2006 Match reports

President's Weekend 9 - 10 September 2006

In the Clubhouse at tea time

The first two batsmen prepare to take on the President's XI
...good job it was a quick exposure film in the camera....

Saturday 9th September President's XI vs Blunham 1st XI

Report to come....
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 3rd September 2006 1st XI Vs Southill Park 2nd XI (Beds County League)

A shoddy performance in the field really, with some dropped catches and far too many extras, but interspersed with some good bowling from the Jones who seemed to have no luck what so ever, some economical bowling from the Blender, Acky completing a good spell of 2-30, Browny also bowling well, and with both hands during one over. Pick of the bowlers for me was Ed who pitched the ball up on a lifeless wicket and got his reward with two wickets for 25, and Cooper also bowled nicely, and even forgot to bowl his obligatory beamer this week as well, which was nice.

So, 184 to chase for victory, and our reply got off to a good start with 9 off a ropey looking first over, but then Callum went for nought, and Sid followed, given caught behind despite neither the wicket keeper or bowler appealing. Titch and Tricky added 40 for the third wicket, but when Titch went for 23, we were 60-3. Tricky and Ed added a valuable 50, before Ed went for 21, and Acky came and went, victim to a triple juggled catch, and that was us bang in trouble. Charlie hung around for a while as the target loomed closer, but then fell lbw to the world’s slowest bowler, and Covers and the Blender went cheaply. Fortunately we had Coops batting at number 10, with a career best 96 to his name, and with Tricky unbeaten on 73, Coops smashed the last ball of the penultimate over to the midwicket boundary for the two wicket victory.

Closer than it should have been, but a win is a win, is a win, and that’s third place nailed on for the season.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 2nd September 2006 1st XI Vs Bromham (Millman League)

With the strongest side we had out all season, including the returning Roger Bennett and Neil Thompson, it was with some surprise that we slumped to 16 for 4 early on. However, Tricky and Sid set about repairing the damage, on a wicket that was doing a bit. As they came to terms with the pace of the wicket, runs began to flow, and once the score had passed 100, began to accelerate, even having a six hitting competition along the way as the luckless spinner was despatched for maximum three times in his last over. Sid fell for a fighting 60, a reminder of what he can do when the chips are down. This bought New Bloke to the crease who finished 16 not out, Tricky unbeaten on 97.

A good start for us saw wickets for both Roger and Ed, but numbers three and four started to smash us about a bit. New Bloke bought himself on, and after the long hop and full toss, uprooted an off stump and we were on our way, New Bloke finishing with 5-48 (all bowled). The game eventually finishing as Bromham fell some way short with Titch taking the final wicket. A good team effort particularly given the freezing wind chill factor when we fielding. All back to the pub for test the nation, Titch particularly happy that he met the national average standard…..
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 27th August 2006 1st XI Vs Sandy (Beds County League)

Blunham 220 for 6, McGlynn 78, Davis 39*, and contributions throughout the order saw us to a healthy total on what was still a wet wicket. The win never looked in doubt to me as we bowled quite well throughout the Sandy innings, apart from a colossal amount of extras, principally wides, and with wickets shared around we ran out worthy winners by 61 runs. Third in the table, one game left to play to decide if we finish third or fourth. Next year surely promotion is on, particularly once we have a fully functioning Blender and Sumo back in the side, there are also rumours of some transfer activity over the winter months, mind you Vikram Solanki’s cousin still hasn’t materialised yet……….maybe New Bloke is too busy at petrol stations these days to follow up this lead…….
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 26th August 2006 1st XI Vs Old Warden (Millman League)

Old Warden were soon under pressure with early wickets, Tricky taking a four-fer, but the last pair rallied to add 50 runs, and post a total of 164. Despite some early pyrotechnics from Callum with 33, we slipped to 66-6, and looked to be sliding to defeat. However, New Bloke with a powerful 43, and Sid turned the tide back our way, and with Gilo getting an undefeated 20, and Polar bear 7 not out, we limped over the finishing line to complete an unlikely victory by two wickets.
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 12th August 2006 1st XI Vs Kempston Methodists (Millman League)

