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mxhornet
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May 24, 2019, 8:24 AM

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Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Thursday 23rd May
St Andrews v Halvergate (6) @ Postwick (listed as 6-30 on Facebook)


Facebook now amended to 6pm.


And at 6pm almost to the second by my watch

Thurday 23-05-19
Norfolk Cricket League T20 Cup Group H
Halvergate 117-7 (20.0) St Andrews 114-9 (20.0)
Ferry Lane, Postwick
Attendance - 15ish
Admission - free

My first cricket of the season and at a venue I haven't been to before not even the adjacent football pitch which is home to FC Viking one of the new teams in the Central & South Norfolk League next season. When I first saw this fixture listed I presumed it was one off as something was preventing St Andrews playing at Fitzmaurice Park, but they are now sharing with Norwich CC.
Halvergate batted first and got off to a good start and looked likely to hit 150+ after losing their big hitting opener they scored at a much slower rate to eventually set a target of 118. St Andrews made a slow start and were 13-3 at one point before getting back on track and it came down to the last ball needing 4 to win, but not to be as they got run out on their second run, which would have left them one short anyway.
Should be able to take in one or two games next week as the group games continue.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


splodge
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May 25, 2019, 8:12 PM

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Saturday 25th May
Southern Premier League Premier Division
Burridge CC
Burridge 188-8 off 50 overs lost to
Lymington 190-5 off 41.2 overs
Admission/Scorecard: N/A


Burridge lost a wicket off the first ball and were 11-3 and never really recovered until the unbeaten 9th wicket partnership at the end took them from 146-8 to their eventual total.

Lymington also lost an early wicket, but that was as good as it got for the home side as the batsmen made hay. helped by some poor bowling with more wides and byes than I can remember seeing in many a while. Lymington's opener remained unbeaten at the end and it was apt that he hit the winning runs.

Burridge Sports and Social Club on Botley Road is the turn on the left just after that for the village hall yards from the sign for Curbridge, and Burridge AFC of the Southampton Senior League also play here in the corner.



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Feversham Lens
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May 25, 2019, 8:43 PM

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Saturday 25th May 2019
Aston Hall versus Wakefield Thornes
Yorkshire South Premier League (100 overs, noon start)
Aston Hall won the toss and elected to bat
Aston Hall 188 off 49 overs (0pts) lost by seven wickets to Wakefield Thornes 169-3 off 39 overs (12pts)
Abandoned @ 6.35 owing to rain (Wakefield Thornes' revised target 123 off 39 overs)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 49 (h/c)
Tea (from a machine) £1, no food available


Plan A this afternoon was a trip to Feethams for the North Yorkshire & South Durham League Premier Division clash between Darlington and Seaton Carew. The latest weather forecast suggested rain in Darlington by four o'clock, so we headed south, to Sheffield, where indications were it would stay dry. Almost but not quite. A noon start at Aston Hall gave us a sporting chance of a full game. However, light rain began falling at a quarter-to-five, during the 17th over of Wakefield Thornes' reply. By 6.11, after 39 overs, with the visitors just 20 runs short of a 'proper' victory, a stubborn downpour prompted the umpires to take the players off the pitch. Twenty-five minutes later, the match was abandoned, though a revised target of 123 from 39 overs ensured Wakefield Thornes secured maximum points. Driving back up the M1, we didn't encounter any rain until Leeds. It would appear the village of Aston-cum-Aughton copped a rogue shower.

We did see almost five-and-three-quarter hours of cricket, much of which went to form. Aston Hall, second bottom, started poorly against third-placed Wakefield Thornes, the defending league champions, and found themselves 68-5 at drinks. Rob Ward (79) and Tim Shaw (19) then put on 33 for the sixth wicket before Ward and Adam Clarke (22) added 56 for the eighth. Opener Matthew Cartwright scored 22. Four bowlers each took two wickets. David Toft (2-8) and Mahmood Rasool (2-26) had the best figures. Wicketkeeper Tom Froggett bagged three catches. South African professional Johannes Bothma (3-26), the home captain, formerly with Colne and Wolverhampton, gave Aston Hall hope by reducing the visitors to 46-3 after 11 overs. But it quickly became apparent none of the hosts' other bowlers had a wicket in them. Toft (81 not out) and Satyajeet Bachhav (49 not out) capitalised by adding 123 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand. The rain merely prevented the inevitable. I suspect Wakefield Thornes would have beaten the weather but for an injury to Toft, whom the ball struck on the 'inner thigh'. Subsequently, his movement - and running between the wickets - was much less free!

Aston Hall Cricket Club, founded in 1884, take their name from a neighbouring Georgian mansion, built in 1772. The house, visible to the west from the cricket ground, is now a 52-bedroom hotel under the Best Western umbrella. There may be a direct historical link between the club and a former owner of the house (a member of the Verelst family). I don't know. The ground, a quarter-of-a-mile from junction 31 of the M1, is pleasingly rural. Unfortunately, it is on borrowed time because the proposed route of HS2 (should it ever be constructed) will plough right through the ground and an adjacent equestrian centre. Access is via Green Lane, a single-track thoroughfare. There isn't much shade, mostly because trees fringing the pitch are in the wrong places. Not a problem this afternoon because it clouded over an hour into the contest. Best vantage point by far is the northeast corner, from where the pitch slopes down towards a notably ugly clubhouse, opposite. From anywhere else, it is impossible to gain a clear view of the entire pitch. Five wooden benches, each bearing a plaque commemorating a lost stalwart, are provided in the northeast corner. Pitchside parking is available on the west side, behind the clubhouse and at the south end.

