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Saturday 1st XI v Raynes Park Former Pupils CC

An Artic wind greeted Corinthians 1st XI for their first league game of the season. After winning the toss and putting Raynes Park former Pupils (RPFP) into bat, it looked as if the fielders' hands needed a few overs to thaw out as John Pinkos created a handful of catching opportunities for his teammates from his opening overs that ended up on the floor. Thankfully we eventually got the hang of it and were able to take our catches off of John (8-3-15) and his opening bowling partner Nasrullah (8-2-21) who both bowled excellent opening spells.
Nas was followed by Matt (5-3-24) who got some real bounce from the wicket and caused problems for the batsmen trying to play him on the back foot. After bowling his allotment straight through John was replaced with Aman, who got some swing and picked up a wicket from his 5 overs for 15 - with batsmen really struggling to score anything off of the bat.
The highlight of the day was undoubtably 'bullet arm' Bhav's direct hit runout throw all the way from the deep point boundary! Nas came back in to the attack to finish off the RPFP innings in the 26th over with a comprehensive clean bowled final wicket - leaving them all out for 82.
Although the sun poked its head out every now and again, the wind and cold remained, and both innings featured a rain delay for a short while, and contemplations about how practical it would be to source pocket-based hand-warmers!
RPFP's opening bowlers didn't give too much away and picked up the wicket of Vikram for 2. However the target of 83 never looked like it would be enough, with Chris (53*) and Ahmed (23*) forming a formidable partnership and saw Corinthians through to the total in 16 overs, featuring some lovely drives to all parts of the ground.
So a great start to the season for the 1st XI, no major injuries and a comprehensive win. We'll work on the catching for next week!

Saturday 3rd XI v Abinger CC – Match Report

3rd XI vs Abinger A match played in conditions that can only reasonably be described using words that Mr Chairman wouldn’t allow me to use on the club website, so I shall very conservatively instead refer to them as ‘adverse’. It is also noteworthy that such a concept as WCCC 3rd XI has not existed in the best part of a decade, a compliment to the offseason recruitment campaign conducted by Geoff and Ben. WCCC won the toss and elected to send Abinger in to bat first. The attack was opened by Brian (c) (0-38) and Theo (2-73), with David manning the gloves. Two early wickets were had by Theo, taking the bails of both opener Marcus Robertson for a duck, and skipper Paul Craggs for 8. All appeared to be going swimmingly, until the heavens opened, both literally and metaphorically, upon the Corinthians; as the 3/4 combination of Dylan Edwards (an imperious 132*) and Niel Phillips (63) set in for an inspired partnership of over 100, briefly interrupted by a rain enforced break. Although by the time the covers had been secured, the rain had abated, c’est la vie. Keith (vc) (1-34) managed to depose Phillips, and Geoff (1-23) quickly took the wicket of number 5 Will Hay (2). 6 Ed Bigland (49*) and Edwards continued the torrent of runs, taking Abinger to 281-4 dec. at tea. Late overs were also had by Olly (0-20), new player Kim (0-43), Arif (0-35), and late fill-in, opposition under-11 Will Craggs (0-5). Highlights from the rest of the 1st innings included Kim falling in a ditch and also managing to get himself tangled in the boundary net, twice… Keith appearing to forget opposition nos. 5 and 6 were left handers and bowling beautifully down the leg side; and aforementioned opposition junior Will going for a paddle to retrieve the ball from the bordering brook, proving himself to have more mettle than the rest of the Corinthians side combined. After tea, Olly (9) and David (25) began the chase, setting off at a pace befitting the mammoth task ahead, before opposition opener Charlie Robertson broke through, with Olly edging it onto his own stumps. Theo then took to the field, establishing a modest partnership with David, taking WCCC to 46-2, also falling foul of Mr Robertson. Shortly following this David edged it on to slip off the bowling of Josh Burt, this preceded a combination of batsmen who apparently wanted to get to the pub quicker. Ewan (4) and Ed (0) lasted 2 balls each, giving Burt 3 wickets in an over. Kim and Keith both made 6, the latter falling to a miracle catch by Burt. While Keith struggled to get to grips with the scoreboard, eventually unearthing that 2 is, indeed, between 1 and 3; and Cotter Jr. discovered at the age of 5 months that life as a Corinthian can be tough. Brian (12, off 48…) and Geoff (13) blocked their way to 91-8, their example informing Arif (0* off 22) and Will (1* off 6, seeing off the last over) that the draw was, most definitely, on.

