Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“How Times Have Changed

 

 

Match:  16 / 389

Won by 5 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

Isis CC

133 - 2

M. Westmoreland  1 - 16

 

FFTMCC

134 - 5

D. Emerson  34*,  I. Howarth  34*

 

 

 

 

Whilst being one of the older players in the club, I am certainly not the dodderiest, and whilst being one of the more seasoned campaigners, I am certainly not the most experienced. It has however been my privilege for close on 14 years, to play for this enigmatic pub team with no pub, and during that time endure everything from abject misery to grandiose highs.

 

Throughout MAD history there have always been a few players dependable to score some runs and others to take some wickets. In some matches these players were several, in 2002, by all accounts, these players were mostly nil. Mercifully, I didn’t begin my Madding Crowd career until 2003, and so the scars of that year are mostly Chairman Bullock’s; a man shoehorned into a Captain’s role he never really wanted.

 

Fast forward to the future and the not so desperate days, when sometime after midday on the eve of a T20 against our perennial rivals the Isis CC, an email was circulated by Skipper D Shorten that would cause a flurry of internet chatter among the starting XI. Culled from an initial VII, then IX, Dave’s message stated quite clearly that everybody was going to bowl. Everybody? Seriously – everybody? Whilst recent results against our Abingdon Road neighbours had been good, were we suddenly that dismissive, nay arrogant, that we could all have a bowl and expect to win?

 

 

 

P Jacobs standing up to batsman M. Reeves – both involved in a later secondary Champagne contender.

 

A secondary glance at the team sheet would shed some light on Mr Shorten’s rationale; for here, in essence, were eleven players who could all bowl a ball, with Keeper Hotson the omitted – though a man who can still boast figures of 5-24, albeit back in the sepia toned days. Perhaps Dave wasn’t the misguided, disrespectful oaf our initial reservations would decry. Far from it, here was a Skipper growing into his role and stamping his sound of mind all over it.

 

Following the use of Howarth’s luckless fifty pence piece and subsequent, nay inevitable loss of the toss, The MAD’s two over allocation per bowler was soon to be realised. Emerson (2-1-2-0) had it on a string, Roberts (2-0-2-0) poetic as Isis looked resilient in defence. Mr Penhallurick (31*) hasn’t really ticked during my tenure at the Club, but here he betrayed a pleasing and effortless style with drives aplenty through the covers.

 

Next up were Westmoreland (2-0-16-1) and Pearson (2-0-12-0), two batsmen known for their shuffling medium pacers, and it was the former who would claim the first scalp of the day by inducing Mr Stoneman (5) into a lob to Emerson at gully. I repeat Emerson at gully. Not a drop, but a catch. Involving Emerson.

 

 

 

Shorten’s balls take one for the team.

 

In recent times, I have seen enough of Ponsford Jr to judge that Isis will have an excellent all-round talent in a few years’ time. He’s decent enough now of course, and he enjoyed himself against the nagging left-arm of Reeves (2-0-9-0) and off-spinning darts of Mr Mughal (2-0-10-0). He enjoyed himself even more with the introduction of Messrs Shorten (2-0-11-0) and Smith (2-0-22-0), as would the imperious O. Walter (26*), who joined the fray after Ponsford’s enforced retirement at 31*.

 

Last up came Howarth and Timms, two contrasting styles if ever there were. Howarth (2-0-19-0) all shuffle and skiddy and Timms (2-0-19-1) all lobby and leggie. One of Gary’s grenades would do for Jacobs (16), before Isis topped out on 133-2 off their allotted MAD overs. A decent enough score, but you did ponder all those wickets in hand….