As it turns out, the match at Darlington was abandoned during the tea interval. With the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend likely to be a washout, certainly in the northern counties, I doubt we'll get in any more cricket, either tomorrow or Monday.


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John403
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May 26, 2019, 9:14 PM

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Sunday 26 May 2019

Cambridgeshire v Norfolk @ Sawston & Brabraham CC
Unicorns T20 Competition

Admission Free, Scorecards £1

Another game in the T20 Competition and I believe Cambridgeshire’s first visit to Sawston. As stated a few times on this forum these games are double headers, but having to be home by 3pm to give the car to my girlfriend I only intended to see the first game.

Thought initially I was in for an extremely early return trip home when Cambs found themselves 0-2 and then 17-4 but thankfully the middle order managed to set a target of 134 which although was unlikely to ever be enough at least gave me something to watch. Norfolk knocked the runs off in 17 overs with the loss of just 3 wickets.

Pretty much straight after the first game it poured down .... I see that Cambs won a rain effected second game.

Whilst not being unpleasant I found Sawston to be a fairly soulless & featureless venue for Cricket. Known as Spicers sports ground the venue also has a bowls green and hosts football in the winter... Annoyingly the scoreboard spent most of the first game broken and not displaying amount of overs or the score which was pretty shoddy considering this was a big day for the club.


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totallyuntamed
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May 27, 2019, 10:31 AM

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Location: Coventry
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Tuesday May 21st Kent v Surrey County Championship Division One at Beckenham Admission (advance ticket £15) Scorecard £1 with a free programme included, although it had a 50p price label. Ice Cream £2 Blue cheese burger £6
Surrey 439 and 280 Kent 294 and 352-8


I continued my trips to new (to me) championship venues with a visit to a ground which has been on the circuit for several years but which I have missed till now. Beckenham is a difficult place to get to from my neck of the woods but Google Map did a great job getting me there via a diversionary route necessitated by major hold ups in the South East London sprawl.Beckenham is one of two Kent out grounds (Tunbridge Wells is the other) and has staged more games in recent years, having already had two 50 over matches this season, although this is the first championship game for 2 years. It is possible to park around a quarter of a mile away (any closer and parking is restricted to a 3 hour maximum) or you could splash out on the substantial ground car park for £10. This is not the ground which Kent Premier League Beckenham CC play on - that is less than a mile away and is one previously used by Kent over a century ago - but the former Lloyds Bank sports ground sold by them in 1999 which has had substantial development carried out since then, including the sale of a parcel of ground for housing which along with the building of a large building close to the clubhouse of the ground has secured the future of the ground in one of the most desirable of commuter belts. A substantial raised bank of open seating has been constructed at the north end of the ground where from the back row I enjoyed a panoramic view of proceedings. It consists of 15 rows of seating in 6 blocks providing around 2000 seats in all and, unlike the one at Newport (Gwent), is a permanent construction with toilets at the back of the building being a cut up from the usual portaloos. The aforementioned block of apartments provides a stunning view of proceedings, although all the occupants must have been at work as I did not see anyone watching from there all day. Plenty of food outlets are situated in the area near the new building which houses a bar on its lower level and there was a very welcome book stall where second hand cricket books could be obtained (I picked up a copy of Chasing Shadows, the subject of which is the life and death of Peter Roebuck, for £7). Plenty of trees surround the outfield with the three tower blocks to the west providing an incongruous contrast.On the field we were treated to some superb catching by Surrey as they whittled away at the Kent batting with the veterans Gareth Batty and Rikki Clarke bowling particularly well but Kent ended up in the ascendant by the end of the match in what turned out to be a closely contested draw.




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totallyuntamed
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May 27, 2019, 10:26 PM

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Wednesday May 22nd County Championship Day 3 Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Newclose Isle Of Wight Hampshire 310 and 367-5 declared Notts 239 and 194. Admission £15 (a rare concessionary price in county cricket, although I would have saved another £4 if I had booked before midnight on Tuesday. Pint of Yates Islander from the members' tent at a remarkably reasonable £4.
A short bus ride out of Newport, the stop is actually opposite the ground while the city bound stop is directly outside the exit. What a stunning setting for Hampshire's first championship game on the island since 1962. The ground is a natural bowl with a substantial bank on the road side of the ground and much smaller ones around the rest of the pitch. The splendid new pavilion was out of bounds to the general public, but other than that everything on the ground was accessible to us - I was even allowed in the members' tent to buy a pint. Beautiful scenery surrounds the ground but our arrival was much delayed due to myriad problems and misfortunes en route from the West Midlands. The pitch itself was in perfect condition and a great credit to the groundsman. This is the sort of ground and setting you could return to again and again - and the good news here is that Hampshire have contracted to play here for another three seasons.On the field the decisive phase of the match was the record second wicket partnership for Hampshire against Notts of 263 between Ajinkya Rahane and Sam Northeast, both of whom compiled excellent centuries. As the winning margin was 294 runs you can see how vital it was. Notts lost a couple of wickets before the close with a menacing spell of Keith Barker fast bowling to the fore - the second ex Warwickshire pace bowler who had been released by them last season to excel in consecutive days of viewing for me.One pub in Southampton and one in Winchester on the way back and thanks to the efforts of chauffeur A Pheasant key in the door at midnight 30.



