Updated: Jun 21
1st XI v The Mote
After last weeks win against early pacesetters Bickley Park, the famous OD Cuaco were back on the road to take on The Mote, looking to make it back to back wins.
On what looked a good pitch and the hottest day of the year so far, their skip unsurprisingly elected to bat after winning the toss. The double trouble brothers Webster and Webster opened the bowling for us with Chris W starting with a couple customary wides before finding a decent area and troubling the bat. The better Webster, Dan, was as tidy as ever settling into a line and length and got the wickets of both their openers.
spin twins Ainger and Pip were on and pip quickly removed their no. 3 who chewed 55 deliveries for not many, leaving the Mote 56-3. ODs firmly in control. no4 and 5 batted well together rotating the strike and punishing the bad ball leaving the Mote in a good position at 160-3. C Webs was back on and removed their gun no4 thanks to a great catch from Worsley at short third. The no5 quickly followed, again bowled by Chris, this time thanks to a worldy catch by brother Dan at short fine. 180-5 (40), game in the balance. No6 and 7 played decent cameos but good bowling and fielding from the chaps meant we kept them to 236 off their 50, which appeared to be slightly under par
In Murrell’s absence, the best no11 in Kent, Nick Worsley, was promoted to open the batting with mainstay Koot. The 2 South Africans got us of to a flyer, Koot tucking into their overseas seamer and Nick rotating the strike beautifully. Koot was looking back to his best but was stumped for a rapid 40(23) bringing D Webs to the crease. The 2 ODs veterans complimented each other well and when Nick 32(67) fell to one that kept low we were looking good at 100-2. Chris joined big bro Dan at the crease and the two continued our good momentum. Chris swept seriously well and dan continued to rotate and punish the bad ball. Chris brought up his half century and at 170-2 we were in a great position. Trust us to not make it easy however as Dan 43(63) and Chris 50(43) fell in successive overs.
Debutant Simsy joined Parr at the crease at 172-4. In our hands. Simsy 3(11) was dismissed to a genuine half tracker tripe delivery and shortly after Micky P 10(16) picked out the deep mid wicket thinking he was the spectator wearing a Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls jersey. This left us 190-6 with Pip and C Ron at the crease needing around 5 an over for the last 10. Cam 13(40) was on deaths doorstep and struggled but made a crucial 13 for the boys before getting run out coming back for 2. 227-7, 14 needed off the last 2. OJ joined pip at the crease and Pip proceeded to tuck in to their offie. Pip launched a huge Maximo and 11 of the over meant we needed 3 off the last. OJ 3(9) fell trying to cut the spin and skipper Ainger strode out to the middle to see the boys home. A single and a leg bye later meant we needed 1 off 3 balls. The ball hit Pips thigh pad and Ainger, running in treacle, scampered through to the other end. Despite a direct hit, Ainger was adjudged as in by the umps, a decision which looked extremely questionable from our viewpoint but nonetheless meant we had won by the barest of margains.
Shoutout to Pip for a classy 23*(26) which saw us home
This sparked huge celebrations from the players and the 2 away fans and ODs were bringing 18 big juicy points back to Beckenham. A fantastic win was topped off with curry and a boozy night down the club. We will be taking on Linden Park next looking to make it 3 in a row and take a giant step towards safety
MOM - D Webs, 2-33(10) and 43 with the bat. A spectacular catch (VPCOM too) completed another top performance from the blueprint club cricketer
DOD - M Parr (shock)
Match report by Ollie Jasper
2nd XI v Bickley Park
Well, what a day Saturday was, scorching 30 degrees sunshine, many runs around the club, a well fought 2s win and more importantly, a chairman's jug. It was a sight to turn up to, seeing Laurence walk out of the storage cupboard with extra rope all over him, it was good to see Gaz ball back in action after a 550+ run game last week, he was sick of seeing anymore 6s. The day was set with the boundary practically on the warren and a strong 11 set to take to the field, however one thing managed to ruin the weekend for most, a lose toss bowl in very very hot conditions, No one was best pleased. Considering the side we had out, we all knew that we could create damage with the ball and get the 2s back to winning ways. Hally and Baldy charged in, creating many chances for us to break the opening pair, however with one decent bat at the crease and another streaky swisher who only bought half the bat without a middle, nothing seemed to drop to us in the first 10. Income Baldy with his classic left arm swing bowling opening the gate and hitting his off peg.
