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Title: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 03, 2019, 04:36:48 PM
I'll kick this off if nobody else  has done so  playing first matches  this weekend Sat and Sun 2 friendlies  hope the weather warms up  quite cold at the moment had an hard frost last night.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on April 03, 2019, 04:43:49 PM
My first games are next weekend: 2 T20s and a declaration game. Then a break to the 26th, when we have another T20. Then the season starts "for real" the first Saturday of May.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 03, 2019, 07:52:08 PM
First friendly on the 13th with league starting the weekend after. First 3 games of the season are home games this year and wicket is looking lovely. Our soil is quite heavy so will be slow and low early doors but if we can get some warm weather is one of the best batting decks around
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on April 03, 2019, 09:20:29 PM
Well, my first game should be on the 28th, but yesterday I had a good go at cutting my fingertip off with a jigsaw... Hospital tell me it should be ok in a week, I'm not sure I believe them! Fingers crossed, or I would cross them if I could!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LateBloomer on April 03, 2019, 09:28:51 PM
2 pre-season friendlies next weekend, both against ECB Prem sides and then start the League season on 20th April away to last seasons runaway champions, who turned down promotion to the same Premier League.

In at the deep end. Time to sink or swim!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 03, 2019, 09:38:57 PM
First game for me is (hopefully) an intra club fixture Sunday 14th April.

Them a pre-season fixture a week until the "proper" games kick off the first weekend of May.

Outdoor training sessions start next Wednesday and I can't wait!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on April 03, 2019, 10:01:40 PM
Well, my first game should be on the 28th, but yesterday I had a good go at cutting my fingertip off with a jigsaw... Hospital tell me it should be ok in a week, I'm not sure I believe them! Fingers crossed, or I would cross them if I could!

Were you shaping bats?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on April 03, 2019, 10:05:45 PM
Were you shaping bats?
I was cutting yours down to length, as it happens!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 03, 2019, 10:18:27 PM
Well, my first game should be on the 28th, but yesterday I had a good go at cutting my fingertip off with a jigsaw... Hospital tell me it should be ok in a week, I'm not sure I believe them! Fingers crossed, or I would cross them if I could!


You know the forum rules, Ed...
Pictures, or it never happened! ;)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 04, 2019, 07:53:09 AM
Preseason games start weekend of 27th/28th for me, think we have a game on the 27th for the Saturday side if not it'll be for my Sunday season start on the 28th against my Saturday side so a good test before league cricket starts!

really cannot wait for this year to start now, also outdoor nets will be starting soon which always helps get in the mood for proper cricket!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on April 04, 2019, 08:59:34 AM
Joined a Saturday club this year for league cricket; we have friendlies from the 20th then league games start 4th May.

Feels weird giving up all/most of my Saturdays
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on April 04, 2019, 09:04:38 AM
Well, my first game should be on the 28th, but yesterday I had a good go at cutting my fingertip off with a jigsaw... Hospital tell me it should be ok in a week, I'm not sure I believe them! Fingers crossed, or I would cross them if I could!
Make sure to finish it off with sanding and Shoe goo
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 11, 2019, 08:16:04 AM
My season will be starting late unfortunately. A couple of reasons, main one being that a back injury sustained in Aus hasn't cleared up yet. I had a hit yesterday with my old protťgť, bowled one leg break and it hurt so stuck to sidearm. Also can't move fluently with the bat or hit with real power. I've ruled myself out of league fixtures until late May at the earliest as this has been a problem since January.

First game for me will be for Frogs vs Amersham in mid-May, likely as a batsman only. In the meantime I'm working with a coaching company, starting in a couple of weeks two evenings and Sunday mornings, potentially coaching Berkshire age groups as well (I'm a Bucks lad but the company runs the Berkshire coaching).
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Kulli on April 11, 2019, 08:50:52 AM
Off to Prague this weekend to play a couple of games (league stuff doesn't start until may but easter etc meant the tour had to be now).

Current forecast is for 6c!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on April 13, 2019, 12:17:32 AM
First friendly is on the 27th, will probably be the most serious game of the season as our oppo are win at all costs!

My first proper game is on the 1st for Uni, then my Saturday season starts on the 5th.

My back is playing up at the minute (went A&E cos i thought it was my kidneys!) but hopefully should be available
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 13, 2019, 06:57:39 PM
Since getting home from Aus my circumstances have changed hugely. I'm gutted that I won't be able to play at Ansty this summer for a number of reasons, including needing to be near home in case of emergencies with two 90+ year old grandparents in and out of hospital in recent weeks. Although gutted about Ansty, I'm also pleased to have signed with Beaconsfield CC, who are in the Thames Valley first division, which will help my minor counties ambitions and is much closer to home. Had a net with them today and enjoyed it and their company, just need to get transfer papers sorted.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on April 13, 2019, 07:46:10 PM
Kulli: out of interest, who plays cricket is Prague, and where? I was there with work a couple of weeks back and it didn't seem like the kind of place where cricket is played...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on April 13, 2019, 08:56:31 PM
Since getting home from Aus my circumstances have changed hugely. I'm gutted that I won't be able to play at Ansty this summer for a number of reasons, including needing to be near home in case of emergencies with two 90+ year old grandparents in and out of hospital in recent weeks. Although gutted about Ansty, I'm also pleased to have signed with Beaconsfield CC, who are in the Thames Valley first division, which will help my minor counties ambitions and is much closer to home. Had a net with them today and enjoyed it and their company, just need to get transfer papers sorted.

Pleased things are on the up, until you mentioned becky!

Looks like they are still in div 2 on the tvl website. Not a very good track historically, slow low turner. Things might have changed but unless they are paying you there are plenty of better options in the TVL.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 14, 2019, 07:21:41 AM
Suits me as a spinner! It's local, new coach and some pretty amazing development plans to boot. If I'd gone to Chalfont I'd be playing against their 2s, the goal is definitely promotion this season. I decided against Amersham as my email got a cursory response, Chalfont as I have outgrown the club and don't think I was ever particularly popular there anyway, so I can go and be a big player at a club with potential.

@uknsaunders you're correct, they are in 2b. Does that mean I'll be coming up against yourself at some point?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 16, 2019, 08:11:41 AM
Season starts proper tomorrow playing my first ever 10/10 cup game followed by first league match on Saturday friendly Sunday
45 over match on Tuesday and  20 overs league next  Wednesday hope my dodgy knee and prescription pain killers  can get   through 5 games in 8 days.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dtl2018 on April 16, 2019, 08:29:38 AM
Interesting cup match for me on the 27th consisting of 2 innings per team - first innings 10 overs and second 20 overs!  :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on April 16, 2019, 09:06:06 AM
Well after a successful weekend with the bat in two friendlies (51 ret. & 48*) I couldnít ask for anything better going into the first game of the season on Saturday.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on April 16, 2019, 09:04:51 PM
Haven't played any cricket yet, but there was a charity pub quiz round tonight where you had to pick a named square in a draw. One of them was 'Willow'... earned us a round of drinks! 🍻
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on April 16, 2019, 09:25:23 PM
Got my first game post aus season this weekend. Buzzing!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 16, 2019, 10:32:57 PM
Same as Leachy, first game since Aus on Saturday, debuting for Beaconsfield at home to Slough 4s. Away to Slough 2s next weekend before league games start.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 17, 2019, 06:00:39 AM
Season got underway at my new club last Saturday with an inter club match. Didnít start well dropping a catch at gully but redemped myself with the bat getting to the retirement target of 30 ( so everyone could get the chance to bat) however only I managed that feet lol  it was abit of a pudding to be fair.

The club go on tour tomorrow however those of us who have not gone have a pre season match this Saturday- here is hoping the oppo can raise a side
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on April 17, 2019, 09:06:59 AM
Coming Saturday got first game of season. Let's hope I could have a good start along with team having first win of season hopefully. The team selection shows good batting side with weak bowling.
Played a friendly match last sunday. I played to find out personally where I stand with my fitness and how I improved and I am pleased with my foam and fitness.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 17, 2019, 08:04:27 PM
League season starts Sat, missed the warm up game last weekend but felt ok in the nets so fingers crossed
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Kulli on April 17, 2019, 08:10:33 PM
Kulli: out of interest, who plays cricket is Prague, and where? I was there with work a couple of weeks back and it didn't seem like the kind of place where cricket is played...
@Psi the usual mix of expats, although we did play against 2-3 Ďgenuineí Czechs which was good to see. The two grounds we played at were both about 45mins outside the city. One called Vinor and the other Velvary.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Windowshatter on April 18, 2019, 06:26:53 AM
First game of the season is fast approaching on Saturday. Our entire league has been restructured so pretty unclear what the standard will be like as it'll be a mix of 1st and 2nd teams. We've got a young squad of talented cricketers so hoping we can mix it with some of the big boys that are paying players (allegedly!).
Go well everyone!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 18, 2019, 08:53:30 AM
Enjoyed last nights game even though we lost with the umpire standing back bowled off 6 paces wicket to wicket  targeting off stump  no pace on the ball just bounce.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on April 18, 2019, 09:34:54 AM
no pace on the ball just bounce.

What kind of 'heat' do you normally bring Al?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on April 18, 2019, 09:38:33 AM
Weather's looking rather pleasant. That is all.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Windowshatter on April 18, 2019, 09:39:26 AM
Weather's looking rather pleasant. That is all.

Might have to leave one of the three jumpers I've got packed at home after all!
Warmest start to a season for a while if the forecast's right.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on April 18, 2019, 11:02:36 AM
A reasonable start with the bat. 21 off 7 (caught on the boundary) and 30* off 9 in two T20s so far, and 47 off 54 (caught, rather improbably, at short cover as the ball stuck in the blokes armpit as he tried to get out of the way) in a longer format game.

Bowled ok with not much luck, one wicket bowled, went at about a run a ball overall.

Next game not til a week tomorrow.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 18, 2019, 12:19:50 PM
What kind of 'heat' do you normally bring Al?
Get  as close as possible  to the stumps non striker end on release seam up with one  finger either side of seam sliding down ball on release ball angled towards slips  and eyes forcused  on the batsmans big toe  simples
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: strang on April 18, 2019, 02:20:47 PM
Weather looks great. Can't wait for first game on Saturday.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: play-yourself-in on April 18, 2019, 02:51:41 PM
Hope everyone goes well this season. Personally i will be back in the UK at the start of June and hoping to get in some games in June and July, if i get 5/6 games in i'll be over the moon.  Could we set a forum goal for the season?  I think between us we can get

10 - 100s

25 - 50s

20 - 5fers

1 - hat trick

many beers, even more laughs, and zero injuries.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 18, 2019, 03:05:01 PM
Hope everyone goes well this season. Personally i will be back in the UK at the start of June and hoping to get in some games in June and July, if i get 5/6 games in i'll be over the moon.  Could we set a forum goal for the season?  I think between us we can get

10 - 100s

25 - 50s

20 - 5fers

1 - hat trick

many beers, even more laughs, and zero injuries.

seems reasonable!

hat trick may be tricky!

definitely need score cards for proof!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: DorsetDan on April 18, 2019, 03:15:44 PM
Hat trick of what? Getting yourself out in a comedic fashion in your first 5 balls, three games on the trot? Challenge accepted!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Kez on April 18, 2019, 05:40:47 PM
Looking forward to playing our local rivals for the league season opener this Saturday!
Ohh and maybe even see a forum favourite @Vulcan Cricket?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LateBloomer on April 18, 2019, 07:33:11 PM
Competitive friendly on Weds this week. Opened up against 2 bowlers on the payroll, one was bang on the money and the other sprayed it. Fair to say neither thought much of my technique 😂

Clean bowled for 29 from 20 including a very pleasing 6 to Long off with the Chase Lam

Away to last years runaway champions on Saturday and we've got a bus of 16 going down. Should be a good day!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on April 20, 2019, 07:15:34 PM
We lost. Put 180 up, came in at 8 and scored 7 but our openers were just too slow and not getting on with it. Started well with the ball and had them 3 down, but we lost it when a slogger came in.

Captain is already doing my nut with his micromanagement
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on April 20, 2019, 07:17:54 PM
Not the start I wanted but a victory none the less. Inside edged a rank long hop onto pad onto off stump. Good to get all the crappy dismissals out early.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 20, 2019, 07:27:30 PM
First league game of the season today for us. So we were at home in a new league after 3rd straight promotion last year and played a local rival who have been mid placed in this league for the last few seasons. Lost the toss and we were asked to bat. Pitch was good for time of year, with a little pace and carry (our track is generally a batting pitch with good pace and decent, consistent bounce) we got off to a good start thanks to some loose early bowling being too full and we were 35-0 from 6 overs, they then dragged it back a bit and we went to drinks at 87-2. After drinks I managed to take 16 from the 1st over after drinks but introduction of spin slowed run rate down, I was finally out in the 37th over for 75, cutting to point. We ended 209-5 from our 45.

After what can only be described as early season greed for tea, we just had so much food from sandwiches, to home baked sausage rolls, onion barges, homemade cake pretty much anything you could think of we took to the field. 1st ball if there innings our opener removed middle and off stump from the ground with an unplayable Yorker, not sure if this then set the tone but unfortunately three innings was really poor with the other opener and No3 dead batting for 22 overs to be 42-1 at drinks. We then prized out brigadier block caught behind by yours truly and with and end open our young leggie who had come on leaps and bounds in the last 3 seasons picked up 3 wickets in an over. Some more middle order blocking resulted in us finally getting the last 2 wickets in the 39th over. A good workout for our bowlers but Iíll never understand the mindset of some players and teams in this format of cricket where itís just win or lose.

Anyway a good start to my season as also conceded 0 byes and glove work felt really good. Finally used my GM kit after thinking I was going to go GN or Surridge this season, I went with the tried and trusted and my Noir Signature was superb so thanks Rob from Six sixes for another lovely GM
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 20, 2019, 08:32:21 PM
First proper pre-season game done today (last week's intra-club knockabout doesn't really count)

Started badly as I busted my middle finger in the football warm up! Thankfully it's on my left hand so I can still bowl. Hopefully it's just badly bruised, but I'll take a view on if it needs an x-ray on Monday.

Came in at 11 and made 2* off 3 balls at the end of the innings as we made 192-9. Top scorer was a lad using one of my bats with 50. Must be down to the stick he was using ;)

We won by 60 odd with 3 overs to go. I took 2-33 off 6. More expensive than I'd have liked in an ideal world but at least the season is underway.

Tomorrow we've got a friendly that I'm skipper of, hopefully it's another nice day weather wise and everyone enjoys their game.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 20, 2019, 09:29:47 PM
Mixed day on debut at Beaconsfield today.

We played what was listed as Slough 4s, though was more their 2s generally. We got 230/8 with a retirement from our 40 overs. Unfortunately my stay at the crease was one ball, went back to a spinner and the ball skidded low, pinned me plumb in front batting 8. Fielding I took a flat catch early on at mid off, then bowled first change. Took some punishment from some horrendous smears that carried the distance, as did all the others who bowled early on, meaning we were defending 90ish in the last 20. Took another catch, this time at backwards point, before coming back on for the 34th over. Ended up clean bowling one bat, then start of the 38th was defending 5 runs, had the previously not out bat plumb in front to win the game. Nice to contribute to a win, but frustrated because I've been hitting the ball well the last couple of weeks so to get out as I did is really annoying.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: strang on April 21, 2019, 12:12:07 PM
Mixed day on debut at Beaconsfield today.

We played what was listed as Slough 4s, though was more their 2s generally. We got 230/8 with a retirement from our 40 overs. Unfortunately my stay at the crease was one ball, went back to a spinner and the ball skidded low, pinned me plumb in front batting 8. Fielding I took a flat catch early on at mid off, then bowled first change. Took some punishment from some horrendous smears that carried the distance, as did all the others who bowled early on, meaning we were defending 90ish in the last 20. Took another catch, this time at backwards point, before coming back on for the 34th over. Ended up clean bowling one bat, then start of the 38th was defending 5 runs, had the previously not out bat plumb in front to win the game. Nice to contribute to a win, but frustrated because I've been hitting the ball well the last couple of weeks so to get out as I did is really annoying.
Sounds like you more than contributed to a good win. Nice to be able to do some damage with the ball if batting doesn't go to plan.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 21, 2019, 02:42:01 PM
Agreed, would be nice to have got some runs but did my bit in the field. Hopefully got Sunday off work for first round of the national cup at Banbury.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 21, 2019, 09:32:48 PM
First league game of the season today for us. So we were at home in a new league after 3rd straight promotion last year and played a local rival who have been mid placed in this league for the last few seasons. Lost the toss and we were asked to bat. Pitch was good for time of year, with a little pace and carry (our track is generally a batting pitch with good pace and decent, consistent bounce) we got off to a good start thanks to some loose early bowling being too full and we were 35-0 from 6 overs, they then dragged it back a bit and we went to drinks at 87-2. After drinks I managed to take 16 from the 1st over after drinks but introduction of spin slowed run rate down, I was finally out in the 37th over for 75, cutting to point. We ended 209-5 from our 45.

After what can only be described as early season greed for tea, we just had so much food from sandwiches, to home baked sausage rolls, onion barges, homemade cake pretty much anything you could think of we took to the field. 1st ball if there innings our opener removed middle and off stump from the ground with an unplayable Yorker, not sure if this then set the tone but unfortunately three innings was really poor with the other opener and No3 dead batting for 22 overs to be 42-1 at drinks. We then prized out brigadier block caught behind by yours truly and with and end open our young leggie who had come on leaps and bounds in the last 3 seasons picked up 3 wickets in an over. Some more middle order blocking resulted in us finally getting the last 2 wickets in the 39th over. A good workout for our bowlers but Iíll never understand the mindset of some players and teams in this format of cricket where itís just win or lose.

Anyway a good start to my season as also conceded 0 byes and glove work felt really good. Finally used my GM kit after thinking I was going to go GN or Surridge this season, I went with the tried and trusted and my Noir Signature was superb so thanks Rob from Six sixes for another lovely GM

Who knows why they blocked but if youíre giving your time and paying to pay.. why should you gift it away if you donít think you can win? Nothin worse than getting tonked about then surrendering quickly just so the winners can Ďget in the barí

Maybe they batted for bonus pts ? Maybe they didnít have much left ? Maybe out of form ? Maybe they just arenít hitters ? Maybe they just thought Ď we arenít going to win so letís just bat the overs and see what happensí.. Lots of reasons . Win lose doe t change the fact people generally give up their time, pay money to play (generally wanting to bat) and so they might want to actually .. you know.. bat
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on April 21, 2019, 10:36:22 PM
Well done,
think noir is suitable for slow low pitches with it's mid low profile 🙂 that's why you feel comfortable with it
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on April 22, 2019, 08:52:40 AM
I hate cricket! :(

Fielding at slip yesterday a ball took a dodgy bounce, I had it covered until the keeper dived and got a glove to it, knocking it straight into my nose!

On the bright side we won, with our stand out bowler being a 13 year old who took 3 fer and bowled very well at the death and everyone got a game and enjoyed their day (I think) which is what Sunday cricket is all about
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on April 22, 2019, 09:26:23 AM
Did not have a good day as a team. But i am pleased with my performance. I did not even reach double figure as match was about surviving and keep overs ticking that I did successfully. I went in at no.4 when it was 2 for 15 in 5th over I got out around 28th over. Some might say that was dead slow batting but i am happy about it as I did not give my wicket away playing wrong shot.
I was waiting for someone to stay with me t other end to start some kinda partnership but that never happened.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on April 22, 2019, 12:55:23 PM
You batted 23 overs and didnít get double figures???
Wow
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 22, 2019, 01:56:50 PM
Did not have a good day as a team. But i am pleased with my performance. I did not even reach double figure as match was about surviving and keep overs ticking that I did successfully. I went in at no.4 when it was 2 for 15 in 5th over I got out around 28th over. Some might say that was dead slow batting but i am happy about it as I did not give my wicket away playing wrong shot.
I was waiting for someone to stay with me t other end to start some kinda partnership but that never happened.

Well done somtimes you just have to hang in there.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 22, 2019, 02:08:53 PM
Team lost on Saturday with 10 players inc 2 13 year olds who did well had a batting tail from 6 to 10 but bowled  well  as a unit dismissed the opposition with 8 overs to spare but not having  11 cost the team in the field also with another decent bat could have won.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 22, 2019, 02:39:20 PM
Did not have a good day as a team. But i am pleased with my performance. I did not even reach double figure as match was about surviving and keep overs ticking that I did successfully. I went in at no.4 when it was 2 for 15 in 5th over I got out around 28th over. Some might say that was dead slow batting but i am happy about it as I did not give my wicket away playing wrong shot.
I was waiting for someone to stay with me t other end to start some kinda partnership but that never happened.

#properbatting
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: strang on April 22, 2019, 03:42:17 PM
Did not have a good day as a team. But i am pleased with my performance. I did not even reach double figure as match was about surviving and keep overs ticking that I did successfully. I went in at no.4 when it was 2 for 15 in 5th over I got out around 28th over. Some might say that was dead slow batting but i am happy about it as I did not give my wicket away playing wrong shot.
I was waiting for someone to stay with me t other end to start some kinda partnership but that never happened.
Old Skool selflessness. You're an endangered species.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on April 22, 2019, 06:24:17 PM
You batted 23 overs and didnít get double figures???
Wow
It was very green but sticky wicket. Ball was coming slow at you after pitching and I saw people getting caught in slips trying to hit hard. So I didn't play shot but wait for ball to come to me.
But as ball was approaching me it was losing all its pace. If I would have tried to hit or generate power I would have caught as well. So I stayed there waited for partnership so I could risk playing my shots to reach decent total.
Team got bowled out in 34th over. Imagine I or other team mates could have still played another 16 over if there was some kinda partnership was formed.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on April 22, 2019, 06:28:03 PM
And at end of match opposition said well batted despite knowing I didn't score anything but maybe they understood what situation I batted in.
They didn't sledge or say a single provoking word even in such boring first match and I appreciated them for that when match was over.
Proper cricketing spirit.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on April 22, 2019, 06:32:16 PM
Hey, donít justify your game to me, what do I know, I wasnít there
You play the game the way you see fit.

Low slow sticky wickets,,,,play off your back foot, play the ball late and donít try and hit it too hard
Batters paradise,,,energy sapping for bowlers.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 23, 2019, 08:42:15 AM
Who knows why they blocked but if youíre giving your time and paying to pay.. why should you gift it away if you donít think you can win? Nothin worse than getting tonked about then surrendering quickly just so the winners can Ďget in the barí

Maybe they batted for bonus pts ? Maybe they didnít have much left ? Maybe out of form ? Maybe they just arenít hitters ? Maybe they just thought Ď we arenít going to win so letís just bat the overs and see what happensí.. Lots of reasons . Win lose doe t change the fact people generally give up their time, pay money to play (generally wanting to bat) and so they might want to actually .. you know.. bat

My point being that they showed no intent in ever trying to chase it down. As i mentioned maybe that was because we knocked the guy over 1st ball of there innings and he was the best bat, maybe they are out of form although its week 1 of a season!!
I can totally understand if your top order is blown away and then trying to bat for bonus points or even deny another team full points but to not go for it or show any intent to rotate the strike etc is just weird to me. They didnít even get to the minimum score to get at least 1 bonus point.
It wasnít a particularly negative point i was raising, as you say its not my club and the blocker at the top was there captain who also opened the bowling and stood at 1st slip all day so maybe he like to get full value for his match fee.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on April 23, 2019, 09:44:29 AM
My point being that they showed no intent in ever trying to chase it down. As i mentioned maybe that was because we knocked the guy over 1st ball of there innings and he was the best bat, maybe they are out of form although its week 1 of a season!!
I can totally understand if your top order is blown away and then trying to bat for bonus points or even deny another team full points but to not go for it or show any intent to rotate the strike etc is just weird to me. They didnít even get to the minimum score to get at least 1 bonus point.
It wasnít a particularly negative point i was raising, as you say its not my club and the blocker at the top was there captain who also opened the bowling and stood at 1st slip all day so maybe he like to get full value for his match fee.


The question of how to approach an innings when the game is clearly over as a contest (which is obviously how they felt) is always a tricky one in W/L cricket. A well-designed bonus points system that incentivises the batting team to try to score runs (1pt for 50 runs etc), and the bowling team to try to take wickets (1pt for 2 wickets etc) at least encourages positive play from both sides.

Otherwise the choice is either "have a slog and get it over with", or "have a net", neither of which are particularly satisfactory.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jjelricksmith on April 23, 2019, 10:21:02 AM
Not the best start with the bat opening and got 13&1 chopped on both times with balls coming back in. Foot movement just a bit lazy start of the season. 1-30 off 6 on Saturday, 1-20 off 7 on Monday with a couple dropped catches in the slips. One of those was a lad on his first ball who went on to get 100* not the best start lets hope this picks up  :(
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 23, 2019, 09:38:34 PM

The question of how to approach an innings when the game is clearly over as a contest (which is obviously how they felt) is always a tricky one in W/L cricket. A well-designed bonus points system that incentivises the batting team to try to score runs (1pt for 50 runs etc), and the bowling team to try to take wickets (1pt for 2 wickets etc) at least encourages positive play from both sides.

Otherwise the choice is either "have a slog and get it over with", or "have a net", neither of which are particularly satisfactory.

This. The bonus pts system is usually pretty dire and doesnít incentivise a losing team enough to bother. Hence as you say you either do just have a slog or simply bat out the overs. As you also say, both are pretty dire ways to play the game for all 22 players as it just dies a death and everyone loses interest.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 23, 2019, 09:39:41 PM
My point being that they showed no intent in ever trying to chase it down. As i mentioned maybe that was because we knocked the guy over 1st ball of there innings and he was the best bat, maybe they are out of form although its week 1 of a season!!
I can totally understand if your top order is blown away and then trying to bat for bonus points or even deny another team full points but to not go for it or show any intent to rotate the strike etc is just weird to me. They didnít even get to the minimum score to get at least 1 bonus point.
It wasnít a particularly negative point i was raising, as you say its not my club and the blocker at the top was there captain who also opened the bowling and stood at 1st slip all day so maybe he like to get full value for his match fee.

Showing no intent from ball one is weird unless they really did know they just simply couldnít realistically chase it. Only way to kmow is ask or remember for the next game and maybe declare earlier and tempt them into a chase...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on April 23, 2019, 10:55:15 PM
Not having a crack at a 209 chase in 45 overs is a bit weird to be honest, even if you did lose your best bat early or whatever.

First game of the season on Sunday for me, looking forward to getting going. Unfortunately it looks like it's going to be a bit of a 14-a-side farce which is a shame, but still a chance to get a run out before the season starts properly.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on April 24, 2019, 08:52:20 AM
Not having a crack at a 209 chase in 45 overs is a bit weird to be honest, even if you did lose your best bat early or whatever.

First game of the season on Sunday for me, looking forward to getting going. Unfortunately it looks like it's going to be a bit of a 14-a-side farce which is a shame, but still a chance to get a run out before the season starts properly.

It could be that they were taking the approach of seeing off the opening bowlers and keeping wickets in hand before having a pop at the change bowlers, but just totally misjudged it, scored too slowly, got in a bit of a hole, and then the change bowlers weren't as rubbish as they had hoped. Its not unheard of.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 24, 2019, 09:22:59 AM
It could be that they were taking the approach of seeing off the opening bowlers and keeping wickets in hand before having a pop at the change bowlers, but just totally misjudged it, scored too slowly, got in a bit of a hole, and then the change bowlers weren't as rubbish as they had hoped. Its not unheard of.

