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Archive: 2015 News & Reports

Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2015 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

22nd November - Report on AGM and Awards

Brasserie Blanc on Chancery Lane was the venue for the annual dinner. 28 Jesters turned-out and a good time was had by all. Ollie Doward once again put together an excellent and occasionally fiendish quiz.

At the AGM, Jonny Bridcut provided an entertaining summary of the season, and Chris Smith reported on the Club’s finances which remain in a healthy state. The possibility of an increase in match fees, mooted at the 2014 AGM, has been postponed for at least another year.

All committee members were re-elected with the officers unchanged. DJ Chak was co-opted on to the committee.

The annual awards were presented at the dinner:

Arnold Woods Trophy (best performance of the season) to Sarbajeet Nag (Shorbo) for his graceful and match winning century at Eversholt.

Roger Greenslade Trophy to Alex Smith for “Lostbatgate” before the Cuckfield game - calling the match manager to explain he would be late as he had spent so long looking unsuccessfully for his bat; only to discover it much later tucked inside an unfamiliar pocket of his brand new cricket bag.

Michael Meyer Award for big-hitting went to Ollie Doward for a huge blow over extra cover at Warnford against the Hampshire Hogs.

2nd October - AGM and Dinner

The 2015 Annual General Meeting and Dinner will take place on Friday 20 Novembern - AGM at 6.45pm, dinner at 7.45pm.

We have managed to secure the Brasserie Blanc on Chancery Lane once again this year, where we will be hosted in the restaurant's private room. The restaurant is at the southern (Fleet Street) end of Chancery Lane, which is a short walk from Chancery Lane tube (Central line), or a ten minute walk from Temple tube (Circle / District line).

The cost is £36 - exclusive of drinks - and all members will receive an invitation by email listing the various menu choices. Please reply to Chris Smith asap.

17th September - Newdigate game cancelled

Unfortunately neither club can raise a side for the game at Newdigate on Sunday so it has been called off.

15th September - Roger Greenslade Memorial Match

It was a great day at Eversholt as we celebrated the life and playing career of our old friend Roger Greenslade.

The September sun shone, there was a great turnout of Jesters and Eversholt members beyond those actually playing, as well as Roger’s family, and the hospitality was first class.

The game itself was a cracker with an exciting finish and memorable individual performances.

Jesters highlights were a graceful century from Shorbo - one of the most elegant innings you could hope to see, full of effortless timing and deft deflections - and an aggressive knock from George Greenslade, Roger’s son, that ended just short of a half century. Together Shorbo and George took us to a four wicket victory.

George’s innings included one thundering six over long-on that had everyone reminiscing about his father’s batting exploits. The ball thudded into a bench on the boundary edge, scattering the Eversholt ladies who had occupied it moments before.

After the game there were speeches in front of the pavilion as dusk fell. Ollie Doward and Eversholt Chairman Dave Garrett recalled what Roger had meant to us all as they ran through the highlights of his involvement with the Jesters and Eversholt CC. There were smiles, much laughter and, perhaps, the odd tear.

Many thanks to Eversholt for hosting a perfect day. Some images from the day are below...

7th September - Not so slick performance

We were beaten comfortably by SLICC losing by eight wickets having been bowled out for only 142. Hopefully a little more on this game soon.

1st September - Heavy defeat at Bray

After losses to the Jesters in the two previous seasons, Maidenhead & Bray paid us the compliment of drafting in both their overseas player and a first eleven opening bowler recently on Middlesex’s books. Against our bank holiday XI they were too strong and we lost by about 125 runs.

After decent early spells by Jonny Bridcut and Phil Berman, their overseas and another batsman put us to the sword, the overseas scoring 95 and his partner 120-odd. We didn’t bowl badly but weren’t helped by some comedic moments on the straight boundaries.

260 from 40 overs was far too many - especially as our in form batsman Alex Smith had injured himself while fielding and would be unable to bat. And we were left wondering what would have happened had we accepted even a couple of the several chances.

Our reply never really got going after their brisk opener went to work and we gently subsided to 135-odd all out. Hopefully a full match report will appear here soon.

23rd August - Chobham game rained off

Unfortunately heavy rain on the Sunday morning meant the game at Chobham was called off.

17th August - Tie at Middleton Stoney

Jesters: 136 all out (39.4 overs)

A. Smith 75*, O. Selway 3-32

Middleton Stoney: 136 all out (37.5 overs)

Mohammad 6-34, Bridcut 3-19

Match tied.

Match manager John Murphy describes a dramatic afternoon.

Adnan Mohammad arrived unusually early at Middleton Stoney. It was almost as if he needed the extra time to tell us about his league century the day before and his latest injury which rendered him unable to bat or bowl.

The pitch was green, but we were not disappointed to be put into bat first. Miraculously Adnan was willing to open the batting, although he was calling for a runner in the second over. We got off to a slow start and lost wickets at a steady rate.

Most found runs hard to come by, although Alex Smith was able to resume his great form, looking at ease on a difficult pitch playing several glorious straight drives. The slow outfield limited the number of boundaries, and Alex's unbeaten 75 included just five fours. His contribution was worthy of a century elsewhere.

After a partnership of 59 with John Murphy (23) the Jesters went from 120-4 to 136 all out as we tried to add quick runs before the fixed tea. This total was reasonably competitive in the conditions.

After tea, the Jesters took to the field with Andrew Short demonstrating his true all round capability by serving as our stand-in wicket keeper. Opening bowler Jonny Bridcut rolled back the years bowling with a rare combination of pace, swing and direction. He ripped through the top order, claiming three for 18 in his initial nine over spell.

Adnan did not need much convincing to turn his arm over. He took wickets with good and bad balls. R Simpson - the Mongoose-wielding destroyer of 2014 - was again the danger man but this time with a regulation willow.

His big hitting had taken the opposition to 105 for 5 when he was out-foxed by Adnan's dragged down quicker ball and the stumps were destroyed by Short. Will "st Short, b Mohammad" ever appear in a Jesters scorebook again? Many hope so.

At 115 for 9 the game appeared to be going our way, but a few loose moments and some good batting from P Cranston gave the upper hand back to the opposition. With scores level, we thought the game had gone but Adnan bowled a stunning delivery which clipped the top of Cranston's off stump and the game was tied. Adnan, who started the game claiming to be unable to bowl, finished with six for 34.

Thanks to Middleton Stoney for a great game and their usual excellent hospitality.

7th August - Cuckfield

We had the usual lovely day at Cuckfield in their cricket week but lost comfortably. Their 282-3 played our 217 all out. We were well placed at the start of the last 20 overs but lost wickets immediately afterwards.

3rd August - Bishop’s Stortford epic

Bishop’s Stortford CC 230-9 dec (43 overs)

Jesters 231-8 (42.3 overs)

Jesters won by 2 wickets

This brand new fixture at the resplendent Cricketfield Lane ground in Bishop’s Stortford produced a thrilling Jesters victory off the last over of the match.

Match manager Ollie Doward tells the story: