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ďOut with the Old and in with the, er, OldĒ

 

 

Match:14 / 313

Lost by 133 runs

 

 

Team

 

Total

Horspath CC

226 - 6

C. Roberts3 - 42

 

FFTMCC

93

D. Emerson26,G. Carter18

 

 

 

 

It was with mixed feelings that the FFTMCC assembled for the first game of the season against traditionally strong and unforgiving opponents Horspath CC. On the one hand, at long last the wet (but unseasonably mild) winter was finally over, the weather was fair and it was time to start another season. On the other, Horspath represent one of our strongest opponents and previous seasons indicated that a severe hammering was on the cards

 

 

 

 

The omens did not look good as the FFTMCC arrived to see Horspath limbering up, running drills and inexplicably wearing bibs. One thing about bibs Ė bright orange is traditionally reserved for railway workers, whereas florescent yellow is for highway maintenance. Horspath had obviously come straight from the east coast main line.

 

A new season had rather surprisingly provided the FFTMCC with two new players. Welcome to Matthew Reading, useful opening run accumulator and occasional right arm bowler. Also, Quintin Sanders, right arm strike bowler and self-professed number 11 batsman. Welcome also to The MADís new / returning skipper, I Howarth, trying to cement his position as clubman of the year again by taking on one of the few club positions not already held by him. Ianís first action as skipper was to lose the toss and we were fielding, although in an effort to take the match beyond 3:30, itís likely we would have been in the field whatever the outcome.

 

 

 

The Far from the MCC assemble outside the now extended Horspath pavilion.

 

 

The MAD were accompanied throughout their innings by the sound of the commentary from the adjacent cycle speedway, where Horspath were taking a beating at the hands of Poole. It would be easy to be disparaging about cycle speedway, but there are plenty of more pointless ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, as was being demonstrated on the adjacent cricket pitch.

 

In Quintin Sanders (8-1-32-0) and Dave Emerson (8-0-46-0) The MAD have an opening bowling attack worthy of the words bowling and attack. However the Horspath opening batting partnership was also of some quality and therefore our two strike bowlers remained wicketless [D. OíConnor 42 retired bored, G. Hamilton 56 retired bored]. Howarth then turned to G Timms (8-0-38-0) who was making his one and only appearance this side of June, before he crosses the Atlantic for a few weeks. The MAD are certainly going to miss his deceptive, spinning deliveries, as he kept Horspath under control at a time they were looking to accelerate. After the retirement of the Horspath numbers 1 and 2, it was down to Reeves (6-0-39-1) to take the first Mad wicket of the season. Roberts (6-0-42-3) did his now customary impression of the little girl in the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. When heís good, heís very good indeed, but when heís bad, heís horrid. This was exemplified by his three wickets and also conceding eight from one delivery. However there was more good than bad in his showing today.

 

 

 

Drinks. Thank fuck for thatÖ.

 

 

Howarth (2-0-11-1) and Pearson (2-0-10-1) wrapped up the innings, taking a wicket each. So what to make of this opening showing? There were bright spots aplenty. Horspath are a quality outfit, but at no point did they really cut loose as they have in previous years. Six wickets is a fine return and all bowlers found line and length after the long winter layoffs. Sanders, Howarth and Paddy Mellor all took fine catches. Patrick claimed after his to have uncovered the secret to catching. Apparently it is just a case of watching it all the way in to oneís hands. Ah, thatíll be it then Paddy, letís see if that one comes back to haunt you over the remaining 39 games this season. On the downside, there was some woeful fielding with a certain rustiness permeating the field at times.

 

Tea was delicious and plentiful, but all too soon The MAD had to attend to the small matter of chasing down 227 runs for the unlikeliest of unlikely victories. I would say that I have more chance of winning Celebrity Master Chef (given that a, Iím not famous and b, I canít cook) than The MAD had of reaching 227, but that would be a little unkind.