A few of us were talking about.  Sats game last night and this is what we decided must have been there plan. The team we played scored over 250 on 6 occasions last season with runs spread across the whole team. Our bowling is our strongest suit with a great mix of good pace upfront, medium swing in the middle along with 3 good tidy spinners so the opportunity to take a few overs from a part timer is slim.
We held every chance that came our way and feel that maybe they did just get the chase totally wrong
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on April 24, 2019, 09:51:14 AM
A few of us were talking about.  Sats game last night and this is what we decided must have been there plan. The team we played scored over 250 on 6 occasions last season with runs spread across the whole team. Our bowling is our strongest suit with a great mix of good pace upfront, medium swing in the middle along with 3 good tidy spinners so the opportunity to take a few overs from a part timer is slim.
We held every chance that came our way and feel that maybe they did just get the chase totally wrong

When I started playing 20 years ago, the tactic of sending out 2 blockers to see off the new ball for 15 overs was pretty common, following by 15 overs of knocking it around and 15 overs of desperate slogging.

Fielding teams got wise to it and put up a couple of patsy openers and then held back their better bowlers for the death.

Nowadays the modern way is to have at least one batsman attacking throughout the innings.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 24, 2019, 11:10:16 AM
When I started playing 20 years ago, the tactic of sending out 2 blockers to see off the new ball for 15 overs was pretty common, following by 15 overs of knocking it around and 15 overs of desperate slogging.

Fielding teams got wise to it and put up a couple of patsy openers and then held back their better bowlers for the death.

Nowadays the modern way is to have at least one batsman attacking throughout the innings.

Remember those games as well, along with time games 20 overs from 6:30pm
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on April 24, 2019, 11:55:40 AM
First league game of the season today for us. So we were at home in a new league after 3rd straight promotion last year and played a local rival who have been mid placed in this league for the last few seasons. Lost the toss and we were asked to bat. Pitch was good for time of year, with a little pace and carry (our track is generally a batting pitch with good pace and decent, consistent bounce) we got off to a good start thanks to some loose early bowling being too full and we were 35-0 from 6 overs, they then dragged it back a bit and we went to drinks at 87-2. After drinks I managed to take 16 from the 1st over after drinks but introduction of spin slowed run rate down, I was finally out in the 37th over for 75, cutting to point. We ended 209-5 from our 45.

After what can only be described as early season greed for tea, we just had so much food from sandwiches, to home baked sausage rolls, onion barges, homemade cake pretty much anything you could think of we took to the field. 1st ball if there innings our opener removed middle and off stump from the ground with an unplayable Yorker, not sure if this then set the tone but unfortunately three innings was really poor with the other opener and No3 dead batting for 22 overs to be 42-1 at drinks. We then prized out brigadier block caught behind by yours truly and with and end open our young leggie who had come on leaps and bounds in the last 3 seasons picked up 3 wickets in an over. Some more middle order blocking resulted in us finally getting the last 2 wickets in the 39th over. A good workout for our bowlers but I’ll never understand the mindset of some players and teams in this format of cricket where it’s just win or lose.

Anyway a good start to my season as also conceded 0 byes and glove work felt really good. Finally used my GM kit after thinking I was going to go GN or Surridge this season, I went with the tried and trusted and my Noir Signature was superb so thanks Rob from Six sixes for another lovely GM
This happened once a couple of years ago, from the start they didn't try any shots, openers lasted 10-15 overs, then we got them down to 8 or 9 wickets down, they got their losing draw, it's frustrating,
But this is more likely to occur when other teams are 4 or 5 down
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on April 25, 2019, 02:05:27 PM
Decided to take a short  9 day break due to from the 4th of May if I can stay fit there are 61 games available for me till the end of the season made up of Saturday league Sunday's county over 50 s and evening midweek
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on April 25, 2019, 05:56:23 PM
Played a couple of friendlies so far, got 44 and 36 so I'm seeing the ball OK but I just need to work on my shot selection/be more selfish so I don't throw it away when there are big scores for the taking.

(Although if I'm being honest 44 and 36 are big scores for me, seeing as I've only ever scored a single fifty. But to hell with honesty, I want a hundred this season)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: strang on April 26, 2019, 06:07:16 PM
1st game tomorrow for a new club. Hope to hold any catches.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: thecord on April 26, 2019, 09:16:10 PM
First game for me tomorrow having had no nets whatsoever.
Should be interesting! And also pretty cold and damp by the looks of things...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on April 27, 2019, 06:31:39 PM
Another tonking on an awfully cold and windy day. They opened with a slogger, we dropped him early and then he made 80 odd. 241 off 35.

We batted out the overs for 127-7, 10 from yours truly. Only played two games now with my new club but it's rather obvious we don't have anyone explosive with either bat or ball; we have this old bloke at 3 who is clearly good, but he just created pressure on those around him by eating up balls and his inability to run; he gets to around the 15 yard mark then just starts walking back to the crease.

Think I need to step up and improve my bowling anyway, either or suddenly learn how to hit a ball properly...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 27, 2019, 07:29:07 PM
Bloody cold and windy day today, 7 of our team fielding in woolly hats.

Anyway we batted first, myself and opening partner putting on a nice 130 partnership for 1st week then I had brain fade and went back to a ball I should have been forward to and was pinned in front for 64. We finished on 253 from 40 overs as we reduced the overs due to the weather.

In reply they started well being 51-0 from 10 then we got 2 wickets in an over and once again the Oppo from that point made no effort to try and score the runs, one of the openers finally out in the 35th over for 42. We had taken wickets at regular intervals around him, even myself called upon to trundle in with a very light seam attack this week, bowled 7-1-1-16 as a very strong spin attack struggled to grip and hold a soggy ball with freezing fingers. They finished on 167/9 and we bowled 2 lads who hardly ever even bowl in the nets for the last 10 overs.

So two wins from 2 following promotion is a great start but they lack of ambition in the 1st two wins is something I struggle to understand. Personally 134runs from my two innings so far is a nice start. Gutted though as I would have had a ton today had I not misjudged a ball.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 27, 2019, 07:52:04 PM
Bloody cold and windy day today, 7 of our team fielding in woolly hats.

Anyway we batted first, myself and opening partner putting on a nice 130 partnership for 1st week then I had brain fade and went back to a ball I should have been forward to and was pinned in front for 64. We finished on 253 from 40 overs as we reduced the overs due to the weather.

In reply they started well being 51-0 from 10 then we got 2 wickets in an over and once again the Oppo from that point made no effort to try and score the runs, one of the openers finally out in the 35th over for 42. We had taken wickets at regular intervals around him, even myself called upon to trundle in with a very light seam attack this week, bowled 7-1-1-16 as a very strong spin attack struggled to grip and hold a soggy ball with freezing fingers. They finished on 167/9 and we bowled 2 lads who hardly ever even bowl in the nets for the last 10 overs.

So two wins from 2 following promotion is a great start but they lack of ambition in the 1st two wins is something I struggle to understand. Personally 134runs from my two innings so far is a nice start. Gutted though as I would have had a ton today had I not misjudged a ball.

So they were miles off the score and 9 down.l sounds more like you scored more than they felt they could chase. Winning draw is still basically a win so just think of it as such.

What do you expect them to do ? ĎGo for jtí and Be skittled ?? Itís no fun being skittled after all

How does the pts work in your league ? If you keep getting winning draws will it cost you ?? If so, maybe you need to declare earlier or bowl more wicket taking bowlers etc

If people thought about the winning draw is that itís the same as a win in win lose. The advantage is that the oppo has something to play for ans if you want full pts you need to earn them.

I donít know your games Chris, only you do fella. Could you declare and get more overs ? Could you declare and tempt a chase ? Could you bowl wicket taking or part timers earlier to tempt shots ?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on April 27, 2019, 07:53:59 PM
Suits me as a spinner! It's local, new coach and some pretty amazing development plans to boot. If I'd gone to Chalfont I'd be playing against their 2s, the goal is definitely promotion this season. I decided against Amersham as my email got a cursory response, Chalfont as I have outgrown the club and don't think I was ever particularly popular there anyway, so I can go and be a big player at a club with potential.

@uknsaunders you're correct, they are in 2b. Does that mean I'll be coming up against yourself at some point?

Nope, I am life member but I don't play at Marlow anymore. But it would of been a good place for you to have considered. I assume you live the other side of the m40 so not as local as becky.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JB on April 27, 2019, 08:07:23 PM
Our seconds were rained off today. As we have 20 players to get into the side we were on rotation and I was asked to play next week so got a day with the kids which is nothing less than a big win
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dt-second-hand-cricket on April 27, 2019, 08:11:46 PM
played at Marlow a couple of times when i used to play for North Maidenhead years ago, have to agree one of the nicest places to play cricket with a good wicket and lovely outfield (and the setting/facilities are lovely too)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on April 27, 2019, 08:12:37 PM
Our seconds were rained off today. As we have 20 players to get into the side we were on rotation and I was asked to play next week so got a day with the kids which is nothing less than a big win

Bloody hell rotation! Must be some club for players to be happy doing that!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 27, 2019, 08:37:27 PM
So they were miles off the score and 9 down.l sounds more like you scored more than they felt they could chase. Winning draw is still basically a win so just think of it as such.

What do you expect them to do ? ĎGo for jtí and Be skittled ?? Itís no fun being skittled after all

How does the pts work in your league ? If you keep getting winning draws will it cost you ?? If so, maybe you need to declare earlier or bowl more wicket taking bowlers etc

If people thought about the winning draw is that itís the same as a win in win lose. The advantage is that the oppo has something to play for ans if you want full pts you need to earn them.

I donít know your games Chris, only you do fella. Could you declare and get more overs ? Could you declare and tempt a chase ? Could you bowl wicket taking or part timers earlier to tempt shots ?

No mate

No such things as winnings draws etc in our league. team batting first gets max 3 bonus points if they lose. 1st point at 125, 2nd at 150 and 3rd at 200.

Bowling side gets a Bowling point every 2 wickets. If you bowl them out and win you get 20pts. If batting 2nd you will get your bowling points plus 1pt for every 10runs you get chasing the target score from 100 points away. So like today we score 253 they need to get to 153 before a batting bonus point is scored. Thatís my understanding in basic terms.

I donít expect a team to give wickets away but I would expect to make a effort. Anyway thatís just my view.

Also if you declare your innings your forfeit bonus points.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on April 27, 2019, 08:52:03 PM
No mate

No such things as winnings draws etc in our league. team batting first gets max 3 bonus points if they lose. 1st point at 125, 2nd at 150 and 3rd at 200.

Bowling side gets a Bowling point every 2 wickets. If you bowl them out and win you get 20pts. If batting 2nd you will get your bowling points plus 1pt for every 10runs you get chasing the target score from 100 points away. So like today we score 253 they need to get to 153 before a batting bonus point is scored. Thatís my understanding in basic terms.

I donít expect a team to give wickets away but I would expect to make a effort. Anyway thatís just my view.

Also if you declare your innings your forfeit bonus points.

Can still see why people might not want to give it away but there also doesnít seem any point pts wise. Catch 22 I suppose

As long as overall you enjoyed the day thatís all that matters
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Manormanic on April 28, 2019, 10:35:28 AM
Having held my annual pre-season "time to retire" much longer than usual this year, I finally made it on the field yesterday.  On probably the worst day I've played cricket on - even worse than the day it snowed in Aysgarth.  Expectations were limited to not getting a first baller, and maybe optimistically hoping to get off the mark.

So I was delighted when the leggie who was one when I came it gave me two long hops and a full bunger to get my eye in.  Ended up retiring on 75.  Damn game always draws you back in. :)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: strang on April 28, 2019, 10:51:06 AM
1st game, friendly.
Ran myself out for a duck. Only 12 balls left so it was hit and run, so not so bad.
Dropped a hard catch, but got a stumping with my very variable leg spin.
Not too bad as a warm up.  :)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: InternalTraining on April 28, 2019, 01:43:36 PM
First practice game. Got out for a measley 1 , pulled a no-pace ball and was caught on the boundary. Pretty miffed considering it could've been a long day of match batting practice.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on April 28, 2019, 02:23:29 PM
2 games and 2 wins after promotion last year. @billyb made his debut last week with a very elegent  looking 20 odd not out with lots of runs on the posh side.

We knocked oppo out for 145 yesterday in the coldest days cricket i can remember, wore my wooly jumper (with cables) all afternoon to keep and bat. Pleased to get a 50* yesterday but oppo were short of a few bowlers. We won by 9 wickets.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 28, 2019, 10:04:01 PM
Lost to Banbury today in national cup first round.

4/0/27/0 from me, bowled well to the right hander but my line meant I got swept a lot by the lefty I was bowling to. The right hander should have been caught at point but it was misjudged and fell about a foot in front of him. I spilled a flat one on the boundary late on, lost it in the last few yards having done the hard work, before being second highest scorer as we were all out for 145 chasing 213. Got 13* from 17.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 29, 2019, 08:08:51 AM
tough first game yesterday vs @19reading87 and my saturday side, in a memorial game.

got a hammering and but a really good day.

mixed feelings really as the opposition opener (and league team mate) hit his first 100 and the top order all looked in good form going into our league season so pleased in that regard.

First game as full time captain which i think went ok, fielding positioning needs some work but made sure everyone got a go which is what Sundays are about for us.

personally bowled ok and hit a very rusty 15, dodgy lbw decision got me, hit above the knee roll going back to a leg spinner, going over, but thats the game!!

onto next sunday and a team more to our standard!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: velvetsky01 on April 29, 2019, 08:42:01 AM
Saturday was our last pre season match.

The game was put back by an hour and we played a 40 over match. We won the toss and put them in. The wind was howling thanks to Storm Hannah. We restricted them to 122 from their 40 overs.

We knocked them off with the loss of 2 wickets

I finished up on 29 no with my skipper who was 47no A good confidence booster for the up coming season
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on April 29, 2019, 08:50:45 AM
Sunday side won comfortably. Got out for 0 to an absolute grubber, kicking myself.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JTtaylor145 on April 29, 2019, 08:54:57 AM
Lost on Saturday in some of the worst playing conditions I've ever played in. We scored 180 for 5 from 45 overs and the opposition knocked them off for the lost of 3 wickets with plenty of overs to spare. As a 3XI we are a mixture of the older (40+) and the younger (Under 18's). After a decent season last year we look like serious relegation candidates (although only 1 team goes down this year). We play in the division above @SOULMAN1012 and it's a decent jump in standard from division 5 to 4 (which Chris will no doubt experience next year - although he is a fine player and will have no issues).

On a personal level I scored 67 before running myself out.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: 19reading87 on April 29, 2019, 09:41:18 AM
tough first game yesterday vs @19reading87 and my saturday side, in a memorial game.

got a hammering and but a really good day.

mixed feelings really as the opposition opener (and league team mate) hit his first 100 and the top order all looked in good form going into our league season so pleased in that regard.

First game as full time captain which i think went ok, fielding positioning needs some work but made sure everyone got a go which is what Sundays are about for us.

personally bowled ok and hit a very rusty 15, dodgy lbw decision got me, hit above the knee roll going back to a leg spinner, going over, but thats the game!!

onto next sunday and a team more to our standard!

You were plumb!!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on April 29, 2019, 10:26:10 AM
You were plumb!!

It was high! Well above knee roll!

Not as plumb as our number 9!?! Who claimed to have hit it!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: strang on April 29, 2019, 11:25:35 AM
Everyone claims to have it hit nowdays
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on April 29, 2019, 01:23:43 PM
Lost on Saturday in some of the worst playing conditions I've ever played in. We scored 180 for 5 from 45 overs and the opposition knocked them off for the lost of 3 wickets with plenty of overs to spare. As a 3XI we are a mixture of the older (40+) and the younger (Under 18's). After a decent season last year we look like serious relegation candidates (although only 1 team goes down this year). We play in the division above @SOULMAN1012 and it's a decent jump in standard from division 5 to 4 (which Chris will no doubt experience next year - although he is a fine player and will have no issues).

On a personal level I scored 67 before running myself out.
Interesting to hear @JTtaylor145  as we played Maldon on Sat who cam down from Div 4 last year and i must say i was surprised how poor the bowling was. Batting wise the players we solid enough but no intent. Speaking to most, the opinion seems to be there is very little between Div5 AND DIV 4 and the difference is from 3 and above and it gets much harder from 3 to 2, 2 to 1 and then of course the Prem of which i have a little experience of is just a real high level of cricket
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JTtaylor145 on April 29, 2019, 02:30:37 PM
No @SOULMAN1012 there is a big difference between 4 and 5. There are some very weak teams in division 5 (more than 2-3) whereas in division 4 you tend to only get 1 weak side each season. There is a bigger gap even between divisions 4-3 and beyond. Battisford would be very competitive in division 4. I would average between 50-70 in division 5 and about 40-50 in division 4, but I'm crap - so you should be averaging 60+ in division 4. 
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JB on April 29, 2019, 02:35:05 PM
Chris Rushworth filled his boots on Saturday in the lower Durham leagues

http://silksworth.play-cricket.com/website/results/3786794 (http://silksworth.play-cricket.com/website/results/3786794)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JB on April 29, 2019, 02:44:17 PM
Bloody hell rotation! Must be some club for players to be happy doing that!

I'm not sure that anyone was overjoyed but we've got a good group who all get on well so we just get on with it. Meant I could plan some stuff to do with the kids which was good
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on April 29, 2019, 03:44:00 PM
No @SOULMAN1012 there is a big difference between 4 and 5. There are some very weak teams in division 5 (more than 2-3) whereas in division 4 you tend to only get 1 weak side each season. There is a bigger gap even between divisions 4-3 and beyond. Battisford would be very competitive in division 4. I would average between 50-70 in division 5 and about 40-50 in division 4, but I'm crap - so you should be averaging 60+ in division 4.

Iíll second that, the gulf between 1-4 is pretty big! Like JT says, youíll get one weak side who arenít competitive in the slightest and possibly one runaway side but then everyone else can beat everyone
Hopefully get to play you this season @JTtaylor145
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LateBloomer on April 29, 2019, 05:07:24 PM
We are 2 from 2 in the league after chasing 185 in 30 overs on Saturday.
On a personal level was cleaned up for 7 by a decent inswinging yorker from a South African chap. Wasnt too disappointed as it meant I could get some extra layers on and I even fetched said bowler heat spray and laxatives painkillers when he twinged a calf later in the day
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on April 30, 2019, 09:25:44 AM
Nope, I am life member but I don't play at Marlow anymore. But it would of been a good place for you to have considered. I assume you live the other side of the m40 so not as local as becky.

Im in Chalfont St Peter, so like you say the other side of the m40. Looking forward to seeing some new grounds this season, Banbury was lovely on Sunday.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 01, 2019, 06:56:48 PM
Shocker of a start to the season for me today for uni

Came in at 90-3 after 20 in a 40 overs game. Got squared up twice by their first change bowler before being plumb LBW to a full toss from the spinner for a 7 ball duck.

We made 150 in the end and it was never gonna be enough with a 30 yard leg side boundary. They chased it in 22 and we were awful with the ball

Hopefully a better one on Saturday for me!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 04, 2019, 06:49:21 PM
Good start to the season for our lot,bowled the oppos out easily on a decent track for 65, some double barrelled old bloke got a few, but that was it,,,and we knocked em off no bother,,sat in the clubhouse at 5pm having tea!!
But oh my word Iím suffering now, after bowling nine overs
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 04, 2019, 07:24:56 PM
Had good luck with the weather once started bowling from 16th over onwards, bowled well against Sanderstead 2nd XI, 8-1-2-15, thanks to 2 good catches, one to the straighter long off for the left hander, scored 50 and another at the long off, they finished with 224 in 40 overs, we ended with 90-5, another rain break at 6.15pm, meant end of the game, I'm satisfied with today's performance
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on May 04, 2019, 07:31:06 PM
The other team brought their own umpire today... genuinely gave me a send off after he'd triggered me lbw for one I'd smashed into my pad. Our top scorer also got given out lbw for one that hit him in the hip. What a waste of time!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 04, 2019, 07:56:01 PM
Emphatic win for us against a newly set up team.

We put on 213-4 off our 45 inbetween a couple of rain breaks.
Hit a run-a-ball 31 before sweeping their opening bowler straight into the hands of long on.

We bowled them for 90-odd with our opener getting a five-for
Could have been half that had we bowled both opener's through but instead gave the ball to our youth players

Good day all round and wore a jumper on the field for the first time ever!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on May 04, 2019, 08:02:01 PM
Played on the biggest road in Somerset. We hit 296, me 187*. Bowled them out for 150. Me 2-1-3-1.
Down hill from here
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 04, 2019, 08:09:45 PM
Well done man, fantastic
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 04, 2019, 08:12:26 PM
@Gurujames is it worth retiring now, so you end on that high? ;)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mcgill123 on May 04, 2019, 08:25:43 PM
Played on the biggest road in Somerset. We hit 296, me 187*. Bowled them out for 150. Me 2-1-3-1.
Down hill from here
Great start James, well done :D.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: six and out on May 04, 2019, 08:35:45 PM
Well done @Gurujames

Had an absolute nightmare start to the season today. Oppo got 152 after we had them 63-6! We easily 50 too many.

It was also easily the coldest I have ever been on a cricket field. The wind was blowing and they had no covers so the umpires were like let's just play on and let the showers blow through.... then the hail came.... oh my lord!!!

Anyways as you can imagine for our innings the pitch got a bit spicy as the day wore on with no covers and we were all out for 87 with ball doing all sorts. I got 0 after getting cleaned up by a ball that jagged back from outside off.

Not the greatest start but these things happen at crappy council grounds with no covers. Luckily we only have to go there once!!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on May 04, 2019, 08:43:08 PM
Another miserable loss. Think I'm resided to my first season of Saturday cricket fighting off relegation
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 04, 2019, 08:54:30 PM
Learn today we forfeited end last weeks points we only had 6 players and the league rules state you need 7 to start a game so to enable the match to start the opposition lent us a fielder  batting second we won the match with 4 balls left only for the opposition complaining and claiming the points on the basis That we  broke the league rules taking the field with just Six signed players the club have now written a letter of appeal to the league. Personally can't see  the league giving us the points as we broke the rules but they might void the match and take the 20 points of the opposition.
Thoughts anyone
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 04, 2019, 09:02:33 PM
 Fielded first  and by 3.30pm had 11 players  on the pitch inc 2 13 year olds before one went off suffering from the cold  and took no further part in the match   scored 150 and  won  with 2 wickets and  7 balls left
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 04, 2019, 09:45:27 PM
Learn today we forfeited end last weeks points we only had 6 players and the league rules state you need 7 to start a game so to enable the match to start the opposition lent us a fielder  batting second we won the match with 4 balls left only for the opposition complaining and claiming the points on the basis That we  broke the league rules taking the field with just Six signed players the club have now written a letter of appeal to the league. Personally can't see  the league giving us the points as we broke the rules but they might void the match and take the 20 points of the opposition.
Thoughts anyone

Think i'd be embarrassed to complain about 6 men beating us
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 04, 2019, 11:07:53 PM
Re-broke my finger and got a first ball duck... but we won :)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on May 05, 2019, 08:15:30 AM
Played on the biggest road in Somerset. We hit 296, me 187*. Bowled them out for 150. Me 2-1-3-1.
Down hill from here

That's amazing mate well done!!!!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JB on May 05, 2019, 08:43:02 AM
Played on the biggest road in Somerset. We hit 296, me 187*. Bowled them out for 150. Me 2-1-3-1.
Down hill from here

Thatís a fantastic days work, I scored 7, all off the edges. First one off the middle was mistimed straight into the hands of mid off!! 😂😂😂😂
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on May 05, 2019, 01:43:00 PM
Got absolutely hammered in the coldest game I've ever played. (There was hail and even a bit of snow when we were fielding!) Opposition scored 320 and when I came in to bat at #5 we needed to score something like 270 runs at 10+ an over and like an idiot I actually tried to go for it and got dismissed for 18 and we were dismissed for around 120.

In hindsight I should probably have treated it like a net session and just batted 20-30 overs but I'm not really wired like that.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: thecord on May 05, 2019, 02:05:15 PM
The other team brought their own umpire today... genuinely gave me a send off after he'd triggered me lbw for one I'd smashed into my pad. Our top scorer also got given out lbw for one that hit him in the hip. What a waste of time!

And this is why I think you should be able to reject an oppo provided umpire in our league.
I did it when I was captain but league rules are different now.

Better luck next week
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on May 05, 2019, 04:31:58 PM
Played a friendly which we won fairly easily we batted first and got 230ish and they batted all 40 overs for 160. Got given out LBW only for their keeper to apologise saying that wasnít out but hey ho I should have hit it. LBW seems to be my most common mode of dismissal so something to work on.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Chalkie on May 05, 2019, 06:50:44 PM
Great game of cricket yesterday against our local rivals who usually beat us. We had them at 89-6 but they recovered to 161 all out - they had dropped a higher order bat down to 8 to strengthen the tail and we didnít take a couple of tough catches.

We started slowly, and after 2 short breaks for rain we were at 135 for 9 after 39.3 overs looking for a reduced target of 147 off 41 overs. Yours truly was number 11 and managed to survive 3 balls from their opening bowler (hitting 2 but no runs). So that left us needing 12 for the win off the last over and only one wicket remaining - not looking good. Fortunately our number 10 is a decent bat.

Ball 1 - lovely cover drive for 4
Ball 2 - bye for 2 quick runs
Ball 3 - a beautiful 6 over mid wicket and massive celebrations

A very satisfying day of cricket, albeit a bit cold again.

So 2 wins from 2 to start the season. Unfortunately not playing again for 4 weeks due to other commitments

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 05, 2019, 06:52:41 PM
Friendly yesterday with a very short boundary one side. We got 376/2 with two retirements from 45 overs. Ickenham got 309/7 from theirs, had a young lad score a very good 116. I had the short boundary on the leg side when I bowled, so took some punishment, 2/62 from 7. Also got a parking ticket outside the ground.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 05, 2019, 08:47:38 PM
Guess parking ticket hurts more,
sometimes there is no way to know if it's free parking or not
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 06, 2019, 06:23:27 PM
Single yellow lines, people parked both sides so I put two wheels on the curb in case emergency vehicles needed access. That's what got me ticketed, our coach on the other side of the road from me also had two wheels up but no ticket!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Wozaboxa on May 06, 2019, 06:47:27 PM
Not played the first two weekends of the season due to being away and the final home game of the football season. Was selected for the Sunday 1st XI in a friendly much to my surprise as I was being asked by the Saturday 3rd captain if I'd play for him. Netted well over the winter and said they'd give me a shot. Much to my surprise/delight they asked me to Bat at 3, we got off to a good start and then lost two wickets, I started like a snail and the guy who came in a 4 just went like a rocket, so I did the dutiful support act, we had a decent 100 run partnership going, he retired on 80 and I ran myself out on 36 2 balls later! Pleased with my that though as it's only my 2nd game in 15 years! on too next week... if I get picked.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LateBloomer on May 06, 2019, 07:28:41 PM
Single yellow lines, people parked both sides so I put two wheels on the curb in case emergency vehicles needed access. That's what got me ticketed, our coach on the other side of the road from me also had two wheels up but no ticket!

Regardless of yellow lines, you can be ticketed on any pavement if you are deemed to be blocking wheelchair, pram or pedestrian access
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LateBloomer on May 06, 2019, 07:36:24 PM
Back down to earth with a bump for us after losing by 5 wickets on Saturday

Unavailability cost us with 5 missing from previous Sat. The team did well to drag the chase out with the opposition eventually getting there in the 49th over, we just didnt have any threat to our bowling to take the wickets.

Personally scored 21 opening before my quad pinged, after trying to carry on for a few overs had to retire hurt. So probably a couple of weeks off
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on May 06, 2019, 08:58:54 PM
And this is why I think you should be able to reject an oppo provided umpire in our league.
I did it when I was captain but league rules are different know.

