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Archive: 2005 News & Reports

Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2005 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

27th November - Nets at Lord’s

Now’s your chance to perfect that slider or fine tune your reverse sweep. We have nine 1 hour sessions booked at the Lord’s indoor school from early Feb.

The dates are: Feb 1 & 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: April 5 & 12. All at 7pm and all Wednesdays.

To book places, contact Andrew Short.

27th November - News from the dinner

The dinner was a great success. 25 Jesters and guests gathered in a private room at Bertorelli’s in Charlotte Street. Many thanks to everyone at the restaurant for making it such an enjoyable evening - we’ll definitely be back.

The three end of season awards were presented:

Performance of the season to Ollie Doward for taking 7-22 at Chobham. Ollie’s peformance just pipped Joe Phelan’s 97 against Somerset Stragglers and Tony Duckett’s 137* at NPL, which both received honourable mentions.

Most Jester-like performance to Joe Phelan for his partying exploits on tour in Yeovil.

The Michael Meyer Trophy for big hitting to Tim Dutton for smashing the much anticipated first over bowled by the current Dorset captain for 24 in the game on tour against Clayesmore Cormorants.

All committee members were re-elected, with the exception of Alan Porter who is standing down as Hon. Treasurer. He is replaced by John Murphy.

Simon Rawson announced the Dorset/Somerset tour will happen again next year. Arrangements are in the early stages but we already have a game organised with Canford Cygnets on the Canford School ground.

The major topic of discussion at the AGM was the high level of unpaid annual subscriptions. The committee has promised to make every effort to collect these. You can help by sending a cheque for £10 to John Murphy (payable to Jesters Cricket Club) if you know your 2005 subscription is still outstanding.

7th October - Annual dinner at Bertorelli’s

The 2005 AGM and annual dinner will take place on Friday 18 November at Bertorelli’s Restaurant, Charlotte Street, London W1. Full details here.

12th September - return of the jug

It’s been missing all season. But at Amersham the Jesters jug made a welcome reappearance. Somehow it had become detached from its handle - history draws a veil over what post-match excess led to this calamity - but thanks to Simon Rawson’s tame welder the two parts are again one. So it’s drinks all round....

12th September - end of season record

2005 was the best Jesters season for some time. We won 13, lost 6 and drew 3, with 2 games cancelled. That’s more than double the number of victories we achieved last year. Thanks and congratulations to everyone who made it possible.

12th September - Victory at Amersham

We ended the season with a convincing 6 wicket victory against Amersham. In dank, overcast conditions we won the toss and bowled them out for 145, Paul Cassidy taking 4-34. Our reply was based on a solid opening partnership of 84 between Simon Cleobury (39) and Paul Woolf (36) which rather knocked the stuffing out of a decent Amersham attack. Nick Brunner then took us home with a quick-fire 45* full of hard hit boundaries. A nice way to finish.

5th September - just like old times

Connoisseurs of Jesters cricket will be interested to learn of the reappearance of an “old favourite” at Roehampton - the Jesters batting collapse. It had all the traditional ingredients: an excellent batting line up, poor shot selection, a daft run out, unplayable deliveries, lbw controversy, several ducks (including a golden) and a match manager despairing that all his hard work had come to this. At one stage we found ourselves 47-7.

It wasn’t the easiest of wickets to bat on - bone dry, slow and with some bounce - but Roehampton had managed 240, thanks to a superb 98 from one of their several Australians. Martyn Holman (35) and Dave Hancock (25) gave us respectability but our final total was only 122.

In truth it was just one of those days. Many thanks to Roehampton for their hospitality - it’s good to see Sunday cricket played to a good standard in such a friendly atmosphere.

24th August - Maidenhead and Hursley games

The games against Maidenhead & Bray on Sunday 28th August and Hursley Park on Saturday 3rd September have both been cancelled.

24th August - Doward the Destroyer

Ollie Doward took 7-22 as we beat Chobham by 80 runs - the best Jesters bowling figures since 1999.

Electing to bat in a 40 over game we knocked up 236-4 on a beautiful batting wicket - Robbie Hudson 73, Alex Smith 70.

In the field we had the unusual luxury of eight bowlers. All five seamers bowled well but on such a good surface taking wickets wasn’t easy and the bad ball went unerringly for four. Mike Doggart was the pick with 1-19 off six overs. Nevertheless, Chobham fell behind the asking rate. Ollie was reluctant to bowl after picking up a knee injury fielding, but at 106-3 he was finally persuaded. Not much later he had the remarkable analysis of 7.4/4/22/7.