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2nd XI v Princes Head CC – Match Report

The 2nd xi proved that less really is more, as they triumphed with what turned out to be only 9 men on a bitterly cold day at Richmond Green.
Winning the toss and fielding first gave Corinthians a little breathing time to try and find their errant players, but to no avail. As it turns out, one had been called into work, and the other turned up to the 1st xi game, so on we trekked with 9. This led to some inventive field placings, and some bemused who kept finding the ball falling into safety. Or in the case of Cliffo, the ball would travel in the general direction of the slips, then directly to the third man boundary, with little chance of being intercepted, no matter how many fielders were moved there.
Corinthians stuck to their guns in the field, but for long periods it appeared that Cliffo’s early breakthrough would be their only reward, as Prince’s Head built a solid platform until well after drinks. It took a double change from the captain, bringing himself and Olly Hunter into the attack. Hunter picked up two, and Druva three, generally bowling directly at the stumps proved sensible given the lack of fielding assistance, although two fine catches were snaffled by GB and then Hunter himself. Prince’s Head were eventually pegged back to an even 150 off of their 35 overs, but given Corinthians were bowled out for 32 on their last visit, it’s fair to say hopes weren’t high at the break.
New look opening pairing Hunter and Wadhwa strode our for the chase, and the scale of the task was made clear off of the very first ball, as Wadhwa could easily have been knocked over by a pea-roller which thankfully pitched outside leg before cannoning into his pads. They nudged and hurdled their way into some nick though, and soon it was 40-0 off 10, and Corinthians were starting to think the unthinkable. Hunter paddled and cut, Arvind blocked and swept and suddenly the task was looking much more palatable. Although as soon as those thoughts arose, they were cut off but Hunter skying one to mid on, who held onto a fine catch in the Spring chill. Clifford junior joined Wadhwa and they tucked into the support bowling, Arvind reaching his fifty in quick time, with a series of blows disappearing over the backward square leg boundary and towards the road. At this point drinks had arrived and the end was in sight. Arvind decided to take a break and retire his innings, in order to give someone else a go, something that seemed unthinkable an hour ago, and out strode Rajeev on debut. Rajeev’s batting style was quickly made clear and despite the odd woolly whoosh, enough balls made enough contact with the bat to send them soaring over the boundary and see Corinthians to a remarkable victory.
Man of the match - Arvind Wadhwa

Match Report – vs Woldingham Village CC

Opposition: Woldingham Cricket Club Day & date: Sunday, 21 April 2019 Ground: picturesque Surrey ground, lush green outfield with high cut grass (slow outfield) Weather: Sunny 24 degrees, warm and dry Pitch: good covering of grass, slow and variable bounce Our team: decent standard Sunday XI mostly second XI players plus a couple of first team members Their team: not 11 to begin with but they managed to add a few first XI bowlers to make the numbers Toss: Wimbledon CCC (elected to bat first) Wimbledon innings: Started strongly by Woldingham by some lively pace bowling on a wicket that really helped the first XI bowlers. WCCC were soon 1 down in the second over but Dhruva and Sai weathered the storm and batted through the testing conditions to allow the middle and lower order to plunder the bowling. The team ended with 181 from 40 overs with 71 not out for Nasrullah and 28 for Waqas – both knocks laced with some great strokes despite the disciplined bowling from the opposition. Woldingham innings:  Woldingham started poorly with a wicket in the first over and never really recovered losing wickets at regular intervals. Nasrullah turned in a superb all-round performance by picking up three wickets in addition to his aggressive knock in the first innings. Dhruva, Geoff and Theo all chipped in with useful wickets giving away very little by way of runs. WCCC wrapped up the innings in fading light by bowling Woldingham out for 70 off 30.2 overs – a comprehensive victory! Highlights: Nasrullah’s allround performance (71* & 3-12), Geoff’s opening spell with 6 overs, 9 for 2 and Dhruva’s quick leg spinners yielding 2 wickets for 6 runsWCCC player of the match: Nasrullah Khan Champagne moments: Overhead catch in the deep by Arvind