Better luck next week
We tried rejecting one a couple of seasons ago and our skipper and club secretary got two match bans over it. Bizarre the way the league behaves over it, I'll probably not bother with the return fixture.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: thecord on May 06, 2019, 09:07:52 PM
We tried rejecting one a couple of seasons ago and our skipper and club secretary got two match bans over it. Bizarre the way the league behaves over it, I'll probably not bother with the return fixture.

Oops, good job our oppo didnít complain then when I sent their umpire back off the field!
Iíd have probably just packed it in entirely if the league banned me for that, their priorities are all over the place!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Warneymonster on May 07, 2019, 10:42:23 AM
won our first league game of the season, despite 6 breaks for hailstones! we got 211-7 in our 45, I scraped my way to 24 before the oppo umpire decided to change the LBW rules - probably did me a favour as cricket wasn't the winner for any of my innings.

after a few more rain breaks, their target became 168 from 36. im not sure the league rules for revised targets is right as it hugely benefits the team batting second.

At 120-0 we were in trouble but we managed to restrict them in the end with 11 needed off the last over and won by 5.

would have been very disappointing had we lost, as was a long journey on a freezing cold day and finished in near darkness.

bring on next week
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on May 07, 2019, 03:28:16 PM
We tried rejecting one a couple of seasons ago and our skipper and club secretary got two match bans over it. Bizarre the way the league behaves over it, I'll probably not bother with the return fixture.
In the handbook....Captains cannot object to a clubs nomination, providing he is experienced and has attended a 'fair play' training session, or is ecb qualified
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 07, 2019, 04:39:49 PM
Regardless of yellow lines, you can be ticketed on any pavement if you are deemed to be blocking wheelchair, pram or pedestrian access

Unfortunately I discovered the expensive way! Ah well, onwards and upwards.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dt-second-hand-cricket on May 08, 2019, 06:50:21 AM
got the rough end of non covered pitch on sat (which is mental as the club in question has excellent covers) - struggled to 30 -2 off 14 and then got 217 - we thought that was decent - but as the wicket dried out unfortunately one of their lads played some great shots/smashed it and got 137* and they won easily with 7 overs to spare - we managed to drop him on 0 and then 3 other times  :( :( however still got 7 points (last year the same happened at the same club and we got 0 points - so could be worse!!!!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on May 08, 2019, 07:53:16 AM
got the rough end of non covered pitch on sat (which is mental as the club in question has excellent covers) - struggled to 30 -2 off 14 and then got 217 - we thought that was decent - but as the wicket dried out unfortunately one of their lads played some great shots/smashed it and got 137* and they won easily with 7 overs to spare - we managed to drop him on 0 and then 3 other times  :( :( however still got 7 points (last year the same happened at the same club and we got 0 points - so could be worse!!!!

Stroud ??
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dt-second-hand-cricket on May 08, 2019, 02:43:22 PM
Stroud ??

correct!! :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on May 08, 2019, 03:01:18 PM
correct!! :D

They donít have a groundsman and the players donít go up there during the week. No one to put on or move them off sadly. Like a lot of smaller clubs, there arenít the people willing to drive over, move covers, drive back.. etc

Their covers in particular arenít one man manageable either sadly
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dt-second-hand-cricket on May 08, 2019, 03:55:23 PM
They donít have a groundsman and the players donít go up there during the week. No one to put on or move them off sadly. Like a lot of smaller clubs, there arenít the people willing to drive over, move covers, drive back.. etc

Their covers in particular arenít one man manageable either sadly
yeah these things happen - didn't realise they didn't have a groundsman (as their shed is full of kit our groundsman (as myself as his dogsbody) would give our rights arms to be able to use, it was just a surprise as we were expecting this to not be one of the grounds in div 6 (everyone of our team was looking forward to the game as apperley is always a popular place to play) where it would be turn up when it is wet (esp as it only rained friday night) and it be 'win the toss win the game' - but not holding our catches was by far the main reason we didn't compete better anyway
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Ayrtek Cricket on May 08, 2019, 04:20:27 PM
Interesting start to our league season on Saturday, new player who had joined our club on league debut out first ball of the season run out....next bloke in scores 98 2 weeks ago in a friendly...out first ball....I was in at #6 so went to get my whites on as was in warm up kit still....another cheer and our #3 was also out for a golden duck.

Solid start at 0-3 to kick off the season with 😂

Thankfully we rebuilt and ended up 249 all out and bowled them out for 204.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on May 08, 2019, 05:49:48 PM
yeah these things happen - didn't realise they didn't have a groundsman (as their shed is full of kit our groundsman (as myself as his dogsbody) would give our rights arms to be able to use, it was just a surprise as we were expecting this to not be one of the grounds in div 6 (everyone of our team was looking forward to the game as apperley is always a popular place to play) where it would be turn up when it is wet (esp as it only rained friday night) and it be 'win the toss win the game' - but not holding our catches was by far the main reason we didn't compete better anyway

Yeah itís usually decent but as their players donít live next to the ground putting covers on and off is random.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 11, 2019, 10:49:41 AM
Not playing today due to our pitch being to wet.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on May 11, 2019, 06:15:41 PM
Got put in on our uncovered sticky wicket. We were 8/3 off of 9 but turned it round to 172/9 off of our 40. I played on in the penultimate over for 78.
They went in and were 107/1 off of 22 on a drying wicket. They consequently collapse to 117 all out. Me 4-1-19-1
2 wins on the trot now.
Good game against a friendly bunch, a good tea so a good day overall.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 11, 2019, 08:27:57 PM
Lost our 1st league game of the season today, lost the toss and we batted 1st on a wicket which had been under covers all week, did really well to get the game on and our groundsman did a superb job, outfield was long though as just unable to cut since Tue with all the rain. Anyway we made an ok start and we were 72-0 after 22 but just after drinks I played inside the off spinners arm ball and was bowled for 41. Next over my opening partner went for 42 and we were now 91-2 and limped our way to 136 thankfully a few extras from there young erratic opening bowler in his 2nd spell got us to that.

In reply we got an early wicket but that was it until the 29th over of there innings and at 121-1 we got there other opener then next over the No3 and they got a bit nervous. They finally got over the line in the 42nd over for the loss of 7 wickets. Took a very nice tidy stumping off our leggie.

Was a massive toss to have lost as our innings was littered with short showers than spiced up the pitch and made the already slow outfield even slower and as soon as we took tea the sun came out and the 2nd innings was truly glorious sunshine.
Anyway on to next week although due to family things and a free week on my next playing weekend I now have a month off. 180 runs at 60 isnt a bad start to my season so hopefully a break doesnít effect me to much
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 11, 2019, 08:53:09 PM
Game cancelled by the oppo yesterday. They've always hated playing against us because they're the type of team who disagree with any team playing the game differently to them so not overly surprising they cancelled. However, in doing so they've handed us the advantage as they're going to be challenge us for the league.

We were initially down for 16 games this year, one team dropped out this week, we've played one and one was cancelled. So we're in the second week of May and we only have 12 games left!

Having looked at the league it seems it's going to be a straight shoot out between us and two other teams for the two top spots.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 11, 2019, 09:17:54 PM
We bowled 1st, I started bowling from 2nd over onwards flew 5 overs, tidy stuff, only got 1 wicket, at the end they made 153, which I felt was way under par,
Heavy rain came down when our openers started batting, for 15 minutes, suddenly we were 3 down for 2 runs, and then 5 for 54,recovery was slow but then runs were picked up quickly before those 2 batmen got out playing big shots, when I went to bat at 10 there were still 11 runs needed, played very nicely flick off the spinner for and then later again pulled for for 4, other batter got out, picked another double off the left seem bowler, match was Tied,
Next over 1st ball I got myself run out by backing too far for that single, so this really good match ended in a tie, with 2.5 overs left!



,



Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on May 12, 2019, 12:18:51 AM
Bowled the oppo for 94 on the stickiest wicket and then got bowled out for 34 with a 3 ball duck for yours truly.

So that was nice.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 12, 2019, 07:32:57 AM
Funny game yesterday
I turned up at the oppos ground, and a bloke parked next to me, oright mate, yeah Iím oreet, how are you?
Ahh is that a Yorkshire accent he asks,,,,grrrr, no it fac%in isnít,,,oh ok, where you from? Iím from Burnley,,,,oh are you, Iím from Blackburn he says,,,,,,oh dear,,,you a Burnley fan he asks me? Hmmm yes
Ohh, Iím todayís umpire he says,,,,well that was that then

Absolutely garbage council prepared wicket, which is a disgrace, as itís a stunning set up, just on the outskirts of Oxford, which the team has to pay a fortune to play on,,,,,cut, marked etc the night before a game?
So it had been rained on all week.

Luckily we won the toss and stuck em in,(we only had ten men) and bowled em out easily for 74,,, I got a few, cant remember my figures,(Iím being modest😉),
Came out to bat, and got fired lbw after edging the ball onto my pads! My not so friendly umpire hmm
The same umpire then basically got worse, wouldnít give huge wides, gave our skipper out stumped when the oppos had mistakenly appealed for a caught behind etc etc.

Anyway, karma prevails,,,we won easily, with a father son combo batting us to victory
The oppos skipper apologised to me afterwards for appealing, which only made it worse, but hey ho

Funny old game
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on May 12, 2019, 09:37:55 AM
Lost by one wicket defending 96 on a trash damp wicket. Absolute village batting from one of our openers who scored 30 in 35 overs then complained about being injured but didn't take himself off. Absolutely garbage selfish attitude.

Taking a few weeks off Saturday cricket, hate it
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on May 12, 2019, 11:37:01 AM
Lost a close game yesterday. Our enemy is our own no.3 well that's my and few team mates opinion but no3 doesn't agree with that. We been losing our opening pair with first 5 overs with score under 10 on average.
So no 3 goes and build up his inning consuming so many balls that becomes issue for team later on. He doesn't pick up after he settles down so on other end batsman has to go hard to score and gets out. Then he gets out and new batsmen is under pressure to score 6 per over which isn't easy playing on sticky wickets.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 12, 2019, 12:51:25 PM
That happens week in week out, to many many deliveries wasted, for different reasons, think that would mostly if chasing low score around 150-160 in 40 overs, any score above 190 will be a struggle, imo batters should be more positive and try to put off the bowlers from the start, even in more couscous way
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Alvaro on May 12, 2019, 01:31:59 PM
That happens week... imo batters should be more positive and try to put off the bowlers from the start, even in more couscous way

In a number of ways that goes against the grain...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on May 12, 2019, 04:15:54 PM
First time picking up a bat or ball since last September for me. Always lovely to go into the new season with precisely 0 practice at all.

We lost chasing 120 on a pitch that was doing all sorts.

Personally a decent-ish day for me. Bowled 5-2-3-2 and 17 with the bat.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: spoonbed on May 12, 2019, 06:56:12 PM
Bittersweet day yesterday. Top scored with 88 before chopping on. Ended up losing by 18 runs. Was my highest score, and just happy that I'm still playing at 46yo ( didn't think i was able to, but a cortisone injection in my back has eased the pain- for now!)
But sadly this happened :(
[(https://i.postimg.cc/k4rC8fmv/Bat.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)][/img]

Obviously beyond repair, but before I chuck it, does anybody want it to cut down etc?( its an/was an absolute gun Uzi Pro)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on May 12, 2019, 07:06:04 PM
Just looking at the scorecard for our game above. Who gets 30 off 92 balls? Argggggggggggh
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 12, 2019, 07:12:41 PM
Just looking at the scorecard for our game above. Who gets 30 off 92 balls? Argggggggggggh

Me  making batting easier for  our 3 4 and 5 batters
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on May 12, 2019, 07:21:04 PM
Just looking at the scorecard for our game above. Who gets 30 off 92 balls? Argggggggggggh
Our no 3. Chasing 109 he scored 31 off 124. If it wasn't other guys quick runs we would have lost.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 12, 2019, 07:27:26 PM
Bittersweet day yesterday. Top scored with 88 before chopping on. Ended up losing by 18 runs. Was my highest score, and just happy that I'm still playing at 46yo ( didn't think i was able to, but a cortisone injection in my back has eased the pain- for now!)
But sadly this happened :(
[(https://i.postimg.cc/k4rC8fmv/Bat.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)][/img]

Obviously beyond repair, but before I chuck it, does anybody want it to cut down etc?( its an/was an absolute gun Uzi Pro)

Sorry to hear about your bat mate, always a gutting feeling!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: InternalTraining on May 12, 2019, 07:35:21 PM
WhatsApp groups will be the end of civilization.

A day before the game, my team mates start discussing the team members' weaknesses and who should do what. This discussion did not have a pleasant ending.

Because of my extra-curricular activities (:D), night before the game, I got only 3.5 hours of sleep and I was a total zombie in the morning. Considering previous day's chat brawl, I thought, chances of survival on the pitch are bleak. In desperation, I googled "athletic performance on little sleep". :D :D :D I saw a list of bull (No Swearing Please) articles but nothing that could cure my situation - sleep deprivation has a similar effect as hangover. My reflexes slow down without sleep. But this article had something that caught my eye: https://www.classycareergirl.com/2018/02/sleep-less-feel-fresh-combat-deprivation/ (https://www.classycareergirl.com/2018/02/sleep-less-feel-fresh-combat-deprivation/) . Bingo! I had never tried hot-cold-hot shower. Guess what, it worked! I wasn't 100% sharp but sharp enough. I did a brief net session and I was shaky. Phuck! I found a buddy to throw me some slip catches which help wake up reflexes. Boom! That worked! It's a fast drill of under arm catches from 8-10 yards.

We batted first, I opened and surprisingly, found my footing. I didn't convert my good start into a 50 because of a "very unlucky" runout but did alright for the team.

So, if you had a crappy night before the game day and wanted to rev up your reflexes, try this:

- https://www.classycareergirl.com/2018/02/sleep-less-feel-fresh-combat-deprivation/ (https://www.classycareergirl.com/2018/02/sleep-less-feel-fresh-combat-deprivation/)
- Hot-cold-hot shower
- Fast, slip catching drills from a short distance.

I thought I could never survive that (No Swearing Please) day but I did alright.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: DorsetDan on May 12, 2019, 07:36:21 PM
That sucks @spoonbed , but great to hear you have been able to get back playing and even more impressive to be in the early season runs! 👍
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dt-second-hand-cricket on May 12, 2019, 08:15:05 PM
@spoonbed i take it if no one else has offered to, let me know how much you want for postage
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 12, 2019, 08:29:14 PM
@spoonbed i take it if no one else has offered to, let me know how much you want for postage

already got there im afraid haha and im doubtful im even the first. haha
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 12, 2019, 09:51:07 PM
Got a last minute game for an old sunday team today.

Batted 3, got a duck. LBW to one that pitched a foot outside leg, a right stitch up by my team mate!
We were all out for 100. Got 3 overs in at the end and picked up 1-10 as they chased it down easily.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: The Lawyer on May 14, 2019, 08:07:26 AM
Second game after a 1.5 year layoff. Bowled oppo out for 90. Shelled one, held onto one. Didn't get a hit as openers knocked it off without losing a wicket. Itching for a bat!

Edit: Shouldn't this thread be moved to the 'Your Cricket' thread?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on May 14, 2019, 05:03:00 PM

- https://www.classycareergirl.com/2018/02/sleep-less-feel-fresh-combat-deprivation/ (https://www.classycareergirl.com/2018/02/sleep-less-feel-fresh-combat-deprivation/)


That website was not what I expected at all.........

We had a shortage of players this week so ended up in the 2ís. We batted first and got to 148 all out. Scraped a sketchy 4 before getting out LBW trying to sweep the ball. In fairness I should probably have been out the ball before but the umpire didnít give it. They knocked it off 5 down which was a decent result considering our team was most of our third team.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 14, 2019, 08:33:45 PM
Good win Saturday on DL. Bowled oppo out for 180 in the 49th, all ten falling to spin (we had 4 spinners and only one seamer). Bowled ten through, 1/32 from them with 3 maidens. Wicket was a long hop given lbw. Dropped a tough caught and bowled that came lower than I expected, and also an absolute dolly off our coach that I'm still not sure how it went down. Rain caused an hour delay when we were 70/2 in the 18th, ended needing 130 from 32 which we did with abou five overs spare.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 18, 2019, 07:27:22 PM
Wasnít due to play this weekend but with us really struggling availability wise my wife gave me the nod to play on my family weekend. Only downside is we were away to the side with the only council pitch in our league and it didnít disappoint. Green, soft and very long outfield. Some up some down and some underground.
Our skip lost the toss (5 in a row) and we batted 1st. Managed to have another 100 opening partnership more through luck than anything else today with ball seeming all over the place and indifferent bounce. After doing all the hard work with there openers bowling 15off the cuff each I walked past the 4th delivery from a loopy leggie and was stumped for 53. New batsmen found it hard to get used to the pitch and a few soft dismals later we ended our innings 189/5

In reply the added pace of our opening bowlers took the game away from them within the 1st 12 overs with them 40odd for 6. We then bowled the lads from our Sunday 2nd team that helped us out today and we bowled them out for 109 in the 34th over. 1 catch and a stumping behind the stumps and 20pts. Also game played in a great spirit with a nice beer with Oppo afterwards.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on May 18, 2019, 07:32:11 PM
Put into bat on a surprisingly soft and grassy wicket with big outfield. We hit 144 after being 53/3 after 25. I snicker off for a duck.
We bowled them out for 117. I redeemed myself slightly with 8-2-16-2
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Bwcc on May 18, 2019, 08:01:08 PM
My love for the game is at least temporarily back
We are 3 from 3 in the league and Iíve had the best start to a season personally since I started playing
180 runs from 3 games top score of 80 including getting to 50 off 16 balls
I also seem to be second change bowler this year and am top of the wickets with 5 which Iím happy with seeing as I got 5 in the whole of last season
Title: Your 2019 season
Post by: meats on May 18, 2019, 08:37:37 PM
Purely because there doesn't appear to be one and also because I'm having cricket withdrawal symptoms at not playing much at all (the joy of fatherhood....) I thought I'd start a thread. My eyes have also been scarred at having to see Iceland's Eurovision entry so I need something to erase that from my memory!

If someone could kindly tell me how to turn off notifications for new posts then I will happily buy you a beer whenever our paths happen to cross!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 18, 2019, 08:38:55 PM
Won today with 9 players scored 171 batting first bowled oppo out for 159 with one over left.
One pleasing moment after the oppo wicketkeeper spent 20 overs telling his teammates and me I couldn't play the on drive he gets bowled first ball playing the on drive.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on May 18, 2019, 09:00:18 PM
Just sometimes the wonderful uncertainty of cricket raises its head and gives a well deserved kick.

I'm so short of players I have 4 17 year olds in my top 6. I don't have a keeper, don't have 2 opening batsman and last night recruited a 17 year old called "Fred" to play who was described to me by his mate as a "super utility player" - he likes fielding. I had the best 3rd team bowler refuse to play for me (I'm 2s captain) and had to play with 2 seamers and 4 spinners on a greentop.

The oppo have loads of new players at their club, all matching kit and doing all the drills. Plus plenty of chirp to match. We had enough problems turning up on time and finding the match balls.

Game reduced to 35 overs a side, they were chomping at the bit to play sensing our rag tag bunch were easy prey. They batted first and raced off to 44-0 off 8, and then it all went tits up. Me and our leggie took 5-31 off 16 overs and demolished the top order, who didn't help themselves by not playing themselves in and having a proper look in the conditions . They limped to 125-9 off 35.

Not too upset they chirped our colts and reduced us to 4-17 off 10 thanks to a pretty sharp University Bowler. Not sure if it was arrogance but they probably made a mistake in bowling out both opening bowlers. Two of my 17 year olds rebuilt and started to get stuck into the change bowlers. It all went very quiet and our 7/8/9 chipped in with 20 odds to see us home by 3 wickets.

They'll wonder how on earth they got turned over by a bunch of kids and old guys. It's not what you look like it's what you can do that matters.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: thegowerwaft on May 18, 2019, 09:08:10 PM
Just sometimes the wonderful uncertainty of cricket raises its head and gives a well deserved kick.

I'm so short of players I have 4 17 year olds in my top 6. I don't have a keeper, don't have 2 opening batsman and last night recruited a 17 year old called "Fred" to play who was described to me by his mate as a "super utility player" - he likes fielding. I had the best 3rd team bowler refuse to play for me and had to play with 2 seamers and 4 spinners on a greentop.

The oppo have loads of new players at their club, all matching kit and doing all the drills. Plus plenty of chirp to match. We had enough problems turning up on time and finding the match balls.

Game reduced to 35 overs a side, they were chomping at the bit to play sensing our rag tag bunch were easy prey. They batted first and raced off to 44-0 off 8, and then it all went tits up. Me and our leggie took 5-31 off 16 overs and demolished the top order, who didn't help themselves by not playing themselves in and having a proper look in the conditions . They limped to 125-9 off 35.

Not too upset they chirped our colts and reduced us to 4-17 off 10 thanks to a pretty sharp University Bowler. Not sure if it was arrogance but they probably made a mistake in bowling out both opening bowlers. Two of my 17 year olds rebuilt and started to get stuck into the change bowlers. It all went very quiet and our 7/8/9 chipped in with 20 odds to see us home by 3 wickets.

They'll wonder how on earth they got turned over by a bunch of kids and old guys. It's not what you look like it's what you can do that matters.

Love this post. That is the stuff that made me put bat and ball away for a number of seasons.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on May 18, 2019, 09:35:23 PM
We lost the toss and was asked to bowl on a green wicket. They raced to 36 off 6. We then bowled well and had them 69 all out. We knocked them off 4 down they gave us 23 extras and I top scored with 16no all in all a decent day
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on May 18, 2019, 10:18:12 PM
Good win for team,golden duck for me. It was best match though I played so far. Opposition was very friendly, not a single harsh word was passed from both. Oppo thanked us and said looking forward to host us next.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on May 18, 2019, 11:18:22 PM
Didn't play today but we got tonked all out for 70 odd.

This is going to be an awful summer
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on May 19, 2019, 07:56:21 AM
Played my first game today!
We batted first and got to 158 off our 45 overs, helped by me top scoring with 34* at the end from number 9, 5 sixes and 4 singles!
They then chased it down in 20 overs, I took 1-30 off 7 overs so wasnít to bad in grand scheme of things but was a tough day at office
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 19, 2019, 05:42:58 PM
Played my first game today!
We batted first and got to 158 off our 45 overs, helped by me top scoring with 34* at the end from number 9, 5 sixes and 4 singles!
They then chased it down in 20 overs, I took 1-30 off 7 overs so wasnít to bad in grand scheme of things but was a tough day at office

Batted @tommo256 good to see you till prefer dealing in boundaries even after your new fitness regime lol
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on May 19, 2019, 06:24:16 PM
Batted @tommo256 good to see you till prefer dealing in boundaries even after your new fitness regime lol

You know me mate, wonít run unless I have to! And I hit the ball harder and further now! Donít want any of that muscle fatigue youíve been saying mate 😉
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 19, 2019, 07:22:41 PM
You know me mate, wonít run unless I have to! And I hit the ball harder and further now! Donít want any of that muscle fatigue youíve been saying mate 😉

@tommo256 wish I could clear the rope mate would get my runs in half the time lol. PM me your mobile mate have to catch up lost it when I changed phones
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on May 19, 2019, 08:00:58 PM
Trash loss again. Argh.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: golders on May 19, 2019, 08:30:15 PM
Lost to Eversley 1ís in Thames Valley division 2a.
Scored a painstaking 56 off 100 balls. Mainly through third man and square leg!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: dt-second-hand-cricket on May 19, 2019, 08:55:52 PM
got our first win sat after 2 poor losses, bowled out opposition for 153, chased them in 23 - 2 down - which was good and a few people who had failed/struggled in the first two games bowled, batted and fielded well - so a happy saturday - sunday = i injured my arm batting - either bicep pull or tendon damage playing in a rubbish nomadic friendly - even had to go back in and bat one handed as we limped to a low total - so unhappy sunday!!!!
going to the docs tomorrow hopefully to be told it is a slight strain and only miss 1 league game
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 19, 2019, 09:28:57 PM
Won again Saturday. Got 306/8 off our 50, contributed a run a ball 1 not out, before 10/0/54/1. Missed a caught and bowled low to my right, had a bat dropped by the keeper and a couple of edges that would have gone straight to slip. Their skipper played the best knock I've seen for a long time and got 160 of their 275/9. Got a t20 Tuesday where I'm likely playing as a batsman, but also planning on seeing a doctor about my back as I'm taking unhealthy amounts of painkillers to bowl.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on May 19, 2019, 09:39:42 PM
Great start to Sunday friendly cricket today.

Filled in for @Number 11 and what a good day it was. We unfortunately lost, but was very fun.

They batted first and their 2 openers applied themselves well, scored maybe 160 odd between them with one guy getting a ton and the other just falling short.

Fielding wise I affected a run out and took a good catch on the fence.

Our turn to bat and I felt very good. Have been feeling really good for a while but the results haven't followed. Anyway, batted for 32 overs for 112 including 6 6s and 8 4s on a track that actually wasn't easy at all. I unfortunately couldn't see us over the line but was nice to spend some time in the middle.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Number 11 on May 19, 2019, 11:34:55 PM
@LEACHY48 That was an outstanding catch mate.
The power and timing of your batting was a joy to watch and it was great batting with you.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on May 20, 2019, 05:13:26 PM
We had more players available than normal on Saturday so we ended up with a couple of  players who usually play for the team above dropping down to get a game, we won but it felt a bit hollow when one person bashes 150 and retires out in a league game.

They were a good bunch of lads and the game was played in a nice spirit which is the main thing when you're at this level to be honest.

Personally I came in with a couple of overs to go, had a little cameo of 14* and got a bit of confidence back after sulking about my duck the week before. Then I kept wicket for about 30-odd before a legside take smashed into the tip of my finger and now its all purple and swollen, hopefully I'll be able to hold a bat again by the weekend.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 20, 2019, 06:28:09 PM
Two very good wins from a team perspective this weekend, frustrating dismissals from me yet again.

Saturday we bowled the oppo out for 120. Personally came on for my first bowl in ages first change and went 0-6 off 6 overs. Took a one-handed diving catch at short leg and also held a skyer in the deep. Our top order collapsed like last season and we were soon 60-5. I personally made my way to 5 before their youngster gave me a borderline waste-high full toss and i pulled it straight to mid on. Pulled out of the shot half-way through because in my head i went "That's a no ball". Still not sure why i stopped my shot. Thankfully our skipper produced a captain's knock and we chased it 8 down.

Sunday we bowled the oppo for 130, didn't bowl or make any real contribution in the field. Batted 3 and once again made 5 before i got done by one that nipped back and i tentatively prodded at it. We got it 9 down with a youngster in his first ever adult game blocking out for 7 balls to help us to victory.

I think i need to just go back to what helped me last season, and that was trying to hit the ball hard rather than prod at it!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 23, 2019, 01:28:57 PM
Had a t20 Tuesday night against a weaker side. We lent them our overseas and another lad as they were short. We got 183, I got 7 off 4, hitting a full toss from a left arm grenadier out the ground before our Aussie bowled me last ball of the innings. They got about 115 off their 20, I got 1/5 from two deliberately bowling well below match pace and giving it loads of air.

The left armer I hit for six was apparently 76, hence why he was pretty slow, and is aiming for his 4000th career wicket in the next couple of weeks! A remarkable effort in my opinion.

Unfortunately my back had flared up so I've dropped to the 2s as a batsman for Saturday, seeing my doctor on Wednesday but suspicion is my season my be over with a stress fracture. Hopefully get scans soon, if it is bad news then a charity game next Sunday will be my last game of the season and I'll probably become 2s scorer for the season to stay involved with the club.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: six and out on May 25, 2019, 02:20:22 PM
Having a great start to the weekend not!!

