Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“A Time Team Special

 

 

Match:  11 / 252

Lost by 28 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Astons CC

129 - 9

M. Reeves  5 - 28,  J. Hoskins  3 - 60

 

FFTMCC

101

I. Howarth  58

 

 

 

 

On a blustery September afternoon The FFTMCC navigated their way to Aston Tirrold in the Oxfordshire countryside for their annual brush with celebrity in Tim Henman’s back garden. For some of the team it was their second or even third match of the weekend and many had secretly hoped that the torrential rain that had occurred in the morning would persist into the afternoon.

 

 

 

Almost the end of the season, Dave….

 

 

In the event, there was a slight reprieve of half an hour, but all too soon for some creaking bones the players had to drag themselves out of the pub and towards the pitch. All except for Paddy that is, who decided that a drive from Bournemouth to somewhere near Didcot should include a full tour of the Oxford ring road and a foray towards London on the A40.

 

Whilst Tim finished his Sunday lunch in the local The MAD assembled for the traditional ‘explaining of the arcane time based rules under which the match will be conducted’. These being further obscured this year by the delay in starting. Roughly summarised these are ‘team batting first (TBF) will have two and a quarter hours or until their innings is complete, after which tea will be taken. Team batting second (TBS) will then have 45 minutes and 20 overs to pass TBF total where upon they will win the game. If TBS are all out before passing TBF’s total, then TBF will win. If TBS fail to pass TBF’s total but are not all out then the match will be considered a draw although if Astons are TBF they will claim they have a winning draw. This process is expressed in the equation below:

 

dS/dt = å2.25TBF – (πr2 45TBS) + 20

 

 

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It turned out to be a lovely day. Weather-wise anyway….

 

 

With further showers forecast a Cray supercomputer was on standby in case Duckworth Lewis was entered in to the equation. When questioned as to why they use this procedure in favour of the more usual limited overs format, the answer was simply ‘we used to lose too many games in the past’. The suspicion is that they still lose as many games, but no-one realises it now.

 

Moo won the toss and after careful consideration of the weather, the pitch and the calculations he would be required to perform, decided that TBS was the way to go.

 

The bowling was opened by D Emerson (7-0-28-1) and J Pearson (4-0-13-0) who demonstrated immediately that the drying wicket and long grassed soggy outfield were going to make scoring difficult. Emerson’s first spell soon came to an end and he was replaced by Reeves (13-3-28-5) whilst Pearson gave way to Hoskins (16-0-60-3.) Hoskins seemed confused (even by the utterly confused standards of the rest of the team) by the time based rules and seemed to think that the tactic was to bowl as many overs as quickly as possible. At the other end Reeves was getting about 30 seconds break between overs which was just enough time to chase a couple of balls to the fine leg boundary and then drag himself back to the crease to start his next over.

 

 

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Well done JMO and Reevsie – as nobody else could be arsed to bowl.

 

 

However the marathon stint from Hoskins and Reeves bought good dividends as wickets fell at regular intervals. There was a regulation catch behind the stumps for Dobner, two for Howarth running forward and a very fine effort from Pearson. Skipper Moo promised Emerson he could return just as soon as Reeves stopped taking wickets, so Diamond had to just stand and watch as Reeves celebrated whilst at the other end Hoskins pushing ahead decisively in the battle (with Emerson) to take the most wickets in a season. Hoskins also passed A Mann’s (13.1-4-26-2) seven-year record for number of overs in a match although Ant would later claim that it’s all about the economy rather than the quantity.

 

The Cray was powered up as The Astons (TBF) lost their ninth wicket. Exactly how this would affect TBS = 45m + 20o was unclear, but rather fortunately for the mathematicians, The Astons managed to hold out to achieve 129-9.

 

 

 

Howarth celebrates fifty and not winning us the match.

 

 

Of the FFTMCC innings, only Howarth (58) showed anything like the application required for what should have been a fairly simple run chase. Pearson (5) and Leggate (3) quickly departed before Howarth’s lively innings including three tremendous sixes got under way. He was accompanied by Edwards (1) Mellor (5) and Westmoreland (7) who between them scored a turgid 13 runs from 68 balls. Time waits for no man and now the overs where being counted down (or up, who knows?) Even this aspect of the rules caused confusion to The MAD.

 

 

 

Ian received excellent support from his team mates.

 

 

With all six outcomes (win, lose, draw, loosing draw, tie, match abandoned) still on the cards the skipper gave instructions to push on for a result. Hotson (0) Dobner (3) Emerson (6) and Reeves (1) duly obliged by chucking their wickets away in just 23 balls. Any hope of a win, (loosing) draw or tie vanished and even the weather couldn’t save the team as Hoskins (0 not out) was left stranded with six overs to go. The MAD achieved 101 all out.

 

Well played Astons, we look forward to the continuing rivalry next year.

 

T(å2.25TBF – (πr2 45TBS) +) 20 cricket, it’s a winner.

 

 

‘Reevsie’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Astons CC

Played at Aston Tirrold, 4 September 2011

 

Far from the MCC won the toss and elected to field

Astons CC won by 28 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

11 / 252

 

 

 

 

 

Timed match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Astons CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

R. A. Smith *+

lbw b Hoskins

30

 

3

-

 

2

D. Barlow

c Dobner b Emerson

17

 

3

-

 

3

J. Shea

c Howarth b Reeves

19

 

1

-

 

4

N. Clark

c Howarth b Reeves

16

 

2

-

 

5

T. Dew

b Hoskins

16

 

1

-

 

6

B. Ray

c Pearson b Reeves

0

 

-

-

 

7

M. Moore

not out

19

 

2

-

-

8

D. White

lbw b Reeves

0

 

-

-

 

9

T. Wigg

b Reeves

1

 

-

-

 

10

S. Smith

c Reeves b Hoskins

7

 

1

-

 

11

L. Gray

not out

0

 

-

-

-

 

Extras

(W3, B1)

4

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 9 wickets, 40 overs)

129

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Emerson

7

0

28

1

 

2

Pearson

4

0

13

0

 

3

Hoskins

16

0

60

3

 

4

Reeves

13

3

28

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

b White

5

(15)

-

-

2-10

2

I. C. Leggate

c Shea b Gray

3

(10)

-

-

1-7

3

I. Howarth

c Moore b Smith

58

(69)

6

3

5-88

4

D. M. Edwards

c Clark b White

1

(23)

-

-

3-32

5

P. A. S. Mellor

b Ray

5

(25)

-

-

4-60

6

M. T. Westmoreland *

b Smith

7

(20)

1

-

6-89

7

J. C. W. Hotson

c R. Smith b Ray

0

(4)

-

-

7-89

8

S. L. P. Dobner +

run out

3

(8)

-

-

10-101

9

D. Emerson

c Shea b Smith

6

(5)

1

-

8-96

10

M. K. Reeves

c Dew b Smith

1

(6)

-

-

9-99

11

J. D. Hoskins

not out

0

(3)

-

-

-

 

Extras

(NB1, W4, LB4, B3)

12

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 31.1 overs)

101

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

L. Gray

8

1

22

1

 

2

White

9

0

18

2

 

3

Smith

8

1

23

4

 

4

Ray

6

0

35

2

 

5

Wigg

0.1

0

1

0

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  M. K. Reeves

Champagne Moment:  I. Howarth’s pulled six into the pavilion

Buffet Award:  D. Emerson’s generous bacon pasta bowl with Kiwi sauce

 

 

Opposition:  V046 / 07

Ground:  G035 / 05

Captain:  C011 / 61