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News: Stortford & Northwood cancelled

Unfortunately, torrential rain left the square and outfield too soggy for play at Cricketfield Lane in Bishop's Stortford on 23 July. Although the pitch had been covered and the sun was out for the inspection in the morning, the afternoon's forecast was for further heavy rain so the decision was made to cancel the game. A week later, our new fixture against Northwood also fell foul of the weather.

Dai Jenkins

It is with great sadness to report that one of our members, Dai Jenkins, passed away on 21 July 2017. He had been battling leukaemia for the last 18 months. Dai was a graduate of St John’s Oxford (pictured above), as a result of which we had a fixture against the College for quite a few years. Joining the club in the late 1960s, he was principally a leg break bowler with an action, recalls club president John Burmester, "involving his bowling arm coming from somewhere behind his head and bending forward from the waist which probably prevented him from seeing the ball in flight!" He took over from Robin Atkins as club treasurer in 1971 and fulfilled the role for many years. Although he was

Report: Palmer & Chak star at Bray

Jesters 248-7 (Chak 61*, Palmer 54) Maidenhead & Bray 201-6 (Harris 2-28, Chak 2-26) Jesters won by 47 runs News has reached Jesters HQ of a convincing win at Maidenhead & Bray in a 40 over contest. Our 248 contained two quick 50s by Mike Palmer and DJ Chak and two late sixes by Santosh Verma. The home side fell 47 runs short chasing. In the absence of a match report from match manager Adnan Mohammed's cricketing mind palace, Andrew Short has contributed the account below. Not wanting his players to suffer from over-preparation, skipper Adnan Mohammed left his team selection late for our annual expedition up the Thames to Bray. Four players the previous Monday finally became eleven the day b

Report: Unbeaten Dorset Tour 2017

Jesters 319-6 (S Zaib 128, McNamara 54*) Hampshire Hogs 266 all out (Mohammed 3-95) Jesters won by 53 runs Yet another Saj Zaib century against the Hogs was the cornerstone of a winning start to the tour at Warnford. Saj's 77 ball knock, which included 21 boundaries, followed a solid opening partnership of 58 between Joe Phelan and Paul Woolf. Highgate's resident Aussie Shane McNamara's late hitting lifted us to 319 (off 39 overs), our third score of 300+ in a row. In reply, the Hogs openers also put on fifty for the first wicket, but wickets fell at regular intervals to Adnan Mohammed (3-95), Simon Rawson (2-19) and Aashi Zaib (3-100), resulting in a comfortable 53 run victory in the 57th

Report: Shakespeare tragicomedy in SW6

Jesters 300-8 dec (Harris 97, Shakespeare 54) Hurlingham 253-9 (Bridcut 3-56, Shakespeare 3-66) Match drawn Hurlingham's final pair clung on to deny us victory in SW6. Earlier, Louis Harris came agonisingly close to notching two Jesters hundreds in a row but was run out by his partner for 97. Captain Jonny Bridcut has penned the tragicomedy... The Jesters, having lost the toss, were invited to bat first on the usual Hurlingham belter, much to the delight of Simon Butler, returning to the side on the back of three hundreds in three fixtures here. However, all good things must come to an end, as it took the home side only seven balls to remove their nemesis (who had also been dropped and repri

Report: Harris a happy camper in Bedu draw

Jesters 319-3 dec off 46 overs (Harris 144, Mohammed 66*, Butler 44*) The Bedouin CC 232-8 off 53 overs Match drawn An insuppressible Louis Harris equalled his Jesters best of 144 at Ascott Park as we just ran out of time to force victory against the Bedouins, for whom Barker also scored a fine century. Match manager and first-time Jesters skipper Noah Hillyard describes the full glory of our 319-3 and the drama of the Bedouins' aborted chase... Having been inserted, the innings was opened by Santosh Verma and Ollie Doward. Early indications suggested that it would be a very flat deck, though sadly not flat enough to prevent Ollie being castled early on for 7. Santosh was joined at the creas

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