Finally back in action, but before you knew it were 12-2, having lost both Ed and Pete Thompson early doors. Marge and Tricky consolidated, and Marge soon had his fifty up, following ion from his maiden 50 the week before. The pair put on 106 for the third wicket playing patiently on a wicket that was popping, but then Tricky was caught in the deep for 42 trying to force the pace. There were cameo innings from New Bloke, Titch (with a couple of sixes), Mustard and the Blender as we amassed 235-8, which on a wet wicket was a good effort, particularly from Marge with 75 who is learning the value of getting yourself in as a batsman.

We started well with the ball, Tricky taking a couple of wickets, one well caught by New Bloke in the gully, and at the halfway stage, I couldn’t see how we were going to lose it. But, lose it we did, a shower not helping us in holding the ball, and several full tosses were sent down which were despatched to the boundary. Still the game ebbed and flowed, coops picking up a few wickets, but wickets from other sources were looking increasingly unlikely, and Kempston edged towards their target.

It was all done and dusted in the penultimate over, Kempston getting home for the loss of seven wickets, with not much batting to come. When you lose don’t lose the lesson, and the lesson here was not to think that we had the game won, particularly as the wicket was drying out, and batting was made easier as the game progressed. That aside, all we had to do was put the ball in the right areas, and as a team we largely failed that one. Pretty depressing all round really.
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 6th August 2006 1st XI Vs Eversholt (Beds County League)

We won the toss and batted, which was a result as it meant that we wouldn’t have to field with nine men again, Coops still working and the Jones at Luton Airport on the way back from Croatia. Binko and Callum opened and after a slow start that yielded just ten runs off six overs, they began to find their range. Callum taking a particular liking to Eversholt’s Zimbabwean all-rounder who he plundered for 44 off of two overs, the last one including wides and no balls went for a massive 33, surely some competition record. Callum made an explosive 56, before we lost him and Binko for 27, to successive balls, and that meant two new batsman at the crease, Charlie and Tricky who started patiently. Charlie mistimed a lofted drive and was caught, and Ed played some nice square cuts before also departing. Acky, Titch and Sid all fell in quick succession and the innings lost it’s impetus, eventually finishing at 231-8, Tricky going in the penultimate over for 61.

Eversholt’s form batsman went first ball, caught at square leg by Binko off the Blender, but then they settled quickly, and were soon up with the rate, passing hundred with just the loss of one wicket. After the tour, the injuries were beginning to tell, and only Dan of the regular bowlers was 100% fit, but the breakthrough eventually came as a half volley from coops was driven to Tricky head high, and that was wicket number two. Eversholt’s Captain and their star man at number four took the game away from us punishing anything short, over-pitched or wide, and the game looked up for us. Ed got a rare bowl on a Sunday, and eventually had the captain and opener bowled through the gate for a well made 87, but this only served to prolong the inevitable as Eversholt knocked off the runs with six overs left.

We really needed all of our bowlers fully fit to defend the 231 total we made, but Eversholt, in my opinion are the best side in the league, and will surely gain promotion this season. With only two going up, and us stuck a long way behind in third, it looks like it’s ours to win next year.
- A Face in the Crowd

24th July - 29th July Summer Tour to the West Country

Sunday 23rd July 2006 1st XI Vs Henlow (Beds County League)

Binko and Callum thrashed the ball around early doors, so much so that Binko had reached his 50 in the 8th over, and by the time 12 overs had gone, we were going at about ten an over. Callum fell for 57, and then Acky for 21. Binko passed his hundred, eventually going for 104, and with good knocks from Charlie 44* and Ed with 28 we reached the mahoosive score of 296-7, and Jonesy had turned up following his car falling to bits on the M25. The Jones made early inroads into the Bananas in pyjamas batting line up, and at 60-6 the game was up. Jonesy took four wickets, and despite some late defiance from the lower order, a win by 100 odd runs, shows the domination. A late surge for promotion maybe……..
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 16th July 2006 1st XI Vs Langford (Beds County League)
(posted on the website by the "Webmaster" whilst temporarily in Dallas, Texas)

