Match Report: ECC v Dorking Dads Army 14th July 2018
France’s big weekend of celebration started quite early on Bastille Day with the traditional Dorking Dad’s Army fixture for the 16th time in 17 years. The sun was already hot and temperatures forecast for the low 30’s. The visitors arrived in smart minibuses showing a well organised tour was underway. They found a handful of ECC faithful and outer fringe players working to have the new playing surface, which only arrived on the Thursday, in a condition to play the match. After some smart work with buckets and spades, and a quick turn around the edges with the mower it was ready for our local adolescent graffiti artist to get to work with his spray can, marking out the creases. In movements akin to a world cup referee the white lines were done and the true business of the day could start.
The Horlock won the toss and decided to bat, asking the young Valentine Giraud, returning from his studies in England, and Big Ben, minus his “sleeper”, to set a good target. Dorking’s young Benson tested out the wicket from the pool end and the two openers got to work steadily. The Surrey Over-60s captain, Evans, bowled his teasing drifters from the tennis end and, in the 6th over, trapped a confused Ben, 14 for 1. Enayet strode out, promoted from Jack, and stayed around whilst Val showed he had not forgotten how to bat. The score moved on to 35 when in the 14th over Symes shattered Enayets stumps for 4, allowing Mirza to try to steady the ship. It wasn’t to be, he scored just one when another Evans special clipped the off bail, 38 for 3. Paul Bradford followed, and nurdled a couple but he (2) and then Val (28) were both bowled by Symes gentle swing in quick succession, 50 for 5. Ex-stumper Sam was at the the crease and The Horlock went out to join him. By this time Starr and Enthwistle had taken up the bowling and the score had hardly moved on when Sam was stumped (ironic I know) for 6 . A new face, Derek James , joined The Horlock and although not having played for a number of years, helped to push onto 85 when a mysterious call for a quick run saw Derek left bewildered, and out for 5, 97 for 7! Enter 17 year old Elouise Fabb, first senior game, working with David to make the total three figures when he holed out for 34 off Rogers in the 33rd over, 101 for 8. The Final Total was eased to 104 for 8 and then a splendid tea followed.
The Dorking innings began with D Gillot and E Roberts. Enayet took the first over from the tennis end, and Val the pool end. Enayet showed how he has come on as a bowler with just 4 runs off his first two overs, then in his 3rd he bowled Gillot for 16, score 29 for 1. Enter a Dorking stalwart Mark Entwhistle. Val was a bit more expensive but very lively and in his next over bowled Roberts for 6, 31 for 2. Rogers joined Entwhistle but was quickly caught behind by Horlock off Val, 38 for 3. N Roberts tried his hand but was bowled by Enayet for 1, 48 for 4. The young Benson and M Entwhistle saw off the opening bowlers and moved on to 85 when Mirza had Benson caught behind for 11. This allowed experienced Evens to see out the innings with Entwhistle over the next 5 overs, although there was time for Elouise to bowl the final over. Treated with utmost respect they took 5 balls before she was clipped for the winning run.
At drinks all agreed the new surface played pretty well, we just to get it into its permanent situation and markings finished.
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Result: Dorking Dad’s Army Won by 5 wickets
Eymet 104 for 8 off 35 overs ( 10 men players ) (Horlock 34, Giraud 28, Symes 4 for 7).
V. Giraud, B. Delaney, E. Hossain, P.Bradford, S.Harrell, D.Horlock, D.James, M. Maig, E.Fabb
Dorking 108 for 5 off 22 overs (M Entwhistle 34, B.Delaney 0 for 7).
D. Gillot, E. Roberts, M. Entwhistle, S.Rogers, N. Roberts, T. Benson, C. Evans, A. Symes, J Starr,
H. Symes, J. Smith