Newdigate 2nd XI
Saturday, Newdigate 2nd XI welcomed Whiteley Village to the Brocus, for the penultimate league match of the season.
Newdigate wins the Friendly over BBC Bushmen
Newdigate CC and BBC Bushmen CC
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first on a 40 overs friendly match. Aiden Jones opened the innings accompanied by his father Dan Jones; Craig Jones batted in number 3 position and the Jones’ gave Newdigate a solid start as the hosts were comfortably positioned with 93/3 at the end of the first half of their innings. Dan Jones scored a free-flowing 57 of 59 balls. Jack Bowley (29) and David Callcut (15) continued the healthy run-rate for the hosts. BBC induced some wickets in the middle overs; however Angus Harper’s 29 of the equal number of balls, good contributions from the tail enders took Newdigate total to 200/9 at the end of 40th over.
Naman Paropkari (7/3 off 8 overs with 4 maidens) led the BBC Bushmen bowling, while Ninesh Thakar took two wickets albeit a bit expensive. One wicket each was claimed by Manpreet Singh, Ravi Bajaj and James Bonser.
In reply, BBC Bushmen struggled to get the innings going as they lost an early wicket. Tight bowling form Safwan Ahmed and Shahariar Sami only yielded 20 runs off first 10 overs. The visitors lost three more wickets with the bowling change as they were reduced down to 43/4 before the drinks break. BBC upped their batting tempo after the break – James Bonser (62) took an aggressive role while Ravi Bajaj (26) anchored. The 6th wicket partnership gave the visitors the momentum, however both the batters perished trying to keep up with the required run-rate. At the end it was a too tough a task for the tail enders to score 80 runs off 8 overs and BBC ended up scoring 139/8 off 40 overs giving away a 61 runs win to Newdigate.
Shahariar Sami, Aiden Jones, Monjur Elahi and Redwan Ahmed all chipped away by taking 2 wickets each, while Safwan Ahmed was unlucky with some dropped chances.
On Saturday Newdigate 2nd XI hosted Old Tiffinians 2nd XI at the Brocus. Old Tiffs won the toss and opted to field first.
Cranleigh CC defeats Newdigate CC in the return match
The toss was won by Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI who invited Cranleigh to bat first. The hosts had a fantastic start and the first wicket to fall was that of William Hamblin (22) when his side was propelling at 44/1. Two quick wickets were taken by Newdigate at that point, which did not do much damage to the hosts as James Hamblin (73) was striking the ball well. Brisk innings from Dan Ward (40) and Charlie Fuller (33), with the useful contributions from other batters took Cranleigh to a good total of 218/8 off 35 overs.
Monjur Elahi (20/3 off 5 overs) and Rohan Patel (22/2 off 7 overs) were able to impose some control over the racing Cranleigh innings.
Thomas Hall (24/3 off 7 overs) was the most successful bowler for Cranleigh, while Rob Denton (19/1 off 6 overs) did the real damage by restricting the runs.
Both team players enjoyed a good spread of teas – another competition both clubs are competing against each other which is highly appreciated by all.
Sunday 1st XI wins the Newdigate Intra-club match by 34 runs
Sunday 1st XI and 2nd XI
The colt-rich Sunday 2nd XI lost the toss and they were invited to bowl first which they originally wanted. Skipper Charlie Stimpson justified his decision by taking two quick wickets upfront, while Safwan Ahmed aided him with another one from the other end. Sunday 1st XI was one down when the score was 14, the second and third one on 22! Jagadeesh Subbiah (36) did the damage limitation by setting up a 49 runs partnership with Paul Hughes in the 4th wicket, then Hussain A Munaff (31) did the consolidation work with a 58 runs 5th wicket partnership with Paul Hughes; Hussain got out when Sunday 1st XI were on 129 runs in the 29th over. Skipper Monjur Elahi (24 not out) supported Paul Hughes who remained not out scoring 78 runs and led the counter-attack on the last 10 overs. Hughes innings went through the days motion – started cautiously, watching the bad balls, cashing in from the odd balls to consolidate and then opened-up with calculative aggression in the last 10 overs. The 6th wicket partnership yielded 80 runs to post a respectable 209/5 after 40 overs.
Skipper Stimpson (19/2 off 6 overs) was the most effective bowler for the Sunday 2nd XI. Harvey Carrington (5/1 off 5 overs) could have bowled a few more overs to make matters more interesting. Ahmed brothers both claimed a wicket a piece. The colts bowled with good pace, line and length which showed a great prospect for the club’s future. They did acknowledge the extras – 27 of those – could have been controlled a bit more.
Rohan Patel (18/3 off 6.3 overs with two maidens) was the peak of the bowlers for Sunday 1st XI. Kitan Patel, Jagadeesh Subbiah and Monjur Elahi – took 2 wickets and Hughes took 1.
The colt-rich Newdigate CC Sunday 2nd XI will take a lot out of the game, where they played equally with the experienced players of higher levels, saw very closely how their early advantage was slowly robbed away by intelligent batting and appreciated how crucial it is to tighten extra-runs. Again, they nearly pulled-off a win which is a skill they will master with a few more exposure like this.
Saturday 2nd XI
On Saturday, a young Newdigate 2nd XI took on West End Esher away. There was some rain before we arrived at West End, but with covers on the wicket the pitch looked good, so the Newdigate captain opted to field first.
Abinger wins friendly on a rainy day
Newdigate Sunday 1st and 2nd XIs were prepared to play at Home and Away on 30th July 2023 to play two Friendlies. The Home fixture got cancelled due to the opposition’s withdrawal on the evening before the match day. Heavy rain over night threatened the Away fixture at Abinger too. But the Abinger Groundsman did a fantastic job in keeping the wicket dry and the outfield was miraculously in good condition. Besides these, the players from both sides were determined to grind a match out of the day, which had a forecasted 80% rain from 5 pm onwards. Cunning plans were agreed which included a 30 overs each side, 15 overs bowling from one side, teas after the match, etc.
The toss was won by Newdigate and the visitors decided to bat hoping to post a sizeable total before the rain started to come down. The innings progressed in a very undesired way for Newdigate – as many as eight batters registered single digit innings. Julian Jeffery (35) played exceptionally well showing his class in extreme conditions when the game continued through intermittent showers and he carried his bat through the innings remaining not out. Newdigate lost their 7 wickets within 34 runs in 13 overs and the Sunday XI’s lowest ever total of 39 seemed under threat. However, Rohan Patel demonstrated that he can bat with a cunning plan, defended balls after balls and drew the fielders in before unleashing a series of wild swings on his way to score 18 runs by hitting 4 fours. Shariar Sami must have made a note of that style, kept on defending balls after balls, decided to hit two huge sixes on 29th and 30th overs. The six ht over deep square was the biggest while the straight one sailed across the river Tillingbourne. Sami’s (20) took Newdigate to a respectable 115/9 off 30 overs.
Abinger skipper Mark Houghton had his lucky rabbit sitting on his hat encouraging him to bowl the best figures of the day 13/2 off 5 overs with one maiden. Anusha Seneviratne (25/2 off 6), H Burt (15/2 off 4 overs) and Adam Newman (20/1 off 5) were among wickets too.
The drizzle started to become heavier and Abinger players seemed comfortable in the shelters while Newdigate players were in the field already. The reluctant Abinger batters, umpires slowly eased into the centre. It was obvious after first 5 overs that Home side batters were not phased by the challenging total (as it seemed at the time of batting) set by Newdigate; it was rather the heavier rain! Sam Solt (36 retired not out off 28 balls) showed his intention right from the beginning. Robert Dunn (42 off 59 balls) played balls with a straight bat. The openers set the platform for Abinger and they were already half-way chasing the total when they lost their first wicket. Newdigate started to make the ball work when the Home side was in the nineties. Mark De Vrij (26/3 off 6 overs) delivered a dream spell to peg the chase back a bit. However, skipper Houghton (without the rabbit sitting on his hat this time) scored 19 runs off 14 balls to take his side to victory. Abinger scored 117/5 off 26.2 overs to secure a win by 5 wickets.
Rohan Patel bowled brilliantly and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket, only gave away 11 runs off 6 overs. Simon Carrington 11/1 off 6 overs and Marcus Glen 9/1 off 2.2 overs helped with the Newdigate fight-back.
It was a challenging day where strong determination from both the teams allowed getting a good game out of the day. The tea served by Abinger was grand, cakes made by Annabelle De Vrij were delicious as ever and the players made due justice to nourish themselves as they deserved it after a tough day.
Newdigate 2nd XI vs. Chaldon MO
by David Callcut
Newdigate traveled to Chaldon determined to get revenge on a very close finish in our meet earlier in the season where Newdigate finished just seven sort of Chaldon’s total.
DJ Century propels Newdigate win over the Cricket Society
Daniel Jones’ 105 not out against the Cricket Society
The captains agreed on a 40 overs (limited) match where the Cricket Society batted first.
The Cricket Society had a slow but steady start as all top order batters registered double figures. Two half centuries from Stuart Cosstick (66) and Will Halliday (62 not out) built the backbone of the visitors innings. The Cricket Society was ideally poised for a strong finish on 23rd over with 100 runs losing only one wicket. However, two quick wickets between over 24 – 27 pegged them back a bit. Brisk counter-attack from Ruky Wickremasinghe (18) and Tom Gross (26) got the Cricket Society to a respectable 225/5 after 40 overs.
Newdigate innings had a good start in form of Rob Goldsmid (29) who was supported well by Christian John (10) to take the home side to 41 runs. The Cricket Society inflicted a double-strike on the 9th over. Simon Carrington (48) took on the visiting side bowlers hitting 5 boundaries and 1 six; Daniel Jones (105 not out) stepped into the scene too and scored his first century of this season which came off only 71 balls; there were aggression with reason, display of pure timing and calculative risk to hit 12 boundaries and 6 sixes. Carrington-Jones partnership formed a solid partnership of 147 runs. Andy Kehl (24 off 9 balls – 3 sixes 1 boundary) finished the game in a hurry. Newdigate reached 226 off 36.2 overs losing only 3 wickets.
Despite looking one-sided in the end, the game did see some sea-saw moments on a day where both side registered 451 runs.
Newdigate under 15s
Newdigate u15s visited Oxted and Limpsfield for their final Surrey Junior Cricket Championship match.
Bowling first they took an early wicket when Aiden Jones secured a caught and bowled as the batsman mis-judged a well disguised slower ball. After six overs Newdigate were on top but then sloppy fielding set in and like a virus it spread to the bowling as 23 wides and no balls were conceded. That is not to take away the skill of the Oxted batters. Charlie Stimpson brought some control back and had Jonathan Burles caught by keeper Harry Ball just one short of his half century. Max Anderson retired on 50. This was a well crafted innings which included eight fours. Their partnership was a worthy 113 runs. William Oxley-Evans and Monty Anderson then batted skillfully enabling the home side to reach 148-2. Aiden Jones took 1-13 and Charlie Stimpson 1-18 from their three overs.
