Teddington 4th/Club XI vs Burgh Heath 2nd XI - Monday, 1st May, 2017

I'm not sure when was the last the club managed to arrange a pre-season friendly for the 4th XI, but we managed it this year and the opposition even turned up this time (Burgh Heath went to Chessington instead of Teddington when we tried to arrange a friendly with them last year!).

In any case, enough of them arrived for us to start at 1.50pm and having won the toss, Matt O'Toole decided to put us in as, by that time, we only had 9 players ourselves (you'll never guess who was late - TK!) and a bit of rain was forecast for later, so some players had expressed the wish to get some pre-season batting practice in.

Dilan Camball and Phil 'Headless' Eastland opened for TCC and managed to get us to 19, before Phil played on. Hasan Aziz only added 4 before being out LBW and Dilan followed soon after. 34-3. Not a great start. However, Euan Munday started to play nicely and Dave Pearce added a couple of boundaries before he too headed back to the pavilion. Matt O'Toole did pretty much the same as Dave (altho he was only 50/50 as to whether he hit a 'bump' ball to a fielder, but had decided to walk because a) it was a friendly and b) a really old fella had caught it)). Shemal Camball (Dilan's younger brother) didn't last long either and we were 101-6 by this stage. Archie Talman and Euan then managed to bat very sensibly, Archie (15*) rotating the strike and leaving Euan to score at the other end. Euan finished on a very credible 78. You can see him getting to 50 on our official Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5KmZ8gJENc). TCC had posted 166-7 from 35 overs.

Then the rain arrived. Covers on. Early tea.  The first part of their reply offered little for us, although Tauseef Khan (TK), Dilan and Archie all moved the ball through the air well. TK managed to get one wicket at 19-1, but their #1 and #3 then managed to add 107 runs without further loss. Nick Lockwood arrived to join the fray and bring us to 11 players, but only managed 1 over. Burgh Heath, to be fair, managed the required run rate and rarely looked uncomfortable during the chase. Stan Nicholson returned very respectable figures of 4-0-25-0, but pick of our bowlers was probably Hasan Aziz, who returned very good figures of 5-0-16-2. The end of the innings involved some minor drama. With a handful of runs needed, Shemal threw the ball on the bounce ball back to O'Toole (keeping). An errant tuft of grass on the square caused the ball to pop straight into Tooley's face, knocking off his glasses and giving him a nice cut on his nose. Pads off (Dave took over). Off for a quick patch up from Josh Knappett and Tooley then came back on to find Burgh Heath only needed 1 run to win. Matt (possibly a little dazed) asked Stan who was bowling. 'You are!' came the reply. OK, time for a bit of a cameo. Still bleeding, Tooley first threw a grenade (dot ball), but followed up with a quicker delivery which pitched just outside leg, went through the gate and took out leg stump. He couldn't follow up with anything more dramatic, though, as he then threw down a wide, giving the win to the opposition. Still, 0.2-0-1-1 gives him a good strike rate, if nothing else! :)

A very good natured game, played in the right spirit (and Tooley only had to spend 3 hours in A&E afterwards).

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Teddington CC - Club XI Vs The Gardeners, Sunday 22nd May 2016

Sunday saw us have the first of this season's friendly fixtures against a capable and friendly team called The Gardeners. When "Tooley" (Teddington's Club Captain, Matt O'Toole) went to meet their captain before the game, three of their players had to agree whose turn it was!

Matt won the toss and seeing as it was a warm day, we were playing on the 1st team square and we had a good side, stuck us in. Richard Bennett and Hasan Aziz opened and got us off to a great start, Richard playing particularly well off his legs. Hasan finished on a well made 51 (10 x 4s) when he went for a wander down the pitch and was stumped. Richard made a measured 40 (4 x 4s) and was clearly frustrated not to have turned it into a bigger score, when he was out caught. Young Ed Lord then made a useful 17. At this point. we'd got to 146-5. Then Jamie Letten, who had been ticking along nicely on his debut for the Club XI and Tooley (40) managed to take us up to 217 before Tooley swung at a straight one and was skittled by their captain. Jamie managed to get to 55* by the time we'd finished on 233-7 off our 40 overs. Not too shabby.

Their run chase.... well, what can I say? We don't often expect the opposition to chase down 200+ on a Sunday, but they did. Jamie and Shaz both took a wicket each before their No 3 (120*) and No 4 batsmen (61*) calmly kept on hitting the ball wherever they liked and took the game away from us. Their partnership was pretty faultless and chanceless, to be fair and Tooley even threw all 11 bowlers at them, even taking his green pads (don't ask) off at drinks to have a go with his leg spin (if you can call it that).

This game also set a new record for the club (probably) as Mike Shufflebotham ("Shuffs") also turned out for us today and apparently this marked a 20 year run of him appearing at least once a season for a Teddington XI. Not a bad effort at all.

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