Sat 15th Sept
Last weekend of the season, and One Win One Loss – Firsts retain Premier League status – with a little help from Ombersley who did “a Dorridge” and played an eligible player last week and were deducted 20 points.
Welcoming neighbours K&D, who were vieing (vying?) with Berkswell for the Championship, DCC won the toss and asked K&D to bat. The prolific Worker & Phillips opened and had 62 on the board before Baller had Worker lbw for 28. After skipper Reddish departed for 6, Phillips was also lbw Ball for the innings’ highest score 39; most got starts but Dorridge took wickets regularly and K&D finished on a below par 231-9 in their 50 overs. Ifti 3-53, Ball 2-33, Ayres 2-47.
Dorridge got off to a confident start with Aarib Khan and Gary Hawkins looking in fine form until Khan was c Grundy b Worker for 31, by then Gary had reached his 50 and was looking every inch a potential match-winner. Chris Wright (21) helped Gary add 41, and Dave Ball (28) helped him add 58 and at 212-5 when Baller departed in over 45 Gary was on 103* and 19 were required off 5 overs.
The Dorridge supporters who were becoming confident of a famous victory were then subjected to a test of their nerves as Skipper Joe Dodd and Ali Ebad both came and went without scoring. The equation was then 18 off 3 overs with 7 wkts down as Mark Swanick came to the wicket, and finished the match with a 6 dot 4 in the 47th over. The relief was LOUD ! DCC had survived and K&D had to be content with the Runners Up spot. Gary Hawkins’ stats were 112* from 156 balls in 189 mins with 15 x 4’s.
The 2nds ended the season with a defeat at Kidderminster in a game that had no meaningful outcome as both sides would stay where they were because of the points. Jonathan lost the toss and Dorridge were asked to bat first. He and Grant got off to the usual fast start and had taken the score to 45 in the 7thover when the captain was run out after the ball had hit his pads and ran straight to gully. Jonathan looked for the ball whilst keeping in mind a quick single but was run out for 29 as he tried to regain his crease. Usamah joined Grant but they added only 10 when Grant was caught for 19. There was a controversial moment when Usamah chipped a low catch to mid-wicket who claimed the catch and Usamah appeared to walk off. He stopped however as the home umpire, Roger Tolchard, said he could not be certain it was not a bump ball. After Grant’s dismissal, Sam Smith strode to the wicket and he and Usamah looked in control as they shared in a partnership of 72 to take the score to 136-3. Craig Roberts (15) was dismissed caught at 164-4 and there followed a major collapse as John Palmer (0), Chris Leavers (0), James Harris (0) and Usamah (55) all fell whilst two runs were added to make it 166-8. Mark Saghabashi, with the help of Oscar Henrick (6) and Rahim (3*), batted sensibly and with his 13 took the final score up to 192 in the 38thover. A poor total when you consider that it was 130-2 in the 20thover.
Dorridge’s two opening bowlers were James Harris and Rahim and as Kidderminster had shown, it was pace off the ball that was to prove best. James bowled straight through to return 1-20 off his nine overs, bowling a tight line and having Mansell (12) caught behind off a ball that pitched in line and turned away when the score was 15. The Hatfield brothers batted well together in adding 77 although they were not really challenged as Rahim and Usamah sprayed the bowl all over the place. The slower pace of Chris Leavers and Sags slowed the run rate down although the batsmen would have been aware that there was not much pressure because of the amount of overs left. 14 year old Matt Hadfield (25) was bowled by Sags at 92 but Kiddy marched on with George Hadfield passing a well-deserved 50. Wickets fell steadily but the hosts reached the winning score with time to spare in the 41st over with all their batsmen contributing.
The seconds finished in 3rd place in the division.
Sat 8th Sept
Rain means the 1sts are denied a chance of a win, whilst 2nds have a BIG WIN.
In a bottom 4 game, with DCC desperate to beat Barnt Green, a miserable rainy day had other ideas ! In a game reduced to 36 overs Barnt Green managed 183-6 with Skipper Joe Dodd claiming 4 victims (2 ct 2 st) and Ifti & Ed Thompson 2 wkts each. Dorridge only had 6 overs in which they scored 23-2, before the weather won.