"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".


totallyuntamed
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May 27, 2019, 11:06 PM

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Saturday May 25th Northamptonshire Premier League Brigstock 312-1 declared 48 overs Horton House 36 all out (batsman 11 did not appear) 11.2 overs - all over by 4.48!
In all the years I have been watching league cricket this was the most one-sided game I have ever seen - hard to believe that the two teams are in the same division. Horton House's fielding and in particular bowling was deplorably bad with no fewer than 27 wides being conceded, none of the seamers bowling with an iota of pace and the ball was all over the place, so much so that Brigstock who have steadily worked their way up from Northamptonshire Division 5 in 15 years could have declared a lot earlier than after 48 overs. Their opening bowler Tashwin Lukas, who was unlucky only to get 4 of the 9 wickets that actually fell exuded pace and menace and took two lbws in his first over and was almost unplayable. His opening partner, Ethan Delargy, not so pacey but rather more accurate took the other 5 - they bowled unchanged for all of 11.2 overs. If this had been a horse race there would have been a stewards' enquiry!
The village some 9 miles from Kettering is in a remote location and thus almost untouched by progress and would be almost impossible to reach on public transport with just 5 buses each way in a day to and from a village which resembles one of those you used to see in black and white episodes of The Saint from the early 1960s which were populated almost entirely by little old ladies. The pavilion is a modern one with wooden slatting at the front and there is a football pitch of some description to the side of the car park.




"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".

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totallyuntamed
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May 27, 2019, 11:41 PM

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Monday May 27th Notts Premier League Gedling Colliery 255-9 50 overs 14 points Match drawn Farnsfield 243-5 50 overs 12 points Hot Dog and onions £2.
As AV1960 has posted so admirably on Gedling in their first season in the NPL there is little more to be said, except that as it is on the top of a steep hill and somewhat exposed to the blustery wind which blew today and made for a cold viewing experience. The upside of that was it kept the rain away apart from a few drops at sporadic intervals through the day.Catches were dropped at regular intervals in each innings with one going down in Gedling's first over and one off the first ball of the visitors' innings. The 34 byes and wides that Farnsfield conceded were the difference between them winning the game and having to settle for a losing draw, despite an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 124. Good to see a leg spinner bowling for Gedling, though he did go for 7 an over. A very entertaining and close game but it is difficult to see either side doing anything other than struggle this season.




"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".


Steve_HFC
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May 28, 2019, 9:20 AM

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Saturday 25th May - Royal London One Day Cup Final - Lords
Hampshire 244-8 (50 overs) Somerset 245-4 (43.3 overs)

Somerset won by 6 wickets
Attendance c.15,000


An enjoyable game, even if I was supporting the losing side. Somerset were better in all three disciplines, batting, bowling & fielding and deserved what was a comfortable win. Tom Banton the star man for me with a sparkling 69 from 67 balls to kick the Somerset innings off with a bang.


mxhornet
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May 29, 2019, 7:40 AM

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Tuesday 28-05-19
Norfolk Cricket League T20 Cup Group D
Happisburgh v Overstrand

Arrived at 1748 for this 1800 start game to find a deserted car park and therefore no cricket. I have since found out that Overstrand conceded due to lack of players.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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May 29, 2019, 7:44 AM

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Now that dates are starting to pop up for the Norfolk Cricket League T20 Cup group stages, I have the following games in mind.

Thursday 23rd May
St Andrews v Halvergate (6) @ Postwick (listed as 6-30 on Facebook)

Tuesday 28th May
Happisburgh v Overstrand (6)

Thursday 30th May
Aylsham St Giles v Felthorpe (6)

Friday 31st May
Saham Toney v Beeston (6)


At the moment there are still 13 games listed as Friday 14th June, the deadline day so most of if not all of those will be played before then and updating my potential games list and adding those in June.

Wednesday 29th May
Hardingham v Saham Toney (6) or
New Buckenham v Rackheath (6)

Tuesday 4th June
Aldborough v Happisburgh (6)

Wednesday 5th June
Halvergate v Acle (6)

Monday 10th June
Frettenham v Martham (6)


Thursday 6th June
Norwich Bystanders v Norwich Association of Malayalees (6) @ Dussindale Park



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


mxhornet
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May 31, 2019, 7:29 AM

Posts: 1498
Location: Norwich
Team(s): Watford, Celtic, Ajax, Kings Lynn Town and all local ladies teams.

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Thurday 30-05-19 6pm (6-11 actual start)
Norfolk Cricket League T20 Cup Group E
Felthorpe 62 all out (18.4) Aylsham St Giles 66-6 (15.4)
Sir Williams Lane
Attendance - 6
Admission - free

My first time here for cricket, having been numerous time for football and once for a running race.
Felthorpe batted first on what became very clear was a bowler's wicket. Scoring slowly throughout and went from 56-5 to 62 all out rather rapidly. So it looked like Aylsham should win comfortably and they started scoring better than Felthorpe had managed but after 3 wickets in the fourth over perhaps it was going to be a contest after all, however Aylsham got the required runs with several overs to spare for a four wicket win.



Watford FC supporter hence the name also follow Hull FC but rarely get to see either these days.

Have now visited over 800 grounds, progress in recent years has been rather slow and will continue to be as things stand.


