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2005 - 2009  |  2010 - 2012  |  2013 - 2014  |  2015 - 2016  |  2017 - 2018 |  2019 - 2020  |  2021 +

 

 

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Exhibition of Batting Incompetence

Seasons 2021 Onwards….

 

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An online page totally devoted to the exhibition, celebration and educational interpretation of classical batting incompetence, as performed and executed by members of the Far from the MCC. Please note there have been countless other examples since the team’s inception back in 1998, but alas a camera wasn’t present to record the event(s).

 

Many thanks to all the photographic contributions over the years, in particular James Hoskins, who set the benchmark in the middle noughties by mortgaging his house for a zoom lens and hifalutin Nikon. Other luminaires would be Chairman Bullock (one remembers the early Minehead Tours) and of course Mr Howarth, whose investment in a Canon reaped dividends in lieu of his dwindling time out in the middle. Lest we forget Mr Hotson’s analogue work at Garsington and Mr Williams’ modern day claims to be sports photographer of high repute.

 

All art pieces therein are named and displayed in chronological order, which leaves us to say…. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lockdown

- M. K. Reeves, Memorial Recreation Ground v Ascott-under-Wychwood CC. 2021

 

 

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After a brutal winter lockdown following a brutal pandemic, Mike checks for any naughty Covid particles to bash with his bat. Meanwhile, the bowler aims a delivery at his stumps… oh.

 

 

 

The Pathetic Dab

- C. T. J. Williams, Cublington v Cublington CC. 2021

 

 

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There is no foot movement recorded whatsoever as Williams plays this gentle (removes other less subtle descriptive) little dab outside off, only to… oh. Mr Hoskins is now considering suing for infringement of copyright….

 

 

 

The Reverse of a Good Reverse Sweep.

- R. P. Turner, Queens College v Isis CC. 2021

 

 

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We’re unsure as to whether Russ had ever attempted a reverse sweep in his life, but if he has (or did) we doubt it would be quite as bad as this example of how not play one. Or to put it into proper context: this is the perfect imperfect reverse sweep.

 

 

 

Bobby’s Floating Bail Syndrome

- C. D. Roberts, Queens College v Isis CC. 2021

 

 

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Queens College is notorious for extremes of low gravity and here we see the bails float away from the stumps as Bobby crashes one through square…  oh

 

 

 

Comprehensively NOT OUT

- J. D. Hoskins, Queens College v Isis CC. 2021

 

 

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James went on to publish his Fantasy Cricket update a few days after his 0 not out at the death of The MAD innings. It was only when studying the aforementioned scorecards he found his undefeated blob had been downgraded to a duck. He was sure he was not out, and in fact boasted as such as he left the field of play. We quickly checked some camera footage and…  oh.

 

 

 

Pink Death

- A. Darley, Middleton Park v Middleton Stoney CC. 2021

 

 

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Brought up on a diet of red ball cricket, here Mr Darley cries foul as some unscrupulous member of the opposition uses a bright pink ball to bowl with instead. This is certainly not cricket and will be reported to the higher echelons of hoot toot midweek slogathons….

 

 

 

 

Unbreakable

- J. Harris, Cumnor v Cumnor SAS. 2021

 

 

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The one attribute a solid, technically secure MAD batting line-up have, is a resolute defence. An impregnable fortress around their timber than causes opposition bowlers unending frustration. Here, gifted all rounder John harris … oh.

 

 

 

Being The MAD

- B. R. Eade, Cumnor v Cumnor SAS. 2021

 

 

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No man or woman can ever lay claim to being a true MAD player unless they find themselves enshrined in this most hallowed section of the Club website. It is a right of passage immortalised by all. Recent acquisition, and former Marlborough House stalwart Brian Eade, wasted little time in joining the elite. We salute you, sir.