With ONE game to play the bottom of the table reads:- Barnt Green 218, Ombersley 211, Ken Wardens 210, DCC 200, Wolverhampton 171. Last games DCC home to K&D, Ombersley v Ken Wardens.
After being put into bat by Barnards Green on what looked a greenish wicket, the 2nd team openers took to the field in overcast conditions. It was immediately clear that Grant Harrison was in good form, following a run of excellent scores, but what followed will possibly not be repeated by any Dorridge team for quite some time. The innings started quickly, assisted in part by some wayward bowling by an enthusiastic attack. The first ten overs yielded a run rate approaching 10 per over. When Jon Rhodes was out for 25, Grant had already passed 50, punishing anything short with his usual fluency off the back foot. Batting partners came and went with Usamah Khan (51) and Sam Smith (20) but Grant continued on his merry way passing 100 shortly after the 30th over. Still reluctant to give his wicket away and utterly refusing to hit the ball in the air, the bowling attack were out of options. Even his team mate (standing as umpire) tried to get rid of him giving him “out” LBW on 146 despite a clear inside edge. The opposition captain very sportingly overturning the decision. As the end of the innings approached thoughts turned to club records or “200s” and sadly for Grant the wheels eventually came off when he tried to hit the ball aerial, getting caught at long on for a magnificent 179, which included 33 fours. Dorridge ended on 373-4 in their 45 overs.
Needing to score at over 8, Barnards Green were soon in trouble as Abdal Rahim Khan was soon in the wickets (9-1-43-4) well supported by Matt Saghabashi (9-0-40-3). Never threatening BGCC were all out for 147 in over 37 to lose by the not inconsiderable 226 runs.
Sun 2nd Sept
The Sunday Social side enjoyed another excellent game at home to the Small Heath Baptist Church CC and completed a comprehensive win in the last game of their season.
The Dorridge Sunday side rattled along at nearly 8 an over to finish with 257 in their 33 overs. Highlights being John Palmer’s excellent maiden 100* (retired) and Craig Roberts’ 50* (retired), with G Sampson (27), Geoff Roberts (19), George Sitch (20*) & Tom King (27*) offering great support. The SHBCCC side struggled to put an effective stand together and lost wickets regularly to Ethan Glynn 5.5-1-16-4, Ben Stockdale (2-14) and James Driscoll (2-28) and were all out for 95. Geoff “Cat” Roberts snaffled 3 catches.
Sat 1st Sept
3 wins out of 4 games but the one lost was the most important – the 1sts at Moseley.
Moseley’s Rob Yates hit an unbeaten 151, from 145 balls, to propel them to 257 for nine in 50 overs. David Ball took 3 for 44, Ifti 2-38 & Ed Thompson 2-37. In response Dorridge got a typical Ifti/Baller start, 29 in 19 balls (5 x 4’s). 29-0 soon became 38-5. Ed Thompson fought, valiantly, for a 44-ball 60, but the side collapsed to 111 all out.
With two games to play the bottom of the table reads:- Barnt Green 208, Ken Wardens 204, DCC 192, Ombersley 191, Wolverhampton 166.
Dorridge 2nds, at home to Rugby, asked them to bat and saw 97 on the board before taking their first wicket and 163 before taking the second. Then the DCC bowlers took over – Matt Saghabashi 4-32, Chris Leavers 3-40 and Nathan Myers 2-24 and Rugby were 190 all out. Dorridge lost skipper Jon Rhodes early but a stand of 170+ from Grant Harrison (85*) and Usamah Khan (77) virtually saw them home. 192-2 in over 34. The side are set to finish in third place in the league – baring any calamities.
In their last game of the season the 3rds at home to Moreton in Marsh got off to a great start on chosing to bat, with openers Andy Dickinson (79) and Daniel Laugharne (50). After that only Ben Stockdale (24) and Graham Gilbert (18*) made a contribution before the innings closed after 45 overs. 214-9. Moreton made a positive response but were always losing wickets, mainly to Veteran Steve Hooper who finished with another 5-for. 10-4-28-6. They were dismissed for 159 giving DHHCC 22 points, but with Norton Lindsay picking up 24 points in their defeat of Wellesbourne, we had to be satisfied with second place, 9 points behind them. An excellent season by ALL those playing for the team.