In reply, Newdigate had a disastrous start losing their three highest scorers cheaply. Dexter Duthie spooned a ball to mid wicket for 4, Elliot Spiers after playing a sumptuous cover drive for four was cleaned bowled and Sebastian Dearsley played-on leaving Newdigate on 15-3. William Gildersleeve claimed two of the prized wickets. Charlie Stimpson and Harry Ball set about rescuing the situation, but when the score was on 64 Stimpson was caught and bowled for 27 which included two big sixes and immediately afterwards Ball was bowled for 19. Toby Ball (29) and Aiden Jones (18) pushed the total to 125 before they were both out.The innings petered out and at the end of 20 overs Newdigate were on 129-7. Oxted’s bowling and fielding were impressive especially Jonathan Burles who took 3-14 from three overs and Gildersleeve who bowled just two overs and took 2-6.
Mayall Century seals easy win for Dorking
Sunday 1st XI, Mayall Century
Newdigate invited Dorking to bat first winning the toss and the visitors lost their first wicket on the very first over. Mayall then joined with Dan Killick (77) to register a partnership of 170 runs. Mayall hit 14 boundaries and 1 six while Killick registered 8 boundaries. Maeva Hudson (14) and Charles Redwood (11) were among double figures too. Dorking total was 230/5 after the stipulated 40 overs.
Newdigate bowlers did create chances and about half-a-dozen of dropped catches did not help the situation. Subbiah, Elahi, Kehl and Jones each got a wicket and Goldsmid induced a run-out.
On Saturday 15th June, Newdigate 2nd XI travelled to struggling Churt, second from bottom in the table.
Knights are crowned League Champions…..
……despite a last-minute chink in their armour.
The U11 Knights finished top of the league this season and were undefeated until their last match against Oxted and Limpsfield on Monday night where they narrowly lost by 7 runs.
It was a tough match, with the opposing team slightly ahead for most of the game. Bowling by the Knights was good with Freddie taking one wicket and Isaac smashing middle stump with the last ball of the innings. Two catches by Austin and a run out created a total of 6 fallen wickets but with a final run total of 293, Oxted and Limpsfield had set the bar high, and the Knights knew they would have to work hard to beat it.
The first pair, Isaac and Kaz, started strong but were kept in-check by their opponents who snatched 2 wickets off their combined score. Millie and Joe then took to the field with Joe scoring his first and second fours for Newdigate this season. Corey and Freddie kept the score board ticking over and there was one run in it after the 12th over. A clean bowl from the first ball however, showed the final pair (Austin and Frankie) that Oxted and Limpsfield meant business. The Knights put up a gallant fight though and in a nail-biting final over, with 3 fours scored off four balls they needed 5 runs off 2 balls to win. It was not to be, however, as another wicket fell and despite an extra ball from a wide, the Knights finished on 286 for 8, 7 runs short of their target.
There was undoubtedly some disappointment from the team in not maintaining their 100% success rate but in the words of MS Dhoni….
“A loss makes you humble. It tests the other batsmen and bowlers. Also, if you keep winning you don’t know what area you need to work on”
Ultimately the Under 11 Newdigate Knights are winners of the League. Isaac finishes top of the League table in bowling, having taken a very impressive 21 wickets off 27 overs and in batting, Austin finishes in second place with a total of 210 runs. We’ve welcomed Bryce, Charlotte, Kazuya, Leo, Millie and Ollie to the team this season, as well as some interesting headwear and personal accessories! A huge thank you to James for his coaching (and patience) and the fantastic support from the parents. All of the players should be very proud of what they have achieved individually and as a team this year; a brilliant season, bring on Summer 2024……!
Newdigate Sunday Cricket: Convincing win at Home, Run-fest at Reigate
Hussain A Munaff scored 59 runs off 50 balls to give Newdigate the advantage
At Home, Ifield won the toss and decided to bat first. Their start took a tumble as Ben Crook tore through the top order, with good pace, line and length – Dexter Duthie complemented with wicket on the other side. The visitors were reduced down to 36/4 from the first 10 overs. Alroy Pereira (47) started the consolidation and built effective partnerships with Shahbaz Khan (28) and then with Rahul Patel (35) who was a victim of Lee Brien’s foot-ball-skill-fielding. The flatness of the pitch started to show at the later part of the first innings, dry outfield was also paying value for shots played and the visitors were looking good for a 200+ score; Lee Brien again claimed a timely wicket to expose the tail. Dexter Duthie (42/2 off 8 overs), Ben Crook (20/4 of 5.4 overs) mopped the tail. Subbiah, Kehl and Brien took a wicket each, while Rohan Patel and Monjur Elahi bowled economic spells. Ifield was all out on the 43rd over and Newdigate had a target of 189 runs to chase down from 42 overs.
Newdigate had a flying start, the fall of David Callcut (25) did not slow the run rate as Thomas Clark (22) was dealing in boundaries while Hussain was watching the good balls. Hussain Abdul-Munaff (59) was the aggressor in the 90 runs partnership with Rufus James (33). When things were looking very easy for the Home side, Ifield inflicted a double strike when Newdigate reached 142/5 on the 25th over. Monjur Elahi (20) bated with the tail to reach the winning target on the 39th over with 3 wickets in hand.
Newdigate is now back in the leading position on the Village Cricket League Eastern League with 98 points; Stunners CC is currently in the second position with 95 points.
At the Red Lion, Reigate, Newdigate Sunday 2nd XI participated on a run-fest affair facing Mogador Wanderers. While writing this report, our Mogador Wanderers correspondent is nearly finishing on the ball by ball details of the match. What is known at this point is that Mogador Wanderers scored a mammoth total of 372 runs losing 6 wickets batting first on a 40 overs friendly match. Shahariar Sami took 2 wickets and Tom Harper took 4 wickets.
Newdigate confronted the big total with equal power and propelled to 108/1 off 11 overs. Rob Goldsmid (31) set the tone and Angus Harper (69) was scoring a boundary in every other ball. Tom Harper (75 Not out) continued from where Angus left but was not able to convert the innings to a century due to lack of support from the other end. The day also celebrates Nurul Islam first ever Six hit and his highest innings (8 runs) for Newdigate CC. Newdigate Sunday 2nd XI ended up scoring 251 and embracing a defeat by 122 runs.
Overall, a glorious day of cricket for Newdigate.
Unstoppable Under 11 Knights secure win against Lingfield
All in the good spirit of cricket!
Lucky Captain Isaac won the toss again for Newdigate this week and elected to field first. A few bowling nerves were shown in the first few overs and this, coupled with a strong opening pair, meant that Lingfield scored 35 runs off the first 4 overs. Mark soon put a stop to that though, taking his first wicket in the sixth over. Isaac followed, bowling 2 impressive wickets and allowing the opponents just one run off the eighth over, creating a punishing run rate of -9.
A comedy of errors then ensued with a batsman’s stumble; the retrieval of a dislodged box mid-run and a consequent run out! Ultimately the spirit of cricket prevailed and unlike Jonny Bairstow, the batsman was allowed to continue, and the wicket was discounted. A couple of unusual wides by Austin was quickly rectified when he took a run-out for the fourth wicket and Lingfield’s run rate slowed. A beautiful delivery by U10, newbie Ollie Newton who hit middle stump bang-on, created another negative score for the opposition in the penultimate over. Lingfield finished their innings on 291 runs, a strong, but achievable target for the visiting team.
Leo and Freddie opened Newdigate’s batting, taking full advantage of Lingfield’s erratic bowling; but 2 unfortunate catches supressed their enthusiasm and they finished their partnership on 218. Isaac and Mark then took to the field and racked up a healthy 22 runs between them.
It was obvious what Austin and Frankie had been watching over the weekend as they appeared to be mirroring the Stokes and Broad partnership. With 7 fours, and 1 six, scored by Austin, there was just one sneaky wicket taken off Frankie to dent the 47 run total for the boys. At this point, all Ollie and Joseph had to do was keep their heads and prevent any wickets from reversing their team’s score. Cool, calm and collected they did just that and despite one run out, racked up slow and steady runs over their first 3 overs. Then, when they knew the game was secure, it was time for them to have some fun with a few lovely shots played by Ollie and a very impressive 16 runs scored by the pair off the last over.
Newdigate finished the match on 324; 33 runs ahead of Lingfield.
Can they make the whole season undefeated and win their final match against Oxted and Limpsfield? Come and find out at the Brocus on Monday 10 July at 6pm, I’m sure the team would love to have your support.
Double Derby win for Newdigate Ladies
Sensational batting from Del, Sarah O and Charlie
Tension was high as Newdigate welcomed Capel for the first time in a hard ball match. Our 5th league game of the season, Charlie won the toss and elected to field.
Once again, short on bowlers, Pippa and Del stepped up to support us and get through the 20 overs. Capel struggled to find boundary and Newdigate kept the fielding tight and Pippa Bennet took her first wicket of the season with a catch from Del. Charlie took the second wicket with a great bowl. We could have had 3 more, bowled and caught but they were all from free hits. Capel finished on 105.
Our opening pair this season, Sarah and Del started finding the boundary immediately, Del being caught & bowled on 26 runs. Charlie and Sarah took it to the 10th over, with 30 and 35 runs respectively.
The ninjas win again, that 5 out of 5 and keeps up at the top of the table. Newdigate ladies smashing this season again.
Thanks to Pam & Jon for a fabulous tea, Andrew Major for umpiring, and the amazing Anna Lewis for (sort of) scoring!
Newdigate Under 15s
by John Callcut
Newdigate suffered another loss in a close game, this time it was away to Salfords.
Salfords won the toss and batted first. Harry Julien (18) and Sam Lee (23) opened the batting and put on 30. At 62-4 after 12 overs Salfords were struggling but a partnership of 68 between Fifield (33) and Bawdock (37) saw their team reach 141-5 after twenty overs. Five different Newdigate bowlers all took one wicket each.
In reply wickets fell at regular intervals. The prolific batsmen, Elliot Spiers was run out for 3 and Dexter Duthie was caught for 0. Only Rufus James mastered the bowling and scored a fluent 53 including eleven fours. At 108-3 in the thirteenth over James had to retire but a win looked on the cards. Charlie Stimpson hit 17 but no other batter passed double figures as wickets continued to fall. Newdigate ‘s score was helped by a proliferation of wides and no balls and they ended up with 127 all out. Ben Lee took three wickets and Oscar Wright two.
With two games left Newdigate has slipped to fourth place in the league.
Saturday 2nd XI
by David Callcut
On Saturday 1st July, Newdigate faced second in the league Sutton Challengers at the Brocus. Winning the toss, Newdigate skipper Richard Callcut decided to field first.
by John Callcut
Newdigate u15s lost a desperately close match to close rivals Oxted & Limpsfield in their Surrey Junior Cricket Championship match at the Brocus.
Oxted won the toss and opted to bat first. After ten overs, thanks to some tight bowling and excellent fielding, the visitors were restricted to 44-0. The openers Will Blackborough and Will Oxley-Evans reached 68 before Blackborough was well caught by Dexter Duthie for 32. Some loose bowling then allowed the other opener Oxley-Evans to accelerate to a well crafted 50 when he had to retire. Under 13, Ducker, played some classy shots in his 11 before he was well caught by Jimmy Penfold, Rufus James also took a scorching catch in the covers. After 20 overs Oxted finished on 122-3.
