A successful league debut for our under 8s
Our under 8 cricketers have enjoyed their first season playing in the North East Central Surrey league.
Our under 8 team played 6 incrediball league matches this season, winning 3 and losing 3, which is an encouraging start to league cricket. There were many positives to be taken from the games, some excellent bowling, lively fielding and an outstanding team spirit including a willingness to continue competing even in losing situations. The players have really enjoyed playing in the matches and are already looking forward to next year’s league where they will be splitting into hard ball and incrediball squads. We hope that the teams continue to improve next year and build on this season’s promising start.
Many thanks to Mark Cook, John Fry, Zakir Rostami, James Driscoll, Anthony de Mel, Conrad Chandler, Krishnan Dwarka, Mahbub Hussain and all the young leaders for their very comprehensive training programme for the under 7s and under 8s. Thanks also to the parents who volunteered to score, umpire and organise warm ups on match days.
Rich Kelly, under 7 and 8 manager
An amazing season for our under 9s
Our under 9 cricketers have enjoyed an amazing season in the North East Central Surrey league.
Our under 9 A team played in division 2 of the under 10 hard ball competition this year, finishing in second place and losing only once (on the last day of the season) to a very strong team from Cheam. The DCC squad had to rely on teamwork and strong technical skills to hold their own against physically larger and more experienced teams in both the league and in our friendly games against Wimbledon and Beckenham. 21 boys played for our A team this year in the hard ball league: we were fortunate to have such depth of talent as district cricket deprived us of a number of players on a regular basis.
Our under 9 B team played in the incrediball league. Again we played some extremely strong cricket, losing only one game and finishing second to a very strong Spencer team. Our final two games of the season were perhaps some of the strongest under 9 cricket imaginable. We were able to offer a further 12 boys a game in our incrediball league team this year. All our under 9s were given the opportunity to play in league or friendly games.
District and county honours
This year six of our under 9 boys were selected for the Inner London squad, who won the under 9 Surrey district competition (the Penny Davies Trophy) for the first time in living memory. Three of our boys went on to play for the London Super District team, and following that Robbie Keaton has been selected for the under 9 county squad, with Jonty Postlewhite and Finlay Douglas selected for the under 9 county development squad. Congratulations to Robbie, Jonty and Finlay, and to Oliver Singh, Ayush Singh and Ted Luker (Inner London).
A number of these boys, together with Finlay Dennis and Thomas Milburn, have been invited to join Surrey’s summer performance training course at the Oval.
- The under 9 A team on their 90 run win against Spencer – it was a remarkable game where everything the team did came off. In the last four overs, DCC effected 5 run outs and managed to get 4 wickets cleaned bowled!
- The under 9 B team on their 100 plus win against Old Ruts. It was a fantastic all round team performance where everyone made a contribution and some of the running between the wickets was amazing.
- Ayush Singh, for advising the umpire that he had edged the ball and been caught behind, when the umpire had not given the wicket in our game against Roehampton
- Robbie Keaton – 52no for Inner London against Outer London (PDT) and man of the match.
- Jonty Postlewhite – 33no for Inner London against Outer London (friendly) and man of the match.
- Ted Luker – 27 and 2 wickets for Inner London against West Surrey (friendly) and man of the match.
- Charlie Cook for hitting 4 fours in a row against Old Ruts in the under 9 incrediball league match.
- Jonty and Ayush for their opening stand against an under 10 county bowler in our win against Beddington.
- Finlay Douglas for his incredible bravery after suffering a bad knock to the nose while fielding at Wimbledon.
We have a very diverse group of children from a number of schools, with our catchment stretching across Wandsworth, Southwark and Lambeth. I have been very impressed with the camaraderie and team spirit exhibited. There is never any criticism of team mates and all of the children are both extremely encouraging when things don’t go well, and warm in their praise when someone does something well. I think that they have demonstrated the true spirit of cricket this season, and for me this is much more valuable than results.
Many thanks to Allen Blackford, John Fry, Zakir Rostami and James Driscoll for their very effective training programme. In particular, I would like to single out Allen who has worked with most of these boys for 3 years (since they were 6 or 7) and is turning many of them into very strong cricketers who understand and respect the game. His belief that the 9A boys were capable of playing up a year, and his confidence in those trying out for district cricket proved to be well-founded!