Good effort from Blender with the coin, toss won, weather scorchio, and we are batting. New look opening partnership of Sid and Binko started slowly, before both departed, and then Ed and Tricky started to form a partnership that would yield 110 runs before they were parted, Tricky chopping on for 39. This bought the Jones to the crease in a rare appearance up the order, but the straight full one did for him, and soon Charlie was on his way to the wicket. Ed batted on and was nearing his maiden century with his team-mates expectant on the boundary when he was bowled, gutted, for 97, great innings, and a couple of large ones down the hill for maximum included. Quality effort son, what a difference a week makes, well that and not drinking 8 pints the night before. Callum then joined Charlie, and with the platform laid, and with 15 overs to go, it was tailor made for the young apprentice as he blasted his way to a quick fire 57, another century partnership and a good score looming. When Charlie was also out for another well made 39, there were but a few overs to go, and this left Titch and the Blender to scamper a few as we finished on 295-7.

Good new ball bowling from the Jones and Mustard had Langford on the back foot, and they were reduced to 31-3 thanks to Mustard’s away swing bringing all of the waiting slips into play. This effectively killed the game as any sort of competetive match, but Langford batted on and were keeping up with the run rate, although a great over the shoulder catch from Ed made it five wickets, and with a man light, one wicket would see us into the tail. Some rustic hitting restored some pride for Langford but eventually they subsided to 205 all out. Great team performance with the bat, and Mustard continues to look promising in all facets of the game. Could the “people turning up half an hour before the game begins” approach be working………??
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 15th July 2006 1st XI Vs Caldecote (Millman County League)
(posted on the website by the "Webmaster" whilst temporarily in Dallas, Texas)

Wooooaaaaaahhh, Caldecote got 306, a massive effort to chase, pick of the bowlers was Salvatore Genovese with three wickets, but I’m afraid we just wilted in the heat. To our reply, a great start from Callum and Marge, before Callum went for a well made 41. There were scores throughout our innings, with Marge, Sid, Ed, Polarbear and Alan all making starts, but it required one of us to push on and get a big score if we were going to be in with a chance. Sadly it wasn’t to be as the run rate factor choked us, as we finished all out for 216, a nice defiant stand at the death from Polarbear with 20, and Sev 19* to delay Caldecote’s approach to the bar.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 15th July 2006 2nd XI Vs Shefford (Millman League)

A record opening stand of 137 from Kev Raggett and John Small aided a massive 236 for 7, a useful knock from young Conner on 24* ended our innings on a high. However Caldecote were also in a batting mood, Skipper Shiliton proved immovable for 71, but an inexperienced Blunham attack saw the game slip away as Caldecote trotted home with a 3 wicket victory.
- The Optimist

Wednesday 12th July 2006 1st XI Vs Clifton (Midweek League)

No Captain Calamity who was out serenading his missus, so Charlie takes up the reins, and yep, we’re in the field. Clifton were restricted to 123-2, Tricky with a tight 4 overs for ten, and Floaty coming back well after some tap in his second over to finish with 2-25 from his four, Chico also bowling well during the middle overs. Blunham left the field quietly confident of their ability to chase down this target. Clifton pushed everyone onto the boundary at the start of the innings and the openers Bingo and Ed helped themselves, pushing the ball around for a nice solid opening partnership of 59, before Ed launched a ball into deep covers hands for 16. Bingo passed 50 using Tricky’s old bat, and promptly retired, absolutely spent. This bought Floaty to the crease with Charlie, and the pair saw us to the total with a partnership of 68 to win with eleven balls left, both finishing unbeaten in their twenties.

