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Archive: 2013 News & Reports

Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2013 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

20th November - John Burmester new club President

We are delighted John Burmester has agreed to become our new Club President. John is a Jester through-and-through, having first played for the club in the late 1960s and serving as Hon Sec during the late 70s and early 80s.

20th November - AGM and annual dinner

The Jugged Hare proved to be an excellent new venue - a smart private dining room downstairs from a lively pub. The turnout of only 25 Jesters and guests was a little disappointing. But a good time was most certainly had by all.

At the AGM, Robin Atkins handed over as Club President to John Burmester. Matt Williamson stood down from the committee while all other members were re-elected. Chris Smith and Louis Harris were proposed as new committee members and duly elected.

The club’s finances remain in a good state, with John Murphy having once again made heroic efforts to chase up unpaid annual subscriptions. It would make John’s life so much less painful if more members would set up an annual payment from their bank account.

The annual awards were presented at the dinner to:

Arnold Woods Trophy (best performance of the season) to Simon Butler for his century in little more than 50 balls at Hurlingham.

Jester of the Year: the award for the “most Jester-like” performance went to Jonny Bridcut for cracking two of Ollie Doward’s ribs during Club Day - following up a mean bouncer with a perfectly directed beamer.

Michael Meyer Award for big-hitting went to Nick Mumby for the straight six he launched back over Louis Harris’s head during Club Day.

10th October - Dinner venue announced

The AGM and annual dinner will take place at The Jugged Hare on Chiswell Street near the Barbican. Please contact Nick Mumby to book your place and John Murphy to arrange payment (by cheque or transfer into our bank account). Full details are:

Date - Friday 15 November 2013

Venue - The Jugged Hare, 49 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA

Time - 6:45pm for the AGM / 7:45pm for dinner

Replies by - Thursday 7 November to Nick Mumby (

Cost - £36 (being £32 plus service includes 3 courses - all other drinks to be paid for separately)

See you there.

18th September - Annual Dinner

The AGM and annual dinner take place on Friday 15th November - so make a note in your diary now. Full details to follow soon.

15th September - Barnes Common cancelled

Sadly our last game of the season, against Barnes Common, has been cancelled with the square too wet for play after heavy rain.

9th September - Plucky defeat at Ashtead

We fought hard at Ashtead but eventually lost by 5 wickets on a cold and damp end of season afternoon. In a 40 over game our 167 all out was perhaps 30 runs light after some careless dismissals. But we applied ourselves better in the field, bowling and fielding tightly. The difference between the two sides was the Ashtead number 3 who struck a hard hitting century. Had we dismissed him we might well have won - but we didn’t.

Highlight of the game - and possibly the season - was Sean Oliver’s extraordinary salmon leap of a caught and bowled. Hurling himself forward and to his left at the end of his follow through, he took the ball in mid-air at full stretch with his left hand. In a season of memorable Jesters caught and bowleds this was the best.

2nd September - Great win at Bray

This was one of the good days. One of those days when the Jesters looked like a highly talented bunch of cricketers and a really efficient team.

On a far from straightforward pitch we beat Maidenhead & Bray by 9 wickets, chasing down their competitive 164 in only the 29th over of what was a 40 over game. Fred Price, playing his first Jesters game for six seasons, stroked a languid 66 not out. Mike Palmer (55) joined him in an opening stand of 137.

All the bowlers put in controlled spells - with Phil Berman especially economical (5 overs for 8 runs). And behind the stumps Mike Palmer was exceptional for a stand-in keeper.

22nd August - Chobham game cancelled

Unfortunately we could muster only half a side over the bank holiday weekend so have had to cancel the game on Sunday against Chobham.

20th August - Good win at Middleton Stoney

We beat Middleton Stoney by 31 runs after looking dead and buried not long after tea. On a slow track we made what we thought was a defendable 143-9 but Middleton Stoney had raced to 85-1. But once we finessed the second wicket the rest tumbled. Three falling on 111. Nick Mumby had best figures of 4-20. A full account will appear here soon.

