Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Some Things Never Change

 

 

Match:  09 / 169

Lost by 3 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

FFTMCC

93

S. Dobner  17,  D. Emerson  16

 

Nomads CC

94 - 7

A. Darley  2 - 14,  S. Dobner  2 - 17

 

 

 

 

It is nice to know that some things never change. Sometimes it is nice to know that things have changed. And sometimes it is nice to know that things will never change. There are things that sometimes will never change, but it would be nice if they did, and there are some things that change all the time which you would rather never change. Sometimes when things change, you wish they hadn’t. Sometimes some things will change that you never even knew happened in the first place. In which case, it doesn’t really matter that they have changed. There are other things that change and even though they do change, you still don’t know that they are happening. These things changing hardly ever matter.

 

 

 

Picturesque Brasenose is now home to The Mad.

 

A week last Sunday I pondered the view of the Brasenose pavilion outlined by the setting sun. Having just played on the tarmac like strip in the centre of the manicured outfield, I thought of how things had changed. “We have arrived” was one comment from an excited MADster pre-match, “this is a real field of dreams” was actually muttered by an opening batsman while dreaming, presumably of cricket and not cobbing demonstrations, prior to the commencement of the game.

 

Have things changed I thought?

 

A cry of “Can we just follow someone to the fucking pub.” From a Nomad frustrated by our directions to the Royal Oak told me that, no, not much had. The events of the days Match pretty much told me as well, but the pub war cry was the penultimate confirmation. No. Nothing had changed.

 

As if I needed any more proof I turned to find all bar one car had left for the pub – and that was fully loaded for its trip home to Stevenage.

 

My eyes turned to the bedraggled, over flowing kit bag left abandoned next to the pavilion steps. I packed it up, tried half a dozen times to do the zips up around the bulging contents, heaved a sigh, and then heaved the kit bag into my car boot on top of the other unused kit bag.

 

I suppose one thing had changed. Until now I usually only get landed with one kit bag – now I have two of them. That would go in the ‘Sometimes when things change, you wish they hadn’t’ category.

 

 

2009May10d

 

Pie-man A. Fisher (batting) makes a welcome return to The Mad fold.

 

Pre match drinks returned back to The MAD’s favourite pre match drinking arena, the Folly Bridge. Things hadn’t changed there much either, after T. Smith confirmed with some glee that one chap at the bar was convincing the rest of the clientele that raising and reprimanding children was in fact no different to looking after his rabid black Alsatian – the same rules apply and has his kid ever suffered as a result?

 

We couldn’t help but agree while watching the youngster cock his leg against the Geranium pot whilst staring at us quizzically, tongue hanging out of one side of his mouth.

 

Inspection of the pitch revealed a surface which we couldn’t really comprehend. It was flat. It was hard. It didn’t have any green grass on it. Could it be that we were actually playing on a proper surface?

 

The toss was won (Daniel not involved) and the Skipper elected, mainly due to the unseasonable rays beating down, that batting would be the best option.

 

Batting perhaps would have been the best option but the Skipper (5) decided to show the best way to fall when slipping on the ice as the innings started and this really set the scene for his short lived stay at the crease. Both opening batsmen managed to avoid the opening fines total though, and the Skipper was not the first to fall.

 

 

2009May10c

 

D. Emerson aims at a floating head with a moo to the boundary.

 

No, the first wicket to fall was to prove that something else hadn’t change. Even though he’s only played for the club for a few matches, A. Darley had been reading. He paid specific attention to the title of our MAD History and decided to completely ignore it, becoming the 23rd person to give D. Edwards (10) out lbw ‘At This Level’, which if not completely in the spirit of the Sunday game, is always good entertainment.

 

I myself on the boundary was quick to grasp the situation and immediately opened up the book on how far the bat would fly, and how many things there would be wrong about the lbw decision according to the victim.

 

For the record, the bat flew 32.5 feet, and there were four reasons. Too high, too far down the pitch, hitting outside off stump AND slipping down leg. Quite a delivery. For an added bonus, the helmet was also despatched. All good though – fortunately the kit was all retrieved in time by some helpful children.

 

 

2009May10a

 

Exclusive TV pictures showing young Daisy retrieving Dan’s helmet.

 

M. Westmoreland (5) quickly followed along with JP (2) and T. Smith (3) who both had trouble adjusting to the auspicious surroundings for different reasons (and who knows what those reasons were?)

