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Title: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on March 19, 2018, 07:59:11 AM
So with 2 weeks until our first Pre-Season game and 4 weeks until our season is due to start our ground is under an inch of snow still and itís -2 this morning.
So when do you reckon you will play your 1st game?? Our grounds man hasnít been able to get into the square for any length of time since last week in Feb due to snow and then rain and now snow again

I reckon 1st game will be in May this season canít see much cricket happening in April here in Suffolk.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on March 19, 2018, 08:08:00 AM
Same as you mate, Melford is still covered in snow. Our groundsman hasn't been able to fully cut the square or roll it, the outfield is recovering from the kids football, the driveway is so rutted it's like being in Lagos and we haven't yet been able to get rid of a large mole family who are encroaching fast. Nightmare. Work party next Saturday, weather permitting!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on March 19, 2018, 08:58:31 AM
Similar up in Yorkshire. We have a local friendly scheduled for 11th April which should be the first game. Had a bit of a collective effort last Saturday (10th) to get the work on the clubhouse finished and sort the pitch out a little. We did a great job until it bloody snowed again!

Luckily we have the leisure of indoor nets at the local secondary school so we're not completely marooned from cricket!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on March 19, 2018, 08:59:30 AM
1st league game 21 April. It's the only fixture that weekend. We finish 15 September, again it's the only league fixture that weekend. Consequently we have 3 consecutive weeks off in June just when it's nice and sunny and dry.
It's our first season in the top division and I can't help thinking that things are stacking against us. I feel the league should have seen our 3 weeks off in the middle of the summer and reshuffled the fixtures.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: iand123 on March 19, 2018, 09:15:00 AM
Our 1st game is scheduled at 14th April, reckon its a big ask to have it ready for then tbh. League doesnt start until the 1st weekend of May but our ground holds water really badly so if things dont start warming up pretty sharpish that could be a struggle
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Manormanic on March 19, 2018, 09:38:56 AM
First friendly planned for 21st April.  A couple of weeks ago there were groans about us having nothing ont eh 14th.  Right now, I'd say even with a well draining ground we'll belucky to play before the start of the league season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: skip1973 on March 19, 2018, 10:02:01 AM
Be interesting to hear how all these Aussie bats go when tne season starts.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Manormanic on March 19, 2018, 10:08:41 AM
Be interesting to hear how all these Aussie bats go when tne season starts.

In the toe?  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on March 19, 2018, 01:50:29 PM
We have our 1st pre-season friendlies weekend 14th/15th April - luckily both Away as out ground under a lot of snow and no work at all done on it since it was 'put to bed' at the end of the season. we have our 'ground day' early April so crossed fingers for some good weather!

League starts with a home game on 28th April against Jon from @Red Ink Cricket team  ;)

My real worry is if the inconsistent weather continues, because then you get no rhythm batting, the league starts to become a complete lottery depending on when and who gets rained off etc...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kez on March 19, 2018, 03:03:45 PM
April 2nd looking like a no go currently. So we shall be attempting to start the league on what will no doubt will be a juicy green top on 14th April... looking forward to catching balls at 2nd slip for fun, less so walking out to bat!

Fortunately we aren't in Melford until July  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on March 19, 2018, 05:04:59 PM
April 2nd looking like a no go currently. So we shall be attempting to start the league on what will no doubt will be a juicy green top on 14th April... looking forward to catching balls at 2nd slip for fun, less so walking out to bat!

Fortunately we aren't in Melford until July  :D


Same mate our 1st league game is April 14th against the side that came up with us last season and along with ours was the strongest bowling line up, 2 tall quiche which given the 100% green top we will get if lucky enough to get a game will be a real handful as an opening bat, benefit is that all pitches will be slow unless we get some heat from somewhere early April
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: billyb on March 19, 2018, 05:14:34 PM
2 tall quiche? Must be a good tea  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on March 19, 2018, 05:52:32 PM
Supposed to have a friendly on April 7th, Think I could play a full rugby season instead of falling 3 games short.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kez on March 19, 2018, 09:46:14 PM
As expected the 2nd April has now been killed  :(
Roller has wet to be returned to us, ground too wet for delivery. So no rolling has/ can occur yet.
 :o Praying that we aren't playing on green seamers all year
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on March 19, 2018, 10:39:51 PM
Been picked for a game on 24th April. Only a month away.
Not sure about some of you playing in 2 weeks.
The grounds might still be frozen!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: skip1973 on March 19, 2018, 11:07:32 PM
In the toe?  :D
I think that was more of a head issue than toe  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on March 20, 2018, 09:12:50 AM
So with 2 weeks until our first Pre-Season game and 4 weeks until our season is due to start our ground is under an inch of snow still and itís -2 this morning.
So when do you reckon you will play your 1st game?? Our grounds man hasnít been able to get into the square for any length of time since last week in Feb due to snow and then rain and now snow again

I reckon 1st game will be in May this season canít see much cricket happening in April here in Suffolk.
Seen it all before With the ever changing uk weather a few good drying days with sunshine and rising temperatures  Grounds although soft in April become playable
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on March 20, 2018, 09:15:52 AM
I don't image many will trouble the scorers though on those first few games.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: vibrate on March 27, 2018, 09:41:19 AM
Just played our grand final game on Saturday. Unfortunately we went down by 37 runs. Hardest thing about it all is that we went undefeated all season and to lose on grand final day was pretty devastating
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on March 27, 2018, 10:45:13 AM
Just played our grand final game on Saturday. Unfortunately we went down by 37 runs. Hardest thing about it all is that we went undefeated all season and to lose on grand final day was pretty devastating

Tough luck mate, that must have been hard to take. Hope that the game was played in a good spirit, and that you go one better in 2019!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: kdale6 on March 27, 2018, 12:00:36 PM
Be interesting to hear how all these Aussie bats go when tne season starts.

Well sanded youíd hope
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on March 27, 2018, 12:07:32 PM
Just played our grand final game on Saturday. Unfortunately we went down by 37 runs. Hardest thing about it all is that we went undefeated all season and to lose on grand final day was pretty devastating

That's harsh - I always find these type of 'finals' a bit of an anti-climax much like the Premiership rugby playoffs here in England. Surely if you're the top team after a normal league season then you're the best team. Losing to a team who came second and may have been quite a way behind points-wise doesn't make any sense to me.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: liscon12 on March 28, 2018, 03:24:27 PM
Just found out that my club has pulled our 2nd team this year only leaving one team in the top division.

Sad times as we've always had a 2nd team but this also coincides with the league also dropping down from 4 divisions to just 3.

Death of cricket being witnessed first hand, sad times :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 04, 2018, 08:15:14 PM
Our Two Counties cricket committee has already cancelled the 1st round of league matches scheduled for the 14th of April and extended the season into mid Sep due to the weather.

Got me thinking should we look to start our UK season in May and go through to Sep? As hardly ever start with our 1st set of league games mid April and have had 1 pre season friendly in the last 3 seasons due to weather. I guess we will lose a few players back end of the season to football but we also never have them at the start due to football anyway.

Whatís others thoughts??
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 04, 2018, 08:29:41 PM
Our Two Counties cricket committee has already cancelled the 1st round of league matches scheduled for the 14th of April and extended the season into mid Sep due to the weather.

Got me thinking should we look to start our UK season in May and go through to Sep? As hardly ever start with our 1st set of league games mid April and have had 1 pre season friendly in the last 3 seasons due to weather. I guess we will lose a few players back end of the season to football but we also never have them at the start due to football anyway.

Whatís others thoughts??


Play mid April to mid sept anyway but just play any missed games on bank holidays .. if a few canít be available then itís no different to people missing games anyway
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on April 04, 2018, 09:15:14 PM
Our Two Counties cricket committee has already cancelled the 1st round of league matches scheduled for the 14th of April and extended the season into mid Sep due to the weather.

Got me thinking should we look to start our UK season in May and go through to Sep? As hardly ever start with our 1st set of league games mid April and have had 1 pre season friendly in the last 3 seasons due to weather. I guess we will lose a few players back end of the season to football but we also never have them at the start due to football anyway.

Whatís others thoughts??

Genuinely can't remember ever playing in a league which started in April, always the first weekend of May. If I have ever played a league game in April then it's always been the last Saturday of the month.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 04, 2018, 09:28:07 PM
League starts 5th May, but we have a pre season game vs Burgess Hill on 21st April and first rounds of Sussex t20 on 28th April- 12pm vs Ifield at East Grinstead, winner plays EG at 3pm.

Grounds weekend this weekend, may escape building my brothers kitchen to do some grounds work.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 05, 2018, 08:18:07 AM
Before league cricket become the way to go Always used to start to play the first Sunday in April with a full figure card every Weekend upto and including the first weekend in October.
Cut tracks on both edges of the square working towards the middle  of the square by the end of may and then back out towards the edges for sept onward matches.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on April 06, 2018, 02:10:21 PM
We was meant to have our first game on the 21st against @uknsaunders team but that has been lost to the weather.....
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 06, 2018, 05:08:04 PM
We was meant to have our first game on the 21st against @uknsaunders team but that has been lost to the weather.....

Already off ?!?!?!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on April 06, 2018, 05:09:28 PM
Already off ?!?!?!

Yeh, weíre not ruining our ground for his lot 😂 - also itís out the groundsman a couple of weeks behind so heíll have time to catch up now
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: uknsaunders on April 06, 2018, 07:59:51 PM
Yeh, weíre not ruining our ground for his lot 😂 - also itís out the groundsman a couple of weeks behind so heíll have time to catch up now

Agree, would of loved a game at ashorne but it needed dry weather over Easter  to recover from flooding and the recent rain. Game was always conditional on dry warm weather. Chris hadn't been able to roll the square yet so probably not the cleverest idea.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: billyb on April 06, 2018, 08:34:33 PM
Scored 117* last night, like a stylish Ricky Ponting, before taking 7-25 to win the game...

Sadly I woke up an hour later!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ScottParko on April 06, 2018, 08:56:38 PM
For multiple reasons only just had my first net tonight and at the age of 23 I might have to retire!!! My back is goosed!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 12, 2018, 06:39:45 PM
Announced earlier that our pre-season game vs Burgess Hill is off already, was due to be on 21st. Groundsman hasn't been able to get onto the pitch so it's not exactly a surprise.
Got an extra grounds day Saturday as not everything got done last weekend, then first session with Jake (our returning overseas) of the season on Sunday.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on April 12, 2018, 06:56:05 PM
Both our pre-season games this weekend are off unsurprisingly and I am unavailable the weekend after. So another season of no pre-season games for me before the league starts on the 28th!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 12, 2018, 06:57:24 PM
Same. Both games off.. that 5 missed so far .. sad times
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on April 12, 2018, 07:15:16 PM
Same for us, both games washed out, start of the season has been pushed back a week and we confirmed our star signing PHIL MUSTARD!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 12, 2018, 07:50:42 PM
Same. Both games off.. that 5 missed so far .. sad times

5? When was your season meant to have started?  :o
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 12, 2018, 08:33:35 PM
5? When was your season meant to have started?  :o

Last two weekends and a random midweek thing
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gelds on April 13, 2018, 05:50:57 AM
BCL have confirmed the first round of games (scheduled for the 21st) are to be rearranged so we will now be starting on the 28th.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: roco on April 13, 2018, 06:18:52 AM
We have the option to rearrange for whenever the clubs can agree otherwise itís a rained off game so good that not forced but I do wonder if some clubs who might not have got the 5 game points equivalent might take the rained off game
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kulli on April 13, 2018, 07:28:29 AM
Our pitch still looked like this on wednesday, so season start is pushed back to the 2nd weekend in may :(

(http://www.cricketforbundet.no/resources/forsidebilder/Rommen-sno.PNG/articleimg)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on April 13, 2018, 07:30:41 AM
Brilliant!! Top that anyone!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 13, 2018, 10:17:43 AM
Same our league was due to start tomorrow but they were re-arranged into Sep so due to be next weekend but our groundsman has already said that 90% chance that will be off by Monday.
Due to have a friendly on Sunday against a side who are EAPL so they have full time groundsman against there 2nd team which hasnít been cancelled yet.
Our home ground just doesnít drain unfortunately
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 13, 2018, 07:27:44 PM
Joined the XL cricket club. First game a week Thursday. With a full time ground staff, improving weather and the resources of a public school the game should be on.
God love mid-week cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on April 13, 2018, 08:31:28 PM
Nice, I am a member of the XL club too. Playing my first game this season on the 24th!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 13, 2018, 08:41:38 PM
I played against them as a lad. I now play in beautiful places but on mostly uncovered pitches. I look forward to having a bat on a good pitch. Hopefully get some runs too.
A nice lunch and tea are all part and parcel of course.
We used to get a barrel Of beer in for the XL and MCC games. I suppose thatís gone by the wayside.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on April 13, 2018, 09:42:46 PM
Joined the XL cricket club. First game a week Thursday. With a full time ground staff, improving weather and the resources of a public school the game should be on.
God love mid-week cricket.

Nice, I am a member of the XL club too. Playing my first game this season on the 24th!

Ive been a member for two years love the XL club. Like you have already said probably best pitches i will play on all year and probably the best "cricket". What area do you both play in? I play in the West my first game is Queens College in Taunton on the 26th of April!! Great games for a preseason warm up.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 14, 2018, 08:00:20 AM
Ive been a member for two years love the XL club. Like you have already said probably best pitches i will play on all year and probably the best "cricket". What area do you both play in? I play in the West my first game is Queens College in Taunton on the 26th of April!! Great games for a preseason warm up.
Thatís the game Iím playing. See you there Dave. Hope they put on a decent lunch
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on April 14, 2018, 10:39:30 AM
Haven't played this one before but looking forward too it. What other games are you playing? Where do you on a Saturday?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 14, 2018, 11:13:00 AM
Said I was available for kings taunton.
I play for churchinford in the West Somerset league. I met you at forum nets in britol
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on April 14, 2018, 04:30:08 PM
Sorry that was my first forum net so everyone was new to me. Were you the guy with the Mongoose? Im playing Queens, West Buckland, Kings College, Millfield (Maybe) and Wells. Best bet is to collar Andy Birkett or Winston at Queens.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 14, 2018, 05:00:58 PM
Yes, I had the mongoose. I donít work Wednesdays or Thursdays so I can play all games that fall on those days. Itís just whether I can be bothered to travel.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on April 14, 2018, 07:41:37 PM
Played first friendly today, we bowled first. Green top, bowled them out for 146, I managed to pick up 1-7 off 5 overs, got a couple of my offies to turn and bounce so was chuffed.
We then chased it 9 down.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on April 15, 2018, 02:20:10 PM
Well jealous that people have got a game in already.. our league has voted to put the start back by a week. Seems like quite a few leagues have done the same.

Gutted though as yesterday was a beautiful day and I can guarantee next week will be the same (original start date)... the week after I'm 100% sure it will be as wet as my bathroom floor when the kids have been in the bath.

The other annoying thing is as a new captain of or recently relegated side I had the strongest 11 available that I think I could have picked...  Oh well.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on April 15, 2018, 03:00:47 PM
Feeling it Boony the kit is all ready but no where to go so far.

On the plus side a committee meeting has been called for next week, which is three hours of my life I won't get back, but it's something

And I got a text from someone unknown(!) saying there could be a game next weekend

It's been a helluva long winter but things are moving
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 15, 2018, 06:21:52 PM
So we managed to get a game in today. We had a pre-season friendly arranged but had to cancel due to weather but they contacted us this week and asked if we could field a side as with the drier weather back of last week and this forecasted good weekend they were confident they could produce a wicket and safe outfield.

Anyway pitch was superb given the awful wether we have had in East Anglia it wasnít a raging green top it was slow and a bit tennis ball bounce but overall played well.

Anyway we won the toss and batted, agreed that batters would retire at 50 and all would bowl, opened and got my way to 50 and felt in good nick given the very limited winter and early season nets, used my match bat from last season ď UK made GN ultimateĒ and donít know why this hasnít been in my mind as match bat this year, forgot how good it is so will be going into the next few weeks with this beauty. Anyway we got to 184-9 off 40.
Then I remeber why I love cricket so much, TEA, scones, homemade cake, sausage roll and mini toad in the hole with gravy, stunning spread.
In reply they had a couple of county Jnr players that we managed to get early both due to playing too early on the ball and after that they limped to 87 from 27 overs losing wickets in clumps so a nice win and our team fielded really well taking all but one catch that was quite tough to 2nd slip.
Main thing though was cricket was played and played in the right way with a great oppo so a happy start to my 2018
Season
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Vulcan Cricket on April 15, 2018, 07:53:47 PM
So we managed to get a game in today. We had a pre-season friendly arranged but had to cancel due to weather but they contacted us this week and asked if we could field a side as with the drier weather back of last week and this forecasted good weekend they were confident they could produce a wicket and safe outfield.

Anyway pitch was superb given the awful wether we have had in East Anglia it wasnít a raging green top it was slow and a bit tennis ball bounce but overall played well.

Anyway we won the toss and batted, agreed that batters would retire at 50 and all would bowl, opened and got my way to 50 and felt in good nick given the very limited winter and early season nets, used my match bat from last season ď UK made GN ultimateĒ and donít know why this hasnít been in my mind as match bat this year, forgot how good it is so will be going into the next few weeks with this beauty. Anyway we got to 184-9 off 40.
Then I remeber why I love cricket so much, TEA, scones, homemade cake, sausage roll and mini toad in the hole with gravy, stunning spread.
In reply they had a couple of county Jnr players that we managed to get early both due to playing too early on the ball and after that they limped to 87 from 27 overs losing wickets in clumps so a nice win and our team fielded really well taking all but one catch that was quite tough to 2nd slip.
Main thing though was cricket was played and played in the right way with a great oppo so a happy start to my 2018
Season
who did you play good start with bat mate
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 15, 2018, 09:07:17 PM
who did you play good start with bat mate

@Vulcan Cricket played Woolpit at there place on the 1st team pitch
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Vulcan Cricket on April 15, 2018, 09:31:08 PM
Good batting wicket turns a bit to happy daysb
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 15, 2018, 09:47:06 PM
Good batting wicket turns a bit to happy daysb

Probably one of the best batting wickets in Suffolk in my opinion certainly that I have come across
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 20, 2018, 10:21:51 AM
So our ground is deemed still to wet to play on this weekend by the groundsmen and it's a safety call reall with damp parts of the outfield under the trees,
So we speak to another club and arrange use of these second team pitch for saturdays first league game of the season now the oppo have conceded. Will this bloody season ever start as free week next sat so looks like my season will start in May now
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 20, 2018, 10:27:50 AM
All being well our first (and now only) pre season game will go ahead tomorrow our groundsmen has worked with the good weather this week and we are fit to play ready for the rain tomorrow!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on April 20, 2018, 10:46:55 AM
All pre season games off.

Now first game of seaskn tomorrow is off.


Our ground is a state, so Iím gonna guess next week may be off to.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on April 20, 2018, 11:04:12 AM
Our groundsman @Maverick79 is doing an unbelievable job. The square is looking in a good way all things considering, it's just areas of the outfield which are bad, saying that, I haven't been down since last Saturday and he said it's dried lots.

First friendly is next Saturday and the league starts May 5th. I think I'll not be playing next week due to a house move however. My first knock of the year could be a league game... ouch!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on April 20, 2018, 11:17:02 AM
First league game tomorrow, had a net on one of our practise strips the other night. This weather has certainly helped! Deck is looking real good, along with a nice outfield so all in all pretty stoked for tomorrow!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RF on April 20, 2018, 11:21:25 AM
Our first league game tomorrow is off as the groundsman hasnít cut a strip yet because itís too wet.
Very disappointing as the weather has been great this week so you feel you should be playing.
The ground is very soft and wet also itís not a good idea to fall out with the groundsman this early in the season.
10 /15 years ago weíd have been playing though
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 20, 2018, 05:46:49 PM
With our pre season game off, we are finishing the grounds work tomorrow and having a fitness and fielding session run by our overseas. Im leaving home at 8 to get a decent session in and help with the ground as I live 40 miles away since leaving uni!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 20, 2018, 06:30:00 PM
First league game tomorrow, had a net on one of our practise strips the other night. This weather has certainly helped! Deck is looking real good, along with a nice outfield so all in all pretty stoked for tomorrow!

Good luck tomorrow @tommo256 first league game for new club👍
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on April 20, 2018, 06:41:08 PM
Our first league game tomorrow is off, the groundsman has said the square has not had its pre season roll which takes between 60-100 hours, however the square is solid, wicket is cut and prepared and the outfield is ready to go. You be the judge.....

(https://s18.postimg.cc/wjxdrfkrt/IMG_4518.jpg)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Maverick79 on April 20, 2018, 08:21:10 PM
Our groundsman @Maverick79 is doing an unbelievable job. The square is looking in a good way all things considering,


Thanks mate  :)

Our first league game tomorrow is off, the groundsman has said the square has not had its pre season roll which takes between 60-100 hours, however the square is solid, wicket is cut and prepared and the outfield is ready to go. You be the judge.....

(https://s18.postimg.cc/wjxdrfkrt/IMG_4518.jpg)

60-100 hours is a LOT of rolling.... :o
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: geeders on April 21, 2018, 07:40:15 PM
Came on to bowl,
first ball - steady line and length for a dot
Second ball - wet ball slips out my hand and sails over the batsman's head
Third ball - see second ball.
Umpire takes me off for 2 no-balls.
First game of season is usually a little loose on line and length but that was ridiculous.
Fortunately we won so I can see the funny side.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 21, 2018, 07:45:40 PM
1st league game on a total pudding. 111 all out off 35. I was LBW for 13.popped up off a length an hit the pocket on my.back leg. Thought it a bit big myself but league umpire disagreed - fair enough. They got it 6 down after a break for a thunderstorm. Good game played in the right spirit.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gelds on April 22, 2018, 08:05:31 AM
Players a friendly yesterday against Heworth. We bowled first and they made 124/11 from their 40. In reply we made 153/3 from our 40.
A worthwhile run out. All the bowlers got some overs in the legs and the batsmen managed to spend some time at the crease.
League and village cup double header to look forward to next week.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ScottParko on April 22, 2018, 09:57:31 AM
1st game of the season amazed we managed to get on to be honest. Horrid pitch though meant 95-7 off 40 was actually really tough to chase. Our lads finished 21 short with yours truly clogging up an end opening and scoring 18 off 34 overs. Feeling it now!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Danny1981 on April 22, 2018, 10:58:48 AM
Golden duck in 1st game of the season. Safe to say it could've been better
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: KettonJake on April 22, 2018, 10:00:12 PM
Finally got underway this weekend.

A stumping and a catch with the gloves across the weekend, but loads keeping low meant a few more byes than i'd like, i felt very rusty, not happy with my performances really, missed a few half chances that I probably should have taken.

Saturday should have been our first league game but that got put back to the end of Sept, so we played what has been our only pre season friendly. I got a duck, played a few safely against a 'spinner' i've always struggled with. Then he plopped a nice leg stump half volley down that I absolutely minced through mid wicket about knee high only to see their skipper pull out a full length dive and snare it one handed.....

Today was the first sunday league game, maximum points win and i got 57*
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on April 23, 2018, 07:48:52 AM
Two tour games onthe isle of wight. Playing above my ability against some very good players, i was 12 not out batting 3 when the rain came on saturday. Felt good and thought i could have gone on.

Sunday we reversed the order so i didnt bat but i got a nick and a stumping and no byeswhich i feel is a go start considering i was completely ruined from the night nbefore on both occasions.

Looking forward to some league cricket next week.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kulli on April 23, 2018, 07:54:36 AM
League games start on the 5th. Off to Andalucia for 4 days of cricket sun and beers on Friday though, hoping it's a bit drier there.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 23, 2018, 08:22:01 AM
Very enjoyable fitness and fielding session on Saturday before going to heckle my brother and uni team mates.

Spent the first innings chilling in the sun with the uni girls team, then got roped in to field for Firle. Firle lost, but nice to get a run around, no mistakes despite being a couple of pints in- I hadn't expected to field!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 23, 2018, 09:55:00 AM
We got our season up and running on Saturday with a pre season friendly. We won the toss and chose to bat on what was a grassy but firm wicket. The outfield was very soft the closer to the boundary you went. We came off for rain on the fall of our first wicket so I had a nervous wait while the rain came down and we waited for it to pass. The wicket was at its worse when I took my guard and I struggled to start. Got in to it and eventually found some rythem and hit a few good shots - a number of which I got all of stopping before reaching the boundary due to the soft ground. I was eventually trapped LBW with what turned out to be the only ball to not get above ankle height all day - plum infront no complaints.

I had a good day in the field taking two catches. I even got my annual bowl (those who have seen my bowling at the CBF net sessions will see why this only happens once a year during the April friendlies. However picked up a wicket with a smart stumping from our keeper.

Good game and was great to be back! 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: hammersjr on April 23, 2018, 08:20:32 PM
Started the season on Sunday with batting first and scoring 209 from our 40 overs on a low pitch. In reply they never really got going and we took wickets regularly and bowled them out for 130ish. So all in all a good start to the season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: calcurtis98 on April 24, 2018, 12:13:01 PM
My season is likely over before it's even got started, unfortunately.

Managed to break my fibula and tear both the fibula and tibia off my ankle playing rugby on the 14th. I have had the required surgery since but I'm going to be out for a minimum of 6 weeks to recover and then likely another 6 weeks of physio to get the leg back in condition and get used to the screws!

Looks like I'm going to be resident scorer for the time being, which is sad as I was really looking forward to this season, was hoping to kick on from last year.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 24, 2018, 02:49:58 PM
Pre-season tour done and I hate cricket already...

It's going to be a long season
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on April 24, 2018, 07:14:36 PM
Played my first game today. Forty Club against St John's in an afternoon game.
If was pretty cold, we got 233 which was about par. They got them with two overs to go after we had opened the game up to try and win. Sadly we couldn't shut the barn door! We also dropped 6 catches. But it was cold blustery and wet and frankly I wanted to avoid the ball!!
Still I got some time at the crease and it was fun.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on April 24, 2018, 10:09:51 PM
Playing my first game this Saturday and last net session this evening. Made the stupid mistake of lending my match bat, GN f18, to a mate who's put a split all the way through the toe! 😤
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mdg20 on April 25, 2018, 01:33:14 AM
Very enjoyable fitness and fielding session on Saturday before going to heckle my brother and uni team mates.

Spent the first innings chilling in the sun with the uni girls team, then got roped in to field for Firle. Firle lost, but nice to get a run around, no mistakes despite being a couple of pints in- I hadn't expected to field!

That wasn't Sussex Uni by any chance was it? seem to see their twitter posted about playing a team that might have been Firle (it started with an F anyway!)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on April 25, 2018, 09:03:23 AM
Hopefully manage to play our first game of the season this weekend against Durham academy at the riverside, pitch only lasted 2 days so should be a belter
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 25, 2018, 09:57:55 AM
That wasn't Sussex Uni by any chance was it? seem to see their twitter posted about playing a team that might have been Firle (it started with an F anyway!)

Yeah it was Sussex Uni. Prior to dropping out I was down to play whenever possible.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 25, 2018, 09:59:43 AM
Got my Ansty debut confirmed for Saturday. Strange being asked to be at a ground an hour and a half before a game, never had that at Chalfont! Potentially off to watch the Uni lads if we don't make the second round at 3pm, and also potentially playing a friendly on Sunday for Firle.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mattdawson on April 25, 2018, 10:06:30 AM
Got off to a great start to the season this weekend was bowling alright keeping it tight at one end, then split webbing between ring and little finger.... gone straight through from front to knuckle and some heavy bruising to boot.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: cragnasty on April 25, 2018, 12:19:00 PM
first game was on saturday. -we bowled well but fielded poorly, bowled opp out for 167 a.o. - this was a div 3 game. opposition 1st team didn't have a game so they decided to field 2 batsman who scored 1,100 runs between them in division 1 last year. one of them got 50 odd. we lost by 20 odd runs.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mdg20 on April 25, 2018, 12:44:02 PM
Yeah it was Sussex Uni. Prior to dropping out I was down to play whenever possible.

Excellent, good to see the Suss going strong. I was there from 2005-2008. Good to see the girls team still going well too, it was us who set them up.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 25, 2018, 12:57:47 PM
To say the girls team is going strongly is exaggerating. We have two girls who play senior county, and they run cricket sessions for beginners and other girls who play. Beth and Anna are the only two who train with the guys though, have been a couple of joint socials too.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Simmy on April 25, 2018, 02:01:09 PM
amazing first game for us last sat!

http://sycl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3231139 (http://sycl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3231139)

hahaha Cant get any worse than that
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on April 25, 2018, 02:08:04 PM

Batting at 10 @Simmy?????  whats Syed Hassan like?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Simmy on April 25, 2018, 02:46:17 PM
always bat 9/10 now mate i'm rubbish

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/938945.html (http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/938945.html)

not good enough to bowl us out like that! i never think hes anything special but he always gets loads of wickets!

Only bowls low-mid 70's
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on April 25, 2018, 03:22:34 PM
always bat 9/10 now mate i'm rubbish

[url]http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/938945.html[/url] ([url]http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/938945.html[/url])

not good enough to bowl us out like that! i never think hes anything special but he always gets loads of wickets!

Only bowls low-mid 70's


Ah well, looking at that link, he may always get wickets against you, but you will always be more handsome!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on April 25, 2018, 03:26:25 PM
Both out 1st and 2nds managed games last weekend, the 1sts won by 2 runs and the 2nds lost by 4 so both we well close games! Hopefully with the decent weather up in Yorkshire we might be onto something now and we can stick to schedule.

I have my first match this Sunday in a friendly then hopefully i'll be playing regularly! Looking forward to dusting off the whites again!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tim2000s on April 25, 2018, 09:11:26 PM
A winning start to our LMS season, where we come in as defending champions. Bowled the opposition out for 93 from 18 and then managed to knock them off for 3 wickets in 13.2 overs.

A winning start to the season, full bonus points and if anyone tells you cricket isn't exercise, well an hour of fielding in LMS and Fitbit begs to differ...

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dbp9zbpWAAAw-aA.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 26, 2018, 06:44:06 PM
First game for XL.club. They hit 250/1 with 2 lads retiring with tons. I caught a sitter and dropped a sitter (off of davehughís bowling), sorry mate. We snuck home for a draw at 150/7. I was bowled for a leaden-footed 2. Davehugh looked classy for a 70odd.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 27, 2018, 03:01:54 PM
Games off tomorrow. Hoping for a training session instead as im raring for a bit of cricket!
Found an interesting position during my job hunt yesterday that I've applied for: England Performance Pathway Coach, specifically with the England Women's pathway with a specialism in spin bowling but able to coach across the board. Im probably nowhere near getting on the shortlist but worth a try!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on April 27, 2018, 03:06:42 PM
First game of the season tomorrow... forecast isn't good, we're on the 2nd XI pitch which isn't covered and can be a bit spicy, and the oppo seem to be bringing a tidy bowling attack... not looking like the gentle preseason hit I was hoping for then!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 27, 2018, 07:58:17 PM
Tomorrow's fixture was called off just after 3pm today.  :(

I'm our friendly captain this season, so will be taking charge of my first game of the season this Sunday (weather permitting).
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on April 27, 2018, 08:09:09 PM
What's the sh*tty captain like?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on April 27, 2018, 08:14:34 PM
My first game was meant to be tomorrow but already called off so will be straight into league fixtures the week after for me
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 27, 2018, 08:15:38 PM
What's the sh*tty captain like?

The clue is in the name  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on April 27, 2018, 08:18:25 PM
First game of the season tomorrow... forecast isn't good, we're on the 2nd XI pitch which isn't covered and can be a bit spicy, and the oppo seem to be bringing a tidy bowling attack... not looking like the gentle preseason hit I was hoping for then!
aaaand it's off, unsurprisingly. Going in dry for the league next week it is then!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on April 28, 2018, 06:49:15 AM
Good luck to anyone who gets out there today.

We are meant to be playing are 1st league game but there is 2 hopes of that (as the saying goes). I am expecting a call about 10am to confirm a wash out.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gelds on April 28, 2018, 07:44:25 AM
Supposed to be playing both days this weekend, our first league fixture today and a village cup tie tomorrow. Rained all day yesterday and showers forecast for this afternoon so not hopeful 😔
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 28, 2018, 07:50:03 AM
Weíre off already :-( bloody weather
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 28, 2018, 07:59:23 AM
No rain yet so I can reckon we have a chance. Iím in desperate need of practice as Iím batting like a no. 11 at the moment. So everythingís crossed. First outing for the Jedi if we play.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 28, 2018, 09:30:19 AM
Rained off today, hoping our t20 is on on Wednesday as my only chance for a preseason hit outdoors
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 28, 2018, 10:01:35 AM
Might now be getting a game in tomorrow, obviously weather dependent, for Firle. Hoping to use that as pre-season before St James Montefiore on 5th May.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on April 28, 2018, 10:04:08 AM
Just been called off. Very frustrating. Hating cricket/England at the moment.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 28, 2018, 10:40:19 AM
Had to drop out today been to hospital woke up in pain couldn't see due to swollen nose blocking vision an abscess  had broken out through the area where the helmet grill was pushed into my nose and  cut it open it  by a a bouncer last July.
Doctor removed some of the abscess   have to go back to hospital on Monday
have to have an head and nose scan at a later date to try and establish the problem as second abscess in 3 months
Left me with
 an open wound.
Nose looks a right mess
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 28, 2018, 10:44:22 AM
All fixtures this weekend cancelled for us.

League starts next week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on April 28, 2018, 10:52:49 AM
Yup straight into the new league format next weekend without a warm up game, I suppose the plan is still to 'hit 250-300' in 45 overs  :)

Meanwhile in the dressing room some of us old hacks are looking for the much maligned ' medium pace dobber' everyone always says will 'get slapped when the wickets dry out' but who in fact will be absolute gold dust when the season finally starts.

Come on the season !
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on April 28, 2018, 11:28:53 AM
First game for XL.club. They hit 250/1 with 2 lads retiring with tons. I caught a sitter and dropped a sitter (off of davehughís bowling), sorry mate. We snuck home for a draw at 150/7. I was bowled for a leaden-footed 2. Davehugh looked classy for a 70odd.

Didn't look leaden footed in the field nothing went through you apart from the drop off my bowling :). Not always easy facing the son of an ex England bowler very two lengths (Bouncer or Yorker) in your first innings. On a personal note happy with that as my first knock my new match stick from @GDP1964 is a gun just punched three drives at short cover uppishly and the poor young lad wore all three, his hands must of been ringing afterwards. Second game away to Frome tomorrow and then another XL club game against West Buckland Wednesday before the season starts the following Saturday...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: KD4 on April 28, 2018, 01:42:21 PM
My first game of the season has been called off. Was really looking forward to it. Had a good couple of training session leading into the game and felt good and prepared but unfortunately the weather strikes.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on April 28, 2018, 01:56:19 PM
Wet!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 28, 2018, 02:07:23 PM
No league game today as a free weekend but canít imagine any one will get a game in rain all yesterday most of today and itís about 8 degrees. Waiting for tomorrow to be called off now. 2 weeks into the league season and no games played plus 3 of
Our 4 pre-season games not played what great start to the season. No doubt Sep will be dry and warm when all finished yet our league continue to believe early April is better than Sep for league cricket. Bloody muppets
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on April 28, 2018, 02:09:18 PM
I've built an arc!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 28, 2018, 03:10:31 PM
I've built an arc!

We can go in two by two mate canít believe how wet Suffolk is at the moment
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: GoodLeave on April 28, 2018, 04:24:04 PM
I've built an arc!

Specs?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RF on April 28, 2018, 04:44:13 PM
Wasted afternoon, freezing cold and wet.
Spent 20 odd overs waiting to go into bat but got rained off.
Nice Tea though, so not a complete loss
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 28, 2018, 04:50:58 PM
Specs?

2 tonnes 10

Several million grains

Huge edges

Big bow
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jonny77 on April 29, 2018, 09:04:39 AM
Weather seeks to be better this week up t'north, so hopefully get some games in.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on April 29, 2018, 11:24:11 AM
Get to Clapham and an email saying game off due to damp wicket and outfield. Sigh.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 29, 2018, 01:52:38 PM
Todayís game was called off at 10am this morning, slightly annoying leaving it so late as no chance was going to be on, had consistent rain since Friday and itís 6degrees today so actually donít mind at all.
Fingers crossed for next weekend
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JB on April 29, 2018, 04:21:12 PM
Started well yesterday with a 🦆
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on April 30, 2018, 07:56:14 AM
The consolation to all this weather is that it seems that nobody has gotten out to have much of a pre-season bat.

Our season started two weekends ago and both 1sts & 2nds had very low scoring games, rained off this weekend. The scorers won't have to worry about running out of room for many of us!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on April 30, 2018, 08:16:35 AM
we managed to get two sunday games on yesterday. home game was 199-7 plays 127 all out, and the away game was 228 plays 207. one of our lads got a ton.

considering how wet it's been, we did well to get them both on.

I didn't play as I hurt my back in the gym, hoping to be back next weekend but it's absolutely hammering down in London this morning...  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Vulcan Cricket on May 01, 2018, 10:42:56 PM
Todayís game was called off at 10am this morning, slightly annoying leaving it so late as no chance was going to be on, had consistent rain since Friday and itís 6degrees today so actually donít mind at all.
Fingers crossed for next weekend
your be on a good Deck on Saturday looked a road this evening at nets
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 02, 2018, 06:10:22 AM
your be on a good Deck on Saturday looked a road this evening at nets

You playing this weekend Dean? @Vulcan Cricket
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Vulcan Cricket on May 02, 2018, 06:32:50 AM
Yes Iam playing away at mildenhall
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 02, 2018, 06:49:36 AM
Chap who's recently joined my club brought along his new bat to nets last night... had a slog, lent it to his mate who had a slog, the toe breaks... I wandered over and it's a Kookaburra Pro grade he's spent £375 on, seam marks all over it. Have you knocked it in or oiled it or anything like that, I ask. 'No, should I have done? What does knocking it in actually do? Hopefully they'll replace it, I only got it this week.' I bit my tongue, who'd be a cricket retailer!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 02, 2018, 06:58:18 AM
Yes Iam playing away at mildenhall

Your playing 1st team then mate, who have they got replacing Tino this season? Howís the knee going?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JTtaylor145 on May 02, 2018, 07:17:41 AM
Your playing 1st team then mate, who have they got replacing Tino this season? Howís the knee going?
Chris, if only you knew someone who played for Mildenhall  :)  The 1XI overseas player is Nick Maiolo, who played for Mistley last season.

Dean will be playing our 2XI so he will be coming up against a team mainly of younger players with 1XI ambitions. The best player in the side is a youngish Australian called Steve Graham but he is not a pro. He just happened to take a liking to the daughter of one of our senior players  ;)

JT
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kulli on May 02, 2018, 07:20:50 AM
Three knocks on tour, 6, 2 and 5. I'm usually a slow starter in both the season and innings terms, but gonna take a while to recover my season average from that sort of a start.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Vulcan Cricket on May 02, 2018, 07:58:23 AM
Your playing 1st team then mate, who have they got replacing Tino this season? Howís the knee going?
knee is ok still taking it steady probably about 4 weeks away form being able to be back to full match fitness
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on May 02, 2018, 08:04:02 AM
After a cancelled game due to an unsafe pitch on sat some really good eggs who did get a game in gave up their place in our Newley formed Sunday side and I was a lucky swopsy. Our Sunday captain always has done a good match report so thought I would put it up here:it felt great to close a game out after the last pair had taken them from 25/8 to 51 all out but the last 2 batted the majority of the overs!


Crewe Sunday 1s v Wistaston

Me  - 'we've got a team of old fat blokes, wannabees and kids today
Their Captain responded apologetically  - 'oh we have a really strong team so....'

they won the toss and we were put into bat.

Myself and George ground out a decent start at about 3 an over and comfortably saw off the quickies.

the pie chuckers came on and I was soon out to a bowler who had clearly developed a taste for his own pies  - he went onto to take 4 wickets which you suspect doesn't happen too often.

Lewis Bacon and Sam Carney both looked set when they each holed out cheaply off of what looked like no balls - I wasn't too clear about this so checked the scorebook.................

George continued to plug away and had to watch a succession of partners come and go before eventually getting caught at mid off for 64 - a good solid innings.

Matt King came in and gave a good cameo performance before being spitefully run out by Conor Howard

The tail didn't wag and we were all out in the final over for 123  - of note was Dave Parkinsons lunge at a wide one which he should never have attempted but in so doing scooped a dolly to gully, I shall have to have a chat to Parkinson about that one and then there was Hamish running down the wicket at the opening bowler and got clean bowled  - interesting strategy.

Tea was taken and a big thanks to Flick and Amanda Bishop for a genuine 10/10 tea  - not even the distraction of a changing room lockout could spoil it - Mrs Drog will now be getting a thrashing tonight for letting me down last week.

Conor Howard & Olly Wilcockson opened the bowling  - I bet that's not been said before but actually if anyone doubted the validity of Sunday Cricket back at the Vaga then they should have been there today to watch these lads rip through the batting and but for some early season rustiness which afforded Wistaston a dozen or so extras,  would have restricted the away team to less than 40 runs.

Some tight fielding and a decent catch by Ben Carter complimented the bowling standards being set.

Lew and Dave Parkinson were very economical without getting the breakthrough we needed  - up steps Sam Carney and snaffled the last two stubborn resisters and we secured our 1st win of the season.

25pts  - well deserved

Benji Jarvis did an excellent scoring job - thankyou

Next game away at Betchton on 13th May

Up the Vaga

Drog
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 02, 2018, 09:56:42 AM
Chris, if only you knew someone who played for Mildenhall  :)  The 1XI overseas player is Nick Maiolo, who played for Mistley last season.

Dean will be playing our 2XI so he will be coming up against a team mainly of younger players with 1XI ambitions. The best player in the side is a youngish Australian called Steve Graham but he is not a pro. He just happened to take a liking to the daughter of one of our senior players  ;)

JT

Sorry forgot you were at Mildenhall @JTtaylor145.

Maybe you could help me with something as I need to speak to someone about our Sunday league fixture any ideas who would be the bets person?? Maybe you could PM me.

How's your season started if started at all yet
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 03, 2018, 01:01:15 PM
Not playing this week been to see hospital consultant today  who removed  the abscess   last week which had formed under the scar left from when the helmet grill cut my nose open due to the wound not yet  completely closed up don't want to risk another infection.
Should be okay for next week.
Also  have an appointment  with consultant  in early June  to discuss his offer of plastic surgery over the scar  to restore my good looks.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on May 03, 2018, 02:27:47 PM
Can't bowl at the moment, shoulder is completely shot, and for some reason my club's selection committee have failed to recognise my burgeoning batting talent. So I find myself surplus to requirements at the start of the season  :o

I may have to find a standard that allows for free-flowing innings by beefy middle-order sloggers against gentle, non-hostile bowling   :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on May 03, 2018, 02:38:08 PM
just been sent these photos of where we are playing on Saturday - it's an away game against a side that have just been promoted to Div 1 they play at a Council owned ground, so they had to cut and roll and mark etc... today! after it chucked it down yesterday. I hope we win the toss!

@Red Ink Cricket - this is at Willen - we are playing Westcroft.

(https://s6.postimg.cc/9ghef4nfx/IMG-20180503-_WA0000.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9ghef4nfx/)

(https://s6.postimg.cc/slknow9tp/IMG-20180503-_WA0001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/slknow9tp/)

(https://s6.postimg.cc/d03c4y5l9/IMG-20180503-_WA0003.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/d03c4y5l9/)

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on May 03, 2018, 02:47:03 PM
I'm off to Ghana for a week on business so another two weeks of the season gone for me :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on May 03, 2018, 08:01:26 PM
Not playing this week been to see hospital consultant today  who removed  the abscess   last week which had formed under the scar left from when the helmet grill cut my nose open due to the wound not yet  completely closed up don't want to risk another infection.
Should be okay for next week.
Also  have an appointment  with consultant  in early June  to discuss his offer of plastic surgery over the scar  to restore my good looks.

Going in for a refurb alan?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: enlightened on May 04, 2018, 06:36:40 AM
30 out of 118 all out
26 out of 108 all out
...could do better
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 04, 2018, 01:41:15 PM
So Sundayís game is off as Oppo conceded making it 2 weeks in a row our Sunday side havenít got a game due to concession. Fingers crossed nothing stops our 1st league game going ahead after a free week last week and a concession the week before. Really has been an awful start to our clubs season but fingers crossed it can only get better
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 05, 2018, 07:26:45 PM
First league game today, on a wet and tacky wickets we batted first and stumbled to 101 all out with a top score of 14

I got 1 batting at 11 however for the first time since January a felt comfortable with bat in hand!

Side was a little down at tea but knew with a bit of luck we could get something out of the game,

Having the oppo 7-3 we were right back in it and needed up bowling them out for 48!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 05, 2018, 07:50:35 PM
First game of the season, after last weeks washout, and a convincing win
Weather was fantastic, kids had a good day, summers here
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on May 05, 2018, 07:53:40 PM
Our game was called off yesterday, so i watched the seconds win gettung sun burnt with a pint. Over 20 degrees all day
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JB on May 05, 2018, 09:10:29 PM
After last weeks 🦆, I found myself back in the seconds opening. We are new to the league and the oppo won the seconds league last year. They declared after 37 overs on 140/9. We knocked it off two down. I fell First with us on 90, scored 36. At the start I think they thought weíd be easy pickings but it didnít turn out that way
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 05, 2018, 09:20:29 PM
Lost by seven runs on Ansty debut. Problem was we bowled 22 wides in the oppositions 172/7, they bowled 7 in our 165/9.
Won toss and bowled first, came on after about 25 overs, picked up a wicket in first over off a googly full toss, caught at cow but otherwise bowled pretty poorly by my standards for 1/24 from 4. Missed a catch off my best mate which would have been his first Ansty wicket (oops) but snagged one off our overseas. Got 10* batting at 9, kept middling it at fielders or miscuing it into gaps. T20 game tomorrow, possibly 2 of we beat Ifield.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 05, 2018, 10:10:39 PM
Our league season started today with an away trip to Braintree, lovely ground wicket was slow and low but given all the rain and minimal decent weather it played very well and took some spin. We Batted first and started well getting to 30odd without loss then lost 2 wickets quickly to full tosses, couple of more to really bad shots and then a bit of brain fade set in from our lower middle order playing to many across the line shots. To give them credit Oppo bowling was superb with very few bad balls and from the 6 bowlers they used 4 were spinners and all our wickets fell to spin. We managed 126 from 42.1 overs. Personally left stranded on 48* carrying my bat through the innings.

In reply we put together the best bowling and fielding performance I have seen since joining and now in my 3rd season in Suffolk. Our opening bowlers were both hostile and quick and picked up 3 quick wickets for less than 10 runs. Then the partnership for them that ultimately won them the game couple of seasoned players hung around for the next 30odd overs scoring at about 2 an over and took them up to 90 odd before we got our next wicket. We ended up giving them an extra 2 overs and this cost us dear as at the start of the 45th and normal final over they needed 16 to win managed only 9 but with the extra 2 overs needed 7 from 12 balls, 2 inside edges down to fine leg later and game over. Lost by 4 wickets with 8 balls to spare.

Great bowling and fielding from both sides, a little bit of spice and chat ended with hand shakes all round and a down
To the wire finish on a lovely warm cloud free day.
Roll on next week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on May 05, 2018, 10:14:54 PM
First game as captain today. Lost the toss and bowled... all out for 57 off 30 overs. Opening bowler picking up 4 wickets for 3 runs. Pie thrower brought on to buy wickets picked up 4 including a catch for me. We then knocked them off for 1 from 10, a nice little 23no with some well atuck blows! Very pleasing day
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on May 05, 2018, 10:32:08 PM
The first match of the season and given my usual club had 24 players available, I offered to go out on loan which is something I actually like doing.

"Our" skipper won the toss and chose to field first so I sneaked myself down to fine leg for the first over in the hope that I can spend most of the afternoon leaning against the sightscreen and secondly be in pole position to be open from that end. This tactic worked perfectly today and I sent down 10 overs of the finest quality pies this side of Melton Mowbray (10-5-16-2).  The economy rate was aided by bowling to one of my mates who simply didn't want to get out to a fat off-spinner who doesn't turn it and a 12-year-old with a bruised hand. I did eventually get the 12-year-old out (after earlier bowling his dad) but somewhat annoyingly my mate survived who then went on to score 91 not out (out of 145-7 off 45 overs). After an excellent tea, I was scheduled to come in at No.9 but my services were not required and we won with 5 wickets down.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Bwcc on May 06, 2018, 06:23:56 AM
I couldnít have asked for a better start to the year
We had a pre season tour to reading Saturday was the most hungover Iíve played cricket so it went dot 6 dot 6 bowled
Sunday made 44 against some decent bowling
First league game of the year yesterday made 92 for my first league 50 ever
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Manormanic on May 06, 2018, 07:17:46 AM
Finally got on the field yesterday for our first league game.  Good win at Marlow, made a half century and batted okay. 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SwingAndMiss on May 06, 2018, 08:47:03 AM
First game of season after 2 weeks of wet pitches. Went away 1 short, 2 of our team non cricketers but willing to help out. We were all out for 133, I had the slowest 18 of my life, playing a patient anchor role (I'm usually a last 10 over tonker!). Bowled opposition out for 105, after they were looking good at 105-5! 14 wins on the trot now
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 06, 2018, 09:02:10 AM
Huge victory yesterday in the first leave game of the season. We put them in to bat as our pitch generally gets better to bat on through the day.

We had them in big trouble on about 35-4 but a strong 7th wicket partnership helped boost their total to 145-10 in the final over. Yes, it was difficult to score runs!

Opening up I lost my partner with the score in single figures. When I fell 30 overs later the score was 92-2 and we went on to win with one ball to spare. I top scored with 43 from 90 balls - it really was tremendously difficult!!

Gutted to fall short of 50 yet again but if I batted the same way on a better deck I would have got about 75.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on May 06, 2018, 09:40:23 AM
1st league game yesterday. Great start winning by 127 runs. We got put in on a very green still very soft wicket (see my post of the wicket earlier in the week) with an outfield so long it would grace a Sunday league football pitch.

I opened and got 55 and was out in the 25th over! We got 218 all out in the 39th over thanks to some late hitting against woeful back up bowlers.

They were never in it thanks to great spells from our opening bowlers (5-17 and 2-13) and we bowled them out for 91.

