Sat 28th July
The rain had to come sometime, but when it did, it didn’t come early enough for the 1sts. Whilst it meant the 2nds & 3rds both lost potentially good positions.
Away at Walsall, Dorridge 1sts were skittled for 82 (having been 43-1) by Paul Byrne (5-11) and his brother Robbie (4-32). After the early loss of Akhtar, a second wicket stand of 74 between another pair of brothers Billy Cox (51*) and Danny Cox (31) guided Walsall to an 8 wkt win and 20 points with which they swapped places (3rd bottom) with Dorridge.
The 2nds, at home to Old Elizabethans, had built a solid platform with last week’s Centurion Grant Harrison on 64* and Beef 23* together at 140-4 in 31 overs. But the rains came and that was that. It was a very similar story for the 3rds, entertaining Woodbourne. They had reached 130-2 in 24 overs with Trouty 64* and Dan Laugharne 30 when rain intervened.
Sat 21st July
Successful weekend with 1st & 3rds winning and 2nds tieing a game of 552 runs.
It’s always a gamble changing Skippers mid-season but last week’s “gamble” seemed to have worked Big Time. Out going Skip, Dave Ball took 4-33 whilst in coming Skip, Joe Dodd took 4 catches behind the stumps. For good measure Ifti chipped in with 5-24 and Ombersley were dismissed for 113 on their own patch. In reply it wasn’t all plain sailing but Ball (43) and Aarib Khan (32) were main contributors in Dorridge’s win by 5 wkts.
What a game!! Stourbridge 2XI visited Dorridge and after 552 runs were scored, the two sides could not be separated.
Jonathan won the toss and asked Stourbridge to bat. Abdul Rahim Khan and the returning Nathan Myers opened and found the pitch and dry outfield much to the batsmen’s delight. Rashid and Jivan-Patel raced to 46 in 4 overs as any bad ball was crashed to the boundary. In the 8th over, Rahim got through Jivan-Patel’s defence to bowl him for 35 when the score was 62. Nathan was taken off after conceding 37 off his four overs and George Seeley came on up the hill. With Rahim finding line and length, the two of them saw the scoring rate dropped sharply with Rashid in particular, struggling. His new partner was the Under 17 Scottish player Jasper Davidson who started slowly but confidently. It shows how the bowling improved as it took another 21 overs to double the score. George did manage to bowl Davidson when he was on 81, but he had overstepped the line for a no ball. Chris Leavers and Usamah Khan were each given the ball but they could not engineer the breakthrough Dorridge needed as Stourbridge passed the 200 mark in the 44th over. Luke James, bowling tidily down the hill, finally had Rashid lbw for 90 when the score was 240, but in the final five overs, Davidson cut loose and help Ludlam add 56 precious runs. They ended on 276-2, with Davidson on 106*, a score that Dorridge thought was the minimum to achieve, but less than what should have been with only two wickets down. George bowled well, without any luck, in conceding 48 off his 15 overs and was the pick of the bowlers, along with Rahim who returned 1-42 in 10 overs.
Jonathan Rhodes and Grant Harrison got off to the usual frantic start but it came to end as early as the third over when Alexander took a very good low down ct & b off the captain when he had scored 13 off ten balls and the score was 18. Luke James (0) lasted four balls before edging to the keeper and in came Usamah. He and Grant, who was batting really well, added 66 before Usamah (36) got one that kept low hitting him in front of middle stump when Dorridge were on 86. Their run rate was always in front of what was required and Sam Smith (27) and James Hemstock (29) helped Grant put on 79 and 55 runs respectively and when the latter was bowled by FitzMaurice, Dorridge were still well in with the chance of winning at 220-5. Unfortunately, on the same score, Grant was caught off Jivan-Patel for an excellent 111 off 121 balls with 12 fours. Craig Roberts (17 off 13) and Myers (also 17 off 13) kept up the run rate until both were dismissed going for big hits. Chris Leavers (3) came and went, and with George and Rahim at the crease at 268-9 and two overs left, a draw looked the best option for Dorridge.
