Charlton Down gained another 20 points and remain unbeaten with just one match to be played next weekend at home to Ashmore.
In all the years i have played cricket i have never seen a team gain 20 points with the help of a roller obstructing the wicket! I received a very apologetic telephone call from the Sturminster Marshall captain saying that the game was off due to the roller braking down this morning and stuck in the middle of the wicket we were due to use! It would not move and too heavy to tow off or push off!!!
They had telephoned the league to explain the unusual event and had no other choice but to concede the match as they were unable to provide a wicket to play the game.
After all the rain that we have had over the last month it was ironic that the this was probably one of the warmest weekends!
Charlton Down 200-4 v Dorset Indian Tigers 192ao Div 3 19/8/17
Charlton Down made it a “bakers dozen” in victories with their closest game of the season and became the only unbeaten team in the Dorset Leagues. A hard fought eight run victory over a very talented Dorset Indian Tigers team.
After losing the toss Charlton Down were asked to bat on a damp wicket which was offering lots of encouragement to the Indian opening bowlers. Nick Voss and Jae Miller batted cautiously seeing off the dangerous bowling of Saeed Khan who only conceded 17 runs from his nine overs. With only 66 runs on the board after 22 overs, the seated team mates in the pvilion looked on nervously until Miller and Voss cashed in on their hard work and accelerated the run rate against the change bowlers. Miller brought up his 50 with a lovely straight driven boundary. The 100 partnership came up in the 28th over but it was not until the 35th over when the returning Saeed Khan bowled Miller for 64 to end his two hour stay at the crease with the score on 140-1 and the platform set for the final crash for runs. The Charlton Down score started racing as Nick Voss exploded into action and opened his shoulders and drove and pulled the ball to all parts of the ground. He was eventually out after 2 ½ hour innings, for a fine 94 in the penultimate over with the score on 200-4.His innings included 8 fours and 4 sixes and had set up the teams innings.
The Dorset Indian Tigers decided they would attack from ball one , 17 runs coming from the first two overs but at a cost, James Pretty(2-43) bowled Zaheer Khan for 16 with the score on 17-1. Matt Stevens then bowled Tahir Fafiq for 4 with a lovely ball nipping back off the seam to hit middle stump score on 31-2. The impressive all rounder Saeed Khan hit a swashbuckling 25 before being trapped leg before by Pretty score on 52-3. A bowling change brought on 15 year old Ollie Davies who bowled well on his Saturday team debut and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket and the evergreen Rich Fagence(2-23) to bowl nine straight overs and picked up two important wickets, Javed Gill caught a sharp catch at square leg and then he bowled Junaid Khan for 9. The Indians reply looked to be falling apart with the score on 84-5 but the big hitting Shafiq Uria decided to smash a quick fire 52 and bring the Tigers back into the game but was bowled by the “golden arm” of Javed Gill(1-14) with the score on 137-6. Nick Voss(2-31) then turned the game back towards Charlton Down taking two quick wickets and leave the score on 145-8. With 55 runs still required from ten overs and a daunting task of winning was left to captain Ashish Sharma who crashed 28 runs and was on the edge of seeing his team to victory. But the returning Matt Stevens had him caught by Nick Voss with the score on 184-9. The Tigers remained favourites to win the match needing 8 runs from 5 overs but it was Matt Stevens again who struck the winning ball bowling Tyson Luiz for 13 and snatch the victory for Charlton Down and keep their unbeaten run for the season a live with two matches remaining.
Charlton Down 105-0 v Wimborne & Colehill 3rds 104ao Div 3 12/8/17
PROMOTED AS CHAMPIONS!!!!
Enforced three week interruption due to the rain and wet wickets was soon forgotten as the Saturday team clocked up their twelfth consecutive victory, too remain unbeaten, with a ten wicket win over a depleted Wimborne and Colehill 3rds.
Our comprehensive victory also sealed us promotion to Division Two as champions, with three games remaining, as nearest rivals Sturminster Marshall lost to bottom of the league Poole Town 3rds. A strange league this season???
Wimborne and Colehill batted first and found the accuracy of Matt and Dan Stevens hard to score. The miserly Dan Stevens(2-8)(only one scoring shot from the bat in 7.2 overs!) struck first bowling Fred Pennell for 5 with one coming back off the seam with the score on 7-1 this soon became 21-3 when Matt bowled Rob Pilato 6 and Adrian Prince for 2. The second wicket was the perfect nipping back to hit top of off stump)
A double change of bowling saw double success with the “old dog”Mark Homewood(1-12) trapping Charlie Pilato leg before with a beautiful ball swinging in and straightening going no where other than hitting middle stump!. And spinner Kim Park(1-6) saw wicketkeeper Rob Deadman take a sharp catch behind to dismiss Harry Pengelly with the score on 42-5. Kim conceded just 6 runs from 8 overs!
