So to sum it up, a superb team effort by Corinthians for a well-earned 5-wicket victory on Sunday against the Malden Wanderers (Alec Stewart's ex club). The game was against my former club so I was obviously keen to give a good account for WCCC. We won the toss and decided to insert the opposition in with some cloud cover and a nice dry wicket with a couple of green patches. The ground was beautiful with a quick outfield and reasonably sized boundaries but we let the opposition get away to a decent start before Geoff struck and Druva followed it up with a couple of quick wickets. The oppo managed to string a partnership and took the score to 88/4 at the half way point of the innings with a 200+ score looking more than likely. However Theo turned in a stellar performance to pick up three wickets, Steve/Omkar keeping it economical whilst Ed and Geoff finishing it off in style to restrict the Malden Wanderers to 170\. WCCC started the chase well (after a strong tea setup by the Wanderers) with a 50 run opening stand between Sai (41) and Ankit (9), and then a defining 88 run partnership between Omkar (51* retired) and Randill (33) to take the game closer. Then Olly (12), Steve (5), Ed (5*) and Druva (7*) finishing off the game for WCCC in style. A special mention to Ed for coming back after injury in the first couple of overs to bowl the last couple of overs of the innings. Some special performances from WCCC with Geoff's 3 for 24 from 6 overs, Sai's 41 and Omkar's 51 not out from 45 deliveries, but the player of the match was Theo Moore with his 3 for 13 from 5 overs that changed the match decisively in our favour. The champagne moment for me was Olly's lightening-quick stumping of their most destructive batsman!
Just thought a little round up of our results so far season was in order so here it is:
27th April: Friendly vs Hampton Hill 2nd XI - Lost by 51 runs:
Winning the toss, Hampton Hill batted first and scored a decent 183-9 in their 40 overs lead by opener Stuart Barrs-James with 75 with 4 wickets for Matt marsh on debut. Corinthians folded for 132 in reply with the only real resistance being Vikram A's 63.
4th May: League vs Raynes Park Former Pupils - Won by 9 wickets: match report here.
11th May: League vs Ottershaw and Hamm Moor CC - Match abandoned too wet to play.
18th May: League vs Commonweath Offices CC - Lost by 1 run in a rain affected game.
COCC won the toss, batted and on a humid day made 247-9 with a pair of 43's from Sinclair and Shakir (and extras with a solid 59!) 2 wickets apiece for John and Theo. After a lengthy rain delay Corinthians were set 173 to win in 28 overs. An aggressive start from Vikram A and Gopa 84-1 fell away to 119-8 but some late hitting from Bhav and Ben (and 6 penalty runs for slow over rate) got us very close in the end.
25th May: League vs Spelthorne Sports - Lost by 13 runs - Match report here
27th April: Friendly vs Princes Head CC - Won by 9 wickets - Match report here
4th May: League vs Spencer CC - Sharks - Lost by 9 wickets:
WCCC were inserted by Spencer and from 131-5 ended getting bundled out for 152 (with 5 ducks they clearly went quackers....). Spencer were merciless in reply losing just one wicket and winning at a canter in 29 overs.
11th May: Friendly vs Englefield Green CC - Lost by 121 runs - Match report here
18th May: League vs Coydon Lions CC - won by 6 wickets - Match report here
25th May: League vs Team Mitcham CC - lost by 104 runs:
WCCC won the toss, bowled first and conceded 243-7 (opener Abraham with 88, Rajiv and Robbie with a couple of wickets apiece late on. In reply opener Theo rather set the tone with a 4 ball duck and wickets fell fairly regularly from them on despite a battling 45 from Captain Cliffo (who was apparently trying to calculate how to get his hundred with just 9-11 for company, positive thinking at least).
4th May: Friendly vs AbingerCC - Sunday XI - match drawn - match report here
21st April: Friendly vs Woldingham Village - Sunday XI - won by 111 runs - Match report here
28th April: Friendly vs Mitcham CC - 3rd XI - lost by 47 runs
MCC were inserted by Corinthians and managed 162-9 despite Steve's 3-31. In reply only Omkar looked at home with 47 but with only two other batsmen reaching double figures Corinthians could only muster 115 all out.
28th May: Friendly vs Bank of England CC - Sunday XI - Lost by 8 runs
A cracking game of cricket, the Bank were inserted and were soon under pressure as Kunal bowled the opener 1st ball. This became 52-4, but the Bank aided by 49 from Viegas rebuilt to 104-6 and a bit of late hitting got them to 164 all out. Two wickets apiece for Kunal, Pulkit, Theo and Omkar.
