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Archive: 2009 News & Reports

Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2009 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

1st December - Jonny Bridcut joins committee

We are delighted to welcome Jonny Bridcut to the club committee. He came on board at the AGM last month when all the other committee members were re-elected.

30th November - Annual Awards

Thanks to everyone who made the AGM and annual dinner earlier this month such a success. Winners of the three annual awards presented at the dinner are:

Arnold Woods Trophy (best individual performance) to Andrew Short for his century against HAC. The committee also presented Andrew with a framed photograph of the occasion.

Most Jester-like performance - Simon Rawson for last ball “madness” at Radley, charging down the wicket assuming he had hit the ball through the covers, only to discover he’d missed it completely and the keeper had removed the bails.

Michael Meyer trophy for big hitting to Ollie Doward for his last over six over long-off that set up the tied draw at NPL.

1st October - Streatham & Marlborough

We rounded off the season with a convincing victory in this new fixture in Dulwich..

22nd September - Barnes Common

We were back to winning ways at Barnes Common recording a good victory after bowling them out for 160-odd and knocking off the runs with ease. Match manager Jonny Bridcut reports:

Barnes Common 159/9 (35 overs)

Jesters 160/2 (26.4 overs)

“On a late September sunday afternoon, the Jesters overcame a feisty Barnes Common XI due to a ruthless spell of bowling with the new orange ball and an inspired all round performance by Simon Cleobury.

“After losing the toss, the Jesters were happy to find themselves bowling first in a game reduced to 35 overs aside. All the pre-match talk had centred around the dynamic Barnes number three, who had butchered his way to rapid fifties in previous years. However, he arrived and departed from the field of play in the third over, thanks to a tremendous opening burst from James Haggie, ending a promising candidate season for the club. Wickets soon fell at the other end, leaving the hosts 10/4 after 4 overs and facing the prospect of a long afternoon in a local Barnes beer garden.

“As so often happens, that was not to be, as their middle order steadied the ship and, thanks to several lusty blows, lofted the total beyond 150, which they thought was plenty on a pitch offering the occasional surprise. The stand out performance in the field was that of Mr Cleobury behind the stumps, standing up to all comers and snapping two fine catches off Simon Rawson and Adnan Mohammed.

“What Barnes had not considered was the strength of the visitors' batting line up. Simon Butler, playing his first game for the club, and Simon Cleobury shared an opening stand of 100 before the debutant seemed to misjudge the flight and got stumped for a fine 61. Simon remained at the helm until the end, frequently dispatching the tangerine to all parts in a terrific 59 not out. Victory was achieved in style, as Alex Smith cleared his front leg, together with the mid wicket boundary, ensuring an 8 wicket win with more than 8 overs remaining.

14th September - 2009 AGM and Dinner

The AGM and Dinner take place this year on Friday 13th November, as listed in the fixture card. Everyone had such a good time last year that we’re returning to the Northbank Restaurant overlooking Tate Modern on the opposite bank of the Thames. We hope you can come along.

14th September - Ashtead game cancelled

The game against Ashtead was cancelled because of close season work on their square starting early

10th September - Amersham

Jesters 211 all out (39.5 overs)

Amersham 212-4 (38 overs)

Thanks to match manager Ollie Doward for the following account...

“After two breath-taking chases in recent years, we would have preferred to have bowled first after winning the toss, but with only four Jesters present at the start of play due to a variety of calamities, we had no alternative but to bat.

“A very strong Amersham line-up soon had us in all sorts of trouble. Only Tony Crockert, with a fluent 28, looked comfortable as we slumped to 60-5 with nearly half the 40-over allocation gone.

“Face was saved by Roger Greenslade who, true to character, decided that the only way out of our precarious position was to attack. The Greenslayer was in typically cathartic form, flogging a brutal 78 full of cuts, pulls, hoicks and flicks to the boundary plus one bone-shuddering straight six. That mighty blow came immediately after two swishes and misses against their rapid Aussie import, who unwisely offered Rog some advice about his eyesight. "I saw that one" was the quick-fire response after the next delivery slapped straight into the sight screen!