Another dry spot came for us with another Bickley partnership building, until Liam entered the wickets, shock horror, Liam taking poles at od’s! He proceeded to take 3 wickets for 37 from 9 overs, a very nice spell, with one of them being the big scalp of the opening bat (84). This was supported Baldy who took 3 for 43 from 9, Ash with tidy figures of 1 for 29 from 9, Hally who took one from his 9 overs, with Will claiming two composed catches on the rope, Laurence with two catches more than last week only conceding one bye, solid, and Richard as per, pleasing many fantasy team owners with a catch and a runout. This accumulated to Bickley making 228/9 from their 45 overs.
Richard continued to please the spectators with the bat as well, partnered with not the usual opening pair as a response to a needed quick start early on, instead it was a pleasure to have batsman, Yashavi Jaisw... sorry my bad, Henry Hamilton back at the home of cricket. The pair made a fantastic stand of 120+, with Richard practically batting on one leg but still accessing all areas to make 58 with the help of the designated runner, Laurence and Bunners making 67, some may point the fingers to the help of a pro’s bat, however it was a pleasure to watch him access all parts of Gaz ball boundaries with fierce dispatching.
However, Richard then fell. Joe came and went, making 10 with 1 big six, which brought Isaac and Henry fell sharply following that. Oscar fancied BBQing himself for next to nothing, and Will followed suit by missing a full toss trying to hit Beckenham high street, getting cleaned up. Whilst the middle order were crumbling to bits, Issac continued to tuck in at the other end and was joined by Ash in the middle.
Nerves were kicking in, however the two dealt with it superbly taking pressure off with boundaries and rotation. Isaac made a fantastic 57, whilst Ash made a rapid 19, which got us over the line “with ease” having 5 overs to spare.
The win was an end to an enjoyable day for the club, as we got to see the 1’s getting over the line on YouTube with a big W, the 3s smashing their oppo, the 4s holding Multiple run scores, but of course most importantly, GAZ BALL was back to WINNING ways!
M.O.T.M = Henry’s bat
D.O.D = Oscar for trying to give chat in the field but running himself out for nothing as he didn’t like the chat received.
Onto next week, #dayslikethese
Match report by Oscar Jasper
3rd XI v Old Roan
No match report, but a win at least!
4th XI v Wickham Park
Win toss, field was the idea of Wickham Parks Skipper the decision of which was accepted by his team in 30 degrees in the shade with joy. The Skipper opened with Steve Smith who went early for 1 thus reducing his career average to 24.72574532 recurring. The Skipper was joined by Anmol which proved two things. Firstly Anmol batted beautifully and the Skipper can only run singles and fours. Drinks at 15 overs saw the Skipper promising to bat sensibly. But he was unable to do either of those things and was out bowled and exhausted and sweating 8 pints of Doombar from his pores.
Mick Boyden came and went and Anmol was joined by Jack McCarthy. They batted absolutely beautifully, ran well until Anmol was out for a fine 65. It was about this time that Mr. Sawko having on a number of occasions, asked that the Scoreboard be brought up to date and was advised by the Scorer all in good time, called a Wide on the sixth ball of an over and then called Over. How the chaps enjoyed this particular mistake from a member of the ACO and Bar!
Jack was joined by Freddie and they upped the ante and with some excellent cricket shots and fine running pushed the score up to 274 – 4 which included 46 wides and no balls. Jack finished with70* and Freddie 55*. The future is in good hands.
