Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“Darley Completes Magnificent Tour

 

 

Match:  29 / 503

Lost by 7 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Bridgetown CC

144 - 6

M. Reeves  2 - 3,  J. Hoskins  2 - 31

 

FFTMCC

137 - 9

J. Cartwright  40,  I. Howarth  21

 

 

 

 

One of the more memorable places on recent tours was of course Bridgetown CC, a delightful and evocative little ground cut into a steep hill in the Exmoor National Park, accessed by a small wooden footbridge over the River Exe. It was voted Britain’s Loveliest cricket ground in 2002, although it probably wasn’t raining when the chap who reviewed it happened by. To be fair, even in the damp it’s an eccentric and quintessentially English affair, with one side of the ground sloping some ten metres above the wicket and a thatched pavilion balanced precariously in one corner like a village drunk teetering on a barstool with his last quart of ale.  

 

 

A herd of sheep grazing on a lush green field

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A sheep (inset) plugs the hole in the dam with its head.

 

 

Given it was wet and given Mr Hoskins can’t differentiate between half one and half two, a quick pint at the Badger’s Holt was followed by a slower pint at the Badger’s Holt to kill some time awaiting the arrival of the hosts – an assemblage of youth and paunch, but mostly youth, with an infant thrown into the cocktail who barely came up to your waistline (who would tend the stumps).

 

Andrew Darley would skipper the day and of course lose the toss, and then have Reeves (3-1-3-2) and himself (3-0-15-1) throw down the early soggy exchanges. Both were excellent and perhaps a slight worry regarding the home teams’ strengths had him change through his bowlers fairly pronto. With Hoskins (6-0-31-2) also among the wickets, Bridgetown now slid worryingly to 59-5 and the very real prospect of endorsing uber-flan now loomed high on the Captain’s horizon.

 

 

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A rare sight, someone looking down on Tall Bob.

 

 

Thankfully, the hosts had a very talented young batsman in their team as did The MAD have a very untalented leg spinner in their team. Whether T. Sparks is related to one H. Sparks is unknown (the latter spanking 105 against us fifteen years ago just down the road at Timberscombe), but a truly lopsided scorecard would reveal this lad totalled 70.14% of the home team’s runs (101* out of 144-6) after he feasted on a bargain hamper of dairy delights lobbed down by Mr Timms (6-1-59-0). To be fair to Gary, the ball had swelled quite considerably after a quick dip in the Exe (off his own bowling I might furtherly add), and he did pull it round in his final over (maiden) bowling some real rippers to that infant keeper. Setting the bar high, Gary.

 

 

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Having dispensed his own buffet, Timms (cap) looks to restock.

 

 

A delightful tea of scones and sarnies was timed beautifully with the return of the sun, players stripping down to their pants and thongs before sinking beer on the bank. It was a shame the game had to continue at this point, because I think the consensus was just to get sloshed and bathe in the aura of an intoxicating little ground not bettered anywhere in the UK.

 

All good things must end….

 

 

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Pearson (batting) watches as Joe stands on the ball in mid-flight.

 

 

The MAD reply was built around the wall-like defences of veteran Mr Cartwright (40), immoveable mostly because he cannot move. Pearson (13) looked in tune before he went out of key, as did Dave Shorten (17) whose increasingly erratic innings became so erratic he forgot how to bat. With Turner (3) ran out strolling to the safe end and overs slowly vaporising, this “piss easy run-chase against a clearly inferior team” had become exactly not that.

 

 

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Joe chalks Bridgetown off his bucket list.

 

 

Howarth (21) would smack a few before finding the guy stood tallest on the ground at deep cow, a feat of batting lunacy copied with aplomb by Rundle (17) only a few overs later. Saturday’s hero (Carter) went walkabout for 1, whereas Reeves (2) and Hoskins (1) just weren’t very good. This all left Timms (6*) staring grimly at the striker’s end as Skipper Darley attempted to smack the final ball of the match for eight. He didn’t, of course he didn’t, but at least he survived one ball, an achievement to better the rest of his Tour.

