Puddletown Rugby Club v Charlton Down 2nd XI – 23rd June 2017

They say catches win matches. Guess it could also be said that dropping 5 means you’re more than likely not going to win matches! Yeh ok so you can see where this is going!! OK so let’s see how this unfolded. Puddletwon won the toss and chose to bat first and made their intention clear after Dan Stevens opened with a maiden, with a 6 and 4 off of the first over of Lucas. Despite being hit for some big runs it was Ben Lucas who struck first for Down, having Green caught for a quick 12. 14 year old Angus Brown, son of Mike, bowled his first over on his debut for just one solitary run! Meanwhile Matt Lovell appeared to be under attack down the other end. Runs escalated. Left-handed Rickets, as ever, seemed to be striking the ball well as well as riding his luck, on his way to a powerful 54 with 10 boundaries before being caught by Rog at mid-on off of Ian Tanner. When Ian Davies bowled Robberts for 9 and Stevens had his dad hold on to catching Dorey for 11 we thought we were back in it but heads lowered as Foot took on the charge and reached a quick 31 before being caught off of Lucas. Apart from Dan’s 4 overs 1-13, new boy Brown’s 3 overs 0-17, and Tanner’s 4 overs 1-23 we were quite expensive with Pudd expressing some very big hitting. Obviously 5 drops proved expensive too. 147-5 off of 18 overs seemed a tough score to beat. 

Rog & Jack set off ok and hit 46 after just 6 overs before Rog scooped one frustratingly off of ‘Churchy’ to mid-on for 29. Although there was some good batting to come, that ended up our top score as few really got going. Next over Jack was bowled by the pace of Green for 17. 46-0 became 75-5 as Tim Stevens was bowled for 9 and Lovell was caught off of Foot for 4. Left arm Tayab turned the game with his second and third wickets, bowling Ollie for 0 and Dan for 7. When Bridget run himself out almost as soon as he’d got in we knew we were in trouble. We now wanted about 10 per over and, with a little help from extras, Ian Tanner went onto the attack and kept us still in with a shout! With one over remaining we needed 11 to win – maybe???! With the incredibly mature and confident Angus Brown providing great support at the other end we out of nowhere appeared to be in with a shout… a boundary was all that was needed from the last ball… come on Ian!!!! Slow… outside leg stump… but missed… Ian sunk to his knees and we’d lost by 4 runs…. It was only afterwards that we wondered why a wide wasn’t given on that last ball?!

Very close game and maybe closer, in all fairness, than we deserved.

A second defeat in two matches – against bottom and second bottom of the table… oh dear… 


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CD 2nds v Puddletown Reserves (Home) – Tomorrow

Team for tomorrow so far ;

Roger Frapwell
Ian Jones
Dan Stevens
Tim Stevens
Sue Stevens
Jack Eveleigh
Matt Lovell
Ben Lucas
Ollie Davies

Need a couple more, can anyone help out ?



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Cow Corner News

Wow, what a start to the 2017 season!!

The Saturday boys, in another step up in level, continue to perform with 7 wins from 7 games and sitting pretty with a 25 point lead in the Division 3 Saturday league. The Sunday team with a mixture of youth and old (sorry Sid and JP) and under the debut captaincy of Matt Stevens have surpassed expectations in Division 1 sitting in the top half of the league. Evening league has seen some amazing performances already this year, mainly by Sam Roles who has already broke the clubs batting record twice this year. 154 not out from 57 balls recently bettered with an incredible 200 not out from 65 balls!! Well done Sam an amazing effort.

The first XI are through to the Semi Final of the Evening League cup and are sitting near the top of the league in Div 2 and the Second XI continue to perform under the ever impressive Roger at the helm.

Tommy’s amazing efforts with youth development have started to bear fruit with several youngsters turning out and performing very well in the adult arena. The youngsters at all age groups continue to develop and perform and I look forward to seeing more players trickling through the system in years to come.

The committee members do some amazing work behind the scenes and more work will be done to develop the club further. I would personally like to thank them on the clubs behalf for their effort and time.

If you have ideas or views on how the club can develop then please feel free to speak to myself or the Chairman and you will be heard.