Newdigate got off to a perfect start with openers James and Duthie putting on 45 in seven overs before James was out to the impressive Gus Moxon for 16. Duthie carried on in his merry way hitting ten fours before he retired on 51. After 15 overs Newdigate were on 97-3 needing just 16 to win off five overs. Oxted then set attacking fields and Moxon (2-15) and Blackborough (1-17) tightened things up and Nancarrow and Denning bowled very tightly leaving Aiden Jones (9*) and Toby Ball (13*) stranded with Newdigate falling four runs short for victory on 119-4.
A win would have put Newdigate in second place above Oxted & Limpsfield but this loss leaves them in third place, six points adrift.
No “Sunnyside-up” but equally not an “over-easy” match for the U11 Knights
The U11s secured a victory over Felbridge and Sunnyside, the only opposition who have come very close to beating them this season
Newdigate Knights were only able to secure a tie against their opponents Felbridge and Sunnyside previously, but after rigorous Friday night training sessions and the introduction of some lucky headwear by a couple of the boys, the team was brimming with confidence as they won the toss and elected to field first.
A bit of a slow start in the field meant that Felbridge were quick to rack up 10 runs off the first over. Newbie Charlotte soon put a stop to that though with a beautiful first bowl cleanly taking out middle stump. Steady and consistent bowling from Fraser, Oscar, Freddie and Leo and two wickets taken by Isaac, meant that the opposition were being kept at bay by the end of the second pairing. Austin followed suit taking two more wickets and Fraser a third, creating a run out from a magnificently accurate throw which sent the bails tumbling. Felbridge and Sunnyside were not giving up without a fight, however, and took full advantage of the few Wides and No Balls which the Knights decided to throw their way. A strong finish from the final batsmen was only dampened slightly by a great wicket bowled by Mark. As Bob’s finest custard creams and Maryland cookies were served up, the scoreboard was updated with a respectable 289 runs for 7, to the visitors.
As Freddie and Fraser took to the field, some formidable bowling came their way in the first few overs and after a rare, but unmistakable, decision for LBW, two more wickets fell after Felbridge and Sunnyside’s strongest spin bowler dominated the crease. Next up were Isaac and Mark who both hit some glorious fours to ensure the scoreboard continued to go in the right direction and despite one fallen wicket, the pair broke through the half century barrier. The opponents got their own back on Charlotte taking two sneaky wickets but communication with her partner Leo was decisive and together they created some fantastic quick singles. Oscar and Austin required 21 runs off the last 4 overs to win the match. As it was, they managed to score that individually with the best shot of the match going to Oscar for his superb cover drive. Despite an awesome catch by one of the fielders, to take a final wicket, the Newdigate Knights won the game by 32 runs with 321 for 7.
Well done team.
A run fest between Newdigate and Cranleigh with 1 Century and 4 half centuries
Tom Harper (52*), Ben Haynes (100*) and Jack Bowley (50*)
Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat first on a dry pitch with a fast outfield. A loss of initial two wickets did not stop the other opener Ben Haynes (100 not out retired) from hitting big shots who cashed in from a couple of missed chances. Jack Bowley (50 not out retired) played with caution and aggression while Tom Harper (52 not out) threw caution to the wind. Good contribution from these three batspersons took Newdigate to a massive total of 252/2 off 35 overs.
It was not much for from Cranleigh CC Gentlemen’s XI fielders and bowlers who endured the scorching sun and high temperature. M Harry and Grant Van Wyk both took a wicket.
Cranleigh CC Gentlemen’s XI lost 3 wickets in quick succession in their reply. Grant Van Wyk (59) and Captain Rob Denton (54) counter attacked; both the batsmen kept cashing on loose deliveries. The match was evenly poised at the halfway stage with the visitors keeping up with the required run-rate. Newdigate came back into the game with the wicket of Rob Denton who fell to Tom Harper’s leg spin. M Harry (36) continued hitting big to keep the visitors well within the run chase. Part-time bowler Keith Rennles came into play with two timely wickets for Newdigate. The rest of the batspersons failed to carry on with the momentum and Cranleigh chase stopped at 199/10 on the 34th over, giving away a 53 runs win to Newdigate.
Captain Monjur Elahi (10/3 off 5 overs) took two early wickets and also took the penultimate one. Shahariar Sami, Ian Kehl, Keith Rennles – all claimed two wickets each.
Catches win Matches
Newdigate u15s return to winning ways.
By John Callcut
Newdigate entertained Limpsfield Chart in their Surrey Junior Cricket Championship match and recorded an emphatic win.
Fielding first, five bowlers all took wickets with Dexter Duthie outstanding with figures of 3-8. The visitors were shot out for 42 from 12.4 overs.
The chase was not without trauma when Newdigate found themselves at 15-4 with the impressive Ben Hilson taking 3-3 from his three overs. Aiden Jones (10) and Harry Ball (13) steadied the ship and saw their team safely home without losing another wicket.
Newdigate now lie third in the league and play second placed Oxted & Limpsfield next week.
When the (K)nights are closing in…….
As we approach the Summer Solstice the (K)nights close in on pole position in the league, with a local derby win.
The U11 Knights knew they had to bring their A-game to Capel on Monday night with the winner of this match determining the top of the table.
Capel won the toss and decided to bat first. There had been a lot of discussion, debate and quite a few diagrams drawn with regards to Newdigate’s fielding positions but all that seemed to go out of the window as Capel’s first pair knocked up some sneaky singles from the opening balls. Kaz “The Cat” was as agile at wicket keeper as he is at goal keeper however, and was quick to stop any loose balls being converted into runs. Austin claimed the first wicket with a great catch by Isaac and Corey clean bowled the same batsman for a second. Strong bowling from Mark, Leo and Freddie kept Capel’s second strongest batsman at bay and Isaac bowled his victim out for just 2 runs. Austin secured a maiden over and some quick fielding created a run out from Fraser’s over. Isaac followed that up by hitting middle stump to take 5 off Capel’s key batsman and Austin took the sixth and final wicket in the last over.
Capel had racked up 303 runs at half time so the Knights knew they had to come out fighting….
After a cautious start, Fraser and Kaz soon found their rhythm and despite a run out in the third over, chalked up a respectable run rate. Isaac and Mark took full advantage of Capel’s No Balls with some quick runs, and they finished their partnership with 24. Corey and Leo batted patiently and despite losing 2 wickets continued to strengthen Newdigate’s running total. With 4 overs to go, Austin and Freddie needed to sore 31 runs to win. Seven 4s later and with a combined total of 40 runs the final pair cemented the win for the team and League glory was now fully within their sights.
It was a fantastic team effort, with everyone contributing to a magnificent win against a strong opposition. Well done.
All-round Harper – De Vrij won the close contest for Newdigate
Tom Harper, Mark De Vrij, Sunday XI
Reported by: David Callcut
On Sunday 18th June, Newdigate hosted visitors Putney for a limited overs friendly match and David Callcut volunteered to stand in as the days captain for Newdigate. Putney won the toss and chose to put Newdigate into bat. Due to the poor weather forecast, the captains decided to reduce the match to 30 overs each.
Newdigate started well, with Julian Jeffery (23) and Angus Harper (16) followed by David Callcut (12), then the wickets started falling, only Tom Harper holding up one end.
Newdigate went from 57 for 1 to 77 for 8 and the match looked like it was lost, until Mark De Vrij joined Tom, the two of them putting on 110 runs, the highest 9th wicket partnership for the club since 1984. Newdigate ended up with 186 from their 30 overs with Tom Harper on 90 and Mark De Vrij on 15 not out.
The rain started coming down just before the interval, so at the halfway stage the captains decided to play on rather than breaking for tea.
In response, Putney lost a few early wickets but Jack Bickard held up his end well. Accompanied by Francis (19), Kyran (28) and skipper Sayer (30), Bickard reached 54 but none of the other batters got into double figures. In nearing torrential rain Newdigate got Putney’s last wicket in the last over, with Putney just 10 runs short of the target.
Mark De Vrij and Tom Harper were the pick of the Newdigate bowlers with three and four wickets respectively.
Newdigate 2nd XI vs. Old Tiffinians
By David Callcut
On Saturday 17th June, Newdigate travelled to East Molesey to play against Old Tiffinians. Old Tiffs won the toss and opted to put Newdigate into bat.
Newdigate Knights win by a nifty fifty.
U11s secure win over Crawley Down with “Brilliant Bryce” taking a wicket maiden in the final over.
Following a shock defeat in a “friendly” match against Newdigate U10s at the weekend; the Knights were keen to get back into League games and their winning streak.
Newdigate won the toss and elected to field, with Isaac opening the bowling. Crawley Down’s first pair were quick off the mark taking their opportunities from some loose balls. Millie and Charlotte then bowled really well and a run out by Isaac off Bryce’s last ball ensured the team were back in the game and focused. Corey enticed the third batsman into a big slog which was casually picked out of the air by Freddie; an excellent catch. A hit wicket during Austin’s bowling meant Crawley Down were 226 for 3 after 8 overs and with Bryce taking the 4th wicket with some great bowling, their score remained unchanged after the next over. A miscommunication from the final batting pair created a run out for Crawley but the big gold star must go to Bryce who concluded the innings with a magnificent wicket maiden. Newdigate Knights were chasing 238 for 6 at half time.
Millie took a leaf out of Crawley’s score book by taking 5 quick runs off the first no balls and ended her pairing with Bryce on 217. Isaac and Freddie continued to take advantage of the extras but made it count when bat did hit ball with Isaac scoring 2 lovely 4s. Joe and Corey faced a good bowler who took 2 cheeky wickets off the pair, but together they made it through the 250 run mark. Charlotte and Austin concluded with a pair total of 25 runs for zero wickets which meant the Knights ended the match 288 for 4, 50 runs ahead of their opponents.
The second leg of the local derby takes place on Monday night, away at Capel. The opposition are biting at the Knight’s heels so the team will have to bring their A game if they are to remain at the top of the table…..
By John Callcut
Newdigate u15s lost their second match of the season and once again it was against their old foes Lingfield.
Lingfield put on 118 before losing their first wicket thanks to some excellent batting which was aided by some sloppy fielding and wayward bowling. Harry Parker retired on 50 and Noah Langham was bowled by Toby Ball for 49. Josh Hunt hit a quick 22 which included two big sixes. After ten overs Lingfield had reached 100 without loss then Newdigate tightened everything up. Their bowling and fielding became potent and after 20 overs Lingfield reached 164-8. A gettable total on a good wicket and fast outfield. Toby Ball, Charlie Stimpson and Dexter Duthie all picked up two wickets apiece.
Unfortunately the batting did not go to plan. Last weeks heroes Elliot Spiers and Dexter Duthie were both out cheaply . Toby Ball (17) put up some resistance and skipper Charlie Stimpson hit 11 including a massive six over cover point. No one else reached double figures and four batsmen didn’t bother the scorers. In the 14th over Newdigate were all out for 48 with spinner Ed Collingwood taking four wickets.
Saturday 10th June saw Newdigate 2nd XI play against West End Esher.