 

Congratulations then to Bridgetown Cricket Club for their wonderful hospitality and camaraderie on the field, it is always such a pleasure to visit and contest a game. Thank you also to the kind people of the locale who organised all the teas and made it all another memorable day.

 

 

 

 

Tour is over for us now,

But it will always be there.

To the end of our days.

 

The MAD will be back for tales of drinking and adventure (and a small dose of sport) in 2020 at a location unknown.

 

 

First Test update: Day Four, Edgbaston – England 374 & 13-0, Australia 284 & 487-7. England trail by 384 runs.

 

 

‘Batting Lunatic’

 

 

 

 

 

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Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Bridgetown CC

Played at Bridgetown, 4 August 2019

 

Bridgetown CC won the toss and elected to bat

Bridgetown CC won by 7 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  n/a

 

 

19 / 503

 

 

 

 

 

30 over match

 

 

 

Team

Bridgetown CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

T. Sparks

retired

101

(79)

14

2

-

2

J. Davis

b Reeves

0

(2)

-

-

1-6

3

J. Matravers

b Darley

3

(10)

-

-

2-17

4

B. Kennel

b Reeves

3

(6)

-

-

3-20

5

D. Cross

c Darley b Hoskins

3

(24)

-

-

4-47

6

H. Gliddon *

c Shorten b Hoskins

0

(19)

-

-

5-59

7

F. Stevens

c Turner b Pearson

27

(29)

3

-

6-140

8

M. Matravers †

not out

0

(6)

-

-

-

9

J. White

not out

4

(6)

1

-

-

10

K. Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

W1, LB2

3

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 6 wickets, 30 overs)

144

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Darley

3

0

15

1

5.00

 

2

Reeves

3

1

3

2

1.00

 

3

Hoskins

6

0

31

2

5.17

 

4

Rundle

6

2

9

0

1.50

 

5

Shorten

3

0

10

0

3.33

 

6

Timms

6

1

59

0

9.83

 

7

Howarth

2

0

11

0

5.50

 

8

Pearson

1

0

4

1

4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  T. Sparks retired at 140-5 (28 overs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

c and b Glidden

13

(19)

3

-

1-24

2

J. A. Cartwright

c Sparks b Stevens

40

(70)

5

-

5-105

3

R. P. Turner †

run out (Gliddon)

3

(12)

-

-

2-33

4

D. Shorten

c Sparks b Stevens

17

(30)

3

-

3-70

5

I. Howarth

c J. Matravers b Stevens

21

(19)

3

-

4-105

6

G. Carter

run out

1

(4)

-

-

6-109

7

M. K. Reeves

b Kennel

2

(7)

-

-

7-119

8

M. S. Rundle

c J. Matravers b Sparks

17

(11)

2

1

8-131

9

G. J. Timms

not out

7

(6)

1

-

-

10

J. D. Hoskins

b Kennel

1

(2)

-

-

9-137

11

A. Darley *

not out

0

(1)

-

-

-

 

Extras

NB1, W8, LB1, B5

15

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 9 wickets, 30 overs)

137

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Davis

5

1

17

0

3.40

 

2

Gliddon

5

1

18

1

3.60

 

3

White

4

0

20

0

5.00

 

4

Cross

6

2

22

0

3.67

 

5

Stevens

5

1

30

3

6.00

 

6

Kennel

4

0

20

2

5.00

 

7

Sparks

1

0

3

1

3.00

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  M. S. Rundle

Champagne Moment:  M. S. Rundle’s maximum into the trees (but not the river)

Buffet Award:  G. J. Timms’ unsavoury melted jelly babies in Aldi low fat cream

MAD Moment:  R. P. Turner being run out at the non-danger end

 

 

Opposition:  V096 / 02

Ground:  G087 / 02

Captain:  C027 / 03

Match No:  OT / 035