Great start to the season but I am sure tougher tests to come.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on May 06, 2018, 10:25:37 AM
Tense low scoring first game of the season yesterday. The wicket was under water 3 days before so luck to play. The pitch was very slow as a result. Got the opposition 38-8, but a fine 69 from one of their senior players with support from a young lad blocking up an end they made 104. Our opener took 7-37 with 3 caught and bowled. I took a catch and got a wicket with my first ball of the season. Then went in 3 and scored 5 before getting one that skidded through low an was bowled. We lost 3 in an over and found ourselves 36-6. Some good striking by our opening bowler got us to within 16. He was then out to a great catch on the boundary that looked to be going for 6. Our final wicket went shortly after, so 93 all out. A good game on a challenging wicket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on May 06, 2018, 03:20:33 PM
Pretty straightforward win with 10 men in our first game of the season yesterday.

Lost the toss and bowled on a very green deck that was keeping incredibly low. Restricted them to 119 all out inside 39 overs. We steadily took wickets throughout and fielded well barring a couple of very hard catches. Personally took 1-22 off 7 overs, and my knee held up which is a good sign. Though, my new spikes have given me massive blisters on my heels!

We chased it 2 down in 40 overs and didn't really look in any trouble throughout. Our opener carried his bat for 40-odd and a young lad returning after a couple years away from cricket came back and hit 20-odd to finish the game.

A good win but i suspect they'll be one of the weaker teams we play this year.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on May 06, 2018, 07:18:29 PM
Scored like 9, game we should have won. Two blokes on debut who were ringed in both got golden's, Jesus Christ
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on May 06, 2018, 08:45:09 PM
Thereís no way he would mention it but @jamesisapayne had some decent figures at the weekend.

9 overs, 8 maidens, 3 wickets for 1 run

If he hadnít got a few with the bat as well Iíd be calling for torches and pitchforks to run him off the forum as a ďbowler spyĒ in our midst

This is in Div 3 of the Somerset League - impressive

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 06, 2018, 08:47:45 PM
Absolutely slaughtered in our t20 today. Felt like we did a Spurs coming third in a two horse race...
Batted first, struggled to 82/8 off 20. I faced the last 3 balls of the innings, stuck the overseas through extra cover second ball and got 5*. Ifield chased it comfortably, I got 7 balls as the winning runs were off the first ball of my second over. Apart from my first ball, slipped as I bowled and missed the cut strip, think I went for 12 off those 7. Our Kiwi overseas let one through his legs for 4, and a guy reverse swept a googly from off stump for 4.

Some very pink lads out there today, some sticking to long sleeves religiously!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on May 06, 2018, 09:38:06 PM
Sooo it was going so well! 74 25 and 49 and then first Saturday league game 4 on a flat hard pitch admittedly against a half decent opening attack. Seem to have a mental block when it comes to Saturdays score runs on any other day of the week...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 06, 2018, 09:51:48 PM
Another good win today this time for my Sunday friendly side,

Put into bat and hit 168 off 40 overs on a decent wicket with the last 4 wickets going down on 168 and a middle order collapse

I hit 21 batting at six which Iím chuffed with bowlers them out for 150 ish took two wickets one caught and bowled and one caught behind

Took 4 cathed in he innings to!

Really good day and cracking weather to go with it! Looking rather like a lobster now though!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Churchy1989 on May 06, 2018, 10:12:53 PM
Absolutely slaughtered in our t20 today. Felt like we did a Spurs coming third in a two horse race...
Batted first, struggled to 82/8 off 20. I faced the last 3 balls of the innings, stuck the overseas through extra cover second ball and got 5*. Ifield chased it comfortably, I got 7 balls as the winning runs were off the first ball of my second over. Apart from my first ball, slipped as I bowled and missed the cut strip, think I went for 12 off those 7. Our Kiwi overseas let one through his legs for 4, and a guy reverse swept a googly from off stump for 4.

Some very pink lads out there today, some sticking to long sleeves religiously!

They are one of the best teams in our set up.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 06, 2018, 10:27:55 PM
Good game today for @uknsaunders team today, was a good day out and a beautiful day for it. We batted first made 172 AO I top scored with 79 although I was unfortunately involved in two run outs. There were a couple of 15s and a 30 and a lot of extras. Lost the game overall however due to some poor umpiring and some even worse bowling.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 06, 2018, 10:31:40 PM
Good game today for @uknsaunders team today, was a good day out and a beautiful day for it. We batted first made 172 AO I top scored with 79 although I was unfortunately involved in two run outs. There were a couple of 15s and a 30 and a lot of extras. Lost the game overall however due to some poor umpiring and some even worse bowling.

That at napton for ashorne mate?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 06, 2018, 10:48:12 PM
That at napton for ashorne mate?
Yes mate
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 06, 2018, 10:50:52 PM
Yes mate

Ah! I heard you ran the skipper out (or was at the crease anyway) and copped a dodgy lbw call when set!

Sounded like a tight game in the end going down to the last over though!

How many did the ashorne skipper get? He wonít tell me?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 06, 2018, 11:42:00 PM
Ah! I heard you ran the skipper out (or was at the crease anyway) and copped a dodgy lbw call when set!

Sounded like a tight game in the end going down to the last over though!

How many did the ashorne skipper get? He wonít tell me?

I did indeed, he made 30 I think batted nicely, was a bit gutted when I got that call as I was pretty set and wanted a ton first one for a couple seasons it would have been.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 07, 2018, 01:08:28 AM
Managed to play Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Saturday I got 43 off 90 balls opening in a tight, low scoring affair where we reached the 146 we needed for victory in the 45th and final over.

Sunday I batted 3 but since the opener fell for a golden I was in early. I made 66 in much quicker time than Saturday before falling to a sharp boundary catch which would have otherwise yielded six. We totalled 305 in our 40 overs and won by 99.

109 for the weekend averaging over 50, canít complain.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 07, 2018, 07:46:28 AM
I did indeed, he made 30 I think batted nicely, was a bit gutted when I got that call as I was pretty set and wanted a ton first one for a couple seasons it would have been.

Good! He didnít get many on Saturday glad he got a few yesterday!

At least you got a few and kick start your season! Napton is a lovely place to play  and you get 2 teas!

Glad you enjoyed it all the same!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 07, 2018, 06:46:55 PM
They are one of the best teams in our set up.

Certainly seemed pretty handy. James Pearce came to a couple of our nets over the winter, kept bouncing me in my first session back after being injured at training when I still had a hugely swollen arm.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on May 09, 2018, 09:13:58 PM
Friendly 20/20 in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Devon. Opened the batting with my beautiful virgin h4l warbird monster. Imagine my horror to see them pull out a bright orange woodworm ball. It may as well have been painted granite. Running myself out 3rd ball was such a relief as I listened to everyone me elseís bats crack with every shot.
We lost. Who cares, the beast is unscathed
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on May 09, 2018, 10:50:49 PM
Friendly 20/20 in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Devon. Opened the batting with my beautiful virgin h4l warbird monster. Imagine my horror to see them pull out a bright orange woodworm ball. It may as well have been painted granite. Running myself out 3rd ball was such a relief as I listened to everyone me elseís bats crack with every shot.
We lost. Who cares, the beast is unscathed

True CBF right there
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on May 09, 2018, 11:17:45 PM
5 hour round trip for our first uni game of the season, wish we hadn't bothered.

Shipped 330 in a 45 over game, though they declared after 39. In a limited overs game... as they realised we were well out of our depth. Personally bowled 6 overs for about 1-50 which was somehow one of the better sets of figures, would honestly say 25 of them runs came as a result of poor fielding which summed us up in the field today.

Looked good early on as i came out at number 3 with the score 66-1 off 7 overs. Our only proper batsman was hitting it to all parts (including taking their opening bowler for 24 in an over) and looked very good until he pushed one to gully. I scored 5 before being given out LBW to a ball that hit the outside of my thigh pad. It was missing leg stump by about 1ft height wise, and their keeper & bowler walked up to me and told me how awful they thought the decision was. We were rolled for 120-odd.

Admittedly they're a couple of divisions too low and we're probably one above our standard, but we really didn't help ourselves with poor availability and abysmal bowling/fielding.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on May 09, 2018, 11:24:36 PM
Our first game started well, wicket very first ball and reduced our oppo to 29-5 with their top batsman back in the pavilion.
3 dropped catches and one monster partnership and weíd let them put on 231!
In reply we got to 45-1 before a shocking collapse left us 86ao and pondering what might have been if we held our catches.

Mixed day personally, byeless behind the sticks but only 1 with the bat. Onwards and upwards!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 10, 2018, 12:43:16 AM
A mixed but good first outing for me... We got put in, was quite glad to get things underway straight away opening the innings but didn't last long - tried to pull out of a shot after a bit of tennis ball bounce and just lobbed it gently to cover instead for 0. Not so cheerful spell of watching the rest of our top order enjoy themselves against some rubbish change bowling before a late collapse left us all out for 219. Fortunately bowling went better, I also opened up (village alert) with a pleasingly decent first spell of the season and got the early breakthrough, 7-2-21-1. Their skipper gave us a small fright batting through for 112 but noone stuck with him, bowled them out for 183.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tim2000s on May 10, 2018, 11:30:09 AM
We scored 204 off 100 balls in our LMS game last night against a team we'd lost to the previous season. They turned up with four players, and having won the toss, we made them field. Their bowlers evidently weren't there, so we had 6 (batting and helping with the fielding) of us on the field while they had just four of them.

We then proceeded to run along at 13+ runs an over for the first ten while their players and bowlers turned up. Our two openers left the field retired on 50 with strike rates around 200, and then in the second half of the innings, we slowed up. This was mainly due to better bowling on their part, to finish on 204 for 2 off 20 overs (100 balls).

They then came into bat and with an inspired opening spell from a leg spinner and myself bowling medium wibble-wobble, we restricted them to about five an over, much to their frustration, as the two openers could swing a bat very effectively. At the end of eight they were well down on the run rate, and in the next two overs we saw a double play, where the non-facing batsman failed to return to their crease and got run out after a catch. The run rate kept the pressure on and wickets fell at regular intervals until the opener came back in after having retired on 50.

With a good eye, he was able to play through the line of the faster bowlers and hit over the top, somewhat damaging their figures, and then was run out. Until the square leg umpire didn't give it (the guy was diving a mile out of his crease). Cue accusations of cheating, and the batsman hitting a further righteen runs off the last 5 balls he faced.

So overall a good win with a strong side!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 11, 2018, 02:20:42 PM
Following last Saturday's sterling effort by the club with just 8 players not to lose playing away against one of the divisions better teams we are at home tomorrow  it's my first match this season
  I've fully recovered  from injury  and illness and with a positive mindset raring to go.
Our opening bowler who was missing last week and is considered by many to be the best bowler in the division is also playing.

 








Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 11, 2018, 03:58:17 PM
good opening win in our midweek T20 league 144-2 played 143-6 one of those 15 8-ball over league but such an enjoyable game of cricket even though i bowling like an absolute donkey!

our game is off tomorrow already, oppo couldn't raise a side!

positives is were 2 wins form 2 (technically)

negatives i really want to play! not had the cricket bug this bad in a long long time! roll on Sunday!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on May 11, 2018, 04:06:51 PM
Our game is off too.
Very  annoying when everyone has the bug after a final over win last week.
(Some guy defended 10 in final over & took 4 wickets to win by 7 runs)
Opposition only had 6 players.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ajdal on May 11, 2018, 06:38:00 PM
1st game of the new tournament(t20) and had a good outing.

(https://i.imgur.com/r0I126w.png)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on May 12, 2018, 06:58:22 AM
That is pretty rediculous
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 12, 2018, 08:52:54 AM
1st game of the new tournament(t20) and had a good outing.

(https://i.imgur.com/r0I126w.png)

You certainly did well done.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 12, 2018, 05:04:42 PM
Rain stopped play today

Played against @hit4six who's side batted first

They were 140 ish for 4 off 32 when we came off for rain (I think) and we never got back on.

Oh well, there's always next week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on May 12, 2018, 05:51:19 PM
Today I smashed the 5th ball of the game into mid-wicket's gut, he literally didn't move and it stuck in his mid-rift.

An hour later we were 80-2 off 15 it started raining and we never got back on.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SwingAndMiss on May 12, 2018, 07:07:52 PM
Our game should have been rained off, our captain so desperate to play, writing on wall when we lost the toss. We were all rubbish, I hate cricket, the oppo captain no walked a massive edge to make it even better! Roll on next week 😂
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on May 12, 2018, 07:21:35 PM
It started raining today as soon as the umps called 'play' and didn't stop until it was called off

So 13 runs last week u till I was run out by my non running partner and a DNB today

When is ok to start worrying:

You are bang out of form
The ground is too wet to score any runs
Pitches are too slow
My new socks are not the right type
I'm going to slip down the order
My bat no longer feels right in the hands
The oppo might not turn up for the next game due to an outbreak of flu

Or.....just smash anything off straight next time and not think about it?

 :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 12, 2018, 07:41:58 PM
manged to complete our game today despite a couple of rain breaks and covers on over lunch.
Oppo won the toss and decided to bowl on a good deck ( our home ground is a bit of a road) after last weeks super weather. Looked to be a good shout as both openers looked solid. Just started to rain lightly and there opener was undone but a great nut swung late and off stump back by me.
Then first rain break for 60 mins. Luckily we had spoke with Oppo and had agreed to start early due to chance of rain. After the rain break our opening pair back refreshed nipped our 3 quick wickets all bowled. Then a good stand between 5&6 put on a healthy partnership of 80 odd, including a lovely 25 odd from a young lady who plays for Essex ladies and she was solid until
Trying to up the rate in the last 10 overs. Next over the other set bat went leaving them 125-6 with 10 overs left. They manged to finish on 147-9 and almost shut up shop which was weird as mine really showed an intent.

Another shower at lunch

After lunch we started well with myself and opening partner putting on 75, him on 60 me on 10. Started really slow.
Managed to knock it off after 26 overs only 2 down, with another bit out for myself 53 this week following 48 not out last week. Shame Iím now not about for 3 weeks due to family commitments and a long weekend away over the coming bank holiday.
Enjoying the season now itís finally started.
Only down side is manged to totally split the webbing on my keeping gloves completing a diving run out so need to
Replace those, nice to go shopping 😁
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: uknsaunders on May 12, 2018, 08:09:03 PM
just been sent these photos of where we are playing on Saturday - it's an away game against a side that have just been promoted to Div 1 they play at a Council owned ground, so they had to cut and roll and mark etc... today! after it chucked it down yesterday. I hope we win the toss!

@Red Ink Cricket - this is at Willen - we are playing Westcroft.

(https://s6.postimg.cc/9ghef4nfx/IMG-20180503-_WA0000.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9ghef4nfx/)

(https://s6.postimg.cc/slknow9tp/IMG-20180503-_WA0001.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/slknow9tp/)

(https://s6.postimg.cc/d03c4y5l9/IMG-20180503-_WA0003.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/d03c4y5l9/)

Our 3s play at Willen, it's one of the better council pitches but even so we wouldn't play anything higher than 3rd team cricket on. Four counties need to look at their standards if you play div 1 on this.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on May 12, 2018, 08:14:11 PM
Our 3s play at Willen, it's one of the better council pitches but even so we wouldn't play anything higher than 3rd team cricket on. Four counties need to look at their standards if you play div 1 on this.

When we turned up last Saturday they had actually cut another strip next to it but it was still awful as I said in my post about the game.

There are 2 clubs that don't have there own grounds that play in division 1 and they are both shocking.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: roco on May 12, 2018, 08:16:15 PM
Canít believe I knocked 65 from 30 balls today and felt inadequate

We were put into bat then scored 401-3 154 for opener 134 for number 4 then 65 for me on flattest track Iíve ever seen

Bowled them out for 150 to round off a good day
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on May 12, 2018, 08:23:52 PM
After last week's economical if unspectacular bowling figures, I was again invited to open the bowling and this time picked up 5-32 off my full 12 overs against one of my former clubs. However, a combination of wayward bowling and good batting took the opposition total to 222 all out off 40.2 overs. One of their juniors (may actually be 19-20 now?) scored his maiden half-century with some lovely shots off his legs whilst their skipper (who has dropped down some divisions and bats low down the order) punished anything loose.

This gave us 49 overs to bat but we never really looked like overhauling this target and I eventually went in at No.8 (with 10 overs to go) to ensure we batted out. This I was doing quite nicely until there were 4 balls of the match remaining when the non-striker called for a suicidal run and I barely made it half way down the wicket.  I was friggin furious although he did apologise afterwards but explained he wanted to get down the batting end as we only needed 10 runs for 90% of the opposition's score. Unfortunately we didn't get those 10 runs but no more wickets fell either so we ended up with a draw. 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on May 12, 2018, 08:28:26 PM
8 runs in 3 games wasnít the start to the season I wanted.

But finally
Got a decent score today. Battled few a good start by the openers before the bad balls started to arrive.  And made my way to a nice 43.

Which ended up being top score. Us 180 all out and then we bowled oppo out for 122 all out.we did have them 1 for 3 after the first 5 overs! Ball was hoping about.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: uknsaunders on May 12, 2018, 08:35:03 PM
Two  games in and we are doing ok.

Last week we played Bledlow Village 2s who missed out on promotion by 1 point last year. Despite missing 5/6 first choice players we fought our way to an honourable draw. We had them 100 odd for 6 but thanks to some sloppy fielding we let them get 224-8. In reply we were 172-3 before a rush of wickets and a climbing run rate meant we finished on 208-7.

This week weather beat us. We got to 139-7 off 41 before it tipped down. Our innings stuttered along , not helped by a slow deck and outfield. Got ourselves to 40-1 then we're 46-4. I steadied things somewhat with 14 before playing inside a straight one just as I was getting going. We then slipped to 73-7 before eventually recovering, thanks to the slippy ball and our 1st team batter. I fancied out chances of getting 180, which was a lot of runs on our wicket but weather best us. Shout out to @golders , looking very composed with the bat so far opening up. Big score round the corner.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: uknsaunders on May 12, 2018, 08:52:48 PM
When we turned up last Saturday they had actually cut another strip next to it but it was still awful as I said in my post about the game.

There are 2 clubs that don't have there own grounds that play in division 1 and they are both shocking.

Personally would like our 3s to go into the cherwell as the pitches at the lower levels are still much better than the four counties. Better wickets breed better cricketers. However the argument about travelling crops up and hence they stay in the four counties.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 13, 2018, 08:44:04 AM
Easy win yesterday but it was hard to score runs wicket was soft  and damp but true not may fours along the ground the grass was long and slowed the ball down. One of our bowlers took 5 wickets for 6 runs in 4 overs.
Opened the batting scored nought lost sight of  the ball in my new helmet grill the ball cannoned of by bat onto my pads and hit the leg stump.
Must sort out helmet with clear vision before next Saturday.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 13, 2018, 08:45:32 AM
We managed 14 overs of a local derby vs Lindfield yesterday. Rained the entire time. We had them 58/3 off those 14 before it got too wet and we spent more time playing football than cricket- keep ups got very competitive as anyone who lost a round had to buy a jug at club quiz night.
Got a local derby today for Firle vs Glyndebourne, so hoping to get a bat and a bowl today.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 13, 2018, 08:49:52 AM
It started raining today as soon as the umps called 'play' and didn't stop until it was called off

So 13 runs last week u till I was run out by my non running partner and a DNB today

When is ok to start worrying:

You are bang out of form
The ground is too wet to score any runs
Pitches are too slow
My new socks are not the right type
I'm going to slip down the order
My bat no longer feels right in the hands
The oppo might not turn up for the next game due to an outbreak of flu

Or.....just smash anything off straight next time and not think about it?

 :)
Or just don't worry and think can't wait for for next week.


Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on May 13, 2018, 08:56:05 AM
Game off! It's dry here today - so far at least - but it turns out our oppo played through the rain yesterday and ruined their tracks! Another boring Sunday in prospect, no doubt doing lots of little jobs for the boss...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 13, 2018, 08:24:59 PM
Won by 25 today,

 I hit 7 not out in a 25 run stand to get us to 200 then took 3-25 off 6.4 on an absolutely perfect wicket, good carry even bounce seam and spin yet can score runs! Big thanks to our groundsman @Maverick79 for getting it in such good order!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on May 13, 2018, 09:15:16 PM
Won our first league game of the season yesterday, real nail biter ! Won by 2 runs it was like the 2005 ashes...... 151ao played 149ao

Was out for 0 and broke a finger taking a catch stood up to the stumps so not the best of days I've had! Off to the fracture clinic tomorrow to find out my fate !
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 13, 2018, 09:27:29 PM
Got a win in with Firle over Glyndebourne in a game featuring many Christies, one captaining Firle and three for Glyndebourne.
We got put in on a damp pitch, batted five. First five balls went 0,2,2,0,6 with a solid hit from the B3 going straight over the bowler. Afterwards I sliced a couple over extra cover, going slightly hard with the ball not coming on fully, but was pulling and driving well generally, in position earlier but having to wait for the ball. We got 166 from our 35 overs, I retired on 52 from 38 balls with just under two overs left.
When we bowled, I kept for most of the innings as nobody else besides my brother could. Ran out one of the Christies with a direct hit when they tried to pinch a leg bye into the leg side. Bowled 3 overs, 0/11, then kept again at the end. Come the last over Glyndebourne needed 5, number 7 clipped it to T Christie at mid wicket, who threw it to me to run out I Christie (his nephew), given out by P Christie, brother of I.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on May 14, 2018, 08:02:49 AM
Lost the toss and get put in. We made 218 off 40, scored an awful 3 before top edging one.

Started off well in the field and took a catch that was in the air for God knows how long, then had them two down before their opener and other blokes around him started taking ones and twos due to some sloppy fielding. They were 160 odd for 6 and looking comfortable when a cannon arm from yours truly ran out their opener on 62, from there the wickets started coming a bit more frequently. Got them all out and a 12 run win with two overs to spare. Great game, but one you hate being a part of. Their over rate was absolutely shocking as well, for a 13:30 start we didn't finished until 20:15!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: sgcricket on May 14, 2018, 08:03:21 AM
Got a first ball duck :( but on the bright side we won.
We were struggling at 58/7 having being sent in on a hot day. 80 run partnership followed and we ended up at 169 all out.
Opposition was 3 down for not many and then they had a partnership. They were cruising with 4 wickets in hand and 11 runs to go. Then they decided to self destruct and lost the last 4 wickets for 3 runs. One of their players got 5 wickets and then hit a quick 60+ but unfortunately ended up on the losing side.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on May 16, 2018, 08:55:24 PM
Where a helmet guys. One chap saturday, split cheek off a top edge. Chap cut his eye tonight same scenario. On the plus side all sides unbeaten still. Clubs still moving forward.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on May 16, 2018, 09:06:54 PM
No idea why I said Iíd play tonight.

Anyway I left Belgium at 6 am this morning(5am UK time). Drove for 13hrs, with the tunnel to break up the drive in the middle.

Fetched my kit on the way through.

Got to game 10minites before the start.....


And hit the first ball of the game straight up in the air to mid on. What a day!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 16, 2018, 09:19:12 PM
Played as a ringer for a clubmates' work side tonight, very enjoyable. Extremely friendly but everything you'd want in a cricket game - nabbed a catch, runout, wicket and retirement with the bat, plus game went down to scores tied on the final ball... which was a wide. Good fun and valuable time in the middle at least 👍
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on May 16, 2018, 10:03:48 PM
9am this morning and I get a text stating we have a match tonight at Harewood House and the individual who is supposed to be running the midweek side had forgotten about it. Anyhow, we scraped together a team and I arrived at Harewood House at 6.20pm, see 4-5 of our players warming up so drop my bag off in the away changing room only discover it is inhabited by team of pathologists. It turns out not only did the midweek organiser forgot the match, he then informed us the game was away when it was actually at home. I'm afraid I just got back in the car and drove back to York.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: billyb on May 16, 2018, 10:27:30 PM
I actually played a game! Was asked to open after fielding at one of the coldest grounds in my area. Scored 21 before being run out by my partner, though the game was in the bag by that point chasing 120 odd. Extras must have been 30/40, I couldn't hit most balls. Very happy- I batted well, played an important innings and we won! My Rob Pack is truly dead though, time to finally use my Kookaburra!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on May 17, 2018, 06:51:41 AM
Had our first league game Saturday, we managed to put on 248 off 43.3 (standard hat-trick collapse from the bottom order to finish off the innings). Chipped in with 37 myself so not the worst start to the season.

Naturally we made it difficult for ourselves but still managed to come out with a 15 run win, tense few overs near the end but made for a good game.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on May 17, 2018, 07:57:04 AM
I actually played a game! Was asked to open after fielding at one of the coldest grounds in my area. Scored 21 before being run out by my partner, though the game was in the bag by that point chasing 120 odd. Extras must have been 30/40, I couldn't hit most balls. Very happy- I batted well, played an important innings and we won! My Rob Pack is truly dead though, time to finally use my Kookaburra!

Who are you playing for @billyb ??
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: billyb on May 17, 2018, 10:05:37 AM
Who are you playing for @billyb ??

Willoughby :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 18, 2018, 08:44:02 AM
At home tomorrow against bottom of the division.
Following last weeks helmet fiasco and my ignominious batting failure I've purchase an helmet which doesn't block my vision so no excuses if I fail to get a score.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 19, 2018, 09:06:03 AM
Had a quick read through buzz,s batting book, hopefully I can score a few today
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 19, 2018, 09:07:37 PM
Team lost today but I was fantastic ;)

We were 169 all out (I made 7*)

The opposition got it 5 down in 22 overs (with 23 overs to spare). I took 1-22 off 7 including removing their destructive opener. Sadly the damage was done as he'd already made 75 off 30 odd balls at that stage.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on May 19, 2018, 09:26:51 PM
We won today!! Sent the oppo back for 104 in 38 overs. One guy made the luckiest 46 Iíve ever seen, edges floating into gaps galor!!


In true hypocritical fashion. I then edged 16 of my first 26 runs through the slips.......

We knocked them off 2 down with 28 overs still left. I made a lucky 73 not out.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on May 19, 2018, 09:36:31 PM
Sadly we lost today but I contributed well scoring 93 from 105 balls totally
Uncharacteristic innings from me today but having a lot of confidence with the new neon custom i played some very expansive drives

Chasing 227 we were ten short but in all honesty they shouldnít have scored as many poor fielding meant we were chasing probably 30 runs too many

A week off next week as it is my wedding - I have asked if we can put it back after today ....
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on May 19, 2018, 10:07:49 PM
On loan with a different team today but the contrast between this week and last could not have been more stark.  Every time I bowled straight, the opposition batsmen heaved across the line towards a very short leg side boundary with varying degrees of success. I did pick up a wicket, bowled, but my 5 overs went for a lot. After tea I didn't have any better luck with the bat as I premeditated the first delivery I faced from a medium pacer was going to be short but only to get bowled by something very full. I have probably been watching too much IPL but my rationale was almost every one of his previous deliveries would not have hit the stumps so thought I would take a step and leg to free my arms. Very frustrating because I had just smacked the young spinner at the other end for 2 boundaries and should have simply played the ball on its merits.  Note to myself, I am not MS Dhoni.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on May 19, 2018, 11:00:55 PM
My 13 year old son took 2fer & made 21 against a decent menís team
I shall take my success vicariously
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on May 20, 2018, 07:26:32 AM
We only had 5 cricketers and the rest were fill-ins due to a team mates wedding. Consequently they hit 360/6 and bowled us out for 120. I got a season best of 27 before a short ball bowled me around the ankles. Got six points out of it which was six more than we would have got if we had cancelled. Thanks to the he 6 non-crickets who helped us out.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 20, 2018, 07:44:44 AM
Team lost score of 0  for me umpire let the bowler bowl before I was ready and I stabbed at the ball to late and was bowled.
Should have stepped away
Worst start to the season I can remember
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 20, 2018, 08:42:49 AM
Won again today, batted first and made 30 before trying to cut one from the off spinner that was a little to close and chopped into the base of my off stump, 1st time I have been out this season, after carrying my bat in the last 2 games. Made another 50+opening stand so all good on that front. We went from 105-1 to 113-4 before a great middle partnership got us to 217-7 from 45 overs.

In reply that started well although we didnt bowl that well. Oppo openers got to 75-0 before we got a wicket. Before this the opener had middled one into my gloves but gave it the ďif I think i edged it Iíd walk crapĒ and padded up to 3 arm balls from the spinner but umpires had a combined age of 150+ and couldnít see or hear anything. Almost needed a speaker for them to hear what guard you were asking for.
Any way we got them to105-6 and they closed shop ending there innings 168-7 so 17 points for us and top of the table
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 20, 2018, 08:58:25 AM
Big win yesterday, chasing 198/8 in 34 overs and only 3 down.

Lost toss and bowled first, took two catches and nearly got a run out. First catch was nailed at me by the Bexhill overseas, caught it above my head about 20 yards from the bat. Second catch was again at square leg, but a shovel off the hip coming off the top ere towards backward square meant I had to sprint and dive for it. Run out chance actually clipped the bail at the bowlers end, having gone from square to 45 to pick up and throw, with the bat about 2 yards out but didn't take enough of the bail to knock it off. Probably my best ever all round fielding performance. Pity about my bowling, 5/0/30/0. Kept slipping in my delivery stride, ended up bowling 8 wides when slipping.

Lads who batted made it look easy really, one jug avoidance (44), two jugs (70 and 50*). Only the skipper was out cheaply, then a cameo at the end from my spin partner helped us over the line.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 20, 2018, 10:17:54 AM
Yesterday was a very good day - my first ton, with the first bat I made! Absolutely over the moon. Scorecard below, they chased well  with one of theirs getting a ton but came up about 15 short.

(https://s7.postimg.cc/huxuo05mj/IMG_20180520_105505_493.jpg)
(https://s7.postimg.cc/vnc9jw46j/IMG_20180520_105505_491.jpg)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on May 20, 2018, 10:38:18 AM
Memorable day indeed. Who needs bat makers anymore?  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on May 20, 2018, 11:16:58 AM
Nice one Ed!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on May 20, 2018, 12:44:29 PM
My game was called off on Friday night so i offered to play for a mates team who only had 10 men. Ended up being quite literally the most village game i've ever played in, but still enjoyed it.

One boundary was literally 25 yards and it had to clear the trees on the boundary to be a six (local rules!) The pitch was ridiculous bouncy and green and was moving all over. We bowled first and let them get far too many (190) and i got given the small boundary leg-side for my first 3 overs of spin which got whacked, before i decided to go back to seam for the first time in 2 years and that came out much better. It's given me a lot to think about as i as hitting good areas with my seam and i've lost all my ability to bowl spin! I may go back to seam for good

Batting wise we were 50 all out. Offered to open as we were very light batting wise, made 13 (somehow top scored) in 10 overs before i chipped one up into the leg side and the bowler dived full length to pluck it 1 handed about an inch off the floor. It was an awful shot but a bloody good catch! We never looked like chasing it, and only 9 of us batted in quite literally the funniest thing i've ever seen in a cricket game.

Turns out the guy down to bat 10 was on tag and had to be home for his curfew at 7, and the guy batting 11 had to drive him home! So we 8 down all out! Brilliant  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on May 20, 2018, 01:18:16 PM
Yesterday was a very good day - my first ton, with the first bat I made! Absolutely over the moon. Scorecard below, they chased well  with one of theirs getting a ton but came up about 15 short.

(https://s7.postimg.cc/huxuo05mj/IMG_20180520_105505_493.jpg)

Absolutely brilliant story Ed, made up for you well done mate.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on May 20, 2018, 01:56:38 PM
Great work Ed couldnít happen to a nicer chap! More to come Iím sure
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on May 20, 2018, 02:51:54 PM
Lost yesterday.

We batted 1st and I got 2. Played a bad shot to a good ball and 1st slip took a very good catch when the keeper left it.

We were 70-6 but thanks to some great late order hitting we got to 201. Which I thought was par but very dependable as the oppo were short a couple of batters.

However we then preceded to bowl and field some of the worse cricket I have seen at the club in a very long time. They got away to 12 an over for the 1st 8 overs! The won with 11 overs to spare!

Not a good day.

PS. Congrats to @edge great achievement that
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 20, 2018, 04:06:34 PM
Memorable day indeed. Who needs bat makers anymore?  :)
They're still quite useful for pressing and handling to be fair ;)

Thanks all, I'm obviously made up. On a side note, highly recommend thinking hard about what makes you score runs and writing forum posts about it the day before a game, and also watching Pointing masterclass videos on YouTube before games!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on May 20, 2018, 04:39:28 PM
You said to look for 1's and 2's and started this innings with a host of boundaries. Now I've no hope of ever scoring runs with such mixed advice :)

Congrats again
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 20, 2018, 04:56:32 PM
All downhill for me now, and possibly time to retire
My 4yr old has just bowled me,,,not good
And thereís no way Iíd face his big brother anymore, I think I need to think about umpiring?

On a side note, I canít remember what I did yesterday, Iíve slept since then, I didnít get many.
Played the crappest team Iíve ever played against , the standard seems to get worse every year
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on May 20, 2018, 05:13:07 PM
@edge brilliant, certainly that is one way to have the perfect bat, make it yourself...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JB on May 20, 2018, 06:49:39 PM
We put 232 on and the oppo knocked them off with 3 balls to spare. We missed one of our opening bowlers, suffered during the middle overs, we conceded far too many runs.

I opened and got 20 quickly, felt good on a lovely batting track! Got excited after hitting a six over the covers and hit a leading edge to gully trying to flick one through mid wicket. Bowled a rare 3 overs at the end and picked a wicket up.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on May 20, 2018, 07:04:36 PM
I hate this game.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on May 20, 2018, 07:44:36 PM
They're still quite useful for pressing and handling to be fair ;)

Thanks all, I'm obviously made up. On a side note, highly recommend thinking hard about what makes you score runs and writing forum posts about it the day before a game, and also watching Pointing masterclass videos on YouTube before games!

I think you need to share said Masterclass to the forum! 100s galore next weekend!

Top nock too well done!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 20, 2018, 08:35:32 PM
Didnít play yesterday but did today and on the end of a 100 run thumping but a decent game personally

Opened the bowling and as an off spinner thatís rare for me, too 1-34 off 8 overs 5 up front 3 at death we shipped 250

That brings my average for my Sunday side to 18

Batted at 6 with the game already lost hit 20 not out in about 8 overs timed it nicely couldnít find boundaries
 
But it does bring my Batting average for my Sunday team up to 41 after two games sow Iíll be working hard to keep it there!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on May 20, 2018, 08:51:14 PM
First up, many congratulations Ed, fantastic knock, well done indeed. Such a good feeling with your own bat too.

We player Elveden 2s this afternoon. A beautiful day here in Suffolk, perfect for cricket. They batted first and put up 217, we chased and fell at the last, 200 for 8 off the 40. I managed a decent 42 from an opening stand of about 110. Caught at gulley which was a disappointing end, but all in all, a great afternoon.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on May 20, 2018, 08:53:22 PM
My Sunday side played their first game of the season today, after 6 cancelled games, and my 2nd game of the season. Went in at 4 at 32-2 after a run out, and faced some fairly average bowling. My 4th ball was down the leg side, I swivelled round and nailed it right out of the middle, only to pick out short fine leg who caught it an inch of the ground. Had to drag myself off the pitch, couldn't believe it. God this game is so frustrating at times!

We didn't appear in any trouble as we strolled to 80 odd for 4 after 20, but then we collapse to 98 all out. Just poor batting, no real threat from any of their bowlers. They started well, 40-0, but we fought back and began to take wickets. Although the result never really looked in doubt we managed to get them 7 down before they reached their target of 99. So 2 innings and just 5 runs to show for it so far. Can only get better, I hope!


Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on May 20, 2018, 09:24:09 PM
They're still quite useful for pressing and handling to be fair ;)

Thanks all, I'm obviously made up. On a side note, highly recommend thinking hard about what makes you score runs and writing forum posts about it the day before a game, and also watching Pointing masterclass videos on YouTube before games!

As it was my post you commented on, does that mean i get half your runs?  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 20, 2018, 09:50:02 PM
You said to look for 1's and 2's and started this innings with a host of boundaries. Now I've no hope of ever scoring runs with such mixed advice :)

Congrats again

Good point - one key thing I neglected to mention is when opening the batting, make sure to get yourself facing the bowler who's fond of a full toss, not the pacey accurate one who keeps hitting cracks on a length! http://uniofbristol.play-cricket.com/website/results/3275845 (http://uniofbristol.play-cricket.com/website/results/3275845)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on May 20, 2018, 10:14:17 PM
Had a very good match today in the grounds of Harewood House.

We made 199-7 off 40 overs thanks mainly to 107 not out from someone who only turned out for us because of an injury to someone else. After tea, the opposition made steady progress but you know it's going to be your team's day when one of the openers absolutely drills a sweep shot straight into the hands of the man placed for saving a single at 45 degrees. A number of us including me were initially thinking what a great shot not realising the catch had been taken. The other opener made 50 but he then nailed the ball to mid-on but the unluckiest man of the day surely has to be the batsman who was run out by yours truly with a direct throw. I can honestly say that in 35 years of playing cricket, I have never properly run out anyone before but this chap popped the ball up on the leg-side and set off for a single only for the bounce to spin perfectly into my right hand so I took aim and hit middle stump and he was out by a couple of yards. I also picked up a couple of wickets too (more good catches) and we won by 35 runs but I am going to dine out on this run out for the rest of the season !!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 21, 2018, 09:04:41 AM
Grumpy Rich came out on Saturday - got given out lbw to a ball that wouldn't have hit a second set. Sulked on the boundary for 30 overs as we collapsed to 41/5 then recovered to 213/9.

Oppo had a 100% record and were in confident mood at tea, but our bowling attack is amongst the best in the league and some disciplined lines strangled the scoring. Although we didn't bowl them out, they left themselves 120 to chase from the last 15 overs and never got close. Won by 32 runs in the end.

I managed a catch (2nd slip) and a run out (direct hit on the dive at short midwicket) so at least I bagged a few fantasy points for the day.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on May 25, 2018, 11:16:11 PM
Off already tomorrow, 'waterlogged pitch'. Some tit's forgotten to put the covers on I assume, what a farce. Only us and one other side with a 100% record so far this year, kiss that goodbye and hope to make it up later then!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on May 26, 2018, 07:59:13 AM
1st game of any type at all for me today. Playing 2 games this weekend as a batsman- hahahahaha!!!!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 26, 2018, 08:58:58 AM
Not playing today son as come to visit from New Zealand.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ajdal on May 26, 2018, 12:21:34 PM
Last 2 matches(night) have been pretty entertaining for me. Have hit some of the biggest sixes of my life in the last 2 weeks. My GN 50+ is very very special  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/QvYnpLk.png)


(https://i.imgur.com/v2JjzQI.png)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on May 26, 2018, 04:09:59 PM
Top hitting!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 26, 2018, 06:59:15 PM
I really hate cricket...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on May 26, 2018, 07:20:45 PM
Totally triggered 2nd ball caught behind.   Never touched it. Bloody league umpire. He was giving wides when the ball had hit the pads too. Where do they get these people. We lost. Very frustrating.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on May 26, 2018, 08:14:01 PM
Totally triggered 2nd ball caught behind.   Never touched it. Bloody league umpire. He was giving wides when the ball had hit the pads too. Where do they get these people. We lost. Very frustrating.

Think they canvas outside Specsavers off East Reach ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on May 26, 2018, 08:37:51 PM
Shipped 300 again in 45 overs tough game  today. A loss but we got 200 in reply.

Given out when I hit the ground for nothing which pretty much ruined the day

The umpire did come up to me after the match and said he may of got it wrong. My batting partner said I hit the ground not the ball

Mistakes happen thou whether the umps honesty makes it better or worse I don't know!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on May 26, 2018, 08:38:49 PM
His biggest howler was not giving one of our players out lbw. The umpire admitted it hit him inline and would have hit the stumps, but it couldnít be out as it pitched outside off stump.
He earnt £40 for that performance
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 26, 2018, 09:31:08 PM
Poor team day, good personal day for me though, made 79 and was in a second wicket stand of 100 and batted nicely. Got out caught behind which was frustrating but at least it was the correct decision. We were 150-2 ended up 198 all out poor middle order display and some tidy bowling meant the momentum was with them. They knocked it off 1 down when the pitch had dried out and was back to being a road.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: csnew on May 26, 2018, 09:34:10 PM
Waste of a day!
Bowled the opposition out for 40 odd and knocked it off in 4 overs - thank you for coming
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 26, 2018, 11:45:14 PM
Made 23 in an opening stand of 50 with my skipper before nicking off. Struggled with a sore wrist which stopped me playing shots.

We scored 183/6 in our 45 overs, on a pitch which offered plenty of lateral movement.

Our bowling attack is probably the best in the league and as long as we give them a total to work with they usually pull through. And so it was today as we bowled out our local rivals for 83 inside 34 overs to record a 100 run win.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: elmoog on May 27, 2018, 02:50:19 AM
had to umpire today and gave a hat trick ball a no ball for a double bounce

it was plumb lbw
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: skip1973 on May 27, 2018, 06:29:20 AM
Aren't balls allowed to bounce twice anymore?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on May 27, 2018, 08:24:14 AM
Yesterday I finally hung up the keeping gloves after 25 years! I had been thinking about it through the winter and we had a new player turn up at the club who could finally give my body a break! It felt a bit weird being in the field but I took a good catch so it has started well.

We had a great game. We won with 1 ball to spare, with a great help from our oppos slow over rate!

We bowled well to restrict them to 207 on what I thought was a 225 pitch. However as I stood at the non strikers end in the 1st over I watched my partner nick off to the 1st ball then our no.3 nick off to the 3rd ball and we were 0-2 at the end of the 1st over!!

Me and our no.4 steadied the ship and put on 80 before I played on for 39. We would then lose a couple of quick wickets before our no. 8 got 60 and the tail wagged plus they bowled 24 wides!

So it came down to needing 14 off the last over but they had ran out of time to bowl their overs so got 6 penalty runs for the 1 over they hadn't bowled. So we now only needed 8 with no.10 and 11 in! We got it with 1 ball to spare.

A great game and advert for bowling your overs quickly!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 27, 2018, 08:52:37 AM
Aren't balls allowed to bounce twice anymore?

Nope - Law 21.7
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 27, 2018, 08:55:39 AM
Second ball duck yesterday,,, I wonít describe how I was out, because I still canít believe it, but hey ho
Took 4 wickets and we won, and the tea was a cracker, and the sun was out, and had an hour before the game doing throwdowns for my little un
So a cracking day
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on May 27, 2018, 09:34:49 AM
Weve had a ll three of our away games rained off. So we,ve managed two leagues by the end on May. Really damaging our chances of promotion.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OllieWalker39 on May 27, 2018, 09:38:29 AM
I'm in need of some help for my 2018 season!

Currently have the following run of form...

15 (run out), 27*, 32, 13 (Caught by a stunning one handed diving juggle...).

T20s... 30, 8*, 29.

Playing stunning shots, even early on. So basically, it seems I'm able to make starts but keep getting myself out once in. Need some tips of how to keep my concentration and build these into 50s and 100s. Bizarrely yesterday we were playing on a ground as big as Lords but outfield was about 2 inches long...!
And to top it off, bat has died.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 27, 2018, 11:37:49 AM
Well there you go, new bats the answer to your problems
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OllieWalker39 on May 27, 2018, 12:02:02 PM
@Northern monkey - I thought as much...  :D the bank man won't like that though! :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 27, 2018, 04:01:19 PM
Getting a bit fed up to be honest. 200 mile round trip for my match yesterday, away to Bognor Regis, only got 4 overs and batted ten.

Won toss and bowled for some reason on a flat deck with a rapid outfield, oppo 207/7 from their 45. I got brought on after 32 overs when they'd started to go for it. Part time keeper missed two simple takes down the leg side that went for 5 wides each, short straight boundaries were taken advantage of as I got 1/39 from 4. However much spin I put on the ball it doesn't seem to be gripping at the moment, but our overseas felt id bowled really well and the figures didn't show it. Im going to film myself in the nets to send to @edynamo and will put a YouTube link so everyone can give opinions.

Top order collapsed against their overseas, who was rapid but straight up and down. I got 1, run down to third man first ball from said quick, before trying to play myself in vs off spin and instead of trying to smash a full toss tried to place it, only to get the outside half of the bat straight to short cover. 72 all out was absolutely awful in 23 overs.

Jake, our overseas, reckons I should be playing minor counties, but im not being given a chance with bat or ball at present. In three completed league matches I've bowled 13 overs. I have been expensive, but that's partly getting used to a new ground and slope, partly lack of rhythm from so few overs. I know I have to earn a place higher up the batting order, but if I don't get given a chance I cant make the case!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Smmatle1 on May 27, 2018, 09:02:35 PM
First decent score of the season for me today after my 20 year hiatus, 45* (3 and 5* other scores) in a losing draw. Oppo posted 181-5 in their 40 overs, we scraped 159-8 (only had 10 men), batted the last 8 overs with our last man so pretty happy.
Probably should have had my fifty if I had quicker partners between the wickets.....I think the oldies hate me with my jittery quick running (nearly had to bring out the defibrillator for a couple of them).
Still not been given a chance to bowl (I was predominantly a bowler back in the day), but Iím enjoying it....the wife less so, she was frothing at the mouth when I got back at gone 8:30pm!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on May 28, 2018, 07:40:42 AM
@mohawks94 if you're not bowling much and/or coming on towards end of innings then have a word with skip and if no joy then probably best to drop down to the 2s and get some overs, and hopefully wickets too, under your belt. Will probably be more beneficial long run than 4 or 5 overs at a time when they're trying to score big runs at the end of the innings.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ad2606 on May 28, 2018, 11:14:31 AM
Who's battling a hangover to don their whites today then? Hungover bank holiday matches are tradition :) haha
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: uknsaunders on May 28, 2018, 01:59:47 PM
Won today. Our team selection had more than a hint of train wreck about it:-

Ramadan
Uni guys not back and some crappy availability from nearly all our batsman
Batter who got a ton last week not available
Bank Holiday
Young pace bowler decided to OD on alcohol the night before and his mum cried off for him 20 mins before the meet

So I had the 3rd XI opening bowler in my 2s opening, with a guy who hadn't bowled in a game for years at the other. Both doing Ramadan. My change bowler was doing Ramadan. My other change bowler was 16 and got battered the week before. What could go wrong?

Well apart from me having to bowl a load of overs and a bit of man management on the bowling changes, surprisingly little. 199-6 the oppo got and we chased it down with an over to spare and 7 wickets in hand. @golders played a classy knock to score 63 opening and my 16 year old recorded his maiden 50 in adult cricket to end up 72*. The great thing about the 107 partnership they put on is it was good old fashioned batting. They put away bad balls and rotated the strike on the good balls. Patience and technique meant they pretty much shut the oppo out of the game for 25 overs. In this IPL era it's nice to see batsman not smacking the ball over the top all the time while failing to rotate the strike, or getting desperate because a couple of quiet overs have passed. A lot of common sense has gone out of the game and it's a shame. Probably played the right oppo at the right time, Bicester and North Oxford 2s aren't the strongest but it's our first win this season so I'll take it. On a personal note, back in the swing of things 15-1-31-3 and 13-2-35-3 in the last 2 weeks, even bowled one guy with a real turner.

Nice to play a sensible oppo at a nice ground on a good deck. With the sun out it seemed like a good day all round.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JTtaylor145 on May 29, 2018, 12:08:25 PM
Finally got some runs on Saturday 78*. It's been a long time since I hit a decent score. Lost my father in January (he always came down to the ground to watch me play) so felt pretty emotional after the innings. He would have enjoyed it  :)

We have already won 3 games this season...that's 1 more than the whole of last year. After being on the receiving end of some monumental beatings last season it was nice to dish one out to someone.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on May 29, 2018, 01:02:30 PM

Nice to play a sensible oppo at a nice ground on a good deck. With the sun out it seemed like a good day all round.

Their 2s must have changed a lot since I used to play them in div 3/4, where they were a bunch of muppets (and that's putting it incredibly politely!!!). I think I read they kicked out one family, who admittedly tended to start the agro yet were all decent enough guys off the field - or they were to me, so guessing that brought about a big change within the club?

Glad you had a nice say to play there, we played on a windy overcast day and it was one of the coldest days of cricket in my life where their ground is so open.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on May 29, 2018, 01:43:01 PM
Had decent opportunity to bat well that blown away shortly. We lost 2 wickets in 1st over. I went on number 5 in 15th over. Chiped one to mid off and out.
Wicket had big wet patch where ball was sticking and coming slow. So that's my excuse that ball went in air rather than over bowlers head where I intended.

They won easily as wicket dried second inning.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ad2606 on May 29, 2018, 02:56:56 PM
Finally got some runs on Saturday 78*. It's been a long time since I hit a decent score. Lost my father in January (he always came down to the ground to watch me play) so felt pretty emotional after the innings. He would have enjoyed it  :)

We have already won 3 games this season...that's 1 more than the whole of last year. After being on the receiving end of some monumental beatings last season it was nice to dish one out to someone.

Congrats on the knock, cant beat the feeling of winning a few games. Winning isn't the be all and end all of playing but it sure helps when you have some success!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jblowe on May 29, 2018, 06:48:26 PM
@meats are you also in Oxon?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on May 29, 2018, 09:07:57 PM
@meats are you also in Oxon?

Used to play for Wallingford before I moved out of the area. Looks like they folded last year?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on May 30, 2018, 10:06:06 AM
My game tonight has been rained off. This is becoming such a frustrating start to a season. Almost June and only played twice due to the weather or opposition not getting a team out!  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mo_town on May 30, 2018, 11:31:57 AM
Played my first game for my new club this Saturday for Bournemouth CC against Ferndown Wayfarers. Skipper won the toss and decided to bowl on a hot sunny day. I was asked if I was comfortable bowling spin with the new ball. I was a little apprehensive as it was my first game and bowling spin with the new ball can go either ways but decided to give it a go. Started off with a full toss down the leg side which was dispatched to the boundary(great first impression!) but got settled down and bowled decently(I think) with figures of 9-1-32-2 getting both the opening batsmen out. They ended up getting 250+ and we lost the match by 20 odd runs.

There were a lot of Crossbat bats on display at the club. Looks like everyone at Ferndown has one :)! Lovely stickers with minimalist design and good middles.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 30, 2018, 12:18:08 PM
shocking day out on saturday, dropped there number 4 who went on to hit 63 when he was in single figures, still livid with nyself about that drop, 3rd slip between me and second, got to it took it right in middle of hand but it went down! concentration went after that and dropped another sitter and fielded awfully!

game on to bowl too 6-0-3-36 got the lad i dropped otu stumped in my second over and took 2 in 2 we fell well short with the bat chasing 230

then last night in a 15 8 ball over retire ta 25 on an astro friendly i laboured to 23 off 11 overs before i was run out.

tbh i was relieved to get out at the point, was hitting the ball really nicely but kept hitting the fielder, when i hit the gap it was mistimed and horrible, good practice for the weekend though

bowling is a little hit and miss this season, looks and feels good when i bowl it but when i float it it sits up nicely so plenty to work on!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 30, 2018, 05:08:52 PM
Played my first game for my new club this Saturday for Bournemouth CC against Ferndown Wayfarers. Skipper won the toss and decided to bowl on a hot sunny day. I was asked if I was comfortable bowling spin with the new ball. I was a little apprehensive as it was my first game and bowling spin with the new ball can go either ways but decided to give it a go. Started off with a full toss down the leg side which was dispatched to the boundary(great first impression!) but got settled down and bowled decently(I think) with figures of 9-1-32-2 getting both the opening batsmen out. They ended up getting 250+ and we lost the match by 20 odd runs.