21st April vs Woldingham Village Team Selection

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Season Starts Soon

Spring has arrived, and the coming of the extra hours daylight ushers in the imminent start of the new season.
It's right around the corner, with our first match starting on the 21st April at Picturesque Woldingham Village.
Hope you will join us, make sure to pay membership by the first game, as paid up members for the 2019 will have selection preference for our warm up games before the leagues start.
As a team we are very excited for all the new players, and returning players who will participate throughout the year, let's all have fun and play in true corinthians spirit!
PS. If you are returning member, membership payment details have been emailed, otherwise use our contact form to get in touch if  you'd like to pay membership.

Cricket Nets Start Soon!

Cricket Nets 2019

Suffering from a bad case of lackofcricketitis? Need to work off that holiday fat? Want to meet new people who share an abnormal passion for cricket? Come join one of the most friendly cricket teams in London for our winter nets!

Nets have now been confirmed for 1pm-3pm on the following dates:

Sat 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd February

Sat 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March

Sat 6th April.

All at Wimbledon College, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4NS

Hope to see you there!

Winter Nets

July round up

1st XI 7th July: Vs Park Hill, Cancelled due to world cup final related availability issues for Park Hill. 14th July: Lost to Ottershaw and Hamm Moor by 144 runs. An under strength league XI conceded 267, wickets shared around with Sadam, Ben, Geoff and Sai all grabbing two. The batting failed to fire in reply with Ben top scoring with 27 in our measly 123 all out. 21st July: lost to Spelthorne Sports CC by 125 runs. Very much a case of deja vu despite a significantly stronger 1st XI, Spelthorne's 243 for 8 included an 87 from Chris Ward with Kunal grabbing 3 wickets and Rakesh and Ben 2 each. Chris H marked his return with yet another 50, carrying his bat for 57* as only 2 other batsmen managed double figures. 28th July: Lost a close fought game to London Gymkhana by 2 wickets. Batting first Corinthians Lost regular wickets in their total of 188 all out, and took regular wickets as Gymkhana snuck home by 2 wickets. 2nd XI 21st July: Lost to old rivals Epsom Methodists by 104 runs. Old foes Mark Johnson 92* and Matt Yelland 57 got the Methodists to 233-5 off their 40 overs. Wickets shared around with Theo, Steve, KP, Santosh and youngster Shreyas with one apiece. A reasonable start in reply (40-1) turned ugly as the 2nds lost 7 for 31 dropped us to (71-8) Santosh was the only real bright spark with a club best 35 not out. 28th July: Lost to St James CC for the second time this year. A poor batting performance saw us skittled for 76 and meant we were never really in the game. Congratulations to Prakhar though to grab his first hattrick which made it a least a little bit interesting as SJCC coasted to a 5 wicket win. Sunday XI 8th July: Sunday XI (143-5) beat Battersea Ironsides CC (142-9) by 5 wickets, an all round bowling and fielding performance saw 10 bowlers used with wickets for Sunny (2), Santosh, Druva, Ivan and Lalit, Sunny also contributing 2 run outs to the cause. Omkar Joshi was in the runs again with 72 not out and only a late hattrick from youngster Sam Freestone threatened to derail proceedings.