However, these two thought differently and went for it! It came down to needing three to win off the last ball with George facing and although he hit it well, they could only manage two to finish tied on 276-9.
There were a lot of spectators on the patio who were thrilled to watch a game of cricket that encapsulated what the game is all about. Stourbridge impressed everyone, but especially umpire Stuart Paul, with their attitude, fairness and acceptance of decisions throughout the game. They played the game with a smile on their faces. What a game!!
Dorridge 3rds produced another of their hammerings, this time Stoneleigh were the recipients. Chosing to bat first DHHCC built steadily and were 123-3 off 30 overs, but then accelerated to collect 180 from the last 15 and finish on 303-8. Imran Khan 72, Muhammad Kamran 62*, Rizwan Habib 56. Stoneleigh never got going and lost wickets regularly Imran Khan & Muhammad Zaman both 3-21 and John Palmer 2-19, and in the 30th over were all out 103 to lose by 200 runs.
Sun 15th July
An excellent day of Sunday cricket was to be found at Dorridge this weekend in the game against South Birmingham Nomads (Formerly BBC Midlands). Winning the toss and batting, Dorridge made a good start with George Sansom and Alex Smith taking the score to 33. 2 quick wickets brought John Palmer and Ben Stockdale to the crease and excellent batting and a stand of 135 gave a fantastic platform for a big score. John eventually ended with 74 and Ben 67. Valuable lower order runs meant that Dorridge finished on 258 for 8. In response, a classic game unfolded with South Birmingham Nomads starting solidly but the run rate was always increasing. Although having wickets in hand, good bowling from all 7 bowlers left them with 60 needed from the last 6 overs, and, despite a valiant effort, they fell 5 runs short finishing on 253 for 6. Again this was a game played in great spirit with 500 runs in an afternoon and glorious weather on a fast outfield. Well done to all those who thought that this was a better option than watching the World Cup Final – how right you all were.
P6 W5 L1 – a great season so far
Sat 14th July -Berkswell do double over Dorridge.
One of the finest all-round performances in the 130-year history of the Birmingham League kept Berkswell at the top of the Premier Division table. Unable to break into Leicestershire’s T20 side, Ateeq Javid (ex Warwickshire) took out his frustrations on Dorridge, who, batting first, after winning the toss, were dismissed for 176, Barrie Forrester-Smith 51. Javid returning the marvellous figures of 8 for 53, taking all but the first and last wickets to fall in the innings. After Berkswell slipped to 29 for three, in reply, Javid steadied the ship with an unbeaten 103 from 104 balls, including 20 boundaries and a six. At the other end, Nick James contributed an unbeaten 53 in an unbroken stand of 150 for the fourth wicket. James Ayres took all three wickets that fell at a personal cost of 39 runs.
Dorridge seconds fared slightly better losing by 76 runs. Batting first Berkswell built a total of 239 around Daniel Clark’s 141 in their 50 overs. Keeper Grant Harrison grabbed 4 dismissals (3ct 1st). In reply Dorridge were reliant on Skipper Jon Rhodes (52), Usamah Khan (30) and a few late runs from Seeley & Rahim Khan for their 163 all out in the 45th over.
Top of the table Dorridge & Hockley Heath (the 3rds) got back to winning ways against Temple Grafton in a high scoring game at Grove Lane. All the DHHCC batsmen got starts – major contributions from Siddique 80, Zaman 40, Dickinson 33, and Habib 32, in their total of 310-9 in 45 overs. Adam Kirk 5-81 the most successful TGCC bowler. Temple Grafton were not fazed by the total and Palmer 80, and Farrow 59 were the pick of their batting, but they lost wickets regularly and were never quite up to the task. Habib 10-0-45-4, Siddique 1.1-0-13-2.
