“Great to see someone finally holding on to a catch off Firooz Ahmad's bowling. About time!”
The Ts first played Thames Ditton way back in 1833. A copy of the scorecard hangs in the pavilion. That first game saw neither side muster 100 in what was a two innings per side game. It was a different story all together when the two clubs locked horns in their annual T20 friendly on 12 July.
Dean the Destroyer
Matt Dean hasn't played much in 2018, but when he has played he's scored runs for fun. His blistering 77 on Thursday set the scene for Ts total of 176 of their allotted 20 overs (see here for the card). Eugene Berger and Ajmal Allahdad (both 32) also batted with plenty of gusto as the Ts set their hosts what looked like a tough target to chase.
Ts off to a fast start in the field
Thames Ditton's chase got off to the worst possible start, opener Chris Tune being caught at first slip by Berger off Firooz Ahmad. TD nonetheless soon got a grip of things and at 64-2 off 7 they were in the hunt. That became 91-3 off 10 as Parampreet Singh came in for a bit of stick.
Parampreet wasn't the only bowler who suffered at the hands of some belligerent TD batting. Solid knocks from Hamza Butt (63) and Jonny Coupe-Annable (52) ensured that the hosts kept the momentum going, ultimately ensuring that they reached their target with an over to spare. A decent effort, fair play to them.
Updated 04:18 - 13 Jul 2018 by Dan Hough