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Robbie Hudson wins Arnold Woods Trophy

The 2021 annual Jesters dinner was held on Friday 12th November at the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms.

John Burmester completed his second four year term at the AGM ahead of dinner and it was agreed to elect Ranald Phillips to the Presidency for 2021-2025. The Club wholeheartedly thanks John for his sterling stint.

It was also announced that Jonny Bridcut would be standing down as Hon. Match Secretary after 11 years of excellent service - a great knock! Ollie Doward will take over from next season.

Noah Hillyard stood down as a Committee member and Jonny Bridcut and Tom Bell have been added to the new Committee for 2022.

On to the coveted JCC awards for the 2021 season… the nominations for the Arnold Woods Cup for best Jesters performance were…

  • Tom Lord for his 124 (retired out) at Barnes Common

  • Robbie Hudson for his 127* at Little Marlow

  • DJ Chak for his all-round performance against Jesus College, Cambridge (81* and 3-37).

  • Alex Smith for two stunning catches (one at Jesus College, Cambridge, another at Barnes Common)

  • Sarbajeet Nag for his wicket at Little Marlow

The winner was Robbie Hudson for his unbeaten 127 at Little Marlow. Robbie becomes the seventh second-time winner after Brian Pote-Hunt, Sandy Ross, Adrian Moylan, Tony Withers, Simon Cleobury and Andrew Short.

The nominations for the Michael Meyer Award for big hitting were…

  • Jake Smyth for an enormous six over midwicket against Jesus College, Cambridge (at Girton College) which ended up on the Girton Road.

  • Tom Lord for three sixes in his 124 at Barnes Common, including a sliced six over cover.

  • Sarbajeet Nag for hitting a six at Barnes Common.

  • Matt Williamson for a straight six at Middleton Stoney.

  • Alex Smith for his three sixes at Little Marlow. 
(An honourable mention for Saif Zaib (Northants), who turned up to play for the Bedouin against the Jesters and hit Adnan for what was probably one of the largest sixes in Jesters cricket of all-time).

The winner is Jake Smyth for his enormous midwicket blow against Jesus College, Cambridge. Google Maps has estimated the blow at 85m!

And finally, the Roger Greenslade Award for most Jester-like antics…

  • Ollie Doward for waking up on the floor of an undergraduate the morning after the Jesus College, Cambridge, fixture.

  • Alex Smith for being “very distracted” when fielding on the boundary at Barnes Common.

  • Adnan Mohammed for putting a 15 year old forward to play for the Jesters at 
Northwood in order to gain himself a place in the Totteridge Development Squad.

  • Sarbajeet Nag at OMT for services to yuppie excellence. He had to have an emergency personal assistant (Alex Smith) accompany him to the middle to open our innings because he was still on his mobile phone for some international corporate takeover deal.

The winner is Sarbajeet Nag for his business dealings at OMT.

Thanks to the 30 Jesters who attended dinner this year, it was great to see everyone together again after the 2020 postponement.


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