Rachel and Del shine at Capel!
3 out of 3 for the Ninjas with a convincing win away at Capel
The ladies played their local derby last night, taking on Capel as they join the SLAM for the first time this year. We lost the toss, and Capel elected to field.
Opening bats Sarah Oram and Del Posner set the standard for a great batting innings for the Ninjas, with Sarah getting bowled out on 25 and Del retiring on 40. Karen was run out after 23 runs and Charlie and Lisa Fenn saw out the overs. Newdigate finished the innings on 153.
The ladies showed some experience in the field, and even though we were short on usual bowlers, with just 3 in the team, Del Posner, Vicky Clack and Pippa Bennett all bowled well. Rachel Lyndon took 4 wickets including a brilliant caught and bowled, Del took a catch as well and got a wicket from lbw and Sarah took a run out. Capel were left with last man standing but couldn’t match the run rate, finishing on 77.
We welcome Capel to us on the 6th July.
Massive thanks for Anna Lewis for scoring and Andrew Major for umpiring.
Newdigate under 15s
By John Callcut
Unbeaten Newdigate under 15s entertained unbeaten Lingfield in their Surrey Junior Cricket Championship clash.
Lingfield batted first and serenely scored 176-5 in their twenty overs and this despite suffering three run outs. Newdigate conceded 8 wides and 4 no balls which effectively gave Lingfield two extra overs and 12 free hits! A partnership of 78 between Parker (45) and Harrison (44) paved the way as Newdigate’s fielding became sloppy. Skipper, George Pollard (18no) came in towards the end of the innings and played some classy shots enabling Lingfield to make a formidable score.
In reply Newdigate’s opening pairing of Elliot Spiers (50 retired) and Dexter Duthie (50 retired) put on 100 from 13 overs. But Newdigate was always behind the run rate due to some thoughtful field placing that restricted boundaries. After both openers retired a few wickets fell but the total was unattainable and after their twenty overs Newdigate finished on 146-3
Sunday Funday in Crawley Down
The unbeaten run goes on……
Newdigate completed their unbeaten run to the midpoint of the season with a consummate display against a Crawley Down side, which had been detrimentally hit by the half term break. Having won the toss, skipper Isaac Grant elected to field on what was a glorious Sunday morning. The home side got off to a bright start, with opener Amelia Gowan taking advantage of her local knowledge, using the slope to assist a couple of crunching 4s through point. However, not deterred by the opening salvo, Newdigate came back into the game with some good accurate bowling and energetic fielding.
Kaz and Corey both picked up wickets and credit to Charlotte Robbie, who bowled her first two overs in league cricket (for Newdigate anyway), going for only 4 runs. Isaac picked up two wickets at in his 2nd over, however the hat-trick bowl at the start of the third over just failed to hit the mark, agonisingly going between bat and pad, but sliding past leg stump. He was the pick of the bowlers with 4-13.
Happy with the score they were set achieve (214), the skipper went out to bat with Kaz under strict instruction from the coach to, and I quote, “have a look first, she batted well, she could be a handy bowler”.
The cursory nod back of acknowledgement must have been just a twitch, as two balls into the innings Newdigate were –10, with both openers clean bowled trying to smash the ball into the attentive and now sunbathing crowd. Having got that out of their system, they then remembered that they knew how to bat properly, running well and collecting boundaries where possible.
Joe Cole’s innings with Corey was of particular note. Not having yet hit a boundary in hard ball cricket, his first shot crossing the rope was accompanied by a very enthusiastic fist pump. He then followed that up with a glorious straight drive and three more boundaries to the longest part of the ground, well and truly putting that gremlin to bed. Isaac and Joe finished with 23 and 22 respectively, and both with strike rates of exactly 200%.
Newdigate won the game comfortably by 108 runs, however it was the manner of victory that stood out in my eyes.
The game was played in great spirit and both teams enjoyed themselves, which was great to see. Also, having had such a tough season last year, it was also great to see the hard work that has been put in coming to fruition. As someone who loves a stat, I found this one quite telling; at this point last year we had taken 9 wickets but lost 55! In two of those games, we lost 16 wickets……treasured memories that sadly I will never forget.
This season we have taken 45 wickets and lost only 19. Last season we only took 34 wickets in total, of which 11 came in one match! so to have surpassed that figure after 5 games is clearly a fantastic achievement. Well done all!
Driver’s 60 (no) in vain in Quokkas loss
Sunday XI, 4 June 23
Newdigate won the toss and decided to bat first on a dry and sunny day. Simon Carrington (36 off 31 balls, 6 fours and 1 six) started innings in a hurry, while David Callcut (19) was steady with his approach. The second wicket partnership of 69 runs built a strong platform in 11 overs; in-form Jack Bowley (10) and Tom Harper (15) had the starts but both perished on two lovely balls from Driver and Faggie. The Quokkas delivered a double strike on the 13th over leaving Newdigate on 81/4. Newdigate lost another 4 wickets in the following 7 overs asking the tail to wag. The tail-wagging did come through- Monjur Elahi (31 off 31 balls with 6 fours) and Ben Crook (34 of 28 balls, with 5 fours) shared a 40-runs 8th wicket partnership to take the total to 159; Crook launched towards the end to form a 28 runs partnership with Ian Kehl (7 not out). Newdigate was all out scoring 181 runs off 33 overs.
Faggie, 2/2 off two overs with one maiden, was the pick of the bowlers for the Quokkas with goo support from Driver 26/2 off 6 overs. The ‘borrowed player’ young Arthur Carrington impacted the innings by a direct hit run out and then by claiming an LBW. Dave, Radio, Smurtie and Seagull took a wicket respectively. The Quokkas did well to rotate their bowlers – all 10 players, except the wicket keeper, had a bowl!
Eight bowlers were used for Newdigate. Tom Harper delivered a magic spell of 15/3 off 2.4 overs in the depth, while Ben Crook’s economic spell (9/1 off 5 overs) choaked the visitors. Kaium Khan also returned good figures (15/1 off 5 overs). 1 wicket each was claimed by Jones, Kehl, Elahi and De Vrij.
Both the teams enjoyed how the day’s proceedings unfolded, the tea, humour and laughter.
Saturday 2nd XI
By David Callcut
On Saturday 3rd June, Newdigate CC 2nd XI travelled to Worcester Park to play against league leaders Wandgas CC 2nd XI. Wandgas won the toss and elected to field first.
David Wrightson and Richard Callcut opened for Newdigate, losing Wrightson early in the innings for just 8 runs. Newdigate continued losing wickets, with only Richard Callcut (47), Charlie Major (13) and Christian John reaching double figures. Newdigate were all out for 150 from 41 of their allocated 45 overs. Zeeshan Ahmed was the pick of the Wandgas bowlers with 7 overs 3 for 16.
In response, Newdigate started first, dismissing Wandgas’ openers for just 15 runs and at 34 for 4, Newdigate seemed to be pulling the match their way. However, Thursan Kumarasimgham (20), Zeeshan Ahmed (35) and Rashed Ahmed (44*) secured the defeat, reaching the total in 40 overs with the loss of 6 wickets. The wickets were spread around the Newdigate bowling attack.
This loss puts Newdigate 2nd XI 6th in the league of 9 teams.
Captain Collard takes us to victory!
2nd Match, 2nd Win, 2nd nail biting last man standing finish
Newdigate won the toss and elected to field. Horley could only field the minimum 8 players so we agreed on a 16 over game.
The opening bats for Horley had a great innings, and the rotation of Rachel Lyndon, Charlie Collard and Karen Fordree kept the extras low, but didn’t take the first wicket. That job fell to Del Posner, Wicket Keeper is her preferred position, but she took one over, and on the 2nd ball, caused the batswoman to make an error and hit her own wicket. Two further catches from Charlie (one caught and bowled), and a dropped catch by Karen gave the opportunity for Charlie to take a run out instead.
Horley finished the innings on 104, a fairly high score for a ladies 16 overs game.
Sarah Oram continued her good batting form, Lisa Fenn stepped up at 3 for her first ever game of cricket and managed to get on the board, and Karen hit a couple of rare (for her) boundaries before getting run out. Charlie had an awesome innings, retiring at 40 and returning in the 12th over to finish on a total of 56 runs as last man standing.
Newdigate finished in the 14th over on 105, putting us at the top of our SLAM league.
A huge thanks for Caroline Clark for scoring and Andrew Major for umpiring.
BBQ and a batting bonanza!
Knights win local thriller against Capel rivals
Due to pressing BBQ commitments the big match was moved forwards to a 9.30 start which meant an early wake up call for the various groundsmen. There was also some added excitement with the unveiling and presentation of the new kit. Good stash always accounts for a few extra runs and the team ran out feeling good and looking sharp. This game always feels like a local derby and the Knights knew they had to win. First moment of the game was to lose the toss and be sent into bat. Game on….
Freddie and Joe went in first and steadied the nerves by seeing out the first couple of overs. Freddie had then had enough of that and decided that now was the time to attack… Boom… six…. fetch that! I think the ball needed to be retrieved from Capel (the place not the team). Isaac and Mark then came in and continued with the “foot on the gas” approach. Isaac raced to 16 from 2 overs before finishing on 28. By the halfway stage the Knights were up to 281, no wickets taken and 6 boundaries.
That left Bryce, Millie, Austin and Fraser to protect the score and push on. Bryce and Millie batted excellently, without losing a wicket and with some great running, especially from the wides and no balls. Austin then came in and hit 26 from 13 balls, with another six, this time flicked off his toes and over the sweeper on the rope. The Knights finished without losing a single wicket and with the scoreboard on 332. Confidence was high as they went into the field to defend their total.
If some of the batting was controlled, then the bowling started in the same way. A maiden from Isaac and then 3 great overs form Mark, Bryce and Millie. The first pair seen off with only 16 runs from it. Capel needed 117 more runs to win but it felt a long way off. Then in came Capel’s number 3, he’d obviously been watching Steve Smith and with no shackles to come off, hit 34 runs with a strike rate of 242… The Knights suddenly were in a game. But, as is often the way, those that go big, often go home and get bowled. In consecutive overs, Freddie and Fraser sent the bails tumbling, -10, pegging Capel back. Mark then also disrupted the bails and Austin followed up, which meant Capel needed 70 from their last batsmen. Impossible, implausible, surely incomprehensible?
Capel’s final batsmen bounced into the crease, jogging, swinging and with a haircut that only someone who believes in their ability can truly pull off. Shot, shot, shoooottt…! 18 in his first over… 52 left… 12 in his next over… 40 from 12 balls… he can’t be this good?… 4 from the next ball… then one, his error, his first error.. off strike… To his credit he smashed 38 from his overs. Including a lovely drive that went straight back and slammed into Austin’s outstretched hand. Austin took his time, checked his fingers were all still attached to his hand before bowling the final delivery. Capel needed too many by now but to complete the win, Austin left the bails on the turf one more time. The Knights won by 28 but it had seemed closer a few minutes before that.
So, still top, still unbeaten and James went home in time for his BBQ. Put an extra sausage on… The Knights are top of the league.