 

A steady flow of wickets though meant The MAD were eluded a decent total. OK, the pitch was hard but the ball just didn’t seem to get off the surface and had even greater trouble getting past the square.

 

Tea was taken and the thoughts in the Pavilion were that 93 just wasn’t going to cut the mustard. Spirits were raised though, by said tea, with T. Smith savouring his first Brasenose egg sandwich like it was a vintage champagne – and he scored the sandwich 4.1 out of 5 – a most respected sandwich indeed.

 

Upon resumption of the Match four quick wickets made The MAD suddenly realise that maybe all was not lost. The first wicket taken by an amazing forward diving catch by the man with no nickname. JP showed some serious promise of replacing that other Australian guy (7-0-20-2) and actually managed to bag a catch early in the game (things do change), and more than backed up by A. Darley (7-1-14-2) and S. Dobner (7-1-17-2) had the Nomads reeling on 29-4.

 

In actual fact, we should have fined those three for having remarkably similar bowling figures. Anyway.

 

The bowlers found that there were just not enough runs to play with, or not enough dropped catches to play with, and with N. Preddy (19) scoring at a strike rate of 343 things seemed too far out of reach. Even with N. Preddy despatched by a screaming catch by some guy with a really good pair of glasses, the Nomads had J. Whittaker (23 n.o.) and A. Thompson (17n.o.) to close the game down, winning with three overs and three wickets to spare.

 

 

 

The Mad crèche – fine if you like blondes….

 

A cracking start to the season at Brasenose then, and a resounding speech from the Skipper post match.

 

We was robbed (not literally).

 

By the way, the kit is up for sale on eBay.

 

 

‘Hoskers’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Nomads CC

Played at Brasenose College, 10 May 2009

 

Far from the MCC won the toss and elected to bat

Nomads CC won by 4 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

09 / 169

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. M. Edwards

lbw b Hussain

10

(14)

2

-

1-25

2

M. T. Westmoreland *

b P. Preddy

5

(28)

-

-

2-25

3

S. L. Dobner

b Leighfield

17

(45)

-

-

6-64

4

J. P. Collins

st Whitaker b Leighfield

2

(12)

-

-

3-29

5

T. P. W. Smith

b P. Preddy

3

(4)

-

-

4-33

6

J. D. Hoskins

b Thompson

9

(23)

-

-

5-58

7

D. Emerson

b Thompson

16

(21)

1

-

9-91

8

A. Darley

b N. Preddy

7

(14)

1

-

7-75

9

A. J. Fisher

c Whitaker b Thompson

6

(10)

1

-

8-88

10

A. M. Mander

not out

3

(5)

-

-

-

11

M. Bullock +

c Cox b Purslow

1

(7)

-

-

10-93

 

Extras

(W10, LB4)

14

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 30.3 overs)

93

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Hussain

5

1

17

1

 

2

P. Preddy

7

1

14

2

 

3

S. Leighfield

7

0

26

2

 

4

A. Thomson

6

0

18

3

 

5

Preddy

4

1

12

1

 

6

Baldwin

1

0

2

0

 

7

Purslow

0.3

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Nomads CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. Cox

c Hoskins b Darley

3

 

-

-

1-7

2

M. Purslow

b Collins

7

 

-

-

2-18

3

J. Thomson

b Dobner

3

 

-

-

4-29

4

D. Leighfield

c and b Collins

0

 

-

-

3-20

5

N. Preddy

c Emerson b Dobner

19

 

1

1

5-44

6

M. Baldwin

b Darley

2

 

-

-

6-52

7

J. Whitaker *+

not out

23

 

2

-

-

8

A. Thomson

not out

17

 

1

-

-

9

M. Hussain

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

P. Preddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

S. Leighfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

(W13, LB3, B4)

20

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 6 wickets, 32.2 overs)

94

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Collins

7

0

20

2

 

2

Darley

7

1

14

2

 

3

Dobner

7

1

17

2

 

4

Emerson

5

0

21

0

 

5

Hoskins

6.2

0

17

0

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  S. L. Dobner

Champagne Moment:  D. Emerson’s sprawling catch

Buffet Award:  D. Emerson’s NZ lamb roast (with mint sauce and sautéed mash)

 

 

Opposition:  V022 / 07

Ground:  G040 / 01

Captain:  C011 / 05

 

 

 

 

 

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