A comfortable victory despite fielding with 9 men for most of the game, and in that nine were two of our under twelve players who fielded well on a lightning fast outfield.

Not sure where this leaves us in the league having played five and won four of them, we may even have won it, job to say really, haven’t seen a league table all year, but stranger things have happened….....
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 9th July 2006 1st XI Vs Caldecote (Beds County League)

Made hard work for ourselves in the field here, only managing to post a total of 133, Tricky 44, Titch 30 and the Blender with 20.

A great first over from The Jones taking two wickets who bowled well throughout, but a strong batting line up did for us, despite Coops and Acky getting a flurry of wickets. To be honest, we didn’t deserve a win for the inept batting display, and the defeat by one wicket was probably flattering to us as Caldecote threw away wickets.

We’re not helping ourselves by turning up at five to two, with no changing room keys, and just generally being disorganised. Things have to change if we are to be in a position commensurate with our ability, i.e top three. Must improve is the rallying call from Phoenix Gardens………….
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 8th July 2006 1st XI Vs Ickwell 2nd XI (Millman League)

Marge again looked good with 42, and despite a wobble at 100-5, a total of 193 was posted, thanks to a middle order recovery from Titch with 51*, and Coops with 30.

Ickwell started well and were 48-0, six overs later they were 54-6, Coops taking four, and from that moment on we ran out comfortable winners as Ickwell folded for 90 all out.

Four wins in a row, amazing what happens when you get a settled side………….
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 8th July 2006 2nd XI Vs Shefford (Millman League)

Not quite the same team we played first game of the season as they racked up 324 for 4; Karl's eventual catch on the boundary giving young Harry a 3 wicket haul. In reply only Raggers and Karl really troubled the bowlers with 40 and 24 respectively. Ben Howard bludgened a few boundaries at the death but we capitulated to 124 all out
- The Optimist

Sunday 2nd July 2006 1st XI Vs Flitwick II (Beds County League to give it it’s correct title)

Steamy hot day, toss lost, so that’ll be us in the field then. The opening bowling attack of Martin Kinsella and Jonesy soon had the opposition in trouble at four down for 50, but they rallied thanks to some fine batting to post 215-9, Acky and The Blender picking up a few wickets at the death, and Coops bowling well up the hill.

Callum and Binko opened the batting and Callum was soon smashing the ball to all parts, until he fell for a quick fire 15. This bought The Blender to the crease as Charlie had injured his finger, and soon Neil was smashing the bowling attack all over the park, and was particularly strong back over the bowlers head. The Blender fell bowled for an entertaining 35, and Tricky joined Binko at the crease with strict instructions to work the ball around and not lose wickets. Binko was the mainstay in the 70 run partnership that followed and soon bought up his 50, Tricky much more sedate and pedestrian, [for this, read boring]. When Tricky went caught for the worst ever 19 he will score, Ed arrived and soon had the square cut out, and Binko marched on to three figures with a six over square leg in a fine innings. The win was wrapped up by Ed carving the ball to the boundary, and the seven wicket win was as comfortable as it sounds. Binko superb, played himself in and then accelerated as his innings progressed, top work fella.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 1st July 2006 1st XI Vs Caldecote (Millman League)

Early start because of the football, and surprisingly we are asked to bat despite the heat. Some early wickets had us in trouble but Tricky and Titch had a nice partnership in the middle of the innings until Titch went for 29. [Did I hear mutterings about misleading umpire signals at this point ? - I say no more...Webmaster]. This bought Polarbear to the crease and he was run hard in the heat, even running a four at one stage. A good total was on the boards in the reduced 40 overs as we passed 200, Tricky going for 107, but Polar carried on as the innings closed on 221.

