Stubborn Chessington stay in their hole to frustrate skipper Secchi

Yawn: Epsom skipper Danny Secchi was left uninspired by Chessington's tactics on Saturday                  SP77831

Yawn: Epsom skipper Danny Secchi was left uninspired by Chessington's tactics on Saturday SP77831

First published in Sport Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Epsom CC skipper Danny Secchi could not hide his disappointment after his side managed only a winning draw in Division Two of the Surrey Championship at struggling Chessington on Saturday.

After carding 218-7dec, featuring Phil Edwards’ half century (56), Epsom could not get past Chessington’s stubbirn middle order, despite Godfrey Stevens’ second five-wicket haul of the season (5-24).

In the end, Chessington finished on 132-6 off 51 overs.

Secchi said: “Chessington parked the bus very early and we tried everything to get past them but to no avail.

“They were not interested in risking a losing draw point in pursuit of 13 points for the win.

“They started quite well with the bat, but as soon as a couple of wickets went down they went back into their Chessington hole.”

He added: “I know it’s down to us to get past that, but sometimes you want an opposition to at least meet you half-way and create a game.”

Epsom go to Dulwich this weekend, another team struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Secchi said: “The best way to stop them parking the bus is to bowl first, then you have control of the game.

“I didn’t do that against Chessington, but I will if I win the toss at Dulwich.”

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6:33pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mike Brearly says...

My observations were that the Epsom skipper was EXTREMELY poor tactically. He had at least 5 men on the boundary at all times, there was no risk and forced CCC in to settling for a draw (assume this is all Epsom were after?). No team is simply going to give their wickets to fielders on the boundary, very naive, why not have more men around the bat and give the opportunity to the batsman to go over the top? Poor!!
My observations were that the Epsom skipper was EXTREMELY poor tactically. He had at least 5 men on the boundary at all times, there was no risk and forced CCC in to settling for a draw (assume this is all Epsom were after?). No team is simply going to give their wickets to fielders on the boundary, very naive, why not have more men around the bat and give the opportunity to the batsman to go over the top? Poor!! Mike Brearly
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6:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sicky81 says...

Would also agree having played in the game that Epsom were less than positive. Every new bat had at least 5 boundary fielders even with the rate over 6s and a paid overseas dominating the game. Also to.be positive you win the toss and bowl so I believe the Epsom captain may want to be critical a little closer to home. The point also took chessington up one place in the league table, would zero points achieved this? The old saying of concentrate on your own game is very appropriate to this column.
Would also agree having played in the game that Epsom were less than positive. Every new bat had at least 5 boundary fielders even with the rate over 6s and a paid overseas dominating the game. Also to.be positive you win the toss and bowl so I believe the Epsom captain may want to be critical a little closer to home. The point also took chessington up one place in the league table, would zero points achieved this? The old saying of concentrate on your own game is very appropriate to this column. sicky81
  • Score: 3

9:55pm Wed 23 Jul 14

TheStorm says...

Having been at the game watching it, I find the Epsom skippers comments rather funny. Chessington looked to take wickets throughout until the last 10 overs or so when they realised defending runs was more important. Even when batting, chessington looked to score at every opportunity until they realised the win was beyond them due to very negative fields from the Epsom skipper (if you can even call him that)
Having been at the game watching it, I find the Epsom skippers comments rather funny. Chessington looked to take wickets throughout until the last 10 overs or so when they realised defending runs was more important. Even when batting, chessington looked to score at every opportunity until they realised the win was beyond them due to very negative fields from the Epsom skipper (if you can even call him that) TheStorm
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