There were a lot of Crossbat bats on display at the club. Looks like everyone at Ferndown has one :)! Lovely stickers with minimalist design and good middles.

My best mate from Uni is a Ferndown Wayfarer when he's home from Uni, the guy who owns/runs crossbat is one of the players.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: billyb on May 31, 2018, 11:28:24 AM
So I didn't do anything useful really last night, but I witnessed something... remarkable.

Opposition opener batted for 18 overs, and scored 7 runs. In a T20. He essentially ran out half of his team too.

I have never, ever been so bored on a cricket field.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mo_town on May 31, 2018, 01:59:22 PM
So I didn't do anything useful really last night, but I witnessed something... remarkable.

Opposition opener batted for 18 overs, and scored 7 runs. In a T20. He essentially ran out half of his team too.

I have never, ever been so bored on a cricket field.

Imagine what he would do in a test match! Someone get him into the England XI for the second test!  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 31, 2018, 04:23:16 PM
Had a crap day yesterday, took a day off work to play against a touring side and came away questioning why I bothered.

I got my first duck of 2018, coming in to face 2 balls at the end of the innings having had to pad up incredibly quickly, I missed a straight one to be plumb LBW last ball of the innings.

I then saw the real downside to captaincy, with 2 of our own players almost coming to blows on the pitch over something incredibly trivial (player 1 "you're bowling is sh*t" player 2"say that to my face..." and it escalated from there). Somehow this was my fault! The people guilty of it were 22 and 36 years old for Christ's sake...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 31, 2018, 05:57:59 PM
Bet he tourists were impressed.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on May 31, 2018, 06:44:55 PM
Often itís not who you play against but who you play with that counts. One or two wan@ers make a huge difference
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 31, 2018, 06:47:48 PM
Bet he tourists were impressed.

They thought it was hilarious! To an outsider it probably was to be fair, proper handbags stuff.

It was only those of us who have to see said Muppets every week didn't see the funny side
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 31, 2018, 07:55:05 PM
Mixed day for certain.

Call this evening from skipper, I've been dropped to the seconds for the week to get overs and an innings under my belt. Appreciated that I haven't had a decent crack and need to get some rhythm, and that im a far better bat than going in 9/10.

On the plus, had CricX (James Cole) get in touch to say they've found me a club in South Australia, in the city of Port Lincoln. Seems a cracking opportunity so definitely going ahead with that! Certainly improves the day for me.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: billyb on May 31, 2018, 10:05:21 PM
Mixed day for certain.

Call this evening from skipper, I've been dropped to the seconds for the week to get overs and an innings under my belt. Appreciated that I haven't had a decent crack and need to get some rhythm, and that im a far better bat than going in 9/10.

On the plus, had CricX (James Cole) get in touch to say they've found me a club in South Australia, in the city of Port Lincoln. Seems a cracking opportunity so definitely going ahead with that! Certainly improves the day for me.

You'll return a far better cricketer! The improvement I've seen in folks who go abroad to ply their trade for a season is incredible.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 01, 2018, 06:35:21 AM
Mixed day for certain.

Call this evening from skipper, I've been dropped to the seconds for the week to get overs and an innings under my belt. Appreciated that I haven't had a decent crack and need to get some rhythm, and that im a far better bat than going in 9/10.

On the plus, had CricX (James Cole) get in touch to say they've found me a club in South Australia, in the city of Port Lincoln. Seems a cracking opportunity so definitely going ahead with that! Certainly improves the day for me.

Well done on finding a club in Oz. My seasons in Oz were some of the best cricketing and life experiences I have had. Take the opportunity and you will definitely come back a better cricketer. Make sure you put in time to go and see the rest of the country as well!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jaffa on June 01, 2018, 09:49:46 AM
At the end of last year I went through my back. After treatment the advice from the physio was work on strengthening your muscles. The bowling action is ideal to make the area that failed strong again he said. I asked about my stiff calf and pelvis. He said not to worry and just work on building up the muscles.

I did, slowing building things up but it felt like it was getting worse. The physio wanted to continue treatment but I went for a second opinion. The second guy sent me immediately for a scan. Now that stiff calf has led to a 1cm tear in my achilles.

Nevermind work etc, season over before it starts. Not a happy bunny.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 01, 2018, 11:06:26 AM
Well done on finding a club in Oz. My seasons in Oz were some of the best cricketing and life experiences I have had. Take the opportunity and you will definitely come back a better cricketer. Make sure you put in time to go and see the rest of the country as well!

Im hoping to, but Port Lincoln is 280km flight from Adelaide and 660km by road, so may be tricky!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 01, 2018, 11:13:26 AM
Im hoping to, but Port Lincoln is 280km flight from Adelaide and 660km by road, so may be tricky!

nothing like a good road trip! try and plan the whole travel either end of the season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 01, 2018, 02:43:16 PM
Playing my third match tomorrow following two dismissals for nought first one couldnt see the ball through a new helmet ( now discarded )  second dismissal umpire allowed the to bowler before I was ready
So to change my luck brought a new bat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 01, 2018, 02:51:33 PM
We are playing Great Horwood tomorrow and i am sure (although maybe going senile in old age) that there is a forumite who plays for them??

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RF on June 02, 2018, 12:07:09 PM
Rained off today
Played against @Simmy on Thursday night though.
We got 135 and they were 13 short, decent game on a rubbish wicket.
Simmy got 52 and they would have won if heíd have stayed in
I managed 40 not out
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 02, 2018, 08:43:38 PM
Another good comfortable win today and played in great spirit. We reduced the game to 35overs a side due to yellow weather warning for rain and thunder storms and played the whole game under blue skies and scorching sun lol.
We batted first and together with my opening partner we put on 104 for first wicket in 19 overs on a lovely home deck albeit against an average attack but it did swing around a lot. He was first to go for 49.
I felt in great touch today and built small partnership with No4 and no5 having lost no3 quickly after opening partner. I fell for 71 in the 28th over caught at deep long off, he didnít move an inch I donít think lol.
Out skipper then smacked 27 off 9 balls and along with the other set bat we made 218-5 from our 35.

We then blew away there top order and they were 31-5 after 10 twice our bowlers were on hatricks and finally in 4th game got the first nick behind of the season, canít remeber having to go that long ever before getting a chance. Next over however the only ball of the game that misbehaved shot along the deck and in trying to take it cleanly had it smash into the end of my finger, game over for me. Hopefully not broken just badly bruised maybe a ligiament or something in my finger but needless to say Iím was willing those pads and gloves off and spent the rest of out innings with my hand wrapped in ice.
We have a few lads who donít normally bowl some overs and ended up getting the last wicket in the 27th over. Nice early finish just a shame we reduced but in reality didnít really make a difference. Oppo stayed around for a good few hours and we all had a lovely chat etc which for sat league cricket seems to be rare.
Rest the finger this week and give the T20 midweek a miss to be ready to at least bat next weekend. Think one of the other lads can keep for a week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 02, 2018, 08:44:17 PM
Last over thriller for us today

Batting first we made 207 all out.
One of our openers made 43 but suffered a knee injury so was unable to field (it looked like he had a 2nd knee cap!)
We had a 17 year old batting at no.5 who made a very good 62, and an 18 year old at no.6 who fell agonisingly short of his maiden 2nd XI 50, getting c&b for 44.

Other than 36 extras nobody else made double figures, and the general feeling at tea was not batting for our full 45 overs may have hurt us as we were about 20-30 runs short.

In the 2nd innings their openers got off to a flyer,putting on 44 in 8 overs before the first wicket fell.
Our bowlers pegged it back and took regular wickets, with the opposition always keeping round about the required rate. It came down to them needing 9 off the last over with 1 wicket in hand, with our opening bowler on. Dot (9 off 5, we've got this!), 4 (5 off 4, squeaky bum time), wicket - bowled him.

We won by 4 runs.

Great game to be a part of, but not good for the blood pressure. I felt for the opposition coming so close, winning those kind of games is great, but losing them is heartbreaking.

Oh, and I picked up a 4 fer en route to victory, great day all round.

Over to my friendly captaincy tomorrow for a nice away trip and a timed game :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 02, 2018, 08:51:05 PM
First game back since I broke my thumb last year. Was a game to forget for the team. Look posted 211-9 from their 50. Their opener was dropped on 5 and then miles out stumped that wasnít given in the 20ís. Went into to get 94no. I always enjoy watching a good batsman go about his business getting runs but this was certainly not in that bracket. Still, youíve got to get them! I took 2-30-10 so pretty happy with that for first game back. Should of had 2/3 more with missed stumpings and dropped catches.

Batting we were skittles for 58 from 29overs on a pitch which had started seriously drying in the heat and had balls popping/keeping low. I was left down sh*t creek without a paddle for 15 (from 17 overs & we were 5 down by then 🤣) when run out by my partner. Felt really comfortable at the crease but scoring was really hard.

All in all a crap day for the team but nice to get back out there.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 02, 2018, 09:51:30 PM
First game with the Ansty Fun XI (2nd team).

Batted first, went in 7 against an off spinner one end and left arm orthodox the other. My innings was short and violent, being .,.,6,4,6,6,1,w with the three sixes all straight and the four in the same place as well. All my runs were from the offie, got stumped first ball from the left armer who speared it in whilst I tracked it and tried to hit the ball to Cuckfield. We ended 161/9 from 40.

We got early wickets, then I bowled in tandem with one of our women's team who plays for Essex ladies. Meg got 1/17 from 9, I got 4/21 from 7. After two overs I had 0/14, so quite a comeback! Also took a one handed catch at mid wicket to dismiss their opener, smacked a full toss over my shoulder so threw a hand up and it stuck, then a simple catch running round from mid wicket to square to finish the game. Almost got wiped out taking the last catch by out opening bowler, and it was suggested it was jug avoidance from me. Bowled the oppo out for 97 so a decent win and 2s now top of the league.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on June 02, 2018, 11:10:45 PM
Got smashed for 434 today, was embarrassing.
All out 202 in reply. Duck for me, hate cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on June 03, 2018, 06:30:30 AM
Hate cricket.....from the high of 93 two weeks ago, getting married last Saturday I make my league return yesterday. After losing the toss the oppo make 220 in tricky batting conditions
In reply we make 160....my contribution a first ball duck :-( I am hoping this might refocus me going forward
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 03, 2018, 07:03:38 AM
A poor day. We lost the toss and made to bowl first we bowled them out for 200 and we were bowled out for 140 in reply. A forgettable day for me. Their bowler who was wearing bright yellow trainers bowled a half volley first up which I edged for 4 next ball another half volley the eyes lit up and I missed it to be bowled. Iím with the cord and velvetsky... hate cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on June 03, 2018, 07:37:15 AM
Ditto the theme of hating cricket

Caught on a nightmare wicket than spun massive against a very good side and all out for 68, started at 1pm and finished at 3.30, had nothing to do for the rest of the day so watched the threes in a park . Second consecutive duck as well.

This was after the club captain said 'your team needs to start picking up points quickly'. Well we didn't get any yesterday!?

Change of bat now to something els which is totally illogical but often works!  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on June 03, 2018, 08:40:13 AM
We won.

Got there very ealry(10pm) to cut outfield, it started raining so we just put covers on instead.

Luckily saved the day as it bounce it down and would definitely have been off by time everyone else arrived at 12.

Started late in a reduced game. 36 overs.

Oppo who were top of league, crawled to 108 for 8 of there overs(2 run outs in last over made it seem more, they had no interests before this over to put a score on).

For what should have been a big game, they seemed very defeated, celebrating dropped catches, missed run out chances, edges. Before it all kicked off with 5 to go as they decided to start call one of our fielders a fat ***** as he ran for the ball.

This nearly lead to a fight at tea...... got to love cricket.
They then spent tea talking about how the ďrain was coming inĒ and theyíd get there 7 points no worries.

I took 15 of first two overs before I got a good nut that moved away and hit top of off, I ignored my send off.

We moved on to 45 for 1, before our 17 year old opener missed a good slower ball, and oppo resorted to heckling him as he walked off.

I really donít understand how some clubs want to act on the field?

Anyway we knocked them off with 5 overs left. Should have been done earlier, but as lew needed 20 for his 50 and we need 20 to win, Mick decided to block everything and refuse to get a run.



Was a disappointing day for a top of the table clash, oppo more interested in sledging than winning.
I wanted a competitive game. And it wasnít like they had a poor side out, was probably there best xi available and our games are usually close.
They just turned up with the wrong attitude for some reason.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on June 03, 2018, 09:05:11 AM
We came second, disappointing given they were something like 55-4 off 26 overs... Big lad came in and slogged and they got up to 209, which we couldn't chase, so in the last over 20odd short. 2-20 off my 9 for me, pleased with that given I conceded 12 in the last one! Then sold down the river by my opening partner and run out for 10.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tom_90 on June 03, 2018, 10:31:37 AM
Played on the same strip for the 4th game in a row, thanks to the ground staff not being arsed because it wasn't the first team. Really annoys me when the first team are the only ones looked after. I don't mind playing on a deck the week after, but after 250 odd overs have been bowled on it? Come on...

Huge crater at middle stump at both ends, deep footmarks for the bowlers and some very variable bounce.
they got 150 odd of their 40, I got triggered lbw on 23 after a solid start to a ball that hit me well above the knee roll. We knocked them off 7 down in the end.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 03, 2018, 01:45:09 PM
Team won yesterday in a low scoring match only had ten players and our opening bowler was missing but needn't have worried our 12 year old seamer  ripped out the opposition  middle order with  4 for 12 off 5 overs
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: horseman on June 03, 2018, 03:00:22 PM
Did you get any @Seniorplayer ?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 03, 2018, 06:58:51 PM
3 runs played a typical l lefthanders shot stepped down the wicket whipped the ball  backwards of square leg off middle stump fielder dived forward and caught it inches off the ground stood there momentarily as I didn't realise the fielder had caught it umpire told me later that opposition had  set the field in anticipation of the shot.should have looked at the field placings
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on June 03, 2018, 07:58:59 PM
5 out of 5 now, fairly comprehensive victory - oppo finished 116-8 and we chased it down in 30 overs. Nice little 59 for me personally so good day all round.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 03, 2018, 09:19:15 PM
Fantastic day today!

A true club man who's been at the club for 26 years made his maiden century, truly deserved and couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

We posted 227-6, with a decent 36 from a 17 year old and a couple of youngsters getting red ink cameos at the end

In response the opposition were 150 ish all out.
A 14 year old taking 4-29 and a 13 year old making his senior debut bowling incredibly well and taking 2 wickets

On a personal note I kept wicket and took 2 catches. I was more pleased with conceding only 3 byes on a somewhat interesting pitch, some balls were popping with some keeping low.

Tomorrow is day 3, I've got an evening league cup match, but I'm starting to think 4 games in 4 days may be a bit excessive
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on June 03, 2018, 09:53:43 PM
Played my 4th game in 5 days today (had 2 for uni on Weds/Fri)

Yesterday i made 5 before running myself out suicidally after feeling in really good touch. Won by 1 wicket against a bunch of extremely gobby Sri Lankan lads who hadn't been beaten this year. Anything that hit the pads was plumb according to them and our umpires were called cheats on several occasions, nothing made me happier than the pathetic hand shakes they gave as they walked off the pitch.

Opened the batting for my new Sunday team today and felt horrendous. Wasn't moving my feet, was playing the moving ball awfully. Limped to 7 off 14 overs, chasing 117, we were all out for 90. Somehow they've asked if i want to play again!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 04, 2018, 06:00:24 AM
Fantastic day today!

A true club man who's been at the club for 26 years made his maiden century, truly deserved and couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

We posted 227-6, with a decent 36 from a 17 year old and a couple of youngsters getting red ink cameos at the end

In response the opposition were 150 ish all out.
A 14 year old taking 4-29 and a 13 year old making his senior debut bowling incredibly well and taking 2 wickets

On a personal note I kept wicket and took 2 catches. I was more pleased with conceding only 3 byes on a somewhat interesting pitch, some balls were popping with some keeping low.

Tomorrow is day 3, I've got an evening league cup match, but I'm starting to think 4 games in 4 days may be a bit excessive

This is brilliant.... it's exactly what Sunday cricket is for. Experienced club man and colts playing together doing well etc...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Simmy on June 04, 2018, 07:08:58 AM
Rained off today
Played against @Simmy on Thursday night though.
We got 135 and they were 13 short, decent game on a rubbish wicket.
Simmy got 52 and they would have won if heíd have stayed in
I managed 40 not out

haha i was trying to get out from ball one! absolute minefield that place hate batting on it!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RF on June 04, 2018, 09:16:59 AM
@Simmy I would not be keeping on that either!
Never a good sign when you turn up an the track's just being rolled
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on June 04, 2018, 05:33:08 PM
Played my 4th game in 5 days today (had 2 for uni on Weds/Fri)

Yesterday i made 5 before running myself out suicidally after feeling in really good touch. Won by 1 wicket against a bunch of extremely gobby Sri Lankan lads who hadn't been beaten this year. Anything that hit the pads was plumb according to them and our umpires were called cheats on several occasions, nothing made me happier than the pathetic hand shakes they gave as they walked off the pitch.

Opened the batting for my new Sunday team today and felt horrendous. Wasn't moving my feet, was playing the moving ball awfully. Limped to 7 off 14 overs, chasing 117, we were all out for 90. Somehow they've asked if i want to play again!

To rub salt in the wound, i've also got a 2 week ban after comments made on Saturday's game.

2 free weeks to improve my game i guess!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on June 04, 2018, 06:47:32 PM
To rub salt in the wound, i've also got a 2 week ban after comments made on Saturday's game.

2 free weeks to improve my game i guess!

Comments on here? Or elsewhere?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on June 04, 2018, 07:49:53 PM
On social media regarding the attitudes of our opposition on Saturday.

Ah well, you live and you learn.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on June 04, 2018, 09:09:29 PM
Had a frustrating game on Saturday. Opened the batting for the 2's and helped put on 50 opening stand. Got tied down by a slow dobber who was doing nothing other than landing ever ball line and length. Should have gone down the wicket or given myself room to hit him through the off side, but hardly played and not scored any this season, so lacked confidence. Cross with myself as usually much more positive than this! We slumped from 56-0 to 90-5 and the dobber got me lbw for 26. We finished on 183-9, but every wicket was down to a poor shot rather than good bowling.

Opposition opener came out and smashed everything, mostly across the line and took the game away from us. I caught him on the boundary for 70 in just the 14th over, but dropped an easier catch off their other opener who finished up 60 odd not out. The skipper brought me on to bowl with the scores tied. Just what you want! But managed to get a wicket maiden before they rapped it up in the next over.

Both firsts and seconds got promoted last year, but neither team has managed a win yet this season. Frustration all round, but I was very disappointed by my own batting and allowing a very average bowler to tie me down. T20 game on Wednesday and fully intend to come out all guns blazing to make up for it!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 04, 2018, 10:40:17 PM
Well tonight was interesting!

16 over cup game, we only had 9.
Pitch was awful (a full delivery could do anything between hit your ankle or go over your head)

I took a wicket as the opposition were restricted to 83-6
We knocked it off 4 down with a couple of overs to spare.

Highlight for my teammates was me chasing after a skyer and ending up in a heap on the floor having fallen down a rabbit hole (the ground really was that bad...)

Game 4 in 4 days tomorrow before I take a couple of days off (and only go training...)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jjelricksmith on June 05, 2018, 11:57:41 AM
Update from the weekend.

Played league on Saturday got a quick opening and then out. Bowled out for 190 and bowled them out for 165. Full muslim side and during ramadan meant we had very long drinks breaks when they went and sat in the shade and a long tea. Did start to feel sorry for them as it was a scorcher.

Sunday bit of a white wash where we rolled a side over for 56 in 25 overs when we were trying our best to give them runs, full tosses with no fielders outside the ring, batsmen bowling half trackers but they kept missing the ball! Sadly not much we could have done to make it longer. Rattled those runs off in 7.1 overs with a 24* and then played a quick T10 with our side getting 99 ( I got 25 retired) and they got 82 in reply. Seemed to prefer the shorter format....

Overall a very very village sunday game but a good atmosphere especially in the 10 over game.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 05, 2018, 10:27:11 PM
4 games in 4 days - done

Now for 2 nights training before games Friday and Saturday...

16 over league tonight, oppo batted first and made 101-4 (I think, they didn't lose many wickets.)

In reply we got them 2 down, our opener making 73*. I played a cameo of 16* including a 6 and two 4's.

Other than a 2nd ball duck in a touring game I've felt okay with the willow up to now (I just need to actually spend some substantial time in the middle now!)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 06, 2018, 09:01:49 AM
I've had a recall from the Fun XI to the 1s for a trip to Chichester Priory on Saturday. Hopefully will be given a decent crack with bat or ball.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jonnyg on June 06, 2018, 09:41:49 AM
I've had a recall from the Fun XI to the 1s for a trip to Chichester Priory on Saturday. Hopefully will be given a decent crack with bat or ball.

Lovely ground there right in front of Goodwood house
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 06, 2018, 09:43:41 AM
Lovely ground there right in front of Goodwood house

Just had a quick google. Will bring back memories of playing at Stowe and Eton with school!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on June 09, 2018, 08:20:54 PM
They hit 290. Strangely I even bowled 7-0-37-2. Quite happy with that. We we 2 down inside the first 2 overs. No. 3 went in and belted a quick 57. A few more quick wickets fell. Came in at 6 and hit my first 50íof the season. Too long in coming to be honest. Holed out to deep mid on once the batting points were secure, my glasses were fogging up and the tail was in. EventLly lost by about 110. As a team we have batted poorly all season.
Used my B&S I bought from sivlar and itís going beautifully.
Friendly tomorrow and looking to push on.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tom_90 on June 09, 2018, 08:24:46 PM
s**t. Team isn't arsed, it annoys me. Seriously thinking i need to move clubs.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 09, 2018, 09:01:51 PM
We were 108 all out
Oppo chased it 2 down in about 20 overs

Can't say I enjoyed cricket much today
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on June 09, 2018, 09:24:53 PM
Cracking tram game.

We made 207 for 8 from our 46.

Looked like it be more, but I chopped on in the 3rd over for a very brisk 32, including 4 sixes(and losing 3 balls).

We collapsed from 90 for 2, to 117 for 7, but a great fight back got us to our finishing score.

We then quickly got the oppo to 22 for 6 of the first ten overs. They then dug in, and with some experimental bowling to force attacking shots, they eased the score up, but we finally got them 85 all out  with 12 left.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on June 09, 2018, 10:54:50 PM
New opening partner for me today, we got on well - put on 80 in the first 10. Unfortunately a couple of soft dismissals later we started the collapse, 173ao. I kept as all three of our usual options were unavailable, on a rock hard track, with a new recruit of ours steaming in.... my hands are seriously sore, he is rrrrapid! Despite a good bowling effort they got it 5 down, bad times. Note to self, make starts count.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on June 10, 2018, 07:50:30 AM
Good win yesterday against top of league meant we are now top

It was against another  bunch of whinging weirdos so all the sweeter
Comments after the game from them, included,,,,your ball was too dark?,(supplied by the league), taking too long to set the field,dodgy bowling action,(the lad accused bowls for Oxfordshire),umpires were crap etc etc

Anyway, top of the league and they are now third, karma
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 10, 2018, 08:15:49 AM
Bit of a catch up this time....

Last Saturday was a good team performance, 156 all out and 20-25 runs short and a great fielding display meant we won by 3 runs vs second in the league

Sunday another Sunday not out for 1 but a loss defending 210 on the same wicket as Saturday!

Midweek was a massacre we shipped 235 in 15 (8 ball) overs one of them hitting 137 (lefty wearing right handed pads) who we dropped 3 times then we struggled to 113-6

Now to yesterday where it was an exceptional team performance and a great comeback win

We were 20-5 and struggling but a great captains innings of 51 by @19reading87 and 40 by our number 7 and a nice little 14/15 not out by me batting at 10 (with a target for the season ticked off see that thread) we got to 160 all out off our 45.
Then possibly the hardest working and best we have fielded this season we managed to bowl the oppo out for 130 in 30 odd overs to win! Great comeback and great feeling after hearing the oppo stating theyíd be home for 4! The beers certainly tasted sweet!

And I have my first game as captain since u13s today!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 10, 2018, 08:45:07 AM
Bit of a wake up call in yesterdayís game. We batted first and made 251-3 from 45. I made 109 not out and carried bat through. Very good flat pitch with quick outfield, we got off to a flyer 100 opening stand from 14overs then another 100 partner ship with no3 before no4 smashed 32 off 11 balls and out last ball of innings.

Then the wheels fell off, they had a bloke in debut who they hadnít meet, opened the batting and was superb. We dropped him very very hard low diving at 1st slip from out opener who is approx 75mph. From then on he just smoked anything with any width or short and made 75 from 12 overs before being bowled by first change bowler.
We dropped 7 catches in all, missed 3 run outs and lost on the last ball by 6wickets
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on June 10, 2018, 08:58:06 AM
Bit of a catch up this time....

Last Saturday was a good team performance, 156 all out and 20-25 runs short and a great fielding display meant we won by 3 runs vs second in the league

Sunday another Sunday not out for 1 but a loss defending 210 on the same wicket as Saturday!

Midweek was a massacre we shipped 235 in 15 (8 ball) overs one of them hitting 137 (lefty wearing right handed pads) who we dropped 3 times then we struggled to 113-6

Now to yesterday where it was an exceptional team performance and a great comeback win

We were 20-5 and struggling but a great captains innings of 51 by @19reading87 and 40 by our number 7 and a nice little 14/15 not out by me batting at 10 (with a target for the season ticked off see that thread) we got to 160 all out off our 45.
Then possibly the hardest working and best we have fielded this season we managed to bowl the oppo out for 130 in 30 odd overs to win! Great comeback and great feeling after hearing the oppo stating theyíd be home for 4! The beers certainly tasted sweet!

And I have my first game as captain since u13s today!!!

As @alexhilly1492 mentioned, one of the best come backs Iíve been part of on a cricket pitch.

Very fortunate to pick up 51 and 4-25 off allocated overs.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 10, 2018, 09:31:43 AM
Really good win yesterday. Lost the toss on an absolute road and oppo batted. Then I witnessed one of the best opening spells I have seen in a long time. Our opener bowled his 9 straight through for just 10 runs! The other opener the same picking up 2-21. So at drinks they were 32-2 on a track I thought was worth at least 225!

With some late order hitting and a couple of dropped catches oppo ended on 169-8 off their 40 overs.

Walking out to open I thought just stay in and this is won as they are a long way short and that's exactly what happened. I got 72 not out off 133 balls! We put on 82 for the 1st wicket and coasted from there not taking any risks and got the runs with 3 overs to go 3 down.

Really pleased as I have been getting starts but not converting and also as a team it was a really good sensible chase.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 10, 2018, 12:07:32 PM
Absolutely furious about yesterday.

200 mile round trip, Bucks to Brighton to Chichester and back. Batted 10, didn't get in, despite several players who aren't as quick scoring as me being moved up the order when we chased quick runs... Didn't get a bowl until the 33rd over of 47, wicket first ball. Taken off after 3 inexpensive overs to allow the quicks to try to blast away the tail on a pitch that literally offered no assistance to seamers. Took probably my best catch yet this season at point, low to my left in the gloom, but still, I didn't travel so far for 3 overs and one catch. This is my third "thanks for coming" of the season already after being promised so much more over the winter.

I think next week will be my last at Ansty, as the travel is silly for not getting a game, and utterly pointless to play 2s as the standard is pretty poor. At the very least I will be having words with the captain to make my displeasure clear.

My plan now is to join Amersham CC, which is local, a great ground and a good group of blokes.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Novak on June 10, 2018, 01:04:08 PM
How are the nets facilities at amersham mohawks and secondly your video when you were batting earlier this week ? What club or facility was that ?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 10, 2018, 01:09:34 PM
Earlier this week was at Chalfont St Giles, which is where I played from the age of 7 to 23. Amersham has great facilities
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on June 10, 2018, 02:06:40 PM
Absolutely furious about yesterday.

200 mile round trip, Bucks to Brighton to Chichester and back. Batted 10, didn't get in, despite several players who aren't as quick scoring as me being moved up the order when we chased quick runs... Didn't get a bowl until the 33rd over of 47, wicket first ball. Taken off after 3 inexpensive overs to allow the quicks to try to blast away the tail on a pitch that literally offered no assistance to seamers. Took probably my best catch yet this season at point, low to my left in the gloom, but still, I didn't travel so far for 3 overs and one catch. This is my third "thanks for coming" of the season already after being promised so much more over the winter.

I think next week will be my last at Ansty, as the travel is silly for not getting a game, and utterly pointless to play 2s as the standard is pretty poor. At the very least I will be having words with the captain to make my displeasure clear.

My plan now is to join Amersham CC, which is local, a great ground and a good group of blokes.

Maybe you need to find a level at which you can enjoy your cricket and play a bigger role in the team, rather than striving for a higher level and struggling to make an impact?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 10, 2018, 02:30:08 PM
I joined having been told I would be bowling plenty of overs, bowling the side back to the premier division and getting a go with the bat. Maybe I was naive, but all through the winter net sessions I was told I would be leading the attack.

I am good enough to be bowling my overs in the side, and batting 7, but haven't had a proper go with bat or ball. Fielding has always been my weakest string, but right now it is the only one im getting to use.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 10, 2018, 04:28:28 PM
I joined having been told I would be bowling plenty of overs, bowling the side back to the premier division and getting a go with the bat. Maybe I was naive, but all through the winter net sessions I was told I would be leading the attack.

I am good enough to be bowling my overs in the side, and batting 7, but haven't had a proper go with bat or ball. Fielding has always been my weakest string, but right now it is the only one im getting to use.

I think your biggest challenge where ever you go and play is you need a captain who understands leg spin. It is hard to captain a legspinner, to understand field settings, that you will bowl bad balls etc... It is all well and good telling you everything during nets but until you are on the park it means nothing. You need to find a skipper who is prepared to throw you the ball.

Hope that makes sense.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 10, 2018, 04:43:15 PM
I think your biggest challenge where ever you go and play is you need a captain who understands leg spin. It is hard to captain a legspinner, to understand field settings, that you will bowl bad balls etc... It is all well and good telling you everything during nets but until you are on the park it means nothing. You need to find a skipper who is prepared to throw you the ball.

Hope that makes sense.

You've hit the nail on the head. Part of what makes Amersham the best option is that my old head of year, who was first eleven coach at school and im still in touch with, plays there and knows what I can do, and I know a few lads from my school days.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on June 10, 2018, 06:46:45 PM
Iím on a hot Trott currently of having batted 3 times at home and not scored a single run 🤦‍♂️

Yet one T20 cup game and scored 59...onto next week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Byo on June 10, 2018, 07:36:07 PM
Iím on a hot Trott currently of having batted 3 times at home and not scored a single run 🤦‍♂️

Yet one T20 cup game and scored 59...onto next week
Blame the groundsman mate!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on June 10, 2018, 07:48:45 PM
I am, what a knob!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 10, 2018, 08:08:32 PM
Tough first captaincy experience today!

Won the toss and chose to bat got to 74-2 and I hit a fluent 22 two shots stick in my mind a cover drive along the ground a mind a clip over mid in for 4

Ended up 109 all out and losing by 6 wickets

Seems tk estate bowlers ok and gave everyone a game but most importantly really enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on June 10, 2018, 08:18:50 PM
First week of my two week ban so i decided to go and score for my old Sunday side (effectively a 3rd XI for the club's Saturday team) and witnessed a really good game.

It was reduced to 35 overs (which is allowed in the Development league) and we batted first on an astro wicket. Our 18 year-old opener who's been in an out of the first team offered to play and scored a really classy ton in 74 balls. He never over hit the ball, scored a few boundaries, but mostly just rotated the strike and hit the odd 2, barely facing a dot ball. Ended up 219-4 off 35, but we lost by 3 wickets with 2 balls remaining. Positives were that both our 12 year-olds got a bowl (and ended with respectable figures) and one of them took an absolute blinder at cover-point that someone his age should never be getting anywhere near!

From a personal perspective, that's the first game i've ever scored, having only taken the game up a few years ago. Was only a single run out on both innings (forgetting to add a single to a batsman both times) so not a bad effort on my first go!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: blindowl on June 10, 2018, 10:52:20 PM
Got some interesting midweek cup games on Wednesday at our club.

1sts play a local derby which often gets a bit heated
2nds (lots of juniors and very casual players) have got a team who play 8 leagues above them!! Seen their team sheet in advance and its full strength prem div 1 including overseas! Could be interesting/dangerous.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 12, 2018, 03:31:01 PM
Last week received an invite to play Sundays  after some thought going to visit the club on Thurs it's a club I have no knowledge  of
Even if nothing comes of it I can have a net with my new GN.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on June 12, 2018, 03:45:00 PM
I rarely get to play nowadays and my highest score to date is 25 with mostly low single figures and I usually bat like a tit... but this weekend my mistake was playing all 80 overs!

Played as part of a weak 9 man team and stuck at it coming in at one having bowled a full complement of overs including the final spell and skipping tea thinking I'd be back soon!

Ended 89 NO off 126, batting out the full 40, which isn't anything special compared to most on here (especially the strike rate) but is more runs, more boundaries and more balls faced than the total of all other games added together since I took up cricket again so I'll absolutely take it!

Only change was switching back to the bat I'm most comfortable with even if it is nothing special (GM Chrome 404), keep it simple, relax and not try and hit anything too hard
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: play-yourself-in on June 12, 2018, 08:04:13 PM
Great stuff @DorsetDan well played. Sometimes Cricket is a tough mistress but when it goes well there is no better feeling. Build on this and go to bigger and better things.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on June 12, 2018, 08:40:54 PM
Top man @DorsetDan ! Confidence is a big part of batting, bookmark that feeling and here's hoping you can find plenty more runs there 👍
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kulli on June 13, 2018, 06:00:48 AM
27 at the weekend and 69 in a T20 last night. Normally when I hang about for 5 overs or so a bit of touch seems to come back, but both of these knocks have been a real battle, no idea why  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 13, 2018, 09:12:23 AM
Took 1-10 off 2 overs and felt in okay rhythm after asking to come off last Saturday having no idea where the ball was going.
I then got run out without facing in the last over (set batsman was back on strike and hit a 6 to win the game, so I suppose the sacrifice was worth it).

Team won and I felt like a bowler again, but I can't saw I appreciated my average taking a battering at the time...  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: iand123 on June 13, 2018, 02:11:53 PM
Having scored 140 runs across the two previous seasons i now find myself averaging 97 after scores of 35, 31* and 31*. Not sure what to put it down too, i finally changed my contact lens prescription over the winter - amazing how easier batting is when you can actually see the ball! Also i think the general standard is dropping, some of the teams we've faced this season have been really poor, ive played 4 games now (one i wasnt required to bat in) and we;ve played against two teams of 10 and another of 9 (who fielded for 35 overs with 8).

Either way im enjoying cricket again which is the main thing :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 13, 2018, 09:12:30 PM
Played our first T20 of the the season tonight and after losing on the last ball on sat we won on the last ball this evening. Also my debut as T20 skipper.

Bowled first and they hit 140-9 off there 20 with one lad hitting a 50 and there 1st team skipper who has multiple East Anglia Prem tons smoking a rapid 35no at no 10. Reverted to a bowler as I normally do for T20 and picked up 2 for 15 off 3 overs with my medium pace.

In reply we were 30-1 off 3 thanks to 18 wides and got off to a great start getting to 100-2 off 13 when they brought on the 1st team bowlers and we are a Div 6 side although working our way up we really held our own needing 1 from last ball No 6 smoked a stunning cover drive for 4.

Hopefully a good run will see us make finals day which will be a great achievement for a small club like ours.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 14, 2018, 08:10:14 AM
Playing on Saturday it's at home should get close to 11 players on the pitch after playing away  and managing to bat all our overs with 7 players last Sat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on June 14, 2018, 11:14:25 AM
Belated congrats to @DorsetDan and @Seniorplayer for recent efforts. Cricket can be hard, but it's worth it in the end!

I managed to blatantly avoid a jug on Sunday, given out lbw for 49, from a tidy opening stand of 104. Adding injury to insult, the ball hit my toes on the full at a decent pace, so I hobbled off to well deserved jeers and laughter from all sides.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 14, 2018, 08:40:01 PM
Just been told by our chairman I have the top average in the whole of Suffolk Two Counties Cricket after 5 innings.
334 runs, 3 not outs, 4 x 50ís and 1 x 100 score
Hope this purple patch lasts

(https://s5.postimg.cc/vqxr31x8n/3_B75_ADE6-_CADE-4747-8_F39-765_D2_DF547_B8.png) (https://postimg.cc/image/nlfp4w8zn/)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on June 15, 2018, 05:00:32 AM
Just been told by our chairman I have the top average in the whole of Suffolk Two Counties Cricket after 5 innings.
334 runs, 3 not outs, 4 x 50ís and 1 x 100 score
Hope this purple patch lasts

(https://s5.postimg.cc/vqxr31x8n/3_B75_ADE6-_CADE-4747-8_F39-765_D2_DF547_B8.png) (https://postimg.cc/image/nlfp4w8zn/)

Congrats bud, awesome start! Hope it continues. Good to see Dom Palmer doing so well over at Lakenheath also. He's battered us a couple times on Sundays, decent player.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 15, 2018, 12:38:28 PM
Well done Chris nothing better than the good old not outs to boost our average
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 15, 2018, 08:28:03 PM
Cheers gents, and yes has been a very good start for me and the club in general this season.

@JK Lewis I donít know any of the names on there but our chairman said he is a very good bat as is Josh wells but canít say I know the names or teams. Will have to arrange to pop and see you at some point as well for a stick and a chat
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on June 15, 2018, 08:30:50 PM
Josh wells is a decent player, could be playing premier league comfortably!
Play against him in a couple of weeks time!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Smmatle1 on June 16, 2018, 03:45:08 PM
Rained off! Made clay models with the kids instead....does it make me a bad Dad if I admit to being a little disappointed in the compensation! Sun is out now...gutted!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 16, 2018, 05:36:17 PM
Batted first and got 88 all out. Knocked off pretty easily by the oppo. I opened last week and dropped to 7 this week, got 0 after chipping a slower ball to gully. Still the teas were good!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on June 16, 2018, 08:27:22 PM
Another loss today in Middlesex as we posted 183 from 50 overs, they knocked them off in 30 only two down. A short boundary and lightning outfield meant we actually needed 283, not 183

On the plus side 72 from myself which I my highest league score for about 5 years.

Assisted by a light salix picked up on the bay, shout to seniorplayer for spotting that one!

They had a youth county medium pacer who was fairly quick so the light bat helped get in the right position.

Where's that debate about light bats v heavy bats again  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on June 16, 2018, 08:38:51 PM
Out in the third over for a brisk 14. One handed catch from mid off. Getting really fed up.

Team won easily chasing down 137 after we had bowled the oppo out.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on June 16, 2018, 09:07:18 PM
Batted first and posted 321 on board.
Opposition won in 36 overs.

Nothing left to say.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 16, 2018, 09:11:25 PM
Won the toss put the opposition in bowled them out in 39 overs   our opening bowler takes 5 for 25 oppo scored  310
We lost
Nothing left to say.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on June 16, 2018, 09:16:46 PM

Nothing left to say.
Exactly
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 16, 2018, 09:20:46 PM
Another loss today in Middlesex as we posted 183 from 50 overs, they knocked them off in 30 only two down. A short boundary and lightning outfield meant we actually needed 283, not 183

On the plus side 72 from myself which I my highest league score for about 5 years.

Assisted by a light salix picked up on the bay, shout to seniorplayer for spotting that one!

They had a youth county medium pacer who was fairly quick so the light bat helped get in the right position.

Where's that debate about light bats v heavy bats again  :)

Well done Carlo on your 72 light bat  against the quicks every time you  can't  score runs with an heavy bat if your back in the pavilion.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on June 16, 2018, 09:38:57 PM
they put us in. Started well but lost wickets quickly in the middle order. Came in no. 8 (to avoid Ďringerí rules) with the score 125/6 and hit 106* and put on 120 for the 7th wicket. We ended up about 250/8.
Bowled them out for about 140. I took 3-0-4-1.
My usual club didnít have a game today (or for the next 2 weeks too) so played in the team I played in a few years ago.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on June 16, 2018, 09:52:15 PM
74 not out for me today.  Chasing 214 which was impressive given they were 140-0 off 20.

I went in at 4 in the first over at 3-2 and we sllppied to 8-7 in what i can say was embaressing. I then batted out the draw. Longest innings i can remember batting. Taken my average for the season up to 90. Considering how dispointing my season has been until now it could be worse.

What was great was i tore three ligaments in my ankle 2 weeks ago and only managed to play with a huge ankle splint and wouldnt have done but for eid. So keeping and batting the entire innings is pleasing. My ankle looks like a ballon and i cant walk but worth it.
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Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 16, 2018, 09:59:41 PM
We fielded first, opposition made 262-4 off their 45 overs.

We lost 6 overs due to a rain delay so the revised target was 244 (ish) from 39

We were 123 all out and were never up with the rate.

8 (yes, eight!) dropped catches in the field didn't help our cause too much.

On a personal note my figures were crap and I got a duck. My kit may or may not appear on a popular auction website tomorrow depending how I feel about cricket following a sleep :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on June 17, 2018, 12:24:52 AM
Started the week by texting someone that both David and myself that we were available for a Thursday evening team only get a call from the mid-week secretary informing me that this week's skipper was refusing to have a David in his side. Told him, in that case, I wasn't playing either but on Wednesday morning there was a reversal of the skipper's position, probably because he couldn't get 11. Anyhow, I told him where to stick his match.

Today David and I played in front of Hovingham Hall which is the home of the Worlsey family including Sir William who captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club and where the Duchess of Kent was born.

In regards to match itself, it was a bit one-sided with the home side only managing to put out 9 players and given the forecast for later in the afternoon, I was surprised we chose to bat first (after winning the toss). We posted 255-5 off 45 overs and had them at 15-2 off 6 overs before the rain arrived but came disguised as a tropical monsoon which ended the match fairly swiftly. I did get 1 of those 2 wickets (an LBW decision) with what turned out to be the final ball of the match but on returning to my car, found it in 3-4 inches of water so had to drive home with soggy feet.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gelds on June 17, 2018, 08:06:25 AM
We won again yesterday, bowling the opposition out for 45 and knocking them off 5 down (some 'Interesting' umpiring made it look closer than it was as we has 3 lads sawn off with less than 10 to win!) Having made a slow start we are now 3 wins from 4 with the bottom two to play in the next 2 weeks. Hopefully we can keep building momentum and push up the league.

Happy to contribute again with 4/16 from 7.

In action again today in the cup.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jaffa on June 17, 2018, 08:58:57 AM
A little late but nice one @DorsetDan .

After seeing you bat at last years southern nets I said you play way better than what you give yourself credit for.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on June 17, 2018, 10:23:14 AM
Strange game of all strange games yesterday.


We win the toss and batted first. Pitch was lovely to say the least.
We batted well and battled to 196 for 8 from our 46

I got caught behind for 16 by fellow forumite hallamkeeper.

They set off like a train! 55 for 0 after 5 overs when the rain came!!(we did not want back on)

2 hrs later and we are back out. Ground wet, wicket dry blue skies.

There opener still going at a stupid rate, but the other end losing wickets regularly.
Umpire declared the last hour rule at 7 am(20overs and we are done)
The opener charged out of the blue(had been pretty correct up until then) and was bowled. He first time we thought we had a sniff off victory.

7down, good partnerships it looked like thereís again, but Hallam keeper played a reverse sweep and was bowled.
Next ball bowled again. 9down with 20 odd needed and about 6 overs left.

Some strike farming meant we struggled to get number xi on strike. And the runs wasnít coming.

Last over, 9 needed, we needed one wicket.

First ball, dropped at midwicket as he went for the boundary...... and then he blocked out. 3 leaves and 2 forward defenses.

Bit if an anticlimax. But the points were shared. Good game to be fair.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on June 17, 2018, 11:23:04 AM
First league win of the season yesterday for the twos, beating 2nd in the league. Bowled first and our opener bowled a fantastic spell, removing both openers in a spell of 9 overs 9-3. They were a very strong batting side but we kept on managing to pick up wickets. Some with a bit of luck, like their best player managing to miscue a longhop to first slip off the back of his bat. They finished 174-9 off 45. I was very happy with my bowling spell, getting 24-2 off my 9 overs.

Came in at 24-1 and managed to trash my Salix with a big split in the toe. That's the second bat I've written off in just over a week! :( Then I was very unhappy with my dismissal. Got a chest high full toss, pulled it but got a top edge down to deep fine leg. He caught it, but both our umpires didn't give it as a no ball. Couldn't believe it and neither could the rest of our team sitting on the side! When your struggling to get some form going it doesn't help when your own team mates stitch you up!  :(  Our no.4, who was injured so could barely run, then proceeded to smash 60 of 45 balls. Their heads went down and, despite a few soft wickets given away, we coasted home with 10 overs to spare.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on June 17, 2018, 11:24:40 AM
Cheers Roger, that's very kind of you to say. 99% of the time I just fall apart and start batting like a tit after a few balls (a crude but accurate description!), same as I did in those nets.

The strange thing that helped this last innings was bizarrely getting started again with mountain biking and tapping back in to what made me do pretty well over 6+ hour races- sticking to a simple plan and almost switching off completely. I'm sure the exhaustion and dehydration was actually a helping factor in having an out of body batting experience! :) Not a smart strategy though as I'm still paying for it now! :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on June 17, 2018, 03:22:11 PM
Yesterday's game had one hell of a start. They had a young kid opening the bowling, he bowled a couple of wides and his head dropped, it ended up being an 11 or 12 ball over and I felt bad every time i signalled another wide.

But it was the second over when the craziness began, the first ball sent the off-peg cartwheeling. The second ball thudded into the batsman's wrist/forearm (it was plain as day from my spot at square leg) and they appealed for LBW, the umpire's finger seemed to go up before appearing to change his decision when the batsman complained that it hit his glove.

The correct decision was reached in the end but it was all obviously very village and I don't blame the other team for being a bit cheesed off.

Next ball saw the ball hoicked over to deep square leg straight to the fielder waiting to claim a simple catch, only for the ball to clip an overhanging branch, so instead of a wicket it's six runs.

This did not help their mood.

The wicket next ball did.

We were 47/3 after 4 overs, 5 wickets down after 6 and a half and I walked out at 60/6. I tried my best not to bat like an idiot, didn't play a single reverse sweep, and along with one of our youngsters (who scored a really good 45 and put the adults to shame) put on 85 before I was trapped LBW falling over to an inswinger. I walked off having batted for what felt like ages, only to check the scorebook and find out all I'd scored was 21 runs.

I was bloody shattered, I should have saved my energy and just swung the bat a bit for four overs  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on June 17, 2018, 09:05:18 PM
Cup quarter final win today
Totally hammered the miserable weirdos we played against in the league a coupla weeks ago
Karma

Me an Hoskmeister, spending some quality time in the middle, finally
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 18, 2018, 07:16:55 AM
Another cracking weekend of cricket and 2 good wins

Saturday: now second in the league and 5 points off top who we play next week.
Batted first and scored 197-4 off our 45
Then some outstanding bowling saw us bowl them out for 92
Best all round performance of the year so far!

Sunday: won and a good game personally
We racked up 222-2 in our 40 opener hit his 2nd ever time to finish on 105* and I hit 40* at 4 nice to finally get a score after being stranded or out in the 20s then bowed the oppo out for 205

Two good wins and a satisfying weekend all round :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: GarrettJ on June 18, 2018, 11:36:34 AM
Dusting off the old cricket kit this week  ........... coming out of retirement after 4 years out.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on June 18, 2018, 11:44:52 AM
Dusting off the old cricket kit this week  ........... coming out of retirement after 4 years out.

Ow here he is....
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: GarrettJ on June 18, 2018, 11:46:36 AM
Lol ........... back at the crease tomorrow night

Im back on here after 4 years? Jesus its gone quick, 2 kids and a new accountancy business in that time.

Im a little less abrasive now ........... I think!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on June 18, 2018, 12:20:37 PM
Welcome back John! @GarrettJ
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on June 18, 2018, 12:49:05 PM
Finally a good weekend. Scored 2◊50s Saturday and Sunday
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 18, 2018, 08:54:05 PM
Lost on Saturday to a team that approached me to join them over the winter. Bowled first, finally got a decent spell, 8/0/29/1, got rid of their main bat exactly as I had planned with a leading edge to cover from a more round arm delivery trying to work it through mid wicket. Keeper dropped a sitter off me in my last over. Oppo declared on 200/9 in the 50th, so we had 50 overs to chase it. Top order didn't do too well besides one who got a not out half century. Batted 11, LBW first ball going back to a spinner when I should have gone forward. Lost by 56 runs.

Won Sunday for Frogs vs a Frogs Invitational XI after Sussex Martlets couldn't get a side out. Batted 5, hit 15 off 8 before smashing a short, wide ball straight to cover point. My batting form has now deserted me through lack of time in the middle. Bowled at the end of their innings and took the final wicket.

Saturday made me very glad I turned down Haywards Heath because their attitude was not what I would want to be involved in- one of our womens team was playing as we were short, so they had 6 around the bat vs spin and started bouncing her vs pace, as well as a couple of other moments involving other team mates. For the next couple of weeks I have been assured I am number 1 spinner with the offie away so I have to take my chance. Which makes it bad timing to have aggravated my old 'golfers/pitchers elbow' fielding yesterday.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: GarrettJ on June 20, 2018, 10:36:51 AM
Dusting off the old cricket kit this week  ........... coming out of retirement after 4 years out.

53 not out ...... :)

Feel like ive been run over by a car today.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on June 20, 2018, 05:39:39 PM
I've been asked to captain on Saturday, I have no idea what I'm doing, don't know half the players, this is going to go well   :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 20, 2018, 09:32:05 PM
53 not out ...... :)

Feel like ive been run over by a car today.