By Warwick Hunter
Saturday 27th May Newdigate 2nd XI hosted Chaldon Cricket Club.
Out? Or not-out? That was the question!
A nail-biting tie for the Knights against Felbridge & Sunnyside
After an extra training match on Sunday, the team’s confidence was high, as they faced off against Felbridge and Sunnyside on Monday night. Newdigate won the toss again (must be those lucky pants Isaac!) and elected to bat first.
Corey and Joe started the game with some disciplined batting and a steady run rate, which set the tone for the rest of the Knight’s innings. Mark followed with his team-mate and became top run scorer with 11 runs. A controversial decision by the umpire which deemed Isaac run out on a free ball was ultimately going to cost them the match, but the rest of the team were quick to limit further damage with Corey, Mark, Leo, Frankie and Oscar surviving their innings by not getting out. The Knights finished on 241; a not unachievable target for their opponents.
Austin and Isaac opened the bowling aggressively; both achieving 2 wickets within their first overs. Mark followed taking 2 wickets for 7 runs; Leo with 1 wicket for 11 runs and Joe got an awesome stumping as wicket keeper. Felbridge and Sunnyside were consistently racking up the runs though and with Newdigate having scored 241 and Felbridge & Sunnyside already on 243 with 3 overs to go, the opponents just needed to see out their remaining overs. But Newdigate had other ideas…..
Mark was first to shave 5 runs of the opponent’s total, but the batting pair’s steady singles kept them still 2 runs ahead of the Knights on 243. Austin took another wicket in the penultimate over, but with 4 runs scored, Felbridge and Sunnyside were still winning by 1, with 242. It was down to Isaac to work his magic in the last over…..
His mum couldn’t watch as he bowled a superb dot ball to start. But then the batsman hit the second ball long. Some quick reactive fielding, however, meant the batsman only managed 2 runs. A dot and a single came next which meant they were now on 245, with 2 balls to go. Newdigate needed a wicket……and a wicket they got. As the bails were sent flying high by Isaac, cheers from the players and crowd erupted, as everyone realised the game would be decided on the last ball. A final single by the second highest batsman meant the match finished on a draw which seemed a little unfair given the excitement of the game, but a win is as good as a draw……?!
The Knights retain their position at the top of the table but their next match against local rivals Capel will determine whether they stay there! The game kicks off early on Bank holiday Monday morning (9.30) so if you are at a loose end, I’m sure the team would appreciate your support. Come
Newdigate 2nd XI
by David Callcut
The visitors won the toss and opted to field first and despite getting a few early wickets Weybridge scored at a reasonable pace with skipper Richard Holman (36) and Rob Bastin (27). This was followed by a brilliant knock of 85 from Allan Moffat, which took the home team to 194 all out. Only one other Weybridge batter got into double figures. Best of Newdigate’s bowling was Andy Glen (4 for 51) and James Penfold (3 for 50). In response, Newdigate started slowly losing skipper Richard Callcut early in the innings for 7. Tom Harper (22) was joined by Matt Clarke (25) who together steadied the ship, however following their departure, the batters struggled. Wrightson (18), Christian John (15) and Aiden Jones (15) put up a bit of a fight, but Newdigate were 153 all out. Richard Holman was the best of the bowlers (3 for 12 from 3.5 overs), the rest of the wickets were shared.
The mighty Knights victorious again
The Under 11s secure a home win over Lingfield
The only frustration this week came from the scoring table, whilst they tried to keep up with the number of wickets taken and total runs scored against Lingfield.
After the success of last week, Newdigate captain Isaac Grant, won the toss and selected to field first. It wasn’t long before he did what he does best and dispatched the first batsman within the first few minutes. Next up to bowl was Kazuya Foster who took the second wicket and a very accurate throw from Mark Moody-Stuart sent the bails flying for three. Quick reactions from Fraser McLean and wicket keeper Joseph Cole maintained Lingfield’s low run rate and some strong bowling from Freddie Bennion ensured another wicket fell. Austin Hunter had obviously had his Weetabix for breakfast, being involved in five wickets; clean bowling 2 batsman, catching and bowling Lingfield’s highest run scorer, running out another and taking a catch from final bowler, Millie Guthrie. The score at the end of the first innings was 228 for 10 to Lingfield.
Fraser and Kaz, took to the field first for Newdigate, creating a strong foundation for the rest of the team to build upon. Isaac and Mark made some big hits which meant that the two wickets that did fall, didn’t create much of a dent in the scoreboard. Millie and Joe’s pairing continued to send the score board in the right direction, followed by the final nails in the coffin from Austin and Freddie who collectively scored just under thirty. Lingfield scraped a cheeky LBW and a clean bowled to finish, but the Knights were too far ahead to be caught and finished the game 276 for 4. Well done team.
Still top of the league……although arch-rivals Capel are snapping at our heels…….!
Newdigate Under 15s Start the Season in Fine Style
by John Callcut
Newdigate started their Surrey Junior Cricket Championship campaign in fine style with a good win against Salfords. Skipper, Charlie Stimpson, won the toss and probably regretted his decision to bowl first as Salfords got off to a flyer with Samuel Lee hitting a quick fire 19. Three wickets then fell with two for Dexter Duthie and one to Toby Ball. A partnership of 63 between Perowne and Wright was broken by Stimpson but a well hit 11 from Marley Pierre enabled Salfords to reach 120-4 from their 20 overs. Archie Gibbs-Power and Aiden Jones both bowled tight spells in the middle with Gibbs-Power bowling the only maiden over of the match.
Newdigate’s openers Elliot Spiers (8) and Dexter Duthie put on 30 in three overs. With the dismissal of Spiers, Duthie was joined by Jones and they put on 59 before Jones was caught behind for 7 off the bowling of George Ross who then took a second wicket. Duthie retired on 52 having scored his maiden half century. In fading light Harry Ball (11) and Charlie Stimpson (11) reached the required total with Stimpson finishing the game with a towering six straight over the bowlers head with four overs left and three wickets down. Pick of the Salfords bowlers was spinner George Ross who took 2-9
Ninjas are depleted but not defeated!
First SLAM game of the 2023 season and Sarah Oram leads us to victory!
We might have struggled to get a team together, but 8 drove out to face Oxted and Limpsfield at Grub Street tonight, having won the toss, we elected to field.
With some of our key players missing this season, we knew we had to keep a tight field and the team worked hard to keep the run rate low with some great fielding. Rachel Lyndon started the fall of wickets, taking one in the 2nd and 8th over. Charlie Collard (Captain) followed with a further one in the 13th over. Bella Whitton put in a great performance in her bowling debut, she was unfortunate with a injury to her eye and finished the game in A&E. No lasting damage and we hope she is back with us very soon.
Oxted & Limpsfield finished the innings on 87.
Not all heroes wear capes!
As the endless rain seems to have finally finished, it almost feels like cricket weather!
However not more than two weeks ago, our outfield looked more suited to grazing cows than for cricket.
Thanks must go to those who have made that possible behind closed doors (so to speak):
Andy Major for his work with the square and the outfield
John Callcut for his work on the outfield with both outfield and hand mower
Neil Clark, who also gave up his time to mow by hand the bottom section of the ground
Mark De Vrij, for also giving up his time to hand mow the longest areas and cut the outfield
If you see them, please take the opportunity to thank them, as the ground now looks in amazing shape.
Saturday 2nd XI
by David Callcut
Newdigate 2nd XI got their 2023 Surrey County League season under way with a home fixture against Churt & Hindhead.
Somewhere over the rainbow…..
Under 11 Knights dreams come true.
There was a huge pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for the U11 Knights, as they secured a comfortable win over Oxted and Limpsfield on Wednesday night.
It was touch and go whether the first match of the season would go ahead but after a huge downpour, 9 wet, excitable cricketers (and James!) took to the field, fired up and ready to go…..
Isaac Grant © opened the bowling and showed the opposition that the Knights meant business by taking a wicket in his first over; his first of many victims. Bowling was slick and fielding was tight. Mark Moody-Stuart despatched another batsman in his opening over, as did Fraser Mclean. Then wicket keeper, Joseph Cole, was quick to react to send those bails flying high and Oxted and Limpsfield’s scoreboard was going backwards! And so it continued, with another wicket taken by Austin Hunter; one from Corey McManus, a second for Fraser and Isaac ending the Knights stint in the field with a “fivefor”. After 16 overs Newdigate had taken 12 wickets, with Oxted and Limpsfield scoring just 204 runs. A great start.
After some cheeky chat from the boys about retiring after the first 2 overs, the Knights batted well through sunshine and showers. The slow and soggy pitch created a steady and consistent run rate and communication within the partnerships was good with only 2 run outs! Oxted and Limpsfield claimed 2 wickets (and the 2 run outs) from the mighty Knights which meant Newdigate finished the match on 253.
A special mention to Charlotte Robbie who was making her debut performance for the team and a great win for the U11s who are currently top of the league (as no other match was played due to the weather!) … “We are top of the league, say we are..”
Newdigate CC starts VCL campaign with a win over Loxwood CC
Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI hosted Loxwood CC Sunday 1st XI on the season’s first Village Cricket League on Sunday, 7th May 2023. Despite the heavy rainfall in the previous days, the pitch was prepared well and hosted an intriguing day cricket – thank to Andrew Major and his helpers to make this happen.
The game was also covered by the newly installed electronic scoreboard and Leapfrog live streaming, a welcoming addition to the club’s portfolio.
Loxwood bowlers used the condition well. Darren Cockerill led the pack with his 4 wickets claim of 6 overs conceding only 15 runs; Zach Whittle supported him well with 3 wickets of 9 overs giving away 29 runs.
Loxwood required 154 runs off 40 overs on a pitch which was easing up a bit, still offering odd bounce and keeping low at times. They started well scoring 51/1 in the 15th over. Alex Seeley (16) and Will Price (39) negotiated the opening spells from Duthie and Stimpson very well and cashed in from odd balls. Monjur Elahi came in as a slow bowling option and claimed 4 quick wickets in the space between over 16 to 21; Jagadeesh Subbiah took two more wickets bowling from the pavilion end and Loxwood lost the command over the proceedings. The scorecard read 97/7 at the end of 30th over. Loxwood concentrated on securing a draw at that point – contributions from Danny Bonney (16*) and Jamie Curtis (12) nearly took them over the line. However, Dexter Duthie came back strong claiming two wickets in his last spell and Charlie Stimpson sealed the win taking his second wicket on the 38th over.
Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI secured a win by 34 runs. Both teams fielded very well and took some good catches. Overall, it was a good display of cricket and gentlemenship on a challenging day from both the teams which was greatly appreciated by all.
Dorking Advertiser – 13th April 2023
Things are stirring at the cricket club as we get ready for the new season.
Everyone is welcome to visit our picturesque ground on the Brocus at Newdigate and see our fabulous pavilion and club bar. We have all the cricketing facilities you could wish for – an artificial pitch, brand new two lane nets and a bowling machine. We’ve even got a new electronic scoreboard. Work parties have repainted the interior of the pavilion.
If you want to play cricket or just like watching then we offer something for everyone regardless of age or ability.
The Saturday 1st XI and 2nd XI play in the Surrey County League.
