Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Mad Bandwagon Halted as Flying Ants Invade Pembroke”

 

 

Match:  06 / 131

Lost by 96 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Nomads

220 - 7

M. Westmoreland  2 - 25,  I. Howarth  2 - 27

 

FFTMCC

124 - 9

G. Littlechild  47

 

 

 

 

At first it seemed like there was blossom being blown in the air. But then when do large oak trees start shelling blossom? Pretty soon it was like a snowstorm of the stuff – the skies absolutely full of this “blossom” as it floated in the wind around Pembroke College Sports Ground. But it wasn’t falling. No, this stuff was flying! Flying ants. Thousands upon thousands of these little buggers, all leaving their nests under Kev’s carefully prepared cricket strips to find a life somewhere else. A man and his dog laughed as he watched cricketers scrambling for cover as they flicked the air around their heads, much akin to deranged inmates of a local loony asylum. Ten minutes later and they were all gone…. Weird. Horrible little bastards to be honest.

 

 

nom2006h

 

There was no blossom falling off the oak trees at Pembroke.

 

The sight of Skipper I. Howarth hurling a fifty pence piece on the floor and leaving the field dejected was all The Mad required to realise they had been invited to field on another baking hot summer’s day. The track was as flat as a ballerina’s chest, and the Nomads of Swindon would make full use of it.

 

Last week’s impressive debut by D. Shorten (7-0-52-0) was in stark contrast to this, as the Nomad opener’s gorged themselves on his suet puddings in racing to 50 without loss. Veteran swingmeister, A. Mann (4-1-18-0), was perhaps unlucky to reap little rewards for his nagging length, and it wasn’t until fellow left-armer, M. Reeves (5-0-31-1) was introduced, that The Mad finally managed to snare a wicket. This didn’t stem the flow of runs alas, with M. Punslow (58) throwing his bat at anything in his half of the pitch, and with luck favouring his bold approach; his compatriots adopted his style and saw the score increase at a gallop.

 

Gardener D. Edwards (7-1-34-2) bowled a decent line, with the ever-alert G. Littlechild collecting a neat stumping for his troubles. M. Westmoreland (4-1-25-2), A. Small (3-0-17-0) and I. Howarth (5-0-27-2) toiled away, with Moo taking a wicket off the worst ball of the day – a waist-high jelly moose that Nomadster N. Preddy (34) somehow slapped straight into the disbelieving hands of M. Reeves. But after 35 exhausting overs, the away team has notched a rather intimidating 220 for 7.

 

Time for tea. And thank fuck for that.

 

 

nom2006n

 

Sun beams into the Pembroke pavilion during the tea interval.

 

The Mad would not be dispirited in chasing down this total, after all – why should they? The team were coming off the back of five consecutive wins – so let’s have at it. Losing grinder D. Edwards for a duck, and allowing Nomad bowler Hussain the luxury of going for just 1 run off his first 4 overs wasn’t exactly on the agenda. And with M. Westmoreland (10) hoiking across the line, and pinch-hitting part-time decorator A. Mann pouched for 11 things were looking grim.

 

 

nom2006d

 

220 was a tall order for The Mad to chase.

 

Mr. Bullock in partnership with Essex-graduate, G. Littlechild, saw some sort of a recovery in reaching 71-3, but unfortunately the overs were ticking by. Matt (7) was subsequently bowled having a frustrated smear, thus enter the Captain to rescue the show. But before Howarth had even faced a ball, his day would come to a most unfortunate end – unable to avoid a full blooded drive from his opposite number, Mr. Littlechild. He dropped like a lead weight after it crashed against his elbow, writhing around on the floor as his teammates’ feigned concern. Exit stage left, retired hurt.

 

What realistic hope The Mad still harboured for victory, quickly evaporated when Gary (47) was subsequently bowled by the impressive M. Harrow (7-0-29-3). And with the required run-rate now spiralling out of control, it was left to the tail to conjure up some escapology – alas Houdini had left the building. A. Cavanagh (8) was bowled, J. Hotson (3) ran out, D. Shorten caught for a duck, and A. Small likewise after an enterprising 10. It all left Botley Boy, M. Reeves (7*), smarting at his lowly batting position, content to protect his average as The Mad were left humbled on 124 for 9.

 

 

nom2006l

 

Time to pack up and sod off after the Nomads end The Mad winning streak.

 

All good things come to an end. It is a depressing inevitability of human life. Deal with it. We lost. We got beat. We got fucking smashed. Let the Nomads have their day.

 

 

‘Ant Agonise’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus The Nomads

Played at Jordan Hill, 6 August 2006

 

The Nomads won the toss and elected to bat

The Nomads won by 96 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

06 / 131

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

The Nomads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

M. Harrow

b Reeves

18

 

 

 

1-54

2

M. Purslow

st Littlechild b Edwards

58

 

 

 

3-118

3

S. Leighfield

c and b Edwards

9

 

 

 

2-84

4

N. Preddy

c Reeves b Westmoreland

34

 

 

 

4-138

5

N. Baldwin

lbw b Westmoreland

3

 

 

 

5-138

6

J. Whittaker

not out

43

 

 

 

-

7

A. Thompson

st Littlechild b Howarth

20

 

 

 

6-201

8

T. Lowe

b Howarth

7

 

 

 

7-220

9

C. Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

P. Preddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

M. Hussain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

(NB1, W11, LB2, B14)

28

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 7 wickets, 35 overs)

220

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Shorten

7

0

52

0

 

2

Mann

4

1

18

0

 

3

Reeves

5

0

31

1

 

4

Edwards

7

1

34

2

 

5

Westmoreland

4

1

25

2

 

6

Small

3

0

17

0

 

7

Howarth

5

0

27

2

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. M. Edwards

c Baldwin b P. Preddy

0

(13)

-

-

1-6

2

M. T. Westmoreland

b Thompson

10

(22)

2

-

2-25

3

A. G. Mann

c Lowe b Thompson

11

(24)

2

-

3-30

4

M. Bullock

b Harrow

7

(25)

-

-

4-71

5

G. S. Littlechild +

b Harrow

47

(50)

7

-

6-98

6

I. Howarth *

retired hurt

0

(1)

-

-

-

7

A. Cavanagh

b Harrow

8

(11)

1

-

5-87

8

J. Hotson

run out

3

(8)

-

-

8-100

9

D. Shorten

c Thompson b N. Preddy

0

(3)

-

-

7-99

10

M. K. Reeves

not out

7

(11)

1

-

-

11

A. Small

c Leighfield b Lowe

10

(11)

1

-

9-124

 

Extras

(W10,  B11)

21

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 9 wickets, 29.5 overs)

124

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Hussain

4

3

1

0

 

2

P. Preddy

4

0

17

1

 

3

Thompson

7

2

14

2

 

4

N. Preddy

6

0

32

1

 

5

Harrow

7

0

29

3

 

6

Morgan

1

0

11

0

 

7

Lowe

0.5

0

9

1

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  G. Littlechild

Champagne Moment:  M. Reeves’ first wicket

Buffet Award:  D. Shorten’s suet pudding (with Welsh gravy)

                           

 

Opposition:  V022 / 05

Ground:  G011 / 43

Captain:  C007 / 17