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ďGlorious Midsummer Pembroke Bucolic and Serene
As MAD Come up ShortĒ

 

 

Match:04 / 088

Lost by 42 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Lemmings

176 - 8

A. Mann2 - 17,S. Hebbes2 - 20

 

FFTMCCC

134

M. Westmoreland44,A. Fisher20*

 

 

 

 

Harken to the pleasant wittering of cricketers on the green, white-shirted sentinels standing to attention. Summer has stolen already to the solstice, like a bold thief in daylight, and the college boys and girls have gone home to their villages and towns. The sound of leather on willow echoes across the Pembroke stream.

 

Kev is in his kitchen and all is right with the world.

 

Harken to the sound as wickets fall, that woody clatter of broken stumps, then the swelling up-rush of shouts and cries, the running in from third man and long on, the ebbing away then to muted chatter and back-slapping as the batsman departs. There is no other sound like that, of wickets falling. There is no sound like that.

 

Kev is in his kitchen and all is right with the world.

 

Harken to that almost imperceptible collective intake of breath as the ball leaves the bowlerís hand, the field tensed, the bat raised, that moment of decision, that tiny concentrated point of stillness between expectation and what comes to be. That split second between nothingness, and delight or despair. There is no sound like that, frankly in this case because it isnít a sound at all. Or in any case, only a very soft one. Do some harkening. Go on, you know you want to.

 

Kev etc etc etc.

 

 

Ground1

 

The pavilion at Pembroke where Kev lives (in his kitchen).

 

 

Losing the toss, it was a depleted side which Mad skipper J. Hoskins led onto the field on this, the first Sunday of a Pembroke summer. Seven had looked to be the most which The MAD could muster for this annual fixture against the Lemmings, but with S. Dobner making sacrifices to come up at short notice from the Big Smoke, and the visiting Mighty Rodents lending a player in the shape of Paul ĎPiesí Williams, who had scored a century against The MAD in 2002, a more even contest could begin on a Pembroke pitch baked hard by the recent hot weather.

 

Kev was in his kitchen as S. Hebbes opening (2-20) made the early breakthroughs, and with A. Mann (2-17) following not far behind, the nine men of Mad soon found themselves in the unaccustomed position of holding the whip hand against the strong Lemmings line-up. When Mann held a one-hander at slip to give N. Hebbes (1-35) a scalp, Lemmings were 50-5 with 20 overs gone. It looked good, it felt better, but it didnít last. D. Wood (69) held the visitorsí batting line together, and with captain G. McKechnie (42 n.o.) settling in then opening his shoulders, they soon threatened to take the game away. Despite S. Dobner nicking a bail off the stumps from distance to end a bright cameo from J. Baker (15), the Lemmings had pushed on by the end to 176-8. J. Hoskins (1-36) bagged one, P. ĎPí. Williams (0-26) bowled a great spell of left-arm outswing with no luck, and M. Westmoreland (1-9) arrived in good time to make his mark with a wicket and a sharp catch in the covers.

 

 

 

Some crap out of focus snap.

 

 

The thing about batting is, if you donít get enough runs, you lose. Another player on the field might have made the difference, but with only ten in the line-up, The MAD were always a partnership short. S. Dobner (0) went early, but J. Hotson (9) looking less like a 1940s crooner every day and N. Hebbes (12) looked good for their runs until they didnít get any more. P. ĎPí. Williams (18) guesting was untroubled and in command, and ultimately perhaps unfortunate to go lbw to a ball that pitched a yard outside leg, shortly after which A. Mann (0) wearing pads as an optional accessory middled one into welcoming hands at cover. M. Westmoreland (44) had looked in fine form again, but when he was dismissed run out in a cruel run out thingy what with the stumps being broken and him out of his ground and all, it was over. A. Morley (2), returning to the side for his first full game since it was discovered he still existed, certainly held out a while, but J. Hoskins (2), searching for quick runs, didnít. A. Fisher (20) seemed to be enjoying the simple fare offered by the Lemmings until a pie took out his middle stump. This left S. Hebbes (8) with a pair of boundaries to his name and not out watching the last man fall.

 

 

2004jun20a

 

J. Hoskins returns after his epic innings of 2.

 

 

Great credit to S. Dobner and M. Westmoreland for changing their plans at the last minute to make it to the game, and to A. Fisher for a near-perfect display behind the stumps. And to the Lemmings themselves, for being the sporting bunch they are and not at all stuck up guvnor. Forty-two short? No disgrace against such decent opposition, you might say. Eight Lemmings wickets instead of the usual one or two? Good effort lads. But at 50-5, 20 overs gone, against nine men, they were rewriting their batting line-up. Just lucky The MAD were generous enough to give them a fighting chance.

 

 

ĎBlockerí

 

 

 

 

 

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Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from The Madding Crowd CC versus Lemmings

Played at Pembroke College, 20 June 2004

 

Lemmings won the toss and elected to bat

Lemmings won by 47 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts: Paul Williams (084)

 

 

04 / 088

 

 

 

 

 

35 over match

 

 

 

Team

Lemmings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

R. Greany

c Dobner b S. Hebbes

1

 

 

 

 

2

T. Wood +

c Westmoreland b Hoskins

69

 

 

 

 

3

G. French

lbw b S. Hebbes

0

 

 

 

 

4

Vettori

lbw b Mann

1

 

 

 

 

5

J. Hull

c Fisher b Mann

9

 

 

 

 

6

H. Evans

c Mann b N. Hebbes

3

 

 

 

 

7

G. McKechnie

not out

42

 

 

 

 

8

P. Baker

run out (Dobner)

15

 

 

 

 

9

M. Goodlad

b Westmoreland

4

 

 

 

 

10

S. Bell

not out

1

 

 

 

 

11

M. Widnall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 8 wickets, 35 overs)

176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Mann

7

2

17

2

 

2

S. Hebbes

7

1

20

2

 

3

Williams

7

1

26

0

 

4

N. Hebbes

7

0

35

1

 

5

Dobner

2

0

26

0

 

6

Hoskins

4

0

36

1

 

7

Westmoreland

1

0

9

1

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from The Madding Crowd CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

S. L. P. Dobner

b Widnall

0

(5)

-

-

1-0

2

N. J. Hebbes *

c McKechnie b Bell

12

(23)

2

-

2-15

3

J. C. W. Hotson

c Evans b Goodlad

9

(43)

1

-

3-52

4

M. T. Westmoreland

run out

44

(57)

8

-

6-93

5

P. Williams

lbw b Baker

18

(26)

4

-

4-81

6

A. G. Mann

c Baker b Greany

0

(4)

-

-

5-82

7

A. Morley

c Wood b French

2

(15)

-

-

8-98

8

J. D. Hoskins

c and b Baker

2

(3)

-

-

7-98

9

A. J. Fisher +

b Hull

20

(11)

5

-

9-129

10

S. Hebbes

not out

8

(6)

2

-

-

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

(NB3, W9, LB2)

14

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 31.4 overs)

129

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Widnall

7

3

14

1

 

2

Bell

5

1

21

1

 

3

Goodlad

5

2

24

1

 

4

Greany

7

1

20

1

 

5

Baker

4

0

17

2

 

6

French

1

1

0

1

 

7

Hull

1.4

0

22

1

 

8

Evans

1

0

14

0

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:M. T. Westmoreland

Champagne Moment:S. L. P. Dobnerís direct run out

Buffet Award:S. L. P. Dobnerís chocolate gateaux (with whipped cream)

 

 

Opposition:V024 / 04

Ground:G011 / 25

Captain:C010 / 01