@GarrettJ well done fella, as they say class is permanent
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 20, 2018, 09:41:37 PM
@Big Mac the first rule of captaincy is give yourself a game.
Make sure to bat yourself in the top 4 and bowl your full allocation, worry about everyone else after! ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on June 21, 2018, 02:26:05 AM
@Big Mac the first rule of captaincy is give yourself a game.
Make sure to bat yourself in the top 4 and bowl your full allocation, worry about everyone else after! ;)

While this is extremely tempting, we don't have a keeper so I may have to take the gloves. Of course, that doesn't prevent me from bowling a few overs in the middle overs anyway...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: GarrettJ on June 21, 2018, 12:55:10 PM
Can hardly move today. :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 21, 2018, 01:11:22 PM
While this is extremely tempting, we don't have a keeper so I may have to take the gloves. Of course, that doesn't prevent me from bowling a few overs in the middle overs anyway...

Even better, open the batting and bowling, then take the gloves once you've bowled your allocation!
You'd well and truly be getting your match fees worth that way :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 21, 2018, 01:21:21 PM
Disruptive season continues only played 4 matches  so far and  missing the next 2 Saturday's after that intend to play every
Sat / Sun until the end of the season



Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on June 21, 2018, 02:53:20 PM
Disruptive season continues only played 4 matches  so far and  missing the next 2 Saturday's after that intend to play every
Sat / Sun until the end of the season
Maybe I can put your bat to good use while you not playing 😄
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 21, 2018, 03:27:33 PM
Maybe I can put your bat to good use while you not playing 😄

Well there's plenty to choose from.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on June 21, 2018, 03:32:04 PM
Well there's plenty to choose from.
Even better. I can do a review as well and say handpicked from vast collection.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on June 21, 2018, 05:37:31 PM
Even better, open the batting and bowling, then take the gloves once you've bowled your allocation!
You'd well and truly be getting your match fees worth that way :D

Perfect!

I'm just worried I'll cock up the bowling changes/number of overs at the death as I normally only worry about my own field placings/strategy
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 21, 2018, 09:36:43 PM
I really hate cricket. Got a golden caught on the fence.
Oppo hadn't so much as fielded one clean before that...

Full kit, free to a good home
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 22, 2018, 06:13:04 AM
Great T20 game last night. Lost the toss and we were put into bat. Wicket was quick and bouncy, outfield was like lightening so of course we made a bit of hash of things, to many batters had that T20 mindset that everything must be scored in boundaries etc and we were 80-6 after 15 I went in at 9 and managed 17no and got us up to 116-8 off our 20.

We stared our bowing innings off -10 before a ball had been bowled as you need to have at least 3 U18 players and with them nearly all being at private schools and schools games being on a Thursday we only had 1 u18 so -5 for each you donít have. They raced away to be on 66-1 off 5 overs and we were staring down the barrel. I bought myself on and bowled the spinners from the bottom end and after crashing our 3 tall quicks they struggled badly against my medium trundles and the spinners and slumped from 66-1 off 5 to 79-5 from 11. Changed to a couple of part time spinners and the Oppo struggles continued with our u18 bowling a match winning 2 overs 3 wickets for 8 runs as they tried to hit him out the county.
Victory from the jaws of defeat and thatís 2 in 2 from t20 and if we win the next game we will go to finals day with a game to spare.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 22, 2018, 12:20:22 PM
We stared our bowing innings off -10 before a ball had been bowled as you need to have at least 3 U18 players and with them nearly all being at private schools and schools games being on a Thursday we only had 1 u18 so -5 for each you donít have.

Great idea to ensure more kids are playing!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 22, 2018, 04:12:12 PM
Great idea to ensure more kids are playing!

Yea certainly is does mix the colts in well and apart from last night they have really added to our success, all bowlers at our club mind need a few Young guns with bat in hand
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ajdal on June 23, 2018, 05:27:35 PM
First day game after 6-7 weeks and managed to score an unbeaten ton.

(https://i.imgur.com/rwnoAjo.png)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ajdal on June 23, 2018, 05:31:11 PM
Then something truly bizzare happened. They chased 213 in 13.5 overs. Wicket was flat obviously, but decent sized boundaries (65-70m approximately)

Still in shock!

(https://i.imgur.com/5k88qP8.png)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on June 23, 2018, 06:20:30 PM
Opposition cried off at 11:30 this morning  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 23, 2018, 07:07:01 PM
We were lost the toss and made to bowl first. At one point we had the oppo 72-7 but some good late order batting got them to 148 off 38 overs. Our reply started off steady enough with one of the openers getting off to a good start while the other opener just held up an end. The change in bowling did for the first opener and I came in at 3. The other opener went soon after leaving me and the number 4 to chase down the total we had a decent partnership before he was caught and bowled. Wickets were falling fairly steadily but we managed to bat through and knocked them off 5 down in the 30th over. Not a bad day our first win of the season and I ended up 64 no.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on June 23, 2018, 07:15:51 PM
Despite being called a cheat and abused and having a bad game myself, still had a good win today, one that should see us move into the promotion places if other results go our way.

Batted first and was moved up to bat 3 at late notice as one of our players was badly ill so dropped out. Played myself in for 6 before playing a silly shot trying to go over the top and finding the hands of mid-on. We looked in a bit of trouble at 36-4, before our 5&6 scored 60* and 70 respectively. We ended up on about 195. Had 3 blokes on their team abuse me and call me a cheat for not giving a marginal LBW when i umpired (bare in mind i've given 2, 2 & 3 lbw's the last 3 times i've umpired, so i'm not adverse to giving them!) I felt it was too high and probably going down leg, enough of a doubt to not give it, but the man at cover seemed to have a better view of it... Didn't react to their abuse which was evidently what they wanted. I am many things, but a cheat isn't one of them. 

They got off to a slow start and barring a good partnership in the middle overs they were always behind the rate. Our 13 year-old ended up going for very few runs off his 5 overs and our bowlers bowled very tight lines which was very satisfying! They ended up 20 runs short. I dropped a catch at long on which was my first drop of the season. Only saw the silhouette of it in the sky, but still should have grabbed it.

Then their senior batsmen who seemed to have a problem with us having 5 men on the boundary in the last over when we played them last year, refused to shake my hand or even look me in the eye when i walked past him at the end of the game.

Awful game personally and am still annoyed at the comments made, but crucially our youngsters played well and we got home.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 23, 2018, 07:56:46 PM
Then something truly bizzare happened. They chased 213 in 13.5 overs. Wicket was flat obviously, but decent sized boundaries (65-70m approximately)

Still in shock!

(https://i.imgur.com/5k88qP8.png)

That is some impressive hittin from both teams
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 23, 2018, 08:59:37 PM
We were awful today. Bowled out for 113, oppo chased down in 17 overs one down.

I got 8 batting 10 before dragging on vs their opening bowler. Ended up taking our one wicket, one of their openers caught on the boundary. He'd been dropped first ball of that over as well, and their other opener nearly dragged a googly on in my first over.

Positive I can take is that my bowling is going well, and my googlies are actually coming out properly and turning nicely. Negative is that my batting form is non existent. Having started his season hitting the ball really well, my lack of time in the middle/nets has done me in and my form has disappeared. Can also add to the negatives that the toe on my B3 went big time last night after about 7 weeks of light use.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on June 23, 2018, 09:03:55 PM
First loss for either of our sides today. Writing was on the wall last week. Oppo had four guys who normally play top div and said it will be the stronest side they will have all year and we were not up to it. Bowled out for 92.

Personally i got 21, which while disappointing i didnt kick on, it was nice to play players of that standard and compete.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on June 23, 2018, 09:38:20 PM
So, I had hoped my captaincy debut would get off to a better start than walking out to bat at 52/6 but I somehow fluked my way to my new personal best. Managed 54 before being last man out in a total of 130 a.o.

Not brilliant but a lot better than I imagined an hour earlier, we managed to get 5 wickets but in the end we were 40-50 runs short of a total that would have really troubled the opposition.

I think I've cracked this batting lark though, the trick is to not have a single net for 6 months and just spend the entire offseason watching youtube videos and playing practice shots with an imaginary bat in the bathroom before you jump in the shower.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on June 23, 2018, 10:09:11 PM
Had to go searching for a game today and ended up playing on a beautiful batting track for one of my former teams. I thought we did really well to restrict the opposition for around 165 all out which included 4 run outs but in reply we went from 90-4 to 130 all out. 2 of our lads were caught trying to hit deliveries that were so wide that they weren't even on the same wicket plus a variety of other appalling shots too. 

On a personal level, I went in at 6 and ended up 20 not out which is some compensation as I had bagged 3 golden ducks in my previous 4 innings. Interestingly I decided to use a slightly lighter bat today (2.12Lb down from usually wielding a 3lb lump of willow with all the weight at the bottom) and although I started very slowly, you can't beat time in the middle to get a bit of confidence back. In what turned out to be the penultimate over of the match, I played a pull shot and surprised even myself with how nicely I timed it.         
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on June 24, 2018, 04:09:09 AM
Another good win, means we are clear at the top of the league, with a game in hand
We only had ten men, but played a cracking team game to hammer our oppos
Batting first , we posted 208 off 45 overs, they didnít get near it,,,full points for us
And the ice cream van turned up too

Took 3 wickets for a few, and scored a few runs too,,,,bit knackered tho, with this plantar heel thing, which means I basically couldnít walk, but I donít move too much these days, batting and bowling
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 24, 2018, 07:25:17 AM
Lost again midweek so donít think we can make finals day

Beat top of the league yesterday to go top ourselves just before half way in the season!
We hit 224-8 off our 45 then bowled them out for 154
Personally not many runs (just 4) canít argue with my dismissal he second stunning caught and bowled if the year! Really need to stop hitting the ball at waist height! Although Iím hitting the ball nicely and feel comfortable at the crease!

No game today the oppo cried off to watch the football!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on June 24, 2018, 07:43:29 AM
Oppo were 134 for 1 with 20 left(5dropepd catches) and we got them 215 all out.

I then set off like a train. Me and opening partner out on 100 for first wicket. He fell for 17.....

I followed 2 overs later. Made 90 from 46 balls. 11 fours and 4 sixes. Got out by missing a slow full toss of the spinner. Gutted.
A Saturday ton is still not mine!!

We collapsed to 114 for 4, and struggled for abit.
But eventually knocked them off 8 down with 4 overs left.


Still top of league, and Iím now division ones top runscorer. Decent sat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on June 24, 2018, 08:16:35 AM
Awful day yesterday. Not seen a worse fielding display from us in a long time.

Bowled 1st and had them 1 down in the 2nd over thanks to a leg side stumping from myself which I was very pleased with.

That brought in their only good batter (but he is very very good) we then proceeded to drop him on 0, 2, 20 & about 70ish!! When they clapped his 100 the oppo had 128-2 on the board!!! He finished with 113 and we pulled it back after that and bowled them out for 218.

Me and my opening partner got off to a flyer and were 49 off 6 overs when I got out for 18. I clipped it off my toes behind square started to run and was caught, it was ridiculous as the ball before the fielder was infront of square and the captain didn't move the field. The bloke just decided to move himself. They even joked about it as I walked off!

We crumbled after that and were all out for 148.

Not a good day and with other results has seen us drop to mid-table.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Mel Jessop on June 24, 2018, 10:37:55 AM
Very happy with yesterday's innings. Opened the batting and carried my bat through 40 overs for my first ever ton, 114 not out, with us on 141 when I hit 100, we only managed 175 by the end and they eventually knocked em off for 6 with 2 overs to spare, butwas a good game and I'm chuffed with my contribution.

Oh and took one on the two which looks like keeping me out next sat!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on June 24, 2018, 10:58:08 AM
Playing for my old side again as my usual side didníthave a game. We hit 205/6 I came in no. 8 again to avoid claims of Ďringerí and bashed a quick fire 29* in the last 4 overs to gain maximum batting points.
They hit 150/7. Took 5-1-18-2 so happy with that.
Got another game today on a massive pitch against a good side and we only have 9. Not looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Bwcc on June 24, 2018, 11:15:03 AM
Mixed day in only my second Saturday of captaincy ever

I put myself in 5 to give others a bat normally batting 3 and ended up in at around 20 overs gone for about 70 runs very short of confidence after lasting about 20 balls in the last 3 innings Iíve batted but thought Iíd dig in for a captain knock

26 overs later Iím walking off with my first league ton after bashing 123 not out including 10 of the biggest 6ís Iíve ever hit

Posted 244 and they chased it down with ease in the 35th for 3 wickets.... not really a lot I could do as I was given a team with 2 bowlers both of which were under 18 so only allowed a couple of 6 over spells
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 24, 2018, 11:30:51 AM
What a game yesterday, any result was possible off the last ball!

We lost the toss and were asked to field. This isn't surprising as the average score batting first at the ground is 260 this year. The wicket looked like a road and the outfield was rapid. Being on the edge of the square one of the boundaries was only about 45 yards square.

Our opening bowlers both struck early but things were looking ominous at 110-2 off 24. The bowlers all stuck at it and we restricted them to 218-9 off their 45.

I took some tap early on (33 of my first 4 overs!) so was chuffed to finish with 4-53 from my 9. It was expensive but I believe I'm now the leading wicket taker for my side this season.

In reply we started well with both openers settling in. The first wicket went down on 133 with the chase looking well in hand. That soon became 180-4 with the run rate now up to 8s.

The game ebbed and flowed with regular wickets, leaving 7 to win off the last over with our captain (who opened) invested in a ton.

2 off the first ball, 5 off 5.
A single, 4 off 4, no.8 on strike.
2 more, 2 off 3.
Run out at the non strikers end, 2 off 2, opener on strike.
Opener snicks off for 117, 2 off 1.

In comes out number 9, no box and had to put his shoes on as he walked out due to the flurry of wickets. A clip off his hip and a sprinted single, a fumble and they came back for 2. A near run out that would have been a tie but we scraped it!

That's the second tight finish we've had this season and we've won both. What a feeling, the game felt won, then lost, then as if we were the underdogs.

Games like that are why I love cricket!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 24, 2018, 12:29:46 PM
Very happy with yesterday's innings. Opened the batting and carried my bat through 40 overs for my first ever ton, 114 not out, with us on 141 when I hit 100, we only managed 175 by the end and they eventually knocked em off for 6 with 2 overs to spare, butwas a good game and I'm chuffed with my contribution.

Oh and took one on the two which looks like keeping me out next sat!

@Mel Jessop congrats on your 1st ton mate, itís a great feeling hitting a ton and will always remeber your 1st ton. Top work
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 24, 2018, 04:09:42 PM
Very happy with yesterday's innings. Opened the batting and carried my bat through 40 overs for my first ever ton, 114 not out

Congrats bud!!! Nothing beats the feeling of your first ever ton!!! One of the best feelings in the world!!! Hope you savoured it!!! @Mel Jessop
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on June 24, 2018, 07:51:21 PM
Havenít updated lately-
Joined a new club this season, came in as second spinner. Unluckily for me our seam attack has been trimming up teams in the league, 56 wickets between our 3 seamers! But Iíve bowled well when Iíve been asked to and picked up couple of wickets so I canít Complain. My fielding has improved as well, something I worked hard on once we got outdoors!
Weíve only had one team score over 200 against us so far this season. And only lost ourselves the one game on opening day of season
We find ourselves on top of the league at the half way point of the season, so weíve had a great start.
Our 2ís find themselves in a great position as well, so the club is in a proper cheerful place and everyone seems to be enjoying cricket and playing for each other which is ultimately what you want
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 24, 2018, 08:29:37 PM
@tommo256 great to see you back playing again mate and playing in what looks like a very good side, Nunn, and tunstall are class seamers not sure on the other one donít know them, didnít know Estlea was playing at Worlington now as well.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JK Lewis on June 24, 2018, 08:33:00 PM
Fun game today. Their skipper asked ours if we would agree to a short game so they could watch England. We said no thanks, we're up for a full game. Their guy called wrong at the toss, his face was a picture when we chose to bat in 25 degrees, flat hard track, lightening outfield and a short boundary. 40 overs later we've racked up 245 for 4, my contribution a decent 32 from an opening partnership of 60. We did keep them updated with the England goals!

They were knackered, and it showed. Their top 4 failed badly and they faded away to 80 all out, something like that. Into the bar early with a nice 20 points in the pocket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on June 24, 2018, 11:03:55 PM
Good game today both for the team and personally. We lost the toss and fielded first. The deck was an absolute road and did nothing for the seamers all innings. The outfield was lightening quick and this aided them to a very good total of 291 from their 40 overs. After tea we weren't feeling great given our torrid fielding display and poor bowling. I was down to bat 4 and was in during the first over after just 4 balls. We were 0-2 and 291 looked miles off. But me and the number 2 batted well and eventually he fell for 111 in a stand of 207, we chased the total after 37 overs with me finishing 150 not out. 3 centuries and 2 50s in the game showed just how good a track it was.

That gives me 4 50s this season and 1 big hundred. Feeling in great touch and loving my cricket this season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Novak on June 25, 2018, 05:11:25 AM
What's your bat leachy ?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on June 25, 2018, 08:49:54 AM
What's your bat leachy ?

Neon pink and a Keeley mate
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OwzatOllie on June 25, 2018, 08:20:43 PM
Really enjoyed saturday.  3 fer with the ball after losing the toss and bowling them out for 145 in 32 overs.  Opened and rode my luck a couple of times, but eventually passed 50.  A few regular wickets saw us needing 60 from the last 10 overs.  Starting shifting through the gears and ended up winning us the game 7 down with 11 balls to spare on 95 not out.

Sweaty doesn't even do it justice.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 26, 2018, 10:13:02 AM
Lost in a cup semi-final last night

It's a good thing the venue had no shower facilities or I may have tried to drown myself last night. I really hate cricket at the moment  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 26, 2018, 01:07:26 PM
Played an all day game yesterday in scorching heat at John Lyon School against the 1XI as part of their cricket week.

Opened the batting, hit one nice shot for 4 straight then got yorked. An in form me is keeping it out, but totally out of form missed it completely. Good ball to be fair to the bowler, shaped in late. We ended up 164 ao.
JL ended up 96/9, last pair hanging on for a couple of overs to get the draw, including the last ball being played down and bouncing over the stumps. Personally got a catch and 3/2/2/1.

Seeing as I am again out of work, after this weekend I am transferring back to Chalfont for the rest of the season as I can't afford the travel. I will take another look at things after I come back from Aus and make a decision on where I play next season then.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: justnotcricket86 on June 26, 2018, 01:34:22 PM
Our club is doing well in our inaugural season, but 12 innings without reaching double figures (including (No Swearing Please) end of last season) means I have stepped aside and the kit is locked away under the stairs for at least the rest of this year. Still looking at kit and a new bat, but then I check my stats and remind myself and shouldn't be spending £300 on a new stick!

Stopped being fun when I was failing every week and letting the team down. Have been keeping well, but I didn't start cricket to catch a ball all weekend!

Pleased to see some of you going well!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: GarrettJ on June 26, 2018, 01:44:40 PM
played again last night

49 out caught on boundary being an idiot going for the big one.

Im sure i have pulled BOTH groins  :o
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on June 28, 2018, 05:37:42 AM
Midweek league last night.

We bottom, faced top. And we were not only short, but no stumper in site.

The night @Simmy answered the call and drove down for a game.


They made 130 for 8, one guy with 80 carried them and he was dropped ish on 50(both fielders left it for each other)



In typical fashion and me feeling great a lately, I got 13 of 15 balls. No boundaryís. Felt awful and didnít middle owt.

Simmy got us off to a decent start, 18 of first over and a ball, before he got done by the sun.


We got to within 3 runs, and should have won, but low sun behind bowlers arm meant it was near impossible to get runs from that end.

Oh well bring on Saturday and the cup.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 28, 2018, 05:59:13 AM
Through to finals day in our T20 comp with 3rd win from 3 games and a game still to easiest win so far bowling them out for 109 and chasing it for the loss of 1 inside 11 overs.

Look forward to our clubs first finals day against what I would imagine will be at least 2 east Anglia a premier league sides
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Simmy on June 28, 2018, 11:55:36 AM
Midweek league last night.

We bottom, faced top. And we were not only short, but no stumper in site.

The night @Simmy answered the call and drove down for a game.


They made 130 for 8, one guy with 80 carried them and he was dropped ish on 50(both fielders left it for each other)



In typical fashion and me feeling great a lately, I got 13 of 15 balls. No boundaryís. Felt awful and didnít middle owt.

Simmy got us off to a decent start, 18 of first over and a ball, before he got done by the sun.


We got to within 3 runs, and should have won, but low sun behind bowlers arm meant it was near impossible to get runs from that end.

Oh well bring on Saturday and the cup.

Missed a leg side stumping and got stung by a wasp don't forget 😂
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on June 28, 2018, 10:34:51 PM
YES... first 50 in a long long long time last night and I really enjoyed it despite being completely knackered and chopping on when on 52. I was in a century opening partnership that saw us both bring up our 50's (me in the 7th over and my partner in the 8th - 8 ball overs) we ended our 14 overs on 168 and always had the game in control to bring home the win.

What was even more pleasing was the way I was hitting the ball, pretty clean most of the time and I only gave 1 half chance, skying the ball into a gap between the bowler and the 2 men at long on/off... which is almost as satisfying as the 50 (I have been giving the opposition way to many chances at getting me out this year).....

Not too bad considering we drew cards for the batting order.... good old no 2.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: blindowl on June 29, 2018, 10:27:29 AM
Managed a 6fer on wednesday in our midweek league. First time Ive ever managed more than four wickets in a game. On the downside, two hattrick chances missed and failed again with the bat.  Hey ho.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on June 30, 2018, 10:12:49 AM
Today will be the third game I've missed on a holiday/wedding/visit in-laws trip... outbreaks of shadow batting are becoming uncontrollable.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 30, 2018, 07:18:21 PM
Good win today by over 200 runs me and opening partner put on 110 for the first wicket in 20 overs but more importantly  was the was the spirit of the game easily the best bunch of guys we've played against all season.
A pleasure to play against.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on June 30, 2018, 07:31:30 PM
Another good win, oppos bowled out for 104, we knocked em off for 1
Still unbeaten, and playing as a team , canít ask for more than that

I got a few runs, canít remember how many, and bowled ok for an old chap
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JB on June 30, 2018, 07:40:13 PM
We were 32/5 and declared on 232 in the 44th over. I got bowled third ball of the innings for a 🦆! We bowled them out for 107 in reply with one of their openers contributing around 80 of them
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 30, 2018, 08:55:42 PM
We lost today!

Horrendous traffic so half the team turned up after the scheduled start. Naturally the oppo won the toss and put us in.

They proceeded to make 350-7 from their 45 overs. One of their openers made 177 (he was bowled off a no ball and dropped 6 times, admittedly!)

In response we were never realistically going to chase it down, so we went for a full allocation of batting points. We made 236-9 from our 45 overs (the full 7 batting points) and denied the opposition full bowling points.

Not a great result on paper, but a lot of positives. If you'd offered us a 10 point haul from the undefeated league leaders before the game we'd have definitely taken it!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on June 30, 2018, 09:14:45 PM
Watched as my youngest son took a hat trick in menís cricket at 13 years old.
Big son also took a 3fer.
Iíve got an injured knee but one of my favourite Saturdays for a while
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on June 30, 2018, 09:15:54 PM
Good win today.

We made 225-9 from our 50 after being 120-0. In response the opposition batted responsibly and were well in control of the game until one of their openers decided he was playing for a red inker. He carried his bat for 78* but cost them the game as we won by 6 runs.

On a personal level a quick fire 24 including a huge six (The @Blank Bats B1 is a serious piece of willow!!!) before I hit one straight to cover. Bowled 10-2-24-1 too.

Absolute result and made 7 hours in a field in this heat worth it!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 30, 2018, 09:22:28 PM
We won but was an awful day against a horrid team. Started well with opener and I putting on 74 off 11 before he leading edges to bowler and start of next over I top edge a sweep to deep square leg. So at 1st drink break I offer to umpire and enjoy the sun and in my first over there skipper from 45 on the leg side is the only person to appeal for 1st an LBW and then a bat pad catch both of which form front on where not even close and he throws all kind of abuse at me. I have a stern but polite word that he is supposed to be captain, spirit of cricket etc to which I get a couple of personal insults. Ok what ever. Said batsman goes onto make a lovely 100no hitting 2 off the last ball of our innings and we end up 277-7

So there skip starts the umpiring and 6th over in our quick wraps his gloves straight through to me regulation caught behind and batsman stays put so I appeal and he just remains totally silent and gives nothing, end of the over as Iím walking to the other end says ď you want to cheat then Iíll cheatĒ what a top bloke. From then in no one was really interested in the game as they are having no attempt to chase our score.

Then just after drinks the other opener who in honesty wasnít very good and awful against the short ball removes his helmet at drinks and 1st ball after drinks ducks into a back of length ball, turns his head and it hits him flush on or just behind the ear flat out blood everywhere, no one really knows what to do so luckily I have some medical training and one of our lads is a solider and we quickly put him in the recovery position. Ambulance called but told could be a delay. After about an hour he is taken to hospital. At this stage itís now 6:15 and we have only bowled 20 overs and we expect game off but no Oppo skipper wants to carry on so we do and they limp to 156-8 from there 45.

Honestly I never remove my lid no matter now hot or how slow the bowler and generally feel that in any hard ball cricket a lid should be compulsory. Our bowler who hit him is a Young county all rounder approx 65-70mph and he was in bits and the batter was maybe an inch from
Possibly losing his eye, lots of teeth not heaven forbid even worse. So all in all not a great game today
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on June 30, 2018, 09:27:39 PM
Followed up my maiden fifty last week with a golden duck as we lost by 200 runs.

So that was nice. It also confirmed that I'm not cut for this captaincy business
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OwzatOllie on June 30, 2018, 09:31:24 PM
Missed out this week due to injuring my heel at work.  200kgs of metal and the back of your heel don't mix
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on June 30, 2018, 10:02:45 PM
Missed out with a broken foot and my replacement opener carried the team to a 6 wicket victory with an assured 60* as we chased down 159. The lad is an ex-UAE under 19s player and his quality showed today.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 30, 2018, 10:20:47 PM
Great game today, proved I can hack it at prem level.

Batted 10, went in at 130odd for 8, then 11 came to join me at 145. We put on 66 together, I got 43 from 41, hit a six over the club house into the car park straight at Billingshurst. Got caught on the boundary to end the innings on 211. Received plenty of verbals from some, and their keeper was 'advising' me on technique, so I enjoyed recycling his lines at him as he looked decent but didn't back up his chat.

We got early break throughs despite a catch going down first ball, had them 4 down at drinks in the 17th. Two more fell quickly before I came on and mopped up, 5/1/15/4. One dragged on a googly, one caught mid wicket, one bowled by one that kept low, then a c&b to end the game. Catch dropped at slip in my first over, and a massive nick behind given not out.

Mention for our overseas, got a duck, took one catch at slip but dropped 2 others, one off me, and the other he managed to drop onto the keepers helmet.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 01, 2018, 07:34:02 AM
Followed up my maiden fifty last week with a golden duck as we lost by 200 runs.

Same story here. Got called up to our twos which play in the premier league. Upon arrival it was evident that the club was short as half of the third team were playing. We won the toss and elected to bowl. Oppo got of to a flyer getting to 100-0 of 13 but we managed to restrict them to 150-2 off 30 but they got to 266-9 off their 50. Our batting order was upside down with the regular 9 and 11 opening up. We were never going to chase down the total so tried to get batting points. I came in at 7 only to get a Yorker early on and was clean bowled. We managed 172 all out but we kept the oppo out there for 50. Highlights were the tea which had mini chicken Kievís and one of our under 15ís getting a nice 43.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 01, 2018, 08:13:54 AM
Back to winning ways at home yesterday. Lost the toss and the oppo batted 1st on the M1 basically with our outfield also like glass it was absolutely crazy anything that went past the ring was 4.

We fielded 1000% better than last week and took our catches and bowled really good lengths to restrict the oppo to 188-9 Off their 40. Which I thought was at least 70 short.

Whilst i was keeping I somehow lost a throw from the boundary in the sun and it landed flush on my little toe!!! It is now black/red across a lot of my foot!

So I went out to bat on 1 foot and lots of cold spray with my fellow opener and we raced to 60 off of 7 overs before I literally missed a full straight one and was LBW smack in front.  Our other opener cruised to 71 before chipping to cover but a 40 odd and lots of extras elsewhere saw us home with 10 overs to spare.

With my foot I am very grateful I gave a week off next Saturday!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on July 01, 2018, 09:28:14 AM
Another win for us yesterday, 8 from 8 for the season now.

Oppo won the toss and chose to bat, managed to limp their way to 180 but with a lightning outfield it was never more than a par score. We got the chase underway pretty fast and managed to eventually knock it off 4 down around the 35th over - another 66 for me personally so a good day all round!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on July 01, 2018, 07:03:06 PM
I hate this game. Need a month off, my head has more or less gone.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on July 01, 2018, 09:24:07 PM
Really odd weekend! Massively disappointing from a team point of view with two losses but possibly my best weekend ever personally

Saturday lost by 80 runs but took 2 wickets and ended 30* for my highest Saturday league score for ashorne

Sunday lost by 18 runs bowled really well took 3 wickets (with a bit of luck could have been 5 or 6) one turns swuate to bowl one through the gate and ended 34*

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 01, 2018, 09:40:48 PM
Won by nearly 200 on Saturday, but yet another game where i wondered what the point of playing for my team was again. Batted 7 and made 11* in a few overs as we racked up 230-odd. We then skittled them for 50-ish, i took 3-5 from my 2 overs. They had quite a few players who had never played before so it was a bit of a hollow victory as they really did try their best but looked way below par with bat ball and in the field, but i applaud them for making the effort to come and play the game as it was hard on them.

However, I'm wondering whether i'm justified in being a bit annoyed at my participation (or lack of) in my games this season, or whether i'm overeacting.

I've played 6/8 games this season. My batting positions thus far have been: 9(dnb,) 7, 8, 6 (with 2 needed), 3, 7. I only batted 3 that day as our usual one dropped out just before we batted and we had nobody who was willing to move up the order, i was down to bat 7.
And i've bowled 15 overs in those 6 games. 6 were in the first game when we had no bowlers. So in 5 weeks i've bowled 9 overs.

I'm averaging mid-teens with the bat and am in our top 5 batting wise for runs/average, having often been sent in with a few overs to go and told to give the strike to the batsman at the other end who can whack it, or with the goal of protecting 10/11 as our middle order has collapsed again.

With the ball i've been going at 3/4 an over (twice i was bowling at the end of the innings) and have taken 6 wickets so far @ 10. In comparison our regular bowlers (two of whom bat in the top 5) have bowled roughly 50 overs each. I'm our 4th top wicket taker, having bowled the least out of our bowlers. Again, i'm usually given the ball when our regular bowlers are away, and have been coming on as 6/7th choice bowler and our captain has run out of ideas.

So in 6 games i've batted above 7 twice (so had 2 games as a batsman, one of which was with a few balls left)  And bowled less than two overs a week for the past 5 games.

Am i justified in being annoyed at my lack of involvement? I'm constantly shunted down the batting order to accommodate people who don't play every week, and constantly given a few sympathy overs every couple of weeks to accommodate bowling from people who, for the most part bat above me.

The thing is, i'm happy to have my role change from week to week to reflect our team. I don't mind batting low down but getting my overs in, or batting top 5 and not bowling to ensure everyone gets a game, but that seems to have been taken advantage of. I've raised it yesterday only to be told by two people that 'it's a team game mate' (which is incredibly easy to say considering one of them opens the batting and the other bats top 5 and opens the bowling)

The only constant this season has been fielding at gully where i've taken 6 out of 7 catches including a diving one-hander yesterday. Whenever i look a bit annoyed at the fact i've not really gotten a game very week my captain seems to make a real point of telling me how good of a gully fielder i am, but i find it bloody patronising to be completely honest. I could understand if i was someone who bowled a 10 ball over, or a batman who didn't know which end to hold, or if we played a high standard. But we play in the bottom Saturday league, and i don't really want to keep paying subs to be looked at as an afterthought for our captain, especially when i'm more than capable of bowling a 10 over spell or batting in the top 5.

Compare this to my new Sunday side which is a better standard, and our captain has said to me "if you don't bat top 6 you bowl or if you're not a bowler you bat top 6, nobody spends their money and afternoon to not get a game, that's why cricket clubs die" which is exactly how it should be. Despite not doing well personally with the bat at my sunday club, i enjoy the fact that everyone gets a game, even if it does mean some of the top 6 averaging 3/4 with the bat, everyone is happy to play and the atmosphere is good.

Apologies for the rant but it's getting a bit annoying that i essentially spend my saturday standing in a field watching other people play cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 02, 2018, 05:30:45 AM
@NT50 I donít think youíre overreacting. You pay your money and give up a Saturday itís only fair that you should get a game especially as you play in low league like I do. Iíve got to the stage now where if I donít enjoy something Iím not going to do it luckily you seem to enjoy your Sunday cricket so maybe lean towards playing on a Sunday (unless your in South Hampshire where you could come play for us).

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Biggie Smalls on July 02, 2018, 07:18:29 AM
@NT50 , you're not over reacting.  If you play high standard /grade etc then thats your lot sometimes ....but you aren't playing a high standard so the skipper should be more aware and proactive in giving you (and others ?) a fair go. If I were you I'd try to feel out whether the captain will be there or not next season. If he is then I'd finish the season off with them , say nothing (since it doesn't look like there is much appreciation for your situation ) and find a new Saturday team for next season (ideally in a team that plays against this Saturday team of yours, so you can make some runs/take some wickets against them and show them first hand that you were underutilized by them ).
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on July 02, 2018, 07:21:16 AM
Your Sunday skipper has the right attitude.

Even on Saturday, you note that you're playing a low level of league cricket. Just because it's organised doesn't mean everyone has to play to win at all costs. It doesn't sound like you're letting the side down and are contributing when given the chance, so you're well within your rights to demand more.

Maybe you're being regarded as a handy "fill in" player but not a specialist with bat or ball. If that's the case, perhaps talk to your skipper about your preference and make a case for one or the other. Would you rather bat 4 and not bowl, or bat 8 and bowl more? Either way it might be better than just doing a bit of everything.

Good fielders are worth their weight in gold but there's no such thing as a specialist fielder!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 02, 2018, 08:01:14 AM
Won by nearly 200 on Saturday, but yet another game where i wondered what the point of playing for my team was again. Batted 7 and made 11* in a few overs as we racked up 230-odd. We then skittled them for 50-ish, i took 3-5 from my 2 overs. They had quite a few players who had never played before so it was a bit of a hollow victory as they really did try their best but looked way below par with bat ball and in the field, but i applaud them for making the effort to come and play the game as it was hard on them.

However, I'm wondering whether i'm justified in being a bit annoyed at my participation (or lack of) in my games this season, or whether i'm overeacting.

I've played 6/8 games this season. My batting positions thus far have been: 9(dnb,) 7, 8, 6 (with 2 needed), 3, 7. I only batted 3 that day as our usual one dropped out just before we batted and we had nobody who was willing to move up the order, i was down to bat 7.
And i've bowled 15 overs in those 6 games. 6 were in the first game when we had no bowlers. So in 5 weeks i've bowled 9 overs.

I'm averaging mid-teens with the bat and am in our top 5 batting wise for runs/average, having often been sent in with a few overs to go and told to give the strike to the batsman at the other end who can whack it, or with the goal of protecting 10/11 as our middle order has collapsed again.

With the ball i've been going at 3/4 an over (twice i was bowling at the end of the innings) and have taken 6 wickets so far @ 10. In comparison our regular bowlers (two of whom bat in the top 5) have bowled roughly 50 overs each. I'm our 4th top wicket taker, having bowled the least out of our bowlers. Again, i'm usually given the ball when our regular bowlers are away, and have been coming on as 6/7th choice bowler and our captain has run out of ideas.

So in 6 games i've batted above 7 twice (so had 2 games as a batsman, one of which was with a few balls left)  And bowled less than two overs a week for the past 5 games.

Am i justified in being annoyed at my lack of involvement? I'm constantly shunted down the batting order to accommodate people who don't play every week, and constantly given a few sympathy overs every couple of weeks to accommodate bowling from people who, for the most part bat above me.

The thing is, i'm happy to have my role change from week to week to reflect our team. I don't mind batting low down but getting my overs in, or batting top 5 and not bowling to ensure everyone gets a game, but that seems to have been taken advantage of. I've raised it yesterday only to be told by two people that 'it's a team game mate' (which is incredibly easy to say considering one of them opens the batting and the other bats top 5 and opens the bowling)

The only constant this season has been fielding at gully where i've taken 6 out of 7 catches including a diving one-hander yesterday. Whenever i look a bit annoyed at the fact i've not really gotten a game very week my captain seems to make a real point of telling me how good of a gully fielder i am, but i find it bloody patronising to be completely honest. I could understand if i was someone who bowled a 10 ball over, or a batman who didn't know which end to hold, or if we played a high standard. But we play in the bottom Saturday league, and i don't really want to keep paying subs to be looked at as an afterthought for our captain, especially when i'm more than capable of bowling a 10 over spell or batting in the top 5.

Compare this to my new Sunday side which is a better standard, and our captain has said to me "if you don't bat top 6 you bowl or if you're not a bowler you bat top 6, nobody spends their money and afternoon to not get a game, that's why cricket clubs die" which is exactly how it should be. Despite not doing well personally with the bat at my sunday club, i enjoy the fact that everyone gets a game, even if it does mean some of the top 6 averaging 3/4 with the bat, everyone is happy to play and the atmosphere is good.

Apologies for the rant but it's getting a bit annoying that i essentially spend my saturday standing in a field watching other people play cricket.
It reads likes your   thought of  on Saturdays as a  good fielder but a  bits and pieces batsman and bowler a fill in with both bat and ball maybe it would help if you your  mindset and your Captain if you concentrated on becoming a specialist 3 4 5  batsman who bowls bit or a top order bowler and reliable lower order batter as we all need to have an understanding of our role within the team.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 02, 2018, 08:33:47 AM
After not being able  to put 11 players on the pitch we  were notified mid June re the new loan system this as really helped the club as at times we only had  7 players on the pitch and were aware that as a club it may  be difficult to continue as  an opener the loan system has  also helped me personally knowing the club bats deep.
Also the guys that have come in are appreciative of getting a game as  otherwise  they wouldn't be getting match.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 02, 2018, 08:44:19 AM
Won by nearly 200 on Saturday, but yet another game where i wondered what the point of playing for my team was again. Batted 7 and made 11* in a few overs as we racked up 230-odd. We then skittled them for 50-ish, i took 3-5 from my 2 overs. They had quite a few players who had never played before so it was a bit of a hollow victory as they really did try their best but looked way below par with bat ball and in the field, but i applaud them for making the effort to come and play the game as it was hard on them.

However, I'm wondering whether i'm justified in being a bit annoyed at my participation (or lack of) in my games this season, or whether i'm overeacting.

I've played 6/8 games this season. My batting positions thus far have been: 9(dnb,) 7, 8, 6 (with 2 needed), 3, 7. I only batted 3 that day as our usual one dropped out just before we batted and we had nobody who was willing to move up the order, i was down to bat 7.
And i've bowled 15 overs in those 6 games. 6 were in the first game when we had no bowlers. So in 5 weeks i've bowled 9 overs.

I'm averaging mid-teens with the bat and am in our top 5 batting wise for runs/average, having often been sent in with a few overs to go and told to give the strike to the batsman at the other end who can whack it, or with the goal of protecting 10/11 as our middle order has collapsed again.

With the ball i've been going at 3/4 an over (twice i was bowling at the end of the innings) and have taken 6 wickets so far @ 10. In comparison our regular bowlers (two of whom bat in the top 5) have bowled roughly 50 overs each. I'm our 4th top wicket taker, having bowled the least out of our bowlers. Again, i'm usually given the ball when our regular bowlers are away, and have been coming on as 6/7th choice bowler and our captain has run out of ideas.

So in 6 games i've batted above 7 twice (so had 2 games as a batsman, one of which was with a few balls left)  And bowled less than two overs a week for the past 5 games.

Am i justified in being annoyed at my lack of involvement? I'm constantly shunted down the batting order to accommodate people who don't play every week, and constantly given a few sympathy overs every couple of weeks to accommodate bowling from people who, for the most part bat above me.

The thing is, i'm happy to have my role change from week to week to reflect our team. I don't mind batting low down but getting my overs in, or batting top 5 and not bowling to ensure everyone gets a game, but that seems to have been taken advantage of. I've raised it yesterday only to be told by two people that 'it's a team game mate' (which is incredibly easy to say considering one of them opens the batting and the other bats top 5 and opens the bowling)

The only constant this season has been fielding at gully where i've taken 6 out of 7 catches including a diving one-hander yesterday. Whenever i look a bit annoyed at the fact i've not really gotten a game very week my captain seems to make a real point of telling me how good of a gully fielder i am, but i find it bloody patronising to be completely honest. I could understand if i was someone who bowled a 10 ball over, or a batman who didn't know which end to hold, or if we played a high standard. But we play in the bottom Saturday league, and i don't really want to keep paying subs to be looked at as an afterthought for our captain, especially when i'm more than capable of bowling a 10 over spell or batting in the top 5.

Compare this to my new Sunday side which is a better standard, and our captain has said to me "if you don't bat top 6 you bowl or if you're not a bowler you bat top 6, nobody spends their money and afternoon to not get a game, that's why cricket clubs die" which is exactly how it should be. Despite not doing well personally with the bat at my sunday club, i enjoy the fact that everyone gets a game, even if it does mean some of the top 6 averaging 3/4 with the bat, everyone is happy to play and the atmosphere is good.

Apologies for the rant but it's getting a bit annoying that i essentially spend my saturday standing in a field watching other people play cricket.

Fully justified IMO. The days are long gone when you can laugh it off as a Ďteam gameí etc etc. Simple truth is there are more Cubs than players so tell the skipper, see what happens and then if nothing change walk away. You pay your money and give your time to a HOBBY.. a pass time that is supposed above all to be fun (amateur cricket after all is meaningless).. you deserve to get either a proper bat (top six) or at least 7 overs if you donít bat.

Plenty of clubs out there looking for players !
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 02, 2018, 08:45:38 AM
@NT50 , you're not over reacting.  If you play high standard /grade etc then thats your lot sometimes ....but you aren't playing a high standard so the skipper should be more aware and proactive in giving you (and others ?) a fair go. If I were you I'd try to feel out whether the captain will be there or not next season. If he is then I'd finish the season off with them , say nothing (since it doesn't look like there is much appreciation for your situation ) and find a new Saturday team for next season (ideally in a team that plays against this Saturday team of yours, so you can make some runs/take some wickets against them and show them first hand that you were underutilized by them ).

Just because itís perceived  as a high standard doesnít mean players should have to cop non games .. itís not pro Cricket !
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JTtaylor145 on July 02, 2018, 08:48:09 AM
We won but was an awful day against a horrid team. Started well with opener and I putting on 74 off 11 before he leading edges to bowler and start of next over I top edge a sweep to deep square leg. So at 1st drink break I offer to umpire and enjoy the sun and in my first over there skipper from 45 on the leg side is the only person to appeal for 1st an LBW and then a bat pad catch both of which form front on where not even close and he throws all kind of abuse at me. I have a stern but polite word that he is supposed to be captain, spirit of cricket etc to which I get a couple of personal insults. Ok what ever. Said batsman goes onto make a lovely 100no hitting 2 off the last ball of our innings and we end up 277-7

So there skip starts the umpiring and 6th over in our quick wraps his gloves straight through to me regulation caught behind and batsman stays put so I appeal and he just remains totally silent and gives nothing, end of the over as Iím walking to the other end says ď you want to cheat then Iíll cheatĒ what a top bloke. From then in no one was really interested in the game as they are having no attempt to chase our score.

Then just after drinks the other opener who in honesty wasnít very good and awful against the short ball removes his helmet at drinks and 1st ball after drinks ducks into a back of length ball, turns his head and it hits him flush on or just behind the ear flat out blood everywhere, no one really knows what to do so luckily I have some medical training and one of our lads is a solider and we quickly put him in the recovery position. Ambulance called but told could be a delay. After about an hour he is taken to hospital. At this stage itís now 6:15 and we have only bowled 20 overs and we expect game off but no Oppo skipper wants to carry on so we do and they limp to 156-8 from there 45.

Honestly I never remove my lid no matter now hot or how slow the bowler and generally feel that in any hard ball cricket a lid should be compulsory. Our bowler who hit him is a Young county all rounder approx 65-70mph and he was in bits and the batter was maybe an inch from
Possibly losing his eye, lots of teeth not heaven forbid even worse. So all in all not a great game today
Surprised to read this @SOULMAN1012 Bury 3XI haven't been as bad as this in the past. Dobbo (over 50's player) was there Captain for many years and as well as being a decent batsman and bowler, he was a reasonable bloke. Sad to read that they weren't well behaved and you suffered some abuse. Shame I think bad behavior is filtering down the league at the moment. Hopefully next week will be better.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 02, 2018, 09:04:28 AM
Surprised to read this @SOULMAN1012 Bury 3XI haven't been as bad as this in the past. Dobbo (over 50's player) was there Captain for many years and as well as being a decent batsman and bowler, he was a reasonable bloke. Sad to read that they weren't well behaved and you suffered some abuse. Shame I think bad behavior is filtering down the league at the moment. Hopefully next week will be better.

The skipper for sat just gone wasnít the guy guy mentioned, we played Bury 2 weeks ago when he captained and all our lads said it was a great game then. Quite a few of our lads seem to know there normal skipper and made comment to he wouldnít appreciate Bury being portrayed in this way. Honestly mate just an awful game all round
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on July 02, 2018, 11:08:01 AM

Compare this to my new Sunday side which is a better standard, and our captain has said to me "if you don't bat top 6 you bowl or if you're not a bowler you bat top 6, nobody spends their money and afternoon to not get a game, that's why cricket clubs die" which is exactly how it should be. Despite not doing well personally with the bat at my sunday club, i enjoy the fact that everyone gets a game, even if it does mean some of the top 6 averaging 3/4 with the bat, everyone is happy to play and the atmosphere is good.

Apologies for the rant but it's getting a bit annoying that i essentially spend my saturday standing in a field watching other people play cricket.

That Sunday skipper has the right idea, if you're playing at a fully professional level where people might lose their job if you lose then bits and pieces players have to make sacrifices to help the team win.

But we're not professionals, we're paying to play and giving up entire Saturdays on top of that. If you went to the cinema and paid to watch a movie, you'd be annoyed if you got stuck behind a pillar that obstructed your view and then told that other patrons deserved a better view because they have a better appreciation of the art of movie making.

I've only captained a couple of times but the first thing I've done (after trying to get out of captaincy without success) is look at my team sheet and see which players are going to bowl 7-9 overs and they basically won't bat in the top 5 no matter what.

We're playing Worcs League Div 5, if you're taking this seriously then you've got problems tbh. As many people have said, cricket clubs are struggling to survive up and down the country so it's important to make players feel like turning up is worth their money and time. If you don't feel valued then why spend 3 hours running from deep midwicket to deep midwicket and batting #10 when you could to wake up on a sunny Saturday morning, look out of the window and decide you'd rather take the kids to the park for a couple of hours and return home in time to watch the World Cup.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: trypewriter on July 02, 2018, 11:14:13 AM
That Sunday skipper has the right idea, if you're playing at a fully professional level where people might lose their job if you lose then bits and pieces players have to make sacrifices to help the team win.

But we're not professionals, we're paying to play and giving up entire Saturdays on top of that. If you went to the cinema and paid to watch a movie, you'd be annoyed if you got stuck behind a pillar that obstructed your view and then told that other patrons deserved a better view because they have a better appreciation of the art of movie making.

I've only captained a couple of times but the first thing I've done (after trying to get out of captaincy without success) is look at my team sheet and see which players are going to bowl 7-9 overs and they basically won't bat in the top 5 no matter what.

We're playing Worcs League Div 5, if you're taking this seriously then you've got problems tbh. As many people have said, cricket clubs are struggling to survive up and down the country so it's important to make players feel like turning up is worth their money and time. If you don't feel valued then why spend 3 hours running from deep midwicket to deep midwicket and batting #10 when you could to wake up on a sunny Saturday morning, look out of the window and decide you'd rather take the kids to the park for a couple of hours and return home in time to watch the World Cup.

I don't know if you have neutral umpires in your Saturday games, but if you don't, I predict that if you are moved up to bat in the top 5 you will be triggered the first time the ball hits your pads.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on July 02, 2018, 11:19:37 AM
I don't know if you have neutral umpires in your Saturday games, but if you don't, I predict that if you are moved up to bat in the top 5 you will be triggered the first time the ball hits your pads.

tbf I'm normally the one triggering them, I don't want to give them out but they keep planting their pads in front of middle stump :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 02, 2018, 11:34:51 AM
Thank you lads, it's reassuring to know it's not just me overreacting!

I think a lot of the problems comes from the fact that last year we were scraping 11 together, and had 3/4 older club members/parents playing who didn't want to bat or bowl and just came along to play with their son/ help the team out and get out for the afternoon. Whereas this year we have 13/14 competent players wanting a game most weeks. which means someone always has to miss out. We're a very young team and i'm often the 4th oldest at 21, with the rest being 17-20.

I spoke to one of our other players whose returned this season after being on contract at a rugby club, and he's said that he's noticed that i have been getting a game as an all-rounder who isn't doing either discipline! We've both been frustrated this year as we constantly try to arrange training, but only do so about every 3 weeks as people say they can't be bothered to train. We've lost 3 very close games this season and can't help but feel if we trained regularly we would be alright.

I've decided that i'll give it a couple more weeks to see what happens, and if it doesn't improve then i will spend the rest of my season playing for my mates Saturday friendly side and then probably move to a big club a few miles down the road as they have 4 saturday and 2 sunday sides. Will all depend on if i can pass my driving test though.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on July 02, 2018, 09:53:59 PM
Having a good season myself personally but the match this Saturday was a cracker going right down to the last over.

For those who like match reports I've written one on our website at http://www.kilvecc.co.uk/kilve-chase-brilliantly-during-scorcher-at-broadway-horton/ (http://www.kilvecc.co.uk/kilve-chase-brilliantly-during-scorcher-at-broadway-horton/)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Biggie Smalls on July 03, 2018, 05:30:49 AM
Just because itís perceived  as a high standard doesnít mean players should have to cop non games .. itís not pro Cricket !