I would like to remind everyone that the clubs Facebook page is there for communication purposes and to show the clubs results, team selection, etc. It is not there as a platform to air personal views or complaints within the club. If you have a grievance then please follow the clubs protocol and discuss the matter with a member of the committee who will deal with the matter in hand. All of the clubs procedures can be found on the clubs website.

With plenty of cricket still to be played in 2017 I hope that all our teams can push on and continue to bring the success that our club had been used to in recent years.

Good luck!!


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Saturday Team – Match Report v Dorset Indian Tigers

Charlton Down and Kim Park were in “seventh heaven” as their impressive unbeaten run was extended to seven matches and given a sever test by an excellent and very keen Dorset Indian team but we ran out eventual winners by 57 runs thanks to an excellent bowling performance by Kim Park 7-36 backed up with some excellent catching and fielding.

Charlton Down elected to bat in very warm conditions and with the score on 21 Jae Miller was run out for 6 after a mix up. Nick Voss(34) and Jack Eveleigh(30) were looking comfortable but both were dismissed with the score on 79-3. Voss smashed a full toss straight to mid wicket and Eveleigh was adjudged leg before wicket. Sam Roles added a quickfire 32 to push the score to 126-4 but other than Roger Frapwell(18) and Kim Park(19) no  other batsman made double figures and Charlton Down were all out for 167.

The Dorset Indian Tigers batsmen found it difficult to score runs against the accurate bowling of Matt Stevens (0-11) and Dan Stevens 1-24, after 8 overs only 12 runs had been scored. Dan Stevens struck the first blow with a lovely delivery which nipped back off the seam finding the inside edge of Vinod Chakrapani with the score on 17-1. A double change of bowling saw spinner Kim Park reduce Dorset Indians to 44-4 taking three wickets in his first two overs. Well judged catches by Miller, Eveleigh and Sam Roles keeping wicket. Javed Gill(2-31) then bowled the key man Dino Thakkar for 42 and Tyson Luis was brilliantly caught at mid on one handed by Nick Voss. Four more wickets fell to Kim Park as each batsman came and went trying to produce lusty blows. It was fitting that Mark Homewood caught his second catch off Kim Park to seal victory in only the 28th over and Park finishing with fine figures of 7-36 off 7.3 overs.

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Charlton Down 2nds v ASM – Fri 17th May 2017

Won the toss and chose to bat. Rog and Jack made a solid start against what was, to be fair, a somewhat lacklustre bowling attack of ASM, who are only in their second season. In somewhat uncharacteristic fashion, Rog raced to his 50 and went on to make 77 in the 12 overs he was at the crease, including two 6s and 10 4s, before being caught out at deep mid-wicket. With wides pushing up the total this first wicket stand of 146 seemed to set Down in a very comfortable position. In the race for quick runs towards the end of the innings Tim Stevens was stumped for 2 and then Jack was run out for 33 – sacrificing himself instead of youngster Kieran. Bridget wasn’t so sacrificial… and indeed ran out the unlucky Kieran for 2. Bridget reached 7 not out, and Sue, batting for the 2nds for the first time stayed at the crease but without managing to score. The total of 165 for 4 in just 16 overs looked a tough target to beat. It was…

ASM tried to start swiftly but Dan Stevens taking a wicket in his first over rather dampened their efforts. The most disappointed person? Dan… shaking his head for a couple of us appealing with such gusto for LBW… which was given immediately. Thankfully their own bat the other end confirmed that, in his opinion, he didn’t play a shot and it looked set to knock middle stump out the ground! Dan bowled 3 overs 1-7. Mark Purnell 3 overs 0-19. But it was 14 year old Cameron Robinson who took Down’s next wicket, having Proctor caught on 16. Bowling was spread around… Richard Fagence 3 overs 0-22, Kieran Heath 2 overs 0-18, and then new boy Ian Tanner, playing for the first time in 15 years, bowled 3 overs 1-19, with Kieran Heath taking a fantastic catch on the run at mid on. Naran remained undefeated on 34 but this was a great all round victory for the Down as ASM closed on 98-3.