Feversham Lens
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Jun 1, 2019, 8:25 PM

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Saturday 1st June 2019
Whiston Parish Church versus Houghton Main (100 overs, noon start)
South Yorkshire Senior League, Championship (tier one)
Whiston Parish Church won the toss and elected to bat
Whiston Parish Church 270 off 48.1 overs (9pts) beat by 82 runs Houghton Main 188 off 38 overs (0pts)
Free admission, no programmes (28-page 2019 WPCCC fixture booklet free from the clubhouse bar)
Attendance 102 (h/c)
Tea £1 (barbecue food also available after four o'clock, didn't sample)


Following up recent visits to Treeton and Aston Hall, we opted for another trip down the M1 to the Sheffield-Rotherham area and a first dip into the South Yorkshire Senior League. This fourth-versus-third clash promised a close encounter but Whiston were comfortable winners over Barnsley-based visitors. They climb to third, with Houghton Main dropping to sixth. Whiston are looking to bounce straight back to the ECB Yorkshire South Premier League after last year's relegation. I assume new leaders Sheffield Collegiate Seconds, who this evening leapfrogged Appleby-Frodingham thanks to a three-wicket victory over the Scunthorpe club, are ineligible for promotion (their first XI play in YSPL already). If so, Whiston are effectively now second.

Electing to bat, Whiston set off at a furious pace. They were 154-2 at drinks and 201 when, in the 34th over, their third wicket fell. Gareth Davis (74), Danny Kemp (65) and James Martin (25) led the assault. Unaccountably, and to the obvious frustration of their fans, Whiston then collapsed, losing their last seven wickets for the addition of just 69 runs, failing to complete their allocation of overs. Spinner Imran Khan (4-82) and pacer James Exley (3-38) spearheaded the mopping up exercise. Slipshod wicketkeeper Simon Ward, later out for a duck to complete an unhappy afternoon, played a big part in 36 extras swelling Whiston's total.

Spinner Ali Manzoor (5-55) and pacer Sam Taylor (4-25) finished the job the Whiston upper order had started. Nobody in the Houghton Main line-up hung around long enough to make a telling score. Openers Alex Porter (43) and Ian Simon (23) put on 58 for the first wicket. Thereafter, only Khan (24), who figured with Jake Hardcastle (12) in an entertaining seventh-wicket stand worth 37, raised any hope of an away win.

Despite its proximity to Rotherham, a Yorkshire armpit, Whiston, five minutes' drive from junction 33 of the M1, is a pleasant village. Church Fields, the cricket ground, is really rather appealing. Whiston were founded in 1904 as Whiston Parish Church Institute Cricket Club, shortening their name in 1929. The impressive church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, the oldest bits of which are twelfth century, is adjacent, though, sadly, masked from spectators by trees in full leaf. Not so its growing graveyard, which abuts the ground. The pitch, which slopes downhill appreciably from the near (west) end, with the square topping a crown, is on the small side. Fringed by a post-and-rail barrier (we could have done without that visual impediment), it looks like a football ground. The best and most popular vantage point is the south side, where the land rises gently, affording an elevated view and plentiful parking. The pavilion and clubhouse, side-by-side at the near end, are modern structures of no aesthetic merit. Lovely views, however, notably to the east and south, over tilled fields (accessible via a right of way) rolling and rising towards the skyline motorway. The bulk of Whiston village is visible to the north, across a narrow clough.


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HantsLondoner
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Jun 2, 2019, 5:57 PM

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Southern Electric Cricket League T20 Cup Round 1

Burridge 82-3 (12.2 overs) beat
Hook and Newnham Basics 79 (17.2 overs) by 7 wickets

5th/10 in Premier v 1st/10 in Div 1
The holders were convincingly beaten today in the opening round.
They batted first and got 14 off the first over. They scored steadily but also lost wickets along the way as they tried to force the pace too quickly against some decent bowling. At 62-4 after 9 overs there was still the possibility of a score to defend but then the Burridge spinners got to work and in the next 8 overs they lost their remaining 6 wickets for only 17 runs. H+N were still competitive and their spinners also bowled quite well (as did a couple of hostile faster bowlers). However, the target was too small to defend, Initially Burridge took their time but accelerated towards the end to clinch their victory.
No changes here since my last visit, still a nice place to watch cricket although the warm sunny day yesterday had given way to dark cloud and the threat of rain.




If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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Feversham Lens
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Jun 2, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Sunday 2nd June 2019
Lincolnshire versus Cheshire @ Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club
Unicorns Knockout Trophy, Round of 16 (100 overs, 11am start)
Cheshire won the toss and elected to bat
Cheshire 88 off 22.5 overs lost by six wickets to Lincolnshire 80-4 off 16.4 overs (revised target, owing to rain, 80 off 34 overs)
Free admission
Programme & scorecard £1 (8pp, two of them blank, no welcome or editorial, hawked round the ground)
Stiff scorecard (unofficial, we were told, yet rather splendid - possibly intended for sponsors and their guests) £1
2019 Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club handbook, from the clubhouse bar (£1, glossy, 60pp)
Attendance 170 (h/c)
Tea (in a mug) £1 (no food available)


An uninspiring introduction to Minor Counties cricket. Despite what locals felt was an excellent wicket, the batting, from both teams, was absolutely atrocious. I've seen better shot selection in the bottom division of the Foss Evening League. With heavy rain sweeping in from the west, Cheshire's laughable performance at least allowed a result. A half-decent display from the team batting first, and this tie would have required a second attempt.