 

Continuing the theme of distributing the workload to all parts of his team, Mr Roberts (0) was thus sent out to begin The MAD reply. A job he negotiated beautifully by taking the lacquer off the first ball, and some off the second, which unfortunately he smacked into orbit – vertically as opposed to horizontally. This act of selflessness thus allowed Emerson (31*) to club his way back into some form, and also Mr Reeves (18), who likewise has struggled with the wooden implement. Mike’s dismissal was of note – a stupendous take by keeper Jacobs, stood up to K Ponsford, taking a top edge at shoulder height. They stick or they don’t, mostly they don’t, but when they do, boy do your team mates give you a chair.

 

 

 

Timms slopes off after a less than impressive score of less than 1 run.

 

The MAD chase would now be given impetus by Howarth (34*) and Pearson (30*), who both topped up their respective averages whilst once again seeming to enjoy this particular opposition. Which all left the modest ask of 12 runs from 4 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Routine? No, this is the Far from the MCC who are batting in case you’d forgotten.

 

In the blink of an eye and with shadows lengthening, Timms went for a duck, whilst Westmoreland (8) and Smith (1) were removed by the sprightly J Ponsford (4-0-27-2). Isis hopes reignited and shakes of the head from a watching MAD. But then, the finale, a glass of Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon White Gold, as Hotson (4*) all hair under a helmet, drove his first ball to the cover boundary with such magnificent aplomb. A wonderful shot. An excellent game – victory to the pub team with no pub.

 

 

‘I. T. Botham’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Isis CC

Played at Jesus College, 9 June 2016

 

Isis CC won the toss and elected to bat

Far from the MCC won by 5 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

16 / 389

 

 

 

 

 

20 over match

 

 

 

Team

Isis CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. Penhallurick *

retired

31

 

4

-

-

2

H. Stoneman

c Emerson b Westmoreland

5

 

-

-

-

3

J. Ponsford

retired

31

 

5

-

-

4

P. Jacobs †

b Timms

16

 

2

-

-

5

O. Walter

not out

26

 

2

1

-

6

R. Giblin

not out

7

 

1

-

-

7

K. H. Whiter

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

D. Lawrence

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

J. Walter

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

A. East

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

K. Ponsford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

W4, LB8, B5

17

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 2 wickets, 20 overs)

133

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Emerson

2

1

2

0

 

2

Roberts

2

0

2

0

 

3

Westmoreland

2

0

16

1

 

4

Pearson

2

0

12

0

 

5

Reeves

2

0

9

0

 

6

Mughal

2

0

10

0

 

7

Shorten

2

0

11

0

 

8

Smith

2

0

22

0

 

9

Howarth

2

0

19

0

 

10

Timms

2

0

19

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

C. D. Roberts

c Jacobs b Whiter

0

(2)

-

-

1-0

2

M. K. Reeves

c Jacobs b K. Ponsford

18

(20)

2

-

2-53

3

D. Emerson

retired

34

(21)

5

-

-

4

I. Howarth

retired

34

(27)

2

1

-

5

J. W. Pearson

retired

30

(22)

4

1

-

6

M. T. Westmoreland

lbw b J. Ponsford

7

(9)

1

-

3-126

7

D. Shorten *

not out

3

(6)

-

-

-

8

G. J. Timms

c Jacobs b J. Walter

0

(4)

-

-

4-127

9

T. P. W. Smith

b J. Ponsford

1

(2)

-

-

5-130

10

J. C. W. Hotson †

not out

4

(1)

1

-

-

11

A. S. Mughal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

LB1, B2

3

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 5 wickets, 19 overs)

134

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Whiter

4

0

32

1

 

2

East

2

0

13

0

 

3

K. Ponsford

4

0

21

1

 

4

Lawrence

2

0

18

0

 

5

J. Ponsford

4

0

27

2

 

6

J. Walter

3

0

22

1

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  D. Emerson

Champagne Moment:  J. C. W. Hotson’s winning cover drive boundary

Buffet Award:  T. P. W. Smith’s quorn burgers with Value relish (free from bun)

 

 

Opposition:  V009 / 24

Ground:  G019 / 17

Captain:  C016 / 17