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Archive: 2008 News & Reports

Take a stroll down memory lane with club news and match reports from the Jesters CC 2008 season.

Updates appear in reverse chronological order...

1st December - Ollie Doward joins committee

We are delighted to welcome Ollie Doward to the club committee. He came on board at the AGM last month when; all the other committee members were re-elected.

30th November - Annual Awards

Thanks to everyone who made the AGM and annual dinner earlier this month such a success. Winners of the three annual awards presented at the dinner are:

Arnold Woods Trophy (best individual performance) to Jonny Bridcut for taking 12 wickets on the Cambridge weekend

Most Jester-like performance - Mike Palmer for falling flat on his backside at the moment of delivering his very first ball for the club.

Michael Meyer Trophy for big hitting to John Murphy for his enormous straight six at Middleton Stoney.

30th September - Barnes Common

We finished the season with a 6 wicket defeat at the hands of Barnes Common. A game we really should have won having had them 35-4 chasing our 195 (Simon Cleobury 70). Match manager Nick Mumby explains all:

"After almost a month of cricket was washed out it was splendid to turn up at Barnes Common in glorious sunshine. Jesters won the toss and we decided to have a bat.

“A slow start and the loss of two early wickets was not quite what the captain had ordered, but a partnership soon developed between Simon Cleobury and Mark Costin which got the innings back on track. The thick outfield didn't make boundaries easy to come by, and soon both players were taking the aerial root - Costin hitting a particularly big straight 6 onto the railway. The two put on 114 for the 3rd wicket and with the score on 124 with ten overs to spare and 7 wickets in hand a decent total was very much on the cards.

“Sadly, after they were both out in fairly quick succession (Costin for 46 and Cleobury for 74) wickets fell at regular intervals and no one else managed to get themselves in. A few lusty blows by Doward, Bridcut and Mumby got the score up to 193 for 9 from the 35 overs.

Our bowling effort began brightly with Bridcut and Murphy bowling tightly and accurately from the start. A wicket from the third ball of Bridcut's first over and then 3 in fairly quick succession from Murphy reduced Barnes to 30 for 4 from 10 overs. This was, however, to be the high point of our bowling performance. Their 5th wicket remained unbroken, and their two batsmen batted sensibly for the remainder of the innings. They accumulated singles intelligently and waited for the bad deliveries, which came along all too regularly. Again, a few too many dropped catches and lazy fielding meant that we lost a game we should have won.

“The pick of the bowling was Murphy with 3-22 from his 7 overs. Kipling also bowled well and was unlucky not to get a wicket. A good game again, and we look forward to reversing our losing record next year!"

7th September - Annual Dinner

Don’t forget that the annual dinner and AGM take place on Friday 14th November. Put the date in your diary now.

7th September - Rain, rain and MORE rain

Sadly the last three games - with Chobham, Maidenhead & Bray and Amersham - have all been cancelled due to the wet weather.

18th August - Middleton Stoney

From a beautiful Hertfordshire rural setting we progressed to an equally beautiful ground in the Oxfordshire countryside - Middleton Stoney. And won by the even more convincing margin of 130 runs.

Put into bat on a potentially treacherous wet wicket we did well to reach 195-7 by tea. The solid foundation provided by Simon Cleobury (18) and Tom Maxwell (27) was vital as this was potentially a hundred-all-out wicket. Roger Greenslade (65*) then held the rest of the innings together, before he was joined by John Murphy (29*) for the final acceleration. The champagne moment came when John walked down the wicket to their opening bowler and launched a huge straight six a long way over the sightscreen.

The Middleton Stoney innings never really got going against steady bowling from Matt Berry and John Murphy. After three quick wickets the middle order dug in for a while - so Andrew Short was summoned to serve up a little temptation. The batsmen found it hard to resist and the home side were soon all out for 65, Andrew looking bemused to have finished with figures of 5-7.

Many thanks to Middleton Stoney for their hospitality - the post-match barbie and conversation were as excellent as ever. Over the years this fixture has been cursed by the weather, so we look forward to a dry pitch and real August temperatures next year.

12th August - Rickling Ramblers

After losing our debut fixture at Rickling Green last year we were determined to make amends this season. Match manager Ollie Doward takes up the story:

“After a narrow defeat in last year's inaugural fixture, revenge was duly exacted at the village idyll that is Rickling Green.

“The Ramblers won the toss and, after some heavy overnight rain, were delighted to invite us to bat. We lost Mike Palmer and Simeon Douse early on, but Roger Wilcock had already launched the fourth ball of the innings over extra cover and bounding down the road to Manuden. It was the first of four maximums in a truly splendid 106. Roger was particularly brutal on anything remotely over-pitched, unleashing a series of booming straight and extra-cover drives, as well as marmelising one short ball for an enormous six over mid-wicket. It was a chanceless knock, the only hairy moment coming on 99 when, to the agony of team-mates in the pavilion, he lofted the ball millimetres from the grasp of the man on the log-on boundary.