Having won the toss, on a cloudy, humid morning, Cheshire elected to bat. They were skittled for 88 in 90 minutes. Many latecomers arrived to find the contest effectively over. Cuckney pacer Alex Willerton, who extracted lift and bounce from the pitch, finished with 6-20 from 10 overs. Doncaster Town quick Curtis Free recovered from dropping a dolly off the first ball of the visitors' innings to take 2-28. Opener Will Evans (19) and No 10 Andrew Jackson (18) did their best to stem the tide of departing batters. With the interval meal not ready (the spuds hadn't had time to cook, apparently!), Lincolnshire began their reply immediately. It featured three rain interruptions, of seven, 24 and 78 minutes. 'Lunch' was taken during the third - longest - break. On returning, the hosts, 61-4, took five overs to secure the 19 runs required for an adjusted target victory. Cavaliers & Carrington's Bilal Shafayat (39 not out) and Cuckney's Tom Keast (25) rose above the general batting mediocrity. Pacer Ben Gibbon collected 2-22. The heavens opened once again in what proved the last over. To everybody's relief, Shafayat defied the downpour to strike the winning run. During the final 'session', Cheshire managed to fluff two catching opportunities. Summed up their pitiful contribution.

Bit of a shame for the Bracebridge Heath club. The reigning Lincolnshire ECB Premier League champions clearly put a lot of effort into staging this tie, only to see the occasion ruined by poor weather and even worse white ball cricket. The ground, adjacent to the A15, on the edge of an affluent village, is a mile or so from central Lincoln, high on a ridge. Part of a National Health Service-owned complex, it is very attractive. Fringed by mature trees, offering lots of deep shade, it has an intimate, rural atmosphere. The large pitch slopes down towards the northeast corner, where the small, single-storey clubhouse and manual scorebox are located. A marquee for a sponsors' lunch, guests entertained by an elderly comedian, was specially erected next to the clubhouse. There isn't a huge amount of parking alongside the single-track, one-way road accessing the site, but it was sufficient for today's sparse, rather bored crowd. A PA system would have been useful.


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Unicorns Trophy 2nd Round

Oratory School, nr Reading
Berkshire 179-3 off 33.2 overs beat
Dorset 178-6 off 50 overs.

Scorecards - sold out by time I arrived at 11:05 and promised reprint never materialised. School did a free 4 page programme available from the refreshment room

West Berkshire brewery Mr Swifts Pale Ale £3 a bottle


Regulation win for the home side and holders. Dorset struggled from the off and if it wasn't for the 7th wicket pair putting on 94 off which 61 came in the last 8 overs, the game would have been over well before the finish time of just before 5pm. They just couldnt get to grips with the home sides spinners, not that it looked they were doing amazing things and turn with the ball.

Interesting venue with great views of the surrounding hills well signposted on the Reading-Wallingford road and hidden between the various school buildings and woods which allowed for a couple of red kites to regular circle over head.

Berkshire have home advantage once more in the 1/4 final at another scenic ground at Falkland CC (nr Newbury) vs Cornwall on 30th June.



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A quick message for Feversham Lens. Please don't give up on Minor Counties cricket! It is generally high standard, competitive cricket and often played at some wonderful grounds (Sedburgh School, Sidmouth and Wormsley spring to mind without even giving it too much thought). On to last weekend:


PONTESBURY v NEWTOWN
SATURDAY 1ST JUNE, 2019
SHROPSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION ONE (STEP TWO)
AT PONTESBURY SPORTS ASSOCIATION, SHREWSBURY ROAD
NEWTOWN 137 ALL OUT (39.2) PONTESBURY 138 FOR 6 (35.0)
The recent reorganisation of the Birmingham & District League led to many sides (plus their 2nd XIs) moving down into the four feeder leagues. One unexpected consequence of this was that I found I had unexpectedly ticked every ground down to step three in three of those leagues. The outstanding league was the Shropshire so today was a start towards putting that right.
Visiting grounds in this league really is no hardship as they are often very rural and peaceful. Pontesbury is no exception despite being on the main A488 through the village. If approaching from Shrewsbury the ground is on the left before the village centre and a drive leads in past the nets into a reasonably sized car park behind the pavilion. This pavilion is fairly modern and boasts the dressing rooms plus a tea room. It is square on to the pitch which obviously puts it directly in the firing line, as evidenced by the numerous replacement tiles on the roof. There are three picnic benches and a few other seats in front of the pavilion, otherwise it's a case of take your own.
Next to the pavilion is a floodlit bowling green with the remainder of the ground being enclosed by hedges and a copse. Only the far end of the ground is open and this enjoys splendid views to the nearby Pontesbury Hill.
Pontesbury went into this game in second place and they fully deserved their win, despite a totally committed effort from the Newtown bowlers to defend their small total. Once again ill discipline reared it's head with one umpire being obliged to warn a Newtown player about his 'verbals' to a departing batsman. Fortunately this seemed to be an isolated incident and it was noticeable when Pontesbury were fielding that they seemed to be simply enjoying their day's cricket with no need to resort to aggressive behaviour or language.
A very relaxing day's cricket and I shall look forward to returning to this league whenever possible.


