Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Hampstead Norreys
Put the Friendly in to Friendly Cup”

 

 

Match:  18 / 448

Won by 7 wkts

 

 

Team

 

Total

Hampstead Norreys CC

133

J. Pearson  3 - 22,  G. Timms  3 - 39

 

FFTMCC

134 - 3

I. Howarth  50*,  D. Shorten  34*

 

 

 

 

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the draw for the first round of the friendly cup. First out of the ball bag is …… Hampstead Norreys. Well that’s a stroke of luck for someone as the hosts provide an idyllic country pub prior to the game, a delightful ground set in a natural amphitheatre and an excellent tea. Rustle, rustle, clink, clink, the away team will be …… The FFTMCC.

 

So, it was that The MAD had to make a fairly lengthy journey down the A34 and then several miles through rural lanes to eventually arrive at the tranquil village of Hampstead Norreys. Who knew that such secluded places existed so close to the M4?

 

After an all too brief stop at the White Hart pub, the team headed to the ground, which was one of the best we have played on, being almost in the same league as Bridgetown if only it were accessed via a foot bridge over a charming river. Being an unseasonably warm day even for the end of May, the toss was going to be important and with Captain Timms calling incorrectly, it was no surprise that we were fielding first.

 

 

 

Williams would later play a forward defensive and accrue a dot ball.

 

 

It was soon clear that just like Bridgetown, set in a natural bowl, if a ball was hit along the ground there was pretty much no chance that it would reach the boundary and all the chasing fielder had to do was wait and the ball would eventually role back down the hill towards him. Coupled with the long grass in the outfield, a lot of running was required by the batsmen for not much reward.

 

The openers started brightly until C Roberts (8-1-30-1) produced the ball of the day, getting one to nip back and remove the top of off stump, the end of A Dey for just 6. In fact, it has to be said that everyone bowled well on a helpful pitch offering some varied bounce. The shortened run-up is working for A Darley (6.2-1-17-2) who justified his inclusion in 141% of fantasy teams. M Reeves (5-0-13-1) bowled with great accuracy for no reward then threw down some total shit to claim a wicket.

 

Star of the show was probably G Timms (8-0-39-3) whose mystery ball (what shall we call it, the zooter, looter, pooper) is drawing batsmen into false shots and allowing him to claim his amazing third and fourth caught & bowled of the year, already equalling the record for an entire season. Another shout goes to J Pearson (5-0-22-3) proving that zero attendance at nets or indeed any preparation whatsoever is no barrier to a great start to the season. Only D Shorten (3-1-7-0, six wides and one off the bat) went wicketless, but good economy and in any case, the skipper sees him more of a batsman now.

 

 

 

Shorten (left) pondering the complexities of catching a ball.

 

 

The innings was not without controversy with Russell Turner donning the white coat at one end, giving two LBW decisions. No aspersions were cast on his impartiality, especially as he would Wide his regular teammates at every possible opportunity. Fair play though for turning up, under strict Doctor’s and Wifely orders not to play, but still standing in the middle for more than 70 overs. It was a long old afternoon and the innings seemed to drag at times, but The MAD took wickets are regular intervals. For Hampstead Norreys, the tail wagged a little with P Troon-Smith (16) hitting some useful late runs down the order. Despite two drinks breaks (one oddly, two balls before the end) the Mad were very glad that the innings was curtailed after 37.2 overs. Reaching 133 seemed a decent total given the pitch and outfield favouring the bowling team.

 

Despite the wonderful food, the highlight of tea was standing on the first-floor balcony with a panoramic view of the ground and the woods surrounding it, with Midge probably depleting the local wildlife. It’s maybe not so impressive on a wet and windy, cold afternoon, but on this day,  we were more than happy to be there.

 

Lee Ainsworth is sadly missed this season, but in his absence other players seem to have stepped up. Openers Pearson and Williams were looking comfortable until Pearson was undone by the long grass and adverse slope. Attempting a ridiculous second run, he was comfortably run out. There were rather unkind comments that Geoff should be given out LBW, just to even the score a little, but he didn’t last long in any case.

 

 

 

Brigadier Pearson drives during his “shattering” innings of… 4.

 

 

At 68 for three at the end of the 19th over the game was right in the balance, until Howarth (50 n.o.) and Shorten (34 n.o.) stepped on the gas. A MOTM performance from Howarth and Dave finally learning to only try and blast the bad balls into the stratosphere meant the pair bought the team home with 11 overs to spare. Hampstead Norreys only lose marks for a non-functioning shower, but they’ve even promised to fix that if we return in future.

 

Immediately after the game we were all straight back to the White Hart and it was great that several members of the opposition came to join us. The friendly cup had lived up to its name and whilst we march on to the semi finals we’re more than keen to take the cup out and return for another friendly match next year.

 

 

‘Reevsie’

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 

Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Hampstead Norreys CC

Played at Hampstead Norreys, 20 May 2018

 

Hampstead Norreys won the toss and elected to bat

Far from the MCC won by 7 wkts

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  none

 

 

18 / 448

 

 

 

Friendly Cup Quarter Final

 

40 over Friendly Cup match

 

 

 

Team

Hampstead Norreys CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. Hart

c and b Timms

17

 

1

-

4-60

2

A. Dey *

b Roberts

6

 

1

-

1-15

3

P. Reddy

lbw b Darley

4

 

-

-

2-29

4

J. Dawes

c Darley b Reeves

3

 

-

-

3-37

5

B. Swingler

c and b Timms

25

 

3

-

5-74

6

R. Rallabhandi

lbw b Pearson

29

 

4

-

7-110

7

T. Jackman

c Roberts b Timms

3

 

-

-

6-80

8

D. Barlow

b Pearson

4

 

1

-

8-118

9

P. Troon-Smith

b Darley

16

 

2

-

10-133

10

S. Arthur

c and b Pearson

0

 

-

-

9-130

11

J. Vanloo

not out

2

 

-

-

-

 

Extras

W18, LB2, B4

24

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 35.2 overs)

133

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Darley

6.2

1

17

2

2.68

 

2

Roberts

8

1

30

1

3.75

 

3

Reeves

5

0

13

1

2.60

 

4

Timms

8

0

39

3

4.88

 

5

Pearson

5

0

22

3

4.40

 

6

Shorten

3

1

7

0

2.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

run out (Rallabhandi/Swingler)

4

(19)

-

-

1-15

2

C. T. J. Williams

c Jackman b Barlow

28

(52)

2

-

3-61

3

G. Carter

c Rallabhandi b Dey

3

(14)

-

-

2-36

4

I. Howarth

not out

50

(45)

8

-

-

5

D. Shorten

not out

34

(46)

4

1

-

6

D. Emerson

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

A. Darley

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

J. C. W. Hotson †

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

G. J. Timms *

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

C. D. Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

M. K. Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

W10, LB1, B4

15

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 3 wickets, 29.2 overs)

134

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Rallabhandi

8

1

31

0

3.88

 

2

Swingler

7

1

18

0

2.57

 

3

Reddy

1

0

9

0

9.00

 

4

Dey

5

0

31

1

6.20

 

5

Barlow

6

0

22

1

3.67

 

6

Jackman

2

0

16

0

8.00

 

7

Troon-Smith

0.2

0

2

0

6.00

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  I. Howarth

Champagne Moment:  C. D. Roberts’ bowling of skipper A. Dey

Buffet Award:  G. J. Timms’ country fried chicken and side salad

MAD Moment:  C. D. Roberts’ copping a throw straight in the fruit

 

 

Opposition:  V099 / 01

Ground:  G090 / 01

Captain:  C022 / 68

Match No:  40 / 136