CD won by 67 runs

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Winfrith v Charlton Down 2nd’s – Thurs 1st June 2017

We lost the toss and got put in to bat on the infamous Winfrith pudding surface, starting ok at 6 an over and reaching 56 before Jack was C & B for 10 off of Captain Ashley Hayes. This started a collapse for Down, losing 6 wickets for just 17 runs. First youngster Henry Dipple was bowled off stump for a golden, again by Hayes. Next was the value of spin and a ball pitched up as Amjad got bowled for 0 by Windsor with a cracking delivery coming back a good 18 inches. In came Bridget. Similar delivery and, sadly, the same outcome. Out for 0. Rog had progressed ok, managing to hit 43 without really running much because of his dodgy hamstring, before being undone by the pitch as Windsor claimed yet another wicket. Things worsened when debut boy Chris Webb became the third victim of Hayes, out for just 1.
We needed stability having slumped from 56-0 to 73-6. Enter Javed Gill and Steve Marsh. There were some sweet connections from Javed as he slowly found his touch and the boundaries were certainly welcomed, supported well by Swampy when he wasn’t lying on the floor practising his breast stroke.
At one stage reaching 100 off of 18 overs looked dubious, but thanks to an undefeated 38 from Javed, and the gift of 30 extras, Down closed with 127-6.

With something to bowl at, Javed opened the attack… well he did when he surfaced from the toilet! We thought we’d lost him and were all in place to start… where’s Javed?! Was it worth the wait? Well not with his first delivery gifting a full toss outside leg and away for 4… but then, a cracker of a delivery saw danger slogger Pope bowled for 0…! 7-1 became 7-2 when Swampy bowled Windsor for 5 next over!
Javed then wisely rested in case we needed him later and up stepped Lewis Harrington, the left-arm over paceman making his debut (I think) for the evening league. What a debut! First over? Maiden. Second over? Maiden! Incredibly (you had to be there) Swampy bowled two maiden overs in a row too – that put the pressure onto Winfrith and suddenly our total of 127 was looking pretty good!
No room for compromise. Bridget stopped a lot behind the stumps, and we managed to prevent a lot of singles in the field too, with all the youngsters setting great example in the way they fielded.
Lewis deservedly picked up his first wicket with left-hand Rabjohns lifting to Amjad at mid-on to take a comfortable catch, then Steve picked up another wicket and all hopes lay at the feet of captain Hayes. He struggled to find his touch and then, sadly, did a ‘Tiger’ and edged one up into his face, badly cutting his eye… blood everywhere and Ashley was forced to retire hurt. We wish him well (and he’s got a wedding on Saturday apparently!)
From that moment on there was really only one winner, despite the courageous 25 not out from opening bowler Upshall. Swampy finished with 4 overs, 2-16. Lewis 4 overs 3-9. Staggering!
Cameron Robinson entered the attack and followed his first maiden over with a wicket, then he swapped ends and Ollie Davies took up the baton with his best ever bowling for the evening side. In less than 3 overs Ollie took 4-10, leaving Winfrith all out for just 71. Terrific win!!!!
To confirm the hunger was most definitely there, Amjad took 5 sausages to go with his chips when we were in the pub after! Great banter and thanks for the support Craig…

CD won by 66 runs (that’s 5 league wins out of 6 boys!)

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Charlton Down v Cosmos – Fri 26th May 2017

Rog & Jack opened for Down and started well, for the second week running securing a century opening partnership. That didn’t always look the case, however, since Rog felt his hamstring go after just 4 overs. Deciding to just hit out until he got out was probably a better decision than he could have hoped since he didn’t seem able to get out!! Rog raced to 55 before being caught well at mid-wicket for 55 in just the 8th over. Enter youth Henry Dipple, his debut. After a slowish start Henry found his touch and began to play some great strokes (the likes of which we rarely see in the seconds!)
The score continued to build, albeit the run rate slowing a little but Henry eventually went when ran out for 15… if only he’d grounded his bat!! Tiger Purnell entered to show us how to do it… and boy did he make an impression… on his face, edging a ball that resulted in a badly chopped lip and a lovely ‘wait’ until midnight in A & E before he walked out fed up without having been seen!
Next day was 3 stitches outside and two inside – ouch…
Jack went on to reach 52 before being bowled by Tonnley. Cameron Robinson was caught for 3 and then Bridget and Kieran Heath saw the innings to a healthy close, ending on undefeated 8 and 9 respectively.
Our total of 171-4 looked pretty good from our 18 overs.

