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Newsletter #8 - The Chairman's Jug strikes back!

The lesser spotted Chairman's jug! 4 league wins on Saturday meant Andy Rouse dipped into his pocket after the game and treated the winners to some celebratory drinks.


In order of finishing time, the 4s demolished Alleyn CC, before the 1st XI wrapped up a tight victory at home to Nonnington, winning by 15 runs.


Then news came through to the home of cricket of a great 2s victory away at Blackheath, before the 3s confirmed the clean sweep of wins with their convincing victory away at Linton Park.


Elsewhere last week, we had a hugely successful Friday night with the club hosting a Junior Fun night. Many thanks to all those that came along and made the evening what it was, from those working the BBQ and bar, our volunteer umpires and of course Craig for all his efforts!


As ever, best of luck to all those playing this weekend, and particular good luck to the Development XI who start their league campaign on Sunday following promotion to Division 1 last season!


Chris Webster

Club Captain

 

Picture of the Week

 

Match Reports:


1st XI v Nonnington

A match report in 25 equations:


  1. Andrew Ainger + Win Toss = Bat First

  2. Bat First + ODs at home = Good chance

  3. Good Chance + Ollie Jasper = Early wicket

  4. Early Wicket + Koot Pienaar = Less chance

  5. Less chance + Dan Webster's defence = Bowler's nightmare

  6. Bowler's nightmare = Chris Webster

  7. Chris Webster + home game = Score of over 50

  8. Score of over 50 + Chris Webster = Silly shot and out

  9. Silly shot + out = OD's middle order collapse

  10. OD's middle order collapse + OD's lower order rally = 1st innings score of 200

  11. 1st innings score of 200 + ODs pitch = Runs on the board

  12. Runs on the board + New ball = Early Worsley Wicket

  13. Early Worsley Wicket + Aggressive incoming batsman = Another early wicket

  14. Another Early wicket + ODs poor bowling = Nonnington number 3's 50

  15. Nonnington number 3's 50 + Bowling change = Ollie Jasper

  16. Ollie Jasper + Drag down = Wicket

  17. Wicket + Good batting = Partnership

  18. Partnership + Will East = Partnership Broken

  19. Partnership Broken + Not many runs needed = Tense game

  20. Tense game + Wicket needed = Nick Worsley

  21. Nick Worsley + Seaming ball = Chris Webster

  22. Chris Webster + 2 wickets needed = Hoover

  23. Hoover + 2 wickets = 15 run victory

  24. 15 run victory + Big crowd = 18 points

  25. 18 points + ODs = Bonfire Heart



Match report by Chris Webster

 

2nd XI v Gravesend RF CC

On Saturday, the 2s made the long trek down to Gravesend RF CC with the goal to take a nice 18 points back to the Home of Cricket following a rained off masterclass draw from skipper, Laurence scoring a 2 not out from 47 balls to secure the 10 points. Step 1 was a success, electing to bat first at the toss, giving our strength in depth batting lineup a great chance to build a high score and boost confidence levels within the side. The trustworthy pair of Laurence and Richard set for the middle on a glorious afternoon to take care of business as per. With one very small boundary and a nice-looking wicket, par score at the start of the day was looking towards 200, however after a tidy start from Gravesend openers, runs had become hard to come by with Laurence falling early for 7. Richard and Olly were able to build a nice, steady partnership together and were able to get to drinks at 70/1. Post drinks was not one to remember for our middle order as Richard (35) and Olly (28) were beaten, bringing in Oscar and Isaac. Isaac fell for 0, Henry (2) came and went chipping one to slip and Kieran (11), after hitting an absolute BOMB into the next postcode, was bowled, giving the offie 4 for the day on a very spinning wicket, causing a fashionable 2s batting collapse from a strong position. Oscar and craig were able to shift momentum, running well, with Oscar able to sweep/scoop away a couple of 4’s, boosting the score up. Craig (8) and Oscar (33) then departed as the death bowler was able to pick up 4 wickets for 6 runs off 2.3 overs, leaving Ods 137 all out. A respectable total seeing the effect spin had on that deck, and seeing how hard it was to start.


Tea was an eventful one was some after seeing Henry’s antics in the shower, in which I can only assume he wanted to be environmentally friendly and not waste any toilet paper.