June Round Up

Just a quick note to keep everyone up to date with the results since our last update: 1st XI 16th June: Beat Wimbledon Village convincingly by 7 wickets, bowling first they cleaned up Village for a reasonable 193 in 39 overs, Priest grabbing three wickets in the process. This was comfortably chased down thanks to a superb 91 not out from the reliable Chris H who grabbed his 5th half century of the season. 23rd June: Lost to Clapham Old Xaverian - Failing to chase 270 and losing by 76 runs (the less said about this the better). 30th June: Beat RPFP's by 99 runs with a hybrid 1sts/2nds operation. WCCC's total of 315 was driven by 112 from Rezwan and 48 from Sunny, after a brisk 34 from Gopa at the top of the order. Wickets fell at regular intervals and were shared between most of the bowlers with Prakhar's standout 8-0-64-3 being indicative of what was a lightning fast outfield and a short boundary. 2nd XI 16th June: Tied with Chipstead, both teams making 143 from their 35 overs. David C's 63 was the backbone of the Corinthians effort. With 48* from Chipstead skipper Mark Bradley almost seeing them home. Wickets again shared around. 23rd June: Lost to Battersea Badgers by 84 runs after conceding 237-7 in 40 overs Prakhar agian in the wickets with 8-1-38-3. Corinthians runs came from KP 29, Sai 23, Waqas a lusty 33 and Steve an assured 34 not out. Sunday XI 1st July: Thrashed Woldingham by 9 wickets by skittleing the home team for 110, Theo burgled 4-11 off 5 overs. Omkar Joshi leading the chase with 55 not out before he retired, Corinthians running out 9 wicket winners. Adios for now! Theo

2nd XI on a roll!

Wimbledon Corinthians 2nd XI beat Graveney CC by 9 wickets.
On a hot afternoon at Raynes Park the second XI, again led by usual vice captain Theo, assembled looking to build on last weeks 1st team assisted win. The captains had a bit of a discussion and it was agreed that Graveney would bat first. Corinthians increasingly familiar opening partnership of Geoff and Steve got us underway. Again Steve provided the control and Geoff the raw pace (good luck, keeper for the day, Arvind). Wickets did not come easily though with young opener Shah pouncing on any width to unleash his cut shot, he was eventually taken by David C at gully off Steve (34-1). This opening partnership rather set the tone for the innings with wickets falling at a steady dribble without either side really getting control. Keith was next to strike getting the other opener caught by Steve at point (67-2). Theo got number 3 Gupta LBW for 32 (106-3), Arif the opposition captain for 27 (again LBW, 133-4) and Theo the no.6 (yet again LBW, 134-5). The powerfully built no.5 Mooney did his best to up the rate but good bowling and fielding meant he could never really cut loose. Graveney fell away. 156-6 Mooney caught well by Arvind off Druva, 162-7 Robertson b Arif and Wilkinson 162-8 caught by Geoff for his 3rd catch of the season again off Arif. kept Graveney from hitting out at the end and they closed on 172-8 from their 40 overs. At tea the feeling was that 173 would be a tough target to chase but certainly not impossible on a pitch that was generally behaving itself and a quickish outfield. With that in mind finding opening batsmen proved a challenge. David volunteered but first Arvind then Steve turned down the chance to partner him so in the end Keith was thrust into the roll (if he'd said no i'd have probably done it myself! - I did not realise Alex B had scored 50 in a midweek LMS game, so sorry Alex) David and Keith started positively against a workmanlike Graveney attack going at just on the required rate until Keith played on for 6 (24-1 off 6 overs). Arvind in at 3 started confidently with an early cover drive for four and a couple of full tosses dispatched to the shorter boundary for 6. David was also finding his form and mixing cover drives with deft cut shots to find the gaps left by some inventive field settings. At this point I will admit that, while being very happy with the state of the game, the concerns about the solidity of our middle order (the mercurial combination of Waqas, Alex B, Chris S and Druva) meant I was rather tense as Dave and Arvind built an excellent partnership reaching drinks (20 overs) at 100-1. Graveney clearly sensed they needed wickets and became more despondent as first Arvind brought up his 50 from 61 balls and then Dave following suit off about 80 balls. Some creative field placements and rotation of bowlers saw the runs keep flowing with the only moments of alarm being; Arvind getting caught off a no ball and a miscommunication around an LBW appeal where Graveney interpreted Keith pointing that the ball was missing leg as him giving Arvind out. The runs came in a flood at the end with the last 40 runs coming in 4.2 overs and Corinthians winning by 9 wickets with David crashing one through the covers followed 4 byes. David carrying his bat for 63*(86 balls) and Arvind also not out for 77 off 84 balls. Final word, we fielded really well and stuck at it on a hot day, as well as catching almost everything. David and Arvind batted really well to see us home as well. I have to say thank you to Waqas, Alex B and Chris S who made a serious fielding effort but were all denied a bat. However as a long serving 2nds player I know that chases like that are few and far between (this was the last time I remember anything similar back in june 2014) so it's something to be savoured. Theo

