Season starts: May Highlights
Sat May 26th
On a damp day, Dorridge went to Smethwick, lost the toss, and were asked to bat. Aarib Khan (37) and Barrie Forrester-Smith (36) were the only contributors of any size as DCC were bowled out for 175. In reply SCC were never in control as Dorridge took regular wickets, and when Saleem went for 80 at 143-7, victory beckoned. However an 8th wkt stand of 33 (S Singh & Q Shah) saw Smethwick home.
The 2nds had a great win at home to Handsworth. Winning an important toss DCC fielded and took early wickets from which Handsworth never recovered being 120 allout. Chris Leavers 3-16, John Palmer 3-25. DCC 124-1 Grant Harrison 40* Usamah Khan 37*.
Jonathan Rhodes won the toss and, against the wishes of the team, decided to have a bowl. He opened with Oscar Henrick and Rahim Khan and they soon proved their captain’s choice to be correct when they reduced Handsworth to 15-1 and then three wickets fell when the score was 20, by taking two wickets apiece. Bascombe and Moncrieff then batted stolidly without taking risks against the accurate bowling of Mark Saghabashi, Usama Khan and James Driscoll and took the score up to 98 in the 35th over when Price was caught off John Palmer for 25. It was the introduction of Palmer and Chris Leavers that saw the downfall of Handsworth as the last 6 wickets fell for just 22 runs with the visitors all out for 120 in 45 overs. Oscar took 2-16, Rahim 2-14, Palmer 3-26 and Leavers 3-16.
Jonathan and Grant Morrison opened the batting and found few difficulties against a bowling attack that lacked penetration. It came as a surprise when the skipper smacked a full toss straight to cover when on 17 to make Dorridge 31-1, but then Grant and Usama saw us home and dry in the 27th over. Grant, who had a charmed life today, finished on 40 and Usama on 37.
The 3rd’s carried out a demolition job on Woodbourne. Winning the toss DHHCC batted first and compiled 287 allout in the 45th over. Rizwan Hahib 79* and “40’s” from Siddique and Zaman & “30’s” from Imran Khan & Andy Dickinson. WCC were then dismissed for 35, with Mo Kamran posting the amazing figures 9-3-8-6
Sat May 19th
1sts back to winning ways with excellent win at Shrewsbury. DCC won toss and batted 225-9 Joe Dodd (third good innings of season in 3 matches) 72, Mark Swanick 33. SCC 154 allout, James Harris 7-0-16-4.
2nds failed at Streetly who chose to bat. SCC 177 allout. George Seeley 3-40. DCC 136 allout. Usamah Khan 39 Extras 37
3rds edged a narrow win by 5 runs at home to Stoneleigh, having won toss and batted. DHHCC 181 allout, Rizwan Habib 42 Don Baker 34. SCC 176 allout. Wkts shared – last man Run Out.
Sun May 13th
Dorridge CC Sunday Social Vs Sportsmen CC
The Sunday social team played their first game of the season against Sportsmen CC. Batting first, Dorridge made what seemed like a match winning score of 273 from their 40 overs with 95 from Luke James and 50’s (retired and not out) from Trouty and Craig Roberts. However, despite this, Sportsmen CC (with a big hitting knock of 129 from their opener) chased down the target with over 3 overs to go. A disappointing start to the season, but we will continue to use the Sunday Social team to introduce young players to the rigours of adult cricket. There is a really good squad of young and old this year, and we look forward to returning to winning ways.
Sat May 12th
1sts came unstuck at home to Walsall who won toss and fielded. DCC 191 allout. Joe Dodd 69, Arib Khan 59 . WCC 192-5. Only highlight Mark Swanick 3 catches.
