12-3 Steve Hooper 3-26 and George Stitch 2-19 saw Dorridge run out winners by 38 runs.
Sat 18th Aug
Mixed fortunes with only the 2nds winning.
The firsts away at Wolverhampton in a bottom of the table “must win game” managed to lose by 4 runs. Wolverhampton’s Archie O’Hara scored a patient 67 to steer Wolverhampton to 197 for nine with three wickets apiece for James Harris (3 for 33) and Iftikhar Ahmed (3 for 44). In response, Dorridge were dismissed for 193 with seven balls remaining with Wolverhampton’s leg-spinner Zen Malik picking up 5 for 51. A half-century from Edward Thompson (53) and 32 each from Aarib & Ali Ebad had seen Dorridge to 170 for 4 before Malik sparked a collapse!
The 2nds at home to Redditch did well to dismiss them for 175 in 43 overs, Chris Leavers’ 4-26 mopping up the tail. Dorridge with Grant Harrison (55) and Usamah Khan (64) prominent eased to 179-5 in 31st over.
The 3rds got a right pasting from Kenilworth Wardens with wickets falling in 2’s & 3’s regularly to finish 80 all out in 32 overs. Wardens required 12.1 overs to reach their target for the loss of only 1 wicket.
Sat 11th Aug
After last weeks 3x Win, hello to 3x Lost, by 8 runs (Duckworth Lewis), 35 runs and 10 wkts.
The firsts entertained Smethwick and chose to bat. They lost Chris Wright early to former Warwickshire bowler Recordo Gordon but then a stand of 105 by Aarib Khan (56) and Dave Ball (71) saw them to 119-2 when Khan was run out. Wickets fell regularly with Skipper Joe Dodd (27) trying to hold things together. Only Joe and a typical late cameo from Ifti (32) made any further contribution as the innings closed on 229-9 in the 50 overs. In their reply, Smethwick were eventually batting in the rain. The Umpires allowing play in the rain for about half an hour. As the rain got heavier Smethwick took a few chances as they only needed to be a few runs ahead for a few overs, we needed a wicket. They got the runs, we didn’t get the wicket, and they were subsequently declared winners by eight runs by DLS.
The seconds won the toss away at Handsworth and chose to have a bowl ! Handsworth’s 256 allout in 45 overs was built around 63 from Singh, 62 from Evans and 43 wides; whilst for DCC Usamah Khan took 4-46, Nathan Myers 3-39 and Dan Reeves 2-22. Good to see Lee Davis back behind the timbers claiming 3 victims. The Dorridge reply never really got going until the lower order made an appearance in the shape of Nathan Myers (88), ably supported by Chris Leavers (28) and Thom Smith (27 – welcome back). Within our total of 221 were 9 wides — 34 fewer than we gave them and we lost by 35 runs !!
The thirds met Norton Lindsey & Wolverton in a top of the table clash and ended up forfeiting top spot to them. DHCC struggled to 79 in 32 overs, with Singh-Nijar returning 5.3-1-6-5 and Yendall 8-3-18-4. NL&W took 14 overs to complete a 10 wkt win .
Sun Aug 5th
On another sunny Sunday, we turned up at Rowington and were greeted by the news they only had 9 players. With the arrival of Phil & Matt Smith to play for them in the 5th over of the match, the 2 loaned fielders came off and it was 11v11. A good opening spell from Cross saw the runs stemmed from one end, and we soon found ourselves 45-4. A quick partnership between Dan Reeves & George Seeley pushed us towards the 100, before George was caught off the bowling of our own Matt Smith! Despite a bit of butchered clean hitting from Oscar (50), we fell to 175 all out in only the 26th over!
A bright start from Rowington saw Bird thunder the ball to all parts and it was young Tom King who eventually got the breakthrough after George Seeley had been sent for back to back 6s! A tight spell of bowling from Tom (1-8 off 4 overs) & the ever improving Ethan Glynn (0-33 off 6) brought the run rate back down. A brisk spell from Oscar saw off our own Phil Smith who had batter valiantly for 15. Alas, after their opener retired on 59, a few of the talented lads came in and played shots that you’d normally see in a T20 game. Rowington finally got to their target, somewhat comfortably, in the 32nd over for the loss of 4 wickets. A loss on the day, but with the initial prospect of playing 9v11, the game was playing in a very good manner, lots of friendliness & laughter. Cricket was the winner overall!
Sat Aug 4th
Another one of those 3xWin Saturdays, 1sts by 30 runs, 2nds by 6wkts, 3rds by 19 runs.
The 1sts entertained Shrewsbury who won toss and asked DCC to bat. It looked a good decision at 26-3 but then a stand of 108 by Barrie (70) and Baller (60) turned things around, although Dorridge then struggled to 177-7 until a rapid 8th wicket stand by Chris Wright (27) and Ifti (19) lifted them to a fairly competitive 220-7 in their 55 overs. The SCC reply followed a similar pattern to the Dorridge innings at 28-3 (thanks to Ayres & Wright) and then 182-7 but they had nothing left and finished on 190 in 43rd over. Wright 15.2-5-62-4 and Ayres 10-1-40-3.
The 2nds away at Streetly won the toss and inserted them. The SCC innings went along at a steady pace with 6 of the top 8 getting starts, but DCC were happy to be taking wickets and the innings finished at 213-3 – 50 overs. James Harris 3-29. The Dorridge response got a great start from Skipper Jon Rhodes (81) and Usamah Khan (32), and after contributions from Beef and Mark Swanick, Luke James’ 51 saw them home at 214-4 in 32rd over.
The 3rds won a close thing at The Lenches having struggled to 135 all out in 25 overs, Andy Dickinson 32, Jamie May 30. The Lenches lost wickets regularly whilst accumulating runs slowly, but were put out of their misery by Steve Hooper’s 8-5-12-4.