All set to play my 2nd game of the season (out of the 9 I can play this year) and out of nowhere I have a seizure! Ambulance called and I am in A&E with all sorts of stuff in me as they try and work out what it was (as they don't think it was my epilepsy).
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 25, 2019, 03:34:20 PM
Praying for your best health and enjoying your cricket
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 25, 2019, 05:50:21 PM
Won today playing 2s. Played as a batsman, agreed to bowl if we were desperate. We got 211 all out in the last over, personally got 6 in singles before being bowled going big at the death. We then bowled them out for 22, young lad getting a five for and the other opener 4. They lost a guy to a dislocated shoulder halfway through our innings so only nine wickets to take. Took two catches, one sitter at mid on to win the game, and a screamer shortly before running round the boundary off a guy who scored almost all of their 22. My foot hurts more than my back because I drop kicked the ball after my first catch!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: thegowerwaft on May 25, 2019, 08:04:59 PM
Having a great start to the weekend not!!

All set to play my 2nd game of the season (out of the 9 I can play this year) and out of nowhere I have a seizure! Ambulance called and I am in A&E with all sorts of stuff in me as they try and work out what it was (as they don't think it was my epilepsy).

Sending thoughts for a rapid and full recovery!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on May 25, 2019, 08:13:20 PM
Another miserable day. Just blokes at the top who can't chase anything for toffee and just do nothing.

Done with Saturday cricket for awhile anyway with the World Cup, thank God
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on May 25, 2019, 08:29:31 PM
Free weekend this weekend, family day and BBQ with a spot of decorating for me
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on May 25, 2019, 08:32:12 PM
Got put in and hit 160/6. I was bowled by a good delivery for a messed LG 1.
They hit it off in the 36th over 3 down. Got 4-1-17-0.
First loss of the season against a decent side but we batted way too slowly and didnít take the half volleys on offer and refused many singles.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: richthekeeper on May 25, 2019, 10:06:40 PM
Got put in, top scored with 44 in our 144/10.

Bowled them out for 106.

Lively track  :D I feel like my 44 was worth a lot more on a good deck!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on May 26, 2019, 06:13:39 AM
@six and out hopefully itís nothing too sinister and youíre back out in the middle before too long

Won the toss and batted on a warm day on a track which looked like one of the better ones we will play on. Things were going well as we were 80-1 at drinks. We got to 92-1 but that quickly became 110-6. I was stood at the other end watching the wickets tumble. We managed to get to 138-8 off our 40. Things didnít start well in the field with some of our fielders not paying attention and not going for an easy catch off one of their openers. The lad got 53 but was also dropped again in his 30ís. Our fine leg threw the ball in only for it to hit the keepers helmet. That kind of set the tone as they knocked it off fairly easily in the 26th over with only one wicket down
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 26, 2019, 08:15:43 AM
Skipper lost the toss yesterday and the oppo decided to bat first today. 

On a good deck and a lightning outfield they got off to a flyer, bringing up their 50 in the 5th over. We pegged them back a bit, but the halfway stage they were going at 6 runs an over and had only lost one wicket. 

In the middle overs we bored them by cutting off the boundary, and they tried to accelerate towards the end, losing regular wickets. They ended up 254 all out with 3 and a bit overs unused. Both their openers made 50s but nobody else really cracked on during their innings.

In reply we got off to a reasonable start, but once we lost the first wicket things went a bit wrong. 1 down soon became 4 as we had a mini collapse. Our skipper made a good 50 but with the rate up at 9s his dismissal was the beginning of the end. We ended 180 something all out, 60 something short. 

On a personal note I bowled what I felt was my best spell of the season, restricting their batsmen first in the middle over and when I came on for a 2nd spell at the death. I ended with 2-35 off 9

On to the village knockout today, hopefully we get back to winning ways!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: six and out on May 26, 2019, 10:57:06 AM
Having a great start to the weekend not!!

All set to play my 2nd game of the season (out of the 9 I can play this year) and out of nowhere I have a seizure! Ambulance called and I am in A&E with all sorts of stuff in me as they try and work out what it was (as they don't think it was my epilepsy).

Thanks for all the messages everyone. Got out of hospital last night with an official diagnosis of an infection after my 40 plus degrees plus temperature causing the seizure,  personally I am still not sure as the docs can't say what/where the infection is from etc... anyway I slept for 16 hours! Have a course of antibiotics to take and will hopefully be right to play in a couple of weeks.

My team had a great win by 43 runs without me!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 26, 2019, 12:09:35 PM
 dispite dropping 5 catches bowled opposition out for 87 knocked them off in 16 overs for the loss of one wicket mine also  got hit  went for the hook shot didn't get inside the ball and bottom edge it onto the helmet confidence went didn't want another painful smashed nose on reflection  rather than carry on  batting should have retired  hurt.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on May 26, 2019, 12:58:02 PM
Thanks for all the messages everyone. Got out of hospital last night with an official diagnosis of an infection after my 40 plus degrees plus temperature causing the seizure,  personally I am still not sure as the docs can't say what/where the infection is from etc... anyway I slept for 16 hours! Have a course of antibiotics to take and will hopefully be right to play in a couple of weeks.

My team had a great win by 43 runs without me!

Glad you're ok mate.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on May 26, 2019, 01:57:36 PM
Get well soon @six and out

We won our sixth straight game after promotion last season. My batting is struggling at the minute but iím keeping well.

Played away at the well known Bourneville ground. We hit a poor 191 but we bowled them out for 140 and were only in danger of losing for about 5 overs. That takes us 9 points clear, hope we can keep it going
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on May 26, 2019, 06:20:12 PM
Get well soon @six and out

We won our sixth straight game after promotion last season. My batting is struggling at the minute but iím keeping well.

Played away at the well known Bourneville ground. We hit a poor 191 but we bowled them out for 140 and were only i. Danger of losing for about 5 overs. That takes us 9 points clear, hope we can keep it going

Will done Dave, a great start :)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 26, 2019, 08:21:57 PM
Thanks for all the messages everyone. Got out of hospital last night with an official diagnosis of an infection after my 40 plus degrees plus temperature causing the seizure,  personally I am still not sure as the docs can't say what/where the infection is from etc... anyway I slept for 16 hours! Have a course of antibiotics to take and will hopefully be right to play in a couple of weeks.

My team had a great win by 43 runs without me!
what happened sounds quite scary glad your okay  and out of hospital hope you will soon be  well enough and fit to play
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on May 27, 2019, 07:37:52 AM
A dilemma this weekend. In our league any extra players at a club can sign up to play for another team that might not be able to play otherwise. This seems like a great idea as there 's nothing worse than a team pulling out at the last minute.

This weekend one of our bowlers from the team above ended up as an extra player for our opposition. He did well and took the wickets of two of our good batsmen very cheaply. When they were chasing our total he came in at no. 11 with 9 needed of 2 overs. What should he do? Should he try and beat his own team? Or block every ball? In the end he scored a boundary and then got run out with 4 needed. But I don't think he would have been popular if they had won. I watched just the last few overs as I had been away at a football tournament with my son. I was feeding the ball by ball commentary commentary back to a very tense club house by Whatsapp

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on May 27, 2019, 08:03:58 AM
A dilemma this weekend. In our league any extra players at a club can sign up to play for another team that might not be able to play otherwise. This seems like a great idea as there 's nothing worse than a team pulling out at the last minute.

This weekend one of our bowlers from the team above ended up as an extra player for our opposition. He did well and took the wickets of two of our good batsmen very cheaply. When they were chasing our total he came in at no. 11 with 9 needed of 2 overs. What should he do? Should he try and beat his own team? Or block every ball? In the end he scored a boundary and then got run out with 4 needed. But I don't think he would have been popular if they had won. I watched just the last few overs as I had been away at a football tournament with my son. I was feeding the ball by ball commentary commentary back to a very tense club house by Whatsapp

He should go for the win. Your side didnít want him, heís there playing for another team. Realistically the rest in amateur cricket doesnít matter.

Still, at least he was able to get s game which is the main thing
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on May 27, 2019, 08:30:32 AM
He should go for the win. Your side didnít want him, heís there playing for another team. Realistically the rest in amateur cricket doesnít matter.

Still, at least he was able to get s game which is the main thing

Agreed.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 27, 2019, 09:09:28 AM
He may not be popular with his own club  but He needs to  try and win the match for the team he is playing for
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on May 27, 2019, 09:25:07 AM
Yes I do agree. He wasn't picked for us because the seconds didn't have a match and lots of the thirds wouldn't have got a game if all the seconds had moved down.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on May 27, 2019, 09:54:37 AM
Played in a friendly Saturday. Less said the better as we were rolled for 113 and they knocked it off in about 20. I was once again caught in the ring as i pulled out of a shot half-way through for 5.

Sunday i played from my team in the national village cup. We got a coach all the way out to the Norfolk coast as it was the furthest possible trip in the regional rounds! We bowled first on the smallest ground i've ever seen and restricted them to 190 off their 40 overs. Bowled 6 overs, 1-32.

We then chased it in just 19 overs as one of our lads hit a 50 ball ton.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on May 27, 2019, 10:48:40 AM
This week I did at least have a stopper/keeper and roped in our 60+ year old chairman to open the batting - so I had at least 1 recognised opener. Lost my top run scorer from last week, a  17 year old, and replaced him with a 15 year old!

Took the kiddies to Horspath this week to beat another team twice their age. Normal routine, stick the oppo in, hope we can restrict them and knock it off. Our leggy and me took 3 each and restricted the oppo to 150 on what is typically a 230-250 wicket. We ground out 60 for the first wicket in 25 overs. Oppo thought they were through us with 3 quick wickets and then 2 of our 17 year olds at No - 3 & 5 knocked off most of the runs with 5 overs to spare. Quite nice each week to seem the look of horror on the oppo when they've been turned over by mainly a colts team. Not sure how long it will last though!

More of the same Sunday, 7 colts between 13-17 years of age this time and we posted 157-8, oppo bowled out for 123. Ground out 20 with the bat and 2-6 with the ball.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on May 27, 2019, 11:45:34 AM
A dilemma this weekend. In our league any extra players at a club can sign up to play for another team that might not be able to play otherwise. This seems like a great idea as there 's nothing worse than a team pulling out at the last minute.

This weekend one of our bowlers from the team above ended up as an extra player for our opposition. He did well and took the wickets of two of our good batsmen very cheaply. When they were chasing our total he came in at no. 11 with 9 needed of 2 overs. What should he do? Should he try and beat his own team? Or block every ball? In the end he scored a boundary and then got run out with 4 needed. But I don't think he would have been popular if they had won. I watched just the last few overs as I had been away at a football tournament with my son. I was feeding the ball by ball commentary commentary back to a very tense club house by Whatsapp
Don't think it's fair on that player, there should be freedom for a player lent to other team to perform at their best,
It is something like cheating on a a team you one plays for! otherwise what's point of that player playing a match?
What would you've done in his position? 🙂
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on May 27, 2019, 12:07:11 PM
I would have definitely played my best. But... There are lots of choices you could make when batting 11 to win the match. You could take careful singles. You could try and hit a big boundary and maybe win but risk getting out, etc. And these decisions will be unconsciously affected by the fact that you are playing against your own side.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: blindowl on May 27, 2019, 02:02:48 PM
A dilemma this weekend. In our league any extra players at a club can sign up to play for another team that might not be able to play otherwise. This seems like a great idea as there 's nothing worse than a team pulling out at the last minute.

This weekend one of our bowlers from the team above ended up as an extra player for our opposition. He did well and took the wickets of two of our good batsmen very cheaply. When they were chasing our total he came in at no. 11 with 9 needed of 2 overs. What should he do? Should he try and beat his own team? Or block every ball? In the end he scored a boundary and then got run out with 4 needed. But I don't think he would have been popular if they had won. I watched just the last few overs as I had been away at a football tournament with my son. I was feeding the ball by ball commentary commentary back to a very tense club house by Whatsapp

I can tell you that the updates being sent through were 10x more exciting than the game the 1sts had (which itself was was a good game).  When we heard that the 3rds had got the win the cheer was enormous.  Matty did get some serious stick but he knows its all tongue in cheek and no bad feeling remains. I think him dropping two catches for the opposition helped a bit too!!  :)    We did giggle too when we heard you were getting the opposition to type the updates into your phone because you had forgotten your glasses!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on May 27, 2019, 02:38:45 PM
Yes no glasses was why I accidentally typed in ':' for dot balls... This caused even more excitement at the club house.

Just to clarify, it was all played in very 'good spirit' and made for a really exciting match, which wouldn't have happened if the other team had canceled or played only 10.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on May 27, 2019, 08:25:20 PM
Had a good win in the village knockout yesterday.
Batting first we made 235-6 off 40. Our skipper scored a ton (using a @Northern monkey Oxfordshire bat) and our no 5 hit 90* using a @Neon Cricket blue.

In reply it was a close chase, they needed 7 off the last ball (6 to tie) and we held on for a 4 run victory.

Today was a touring game, we posted 345-6 off our 40 overs. The oppo were a decent bunch and seemed to enjoy our bar. They didn't try to chase the total, closing on 184-8, but the main thing was people seemed to enjoy the day.

On a personal note I've spent 123 overs fielding over the last 3 days and feel broken. I've got another game Wednesday, so if anyone knows a miracle cure for a tender Achilles please let me know!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on May 27, 2019, 10:45:26 PM
Got quite brassed off over this Bank Holiday weekend as on Saturday, 2 of the best cakes I have ever tasted had disappeared when I went back for second helpings. I have a feeling the pair were consumed by number of spectators who I noticed sitting in the club house with suspiciously empty plates in front of them. Moving on to today, I went out on loan, batted at 10 (got 1no), bowled a solitary over at the end and the cakes were rubbish.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on May 28, 2019, 07:38:40 AM
the less said about sunday the better but ill get to that!

after missing my Saturday sides first game which we lost, i have won 3 on the bounce on Saturdays, including bowling a side otu for 54 and racking up 280 odd this Saturday.

Sundays have been awful from a team point of view, with two heavy losses chasing both over 100 runs and a 9 wicket loss on Sunday, we just cant seem to take wickets at the start of our bowling innings! however it was the batting that let us down this weekend collapsing from 5-0 to 114 all out! myself batting at 4 with (hopefully) the worst shot ill play all year! slow straight rubbish big straight drive missed it! awful!!!!

anyway I'm leading wicket taker on a Sunday with 4 (from 3 games) 3 with off spin but I've returned to bowling seam which is swinging away nicely, got one to swing a touch and come back off the seam to take off stump Sunday!! so as captain is very mixed, disappointed with the results but everyone is enjoying themselves still and getting a go which is what matters! and personally I'm playing OK, really feel like a score is round the corner with the bat and hopefully i can keep chipping in with wickets!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Warneymonster on May 28, 2019, 08:10:22 AM
great game for me on Saturday, been in absolute agony with my back since though :(

dropped from the 1's due to lack of form and overcrowding in middle order batsmen, didn't mind as was away in the 2's at my former club so a bit of extra motivation to score some runs.

An uneventful session, and a collapse from 200-5 in the field meant we were chasing a below par 222. we only dropped the 3 catches (long way down from last years average of at least 5 per game) but they were absolute dolly drops and cost us at least 80 runs.
When it came to batting we were always in control. our openers got us off to a rapid start, taking us to 23 in the 4th over before the first wicket fell. have to admit I didn't see it as I was chatting but was my turn to bat anyway. the deck way a joy to bat on and the ball wasn't doing much in the air so we were able to maintain the rate comfortably and pick off the bad ball. the other opener eventually made a mistake and was caught behind/stumped for a good 42.
Number 4 and I steadied for a few overs then upped the pace as the opposition started to wilt, with 10 runs needed to win I finally got to 100 pulling a short one over midwicket and an over later we finished the job with 8 overs to spare. we put on 119 for the 3rd wicket of which he scored 38 and myself 65.

It was a good game played in the right spirit by both teams, in honesty I expected some chirp from Kempton but it was more jovial and friendly banter.

http://ripley.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753368 (http://ripley.play-cricket.com/website/results/3753368)

physio is booked for today as I cant move anymore and would quite like to play this weekend!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Buzz on May 28, 2019, 10:04:35 AM
Well batted.
I need a trip to the physio for similar reasons after Sunday
Old school village game against our nearest neighbours. We got 247 -4, our openers put on 44 in the first 10, then ome was out and I and the other opener put on 151 for the second wicket. He was out for 70 odd, but I managed to farm enough of the strike to keep hitting. (I was stuck at the wrong end on 87 for 5 overs while the new batsmen couldn't hit the ball off the square. I finished on 117no after our allotted 35 overs, with a sore back.
Fortunately my son was able to field for me !!
We got them 9 down in reply, but as it was an overs game we claimed the win!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jjelricksmith on May 28, 2019, 12:53:39 PM
First ever league ton on Saturday, just as well our top order got runs as we put out the weakest side we have ever put out. Our number 5/6/7 are usually our 9/10/11. http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7373 (http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7373)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: DorsetDan on May 28, 2019, 01:14:13 PM
Well done to everyone getting runs 👍

Runs still remain a fictional thing for me but I have learned one thing... not to bowl out the opposition keeper when batting second. I don't enjoy bowling but I've bowled out the oppo keeper most games so far this season (taking no other wickets strangely) and each one has been full of utterly tedious chirp that no-one else seemed to get the joy of listening to. I almost don't mind if someone is properly nasty or actually has some good one liners but droning on like a 5 year old in the playground with the same thing after every ball is just boring a F$%&
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on May 28, 2019, 02:02:49 PM
The team we played Saturday were pathetic with the chirp,,, canít set a field to that, was the keepers favourite,, every single ball, even when we only needed 5 to win, without losing a wicket, and with 25 overs left
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Buzz on May 28, 2019, 02:27:21 PM
First ever league ton on Saturday, just as well our top order got runs as we put out the weakest side we have ever put out. Our number 5/6/7 are usually our 9/10/11. [url]http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7373[/url] ([url]http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7373[/url])

Very disappointed that David Warner at 6 didn't get a bat...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on May 29, 2019, 12:39:06 PM
Very relieved to be told by doctor this morning that my season isn't over and that I haven't got a stress fracture. Cleared to play and been referred to physio, whilst various people have recommended a local chiropractor so I'll get booked in there.

We have enough players to fill four teams this Saturday but only put out 3 leagu sides, so we are looking for a friendly to get other people playing who would otherwise miss out. I'm 12th man/scorer for the 2s as I'm being rested with my niggle, but if we get a 4th game on I'll be playing that and possibly captaining.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SD on May 29, 2019, 01:03:10 PM
Ruptured Achilles on Saturday whilst batting after hitting a ton so season over before the end of May which is disappointing
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Warneymonster on May 29, 2019, 01:10:50 PM
First ever league ton on Saturday, just as well our top order got runs as we put out the weakest side we have ever put out. Our number 5/6/7 are usually our 9/10/11. [url]http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7373[/url] ([url]http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=7373[/url])


im pretty sure I know that Toby Ricks, did he used to play for Kempton?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on May 29, 2019, 02:58:30 PM
It looks like watching Britains go talent as   no match this evening due  to constant rain all day
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on June 01, 2019, 06:59:31 PM
I'll preface this by saying that the oppo were quite poor... but we had a bit of a day out today. Put on a 259 opening stand in 29 overs, I got 156 off 86, my opening partner batted through the 45 for 159*. We ended up 416-3 and bowled them out for 111. Don't think we'll do that again in a hurry!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: JB on June 01, 2019, 07:31:58 PM
We won today, bowled the oppo out for 41 and knocked it off without losing a wicket.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on June 01, 2019, 07:32:53 PM
Got my first league 50 for the season today, shame we collapses to 130 all out, we were 7 down in 24 overs. A really poor performance from us.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 01, 2019, 08:20:03 PM
Lost again. Oppo made 250-8 from their 45 overs.

We made 173 all out with a couple of overs left in reply.

My Achilles is causing me real trouble now so my season may be over.

I hate cricket
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: thegowerwaft on June 01, 2019, 08:36:06 PM
Ruptured Achilles on Saturday whilst batting after hitting a ton so season over before the end of May which is disappointing

Sorry to hear that. Take care. They are a bugger, if aggravated.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on June 01, 2019, 08:41:55 PM
Ruptured Achilles on Saturday whilst batting after hitting a ton so season over before the end of May which is disappointing
Unlucky man, have a quick recovery
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 01, 2019, 08:45:04 PM
Another win for us by 6 wickets with 12 overs left making it 6 in row  now in 2nd place might have been top if we hadn't cancelled when everyone else played.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on June 01, 2019, 08:54:02 PM
We fielded 1st with 3 men and the rest under 15, tried best to keep them under 150 but they reached 179,
I bowled 8-1-3-30. 1 catch dropped, 1 clear lbw not given, ruler straight delivery!
Opened the batting, made 16 runs, with 3 4s, guess off 20 balls, then got out caught at mid off!
We're all out for 59 runs.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on June 01, 2019, 11:55:33 PM
After washouts and injuries, I finally found myself up the order at No.6 this afternoon. Unfortunately the combination of a really poor pitch, a very soft old ball and my lack of crease time so far this season meant I hardly hit the ball off the square for the best part of 15 overs. I suppose I can take the positive that I felt my defense was really solid but just couldn't time anything that was there to be hit. I even tried changing to a heavier bat midway through my innings which I feel helped a bit but then managed to pick out fielders. In the end, my batting partner (who ended up scoring over half our team's total) decided to run me out but had no complaints as there were other batsmen to come in.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on June 02, 2019, 05:18:48 AM
We hit 238/6 off 40. I got bowled for 66. They were 50/4 but pulled it back to need 3 from 3. Luckily we got 2 wickets in the last 3 balls to win by 2 runs.
When umpiring a change bowler (young lad who had been making snide remarks about our batting throughout our innings) was just about to start his run up when I stopped him and said  ďyou need to tell me your action or I will have to no ball youĒ
ďSay please, remember your mannersĒ he replied.
ďI am trying to help you out, thereís no need for the attitudeĒ I said.
ďI donít like the way youíre talking to meĒ was the last comment he made.
A couple of idiots made inappropriate comments about our elderly fielders During their innings, but they also had some friendly players too.
Just goes to show, 2 or 3 dickheads can give vour team a bad name.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on June 02, 2019, 06:01:15 AM
Managed to get our first win of the season yesterday!
We made 205, which was below par! I got promoted up the order to try accelerate some runs, and for the third time this season I got a start but couldnít push on which is very disappointing for me! I got a quick 22, would really like to push on at some point!
We then won by 16 runs, I picked up for 4-32 off 10 overs, including a good caught and bowled!
Hard though victory, but hopefully it kicks our season on
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 02, 2019, 07:08:48 AM
We lost the toss and batted first on a track which had no bounce. The top order lost wickets at regular intervals and me and our number 7 steadied the ship to put us in a decent position with 10 overs to go, but the tail collapsed going from 151-6 to 169 all out. We were always on top with the ball and took wickets at regular intervals to bowl the oppo our for 66. We would have had a better position in the league if we hadnít forfeited our first game and been deducted 20 points.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on June 02, 2019, 07:34:22 AM
Had a shocker yesterday
We agreed to an early start, for an umpire who wanted to watch the footy,,,the same umpire,then turned up late?
The omens were there from the start,,,,,to say he was comfortably the worst umpire Iíve ever seen would be a massive understatement.  81 yrs old, so fair play to him for still doing it,(and he drove a Porsche!), but he was dire
Miscounted bowlers overs, wides,didnít give head height beamers as warnings, and several horrendous wicket appeals turned down, which probably cost us the game.

The pitch had two football pitches running across it,,,absolutely lethal outfield
50yard boundaries, now Iím not usually one to whinge at that

A lovely chap who does wormsleys ground turned up at 12, to cut! The wicket,,, then the outfield with a gang mower attached to his nice Wormsley company Isuzu
But neither removed any grass from either the outfield or the wicket?

Anyway, not that Iím still peed about the waste of a day
They were a bunch of idiots led by a cheating stand in skipper, who took their chances,rode their luck etc etc and hammered us if you go off the scorecard

And,,,second time this season, Iíve been fired by an umpire,(not the dodgy old one!ha)

Aaaaannndddd the teas were (No Swearing Please)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on June 02, 2019, 09:10:42 AM
Managed to get our first win of the season yesterday!
We made 205, which was below par! I got promoted up the order to try accelerate some runs, and for the third time this season I got a start but couldnít push on which is very disappointing for me! I got a quick 22, would really like to push on at some point!
We then won by 16 runs, I picked up for 4-32 off 10 overs, including a good caught and bowled!
Hard though victory, but hopefully it kicks our season on
Everything went wrong that could go wrong!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on June 02, 2019, 11:27:12 AM
Our 3ís managed 419 from 45 overs! 
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 02, 2019, 01:13:19 PM
Our 3ís managed 419 from 45 overs!
Better that one team in our div 466 off 45
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on June 02, 2019, 01:45:06 PM
Nobody likes a show-off Alan!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on June 02, 2019, 02:29:51 PM
The oppo won the toss and put us in yesterday on the flatest track i can remember playing on in our first win/lose. We scored 365.

7 wins from 7 and now 20 odd points clear. Really proud of how the club continues to grow.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Number 11 on June 02, 2019, 02:48:23 PM
Battered and bruised yet again after diving around on ground like concrete, then had both big toes crushed by yorkers.
And yes we had another drubbing  :(
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on June 02, 2019, 07:43:20 PM
Had a much better game today for my other league side. This was my third game for them and I'm averaging a catch a game as I snaffled my third in the slips. In contrast I totally missed one in the slips yesterday (grabbed fresh air) but all 3 chances for this team have come at a perfect height and speed.  After an excellent tea which included prawn sandwiches, I batted at No.7 and helped ensure we batted through to the close. At the start of the final over, we still needed around 80 to win but with 5 wickets in hand, I "retired hurt" (after speaking to opposition skipper) to give a junior the chance to face a few deliveries.

Really enjoy playing for this team, they haven't won a game all season but everyone is so positive and almost entire XI goes for a swift lemonade after each match.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 02, 2019, 08:17:19 PM
Didnít play yesterday as it was my family weekend but popes down to watch. In a very tight start to the season with top 5 winning and mid losing each week was a great chance for us to beat one of the other top teams and we bowled and fielded so well so restrict them to 162/9 from 45.

In reply we totally cocked it up going from 42-0 to 61-4 then 84-4 to 149 all out. We just have to many players that canít build an innings and try to finish as quickly as possible. Only benefit is the top 2 both lost and 3rd place had a free week so we are now 5th 21pts behind top with us playing team in 4th next sat. Real gulf between top 5 teams and other 6 teams in our league. Hopefully we can fix our batting issues as to reliant on our top 3 (me included at the moment)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on June 02, 2019, 09:06:35 PM
Played a team younger than us on average this week, which takes some doing based the first few weeks of the season. Second shocker was we were actually given a proper opening batsman this week. What a difference it made, he scored 146* and we got 225-5 off 45. Quite some feat given he was doing Ramadan. Only incident was the change bowler chucking. I went to the oppo skipper at and let him know I knew. I don't take these things further as I don't want to ruin a lads cricketing career and at this level it shouldn't matter. However I expect the club he plays for to deal with it because somebody will call him in the future. Interesting their umpire was at square leg not ours. Skipper didn't seem surprised so obviously knows.

Oppo skipper had asked me how the wicket plays at the toss and I told him, apart from thr bit about spinners. They got to 50-1 and then we got to work, 9-83 from our 3 spinners. They were bowled out for 164.

