Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“As Dave Shorten Will Tell You….”

 

 

Match:  08 / 153

Won by 3 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

Wootton & Bladon CC

143 - 9

A. Mann  2 - 17,  N. Hebbes  2 - 19

 

FFTMCC

144 - 7

D. Edwards  66*,  J. Hoskins  41*

 

 

 

 

A backwards trip in time reveals MAD dreams do come true…. sometimes….

 

As Dave Shorten will tell you – it’s always fairly tricky writing a match report any more than a couple of weeks after the event. One has to think… back... hmmm… think… back….

 

I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for days. Quite literally. Being mentally affected by playing a sport is a truly magical feeling. Sure we get happy when we win, and pissed off when we drop that catch or hear the sound of the ball striking the stumps once again when not troubling the scorer but nothing could really match the sheer joy of that afternoon. As I drove home from the game my mind cast back to the weekend before… and I wondered what our Captain and new Wife would be doing that very moment on their honeymoon….

 

 

 

Player #77 and Player #88 head off in Ian’s converted Skoda.

 

Adie’s face lit up again and again as bowl after bowl of roast potatoes and chips and bread and butter and all sorts (not liquorice) came flooding to the table. We should invent a new trophy called ‘Men of the Match’ because yet again the voting was split. This time between myself (J. Hoskins 41 n.o.) and D. Edwards (66 n.o.) who had carried his bat through. Debutant I. Leggate was awarded Champagne Moment for the footballing trickery run-out (suitably fined) and buffet went to buffet man himself.

 

We won of course, by three wickets they tell me although for some reason I can never get my head round the scoring mechanism of cricket. We won though with four balls to spare. 144 runs scored and a cracking start to the season. Undefeated after three games. Joyously I slapped S. Pooley for four to win – hitting the winning runs for the first time ever after he tried his clever little mind games and mental tricks to try and get me to slog him for six and miss. Of course, I was actually trying to slog him for six but fortunately didn’t miss.

 

The last two overs and the crowd were getting restless with 21 runs required but Dan had that glint in his eyes which seemed to strike out like a bolt of lightning to mine and for a moment I was mesmerised by his spell. Exclaiming we needed to hit the buffet bowler before Pooley’s final over. And hit the buffet we did, scoring 19 runs off the over to dramatically change the perspective of the game.

 

With six overs to go it was looking possible but the steely determination of Pooley and the rock solid no gamble attitude of Dan ‘Boycott’ Edwards meant attack and defence cancelled each other out with the run rate dropping but no wickets falling.

 

“Just block the straight ones and hit the bad balls.” Why do people say that? Sod blocking the straight ones – that’s when you hear the clatter of stumps and bails. Nope, this year I’m gonna hit the bloody thing…..

 

26-6 “Oh shucks”, thought the onlookers as they saw a familiar MAD collapse forming, especially as I was intent muttering wild fantasies of sixes and multiple boundaries… they tried to put a collapse out of their minds by wondering what the scene was like at the wedding of their austere Captain to his glamorous Bride…

 

 

 

Player 88 was sorely missing the cricket….

 

Another to go with a flurry was the other debutant Leggate (Hugh) whom it seems may only be joining us for one match before going off on a trip round Europe looking for a suitable hairdresser, but his debut was welcomed with aplomb being slightly less hungover than his brother and notching up a cameo 17.

 

The MAD on the sidelines bore witness to Titanick (0) rushing from the Umpires position muttering how his shipmates were letting him down and how he needed to steady the helm. Too bad he couldn’t get his pads on quick enough before another Leggate fell, with what was to be the fourth run out of the game.

 

Morlers (0) showed some batting prowess may have come to him over the winter months by creaming one to covers for an easy single. Unless it isn’t an easy single in Dan’s eyes and you are sent back, turning wistfully before slipping in the mud and getting run out first ball – the third of the game.

 

It was never going to be easy chasing an averagely low score – it never is, but the opening partnership of G. Carter (8) and D. Edwards (66 n.o.) were the perfect duo to get a solid start or so we thought.

 

Tea was fantastic. No wonder they earnt that nickname from us. Burgers at tea? Now Kev’ could learn a thing or two there….