Ods set out to the field knowing that the oppo would swing hard early doors and that spin would play a crucial part in securing 18 points for the boys. The oppo started quickly, however who else than the ever so reliant Mr Ods, Andy Hall. He picked up our first breakthrough lighting up all 3 colored stumps. The rate continued to rise fairly quickly, however to the delight of Kieran so did the wickets, as his lightening quick bowling continued to knock over the poles, with batsman jumping out the way of it as if they almost wanted to get out. With the smell of homemade chicken Biryani growing from the side, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted a short display in the middle. Henry was able to report that the dish tasted as good as it smelt, getting a portion out at deep square leg. Let's just hope for everyone elses sake he ate it with his right hand... Hally was able to claim another victim as he was controlling the shiny thing on a string, giving him 2 for the day and Kieran 4 for the day, highlighting that in fact our seamers were to be the pick of the bunch proving many wrong. Gravesend were able to pull together a 33-run partnership for their 7th wicket stand. But then, here came the spin twins of Liam and Ash. Liam got the vital wicket to break the partnership as the bat booted one off middle stump, good enough form to slot in at the heart of midfield in Southgate’s side alongside Wharton. Liam then claimed another as he caught one off his own bowling, with quite possibly the worst bit of cricket across the weekend. This helped to massively swing momentum in the direction of the away side. The dot ball pressure built resulting in another wicket for us, more importantly for the wizard, Ashwani, pleasing many OD CUACO fantasy managers, with Craig taking a fine catch down the legside. And there it was, Ods 10th wicket, bowled Liam, caught by the juggling Craig behind the sticks. 18 points were coming home to Old Dunstonians as the 2s won by 18 runs, giving us a massive boost entering the mid stage of the season. 4 wins for the club, not much more could be asked for.


Thank you to the oppo who were great people, as well as supplying the ODs following with portions of their lovely chicken Biriyani.


MOM- Kieran for a superb bowling spell with figures of 9 overs, 4 wickets for 22 runs.


DOD- Henry for his half time sticky situation he left himself in.


Match Report by Oscar Jasper

 

3rd XI v Linton Park

The third team were without a league fixture this week, luckily Linton Park provided us a friendly at their sublime ground. As everyone admired the wicket for its beauty the toss was won and we elected to bat, Rohan (37) and Abhishek (14) set the team in motion trying not to get distracted by the 13-year-old keeper appealing for anything that remotely touched the pads. Captain Chris (55) provided a majority of the runs while Pete (26) and Luke (8) provided their support. Rakesh (9) looked like he wanted to send every ball into orbit while Chris was grappling between retiring and giving himself one more over but being caught out next over not realising it damaged his fantasy points. The tail end provided solid runs with me (Ben, 17), Alex (5), Tom (0*) and Howard (6*) who almost hit a six, I was rubbing my eyes with disbelief. ODs finished the 40 overs on 195 with everyone providing good service, the second innings begins.


Alex (2-17) and Howard (2-22) started off the attack with searing pace ruining multiple kids cricket experiences, I soon followed up with two of the worst wickets ever seen (2-7) with them both being in the first over. Soon it was time for The Fox (0-9) and Luke (1-9) who was simply too fast for the batsmen and the fielders. All of a sudden, our opening bat Abhishek (1-0) bowled one wicket maiden followed by two more maidens getting no runs of his bowling, statically he is the best bowler in the club with and economy of 0. Rakesh (1-7) sliced the opposition in two with his precise bowling, Rohan (0-8) and Alex finished the game off bowling the opposition out for 85, hats off to Bob Bridges who filled in for our missing player, diving all around the field giving the rest of the team a lesson on fielding. Everyone played a solid part in securing victory. Congrats to the other teams for also wining all their games and we go again next week, well played the 3s.


Match report by Ben Westmacott

 

4th XI v Alleyn CC

Men’s 4s Vs Alleyns:

Meet - 12:15

Kit - White

Scotland - still in the Euros (at time of game)


I turned up to the Royal Russel car park ready for my return to cricket Steve Sawko told me he’d been there for 3 hours already. Somethings never change I guess.


There were pre-match snacks on offer which the boys tucked into before Colesy lost the toss and we were put into bowl. And thank god he did. Once complaints of umpiring and league regs had finally died down from Sawko we finally got playing.


The openers from the other team never truly built a rhythm as a blend of Steve Sawko and Asa Smith created pressure through plenty of dots. Eventually, the pressure became too much as a self proclaimed “cannon of an arm” from Billy Rouse caught the batsman short coming back for 2.


