Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Football Finishes as the Football Season Approaches

 

 

Match:  18 / 463

Won by 5 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

Appleton CC

120 - 4

J. Webster  1 - 10

 

FFTMCC

122 - 5

C. Williams  32*,  J. Webster  32*

 

 

 

 

The 2018 World Cup will be remembered chiefly for an overhyped England team not adhering to being crap and somehow managing to get to the semi-finals of the competition by beating nobody of note. It will also be remembered for Harry Kane winning the Golden Boot with six goals against nobody of note and the UK populace watching the drama unfold whilst basking in glorious sunshine in beer gardens or festivals.

 

 

 

England – celebrating true sporting mediocrity.

 

 

Then there was the distraction of Wimbledon, strawberries, Federer, Henman Hill, Murray Mound, Queeny and that Serbian fellow (Djokovic) who conquered his mental demons and a busted body to reclaim his crown. Well, at least he beat that juiced up Spaniard that dodges more drug tests than the SKY cycling team.

 

So where did cricket fit into this equation? Nowhere really. The ODI England team have quietly gone about their way slaughtering a truly terrible Australian team 5-0 and then seeing off the Indians with a brand of aggressive cricket first seen at Tetsworth in 2009. Which is way more than the Far from the MCC have achieved, cancelling most games on days of thirty-degree heat and aligning themselves for depression when autumn kicks in realising it was all one big waste. They have made the Friendly Cup final, although their win against the Isis would need carbon dating now….

 

Roll on to the last vestiges of July and that small village of upper class inbreds belonging to Appleton rolled into Brasenose promising one of those rare commodities this year called a game of cricket. Shorn of a few notable regulars, the visitors opted to bat first on a track harder than Anthony Joshua’s right hand and progressed serenely as Skipper Shorten rotated his bowling. Actually, he rotated it as far as he could, with keeper Carter the only absentee from bowling duties, preferring as he does to watch everyone else run up and down and throw shit down the leg side.

 

Standouts were the capricious Webster (1-10) in harness with both Reeves (0-3) and Williams (0-4) with their economy, although the latter were perhaps aided by batsmen not fully understanding what the fuck they were doing. Turner (1-14) took a rare wicket with a pie hit into oblivion, plummeting to Earth into the casual mitts of Shorten ambling on the deep long on boundary, the latter (1-18) taking the only other bowling wicket with the one ball of merit he threw down in spin mode (we’re all spinners apparently….)

 

 

 

Lobber Timms and lobber Shorten, oblivious to Jake enjoying a shit on his deckchair.

 

 

With Appleton completing 120 runs in total the intermission allowed people to moan about pitiful fielding contributing to wasted Fantasy Jokers. Howarth, Carter and Shorten were poor, but Timms’ caught and dropped beggared belief, the blame apparently lying at the feet of Eddie Vedder and his Pearl Jam gig the evening before.

 

In reply, Emerson (10), Reeves (1) and Hotson (0) failed to see off the first two and a half overs, the former doing the bulk of the scoring with the edge of his bat. Thereafter, Williams and Webster (both 32 ret) laid their stalls out and batted with the sort of aplomb reserved for batsmen mindful of a decent end of season average. Webster is a true enigma, the needle on his form barometer lurching wildly between the sublime and the truly fucking terrible.

 

After a brief cameo from Pearl Jam (10) the advice and tutelage under Geoff Carter came to the fore as Howarth wandered in front of his stumps to get triggered for 15. He stood his ground, naturally, before it was explained to him that a ball missing the off and leg stump generally means it’s crashing into middle. So most definitely out, though not bowled though. Sorted.

 

 

 

Eddie showcasing his moves on stage.

 

 

This left Shorten (7*) and Pearson (8*) to knock off the remainder to ensure The MAD’s T20 campaign continues to groove flowingly along the tracks of success with only those early season bumps to check the campaign.

 

An enjoyable evening against enjoyable opposition, who like ourselves, paper over the cracks of inadequacy by stating that they don’t take the game too seriously.

 

 

‘Geoff II’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Appleton CC

Played at Brasenose College, 18 July 2018

 

Appleton CC won the toss and elected to bat

Far from the MCC won by 5 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

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20 over match

 

 

 

Team

Appleton CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

E. Gilkes

b Webster

20

 

3

-

1-30

2

H. Knight

run out (Reeves)

6

 

-

-

2-48

3

M. Bhella

c Shorten b Turner

19

 

4

-

3-63

4

H. Blomerus *

not out

29

 

3

-

-

5

W. Geller

b Shorten

5

 

-

-

4-92

6

J. Bennett

not out

18

 

2

-

-

7

R. Walsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

A. Mirrington

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

T. Crowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

R. Gilkes

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

B. Knight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB3, W14, LB5, B1

23

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 4 wickets, 20 overs)

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Emerson

2

0

6

0

3.00

 

2

Howarth

2

0

10

0

5.00

 

3

Williams

2

0

4

0

2.00

 

4

Webster

2

0

10

1

5.00

 

5

Timms

2

0

18

0

9.00

 

6

Turner

2

0

14

1

7.00

 

7

Hotson

2

0

16

0

8.00

 

8

Reeves

2

0

3

0

1.50

 

9

Pearson

2

0

18

0

9.00

 

10

Shorten

2

0

18

1

9.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. Emerson

c Mirrington b Bennett

10

(5)

2

-

1-10

2

C. T. J. Williams

retired

32

(23)

4

-

-

3

M. K. Reeves

b Blomerus

1

(4)

-

-

2-11

4

J. C. W. Hotson

b Bennett

0

(4)

-

-

3-12

5

J. vdG. Webster

retired

32

(33)

5

-

-

6

G. J. Timms

c Gilkes b Geller

10

(15)

-

-

4-98

7

I. Howarth

lbw b Bennett

15

(14)

1

1

5-107

8

D. Shorten *

not out

7

(8)

-

-

-

9

J. W. Pearson

not out

8

(5)

2

-

-

10

R. P. Turner

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

G. Carter †

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

W4, LB1, B2

7

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 8 wickets, 18.3 overs)

122

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Bennett

4

0

17

3

4.25

 

2

Blomerus

2

1

7

1

3.50

 

3

Bhella

4

0

22

0

5.50

 

4

Knight

2.3

0

28

0

11.20

 

5

Geller

4

0

26

1

6.50

 

6

Crowe

2

0

19

0

9.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  C. T. J. Williams retired at 64-3 (10.0 overs),  J.vdG. Webster retired at 87-3 (13.0 overs)

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  J. vdG. Webster

Champagne Moment:  D. Shorten’s nonchalant catch on the long on boundary

Buffet Award:  G. J. Timms,  J. W. Pearson  &  D. Shorten’s chips and meatballs

MAD Moment:  G. J. Timms  &  J. W. Pearson sliding tackle passed each other

 

 

Opposition:  V051 / 25

Ground:  G040 / 70

Captain:  C016 / 38

Match No:  20 / 119