Still very hot after tea and the oppo started well. No wickets at drinks and we’d dropped the openers three times. However a change of pace got us back into the game after the ‘Screacher’ found the edge and the opener was out well caught by the Skipper at slip. The Skipper then decided to Skipper from cow corner in the shade. Micky Boyden bowled what can only be described as a waist high dipper and Jack took a fine catch at backward square leg. Freddie was next in on the act and Asa took the best catch of the day with a diving effort to his left. Jack was our secret weapon and bowled a variety of deliveries one of which bounced twice and bowled their opener. Mickey Boyden took a fine skier and Ben Westmacott, who had been our most consistent fielder, took on the responsibility of the final over and took a well-deserved wicket with his final ball leaving the oppo 260 – 7 which included 46 wides and no balls!
Quite a few runs for a Fourth Team who scoring that many each week won’t lose many games.
Match report by Howard Smith
Dartfordians: 113-2 (20)
U17’s: 114-3 (12.2)
The weather was perfect, the opposition arrived in plenty of time but the match started 10 minutes late! The ropes were in a right mess and asking some of the boys to roll out one of them made that one a complete **** mess in no time. It was a race against time but we lost. Big thanks to Max Morgan, firstly for supporting the team when he wasn’t playing and secondly for providing real help for me to unravel the knitting while the others got changed. Lesson to self – next home game, put the rope out in the afternoon!
As for the cricket, a familiar pattern is emerging, Oscar loses the toss, we field first. However, if losing the toss makes him play like he did on Friday, let him lose it every match!
The OD’s bowling was really tight and the fielding was good. Alex Walker and Ollie Arratoon opened and after 3 overs Dartfordians were 15-0, followed by a maiden from Ollie. Rahul Mehan and Franco Hillier paired up for the next 4 overs with Dartfordians looking to up the rate but they kept it tight and it was just 40-0 after 8. OJ brought himself on for the 9th and took a wicket first ball, courtesy of a catch at mid-off from Rohan Bridges. Charlie Neil was OJ’s bowling partner and he too got a wicket, caught behind by the energetic Tom Lake. 67-2 after 12, with Luke Colby coming on and keeping it tight as OJ continued, the score was 78-2 after 16, with another maiden, this time from OJ. Ollie Arratoon and Alex Walker resumed for the last 4 and, despite a big 20th over, with the last 2 balls going for 6, the total was a surely gettable 113.
OJ and Rohan opened the batting, each of them scoring a 4 off their first ball. OJ was hitting it sweetly and the run rate was good. When Rohan fell for 12 in the 5th over, we were on 38. Hugo Jones was in at 3, and with OJ getting most of the strike and hitting boundaries at will, the score raced to 76 in the 9th over when Hugo fell (3). Ben Westmacott came in at 4 and also left most of the strike to OJ or did OJ just hog it? Anyway, he was really entertaining the crowd. When OJ was caught at mid-on after failing to fully connect with one, he had made 75 off 42 with 12 4’s and a 6. By that stage the match was all but won. Alex Walker came in and was not out 6 with Ben not out 2 at the end.
It was a comprehensive win, only marred by the rope issue and the bar opening late! - Don’t ask Baxter how his journey went on Friday… Three wins out of 3 but a stiff test next up against top-of-the-table Orpington, with a lot of our regulars unavailable. Can we maintain the winning streak?
Match report by Bob Bridges
T20 - Next round on Sunday at Bickley Park
Tour 2023 - 23rd to 26th July
This year we will be touring to Norwich! Leaving early on the 23rd July, we have a full fixture list for the 3 days, starting on the Sunday against Heatherset & Tas Valley Cricket Club during the final day of their Beer Festival. On the Monday, we travel to Cromer CC to play in the first fixture of their cricket week, before a short trip on the train on Tuesday to play against Acle CC.
Total cost of the full Tour will be £265 per person. Please let Mike Parr or Dan Baylis know if you are keen to come. Payment is due now!
Bank details as follows:
OD CUACO CC
The following times are designated for club training sessions. Nets will be available to use for club members outside of these times, and if there is no game on the main square.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Additional 1st XI nets
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Under 11 and below
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Under U11s to Under 13s
11:15 am - 12:30 pm