The superb fielding continued in the season especially with some fine diving stops by Jack Dunford the gully man and a good close diving catch from Jae Miller. Also Nick Voss was kept in the game by Sam Roles, every returning ball and it didnt matter where he was standing!!
A further change saw “golden arm” Javed Gill produce another devastating spell of 4-18 to reduce Wimborne and Colehill to 64-9 off 37 overs. The final pair of Adrian Loader and captain Tim Bartlett surprised us all by adding 40 quick runs before Tim Bartletts sterling innings of 32 off 96 balls came to and end when the impressive returning Dan Stevens bowled him and secure maximum points.
Our innings saw Jae Miller and Nick Voss looking confident as they took no pity on some short and wayward bowling. Our fifty came up in the 10th over with a lovely straight four by Miller back over the bowlers head. Jae was particulary ruthless hitting seven fours in his run a ball 60 not out. Nick played carefully and eased us to victory in the 21st over for the loss of no wickets and to clinch the Division Three title and promotion for the fifth consecutive year.
To gain promotion for the fifth consecutive year and as champions for the fourth time is a great feat by any Club but for a small village like Charlton Down is incredible, whatever standard you play in. A good mixture of youth and experience is the key, playing cricket hard but most importantly to enjoy, have some fun and giving the young lads a chance to perform at a standard where they will hone their cricketing skills for their challenges ahead. Drip feeding the Club’s emerging new youth players, into the Sunday team has started and next will be the Saturday team, coming through from the small but ever growing youth system will be the challenge over the next few years.
Team so far:-
1. Rog (Captain)
4. Kieran Heath
6. Ben Lucas
8. Cameron (Wicketkeeper)
9. Mark Spurwey
10. Ollie Davies
12. You’ve got to be joking
Charlton Down 62-1 V Hamworthy Rec 2nds 60ao Saturday Div 3 15/7/2017
Charlton Down continued their impressive unbeaten run and extended it to eleven matches with an emphatic 9 wicket victory over an experienced Hamworthy 2nd team.
With Kim Park spinning his way to a 5 for 12 haul off just 5.3 overs.
Hamworthy’s experienced batting line up found run scoring difficult against the miserly bowling brothers of Matt and Dan Stevens. Dan Stevens was particularly stingy conceding only seven runs from seven overs and picking up two wickets. Stevens was almost unplayable at times as each Hamworthy batsman were unable to get a bat on the moving ball of Stevens. After 14 overs Hamworthy had only scored 24 runs for the loss of both openers Tom Wood, Mike Fisher and Gordon Frazier. A double bowling change saw James Pretty(1-20) bowl Greg Regan for 3 with the score on 28-4 and then the controlled spin of Kim Park struck five times in as many overs, together with a run out saw Hamworthy collapse to 60 all out in only 25.3 overs. Park bowled with great control, his line and length forced the Hamworthy batsmen into some poor shot selection and picked up another five wicket haul for the season. Charlton down passed the 2000 run mark for the season and also over the100 wickets for the season so far.
Charlton Down’s openers were soon on the back foot with the pace of Gerard Benfield having them in all sorts of problems. Wimborne footballer, Benfield is by far the quickest bowler to play at the Herrison Oval for some time, extracting good bounce which was passing by the chins of Jae Miller and Jack Eveleigh. At the other end saw Dorset Over 50’s bowler Mike Fisher extracting good movement and had Jack Eveleigh leg before wicket with the score on 7-1. Benfield was unlucky not to have picked up two or three wickets as the inside and outside edges of Miller and Voss raised to the boundary.
However Miller and Nick Voss batted well to see Charlton to victory in only the 15th over to secure the second double of an already amazing season.
Team for tomorrow so far ;
- Rich Fagence
- Jack Eveleigh
- Ben Lucas
- Ian Davies
- Javed Gill
- Ian Jones
- Ollie Davies
- Henry Dipple
- Kieran Heath
- Sue Stevens
Still need one more. Meet at CD gym at 5.30 or St Osmunds for 6-6.15pm. Please note that weather forecast is looking decidedly damp for tomorrow.
Dorchester 175 AO V Charlton Down 176-0 Div 3 Saturday
It was all 10’s for Charlton Down as they made it 10 straight wins with an emphatic 10 wicket victory over Dorchester 2nds.
Dorchester’s innings started slowly against the accurate bowling of Matt and Dan Stevens. Matt struck first bowling Josh Foot with a beautiful yorker for 5 and then had captain Mike Peake caught behind off a lifting ball by wicketkeeper Sam Roles with the score on 30-2. Dan Stevens then bowled a frustrated Peter Diffey at 34-3.