Ideally yes , but i was referring to /thinking of the oz grade system whereby players (not teams) are promoted/dropped on a match to match basis , in which case it can be unavoidable sometimes (and all players are told at all clubs that that is the way things are and if you dont like it then play subbies , park (village) etc).
In different/ english systems of teams being promoted/dropped etc then the team should ideally be selected in a balanced way where all players are called on to contribute , and if a player is unlikely to contribute they should either be given more of a go or should have been placed in a lower division team so they get a go .
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 05, 2018, 05:48:25 AM
Our final group game last night in the county T20, before the game we already knew we had made the finals days which for a very small club is a great achievement seeing as the other 3 sides are all EAPL sides or Div1.
Won the toss and batted and we made 189-6 against a decent attack and arguably our best team batting display, personally after batting myself at 9/10 each week as skipper I batted 4 and for 39 from 26 balls

In reply there 3 league batters showed there class in a 87 opening stand inside 8 overs with some lovely straight hitting, 1 retired as per the rules at 50 the other caught in the deep, no3 finished 47* but we restricted them through the middle overs with spinners doing a great job and they ended 176-4

4 wins from 4 as T20 skipper and hopefully a good day out at finals day
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on July 05, 2018, 06:53:25 AM
Well done Chris a great effort
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 07, 2018, 01:43:36 PM
Sat at home waiting for the footie to start?
Feels Weird being home on a Saturday at this time

We had an 11.30 start, 30overs each
We got them out for 96, they only had nine men, I got one for 6 I think off 4 overs
Not out batting, we knocked em off only losing one wicket, I didnít look to see what I got

Clear at the top, job done

Cmon England
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 07, 2018, 03:09:03 PM
Started at 11, 30 overs Oppo got 169/7 we chased it down for the loss of 3 with our young No3 getting his best league score of 98 before caught on the boundary.
I wasnít playing only watching this week as have my daughter who was lovely to spend an hour bowling to and see how well she is progressing
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 07, 2018, 08:34:35 PM
Fantastic win for us today.

We started at 11.30 and lost the toss. The oppo unsurprisingly decided to bat first, making 279-8 off their 45 overs. We then had to go out for 6 overs before a long break for the football!

We watched England win and had some lovely ploughman's teas, then went back out after a nearly 2 hour interval.

One of our openers made a good 80 odd, with our number three making 60 odd. Our number 5 made a quickfire 81* to take the game away from the opposition and we won by 5 wickets with 1.2 overs to spare.

I'm currently being sick from sun stroke and or dehydration, but I'd go through it all again willingly to relive that day. England won the football, we won a tight chase and the team spirit was simply superb.

I love cricket
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 07, 2018, 08:54:19 PM
Quite a few cancelled games appearing and a few declarations including one literally without facing a ball.. lots of teams with 7/8/9 men .. shame to devalue one league game but happens.

We lost sadly but more down to playing badly than the football or oppos. Meh
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on July 07, 2018, 09:16:05 PM
Started at 12 out in to bat got to 198 with 86 from @19reading87

They delayed the restart got to within 10 and 4 wickets in hand

We won by 1 run!! GET IN
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on July 07, 2018, 10:22:25 PM
Our captain opened the batting. He was out for 9 in the 23rd over. 1 run was a leg bye not given by the umpire. 4 more was off of the toe which trickled last the keeper for 4. No wonder we lost as we didnít score enough runs. Totally tragic.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 08, 2018, 07:35:22 AM
Guru, please tell me you made that up?
Iíd have dragged him off, and Iím not joking
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 08, 2018, 07:37:27 AM
Guru, please tell me you made that up?
Iíd have dragged him off, and Iím not joking

Definitely a yes, no, wait, sorry situation that!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jp2408 on July 08, 2018, 07:38:00 AM
We played a sub strength side in an early start and had a bizarre situation where one of their umpires walked off at 3pm (we had maybe 8 or 9 overs still to bowl and they were 9 down), and they only had kids to replace him - one of whom had been removed from the standing umpires end earlier for turning down a stone cold LBW on the basis that it was going down leg, when the guy shaped to run it to third man off middle and off!

Then proceeded to stand in the clubhouse for two hours and watch 10% of the football as there were too many people in to get anywhere near the screen..

Decent result though, we bowled them out for 149 and knocked them off 3 down. I had a decent game, getting 3-25 then opening and being 59* with 15 runs still to get, only to get bowled by a grubber that I think actually rolled along the pitch!! Cost me a double haul of extra fantasy points for 60 runs and the not out :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on July 08, 2018, 08:36:54 AM
Guru, please tell me you made that up?
Iíd have dragged him off, and Iím not joking
All true Iím afraid. Anything outside off he just left, everything else was a forward defensive. It was like watching paint dry. Put real pressure on the rest of us. If you are struggling that much you would think you would just go for a real yahoo.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on July 08, 2018, 09:12:05 AM
No games moved for the football over in west London so missed that and went down to a tense 2 wicket loss against our north London rivals. So  a fairly bleak situation as we are now firmly at the bottom of the table and facing relegation as we are so far behind.

So pretty unenjoyable cricket so far this year but ultimately if you push yourself to play a level beyond your ability you are likely to come a cropper at some point.

Head down and we will keep battling away  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on July 08, 2018, 09:26:41 AM
Our game went ahead yesterday and what a day we had !!! Can't really put it into words having been set the league record for runs scored to then knock it off from the final ball, the pitch was a belter, managed to carry my bat as well

http://nepremierleague.play-cricket.com/website/results/3327938 (http://nepremierleague.play-cricket.com/website/results/3327938)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: stevat on July 08, 2018, 09:54:32 AM
Our game went ahead yesterday and what a day we had !!! Can't really put it into words having been set the league record for runs scored to then knock it off from the final ball, the pitch was a belter, managed to carry my bat as well

[url]http://nepremierleague.play-cricket.com/website/results/3327938[/url] ([url]http://nepremierleague.play-cricket.com/website/results/3327938[/url])

Well played, very high standard of cricket as well. Opening with a former England player as well. Great day for you
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 08, 2018, 10:33:34 AM
Normal start for us and we were put into bat so the oppo could watch the football. Things were going well until 54-2 became 60-5. Then 97-6 before we collapsed to 110 all out. Some good performances from our young bowling attack who bowled tight lines but we were never in the game as they knocked them off one down.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on July 08, 2018, 11:19:28 AM
Only managed to get 10 players together for an earlier start away yesterday, ended up playing on their 1st pitch as their opponents cancelled Friday evening. Won the toss, batted first we had a father/son pairing that I hadn't played with before opening the batting in what I think was their first Saturday game (For us, certainly). The father scored a great century and his son (12 year old county player I think) batted alongside him for 20 overs or so although he didn't really score any runs. His father was scoring at a decent clip so the run rate was going along at around 4 an over in those first 20 overs.

Main problem was we didn't kick on in the last 10-12 overs of the innings despite having plenty of wickets in hand on a good batting track, I fell LBW to a spinner trying to force it through the legside and the guys after couldn't increase the scoring against some disciplined bowling.

We managed to score 210, which was 30-40 short of what we should have got but after being 70 all out last week I'm not going complain too much ;)

In the end it was too difficult to defend with ten men on a good batting wicket with a quick outfield and giant boundaries but at least it's progress.

On a personal level I feel like I'm finally starting to get the hang of batting, after a lifetime of floundering about like a #11. Averaged 9 in my first season after coming back, averaged just under 11 last year but this year my scores have been 22, 21, 54, 0 and 30 yesterday. I've been out trying to up the run rate near the end in a couple of those innings so I'm tempted to move a bit higher up the order and see if I can't convert more of those 20's into 50's.

Stand still, watch the ball and don't be afraid to block or leave three balls in a row. Why didn't you guys tell me it was that simple!

(Watch as I've jinxed it and fail to crack double figures the rest of the season)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on July 08, 2018, 10:17:43 PM
We (David and myself) managed to get ourselves a match this afternoon and were delighted to enjoy a 1 wicket win with just 1 ball to spare.  Oppo got 138 off 25 overs and I went in to bat at 115-8 with 4 overs to go. Lost another wicket very quickly but that worked in our favour as the last batsman is a tip and run player and I can also do quick singles (just can't turn quickly and do 2s !!). A couple of boundaries helped and it felt good to be batting as we got over the line.  In contrast to some recent matches, it makes a real difference to your own batting if you have confidence in the person down the other end. Earlier David bowled really well with his 4 overs going for just 17 runs and he chipped in with a few runs too.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on July 08, 2018, 10:22:39 PM
Good weekend.

Lost yesterday as our top 3 decided to plod around and think 200 was enough on a road. I ended up with a cheeky 40* including two huge 6ís off 20odd balls trying to push the score up. The oppo opened with a pinch hitter and they were 0-45 off 3. Skipper threw me the ball as a leggie in the 4th over and I ended up bowling 6-2-18-0 which i was pretty happy with. Unfortunately a visual migrado came on and I had to leave the pitch for around 30mins as I could only see vague shapes. They ended up chasing it 5 down with 3 overs to spare.

Today we score 341-5 off our 40. Our 3 scores 183 and opener 101*. I got 23 off 15 balls before getting run out trying to get the not out batsman back on strike to guide him through to his ton. Bowled nice and tightly again taking 3-23 from 6 overs as the oppo ended up 167-8 from their 40. Their young opener carrying his bat for 55*.

All in all, 1 win, 1 loss. 63 runs and 12-4-41-3.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 10, 2018, 10:40:13 AM
Finally got a T20 in last night. We got 165-6, which even given the flat pitch and fast outfield, we felt was 20 more than we needed. We were right. We got a couple of early wickets that left them behind the rate; they eventually "recovered" to 110-9, but it was really just a case of getting through the 20 overs and into the pub.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: goodarmcindy on July 10, 2018, 11:29:11 AM
Not sure if my 2018 season might be done. I've done something to my back (slipped a disc at the end of 2012, and while not as bad as that, it's pain in an identical spot) when bowling on Saturday and I'm still struggling now.

So disappointing.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 14, 2018, 07:53:26 AM
Are many matches off today pretty sure we are playing
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on July 14, 2018, 08:15:16 AM
Are many matches off today pretty sure we are playing

Raining where you are?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 14, 2018, 08:19:22 AM
It's warm sunny and bright had an heavy shower around 5pm yesterday. There's a few  matches off due to Eng v Bel
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 14, 2018, 08:31:06 AM
Bright sunny going to be very hot in MK.

Am interested to know if anyone has had to make any arrangements for the 3rd place play off game today??
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on July 14, 2018, 08:44:44 AM
Managed to stuff my back up somehow on a week where pretty much every bowler in the club is unavailable. Genuinely got an XI out containing no specialist bowlers, away at the smallest ground in the league... KT tape and nurofen it is then!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on July 14, 2018, 08:50:16 AM
A week off for me - my partner is struggling with our 1 and a half year old so as there is no second team game today I have done the decent thing...to be honest not been in the beat form the last two weeks so might be a good time to recharge the batteries and go again next week fresher
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 14, 2018, 07:47:47 PM
Incredibly embarrassing day for me. Was opening the batting today, and my heart sunk when i walked over to the wicket and found what was essentially an outfield with stumps in it. Surely must be the only wicket in the country that was soft and green this week. It's not rained here in about 6 weeks. Nothing could have prepared me for the first ball of the game, which was back of a length from the quickest bowler in the league. I decided to go forward to it considering the wicket. It brushed my ankle on it's second bounce and hit the bottom of middle stump. It completely died on a patch of grass...

The bowler apologised profusely, my opening partner (who usually tells everyone the ball was s*** and they should have hit it) walked over and said "f***** hell, there's nothing you can do about that mate, Botham doesn't keep that out" I essentially wasted my Saturday because the opposition can't be bothered to sort their own wicket out. There was no excuses for the break down i had next as i lobbed my bat, volleyed my helmet and gave the changing room door a right hook on the way in (heavy duty thankfully, only damage to my knuckles and not the door) terrible example to set our younger players, thankfully none of them saw a 21 year old bloke have a sulk over a game of cricket as they were on a boundary walk.

Went for a boundary walk where the bowler once again ran over to me and said "i'm so sorry that our groundsman can't be a****, i didn't deserve that wicket" i had slightly calmed down by then so had a quick chat with him about cricket before going out to umpire for a 25 over spell as my teammates racked up 220 thanks to some absolutely awful bowling (spinners all bowled 4/5 wides each, seamers bowled about 20 no balls between them)

My skipper then chucked me the new ball as we were the only seamers we had. Took 1-16 off 3 overs before calling it a day and letting the youngsters come on early. During my spell i literally hit the seam and had the ball going all over the place, all the wicket and not me unfortunately. Won by about 100-ish runs, took a decent catch over my shoulder. Our youngster took 4-for which was pleasing.

Hopefully i get more of a bat tomorrow 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 14, 2018, 08:53:52 PM
Only had 10 players including  2 12 year olds lost by 23 runs chasing 240 would the extra players saved 23 runs  when iwe were fielding possibly still a good effort as this was the oppositions third team there first 2 sides are Birmingham league  the ball was leaping and flying around following yesterday's rain groundsman said he had rolled the wicket he must have used a balloon
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on July 14, 2018, 09:28:18 PM
A nerve shredding  one wicket win over in Westside London today to stop the rot of 8 successive losses . I got the hardest 20 I've ever got against some quality spin on a minefield of a pitch. It was taking chunks out of the surface and they had an overseas left arm New Zealander  who was turning it miles.i don't really know how to describe the pitch over than it was like a massive cake and bits kept coming out of it.

The most pleasing thing thou was 2 colts 19 and 15 held their nerve to put on 40 for the last wicket. I can only imagine how chuffed they are tonight.

We are still bottom of the table but anyone who has seen terminator 1 where he gets crushed and there is a flicker of a red light in his eye....you know he ain't dead......
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on July 14, 2018, 10:29:23 PM
Lost again, as we failed to bat out our 45 overs again.

I keep on getting starts and throwing them away, made 31 today before trying to clear long-on. I should be satisfied, given that my batting average this season is higher than the last two seasons added together (not hard to do, tbf!) but I know I'm leaving runs on the table and I should be making these into big scores.

22, 21, 54, 0, 30, 31.

With the exception of that duck, I've walked off feeling like I should have got 50+ in every single one of those innings.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on July 15, 2018, 12:57:23 AM
I decided to go forward to it considering the wicket. It brushed my ankle on it's second bounce and hit the bottom of middle stump. It completely died on a patch of grass...
If it brushed your ankle on the second bounce, that should have been called no-ball.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RF on July 15, 2018, 07:25:36 AM
We lost yesterday, 3 and half hours in the field wasnít fun.
We managed to get full batting points in reply and I got my first Premier League 50 this season so not a complete waste of time
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamielsn15 on July 15, 2018, 07:51:02 AM
Second week in a row we've fielded first and gone for 240+ off 40 overs in 25+ degree heat (cue Aussies saying that's not hot  :D!!)

Running to all parts fetching balls from fields, hedges, bushes, picnics...

Then opening. Personally done very well, 47 and a difficult 31 yesterday, as team defending 245 put eight fielders on the boundary. Stuck at it, but both weeks just absolutely knackered and not having support from teammates due to lack of application, not ability. Kinda wonder why you do it!

Loving the hard, bouncy, fast tracks this summer is producing, but not loving chasing balls on outfields like glass!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 15, 2018, 09:28:49 AM
Lost the toss, asked to field yesterday.

Conceded 373-5 off 45 overs. Their opener was dropped on 6 and went on to make 128.

In reply we limped to 209-9 from out 45.

On a personal note I took 2 wickets to take my league tally to 17 for the season, and hit 4 to get us an extra bonus point in the penultimate over.

Onwards and upwards, there's always next week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamielsn15 on July 15, 2018, 09:45:26 AM
^ 373?! Ouch!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 15, 2018, 10:09:25 AM
(https://s22.postimg.cc/fn8fxwp3l/IMG_5804.jpg)

And we got beat for the first time this season
Cup semi final today so hope I can at least walk
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 15, 2018, 04:06:04 PM
Really great win yesterday against 2nd in the league which means we now swop places with them - we were 4th.

Our skipper finally won a toss (although he wasn't calling!). And we batted. I got another start (35), I definitely left 100 out there as it was a road and our outfield at home is getting to the point of unplayable, it is just barron which are accentuating all the bumps double. And it is also getting to a stupid level of quick, I played 2 forward defensive shots for 4 yesterday it is getting silly.

Anyways.... we got 278 in our 40 overs and knocked over the oppo for 141 thanks to a great opening spell from the 2nds opener who was stepping up and then our spinner came on and cleaned up 5-19 as ours is starting to turn a lot as it is getting drier.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on July 15, 2018, 05:14:04 PM
Lost the toss, asked to field yesterday.

Conceded 373-5 off 45 overs. Their opener was dropped on 6 and went on to make 128.

In reply we limped to 209-9 from out 45.

On a personal note I took 2 wickets to take my league tally to 17 for the season, and hit 4 to get us an extra bonus point in the penultimate over.

Onwards and upwards, there's always next week

Shipped 300 a few times in the last two years but 373 a lot of leather chasing. Were you at the ground where the flip for one off your legs ends up in the chip shop? And in the 45 over format is absolutely anything down leg a wide?

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 15, 2018, 06:18:25 PM
Shipped 300 a few times in the last two years but 373 a lot of leather chasing. Were you at the ground where the flip for one off your legs ends up in the chip shop? And in the 45 over format is absolutely anything down leg a wide?

Thankfully we don't play on the green or we could have shipped an even sillier number of runs!

Everything down leg is a wide (and there were 37 of those!)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 15, 2018, 06:21:55 PM
T20 today

We bowled first, the opposition were 147 all out in the last over. I had the pleasure of bowling off spin to the top order in the power play (1-36 off 4) but did manage to remove one of the more dangerous batsmen LBW

We won with 11 balls to spare and 5 wickets in hand.

All in all a good weekend out in the sun with my mates.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on July 15, 2018, 07:59:37 PM
Why did I agree to play today? God it's hot
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 15, 2018, 09:41:51 PM
Got asked (forced) to keep today (despite my protests) as the only competent bloke with the gloves (this was only the third time i've done it, god knows how my new Sunday team coped before i started!)

We shipped 206 in 45 overs, didn't have any chances behind the stumps, and conceded 9 byes which was a bit annoying given i only let 1 past last week. Most of which were towards the back end of the innings when i refused to dive for anything that was so wide it warranted it. Was about 30 degrees and i honestly couldn't have dived if i'd wanted to, my legs were jelly towards the end. Their opener batted without a helmet and tried to sweep our medium pacer, resulting in a cut to the eyebrow, still shuddering thinking about what could have happened had it been our quicker bowler.

We chased the 207 down inside 30 overs for 3 wickets, after our openers put on 160. Was down to bat 6 so had my pads on but didn't get in.

Becoming a bit disillusioned with cricket and have been for the past month or so to be completely honest, despite both my teams being on a winning run. Haven't really been given a go with the bat, and whenever i do, i get stitched up by the pitch ala yesterday, or our top order bat so well i'm not needed, only to be shunted down the order the next week. Shouldn't really be complaining given our winning runs, but ultimately i don't play cricket to watch other people bat or bowl, if it continues another few weeks i'll probably give up for the season i imagine.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: prim0pyr0 on July 15, 2018, 11:07:31 PM
Got asked (forced) to keep today (despite my protests) as the only competent bloke with the gloves (this was only the third time i've done it, god knows how my new Sunday team coped before i started!)

We shipped 206 in 45 overs, didn't have any chances behind the stumps, and conceded 9 byes which was a bit annoying given i only let 1 past last week. Most of which were towards the back end of the innings when i refused to dive for anything that was so wide it warranted it. Was about 30 degrees and i honestly couldn't have dived if i'd wanted to, my legs were jelly towards the end. Their opener batted without a helmet and tried to sweep our medium pacer, resulting in a cut to the eyebrow, still shuddering thinking about what could have happened had it been our quicker bowler.

We chased the 207 down inside 30 overs for 3 wickets, after our openers put on 160. Was down to bat 6 so had my pads on but didn't get in.

Becoming a bit disillusioned with cricket and have been for the past month or so to be completely honest, despite both my teams being on a winning run. Haven't really been given a go with the bat, and whenever i do, i get stitched up by the pitch ala yesterday, or our top order bat so well i'm not needed, only to be shunted down the order the next week. Shouldn't really be complaining given our winning runs, but ultimately i don't play cricket to watch other people bat or bowl, if it continues another few weeks i'll probably give up for the season i imagine.

Join t20 team? Everyone gets out, everyone gets to bat
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on July 15, 2018, 11:21:40 PM
Back skippering my Sunday side but lost a very good game. Restricted opposition to just 119 off 40 overs on what initially looked like a road but turned out to be quite tricky to bat on. In reply I thought we were crusing at 60-3 but the opposition spinner who came on first change wreaked havoc and we ended up 96 all out. For the second week running, I went in at No.11 (this time my own choice) and with our best batsman still at the other end, I was confident that we could knock these runs off. However, I think he let his concentration drift as the aforementioned spinner had just completed his 8 over spell and he was immediately out caught and bowled by the chap who replaced him.

Incidentally, the opposition opening bowler is 82 years old and bowled 8 overs straight through and finished with figures of 8 overs, 22 runs for 1 wicket. This was on the back of bowling 10 overs yesterday !!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 16, 2018, 11:10:17 AM
Winning draw Saturday, batted first and got 255/7 from 52 declared. Didn't bat, got about 10 overs pad rash as I was next in. Bowled well, they clung on 9 down for 211 from 48. Couple of missed chances that cost us. Personally bowled well but figures don't show it, 8/2/50/1, had nobody off the square so any decent hit flew away. Wicket was caught at mid off.

Yesterday with frogs we bowled first, oppo set 192 to win. Bowled 3/0/16/0 at the death, drop off my bowling. I dropped one running round in the last over, but fielded well otherwise. Was down to bat 4 but didn't get in, one opener got 102 and the other 50* with a 4 to seal the win and get to 50. 32 overs padded up ready, but a good team performance and nice to enjoy watching team mates batting well.

Making my debut for Sussex Cougars (uni alumni) tomorrow at Brackley CC.

Scorecard from Ansty 2s Saturday was interesting...

http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229 (http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on July 16, 2018, 11:37:26 AM
Winning draw Saturday, batted first and got 255/7 from 52 declared. Didn't bat, got about 10 overs pad rash as I was next in. Bowled well, they clung on 9 down for 211 from 48. Couple of missed chances that cost us. Personally bowled well but figures don't show it, 8/2/50/1, had nobody off the square so any decent hit flew away. Wicket was caught at mid off.

Yesterday with frogs we bowled first, oppo set 192 to win. Bowled 3/0/16/0 at the death, drop off my bowling. I dropped one running round in the last over, but fielded well otherwise. Was down to bat 4 but didn't get in, one opener got 102 and the other 50* with a 4 to seal the win and get to 50. 32 overs padded up ready, but a good team performance and nice to enjoy watching team mates batting well.

Making my debut for Sussex Cougars (uni alumni) tomorrow at Brackley CC.

Scorecard from Ansty 2s Saturday was interesting...

[url]http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229[/url] ([url]http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229[/url])


Thought you were going back to Chalfont?

If it's Brackley in Cherwell league (Northants) then pull out! Unless it's improved recently it's a horrible place to play cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on July 16, 2018, 11:52:21 AM
Back skippering my Sunday side but lost a very good game. Restricted opposition to just 119 off 40 overs on what initially looked like a road but turned out to be quite tricky to bat on. In reply I thought we were crusing at 60-3 but the opposition spinner who came on first change wreaked havoc and we ended up 96 all out. For the second week running, I went in at No.11 (this time my own choice) and with our best batsman still at the other end, I was confident that we could knock these runs off. However, I think he let his concentration drift as the aforementioned spinner had just completed his 8 over spell and he was immediately out caught and bowled by the chap who replaced him.

Incidentally, the opposition opening bowler is 82 years old and bowled 8 overs straight through and finished with figures of 8 overs, 22 runs for 1 wicket. This was on the back of bowling 10 overs yesterday !!!!

this is why I love cricket!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on July 16, 2018, 11:53:52 AM
Winning draw Saturday, batted first and got 255/7 from 52 declared. Didn't bat, got about 10 overs pad rash as I was next in. Bowled well, they clung on 9 down for 211 from 48. Couple of missed chances that cost us. Personally bowled well but figures don't show it, 8/2/50/1, had nobody off the square so any decent hit flew away. Wicket was caught at mid off.

Yesterday with frogs we bowled first, oppo set 192 to win. Bowled 3/0/16/0 at the death, drop off my bowling. I dropped one running round in the last over, but fielded well otherwise. Was down to bat 4 but didn't get in, one opener got 102 and the other 50* with a 4 to seal the win and get to 50. 32 overs padded up ready, but a good team performance and nice to enjoy watching team mates batting well.

Making my debut for Sussex Cougars (uni alumni) tomorrow at Brackley CC.

Scorecard from Ansty 2s Saturday was interesting...

[url]http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229[/url] ([url]http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229[/url])


Interesting from the point of view of 68 extras...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 16, 2018, 02:32:27 PM
Thought you were going back to Chalfont?

If it's Brackley in Cherwell league (Northants) then pull out! Unless it's improved recently it's a horrible place to play cricket.

Decided to stick with Ansty, getting more of a game now.

Yeah it's Brackley Northants, hopefully it has improved!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 16, 2018, 02:33:15 PM
Interesting from the point of view of 68 extras...

Apparently apart from Hadders and Meg all the bowlers were spraying it about so the keeper hadn't got a chance on a lot of them.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 17, 2018, 08:26:50 AM
Not a terribly exciting T20 last night. We won comfortably, although it didn't look that way when the oppo reached 77-0 off 9 overs. Unfortunately they only had three batsmen so once the openers were gone, our change bowlers had a field day. They finished 117-8 off their 20. We knocked them off in 13 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. I got 17*.

Three interesting occurrences.
a) they had a slow-scoring batsman who wasn't hurting us. There was a run out appeal and he was given out by their umpire, but a few of us could see that the keeper had knocked off the bails with his gloves before the ball arrived, so we had a quick conference and decided to call him back, for which he was very grateful. Whether we'd have been so virtuous had he been rocking along at 12 an over, I'm not sure.

b) The same bloke was then given an over during our chase (I think they were mixing their bowling up as they could see they didn't have nearly enough) He has one of our batsmen caught, twice, both to fantastic diving catches. But both times they are ruled out for a no-ball because the ball bounced twice. Village moment of the game.

c) We needed 1 to win with a new batsman at the crease and me at the non-strikers end. The ball gets away from the keeper and there is an easy run, but I shout "no" as I figure the new batsman would like the chance to hit the winning runs off his own bat. Next ball he drills it straight at midwicket and is caught. He wasn't too pleased.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: gdb19 on July 18, 2018, 09:38:19 AM
After having a bad couple of years at work (redundancies in my team and then moving to a more stressful role) where I didn't play much cricket I'm back playing a bit more this season.

So far it's going pretty well, I've still had my customary ducks where I've played completely cross line but I've also had three of my highest scores ever batting. 74* off 23 balls first midweek game, 67 last weekend and something I never thought I'd get - my first hundred a couple of weeks ago. Not at a great standard but still really pleased with it, off 49 balls - got out stupidly trying to play a cover drive which just isn't my shot at all.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 18, 2018, 10:14:38 AM
No a bad game last night considering I didn't actually do anything!

We fielded first and the opposition made 156-2 off their 16 overs.
The guy who had been keeping was taken ill so I took the gloves for the last few overs. I didn't let any byes through during my stint (admittedly I only had to take the ball about 4 times as the batsmen were hitting everything!)

We chased it down with 7 wickets in hand and an over to spare.
I thought I was going to get pad rash as we needed next to nothing with our opener and number 3 both going well.

Our number 3 was caught to a ridiculous 1 handed catch on the boundary (think Stokes to dismiss De Villiers) with 15 needed to win, and our number 4 was cleaned up with the scores level! I hit the winning run in my 1*  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 18, 2018, 02:54:09 PM
No a bad game last night considering I didn't actually do anything!

We fielded first and the opposition made 156-2 off their 16 overs.
The guy who had been keeping was taken ill so I took the gloves for the last few overs. I didn't let any byes through during my stint (admittedly I only had to take the ball about 4 times as the batsmen were hitting everything!)

We chased it down with 7 wickets in hand and an over to spare.
I thought I was going to get pad rash as we needed next to nothing with our opener and number 3 both going well.

Our number 3 was caught to a ridiculous 1 handed catch on the boundary (think Stokes to dismiss De Villiers) with 15 needed to win, and our number 4 was cleaned up with the scores level! I hit the winning run in my 1*  ;)


T20s without compulsory retirements are a truly miserable format.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 18, 2018, 03:01:11 PM

T20s without compulsory retirements are a truly miserable format.

Are they?
I quite enjoy our midweek league. 16 overs, no field restrictions, off you go!

What would be the point of retirements in such a short game? You'd have to walk off as soon as you got your eye in.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 18, 2018, 03:33:42 PM
Are they?
I quite enjoy our midweek league. 16 overs, no field restrictions, off you go!

What would be the point of retirements in such a short game? You'd have to walk off as soon as you got your eye in.

Everyone gets a bat, (almost) everyone gets a bowl. Batsmen aren't distracted by chasing personal milestones. The best overall team wins (rather than the team with a couple of in-form players).

Honestly, I've played in T20 leagues all over the country and have never come across one without some form of compulsory retirement, either at 25, 30 or 50. If you want to play for the joy of cricket and the thrill of working as a team to try and get the win, then its the perfect format. Obviously if you only play cricket for personal statistical glory then its probably not the format for you.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on July 18, 2018, 04:13:22 PM
Agree with SLA on this one - Surrey Slam has compulsory retirement at 50. Since it's aimed at a "recreational" level of cricket, the last thing people want is for some absolute gun to smack a hundred and demoralise everyone
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: stevat on July 18, 2018, 04:22:41 PM
Yeah, I think retire at 50 is a decent shout, got to 30 many times without feeling like I've achieved much, 50 is always an achievement.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on July 18, 2018, 05:22:32 PM
Anyone else seeing the irony that SLA has a ton in t20s??

Now he either carries his side if it had retirements then, or his entire team had one bad day.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 18, 2018, 08:10:07 PM
Everyone gets a bat, (almost) everyone gets a bowl. Batsmen aren't distracted by chasing personal milestones. The best overall team wins (rather than the team with a couple of in-form players).

Honestly, I've played in T20 leagues all over the country and have never come across one without some form of compulsory retirement, either at 25, 30 or 50. If you want to play for the joy of cricket and the thrill of working as a team to try and get the win, then its the perfect format. Obviously if you only play cricket for personal statistical glory then its probably not the format for you.

I'm actually a bowler so retirement is never likely to effect my batting, I'd actually count a season's average being in double figures as "statistical glory"...

As far as "playing for the joy of cricket and the thrill of working as a team to try and get the win" I'm always pleased for a teammate if they get a personal milestones, be it 5 wickets, a hattrick, 50 or a 100. If they do so in a winning efforts even better!

While this everyone gets a bat, retire on X amount of runs sounds great in theory, I can't help but think it's a result of today's everyone is entitled to something society. At the end of the day I prefer traditional cricket where the batsmen bat and the bowlers bowl, but that's just me
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: leatherseat on July 19, 2018, 07:19:54 AM
As a bowler at heart (currently unable to bowl, so playing purely as a batsman, nowadays), I always felt the game was in the batsman's favour. Thus seems to be increasingly the case with smaller boundaries etc. In the days of Viv Richards dominating one day matches, the opposition's gun bowler could only bowl a fifth of the overs, yet Viv could bat through the innings (once he was in), having a far bigger influence on the outcome of the match.

If the bowlers are restricted to X overs (4 overs for T20, 10 in 50 overs), there should be some form of restriction on batsmen, too.

(Further debate, dependent on having specialist scorers - Would be interesting if that were a certain number of balls faced by a batsman, rather than runs scored -add further pressure).

David
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on July 19, 2018, 07:34:51 AM
As a bowler at heart (currently unable to bowl, so playing purely as a batsman, nowadays), I always felt the game was in the batsman's favour. Thus seems to be increasingly the case with smaller boundaries etc. In the days of Viv Richards dominating one day matches, the opposition's gun bowler could only bowl a fifth of the overs, yet Viv could bat through the innings (once he was in), having a far bigger influence on the outcome of the match.

If the bowlers are restricted to X overs (4 overs for T20, 10 in 50 overs), there should be some form of restriction on batsmen, too.

(Further debate, dependent on having specialist scorers - Would be interesting if that were a certain number of balls faced by a batsman, rather than runs scored -add further pressure).

David

Maybe we should play double wicket rules like I did when I was 11.

That way when I get a first ball duck, I know Iím still there for a fair few overs. Rather than  as currently. I get to do nothing for the next 91 overs and 5 balls.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: leatherseat on July 19, 2018, 08:19:01 AM
Going in a different direction, then - In the interests of trying to balance bat vs ball, have no restriction on either batsmen or bowlers.
Remove the restriction on the number of overs each bowler can bowl.

This is likely to lead to one or two dominant bowlers doing what one or two dominant batsmen do - dictate the game. If its good for the goose, it should be good for the gander.

We (each club/ league) need to decide if we are happy with one or two strong players (whether batsmen or bowlers) dominating matches.
Perhaps at lower levels there should be restriction for both batsmen and bowlers, to give more people some real involvement. At higher levels, no restriction on either.

David






Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 19, 2018, 08:59:03 AM
Wouldn't limiting the number of runs you're allowed to score or balls you're allowed to face devalue the game/league somewhat? As a bowler I love dismissing a bloke who's well set, if he'd just walked off retired after a chanceless 50/100 and I dismissed the new man who'd replaced him it wouldn't feel the same!

As for allowing bowlers to bowl through, that would simply be a step backwards as the rule of each bowler being allowed to bowl no more than 1/5th of the overs was to prevent 2 players doing it all.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if it ain't broke don't fix it!
Is using a minimum of 5 bowlers a good thing? Yes
If someone has the skill to carry their bat, should they be forced to retire? No
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on July 19, 2018, 09:12:30 AM
Cricket is a wierd sport that is hard to balance.

Currently you have that chance that a gun batsman may carry his bat and win a game, surely hat should be championed as a great innings?
As to do that heíll have to survive a few wonder balls, dig a few out that the pitch helped the bowler with, and survive those lbw shouts the umpire wants to give as his bus is due soon.

He could easily get a first baller or earl duck a few weeks in a row, and thereís no second chance on that.


Where as a bowler who can bowl 12 overs, well heís got 72 legal balls to make soemthing happen.
Ball at rank long hop thatís hit into next county? Turn round and run back it.
Massive leg side wide that goes for four? Turn round and run back in.

He doesnít need his chance upping to 148 balls at one end, his mate same at the other.
Heís got a decent chance already to impact the game and can easily get his five for every week. Mistakes and all.



Iíd rather beat a team with a gun bat who weíve got out, than one weíve just settled on him retiring.


(Different ish story, I once played against a very good lms side. Weíd never beaten them, but if got a few 80 not ours in previous games.
This game they had a plan and bullishly talked about to, they bowled (No Swearing Please) at me so I could retire at 50, they than bowled well to lint our other batsman, made no attempt to run out when it was available and even ďAvoidedĒ two catching chances so I couldnít come back in.
Yet they still won by around 105 runs.
That to me is when retirement cricket doesnít work)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 09:57:01 AM
Anyone else seeing the irony that SLA has a ton in t20s??

Now he either carries his side if it had retirements then, or his entire team had one bad day.

Actually the story behind that is that we were playing a bunch of dicks who refused to play retirements because they said three of their batsmen would just walk off right then and there if they couldn't score 50s. So I smashed a ton, and then none of their batsmen got past 20 anyway and they lost by over 100 runs.

Next time we played them they suggested batsmen retire at 25.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Batoff on July 19, 2018, 10:00:50 AM
Actually the story behind that is that we were playing a bunch of dicks who refused to play retirements because they said three of their batsmen would just walk off right then and there if they couldn't score 50s. So I smashed a ton, and then none of their batsmen got past 20 anyway and they lost by over 100 runs.

Next time we played them they suggested batsmen retire at 25.

Couldn't you have improvised and made it a retire on 50 game to keep everyone happy? ???
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 10:04:42 AM
I'm actually a bowler so retirement is never likely to effect my batting, I'd actually count a season's average being in double figures as "statistical glory"...

As far as "playing for the joy of cricket and the thrill of working as a team to try and get the win" I'm always pleased for a teammate if they get a personal milestones, be it 5 wickets, a hattrick, 50 or a 100. If they do so in a winning efforts even better!

While this everyone gets a bat, retire on X amount of runs sounds great in theory, I can't help but think it's a result of today's everyone is entitled to something society. At the end of the day I prefer traditional cricket where the batsmen bat and the bowlers bowl, but that's just me


The joy of cricket is that its flexible enough that you can adjust the rules and the format to fit any desired outcome. My team and our oppositions vastly prefer playing in games with a retirement rule, we find it gets everyone involved and makes for a good exciting game, and that to us is more important than the opportunity for batsmen to chase personal milestones - we can do that on a Saturday if we're that way inclined.

Horses for courses etc. For what its worth, I don't think its anything to do with "entitlement of modern society". For one thing these rules have been around since the 80s, for another, if you want to get sociological, its more about how groups of people prioritise collectivism vs individualism. We are openly a "collectivist" team. We don't keep running records of individual stats throughout the season and we award a champagne moment rather than a player of the year award, and players are expected to happily "take one for the team" whenever necessary.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 10:05:06 AM
Couldn't you have improvised and made it a retire on 50 game to keep everyone happy? ???

They didn't want to. :shrugs:
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jjelricksmith on July 19, 2018, 10:09:19 AM
Out of interest what are people setting in the T20 leagues at the moment? We seem to have started the season winning games with 120 and now 180 is a good game.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 10:18:40 AM
Out of interest what are people setting in the T20 leagues at the moment? We seem to have started the season winning games with 120 and now 180 is a good game.

I did our team stats a few weeks ago. Over the past 5 years we played just over 100 games, and our average score batting first is 140 and we defend this 67% of the time, our opposition's average score when we field first is 135 and we chase this 53% of the time.

I think the scores are slightly lower than you might expect because we play retire at 25, so normally 9/10 batsmen get to bat in most games - obviously you can lose a bit of momentum when your tail enders are in. Its the same for both sides though.

Its also harder to chase in recreational cricket normally because the light is starting to fade towards the end of the innings. There's an unspoken rule that if the defending team has any quick bowlers, they bowl in the first ten and not at the death (otherwise it becomes dangerous). Hence the reason that I am a spinner who specialises in bowling the death overs, lol.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 19, 2018, 10:21:31 AM
@SLA what tactics do you go for bowling spin at the death mate?

I always used to think full and flat was the way to go towards the end of the innings, but I've actually found recently that moon balls seem to bamboozle batsmen trying to hit everything out of the park
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 10:33:35 AM
@SLA what tactics do you go for bowling spin at the death mate?

I always used to think full and flat was the way to go towards the end of the innings, but I've actually found recently that moon balls seem to bamboozle batsmen trying to hit everything out of the park

Well I normally start with a set sequence of 4 balls that I practice: stock ball with topspin, skiddy quicker ball at the pads from wide on the crease, wide ball outside off and turning away from close to the stumps, wrong'un spinning back, and then see where we are. Basically I try and guess what the batsman is thinking and then try desperately to scupper his plan. It also depends on the length of the boundaries. If I have a short legside boundaries I'll try to keep my line outside off, If I have a short straight boundary or short offside boundary I'll bowl at the pads.



Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on July 19, 2018, 12:06:35 PM
Scorecard from Ansty 2s Saturday was interesting...

[url]http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229[/url] ([url]http://anstycc.play-cricket.com/website/results/3313229[/url])


Literally everything that is wrong with win/draw cricket in one scorecard, can anyone honestly say they enjoy blocking out for 160 chasing over 300?!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 01:12:31 PM
Literally everything that is wrong with win/draw cricket in one scorecard, can anyone honestly say they enjoy blocking out for 160 chasing over 300?!

Given that they were (presumably) never going to chase 300, then the game was over as a contest at tea. What do you think would have happened in a win/win game that would have been so much more enjoyable for either side?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on July 19, 2018, 01:14:10 PM
Literally everything that is wrong with win/draw cricket in one scorecard, can anyone honestly say they enjoy blocking out for 160 chasing over 300?!

 :D Absolutely. In fact my highest score was accomplished doing just that. We were against a really strong batting side (who had scored just over 300) so opened the batting alongside a junior and we put on 108 for the first wicket.  We got ourselves a draw and the junior was absolutely buzzing with his 35 runs as was his Dad who had come along to watch after tea. All the other juniors in the team gave the young lad a standing ovation when he was out with just a few overs to go. Cricket is not all about winning, it's about taking as many positives out of a game as possible.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on July 19, 2018, 01:38:56 PM
Guess it comes down to the level of standard being played. I'd personally have no interest in playing in a side where the intention isn't to go out and win (or at least try) but each to their own - we all play for different reasons after all!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 01:44:41 PM
Guess it comes down to the level of standard being played. I'd personally have no interest in playing in a side where the intention isn't to go out and win (or at least try) but each to their own - we all play for different reasons after all!

Yeah but sometimes you just get games where you get pumped so hard that the chances of winning quickly become zero, so rather than just giving up entirely, kicking over your stumps and going to the pub, you have to pick some other target to try and achieve. Have you never experienced this?

When you're 50-5 off 20 overs chasing 370, and you need over 10 an over with an old bloke who can neither run nor hit the ball off the square at the other end and every opposition fielder on the boundary, at some point you have to admit to yourself that you're not going to win the game.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 19, 2018, 02:01:12 PM
Yeah but sometimes you just get games where you get pumped so hard that the chances of winning quickly become zero, so rather than just giving up entirely, kicking over your stumps and going to the pub, you have to pick some other target to try and achieve. Have you never experienced this?

I've been on the wrong side of these games a few times, it's not the most enjoyable situation but you almost have to make your own game within the game when it does happen.

In these situations my team will go for 2 things.
1 - Full batting points (or as close to as possible). If you're going to lose you may as well pick up some bonus points.
2 - Keep the opposition out in the field for the whole innings. Even if you can't bat out your overs make them work for their bowling points! If you prevent them from claiming a full haul of bowling points then it's a minor victory in itself.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 19, 2018, 02:09:16 PM
I've been on the wrong side of these games a few times, it's not the most enjoyable situation but you almost have to make your own game within the game when it does happen.

In these situations my team will go for 2 things.
1 - Full batting points (or as close to as possible). If you're going to lose you may as well pick up some bonus points.
2 - Keep the opposition out in the field for the whole innings. Even if you can't bat out your overs make them work for their bowling points! If you prevent them from claiming a full haul of bowling points then it's a minor victory in itself.

A good bonus point system is crucial in these situations. One that rewards the batting team for scoring as many runs as possible, and the bowling team for taking wickets, at least incentivises positive cricket from both sides for the remainder of the game.

Same applies when a chasing team is easily going to breeze to a low total.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 19, 2018, 02:28:59 PM
Literally everything that is wrong with win/draw cricket in one scorecard, can anyone honestly say they enjoy blocking out for 160 chasing over 300?!
Yes done it often if you can't win don't lose.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 19, 2018, 08:30:58 PM
Literally everything that is wrong with win/draw cricket in one scorecard, can anyone honestly say they enjoy blocking out for 160 chasing over 300?!

Ok, so what should they do ?? If they at some point donít think they can score 300?. ĎHave some funí, hit out.. get out .. get in the bar ?? Why, just so the winning side feel good ?

I mean sure, it looks bad but maybe the team batting first needs to use itís brain and not score as many, declare earlier.. entice the chase.. etc etc

The beauty of draw Cricket is itís way more tactical than Ďbash runs then defend and just wait for bats to get outí
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 19, 2018, 08:33:29 PM
Guess it comes down to the level of standard being played. I'd personally have no interest in playing in a side where the intention isn't to go out and win (or at least try) but each to their own - we all play for different reasons after all!

But why is getting wacked for 300 (sometimes someone comes off so itís not always Ďthe better sideí ) then getting skittled for 210ao more fun?

Itís more fun for the winning team I suppose but for the others... bugger all to play for If you donít think you can chase it..

Isnít that the point of Cricket ? To win you have to score runs and TAKE wickets
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 19, 2018, 08:36:25 PM
I've been on the wrong side of these games a few times, it's not the most enjoyable situation but you almost have to make your own game within the game when it does happen.

In these situations my team will go for 2 things.
1 - Full batting points (or as close to as possible). If you're going to lose you may as well pick up some bonus points.
2 - Keep the opposition out in the field for the whole innings. Even if you can't bat out your overs make them work for their bowling points! If you prevent them from claiming a full haul of bowling points then it's a minor victory in itself.

As soon as a team realises a side is batting like this for th draw, itís down to them to tempt them into shots.. attacking fields.. catchers.. part time bowlers Etc.. no point bowling tight and accurate ball after ball.. got to use a bit of skill, tactics and imagination .. thatís the fun bit.. weeding out that batter fighting for his life .. not much fun when you know itís just a matter of time cause heís teeing off.. Just luck if he comes off or not most of the time
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 20, 2018, 06:45:17 AM
A few weeks ago played away with just 8 players inc 2 12 year olds the opposition won the toss and decided to bat they scored 260 off the first 37 overs could have declared and could have  used the balance of there 45 overs ( 8 ) plus  there allotted 45 to try and bowl us out but they decided it would be more  fun to bat there 45 and score 332 blasting 12 year olds around the park in a win draw lose game.
Batting second We kept   them in the field for 45 overs to get a draw and they got what they deserved.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 20, 2018, 07:31:39 AM
Fair play for batting the overs out, at the very least get a days cricket, and some batting practice/time in the middle
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 20, 2018, 07:58:27 AM
Game on Tuesday was a mare. Personally bowled well on a pretty dodgy wicket, 7/1/15/1, whilst oppo racked up 188 in 35. Took two catches as well, mid on and long on. Batted 6, got a third ball 0, first ball leapt off a length, second ball pinged up to head height off a length, third ball was short and stuck in the pitch and I clothed it to cover. We were 18/6, not great!

From Ansty's hammering vs Three Bridges a couple of weeks ago, they have put up some match highlights. I first appear around 3:10 in with the bat. You can see me taking some tap, including the biggest six I have ever been hit for, as well as a dropped catch off me and a wicket with a googly (caught cow).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRKKuyIDfRI (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRKKuyIDfRI)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: treefeller on July 20, 2018, 08:08:22 AM
A few weeks ago played away with just 8 players inc 2 12 year olds the opposition won the toss and decided to bat they scored 260 off the first 37 overs could have declared and could have  used the balance of there 45 overs ( 8 ) plus  there allotted 45 to try and bowl us out but they decided it would be more  fun to bat there 45 and score 332 blasting 12 year olds around the park in a win draw lose game.
Batting second We kept   them in the field for 45 overs to get a draw and they got what they deserved.

We had a similar situation earlier in the year, conceded 450ish off 50 overs(!!), batted out our 50 and got 8 points for doing that. They were on about 350 after 35 overs so their skipper could have declared and had 65 overs to bowl us out but chose to carry on.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 20, 2018, 08:24:35 AM
Literally everything that is wrong with win/draw cricket in one scorecard, can anyone honestly say they enjoy blocking out for 160 chasing over 300?!

I think the bit the team enjoyed most was the fact that Lindfield only took 2 more points than they did!

Few weeks back vs Chichester Priory we set about 220, they didn't even bother trying to chase it despite it being a quick outfield and flat deck. Most boring game of cricket I have played for a long time.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on July 20, 2018, 08:32:59 AM
Few weeks back vs Chichester Priory we set about 220, they didn't even bother trying to chase it despite it being a quick outfield and flat deck. Most boring game of cricket I have played for a long time.

This is my point, where's the interest in that? If I wanted I could quite easily go out and block for 40/50 overs if I had no intent of even trying to chase a score down.

You don't see the pros playing 50 over games with win/draw, so why do we? One day cricket should be one day cricket imo (and thankfully our league is purely win/win!).
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 20, 2018, 09:23:48 AM
The way our league works is that for 5 weeks at the start of the season and 4 weeks at the end we play 45/45 win lose, and play everyone in 100 over win/lose/draw in between. We play attacking cricket, after the Chi game we agreed never to play so negatively as a team as we didn't enjoy it. Times we could have shut up shop for a while we have counter attacked and it won us a game. I'd always rather take a risk that die wondering.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 20, 2018, 09:55:23 AM
It all depends on the brand of cricket you as a team want to play and perhaps more importantly how the league points system is set up, if you are playing win/lose/draw.

If your league is set up to reward a win a lot more than a draw with bonus points or without etc... then people are always more likely to go for it etc..

Personally i see the merits in both types of cricket, and the best way to do is to split the season playing both types - like a lot of the ECB Premier Leagues are doing now. That way it is a test of all skills throughout the whole season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mo_town on July 20, 2018, 10:03:40 AM
Personally i see the merits in both types of cricket, and the best way to do is to split the season playing both types - like a lot of the ECB Premier Leagues are doing now. That way it is a test of all skills throughout the whole season.

Imo, timed games only make sense at the Prem level where you have players of a certain calibre who can influence the games with their skill. At lower levels, timed games are  boring blockathons. Timed games can only work in lower divisions if there is an age limit in place.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 20, 2018, 11:22:46 AM
Imo, timed games only make sense at the Prem level where you have players of a certain calibre who can influence the games with their skill. At lower levels, timed games are  boring blockathons. Timed games can only work in lower divisions if there is an age limit in place.

Are you saying us old duffers can only block it  :( :( :o :o :o
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Churchy1989 on July 20, 2018, 11:31:21 AM
So after 3 games our 2nd XI captain resigned/advised to resign....but without anyone to take the reigns.

I was asked/manipulated into taking the reigns.

Game 1 Smashed them. Game 2/3/4/5 got smashed. Called for my Marine mate to play last week. 10.1 overs 5 Maidens 22 runs for 6 wickets.

Anyway, i actually hate playing now i am captain. I remember why i gave it up several years ago.

I am not not playing cricket this weekend as i couldn't think of anything worse to do atm.

Anyone else been in this mood?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 20, 2018, 12:20:24 PM
Sounds like you need a new bat churchy
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 20, 2018, 12:27:05 PM
Sounds like you need a new bat churchy

"if in doubt buy a new bat"
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SD on July 20, 2018, 12:39:53 PM
I am into my 9th season captaining the same side and those times when you would rather do anything other than playing cricket seem to be part and parcel of the job.  It has certainly effected both my own form and my enjoyment at certain points but at the end of each season I have felt that I have had a positive effect on the side continue to do it.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 20, 2018, 01:39:48 PM
I think it depends on the captains duties if it's  running things on the field on match day it can be rewarding or  get to you
But  increasingly captains  are expected to  do more orgainse  there team phone after players on Friday and Saturday morning sort out teas collect match  fees  phone  or scan in results etc.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 20, 2018, 03:56:55 PM
I think it depends on the captains duties if it's  running things on the field on match day it can be rewarding or  get to you
But  increasingly captains  are expected to  do more orgainse  there team phone after players on Friday and Saturday morning sort out teas collect match  fees  phone  or scan in results etc.