“Roger shared a stand of 126 with Richie Patel who initially played second fiddle with a patient first fifty before exploding into life as we pushed for a declaration. With Richie on 89*, word was sent to the middle that he had two overs in which to reach his hundred. He needed two balls, both of which were dispatched with aplomb over the mid-wicket rope! Richie (101*) had added a further 81 with Andrew Short (20*) as we finished on 248-3 off 35.2 overs. Club historians were scratching their heads trying to recall the last time two Jesters reached a century in the same innings.

“Buoyed by these two stirring knocks, we were soon on top in the field. Anxious to keep up with the steep run-rate, their top order played some optimistic strokes against Berry & Murphy and were soon in trouble. With four Ramblers back in the hutch for less than a hundred, play was halted by a torrential downpour, forcing a change of tactics upon the resumption. Deprived of the fast bowling prowess of Shobu & Palmer by the slippery footholds, wet wicket weapon Short was quickly summoned. Despite some middle order resistance from stylish left-hander Bunting (32) and the obdurate Lodge (32), Berry remained unruffled by the tricky conditions underfoot to finish with season's best figures of 5-51. Rainmeister Short wrapped up the innings with 4-21 thanks to two sharp stumpings by Roger Greenslade.

“Despite the one-sided nature of the victory, the match was played in great spirit and we can expect a sterner challenge next year, with opposition players promising to 'unleash the Kiff' - the burly fast bowler who struck fear into our hearts in last year's game!”

8th August - Cuckfield

We beat Cuckfield by five wickets after the usual enjoyable day in their cricket week.

We arrived to find John Mole and his team working on the square after apocalyptic thunderstorms the previous evening. They did a fantastic job, allowing us to start only an hour late.

Even before we took the field there had been dramas with both side suffering two drop outs that morning. After negotiations, we drafted in two ten year olds and Cuckfield called up two players from their ladies side. All of whom performed well in the game.

Cuckfield lunched at the healthy 83-3 but fell away afterwards to 148 all out. Seaford CC’s Australian, Jacob Thompson, did the early damage with 3-41 before Simon Hardy mopped up with 4-33. We were helped by the absence of usual nemesis Chris Mole who was resting after scoring a half-century for Devon at Lord’s the day before.

The fielding highlight was Brian Pote-Hunt’s flying one-handed diving catch at second slip. Definitely life in the old dog yet!

After a solid start from Thompson and Matt Hepple we eased home by 5 wickets without too many alarms, promoting ten year olds Luke Appleton and Isaac Swan up the order to give them a game. Both batted very sensibly. Luke enjoyed his first ever partnership with his father Joey - and from the way they batted there will be many more to come.

Many thanks, once again, to Cuckfield for their tip-top hospitality. This game is one of the highlights of our fixture list and it’s a real shame that very few regular Jesters now travel down from London to take part. Why not put it in your diary now for 2009?

4th August - No gnomes

Sadly the game with Lord Gnome’s XI had to be cancelled as they were unable to raise a side.

27 July - Roehampton

We were back to winning ways at Roehampton with a convincing 6 wicket victory.

A dead slow but erratically bouncy track made batting difficult, so we were unsure what to make of Roehampton’s 145-9 off 40 overs. Pete Tilley made a useful Jesters debut (8/3/12/2), Nick Mumby was leading wicket-taker with three, and Matt Berry his usual miserly self (16 runs off 9 overs).

Mike Palmer soon showed we had nothing to worry about with a commanding innings of 72, including five sixes. Alex Smith (48) joined Mike in a rollicking partnership of 105, which involved near misses on several sunbathing spectators and much work for players, dogs and spectators hunting balls lost in the surrounding undergrowth. In the end we cruised home with ten overs to spare.

24th July - Horsham

Match manager Brian Pote-Hunt reports on our drawn game at Horsham:

“Jesters contrived to draw on hot day in Horsham after victory had looked more likely. Having contained the host to 260-4, Jesters set about their total with gusto with Jeremy Crampton and Furrakh Mirza crashing the call around the park. Jeremy fell for 73 when the score was on 120. Matt Hepple and Furrakh then took the innings forward with 6 an over needed in the last 20 with wickets to spare.

“However good Horsham bowling and defensive fields limited the score to below 4 an over and slowly we got behind the required rate. Losing several wickets in an attempt to accelerate we were left with 22 off the last over, a tall order, and finished 10 short. A good close game - and Horsham’s track was in tip top shape a week before Sussex play there against Somerset”.

20th July - Gemini

The big news from the Gemini game was that we took a wicket - a great relief after taking precisely none in our previous two fixtures at Sunningdale School. In fact we took all ten, but still lost a closely fought game by 29 runs.

Gemini won the toss, batted and were well placed on 134-3 at lunch. We hit back after the break and did well to limit them to 208. John Murphy (16/5/45/4) and Jonny Bridcut (13/2/42/3) did most of the damage.

The Sunningdale square always gives a little help to the bowlers, but we thought the target was within reach if we could make a good start. This we duly made, taking tea at 39 without loss. But our foundation proved less solid than we’d hoped. After Robbie Hudson went lbw for 39 no one was able to play a major innings and we subsided to 140-9. Game over, we thought.

But at this point James Douse strode to the cr