Can't really believe we have won 4 from 4 and top of the league.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on June 02, 2019, 09:37:16 PM
Another strange weekend for me.

Saturday we bowled out the oppo for 150. Bowled 3 overs for 17 as i kept losing my run up and just could not find my area. We then chased it in 25 overs. Came in at about 110 for 2 and found my way to 16 not out. Felt like i could hit the ball freely yesterday after struggling all season. We're 4 from 4 and top of the league!

Today i came in at 40-2 on a very slow track and just could not get my timing. Tried to play a pull shot and skied it straight to mid on. We were all out for 130 and they got them 5 down. On the flip side i had 3 overs (1-4) and the ball came out beautifully and was on the top of off stump all the time! It's a funny old game.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 02, 2019, 10:02:47 PM
Lost again. Oppo made 250-8 from their 45 overs.

We made 173 all out with a couple of overs left in reply.

My Achilles is causing me real trouble now so my season may be over.

I hate cricket

Wishing you well Cam we have a lad out with a ruptured Achilles and he has said he felt it a few weeks before it actually went and wishes he had got it checked and not played on etc as the paid is apparently awful and his recovery period is at least 6 months
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 03, 2019, 11:43:04 AM
Wonderful weekends cricket. Original was going to be scorer and twelfth man for the seconds, but we had so many people available we put out a fourth team to play a friendly so I played in that. Oppo were Yarl CC who play at West Harrow Rec, nice group of guys and a decent deck, though a little up and down later in the game. Batted first and I opened up, and was retired for 100* in the 19th over, my first ton in five years and first for Beaconsfield. Kept for 20 overs of our fielding innings as we defended 287 to win by about 20.

Sunday I travelled to Ansty for a memorial game in memory of a Uni and Ansty team mates father who passed with prostate cancer earlier this year. Important cause for me as my uncle had the same cancer a couple of years ago but is now clear. Played half the game on pitch two as the girls were on the main pitch with regional semi finals, then the second half on pitch 1 after the girls were done. Got about 30 retired as we were all retiring around our guy whose dad passed, and it was a lovely moment as he made a chanceless hundred and his mum ran onto the pitch as he retired. Wonderful to see good friends and raise money for the hospice that cared for Malcolm and Prostate Cancer Research. Ansty have tried to tempt me back already, and I must say I rather enjoyed batting there again with good pace and bounce!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: uknsaunders on June 03, 2019, 01:37:07 PM
Had a good win in the village knockout yesterday.
Batting first we made 235-6 off 40. Our skipper scored a ton (using a @Northern monkey Oxfordshire bat) and our no 5 hit 90* using a @Neon Cricket
On a personal note I've spent 123 overs fielding over the last 3 days and feel broken. I've got another game Wednesday, so if anyone knows a miracle cure for a tender Achilles please let me know!

Ultra sound and stretching. Ultra sound removes the build up of scare tissue and stretching gets it match ready. As long as its not too serious, you could be fit in a month.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 03, 2019, 01:42:08 PM
Ultra sound and stretching. Ultra sound removes the build up of scare tissue and stretching gets it match ready. As long as its not too serious, you could be fit in a month.

I'm currently waiting for a call back regarding this.
I'm having it looked at privately and the options (depending what's diagnosed) are ultra sound or laser treatment I believe. 

As for back in a month that would be ideal, I've mentally prepared myself for my season to be over
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on June 03, 2019, 02:36:44 PM
Have the leg off, it'll make no discernable change to your bowling action anyway!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: joewhiting on June 04, 2019, 02:29:35 PM
Wonderful weekends cricket. Original was going to be scorer and twelfth man for the seconds, but we had so many people available we put out a fourth team to play a friendly so I played in that. Oppo were Yarl CC who play at West Harrow Rec, nice group of guys and a decent deck, though a little up and down later in the game. Batted first and I opened up, and was retired for 100* in the 19th over, my first ton in five years and first for Beaconsfield. Kept for 20 overs of our fielding innings as we defended 287 to win by about 20.

Sunday I travelled to Ansty for a memorial game in memory of a Uni and Ansty team mates father who passed with prostate cancer earlier this year. Important cause for me as my uncle had the same cancer a couple of years ago but is now clear. Played half the game on pitch two as the girls were on the main pitch with regional semi finals, then the second half on pitch 1 after the girls were done. Got about 30 retired as we were all retiring around our guy whose dad passed, and it was a lovely moment as he made a chanceless hundred and his mum ran onto the pitch as he retired. Wonderful to see good friends and raise money for the hospice that cared for Malcolm and Prostate Cancer Research. Ansty have tried to tempt me back already, and I must say I rather enjoyed batting there again with good pace and bounce!

I must have played against you on Sunday, what a great day! Being one of only 2 under 30 in a side with an average age of over 50 was a challenge. No wonder we struggled with you pulling in ringers!

An absolutely fantastic day and a very fitting end for Tom to score 100.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Six Sixes Cricket on June 04, 2019, 06:04:39 PM
Think our @edge needs to post an update from Saturday on here
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 04, 2019, 07:05:51 PM
Think our @edge needs to post an update from Saturday on here

I saw Twitter to! @edge story time  :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on June 04, 2019, 07:23:17 PM
I saw Twitter to! @edge story time  :D
Have you got a link to the tweet?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 04, 2019, 08:05:11 PM
No mate I was just flicking through
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on June 04, 2019, 08:08:39 PM
Yes Ed!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on June 04, 2019, 08:34:11 PM
Ha cheers lads, I did pop a post on but seems it got missed.
Long story short... our oppo were not strong on Saturday and we batted first, me and my opening partner piled up 259 for the first wicket in 29 overs before I was out for 156 off 86. He batted through the 45 to finish 159* with us finishing on 416-3! Not the worst day with the bat, then we knocked them over for 111 to win by over 300.

https://twitter.com/UBSCC_Owzat/status/1135901339911933952
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on June 04, 2019, 08:47:06 PM
Ha cheers lads, I did pop a post on but seems it got missed.
Long story short... our oppo were not strong on Saturday and we batted first, me and my opening partner piled up 259 for the first wicket in 29 overs before I was out for 156 off 86. He batted through the 45 to finish 159* with us finishing on 416-3! Not the worst day with the bat, then we knocked them over for 111 to win by over 300.

https://twitter.com/UBSCC_Owzat/status/1135901339911933952

You big bully ;)

Well done mate a great knock.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 05, 2019, 09:42:34 AM
I must have played against you on Sunday, what a great day! Being one of only 2 under 30 in a side with an average age of over 50 was a challenge. No wonder we struggled with you pulling in ringers!

An absolutely fantastic day and a very fitting end for Tom to score 100.

Agreed, a wonderful tribute to Malcolm. He was following us last season despite being seriously ill so as soon as I had a chance to get involved I took it. I was the only ringer as such, everyone else who played is still an Ansty player.

Ive known Tom for about seven years and played together for 4. I was bowling leg spin and batted 3, but normally with Ansty batted 9-11 last season.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: joewhiting on June 05, 2019, 09:54:55 AM
Agreed, a wonderful tribute to Malcolm. He was following us last season despite being seriously ill so as soon as I had a chance to get involved I took it. I was the only ringer as such, everyone else who played is still an Ansty player.

Ive known Tom for about seven years and played together for 4. I was bowling leg spin and batted 3, but normally with Ansty batted 9-11 last season.

Probably the leg spinner that got me out..... Caught at mid on!

I toured with Malcolm a few times, my first tour I roomed with Tom!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 05, 2019, 10:43:22 AM
Probably the leg spinner that got me out..... Caught at mid on!

I toured with Malcolm a few times, my first tour I roomed with Tom!

Guilty as charged!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 08, 2019, 08:14:27 AM
It rained heavily in Worcester for most of yesterday and has been raining since 5.30 am consequently Our match is off.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 08, 2019, 08:14:46 PM
So after raining most of the morning today I couldnít say I was confident of getting a game in but very weirdly our ground had very little of the heavy rain. Start was delayed by 90mins and game reduced to 30overs a side after some great work by our groundsmen and players mucking in. We won the toss for the 1st time this season and elected to bowl. This is the highlight of our game unfortunately.

They raced off to 67-0 off 8 after some awful new ball bowling, spin introduced picked up a couple of quick wickets but to much poor bowling early doors allowed them to get to 147-8 from 30. They scored 4 runs in the last 5 overs with a couple of brick wall batters ensuring we didnít bowl them out or get extra overs.

In reply I opened up with normal opening partner who this season after always being really attacking and positive has turned into a wall to make me look like a T20 specialist. Itís just not working I managed to get singles off the 3 balls I faced in the first 6 overs (remember we are chasing) when I managed to chop on 1st ball of the 7th over to leave us 1-3 and already at 8 am over. All others lost there heads hitting a couple of boundaries before getting them selves out and we ended 89 all out.

Our seasons looking a bit bleak at the moment, lack of commitment from players that have been regular over past years getting us 4 promotions on the trott is effecting us massively. This has lead to arguments in the club as looks like we need to fold our Sunday 1st team but league rules donít allow this meaning we have to fold our Sunday 2nd team which is 5 divisions below the prem which our 1st team play in on Sundays means the 2nd team keep getting there matches cancelled giving them no cricket and they have no interest in playing a level way beyond nearly all of them.
For the 1st time ever Iím just not enjoying cricket despite before today having a really good season both with the bat and the gloves. Hope things change but I donít see any at the moment what the positive catalyst will be to make the change. After looking for promotion again we find ourselves mid table a long way off top 2 placed teams.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on June 08, 2019, 08:37:36 PM
Game off today.

Our oppo are a third team and play at another club's ground and called it off at 10am. We offered for them to come to us as our forecast was bright and we play on an astro which isn't affected by rain. They seemed keen initially, but then came back with "a lot of our youngster's have a county game so we don't want to risk it" (not sure why an away game meant 'risking' it but ok...)

The league allow us to rearrange and the date will be one where their first and second team have no game, so i look forward to facing half their 1st team when we play. Annoyingly it's been dry all day so we would have got a game in without a problem. No game tomorrow so no cricket at all this weekend, brilliant.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: richthekeeper on June 09, 2019, 05:58:55 PM
My performances this season have been mixed to say the least - Iíve fielded really well and held all my catches but very poor form with the bat. After another failure last week I had an epiphany; every time I smoke cigarettes before going out to bat, Iíve failed. The only score I managed (44 out of 144/10 in a victory 2 weeks ago) came after I didnít smoke beforehand.

So this week I resolved to avoid cigarettes until Iíd batted. I donít know if thereís any science behind this or if it was just superstition, but I felt perfectly in control at the crease and played the supporting role with 27* (batting 3) as our opener carried his bat for 85*. We chased down 145 in 38 overs to record a comfortable 9 wicket win.

The post match fag was glorious!  :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 09, 2019, 06:01:18 PM
Opened the batting today against a Lancashire  league pro who thought it would be a good idea to bowl around the wicket into the body in a Sunday friendly managed to bat for 11 Overs before getting a poor caught behind decision to a ball  that came off the arm.
Will have a few bruises tomorrow.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WABH-J on June 09, 2019, 08:29:12 PM
First time back to club cricket for 5 years and it was absolutely classic...

Got asked to play for the town 5XI by a friend as he said they were short of players which I was more than happy to do. Come Saturday morning it was p**sing it down but the game wasn't called off. Drove 40 minutes to the other side's ground to find a similar story. Uncovered pitch covered in water with a rather desperate looking home side trying to soak up the water with sheets! Sterling effort by them got the pitch just dry enough for us to get about 2 overs in before we came off for rain - cue another hour delay and a reduction to 30 overs. Play resumes for another 5 overs before it starts coming down sideways again. Tea taken early while the pitch dries off under glorious sunshine. Opposition take their first wicket and I come out to bat. One over later and we're back in the pavilion again as it hammers it down! Sun shines again and we're back on under the proviso that if it rains again the game is over. I hit 27* (had to run every single one - outfield so wet it's like hitting a potato onto a swamp!) before we came off for rain for the final time. All in all it's taken 5 hours for the game to be called off and we've only faced 18 overs, ah how I've missed the Saturday league!!!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 10, 2019, 06:28:20 PM
Shocking loss on Saturday. Played 2s because of my back, was meant to be a batsman bowling if necessary.

Ended up bowling my full allowance of ten, 0/61 thanks to some awful fielding and three drops. Oppo got 249/5 from their 45, which was about 30 above par I reckon. Our fielding was absolutely atrocious, drops and misfields costing us at least 70 runs. I was not entirely innocent, conceding an overthrow and missing a couple of tough caught and bowled chances that were drilled back at me.

In response our openers batted well, but unfortunately neither of them tried to take the attack to the opposition openers who bowled well, but were allowed to settle into their spells. I came in at 6 with us needing about 8/over, I had to take a risk and scored a rapid 20 before being stumped. We ended up losing by about 70, but if we had fielded properly then we would have had a much better chance of winning. I felt it was a game we could have won, but threw away. Hopefully back in the 1s next week as bowling ten overs proves I'm fit enough, with a few ibuprofen, to bowl my allocation.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 12, 2019, 03:45:12 PM
No match  this evening rained off this weather ruining our clubs season 5 games abandoned so far
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on June 15, 2019, 06:49:03 AM
No match  this evening rained off this weather ruining our clubs season 5 games abandoned so far

You sure it's the weather and not Chris Woakes ruining your season ;)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 15, 2019, 09:36:18 AM
Not playing again today  it's not  raining  and there's a strong breeze so  hopfully play tomorrow.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on June 15, 2019, 08:59:09 PM
Bowled Oppo out for 64. They took 36 overs getting it too. Me 7.5-5-6-3. Including 37 balls to a guy who scored a 38 ball duck!
We got them 3 down. Didnít bat. Havenít batted last 2 weeks but itís fair enough to give as many people as possible a game.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 16, 2019, 06:39:28 AM
Our game was off due to a burst water main. It didnít flood the pitch as it was about 3 miles away but the bloke who prepared the ground couldnít get to the ground to prepare it. The joys of council pitches...

A 38 ball duck that must have been painful to watch, was he just playing and missing or patting everything down?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 16, 2019, 07:05:35 AM
Reasonably simple win yesterday. Bowled first, oppo were 3 down from 14 overs when I came on, bowled out in the 41st for 132. Took 7fer, one bowled, one lbw, catches at slip, short extra, two at mid off and a c&b diving to my left. We chased the total down in about 25 overs, two guys getting 50s including another 1s player dropped down to find form and get runs under his belt.

Back to BCC to see the 1s and they needed about 50 from 4 overs, until one of our big hitters went crazy and took their opener for three sixes in an over and rocketed from about 20 to 58 in the blink of an eye. Started final over needing two to win, however David was run out, we got one of the two needed and there were run outs each of the last 3 balls so ended 223/9 and a tie with their 223/7, still top of the league by five points we think but disappointed not to take the win.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Bwcc on June 16, 2019, 11:33:52 AM
Anyone else think itís a bit of a joke when a 4th xi put out a team with 4 1st team players, a man who played county cricket and a bowler who who takes 6-2-9-5 and then we get told he just needed a bit of confidence so we dropped him down to the 4ís
Shocking co-incidence that this was a top of the table clash between the 2 unbeaten teams in our division
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on June 16, 2019, 11:42:51 AM
Anyone else think itís a bit of a joke when a 4th xi put out a team with 4 1st team players, a man who played county cricket and a bowler who who takes 6-2-9-5 and then we get told he just needed a bit of confidence so we dropped him down to the 4ís
Shocking co-incidence that this was a top of the table clash between the 2 unbeaten teams in our division

Of course itís a joke but clubs and a load of players are that desperate to be a big fish or win at all costs they forget/ignore whatís right or even just good for 22 people to produce a competitive close game of cricket.

All yo can do is smile and mark the club and itís players down as tossers
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on June 16, 2019, 12:38:12 PM
Last 2 games abandoned due to rain without a ball bowled.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 16, 2019, 12:54:33 PM
Pitch was drying out but Todays  match abandoned  due to heavy downpour half hour before the start time roll on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Bwcc on June 16, 2019, 07:26:53 PM
All yo can do is smile and mark the club and itís players down as tossers

They were when we first played them a few years ago
Things havenít improved
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on June 17, 2019, 10:35:47 PM
After the opposition batsmanís tantrum on Saturday I went into Sundayís game in a bit of a mood and annoyed at cricket.

Thankfully yesterdayís game was played in really good spirit and was one of the most enjoyable games Iíve played in for a long time. I batted 5 and came in at 150-3 after 30. The pitch was used the day before, I went back to play a pull shot to a short ball and the ball missed the bottom of my off stump by a few inches, so I swiftly put away any back foot shots! Eventually we got 170-ish, got 11 before I ran past one from their first team spinner who was turning it round corners! He ended up with 6-for to restrict us. I still need to learn how to play a spinner that actually turns it!

They got about 100 in reply which wasnít a bad score on that track, they just bowled 40 extras too many! Took one wicket in my sole over at the end.

What was great was that both sides had 3/4 older guys who no longer play Saturday cricket. 2/3 lads around my age (late teens early 20ís) and the rest all under 13! They were a good bunch of guys, their young keeper was positive and complementing everyoneís shots as we did when their kids batted. But best of all, nobody on either side had a tantrum at decisions, we all had a good laugh and most of our side stayed for a couple of beers afterwards!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 20, 2019, 08:27:53 AM
Played yesterday in the rain nearly got cut in half by a beamer that i bottom edged onto the stumps LOL the old duffer of a league umpire at square leg said it was to dark for him to call it as an above the waist no ball.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on June 20, 2019, 09:45:46 PM
Saturday's opposition conceded... unimpressed, that makes it 3 weeks on the trot with no proper cricket now. At least it helps our promotion bid as we'll get max points.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on June 21, 2019, 05:22:02 PM
Played a competitive works match yesterday evening. We scored 167-3 and opposition looked like they would they chase it down but an inspired bit of captaincy helped swing it back to us. An occasional cricketer was given a bowl and his first over wasn't great but the skipper gave him a second over and amongst the wides, he sent down an absolute peach of an in-swinging yorker that knocked back middle stump of their main batsman (who had scored 80+). Not sure who was more surprised, the batsman or the bowler? My task was then quite easy and picked up 3 wickets for just 2 runs so ran out comfortable winners in the end but decent game.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 21, 2019, 09:08:03 PM
Enjoyable   100 ball per side charity  match this evening in the sunshine match played in the right spirit also retired not out.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on June 22, 2019, 07:01:09 PM
Weíre top, played bottom of the division side at a school pitch notorious for not being looked after. Won the toss and put them in. Bowled them out for 112. Me 8-1-16-4.
Hit them off in 17 overs 1 down.
All good but havenít batted in 3 weeks, and I canít make nets either so my 8 bats are not getting much action.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on June 22, 2019, 07:46:38 PM
Rubbish season I am having so far and my team. We got such good team but we as team failing badly. Scored 50 in 2nd match but nothing major since then.
Today's match was so so rubbish. Umpire did not give any lbw out. We lost in end due to that Thier captain had 6 lbw shouts and all turned down by umpire plus one stumping.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on June 22, 2019, 08:15:04 PM
2nd win on the bounce today with my 1st game in 3 weeks, as vice captain I did the toss as skipper stuck in trafffic and won the toss after usual skipper has lost 7 in a row and batted 1st on a lovely track at Ipswich playing on the 1st team pitch. After the toss the Oppo skip says we have an umpire today panel approved you happy for him to do both ends. Yea no probs I said. Anyway I get trigged from a HUGE inswinger the just clips the outside of my pad and runs to fine leg batting on leg stump a foot outside my crease playing forward, no 6 & 7 get 1st ballers LBW. Luckily our no3 and other opener managed to not get hit at all on the pads and scored 113  and 85 respectively to get us a score of 241/6 from 45 overs.

In reply our quick bowled no 1,3,4 in the 1st over and they shut up shop finished 131/9. In 2nd innings we had 15 or so really good appeals for LBW as well as a massive edge I took behind all not out. Learning curve if ever Oppo offer me an umpire again Iíll just refuse.

19 points and now 5 wins and 1 rained off from our 1st half of the season puts us in 4th, availability though is now becoming a. Big worry so fingers crossed for the 2nd half of the season.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 23, 2019, 10:42:51 AM
A good win yesterday. We got put in on a greenish wicket. Our opener got a second ball duck but the opener and the number 3 put on 120 for the second wicket before the opener got out LBW for 30. Number 3 got 124 and our number 4 got 43 not out I chipped in with 7no to end our innings on 226-4. They were never really in the Chase as we got one of their openers and number 3 cheaply then wickets fell regularly and they ended up 148-9 off their 40.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 23, 2019, 03:02:59 PM
 Yesterday Clubs 5th win in a row shame we have lost  more matches to the weather more  than any club as come end of season that could determine the position where  we finish.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 23, 2019, 03:07:07 PM
No match for me today due to the league having odd number of teams probably wouldn't have got a game in its just started to pour down.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on June 23, 2019, 09:43:08 PM
Played both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Saturday went out on loan, skipper promised me a bowl but first change bowlers wrapped up opposition innings inside 30 overs. I didn't mind but I would have liked more action in the field because it took until the 20th over that I actually got to the field the ball. Anyhow skipper asked if I would like to bat at No.3, an invitation that I don't get very often and one ball later I realised why, out first ball LBW.  We won relatively easily but it's a bit embarrassing contributing absolutely nothing to a victory.

Sunday played a cup match (for my club team) against a side 2 divisions higher than us. Managed to send down 8 overs, picked up a wicket and seeing it was my first proper bowling spell of the season, it wasn't too bad. In reply we got nowhere near their score but still managed our highest total of the season. Went in at No.7 near the end and made 14no which although not a significant contribution, it at least eradicated the yesterday's golden duck from my mind. Opposition were a great set of lads and one of those afternoons where cricket is the winner.     
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on June 24, 2019, 09:04:55 AM
well, a really good weekend of cricket and rather satisfying personally!

Saturday - Ashorne and MM CC:

lost the toss on the first properly warm and sunny day and was asked to field first by bottom of the league (we're 3rd 3/4 points off top). That was really only one of two moments that didn't go our way. We bowled really well (although far too many extras again, it will costs us sooner rather than later) and bowled them out for 83. Didnt get a bowl but given they were 5 down quick I wasn't expecting too! I was then asked to open the batting (shock) and myself and the other opener raced (im boycott-esque and my partner idolises Chris Tavare) to 40 without loss after 10 overs before tea, I'd scored 7 at this point, but was determined to take my chance at the top of the order and get a score and us over the line. After tea we put on another 30 when my opening partner got a leading edge straight up to square leg to be out for 37 from an opening stand of 70. I followed an over later with the score on 71 for 23 (i just cant seem to get beyond the 20s at the moment but batting as well as i have for a long time). numbers 3 and 4 finished it off for a 8 wickets win. Not chasing it 0 down was the other bit that didn't go our way.

Sunday - Bishops Tachbrook CC:

What a game! a real nail biter and good fun against my Saturday club.

Lost the toss (only the second time i have this year and first didnt get to do what i wanted) and was asked to field. our bowling and fielding is our worst aspect but we performed magnificently (for us on a sunday). I opened the bowling and got through 6 overs for 26 with 3 maidens (my first 2 overs) and one over going for 16, so not all bad, im now bowling seam so the bad over was in the slot, still learning to adjust etc. My opening partner bowled his allocation of 8 for 1 for 30 odd. a really good yorker to remove their opener for 0 in the 3rd over.

i then shuffled the bowling and brought on our 14 year old off spinner second change and he bowled a very tidy line and length and picked up their number 3 for 60 something, caught by myself at long on. a couple overs later he picked up the other opener for 12. two top order wickets and a really good spell.

number 4 and five batted well and they got to 230 - 6 off the allowed 40 overs. I came back to bowl the last to end with 7-3-28-2.

Really happy with the performance in the field even with a 3 dropped catches, 2 tough ones and the dolly i put down to cheers, doh!

this is where i thought we'd struggle, we have a really good batting line up down to number 7 but we struggle to chase bigger totals.

The openers set off in pursuit and got to just over 50 when one got out for 44. number three wen in and batted until the 35th over when he was out for 76 and we were 200 ish for 2. this left us needing 30 off 5 over but as you'll recall from saturday I'm not a hitter and the other opener is the chap i opened with on saturday (currently 47*) we pick off singles and hit the occasional boundary needed 11 off the last two overs, they bring on their strike bowler who bowls well and leaves us with 8 required off the last:

39.1 Yorker dot.
39.2 full toss, hot out into off side, 2 runs
39.3 length, opener carves out to sweeper at cover, 1 run
39.4 full toss, i miss out and cue end it to deep mid wicket, 1 run
39.5 full and wise, not given by our umpire (because my partner played a shot - ump not a cricketer but bowls nicely doesnt know all the rules but had umpired all innings for us, so i cant moan too much as i should have already won us the game
39.6 yorker, hit into off side 1 run

we lost by two runs, fantastic last over by their bowler but we had two full tosses that should have been dispatched for the win

Really positive as we shouldn't have got close and a nice little 11* off 9 balls at the end for me so a decent weekend with 34 runs (not bad for a steady number 9) and a decent spell on sunday
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on June 24, 2019, 07:53:08 PM
Sunday we played at a place that the club folded many years ago and has only recently been revived. The track apparently used to be the best in Cambridgeshire and hosted minor counties games. We turned up and it looked good from a distance but upon closer inspection it was a crumbling mess. Our skipper elected to bat and at 0-2 I came in and agreed with our opener that 90 would be a great score on that track. I dug out two length balls that died in the pitch early doors. However, the best part was a bloke bowling right arm over (Iím a leftie) that slid it across me so I tried to punch it through the offside, only for it to hit a rouge part of the pitch and pin me on the hip! Me and my partner put on 88 in nearly 30 overs and I somehow made 25. We decided to dig out anything the stumps and attack anything wide. The nature of the track was shown by our scorecard containing 7 ducks! One of our players said he thought we were being selfish batting that long before he went out and promptly changed his mind and congratulated us on surviving. We crawled to just over 110 all out! If anyone quick would have played on that wicket someone would have got hurt, I wore quite a few on my body and that was from their seamers who were no quicker than any spinner Iíve faced!

They were a mostly Indian side who hadnít played much organised cricket before last year, which may explain why they appealed in excess of 20 times (Iím honestly not exaggerating!) regardless of where it pitched, hit etc! Even appealing for a guy bowling right arm round to a right hander that hit him on the thigh pad! Thankfully they never complained when they were turned down and took it in good  spirits when our umpire begun to laugh at their hilarious appeals.

We then opened up with some of the worst new ball bowling Iíve seen at any level as we bowled short so it sat up, and pretty much everything was going leg side! Then our spinners came on and caused carnage as a self proclaimed ďright arm no turnĒ bowler ragging it square. We eventually bowled them for 80 or so which was about 30 too many!

Whilst we had a laugh at how ridiculous the pitch was in the middle, it did make me wonder why on earth youíd agree to play on that shambles every other week
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: blindowl on June 25, 2019, 11:58:41 AM
what was the location of that pitch NT50? Shame if a good wicket has gone to waste through neglect.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on June 27, 2019, 07:21:50 AM
Saturday played vs Tring Park 3s. Bowled fine for my 0/21 off 6, could have had an lbw but the umpire felt he couldn't give someone stomach before wicket. Took a catch at mid wicket and didn't have to bat as we chased down the target pretty easily to win by five wickets with the best part of 30 overs left.

Sunday, finish coaching and drive to Bradford to pick my Aussie mate up. Things haven't worked out for him regarding work up north, he wasn't in a good way so he's moved in with me for the summer and joined BCC.