Chobham is a pretty ground with a great square and their hospitality was first class. This was our first game there and we look forward to returning next year.

24th August - defeat at Middleton Stoney

A lucklustre performance in the field was our downfall at Middleton Stoney. On a slow wicket after rain our 188 was a competitive total - Simon Cleobury 60, Fred Allen 44. But we dropped their star batsman more than once and were beaten comfortably.

4th August - Cuckfield

Once again Cuckfield CC’s splendid hospitality and fair-minded approach on the field made for a most enjoyable day. This year - having beaten them for the previous three - we were able to return some of the hospitality by losing a game we might well have won.

A rather thin Jesters bowling attack did well to dismiss Cuckfield for 238. Billy Harris starred with 4-51 from 20 overs, ably supported by Simon Hardy and Brian Pote-Hunt who both took a couple of wickets. Several others were pressed into service with varying results. Matt Hepple’s 1-22 from 8 overs deserves special mention - one of the best spells you’re likely to see from a wicket-keeper batsman.

In response too many batsmen got themselves out on a wicket that - although still a good batting surface - demanded a little care in shot selection after the rain of recent weeks. Several got a start but no one reached 30 and we finished on 164 with more than 12 overs remaining.

1st August - good win at Headley

We beat Headley by 62 runs, the margin of victory disguising how close the match really was until near the end. We made 249-7 (Matthew Ansbro 87, Tauseef Mehdi 58) and dismissed them for 187 (Nabil Bhatti 5-17).

Match manager Will Drake has written an account of the game... Overcast conditions, a green strip, use of one ball for the entire match and inside knowledge that the opposition’s best batsman would be 90 minutes late led to uncharacteristic unanimity from all XI self-proclaimed experts about the merits of bowling first when Jesters met Headley recently.

Inevitably, it was irrelevant. Jesters lost the toss and were inserted.

Exaggerated lateral movement led to the early loss of Yogesh Patel and Nabil Bhatti, bringing together two more young blades, Matthew Ansbro and Taussif Mehdi. Both batted excellently, with Ansbro’s use of the orbits of rural Surrey neatly complementing Mehdi’s more terrestrial approach. Closing in on three figures, Ansbro was dismissed in bizarre fashion, having launched another towering blow. Using the thigh-high boundary rope like Muhammed Ali in the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight with George Foreman, the Headley long-on rebounded into play, proudly clutching the ball.

Local rules dictate that catches may be legally claimed by agile, enterprising fielders who mount any of the benches that surround the Headley ground; or who lean on the short section of rope close to the pavilion. Given that the last time this rule was invoked was in the 1800s, no-one was able to debate the point from a position of strength. Ansbro had to vacate the stage and explain the scenario to his wife who had just arrived in time to see her hero move to a hundred in his first Jesters appearance.

A cluster of wickets followed, bringing to the crease another Jesters debutant, William Orr. A cardiologist by day, he passes thread-like wires across the blocked coronary arteries of the high-living residents of Oxfordshire. Here, with similar precision and bearing a resemblance to that other great Kentish strokeplayer Colin Cowdrey, he persuaded the scarlet rambler through unseen gaps in the Headley defence, steering his side to a healthy 249-7 at the declaration.

After 80 minutes batting, with the Headley score at 140-1, things looked unpromising for the Jesters, but the game turned on a moment of fielding brilliance. Nabil Bhatti, last year’s hero with the ball, executed a modern day slide-and-pick-up after a nudge to third man. For most of the Jesters playing membership, such a manoevre would have been a painful exercise and resulted in a humiliating visit to the orthopaedic surgeon. Here, it was followed by an exocet-like throw and removal of the bails by the consistently elegant and excellent Hancock.

The lock to the Headley safe had been picked.

Attempts to maintain momentum were strangled by a parsimonious spell of bowling from Patrick Orr, brother of William. Counting runs conceded with the same attention to detail as his firm counts minutes of dispensed legal advice, his Flintoffian heavy balls amputated the supply of boundaries. This suffocating pressure led to injudicious shot selection at the other end; rich pickings were the result for Bhatti who pocketed 5 wickets like an Artful Dodger operating in an atmosphere of unease created by his Bill Sykes counterpart.

The final Headley ember faded when their captain, a powerful hitter, skied a ball to deep mid-wicket where Mehdi took the catch with the aplomb of a Bow Street Runner copping robbers. The innings folded but the final margin (70 runs) did not adequately represent that it was closely fought for 90% of the afternoon’s endeavour.

Beer, sausages and hospitality were up to their usual, peerless, standard.

27th July - Horsham