Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Bob Picks Low Hanging Fruit

 

 

Match:  18 / 460

Lost by 4 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

FFTMCC

154 - 9

G. Timms  31,  R. Turner  28

 

Harwell International CC

156 - 6

D. Shorten  2 - 11,  A. Darley  2 - 42

 

 

 

 

In the words (word) of Carolyn Ahern, from the Fast Show, the 1st July 2018 was “Scorchio” and getting progressively more scorchio as the afternoon progressed. It was therefore a crucial toss to win and the team were very thankful when Mr Timms called correctly and we could avoid the most scorching of rays, under a cabana, for the first 35 overs. Unusually the team were without Mr Howarth, who was still recovering from Vicki’s 50th birthday party the night before. Equally unusually for this season, Mr Reeves was back following his jaunt around the world frittering away the club’s embezzled funds.

 

 

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Mike Reeves somewhere in Hawaii with his wife Kate.

 

 

The MAD played a typical MAD innings. Pearson was caught behind for 4, Russ got a business like 28 off 41 balls whilst Geoff got a Geoff like 20 off 41 balls. Shorten (15) was just getting going when he was bowled and Thorn got a golden. Reeves got a scratchy 12, whilst Corne got a “nine more than he expected” 9. Just as the score was petering out to something undefendable, along came Timms. His 31 off just 25 balls included seven scoring shots in a row, all ones and twos, much to the consternation of first Reeves and then Hotson, running up and down in the blistering heat from the other end. Jake’s (13 not out) batting seems to have come on leaps and bounds in the last couple of years and he stands at the threshold were so many (mostly from this team) have stood before him i.e. thinking that he can bat. Remember that way disappointment and recrimination lie, so just enjoy it whilst it lasts Jake. Darley played a very un-Darley like innings (i.e. not 6, 4, out) to get 4 in seven balls. Bob anchored the innings with a fine 10 not out until the 35 overs had expired.

 

At tea, the general opinion was that 154 was not going to be enough, so we should just jack it in now and go and enjoy what was left of the afternoon, lying in the sunshine. Unfortunately, the opposition wanted their go and so it would be us scurrying around on the scorched earth.

 

 

 

Bob.

 

 

Darley (7-0-42-2) started extremely brightly, dismissing their openers for one apiece. In at four, was P Mendar, who although we didn’t know it at the time, we had seen before, when he was out for four in the first round of the cup competition. As Darley delivered the first ball he just leaned back and lifted it high over long off for six. Oh dear. After that he continued to pepper the boundary, avoiding the fielders stationed there until he reached his 50 in about 27 balls. After that he really tried to cut loose on Timms.

 

Now we come to perhaps the only thing this match will be remembered for (apart from Harwell remembering that it was the first time they’d beaten us in ages.) Timms (7-1-40-1) bowled and P Mander again smacked it high towards long off. Up and up it went (hang time estimated by Hang Time to be about 7 seconds) but it didn’t go that far. On the long off boundary, Bob was waiting. And waiting and waiting. He didn’t move, not an inch. Not forwards or backwards or side to side. Just stood there waiting and waiting some more. This was it, this was the match right here. Catch it and we were still in with a slim chance. Drop it and things were likely to be over in short order. Not even Bob can really explain why he did what he did next. As the ball finally started its downward trajectory, he lazily reached up with one of his big hands, as if shielding his eyes from the sun. As the ball plummeted towards him, his one arm reached its full extension at the precise moment that the ball arrived there. He looked at the ball as if it was a lightbulb he had just changed, the most normal and inevitable thing to be holding in one hand before nonchalantly discarding it to amble in to the astonished congratulations of his team mates.

 

 

 

Timms lobbing down some flan.

 

 

After that there was only a couple of moments of hilarity. Darley with a drop and some fumbling as he watched balls bounce past him to the boundary. Pearson went ‘studs up’ to slide tackle Timms as they both chased a ball beyond the boundary. Darley finally took a catch and Shorten took a couple of wickets. Harwell romped home with four wickets and five overs to spare.

 

So, a decent game against a sporting opposition on a blistering day with one moment that will live long in the memory. That’ll do.

 

 

‘Reevsie’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Harwell International CC

Played at Harwell Campus, 1 July 2018

 

Far from the MCC won the toss and elected to bat

Harwell International CC won by 4 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

18 / 460

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

c Mandar b Wellings

4

(9)

1

-

1-5

2

R. P. Turner

c Mandar b Boag

28

(41)

3

-

3-57

3

G. Carter

b Pritchard

20

(41)

3

-

2-53

4

D. Shorten

b Pritchard

15

(19)

3

-

5-75

5

T. P. W. Smith

c Mandar b Boag

0

(1)

-

-

4-57

6

M. K. Reeves

b Wise

12

(24)

2

-

7-109

7

C. J. Vermaak

b Boag

9

(9)

2

-

6-89

8

G. J. Timms *

c Wheeler b Gallington

31

(30)

3

-

8-131

9

J. C. W. Hotson †

not out

13

(25)

-

-

-

10

A. Darley

c Wheeler b Gallington

4

(6)

-

-

9-140

11

C. D. Roberts

not out

10

(7)

1

-

-

 

Extras

NB2, W5, LB1

8

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 9 wickets, 35 overs)

154

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Gallington

7

0

32

2

4.57

 

2

Wellings

7

2

19

1

2.71

 

3

Pritchard

7

0

34

2

4.86

 

4

Boag

7

0

29

3

4.14

 

5

Wise

7

0

39

1

5.57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Harwell International CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. Wheeler

b Darley

1

 

-

-

 

2

R. Tanner

c Vermaak b Darley

1

 

-

-

 

3

A. Smith

b Smith

35

 

3

-

 

4

P. Mandar †

c Roberts b Smith

55

 

7

3

 

5

S. Hawkes

c Darley b Shorten

18

 

2

-

 

6

S. Pritchard

b Shorten

16

 

3

-

 

7

J. Wellings

not out

9

 

2

-

-

8

T. Gallington *

not out

7

 

1

-

-

9

P. Wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

S. Boag

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

C. Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB1, W10, LB1, B2

14

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 6 wickets, 29.3 overs)

156

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Roberts

3.3

0

19

0

5.43

 

2

Darley

7

0

42

2

6.00

 

3

Reeves

5

0

26

0

5.20

 

4

Timms

7

1

40

1

5.71

 

5

Smith

4

0

15

1

3.75

 

6

Shorten

3

1

11

2

3.67

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  J. C. W. Hotson

Champagne Moment:  C. D. Roberts’ one-handed miracle catch on the boundary

Buffet Award:  A. Darley’s fish n’ chips (extra peas)

MAD Moment:  C. Vermaak’s drive to Hungerford (JMO) instead of Harwell

 

 

Opposition:  V069 / 10

Ground:  G056 / 07

Captain:  C022 / 73

Match No:  35 / 161