Far from the MCC

~ Est. in 1998 ~

 

 

“You Just Dropped the Friendly Cup

 

 

Match:  19 / 486

Lost by 73 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Aldworth CC

206 - 8

G. Timms  3 - 62,  M. Reeves  2 - 18

 

FFTMCC

133

C. Williams  58,  P. Chandra  27

 

 

 

 

Never mind that Steve Waugh never actually said it, “you just dropped the World Cup” goes down as one of the great sledges of all time, right up there with Eddo Brandes’ response to the question from Glen McGrath “why are you so fat?” It’s a popular aphorism that ‘catches win matches’ and quite possibly true in this encounter between FFTMCC and Aldworth in the semi-finals of the Friendly Cup.

 

 

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The Bell Inn – adjacent to the field where some cricket is played.

 

 

The team travelled down the A34 more in hope than expectation, with showers forecast for later in the afternoon and no word from the opposition as to whether they had a team. Indeed, the FFTMCC had also unusually been struggling to make the required eleven until, through a strange connection involving David Shorten and Cairns Fudge CC, young Pranavi Chandra became available for the match. The 17 year old representative of Hyderabad Ladies CC was in the UK to get some experience of English conditions. We think it’s fair to say that she wouldn’t have seen anything like our particular approximation of ‘English conditions’ on the subcontinent.

 

Aldworth CC won the toss and headed out to bat. Gary was not too disappointed on this occasion to be denied the choice as it did allow us to view the stodgy wicket without having to bat first on it. Reeves (7-3-18-2) and Darley (7-0-22-1) opened the bowling, with the former setting his missus, or more specifically her washing machine a challenge in the first over as he dived for a C+B across the rain affected wicket.

 

 

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Andrew Darley galloping past A. Wardlaw (97*).

 

 

New player number 152 was soon joined by new player 153 as Kunal Girase took his place on the field. The young lad, around 12 I’m guessing, looks a talent for the future and was certainly able to hare around the outfield much better than most of the team who were at least 35 years his senior. For Aldworth, J Wood (51) was batting strongly. He sent a missile, which rose no more than three feet above the ground, before it connected with Howarth, about 40 yards away. Ian decided to try and catch it with his forearm leading to a few moments of concern as he went down and stayed down. Young Kunal tried to raise poor Ian, first by dragging him to his feet by his hand, still just about connected to his forearm, then by vigorously rubbing the rapidly bruising area. Just what you need. Ian was soon joined in the sick bay by M Rundle, who at least tried to stick his hand in the way of a rapidly returning C+B, but all he received for his troubles was a gushing finger.

 

Although down to ten fielders, the FFTMCC played strongly, with Williams, Carter and Darley taking good catches. Shorten had an excellent direct hit run out, but the well deserved Champagne moment went to Emerson for a low catch at slip. However, I think we would have swapped all of that, for the one pivotal moment about which the match revolved.

 

 

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Jack Wood is bowled after killing Howarth and Rundle.

 

 

Geoff, Geoff, Geoff, it could have been so perfect. Aldworth star player A Wardlaw was on about 20, when skipper Timms turned to Pranavi to try and turn the match. For her very first delivery she ran in with a beautiful fluid action and delivered a wonderful ball on a good length, just outside off stump. Wardlaw had a swish and a nick as the ball went through to the keeper. Down! Down, down, down, down, down, down down. Unlucky Geoff, welcome to English conditions Pranavi. Wardlaw went on to score 97 n.o. At the other end of the cricketing spectrum was J Joel, who lasted about three balls, hitting one and sending his bat sailing through the air, further than the ball. Joel was one of three wickets for the skipper as Aldworth ended their 35 overs on 206, which was always going to be a struggle on a deteriorating pitch. Suddenly the wisdom of batting first became clear. During the latter part of the innings, Howarth and Rundle dragged themselves off their sick beds to take it in turns fielding at fine leg, what teamwork!