Wednesday, friendly t20 away to Tring Park. They had 90/1 off 10 and ended with 142. The only catch we took was me, off an incorrectly called no ball. We missed close to a dozen catches, I missed one in the last over that was swirling all over the place and just didn't stick in my hand. 0/11 from 2 but bowled really well, 18* from 9 in the chase as we won by 8 wickets with 6 overs spare. Hit a big straight six, but MotM undoubtedly my mate with a cheap 1fer opening up and 62 from 32.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 27, 2019, 11:40:31 AM
Played last night 100 ball each side and lost by one run on a damp track which cut up after 3 overs batting second it was overcast dark and cold at 8 pm.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on June 29, 2019, 08:08:55 PM
Another easy win means this is the fourth week in a row where I havenít had a bat.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on June 29, 2019, 10:05:22 PM
Today I played vs top of the league opponent, had no 3 trapped leg before, their umpire raised finger and then straight away started saying, it was played, pointing towards the batman 🙂he scored 50 and then later on easy catch dropped at wide mid off, that no 11 scored 25, they made 197 and we ended up with 127!
I ended with 8-1-36,is there any justice in cricket? 🙂
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on June 29, 2019, 10:53:04 PM
My keeping is getting better and better, another two stumpings and a catch, my fitness work has really paid off, however, my batting is going the otherway quicker and ive gone from opening to asking to bat no higher than 8. Got the yips.

The main thing is we have won 8 from 9 and we beat the team that came up with and beat us twice last year today. We are first and are in a strong position.

Really proud of the progress our 8 year old club
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on June 30, 2019, 07:01:01 AM
I lost the toss and we ended up bowling. The oppo racked up 252-3 we should have had more wickets but we didnít have an umpire and a stumping and a fair few LBW shouts went unanswered. We started well but then lost two wickets in two balls to leave us 40-2. Our number 3 got 153no and batted very well and everybody else chipped in to knock them off in the 35th over. We are 4 from 5 now and the colts are progressing nicely which makes the game more enjoyable
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on June 30, 2019, 08:30:26 AM
Played against the team I scored a ton against last year, and followed it up with a 70 yesterday! Only the second time Iíve gone past 50 and not bad considering they were 2nd in the league and we are top.

We batted first and got 173-8. I batted for 2.5 hours in the 30 degree heat (no mean feat considering Iím a fat ba****d)
I was one of two out and out batsmen today (the other is averaging about 10). We had several bowling all-rounders but nobody who could bat time so I when I came in at 3 early on I knew I had to see us through till 35 or so overs. Ending up 70 off 133 allowing our 5,6,7,8 to do what they do best which is swing the life out of anything.

We then bowled them out for 138 including a couple of awful drops in the field. We opened with our spinner as he had to be at work at 4:30 he picked up a wicket before our actual opening bowler came on and picked up 5-17
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on June 30, 2019, 09:23:12 AM
Yesterday was on of those days.

We lost the toss and got asked to field. Spent 3 hours chasing leather as the op posted 250-7 from their 45.
I bowled like a drain, fielded like a (No Swearing Please) and managed to (rather painfully) split a fingernail halfway down in the process.

All of out top order chipped in with 30+ and we won 5 down with an over to spare.

I hated cricket at tea, but as we won I can laugh about how crap I was!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on June 30, 2019, 06:41:12 PM
Played today opened the batting and top scored chasing 310 off 40  due to the England match at Edgebaston we only had 7 players   the oppo spotted an opportunity claimed the toss and batted first.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Wozaboxa on June 30, 2019, 06:52:37 PM
Fielded first in a team decision after winning the toss thinking it would only get hotter as the day went on. Kept the opposition down to 180 despite me dropping there top scorer on the boundary (everyone said it was a tough catch but I still feel I should have held it) it was Unbearable in the field, real sweatbox of a ground with no club house or changing rooms as they have been condemned by the council! Opened the batting, was feeling good, got a full toss on leg stump and I top edged it trying paddle it round the corner. I was furious. to say I've had better days would have been saying something.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: AJ2014 on June 30, 2019, 07:18:03 PM
Today we scored 248, 1st 3 overs had 5 wickets ended with 7 for 13, 2 caught and 5 bowled.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 01, 2019, 12:12:04 PM
Played 2s again vs Farnham Common 1s. Batted 7 and went in with seven overs to go and a target of 260, whilst we were on 210. Hit my first ball for a straight six, then bowled third ball trying to hit a quicker ball even further. Stupid from me and I was annoyed with myself after.

Came on first change as we looked to defend 274, took two wickets in my first spell, followed by four more later on to end with 6/51 from 16. They ended 158/7 from 48 after we let a few chances go down unfortunately but we out played them in every facet of the game. Seems like in the 2s I either go wicketless or take loads!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Alvaro on July 01, 2019, 04:16:59 PM
Played today opened the batting and top scored chasing 310 off 40  due to the England match at Edgebaston we only had 7 players   the oppo spotted an opportunity claimed the toss and batted first.

Well played. Who do you play for?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on July 01, 2019, 10:31:02 PM
Played on Saturday.
Batted like a (No Swearing Please), But did come out in the 42nd over so had to try accelerate but sadly missed a straight one that I could have played the shot 3 times to!
Opened the bowling for us as the pitch was slow and gripping, bowled 15 overs on the reel 3-38, had my field well set. Only went for 5 boundaries in my spell which I was pleased with, bowled one poor over which went for 14 but recovered and got that fella out next over
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 03, 2019, 08:12:06 AM
Not playing today due to pm dental treatment to get a front tooth capped also unavailable on Saturday due to a wedding never understood why cricketers get  married in the cricket season.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on July 03, 2019, 08:16:18 AM
Today starts a stretch of 4 games in 5 days for me

50 over game today
15 8ball over game tomorrow evening
Day off Friday
45 over league match on Saturday
40 over friendly on Sunday

4 games 3 clubs 5 days!! Going to be a good week!!!!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Seniorplayer on July 03, 2019, 09:37:53 AM
Today starts a stretch of 4 games in 5 days for me

50 over game today
15 8ball over game tomorrow evening
Day off Friday
45 over league match on Saturday
40 over friendly on Sunday

4 games 3 clubs 5 days!! Going to be a good week!!!!
And you have excellent cricket weather
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: play-yourself-in on July 03, 2019, 06:12:30 PM
Playing my first game of cricket for 3 seasons on Sunday. Weather and raising a team permitted I should get 3 games in this season. Any tips for making sure I don't end up 0,0,0 and wishing I hadn't bothered?

PS. Am I allowed to buy a new bat for the occasion?

:)



Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 06, 2019, 06:24:24 PM
So today skip lost the toss for the 8th time in a row. Oppo put us in with rain forcaset from 3pm onwards. Bank on 3pm heavens opened took an early tea but never got back on. We were 139/2 off 28 with myself finishing 53no and felt good. New Keeley went superbly. Disappointing as genuinely think I could have had 1st league ton of the season today
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on July 06, 2019, 06:44:22 PM
I won the toss and elected to bat. To say we got off to a shaky start is an understatement. We were 9-4 when I went in. I managed to get to 40 before skying one trying to be overly aggressive. We ended up 93 all out. They were coasting in reply and moving along nicely but We bowled really well and held all of our chances to bowl them out for 78.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: LEACHY48 on July 06, 2019, 07:27:46 PM
Gutted to have missed a crucial weekend of league cricket this weekend due to emergency appendicitis surgery, hopefully back next week.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on July 06, 2019, 09:40:31 PM
Tough day today

Skipper won the toss and elected to bowl! 😨

Oppo posted 302-5 from their 45 overs. Their Aussie making a chanceless ton before being dismissed in the 41st over. Their number 3 made 60 odd and their no.6 made a quickfire 35 at the end of the innings.

We were 180 odd all out in reply. The highlight of our innings being an aggressive 53 from our no. 3

On a personal note I bowled 6 overs for 38 (why I wasn't allowed to bowl all 9 I'm not sure!) and made 11*.

One to put down to experience I think. On to next week
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on July 06, 2019, 09:43:42 PM
And you have excellent cricket weather

It's been fantastic!

Won
Lost
Won

So hoping tomorrow is another win

Kept for the first time ever today and didn't embarrass myself only conceded 2 byes in 22 overs before we swapped keepers at drinks! Really pleased!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Calzehbhoy on July 07, 2019, 06:27:38 PM
(No Swearing Please) cricket.....

That is all.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: alexhilly1492 on July 08, 2019, 07:56:55 AM
It's been fantastic!

Won
Lost
Won

So hoping tomorrow is another win

Kept for the first time ever today and didn't embarrass myself only conceded 2 byes in 22 overs before we swapped keepers at drinks! Really pleased!

to elaborate on this a little,

Wednesday was a declaration (timed) game at stowe school,for Great Missenden Pelicans vs Stowe Templars.

They won the toss and batted first in glorious sunshine and what looked like a decent wicket and lightning fast outfield, and batted for 51 overs and set us 240 ish to win and left us with around 45 overs left in the game (they play 20 overs after half past 5) given their over rate we actually ended with 44 overs and chased it 5 down in the last over a really satisfying win and a great way to start "Alex's Cricket Week".
The highlight of all this was the lunch and teas! they put on two really good spread, lunch was hot jacket potatoes, salad, meats, coleslaw and fresh fruit (at half 1 pm, half way through their innings) and then at the change over a proper cricket tea with sandwiches cake etc

Thursday evening was our last midweek league game and we were top going in, the less said about this the better but we ended up 3rd and having to play off for finals day! we would have been top if they'd have given us a blatant run out (he was at least 1/4 of the wicket short)

Friday was a day off

Saturday, league game away vs our bogey team. Cracking team performance that got us to the win. we won the toss and bowled in overcast conditions on a pitch that look "iffy". Kept wicket for half our innings and only let 2 byes through (they were in the first over) and no dropped chances (although none taken either) so really pleased with that for the first go! lots to work on still but i really enjoyed doing it, hoping for another go soon to be honest!!!
they set a modest 132-6 which we stumbled to 5 wickets down but a really good knock by skipper @19reading87 got us home with 5 overs to spare. we're now top of the league just after half way with a crucial run of games coming up!!

Yesterday was the highlight of the week. Playing Napton a side that we haven't beaten for a good few years and a strong Sunday side. I managed to win the toss on a used pitch in sunny conditions and we batted really really well. we batted our 40 and set 240 to win which we thought was plenty on a very old wicket that was starting to go up and down. one opener got 48, one 58 myself 38* and our number 5 58* got us to the score only blemish was our number three who failed for the first time this season with 14.
Napton got off to a flyer reaching 50 on the 7th over but the change of bowling to spin at one end slowed the run rate and we quickly removed both openers. between the 10th and 30th the game was nip and tuck but we were edging ahead and squeezing the runs rate and eventually restricted them to 210-7.

A really pleasing result and our first win of the season and my first as full time captain so absolutely delighted and really proud of the lads with the performance! i get why people like captaing now such a nice feeling when your side wins and plays really well!

onto next week!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on July 08, 2019, 08:12:41 AM
Finally team doing good..2 wins in 2 games.
Personally I am not contributing much with bat but captain decided to give me ball. Bowled 10-1-34-2, three dropped catches in slip plus one LBW turned down. 2 wickets in game prior to this as well. So cant complaint at least I am contributing somehow. Hope as team we could keep our winning streak going.   
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on July 08, 2019, 06:52:43 PM
A really frustrating season personally. Last three Saturday games have seen me being given out LBW when it was going down leg, (I will admit this is possibly me being biased) then last week on a road where we said we were aiming to score 280+ I was caught by one of the four or five men on the boundary in the 15th over because the opener at the other end (who tbf is is in his 60s) decided to bat for 24 overs and scored just 4 runs*.

Then this weekend I was given out caught behind off my elbow.

I'm averaging 21 with a top score of just 29, I get to about 15-20 every single week and then fate conspires to stop me going on to get a decent score. I'm gonna have to start bowling again because it's winding me up so much.

*When he was finally run out, the square leg fielder actually shouted "Don't take the bails off" when the keeper got the ball.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on July 09, 2019, 02:33:20 AM
Felt awful all week, got to our meet point Saturday, could barely stand up I felt so dizzy and was then sick in the pubís overgrown garden! My side managed to find another to replace me last minute. They had oppo 90-5, let them get 200 and then got bowled for 70. Massive dent in our promotion hopes, and I still feel horrific! 
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on July 13, 2019, 08:32:25 PM
Lost the toss and were put in on a green wicket. We hit 230/9 me 38. Spliced a catch to extra cover. Bowled them out for about 80. Me 3-0-4-1.
Good bunch of lads who are struggling to get players. Unfortunately they may fold at the end of the season.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on July 13, 2019, 09:02:51 PM
Won by two wickets today in a thriller after our two star batsman made ducks. Chasing 214 on a tough dry pitch we were reduced for 70 for 4. After starting the season opening ive slipped down to 6 and struggling. I chipped in with 41 today before nicking off. However by then we had wrestled back momentum and with two overs left. Another stumping as well. Side is. Really building, with the ability to dig in when things are not going our way 💪

Really pleased.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on July 14, 2019, 08:25:55 AM
Trip to hospital yesterday, looks like Iíve got bursitis in my knee
Hoping itís not the end of my season
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: petehosk on July 15, 2019, 12:43:37 PM
Trip to hospital yesterday, looks like Iíve got bursitis in my knee
Hoping itís not the end of my season

Looked nasty mate!
Hope it gets better soon.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jjelricksmith on July 15, 2019, 03:02:19 PM
Batted first against a very weak side on a minefield this week. 250-3 declared. Notched up 55 before mis timing a pull off a ball that rolled. Bowled 10 overs 4-29. Starting to think of moving clubs at the end of this season standard might just be a bit low.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 17, 2019, 07:16:26 AM
Loss and a draw last couple of weeks. Back in the 1s after 7fer and 6fer in the 2s, taken 2/29 from 9 and 0/36 from 9 since returning. Vs aldershot we lost by six runs, I dragged on their Aussie left armer for 4, and was 13* vs Finchampstead on Saturday as we fell seven runs short in our chase.

Starting a big course of physio in a couple of weeks, doing a ton of stretching but post match I'm often walking like a pensioner and spent last week's team talk laid on the floor as trying to slog us to victory put my back out.

Had a session with our coach last night to try to sort out my footwork. Strangely I'm getting my front foot in a better position to play when I'm leaving the ball than when I'm playing so that is something to work on!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on July 18, 2019, 09:52:09 AM
Had an interesting mid week game last night.

Playing with our seconds who are in the bottom league and usually include 5 or so of our stronger u14/15s.

We made a small total. I batted 3 and got out for 10 after panicking about run rate in the 11th over and swiping at an in-cutter.

Oppo then proceeded to hit our decent junior bowlers out of the park and made the total in 10 overs. I was impressed, but was told later that their openers were drafted in from another local team that plays in the league below Premier league.

Although I really enjoyed the match and the oppo were friendly, I really don't see the point in drafting in top players from another club to win a match at our level. It would actually have been better if we had lent them some players if they were short. And I don't see how the league would allow senior players from another club to move over for a match. Anyway, sure it's all legal, but not really in 'the spirit', whatever that is...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 18, 2019, 04:22:37 PM
Had an interesting mid week game last night.

Playing with our seconds who are in the bottom league and usually include 5 or so of our stronger u14/15s.

We made a small total. I batted 3 and got out for 10 after panicking about run rate in the 11th over and swiping at an in-cutter.

Oppo then proceeded to hit our decent junior bowlers out of the park and made the total in 10 overs. I was impressed, but was told later that their openers were drafted in from another local team that plays in the league below Premier league.

Although I really enjoyed the match and the oppo were friendly, I really don't see the point in drafting in top players from another club to win a match at our level. It would actually have been better if we had lent them some players if they were short. And I don't see how the league would allow senior players from another club to move over for a match. Anyway, sure it's all legal, but not really in 'the spirit', whatever that is...

Winning

So many simply only care about winning , smashing big runs of few balls or skittling a team out and saying. ĎWe scored x and skittled them for y, what a dayí

One lad has gone from div one to div 6 and now has like 6 tons in 7 games.. oh and bowls 9 overs .. purely wants to dominate and score 1000+ league runs. In a way I canít blame him, itís good value for the time/cash you invest in paying and who wants to struggle to 20 each week when you can bat 45 overs pretty much every game.. depends what you want I suppose and how much youíre willing to get abused, sorry Ďsledgedí week in week out
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on July 18, 2019, 04:28:45 PM
Yeah I struggle to understand that mentality. We've been fortunate this season as we've had more players available on Saturdays than we have the last couple of years, with the knock-on effect of players having to play one or sometimes two teams lower than they would have done last season.

In a couple of games it's been apparent that they're a class above the other 21 players and even though we've won comfortably I've felt more sympathy for the opposition getting smashed about than I have pleasure for winning such a game.

And that's in a situation where nobody is to blame, I'd be very annoyed if my club brought in some ringers just to hammer some overmatched opposition.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on July 18, 2019, 06:03:22 PM
Yeah I struggle to understand that mentality. We've been fortunate this season as we've had more players available on Saturdays than we have the last couple of years, with the knock-on effect of players having to play one or sometimes two teams lower than they would have done last season.

In a couple of games it's been apparent that they're a class above the other 21 players and even though we've won comfortably I've felt more sympathy for the opposition getting smashed about than I have pleasure for winning such a game.

And that's in a situation where nobody is to blame, I'd be very annoyed if my club brought in some ringers just to hammer some overmatched opposition.

Some people just take it all seriously or get their kicks from hammering people about. It probably and most likely doesnít occur to them (or they couldnít care less) about the other team or even team mates. Heard it so many times Ďitís league cricketí or Ďtheyíll be happy as long as we winí  ĎI scored 100 and took 4/21 off 10í
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on July 19, 2019, 12:32:04 AM
Thanks. My main gripe is that the Juniors bowled pretty well and got whipped in a way that could discourage them from making the move to senior matches.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 20, 2019, 08:33:44 PM
Had a good win today and good to get back to playing fully for the 1st time in a month as my last attempt was rained off.

Played the side who came up with us last year and unfortunately they have had the same problems as my side as both our sides were the strongest by a distance last year but due to availability both our clubs this season find ourselves in mid table due to lack of and inconsistent availability.
They were bolstered by there 1st team not having a game who are 1 league above our league but 2/3 seasons ago were 1 league away from EAPL. They only had 10 players even with there 1st team having no game this weekend.

Anyway we batted first and was lovely to face some pace early doors young 1st teamer could certainly get it through with a older line and length bowler the other end. Our deck has been under covers since Wednesday due to a lot of rain and this made it a bit spicy with quite a few popping early doors. We however had a great start and got to 72-0 off 13 when trying to work a short ball round the corner it popped took the shoulder and looped back to bowler C&B for 26 and next over opening partner was out as well with No4 lasting 3 balls before he was cleaned up. My usual opening partner who has been out of form since mid May came in at 3 this week and really applied himself to bat through for 94 and was out going for his Ton in the last over and had been well supported by our No5 who made his best league score of 82. We ended 263/6

The reply started like ours with there openers clearly far and away better than anything we normally see but was a great challenge for our bowlers and bowling is our stronger suit. They were 74-1 off 10 with one of the openers looking class had so much time against our 2 quicks who are genuinely sharp. A beauty then accounted for him bowled for 55 a few more fell quickly and then they also had a mid innings partnership although our two spinners bowled amazingly with 0 luck. They needed 9 an over with 7 overs left and then our offie bowled one through the gate next ball new bat plumb LBW and last ball the other set bat slapped a long hop straight to cover. Last 4 wickets we needed fell for 8 runs and with me taking a huge skier to seal the win. Good game and great win. Need a near perfect last run in to stand a chance of getting into the top two promotion spots although personally I think another season is this league will be better for us as we do need another 2/3 players before we go up I feel.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on July 20, 2019, 08:49:53 PM
Strangely they put themselves in and started well. After being 50/0 off of 8 we bowled them out for 150 in 39 overs. Me 8-1-19-2.
We hit them off in 30 overs with a loss of 3 wickets. Me 30, caught at cover one handed as I toe ended a cut shot.
Still top of the League which is the main thing.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on July 21, 2019, 09:59:05 PM
Yesterday has to be the best game of cricket Ive played in. Top of the table clash.

Lost the toss and stuck into bat, we made 182 which was a below par score. Two of our top three ran out. At least 17 short.

In reply they glided through there innings and after 42 overs they were 172-5 needing 11 to win with 5 wickets in hand and 8 overs to do it in with a left hander batting incredibly well. Then this happens:

(https://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa464/dav1d55/28A74833-33AA-4627-9C44-91BDFF19009E.jpeg) (https://s1199.photobucket.com/user/dav1d55/media/28A74833-33AA-4627-9C44-91BDFF19009E.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jaffa on July 22, 2019, 08:16:03 AM
Had a good game at Kings School in Chester yesterday against a mixed 11.

Today we're up against what I believe to be a touring strong batting side who I believe to be from the south. I wonder if you know a few names.

Neil Canham, Tony Fare, Claude Kensett, Norman Jones, Clive Huggins, Nathan Bradley, Alex Rob Dean, Nigel Angus, Sanjay Beri, Stuart Faulkner, Martin Goff, Jon Hartley, Ash Mohammed, Rob Nelson, Amir Raza, Ian Robinson, Zulfi Shahid, Jon Thornton, Robbie Barker, Phil Fawkner-Corbett, Richard Evans, John Sharples, Barry Aitken, Peter Owens, Brian Scovell and Robert Smith.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on July 22, 2019, 02:24:58 PM
Hoped to bounce back after my three ball duck last Saturday. Instead I got given out LBW for a three ball 1 even though I got such a big inside edge on it that even the cover fielder said "He smashed it" as I walked off. I then followed it up by fumbling a run out chance and then dropping their #10 when the scores were tied.

Cricket really does make you hate everything sometimes.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: KettonJake on July 22, 2019, 03:30:44 PM
Had a good game at Kings School in Chester yesterday against a mixed 11.

Today we're up against what I believe to be a touring strong batting side who I believe to be from the south. I wonder if you know a few names.

Neil Canham, Tony Fare, Claude Kensett, Norman Jones, Clive Huggins, Nathan Bradley, Alex Rob Dean, Nigel Angus, Sanjay Beri, Stuart Faulkner, Martin Goff, Jon Hartley, Ash Mohammed, Rob Nelson, Amir Raza, Ian Robinson, Zulfi Shahid, Jon Thornton, Robbie Barker, Phil Fawkner-Corbett, Richard Evans, John Sharples, Barry Aitken, Peter Owens, Brian Scovell and Robert Smith.

Looks like the forty club if Rob Nelson is involved.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: richyreed on July 22, 2019, 09:03:40 PM
After a fairly depressing start to the season I've had a very good couple of weeks, passing 50 on four of my last five league games and becoming the top scorer in the league (Shoutout to my blank bat which is going like a cannon!). The one I didn't I was out on 20ish given out caught behind when I just hit the ground. I have settled into being the anchor opener role which is working well for me and the team, I just stop the flow of wickets while our middle order has licence to hit out. We are now comfortably midtable which is good for us as there are two very strong teams at the top of the table, as long as we don't get relegated that's a good season for us in the league we are in.

(https://i.postimg.cc/KzJxF4RP/tvlbatting.png)

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jaffa on July 22, 2019, 10:51:37 PM
Looks like the forty club if Rob Nelson is involved.

It is but they are calling themselves XL for this tour. They batted down to nine. We bowled them out for 197. I took four wickets. We were looking good but our run rate dropped and we were bowled out for 148.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on July 23, 2019, 06:34:09 AM
XL are the Roman numerals for 40. They are known as The Forty Club or XL.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on July 23, 2019, 08:27:02 AM
I think @Buzz plays for The Forty Club
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Buzz on July 23, 2019, 09:27:39 AM
Loads of people from the XL club I have played with in that lot.
Barry Atkin is the chairman I believe. Sanjay Barry is a thoroughly good bloke.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jaffa on July 23, 2019, 08:55:39 PM
XL are the Roman numerals for 40. They are known as The Forty Club or XL.

Where's the faceplant emoji?  I thought it had to do with our advancing years and increasing waistlines.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jaffa on July 23, 2019, 09:03:30 PM
Loads of people from the XL club I have played with in that lot.
Barry Atkin is the chairman I believe. Sanjay Barry is a thoroughly good bloke.

Barry umpired our game today. Couldn't quite raise our game to beat the Spanish expats.

The Forty club on the other hand put 350 odd past Denmark today. Happy hunting for them.

Rest day tomorrow. I need it after playing three days on the trot.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jjelricksmith on July 29, 2019, 11:01:28 AM
Interesting game this weekend. Rain reduced from the beginning meant they scored 130-9 in 41 overs and we had 37 overs to chase it. Deck was an absolute rock hard road so we knew this would be very achievable. Every over their skipper would complain about something like condition of the ball and even said the pitch was deteriorating at one point, after only 49 overs in the day on a fresh wicket. After bowling 15 overs in 1 hour 25 mins trying to play for rain we were 64-0 chasing and the captain tried one more ploy by saying to myself and the umpires, you wouldnt want to be responsible for an injury, playing in this just isnt safe. It hadnt rained, the bowlers had good control. I'd even been bowled 2 bouncers the over before with men on the ropes catching. The umpires said seeing as it wasnt raining, the ball was ok and nothing dangerous was happening play would continue unless 'a bowler bowls head high noballs as he cant control the ball, HE SLIPS IN HIS RUNUP or fielders start struggling to run around'. Skipper goes to his 6 foot 5 bowler in his 4th over for a chat, gets to position. The lad takes one step and hits the deck like watching Neymar playing Sunday league. Skipper straight over to point it out as the lads rolling around on the floor to point it out, umpire says 'good timing that' of course the lad said he slipped and the game was called off after 15.2 overs bowled in an hour and 40 mins. 2 balls were bowled in the last 15 mins. Ideal time wasting and just not cricket. But what can you do that side were bottom of the table and getting smacked, they needed the 7 points.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on July 29, 2019, 12:09:30 PM
Decent couple of days of cricket at the weekend for me, nice little hit out on Friday in the CBF vs Kilve game then a good win Sat to see off one of the sides chasing us for promotion. They won the toss and batted first on a track with a little green in it, we bowled them out right at the end for 168. I was a bit erratic but picked up two of their better bats as they were looking to accelerate. Then got stuck in and hit 15 fours on my way to 81, we chased it in 26 overs, 3 down. All 3 sides behind us in the league dropped points making it a pretty pleasing win!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on July 29, 2019, 06:32:27 PM
On holiday at the moment but my side was the only side to play sat just gone in the Two Counties leagues from Prem to Div 5 and we won so after that being 3 wins on the spin now we are back to 4th and 20pts from top. Still maintain we do not want to go up as with current availability issues we need to recruit and bring on youth for a few years in my opinion
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on July 29, 2019, 07:57:05 PM
Played the rain card, successfully played a rain card, continued playing the rain card all weekend!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jaffa on July 30, 2019, 12:09:52 AM
Loads of people from the XL club I have played with in that lot.
Barry Atkin is the chairman I believe. Sanjay Barry is a thoroughly good bloke.

This is the team we played.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48409380826_969debedd8_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKLJn1) (https://flic.kr/p/2gKLJn1)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on July 30, 2019, 07:53:07 AM
TFC Saturday. Skipper decided I'd struggle with a slightly damp ball but didn't tell me until we were looking for one of our keepers sixes an hour and a half after we'd finished bowling. All ten wickets fell to spin, coach took 7 and left armer 3, so can't begrudge them bowling, but the fact the skipper didn't mention his thinking annoyed me.

Opposition obviously annoyed Johnny somehow as he decided to show off and was walking at their quicks, took 24 from one over, reached 50 off 23 and 100 off 48. We won chasing 175 with 23 overs spare...