A useful partnership between Simon Joslin and Stuart Beasley of 44 was ended with the change of bowling and saw James Pretty(2-24) have Joslin caught off a top edge by Marc Spurway for 13 and Matt Porter followed soon after caught by Sam Roles for 6 with the score on 101-5. Stuart Beasley’s hard hitting innings of 68, including 12 fours, came to an abrupt end when he just missed a straight one off captain Tommy Tucker second ball. Sam Roles then removed his pads to bowl Eiron Fitzgerald with a simple caught and bowled and Habib Wardak and Dorchester had collapsed to 129-8. The returning Dan Stevens bowled Nathan Quinn for 3 and the Dorchester innings looked like it was drawing to a close on 135-9. However the talented Ollie Osborne, son of former opening bowler Alan Osborne, decided to show more senior players how to bat. A mixture of a perfect defence to lovely straight driving and improvised shots was pleasing to the eye and was only out for a well constructed 40 as the overs ran out. Osborne would not have been able to produce the late charge if it was not for Ben Alford who ably held up his end with solid defence. The partnership added 40 valuable runs to ensure a completive score of 175 was set.
The Charlton Down reply was very impressive from openers Jae Miller(71no) and Jack Eveleigh(77no). A chanceless partnership of 176 lasting over two and half hours saw Charlton down to victory with 10 overs remaining.
Miller and Eveleigh’s trade mark running between the wickets kept the score board moving. Eveleigh’s straight and cover driving was pleasing to the eye as he caressed the ball to the boundary including 12 fours. Miller was more careful but did include the only six of the match and included 6 fours.
Wednesday – Away V Cosmos (at Winfrith)
Meet at CD gym for 5.30 or at Winfrith for 6-6.15pm
1. Roger Frapwell
2. Ollie Davies
3. Kieran Heath
4. Amjad Gill
5. Ben Lucas
6. Dan Stevens
7. Tim Stevens
8. Sue Stevens
9. Matt Lovell
10. Ian Davies
11. Ian Jones
Friday – Away to Dorchester Casuals
Meet at CD gym for 5.30 or at Dorchester Rec. for 6-6.15pm
1. Roger Frapwell
2. Ollie Davies
3. Cameron Robinson
4. Jack Eveleigh
5. Henry Dipple
6. Javed Gill
7. Ian Tanner
8. Ben Lucas
9. Richard Fagence
10. Matt Lovell
11. Mark Purnell
Ashmore 176-8 Charlton Down 177-5 Div 3 1/7/2017
Charlton Down completed the first half of the season unbeaten with their ninth straight win and a five wicket win against a strong Ashmore team who had only lost one game during the season. A mid season top of the table clash that had everything good about cricket. Great fielding, bowling batting and a sense of enjoyment by both teams on and off the pitch.
Charlton Down inserted Ashmore and winning the toss paid dividends as Matt and Dan Stevens extracted movement with the new ball. Matt struck with the fifth ball of the innings bowling Julian Watson, centurion from last week, with a perfectly directed yorker. Dan Stevens then had Lee Russell caught by Nick Voss in what can only be described an astonishing catch of the season, one handed run and leap on the boundary edge and pluck out of the air with both feet off the ground! The Ashmore batsmen were at times bamboozled with the tricky of Dan Stevens(1-16) who only conceded 16 run from his six overs but a slight back strain meant he could not bowl any further overs.
This had Ashmore on the back foot at 5-2. Stalwalt Andy Taylor and ex Somerset Sam Diment rebuilt the Ashmore innings until the turn to spin saw Kim Park have Taylor(23) caught behind attempting to sweep with the score on 61-3. Sam Diment and Andy Maidment were looking well set until spinner Sam Roles had the impressive Sam Diment caught by Mark Homewood for a well constructed 54 and then a return catch by Maidment(34) saw the score go from 128-3 to 138-5. a further middle order wicket for Roles saw Chris Gray bowled for 12. The returning Matt Stevens(3-29) was too quick for Hipworth and Trepass and it was Roles(4-36) who picked up his fourth wicket with a well judged catch by Mark Homewood as Ashmore closed on 176-8.
Charlton Down innings mirrored that of Ashmore losing two quick wickets with the score on 24-2. The experienced and firey Sam Diment bowled both Eveleigh and Voss for 4. However an important fifty run partnership between Jae Miller and Sam Roles steadied the innings before Miller miss timed a clip off his legs to mid wicket for a careful but important 37 with the score on 74-3. The match winning partnership of exactly 100 between Sam Roles(69) and Matt Stevens(40) was a show of gritty defence, classical stroke play and explosive clean hitting, from both players. Both young batsmen batted with great maturity for over and hour and half until 3 runs were required for victory they both were dismissed. Roles innings included 7 fours and 3 sixes and Matt Stevens included 6 fours. Leaving Kim Park and Javed Gill to see Charlton Down to victory with ten overs to spare.
Captain Tommy Tucker said” this was probably the best all round team performance of the season as so many players contributed with the bat, ball and in the field. Our fielding performance was definitely our best so far. Ashmore, who played League 2 cricket last year, stacked with experienced players and included ex Somerset player Sam Diment, are far the best team we have played this season and made our young team rise to the occasion with flying colours”.