Captaining on the field is the fun and easy part .. the reason why the off field stuff is thereís is because you canít just do the part virtually anyone can do.. you need to do the dirty stuff to earn the easy and fun stuff
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 21, 2018, 09:53:58 PM
We had another shocker.
Bexhill 180/9d, we were all out for 120ish. Personally got 1/37 from 7, wicket was caught at slip. Took two catches, one running round at square leg to a skied pull, the other a short ball nailed just above my right shoulder at mid wicket which stuck one handed. If you've seen the clip that's been doing the rounds on fb of a catch this last week, along those lines. Then when batting decided not to tale any risks early on, padded up to one that turned into me and hit me on the knee roll of my back leg in front of middle and off for another 3 ball duck.

Currently really frustrated that my form with the ball is sketchy, with the bat non existent, but in the field I'm catching flies in the ring. I've got the most catches in the 1s this season apparently, which is a bit of a surprise.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 21, 2018, 11:09:44 PM
Very short game for us where we almost pulled off the impossible.

We had the weakest team of the season in a 3rd vs 4th game (3 get promotion, we are now 3rd by 2 points, but the oppo have a game in hand)
I finally got a chance to open the batting, and me and my partner put on 34 for the first wicket, before i tried to slap one over cover, got caught in 2 minds and punched it straight in the air for 7. We then folded from 40-2 to 74 all out inside 25 overs. I didn't think the pitch was bad when i was batting, but as i was umpiring i saw how dodgy it was (huge amount of rain last night and they don't have covers so it was a bit of a mess) On a side note - one of their bowlers got perhaps the least deserves 5-for i've ever seen! One opener was bowling a top line and length going wicketless, with the other one spraying it all over and somehow getting 5! I would feel guilty saying this, but as he decided to try and intimidate our 13 year-old in the field, i'm not too upset!

Our two opening bowlers then struggled early on, as they raced to 30-1 pretty quickly. But then one opener found his line and length, and didn't put a foot wrong after that. We had them 40-6 but they creeped over the line through a series of inside edges, 7 wickets down. A top effort in the field and from our opening bowlers as we nearly pulled off the impossible! It was weird to leave a game at 4PM but still be happy despite losing!

Another game tomorrow at a rock solid wicket and the fastest outfield in the league. Hopefully im in the runs
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on July 22, 2018, 05:14:42 AM
One of the craziest games Iíve ever been involved in today.

The oppo turned up with 8 and told us they had 3 on the way. To our amazement they then made the decision to bowl on a batting paradise with a fairly short boundary one side.

The decision looked justified as we limped along to 187-5 off 34. I came out to the middle and What happened in the next 16 overs was absolute carnage. Together we put in 148 in the next 12 overs which pushed our score up to 335-6-46. I was bowled when I thought a century was almost a certainty (their heads had gone by this point) for 79. (Must say thank you to @Blank Bats once again at this point! The stick i have got from him is just an absolute stunner). The guy i had joined at the crease got caught 2 overs later for 78 and the score was 361-7-48.

We proceeded to hit a further 46 off the last 2 overs to post 407.......

In the reply the oppo were never really in the hunt, with 2 full length diving catches being taken and half their team having had enough. They limped to 100 all out. I took 2-4 off my one over the 4 being a drop 🙈

Crazy game!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 22, 2018, 06:40:01 AM
Another good win yesterday to make it 3 on the bounce and close the gap on the leaders as they lost.

Won the toss and put the oppo in on the greenest wicket I have seen all season! With the over night rain as well I thought it was going to be a very interesting batting day! However it turned out to be one of those wickets that looks awful but actually plays not to bad at all!

We bowled really badly at the start and they were 80-1 off the 1st 6. But brought it back in the middle overs and the oppo finished 199-7 off there 40.

I then got 53, amazingly off only 33 balls, our scorer said he had to count it 3 times to make sure  :D . We then had good partnerships to chase it easily 3 down with 6 overs left.

A good team performance and with the leaders losing means we are still in the hunt for the title.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 22, 2018, 07:25:55 AM
Our second win of the season yesterday. Oppo won the toss and decided to bat first sensible choice seeing as though they only had 9. They managed 178-7 with extras second top scoring with 40. There number 3 got 50 but middled it to the keeper on 35 but didnít walk and their umpire didnít give it. Our chase set out with our opener being triggered by their umpire with a ball going massively down leg. Our other opener played all around a straight one. I mistimed a ball to cover but our number 3 and 5 got some decent runs before we knocked them off 6 down in the 38th over. A decent game which apart from the two horrendous decisions was enjoyable
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on July 22, 2018, 07:58:38 AM
Second win in 2 weeks over in Westside and we are trying to crawl out of the bottom 2, chasing 136 on , believe it or not, a soaking outdield (the ground Is next to a river flooded due to a blockage).

We won by 4 wickets with a good 35 no from myself and the mistress that is form seems to be returning.

Most pleasing this year is the work done during winter is paying off, grooving a straight bat and a slight front step forward outside the line of the ball is stopping overbalancing and playing around the front pad.

Next week it's the top of the table team who some dude got a double ton for 3 weeks ago, let's hope he is in bed all day with some stunning bird and he don't fancy playing.

Some light appearing now, still bottom 2 but 3 wins if we can from here and we might Houdini it.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 22, 2018, 08:21:09 AM
We had a comfortable win yesterday
Which was nice after last weekends two disappointing defeats

The scorebook might not tell the story, but our fielding and holding catches definitely helped us to the win this week.
We have two young brothers who open the bowling, and both have improved massively, they can both bowl a decent line and length and really pressure batters.
This in turn forces the batters to hit out, and create the chances.

We played on a decent looking wicket, which turned out to have a fair bit of life in it at one end.
A few going sideways off the seam, and a few popping off a length.

Anyway, full points for us, as we bowled them out for 86, and knocked em off without losing a wicket
Big mention to Mr Hosk, batted really well yesterday, good to see mate

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamielsn15 on July 22, 2018, 09:26:02 AM
Yet another bye week yesterday. Originally nine teams in oir division and two have folded. At this point of the season I've played six games...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 22, 2018, 10:46:55 AM
Another game, another lost toss and another hot afternoon in the field.

The opposition made 277-9 from their 45 overs, their number 3 making 100 and their number 6 making a quickfire 74.
One of our openers picked up a 4 fer, personally I got just the one wicket taking me seasons tally to 18.

In reply we made 223-8, 2 runs short of full batting points.
Our opener made a good 60 but nobody else really got going until our number 8 made 39. I scratched around for 9* off 40 odd balls (I was on a duck for 15 of them) so while I proved I can hold up an end I don't think I'll be getting a call up to our T20 side any time soon!

We got 10 bonus points from the game, again not a disaster. If we were being critical we had 9 balls to take the final wicket which we probably should have done, and should definitely have made 225. While not a bad point total we did effectively drop 2 bonus points.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 22, 2018, 05:10:52 PM
Had a phone call today inviting me to open the batting for Worcestershire  seniors v Somerset at Bristol on Tuesday but unfortunatly cannot make it
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: JB on July 22, 2018, 06:10:41 PM
Third duck in a row, at least five this year. I hate cricket 😂😂😂😂
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 22, 2018, 07:03:54 PM
New bat needed JB
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SD on July 22, 2018, 08:45:49 PM
Bit of an advert for win loss cricket yesterday.  We posted a par score, oppo blocked from ball 1 but bowled out well short of saving the game.  Tedious second innings to the game
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on July 22, 2018, 08:52:57 PM
Lost the toss, got them all out for 151, we fell apart, I scored 2 at #6, we won the game by one wicket. Ah, cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 22, 2018, 09:04:10 PM
Today I was involved in the most embarrassing game of cricket in my 3 years of playing so far.

I was playing for my Sunday team against a team i also play against for my Saturday club. Without fail, every single time i speak to an opposition captain in my league i hear ' Have you played x yet' and every single one of them will tell me how they've been abused, cheated against etc by this one team. So i told the lads what to expect, and we weren't disappointed as we turned up and found a Delhi day 5 wicket in the middle of a field, handy when you have two spinners who turn it away from the right hander.

They had us 20-4 and they were very much on top and behaving absolutely fine, until our 4&6 put on a big partnership. I was out umpiring, they appealed for one that hit our no6 about 6 inches outside off stump and was screamed at and abused by their spinner who kept telling me i didn't understand cricket and that i was s*** etc etc. Then said i was too young to umpire and that's why i don't know the rules (I'm 21 years old) Soon after it was drinks and their whole team was abusing me, so i bit back at their senior player and told him to shut up and all hell broke lose. I was told 'you cannot speak to your elders like this' and i shot back with 'well i've been abused and sworn at for the last 10 minutes, so i'll speak how i please.'  I was then told i deserve a smack, but the man very soon backed down when i walked over to him and asked him to repeat it. They spent the entire tea break chuntering about how we have no respect in our culture and how we're all cheats etc etc, so we took ourselves to our changing room to eat as i seriously lost my head. They were blatantly talking about me in their own language, and kept hearing them mention my Saturday side in their conversations.

Unfortunately that wasn't the worst of it. They started to be extremely petulant and were calling wides for balls missing leg stump by 6 inches as they were worried and in serious trouble at 10-4. Their number 5 then got hit on the thigh pad playing no shot and it went for 4, we asked why it wasn't dead ball and he said ' i gloved it' (hands were a good foot away from the ball) i just laughed and got back in my keeping stance, he took exception to our teams bemusement, and decided it must be my fault. then said something along the lines of  'you'd have got a wicket if you could catch you're s***" at which point i told him i know i'm terrible that's why i'm playing in the bottom division, and told him to be quiet and get on with the game, as it's low level sunday cricket and it doesn't matter. He then started waving his bat at me and telling me i'm a c*** because i play for (my saturday team), thankfully he was very quickly told off by his captain (one of the only blokes on their team who is a nice bloke)

Then came the worst part of the game, as they tried to cheat us in the score book. They updated the scoreboard after 2 maiden overs and added 4 runs onto the scoreboard. I had been thinking everytime they updated the scoreboard things weren't adding up, and had a word with our captain who started counting runs and lo and behold they added 3 runs after a 2 over period with a single wide in it. We went over to the score book, and sure enough they had added 4 singles in the maiden overs and had tried to cheat. They then tried to talk their way out of it, and funnily enough the score book was immaculate for the rest of the game! At that point the game was dead and buried as we needed one more wicket which was got a few overs later.

I'm seriously annoyed tonight. The fact that we had to keep tally of runs in the field because a team tried to cheat is shameful, it's the absolute low point of my cricket career. Today i was abused, physically threatened and told i was a cheat because i didn't give an awful LBW shout, all over a game of cricket. The worst part? I'm playing against them for my Saturday team next week. Not entirely sure if i'll play to be honest. I play cricket to enjoy myself and have a laugh with my mates, not to be abused and offered out over an umpiring decision. Ironically, the last time i played against them i gave them 2 LBW's in my 10 over stint, and remarkably they were well behaved to me that day. This was a really crappy end to my week.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 22, 2018, 09:20:04 PM
Its no fun being treated like that but  don't let it stop you  playing next week
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 22, 2018, 09:32:55 PM
Third duck in a row, at least five this year. I hate cricket 😂😂😂😂

Haven't scored a run in nearly a month, I know how you feel! Two ducks in a row for me, three total.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on July 22, 2018, 09:46:48 PM
After all the debate last week about weaker teams trying to bat out for a draw, what I would have given for that yesterday.

Instead, the opposition skipper turned up (minus most of his team) and asked our skipper could they bat first? Turns out they only had 10 players of which the skipper was the only regular adult cricketer in the side. I was then coerced into giving up my opening bowling slot (in fairness our skipper did likewise) to a pair of juniors and the first change bowlers were another junior along with the autistic guy I support.  Wickets tumbled around the opposition skipper but he held firm long enough to get 50 before being the final dismissal of their innings. Chasing just 90 to win, one of our openers scored 75 not out and I was watering my tomatoes on my allotment at just after 5pm.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on July 23, 2018, 05:18:52 AM
We only had 10 on Saturday, I wasn't all that happy... until it turned out the oppo only bothered bringing 10 too and we rolled them over for 67. Couple of cheap wickets for me, felt alright with the bat for the first time in a few weeks but got triggered smashing one onto my pads. Enjoyed getting home by 5 and heading to festivities in town very much, why can't we finish earlier every week!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on July 23, 2018, 09:55:42 AM
I added to my tremendously bad form with the bad with my fourth duck of the year, taking my run total to 1 all season (lol).

This was the most comical though, I got properly sledged out.

First ball was an (if I don't say so mysef) exceptional leave which whistled a couple of inches past off. Cue jeering and faux congratulations from WK and slips.

Second ball I middled back to the bowler. Cue more jeers and questions of why I didn't leave that one and that would have been an even better leave.

Third ball I was thinking about what they'd said and whether to play or leave when bowler hit his delivery stride and was still in two minds when I unconvincingly prodded at it and nicked it to 'keeper.

Sledged out, unbelievable.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 23, 2018, 08:28:59 PM
Lost the toss and asked to field today.

I effectively wasted half a days holiday to field for 40 overs then scratch around for 9 before top edging a dolly to cover. I'd kill to make double figures :(

On the bright side my side did chase 250 in 40 overs so I get a win as captain on the results...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on July 23, 2018, 09:57:21 PM
Now Iíve finally calmed down after Sundayís confrontation, I can reflect on the actual cricket!

Batting wise, I played myself in on a horrendous pitch before swiping across the line and being bowled. However, Iíve had a class weekend with the gloves, not letting a single bye through on either day on two horrific pitches. Having only started keeping in June, iím getting better every game even though Iím learning on the job.

I still need to learn to not snatch at the ball when Iím up to the stumps as I dropped a catch off the spinner as I pushed at it. Iím going to try and find some drills to help with this. On another note, I was stood up to the stumps for most of the weekend, my quads are in pieces!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on July 24, 2018, 06:02:24 PM
Out bowlers had a poor day sat. Conceeded 296 runs. Was not pretty. In reply we finished 275-7 in a heated, niggly mtch which wasnnít much fun.

I have been doing ok this year but struggling to dictate and get on top of the bowlers. Volenteered to move up and open as our openers have been struggling. The swap worked. I didnt get many but we put on 70 for first wicket well above the run rate and i saw off new ball. So appears they want me to continue opening up.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 24, 2018, 09:35:44 PM
I made double figures!

Batting at 3 tonight in a 16 over game, I had made 17 and was feeling untroubled for the first time in a long time. I then went to clip a half tracker off my hip only for the ball to shoot and clip the base of my leg stump! (don't you love council pitches).

We ended up 185-3 off out 16, with the opener 119*

It may not have been a big score for me personally but there were some promising signs if nothing else.

In reply the opposition made 152-6. They were up with the rate for a lot of the game and things were getting a bit twitchy with 4 overs to go. I took a catch at 2nd slip off our leg spinner (who was adamant he didn't need 2 slips!) and was even allowed to bowl the last over to defend 41 :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on July 25, 2018, 10:57:22 AM
My Sunday team toured North Devon this weekend for the first time. I missed the first game due to work commitments and they played Ilfracombe CC. After all this heat they ended up playing in the rain and narrowly lost as they chased down our 140. We unfortunately weren't able to find a fixture for the Saturday, so a day in the pub and crazy golf resulted in a lot of worse for wear players! On the Sunday we played Braunton CC on a lovely parched ground. I've never played at a ground with a hot tub before! We batted first and got off to a steady start from the clubs old stalwarts. I came in at 4 and finally converted a good start for the first time this season. The outfield was like lightning and the helped by feeding me short balls to cut and pull. I was eventually out caught in the last over for 97. Only the second innings with my new B3!  :D We finished 246-6 off 40 and looked well on the way to a win after reducing Braunton to 16-2. Unfortunately their no.4 was way too good for our village standard. We missed an easy stumping off him when in the 40's but could do little to stop his onslaught otherwise. He reached 100 of just 40 balls, including 30 off one over from one of our best bowlers. He was eventually out caught for 121 off 49 balls and the damage was done. They coasted home with 12 overs to spare as our bowlers flagged. Overall it was a fantastic tour and the boys are eager to go again next season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jjelricksmith on July 25, 2018, 02:25:08 PM
Yet another irritating Saturday. I opened as usual and hit 77 off 100, caught at mid off very very low down after mis timing a pull shot off a pie chucker. Was the opening bowler but was dispatched due to him being about 15 mph below par as he came up from their 2nds, in his second spell was bowling what i can only describe as net bowling off spin which is every opening batsmans weakness and had me out when the ton was almost guaranteed.

We finished 286 for 9 off our 53 overs on a deck that started by seaming sideways but had turned into the MCG. We had them 130-9 and they blocked out for the draw, same as last week. Took 2-16 off 8 which wasnt bad either but needed 3/4 for us to win the game and didnt bowl that well.

I'm very much looking forward to the 50-50 stuff coming back seeing as we struggle to take 10 wickets and have scored 500 more runs than anyone else this season. 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 27, 2018, 09:06:12 PM
Isle of Wight away day tomorrow!

(https://i.imgur.com/f1v5fvBl.jpg)

Getting picked up from my house at 7.45am to catch the 9.00am ferry.
We'll arrive at the ground at roughly 11am for a 1.00pm start!

We're then not due to sail back until 9.00pm. I anticipate I'll get home around 10.30pm.

In short that's just shy of a 15 hour day, including travel, for a local game of cricket...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on July 27, 2018, 09:22:21 PM
What better way to spend the day?

Nail it until you get a bird who don't like cricket, it's odds on you will
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 27, 2018, 09:28:19 PM
What better way to spend the day?

Nail it until you get a bird who don't like cricket, it's odds on you will

I got rid of her 2 seasons ago...  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 28, 2018, 07:54:57 AM
Isle of Wight away day tomorrow!

(https://i.imgur.com/f1v5fvBl.jpg)

Getting picked up from my house at 7.45am to catch the 9.00am ferry.
We'll arrive at the ground at roughly 11am for a 1.00pm start!

We're then not due to sail back until 9.00pm. I anticipate I'll get home around 10.30pm.

In short that's just shy of a 15 hour day, including travel, for a local game of cricket...

We had an away day to the island last season to play Ryde. Ended up with one of their players threatening one of our lads who was 65 years old.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on July 28, 2018, 08:34:28 AM
We had an away day to the island last season to play Ryde. Ended up with one of their players threatening one of our lads who was 65 years old.

Ryde is an odd place. Everyone thinks theyíre a gangster
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 28, 2018, 08:43:15 AM
Playing today after missing last week due to having my thumb bent  backwards by a lifter can't grip the bat properly with my bottom hand thoughl also the wind is gusting should be fun facing the new ball
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 28, 2018, 08:54:52 AM
Ryde is an odd place. Everyone thinks theyíre a gangster

Never a truer word spoken
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 28, 2018, 09:34:33 AM
Ryde is an odd place. Everyone thinks theyíre a gangster

I go there on holiday...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 28, 2018, 10:53:49 AM
Just our luck.... we are playing bottom of the league today at their crap whole of a ground with no covers! And the sky looks like we could get biblical rain at any moment!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on July 28, 2018, 11:39:14 AM
Our opposition obviously thought it would rain this morning so decided to hold off conceding in the hope of getting a share of the points. Forecast has improved so on the stroke of 11am, they realised the match would not be called off due to the weather and conceded the game. However in trying to find myself another match, I now discover that a couple of their team had got themselves an alternative game last night !!!! 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 28, 2018, 04:41:16 PM
Well we started bowled 39 overs and then abandoned the match and I am back home for 5pm
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 28, 2018, 07:16:24 PM
All done for 3pm including tea!
30 points and still top of the league
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on July 28, 2018, 07:52:11 PM
Rain affected draw. We were 119ao in 33 overs, I was out for 38, poor shot hoping out to cow corner. They were 28/2. Our best result in many weeks.
I also ran our number 7 out for a golden duck, then our no. 8 was clean bowled first ball. I feel I started the collapse from 112/5 to 119 all out. Oops.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 28, 2018, 09:44:50 PM
@Timbo287 was it Ryde or Ryde Cavaliers?
If the latter I can take a good guess at who it was...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on July 28, 2018, 09:53:25 PM
Opened up today and scored 66 on a spicy pitch. We hit 229 and we had them 26-4 prior to game being abandoned. We were all over them.

We had the covers on and off 5 times before we gave in. We were obviously well on the way to victory. So extremely frustrating and further harms or promotion hopes as it was a great opportunity to catch the leaders against a weak side.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 28, 2018, 10:01:32 PM
Lost again. Bognor chased 192/8 6 down, with their skipper getting 126*.
Basically got a TFC today. Didn't bat, meaning I haven't scored a run in July, but given my current form with the bat i can't argue with that. What I took issue with is only being given one over, a random one to try and upset their skippers rhythm before second drinks break, and then hauled off again after. Overseas wanted me on after 14 overs gone, finally got the 33rd over and no more. Jake wasn't happy, I was absolutely fuming. Skipper has apologised, paid my match fee and explained the reasoning, which whilst i can understand where he was coning from I don't necessarily agree with it.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 29, 2018, 06:32:17 AM
@WalkingWicket37 it was Ryde Cavaliers so you will know who it is. He is playing for Lymington 2ís now.

We lost 4overs yesterday so we were reduced to 38 overs a side. We lost the toss and got put into the field. Oppo made 184 all out we fielded well but they ran well to get to that total. Our reply got off to a shaky start being quickly reduced to 133 for 2. Me and the other opener put on 60 before I edged one to point for 31. The other opener soon followed me back and number 5 and 6 got us up to a position where a win was feasible but our number 5 holed out for 51 and managed to get to 169-5 off our 38. A lot of positives to be taken for us though. If we had played like that every week we would have won more than only 2 games and gives us a bit more hope for the last four games of the season as we aim to avoid relegation
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 29, 2018, 08:17:27 AM
Great team win but a crap day personally, had my first golden duck in I canít remember how long nicked off following a wide half volley first up when our batting line up was weaker than normally.
Bowled first and Oppo got to 193/9 probably 30 short and so it proved as after a little too order wobble we chased it down for the loss of 8 wickets with 9 overs to spare
Spent most of our innings umpiring as Iím not great at just sitting still and I must say starting to get really fed up with a lot of young players in our league thinking they are some big deal and giving my attitude and mouth all day. Must say I can understand why someone wouldnít want to umpire even for the £35 the league allows them to charge just not worth it. Any way 2 more wins and that secures another promotion for us which will be 3 in 3 years
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on July 29, 2018, 08:52:18 AM
An expected loss yesterday against the top of the table team far too good for our division, the game was over at 4.20 which is pretty early ! Two runs in total for me(!) and hit on the thumb, elbow and ha d on a spiteful pitch, we were rolled out for 115.

Then knocked them off for no wickets in 8 overs and some of the hardest hitting I've seen for a while, everything just got dispatched.

The umpire gave me out caught behind when I didn't hit it for the third time this year, however 2 weeks ago I nicked one and didn't walk so you cannot complain can you?

5 more games, we need 3 wins out of 5 to avoid being relegated.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on July 29, 2018, 10:46:07 AM
Played yesterday in top of he table clash, we batted first and score 295 off 50. Our number 3 hitting a lovely chanceless ton! Opener hit 50, 4 hit 60 as well. Only 4 down to.

We then rolled them for 150, I took 3-16 off 3.2. One bloke took me for 14 off 3 balls so I clawed it back massively, including me getting him out to so. Was happy to feel good with ball in the hand and pick up a few wickets as well!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on July 29, 2018, 12:00:05 PM
Really frustrating day yesterday. Won the toss and bowled on a decent looking track but with rain around playing bottom of the league it was the right thing to do.

Started great with our opening pair bowling really good spells one of them was 9 overs 2-12! At 20 overs oppo were 70 odd for 4 , then at 30 overs 110 for 6. Then suddenly the wheels just completely fell off our bowling and fielding!! We conceded 130 in the last 10 overs!! With a total of 45 extras in the innings! Meant a chase of 240. When it really should have been 160 max.

I think we then took that into our batting and some of the lads just didn't concentrate and played some woeful shots as I watched from the non-strickers end. We fell to 30-4. We ended up 153 all out and I got 79 of those!

With other results it has dropped us down to 4th.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on July 29, 2018, 12:59:41 PM
Started the day yesterday with the opposition's best bat gloving a short one that looped through to the keeper and insisting he hadn't hit it, their umpire claiming nothing there either... here we go, you think. Fortunately bowled them out for 182, then me and my opening partner put 99 on in 15 overs before I got a bit greedy and played a massive swipe across the line, bowled. Rain came with us well ahead of the rate at 131-2, good win keeping us just about in the running for promotion. First proper use of bat #003, safe to say she's a goer!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 29, 2018, 02:54:43 PM
Long day yesterday that wasn't aided by the result.

We batted first and made 193-8 off our 45 overs.
In reply the oppo chased it 4 down with 10 balls to spare.

It was a fair result really, they batted better than us and bowled better than us.

Having checked the league table this morning my side is not 4th bottom of the league (with 4 being relegated) so there's a real relegation battle on our hands.

At least the teas were good yesterday...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mo_town on July 30, 2018, 10:16:49 AM
After a frustrating start to the season, things seems to be finally falling in place having won 4 out of the last 5 games. Won the game on Saturday against he team placed mid-table. Not the best of pitches with uneven bounce and a few cracks. The skip won the crucial toss and chose to bat first. We scored 199 getting bowled out in 43.4 overs, looking to score quick runs in the end. The opposition came out with the plan to score quickly within the first 10 overs; atleast I assume that must have been the plan when one of the openers walked out with a WilloStix joker style bat in hand :D. The opening bowlers stuck to their task and we had them 3 down within the first 10 overs. In the end they fell short by 8 runs. The highlight of the game was their young keeper hitting our off spinner for a 6 in the final over of the game. Apparently it was the second six he has ever hit in his life, the first being in an U-11 game :D.

Personally, had a decent game beating the batsmen multiple times and bowling at a time when they had consolidated after the early wickets and were looking to go after the bowling. Ended up with figures of 9-0-32-1.

Looking at the league table, I think my team is now 1 position above @WalkingWicket37 's side. Still not out of danger but definitely moving in the right direction!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on July 30, 2018, 10:34:12 AM
We had a good win on Saturday. We batted first and score 240-4 in our 40 overs. I made 36 at around a run-a-ball out of a partnership of 120 with the skipper, before being caught in the last over trying to get the slog on.

The oppo then went with the old-fashioned tactic of trying to build a platform and keep wickets in hand. Obviously, this didn't work as it never, ever does. They batted patiently and reached 80-3 after 20 overs, meaning they needed to shift gears from 4 an over to 8 an over from then on - basically impossible. They finished on 188-8.

Interestingly, the combination of a 3 week old pitch that had baked in the sun with rain on the morning of the game meant the pitch was very, very slow and grippy. The oppo bowled 3 spinners, but they bowled too slowly and were easily playable off the back foot. One of our seamers switched to bowling cutters and that was probably the most effective bowling of the day.



 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: sgcricket on July 31, 2018, 02:07:12 AM
Had an interesting game. We scored 208/10 in 38.3 overs (40 over game). The opposition was cruising at 150/2 in 27 overs. Then the 120 odd run partnership ended and they lost their last 5 wickets for no runs to be all out for 191.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 31, 2018, 08:28:36 AM
Following this seasons promotion and  Saturdays results with 4 games  left the club will finish 4th or 5th already to many points behind the top 2 to get promoted and to many points ahead of the bottom 2 to get relegated.
Not bad for a club with just 7 members and rarely put 11 players on the pitch.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 31, 2018, 08:50:50 PM
How many not outs do I need for a decent average?

Played a touring side down from Peterborough yesterday. I lost the toss and we had to field first. With the threat of rain they asked to reduce the fixture to 30 overs a side.

They got off to a flyer, with 33 off the first 2 overs. Most of our bowlers took some tap until I bought our 15 and 12 year olds on! Our 15 year old went for a respectable 23 off 4 overs, but the star of the day was our 12 year old. He bowled 4 overs, 1 maiden 2-12. Definitely one to watch for the future. I chopped in with 2-28 off 6 overs, as the opposition posted 204-6.

In reply we were never really in it. We were 8-2 off 4 overs and let the game slip away a bit. Only 5 players made double figures as we were 132 all out with 2 balls of the innings left. I did make 16* to help boost my average a bit.

Tonight was a 16 over league game. We batted first and posted 118-5, myself making 24* including a 4 off the final ball of our innings.
They chased it 5 down off the last ball, hitting a 4 with the scores level. We'll have to see how other results tonight went as that loss could have ended our hopes of winning the league :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 01, 2018, 06:05:02 PM
Which team was it from round Peterborough way mate?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on August 01, 2018, 06:24:36 PM
The umpire gave me out caught behind when I didn't hit it for the third time this year, however 2 weeks ago I nicked one and didn't walk so you cannot complain can you?

That'll be Karma for you ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 01, 2018, 06:35:08 PM
@NT50 it was Castor

They were a strong side and a decent bunch of blokes.
Being a tour game their post match games were worth watching! :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 01, 2018, 06:41:55 PM
@WalkingWicket37

Please tell me they had a bloke called Norman Gray playing for them!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 01, 2018, 06:45:31 PM
@NT50 I don't think they did mate.
They had a fairly decent touring party so he may have been there though
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on August 01, 2018, 07:58:55 PM
No idea why I said Iíd play tonight.

Anyway I left Belgium at 6 am this morning(5am UK time). Drove for 13hrs, with the tunnel to break up the drive in the middle.

Fetched my kit on the way through.

Got to game 10minites before the start.....


And hit the first ball of the game straight up in the air to mid on. What a day!!


So same team on the same ground....... with the same result tonight. 2games two goldens.

First ball and long off caught it, may have been long on? They kinda collided and one of them held on!!



We was 105 of our 12, @Simmy with 65

They knocked em off two down with 3 left.,.. disapoinTing night.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on August 01, 2018, 09:52:20 PM
@WalkingWicket37

Please tell me they had a bloke called Norman Gray playing for them!

Stormin' Normin!!!

Turned the ball a mile both ways but you could run down the wicket, miss it, turn round and run back and beat the ball to the keeper!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 01, 2018, 10:21:10 PM
I donít think heís ever turned a ball in his life! Bowls slow seam, but sticks it on the stumps and waits for you to spoon it in the air!

Everyone in the league hates facing him, as he knows exactly how to set a field to his moon balls, and eventually you make a mistake! Iíve always fared ok against him as I sweep him and hit him straight, but everytime we play him he picks up 3/4 wickets. Nightmare bowler!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 03, 2018, 12:51:31 AM
Had an interesting evening.
- First time ever had to retire hurt. (Don't worry, nothing broken)
- Opposition opening batsman played through the first over of their reply without wearing pads. Laughably no-one else noticed until one of his team-mates shouted from the boundary at the start of the second over. You know what happened next, he was out the first ball after putting some on.
- One particular delivery, a right-handed batsman switched to play a left-handed forward defensive to a ball that was down the leg side.
- Best of all, the opposition provided a fish and chip supper after the game.




Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 04, 2018, 08:56:43 AM
Playing today at the ground which used to be in the village where i grew up And scored my first century  also where i played my first senior match aged 15 years also played there for my school which was opposisite the ground aged about 12 and used to go and watch the cricket on my own and  get involved   from  around 7 years old always felt perfectly safe as I knew everyone in the village and they they knew me  played on there when the ground had its centenary as a schoolboy and again when it was 150 years old the brickyard alongside the gound where the old tramp lived is now an housing estate the village its post office my old school the fields  and shops the grassy bank overlooking the ground where you could sit  amonst the grasshoppers  butterflys and bees and watch the cricket and the  way of life have  gone now but the old  cricket ground is still there and for me many many happy memories
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 04, 2018, 08:11:41 PM
Easy win only had nine players Inc 3 12 year olds  won the toss fielded first opposition scored 229 myself and the other opener put on 102 for the first wicket team scored 230 for 2 with 7 overs to spare.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 04, 2018, 08:37:28 PM
Slipped to bottom place after losing by 10 wickets last week now back off the bottom with a ten wicket win for us this week!! It's a merry go round in Middlesex as we battle to stay up

Bowled he oppo out for 147 on a scorching day, I was 22 not out in a partnership of 150 which my partner hit a 48 ball hundred.

Some of the most devastating hitting I've ever seen....I walked off wishing I could play like that and then thinking I've stuck to my game for years and it's worked.

Plenty of hard yards to do in he winter, but for now we savour a win in a dogfight at the bottom.  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: KettonJake on August 04, 2018, 09:44:09 PM
I donít think heís ever turned a ball in his life! Bowls slow seam, but sticks it on the stumps and waits for you to spoon it in the air!

Everyone in the league hates facing him, as he knows exactly how to set a field to his moon balls, and eventually you make a mistake! Iíve always fared ok against him as I sweep him and hit him straight, but everytime we play him he picks up 3/4 wickets. Nightmare bowler!

Played with norm for a few years, and against him on a couple of occasions, presidents days etc.

Unless the pitch is a minefield and prone to rolling, just let it bounce and almost go past you before swivelling and whacking it to backward square leg. He always puts all his fielders in front of square
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on August 04, 2018, 09:46:34 PM
I saw this earlier https://twitter.com/MarshAngus/status/1025821425670795265

That's absolutely disgraceful
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on August 04, 2018, 10:10:08 PM
Staying rock bottom. They got 160. Easy gettBle total on a decent track and tiny ground. We were bowled out for 82. We have batted so poorly all season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on August 04, 2018, 11:32:25 PM
I saw this earlier https://twitter.com/MarshAngus/status/1025821425670795265

That's absolutely disgraceful

Been discussing that with some mates tonight, shocking stuff!
Seems to have got quite a lot of attention with Bumble and Piers Morgan weighing in.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: hammersjr on August 05, 2018, 02:15:22 AM
Top scored as we were all out for 65 today on a spicy wicket, although they made it look easy chasing the total in just under 10 overs. Not a good day!  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on August 05, 2018, 07:02:56 AM
I saw this earlier https://twitter.com/MarshAngus/status/1025821425670795265

That's absolutely disgraceful

For those that played in the CBF game the chap batting is the short lad with the incredibly open stance.
Gutted for him
(Batted with a BB if that is more helpful)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 05, 2018, 07:04:21 AM
We claimed our third win of the season yesterday. We won the toss and decided to bowl first on a scorcher of a day. Oppo got 188-6 from there 40 it should have been 150 but our fielding wasnít as good as it can be. I went in with the score 28-2 and we ended up boring everybody holding up an end scoring 40 off 87 balls. It should have been more but the running between the wickets wasnít that good (my plan was to get a single to get the other batter on strike so he can crash the bowling around). These singles werenít taken and tight twoís were only singles. I lost my head through frustration and ended up being bowled from a bowler who just bowled slow loopy and full deliveries. We needed 36 off the last 3 and some big hitting after I was out meant we got them 4 down in the 40th over. A good win which means we are pushing to get out of the relegation spots, but a frustrating day personally
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on August 05, 2018, 07:36:13 AM
For those that played in the CBF game the chap batting is the short lad with the incredibly open stance.
Gutted for him
(Batted with a BB if that is more helpful)

if you said pace bowler who bowled a bit of spin and got me out without seeing any of them then I also would have known who you meant :) a ton would have been a heck of an achievement, seemed like a decent lad and he can clearly bowl well too. What was the build up to the throwing over the boundary? Was there a bit of niggle? Very bizzare
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 05, 2018, 07:47:47 AM
What a day yesterday. With our captain on holiday I took the reigns for a must win game against the bottom side who haven't won all year.

On a used pitch I won the toss and put them in. They went along nicely all innings and posted 224-6 from their 45 overs. I don't know if the captaincy effected me more than I realised, or the pressure of the game because I bolwed like a drain!

We needed 5rpo to win, and were always there or there about with the rate. Our opener made 66 and an 18 year old made his maiden 2nx XI 50. We got there 6 down with 4 balls to spare.

Looking at the league table this morning we are now out of the relegation zone. Call me captain Cam... ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tom_90 on August 05, 2018, 08:12:00 AM
Slapped one straight at short extra cover for 0 off 5 balls yesterday.

We lost.

I can't buy a run at the minute.

I hate cricket.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: KettonJake on August 05, 2018, 09:32:30 AM
I saw this earlier https://twitter.com/MarshAngus/status/1025821425670795265

That's absolutely disgraceful

Iím confused by this. A ball canít go for 6 unless it comes off the bat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on August 05, 2018, 09:39:47 AM
Iím confused by this. A ball canít go for 6 unless it comes off the bat.

No umpires, not surprised whoever was standing was unsure what to do in such a ridiculous scenario
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OwzatOllie on August 05, 2018, 09:59:52 AM
Scored a scratchy 30 yesterday, short boundaries but no pace to use.  Nice to know I can grind a slow 30 out when not feeling in the best nick.  Ended up 20 short with about 5 overs left.  Good game though.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on August 05, 2018, 10:03:20 AM
Iím confused by this. A ball canít go for 6 unless it comes off the bat.

Agreed but even if you go by the rules.... 4 plus the no ball It equals the 5 they needed. So the guy got screwed either way.

Absolutely shocking!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on August 05, 2018, 10:50:54 AM
I saw this earlier https://twitter.com/MarshAngus/status/1025821425670795265

That's absolutely disgraceful

Can only assume yet another game had Ďniggleí
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on August 05, 2018, 12:04:12 PM
It's even made the BBC - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/45075013 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/45075013)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on August 05, 2018, 01:54:30 PM
And the BBC article includes a link to the scorecard, so we now know the name of the bowler
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on August 05, 2018, 06:16:51 PM
Won yesterday to put us back up to 2nd.

Loss the toss on a wicket that wouldn't have looked out of place in Mumbai! Oppo choose to bat and got 164-8 off their 40 overs with the pitch getting worse and worse, balls going through the top and jumping off a length, and more turn as the bowlers foot marks tore up the dry pitch.

I went out and got 12 off the 1st over , then stupidly tried to work a ball through midwicket and got cleaned up. Possibly the worst shot a have played all season. But my fellow opener played well for 68 and we chased it 3 down with 14 overs to spare.

In other news, a game got called off in our league (div 1) due to an unfit outfield, specifically big dry open cracks. Apparently the umpires said to the players they could play but they each would have to sign a waiver. Only 20 of the 22 players signed it!! So match cancelled.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 05, 2018, 06:45:12 PM
Good day for me personally yesterday, got to a ton off 61 balls and ended up holing out for 126 in a total of 304. On the less fun side, we got booted out of our ground by the staff who wanted to lock up with 3 overs remaining... Oppo were about 250-7 so fingers crossed we get awarded the win, but definitely dampened the feeling of what should have been a big win for us.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: DorsetDan on August 05, 2018, 07:11:42 PM
Good day for me personally yesterday, got to a ton off 61 balls and ended up holing out for 126 in a total of 304. On the less fun side, we got booted out of our ground by the staff who wanted to lock up with 3 overs remaining... Oppo were about 250-7 so fingers crossed we get awarded the win, but definitely dampened the feeling of what should have been a big win for us.

Nice one Ed! You are going to have to update your signature for the second time this season  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: velvetsky01 on August 05, 2018, 07:25:56 PM
Well done ed
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on August 05, 2018, 07:29:14 PM
Good day for me personally yesterday, got to a ton off 61 balls and ended up holing out for 126 in a total of 304. On the less fun side, we got booted out of our ground by the staff who wanted to lock up with 3 overs remaining... Oppo were about 250-7 so fingers crossed we get awarded the win, but definitely dampened the feeling of what should have been a big win for us.

People at your ground are a nightmare!

Congrats on the knock mate
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 05, 2018, 07:36:27 PM
People at your ground are a nightmare!

Congrats on the knock mate
Such a ballache when a game overruns, shame as it's such a beautiful place to play otherwise! It was getting on 8.20 to be fair though, they bowled their overs horrifically slowly first dig.
Cheers gents, and good point Dorset, will amend!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on August 05, 2018, 07:54:03 PM
Good day for me personally yesterday, got to a ton off 61 balls and ended up holing out for 126 in a total of 304. On the less fun side, we got booted out of our ground by the staff who wanted to lock up with 3 overs remaining... Oppo were about 250-7 so fingers crossed we get awarded the win, but definitely dampened the feeling of what should have been a big win for us.

Congratulations mate. That's a great rate to get them in as well!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 05, 2018, 08:28:26 PM
2nd game of the weekend for me today.

Took a young side for an away game. we only had 10 and they had extra players for the fixture so borrowed one of their lads. (Does this happen in any other sport?)

We fielded first and did well to restrict them to 204-9 off 40 overs, our leg spinner with a 4 fer and our guest opening the bowling and taking 3 wickets.

In reply we chased it 3 down (one lad hitting his maiden hundred and retiring). I made 20* at the end to see us over the line, but I went in with 70 needed off 20 overs with 7 wickets in hand, so it was almost a formality.

Still, I got to spend some time at the crease and even found the middle of my bat!  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on August 05, 2018, 08:39:31 PM
Played my 1st Sunday game today for 2 seasons and confirmed why I now hate Sunday cricket, oppo ( whom are a East Anglian Prem side) batted first making 279 from 40 overs thanks to 2 1st team batters Mainly. We had 10 including 3 colts which is what my idea of Sunday cricket is about giving the young players that donít get as much of a game in sat league cricket a game. Team was full of 1st and 2nd team players which is between 3 and 5 leagues above our club

They then open up with a 1st team bowler and chirp the hell out of every player from ball one seemingly not understanding that the ability of 8 of our players is not in the same universe as most of them. Moaning about a boring game, youngsters backing away to square leg and constant abuse.

We do unfortunately have to play league cricket on Sundayís as there isnít friendly cricket in this part of the world but itís totally spoilt by these ďbigger EAPLĒ clubs that have to win at all costs, even more annoying when the 2 or 3 players that are no where near the ability of the rest of the there team chipping in with even more personal and abusive comment to ďfit inĒ when there ability is with out doubt proper village

Anyway rant over we lost and at the moment thatís the end of Sunday league cricket for me and maybe our club as we are Ll just fed up of it
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 05, 2018, 09:55:28 PM
I saw this earlier https://twitter.com/MarshAngus/status/1025821425670795265

That's absolutely disgraceful
I used to play for a club in this league - this popped up on Facebook 😂

(https://s22.postimg.cc/pqf0l009t/Screenshot_20180805-225142.jpg)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 05, 2018, 11:00:14 PM
Bit of a mixed weekend

- Yesterday played in the Wetherby League where pool players can only bowl 7 overs. Only went for 20 runs but absolutely no luck and a little disappointed we couldn't defend 230 runs. On the plus side the tea was excellent and the autistic lad I support got both the opening batsmen out so he was pleased.

- Today I took my first catch of the season which is a bit embarrassing because it's now August. However, apart from a couple of sharp C&Bs, I have not had any chances but this afternoon I decided to stand at 1st slip and took a one-handed catch. I actually thought the ball had looped up off the batsman's shoulder. Bowled opposition out in just 20th over (of scheduled 40) for 120ish we knocked it off very comfortably. Bit frustrated with my batting as I hit a couple of nice boundaries before being adjudged LBW to a guy who was throwing the ball. My own fault though because I spent an hour on Friday @StumpsIndoorCricketNets absolutely hammering the ball using a high bat lift but then went back to my old style against this bowler and paid the price.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on August 06, 2018, 05:43:15 AM
Played my 1st Sunday game today for 2 seasons and confirmed why I now hate Sunday cricket, oppo ( whom are a East Anglian Prem side) batted first making 279 from 40 overs thanks to 2 1st team batters Mainly. We had 10 including 3 colts which is what my idea of Sunday cricket is about giving the young players that donít get as much of a game in sat league cricket a game. Team was full of 1st and 2nd team players which is between 3 and 5 leagues above our club

They then open up with a 1st team bowler and chirp the hell out of every player from ball one seemingly not understanding that the ability of 8 of our players is not in the same universe as most of them. Moaning about a boring game, youngsters backing away to square leg and constant abuse.

We do unfortunately have to play league cricket on Sundayís as there isnít friendly cricket in this part of the world but itís totally spoilt by these ďbigger EAPLĒ clubs that have to win at all costs, even more annoying when the 2 or 3 players that are no where near the ability of the rest of the there team chipping in with even more personal and abusive comment to ďfit inĒ when there ability is with out doubt proper village

Anyway rant over we lost and at the moment thatís the end of Sunday league cricket for me and maybe our club as we are Ll just fed up of it

For what it's worth @SOULMAN1012 this is the exact reason why my club don't play Sunday league cricket anymore. We now have a Sunday Development XI which we organise a number of friendlies for at the start of the season against clubs explaining the level and there will be Colts playing etc... you'd be surprised how many clubs out there want to do the same.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: sgcricket on August 06, 2018, 05:49:47 AM
It rained so our game was reduced to 34 overs a side. Got the opposition all out for 173 in the last over. Our opening batsman took 4 wickets at the end. The chase didn't start well with both the openers getting out for ducks. 125 run 3rd wicket partnership got us back on track and we won with 5 wickets and 1 over to spare.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 06, 2018, 07:16:12 AM
2nd game of the weekend for me today.

Took a young side for an away game. we only had 10 and they had extra players for the fixture so borrowed one of their lads. (Does this happen in any other sport?)

We fielded first and did well to restrict them to 204-9 off 40 overs, our leg spinner with a 4 fer and our guest opening the bowling and taking 3 wickets.

In reply we chased it 3 down (one lad hitting his maiden hundred and retiring). I made 20* at the end to see us over the line, but I went in with 70 needed off 4 overs with 7 wickets in hand, so it was almost a formality.

Still, I got to spend some time at the crease and even found the middle of my bat!  ;)

70 off 4 overs is a formality?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 06, 2018, 07:21:50 AM
70 off 4 overs is a formality?

I can't type...
Post amended (4 is close to 20 on a keyboard though... :-[ )
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 06, 2018, 08:00:02 AM
Played my 1st Sunday game today for 2 seasons and confirmed why I now hate Sunday cricket, oppo ( whom are a East Anglian Prem side) batted first making 279 from 40 overs thanks to 2 1st team batters Mainly. We had 10 including 3 colts which is what my idea of Sunday cricket is about giving the young players that donít get as much of a game in sat league cricket a game. Team was full of 1st and 2nd team players which is between 3 and 5 leagues above our club

They then open up with a 1st team bowler and chirp the hell out of every player from ball one seemingly not understanding that the ability of 8 of our players is not in the same universe as most of them. Moaning about a boring game, youngsters backing away to square leg and constant abuse.

We do unfortunately have to play league cricket on Sundayís as there isnít friendly cricket in this part of the world but itís totally spoilt by these ďbigger EAPLĒ clubs that have to win at all costs, even more annoying when the 2 or 3 players that are no where near the ability of the rest of the there team chipping in with even more personal and abusive comment to ďfit inĒ when there ability is with out doubt proper village

Anyway rant over we lost and at the moment thatís the end of Sunday league cricket for me and maybe our club as we are Ll just fed up of it
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 06, 2018, 08:12:51 AM
On saturdays We have played 3 12 year olds most of the season  and  had no  choice if we wanted to get anywhere near 11 players on the pitch all 3 of them who are bowlers got wickets  but the   chirping they got when batting was not nice.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on August 06, 2018, 08:28:39 AM
Mixed weekend team wise, average weekend personally

Hammered on Saturday means we are now 2nd not top with  the other two in the top 3 still to play

I opened the batting and struggled to 14 out int he 19th ish over (3rd too scorer) we were bowled out for 110 in the 39th ish

They knocked it off two down but there number three Nicked off to first slip for single figures early on and claimed bump ball (how is that even possible!) took the wind out of our sails after an early wicket

Sunday was a tad better, we hit 278 off our 40 with our number 4 and 6 putting on 140 after we were 30-4 off 10! They hit 89 and 94!

I got 9 batting at 7 before chipping to cover chasing runs getting out with 5 overs left

We restricted them to 220 odd

Played at stoneleigh abbey, fantastic setting great wicket!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 06, 2018, 09:54:38 AM
Mixed feelings about Sat.
We were put into Bat against a bowling attack that we all subsequently said was one of the better ones we faced in the league but being blunt they didnít take their chances (apart from a young lad holding onto a skyer whilst getting sent flying by an adult running into him)... great catch and lucky to not be hurt.
We put 312 onthe board which for us is simply a monstrous total. It included an opener getting a ton and 3 half centuries including a nice 61 for myself (first half century for this club and one of only a handful in my cricketing life). We could have declared but we knew they had a player who 3 years ago was playing at a very high standard and although had only played 2 games this season (Both as part of this team so no issues with respect to dropping standards for games etc) had hit 2 centuries, we also got to 38/39 overs with 300 fast approaching and 2 batsman in the middle racing towards their 50ís equally so maybe i could have declared earlier but at the standard we play i just felt it was more important to hit both a team milestone of 300 and to let 2 great club guys have their chance to get 50... which they both did carrying their bat... really enjoyed it tbh.

The 2nd innings was as we expected and too be honest was a great advert for why win loose cricket should be part of the thinking in our league (from our perspective). They actually made 236 but as expected after some early wickets we were subjected to 4 balls of pat back or 4/6 (to be fair he did play his shots - he was a class bat) and then 1/2 balls at the guy at the other end. We managed to get them 8 down, we had a sniff of winning it when we eventually created a chance from the main guy with 2/3 overs to go but the catch went down - hard to not think what if but equally i always expect more to go down than stick at our level so not too disappointed... He ended on 140+ no and in fairness did the job for his team and get them a loosing draw, we reckon he faced in excess of 70% of all deliveries.. and in the last 2 overs was knocking it to the boundary for an easy single and just shouting no... understandable but hard to take really.

Ok we ultimately were not good enough to get him out, but he is far better than this standard, and we were by far the better side, ok as a team who did have some younger players (although are not what i would class a full on development side) they got some points from the game but iím Not really sure how draw cricket has helped anyone stay motivated to play.. especially when it comes down to one player making it happen... its the 2nd time this has happened to us this year and its definitly demotivating for us as a team to be so much better than the other team but not really get the result due to the exceptional relative ability of a single individual.

Anyway - a good result for me as i finally broke out of the 30ís/40ís that I have been getting this year and made the half century and really good for a couple of my mates to get a really good knock in and get theirs... plus a 300 up... not too many of them in recent years for the club.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 06, 2018, 10:13:00 AM
I had a great game Sat. First home game i've played all season and had a good day in the field. Didn't take any catches but stopped anything getting to the boundary down fine leg/third man which I was pleased with (although it's pretty tiring in the heat!).

Batting wise I managed to improve my high score! Ended up 7no after 30-odd balls and batting to finish. I came in at 169/8 with 15 overs remaining chasing 223 to win. My average being less than 1, my job was to just not get out whilst he smacked the ball around a bit with his monster Newberry bat.

I managed to hit my first boundary too, smacking one through the covers for 4 which I was very pleased with, if not a little surprised at myself.

With 1 over to go we needed 23 to win and, knowing we weren't going to win from this position, focused on getting the 2 bonus points for getting 90% of their score (without getting bowled out).

First ball last over my partner got out caught at gully and in comes batsman #11; oppo brought fielders all around the bat but he managed to get an inside edge on it past fine leg which was good enough for me to make it to the other end and for him to get back up to non-strikers to for the single and the bonus points.