2nd XI win comfortably against Streatham and Marlborough

WCCC 2nd XI vs Streatham and Marlborough Friendly/7th XI
Corinthians win by 87 runs
Warm and hazy conditions greeted the two teams at Raynes Park with a promise of a lovely day’s cricket evident for all. After chasing Wimbledon 5th XI, their oppo and a couple of other teams off Pitch 1, we staked a claim and got our match underway. Skipper for the day Theo had his carefully formed plans to bowl first scuppered by losing the toss and being inserted. Corinthians opening pair of Ivan and Sumit strode to the crease and started confidently with a nicely paced partnership of 59 in about 15 overs. This ended with Sumit being given out LBW for 25. Ivan and David C kept the score ticking to 77 when Dave nicked off to the keeper for 2 and Druva was bowled 1st ball via an inside edge for 0 (78-3). At this point (drinks as it happened) it seemed as if the almost traditional Corinthians Collapse was on but with 1st team imports Gopa and Sunny at 5 and 6 surely we would avoid it this time… Gopa started in aggressive style scoring at a strike rate approaching 200, Ivan on the other hand was playing an excellent anchor role and had nudged his way to a club high score of 23 off 73 balls when he became fourth man out, run out. (111-4 Nelson strikes). Sunny and Gopa then got stuck in with balls flying everwhere until Gopa fell victim to Carey LBW 46 off 34 balls (138-5). This started a series of partnerships that involved the Corinthians lower order hanging around briefly while Sunny scored the runs. 145-6 (Pilgrim 2) became 180-7 (Lalit 3), 212-8 (Steve 5) and 217-9 (Theo 1) with Corinthians closing on 220-9 off their 40 overs (Sunny 72(39) and Geoff 2(3) not out at the end). Thanks to Steve and Keith who had teas all set up and ready to go when the innings ended. The hunt for wickets started with Steve and Geoff, Steve was his miserly best for 8 overs (8-5-9-1), Geoff rather more erratic (6-0-26-2) however he did produce two absolute pearlers to clean bowl the number 1 and 3 for ducks. This left Streatham 32-3 with opener Andy Zaltzman unbeaten on 15. He was then joined by Hyam and cut loose a bit with a series of drives down the ground, this pair put on 61 but some decent Corinthians bowling and fielding meant they were never up with the run rate. Having reached 93-3off about 25 overs the required rate was now up to almost 9 and this pressure caused Zaltzman to hole out at mid on c. Ivan b. Keith for a solid 45 of 62 balls (93-4). From here on it was a struggle for the Streatham batsmen who could not stick around long enough to get in and play their shots. Wickets fell at regular intervals 95-5, 109-6, 118-7, 124-8, 126-9 and 133 all out. Every bowler had success with KP and GB taking 2 each, Lalit his first club wicket and Steve, Druva, Theo and Gopa all chipping in with a wicket with a Gopa run out making the 10 wickets to fall. Well played all, especially another excellent effort in the field that closed the game out. Author : Theo Moore