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Archive: 2012 News & Reports


Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2012 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

18th December - New book featuring a Jesters history

During 2013 a collective history of wandering cricket clubs will be published by Chance To Shine and Fairfield Books and will include a piece on the Jesters written by Andrew Short. Members will have a chance to buy copies nearer publication

17th December - Nick Mumby takes charge

Simon Cleobury is still living in New York and has stepped down as Hon Sec, feeling the role should really be UK-based. Many thanks Simon for all your hard work as Hon Sec, and before that as Fixture Secretary, We hope to see you back in the UK before too long.

Fortunately the club has an ideal replacement in Nick Mumby who took over at the 2012 AGM. Good luck Nick.

16th December - AGM, Dinner and Annual Awards

The annual dinner was again a really enjoyable occasion. Only 28 Jesters and guests made it along this year but that didn’t seem to diminish the fun.

At the AGM Club President Robin Atkins announced his decision to stand down after the end of next season after 16 years as President and 50 years’ membership of the club. Well done Robin and many thanks! He made a short speech which is reproduced here:

“My 4 year term of office comes to an end at the next AGM in 2013. At that time I would have been president for 16 years ,which will be second longest in the club’s history ( Sir Pelham Warner managed 35 years).

“I first played for Jesters in 1963 so that will make a round 50 years of involvement : as a player until 1992 and then as a part time umpire.

“The club's affairs are in good order with 130 members in the card of which I guess 40/50,a good fixture list of 25+ games, a reliable administrative set up and adequate finances with assets of c.£4000. I would like to pay a special tribute to Andrew Short and John Murphy for their good work over a large number of years,

“My only negative comment is that the club's history needs to be done for the period post 1975 before we all forget the key and enjoyable experiences . I ask the committee to tackle this project.”

Eight committee members were re-elected - Nick Mumby, John Murphy, Jonny Bridcut, Ollie Doward, Simon Rawson, Matt Williamson, Robbie Hudson, Andrew Short - and the Committee retains the right to co-opt others. Simon Cleobury is still living in New York and has stood down from the committee, with Nick Mumby stepping into his shoes as Hon Sec.

The club’s finances remain in a good state, with one slightly curious result of the wet summer being a particularly healthy financial surplus. Perhaps we should play even less in future...

The annual awards were presented at the dinner to:

Arnold Woods Trophy (best performance of the season) to DJ Chak for his century against a strong Lord Gnome’s XI (and also taking a stunning boundary catch in the same game).

Commended were Mike Palmer for his century at Sawbridgeworth and Louis Harris for his 120 from 112 balls at Maidenhead & Bray. Either of these would have won the award in another season.

Jester of the Year: the award for the “most Jester-like” performance went to Matt Williamson - to be known ever after as “The Juggler” - for a truly spectacular piece of, well, juggling at second slip at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Michael Meyer Award for big-hitting went to Simon Butler for launching a six onto the roof of the clubhouse at Hurlingham.

5th October - AGM and Dinner

The 2012 AGM and Annual Dinner will take place at the same restaurant as last year - now rebranded as a Brasserie Blanc - on Friday 16 November. Full details and how to book your place are here. See you there.

19th September - Fine win at Barnes Common

We ended the season with a 66 run victory against Barnes Common always strong opponents.

Jesters: 173 all out (34.2 overs)

A. Smith 40, Chak 37, S. Douse 33, Mohammed 29

Barnes Common: 107 all out (31.2 overs)

C. Smith 7-5-10-3, Murphy 7-0-32-3, Chak 5-2-5-2, Berry 7-1-29-1, Harris 1.2-0-5-1, Mohammed 4-1-16-0

It was particularly good to see Chris Smith back in action after missing most of the season with a foot injury. His spell of 7 overs, 3 for 10 has drawn rave reviews from all who saw it.

Hopefully a longer account of the game will appear here soon.

4th September - Beaten by Bray

We lost by 6 wickets at Maidenhead & Bray but many congratulations to Louis Harris on his century.