The reply got off to a catastrophic start at 7-3 but a 70 run partnership between Pulkit and Vikram A hauled us back into the game. Kunal and Druva continued the good work and got Corinthians to 134-5 before Kunal was bowled and the rest of the tail couldn't quite limp over the line.
Thanks for reading all that!
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1st XI vs Spelthorne Sports
After a frantic week of scrambling to put out 2 teams on this bank holiday Saturday - eventually we arrived at the Spelthorne Sports CC ground to see the sun shining, after a spattering of rain the night before.
With the absence of our star batter and regular skipper Chris, and Aman having to leave at 5, we thought that we might be in for a long day. However upon Ben winning the toss and putting Spelthorne in to bat, our opening bowling partnership of John Pinkos (6-2-10-3) and Nasrullah Khan (7-2-15-2) made us think otherwise, with a rip-roaring opening spell that saw Spelthorne 0-1, 0-2 and then 12-3.
However as much as Corinthians' bowlers toiled and bowled some good overs, the 4th wicket partnership put on 106 runs, with both batters making half centuries, before debutant Usama broke it up, with Nas holding on to a catch. Ben (8-1-29-2) picked up a couple of wickets, whilst being convinced that he should have had at least a 5-for. Nas and Usama bowled the death overs, picking up some tail-end wickets, although in truth with a few edges for for and a couple of misfields and overthrows from needless runout attempts, we left the field after 40 overs thinking that we should have bowled the opposition out before the 40 and for a good few runs less than the 176 that Spelthorne ended with.
Although 177 looked like a very gettable total, the pitch had been demonstrating extremes in variable bounce - with 4 ducks and only 3 Spelthorne players reaching double figures. No-one manage to exploit this more than Spelthorne's skipper, wily veteran Jim Wigmore (8-1-32-4), who with his off-spin picked up 4 Corinthians wickets with the new ball. Tom, Sumit, Arun and Ben all fell to balls that either popped up tennis-ball style, or didn't get above ankle height from Wigmore. Whilst Corinthians bowlers had demonstrated similar bounce variations, many of them were outside off-stump and when the batsmen missed them, just went through to the keeper, but when Spelthorne bowled, those variably bouncing balls seemed to be on the stumps, picking up wickets.
Of the top half of the scorecard, only Vikram (28) managed to put up any sustained resistance, and at 44-6 and then 58-7 things looked rather ominous. In stepped Rakesh (46) and Nas (25), who put on a 50 partnership with the combination of watchfulness and hefty blows for 4s and 6s. But then Nas was caught, and Stevo was bowled, we were down to the walking-wounded John (who injured himself bowling has last over), to partner Rakesh. A few more big blows ensued and we found ourselves with a remarkably manageable 14 needed from 6 overs. However much as big areal shots had got us to the brink of salvaging the game, it also proved to be the downfall too. Rakesh succumbed to a catch on the boundary from the Chris Ward, the man who had dropped him earlier in his innings.
So in the end, another frustrating hard-fought close loss for the 1st XI. We are left looking at the odd misfield, or dropped catch, and real bad luck on this uncompromising wicket. But, with application, it will only be a matter of time before these close losses, start to turn into close victories. Onwards and updwards.
Match Report, 2nd XI vs Croydon Lions CC 18-5-2019
Day & Date : Saturday, 18 May 2019
Ground: Raynes Park, London
Weather: Cloudy and breezy with temp 16 Degree Centigrade.
Pitch : Good covering of grass, slow and variable bounce.
Our team: Experienced players with good batting and bowling line up.
Their Team: Few young guns along with experienced players.