“Roger was ably supported by debutant Ali Dil, who looked classy for his 30, and then by late arrival Alex Smith (31). Those two crucial partnerships dragged our total up to respectability, but having posted 250+ at Amersham twice in the last three years, we knew we were probably 40 runs light.

“The subsequent chase was something of a non-event. Two quick wickets gave us early hope, including a snorter of a nip-backer from Tony Duckett which ripped out their No.3's off stump as he offered no stroke, but it was downhill from then on. Opener Jackson top scored with 78 as they cruised home on a flat deck without having to take any risks. Special mention must go to Simon Rawson's young nephew Guyam who recovered from a nervy start to bowl absolutely beautifully, taking 2-42.”

1st September - Maidenhead & Bray

We beat Maidenhead & Bray by 6 wickets but so far no details have reached Jesters HQ.

23rd August - Chobham

We recorded a comfortable 160 run victory at Chobham. Our 227-7, in a 40 over game, was built on the great start given us by new Jester Louis Harris whose attacking innings of 77 was full of good shots all round the wicket. Ollie Doward (41) and Julian Powe (47) continued the good work.

In response a young Chobhan side never really came to terms with the demands of the chase, going too often for the big hit rather than pushing singles to keep the scoreboard moving. They were a better side than their 67 all out might suggest. All the Jesters bowlers cashed in with Alan Dodd finishing with the best stats, 3-9 off 5.4 overs.

18th August - Stoney ground for Jesters at Middleton

Having played pretty well all season we saved up a really poor performance for the beautiful ground at Middleton Stoney, losing badly by 56 runs.

We actually bowled rather well, Jonny Bridcut’s 3-30 from 11 overs an especially useful effort. But their 171-9 was most notable for our six dropped catches.

In response the wheels well and truly came off as eight Jesters reached double figures but none made it to 20. In retrospect our use of the self-destruct button against their loopy spinner has its lighter side, but certainly not at the time.

Nonetheless, the Middleton Stoney hospitality was as good as ever - there was the usual post-match barbie - and we’re already looking forward to next year.

10th August - Rickling Ramblers

We beat Rickling Ramblers by 10 runs in a 40 over game. Our 173 was based on a solid 40 from Roger Greenslade and finished off with a brisk 38 from skipper Ollie Doward, including consecutive sixes over midwicket and long-off.

Following a tight spell by Adnan Mohammed (4-32 from 10 overs) we thought we had the game wrapped up before their number 10 steered them worryingly close with a knock of 24. At this point Ollie bravely opted to bowl young Wasif Butt never having seen him perform. It proved a masterstroke as Wasif finished with 2-12 showing impressive pace for a 14 year old.

7th August - Cuckfield

We were very well placed at 109-0 chasing Cuckfield’s 253-6 when it rained with 75 minutes remaining.

The Cuckfield innings involved one of the shots of the season. Chris Mole, our usual nemesis in this fixture and Devon wicket keeper, strode to the wicket to face Billingshurst’s West Indian pro who we had borrowed to strengthen the side - and who was bowling pretty fast. First ball, without a sighter, he launched him straight back over his head, and over the sightscreen for a truly enormous six!

26th July - One victory, one defeat

In the final week of July we beat Roehampton convincingly after losing a high scoring game at Horsham.

Horsham only needed two batsmen, their openers knocking up 248 undeafeated at the declaration. At 150-0 our openers looked to be replying in kind befiore the pressure of the chase proved too great.

Roehampton were unable to match our 204-8 (Christian Judd, a guest player, 98 , Alex Smith 32) replying with only 122.

23rd July - Sandy Ross

It is with huge sadness that we report the death of Sandy Ross on 22nd July while playing cricket for the Sussex Martlets.

Sandy was a long-standing Jester, having played for the club for two decades. We shall all miss his warmth, enthusiasm and friendship.

Our tribute to Sandy is here together with details of his memorial service on 17th August.

19th July - Twin strikes end Jesters Gemini hopes

More last ball drama at Sunningdale School, after a see-saw game which had spectators’ attention drawn improbably away from events at Lord’s to the excitement unfolding under their very noses...

The game featured a highly unusual Jesters side, all 11 of whom have performed admirably over the years with both ball and bat. A quick look at the spongy, sloping two-tone wicket persuaded our skipper to put the oppo into bat and see what they could make of it.