 

143 didn’t look enough on this pitch, although N. Cisten (23 n.o.) did his level best to slap a few in the last four overs, we were really only giving them a few runs to make it mildly interesting. Weren’t we?

 

Pooley Senior (1) himself  did start to look dangerous with his lolling strides out of the crease although he never really found the edge of the bat, and when looking for a fast single found the MAD fielding too exact for his frame to get up the speed required for a 22 yard dash. Young Pooley (36) was a different kettle of fish entirely, steadying the Wootton boys innings in admirable fashion before falling for a Hoskins (7-1-19-1) pie that was too tempting.

 

They never really got off to a good start, struggling with the sharp opening bowling partnership of A. Mann (7-2-17-2) and N. Hebbes (4-0-19-2) and the ever increasingly sharp fielding of Thornton who snapped up two feisty chances in slip and gully.

 

Pre-match drinks were a resounding success – near filling the pool room of a Woodstock pub to laugh gleefully at the large sums of money lost by myself whilst keeping our admiral Captain and his wife company during their wedding ceremony….

 

 

 

Most people would regard this as the perfect shooting gallery….

 

Oh one can dream as I mentioned to Ant during a chess game two days prior to the match…. “No worries, I can feel it coming - one of us, at least 30 – you see :)” Dreams do come true... sometimes….

 

 

‘Hoskers’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Wootton & Bladon CC

Played at Woodstock, 18 May 2008

 

Far from the MCC won the toss and elected to field

Far from the MCC won by 3 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  Ian Leggate (099) and Huw Leggate (100)

 

 

08 / 153

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

Wootton & Bladon CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

H. Manuel

lbw b Mann

4

 

 

 

1-4

2

N. Hambridge +

c Smith b Hebbes

10

 

 

 

2-31

3

A. Hambridge

b Mann

10

 

 

 

3-31

4

A. Argenio

c Small b Hebbes

1

 

 

 

5-36

5

N. Hay

c Smith b Small

0

 

 

 

4-33

6

T. Poole

b Hoskins

36

 

 

 

9-109

7

T. Clapham

run out (Hoskins/I Leggate)

23

 

 

 

6-101

8

S. Poole *

run out (Hoskins/Edwards)

1

 

 

 

7-107

9

D. De Bono

b H. Leggate

0

 

 

 

8-107

10

N. Clifton

not out

23

 

 

 

-

11

S. Edwards

not out

9

 

 

 

-

 

Extras

(W13, LB1, B7)

21

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 9 wickets, 35 overs)

143

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Mann

7

2

17

2

 

2

Hebbes

4

0

19

2

 

3

Small

6

0

42

1

 

4

Hoskins

7

1

19

1

 

5

H. Leggate

7

2

17

1

 

6

Edwards

4

1

18

0

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

G. Carter

c N. Hambridge b Manuel

8

(9)

2

-

1-12

2

D. M. Edwards

not out

66

(102)

8

1

-

3

T. P. W. Smith

c Edwards b Manuel

1

(10)

-

-

2-14

4

M. Bullock +

c N. Hambridge b Manuel

1

(21)

-

-

3-27

5

A. Morley

run out

0

(1)

-

-

4-27

6

I. C. Leggate

run out

0

(0)

-

-

5-27

7

N. J. Hebbes *

c S. Poole b Manuel

0

(3)

-

-

6-28

8

H. Leggate

lbw b Clapham

17

(22)

3

-

7-69

9

J. D. Hoskins

not out

41

(39)

7

-

-

10

A. G. Mann

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

A. Small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

(NB1, W10, B1)

12

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 7 wickets, 34.2 overs)

146

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Edwards

7

4

6

0

 

2

Manuel

7

0

21

4

 

3

Hay

5

0

36

0

 

4

Clapham

7

0

34

1

 

5

S. Poole

5.2

0

19

0

 

6

A. Hambridge

3

0

29

0

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  D. M. Edwards and J. D. Hoskins

Champagne Moment:  I. C. Leggate’s footballing run out

Buffet Award:  A. Small’s overbearing strawberry gateaux (with whipped cream)

                           

 

Opposition:  V027 / 10

Ground:  G031 / 02

Captain:  C010 / 04