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Archive: 2011 News & Reports


Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2011 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

30th November - AGM, Dinner and Annual Awards

The annual dinner was a great success with 41 Jesters and guests - the best turnout for a few years - convening at Chez Gerard Southbank.

The AGM produced no surprises. The club’s finances have returned to reasonable health after a recent blip - and all committee members were re-elected with the office holders unchanged.

The annual awards were presented at the dinner to:

Arnold Woods Trophy (best performance of the season) to Robbie Hudson for his century at Rickling Green. Despite numerous centuries for other clubs this was Robbie’s first for the Jesters.

Commended were Simon Butler’s 164* at Hurlingham, a new club record, and Adnan Mohammed and John Murphy’s match winning, 150+ partnership at Chobham when the game looked lost.

Jester of the Year: the award for “most Jester-like” performance went to James Douse for his uncharacteristic fit of temper - and subsequent effusive apologies - after his dismissal at Maidenhead & Bray. A bat, table and chairs were all involved.

Michael Meyer Award for big-hitting went to John Murphy for a particularly meaty six, also at Maidenhead & Bray, which traveled many a country mile.

The committee also presented Simon Butler with a framed copy of the scorecard from Hurlingham as a memento of this great innings there.

8th November - David Le Shirley

The sad news has just filtered through that David Le Shirley died on 27th September, aged 90.

As older Jesters will remember, David umpired for us for many years. First via David Smith’s umpiring bureau and then for a decade or so in a direct relationship that often saw him standing in as many as 14 or 15 games a season. He retired after the 2001 season but could still be seen spectating at the occasional Jesters game as recently as last year.

A rock solid umpire on the field of play and a genial character in the bar afterwards, he was a great servant of the club and leaves behind many fond memories.

10th October - AGM and Dinner

The 2011 AGM and Annual Dinner will take place at Chez Gerard Southbank - the same place as last year - on Friday 11 November. Full details and how to book your place are here. See you there.

18th September - Barnes Common

We lost this final game of the season by 26 runs. A match report will follow. The scores were:

Barnes Common: 162 all out (29 overs)

Gregori 7-1-27-3, Mohammed 7-2-25-2

Jesters: 136 all out (33.3 overs)

Murphy 55*, Harris 21

Our total was something of a recovery after being 79-8.

11th September - Ashtead

We were unable to raise a side for this long-standing fixture so the game was cancelled. Embarrassing.

1st September - Sawbridgeworth cancelled

Unfortunately Sawbridgeworth are unable to raise a side for the game on Sunday 4th September so the game has been cancelled.

31st August - Good win at Bray

We beat Maidenhead & Bray by 4 wickets in a close and exciting game. Scores and John Murphy’s match report are below.

Maidenhead and Bray: 158-8 (40 overs)

Berman 3 for 25, Chak 2 for 19, Murphy 1 for 21, Bridcut 1 for 25, Mumby 1 for 29

Jesters: 162-6 (38.2 overs)

Mohammed 36*, Harris 24, Hudson 23, Murphy 21

“With the track partially soaked by the heavy morning rain, the Jesters were pleased to take the field first at Bray. Maidenhead and Bray started confidently, but with a damp outfield boundaries were hard to come by initially. Jonny Bridcut and surprise opening bowler Nick Mumby bowled tightly, with each taking a wicket in the later parts of their spells. DJ Chak and John Murphy put the squeeze on the middle order, with DJ finishing with 2 for 19.

“Phil Berman entered the attack and then were a few worried faces when he conceded 16 runs in his first two overs. Something then clicked and Phil bowled the perfect line and length. His fourth over began with two wickets in two balls with the opposition batsman bamboozled by late swing. He finished with figures of 3 for 25 from his eight overs, leaving the opposition with a competitive 158-8 from their 40 overs.