TICKHILL v HALLAM
SUNDAY 2ND JUNE, 2019
YORKSHIRE LEAGUES K.O.CUP (VIKING CUP) ROUND TWO
AT TICKHILL C.C., ALDERSON DRIVE.
TICKHILL 186 FOR 7 (28.0) HALLAM 154 FOR 9 (28.0)
Plan 'A' for today was Minor Counties cricket at Lisvane. I stupidly paid attention to the BBC Weather site forecasting rain in Cardiff from 9am to 5pm and headed to Tickhill instead, to inevitably find heavy rain greet my arrival for the 12.30 start. The planned 40 overs game was subsequently reduced to 28 overs, which was of course less than was played at Lisvane. Such is life!
Tickhill's ground has a lot of character, the initial impression being created by the fact that the outfield is surrounded by a white, football style post and rail. The edge of the grass is the boundary so no rope or white line. Any fielders hurtling after a ball should take care to apply the brakes in good time. The post and rail means that anyone setting up their own chair spends the day peering underneath the rail. However, there are plenty of excellent benches around the ground and these are all situated on raised concrete bases, thereby providing an good view of the action.
The splendid pavilion is a yellow brick, 'L' shape construction with the dressing rooms, a bar and a function room (which was indeed hosting a children's birthday party). The inclement weather probably restricted the crowd but it was possibly still surprising that there was no attempt to raise funds through a programme or raffle. Towards the end of the day the cry went up that "the burgers are ready" which brought an immediate end to the children's game of football on the grass car park. Parts of the ground are tree lined but the ground opens out onto Alderson Drive which boasts a fairly drab housing estate.
Before the game even started, the intended 40 overs became first 36 overs and then 34 following more rain. The Tickhill innings was interrupted in the tenth over and was eventually restarted with a game of 28 overs each. Initially Tickhill struggled with the conditions and the interruptions but finally some impressive hitting saw them reach 186 from their overs. Hallam started well but soon lost wickets regularly and eventually lost by 32 runs.
Despite missing out on Lisvane, it was nevertheless a relief to see a completed game of cricket on a day of very dodgy weather.


WARWICKSHIRE v NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
MONDAY 3RD JUNE, 2019
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE (DAY ONE OF FOUR)
AT EDGBASTON (FREE ADMISSION ON RECIPROCAL WITH DERBYSHIRE CCC)
WARWICKSHIRE 181 FOR 3 (93.0 OVERS)
Just one Nottinghamshire wicket separated us from virtually a full day's play with not one point for batting or bowling. Can the last person out give me a nudge please?



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Saturday 1st June - Altofts v Carlton, Bradford League.
Almost like a football fixture for my once a season cricket fix.
Last week, Carlton's new overseas player,Kehrshaki John Lewis, broke the all time individual score for the Bradford League with 237 not out.
He had already been dismissed when I arrived c1330 with the score 20 odd for two. Carlton struggled to 98 all out, which seemed insufficient.
Altofts managed 27 all out, with John Lewis ending with 3 overs, 3 wickets for 0 runs
18 wickets seen , as a result of hostile bowling on what didn't seem a bad pitch.


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... it would have been a bowl out - there is no provision for a second date at this stage of the competition.



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Saturday June 1st Derbyshire Premier League Clifton 230-8 50 overs Elvaston 132 all out 37.2 overs No admission charge or scorecard but club and league handbook available free from the clubhouse.
After the debacle of last week's game at Brigstock, this was much more enjoyable fare, albeit spoilt by our driving around the Derbyshire Dales for an hour before we eventually spotted the ground! For once Google maps let me down but this really is a devilishly difficult ground to find when driving, Clifton is a couple of miles from Ashbourne and the ground of the newly promoted club is situated on Chapel Lane which is a cul de sac. However, the lane is on the floor of a valley and the ground rises up above the houses on the right of Chapel Lane and cannot be seen at any point till you reach the entrance which is tiny, poorly signposted and very easily mistaken for a drive to someone's property. Once we eventually found it we discovered a tiny car park with space for only 17 cars (we bagged the last spot) and a pitch with the most amazing slope from the far end of the ground down to the car park end. At the far end from the car park is an attractive new pavilion opened in September 2017 by Andrew Strauss which has a paved terrace to its left (looking from its front) containing 5 benches and 2 tables. In front of the pavilion on each side of the steps leading to it there are 2 benches and there are fields with crops on wither side of the ground with exhortations not to look in them for more than 5 minutes when searching for lost balls and for no more than 2 people at a time to do so. Clifton's innings started very badly with 3 wickets being lost for 3 runs very well but they recovered brilliantly thanks largely to Australian Grade batsman Ben Bullimore who compiled a majestic 96 not out. Deprived of the strike in the last over he was unable to complete a richly deserved century. Hardly surprising given his run total and average in Aussie grade cricket last summer (over 1000 at 43.70). Elvaston were never in the hunt and eventually subsided to 132 all out. On the evidence of my 2 looks at them this season they look certainties for relegation with an impressive Clifton outfit looking good for a second season in the top flight.

Sunday June 2nd Minor Counties Knockout Trophy Second Round Cambridgeshire 276 all out 50 overs Norfolk 268-7 50 overs played at Exning CC. No admission charge. Scorecard was seen but did not spot anyone selling it. A rather low key effort from Cambridgeshire who did not bother with a raffle either.
Exning amalgamated with nearby Burwell before last season and play 7 of their home EAPL home matches here with 4 at Burwell which is in Cambridgeshire whilst Exning is in Suffolk. Although only about a mile from the A14 as the crow flies you have to follow a rather convoluted route to get here (basically four sides of a square). We heard the drone of A14 traffic throughout the match at this attractive ground, which has a small pitch surrounded by glorious deciduous trees and is on the left just before you reach the village. We somehow escaped the rain which affected the matches elsewhere with the two sides deserving great credit for the way they rattled through the overs with a resultant 5.40 finish. As you enter there are three buildings visible on the left, all painted olive green; a rather basic score box, a tiny pavilion of some 40 years vintage and a groundsman's store which is almost as big as the pavilion. There were three phases to Cambridgeshire's innings as they started and finished well but sagged badly in the middle. Despite me feeling they were about 20 runs short of a winning total Norfolk were always behind the required run rate and never really looked like chasing down the total, although the outcome of the game was in doubt till the penultimate ball. A cracking day's cricket in a glorious setting and home in well under 2 hours to boot.



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Message received!