 

As is often the case, our innings got off to a flying start with Williams hitting 58 off 48 balls. For much of his knock he was accompanied by Pravani, who batted very correctly for a neat 27. If she had the strength to match her technique it could have been a lot more. Turner (Golden) got a beauty first up. Other than our numbers two and three, it was only Reeves (21) and extras (14) who managed to make it to double figures. There was talk of Howarth being called upon down the order, but in the end this wasn’t considered sensible, as the team fell well short at 133 all out.

 

 

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Team MAD sans spastics Howarth and Rundle.

 

 

Ah well. Cancel the open top bus ride, take the Champagne off ice, there’s always next year. Great to meet you Pravani. Remember us when you’re a star in India. We’ll still be flinging our bats, trying to catch balls with inappropriate parts of our bodies, rescuing children from stinging nettles and dropping sitters behind the stumps under English conditions.

 

 

‘Reevsie’

 

 

 

 

 

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Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Aldworth CC

Played at Aldworth, 16 June 2019

 

Aldworth CC won the toss and elected to bat

Aldworth CC won by 73 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts:  Pravani Chandra (152), Kunal Girase (153)

 

 

19 / 486

 

 

 

Friendly Cup Semi Final

 

35 over Friendly Cup match

 

 

 

Team

Aldworth CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. Wood

b Darley

51

 

8

1

 

2

A. Basoya

c and b Reeves

0

 

-

-

 

3

M. Khan †

c Williams b Reeves

2

 

-

-

 

4

N. Baker *

c Carter b Timms

13

 

2

-

 

5

A. Wardlaw

not out

97

 

11

4

-

6

S. Anidjah

c Darley b Timms

10

 

1

-

 

7

J. Joel

b Timms

0

 

-

-

 

8

G. Allen

run out (Shorten)

15

 

1

-

 

9

B. Gardener

c Emerson b Shorten

3

 

-

-

 

10

S. Marhkam

not out

1

 

-

-

-

11

P. Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

NB6, W3, B3

12

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 8 wickets, 35 overs)

204

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Darley

7

0

22

1

3.14

 

2

Reeves

7

3

18

2

2.57

 

3

Rundle

5

1

15

0

3.00

 

4

Timms

7

0

62

3

8.86

 

5

Chandra

5

0

41

0

8.20

 

6

Girase

3

0

41

0

13.67

 

7

Shorten

2

0

7

1

3.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. Emerson

b Wardlaw

1

(5)

-

-

1-3

2

C. T. J. Williams

b Basoya

58

(48)

7

2

2-91

3

P. Chandra

c Wood b Richardson

27

(56)

2

-

5-107

4

R. P. Turner

b Basoya

0

(1)

-

-

3-91

5

D. Shorten

lbw b Basoya

4

(7)

-

-

4-97

6

M. K. Reeves

c Wardlaw b Richardson

21

(33)

3

-

9-132

7

K. Girase

c and b Richardson

2

(13)

-

-

6-118

8

G. J. Timms *

c Khan b Markham

1

(8)

-

-

7-123

9

A. Darley

c Baker b Richardson

1

(4)

-

-

8-125

10

M. S. Rundle

b Markham

4

(12)

-

-

10-133

11

G. Carter †

not out

0

0

-

-

-

 

Extras

W8, LB1, B5

14

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 31.1 overs)

133

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

Econ

 

1

Baker

3

0

17

0

5.67

 

2

Wardlaw

3

0

13

1

4.33

 

3

Wood

5

0

31

0

6.20

 

4

Basoya

4

1

16

3

4.00

 

5

Allen

2

0

16

0

8.00

 

6

Richardson

6

0

23

4

3.83

 

7

Markham

5.1

1

11

2

2.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:  I. Howarth injured in the first innings (fielding) and replaced by K. Girase

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:  C. T. J. Williams

Champagne Moment:  D. Emerson’s reactive slip catch (final over)

Buffet Award:  K. Girase’s lamb saag aloo with poppadum starters

MAD Moment:  K. Girase’s woeful first aid on a stricken I. Howarth’s arm

 

 

Opposition:  V087 / 02

Ground:  G079 / 02

Captain:  C022 / 82

Match No:  35 / 173