Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Turner Felled as MAD Triumphant

 

 

Match:  18 / 447

Won by 9 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

Wantage & Grove CC

124

C. Roberts  2 - 10,  J. Hoskins  2 - 18

 

FFTMCC

125 - 1

J. Pearson  44,  R. Hadfield  34*

 

 

 

 

Situated to the south west of Oxford, Wantage and Grove is one of the oldest cricket clubs in existence, with the first recorded match in 1863 against Abingdon which apparently Wantage won. The Victorians were not constrained by forty minutes for lunch and fifteen minutes for teas, their meal breaks were all together more civilised with joints of cold roast beef, lamb, ham on the bone and huge pork pies followed by raspberry, gooseberry and other soft fruits as flans or tarts accompanied by flagons of ale or cider together with sherry and malt liquors. So, it sounds like we’re playing in the wrong era then….

 

 

 

Team photo: from L to R – Giant Duck and somebody’s cap.

 

 

Nestled between the emerald beauty of village life and the rampaging horror of the UK’s house building obsession, the W&G ground boasted all you could need for an excellent game of cricket. Although not elevated as such, one could be forgiven for thinking we were playing at high altitude, because after being put into bat, the home team failed miserably to keep the ball on the floor.

 

In total, there would be eight catches taken including two by Howarth, whose joy saw him doubling his tally for the entirety of 2017. There were also at least five dropped catches including two by Shorten, who rather than accept he may need a new pair of glasses, instead suggested his brain was merely “about a second behind (on the day)”. Grateful recipients of balls that stuck to hand were Newman (4-0-19-1), MOTM Roberts (5-1-10-2), Hoskins (7-2-18-2) and Timms (7-0-36-2), although the latter thanked himself for catching his own bowling, this time had it recorded correctly in the scorebook. Shorten also bowled some overs (3-0-17-0) and according to W&G they apparently tasted divine.

 

 

 

Field Marshal Pearson (44) in fine fettle as he clips one to leg.

 

 

A below-par W&G total of 124 was indebted to the prodigious talent of fourteen-year-old L. Turnbull (57), who not only showed maturity beyond his years, but also knew which fielders to aim at when miscuing the ball in the air. In this instance, Mr Turner showcased the agility of an Ascot drunk, back peddling like he’d copped one to the nose, tipping the ball over the crossbar before landing on his skull. It is unknown exactly what happened to Russ in his hours spent at the JR, but the imposter who returned, later claimed preposterously he wasn’t hungry…???

 

Tea ranked up there with some of the best in recent years, with Mr Sharma’s missus doing herself proud. Highlights were the stuffed curry peppers and a variety of chicken wraps, though this undervalues the spread as a whole. This wasn’t a last-minute trip to Tesco’s after a panicked plea from a skipper, oh no.

 

With half The MAD team padding up in anticipation of the effondrement attendu, a consecutive Sunday saw the opening batsmen navigate to drinks without losing a wicket. Such was the sedate and stoic nature of the partnership, one could be forgiven for slipping back in your plastic chair and letting your mind drift back to the halcyon days of Pembroke. Ahh, the good old days of rattling timber, frantic searches through the team kit bag for some pads, expletives and disillusioned moaning about “never again”. Those were the days, romantically treasured memories of magnificent incompetence and Andrew Morley building a metal mountain out of discarded beer cans. In stark contrast, Pearson (44) appears to have rediscovered his golden form of 2014 and Hadfield (34*) appears to have … well, appeared again, at least for now.

 

 

 

Carter pulling some moves out on the Wantage dancefloor.

 

 

It was a thoroughly excellent effort from the openers, the only blip being James’ doff of the hat to a boundary surfing Ainsworth, smacking a woeful full toss straight to young Turnbull. One brings two, in fact one used to bring maybe nine, one brought no more today. With Howarth (22*) topping his non-average up as shadows lengthened, the spoils of Sunday went to The MAD.

 

Result aside, this was a very enjoyable trip to a ground previously unknown, with the match played out in excellent spirit throughout. Life is way too serious much of the time, so more of the same next year, please. Though perhaps without any more trips to the JR….

 

 

 

 

‘R. Tinted-Specs’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Wantage & Grove CC

Played at Wantage & Grove CC, 13 May 2018

 

Far from the MCC won the toss and elected to field

Far from the MCC won by 9 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

18 / 447

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

Wantage & Grove CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

S. Bramley

c Pearson b Roberts

10

 

2

-

2-19

2

D. Spencer

c Howarth b Roberts

0

 

-

-

1-2

3

J. Mabbett

c Hadfield b Timms

16

 

2

-

5-46

4

T. McCarthy

c Reeves b Newman-Robson

0

 

-

-

3-25

5

C. Wood

run out (Shorten/Carter)

8

 

2

-

4-35

6

L. Turnbull

c Howarth b Reeves

57

 

6

-

10-124

7

J. Turnbull

c Reeves b Hoskins

0

 

-

-

6-47

8

J. Goodman

c Newman-Robson b Hoskins

1

 

-

-

7-55

9

D. Summersby

c and b Timms

0

 

-

-

8-66

10

A. Sharma

run out (Roberts)

18

 

2

-

9-121

11

E. Porter

not out

1

 

-

-

-

 

Extras

NB1, W2, LB5, B5

13

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 30.2 overs)

124

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Newman-Robson

4

0

19

1

4.75

 

2

Roberts

5

1

10

2

2.00

 

3

Hoskins

7

2

18

2

2.57

 

4

Timms

7

0

36

2

5.14

 

5

Reeves

4.2

0

16

1

3.69

 

6

Shorten

3

0

17

0

5.67

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

c J. Turnbull b McCarthy

44

(70)

8

-

1-85

2

R. J. B. Hadfield

not out

34

(74)

4

-

-

3

I. Howarth

not out

22

(21)

3

-

-

4

D. Shorten

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

G. Carter †

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

M. K. Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

G. J. Timms *

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

J. D. Hoskins

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

C. D. Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

J. Newman-Robson

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

R. P. Turner

(absent hurt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB2, W9, LB2, B12

25

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 1 wicket, 27.1 overs)

125

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

L. Turnbull

7

2

18

0

2.57

 

2

Sharma

3

0

10

0

3.33

 

3

Mabbett

4

2

8

0

2.00

 

4

Wood

5

0

26

0

5.20

 

5

McCarthy

5

0

26

1

5.20

 

6

J. Turnbull

3

0

14

0

4.67

 

7

Goodman

0.1

0

9

0

54.00

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  C. D. Roberts

Champagne Moment:  C. D. Roberts direct run out

Buffet Award:  D. Shorten’s roasted cauliflower with caraway seeds

MAD Moment:  R. P. Turner’s drop and concussion and vomiting session

 

 

Opposition:  V098 / 01

Ground:  G089 / 01

Captain:  C022 / 67

Match No:  35 / 157