Match manager Adnan Mohmammed takes up the story:

“Jesters arrived at Maidenhead & Bray on a cloudy Sunday afternoon with 10 players. But the balance was even as M&B also only had 10. The format was 40 overs per side with a maximum of 8 overs per bowler. Our bowling was somewhat depleted with the two intended openers both injured.

“The skipper won the toss and decided to bat first thinking it would tough to bat second in failing light. The Douse brothers, opened the batting, batting together for the first time since their colts days. They saw off the new ball and posted 58 in their opening partnership. The calling for runs was often telepathic. Simeon was the first to be dismissed, receiving a good ball that nipped away and popped.

“Louis Harris then strolled out full of confidence after his recent good form. He played, initially, within himself, pushing singles with James Douse supporting him shot for shot at the other end. James was unlucky to chop one on to his stumps and was out for 29.

Alex the “General” Smith joined Louis at the crease and the two starting running lightning singles and taking advantage of the gaps in the field.

“Louis began to open up and play his usual aggressive shots. His heart would have been in his mouth on 88 when he hit one straight back over the bowlers head and was dropped on the long-off boundary.

“Alex departed for 22 with three overs remaining and Matt Williamson manipulated the strike wonderfully to Louis. In the penultimate over Louis hit three boundaries in a row and ended with 120 off 112 balls and the team on 215-4. The Captain would have been happy with 180 so 215 looked very good.

“The first over bowled by the skipper was a maiden. The seamers plugged away with Matt Berry fighting injury to bowl 8 overs 1-44. Ben Shereen in his opening spell was unlucky bowling in the right spot – but the M&B opener proved too strong, playing through the line, making full use of the short boundary and hitting the ball extremely hard.

“Then our recent injury curse returned with a vengeance. Simeon Douse was struck violently on the shin at mid-wicket from a full blooded drive and had to leave the field. In the next over Matt Berry was hit hard on the arm while following through and also had to go off.

We were left with 8 fielders and the batsmen in the mood to score only in boundaries. After four overs desperately trying to plug the gaps both wounded soldiers returned to the field - well done boys!

“The onslaught continued with M&B now scoring comfortably at 7 per over. Nick Mumby wheeled away with no luck bowling 8 overs 0-55; the skipper bowled 8 overs 1-50. The only ray of light was Louis Harris whose first ball to turn significantly and had figures of 1-7 off 2 overs.

“The M&B opening bat reached 94 with 10 runs needed to win. Then their No 5 hit a boundary, leaving the young opener requiring 6 for his 100 and 6 to win. At which point the pressure told: Ben Shereen hit the top of middle stump and the bat slipped from the batsman’s grasp endeding up at the square leg umpire’s feet!

“M&B reached 216 for 4 off 33 overs. It was a well played game and we lost to a better team. Thanks to Maidenhead &Bray for once again providing a good game of cricket.”

29th August - Pitch the winner at Chobham

We beat Chobham by 75 runs on a difficult, wet wicket after storms the day before. Neither side looked comfortable on an incredibly slow surface that “popped” throughout the game.

Our 153 was mainly thanks to a 56 run opening stand between Louis Harris and Andrew Short, and a top score of 49 from DJ Chak.

In response they were 78 all out, with Adnan Mohammed unplayable as the wicket dried. A longer account will appear here soon.

23rd August - Ashtead game cancelled

Sadly Ashtead have cancelled their game with us on Sunday 9th September. Their charity match against a Surrey Masters XI that was rained-off earlier in the summer has been rearranged for that Sunday.

20th August - Great win at Middleton Stoney

A ten man Jesters side beat Middleton Stoney by 30 runs, a great result as it is always difficult to bowl sides out on their placid track.

Put in to bat, our total was based around a 105 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Tony Crockert (56) and Louis Harris (45). A slow track, slow outfield, slow bowling and carefully placed fields made scoring difficult, and most of the century partnership came in singles and twos, an exhausting effort in 30 degree temperatures.

At the fixed 4.30 tea we had made it to 172-6, a decent score on a