I had every intention of batting out the remaining 3 balls but when I knocked one into the offside the excitable #11 shouted and was already halfway down when I set off so I had to go, luckily I made it and he blocked the final 2.

Shame we didn't win as we really needed it (second bottom with bottom 3 relegated) but the 2 points will help and keep us within a win of drawing level with 4th bottom so there's still light visible.

My average is now 8 for the season. :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mo_town on August 06, 2018, 10:49:20 AM
Had a wonderful game this weekend.

It was an important must win game on Saturday with the team just above relegation zone. Skipper won the toss thankfully on a hot day and chose to bat. It was a start-stop innings with the opposition getting regular wickets just when we were looking to establish a partnership. We ended up getting 221, which is always a decent score in a 45 over game but probably 20 short of what we should have really got. I did not get to bat after being dropped down to no.11 :(..not very happy about it. Not happy about it at all. Sadly instead of going up the batting order, I have ended up slipping further down. You play a few big shots in your first few innings for the club and you get branded as a 'hitter' :(. This after I was batting at no.3 for my ex-club near the end of the season last yr where I got a few decent scores makes it even worse. <rant over>. Back to the match, opposition came out hard in response with their opener dispatching anything short of a length. To make matters worse, one of our opening bowlers did some damage to his foot and was off the field in his 4th over. The skipper brought on spin to pull things back. Our off spinner started decently but the boundaries kept coming. I was introduced into the attack and had a nightmare start. Bowled one which didnt land on the pitch in the first over and went for 3 boundaries in the next over. I was starting to get worried after giving 18 runs in 2 overs. I put that down to me experimenting with left arm around through (my run up is usually left arm around straight). I thought about changing my run up but decided to back myself and it paid off. I was able to find my radar in the next over and bowled well after that. I got 3 off their top 4 and ended up with figures of 9-0-39-3. Our VC was brought on at the other end and we bowled together in tandem drying up the runs and getting the wickets. The opposition still managed to keep themselves in the hunt needing 6 an over in the last 5 overs with 2 wickets in hand. With us running out of bowlers, the skipper brought on our young U-14 batting all rounder to get us home. He got a wicket in his first over and bowled really well. It all came down to the opposition needing 10 runs off the last over with the youngster bowling. He kept his calm and bowled the batsman to win us the game!

In the first 15 overs, it looked like the opposition would run away with this and end the game early. Then a few good overs and wickets got us back in the game. A few boundaries in the death overs got them within reach of the victory before we delivered the knock out punch. It was wonderful to see the youngster stay so calm and composed in such a tense situation and get us over the line.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on August 06, 2018, 02:06:40 PM
Cracking game on Saturday. Got called up to the 1sts Friday night as our star batsman was I'll after eating a dodgy hotdog at the test match! Only my second appearance for them.

Opposition batted first and posted 290-6. Their no.3 got a good ton, but didn't help that I dropped him on about 50 and palmed it over the boundary for 6 as well. They looked like they were going to struggle to get 250, but one guy came in and hit arapid 50 off very few balls.

We started well with our opener repeatedly planting their spinner who opened the bowling into the field. We raced along, but were probably too aggressive and kept on giving wickets away. Our first 4 wickets were all caught trying to smash it. I came in at 140-4 and then ran my partner out. Poor call by me and to make matters worse it was our bowler I'd dropped the catch off earlier! I was determined to make up for it and helped to keep the scoreboard ticking at a good rate. We needed 90 from 12 overs after our big hitter got out. My new partner then set about their bowlers and I attacked as much as possible or just get off strike. He reached his 50 and was then bowled next ball with 4 required off 7 balls. Our opening bowler then came in  and smashed his first ball for 4. A great win to chase it down and only our 3rd win of the season. I finished on 59 not out and very happy to make telling contribution as well as making up for my mistakes!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on August 06, 2018, 02:54:54 PM
I used to play for a club in this league - this popped up on Facebook 😂

(https://s22.postimg.cc/pqf0l009t/Screenshot_20180805-225142.jpg)

are they suggesting that Jay Darrell chucks it?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 06, 2018, 03:07:36 PM
are they suggesting that Jay Darrell chucks it?
Yeah massive chucker apparently

Edit: just paid more attention and am I right in thinking this bloke featured in the forum SW XI vs Kilve game recently? Poles rolled for not many by @Neon Cricket iirc? @t2ylo
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on August 06, 2018, 03:17:15 PM
Yes mate. Thatís the guy. And yes heís got a slingy action but plays in the WEPL with no recorded issues.
Bowled lots in cbf game.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 06, 2018, 04:19:24 PM
Yes mate. Thatís the guy. And yes heís got a slingy action but plays in the WEPL with no recorded issues.
Bowled lots in cbf game.
Thought so. Seemed like a decent lad, didn't pay any attention to his bowling tbh!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on August 06, 2018, 04:24:52 PM
Thought so. Seemed like a decent lad, didn't pay any attention to his bowling tbh!

Lovely guy. Very quiet. Likes cider. Very good cricketer.
Not always in that order
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on August 07, 2018, 05:53:43 PM
The guy has got a 9 game ban for throwing it over the boundary thing!!

https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/top_single/club_cricketer_banned_for_nine_matches_for_controversially_denying_batsman_a_century.html (https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/top_single/club_cricketer_banned_for_nine_matches_for_controversially_denying_batsman_a_century.html)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 07, 2018, 06:04:36 PM
Well deserved for being a berk and good they clarified which player it was not. That poor bloke prob has a thousand Facebook messages asking why he did it!!

I didn't even know you could throw it for '6' as a bowler. It's six wides presumably..
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 07, 2018, 08:22:54 PM
My lad was watching, it was their second team playing at home,
He said the lad ran in to bowl and just threw it straight over the keeper for a one bounce four!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on August 07, 2018, 08:52:15 PM
Well deserved for being a berk and good they clarified which player it was not. That poor bloke prob has a thousand Facebook messages asking why he did it!!

I didn't even know you could throw it for '6' as a bowler. It's six wides presumably..

You canít. A six can only be scored off the bat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 07, 2018, 08:55:03 PM
Ah yes I figured that after I posted !

Never seen that in any cricket in 35 years.

Still...we all do things we regret. I suspect this guy is regretting it big time. It has been hot on the field for the last 6 weeks, players can do some crazy things  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 07, 2018, 08:58:07 PM
Bloody hell, bet he wishes he just bowled a few wides...

Had my first game of Last Man Stands tonight, good craic! Decent game we won with 1 ball to spare, nabbed myself a wicket and brought up the 50rtd with a scoop to third man - happy edge. Not too convinced astro pitches are the future, but format was great.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 07, 2018, 09:19:56 PM
I hate cricket

Played against a bunch of cheats, bloke snicked off in the first over and wasn't given by his mate. Anything not hitting the stumps was a wide etc.

They then very sportingly decided to bowl bouncers in the dark when they'd already won the game.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 08, 2018, 07:16:21 AM
???
There's some right tools play this game

I'd have walked off,,, bollox to that, life's too short
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on August 08, 2018, 08:20:13 AM
I hate cricket

Played against a bunch of cheats, bloke snicked off in the first over and wasn't given by his mate. Anything not hitting the stumps was a wide etc.

They then very sportingly decided to bowl bouncers in the dark when they'd already won the game.

When this happens I console myself with the thought that that team will probably not be playing in 5 years time, or if they will, they'll be in a much lower division - at least that always seems to be how it works out.

Most players don't want arguments and antagonism every game. So the cheats will either a) be quietly asked to either buck up their ideas or piss off, or b) be left with no team-mates.

I must have seen this 100 times over the years. Teams that are arseholes do well for a few years, but eventually they come up against teams they can't cheat or intimidate, and then suddenly either disappear altogether or go into free-fall.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 08, 2018, 09:28:54 AM
When this happens I console myself with the thought that that team will probably not be playing in 5 years time, or if they will, they'll be in a much lower division - at least that always seems to be how it works out.

Most players don't want arguments and antagonism every game. So the cheats will either a) be quietly asked to either buck up their ideas or piss off, or b) be left with no team-mates.

I must have seen this 100 times over the years. Teams that are arseholes do well for a few years, but eventually they come up against teams they can't cheat or intimidate, and then suddenly either disappear altogether or go into free-fall.

The ridiculous thing was the match was the league decider.
I honestly couldn't care less if they'd won the game legitimately, sometimes you just have to say the better team won on the day. The fact they had to resort to such tactics left a real sour taste after the game.

Clearly winning a plastic cup is more important to them than playing fairly and within the spirit of the game. Oh well, there's always next year (if we enter the competition, chasing round for players and turning up with 10 becomes tiresome very quickly...)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on August 08, 2018, 10:40:49 AM
The ridiculous thing was the match was the league decider.
I honestly couldn't care less if they'd won the game legitimately, sometimes you just have to say the better team won on the day. The fact they had to resort to such tactics left a real sour taste after the game.

Clearly winning a plastic cup is more important to them than playing fairly and within the spirit of the game. Oh well, there's always next year (if we enter the competition, chasing round for players and turning up with 10 becomes tiresome very quickly...)

We played a team once, who all surrounded the boundary when we were fielding and sledged us. I've never seen that before. The non-striking batsman would sledge the bowler as the bowler was running in. We bowled them out quite cheaply, but they then fiddled the scorebook and (very clumsily) added 20 runs to their total, and then refused to come out of the dressing room until we agreed that to chase the augmented total.

We were so pissed off we knocked off the winning runs in under 20 overs with a hale of 6s, and then knocked off the additional 20 runs in just 5 balls. I smashed the final ball into the beer garden of the pub next door and walked straight to the car where the skipper was waiting and we drove off without even saying goodbye. Very satisfying.

I'm told that so many of their players were so embarrassed by this that they never played for the club again. They subsequently got relegated for the next 5 straight seasons and are now the lowest ranked 1st team in the entire league system.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: goodarmcindy on August 08, 2018, 11:44:48 AM
An almost identical thing happened to me on debut for England. Remarkable times.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 09, 2018, 10:44:00 AM
We played a team once, who all surrounded the boundary when we were fielding and sledged us. I've never seen that before. The non-striking batsman would sledge the bowler as the bowler was running in. We bowled them out quite cheaply, but they then fiddled the scorebook and (very clumsily) added 20 runs to their total, and then refused to come out of the dressing room until we agreed that to chase the augmented total.

We were so pissed off we knocked off the winning runs in under 20 overs with a hale of 6s, and then knocked off the additional 20 runs in just 5 balls. I smashed the final ball into the beer garden of the pub next door and walked straight to the car where the skipper was waiting and we drove off without even saying goodbye. Very satisfying.

I'm told that so many of their players were so embarrassed by this that they never played for the club again. They subsequently got relegated for the next 5 straight seasons and are now the lowest ranked 1st team in the entire league system.

That's the right way to deal with this kind of thing.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 10, 2018, 09:10:24 AM
Playing against top of the league on Sat and at least 2 players from last weeks nine are on holiday inc our captain who organises everything so  on Saturday I am expecting chaos.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: petehosk on August 10, 2018, 12:34:08 PM
Playing against top of the league on Sat and at least 2 players from last weeks nine are on holiday inc our captain who organises everything so  on Saturday I am expecting chaos.

.........and only 7 players??
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 10, 2018, 12:45:21 PM
.........and only 7 players??

That could well be the case can predict what will happen opposition Realise we only have 7 win toss and  bats  scores 300 our skipper realises we only have 7 wins the toss and fields his logic it's a win lose draw match.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: smilley792 on August 10, 2018, 01:00:58 PM
Had 3 midweek games this week. Tues wed and thurs.

Opened in all 3 and managed to face a total of 34 balls! Money and time week spent.


Although 14 and 18 in the first to games was disappointing(and both games lost) the 49 in the last game I was happy with. It came of 16 balls and included 4 sixes(3 over cover).

Jug avoidance thoguh, as we had a strong side so attempted the reverse lap to get to fifty and was rightly given out plumb lbw...... oh well. 2 other lads got 50, and we put 191 on in our 20, oppo allnout 165.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jjelricksmith on August 10, 2018, 02:33:33 PM
Played a T20 last night, was forced into bowling the 18th and 20th overs due to injury and it being quite dark so we felt spin was the only way that was fair. Got absolutely dispatched for 22 off the 2 overs however managed to make it up. Chasing 150 in pretty much the dark managed to get it in 17.1 and after opening the batting finished 77*, lovely average booster.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 11, 2018, 09:40:13 AM
Game called off due to an unfit ground after yesterdayís rain. First Saturday off in 3 months
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on August 11, 2018, 06:26:43 PM
Started really well against the top of the table side, fantastic... then rain, boo. On the bright side, I got runs again, with the visiting in-laws watching  and a red inker to boot. 270 for once out in the past eight days, the most purple of purple patches. Bat #003 is unbelievable!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 11, 2018, 07:51:09 PM
Game called off after 7 overs.
Went off for rain and never went back on.

Oh well, only the 2nd game we've lost to the weather this year.
On to next week :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on August 11, 2018, 08:12:15 PM
Played for my other league team so could only bat no.7 . Hit. 60* and got 2 wickets. Which, any of the West Country CBF team will tell you says more about their batting than my bowling. Anyway ended up in a rain affected draw. Good day out though.
More importantly my car battery was dead and I i to get my brother to give it a jump start, so arrived late. I charged the battery all game but couldnít have  have a beer after as I worried about having to turn my lights on.
Got home and the missus only had 2 beers in the fridge. Is that grounds for divorce?
Anyway. One league team I play for is relegated and the other promoted. Mixed season really.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: geeders on August 11, 2018, 08:56:01 PM
Big game today playing 2nd in the league with us 3rd. Unfortunately we fell short chasing so promotion may be slipping away.
On a personal note picked up a 5'fer including a hat-trick at the end of the game.
This year I struggled early on with the ball and went through a period where I couldn't let go of it with any confidence. Was good today to be back amongst the wickets despite the disappointing team result.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Novak on August 11, 2018, 09:36:37 PM
Had a shocking lbw from umpire today . League umpire

Annoying work so hard in the week and umpire ruins the week with a shocker
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on August 11, 2018, 09:59:14 PM
A comfortable win today, batted first and felt in superb nick after feeling a bit out of form last couple of weeks? Oppo openers were sharp and moving the ball at decent pace and saw them off making 40 when 3rd ball from young leggie i spooned it to backward point and threw away all the hard work.
A real positive was then watching our young colt who has bags of talent score his best score of 146, we ended 176/5 including 2 wickets in last over smashing out

They were never in the game and blocked the hell out of it losing wickets as they went and kept us in the field for the full 45 overs finishing 134/9 so 19 PST which puts us top by 16pts with 2 games in hand over the other teams up with us, so pretty much up as champions now
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 11, 2018, 10:00:11 PM
Opposition conceded so once again got a game in the player pool. On arrival, skipper asked me whether I batted or bowled, said prefer a bat so fielded while the opposition were bowled out for just 42. Tea was decent but as I am going into the changing room assuming I am opening or going in 3, skipper tells me I am batting at 8.  In fairness, if he had put me at No.5, I wouldn't have got a bat as target was reached in less than 10 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets but that's one club I won't be pooling for again.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 11, 2018, 10:23:40 PM
My season just keeps going downhill. Since my 43 at Billingshurst I have scored a grand total of 1 run in the league. Billingshurst game was in June. I've had two games where I didn't bat, 1 last weekend, a 3 ball duck two weeks ago and a first baller today. First season ever my batting average has been so appalling- was 10.5 before today's goldie. Batted 11 on a damp track, been told not to hit through it but instead try to drop and run. Ball kicked up as I tried to get in behind it, caught by cover diving forward off the splice. Then wicketless in 9 good overs and took a blinder at short fine leg off a full blooded pull shot. Unfortunately we lost again. Last game we won was in June and we are massively in the mix for relegation with 3 of the top 4 to play.

Personally very frustrated as I came into this season hitting the ball better than I have for years, and have got about 60 runs all season as I have been stuck in the tail. I know I have so much more to contribute, but I haven't had a chance to, and the lack of opportunity has led my form to nosedive. Currently I can't grumble about being 11 as I'm not scoring runs. Slight concern is that my club in Aus have a link to my stats so will see that I've had a lean spell.

Recently I haven't bowled a lot either. Today I bowled my maximum of 9, but the week before I got 4 late on, before that 1 and then off again despite creating chances. The overseas, who is injured and just coaching, has been quite annoyed that I've been under used, as have I.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on August 12, 2018, 12:07:58 AM
Managed to run off the middle of my bat to slip to complete a miserable year of Cricket. I can see why people give up as itís not much fun.

I enjoy netting and training but hate the games. Meh, only 3league games to go and I can enjoy losing another 2 stone, fitness and netting. Next year if itís anywhere less than 600 league runs Iím dropping to the twos for a  seaason of dinky 50ís
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 12, 2018, 08:39:15 AM
We managed to beat the rain yesterday to win a crucial game.
A fairly comprehensive win too, oppos batted first and we skittles em for 74,
We knocked em off before the rain came for a couple of wickets

I wont post my figures etc, but well chuffed with my season so far, first year Iíve got into the league bowling avgs in over 40yrs of playing, and battingís not too bad so far
Nice to be playing with a really good bunch of lads, amazing the difference it makes to your game
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 12, 2018, 08:54:10 AM
 At 6pm The rain came and probably saved the divisions leaders from defeat chasing 179  they were 68 for 6.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 12, 2018, 08:54:43 AM
Another frustrating one for me as I seem to have become a serial bottler, last few weeks Iíve got to 20 and then got myself out.

We bowled first. The oppoís 1st team didnít have a game so their overseas and another batsman dropped down 4 divisions to play (make of that what you will). We run the overseas out early on, and managed to restrict them to 180 odd. Should have been about 50 less, as I had their batsman who got 70 plumb LBW in my second over. Their umpire had been triggered LBW by his own teammate earlier and had then decided that the LBW law didnít apply when he went out to umpire. (It was also his son, so evidently he wasnít giving it out, despite it hitting middle & leg) itís also worth noting that he had a temper tantrum when he was wided twice in one of his overs! Ended up going for 30 off 6 overs. Not helped by the fact 12 (yes, 12!) of those runs came as a result of miss fields!

Our opener was out early in the chase, leaving me and our opener to put on a 50 partnership. The oppo for some reason had a sweeper out both sides so I was literally defending into the gaps and running easy singles. Then I managed to middle one straight back at the bowler who grabbed it about an inch of the floor. At 70-1 the chase looked good, but then our middle order just didnít fire, and we fell short by about 20 odd, not helped by the fact we had 3 genuine tailenders today. Promotion is out of the question now barring a miracle, but we need one more win for a club record season (reformed in 2009)

On a side note, after being pissed off getting out to a medium pacer who was doing nothing with it, I checked my phone and realised I had won £500 on a bet. Think Iíll treat myself to a new pair of gloves as mine split today after 3 years of use. 

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on August 12, 2018, 09:07:47 AM
Our first team are all but relegated no susprises when we have lost all of our quicks either to uni gfs or other clubs. Canít expect to stay one league below an ECB prem league with a 64 year opening the bowling. After a bad start averaging in the single figures have managed to get the average up to mid 20s. The highlight of our season was winning the midweek 20/20 against our local rivals batted three and batted through for 76* finished up with MOM and Batsmen of the day. 4 league games left and realistically need to win all 4 to avoid the drop..
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 12, 2018, 10:30:44 AM
After my first 50 for my club last weekend I followed it up with my 1 and only century ever this weekend. The opposition was not the strongest and only had 9 but we were 4 down for about 50 runs and on the verge of self destruct so I was pleased to dig in, concentrate on working the ball into the gaps and keep the score ticking over.

The opposition were a brilliant example of how to maintain a fun environment in the field and I have to say a young lady (who plays Staffordshire level junior cricket) took an unbelievable catch on the long off boundary but unfortunately as she held it she took one step too many and put her foot over the rope.... It deserved my wicket and it would have been a catch just about anyone I have ever played with would have been proud off... ok I wasn't out but with ability like that such a young age it was great to watch.

we bagged all the points but more than a full win off the promotion spots at the moment.. but still have the top 3 to play so fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OwzatOllie on August 12, 2018, 03:20:25 PM
We played with 10 as nobody had told the 11th man he was playing... schoolboy or what!?

Played 2nds due to poor availability this week.  Won the toss to bowl first.  Bowled nicely and got a big wicket to get a guy out for 57.   They set 234 for 7.  Went out to open the batting after tea in light drizzle and faced the quickest bowler I've seen in a couple of years, he was all ego so it was nice to tap one through extra cover for 4, and then smack a short one over point.  Rain got worse, came off, then went back out when it was STILL raining for one over, drove the bowler for two 4s over his head and then went off again!  After a load of fannying around, captains shook hands.

Very enjoyable and damp... 37 not out with 7 boundaries out of 56/0 off 15.  Partner was on 8! #hoggingthestrike

Now the club's leading run scorer this season... duck next week then!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RF on August 12, 2018, 04:56:14 PM
@Boondougal Well played mate
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 12, 2018, 05:22:47 PM
@Boondougal Well played mate

Cheers Russ.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 12, 2018, 08:40:57 PM
Won the toss and bowled on a damp green track today. The oppo racked up 220 thanks to their overseas and a first teamer. Only let 2 byes past with the gloves and also took a catch which isnít bad considering Iím Ill and was seeing about 3 balls for most of the game!

Then opened the batting (as our captain put it: get it out of the way before youíre sick) made 15 off 51. I faced about 30 dot balls in a row and felt so weak I couldnít hit it off the square. I was literally trying to get myself out but I wasnít even good enough to do that today! The oppo were pissing themselves at how badly I was struggling, before finally my partner put me out my misery and ran me out! We fell about 100 short

Also saw a hilarious temper tantrum from their grumpy wicketkeeper when he let through 4 byes down leg side off my batting. It was only a foot or so down leg, but he was adamant it was wides not byes and kept moaning at our umpire! Iíve never seen a keeper have a breakdown and ask for an extra run to be added just to protect his keeping figures! It was equally pathetic and funny to see a grown man throw a strop over letting byes through!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on August 12, 2018, 08:50:38 PM
Won the toss and bowled on a damp green track today. The oppo racked up 220 thanks to their overseas and a first teamer. Only let 2 byes past with the gloves and also took a catch which isnít bad considering Iím Ill and was seeing about 3 balls for most of the game!

Then opened the batting (as our captain put it: get it out of the way before youíre sick) made 15 off 51. I faced about 30 dot balls in a row and felt so weak I couldnít hit it off the square. I was literally trying to get myself out but I wasnít even good enough to do that today! The oppo were pissing themselves at how badly I was struggling, before finally my partner put me out my misery and ran me out! We fell about 100 short

Also saw a hilarious temper tantrum from their grumpy wicketkeeper when he let through 4 byes down leg side off my batting. It was only a foot or so down leg, but he was adamant it was wides not byes and kept moaning at our umpire! Iíve never seen a keeper have a breakdown and ask for an extra run to be added just to protect his keeping figures! It was equally pathetic and funny to see a grown man throw a strop over letting byes through!

I hate it when the bowler gets away with filth down the legside.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on August 12, 2018, 09:00:09 PM
We won again today which pushed us into second in the league. Our home pitch has been a little suspicious recently so won the toss and bowled. We had them 38-6 and a guy we dropped 5 times got a ton and they finished on 190.

Chased it down for 4 wickets in 31 overs. Odd side in that they have 2 or 3 of the best players in the league but they are really struggling.

Opened the batting for the 5th time and got 27 in a partnership of 110. Averaging 30 opening, which is no different from at any point in last 5 years, boringly consistant.

2 games to go and we are second, leading third by 4 points. We have them next week and the. the run away winners the week after. A win is only option next saturday. Its frustrating because we had two away games rained off when everyone else played at the bottom two clubs. Really frustrating if that costs us promotion.

Squeeky bum time. Club has some exciting opportunities for new players and a second ground for next year but i feel it will be easier to pull off from another division up.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 12, 2018, 09:31:14 PM
Lightning does strike in the same place twice as having taken my first catch of the season (at first slip) last Sunday, I stood in exactly the same place today and took another catch off the same bowler. Mind you I am dropping the next one off his bowling as he then had the cheek to complain that about my catching style. The match itself was washed out during the tea break.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 13, 2018, 08:11:02 AM
I hate it when the bowler gets away with filth down the legside.

Took my first wickets of the season on Sunday against a touring side in a friendly.

First one was an absolute pie of a delivery. Short of a length, pitching on leg - would have been a wide if the batsman hadn't had an almighty slog at it and nicked it ever so slightly. Keeper stuck out a giant left paw and caught it.

Cue the entire team erupting in laughter - shi*t takes wickets!

Ended up 3-45 from my spell of 5 overs. Expensive but plenty of room for improvement!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on August 13, 2018, 06:26:59 PM
I dont like bowlers
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 15, 2018, 02:11:20 PM
Opposition conceded so once again got a game in the player pool. On arrival, skipper asked me whether I batted or bowled, said prefer a bat so fielded while the opposition were bowled out for just 42. Tea was decent but as I am going into the changing room assuming I am opening or going in 3, skipper tells me I am batting at 8.  In fairness, if he had put me at No.5, I wouldn't have got a bat as target was reached in less than 10 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets but that's one club I won't be pooling for again.

That skipper sounds like an (No Swearing Please)!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Warneymonster on August 15, 2018, 02:42:25 PM
have finally found some form with the bat, last 4 games 96* 15* 70 & 58. its a shame my body is starting to fall apart towards the end of the season, knee looks like an elephants and back getting steadily worse.

only 5 or 6 games to go this year then I can get the knee sorted and rest my spine. most of it is my own fault for trying to play golf in the morning and cricket straight after
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 15, 2018, 04:00:40 PM
Opposition conceded so once again got a game in the player pool. On arrival, skipper asked me whether I batted or bowled, said prefer a bat so fielded while the opposition were bowled out for just 42. Tea was decent but as I am going into the changing room assuming I am opening or going in 3, skipper tells me I am batting at 8.  In fairness, if he had put me at No.5, I wouldn't have got a bat as target was reached in less than 10 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets but that's one club I won't be pooling for again.

Just wrong cllubs that  do that don't deserve guest players
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 15, 2018, 08:09:28 PM
Another duck and another loss, but a good 9 over spell and an absolute screamer at short fine leg for me last Saturday.

Wet wicket, batted 11, first ball kicked up and my back foot defensive ended up being spliced and caught by cover diving in. Opposition chased down our 168 in the 44th over of 45. We haven't won since June, last 3 weeks we have Haywards Heath, Three Bridges and Billingshurst, all of whom are well above us in the table, and we realistically need to win a couple of them as Bexhill play Lindfield this weekend and they are the two teams below us. I think the best result for us from that is Lindfield winning as they are 10th by a distance, whereas we are about 12 points above Bexhill.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 15, 2018, 08:44:43 PM
45 players available for 2 games on a sat inweek 1 not including any proper juniors, 18 this week including a few playing their first game. Ridiculous levels of commitment, its not like people haven't had a game over the season as we have been good at sharing it out but just some people only want to play when it suits them. Frustrating

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 16, 2018, 08:09:41 AM
Another duck and another loss, but a good 9 over spell and an absolute screamer at short fine leg for me last Saturday.

Wet wicket, batted 11, first ball kicked up and my back foot defensive ended up being spliced and caught by cover diving in. Opposition chased down our 168 in the 44th over of 45. We haven't won since June, last 3 weeks we have Haywards Heath, Three Bridges and Billingshurst, all of whom are well above us in the table, and we realistically need to win a couple of them as Bexhill play Lindfield this weekend and they are the two teams below us. I think the best result for us from that is Lindfield winning as they are 10th by a distance, whereas we are about 12 points above Bexhill.

I subscribe to the Three Bridges YouTube channel so i'll keep an eye out for you.  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 16, 2018, 03:41:36 PM
Not playing this week  thumb on bottom hand bent backwards last Sat  by a vicious delivery  from the divisions quickest bowler can't hold the bat
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on August 16, 2018, 05:06:05 PM
The missus booked a few days always in Brighton so not playing this weekend. I did threaten to try and get a game in whilst down but that went down like a lead balloon. Not sure why, there was plenty of room in the car for my gear.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on August 17, 2018, 09:46:36 AM
Sad state of affairs in the WEPL and Wilts league this week. Both the 1st XI (WEPL Prem 2) and 2nd XI (Wilts Div 4) have been cancelled due to the opposition not being able to raise a side.

Really does show what a state club cricket is in. The 1st XI opposition, Lechlade, were WEPL Prem 1 contenders up until recently - Gloucs' Jack Taylor has played for them for the past 2 seasons to put it in perspective!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on August 17, 2018, 01:56:20 PM
Sad state of affairs in the WEPL and Wilts league this week. Both the 1st XI (WEPL Prem 2) and 2nd XI (Wilts Div 4) have been cancelled due to the opposition not being able to raise a side.

Really does show what a state club cricket is in. The 1st XI opposition, Lechlade, were WEPL Prem 1 contenders up until recently - Gloucs' Jack Taylor has played for them for the past 2 seasons to put it in perspective!

What exactly has been going on at Lechlade recently, their social media has been particularly grim?!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 17, 2018, 02:05:45 PM
45 players available for 2 games on a sat inweek 1 not including any proper juniors, 18 this week including a few playing their first game. Ridiculous levels of commitment, its not like people haven't had a game over the season as we have been good at sharing it out but just some people only want to play when it suits them. Frustrating

Not sure how but we have managed to field 22 players tomorrow in the end... real credit to the guys stepping in to play the game, amazing how people rally round.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on August 17, 2018, 03:05:27 PM
What exactly has been going on at Lechlade recently, their social media has been particularly grim?!

Quite a few things but can't really get into it on here, for what it's worth there's fault on both sides - just a shame to see clubs falling apart so easily in what are supposed to be established league systems (especially when you're talking about a league 1 below the highest amateur league in the South West!).
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on August 17, 2018, 06:17:41 PM
Quite a few things but can't really get into it on here, for what it's worth there's fault on both sides - just a shame to see clubs falling apart so easily in what are supposed to be established league systems (especially when you're talking about a league 1 below the highest amateur league in the South West!).

Shame indeed, a lesson to us all
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ams4287 on August 17, 2018, 06:55:24 PM
First game since mid May tomorrow, as I've not picked a bat up since then I've low expectations 😂
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 17, 2018, 08:52:44 PM
I subscribe to the Three Bridges YouTube channel so i'll keep an eye out for you.  :D

See the Ansty tbcc game at Ansty that got posted a few weeks back, I got a couple of 4s and the only wicket!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 17, 2018, 08:57:40 PM
Been dropped to the seconds to 'balance the side' this weekend. Ones are now packed with players coming back from or carrying injuries (two hamstring, one shoulder), but the 2s needed a spinner. 1s are battling relegation, 2s fighting for the league title and promotion, means I get to bat in the top 6 and bowl my overs tomorrow.

A bit disappointed tbh, but have a point to prove now.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on August 17, 2018, 09:17:09 PM
Sad state of affairs in the WEPL and Wilts league this week. Both the 1st XI (WEPL Prem 2) and 2nd XI (Wilts Div 4) have been cancelled due to the opposition not being able to raise a side.

Really does show what a state club cricket is in. The 1st XI opposition, Lechlade, were WEPL Prem 1 contenders up until recently - Gloucs' Jack Taylor has played for them for the past 2 seasons to put it in perspective!

Itís never been a club though, a collection of paid players and hence when things stop happening they walk away.. or Ďretireí... well, until the next paycheck I suppose
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on August 17, 2018, 10:24:13 PM
Whatís happened there as saw a few rumblingon Twitter about players retiring/leaving them?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on August 18, 2018, 06:47:48 AM
Itís never been a club though, a collection of paid players and hence when things stop happening they walk away.. or Ďretireí... well, until the next paycheck I suppose

Exactly, I fully agree mate. If you're paying 10 of your 1st XI then what do you expect to happen when your side gets relegated... paid players will simply leave for a bigger paycheck elsewhere. The same issue is hanging over a few clubs in the WEPL set up, it's only a matter of time until it happens again but no one seems to learn.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 18, 2018, 08:33:24 PM
After looking like I wouldn't get a game today, I got a late call from the team I played for 2 weeks ago and surprisingly, they were playing the same opposition. Batted at No.9 and happy with my 12 not out at the end to take us to 206-9 off 40 overs. In fairness, we benefitted greatly from some poor catching with the keeper dropping one lad when on single figures who then went on to make 86. It simply wasn't a 200 wicket and in reply the opposition got 130-7 in their 40 overs. I was fairly pleased with my figures (3-19 off 6 overs) although had I been counting properly, I could have had an extra over as the maximum limit for loan players is 7.

Still I can't complain and the best thing was that the match was played in a great spirit throughout.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 18, 2018, 10:10:11 PM
Completed the double over top of the league today. Bowled them for 80-ish before knocking them off in 30 overs as they were very good with the ball. Made 9 off 45 at number 3, which set the platform for our middle order to finish the job, and most importantly saw off their opening bowler who is top wicket taker and run scorer in the league. Also took a blinding catch at gully which would have taken my teeth out (was standing too closer and the ball got cut really hard at me) It was the best fielding performance all year as everything stuck and nobody miss fielded

This was the team who i made a social media comment about and was banned for 2 weeks earlier in the season. Nothing has changed with them, as once again they crowed our umpires, shouted for everything (like an LBW from deep cover when it hit a mile outside leg on our bats thigh pad) Worst of all was when i left one and the guy at fine leg told me i hit it (was about 2 foot away from the ball, and the fine leg was about 60 yards away!) I know there's a language barrier between us as only a couple can speak fluent English and it's difficult to communicate your decision, but something needs to be done as they will probably intimidate less stern people into giving decisions throughout the year. They then tore into our captain for giving a wide that i wouldn't have reached with a bloody barn door in my hands as it pitched right on the edge of their astro. Despite winning it's annoying that nothing will ever be done about it, yet i got a ban last time for questioning their behaviour.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 19, 2018, 03:37:28 AM
We won the toss and decided to bowl first and they got to 208 for 9 off their 40, frustrating as they were 133-6. Our innings got off to a shaky stay wit their opening bowler starting with a Beamer at our opener, the next ball bowled him and another Beamer at our number 3 before being taken off. We struggled with the rate and were never really in it making 130-4 off our 40. I made 40 no but everything I hit was going straight to a fielder or I was missing it completely it was just a shame that they couldnít bowl straight enough to get me out.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 19, 2018, 07:27:54 AM
Won a league game for the first time since June, albeit a second team game.
Bowled first, came on first change after a strong opening spell from one of our England girls, ended with figures of 9/2/15/1, two overs the only runs were wides, three catches dropped off me (2 at slip, the other mid off). Bowled probably my best over for years just before drinks, first ball pitched outside leg and bat played and missed as it ragged past him, every ball did much the same. Wicket was later, their skipper left a top spinner on off stump and got it knocked over. Took a catch off the last ball of the England girls final over, went further up than it did towards the cow boundary as I started in the circle and took five steps back, and got a run out as well. Now top of the fielding stats on my own.

Batting was a disappointment, mid on was up so went aerial to get off the mark, mishit it and got caught at cow whilst aiming dead straight. Another duck. We went from 124/3 to 124/7, with me the second to fall on that. Ended up sneaking home by two wickets in the last over chasing 154.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OwzatOllie on August 19, 2018, 09:40:17 AM
Bagged my second ever 5 wicket haul yesterday but we were all out for 87.

Played against a team with the majority being very excitable players who do not know the LBW rule, which really detracts from the enjoyment of the game!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on August 19, 2018, 10:48:21 AM
Won convincingly yesterday, we batted first and scored 340-6 off 50 overs.
We then bowled them out fir 160, I picked up for 3-40 off 8. Having not bowled much in the first half of the season, its nice now to be getting the arm over and picking up wickets.
I personally wanted 20 wickets in my first full season in Division 1 cricket, so I need 7 from the final 4 games. and we need 29 points from the final 4 games to secure us winning the league.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mo_town on August 19, 2018, 10:51:26 AM
Another good win yesterday and the winning streak continues..shame we didnít win a few earlier..it could have been a race to promotion instead of avoiding relegation. Got my 3rd 4-fer of the season (9-2-20-4)..Still no 5-fer :(...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: beaver5 on August 19, 2018, 12:30:06 PM
3rd Sunday in a row cancelled!  :( Twice opposition cancelled and once by us. Sunday cricket in serious decline in Worcestershire.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on August 19, 2018, 07:39:57 PM
Thanks to the mess of our games being off this weekend we've now secured promotion. With 2 games remaining we're undefeated with a 28 point lead over 2nd place, whilst the league is almost in the bag the prospect of an undefeated season still leaves lots to play for.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on August 19, 2018, 08:22:20 PM
Weíre hoping to get promotion as rumours of 3 going up being talked about. We were in 2nd spot playing top last week in a winners takes top spot showdown when the rain came. We were 108-4 off of 31 with our hitters to come in when we came off. We didnít get back out so you can imagine they were mad keen to get us out Boeing so they could chase down 69 off of 20 overs to take the 20 points for the win.

3rd place somehow managed to get their game finished so leapfrogged is as we ended up splitting point with top spot. This pushed us back down into 3rd spot with us playing 4th place this week. We bowled well and restricted them to 155 all out picking up the max 5 bowling points in the process. A nice leaisruely afternoon was on the cards as I ate a shed load of tea and as we had 2 umpires and a scorer looked forward to a stroll around the boundary as we chased them down.....50/7 and I was strapping my pads on.

Having not been required to bat for 3 weeks we managed to put together an 8th wicket stand of 109 to see us home. They werenít overly thrilled as you can imagine but hopefully it has kept us in the hunt as weíre struggling to hold onto our promising youth players as they are being told by the county squads they should be playing WEPL cricket. All we can do is keep pushing for promotion back into B&D senior after suffering a double relegation when thy made the league into a linear structure. 2 games to go against the lower league sides which we can hopefully bag 2 wins and see how the teams above us fare.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 19, 2018, 10:41:39 PM
This afternoon I organised a friendly which saw my Sunday team take on my Saturday team. I was selected for the Saturday team (who fielded first) and we really mixed it up to give everyone a bowl. Given I was one of the few who played yesterday, I decided to have just 4 overs with and was quite happy with my return of 3 wickets for 6 runs. However, a late order rally by the tail saw them push their total to 192-9 off 40 overs. Our innings started with a run out then barely got out of 2nd gear although a couple of 1st teamers gave it a brief injection of energy but we ended up around 30 runs short at the end of the game.  Didn't bat but that was my own choice.

Really enjoyed my cricket this weekend.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 20, 2018, 08:34:22 AM
3rd Sunday in a row cancelled!  :( Twice opposition cancelled and once by us. Sunday cricket in serious decline in Worcestershire.
Sunday cricket in Worcestershire has been on the decline for a while your club did well to get a full fixture list
Also there's been lots of teams conceding many on a  Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on August 20, 2018, 08:49:08 AM
Just a brief word on my beloved Chertsey CC -

1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs are all already promoted from their respective leagues. The 1st and 3rds are already champions and the 2XI should be crowned if they win on Saturday.

The 4XI struggled all season in a strong league but have now hauled themselves out of the relegation zone to the safety of mid table and live to fight another day.

Due to injury I've played twice this season - perhaps I should retire and simply become club mascot.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 20, 2018, 09:17:40 AM
well done Chertsey CC

and no

you are a long time retired
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 20, 2018, 09:21:08 AM
middx relegation battle update

won again Saturday, and I was run out for he forth time this season !

still...its been a better one than last year, 2 games left we are playing first and third teams vying for promotion

with luck we will survive after hauling ourselves off the bottom of the table and taking some right hammerings

offered to drop down to the threes for next year to play with a couple of mates but skipper declined saying you cant buy match experience and some grit in tough situation

@FattusCattus  please take note. experience counts.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 20, 2018, 09:22:52 AM
Club didn't play on Saturday the match was away couldn't  raise a side only  had Seven inc 2 12 year olds
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 20, 2018, 09:25:18 AM
middx relegation battle update

won again Saturday, and I was run out for he forth time this season !

still...its been a better one than last year, 2 games left we are playing first and third teams vying for promotion

with luck we will survive after hauling ourselves off the bottom of the table and taking some right hammerings

offered to drop down to the threes for next year to play with a couple of mates but skipper declined saying you cant buy match experience and some grit in tough situation

@FattusCattus  please take note. experience counts.
Carlo
Skipper has confidence in  you and your batting as a player always good to know.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 20, 2018, 09:34:44 AM
indeed I seems that way Alan

I think its helped I will bat anywhere in the top 6, so some of the guys don't fancy opening I always do it

by the same token if he wants me to bat 5/6 I do that as well, I have adapted my game a bit to cope with both, seems to have worked  :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: trypewriter on August 20, 2018, 09:37:19 AM
Went in to face a hattrick ball yesterday (first time ever) - pulled it for 4 - yay - go me LOL. :o
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: trypewriter on August 20, 2018, 09:40:10 AM
Just a brief word on my beloved Chertsey CC -

1st, 2nd and 3rd XIs are all already promoted from their respective leagues. The 1st and 3rds are already champions and the 2XI should be crowned if they win on Saturday.

The 4XI struggled all season in a strong league but have now hauled themselves out of the relegation zone to the safety of mid table and live to fight another day.

Due to injury I've played twice this season - perhaps I should retire and simply become club mascot.

Nonsense - there's life in the old dog yet - erm, I mean Cat - obvs...  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Jaffa on August 20, 2018, 10:04:42 AM
Asked to bat at 11 due to my achilles is still on the mend since tearing it. Not needed to bat. Bowled ok on a bouncy pitch with not much turn.

Low point was while fielding on the boundary kneeling down to make a wall the ball skipped up at speed and squashed into my middle leg. 

Highlight of the day was clean bowling a current international player with a slider. Ok he's about 12 and in the youth setup as primarily a bowler but still.

Played against against him last year. He's a quick bowler. Good to see him progressing in technique and strength with more variation adapting to the batsman.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Tailendfielder on August 20, 2018, 07:34:18 PM
We choken saturday meaning we are 15 points off promotion with 1 game to go.

Didnt help that the oppo refused to give anything out., even massive nicks behind, so i hope they are proud of their promotion. With our league having a massive overhaul with the birmingham league sides slotting back in, third could put us any where next season anyway. Still very disappointed.

I got 22, disappointing but it was the worst pitch ive played on all year, very tough and they bowled well.

I need a 50 next week to meet a personal milestone.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on August 21, 2018, 12:48:46 PM
Well, I straight drove a half volley off a spinner about as hard as I have ever hit a ball last night, only to find it flying back at me having hit the non-striker square in the box. He was doing a star jump at the moment of impact and didn't quite get the required altitude. (No Swearing Please) cost me 4 runs.

Amazingly, after 10 minutes of rolling around, he decided to bat on and scored a decent 20 not out.


Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 21, 2018, 04:42:36 PM
Well, I straight drove a half volley off a spinner about as hard as I have ever hit a ball last night, only to find it flying back at me having hit the non-striker square in the box. He was doing a star jump at the moment of impact and didn't quite get the required altitude. (No Swearing Please) cost me 4 runs.

Amazingly, after 10 minutes of rolling around, he decided to bat on and scored a decent 20 not out.

I reckon it would have taken me longer to stop cursing and laughing at him if I were you 😂
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 21, 2018, 09:04:35 PM
I've now asked to spend the last 2 weeks of the season in the seconds. I want to have a decent game or two before going overseas, and will definitely get more of a bat and bowl in the 2s even though I'm good enough to do more in the 1s. Former club skipper who helped with winter nets is disappointed with how little opportunity I've been given with the bat, so I'm hopeful of getting a few runs last two weeks plus a game for Frogs before I fly.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: stevat on August 21, 2018, 09:13:25 PM
I've now asked to spend the last 2 weeks of the season in the seconds. I want to have a decent game or two before going overseas, and will definitely get more of a bat and bowl in the 2s even though I'm good enough to do more in the 1s. Former club skipper who helped with winter nets is disappointed with how little opportunity I've been given with the bat, so I'm hopeful of getting a few runs last two weeks plus a game for Frogs before I fly.
Best of luck dude, go well.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on August 22, 2018, 11:25:28 PM
Injury means I missed last week's game, against the team bottom of the division (We lost) and now I'm going to miss our last game of the season away to the side top of the division.

We're going to get relegated and all I can do is sit at home pressing F5 on the play-cricket webpage on a Saturday evening.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 23, 2018, 08:05:09 AM
Sorry to hear that Big Mac. Hope it's nothing too serious?

I injured my foot last night at 5-a-side so i'm currently hoping it's strong enough to play Saturday as we have a super-important league fixture against 4th bottom, who we're 10 points off at 2nd bottom, so it's a double-point fixture which could see us relegated or surviving.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on August 23, 2018, 04:38:02 PM
Sorry to hear that Big Mac. Hope it's nothing too serious?

I injured my foot last night at 5-a-side so i'm currently hoping it's strong enough to play Saturday as we have a super-important league fixture against 4th bottom, who we're 10 points off at 2nd bottom, so it's a double-point fixture which could see us relegated or surviving.

Bruised heel/sprained ankle.

It's mostly fine now but I'm not sure if I could handle 45 overs in the field + running between wickets.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 23, 2018, 08:26:48 PM
@CasualSpinner I've been recalled to the 1s so you can catch me again for Ansty vs tbcc.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 24, 2018, 07:58:48 AM
Awesome, i'll keep any eye out.

I expect better than two 4s and a wicket!  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: CasualSpinner on August 24, 2018, 07:59:36 AM
Bruised heel/sprained ankle.

It's mostly fine now but I'm not sure if I could handle 45 overs in the field + running between wickets.

Field in the slips and deal in boundaries - problem solved.  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 24, 2018, 10:07:14 AM
Played yesterday evening (with standard red ball) and we managed to get finished although it was pretty murky by the end of the match. Played 18 overs a side along with a useful rule where wides counted as 2 but no extra delivery which certainly helped to move things along. Opposition scored about 150 and I was hoping to open the batting for the run chase but turned out only 2 of our side knew how to score so you can guess who got handed the scorebook!! Finally did get into bat for last 4 overs but thankfully the ground had decent sized sightscreens so at least I had a rough idea of where the ball was  We ended up well short but I got a few runs, ended up not out and most importantly tucked into sausage and chips afterwards.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Warneymonster on August 24, 2018, 02:52:50 PM
cruised home by 9 wickets last weekend chasing 180 in 32 overs. picked up a cheeky 78* batting @ 3 to make it 4 50's in 5 weeks. all 4 teams won so a few beers were sank at the clubhouse.

this week we are away at 2nd place needing 10 points from our last 2 games to stay up, we have top of the league next week. will be spending most of Saturday night hitting F5 on play cricket
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Big Mac on August 24, 2018, 03:16:59 PM
Field in the slips and deal in boundaries - problem solved.  :D

I fielded in the slips for a couple of games earlier in the season when my shoulder was injured, dropped three catches  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 25, 2018, 05:46:39 PM
We lost
That means relegation 2 years on the bounce  :(
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 25, 2018, 06:50:22 PM
We batted first and got to 157 and they knocked the, off one down in the 29th over. Luckily we avoided the drop as the team below us conceded as they couldnít get a team out. I scratched around for 2 before playing on. My batting the last couple of weeks has been slow and Iíve been struggling to get anything away. Iíll have to work hard this winter to get my fitness up and come back fitter next year.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 25, 2018, 08:14:51 PM
We lost
That means relegation 2 years on the bounce  :(

Maybe not
Shock result elsewhere may have saved us!
Hearing that the side who hadn't won all year turned over the side below us. If true we've avoided relegation by 2 points
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on August 25, 2018, 08:50:26 PM
Before today my highest score was 23, i've just tonned up! Ended up with 105

Oppo won the toss and stuck us in, and i came in at 22-1 and left at 220-3. Had a lucky edge miss my stumps early on, flashed one over gully and a guy dropped me on 98 (one of my mates funnily enough!) but felt good from 20 onwards. Smashed loads of 4's and hit plenty of singles off the spinners, played the short ball well and played several KP flicks over mid-wicket for 4. Scored about 90 of them through the leg side as they were bowling on middle&leg all day! Then hit a ball as hard as i ever have to mid-off who grabbed it above his head! We ended up on 260-4 off 45 overs.

It then rained and they were set 201 to win from 33, they were never up with the rate, and we pissed about and only got our full bowling points on the last ball! They were about 100 short. Took a really sharp grab in the gully to end a pretty memorable day for me! I ended up chasing down everything in the field as the ball just seemed to constantly find me, not great when you're tight as anything and can't move after 35 overs of batting!

Hilariously, they had a guy batting for himself at number 5, turning down easy singles as he wanted to try and hit a 13 year old girl on debut out the park. He had a perfectly capable batsman at the other end and had decided he was having his own net, and kept whacking it straight to our boundary fielders and saying "NO RUN". He went about 5 overs without the other guy facing a single ball. His own team were fuming and they were all telling him to stop being selfish and let the other bloke bat. He then mumbled on about how he was far too good for this level (he certainly wasn't) that was like a red rag to a bull, and after not saying a word all game, we started telling him how selfish he was every time he turned down a single and told him we could get the batting cage out if he wanted his own net. He then got bowled middle stump by said 13 year-old, and took his kit and went home apparently shouting "I'll never play for this club ever again" as everyone in the ground laughed at him. (Don't feel sympathetic for him, he spent all day sledging me telling me i was awful and couldn't play the short ball etc.)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on August 25, 2018, 08:56:59 PM
Back to back wins for us may mean we can escape relegation in a fashion the frat Houdini would be prou d of. We hit 250/10 in 37 overs I got 79 caught at square leg after top edging a rank log hop - (No Swearing Please) certainly gets wickets.
We bowled the. Out for 150 odd. Would have been less but square leg didnt give his son out stumped when he clearly was. I was standing at point.
Thanks
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: ppccopener on August 25, 2018, 09:10:48 PM
Lost today in the 45 over format but results our way and two wins out of the last 4 means we have avoided relegation which looked very likely half way thru so absolutely delighted and next week is the last league match we can play without pressure.

Personally a mixed season but more runs than last year by about 50 so I've got to be happy with that after carrying a couple injuries all season.

There's potentially a big move out of London and down South pending for the misses and I so if this was my last season of cricket in London I will leave happy the team remaind in division one and I played a relatively small but decent part of that.

Our thirds have gone up now as Champions as well that means next season 3 out of the 4 teams are in Div 1.

 :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 25, 2018, 09:11:49 PM
Won today, this means we win the league
Been a real team win with everyone chipping in at important times through the season.
Was especially nice to win today, as the team we beat were a bunch of gobby idiots
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 25, 2018, 09:17:11 PM
Another awful loss.

@CasualSpinner sorry to disappoint, but I got two fours and a wicket...