Cosmos were held back from the off with both Dan Stevens and Richard Fagence keeping the visitors down to 20 off of the first 4 overs. On came Ian Tanner and Ollie Davies and although wickets seemed to be slow in coming, Down’s fielding was tight and so too was the bowling, Ian keeping his 3 overs down to 0-14. Ollie Davies was delighted to take the first wicket, with captain Wilson caught for 24. When Rog ran out big hitter Keane for 0 it looked like Down would be comfortable winners… and so it proved. Despite the long-standing partnership of Bowden and Burnett, undefeated on 53 and 44 respectively, the result was never in doubt. Cameron Robinson and Kieran Heath, another couple of youngsters, also had opportunity to each bowl a couple of overs towards the close of the innings and both did well despite both batsmen trying to hit out in a vague attempt to increase their run rate. Kieran did especially well with 0-12 off of his 2 overs. Dan rounded off to shut up shop with another great performance bowling his 4 overs 0-14.
Cosmos did well to reach 148-2 but the result was never really in doubt. Great win tonight boys!!!

CD II won by 23 runs


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Puddletwon Reserves v Charlton Down – 15th June 2017

Rog won the toss and elected to bat on a beautiful summer’s evening, 19 overs a side. Pudd looked a completely different side to the one we beat on the final ball last week, and this was their second game this week, having lost to bottom of the table ASM on Tuesday. So, omens looked good… especially as a few of their ‘big hitters’ were absent.

Two youngsters opened the bowling for Pudd, Cooke and Chaldecott, but both were very much on the button from the off – in fact they conceded just 21 runs between them from their 8 overs, which they bowled straight out. Rog was beaten by a beaut that left arm over Callum Chaldecott managed to nip away to just clip the top of the off stump bail, for just 2. Henry Dipple came in but was sadly bowled first ball. Cameron Robinson came in and started confidently, showing solid defence, but was then bowled for 1 leaving Down on a tragic 8-3 in the 5th over! Before things could settle, Jack was also bowled by the impressive Chaldecott, leaving Down in the hands of Amjad Gill and Matt Lovell. These guys were the stars of the show – not that there was a great of competition lol! With a change of bowling and Down on just 24 after 8 overs, Amjad set about taking off spinner Duncan Hibberd apart. The run rate increased dramatically as 24 became 46 which became 52 which become 68 off of 11 overs. Was a comeback on the cards? Both guys hit sixes and Matt’s superb running between the wickets also helped to speed up the run rate. And Amjad’s heart rate. Shot of the day was Lovell’s fantastic square drive up the hill for 4. Sadly, next ball, a fluke ball kept short as Matt was bowled for 26. Miller had been consistent and then took the wicket of the ever-dangerous Amjad having him caught for 36. All was not lost as Dan Stevens came to the crease. After Saturday’s 48 Dan looked confident, a cracking off side drive for 4 the pick of the bunch. Sadly, Bridget fell cheaply for just 1, so it was left to left-hand Ben Lucas to join Dan as the last ‘senior’ pair on 79-7. Singles came but we couldn’t seem to hit the boundaries needed to push our score on to the kind of total we needed. That said, both these guys, acting as a kind of ‘Little & Large’ partnership, at least gave us something to bowl at. Dan Stevens was eventually bowled in the final over for 12, and Ben remained 14 not out. Kieran survived his one ball! Total 112-8 off of our 19 overs. A great comeback and well done for not losing all our wickets before the allotted 19 overs.