Exactly an over later Billy then took another wicket, this time while bowling and the wheels began to fall off the wagon for the oppo. After Colesy finally decided to stop letting the ball through his legs in first slip we claimed another. In trudges their old boy who had been warming up before we even arrived, who BBQed his mate for a duck. Then came the beginning of the end with the ooo losing 3 more wickets for no runs gained. Max Morgan had made quick work of their team getting the majority of their middle order out and ended the day with his 4th wicket. So after 32 overs and only 84 runs given up the prospect of a quick second innings and back to the home of cricket was in reach.


A quick teas later, nothing to write home about, out walked Rousey Snr and Tom Lake. After ‘removing the lacquer’ Chairman decided to be sociable and also remove himself by spooning it up to the fielder, I’m still almost certain I heard him mutter something about Rahul on his way into the changing room. Lakey stayed in a while longer building a nice partnership with Kev, who before doing his best impression of any non-English footballer and deciding to kick the ball forwards, had us at 49 runs. In came Hugo and he clearly fancied getting back to the bar as much as Colesy. A couple of boundaries later we were within 5 of the final target. Sadly this is when Lakey departed for a very impressive 42 runs. In came Rousey and with him some uncharacteristically quick singles we had won the game.


Back at the club we caught the end of the first team game, and with their win rumours of a Chair’ Jug began. The 2s and 3s held up their end and so began a rogue night culminating in Colesy butchering Parklife on the karaoke.


Match report by Lucas MacKenzie

 

Sunday Friendly v Vishwa CC

 

U13 v Streatham and Marlborough

Arriving promptly in the afternoon sunshine, Felix Jones lost the toss, and with it the chance gone to watch England play football on TV against Denmark. 


Streatham & Marlborough strolled to 57/0 without breaking a sweat, and punctuated by strong legside hitting: U13As looked like they were going to be chasing a large total.

It needed a breakthrough. Suddenly James Bidder (2-6 off 3 overs) along with Zakir Shirley (0-0 off 2 overs) put the brakes on Streatham’s innings completely and exposed their middle order. Backed up by good ground fielding and interrupted by various members of the public strolling across Mayow Park, U13A were set a total of 102 off 20 overs.


Inspired by Coach Jones’ team talk, ODs top order went about the chase in positive fashion, taking every single run available. With all the batters contributing so effectively and partnerships blossoming, the scores were eventually level. 


In fact the scores stayed level for 12 balls. Neither bowler nor batter would give a quarter. 

Finally, with the scorers’ legs shivering in the night cold, the impasse was broken. Quite correctly, a wide was eventually given (it was very wide) and the U13A team had deservedly won the game by 2 wickets. 


Match Report by Richard Bidder

 

Junior Results


 

Fantasy Cricket


Welcome to the 2024 edition of OD CUACO CC Fantasy Cricket! 


Here you are able to make the decisions and choices that you want to make. Who are your big hitters going to be? Who are you going to trust to be your team's captain? Will you make the correct choice when selecting your all important all rounder? The answers will soon be clear in the coming weeks.


Every single adult match played on a Saturday will count towards the points tally so use your talent spotting to select their best possible 11 from a budget of £55 million.


Cost of entry per team is just £6, payment must be made via this website when you set your team up. You can enter as many sides as you like. There will be prize money available (details TBC). 


Good luck and thanks for playing!


 

Communications - OD CUACO WhatsApp Announcements Group

Join our ODs WhatsApp Announcements group! By scanning the below from a mobile phone / tablet etc. you will be asking to join our newly formed members information group. The administrators of the group will provide amongst club updates, news of social/ cricket events, and any quick one line information bulletins considered useful to members. This will be an information only group and will not be a chat. Newsletters with more in-depth information will continue to be sent.

 

200 Club

The 200 club is a monthly raffle that occurs throughout the season giving members the opportunity to win up to £200. Entry is just £20 per ticket for the year.

Its not long until the first draw for the season, so if you would like to join, details can be found here along with the payment link.

 

Ball and Match Sponsorship

We are still looking for ball and match sponsorships for our games this year. These come at just at £25. This is a very important way for us to raise funds for various projects at the club, not covered in our normal budget. The link for this is below.

 

Training times

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.

Group

Day

Time

Senior Nets

Wednesday

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Additional 1st XI nets

Tuesday

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

U15-U17

Tuesday

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Under 11 and below

Sunday

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Under 12s - U13s

Sunday

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

 













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