 

 

 

M. Reading and J. Pearson discuss who will contribute a single to the team total.

 

 

Matthew Reading (1) got The MADís season underway with the first run off the bat, very shortly before becoming the first casualty of the season. He was soon followed by Pearson (0) who scratched around, out of sorts. Mellor (0) fell to a wonderful diving slip catch. Howarth (2) tried to wallop his first ball out the ground and narrowly missed a golden, before settling down to a well- constructed 2. At 13-4 the game was more or less up and talk turned to whether the magic website wall of shame score under 50 could be avoided. That and whether Reeves could get the hang of the electronic scoreboard. Step forward Geoff Carter, who went all George like for 13 balls and scored 18, which was sandwiched between two bouts of 13 odd dot balls. Dobner (8), Reeves (10), Timms (10) and Sanders (5) all at least got a start and will probably have better days, but were really no match for the Horspath first, second and third change bowlers. Only Emerson (26) really got going and some fine blows compensated for his disappointment on the bowling front. Finally with Bob now on his customary 0 not out, The MAD were all out for 93. D. Todd the pick of the Horspath attack with figures of 4.1-1-23-4.

 

 

 

Q. Sanders and C. Roberts Ė the tallest last wicket partnership in MAD history?

 

 

As the shadows lengthened and the warm of the early spring day started to ebb away, The MAD were left of contemplate that itís one down and thirty nine to go until the end of the season. A reasonable run out, well beaten by a good team, there will be higher highs and probably lower lows. Itís a marathon not a sprint.

 

 

ĎReevsieí

 

 

 

 

 

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Statto Scorecards

 

 

 

Far from the MCC versus Horspath CC

Played at Horspath, 13 April 2014

 

Horspath CC won the toss and elected to bat

Horspath CC won by 133 runs

 

Far from the MCC debuts: Matthew Reading (133), Quintin Sanders (134)

 

 

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40 over match

 

 

 

Team

Horspath CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

D. OíConnor

retired

42

 

6

-

-

2

G. Hamilton

retired

56

 

6

-

-

3

D. Todd

b Reeves

21

 

2

-

1-133

4

J. Todd +

c Sanders b Howarth

26

 

2

-

2-171

5

H. Ward

c Pearson b Roberts

15

 

2

1

 

6

S. Berry

c Mellor b Roberts

11

 

1

-

 

7

L. Belcher

b Roberts

4

 

-

-

 

8

H. Moon

c Howarth b Pearson

14

 

2

-

 

9

T. Smith

not out

11

 

1

-

-

10

K. Patel

not out

9

 

2

-

-

11

E. Cummings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extras

(NB1, W9, LB5, B2)

17

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(for 6 wickets, 40 overs)

226

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Sanders

8

1

32

0

 

2

Emerson

8

0

46

0

 

3

Timms

8

0

38

0

 

4

Reeves

6

0

39

1

 

5

Roberts

6

0

42

3

 

6

Howarth

2

0

11

1

 

7

Pearson

2

0

10

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

Far from the MCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Batsman

How Out

Total

Balls

4s

6s

FOW

1

J. W. Pearson

b Moon

0

(13)

-

-

2-5

2

M. J. Reading

c J. Todd b Cummings

1

(6)

-

-

1-5

3

P. A. S. Mellor

c Hamilton b Smith

0

(6)

-

-

3-5

4

G. Carter

lbw b Patel

18

(42)

4

-

6-45

5

I. Howarth *

b Smith

2

(13)

-

-

4-13

6

S. L. P. Dobner +

c Cummings b Ward

8

(22)

2

-

5-40

7

D. Emerson

st J. Todd b D. Todd

26

(30)

4

-

9-90

8

M. K. Reeves

b D. Todd

10

(18)

2

-

7-59

9

G. J. Timms

b D. Todd

10

(9)

2

-

8-75

10

Q. Sanders

c Smith b D. Todd

5

(19)

1

-

10-93

11

C. D. Roberts

not out

0

(4)

-

-

-

 

Extras

(LB6, B7)

13

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

(all out, 30.1 overs)

93

 

 

 

 

 

 

#

 

Bowler

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wkts

 

1

Cummings

2

2

0

1

 

2

Moon

2

1

1

1

 

3

Smith

3

3

0

2

 

4

Belcher

4

1

18

0

 

5

Patel

6

1

11

1

 

6

Ward

6

1

21

1

 

7

D. Todd

4.1

1

23

4

 

8

Berry

3

1

6

0

 

 

 

 

 

MOTM:C. D. Roberts

Champagne Moment:I. Howarthís running catch on the boundary

Buffet Award:C. D. Robertsí farmhouse cheesecake (with extra cream)

 

 

Opposition:V057 / 05

Ground:G046 / 05

Captain:C007 / 48