Our Sunday XI play friendly matches and we also have a side playing in the Sunday Village Cricket League.
Our ladies play in the Surrey Women’s Cricket League.
Our evergreen Midweek side play friendly 20/20 matches on Wednesday evenings followed by a delicious barbecue.
We have been running junior coaching for boys and girls for 30 years. Our coaches have DBS, safeguarding and first aid qualifications. We have the Clubmark accreditation which demonstrates that we offer a well run club, open to all in a safe environment.
Our junior boys and girls play in the Surrey Junior Cricket Championship at under 9, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 17 levels.
The 5-7 year olds sign up to All Stars Cricket. (Just google All Stars Cricket and register stating your club as Newdigate). For £50 each player gets a special All Stars shirt, cap, bat, backpack and ball. We have specially trained activators who introduce the players to cricket in a fun-filled way using lots of interactive equipment.
If you wish to join or renew your junior or adult membership then go to www.newdigatecricketclub.com/information
Juniors train on Friday evenings starting on the 21st April. Under 9s,10s,11s from 6-7pm and the older players from 7.05pm onwards
All Stars also train on Friday evenings but start later on the 19th May from 6-7pm
Pre-season nets for adults are on Sunday mornings starting at 10.00 am. Come along and join in.
For full information about the club go to www.newdigatecricketclub.co.uk
HORVATH’S 95 MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NEWDIGATE AND SALFORDS
The day was pleasant with the Sun breaking through the clouds, slightly chilli wind-blow – a perfect late September Cricketing weather. The pitch was slightly dump and the pitch looked like it endured a long dry summer season, as it did. Salfords CC won the toss and decided to bat first.
Hussain and Duthie started well, really well for Newdigate. Controlled bowling from them made scoring difficult for the Hosts, who focused on keeping the wickets in hand. Success came for the visitors with the bowling change as Hallas claimed Nishanth Sankaralingham (22) and Kehl broke the patience of Ravi Siddabathula (29). Balai Raju took two quick wickets soon after. Salfords scoring picked up in form of Kieran Cox (34) and Mick Horvath (95 runs off 63 balls). Mick’s tornado innings shifted the momentum for the Hosts within a short space of time, who hit 13 fours and 2 sixes, and got out only 5 runs away from his century. Salfords posted an imposing 242/7 off 40 overs.
Newdigate needed improvisation to chase down the big total while facing a decent Salfords bowling attack. Glen Zangel (28/4 off 8 overs) and Jinish Patel (9/1 off 5 overs) made progress extremely difficult and Newdigate were 3 down scoring 21 runs in 10 overs. Consolidation, re-build and attempt salvaging some pride was the strategy at that point. Consolidation was achieved without losing any wicket in next 10 overs securing a score of 50 odd runs; re-builidng was done by reaching to 100 runs in the 30th over – Captain Elahi (32) and Tom Harper (43) being the main springs; the momentum was lost losing 4 wickets in between over 30-35. Eventually it was down to Ed Hallas (27 not out off 15 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes) and Balaji Raju (17 not out off 10 balls with 3 fours) to take the team total to 172/9 off 40 overs – pride restored.
While the score-line does not make a pleasant reading for Newdigate, it is, in fact, a satisfactory show where the team took advantage in a couple of sessions during the game playing a team of superior strength, where the difference was made by Horvath’s blinder innings of 95!
Newdigate CC wins the return friendly thriller match vs Merton CC
Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI returned to John Innes Recreation Ground to play a friendly match with the host Merton CC (Boars) on Sunday 11th Sept 2022. Earlier in the season, the Boars visited Newdigate where the visitors registered a comfortable win.
On a typical September pitch, which was dump with slow outfield, the toss was won by the Hosts who decided to bat first. The Host lost an early wicket and the run scoring progressed slowly as the batters were adjusting with the variable bounce off the pitch. Boars contained themselves until the 30th over when the total was 70 runs; Paul Permenter (42 not out) being the anchor who carried his bat out right through the innings. Adil Sharif (21) batted fluently when the sun broke out and Sujanan Romalojoseph (21) hit big to post a respectable total of 123/7 off 40 overs. Newdigate bowlers maintained good line and length, using the condition well. 10 bowlers were used, wickets were shared and some typical Sunday Cricket catch drop were witnessed.
Newdigate openers Jagadeesh Subbiah (21) and David Callcut (44) started the response really well for the visitors. They handled the uneven pitch condition and concentrated on scoring singles and doubles. Subbiah’s concentration lapsed after the drinks break when he holed out to Mid-on. Redwan Ahmed (19) batted confidently with Callcut and a comfortable win for Newdigate was on cards. However, when was a match between Newdigate and Merton ever one-sided? Sujanan Romalojoseph claimed quick 5 wickets on his return spell who even gave himself a chance of taking a hat-trick at one point. Newdigate lost quick 6 wickets scoring only 11 runs and a win was only 9 runs away at the beginning of 35th over. Nerves and butterflies, all started to show; however James Dearsley held his cool and smashed a few big shots to register a 2 wicket victory for Newdigate on the 38th over.
Besides the competitive feel, both the team players enjoyed a great tea, courtesy Merton CC; celebrated the end of an enjoyable cricket season with the promises to meet each other in 2023. Newdigate played 6 colts/emerging youth players which also promises a good future for the club.
Newdigate fought back – not enough chasing The Flemish Giants’ big total
A strong response were expected to defend 321 which was nipped in the bud as the top three batsmen returned single digits for Newdigate. The resistance came from No 6 batsman Shaid Ahmed 64 (off 54 balls, hitting 13 fours and 1 six) and No 8 batsman Ed Hallas 50 (hitting 10 fours and 1 six). But the spark came way too late and there was a faint hope of taking the score to a respectable 200+. Both the hard-hitters perished when Ben Bauman came back hauling 4 wickets. The hosts eventually managed to score 187/10 off 38 overs conceding a win by 134 runs.
Playing away at Cranleigh on the same day, Newdigate CC Sunday 2nd XI scored 227/2 off 35 overs against Cranleigh CC Gentlemen’s XI, courtesy Angus Harper (104) and David Callcut (114) both remaining not out. The Home side trumped the visitors with a team effort to secure a win by 3 wickets, scoring 230/7 off 34 overs.
Newdigate holds nerve winning a run-fest thriller vs BBC Bushmen
BBC Bushmen had a very cautious start when they lost an early wicket as Balaji Raju claimed it on his opening spell. Watchful batting from Harry Low (24) and Tim Lambert (51) managed the initial crisis but the required run-rate was climbing. Newdigate opening pair, in form of Andy Glen and Balaji Raju, bowled in good line and length to restrict the run rate on a very flat wicket. Bushmen started to open up with the bowling change. Mowbray Jackson (61) joined Lambert and got some momentum for the visitors. At 30th over, the visitors were on 160 runs – a tricky situation, the visitors needed some serious escalations and they had wickets in hand – and they escalated, in form of Oscar Floyd (114 not out) who started his account by hitting a six. Floyd hit 6 sixes and 15 fours to get to his century innings. His clean hitting nearly took his team over the line. They needed 21 runs off last 7 balls which seemed gettable but Ed Hallas held his nerve and delivered an excellent last over to restrict the visitors who fell short by 10 runs. BBC Bushmen scored 291/5 in response. Despite a disciplined bowling start, on a day, when the batsmen butchered the bowlers, Charlie Stimpson came out smiling with a satisfactory figure 69/3 off 8 overs.
Overall, it was a cliff-hanger match that everyone enjoyed and post match celebration was a joy to participate on.
Comfortable win by The Cricket Society CC over Newdigate CC Sunday on a Friendly match
Newdigate CC won the toss and decided to bat first on a very hot day. A flat pitch and very quick outfield promised a lot of runs for the day. However, the Hosts did not quite justify the decision to bat early as two quick wickets were lost early on. Dan Jones (21) and Redwan Ahmed (10) steadied the innings, while Aiden Jones (16) ably contributed when Newdigate seemed to negotiate with some accurate bowling from The Cricket Society. However, middle and late order collapse from Newdigate did not allow for a big total and the Hosts managed to set a small target of 74 runs off 25.3 overs. Andrew Sheldon (20/4 off 7 overs) was the peak of the bowlers for The Cricket Society, while Amir Iqbal and David Farringdon took 2 wickets each.
Newdigate’s hope to bring some sort of competition by taking early wickets were sparked when Andy Glen managed one straight away. However, aggressive batting from Rehan Mahmud (52 not out) and a solid knock from Tom Gross (20) ensured that there is no further drama. The visitors batted with ease to reach 78 runs off 12 overs losing only one wicket to seal a comfortable win by 9 wickets.
Due to the early finish of the official match, the captains agreed to a play a further 16 overs bear match, which was again won by The Cricket Society, which was played in great spirit and with a bit more competition.
Overall, it was a great day, full of fun with a lot of food and drinks enjoyed by the players and spectators.
DJ fought but Dorking CC smiles
Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI hosted Dorking CC Sunday Development team on their return fixture at Newdigate on 7th August 2022.
Newdigate lost an early wicket in the chase. Daniel Jones (78) and Thomas Harper (36) steadied the innings and the pair added 90 runs in the second wicket. However, the required run rate kept creeping up. Ed Hallas (11) and Jagadeesh Subbiah (8) perished trying to hit big. There were no significant contributions from the late order and Newdigate could score 169/8 off 40 overs. Dorking bowlers bowled with good control and ably supported by sharp fielding. Matthew Read (18/3 off 8 overs) and Jim Beardmore (29/2 off 7 overs) were the among wickets with good economy.
Dorking CC won by 41 runs. Despite the loss, Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI remains in the second position for VCL Eastern League – thanks to some impressive wins earlier in the season.
Old Dorkinians CC won a thriller match
Old Dorkinians lost their first wicket on the 3rd over when Jullian Jeffery took a scorcher of a catch at 2nd slip off Balaji Raju’s bowling. Early fall of wicket slowed the run rate down for the Hosts. Ian Elliott (48) and B Wood (19) took a lot of time to get the innings to 63 on the 25th over when a victory for the Home side looked more than unlikely. A Leopold (33) upped the scoring rate on B Woods’ departure and Tom Longhurst (22 not out) carried on the onslaught. Wickets fell, but OD was not worried as they were operating on the 6th gear with wickets in hand. Next 86 runs were scored in 9.4 overs. Old Dorkinians reached 149/5 off 34.4 over. Balaji Raju (30/3 off 7 overs with two maidens) was the best bowler for Newdigate, Joe Haynes and Monjur Elahi took the other two wickets.
What a see-saw match, the pendulum was swinging big time, on every drinks break the game looked totally different than the previous session. 35 degree was not an issue at all, as the heat was brewing hotter inside each players!
Newdigate Juniors win two league titles!
Last week was one for the history buffs at Newdigate Cricket Club as both the U12 and U14 teams won their Surrey Junior Championship league.
The under 12s had been waiting for success for a few years, slowly building team spirit and confidence from the core team that joined the club as All Stars at age 5. After a few years of celebrating the odd win here and there, the team, supported by some strong U11s playing up, managed to win all but one of their games, topping the league with 31 points, Oxted and Limpsfield in second place with 26.5 points.