Two Cumbria work assignments - one morning, the other afternoon - afforded an opportunity to delay my A66 return over Stainmore and, on a gloriously sunny evening, take in...

Thursday 6th June 2019
Edenhall versus Threlkeld (40 overs, 6.30pm start)
Cumbria Villages League
Edenhall won the toss and elected to bat
Edenhall 104-5 off 20 overs (6pts) beat by one run Threlkeld 103-8 off 20 overs (0pts)
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 5 (h/c)
Hot and cold drinks (help yourself and donate) available from the clubhouse


This thriller went to the last ball, Edenhall squeezing home after a nip-and-tuck tussle. Tom Langridge (25), Joe Mein (22) and Richard Anderson (15) helped the hosts to 104-5, Kieran Rickerby taking 2-6. Old heads Martin Lewis (27), Joe Hall (22) and Gary Stewardson (22) then steered Threlkeld to 81-4 after 13 overs, and what looked a surefire victory, but their departure brought a clutch of youngsters to the crease. With Edenhall holding back their better bowlers for the closing stages, the runs dried up, leading to a tight, tense finish.

Pitching up as a spectator, I almost got a game. The enthusiastic home captain, who had driven from a day's work in distant Livingston, asked if I fancied turning out because they were a man short (the absentee was making silage - welcome to rural Cumbria). Having not played cricket in almost 30 years, and inappropriately dressed, I declined. Fortunately, Edenhall managed to contact another player, who arrived in the nick of time.

Had an interesting chat with Richard Anderson while he was waiting to bat at No 3. He was playing for the first time since 2008! Turned out we grew up, in the Halifax/Huddersfield area, just five miles apart. Richard had played previously in the Halifax and Huddersfield leagues. He's living in Culgaith, whose cricket club folded about five years ago, and fancied taking up the game again. I'm amazed he hung on to his gear so long!

The Edenhall club (known also as Edenhall & Langwathby) play at Tollbar Sports Field, close to the River Eden, which, in the past, has caused serious flooding. It's a large pitch whose ridges and furrows reveal an earlier life as a crop field. A smart, modern clubhouse nestles in the southwest corner. Parking is limited. From some parts of the ground, including benches in front of the pavilion, the 2,930ft bulk of Cross Fell is obscured by trees. The verdant lower Eden Valley landscape consists of rolling farmland and low hills. Langwathby, and the single-track steel bridge linking this pretty village with the west bank of the Eden, is visible.

In common with so many cricket competitions, the Cumbria Villages League is in decline. Once, it boasted two divisions. Now, it has just six clubs, all of whom play their Saturday cricket in the three-division Eden Valley League. The players at the Edenhall-Threlkeld game insisted it was merely a bit of fun, providing a gentle midweek outing to older players and additional playing opportunities for eager youngsters. Funnily enough, it became deadly serious from the moment a close finish looked likely!


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Sunday 9th June 2019
Burnley versus Norden
Lancashire League, Division One (100 overs, 1pm start)
Burnley won the toss and elected to field
Norden 91-9 off 50 overs (0pts) lost by seven wickets to Burnley 94-3 off 25.1 overs (10pts)
Admission £4
No programme or scorecard
Attendance 114 (h/c)
Mug of tea 80p, slice of chocolate cake £1 (that was pretty much it for refreshments)


Second against first in the Lancashire League's top flight proved disappointingly one sided. At start time, there was almost full cloud cover (the forecast sunny intervals didn't materialise until after the tea break) while the outfield retained dampness, legacy of the previous day's downpours. So, a good toss for Burnley to win. Asked to bat, Norden soon slumped to 13-4. At that point, the game was effectively over. Burnley's substitute professional Jim Allenby (4-18), an Australian all-rounder who has played for Leicestershire, Glamorgan and Somerset, and Joe McCluskie (2-25) did the damage. Allenby was making his Lancashire League debut. Greg Butterworth (29) was the only batter to get a reasonable score. Bharat Tripathi contributed 2-21. Norden's scoring rate was excruciating. In the 10 overs following drinks, the visitors added only six runs. Hashum Malik (2-7) ensured Burnley's reply wasn't entirely plain sailing. Liam Bedford (28), Chris Holt (26) and Allenby (26 not out) were the leading lights as the hosts went back to the top of the table. The game finished a few minutes short of six o'clock. Just as well because by the time we'd regained the M66, at Rawtenstall, 10 miles from Burnley, it was absolutely pelting down. We negotiated an even bigger downpour on the waterlogged M62 between Birstall and Lofthouse. Is summer going to start any time soon?

I didn't expect to like Turf Moor - and nor did I. The cricket ground, close to the unappealing centre of a simply ghastly town, is dominated by the blank, faceless rear walls of Burnley FC's ugly stands, which, akin to a prison, loom large immediately to the east. Bit of a metaphor: the colossus that football has become in the last 30 years now overshadows every other sport. Burnley's clubhouse/pavilion, a late Sixties or early Seventies structure, occupies the ground's northeast corner. Inside and out, it is depressingly dated. It has two floors (there's a gloomy bar on each and a first floor balcony restricted to members) behind a terraced paddock whose six rows of tip-up plastic seats are perfect for those determined to engage in sun worship. There are very few alternative seats. Tall evergreens line the north and south sides, adding a slightly rural feel and offering welcome shade. Plenty of on-site parking, pitchside and behind the clubhouse/pavilion. Beyond the west end, which backs on to Belvedere Road, is a row of stone terraced homes and a disused mill chimney. A gentle reminder one is in east Lancashire. Unfortunately, the Pennine hills (nay, moors) surrounding Burnley cannot be seen from the cricket ground. Pleased to bump into, for the first time, Nigel Stockley, who runs the independent lancashireleague.com website, an excellent resource, not least for cricket rookies like me.