Sun 8th July
Sunday Social v Coventry Ramblers
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Dorridge made an inauspicious start losing 3 quick wickets with just 13 on the board. Despite a few lusty blows from George Sansom, this soon became even more alarming as Dorridge slumped to 67 for 6 after just 16 overs. However, solid and sensible batting from the remaining batsmen (Kyle, Trouty, Dom, Stuart and Rob) pulled the team up to a final and very respectable total of 206. A magnificent effort from such a lowly mid-point.
Hopes of victory seemed forlorn when, despite Dom Orton removing their dangerous opening batsman (a century maker from the last game), Coventry Ramblers moved easily to 116 for 1. Then the fireworks started. A fiery spell from Trouty removed their two other significant batsmen, and then Stuart Paul really applied pressure with a great spell of 8 overs for 27 runs, beating the bat without luck on many occasions. This allowed Rob Palmer (4 for 22) and Graham Gilbert (3 for 22) to take wickets at the other end as Coventry took risks with a rising run rate. Graham Gilbert took the final wicket in the last over with Coventry Ramblers 22 runs short of their target. A sunny and hot afternoon, excellent opposition, a match played in good spirit and a victory for really good team cricket – what’s not to like!! The Sunday team record now stands at : P5 W4 L1
Sat 7th July
On a day when the nation was preoccupied with a World Cup quarter-final many Leagues/Teams made arrangements to watch it, not so the BDPCL 1XI’s. DCC were away at WBD, won the toss and chose to bat on another blistering hot day. Once again a poor start was made (the only 50+ opening stand was the first game of the season) and we were soon 27-3. Ali & Barrie added 51 before Barrie went for 28. Ali and stand-in Skipper Joe Dodd then compiled the innings’ major stand of 80, Ali departing for an excellent 66. 158-5. With assistance from the lower order of Mark, Usamah, and James Harris, Joe saw us to 224-7 in our 55 overs — finishing on a solid 65*. WBD also got off to a poor start, Masood c Dodd b Ayres, with a second wkt falling at 77-2, but then County players Kadeer Ali (107*) & Andy Umeed (ex DCC – 71*) added 148 to win the game by 8 wkts.
The 2nds made up for the poor showing by the 1sts with a comprehensive 10 wkt thumping of Sutton Coldfield.
On another boiling hot day DCC defied the usual and chose to field — it was to prove a wise choice with early wickets from Oscar Henrick and Abdal Rahim Khan who bowled tightly to their openers and by the end of the 8th over, they had only scored nine runs for the loss of Fazal (7), bowled by an absolute beauty from Oscar that jagged back through the gap to send the off-stump cartwheeling. Rahim bowled really well up the hill and fully deserved his reward of four wickets until he took himself off, exhausted, after 13 overs. At this stage the score was 63-5 with no batsman looking as if they wanted to stay at the crease.Sutton’s captain came in at number 8, hit two beautiful, effortless straight fours and then was caught at mid-on by Hoops trying to do it again. This was off Matthew Saghabashi who went on to take another wicket, but the innings was wrapped up in three blistering overs from John Palmer as he caught and bowled one batsman and had two caught behind to dismiss Sutton for only 107 in the 32nd over. Rahim took 4-38, Sags 2-31 and John 3-6. Jonathan and Grant opened the reply and the captain batted as if the football was to start in 30 minutes time! They passed the 50 stand in the 9th over as Jonathan rampaged in trying to hit as many balls over the ropes as possible. He was dropped twice off two skiers but went on to finish on 69 no including 10 fours and 2 sixes. Grant did not need to do much else but watch and he batted as well as ever in hitting 4 fours in a flawless 26 no as Dorridge romped to an emphatic 10 wicket win in the 17th over. The game, which started at 10.30, was over by 2.30 plenty of time to watch the Match !
The 3rds were handed 20 points on a plate as Badsey CC conceded the game — More interested in Footy ?