Winning return following COVID-19 enforced break

Following the cancellation of the bulk of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, an uncharacteristically youthful Demijohns began their 2020 season with a four-wicket win at Pinkneys Green Cricket Club.

Despite his cricketing whites not surviving the off-season, James Earle starred with the ball, at one point having taken three wickets without conceding a run, and finishing with figures of 8-3-20-5. After some lusty blows from Darling, Andrew Dean saw the Demijohns home with an unbeaten 74 and seven overs in hand.

Demijohns v Pinkneys Green
Pinkneys Green Cricket Club, Sunday 16 August 2020

Pinkneys Green 155 (Earle 8-3-20-5, Haines 5-1-21-2)
Demijohns 156 for 6 (Dean 74*, Darling 28)

Demijohns break 2019 duck

The Demijohns chalked up their first win of the season against The Village, chasing down 180 with two wickets to spare.

Demijohns v The Village
St John’s College, Saturday 29 June 2019

The Village 180 (Ritter 4-0-23-3)
Demijohns 181 for 8 dec (Narayan 33, Bachelor 28, Ritter 27)

Batting collapse x2

The Demijohns suffered two heavy defeats in their double-header this weekend, perhaps drawing inspiration from recent English efforts in the World Cup.

Saturday’s game against Mermaids saw Demijohns Club Captain Tom Parsons score a magnificent century. Unfortunately, it was for the opposition. Mermaids posted 241 all out. In reply, Demijohns were bowled out for 75: our lowest score in ten years.

On Sunday, Hetairoi batted first and declared their innings closed on 223 for 7. Demijohns were bowled out for 118.

In a weekend with few highlights on the field, Jonny Golec’s bowling (with a return of 20-2-77-6) and Tom Ritter (52 of our 193 runs, and 8-2-39-3) stood out.

Demijohns v Mermaids
St John’s College, Saturday 22 June 2019

Mermaids 241 all out (Golec 9-0-45-3, Close 4.1-0-31-3)
Demijohns 75 all out (Ritter 26, Heaton 23)

Demijohns v Hetairoi
St John’s College, Sunday 23 June 2019

Hetairoi 223 for 7 dec (Golec 11-2-32-3)
Demijohns 118 (Ritter 36)

Close, but no cigar

The Demijohns bagged a brace of ‘winning draws’ in their double-header this weekend.

Saturday’s game against Phene Philanderers saw a swashbuckling opening partnership between Dyson and Darling, with the score racing to 134 for 0 off 20 overs. (And yes, they were batting).

The Demijohns drew their innings to a close on 215 for 8, and despite the best efforts of Jonny Golec (10-2-45-5), were unable to wrap up the Phene innings.

With Sunday came Salix, and a strange case of deja vu. This time it was a strong fourth wicket partnership between Bachelor and Adams that saw the Demijohns through to 231 for 5, before a Salix stonewall saw them through to the draw with three wickets in hand.

Demijohns v Phene Philanderers
St John’s College, Saturday 1 June 2019

Demijohns 215 for 8 dec (Dyson 64, Darling 62)
Phene Philanderers 163 for 7 (Golec 10-2-45-5)

Demijohns v Salix
St John’s College, Sunday 2 June 2019

Demijohns 231 for 5 dec (Bachelor 78, Adams 48)
Salix 130 for 7 (Ritter 5-1-19-3, Lucas 6-0-42-2)

Seven-wicket loss to Further Friars

A patient 61 for skipper Bachelor can’t prevent the Demijohns falling to a 7-wicket loss at home against Further Friars.

Demijohns v Further Friars
St John’s College, Saturday 25 May 2019

Demijohns 222 for 8 dec (Bachelor 61, Darling 42)
Further Friars 226 for 3 (Heaton 6-1-31-1)

Demijohns open 2019 season with loss

Despite a 61-ball 111 for skipper Adams, the Demijohns fell to a 114 run defeat in their 2019 season opener against St John’s College.

Demijohns v St John’s College
St John’s College, Saturday 4 May 2019

St John’s 350 for 8 (Balijaa 7-0-31-3, Darling 5-1-31-2)
Demijohns 246 all out (Adams 111)