Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Proper

 

 

Match:  18 / 451

Lost by 51 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Wootton & Bladon CC

164 - 4

C. Roberts  2 - 31

 

FFTMCC

113 - 9

M. Reeves  29,  J. Pearson  18

 

 

 

 

Sunday saw the FFTMCC take on the Fat Boys of Wootton and Bladon. The match was to be played at Cassington, where the team had not returned since one of, if not the most memorable games in MAD history, for it was at this ground at the end of the 2013 season (match number #312) that a Mr N Wyatt hit a four off the final ball of the final over of the final match in the reign of Martin Westmoreland, to seal the win. Then to tread on his wicket and hand The MAD the most amazing of victories.

 

After navigating their way past of variety of pubs called The Red Lion, most of the team found the correct one a few hundred yards from the ground. This Red Lion is a proper pub, which doesn’t treat beer as a loss leader for those buying food, has proper regulars, a pool table, a proper garden and serves bowls of chips after the game. Exactly the sort of place which is closing at the rate of eight per week due to the smoking ban and the rise of drinking at home.

 

 

 

Bob stares at Turner’s arse.

 

 

The teams assembled at the ground (pavilion doors provided by G Carter, just don’t ask him to put a top coat on them) for the important tossing of the coin, which Gary duly lost, so we were in the field for 35 sweltering overs. At this point it’s worth mentioning the ‘crooked’ list, which currently included Reeves (knee), Turner (after effects of concussion) and Bertie (the new Midge, hips) but would later go on to include Cartwright (back times two) and Hotson (knee, bollocks and various internal organs).

 

W&B are somewhat chirpy, but just like The MAD their barbed comments and general piss taking are directed entirely towards their teammates. Opening the batting was D Craig <insert James Bond pun here>

 

It soon became clear that the pitch was going to be a major factor in the match, with Darley (7-0-19-0) getting deliveries to rear up viciously off a length at one end whilst Roberts (7-0-31-2) provided a series of ‘shooters’ from the other. This would continue all afternoon with batsmen never really feeling ‘in’ and Hotson behind the stumps progressively picking up bruises and doing well to only concede five byes.

 

 

 

Dogget (keeping) admires one that rears off a Yorker` length.

 

 

Pearson (5-0-13-1) got an important breakthrough bringing G Dogget (40) and T Valentine (22) to the crease. For various reasons, neither of these two are given to running, so instead smacked Timms (6-0-49-1) to the boundary with alarming regularity. Rundle (7-1-31-1) did bring back some control before Reeves (3-0-17-1) decided that he wasn’t injured after all to close the innings. On a wicket resembling parts of the Somme in 1918, a score of 164 was thought to be a little more than The MAD would be able to muster.

 

At tea it was good to see Derek and Mrs Hambridge who provided a proper cup of tea, before it was time to return to the bright sunshine and knock off 165. Openers J Pearson (18) and R Turner (4) were watchful and respectful, of the pitch as much as the bowlers, before Turner finally properly got hold of one, straight into the path of bucket hands Collett.

 

In at three was Geoff Carter (for all your pavilion, unvarnished door requirements.) Four balls later he was out again (1) lbw, but fair play to the man for offering up that it was plumb. Next, we come to a Mr I Howarth, who was determined not to repeat the rush to the head from his previous one ball outing. He survived 48 balls for a sensible 15 before lobbing one to Trinder. During his innings he watched as nearly newbie Joe Cartwright came in, hit a single, went off injured with back spasms, then the innings of Timms (5), then to see Joe come back in and then see him go off again with back ache for the second and final time. He then had to run up and down a lot as Darley (13) hit three consecutive 2’s and Hotson (0) receive the second LBW decision of the innings.

 

 

 

The svelte Mr Valentine admires some rare culture from Rundle (batting).

 

 

At this point W&B decided that the game was up, with The MAD needing nearly ten an over with only three wickets remaining. Like the proper good sports they are, they bought on the pie. Coincidently and simultaneously Reeves (29) decided that as well as being well enough to bowl, he was also fit enough to face the flans, launching one on to the pavilion roof for the Champagne moment. The tail further wagged before Rundle (11) received another shooter from S Poole and C Roberts (4 n.o.) picked up his customary not out. In the end The MAD achieved 113 in 34.3 overs, well short of the target.

 

So, a proper game of proper Sunday cricket had come to a close. W&B are a proper Sunday team, with a similar ethos to The MAD, play the game properly, but not too seriously. Back to the Red Lion for one or two more proper pints and then it’s all off home. See you soon lads, just a shame the strip is a proper dog’s breakfast.

 

 

‘Reevsie’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Wootton & Bladon CC

Played at Cassington, 3 June 2018

 

Wootton & Bladon CC won the toss and elected to bat

Wootton & Bladon CC won by 51 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

18 / 451

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

Wootton & Bladon CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. Craig

b Pearson

43

 

4

1

3-74

2

A. Hambridge

c Timms b Roberts

1

 

-

-

1-17

3

D. Floyd

c and b Timms

20

 

2

-

2-60

4

G. Dogget †

b Reeves

40

 

3

2

5-158

5

T. Valentine

b Rundle

22

 

1

1

4-131

6

D. De Bono

b Roberts

19

 

1

1

6-162

7

S. Poole

not out

3

 

-

-

-

8

A. Collett

not out

1

 

-

-

-

9

J. Trinder *

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

R. Saxby

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

S. Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB3, W5, LB2, B5

15

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 6 wickets, 35 overs)

164

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Darley

7

0

19

0

2.71

 

2

Roberts

7

0

31

2

4.43

 

3

Pearson

5

0

13

1

2.60

 

4

Timms

6

0

49

1

8.17

 

5

Rundle

7

1

31

1

4.43

 

6

Reeves

3

0

17

1

5.67

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

b Trinder

18

(30)

2

1

3-27

2

R. P. Turner

c Collett b Trinder

4

(17)

-

-

1-20

3

G. Carter

lbw b Saxby

1

(4)

-

-

2-25

4

I. Howarth

c Trinder b Collett

15

(49)

1

-

7-72

5

J. A. Cartwright

retired hurt

2

(15)

-

-

-

6

G. J. Timms *

b Floyd

5

(17)

-

-

4-44

7

A. Darley

c Trinder b Edwards

13

(17)

1

-

5-62

8

J. C. W. Hotson †

lbw b Floyd

0

(4)

-

-

6-62

9

M. K. Reeves

c Craig b Collett

29

(34)

3

1

8-101

10

M. S. Rundle

b Poole

11

(15)

1

-

9-113

11

C. D. Roberts

not out

4

(8)

-

-

-

 

Extras

NB3, W6, B2

11

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 9 wickets, 34.4 overs)

113

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Saxby

7

1

23

1

3.29

 

2

Trinder

5

2

4

2

0.80

 

3

Edwards

7

1

24

1

3.43

 

4

Floyd

6

1

10

2

1.67

 

5

Collett

5

0

27

2

5.40

 

6

Valentine

3

0

12

0

4.00

 

7

Poole

1.4

0

8

1

4.80

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  M. K. Reeves

Champagne Moment:  M. K. Reeves’ six onto the pavilion roof

Buffet Award:  G. J. Timms’ kare burosu (extra noodles)

MAD Moment:  J. C. W. Hotson (keeper) using his balls to stop the ball

 

 

Opposition:  V027 / 26

Ground:  G067 / 02

Captain:  C022 / 70

Match No:  35 / 159