We were 170ao, I got 8, annoyed their skipper who was following through staring at me, set a field for a bumper before trying to york me which I drove through extra. Tracked him which earned a load of verbal for batting 11 in a team fighting relegation. Nicked off to be last out, tried to run a ball to third man that was too close and got a feather so walked, and received a send off and more verbals. I enjoyed winding their skipper up, yawning after he bounced me as he is an unpleasant piece of work.

Ther opener got an unbeaten 100, they chased our 170 in the 28th over. I got their overseas stumped at the start of my second over, pitched middle and spun past him as he advanced then just held the pose for his defensive shot whilst the keeper took the bails off. Opener then took me on a bit to say the least, probably went at 10s from my 3 overs but nobody came out of it with good figures.

Next week is most likely my last at Ansty, both teams at chalfont have been promoted and the chairman has asked me to go back now they're playing in a better division. I've enjoyed a year at Ansty but not worth the travel.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: OwzatOllie on August 25, 2018, 09:17:34 PM
Split my left index finger whilst taking a return throw in, and had to go off the field to fix it up.

Copped some chat with the bat, out for 0, fielding team behaving like a bunch of morons when celebrating, I gave them a piece of my mind and so did their own umpire!!

Refused to umpire with that bunch of idiots and shake hands at the end of the game.  I was a man of my word when I returned to the changing room about not doing it...

Some of you may call it unsportsmanlike, I don't care, because so is having the bowler run up in your face after getting you out. 

Ruined my weekend
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 25, 2018, 09:27:30 PM
I think the amount of talentless idiots spouting their stupid comments seems to increase year after year
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Buzz on August 25, 2018, 09:53:43 PM
Ghastly game today, played with no LBWs... and a chucker and a fair few tantrums!
Still we won the league.
And I think this was the first time I have played in a league winning cricket side.
Just looked up some stats, second time. But still all good.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on August 25, 2018, 10:22:30 PM
Split my left index finger whilst taking a return throw in, and had to go off the field to fix it up.

Copped some chat with the bat, out for 0, fielding team behaving like a bunch of morons when celebrating, I gave them a piece of my mind and so did their own umpire!!

Refused to umpire with that bunch of idiots and shake hands at the end of the game.  I was a man of my word when I returned to the changing room about not doing it...

Some of you may call it unsportsmanlike, I don't care, because so is having the bowler run up in your face after getting you out. 

Ruined my weekend

Glos is getting bad for verbals sadly and the leagues are doing nothing about it.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 26, 2018, 07:08:25 AM
Glos is getting bad for verbals sadly and the leagues are doing nothing about it.

I don't think itís confined to Glos. We have played some right tools this year last week one of our bats hit a six and the keeper told him to f*** off. All leagues need to do something about player behaviour as itís getting worse
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on August 26, 2018, 08:02:49 AM
I don't think itís confined to Glos. We have played some right tools this year last week one of our bats hit a six and the keeper told him to f*** off. All leagues need to do something about player behaviour as itís getting worse


They do but they won,t
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on August 26, 2018, 09:35:06 AM
You can't get away with this in the York & District Senior Cricket League, especially in the higher divisions. Last season, they banned a lot of players for misbehaving and it's worked because there's only been a handful who have faced disciplinary action this summer. 

However I think you have to draw a clear distinction between verbal abuse and banter as I generally cop some because of how slow I score. Yesterday for instance, we batted first, I went in at No.4 and scratched around for about 15 overs that was obviously painful to watch. When it came for the opposition innings, one of their openers found batting equally as difficult and barely scored a run for 20 overs which prompted one of our players to chirp up, "Tim, this guy is nearly as boring as you".   

As for the game itself we scored 120-4 off 45 overs and bowled out opposition for 77.  Absolutely awful wicket, so slow that I (and nearly everyone else) couldn't time the ball.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 26, 2018, 01:49:38 PM


Next week is most likely my last at Ansty, both teams at chalfont have been promoted and the chairman has asked me to go back now they're playing in a better division. I've enjoyed a year at Ansty but not worth the travel.

The 1s certainly won't be playing a better standard with the exception of against 2 or 3 sides. If you want a higher standard then you should join a Home Counties side, or an aspiring Home Counties club, play 2s to start with and get into 1s. Their 2s, and in some instances 3s, will be playing a higher standard than Chalfont next year in TVL.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 05:30:36 PM
I don't really know what my circumstances will be when I'm back from Aus, but the most likely scenario at present is living with my parents and playing at chalfont. I've considered Chesham, Amersham, Wycombe as potential home counties teams to join but not sure about any of them.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Novak on August 26, 2018, 05:57:55 PM
What's been your reservations abt each
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 06:49:12 PM
Had mixed reviews about dressing room atmosphere, closed shop first teams, and one of them a person who bullied me at school plays there, which I didn't know until I netted with them.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on August 26, 2018, 06:53:07 PM
The 1s certainly won't be playing a better standard with the exception of against 2 or 3 sides. If you want a higher standard then you should join a Home Counties side, or an aspiring Home Counties club, play 2s to start with and get into 1s. Their 2s, and in some instances 3s, will be playing a higher standard than Chalfont next year in TVL.

This is true, Chalfont only won the chlterns super league this year so they enter at TVL 4, which has no independent umpires and generally is not a great league in terms of ground you play at.

Amersham is an absolutely cracking place to play, top blokes and the wicket is flat and hard and spins. Of the teams youíve looked at, Amersham would be my choice. @mohawks94

Failing that, come and play at kidmore end which is the best ground in division 2 and definitely a team that made me feel very welcom 2 years ago
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 26, 2018, 07:09:09 PM
Had mixed reviews about dressing room atmosphere, closed shop first teams, and one of them a person who bullied me at school plays there, which I didn't know until I netted with them.

Can't see Amersham or Chesham being closed shop first teams, could possibly see Wycombe being hard to break into as they've been very successful in recent times so will attract/buy in very good players.

Wycombe 2s and 3s certainly aren't closed shop. Have a look at their 3s, just been promoted to div 2 yet they have an ex Coleshill opening bat, who you've probably played against, and a player who was a Taplow 2s bat before wanting to try at a higher level as he's a young lad. He went to Wycombe and has improved a hell of a lot.

If you want to improve as a player, which clearly you do based on playing a decent level in Sussex and spending the winter in Oz, then Chalfont would not be where I'd be playing next season. Nothing against Chalfont when I say that.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on August 26, 2018, 07:17:54 PM
Can't see Amersham or Chesham being closed shop first teams, could possibly see Wycombe being hard to break into as they've been very successful in recent times so will attract/buy in very good players.

Wycombe 2s and 3s certainly aren't closed shop. Have a look at their 3s, just been promoted to div 2 yet they have an ex Coleshill opening bat, who you've probably played against, and a player who was a Taplow 2s bat before wanting to try at a higher level as he's a young lad. He went to Wycombe and has improved a hell of a lot.

If you want to improve as a player, which clearly you do based on playing a decent level in Sussex and spending the winter in Oz, then Chalfont would not be where I'd be playing next season. Nothing against Chalfont when I say that.

Couldnít agree more, playing at a good club at a higher level makes you a better player, Chalfont just donít have the resources places like Wycombe Chesham Amersham finchamstead etc have
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 26, 2018, 07:43:30 PM
Couldnít agree more, playing at a good club at a higher level makes you a better player, Chalfont just donít have the resources places like Wycombe Chesham Amersham finchamstead etc have

Correct, not one of my favourite grounds either and if I'm right in saying it's a park then guessing not much scope for improving facilities. I could be wrong on the park front but the car parking situation makes me think it could well be a recreational ground? I think out of the new clubs for this season Binfield are the best placed to compete in the higher divisions, good colts section, decent deck and ground but abysmal teas to let them down! Wraysbury might get up to div 2 but if their payroll shuts down then they'll quickly fall away.

Couple of alternatives would be Gerrards Cross and potentially Harefield but I think there might be a drop off in standard between their 2s and 3s. Having a quick look around I'd also choose Amersham out of those options.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 07:47:35 PM
Ideal scenario I get a well paid job and keep playing at Ansty.
Mate who plays at Chesham says that Amersham were arguing between themselves all the way through the game, plus their overseas bowls 20+ overs of spin each week.

Chesham, where my protťgť now plays, I've heard of a lack of depth beyond 1s.

Wycombe is further, lad I coach with who was Bucks u18s can't get a game in the 1s (now at Chesham) and says the atmosphere wasn't great.

Im playing at Amersham on 9th September, so will see how that goes. I like the ground, skipper was keen for me to come along and play 1s. But they have the kid who bullied me.

Gerrards are literally next door to my grandparents, haven't spoken with them at all. Harefield I have considered but it is further than Amersham, Chesham etc.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 07:49:01 PM
Correct, not one of my favourite grounds either and if I'm right in saying it's a park then guessing not much scope for improving facilities. I could be wrong on the park front but the car parking situation makes me think it could well be a recreational ground? I think out of the new clubs for this season Binfield are the best placed to compete in the higher divisions, good colts section, decent deck and ground but abysmal teas to let them down! Wraysbury might get up to div 2 but if their payroll shuts down then they'll quickly fall away.

Couple of alternatives would be Gerrards Cross and potentially Harefield but I think there might be a drop off in standard between their 2s and 3s. Having a quick look around I'd also choose Amersham out of those options.

Chalfont is, as you say, in the middle of a council estate with not much parking and the oiks at the local football club getting in the way whilst steaming every Saturday. Deck suits me as a bowler, and I can literally see the ground from my room.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Novak on August 26, 2018, 07:53:38 PM
Mohawks there's always Burnham and Slough :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 26, 2018, 07:57:29 PM
Ideal scenario I get a well paid job and keep playing at Ansty.
Mate who plays at Chesham says that Amersham were arguing between themselves all the way through the game, plus their overseas bowls 20+ overs of spin each week.

Chesham, where my protťgť now plays, I've heard of a lack of depth beyond 1s.

Wycombe is further, lad I coach with who was Bucks u18s can't get a game in the 1s (now at Chesham) and says the atmosphere wasn't great.

Im playing at Amersham on 9th September, so will see how that goes. I like the ground, skipper was keen for me to come along and play 1s. But they have the kid who bullied me.

Gerrards are literally next door to my grandparents, haven't spoken with them at all. Harefield I have considered but it is further than Amersham, Chesham etc.

The overseas could potentially be an issue but will he be back next season? Even if you play their 2s you'll be playing div 2 cricket I think, you'll also have access to better facilities, players and coaches so your game is bound to improve. Worst case and you start in their 3s then you'll be playing div 4 stuff but if you do well you'll have the option of going into a higher team, something which Chalfont can't offer.

I wouldn't worry too much about the bullying part, you're early to mid 20s now and I'm sure the skip will put your old bully into place if he does anything.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 26, 2018, 07:59:26 PM
Mohawks there's always Burnham and Slough :)

Not sure he'd fit in there...😂. Not sure what other spinners are at Burnham but can't see Farhaan being dropped from the 1s so that's one place down.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 08:01:26 PM
I think the overseas has been there a few seasons now. Their 1s are home counties 2, 2s are tvl 1 or 2.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Novak on August 26, 2018, 08:01:45 PM
:) ha ha
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on August 26, 2018, 08:07:08 PM
@mohawks94 I was chatting to a load of the Amersham 2s lads and they said that the OS pro has been there for 5 years and is staying and will continue to bowl as much as he does because he carries the team however, with that being said, their 2s play a decent standard and are probably pushing for a Div 1 promotion next year as long as their availability doesnít let them down. The problem with Home Counties teams as a whole is that they rely on 1 or 2 players to carry the team, generally, that is one gun batsman and one gun spinner. And those that arenít paid players generally donít get a look in, I find a lot of big clubs tend to buy players in rather than blood players from lesser teams. However, the answer to that is: play at a club where you enjoy your cricket and get a look in, letís say a div 2 side take 30 wickets and score a few runs and then youíll have clubs looking to pay you to play and then they will rely on you for a bucket load of overs. Thatís how TVL works.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on August 26, 2018, 08:19:16 PM
Thatís sound advice jake.
Itís not where you play, itís who you play with. Enjoy your cricket and form will follow.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: meats on August 26, 2018, 08:29:03 PM
Sound advice indeed.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 08:52:47 PM
Cheers @LEACHY48 I've been in touch with my contact at Amersham about going there after what you've said. Realised an additional bonus of going there is that two of my old heads of year play there, mostly 2s, and are fantastic blokes. One of them is a leggie who bowls off the wrong foot, the other a good bat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on August 26, 2018, 09:10:14 PM
Cheers @LEACHY48 I've been in touch with my contact at Amersham about going there after what you've said. Realised an additional bonus of going there is that two of my old heads of year play there, mostly 2s, and are fantastic blokes. One of them is a leggie who bowls off the wrong foot, the other a good bat.

Ah JP? class bowler proper thinking cricketer and a lovely bloke too. All the 2s boys were good blokes had a long chat with them after the game, their Aussie can bat and bowl too! Decent cricketer him!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 26, 2018, 09:15:50 PM
Not JP, one of the lads I coach with. He's told me that the overseas bowls unchanged in the times games which wouldn't be ideal, but as you say the facilities are better.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: LEACHY48 on August 26, 2018, 10:05:26 PM
Not JP, one of the lads I coach with. He's told me that the overseas bowls unchanged in the times games which wouldn't be ideal, but as you say the facilities are better.

Yeah he does and on the honours board you can see how many wickets he gets for them because of it, but heís the reason they are HC feeder. But itís a great club and if you take sheíd loss of wickets and score a decent number of runs youíll be hard to overlook bud. Ultimately we are all amateurs and just play for the enjoyment, so if thatís not there, then whatís the point? Ideally you want a club where youíll be challenged, but be involved and that has a good bunch of lads, Amersham definitely for me would definitely fit that bill
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 27, 2018, 07:08:23 AM
Cricket gods have been kind. We had a convincing victory against a potential banana skin and both 2nd and 3rd place lost so we have gone third and closed the gap to second to only 14 points. With the top teams still to play each other itís promising to be an interesting run in to the end with a potential promotion decider against the current 2nd place team our final match.... either way after quite a few seasons of struggling and then getting relegated itís beeb good to get back to winning ways and be in a positive fight as opposed a negative relegation one
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jjelricksmith on August 27, 2018, 03:38:44 PM
We dropped 8 catches on Saturday, 4 off my bowling and all 8 were easy catches. Obviously, we lost. I'll leave it at that.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: sgcricket on August 27, 2018, 03:41:17 PM
We got absolutely hammered. All out for 167 and chased in under 15 overs.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on August 28, 2018, 07:48:41 AM
We got absolutely hammered. All out for 167 and chased in under 15 overs.

Wow, 11/12 runs an over! That must have been brutal
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: sgcricket on August 28, 2018, 08:50:38 AM
Wow, 11/12 runs an over! That must have been brutal

It really was. Their opener scored 120 in 40 odd balls with 14 sixes. He was using a H4L bat and the toe sounded as if there was a crack but even those were going for sixes.

On the plus side, the wife was happy that I got home so early :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on September 01, 2018, 08:31:55 PM
Played on the worst wicket i can remember today, uncovered, half wet half dry and cut before the game with a garden flymo as apparently there mower is broken
They won the toss and surprise put us in to bat, the first 4 balls I faced all hit the gloves or my chest 5th was a leg stump full toss put away for 4 and 6th spat off a length took the shoulder and lopped to slip. Same happened to No3, no4 got the opposite and shot along the floor. We managed to somehow limp to 149 all out using all our 45 overs.
In reply the Oppo who bat on this all the time swang the bat at everything and raced to 45/2 from 8 overs with most going over slips or inside edges down to fine leg.

Skip then for the 1st time told me to bowl ( Iím mainly a keeper but can bowl a bit of nibble medium pace and inreturned figures of 9 overs 2 for 19 but no one other bowler today could hit the same spot twice and on this particular pitch committee the worse sin of bowling full tosses.
We lost by 4 wickets with them chasing it down in the 37th over.
Bright side is we are already promoted and only needed 12pts from our last 3 games to be champions. So still 2 weeks left.

Personally after my best ever start to a season in my first 5 games scoring over 300 runs my last 5 games have produced only 74 runs and worst of all is I just feel shot. Only 1 more game planned for me and already canít wait for winter nets to get my technical issues fixed as for some reason trying to be too aggressive even though im telling myself to play my normal patient game my body seems to be taking over my mind
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on September 01, 2018, 08:41:36 PM
3rd ball duck for me today. We lost but only dropped 1 losing bonus point so we may avoid relegation after all. We have all batted poorly this season so hopefully a fresh start next year.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: six and out on September 01, 2018, 09:01:20 PM
Last game of the season today, and we finished with a TIE! Brilliant game of cricket against a great bunch of lads we always have a good game against, who were in danger of being relegated but have gladly stayed up.

Oppo batted 1st and got 217-6 off their 40 after we had them 50-5. We started well, I got 81 and with others chipping in only needed 3 off the last over with 3 wickets in hand. The leg spinner bowled .WW11W for a TIE!

It means we finished 5th and considering how inconsistent we have been both on the pitch and off the pitch with availability, it is probably about right.

I finished with 497 league runs in 14 games which is really annoying it's not 500! But it was a season of starts that weren't converted, I had 4 x 50's but no 100's plus a number of 30's.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on September 01, 2018, 09:46:09 PM
Defeat and relegation. Made more painful by being last man out when we needed 4 runs for the next batting point to assure safety having had a 53 partnership with the number 9.

Lost toss and bowled, we dropped a few catches. Me and the offie caused a collapse, six wickets in quick time, but the next 3 (they had 10) took a while and they got 188ao. Personally 7/0/41/3 I think.

Top and middle order failed. Opener top scored with 28, number 9 got 26* and my 24 was next best score. Wore my second ball on the hip having gone in 103/9 needing to get to 160 to get the bonus points to keep Ansty up. A few streaky runs, some smashed and some clipped, my best knock of the season probably, before an absolute ripper from their skipper with the score on 156 that got past/through my defensive and bowled me. Lindfield won so tied on points but they stayed up having won 5 whilst we only won 3 all season and lost 12.

Ended the season top of the club for catches, third for wickets in the 1s despite not getting many overs a lot of the time, and with (I think) 95 runs in the league for the 1s.

Did we deserve to stay up? Simply, no. Of you lose 8/9 second half of that season you don't, so we didn't. Not the way I wanted to finish my time at Ansty.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 02, 2018, 09:49:29 AM
What a way to sign off the league season yesterday.

I was called into the 1st XI for the first time in 4 years. (My only appearance to date was rained off and I didn't get to bowl!)

We lost the toss and were asked to bat first, with the home side opening with one of their 6 spinners! We posted 229-5 off our 50 to register full batting points, our opener with 46 and our numbers 3 and 4 making 55 & 77.

In reply the oppo were always around the rate, but we took wickets to keep them in check. I bowed in the middle overs and beat the bat a few times, before being taken off after a tidy but wicketless 6 overs.

Our seamers came back and took further wickets but the rate never got out of hand.

I was trusted to see the game out (including the final over) with my offies. The equation was 15 runs to win off the last over with 1 wicket in hand. I held my nerve and bolwed the last man with 2 balls remaining.

We won by 10 runs to claim the full 22 points and secure 2nd place in Southern Premier League Division 1. What a great day to end a great season. With only friendlies left now, I can't wait to see what next season will hold!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on September 02, 2018, 10:01:59 AM
Wrapped up the league title yesterday, first time winning division 1 for our side.
Now to prepare for the play offs to play premier league cricket
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Timbo287 on September 02, 2018, 11:00:17 AM
@WalkingWicket37 that must mean promotion to premier for your 1ís. Well done on bowling well in that division. Our 2ís got relegated into county 1 yesterday
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 02, 2018, 11:11:22 AM
@WalkingWicket37 that must mean promotion to premier for your 1ís. Well done on bowling well in that division. Our 2ís got relegated into county 1 yesterday

I don't think so, only 1 side goes up I believe.

Still, to finish 2nd when you're tipped for relegation post season is a decent achievement :)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on September 02, 2018, 11:51:10 AM
Disappointing loss yesterday, one which sees us finish 4th with a game to spare, narrowly missing out on promotion. Its probably best for the club as next season both our best bowler and best batsman both go travelling for the year so we would get battered every week.

Batted first and made 130 on a tricky wicket, i came in at 3 and made 32. 2 weeks ago my top score was 23, and in the last 2 weeks i've now hit 105 & 32! Unfortunately i played back one too many times on a dodgy wicket and got undone by one that kept low. The last 2 weeks seem to have completely changed my batting mentality, as i now feel able to go at the bad balls and seem able to turn the good balls into singles! Our tail wagged slightly, and our 7&8 both hit 23, leaving me as top scorer again.

They had a couple of first teamers playing and they made light work of the target, chasing it in 30 overs. Our opening bowlers (one of them our captain) bowled 20 of those 30, as they're both desperate to win the league bowling award. There wasn't much thought for the rest of the lads who didn't get a bat or bowl, but as long as they're happy...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Boondougal on September 03, 2018, 08:41:29 AM
Big big win for us. 3rd (us) plays 4th with all the top teams to all play each other, basically the winner of this takes a strong 3rd place and has it in their own hands to take promotion if they keep winning (both are still to play 2nd) and we are all within a win of each other.

As expected they added a first teamer (they were mid table 3 divs above), i had lost a class player to a 1ís drop out on friday and had at least 6 other potential first choice players unavailable including my regular keeper, my reserve keeper, my vice captain a first change bowler and 2/3 of my regular top 6 bats.... No spinner either.. also gone to fill in 1ís 🤦‍♂️

Once their 1ís pre Madonna departed for 40ish to a v smart leg side snaffle by the stand in keeper we were in control of the game... that was untill their no7 arrived at the crease and proceeded to smash (its exactly the right word) the ball all over. He hit 71no in very short order, it was not pretty but boy ohh boy was it effective... he targeted the short boundary and cleared that, plus the road on quite a few occasions. 201/9 off 44, declaring to deny us the additional bowling point....

Its at this point i put the batting order together and realised how light we looked, iím Usually apologising to people about how low they are relative to their ability at this standard but not today... my usual 7/8 was in at 5.

I need not worry, our stalwart opening nurddler and his 15 year old opening partner put on a partnership of 188 of truly wonderful batting, all under some pretty nasty and consistent ďbanterĒ lead by their super star 1ís player who preceded to go for 47 runs off his 7.5 overs. I have to say ...that team are a really good bunch of lads usually and if anything he upset their flow today - it was simply a case of lack of unity created by the attitude of one individual.

We did loose 2 wickets that included the opener for 119, but the young lad carried his bat for a 51no and i even got to smash the ďproĒ for 4 facing my second delivery with the scores tied.... i have never been so satisfied to see that ball disappear to the boundary.

We knocked them off 2 down in just over 30 overs.... they could not believe it and to be fair neither could we.

With 3 games to play (i canít believe some of you have already finished) we are 18 points behind 2nd with the fixtures for us looking like bottom, 1st.... 2nd. So the last game could be a massive one if it all pans out as we expect.... our opposition play 2nd next week so as you can imagine there were plenty of requests to do us a favour at the end of the game!!

What a sat!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 03, 2018, 12:27:10 PM
Yesterday my Sunday friendly side played a decent match against a team that included a ringer who had apparently been paid to play. Fortunately, this lad didn't get in until the 30th over and you can guess who had decided to bowl the last 5 overs from one end. After my first ball was effortlessly clipped for 6 over square leg as I was fearing the worst but mixed it up really well and only conceded 35 which helped keep the opposition to 190 off 40 overs.

Our reply didn't get off to the best of starts as we were 10-2 when one of our guys (who has not scored 50 for us in total all season) walked to the crease and proceeded to deal exclusively in boundaries, mainly of the 6 variety. The aforementioned ringer was taken to the cleaners to the extent that we passed 100 in only the 15th over. We made good progress after that so needing only about 20 runs to win off 10 overs, we mixed up the batting order moving our usual opener and myself down to 10 and 11 as insurance.

The target got down to 4 runs when 8th wicket fell and I was still umpiring but with our No.3 still there on 70+ and our normal opener now at the crease facing just juniors, I felt the result was never in question so didn't bother asking someone else to come out to umpire.

However, this was all too much for our team's village idiot who clearly did not share the same faith I had in the 9th wicket partnership and came "running" onto the field shrieking that I had to go and pad up. Everyone told him to go away and I walked off to square leg to turn around to find him following me, then bizarrely standing in front of me at square leg. I have to say having a mentally deranged individual competing with me to umpire is not something I have encountered before so I simply walked off much to the amusement of everyone watching.

We won the match 2 balls later but never think you have seen everything on a cricket field.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: richthekeeper on September 03, 2018, 12:53:17 PM
Finally returned on Saturday after 2 months out with a broken foot. Last game of the league season needing a win for promotion.

Fielded at short cover nearly all day, a position I love as it's action packed, and helped keep the oppo to 139ao.

Batting at 3 I got a 6 ball duck when I basically just missed a middle stump full toss. Out of form... anyway the rest of the team did their job and we won by 6 wickets.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on September 03, 2018, 02:41:39 PM
Still gutted about Saturday and coming so close to saving the side from relegation. Got two games next weekend now, one for Firle and the other for Frogs, so some decent practice for the winter. Hopefully the runs keep coming as they have started to flow a bit.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 03, 2018, 03:41:32 PM
Actually I can top my previous post as some of the Saturday team were playing a friendly in York yesterday. During the first innings, a fielder injured his knee and collapsed in agony on the cricket field. After 30 minutes of waiting for an ambulance, the game resumed but with player still in the same place and now a wheelbarrow strategically placed in front of him for protection. The fielding team placed a fielder in front of the wheelbarrow, not to protect the player but avoid the risk of 5 penalty runs !!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kez on September 03, 2018, 03:44:20 PM
Wrapped up the league title yesterday, first time winning division 1 for our side.
Now to prepare for the play offs to play premier league cricket

The aim is to go up then? Lots of talk around the circuit that you guys canít go up?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: tommo256 on September 03, 2018, 06:41:07 PM
The aim is to go up then? Lots of talk around the circuit that you guys canít go up?

Rumours will always ruin cricket 😂
Got to show intent and go for it!
We are a young side so may as well have a crack at it when we still have the opportunities to!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Kez on September 03, 2018, 09:11:57 PM
Ahh please donít take that the wrong way. As in that the club canít due to league requirements. Also promotion would rule out a NVC run next year. As a TC happy to see you boys go up. 3 up helps our stiffs out
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: hammersjr on September 03, 2018, 11:39:41 PM
1ís ended the season with 4 straight wins over some good teams and got to 5th.
2ís won their last to seal their place in their division but also jumped up to 5th.
3ís picked up a few wins but lowish in the table and just hope to stay in the league next season.
So all in all not a terrible league season with teams staying in tough divisions and high hopes of next year.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on September 04, 2018, 07:11:45 AM
We've now gone a full 22 matchweeks unbeaten, sealing an undefeated season at the weekend.

There's been minor rumours of a double promotion due to way we've won most of our matches, but whatever happens we're all looking forward to playing a better standard next season.

Only 7 months to go chaps...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jayralh on September 04, 2018, 07:39:55 AM
impressive stats @Neon Cricket . That must have been an amazing season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on September 04, 2018, 10:11:18 AM
impressive stats @Neon Cricket . That must have been an amazing season.

Obviously the season has had its positives, finishing undefeated is a great feeling as we'll probably never manage it again but it's also been incredibly tedious at times. We've chased in all but 3 games with the highest target set being 172 - whilst winning is great it's not quite as exciting when you're chasing 120 every game! (Proper 1st world problem I know haha)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 05, 2018, 05:21:03 AM
It's 6.15 am and  I am on my way to hostpital going under the scalpel today to hopefully repair the damage  caused by the bouncer from one of the Worcester Academy guys that pushed the helmet grill into my nose.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on September 05, 2018, 11:09:08 AM
It's 6.15 am and  I am on my way to hostpital going under the scalpel today to hopefully repair the damage  caused by the bouncer from one of the Worcester Academy guys that pushed the helmet grill into my nose.
Best of luck, hope the op goes well
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on September 05, 2018, 04:36:02 PM
Obviously the season has had its positives, finishing undefeated is a great feeling as we'll probably never manage it again but it's also been incredibly tedious at times. We've chased in all but 3 games with the highest target set being 172 - whilst winning is great it's not quite as exciting when you're chasing 120 every game! (Proper 1st world problem I know haha)

Trust me its not as tedious as chasing 250+ every week! congrats on the promotion!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on September 05, 2018, 04:44:05 PM
Trust me its not as tedious as chasing 250+ every week! congrats on the promotion!

Yeah, nothing fun about getting wacked for 250+ most weeks tbf
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on September 05, 2018, 05:41:03 PM
Trust me its not as tedious as chasing 250+ every week! congrats on the promotion!

Haha fair point! Cheers @Davehugh
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 05, 2018, 07:36:39 PM
Best of luck, hope the op goes well

Thankyou
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 06, 2018, 10:35:46 AM
Following yesterday's long day pleased to be back home after spending 40 minutes on the  operating table  and being awake throughout while the surgeon removed the infected tissue from under the skin which contained the foreign bodies off the helmet grill and then  stitched the skin from by my eyebrows to near the tip of the nose to form a flap and applied over 50 stitches to hold it in place.
This morning my face looks a right mess nose is painful and both eyes have limited vision due to swellings
Can't look down as the wound bleeds through the  stitches now i have to sit still and wait for everything to heal which should take around 6 weeks.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: edge on September 06, 2018, 11:04:12 AM
Following yesterday's long day pleased to be back home after spending 40 minutes on the  operating table  and being awake throughout while the surgeon removed the infected tissue from under the skin which contained the foreign bodies off the helmet grill and then  stitched the skin from by my eyebrows to near the tip of the nose to form a flap and applied over 50 stitches to hold it in place.
This morning my face looks a right mess nose is painful and both eyes have limited vision due to swellings
Can't look down as the wound bleeds brought the stitches now i have to sit still and wait for everything to heal which should take around 6 weeks.
Hope recovery goes well. Also...

Just had a thought, we haven't got the forum golden rules written down.

#1 - It never happened unless you provide pics
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 06, 2018, 12:20:31 PM
Thanks Edge and to all the other Formites that have sent  personal messages
Along with post op photos  do. have photos of the injury when it happen and they are not pretty will look at posting injury post op
And recovery pics if  everything heals okay.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on September 08, 2018, 09:32:02 AM
Best of luck with the recovery, sorry to hear that you got injured in the 1st place.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on September 08, 2018, 09:36:04 AM
Got the news whilst at Lords on Thursday that we had hoped for, we managed to finish 3rd in B&D one with rumours of 3 going up. We missed out on 2nd spot due to Clevedon being the only team who managed to get a win in on an otherwise washed out weekend where we played top spot and divided the points between us with an abandonment.

We worked hard as a club and were well clear of 4th spot so pleased we get to move up a level and test ourselves. We were in the WEPL but effectively suffered a double relegation when they restructured the leagues which pushed us back down into div 1.

Weíre steiggling to hold onto our county academy players due to this as their coaches are telling them they need to be playing wepl cricket...having your talented players taken away at 16/17 makes it even harder to get back into those divisions to hold onto them!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 08, 2018, 05:12:44 PM
Why do I bother.
Spend ages chasing round to get 11 players.
They all end up to be bowlers (although we got hit for 321 off 40 overs)

I then get triggered by a teammate. LBW off a ball that was never threatening the stumps.

Thanks for coming... 😡
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Northern monkey on September 08, 2018, 06:35:12 PM
321!!!!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 08, 2018, 07:09:54 PM
321!!!!

Did I mention the bowlers in my side were all lower league players...
Oppo were fairly decent and took a liking to the buffet
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on September 08, 2018, 07:11:54 PM
Had an end of season game for Firle today. Before now my average for Firle in friendlies was touching 70. Not any more. Got sold up the river to be run out for 2, before going 0/24 off 5. Then kept 20 overs, took 2 catches standing up and a stumping, although the stumping was to be honest atrocious. Bat charged and missed it, ball came to me and I fumbled it twice before picking the ball up and stumping him at the third attempt... A win though, but not ideal prep for Aus with my game tomorrow cancelled. Tomorrow now being spent with the Ansty Ladies team as I have become their lucky mascot it seems.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on September 08, 2018, 08:00:08 PM
Why do I bother.
Spend ages chasing round to get 11 players.
They all end up to be bowlers (although we got hit for 321 off 40 overs)

I then get triggered by a teammate. LBW off a ball that was never threatening the stumps.

Thanks for coming... 😡

321 off 40..oh wow.. thatís a good way to put people off playing. No one enjoys that regardless what they say
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on September 08, 2018, 08:40:12 PM
Got the news whilst at Lords on Thursday that we had hoped for, we managed to finish 3rd in B&D one with rumours of 3 going up. We missed out on 2nd spot due to Clevedon being the only team who managed to get a win in on an otherwise washed out weekend where we played top spot and divided the points between us with an abandonment.

We worked hard as a club and were well clear of 4th spot so pleased we get to move up a level and test ourselves. We were in the WEPL but effectively suffered a double relegation when they restructured the leagues which pushed us back down into div 1.

Weíre steiggling to hold onto our county academy players due to this as their coaches are telling them they need to be playing wepl cricket...having your talented players taken away at 16/17 makes it even harder to get back into those divisions to hold onto them!

Congrats Tom, do you know if itís 3 up from all divisions?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: NT50 on September 08, 2018, 08:57:45 PM
Played at @KettonJake 's old club today. I think i would also form my own breakaway club if i had to bat on that cabbage patch every week! On a wet green track balls were barely getting shin high, barring the odd one that would randomly rear up to my head off a length!

We only had 6 of us there with a few minutes to go as our skipper and several others were delayed in traffic so i had to act as captain. Won the toss and obviously had to bat on their very questionable wicket with so few of us there. I opened the batting and me and our other opener put together 40 off 10 overs before i got undone by one that nipped away and clipped the top of my off stump for 21. I had decided that on such a bad wicket i may as well just throw the kitchen sink at anything not hitting the stumps. Got plenty of chat about "only playing on the legside" (i'm a left hander, if you bowl on my legs you will be getting hit through the leg side funnily enough!) We then collapsed as per usual, and ended up on 108.

Our opening bowlers are brothers and are the 2 top wicket takers in the league, and as they do most weeks, had the oppo in trouble at 20-3. A hefty partnership looked to have taken the game away from us, but then our left-armer produced a quality 5-for to leave them needing 36 with 2 wickets in hand at the end of his spell. We then bought on our youngster who got carted in his 2 overs and the game was done! Had both our openers had another 2 overs each it may have been a different story.

Another good day for me in the field, took another sharp grab at gully to get rid of their gobby South African keeper who called me a cheat for not giving a stumping that he was adamant was out. (They were a weird mix, a gobby old keeper, a couple of gobby youngsters, and the rest were absolutely sound blokes!)

This means ive had 14 catching chances in the 14 games and i've taken 12 of them. Would be top of the division if we put our catches up on playcricket!

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on September 08, 2018, 09:02:58 PM
Congrats Tom, do you know if itís 3 up from all divisions?

Not yet mate, WEPL have meet but think B&D May still be thrashing it out as waiting to hear if ourv4ís have gone up after a 3rd spot finish as well.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: thecord on September 08, 2018, 10:25:53 PM
Not yet mate, WEPL have meet but think B&D May still be thrashing it out as waiting to hear if ourv4ís have gone up after a 3rd spot finish as well.

Cheers mate, wonít affect any of our teams directly but good to know who we are likely to be playing
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SAFC2403 on September 10, 2018, 11:56:04 AM
I play for littletown in the durham cricket league division 2 - our firsts got promoted by about 10 points. The 2nds who i play for won the league on the last day - we were second going into the last week but the league had a recount of all the points and found we were owed 9 bonus points from the first game of the season - this meant we were 5 points ahead going into the last game. We won the game in a reduced overs game and the 2nd placed team could only draw meaning we won the league! Ended up with a monster hangover yesterday.

Personally had my best season ever finishing on 395 across all teams so all in all a very good season - best score of the season 75* as we chased down 234.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Mfarank on September 14, 2018, 11:00:31 AM
With our group in the local t20 tournament tied between 3 teams and the 4th team getting thrashed by the 2 others, it was always going to come to NRR. The equation in order to qualify for our final pool game... bat first, win by 130+ runs, bowl first and chase the target in less than 7 overs. Luckily we won the toss and went to bat first. Went in at number 3 with the score at 5/1 in the 2nd over. Came out unbeaten at 143 off 55 (15 sixes and 5 boundaries) with the total at 316/3. Big shoutout to @Blank Bats and Tai for this monster. Only the 2nd game of the season with this bat and its already unreal. Naturally we won by 210 runs and topped the table. Onwards to the QF.
(https://s15.postimg.cc/iksva1b2j/Screenshot_20180914-145539_Whats_App.jpg)

(https://s15.postimg.cc/tke2lptsr/20180914_144227.jpg)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on September 15, 2018, 08:00:34 PM
So my season comes to an end with our final league game today. Another win and another promotion which is our 3rd in a row. Batted first and we made 179/7 from 35 overs in a reduced game. We were already champs and they were comfortable mid table. Pitch was very slow and only 3 overs bowled by seam bowlers all game.
Managed to top score with 66 and then out stumped which is a very unusual dismissal for me.

In reply they managed 114 all out. Game played in a lovely spirit on a lovely end of summer day.

So I finished the season with 446 runs from 10 games at an Avg of 63.71 which Iím happy with but could have been better as the 2nd half of my season wasnít anywhere near my first half with the bat. Strike rate or 72 which for a traditional opener Iím
Happy with. Top score 109* with the single ton and 3 x 50+ scores.
Keeping wise a very quite year with just 6 catches and the single stumping behind the league wicket all year from my 8 games keeping very little opportunities given.

So we move on to Div 4 of the two counties set up for next season and draw a close to a very good and very hot 2018 season
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 15, 2018, 11:53:26 PM
Final league match of the season and came up just short. Opposition scored 143-8 off 40 overs and we ended up with 140-9 off our 40.

In their innings, the lad I support bowled his best spell of the year going for just 11 off 6 overs. Mind you I did tell him he was walking home as he dropped an absolute sitter off my bowling.  In reply we scored 15 off the first 2 overs but quickly lost both openers and then took another 15 overs to reach 30. From then on, we were always behind the run rate and despite scoring over 70 in last 10 overs, we couldn't quite get over the line. In fairness to our opponents, they took a couple of very good catches including a spectacular one-handed caught and bowled which removed the one player who could have got us home in those last few overs with room to spare.

Match played in a great spirit despite me briefly having words with their wicketkeeper who throughout our innings made some absolutely ridiculous claims for caught behind. I had previously laughed off his appeals while umpiring (and so had all his team-mates) but he ran around liked he had just caught the ball to reclaim the Ashes in the penultimate over when I hadn't even got within a foot of a leg-side delivery. Anyhow shook his hand at the end, said "well played" and there was no lasting damage to either party.

Still got 3 friendly matches to play before the end of my 2018 summer season.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Gurujames on September 16, 2018, 04:30:03 AM
We batted first in a dead rubber. We played around with the batting order a bit and only had 10. So a score of 169 against 2nd in the league wasnít bad. However we only batted 28 of our 40 overs. We have not batted all of our overs in any game this season (including 20/20. I got 69 before being bowled.
We got a heir dange men out early with a low full toss and a half track r but our lack of bowling showed. I had to bowl and got 4-0-1-22. Took 2 catches too. They got them 7 down with about 5 overs to spare. We bowled 45 extras which really didnít help.
Most importantly we avaoided relegation by finishing 3rd from bottom.
1 ton 6 50ís for me but also 3 ducks so very up and down for me.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on September 16, 2018, 09:46:01 AM
My league season finished 2 weeks ago with demotion which was pretty much guaranteed 3 weeks in with a 63 year old opening bowler one league below the a ECB pre league was never going to end well. We were either chasing 250+ or could never post enough runs that the bowling could defend. We posted over 240 in one game with the oppo chasing down in 40 overs easily. Batting wise most of the highs came in the midweek and friendlies with 76no in the 20/20 midweek final against a team with a lot of old school friends. Had a couple league 50s and finished in the 25 runs scorers for league but with a horrendous average. Overall 2018 was a bit of season to forget bring on the 2019 season..
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 16, 2018, 07:40:45 PM
Played a friendly this afternoon and unlike yesterday, I managed to see us crawl over the line.

Opposition posted 165 off 35 overs and I was quite pleased with an early run out then removed their best batsman thanks to a good catch at long on. However, the real fun came when batting as I went in at No.8 with around 40 needed. The bowling was literally out of this world as I got a barrage of perfectly straight moon balls which I had no clue how to play. I did try to swipe one and nearly got caught at square leg so got down the other end and stayed there. What was even more disconcerting was that when this chap ran into bowl, you could hear a tin of mints rattling in his pocket.

Thankfully the other batsman had more of a clue and retired on 50 with around 10 runs needed. With the new batsman, we inched towards the finishing line although victory arrived with something of anti-climax as a new bowler came on with 2 to win and his first 2 deliveries were wides. The umpire who was technically correct (in giving the wides) but surely the winning runs in Sunday friendlies should come off the bat.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: golders on September 17, 2018, 08:54:22 AM
What are peopleís plans for the off season?Time to start another thread perhaps
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on September 17, 2018, 09:54:36 AM
Chased down 176 with 3 overs to spare after being 5-2, caught my one catch in the covers, not required to bat.

Off season plans: find a new club and play some lower level Saturday cricket
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on September 17, 2018, 10:25:22 AM
@rickjames - you should have a chat with the Combe Down boys mate, they were a pleasant bunch and literally a stones throw from you (Cross Keys is a decent boozer for afterwards too!).
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on September 17, 2018, 10:34:37 AM
@rickjames - you should have a chat with the Combe Down boys mate, they were a pleasant bunch and literally a stones throw from you (Cross Keys is a decent boozer for afterwards too!).

Are they south London based? Never heard of them? I was thinking 6th/7ths down in Dulwich, but a nice chap yesterday at Catford Cyphers said I'd be more than welcome to play in their 4s, ha. Left him an email address anyway.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on September 17, 2018, 10:58:14 AM
Oh bugger. I've got you mixed up with another member - serves me right for moving around the country so much!!! Sorry haha.

Dulwich are a decent choice though, friend of mine used to play in their 2s. Good set-up as can be expected from such a big club!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on September 17, 2018, 11:08:06 AM
I live in Herne Hill, about a 10 minute walk from both Dulwich/Alleyn, then there's places like Streatham and Marlborough also nearby. Only question I'm wondering is where I'd get a game with those first two, plus membership at Dulwich is £200! Jesus.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 17, 2018, 11:35:23 AM
@rickjames - you should have a chat with the Combe Down boys mate, they were a pleasant bunch and literally a stones throw from you (Cross Keys is a decent boozer for afterwards too!).

I am sure I played at Combe Down (near Bath) in my youth. Is it next to a rugby pitch?  One ground I definitely remember was Poplars between Trowbridge and Bath where on Sundays they employed a "6 and out" rule and you don't need to guess what idiot cleared the ropes the only time he batted there. Looked on Google Maps and the pub is there but doesn't look like the ground behind it is used for cricket anymore. 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Neon Cricket on September 17, 2018, 11:45:37 AM
Yeah that's the one @Lumsden.

Poplars is still very much up and running! A teammate of mine plays for them every week - the 6 and out rule is still going strong haha
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: rickjames on September 17, 2018, 02:10:46 PM
https://www.wisden.com/stories/news-stories/fight-breaks-welsh-club-game (https://www.wisden.com/stories/news-stories/fight-breaks-welsh-club-game)

Ah
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Davehugh on September 17, 2018, 05:09:12 PM
What are peopleís plans for the off season?Time to start another thread perhaps

Totally agree been meaning to start one for a while but didnít know if it was too soon to be posting about preparation for the 2019 season or not  :D @golders are you going to start a new topic or shall I do it!?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: golders on September 17, 2018, 05:15:40 PM
Totally agree been meaning to start one for a while but didnít know if it was too soon to be posting about preparation for the 2019 season or not  :D @golders are you going to start a new topic or shall I do it!?

@Davehugh feel free buddy I think itís a good idea!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on September 21, 2018, 08:35:13 AM
Saturday league season finished.

551 runs @ 50.09

15 wickets @ 18.67

I wanted 500 runs and 20 wickets, having to wicket keep for 3 games and missing 2 due to family events didn't help. Maybe next year...
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on September 21, 2018, 09:01:36 AM
Saturday league season finished.

551 runs @ 50.09

15 wickets @ 18.67

I wanted 500 runs and 20 wickets, having to wicket keep for 3 games and missing 2 due to family events didn't help. Maybe next year...
Looks like the Powerbow went well 👌
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: 19reading87 on September 21, 2018, 11:27:14 AM
Looks like the Powerbow went well 👌

She's a beaut!! Considering treating her to a refurb over winter
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 21, 2018, 11:43:49 AM
Do people still have proper games this season?

My first game of indoor cricket for the 2018/19 "winter" season is on Monday!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: hammersjr on September 21, 2018, 01:52:24 PM
Do people still have proper games this season?

My first game of indoor cricket for the 2018/19 "winter" season is on Monday!

Yeah, my club are going until the 1st week of October, weather permitting of course.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 21, 2018, 03:39:12 PM
Do people still have proper games this season?

My first game of indoor cricket for the 2018/19 "winter" season is on Monday!
Yes got a friendly tomorrow, might have one the following Saturday too and my final match of the summer season is Saturday 13th October.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: uknsaunders on September 22, 2018, 08:21:47 PM
Yes got a friendly tomorrow, might have one the following Saturday too and my final match of the summer season is Saturday 13th October.

Arthington Festival?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Lumsden on September 22, 2018, 11:53:11 PM
Arthington Festival?
Yes although I hope we play better than we did this afternoon.

Today started well enough as we posted 178 on a poor wicket and that should have been good enough but we were absolutely terrible in the field. Must have given away nearly 30 in misfields (I was guilty too) and dropped 2 absolute dollies. Also didn't help that I was given some naff information about the strength of the opposition batting so I had already bowled by the time their big hitter came into bat. Anyhow this guy whacked around 70 not out and the visitors won with just over 1 over spare although they crossed the line thanks to 4 overthrows which really summed up our fielding performance.

The good news is that forecast for next Saturday is fine so we are going to organise another friendly. May play next Sunday too.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on September 23, 2018, 06:23:13 PM
Last game of the season against the Presidents XI - amazed we got it on with all the weather about.
Very gentle friendly. But nice little red inkers for myself @jamesisapayne
Heíd never say it himself but heís been superb with bat and ball this season #mvp
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on September 23, 2018, 06:42:31 PM
What does he bowl?
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Danny1981 on September 23, 2018, 11:12:38 PM
Thank f*** that's over with. Probably my worst ever season playing. Certainly 2nd half of the season could not have gone worse. Could easily pack it in now
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: t2ylo on September 24, 2018, 07:46:31 AM
What does he bowl?

Best described as 'Yardy darts' - no room, nagging length you cant quite drive & on you quicker than you think
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: FattusCattus on September 24, 2018, 07:53:33 AM
(No Swearing Please)#!
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: jamesisapayne on September 24, 2018, 09:33:45 AM
Last game of the season against the Presidents XI - amazed we got it on with all the weather about.
Very gentle friendly. But nice little red inkers for myself @jamesisapayne
Heíd never say it himself but heís been superb with bat and ball this season #mvp

Thanks a lot for the kind words mate - nice to have a trot out with you yesterday :)

I think the key to this season has been that GM Neon I got off you - just feel so comfortable using it. Might have to invest in another one over the winter as it's heir apparent ;)
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 25, 2018, 03:14:34 PM
With the season now over following  promotion in 2017 the club finished 5th.
Thier were 3 winnable games against the teams  that finished in the bottom 3 which were lost to the weather without a ball being bowled plus 2 more abandoned when we were closing in on a win at home we beat the teams that finished first and second and  with 8 players lost by 27 runs to the team that finished third.
Could the club have achieved more than 7 wins from the 14 played  only if we could have put 11 on the pitch each match as games were lost when fielding ( played one game away against the league winners with just 7 players ).
Also for most of the season the club played 3 12year olds who dispite finding senior cricket hard did well with both bat and ball taking around 30 wickets between them hope they come back next season.
On a personal note had 11 innings 4 good knocks and four failures no excuses but at times facing the new ball on our uncovered wicket  was a nightmare.
Roll on season 2019.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on September 26, 2018, 01:21:16 PM
With the season now over following  promotion in 2017 the club finished 5th.
Thier were 3 winnable games against the teams  that finished in the bottom 3 which were lost to the weather without a ball being bowled plus 2 more abandoned when we were closing in on a win at home we beat the teams that finished first and second and  with 8 players lost by 27 runs to the team that finished third.
Could the club have achieved more than 7 wins from the 14 played  only if we could have put 11 on the pitch each match as games were lost when fielding ( played one game away against the league winners with just 7 players ).
Also for most of the season the club played 3 12year olds who dispite finding senior cricket hard did well with both bat and ball taking around 30 wickets between them hope they come back next season.
On a personal note had 11 innings 4 good knocks and four failures no excuses but at times facing the new ball on our uncovered wicket  was a nightmare.
Roll on season 2019.

You had 5 league games cancelled or abandoned on the hottest, driest summer in living memory? How? Where do you play, the Shetlands?


Of the 78 scheduled games this year for either of my two clubs, only two were rained off. None of our Saturday league games were weather affected at all.

Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 26, 2018, 03:20:57 PM
You had 5 league games cancelled or abandoned on the hottest, driest summer in living memory? How? Where do you play, the Shetlands?


Of the 78 scheduled games this year for either of my two clubs, only two were rained off. None of our Saturday league games were weather affected at all.

Not the Shetlands  Worcestershire  although  at times it felt like it
The first 2 matches end of April. Cancelled rain
May 26 cancelled rain
July 28 abandoned rain
Aug 11 abandoned rain.
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: SLA on September 26, 2018, 03:38:28 PM
Not the Shetlands  Worcestershire  although  at times it felt like it
The first 2 matches end of April. Cancelled rain
May 26 cancelled rain
July 28 abandoned rain
Aug 11 abandoned rain.

You're either very unlucky or have people in positions of responsibility who are a bit soft. #getthegameon.

Can you not shorten games if there is a forecast of rain? We can go all the way down to a T20 if necessary.
 
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: Rob580 on September 26, 2018, 04:23:03 PM
To be fair Alan's side regularly play with 9, so can't imagine its through lack of want to get the game on!  :D
Title: Re: Your 2018 Season
Post by: mohawks94 on October 13, 2018, 06:31:13 AM
First game in Aus done, playing on the only turf wicket in the town. Bowled first, skittles oppo for 79. Got 3/18 off 8.5, one caught slip, one lbw and one bowled. We chased it 2 down. On the beers already, getting familiar with Hahn 3.5 beer.