The team have shared Captaincy, with Archie Gibbs-Power, Toby Wells and Adam Hallet all taking the role on and playing to their strengths of both bowling and batting. Harrison Smith, Joseph Thorneloe, Jacob Mumford, and Sam Curry have all taken several wickets between them. Harry Grimley, Toby Wells and Austin Hunter (U11) have all had stints at being wicket keeper alongside bowling and good batting performances. Other U11s, Issac Grant, Freddie Bennion Edward Dearsley and Oscar Smith have all contributed the team’s success, taking wickets and racking up nearly 100 runs for their U12 games. And Amellie Bennet and Isla Goldsmith have also played well for the team and will hopefully start to play for the ladies’ team in a few years’ time.
The under 14s had an incredibly tough start to the season, and at one point, it looked like dwindling numbers were going to force us to pull out of the league entirely. But team spirit reins supreme at Newdigate CC and through bringing back a couple of players from 2021, and supporting the team with U12s, the excellent team spirit pushed them to see out a win, with a nail-biting top of the table clash for the final game of the season away to Oxted and Limpsfield, seeing Newdigate win by 34 runs. The final table had Newdigate with a total of 33 points, ahead of Oxted on 32.
The team was captained by Charlie Stimpson this year, who’s calm nature rubbed off on the team. The U14 players supporting him were Dexter Duthie, Elliot Spears, Harry and Toby Ball, Rufus James, Jimmy Penfold, Sebastian Dearsley and Aiden Jones. U12 players were Archie Gibbs Power, Toby Wells, Adam Hallet, Joseph Thorneloe, Edward Dearsley and Harry Grimley.
A huge well done to both teams and coaches!
Cranleigh CC Gentlemen’s XI beat Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI
Cranleigh won the toss and decided to bat on a hard pitch, the ground was lovely with big boundaries. Cranleigh openers James Hamblin (38) and William Hamblin (26) laid a solid foundation for the Hosts justifying their captain’s decision to bat first. Newdigate’s opening bowlers struggled to reign the runs scoring rate. Bowling change brought Newdigate some success and the scoring rate slowed down a bit. Dave Burke (28) kept the runs flowing for the Hosts, with contributions from the other batters around him, Cranleigh innings total reached 163/8 off 35 overs. Ian Kehl made his 60th Birthday a memorable one by claiming 4 wickets conceding only 26 runs off his 7 overs while Monjur Elahi took 2 wickets.
In reply, the visitors started well with Andy Glen and Marcus Glen opening the batting, but lost a quick few wickets to a very disciplined Cranleigh Bowling. Newdigate lost a few wickets while the batters were trying to clear the boundaries on a big ground. On the half way of their innings, Newdigate were struggling with only 60 runs losing 7 wickets, while a notable contribution came from Sebastian Dearsley (23). A defeat by a big margin was very possible. However, the partnership between Monjur Elahi (10 not out) and Jagadeesh Subbiah (62 not out) steadied the ship for the visitors a bit and Subbiah even made an attempt to register an unlikely win with a flurry of boundaries and sixes. However, clever bowling and field positioning from Cranleigh denied the visitors from causing and upset and Newdigate’s innings total reached to 132/8 off 35 overs. R Wheeler claimed 3 wickets giving away only 3 runs off his 2 overs while Nicholas Pickens took 2 wickets.
Craneligh CC Gentlemen’s XI won by 31 runs.
The match celebrated a total of 4 pairs of Father-son participation and it was played in a great spirit of friendliness.
Father’s Day Gala celebration at Newdigate Cricket Club
An intra-club match was held on the day between Newdigate Sunday 1st XI and 2nd XI, with families featuring the Carringtons, Balls, Islams, Dearsleys, Harpers, Glens, beside the regular players. Daddy Captain Andy Glen led Sunday 1st XI while Daddy Captain Simon Carrington herded Sunday 2nd XI.
A 30 overs match was decided allowing sufficient tea and hydration break. The toss was won by Captain Glen who invited Captain Carrington to bat. The match started at 1:15 pm.
Carrington family gave the 2nd XI a good start; Over-excited Daddy Carrington forgot to put-on the essential body armour when batting but he realised the error soon and mistake was corrected followed by his dismissal on 13. However, the run-scoring momentum was carried throughout the 2s innings. Hussain Abdul Munaff (51), Redwan Ahmed (58 not out) and Jagadeesh Subbiah (54 not out) set a very challenging total of 200 runs after 30 overs. Sunday 2nd XI lost only 4 wickets in the process. Wickets were shared among the 1st XI bowlers and they bowled generously, except Ben Crook (4 overs, 9 runs) and Sebastian Dearsley (4 overs, 13 runs).
The Harpers were equal to the task, for Sunday 1st XI, who started aggressively. Thomas Harper (62 off 44 balls) made the backbone of the innings while Elliot Spiers (27), Monjur Elahi (22) and Andy Glen (17) built around. However, 2nd XI bowlers bowled well and kept taking wickets in regular intervals. 1st XI got all out at the end on 29.4 overs scoring 186 runs. 2nd XI bowlers shared the wickets among them, while Charlie Stimpson stood out with 2 wickets.
Sunday 2nd XI registered a good win by 14 runs, it was a close match at the end, it was a great day weather-wise and even the rain held off till the match was finished.
Newdigate Womens 1st XI vs Reigate Llamas
Reigate put in a strong batting performance to win over the Ninjas
Reigate won the toss and elected to Bat.
The opening bats held firm and Newdigate struggled to break the pairing, topping out at 59 before a great catch by Anna Lewis snatched retirement away from Rosie who finished her innings on 37 runs.
Jacqui Goldsmid found her feet and then took 3 further wickets, 2 clean bowls and an LBW putting her top in the league with 7 wickets in total. A fantastic catch by Vicky Clack off of Anna Lewis bowling got the biggest cheer, it’s brilliant to see the older team members improving in the field. There were other good fielding performances from Pippa Bennet, Tanya Clack and Sharon Millar. However, Reigate continued to find the boundary and finished their innings with 168.
With some of the best bowlers we face in the leagues, we knew we had a hard task to get close to the target, Skipper Karen Fordree went out for a duck in the first innings, making way for Jacqui to pair with Anna Lewis. Jacqui went on to put in a strong performance, retiring on 40 runs. Other notable performances were from Amelia Brien and Del Posner, bowled out on 16 runs. Jacqui went back in and finished her innings just 3 short of a half century.
Under 14s have a 10 wicket win against Crawley Downs and move into third place just two points behind the leader.
Under 12 Archie Gibbs-Power gave Newdigate the perfect start by removing both openers for ducks. Toby Ball bowling fast inswingers took three wickets and Charlie Stimpson two as the visitors scored 125-7 from their 20 overs. Elliot Spiers and Dexter Duthie hit powerfully and both passed 30 and retired. Charlie Stimpson hit lustily to ensure the total was reached after twelve overs. Jimmy Penfold made a good contribution with 13 which was a fine effort considering that he was hit on the chest shortly after he came to the wicket. Special mention must also be made of the improving Harry Ball who conceded just three byes and took two catches behind the stumps.
Sunday XI secures emphatic win over Hermes Redhill CC
Julian Jeffery started with his typical gritty innings to see off the initial sting from Hermes Redhill’s bowling while on the other hand, Simon Carrington played a dominant innings of 55 runs (retired not out) with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Jagadeesh Subbiah’s aggressive innings of 50 (retired not out) comprised of 7 boundaries and 1 six while Sebastian Dearsley played a mature innings of 10 runs. Newdigate scored 146 runs losing only one wicket on the 23rd over securing a big win by 9 wickets.
Overall, a dominant performance was displayed by Newdigate with the ball and then bat on a day when everything worked, even the catches were held brilliantly. The visitors were short of a player and the hosts helped them in every possible way to get an enjoyable match out of the day. Cricket was the winner.
Merton Boars win a close encounter over Newdigate Sunday 1st XI
Newdigate, in response, started very poorly, almost as identically as Merton. On the 11th over, the hosts lost 4 wickets scoring 41 runs. Thankfully, solid Julian Jeffery held it in one end (28), Jagadeesh Subbiah (24) and Balaji Raju (15) helping him. A recovery was made, but as Jeffery fell when the team score was 86, it was down to the late order to score another 56 runs. It was tough and was done before against the same opposition. Skipper Monjur Elahi (20 not out) led the re-building works with Ian Kehl (10) and a repeat of last year’s tense match was in the vision. Some cunning strategy from Merton Boars kept giving away easy singles to Elahi and taking wickets from the other end. At the end Elahi was left stranded, courtesy to Neil Simpson’s clever tactics. Newdigate’s innings folded scoring 127 runs in the 35th over, conceding a defeat by 14 runs.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable game, a great poster for friendly, yet tense village cricket match. Every moment of the match was enjoyed by all players and spectators, every run and wicket were rejoiced. The success of the colts were celebrated. Now, Newdigate will be looking forward to amend errors later in the season when we are due to visit Merton.
Under 12s top of the table
Following Merstham having to concede the match on the 2nd June the under 12s are now top of League East Tier 3.
Under 12s win three out of three
The under 12s beat league leaders Oxted & Limpsfield by 44 runs on the 27th May. They are now joint second in the league with a game in hand over the leaders.
Newdigate trumps Dorking on a low-scoring event
Sunday XI, VCL
Village Cricket League: 22nd May 2022, played at Dorking CC, Pixham Lane, Dorking, start time: 2 pm
It was a lovely sunny day, the match started half an hour later than the start-time at 1:30 pm due to an over-running Colts match. A reduced overs, 75 instead of 85 overs timed match, was agreed. Newdigate CC won the toss and decided to bat first.
Dorking openers started well, very well reducing Newdigate to 26/3 on the 11th over. Dorking kept the pressure on the run-scoring rate, claiming regular wickets on the process. Julian Jeffery (17) played a gritty innings to consolidate the innings with Jagadeesh Subbiah and their partnership accounted for 24 runs. Monjur Elahi continued to grind out the innings on Jeffery’s dismissal to for another useful partnership of 37 runs with Subbiah. Subbiah’s free-flowing bat saw him scoring the highest innings of the day (45). With Dexter Duthie (13) and Mark De Vrij (6) hitting a flurries of boundaries at the end, Newdigate ended with a total of 126 run losing 9 wickets in 40 overs. Toby De La Hoyde (17/4 off 8 overs) bowled well, supported by other bowlers, while Charles Redwood and Cameron Booth taking 2 wickets each.
In reply, Dorking started in dominant fashion and their opening bats took 40 runs off the first 5 overs. A result within 20 overs were cited! In came Subbiah in the fray with a double strike on his very first over. He stunned the hosts with a further 5 wickets and bowled a dream spell of 22/7 off 8 overs with 4 maidens. Elahi helped tightening the screw from the other end with an economic spell – 13/1 off 5 overs with 2 maidens. The hosts slid from 40/0 to 71/8 in the space of 13 overs. Some late resistance threatened a possibility of a draw or a tensed win. Balaji Raju stepped in and mopped the tail – 15/2 off 3.4 overs with 1 maiden. The noteworthy contribution from Dorking came from Chris Stone (28), Andrew Homewood (18) and Jack Homewood (15).