All three of our games went ahead and were won, so all the league sides are in 2nd or 3rd spot with six weeks to go. Importantly Henley 2 vs Hurst was rained off so we jumped above Hurst, and we play them both in the next month.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on August 04, 2019, 08:39:07 PM
No Saturday cricket for me in august, was on holiday last sat and this sat just gone, free weekend next weekend and then away again and also seeing Ed Sheeran in concert.

However this meant I was able to play Sunday league cricket this weekend which I hardly ever get to do and this weekend was super special for me. We won the toss batted first and scored 308/5 I managed to hit my first Ton of the season scoring 124 before being caught going for a maximum. Our No5 smashed 71 from 30 balls.
We then bowled so well and bowled them out for 110 in 23 overs.

Why was it so special for me!! Well due to a late cancellation my 13 yr old daughter who has been really enjoying her first year of ladies cricket was asked if she wanted to play and I got to share the field with my eldest daughter which was amazing for me #superprouddad.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on August 05, 2019, 01:38:43 AM
Dropped two catches then scored a whole one run in a game we lost by 8 runs. Went and sat down in the changing rooms after my dismissal and spent a good half hour feeling like I didn't want to play cricket again this season.

So that was a good Saturday.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: sgcricket on August 05, 2019, 02:47:57 AM
Had my worst match ever. Got out in the first over for a duck then dropped 2 catches just to make it worse.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jayralh on August 05, 2019, 09:07:42 AM
Having a nightmare of season with bat. Not been able to score anything beside one 50. Thinking out dropping out for 1-2 matches to give myself a break that might help me somehow
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on August 05, 2019, 09:51:41 AM
Like some of the other posters above, I too am not having the greatest summer with the bat but my problem is not so much getting out but my inability to score runs while in. Happened again yesterday, opened batting against a new ball on a very poor batting surface and after 15 overs, I had scored just 8 runs. We were only chasing 116 and I was facing the opposition's 2 best bowlers (they were very much a bowling side) but sadly this depressingly low strike rate wasn't an isolated instance. 

On the positive side I do actually feel rock solid in defense this season and yesterday we ended up winning quite comfortably so I suppose I could argue that I did a job seeing off their main bowlers. 
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: DevAussie on August 05, 2019, 11:59:35 AM
Played for the first time in 4 years the other Saturday....hard graft batting with no timing while in your head you still feel like you did when in top form 4 years ago.....
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 05, 2019, 12:12:02 PM
Lost the toss and got asked to bowl on a suspiciously green wicket. Our opening bowlers started well reducing the oppo to 22-5 and then we we lost concentration in the field and leaked too many runs while still taking wickets allowing them to get to 74 before being all out. I gave the openers the instruction to bat sensibly to try and maximise the points we could achieve. One opener had a huge swipe and skyed his second ball but was dropped. We lost 3 wickets in getting to 77. Our decent run continues having played 8 and only losing 1
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 05, 2019, 12:16:57 PM
Having had a couple of days to reflect on Saturday, I still think cricket is (No Swearing Please)!

Another game like last weekend and I'm retiring
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on August 05, 2019, 12:50:28 PM
Having had a couple of days to reflect on Saturday, I still think cricket is (No Swearing Please)!

Another game like last weekend and I'm retiring

Cricket is no fun at all if youíre either getting skittled for nothing, getting tonked week after week with the ball and chasing leather.. sadly many players feel like you. Hope a week or two off will get you back though as the game canít afford to lose people. Maybe drop a few divisions down and smash a few runs ??
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Yorkershire on August 05, 2019, 02:19:17 PM
Having had a couple of days to reflect on Saturday, I still think cricket is (No Swearing Please)!

Another game like last weekend and I'm retiring

Know how you feel.. I have way more fun playing friendly social 20 20 cricket aged 41 then league cricket!

But when winter comes boy do I miss it! Think Golf is on the horizon... I've already started my midlife crisis and bought an electric guitar to begin learning...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on August 08, 2019, 10:52:35 PM
Final Thursday evening cricket match of the season and despite spending an hour last night hitting slow pies delivered from a bowling machine, I endured another evening to forgot tonight with the bat. I actually tried someone else's piece of willow tonight, a Kookaburra Kahuna 600 which felt great in the hand but like every time before this season, I just couldn't time anything out in the middle. It's really frustrating because I am seeing the ball really well in terms of defending but this seems to have come at the cost of scoring runs. Embarrassingly I am barely scoring at a run over in T20 cricket this season and have probably even worse strike rate in 40/45 over cricket.   

The match itself we lost although we were a little undone by the opposition skipper saying they didn't have any cricketers when in fact they had at least half a dozen more than useful batsmen. Laughably a fall of a wicket generally brought a progressively better batsman to the crease but Thursday evenings are all about having a bit of fun and tucking into sausage and chips afterwards.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mo_town on August 09, 2019, 09:32:57 AM
Having had a couple of days to reflect on Saturday, I still think cricket is (No Swearing Please)!

Another game like last weekend and I'm retiring

I saw the scorecard  :o .. were they really good or did you guys have an off day bowling?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 09, 2019, 09:44:43 AM
@mo_town Their opening batsmen both had a very good day and we had an under strength side with 8 players unavailable (don't you love holiday season).

I don't think you can blame either of those things for the difference between the sides though, it was just one of those things.

The result wasn't what ruined the day for me, and the opposition were a decent bunch of lads. What I didn't enjoy was the bickering between teammates and everyone being miserable for most of the day :(
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 10, 2019, 10:05:54 PM
Weird end to our game today. Bowled first and got them 170 ao, I finally got a decent bowl after a light work load last couple of weeks and got 8.1/4/16/5. In return we were 111/2 at a rain delay. Off for about 90 mins, in which side oppo decided they wanted to go home but umps said fit to play. Our keeper then nicked behind but not given, however because their keeper had nicked behind and not walked he didn't, so they just bowled pies to the other bat to stop Johnny getting a 4th century of the season. We got the 60 we needed after the rain in about 8 overs and celebrated all teams winning for the third week in a row.

Personally fielded well, near my standards I set myself, and bowled well. Three bad balls, one for 6, one 4 and a wide. Wickets were a leftie bowled sweeping, righty stumped, righty caught short cover driving a wrongun, righty padding up first ball and then another leftie hacking to leg. Was on a hat trick, blocked by 11, but a three wicket maiden.

If we win big next weekend, title is ours to lose, so big game coming up!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 11, 2019, 08:40:06 AM
Yesterday was my most enjoyable Saturday for a long time.

Our game was called off at 10am which saved a 70 odd mile round trip and I didn't think about cricket all day!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 11, 2019, 10:02:46 AM
Last game for me yesterday,,, my bodies knackered,Iíve somehow managed to damage my cornea, so I canít see the ball,,, and Iím sick of dog slow sticky wickets, but the deciding factor is the umpires,,,reached an all time low yesterday with two old boys,who were beyond shocking.
Some of the decisions they made were a joke and itís not worth wasting a day anymore

Iíve got three young kids at home and Iíd rather spend the day entertaining them

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on August 11, 2019, 06:29:00 PM
Weíll see Mark, weíll see!

Iíve Ďgiven upí too until shoulder surgery- however, something tells me weíll both be back on the field some day.

Come and play for my veterans team (and bring your drinking boots) 😁
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: shentser on August 11, 2019, 06:45:19 PM
Last game for me yesterday,,, my bodies knackered,Iíve somehow managed to damage my cornea, so I canít see the ball,,, and Iím sick of dog slow sticky wickets, but the deciding factor is the umpires,,,reached an all time low yesterday with two old boys,who were beyond shocking.
Some of the decisions they made were a joke and itís not worth wasting a day anymore

Iíve got three young kids at home and Iíd rather spend the day entertaining them

Have some time off until your kids are old enough to play with you in the same team. I have had the privelege of playing with both my son and daughter. i packed in at 24 ish  and came back at 48 . great times.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 11, 2019, 08:34:28 PM
Strong weekend all told for me. Added 4/20 today to my 5/16 yesterday in a Frogs vs Frogs game after Sussex Martlets couldn't get a side out.

Back is improving, so a nine wicket weekend is a nice feeling.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on August 12, 2019, 11:41:08 AM
Have some time off until your kids are old enough to play with you in the same team. I have had the privelege of playing with both my son and daughter. i packed in at 24 ish  and came back at 48 . great times.
Iím very very lucky to have played cricket with my eldest son,(heís 22 now) and it is by far my happiest and proudest cricketing memories

Weíll see Mark, weíll see!

Iíve Ďgiven upí too until shoulder surgery- however, something tells me weíll both be back on the field some day.

Come and play for my veterans team (and bring your drinking boots) 😁

Brucie, Iím knackered mate,,, my eyesight issues is the final straw tbh, and the umpires issue gets worse year on year.
If I can get my eyes sorted then Iíll look at next season and have a think about what I can realistically do 👍
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on August 12, 2019, 05:21:56 PM
Had a decent friendly game yesterday afternoon.

Lost the toss, opposition decided to bat first and they post 169 off 40 overs. This largely down to one lad with a £550 M&H bat (plays somewhere down in South Yorkshire) scoring 71 and also our quite hopeless efforts in the field. In reply, I was intending to open again but we were chasing 50+ more than last week so dropped myself down to No.7 hoping I could have a little cameo at the end. However we were still 60 short with 10 overs to go (when the 5th wicket fell) so sent in a proper batsman instead and we knocked it off with 3+ overs to spare.

Only bit of controversy was when the aforementioned South Yorkshire player came on first change to bowl and chucked every delivery. One of our batsmen wasn't happy and it wasn't very noticeable at square leg but once I viewed his action from the pavilion, it was blatantly obvious. We decided not to say anything being a Sunday friendly and we also calculated that his pace of his bowling was easier to play on that wicket than some old timer just dropping it on a good length.  :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Wozaboxa on August 12, 2019, 05:35:40 PM
Got my 3rd Golden Duck of the season, 3rd time it's been to a ball I should have put out the ground. I am not having a great season.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: OllieWalker39 on August 14, 2019, 10:10:30 AM
Having a reasonable season myself, averaging middle 30s yet only scored 3 50s - suggests I need to convert more starts!

Can't remember who it was, but the rain calling off a game 70 miles away upsets me: I have had a trip to Darlington this year, to field 40 overs, go off for rain, then go home - fantastic feeling there...! And then this Saturday, despite the Friday thunder (and the well known about rain storms expected Saturday afternoon) we turned up, again to a ground way way away, to sit and watch the rain fall, and then get told "Well looks like we won't get on today lads"... I love spending my afternoon sat in a tiny changing room watching Sky Go!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: 19reading87 on August 14, 2019, 10:47:31 AM
Having a reasonable season myself, averaging middle 30s yet only scored 3 50s - suggests I need to convert more starts!

Can't remember who it was, but the rain calling off a game 70 miles away upsets me: I have had a trip to Darlington this year, to field 40 overs, go off for rain, then go home - fantastic feeling there...! And then this Saturday, despite the Friday thunder (and the well known about rain storms expected Saturday afternoon) we turned up, again to a ground way way away, to sit and watch the rain fall, and then get told "Well looks like we won't get on today lads"... I love spending my afternoon sat in a tiny changing room watching Sky Go!

As stupid as it sounds, treasure those moments of sitting in a changing room
With your mates watching Sky Go and having banter! Thatís what youíll miss more than playing when you stop...
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: tommo256 on August 14, 2019, 11:15:08 AM
Lost to my old club at the weekend, which is always a toughy but I personally played well!
Took two catches in the field, one on the run round at fine leg! And 1-50 off 10 overs bowling into the breeze but on Saturday my captain was an absolute monkey, just didnít listen to how I wanted my field set and stuff. I only went for two boundaries in my spell but they picked up to many 1s and 2s for my liking but he wouldnít listen to how I wanted it set!
Managed 1* with the bat, so retired to the bar for a few Guinness with the old boys
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: OllieWalker39 on August 15, 2019, 09:37:58 AM
As stupid as it sounds, treasure those moments of sitting in a changing room
With your mates watching Sky Go and having banter! Thatís what youíll miss more than playing when you stop...

That is true! It's where the stories come from... and who doesn't love getting a stump and having some changing room cricket?! Would rather it was at home though, not miles away  :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on August 15, 2019, 08:48:14 PM
As stupid as it sounds, treasure those moments of sitting in a changing room
With your mates watching Sky Go and having banter! Thatís what youíll miss more than playing when you stop...
Sometimes I wonder whether I'm the only one on here who actually likes playing cricket..!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on August 15, 2019, 09:29:13 PM
Sometimes I wonder whether I'm the only one on here who actually likes playing cricket..!

You like playing? I thought we just bought gear to look at
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 17, 2019, 07:42:35 PM
Yesterday was my most enjoyable Saturday for a long time.

Our game was called off at 10am which saved a 70 odd mile round trip and I didn't think about cricket all day!

Perhaps a change of scenery and a trip along the A27 next might help you start enjoying cricket again
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on August 17, 2019, 07:54:20 PM
2nd loss of the season but were already promoted and should still win the division.
They hit 187/6 in 40. We didnít bowl well, dropped a few catches and mid-fielded a lot.
We were 130 all out. I hit a 53 holing out to long off trying to push the score along.
Good natured game against a friendly side.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on August 17, 2019, 09:21:27 PM
Really satisfying day today, us in 2nd played 3rd place with a win securing promotion. We put them in and they started needlessly slowly.on a slightly green track then recovered to 209 from their 45. Knowing their opening bowlers were high quality but that it would get much easier later, me and my opening partner set to work, saw them off and then cashed in. Incredibly satisfying to knock them off with none down, never carried my bat through an innings before! The beer tasted very good after the game.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECMuIyvWwAEJJTu?format=jpg&name=medium)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on August 17, 2019, 10:57:56 PM
Managed to lose when we should have won today in a local derby and 3rd vs 4th place clash. Played away at Stowupland which is a nice hard track and always decent pace and carry. Now our opener is quick but today was lightening fast 20yrds back and taking waist/head high and the delivery to dismiss the top 3 would have got nearly anyone out, wrapped the gloves in front face and nicked through to me and a Jaffaís that sent the bail about 10 yards from the boundary edge on a big ground. Had them 23 for 4 off 20 overs but change bowlers were poor and we ended up leaking 132 when we bowled them out in the 41st over and I ended with 3 catches behind.

Now they are a very good bowling attack but today they were superb, and bowled us out for 92 in the 43rd over and I didnít get a single full toss, half volley and poor ball all innings and I opened and was the last man out for 47, we had some awful umpiring decisions from our own players as no league umpire etc today including one that pitched at least a foot outside leg, Oppo made a joking appeal as he padded it away to see our umpire give it out, he couldnít understand why our bat was so angry until I said you do realise you canít be out of it pitches outside leg and then it dawned on him!!! Not going to say we would have won but he and I were building a solid partnership.
Anyway that ends the slim chance of promotion we had which tbh we shouldnít be in this position anyway had some serious luck with other teams getting rained off and top always losing to bottom and we are certainly not at the moment one of the best 3 sides in the league as just to inconsistent and availability is to patchy to get promoted for a 4th season in a row. Time to settle and build a squad
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on August 18, 2019, 06:35:42 AM
Absolute scenes yesterday in a top of the table clash, with us going into the game ten behind Henley 2s.

They won the toss and bowled, and we were looking pretty at with 180 on the board 3 down with our keeper having punished anything short to the 40/5 yard leg side boundary. We then had a shocker of a collapse and were 222ao on a good deck, I was lbw for 1 to a left arm spinner, initially thought I'd been hit high as I felt it on my thigh pad but was told it had hit my knee roll and gone up from there.

Our openers set the tone with pace and aggression from one and and consistent shape across the right hander from the other. Our Aussie took three quick scalps in his spl, left armer none from 6, and I was brought on for the leftie with the short hit to the right handers leg side. I took figures of 10/1/36/3, only being slogged for a six and one four to the short side by a guy who had no technique and just swung. At the other end our offie ran through them, taking 4/11 as well skittled Henley for 100 to go top of the league by two points with 3 games to go.

Gutted to be missing the next game due to family birthdays, but buzzing for the last two and delighted to have found form and fitness with the ball and in the field. Now just to work on the batting!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 18, 2019, 09:22:44 AM
Lost the toss yesterday, made 106 all out on a testing wicket following the amount of rain we've had. There were 6.2 overs of our 50 left unused

In reply the oppo got it 6 down in the 36th over.

On a personal note I clean bowled a current county pro who has a first class ton to his name through the gate, which made my day!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on August 18, 2019, 08:35:28 PM
On a personal note I clean bowled a current county pro who has a first class ton to his name through the gate, which made my day!
Nice feeling that, the rest of your team-mates are sitting in the changing room feeling a bit depressed whilst you have a cheeky grin and looking up this guy's stats on cricinfo.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: blindowl on August 18, 2019, 09:29:48 PM
Lost a cup final today to round off my season.

We were very outplayed by a much stronger side so hats off to them. At least we made a game of it.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on August 18, 2019, 09:43:49 PM
Yesterday lost by 10 wickets and today lost by 1 run.

I was a bit of a dunce today as I opted not to bowl myself until the final over and then found the wicket was taking spin. Opposition posted 237 off 35 overs thanks mainly to some truly shocking bowling.  I then opened but was soon out LBW and almost walked it was that plumb. Walked across to flick what I thought was leg-side bound delivery but it cut away off the wicket and hit the bottom of the knee roll in front of middle stump. I did briefly start walking before stopping to look at the umpire but the cheeky sod just shouted "keep walking mate". Soon after it started raining which made batting easier and bowling harder so what looked an improbable target after 10 overs became realistic after 25. Think we needed 40 off last 5 overs then a big over took us to needing just 23 with 4 overs but our centurion got bowled which sparked a collapse meaning we needed 11 to win off last. Sadly we didn't quite make it but personally I would much rather lose a tight match on a Sunday (like today) than win with 15 overs to spare. 

Yesterday was a very one-sided because despite the match being listed as an all 2nd XI encounter, the opposition's 1st XI had a free week so most of them turned up in their 2nd XI. We posted a slightly below par total of 140-9 off 45 overs but in fairness we didn't take 2 very easy chances early on and the opening pair then never looked back.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 19, 2019, 12:23:53 PM
Nice feeling that, the rest of your team-mates are sitting in the changing room feeling a bit depressed whilst you have a cheeky grin and looking up this guy's stats on cricinfo.

It was more enjoyable as he'd said between overs that my bowling was "not very good" to the guy batting at the other end!
Nice feedback from the guy who goes out to bat in a club game wearing his Hampshire lid...

Do I get extra forum points for said player being sponsored by Hell 4 Leather?  ;)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: hammersjr on August 19, 2019, 02:03:32 PM
Makes it feel even sweeter!

Wood by any chance?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on August 19, 2019, 02:35:12 PM
Makes it feel even sweeter!

Wood by any chance?

It was indeed.

I Wood not like to boast about it, though! :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jjelricksmith on August 19, 2019, 03:22:22 PM
Played my personal least favourite side in our league on Saturday. Nothing to do with the team just their umpire is a cheat, used to do their top division side but was forced down after being reported too many times. He's just fingers in pockets for their side and trigger for the away, his son also skippers their side. Of course the day started with some left armer bowling away swing from the right hander getting 3 LBWs all pitching a good few inches outside leg however we did know this would be the day so i did say get your pads out of the way if in doubt just snick behind. They bowl all their best bowlers from his end and the part timers from the other end. Including both normal opening bowler standard bowlers bowling from his end rather than open.

We scraped to 130 all out which is very defendable having defended 111 and 121 in the previous two weeks. Got them 110 all out and was over the moon. Unfortunately a player overheard myself and another player discussing their cheating umpire on the way out which has been reported. Oh how interesting this will be, however was stupid to say it before we got in the car as 6 of their club attending were related. Scorer, 2 bowlers, umpire and 2 all rounders. I believe the comment was 'Its an hour and a half drive here, unfortunately their umpire will keep them up again same as he did last season' theyre currently 2nd bottom and by far the worst side in the division in my opinion.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Big Mac on August 25, 2019, 12:46:56 AM
Dropped two catches then scored a whole one run in a game we lost by 8 runs. Went and sat down in the changing rooms after my dismissal and spent a good half hour feeling like I didn't want to play cricket again this season.

So that was a good Saturday.

so after this a couple of games ago, I top scored with 27 as we got skittled for 98 last week and then got my personal best score of 61 today as we won our first game in about 6 weeks to avoid relegation.

It's funny how things can change, shame it took me until the end of the season to finally score some runs.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on August 25, 2019, 11:24:52 PM
Saturday perfectly summed up why Iíll be seeking a higher standard next season
In another thread I mentioned our struggles with players etc, but yesterday the team we played were equally annoying.

A lad who was about 16/17 bowled a couple of balls towards the end of the innings that were so far outside off, they would have been given wides in any decent league but as our umpire is generous they werenít given. Because I swung and missed at these, he begun to shout ďooooohĒ and start laughing after every ball. He did this after I smashed him through cover for 4, and when I pulled him to the fence as well. After which he gave me a volley which I returned with ďyouíve got a lot to say for someone who hasnít taken a wicket and canít bowl straight.Ē He then went down to fine leg and told his dad who he then hid behind at tea (his dad spent most of it staring at me)

They then decided to apply their own version of the wide rule as well as deciding that we werenít playing LBWís. It was strange given that they never looked like losing and didnít need to do it. The decisions made no impact on the game but it still leaves a sour taste in the mouth.  We had 3 genuine 70/30 shouts before being turned down for one that was so plumb we were honestly a bit confused as how to react to such a joke of a decision as well all just stood there looking at each other. The response (like it was for the previous 3) was that it was hitting outside the line. The guy was batting on middle deep in his crease and he literally didnít move his feet at all. (Not an exaggeration, he literally plonked his bat inside the line)

Iíll be so glad to play with neutral umpires next year because that was embarrassing. I play in what is basically a friendly development league on a Sunday as well and the umpiring is never a problem, quite what it is about promotion and relegation that makes teams do things like this confuses me.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on August 26, 2019, 07:41:25 AM
Saturday perfectly summed up why Iíll be seeking a higher standard next season
In another thread I mentioned our struggles with players etc, but yesterday the team we played were equally annoying.

A lad who was about 16/17 bowled a couple of balls towards the end of the innings that were so far outside off, they would have been given wides in any decent league but as our umpire is generous they werenít given. Because I swung and missed at these, he begun to shout ďooooohĒ and start laughing after every ball. He did this after I smashed him through cover for 4, and when I pulled him to the fence as well. After which he gave me a volley which I returned with ďyouíve got a lot to say for someone who hasnít taken a wicket and canít bowl straight.Ē He then went down to fine leg and told his dad who he then hid behind at tea (his dad spent most of it staring at me)

They then decided to apply their own version of the wide rule as well as deciding that we werenít playing LBWís. It was strange given that they never looked like losing and didnít need to do it. The decisions made no impact on the game but it still leaves a sour taste in the mouth.  We had 3 genuine 70/30 shouts before being turned down for one that was so plumb we were honestly a bit confused as how to react to such a joke of a decision as well all just stood there looking at each other. The response (like it was for the previous 3) was that it was hitting outside the line. The guy was batting on middle deep in his crease and he literally didnít move his feet at all. (Not an exaggeration, he literally plonked his bat inside the line)

Iíll be so glad to play with neutral umpires next year because that was embarrassing. I play in what is basically a friendly development league on a Sunday as well and the umpiring is never a problem, quite what it is about promotion and relegation that makes teams do things like this confuses me.

Donít be too much in a rush for appointed umpires... they give so so so many bad decisions itís even more frustrating wasting your time and money for some old git to give you out
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on August 26, 2019, 09:35:35 AM
Oh donít get me wrong, in the games Iíve played with panel umpires Iíve received one absolutely shocking LBW and seen some equally poor decisions. But at least when that happens I know itís because theyíve got it wrong rather than a player genuinely cheating because theyíre desperate to go up @RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Timbo287 on August 26, 2019, 12:49:56 PM
Played a team full of horrible people Saturday. It was in the middle of nowhere and was like something out of deliverance you could here the banjos playing when we turned up. We won the toss and bowled on a pitch that looked like someoneís back garden. Things were going well we took early wickets then one lad came in and started running his mouth. We got him out soon after but that started the fun. He walked round the boundary shouting abuse at anyone who was near. We eventually bowled them out for 150 it should have been a lot less but we dropped the lad who got the guns 4 or 5 times. When we were batting we lost our wickets cheaply. Towards the end of the game one of their bowlers bowled 5 beamers at our number 10 who is 16. This wound up some our boys who started calling for him  to be taken off this nearly ended up in a mass brawl but things calmed down when they agreed to take him off. We got called all sorts after hey took the last wicket. Aggressive and aimed at a few of our lads directly. I spoke to their umpire after the game who said we warned him after the first Beamer when questioned why he was allowed to keep bowling after bowling 4 more he said in the spirit of the game I decided to let him keep bowling. I asked What if he he had been hit in the throat or neck?  to which he just looked at me as if to say I hadnít thought about that. Terrible game against terrible people
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 01, 2019, 07:53:48 AM
The last round of league games was played yesterday. My club has a couple more friendlies booked but there's no way I'm playing in those.

Thank God the season is over!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on September 01, 2019, 10:15:06 AM
Beaconsfield move one step closer to promotion. Set 296 for Hurst to win with 3,4 and 5 getting between 50 and 99. Johnny brought up his 1000th league runs for the season when he got to 40, our Surrey 2s guy looked class before a rain delay when he was on 99... Early tea taken, 45 minutes later pops to cover without adding to his score.

We bowled really well first half and hurst only had 70 on the board at halfway. They ended up 224/7 off their 50, I got 2/48 off 8. Bowled well first four then a bit loose and got swept a lot last four.

Seconds won and confirmed promotion with a week spare, whilst the 3s only need one point next weekend to be promoted. They are currently top but yesterday's opposition are challenging the result as it was a controversial ending. Their last man had smashed it behind (was being filmed by the bowlers dad and put into our club chat), bat started to walk but their player umpire called him back saying he hadn't given it. After some disagreement the ump admitted it was out but he wasn't going to give it, at which point our team picked up the stumps and walked off the pitch. Apparently came close to a scrap. Given that team hire out our second ground for their 3s and we are looking at getting our 4s into the league that side may become homeless.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Northern monkey on September 01, 2019, 11:04:52 AM
Played yesterday,,, we needed 4 points to get 4th place apparently,,,not sure why fourth was significant but hey ho
Anyway we got the points, but got beat , not a bad bunch of lads,,,,one of theirs gave me a massive send off, bowler had me caught off a top edge, and came running up to me and shouted in my ear,,,it was actually quite funny,,,he looked quite shocked heíd done it,,,,,cricket does attract some strange people

After the short? Retirement it felt good to run round a cricket pitch, bowled a few overs, and was batting ok, until I top edged whilst sweeping

Iíll see how it goes next year,,at 51, I really canít be ars#d anymore,,,, the wickets at our home ground were dreadful this year,(groundsman politics?) the umpires get worse year on year,(one of our lads fired lbw yesterday after the loudest inside edge onto his pads)
And tbh, I miss spending time with my kids,,,and that crucially is something I know Iíll regret

Aaaaannnyyywwaaayyy,,,,soon be time for cbf nets,,,and that Iíve missed
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: DorsetDan on September 01, 2019, 11:31:36 AM
^ mirrors most of my season and feeling about cricket tbh (minus the age 😬 😀). Roll on the CBF nets and new bat purchases 😀
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: ppccopener on September 01, 2019, 11:51:40 AM
Ah CBF nets...something to look forward to  :)
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: A-Swing-And-A-Miss on September 01, 2019, 01:04:43 PM
Went into the final game 6 points behind 2nd place, they were playing the struggling team we had pumped the week before whilst we were playing a mid table team who had turned us over earlier in the season fairly comprehensively.