Puddletown made their intentions clear from the off, with some quick running, Ollie Davies opening up one end, but in Dan’s first over a superb delivery saw Davies bowled for 3. When Crabb entered we knew he was the key wicket but he looked confident – he also had a fair bit of luck lofting the ball just before or over fielders, and also cutting one that nearly saw him play on. Although Ollie took the wicket of Stevens, caught Frapwell, for just 9, Pudd were already on 25 after just 3 overs. When Ollie Davies took a great caught and bowled Down felt they may well have had a chance! We needed wickets, but Chaldecott soon looked very at ease in his stroke play and runs piled on quickly. Kieran came on to bowl but struggled to find his length and short balls were soon dispatched. Ben Lucas came on the other end but was hit for 9 from his first over. With Kieran injured Cameron Robinson came on to bowl, but he was hit for 13 as Pudd’s confidence grew and Down’s heads clearly dropped, as did the volume in the field. When Lovell came into the attack and was also punished we could see the writing on the wall. Dan Stevens returned to the attack as a final throw of the dice, but when even he gets hit for a couple of boundaries in successive balls you know you’re in trouble… Puddletown secured 114-3 in just the 14th over to earn a very well deserved win.

We have been on a great run and had a great season so far, but today, apart from the batting of Amjad Gill and Matt Lovell it was a day to forget. Heads up guys!!!

CD lost… heavily!


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Charlton Down v Puddletown Reserves – Fri 9th June 2017

Rog won the toss and chose to bat. 18 overs a piece agreed. It was a steady start but no more from Rog & Jack, reaching 32 before the loss of Rog for 22, brilliantly bowled by the ever accurate Dave Morris who finished his 4 overs with just 1-14. Tim Stevens attempted to push on the run rate but was caught off of Macklin for 0. Henry Dipple looked comfortable until being bowled for 6, and when Jack fell for 18 wickets began to tumble. 32-0 became 65-7 with youngster Kieran Heath bowled for 0 then new boy Ben Lucas, making his comeback after 10 years out in the wilderness, bowled for 4 and Dan Stevens out for 0.
A further collapse was avoided when another new boy, Ian Tanner, partnered Matt Lovell and the pair put on a valuable 25 before Matt was caught for a solid 16. Ian eventually went for 11 after Bridget was bowled for 2, leaving Cameron Robinson undefeated on 1. With extras amounting to 19, it meant that we had notched up just 80 with the bat, hardly a match-winning innings but at least something to bowl at.
Total 99 all out.

Puddletown Reserves had lost their first 3 games, no idea seeing their hitting power tonight. A good start was needed and that’s certainly what Dan Stevens provided, hitting the spot and keeping runs at bay so Rog decided to bowl Dan out his maximum overs. Dan’s finished figures of 4 overs 0-1 says it all! What a start, and this seemed to put some pressure onto the Pudd. Ian Tanner and then Matt Lovell provided great back up from the ‘covers’ end, and it was Matt that took the first wicket, with Rog catching captain Barry for 8. In came the hitters but Down stood firm and stuck to their task well, fielding excellently and at times bravely, some needing ice on hand at close of play eh Matt?! Henry Dipple looked especially sharp in the field. The game seemed in the balance as despite the occasional boundary, a couple slipping through hands in the deep, Puddletown couldn’t seem to get closer to Down’s total that quickly. Young Cameron Robinson, just 14, bowled 3 very accurate overs at for just 21 at that stage of the game was highly commendable. Lovell caught Macklin for 16 off of the bowling of Lucas, then Jack took the catch of the dangerous Knight, out in the deep for 22 off of the bowling of Lovell. All the while Bridget’s keeping behind the stumps was superb. Needing about 15 off of the final two overs we knew we were in with a shout if we could stop boundaries. Matt did the job one end so it was left to Ben Lucas to bowl the final over, with Pudd needing 9 to win. First ball a ‘dot’ ball… now we were in with a shout… if only we could prevent boundaries. Down were well on their toes and it was left to Chaldecott to smash a 6 off of the last ball for victory, a 4 for a tie… he connected and the ball was lofted towards the cow corner boundary… where Father & Son Stevens moved in… it was Stevens senior who proved the hero, not just to prevent the 6… or even the boundary… but to actually take the catch!!!

What a surprise turn around!! Well down boys!

CD win by 4 runs, that’s now an amazing 6 out of 7!!


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Charlton Down 2nds v Dorchester Casuals – Fri 12th May

Well this is a late report, and it’s not that vital really… because we lost… details are in the scorebook somewhere…


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