Newdigate CC Sunday 1st XI secured a win over Dorking CC VCL 1st XI by 28 runs. With this win Newdigate is currently at the leader of the total points on the VCL Eastern Mini-league.
The captains Man of the Match is, undoubtedly, Jagadeesh Subbiah with an all-round performance, with bat 45 and with ball 7 wickets! However, it is important to acknowledge how well we played as a unit. Grinding out the full 40 overs while batting was a strategic win besides the energy shown in the field, turning half chances to catches and the superior mental strength shown – all made helped turning all probable results upside down.
Merstham vs Newdigate Ninjas in Surrey SLAM
All about the wickets for the Newdigate ninjas this week!
Merstham, in only their second year fielding a ladies team, had 11 players with some members in their first ever game. Newdigate won the toss and elected to field.
Newdigate, fielding some new but experienced members for this game, had a bigger than normal pool of bowlers. Jacqui Ann Goldsmidt making a very welcome debut and opened the bowling, taking 3 wickets and a run out in her first 3 overs. Another newcomer, Harriet Fryer, took a further wicket with a fabulous catch by Charlie Collard, who then went on to take 2 run outs.
Skipper Karen Fordree bowled 2 wickets, and took a further run out, and a catch by Sarah Oram gave Anna Lewis the final wicket, Merstham were all out for 76.
The second innings saw a strong opening from Jacqui and Vicky Clack, getting 31 and 7 runs respectively before being bowled out. Sarah Oram and Claire Jeal saw out the batting innings, finishing on 82/2, with a total of 26 runs for the pair.
A second win for the Ninjas securing our place at the top of the SLAM table.
Sunday 1st XI starts VCL in style with a win
by Monjur Elahi
Both the teams played a few colts, the weather was sunny, it was a timed match, there were some moisture on the pitch. Newdigate won the toss and decided to bat with the idea to see off the opening spells, let the moisture dry and set up a score around 180 and then defend it.
Well, the batting plan did not quite materialise, Effingham made inroads with Newdigate’s top and middle order. Newdigate was reduced to 23/6 on the 13th over. The tail wagged, Mike Duthie (42) leading with Charlie Stimpson (24), James Dearley, Jon Bell and Balaji Raju all contributing to achieve a score of 128 before the visitor’s innings folded in the 34th over. Ollie Tebbits (9-14-5) was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts.
For a win, the hosts needed just 129 from 51 overs – easy? Especially when the pitch eased up and the ball was coming on the bat nicely. Defending a low score of 128 was challenging, but confidence were there as Newdigate had a strong bowling attack. A nice tea was enjoyed, thanks to Effingham for hosting; there were talks of a past encounter of the exact situation back in 2019 https://newdigatecc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3755552
Jon Bell and Jagadeesh Subbiah started strong; with Jon bowling with his accurate line, creating the pressure while Jagadeesh profiting with the wickets. The hosts had a slow start and scored 17 runs in 13 overs losing 4 wickets. Ollie Tebbits (24) and Dave Roberts (39) steadied the ship and kept the scoreboard going. It was a cat and mouse game with Effingham was gaining the advantage every time a boundary was scored, but Newdigate claiming it back by taking a wicket. Regular rotation of bowler, 8 were used and the variation helped getting wickets. Last two wickets, two talented Effingham colts, stuck together to frustrate Newdigate, four dropped catches did not help either, possibility of all results – loss, win, draw – were in the cards. In the end, Duthie made the day his own by taking the last two wickets to seal a win for Newdigate. Effingham innings folded scoring 117 in the 46th over.
Phew, what a sea-saw day of cricket, the crowd had their money worth (not that they had to pay for a ticket, but they should do when watching Newdigate Sunday team are playing!). All players contributed massively, Duthie starred the day, Subbiah claimed four wickets, all the bowlers bowled economic spells, De Vrij kept outstandingly well, magnificent catches were taken by Seb Dearsly and Andy Glen. A great thank you all players for securing a wonderful win and we look forward to continue the run.
Newdigate u14s vs. Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians
by John Callcut
The under 14s secured a good win away against CC&W on a bitterly cold evening. Newdigate batted first and got off to a flyer with Dexter Duthie (30*) and Elliot Spiers (16) putting on 70 before Spiers was bowled by the consistent Jared Bristow. Harry Ball, Charlie Stimpson and Toby Wells all continued the good work enabling Newdigate to retire on 137-4.
In reply Duthie bowled the opener Joshua Heather but Matthew Puttock (31*) and Dillon Bristow (30*) put together a partnership of 88 before both had to retire. They were generally behind the run rate but when five 4s were scored in six balls hearts began to flutter. Skipper, Stimpson brought on his four senior bowlers to bowl the last overs with CC&W requiring 28 to win. They did the job and Spiers excelled taking a wicket and conceding just one run in the final over. CC&W finished on 130-4.
This was a particularly pleasing result as five u12s played in the match. They all performed well and demonstrated their commitment to the club. The skipper wanted to bring them all into the game but when things got tight he understandingly made the decision to go for the win. It was good to welcome Jimmy Penfold back to the squad.
JC feeling the cold !
Newdigate u14s vs. Oxted & Limpsfield
by John Callcut
On a glorious sunny day, Oxted’s skipper Ollie Smith won the toss and decided to bat. This proved to be an inspired decision as their first two batters, Smith and Webzell retired and they only lost their first wicket on 108. Under 12, Joseph Thorneloe, claimed that wicket and another to end up with an impressive 2-17. After their twenty overs Oxted finished on a formidable score of 176. Newdigate’s fielding was generally good but they tended to bowl too short and conceding 33 wides definitely didn’t help!
In reply Newdigate got off to a flyer with Rufus James and Elliot Spiers putting on an opening partnership of 50 in six overs. James retired on 35 having hit his first ever six!. Sebastian Dearsley (17) and Dexter Duthie (21) kept the run rate going and after ten overs they were on 91-3. The pressure was on to maintain ten an over and inevitably wickets fell and Newdigate’s innings faltered as they were all out for 126 in the 16th over.
Reigate Priory U12s vs Newdigate U12s
At Reigate’s St Marys pitch, Captain Toby Wells lost the toss and Reigate elected to bat. This turned out to be favourable for Newdigate given the fading light.
A strong opening performance from Adam Hallett finding the boundary on the first ball of the game. Adam and Sam held firm and Reigate were unable to take a wicket. Archie Gibbs Power and Toby Wells batted 2nd, with another solid performance each finding the boundary consistently.
Harrison Smith and Jacob Mumford batted 3rd and managed to keep a clean sheet. Austin Hunter made a great debut for the U12 team paired with Harry Grimley. Harry managed to find the boundary 4 times and was the top run scorer with 21 runs. Jojo Thorneloe and Harry Woods closed the batting for Newdigate finishing on 286 runs.
Newdigate put out a solid bowling and fielding performance with Jacob Mumford topping the wickets taking 3. Other wicket takers were Harry Grimley, Harrison Smith, Archie Gibbs Power and Toby Wells and Jojo Thorneloe. There were also two catches from Sam Curry and
Reigate ended up needing to find 14 runs off the final over. Archie bowled well, but a fielding error meant they took 7 runs from the penultimate ball leaving them needing 3 from the final ball of the over. Despite the pressure Archie stayed strong and bowled a beautiful ball which Reigate couldn’t get hold of, securing a very deserving U12 team the second win of the season.
Ninjas on form in their opening Surrey Slam game
Facing a young Ashtead side, skipper Karen Fordree lost the toss, (some things don’t change!), and Ashtead elected to bat.
Anna Lewis opened the bowling on strong form, followed by Charlie Collard but the opening batsmen proved hard to break down. We showed a pretty strong performance in the field but the outfield and pitch were lightening quick and Ashtead kept finding the boundary.
Harriet Fryer made her debut for Newdigate bowling 4 overs with an economy of 6.75. Sharon Millar also played her first match for us putting in a strong performance on the boundary.
In the 9th over, a great catch by Rachel Lyndon got Karen Fordree the first wicket of the season, and Anna Lewis and Charlie Collard followed with 2 and 1 more respectively. Ashtead finished the inning of 16 overs on 113.
Anna Lewis opening the batting and found her form immediately racking up 36 runs before being caught. An injured Del Posner (took a ball to the knee in the opening over as WK), also found the boundary before being caught LBW.
Charlie Collard on great form, making a total of 32 runs which included three 6s, the last of which put an end to the game in the 12th over.
Newdigate won with 6 overs to go. A great first game, streamed live on Newdigate Cricket Club’s Facebook page. Here’s to many more!
Newdigate win well against Gymkhana – 30.4.2022
Newdigate’s preseason finished well with a strong victory over London Gymkhana, who were promoted last year from our division up into the Surrey Championship. Having not beaten the side from Alexandra Park in Surbiton for a number of seasons now, this was a good opportunity to prove that the credentials are in place for a similar move up the leagues. On another glorious spring day, Newdigate started well having been put in the field, with Cooper striking early with Ahmad going for a duck. The other opener Tahir Iqbal, ever a thorn in the Newdigate side, went on to score his standard 50, but apart from Chaudhary (62) the visiting side were kept very much in check and with the wickets being shared between Cooper (2), Davies (1), Wickremasinghe (2), Dunkerley (1), Down (2) and Roast (2), Gymkhana being bowled out for 201 in 39 overs.
In a novel and promising turn of events, Newdigate’s chase started well, with both openers scoring at a good rate, Wickremasinghe (47) and Arnold (39) laying the foundations for others to build on. The win was sealed by Davies (67*) and Dunkerley (31*), who looked in excellent form, offering up both classical and explosive cricket shots that had the crowd purring. Newdigate reaching 205 in just 32 overs to win by 6 wickets. Next week the 1st XI travel to Dulwich for their first league game against recently relegated Alleyn CC, whilst the 2nd XI are at home to Warlingham. Please come down and show your support.
Crawley CC seals win over Newdigate CC Sunday XI – 24.04.2022
The visitors’ innings started quiet which sustained three early blows as the Newdigate bowlers saw early success. Their innings picked up the pace with Prav Sing (69), Amir Zafer (23) and Sardar Sohail Khan (51*) scoring effortlessly. Wickets in intervals restricted the visitors from scoring a big total and the first innings ended with a total of 201/7 in 40 overs. 8 bowlers were used by Newdigate, Mike Duthie and Andy Glen took 2 wickets each, while the other bowlers chipped in with either wickets or economical spells.
Crawley CC bowled with exceptional discipline and Newdigate’s innings, in response, did not quite get going. The only resistance came in form of Andy Glen (26) and Mike Duthie (25) in the middle order. A late cameo came from Mark De Vrij (19*) taking the Host’s innings total to three figures. Newdigate’s innings folded scoring 110 runs in 25.4 overs conceding Crawley CC a win by 91 runs. Sarder Sohail Khan took 4 wickets while N. Khan claimed 3.
All-rounders Andy Glen and Mike Duthie made strong statements of forms at the season opener, the Dearsleys’ performances promised good signs.