We won the toss and batted first getting off to a ridiculous start as our skipper batting at 3 smashed it around. When he got out around the 30th over we were 195/3 looking at 300-350. After a mini collapse I came in at 206/6 in the ~35th over. With 10 overs left and two brand new bats in (Numbers 7 & 8), we were focused on getting to 250 and not getting bowled out. With quite a bit of luck for me we found the boundary with ease and clawed ourselves up to 296/9 off our 45, I was bowled for 39 to carry on my streak of never scoring a 50!

In response they were miles off the pace right from the start and showed very little interest in actually chasing that mammoth total which allowed us to bring in the field and really get on top of them. At 52-5 it was fairly safe to say the game was won but we needed to bowl them out for maximum bowling points. I didn't take any wickets in my first spell but came back to take two at the end to finish off their innings for 148 and finish with 2/7. Pretty much half what we scored.

When we got to the pub the result had been posted from the other game, the team who were 2nd got turned over losing by 9 wickets to seal our promotion! A very good end to what hasn't necessarily been an amazing season due to weather, teams conceding and my personal poor performances.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: InternalTraining on September 01, 2019, 02:01:36 PM
Glad season is over. My team crashed into a lower division due to some poor cricket, bad luck, and bad leadership decisions. I didn't convert a single fifty into a hundred, my fitness remains an issue. Preparing for weekend matches seems like a lot of work nowadays. I just got tired of some characters by the end of the season.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Tailendfielder on September 01, 2019, 02:38:14 PM
We chased down 215 for 2 yesterday. Kept a ball with my head and wasnt allowed to bat.

It mathematically secured our 6th promotion in 8 years. Clubs in good shape. Some hard work to do over the winter with the known loss of 6 second team regulars Will prove a challenge but also an opportunity.

Kept really well this season but due to some poor form been a disappointing season with the bat.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Jaffa on September 01, 2019, 03:22:24 PM
We won our league on the last day of the season which was a home game. Won both local derby's. Despite nearly getting an Audi, 0,0,0 then 24 I feel my batting is improving. A long way to go before I can call myself a batsman though.

Bowling, was ok. Not sure if it was because I was coming from tearing my achilles that I didn't get the results I wanted but a few things to work on in the off season, including fitness.

And yes the beer did taste nicer after winning the last game.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on September 01, 2019, 07:33:44 PM
A weekend of firsts for me this weekend and none of them good. Was due to play sat as normal but we conceded for the first time in our sat history with just 4 players available. Availability has been poor all season and with us comfortable 4th position and not playing to win a league or get promoted for the 1st time too many have moved onto winter sports like football and rugby already.

So was asked to play for our 2nd team today as no Sunday 1st team fixture and I was run out without facing on a shocking decision I must have been a foot past the stumps but some old boy decided I was out as ďmy bat was in the airĒ regardless of both feet being on the ground 4ft past the crease.

2 sat league games left and T20 finals day next week which funny enough we have about 14 available for - this hasnít helped my mood.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Grubby on September 01, 2019, 07:41:42 PM
Going into the game we were 2nd bottom needing a win to stay up. Itís been a developing season with u12/u13/u14s making their way into the menís league. Won the the toss and batted. Only made 179 in a rainy 45 overs which reduced their innings to 39 overs. Our 5 junior and 1 senior bowlers got through to the last over with them needing 9 off the last over. 1.4.1.0.1.0
Win by 1 run to stay up!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: edge on September 02, 2019, 06:59:25 AM
End of a great season for me, signed off with 56 off 25 in a total of 128ao which we defended quite comfortably. Finished the leading scorer in our divison which I'm chuffed to bits with, and more importantly we got a well-deserved promotion which will hopefully see a decent step up in standard next year.

End of season stats - 552 runs at 55.2, strike rate according to play-cricket of 180 haha. 8 wickets at 23, bowling definitely something to work on over the winter as wasn't at my best this year despite the figures looking alright.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: ABello1 on September 02, 2019, 12:09:53 PM
Not played this season apart from a charity day after deciding to retire after last season and can honestly say I haven't missed it at all  and that got me wondering how long have I not enjoyed it but carried on regardless and only been to watch my old team twice
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: meats on September 02, 2019, 04:09:29 PM
Not played this season apart from a charity day after deciding to retire after last season and can honestly say I haven't missed it at all  and that got me wondering how long have I not enjoyed it but carried on regardless and only been to watch my old team twice

Similar here except young family instead of retirement. Played a work game and have Vice President's match at a former club in a couple of weeks. Haven't missed it apart from having a few beers afterwards.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on September 02, 2019, 06:38:01 PM
Similar story for me to a lot of people.

This season is my last one until my kids are grown up and off doing their own thing and not looking to have their 'old man' knocking around with them.

Haven't played at all for at least the last month due to various family stuff going on and have really enjoyed having an actual weekend to do stuff rather than cram it all into a Sunday.

I'll still be available for the odd game if they're short but looking forward to spending next summer weekends doing lots of outdoor family stuff.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on September 02, 2019, 06:45:27 PM
I've switched entirely from Saturday league cricket to midweek (or occasional Sunday lunch time) t20s. Most of the team are guys with young families, and we have a blast. A couple of evenings a week and you still get plenty of cricket and keep the weekends free for the family.

It's a relaxed but competitive format, we have a great v team spirit, and we've had some really memorable games.

I'd really recommend it as an alternative to giving up altogether.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on September 02, 2019, 07:00:11 PM
If we had a decent midweek league or even friendly setup I'd be keen as mustard, but it seems to have gone downhill a bit here and a lot of the older, more established friendly teams no longer exist.

We won a cup this season of which all but one of the games were mid week. Played in a few of those and they were great games, but the trouble with cup games is that if you lose early on that's your midweek cricket over, rather than knowing you've got 6-8 games regardless.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on September 02, 2019, 07:11:43 PM
I've switched entirely from Saturday league cricket to midweek (or occasional Sunday lunch time) t20s. Most of the team are guys with young families, and we have a blast. A couple of evenings a week and you still get plenty of cricket and keep the weekends free for the family.

It's a relaxed but competitive format, we have a great v team spirit, and we've had some really memorable games.

I'd really recommend it as an alternative to giving up altogether.

Is there much of a T20 scene in Cambridge? We have literally nothing in Huntingdonshire so we have to join the Bedfordshire leagues which are all straight knock outs
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on September 02, 2019, 09:02:09 PM
Yes there's loads of friendly T20 cricket in Cambridge. Teams like the Remnants and the Woozlers (honestly) play a couple of midweek friendly matches every week against the village teams. It's been brilliant for me on weeks where we didn't have a village midweek match because we were out of the cup (lost first round to a much better team). They are also great teams because they draw on a very large pool of players of all ability from J4 up to Premier league, so you get to play alongside some really good people, but with less pressure than in a league or Cup game, which was great for me returning to cricket after a 40-ish year break!

Cambs. also has several good midweek leagues that I also took part in with the village club. Scored my first over 40 innings in a T20 match for that league.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on September 02, 2019, 09:12:52 PM
Are these leagues anywhere online? Never found any when I googled them a while ago!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on September 02, 2019, 10:40:27 PM
https://www.midweekcricketleague.com (https://www.midweekcricketleague.com) is the local league.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: NT50 on September 02, 2019, 10:56:31 PM
Nice! I would love to play some midweek cricket, had no idea there were leagues round here
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on September 03, 2019, 06:47:36 AM
Nice! I would love to play some midweek cricket, had no idea there were leagues round here

We don't play in a league, we have a series of grudge matches against about 12 to 15 other local Cambridge clubs that we know we are well matched with and have a fierce (but good spirited) rivalry. We keep track of our record against each opposition and try to 'do the double' over them each year. There's plenty of banter in the pub afterwards.

This year we played 32 games. We had a good season and only lost 5 or 6 I think. We have a squad of about 25-30 regular players.

Saturday cricket seems to be struggling, but there are cricket games going on everywhere around Cambridge from Monday to Thursday. Sometimes there are 8 different teams in the red bull at about 930pm

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Psi on September 03, 2019, 11:16:59 AM
We don't play in a league, we have a series of grudge matches against about 12 to 15 other local Cambridge clubs that we know we are well matched with and have a fierce (but good spirited) rivalry. We keep track of our record against each opposition and try to 'do the double' over them each year. There's plenty of banter in the pub afterwards.

This year we played 32 games. We had a good season and only lost 5 or 6 I think. We have a squad of about 25-30 regular players.

Saturday cricket seems to be struggling, but there are cricket games going on everywhere around Cambridge from Monday to Thursday. Sometimes there are 8 different teams in the red bull at about 930pm

Which team do you play for?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on September 07, 2019, 08:01:50 PM
Champions. All three teams promoted. Its gonna get messy.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on September 08, 2019, 06:50:02 PM
Had our T20 finals day today. For the 2nd year running our little Village club got to mix it with the big boys of Suffolk cricket today at the countyís finals day.

Played at Woolpit and our semi final was on the main square with arguably the best deck in the county and we won the toss and batted which was probably a mistake. After the powerplay we were 32-1 and 1st ball after the power play in nicked off trying to run it down to 3rd man. Our middle order fired a bit but we ended up 115-6 off 20 against a side 3 leagues above us and there 1st team 4 leagues above.

We picked up a wicket in the 2nd over and after the powerplay we were actually in front and the run rate had climbed but a mix or poor bowling from 1 or 2 and talented batters meant they were never really troubled. They chased it 3 balls into the 17th over.

Overall a good T20 season ago and we put on a better show in the semi final than we managed last year. 1 more round of league games next weekend and then a long winter to look forward to :(
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on September 08, 2019, 07:22:20 PM
Played my first game with my daughter today. They hit 340/6 in their 40 overs. We were bowled out for 140. My daughter hit 2 before being run out by me. (my call but she wasnít backing up!), thatís my excuse anyway. Bit miffed they didnít give her a chance though. Went on to hit a fifty though so not all bad.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on September 08, 2019, 09:44:06 PM
Played my first game with my daughter today. They hit 340/6 in their 40 overs. We were bowled out for 140. My daughter hit 2 before being run out by me. (my call but she wasnít backing up!), thatís my excuse anyway. Bit miffed they didnít give her a chance though. Went on to hit a fifty though so not all bad.

They didnít fancy making a game of it then.. 340!, then skittling a team on a Sunday for 140..wow
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on September 09, 2019, 06:40:04 AM
Itís why Sunday friendly cricket is dying. I hate playing but feel I have to just to put a side out. Weíre all over 40 yrs old with 1 in their 70ís, 3 in their 60ís. So opening the batting with 2 league stars against our grandad bowling is a bit pointless.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on September 09, 2019, 08:20:33 AM
Itís why Sunday friendly cricket is dying. I hate playing but feel I have to just to put a side out. Weíre all over 40 yrs old with 1 in their 70ís, 3 in their 60ís. So opening the batting with 2 league stars against our grandad bowling is a bit pointless.

Isn't the point of friendly cricket that you can choose opposition who aren't going to run up 300?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jamesisapayne on September 09, 2019, 10:13:28 AM
Played what's going to be my last game of cricket for quite a while on Saturday. Had a bowl and did ok (6-0-21-1) as one of their openers was smashing it to all parts with some of cleanest hitting I've seen. Had a nice offie's wicket by snaring their opener with a thin edge behind to the keeper.

Then proceeded to play two of the worst shots imaginable while opening up with @t2ylo - the first was dropped at midwicket from a pull shot off a bowler dropping it in short off two paces before the next ball I tried lofting the same bowler over cover to a wide short delivery again and proceeded to punch straight into cover's hands. The guy literally didn't need to move.

I haven't played for around 6 weeks so was pretty rusty but a disappointing way to end :(
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: rickjames on September 09, 2019, 02:02:33 PM
Got a golden, sigh, but we put up 233 and had them 9 down for 120 odd before I was asked to turn my arm over to try and get the last. 4 balls in and hey ho, caught at point. Ball of the century type stuff, ah
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: mohawks94 on September 09, 2019, 05:41:35 PM
I think some of my team mates are in the same boat as me with two day hangovers.

We batted first Saturday, got 268/7 with myself contributing a solid 1* from one ball. Had aldershot 120/8 before they fought back a bit, ended up 156ao. Only thing that took the gloss off the win was the fact that they were a good bunch of guys and losing sent them down. Personally bowled OK, 5/1/31/1, though bowled a five wides and two others. Wicket was a caught and bowled, taken with the assistance of my knees. I had their overseas plumb but not given - he admitted to me end of the over, but some you win some you lose. He then got a shocker a few overs later and just looked at me, said "the world is balanced" and walked. People were still st the club at 4am, we ran out of barrels of beer so you could say. A good night was had by all.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: ajmw89 on September 11, 2019, 09:41:29 PM
Not played much over the last couple of years due to moving to Norfolk, changing jobs and buying a house. But, in the 8 or 9 games I played this season,I've managed my first ever 50 (74 on the hottest day of the year back in June) and ton (123* chasing 197) off the last league game of the season. Only taken me about 20 years! Finally getting the hang of this batting lark!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on September 14, 2019, 08:02:46 PM
Totally disappointing final week today. Playing top of the league who needed 16 points to be champions but a dead runner for us. They win the toss and ask us to bat. We make 253 which against there attack is a great score. Unfortunately my shocking end of season run continued and I nicked off for 5 but out No4 hit his first league Ton which was great to watch.

Now they have 2 batsmen both of which a few seasons ago play prem cricket but dropped down 5 leagues to return to home town club for whatever reason both with over 800 runs, oh and they also open the bowling for them as well. So batsmen A is plumb LBW 4th ball of the innings and there player who is umpiring gives him out. End of the over that umpire is called in and there skipper comes out to umpire. Other batsmen B is then dropped by us on 2, plumb LBW to a grubber on 40 off not given, stumped by 6ft on 60odd but skip says so sorry lads I wasnít watching so not out and he goes on to hit 171 not out.
Well if thatís how you want to win the league nothing we did was going to change that. For the first time ever Iím so glad season for me is now over.

Stats which by recent standards are poor. 357 league runs from 9 games at 39.6 with a top score of 75, 4x50+ scores but no tons.

3 Sunday games with 149 runs, avg 49.3 with top score of 124

5 x T20 games with 3 50+ scores ( have to retire at 50) 3 not outs and avg 75.6

17 catches with the gloves and 7 stumpings.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: inat4 on September 16, 2019, 02:06:21 PM
I got back into playing regularly this season after being inspired by the World Cup and the Ashes, used to play alot as a younger kid, lost interest due to one or two moody folk who I just didn't want to spend my entire Sundays with and played 3 games since 2011, now at the ripe old age of 25 I decided to get the old kit out (which was rapidly replaced as it was covered in spiders, spiders eggs and all manner of nasties after being in the shed for so long)

I've always batted at 4-5 as I don't see myself as an opener yet, and I only turn my arm over as and when is needed, best figures of 2-2-2 though  :D, decided to rejoin the old sunday side just to get back into it. Played 6 games this season, average of 8 and high score of 20, which isn't great but after feeling like a beginner again after such a long time out I'm happy with.

My aim is to play more saturday league cricket next season as although the sundays are fun, no pressure knockabouts, personally if I'm spending the majority of a day playing a sport and paying for the privilege, I'd rather be playing in a game that means something, that "something" meaning the Cotswold Hills Cricket league but at least it's a structured league and more competitive games which would give me a better sense of achievement, my only issue is the current club i play for only has a 1st XI so i may need to join another club in order to play on saturdays, unless slots in the 1st XI come up.

Hoping I'll have a more detailed season analysis this time next year!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on September 16, 2019, 02:39:08 PM
Last game of the season yesterday, a friendly against an evenly matched side. They hit 210 off of 40. Me 8-0-32-2.
Batted at 6 and got in at 34/4 off of 12. Got to 42 when I got hit squad in the nuts by a medium pacer, as a non box wearer it was painful and had to go off as I couldnít run.
Went back in when we were 8 down, added 1 to my score before top edging my 3rd ball to square leg. Was happy to be off to be honest.
We lost by about 50 but it was a lovely day. Glad the season is over, hopefully my knees and shoulder will recover in the off season.
More importantly my nuts are significantly less painful today though I still have to sit down gently!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jonny77 on September 16, 2019, 04:47:13 PM
No box wearer??!!  :o Are you mad!  :D
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Gurujames on September 16, 2019, 05:49:44 PM
No box wearer??!!  :o Are you mad!  :D
Possibly but Ive never felt comfortable wearing one and thatís the first time in 30 years of playing that Iíve been properly hit. Donít wear a helmet or thigh pad either. I like to think Iím ok off of my legs.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: jonny77 on September 16, 2019, 06:14:16 PM
Fair play mate, you're a tougher man than me! I don't wear a helmet if the spinners are on, but that's about it. Always wear a box and thigh guard tho.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 16, 2019, 06:16:39 PM
Possibly but Ive never felt comfortable wearing one and thatís the first time in 30 years of playing that Iíve been properly hit. Donít wear a helmet or thigh pad either. I like to think Iím ok off of my legs.

I can understand not wearing a helmet or a thigh pad, as your head and thigh aren't important areas to protect. No box is just mental though!
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: beaver5 on September 21, 2019, 08:38:32 AM
Overall I'm disappointed with my season. Consistently got into the 30's & 40's, but failed to convert once. Though some of these were key innings on a Wednesday T20. Having missed most Saturday's I played the last 5 games for the 2nds, winning 4 & a winning draw. This help propel us away from the religation zone. Gutted that my last game of the season has been cancelled tomorrow as opposition can't get a team. So time to pack the kit up and wait for the sales to start.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RF on September 21, 2019, 12:53:43 PM
Enjoyed my season
Played in first team mainly (I should really be in 2nds) but I play where Iím told to.
1st team just missed out on promotion, 2nds stayed up.  Sunday team got to a cup final and have some decent youngsters coming through so the club is in a healthy position.
I scored 480 runs at 30.00 (with a few big outs tbh).
Personal highlight was a 130 odd partnership with my brother and a match winning one handed catch in a low scoring 1st game.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on September 21, 2019, 08:16:13 PM
Played last game of the season this afternoon as my "Sunday" team took arguably it's strongest side (well since I have been involved) to the Arthington Festival. Unfortunately it doesn't matter how strong the team is on paper if they can't convert this into runs and we were all out for just 99 runs on an absolute belter of a pitch. I ended up with 4no batting down at No.11 but in hindsight this was the one time when perhaps I should have gone in earlier and tried to ensure we batted our full allocation of overs. Needless to say, the opposition duly knocked this meagre total off (for loss of just 3 wickets) but at least weather-wise, it was an absolute gorgeous day.

However after seeing some recent comments about league umpires, I do have to add a comment of my own to this debate after enduring a Bradford League umpire that was officiating this afternoon (and getting paid !!!).

First up he gave an absolutely ridiculous LBW early during our innings that initially nobody appealed for. Somewhat belatedly, first slip went up for what sounded like a loud joke appeal and out of the blue, he gave it out. The bowler looked absolutely embarrassed by the decision as did most of his team-mates but I don't blame them for not bring the player back. However what I witnessed at the end of our (while standing at the non-striker's end) was about as village as you will get. A change of bowling brought on a guy who had clearly not warmed up and first couple deliveries were moon balls then 3rd ball he simply threw the ball in the general direction of the batsman and picked up the final wicket with it. I stood there laughing there for a few seconds until I realised the umpire hadn't a clue of what had just happened.

Next season we're going enter a league team into the Quiad-E-Azam League which should be interesting. Not sure how many matches I will be playing but will certainly be turning up around tea-time.  :D


Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on September 27, 2019, 08:43:13 AM
Played last game of the season this afternoon as my "Sunday" team took arguably it's strongest side (well since I have been involved) to the Arthington Festival. Unfortunately it doesn't matter how strong the team is on paper if they can't convert this into runs and we were all out for just 99 runs on an absolute belter of a pitch. I ended up with 4no batting down at No.11 but in hindsight this was the one time when perhaps I should have gone in earlier and tried to ensure we batted our full allocation of overs. Needless to say, the opposition duly knocked this meagre total off (for loss of just 3 wickets) but at least weather-wise, it was an absolute gorgeous day.

However after seeing some recent comments about league umpires, I do have to add a comment of my own to this debate after enduring a Bradford League umpire that was officiating this afternoon (and getting paid !!!).

First up he gave an absolutely ridiculous LBW early during our innings that initially nobody appealed for. Somewhat belatedly, first slip went up for what sounded like a loud joke appeal and out of the blue, he gave it out. The bowler looked absolutely embarrassed by the decision as did most of his team-mates but I don't blame them for not bring the player back. However what I witnessed at the end of our (while standing at the non-striker's end) was about as village as you will get. A change of bowling brought on a guy who had clearly not warmed up and first couple deliveries were moon balls then 3rd ball he simply threw the ball in the general direction of the batsman and picked up the final wicket with it. I stood there laughing there for a few seconds until I realised the umpire hadn't a clue of what had just happened.

Next season we're going enter a league team into the Quiad-E-Azam League which should be interesting. Not sure how many matches I will be playing but will certainly be turning up around tea-time.  :D

I've yet to experience a "neutral" umpire that was sufficiently competent to represent an improvement over the batting team umpiring.

The more preferable neutral umpires are the ones that are old, deaf and slightly clueless, and basically just stand there not giving any decisions. A far worse option are the jumped up jobsworths who mistakenly think they're in charge. Best thing to do here is for both captains to get together and politely ask them to help out with the scoring instead.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on September 27, 2019, 03:37:30 PM
I've yet to experience a "neutral" umpire that was sufficiently competent to represent an improvement over the batting team umpiring.

The more preferable neutral umpires are the ones that are old, deaf and slightly clueless, and basically just stand there not giving any decisions. A far worse option are the jumped up jobsworths who mistakenly think they're in charge. Best thing to do here is for both captains to get together and politely ask them to help out with the scoring instead.

On occasions I have had poor neutral umpires and the perception you have stated of ďpanel umpiresĒ at times is true in terms of age etc.
However I have never played when a panel umpire is a cheat as opposed to being bad. However I have played against many ďbatting teamĒ umpires who are just cheating and I know which I would prefer 
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on September 27, 2019, 04:45:00 PM
On occasions I have had poor neutral umpires and the perception you have stated of ďpanel umpiresĒ at times is true in terms of age etc.
However I have never played when a panel umpire is a cheat as opposed to being bad. However I have played against many ďbatting teamĒ umpires who are just cheating and I know which I would prefer

All our games are with panel umpires and itís horrendous. The amount of crap Decisions they give really do decide games and can have huge effects on players for entire seasons !  Iíve had a load of lbws this year, more in one season than in the previous 8! 3 were stone dead but the rest, I was either outsid eoff stump or hit the bloody ball!! It decimated my season a season I lost interest in even playing and at least two of our guys have actually decided to stand outside leg because they got bored of being fired every time.. even though itís made them way worse batsmen., simply because umpires fire them and teams with panel umpires know to just go up every time and theyíll get decisions

I think Iíd prefer player umpires as at least you know youíre simply not going to get the 5050 decisions etc .. stops the mass team appealing for everything too which is annoying as hell .
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Lumsden on September 27, 2019, 10:52:43 PM
Perhaps I have just been very lucky but I can't remember the last I have played a "proper" match and left the ground thinking an opposition player who also did a spell umpiring was a cheat (maybe it's a Yorkshire thing?). In fact I feel some player/umpires go the other way and give very marginal decisions in the opposition team's favour.  I often find myself umpiring (while playing in a match) and what I find remarkable is number of times batsman are plumb LBW and the bowling team never appeal. Had it in our last league game of the season and the non-striker whispered to me afterwards was that plumb to which I replied yes. The batsman went on to get 90+ and we won with a couple of overs to spare.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: play-yourself-in on October 09, 2019, 10:54:56 AM
It is a shame when poor umpiring ruins a game. It is a hard job though and to be fair without umpires we wouldn't get a game. That said, a Level 1 umpires course is really useful and insightful. Defo worth going on if you want to gain more knowledge or your club will pay. My club sent me so we had cover in case our 2nd team umpire couldn't do it (you lose points if you don't have a qualified umpire).

One thing that our course leader said was think how many times you've bowled (or seen it) when the batsman misses the ball and you can not believe the ball didn't hit the stumps. We've all been there, bowlers, keepers, slips even as batsmen. The ball doesn't hit the stumps that often, in fact at the standard i play i would be surprised if 5% of the deliveries bowled in the whole match would have hit the stumps.

It always has to be a case of not out unless you are totally plumb. I feel some umpires feel it makes them seem like a proper umpire to give an LBW.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: Warneymonster on October 09, 2019, 11:07:28 AM
the quality of umpiring this year has been dogturd, I would argue mainly through incompetency than cheating (not always though). we have had lbw's given where its not even hit the bat, when stood a meter outside the crease to a round the wicket bowler, lbw when hit in the stomach playing off the backfoot - was amazed they even appealed. our chairman is a panel umpire and he has to be one of the most bowler friendly umpires ive seen, almost appeals with them sometimes.

only once did I really think the oppo umpire cheated and that was when we needed 20 to win in a relegation battle and the trigger finger came out 4 times in 8 balls, all lbw, all absolute shockers to the point they apologised afterwards. @felix knows all about their 2's umpire, has always been a cheat even when he umpired the 1's while I was there. could guarantee he would get you back into a game if it got close.

Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on October 09, 2019, 11:24:05 AM
It is a shame when poor umpiring ruins a game. It is a hard job though and to be fair without umpires we wouldn't get a game. That said, a Level 1 umpires course is really useful and insightful. Defo worth going on if you want to gain more knowledge or your club will pay. My club sent me so we had cover in case our 2nd team umpire couldn't do it (you lose points if you don't have a qualified umpire).

One thing that our course leader said was think how many times you've bowled (or seen it) when the batsman misses the ball and you can not believe the ball didn't hit the stumps. We've all been there, bowlers, keepers, slips even as batsmen. The ball doesn't hit the stumps that often, in fact at the standard i play i would be surprised if 5% of the deliveries bowled in the whole match would have hit the stumps.

It always has to be a case of not out unless you are totally plumb. I feel some umpires feel it makes them seem like a proper umpire to give an LBW.

If I bowl at a set of stumps without a batsman there, on average about 50% of deliveries hits the stumps.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SD on October 09, 2019, 06:25:58 PM
If I bowl at a set of stumps without a batsman there, on average about 50% of deliveries hits the stumps.

Useful skill to practice in a game which involves having a batsmen there
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on October 09, 2019, 07:01:42 PM
If I bowl at a set of stumps without a batsman there, on average about 50% of deliveries hits the stumps.

Do you find you bowl better with a batsman there than without?

Maybe it's just me here, but bowling at just a set of stumps in the warm up I can be a bit of a scattergun. Put a batsman there and something just clicks and I can pitch it where I want again.

Anyone else?
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: FattusCattus on October 09, 2019, 07:56:23 PM
Me too. I need a victim rather than 3 sticks
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on October 10, 2019, 08:32:51 AM
Do you find you bowl better with a batsman there than without?

Maybe it's just me here, but bowling at just a set of stumps in the warm up I can be a bit of a scattergun. Put a batsman there and something just clicks and I can pitch it where I want again.

Anyone else?

I find it helps to put something down just in front of the crease, like a cone, to mark where the batsman's front foot would be. That helps me calibrate my length.
Title: Re: Your 2019 season
Post by: SLA on October 10, 2019, 08:34:40 AM
Useful skill to practice in a game which involves having a batsmen there

If you can hit the stumps when the batsman isn't there, you should be able to hit the stumps when the batsman is there, so yeah, it is pretty useful.