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Sunday 9th June - 100 @ Scunthorpe Town CC
Unicorns T20 Group 1, Game 1 (didn't stay for game 2):
Lincolnshire 165/8 beat Staffordshire 148/9.
Headcount 80.
No Admission, separate programmes and scorecards £1 each
2019 Yearbook a rip off £10, mostly a review of last year.
Didn't stay for game 2.

First leg of a treble for me, Lincolnshire all but secured their place in Finals Day with two wins of which I only saw the first. The hosts made a blistering start reaching 100/2 after 10 overs with their main man hitting fours and sixes on the way to 53 before being caught out in the 11th over. After he went the run rate dried up and the hosts had to settle for a still respectable 165. The first 7 wickets were all catches, the exception the last being a run out in the final over when they hesitated on going for 2. The visitors made steady progress in their reply and were 83/3 after 10 overs but the run rate dropped and eventually the wickets tumbled, three in the 17th over alone. A few bowl outs as well as catches. Staffs kept the game alive with a 4 at the start of the final over but they needed more and the game was over before the 9th wicket fell with the final ball of the game. Staffordshire were bowled out for 72 in the second game but left after first game for a rugby league double at Sheffield Eagles and Doncaster.

Ground is shared with Scunthorpe Rugby Club which has a nice stand, only a small corner of the two pitches overlap and it looks as if a floodlight pylon has been removed for the cricket season. There are three single storey brick buildings facing the pitch, one housing the rugby changing rooms provides a covered overhang, a longer building in the middle includes the clubhouse and an additional function room with the cricket changing rooms beyond this.


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Sunday 9 June 2019

Wiltshire v Wales
Unicorns T20 Competition @ Warminster CC

Admission Free, Scorecards £1

Staying at my in laws nearby so this was a handy tick for me.

Wales started like a steam train in the first game of the T20 double header and looked to be on course for a score over 200. With the opening pair making 140 as what often happens in these games with a few wickets falling the whole tide changed and being all out for 177 you thought it was below par. Wiltshire reached there target in the eighteenth over with opener Jacob Lintott making 75.

With some very dark clouds covering the ground and the forecast not looking good I left before the second game and I made the right decision as it was abandoned after 12 overs.

Warminster Cricket Club is a tight small ground in which for thrill factor of seeing a lot of fours and sixes you’d say is perfect for T20 Cricket. There is only a very small amount of room between the edge of the ground and the boundary rope and a small amount of benches in which your sitting within the boundary. Driving in and seeing the small car park so close to the play I made the tactical decision to park in the street.

Enjoyable couple of hours and thankfully managed to stay dry and avoid the downpours which descended on the area during the afternoon.


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OXFORDSHIRE v BERKSHIRE
SUNDAY 9TH JUNE, 2019
MINOR COUNTIES T20 - GROUP 2
AT BANBURY C.C. SECOND GROUND
(FORMER HOME OF BANBURY XX ON ERMONT WAY)
GAME ONE:
OXFORDSHIRE 165 FOR 6 (20.0) BERKSHIRE 161 FOR 5 (20.0)
GAME TWO:
BERKSHIRE 156 FOR 8 (20.0) OXFORDSHIRE 158 FOR 3 (19.0)


The only dry day in the last four (and counting!) did at least provide a very enjoyable day's cricket and a tick for me with Oxfordshire taking these games to Banbury CC's second ground.
The ground is found by turning off Ermont Way alongside Costa from where a service road leads into the sizeable car park. This is immediately behind the virtually new pavilion which boasts a large lounge area including a bar. The old pavilion apparently burned down following a lightning strike, hence this splendid new facility. Although the ground is immediately adjacent to junction 11 of the M40 and the A422, a screen of trees means that there is hardly any visual impact although there is of course the traffic noise. The far end of the ground is dominated by a DHL facility and the employees here will no doubt have found a number of cricket balls on their premises on Monday morning plus a few new dents in the roof. As this is Banbury's second ground and only hosts their 3rd and 4th XI I wasn't really expecting too much, but it was a pleasant surprise to find such a well appointed venue.
Another surprise was to see Oxfordshire win both games which of course means a new name on the T20 trophy which was won by Berkshire last season. Game one saw Oxfordshire successfully defend 165, despite 81 from Berkshire's Dan Lincoln. Berkshire opted to bat first in the second game and reached 156 for 8 with Tom Scriven scoring 75. Oxfordshire chased successfully to a seven wicket win with one over to spare, led by Will Sutcliffe's 65 not out. Oxfordshire now have a slim chance of qualifying for Final's Day but have finished their games and are dependent on results elsewhere.
Can I be excused one little moan? Most Minor Counties spectators ask virtually nothing of the hosting counties. We usually take our own chairs and our own food and would happily contribute financially by way of an admission charge or raffle. All we ask is the provision of a scorecard but, yet again at an Oxfordshire ground, none was available. Having first dabbled in Minor Counties cricket back in 1964 (at Edgbaston of all places) my travels have taken me everywhere from Ashington to the Channel Islands and the scorecards collected over the years provide a link to many happy days cricket. Surely it could at least be possible for a scorecard to be on the county's website a couple of days before the game, so intending spectators could print their own prior to the game.
Moan over and now it's time to look forward to my next day's cricket. There can't be much more rain left up there, can there?



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