Dinton v Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club 2nd XI on Sat 09 Jun 2012 at 2pm
Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club Won By 5 Wkts

Match report Double Dose of Dearlovery Destroys Dinton

In deepest Wilshire, against previously unbeaten Dinton, Compton's second string needed another highly skilled bowling performance and gritty middle order batting to secure their second win of the season.

In truth, there was a third important element in the win: a vital toss won by skipper Jon Gray who had no hesitation in bowling first on a wet wicket. Debates over whether to bowl or bat first are a staple of cricket dressing rooms at all levels, with some following the Steve Waugh doctrine of always batting first, others like Mike Hadcroft preferring first use of the new ball. On this occasion, there was consensus in, one imagines, both dressing rooms, and unsurprisingly Compton's opening bowlers fully justified the decision with another disciplined and probing spell with the new cherry.

Russ Dearlove has been Ford's player of the season so far, reigning in his pace on unresponsive wickets and focusing on accuracy and lateral movement to put a stranglehold on opposition top orders. This spell was no exception, as he struck early to remove a Dinton opener thanks to a false shot held securely by Matt Pickett at square leg. Dearlove barely leaked a run off the bat in his first seven overs, while at the other end Gray found rhythm and prodigious swing, snaring the other opener via a catch by Paul Lawrence at mid-off. At 13-2 from 13 overs, Dinton were behind the game regardless of the challenging conditions.

Nanda Basker and Rob Selwyn entered the fray and both caused problems, but it was the latter who took out Dinton's 3 and 4 with a catch from Tom Lawrence and a plumb lbw to one that kept low. Ford had established a commanding position, but the first two balls of Dinton's fifth wicket partnership suggested much more hard work lay ahead, the home side's number six launching Selwyn for ten runs with clean strikes through the leg side.

Enter Martin Dearlove into the attack, a risky move from Gray with both batsmen showing evidence that they would seek to be aggressive. But the off-spinner delivered by claiming the scalps of both men. The number 5 was victim to sharp caught and bowled to what looked to a number of players like a bump ball. Tellingly, the two men with he best front on view of the bat striking the ball were Dearlove himself who was convinced of the clean catch and, most importantly, the umpire who confirmed the dismissal - which the batsman accepted with good grace - without hesitation.

It didn't take long for Dearlove to strike his second hammer blow, trapping Dinton's dangerous number 6 with one that came back and struck the batsman half forward and in front. The end was nigh for the hosts as Selwyn, Martin Dearlove again, and Russ Dearlove with two wickets in his second spell wrapped up proceedings for a final total of 78.

Ford's top order batting in 2012 has been brittle, and faced with even this modest target the pressure was on. Paul Lawrence tried to cut one too close to him, and Tom Lawrence played loosely at a straight ball as Dinton's opening pair displayed pace and seam movement to start the nerves jangling in the Compton ranks. When James Lowman was yorked after a long vigil for 5, the visitors were 13-3 and struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Faced with such a predicament Lawrence Scott was the perfect man to come to the crease to turn the pressure back onto the opposition. He made 23 including a huge six, and in the company of Matt Pickett took the score to 45. With just 34 required, the storm appeared to have been weathered, but when Scott was adjudged stumped and Pickett holed out for 11, the pressure was back on with the experienced Selwyn and Martin Dearlove at the crease.

The pair batted sensibly, nudging and nurdling, until a big over off one of Dinton's returning opening bowlers, with both men striking boundaries to take Ford to the brink of victory. Showing all their experience, the sixth wicket pair picked off the remaining runs, Dearlove appropriately finishing the game and punching the air to celebrate a victory he had done so much with ball and bat to bring about.

Their five wicket victory puts Ford firmly in mid-table Regional North Division One, and after four games Gray will have learned a great deal about the season to come. Firstly, his bowlers have exploited the damp early season conditions and, availability and injuries notwithstanding he knows opposition batsmen will struggle to make big scores against Ford. Secondly, his top order will need to give more in terms of both runs and crease occupation if Ford want to secure the top 11 finish required to end up on the right side of league re-organisation. Thirdly, having seen four teams there is nothing to fear from Division One North, where batting line ups may be more resilient and change bowlers less wayward than in the league below, but where this second XI are clearly good enough to survive and thrive.

Dinton Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
78 (37.0 overs)

Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Russell Dearlove10.051033.331.00
Jon Gray8.0315115.001.88
Nanda Basker5.001600.003.20
Bob Selwyn8.031936.332.37
Martin Dearlove6.001234.002.00

Compton and Chandlers Ford Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 5 wickets

(32.1 overs)
James Lowman Bowled  5
Paul Lawrence Caught  0 1
Tom Lawrence Bowled  4 1
Matt Pickett Caught  11 1
lawrence scott Stumped  23 1
Bob Selwyn Not Out  18
Martin Dearlove Not Out  15 1
Nanda Basker  
Jon Gray  
Aron Read  
Russell Dearlove  

Dinton Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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  • Umpire :
    Chris Ashman
  • Scorer :