Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Betty Late Than Never

 

 

Match:  15 / 363

Won by 4 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

Astons CC

183 - 8

I. Howarth  3 - 13,  L. Ainsworth  2 - 20

 

FFTMCC

184 - 6

D. Emerson  59*,  J. Pearson  55

 

 

 

 

This was a good ‘solid’ win for FFMCC. There were no panics, no histrionics, no controversies and no injuries. 

 

Brasenose provided the forever stunning backdrop for a Sunday leather and willow contest. If only the wicket could consistently match the beautiful setting within which it resides. No matter though, as Aston’s Ralph (S) Smith began what would end an excellent and well-timed 108. He was particularly strong on the leg side but after the 20 over mark played shots all around the ground and was eventually bowled by Howarth (by some form of pie no doubt). It was his first fifty of the summer it turns out – it looked and felt far from that. Ralph wasn’t particularly well supported with N Clark providing 33 of the runs that would make up the eventual 183 for 8. 

 

 

 

Lucan (right): “I can feel another injury brewing, James….”

 

 

Howarth was the pick of our bowling unit with 3 for 13 off 3 overs. Lee bamboozled two (for 20 runs off 8 overs) Aston batsmen with his back-to-front action. The heady days of 20/20 cricket remind us that styles and techniques have changed from the ‘correctness’ that I (and maybe you the reader) grew up with and was coached around. So, I welcome Lee’s front leg being his back leg and so on. As long as it works – which it duly did. The rest of the FFTMCC wickets were shared between Emerson, Roberts and Timms (one apiece). It is good news to see Emerson back in his bowling pants (so to speak). His run has been remodelled by The MAD coaching staff (his 10 team mates) and his pace seems to be roughly equal to the near-boundary run in from the good ol’ days. Perhaps this suggests he shouldn’t have bothered back then and can save himself a whole lot of bother now. 

 

Speaking of back room staff – I should, for a moment, comment upon the fast developing and popular Warm Up Team. A team within a team. R Hadfield and D Shorten started this group realising that dynamic warm up might help avoid injury. Hadfield has done his best to refute this aim though numbers are growing with R Turner and R Roberts recently joining. I have heard rumours that others are keen to join and are only put off by the hearty laughter of both team mates and opposition as they pirouette, prance and dance their way around the boundary rope. They have ignored shouts of derision and are faster, stronger, leaner and more flexible as a result. Research (University of Oxford, 2015) has also indicated that the warm up routine is responsible for The MAD’s best ever season. So, there you have it. Warm up or be square. 

 

 

 

Pearson (batting) notching another impressive half century.

 

 

Onwards to Mad batting matters. 184 to win at roughly 4.5 runs per over. The MAD seem to be gaining in confidence when it comes to chasing larger totals. Solidity up front helps and on this occasion was not forthcoming with M Westmoreland out for 4. MW has had a bad run of form and has been unlucky not to see a miss timed shot fall between two fielders or an edge land in front of the keeper or the opposition to drop a sitter. We would be happy to see Martin reverse the bad run the following week……

 

J Pearson, however, picked up the solidity mantle and played with increasing pace to reach 55 off 82 balls including 9 fours. R Hadfield ably supported Mr P with 20 runs within their 50 run partnership. He was frustrated to get himself out and with 2 quick wickets (Turner and Howarth) was concerned his mistake might cost The MAD. And then Emerson languidly strolled to the wicket to bish, bash and bosh his way to an excellent 59 not out off 42 balls. His care free and clean hitting innings would earn him man of the match and created the momentum to meet the target with two overs to spare. Lee (6) and Reeves (9 not out) aided Emerson in his mission. 

 

 

 

Victory is Emerson’s.

 

Bizarrely, Reeves tasty flapjack nearly won Champagne Moment. This perhaps reflects the lack of outstanding moments as well as the memory enhancing deliciousness of the syrupy oat-based snack. Either way, R Hadfield’s lofted drive (I can’t even remember it and I am R Hadfield) captured the award after much debate about whether an inanimate object (the flap jack) was or wasn’t allowed to win the prestigious award. 

 

More importantly, this was another win for The MAD. Solid and relatively straight forward in the end. Amen to that. 

 

 

‘Lord Lucan’

 

 

 

 

 

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Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Astons CC

Played at Brasenose College, 12 July 2015

 

Astons CC won the toss and elected to bat

Far from the MCC won by 4 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

15 / 363

 

 

 

 

 

40 over match

 

 

 

Team

Astons CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

R. A. Smith *

b Howarth

108

 

16

-

7-175

2

D. Barlow

b Ainsworth

6

 

1

-

1-39

3

D. Williams

c Bullock b Ainsworth

8

 

1

-

2-57

4

C. Allen

b Roberts

0

 

-

-

3-58

5

N. Clark

lbw b Emerson

33

 

4

-

4-146

6

G. Smith †

lbw b Howarth

2

 

-

-

5-147

7

D. White

b Howarth

2

 

-

-

6-163

8

D. Kilcoyne

st Bullock b Timms

11

 

2

-

8-181

9

B. Ray

not out

2

 

-

-

-

10

S. Smith

not out

1

 

-

-

-

11

L. Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

W2, LB3, B5

10

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 8 wickets, 40 overs)

183

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Emerson

8

0

34

1

 

2

Reeves

8

1

45

0

 

3

Roberts

8

0

24

1

 

4

Ainsworth

8

3

20

2

 

5

Timms

5

0

36

1

 

6

Howarth

3

0

13

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

M. T. Westmoreland

c Kilcoyne b Ray

4

(7)

-

-

1-6

2

J. W. Pearson

b Allen

55

(82)

9

-

3-102

3

R. J. B. Hadfield

b Gray

20

(37)

2

-

2-56

4

R. P. Turner

run out (Williams)

11

(25)

2

-

4-104

5

I. Howarth

b Kilcoyne

4

(11)

-

-

5-113

6

D. Emerson

not out

59

(42)

8

-

-

7

L. G. Ainsworth

c R. Smith b White

6

(13)

1

-

6-145

8

M. K. Reeves

not out

9

(6)

1

-

-

9

M. Bullock †

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

G. J. Timms *

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

C. D. Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB1, W5, LB2, B8

16

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 6 wickets, 37 overs)

184

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Ray

6

0

17

1

 

2

White

6

0

35

1

 

3

Gray

6

1

25

1

 

4

S. Smith

6

3

37

0

 

5

Kilcoyne

6

1

15

1

 

6

Allen

7

0

44

1

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  D. Emerson

Champagne Moment:  R. J. B. Hadfield’s lofted cover drive

Buffet Award:  G. J. Timms’ asparagus rolls (with cream dip)

 

 

Opposition:  V046 / 13

Ground:  G040 / 46

Captain:  C022 / 33

 

 

 

 

 

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