2nds got their first win away to Old Elizabethans. OECC 157 allout Steve Hooper 5-40. DCC 158-2 Jonathan Rhodes 80 Usamah Khan 45*
The seconds went to Worcester to play Old Elizabethans and came away with a resounding win. Jonathan Rhodes won the toss and because he thought he had a weak batting line up, decided to bowl first. Pearman and Rees opened for the home side and although beaten fairly regularly by Craig Roberts and Abdul Rahim, scored slowly but steadily. Rees had to leave the field when he ‘tweaked’ a muscle in his thigh and this brought in Cairney who was soon lbw to Rahim for 8. Skipper Payne hit a quick fire 16 and when the returning Rees miscued a pull off Salmons to be caught at mid-wicket for 23, OE’s were in trouble. Pearman carried on batting sensibly, but when he decided that attack was the only option, he was bowled by Matthew Saghabashi for a solid 40 off 87 balls. Steve Hooper entered the attack and ran through the remains of a weak batting side by bowling straight, getting a stumping by George Seeley (standing as wk in an emergency) and four caught, one by himself. Ali (22) and Kayani (14) hit out at the end but the innings ended in the 41st over at 157.Roberts, Rahim and Salmons all took one wicket, Saghabashi two and Hoops an excellent 5-40. Usamah Khan was the most economical, bowling well without any luck.
Jonathan Rhodes and Craig Roberts opened the batting and punished anything short or wide and were scoring at over 8 an over when Roberts, having just smashed the ball over cover to the short boundary that side, tried to do it again next ball when a fielder had been put there and was caught for 18. Usamah Khan came in and carried on the attack, helping Jonathan to put on a century stand. Jonathan passed his 50 but hit across the line against the leg spin of Upton to be lbw for 80. He had hit 12 fours and 3 sixes. The game was all over shortly afterwards as Dorridge won in only the 21st over with Usama 45 no. The 20 points mean Dorridge are firmly in mid-table.
3rds lost a narrow game at Temple Grafton. DHHCC 150 allout. Zubair Satty 42 Rafaquat Ali 33. TGCC 151-8 having been 127-8, Imran Khan 10-0-50-5, Rizwan Habib 10-2-24-3
Sat May 5th
1sts got off to a winning start at home to Ombersley. DCC 212-7, Joe Dodd 58*. OCC 118 allout, James Harris 3-11 James Ayres 3-44.
Dorridge’s season finally started and they recorded a comfortable 94 run victory at home over Ombersley. The visitors won the toss and elected to field first but they got off to a poor start when they bowled 20 wides in the first 5 overs to Ali Ebad and Aarib Khan. These two were not troubled greatly by the bowling and took the score to 86 when Ebad was caught by Andrew off Slade for 33. Barrie Forrester-Smith lasted 11 balls whilst making 8 and Captain David Ball’s season did not get off to the start he would have wished for in scoring 16 before being caught. With opener Khan (40) also being dismissed caught by Andrew off Slade, the score was 125-4. Wicket-keeper Joe Dodd then batted confidently, punishing anything off line or length and with the help of Luke James (10) and James Hemstock (10) shepherded Dorridge to 212-7 in their 50 overs. Dodd ended with an excellent 58 not out which included four 4’s and two 6’s. Neil Slade was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-42 in his ten overs. Ombersley’s reply got off to a bad start when Gwynne was caught behind off James Ayres for a duck in the first over. David Ball had Dell caught at second slip by Forrester-Smith for 4 to make it 13-2 and opener Haynes was adjudged lbw when he offered no stroke padding up to Ball when on 10. Ferguson and Hammond took the score from 24-3 up to 49 when Ferguson (20) became Dodd’s second catch, this time off Ebad and Hammond (19) became his third, off James Ayres to leave Ombersley on 64-5. Gareth Andrew and Marcus D’Oliveira added 36, taking the score to 100, when D’Oliveira (17) was comprehensively bowled by James Harris. The innings rapidly fell away due to the bowling of Harris and when Andrew was the last man out for a hard fought 36, Ombersley had struggled to 118. Harris returned figures of 6-0-11-3, with Ayres taking 3-44 and Ball 2-10.