9th August - Nail-biting finish at Cuckfield

18 to win and last man in. That was the drama at Cuckfield as skipper Andrew Short and 18 year old Rebecca Silk were left to score the winning runs after a calamitous batting collapse. Men round the bat, the Aussie pro bowling offies and, from the top end, the whippy left-armer whose late swing had caused the collapse.

With a dozen overs left there was no hurry - and the tension slowly mounted. Andrew blocked - and blocked some more. Rebecca waited patiently for the ball she could hit - and hit it. There was a four down the ground off the Aussie, a nice shot through the covers off the left armer, and a low snick through the slips that scuttled away to the boundary.

Three to win and three overs remaining. All four results possible. The Aussie drops slightly short. Andrew, sensing the winning runs, goes back to pull. But it’s a quicker delivery! He’s too late on the shot and is pinned plumb lbw. So plumb that the Jester umpiring can find no excuse for not raising an apologetic finger.

It was a great end to what had been a great day’s cricket. The sun shone, the ground was a picture and Cuckfield’s cricket week hospitality as fine as ever. Jesters Doward, Harris, Mohammed and Short were bolstered by several young players from Preston Nomads cricket club, all fine cricketers who are very welcome to play for us again whenever they wish.

At lunch Cuckfield were 100-6 and we were firmly on top. Adnan opened up hill and bowled a long, containing, 15 over spell. No mean feat as the Aussie pro - Cameron Borgas - went in first. Adnan was unlucky to take only one wicket.

Ollie Deme opened from the top end and took the first wicket. He was replaced by James Silk bowling leggies, and we witnessed a fascinating contest between the Aussie and our spin twins. It was a moment of great celebration when James finally lured the Aussie down the track and the ball skewed into the safe hands of Ollie Doward at backward point.

Half an hour before lunch Adnan was replaced by Rebecca Silk, of Sussex Ladies, who bowled her off-breaks through to the end of the innings, causing problems for all the batters and snaring three victims.

After lunch Ollie Deme struck twice early on and it looked as though we’d be chasing fewer than 150. But some late hitting took the total to 179. Surely gettable by our talented batting line up.

A brief word about the fielding which our young guests raised to heights rarely explored by Jesters sides - catching, boundary fielding, you name it. Behind the stumps, Luke Appleton kept very tidily to our predominantly spin attack which is never easy.

The Ikram brothers, Taron and Sakib, opened the batting for us and were going well until Taron was unluckily given out caught off his forearm. Sakib batted beautifully - a six flicked over square-leg stands out in the memory - and with Louis Harris in his usual dashing mode our total built steadily.

Ollie Doward replaced Louis, and put together a nicely crafted 50, using his feet to the spinners and batting well out of his crease against the left-armer swinging the ball very late into the right hander. All looked fine and dandy as our score approached 150.

At this point the left armer struck. And struck again. And again (and I think again). Late swing at a decent pace castling several of our batters. In little more than the blink of an eye - or so it seemed - we were 162-9. 18 to win and last man in...

30th July - Rickling Green game cancelled

Unfortunately Rickling Green are unable to raise a side so the game on Sunday 4th August has been cancelled.

1st July - Convincing victory at Hurlingham

Hurlingham: 141 all out

Jesters: 142/2

Jesters won by 8 wickets

“Traditionally the curtain-raiser for the season, our fixture at the Hurlingham Club was this year pushed back to late June, with the immediate benefit of glorious blue skies and perfect picnic weather for the loyal Jesters entourage who spread themselves around the boundary to cheer the visitors on. Despite the mercury levels, the Jesters won the toss and bowled, knowing that the perfect condition of the wicket and the croquet-lawn outfield may well favour the team chasing later in the day.

“The Jesters got off to a strong start, with Max Harris picking up a wicket in the second over, though the hosts’ top order battled through the remainder of the new ball without further loss and, when 75/1 half an hour before lunch, looked on course to po