Sean Keaton, under 9 manager
Onward and upward for the under 10As
After a shaky start to the season (a 54 run defeat against Wimbledon), the under 10 A team recovered to win eight of their remaining ten matches, finishing joint third in a strong Under 10 Division One. Our eight wins fell into four categories:
- “Comfortable victories” by 109 and 96 runs over Purley and Oxted came at the start and end of the season against moderate opposition
- “Narrow victories” where the team never really performed to their best came against Reigate and Merstham
- In the “satisfying victories” category, the demolition of two strong opponents. Sutton thought it was business as usual as they took two early Dulwich wickets, only for the team to race to 284 in a truly team effort. When Sutton lost one early wicket nothing appeared amiss, until a Jude Hunter hat-trick in the fourth over changed the whole complexion of the day. Batsmen froze, fielders pounced, and a run out in the fifth over virtually ended the game as Sutton limped to 240, losing by 44 runs. After the team lost in the last over to Old Whitgiftians the following week (when our opponents tried to bowl the same player in overs 19 and 20), the next game at Esher could not have arrived too soon. A vocal home crowd were slowly silenced as we raced along to 297 for one. When we took wickets against the first three pairs only the home side’s star players remained. The crowd was silenced completely by the 16th over as Esher wobbled along to 224. They ended 41 short and Dulwich had finally earned a victory against them.
- Lastly, the “exciting last ball” category, a category of one. Some very cool batting at the end of a “classic” pairs match saw us home against Banstead, another strong opponent.
In all, the 10As used 20 players, necessitated by six boys being called-up for Inner London district service, and two boys playing for each of London Schools and Lewisham Borough. We maintained our policy of everyone bowling two overs and the field placings were pretty much left in the hands of the captain and bowlers. No matter which ten of our boys represented the club we were (perhaps with the exception of the game against Spencer) lively in the field, and supportive of our team ethic and team mates.
Although we focus on our efforts as a team, there are a few special mentions: Henry Swann (91 runs / 10 wickets) was electric in the field all season; Jude Hunter (75 runs /8 wickets) captained assertively and kept wicket tidily. Danny Guy scored 89 runs and was our go-to-death bowler while Archie Shuttleworth (70 runs / 6 wickets) and Dan Matthews (57) led the run scorers on aggregate.
It is clear to me that the squad of boys enjoy each others’ company and work brilliantly well together on and off the field, with excellent support from the parents. The scoresheets are readable and the coffees always arrive hot! Overall, a highly enjoyable season and a third placed finish is evidence of the progress being made.
Allen Blackford, under 10 manager
A good year for the under 10Bs
The under 10B team had a good year – after 5 games we were equal top with 4 wins and one loss after we beat Wimbledon (their only loss of the the season). Unfortunately as a result of the holidays and bad weather we didn’t win any of the last 3 games – had one game rained off (Banstead) which I am sure we would have won, lost to Wimbledon with a team that had 6 boys playing their first game of the year plus an under 9 (only just lost so they did well) and the summer holidays meant that we had to forfeit the last game as we could not get enough players to put both under 10A and B teams out.
Almost 30 different boys played at least one game in the league for the B team which reflects the great depth we have at the club. The good results were due to great team spirit with all the boys contributing at times during the season. Individual results for the first game against Spencer are not available, however for the other 5 games there were a few highlights: Felix Taylor (32 runs/1 wicket), Elliott Simmonds (22 runs/ 7 wickets), Shrey Rao (keeper/22 runs), Harry Lloyd-Jones (16 runs/ 4 wickets) and Jack Fellowes (20 runs / 3 wickets).
I enjoyed the season and especially the great progress made by many of the boys – I am sure we will have an even better season next year.
Tony Simmonds, Under 10B Manager
Summer holiday cricket for under 6s
In response to popular demand, this summer holiday we will be running a limited number of morning cricket sessions aimed at children in the under 6 age group (those who have just completed Year 1). These courses will run alongside our summer holiday cricket courses for 7-11 year-olds. The focus will be on game-based learning. Click here for further details, including a printable booking form.
Holiday courses 2014
Our holiday cricket courses are now confirmed for the following dates for the 2014 season. All courses run from 10.00am to 3.30pm and cater for members and non-members between 7 and 11 years-old. Click here for further details, including a printable booking form.
July 7th-11th, 14th-18th, 21st-25th
July 28th-Aug 1st
Aug 4th-8th, 11th-15th, 18th-22nd
2014 Juniors membership
Our priority renewal window for existing juniors members has now closed. As in previous years, our retention levels have been very high, and the number of places available to new members in each age group is very limited. Some age groups are now full. If your child wishes to join the club please email Sam Krafft.
Juniors membership is £32 for one child or £60 for two or more children; summer coaching is £85 per child, with the exception of the under 6 group, where there is a reduced fee of £53 to reflect the shorter length of the coaching sessions.
A separate fee structure applies to girls: existing members will pay a flat fee (covering membership and coaching) of £25 and new members will not be charged in their first year. This reflects the club's desire to strengthen its girls' and ladies' divisions in the short and medium term.
Click here for details of training times and match days, as well as contact details for age group managers.