Toss: Wimbledon CCC (Elected to Bowl first)
Croydon Lion Innings: Croydon Lion's started their innings very poorly by losing their first wicket in the first over to fast bowler Rakesh and took a while to recover really as the rest of the top order gifted their wickets to Corinthians at regular intervals. Steve 'O' profited from this and bowled an exceptional spell taking 4 wickets for 29 runs and put Croydon firmly on the back foot, at 55 for 6. Their 7th wicket partnership stopped the rot, playing cautiously to begin with and decided not to give away their wickets away and batted nicely putting on 100 or so. Druva keept the pressure on giving away only 24 runs and picked up the breakthrough with a wicket maiden in his 8 overs. After Druva got his man it was just a formality for WCCC to take the remaining 3 wickets leaving Croydon all out for 182 in 39.2 overs. Prakhar and Manik grabbing wicket each at the end of the innings
Wimbledon Innings: Promising opener Arvind started his innings cautiously hoping to avoid the increasingly traditional Corinthians collapse. His partner Kim had other plans and tried to hit everything to the boundary from the first ball he faced. Kim didn't last long however and got bowled when the score was 21. Wicket Keeper Batsman David C joined Arvind and slowly built a partnership until David tried being bit too aggressive and was bowled by an in-swinger from Farhan Butt. Manik at 4 joined Arvind and put on a brilliant and belligerent 100 runs partnership. Belligerent is a term at risk of being over-used in cricket but it is simply the essence of Arvind’s batting style and was obvious for all to see as he stepped back and away to club Prasanna Kumar over the extra cover boundary to bring up his second fifty of this season putting the team in the driving seat. He was well supported by Manik, with an important knock of 38 off 55 with a six and 4 fours. Unfortunately, Manik departed gifting a simple catch to mid-wicket off a ball that appeared to bounce twice drawing vociferous no ball appeals from the pavilion with 19 required. Arvind stayed around to finish the job and patiently took us home to a comfortable victory in the 30th over with his unbeaten 72*(75) with a six and 9 fours.
Result: WCCC won the match by 6 wickets
Highlights: Steve O'Neil Ramsadeo 4 for 29 with 3 maidens in 8 overs & Arvind’s 72*(75) with a six and 9 fours
Reporter: Druva (edited by Theo)
Wimbledon Corinthians 2nd XI vs Englefield Green 2nd XI 11/5/19
Corinthians Lost by 121 runs.
On a day where the weather was mixing pleasant sunshine with short sharp showers, the Second XI rolled up to a very picturesque Englefield Green looking to build on some mixed early season form.
Usual Vice-captain Druva (captain this week in the absence of Prakhar) won the toss and chose to bowl on what looked like a classic sticky wicket.
Opening bowling duties were taken by the ever reliable Steve O'neil and debutant Azad. Steve gave us the perfect start getting the opener in the first over for a duck caught at point by Mayank. After that the Numbers 2 nd 3 got themselves in a build a partnership mixing solid defence with some lusty shots down the ground and punishing anything loose. David C and Keith took over bowling duties and produced a bit of a mixed bag as runs started to flow at a reasonable rate. A breakthrough was eventually made shortly before drinks when Theo (getting appreciable turn with his off cutters) had No.3 Newman caught at deep square by Keith (score about 70-2).
Number 2 Oberah was on fine form though and brought up his fifty shortly afterwards. Runs continued to come at an increasing pace after drinks Druva eventually Getting Oberah caught by dave at long on with is leg breaks.The reintroduction of Steve led to another quick wicket with the aggressive Zayn taken at point by Mayank in a carbon copy of the opening wicket. The Englefield skipper was in at 6 and decided that with wickets in hand some more runs were the order of the day hammering a number of drives over cover and down the ground to help his side to an imposing 216-4 after 40 overs.
After a filling tea, Corinthian openers Olly and Kim started watchfully against some accurate opening bowling and Olly perished for 4, bowled, in the 3rd over (9-1). Mayank in at three was somewhat starved of the strike as Kim cut loose bludgeoning several 4's though square leg, Before Mayank popped a simple catch to shortish mid wicket (26-2). Kim continued his aggressive progress and Sumit followed suit dealing in boundaries, including a six apiece, my personal highlight being Sumit lacing one through point with a classic square cut. The fun was ended when Kim was caught behind for 36 off 41 (50-3). In many ways this was about as good as it got, as Dave 1(5) (76-4), Azad 0(7) and eventually Sumit 33(30)fell in quick succession to leave us in tatters at 79-6. Our demise was hastened further by a hattrick from Ballantyne, who took Druva and Steve with the last two balls of his first over and Keith with the first ball of his next (94-9). Shreyas proved that youth was better than most of the experience above him with 8 off 8 as he was last man out to give Ballantyne remarkable figures of 1.4-0-2-4 stranding Theo on 1 not out, only 100 or so short of a match-winning blitz (obviously). Corinthians finish 95-10 in a paltry 19.4 overs... Oh well next week the league is back on and we have a chance to put this right.
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.
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)
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 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
Wimbledon Corinthians now has its own fantasy sports cricket league. So if you think you have what it takes to pick the best team in the week, come join us at https://wccc.fantasyclubcricket.co.uk
Pick a team of 6 players, with at least 1 batter, bowler and wicketkeeper, budgets are limited to £35m. It's free to enter, get you team in by 12 o'clock this Saturday in preparation for the new season.