Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“The Shower Facilities Were Very Nice

 

 

Match:  18 / 457

Lost by 16 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Holton & Wheatley CC

207 - 3

M. Rundle  1 - 13

 

FFTMCC

191 - 9

J. Pearson  45,  I. Howarth  33

 

 

 

 

This was the first time the FFTMCC had played at Wheatley Campus and it may be the last. Oxford Brooks University are relocating to Headington in the next few years, the acreage given over to rampaging housing developments that seem to be gobbling up most of Oxfordshire’s green lands. Pretty soon there will be no green in Oxfordshire left, just concrete and high rises everywhere and a crappy road network unfit for purpose. Oh, that’s already happened, hasn’t it?

 

 

 

 

This new fixture in The MAD calendar came about on the back of a conversation that fixture secretary Ian Howarth can no longer remember, so that’s that sorted then. It also never happened as it was scheduled to clash with England’s World Cup match against Panama, but then did happen with both teams agreeing to field ten men sometime after the final whistle sometime before 4pm.

 

Situated amongst sprawling dilapidated offices with housing given over to heroin users and squatters, the ground itself is quite charming, flanked by trees on one side and a rather romantic old pavilion with a shagged scorebox on the other. The scorebox may even work, but some plastic numbers on a plastic frame were given precedent, especially seeing they were nearer the scorer’s table.

 

Given the temperatures were hovering on the bloody hot side and most people were hungover from Saturday, our skipper decided in his infinite wisdom after winning the toss to let the home side smash the shit out the ball. There was some reasoning in this decision, namely we didn’t know anything about the ground, how it would play, what their strengths were and erm… can’t think anything else.

 

 

 

Turner and Williams discuss urban decay and playing cricket on their own.

 

 

Well, the pitch was a good one, the outfield lightning quick and most of Wheatley’s middle order could hit a ball the two miles into nearby Worminghall. So best our opening quick Jon Newman (6-0-39-1) bowls absolute fucking rubbish then. Thankfully, Rundle (6-4-13-1) had an on day, I say thankfully, because the shite at the other end was deplorable. Howarth’s first 2.4 overs produced a maiden and 4 runs, his next 3.2 produced five maximums and a further 44 runs. Buffet well and truly bagged there then, but not quite, you see the skipper had other plans after firstly dropping a routine catch. Timms subsequently hauled a large American styled barbeque onto the pitch, bagged a boot load of Aldi burgers and baps and proceeded to dish out as much fodder as anyone could gorge. Timms went for 63 (off his 6 overs) whilst Pearson (6-0-42-0) proved much tidier but still pretty crap.

 

Tea was a welcome distraction from the sweaty suffering out in the middle, with a nice spread helping The MAD to digest chasing 208 for victory in just 30 overs. Howarth moaned a lot, Rundle giggled a lot and Giant Duck fell asleep.

 

 

 

 

In reply, Turner (13) and Williams (18) both put their stomachs before the good of the club, sacrificing their wickets to eat more food back in the pavilion. Geoff (0) also played in this game.

 

Howarth (33) and Cartwright (27) then pushed things along nicely, before the former threw his bat after splicing a full toss and the latter went down in stages with an assortment of hamstring tears, cramp, hip and knee ailments and a multitude of back spasms.

 

With Pearson (45) maintaining the boundary strewn momentum, it suddenly dawned on the visitors they may have well won this game if indeed they thought they could win this game, which of course they didn’t at the tea interval. Rundle then hit a career best 29 if you discount the knock he had on tour at that ground in Hythe where everyone gets shitfaced, Hotson (13) hit an on-drive, Timms (4) also batted and Newman naturally protected his subterranean average with 1 not out. The eleventh man didn’t bat on account of him not being there, so a total of 191-9 was recorded off 29.3 overs and not enough to win the game, although Jan Webster has subsequently declared over email he would have hit those three unused balls clean into the bushes without a bounce, so adding a further 18 to our total we actually won the match. Hurrah.

 

 

 

 

Post-match everyone decamped to the King & Queen pub which isn’t the Kings Arms (also in Wheatley). Here the landlady divulged stories of all day binge drinking and barrel replacements whilst people watched that game of soccer somewhere in Russia. It was riveting, but not quite as riveting as the talk of Tour and leaving Oxfordshire behind to get totally rat arsed. Bring on August 2nd. The countdown has started (for me anyway).

 

 

‘Harry Kane’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Holton & Wheatley CC

Played at Wheatley Campus (Brooks University), 24 June 2018

 

Far from the MCC won the toss and elected to field

Holton & Wheatley CC won by 16 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

18 / 457

 

 

 

 

 

30 over match

 

 

 

Team

Holton & Wheatley CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

H. Kitchin

c Turner b Newman-Robson

11

 

2

-

1-29

2

R. Aggarwal

b Rundle

14

 

2

-

2-39

3

S. Switala

not out

55

 

7

-

-

4

R. Ali

c Hotson b Howarth

44

 

4

5

3-101

5

G. Burford *

not out

71

 

7

4

-

6

T. Kitchin

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

G. Hawkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

R. Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

E. Ridgeon

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

A. Regan

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB5, W1, LB5, B1

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 3 wickets, 30 overs)

207

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Newman-Robson

6

0

39

1

6.50

 

2

Rundle

6

4

13

1

2.17

 

3

Howarth

6

1

48

1

8.00

 

4

Pearson

6

0

42

0

7.00

 

5

Timms

6

0

63

0

10.50

 

6

Newman-Robson

6

0

39

1

6.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

R. P. Turner

b Regan

13

(34)

2

-

3-34

2

C. T. J. Williams

b Hawkins

18

(15)

4

-

1-28

3

G. Carter

lbw b Hawkins

0

(4)

-

-

2-30

4

I. Howarth

c b Kitchin

33

(26)

7

-

4-80

5

J. A. Cartwright

c Switala b Taylor

27

(34)

3

-

5-132

6

J. W. Pearson

b Kitchin

45

(32)

7

-

7-147

7

G. J. Timms *

c Burford b Taylor

4

(3)

1

-

6-136

8

M. S. Rundle

b Ridgeon

29

(18)

5

-

8-176

9

J. C. W. Hotson †

b Ridgeon

13

(11)

2

-

9-191

10

J. Newman-Robson

not out

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB1, W6, B1

8

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 29.3 overs)

191

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Ridgeon

5.3

1

22

2

4.00

 

2

Taylor

6

0

41

2

6.83

 

3

Hawkins

6

0

21

2

3.50

 

4

Regan

6

0

52

1

8.67

 

5

T. Kitchin

6

0

38

2

6.33

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  M. S. Rundle

Champagne Moment:  R. P. Turner’s tumbling catch on the boundary

Buffet Award:  G. J. Timms’ overly generous BBQ ensemble

MAD Moment:  M. S. Rundle back peddling at fine leg to avoid a catch (four)

 

 

Opposition:  V100 / 01

Ground:  G092 / 01

Captain:  C022 / 72

Match No:  OT / 031