“The Jesters batman knew it would not be easy chasing such a score on a slow track. Openers Robbie Hudson and George Shepherd batted well against the new ball, but George fell unluckily in the ninth over. Louis Harris “ returning from holiday“ entertained the crowd with some classy strokeplay, but was caught for a run-a-ball 24 ambitiously driving on-the-up. Hudson meanwhile was setting himself up to see the innings through, nurdling his way to 23 off 70 balls.

“Sadly the traditional Jesters middle-order collapse followed and, from a solid start, we were left needing six an over for the last ten overs against good bowling on a difficult pitch in the fading light.

“Adnan Mohammed was joined at the crease by John Murphy. Spurred on by their 150+ partnership at Chobham the previous week, Adnan dug in and top-scored with a gritty 36 not out. Adnan’s determination to see it through gave John licence to play some big shots, hitting the opening bowler way out of the ground. He was spectacularly bowled next ball, leaving Nick Mumby and Adnan to knock off the final runs with just ten balls to spare.

“It was a classic game of Jesters cricket, with everyone contributing to a really good team victory”.

22nd August - The Magnificent Nine beat Chobham

Those who’ve played at Chobham in recent years won’t appreciate what a good victory this was. Chobham turned out a much stronger side than usual and, at the peak of the holiday season, we only had nine players.

The skipper’s masterplan was to bat first, get runs on the board and hope scoreboard pressure worked in our favour. Losing the toss did for that bright idea and we contemplated a long afternoon in the field in the 40 over game traditional in this fixture.

Jonny Bridcut took two early wickets but then two good young batsmen settled into a mature partnership. Our bowling and fielding held up well, but on a slow wicket we weren’t able to make a breakthrough and there were always gaps in the field for runs.

Sean Oliver bowled a fiery spell, at one point uprooting their best batsman’s middle stump in spectacular fashion - but off a no ball. Adnan Mohammed was economical. And both Phil Berman - bowling his eight overs straight through - and Nick Gregori varied their bowling cleverly, preventing the Chobham batsmen from really cutting loose. But the total continued to mount.

Nick and Adnan made crucial breakthoughs, dismissing the two best bats, but it was only with the return of Jonny, bowling the last three of his allotted eight overs, that wickets tumbled. Four in total - and it was probably only Jonny’s humanity that denied him a hat-trick, bowling a loopy off-break at the youngster batting 11. He finished with splendid figures of 6-35.

Chobham were all out for 211 in the 40th over, a good effort by the Jesters in the circumstances. But, frankly, too many the skipper thought. Especially as our nine players included only one specialist batsman.

At 35 for 3 things didn’t look any better. But then John Murphy and Adnan Mohammed embarked on what turned out to be the match winning partnership.

Those who’ve only played with John in recent seasons may not be aware what a good batsman he is. He won the Arnold Woods trophy in, I think, 2002 for a masterly innings against a rapid attack on tour. And this innings was surely its equal. If not for shear physical courage - the Chobham bowling was useful but not life-threatening - then for temperament and technique. Somewhat riled by the fielders’ “league comments”, he was well and truly “in the zone”.

Adnan did much more than simply keep John company, matching him shot for shot as the partnership passed the 50, 100 and 150 milestones. He played some beautiful off-side strokes - cuts and drives - to complement the brutal crash through mid-wicket. John was particularly strong through mid-on and mid-wicket, with a truly crunching weight of shot, and was always alive to the deft deflection to third man.

What Chobham didn’t realise was how little batting we had after this pair - another wicket and the game could have been over very quickly. But of course John and Adnan did appreciate this point which made their partnership all the more special. Measured batting of the highest order.

At 199-3 we had the game in the bag. Or so we thought. Then John fell for 86 to a steepling boundary catch, Sean Oliver came and went, and Jonny Manners was dropped at slip first ball. Gulp! Could we possibly lose it from here?

There followed a couple of nail-biting overs - including a nervous maiden at Jonny - before Adnan took us home in style with a couple of boundaries, finishing on 85 not out.

A great win. Thank you the Magnificent Nine!

16th August - Middleton Stoney

Jesters 222 for 4

Middleton Stoney 130 for 7

Match drawn