We were a bit surprised to take the field as the first half of the football ended, the agreement to watch the football seemingly forgotten by the opposition’s opener who was, shall we say, a bit keen. His keenness was to be his downfall though, as despite a nice opening stand of 80 odd, he took on Mustard’s arm in attempting a second, and fell short as TAP whipped the bails off. That was the start of us getting amongst the wickets; Dom bowling their opener who had made 50 and then the ball was tossed to James Aust. who got a couple of wickets including their danger man well held by Titch just behind square, and from there on in, victory looked assured. Caldecote eventually all out for 200ish off the last ball. So three wins on the bounce for New Bloke, the young guns all having creditable performances and everything rosy in the garden. Mustn’t forget to mention the champagne moment of the day either: fantastic catch by Polarbear at slip, full length right in the end of his paw.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 1st July 2006 2nd XI Vs Caldecote 2nd XI (Millman League)
Due to various shortages which saw six 2nd teamers again make the step up to the first XI, we got a fairly young side for this encounter. A 12'0'clock start due to football reasons was agreed and we duly arrived and were asked to field. Caldecote did finish on 179 for 8 but mainly because of the last four overs going for about 30+ runs. Max caused carnage in the middle order as he picked up three wickets, and even Sam Jones got a couple of wickets.

Straight into our innings then and Blunham old boy Matt Benson's early wickets set them up for what looked a quick afternoon. Harry hung around for a while but as the four o'clock football deadline approached Matt Sheath was looking fine for the interval until and awkward length ball clipped his bails leaving us on 38 for 5. An extended tea break was undertaken with teams united behind England and agreement that several of Ronaldo's dives were worthy of gold in the Olympic diving events!!!!!!

Covers and Dan Sheath came out after tea and put on over 50 for the next wicket before young Dan was out for 4. With Max at the crease he and Covers both hit regular boundaries. Covers falling for 56 after a grubber skidded thru his stumps. The Brave Nick 'ironman' Pates then purposely paced out toward the crease, previously having stopped one full on with his shoulder and faced a over a two before Max was out for 22 and we lost by 25 runs.

Still only one win for the season but with 8 members of the team under 14 years old we aren't panicking yet!!
- The Optimist

Wednesday 28th June 2006 1st XI Vs Kempston Hammers (Midweek League)
Message received whilst in changing room, the Captain and Milkfloat are still on the A1 en route, so stand in skipper Ed spends the next ten minutes pretending to look for the opposition skipper to toss up, whilst actually doing the exact opposite. Eventually he finds Ed, and they win the toss and elect to bat. Thanks to some stalling tactics, we managed to take the field with eleven players and struck in the first over as Doops takes a catch at point off Tricky. Another wicket in the third over as the 85 overs old ball takes the outside edge and the batsman walks despite the bowler Tricky , and wicket keeper Ted not even bothering to appeal. Kempston struggled throughout their innings amongst some tight bowling from the boys from the Chronicle region – Charlie, Coops, Bingo, Milkfloat, Jimmy and Tricky, and limped to 85-5 at the close of their innings.

We opened up with Doops and Chico, and soon the ball was being punched through to the offside boundary with increasing regularity, until Doops chased a wide one and was pouched at gully. This bought Ted to the crease, and more boundaries. Chico continued to punctuate his drives on the posh side, with some more rustic hitting for ones of the spinner, and Ted got in and then launched his assault, blazing the short bowling through the leg side, and anything pitched up over the top. We got home for the loss of just the one wicket; Chico 24 not out and Ted 46 not out. At this point I made my excuses and left the scorebox just as their captain came over, almost suicidal about his team’s lacklustre effort. I would have had some sympathy for him, but it was Kempston so I didn’t. So, the league campaign rumbles on, next week is the crunch fixture, win that and then the talk can start of a potential third title in four seasons…..
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 25th June 2006 1st XI Vs Biggleswade 2nd XI (Champions League)

"We’re in the field !" - [collective groan].

The Jones looked to get a fair head of steam up, and promptly bowled the opener before some positive shots from the other end meant a good run rate for the first half of this match. The Duck came on and bowled a nice spell finishing with four wickets, two provided by catches from Binko, one a pearler, low diving catch to the left hand. Then with us through to the chaff, the ball was tossed to Connor to bowl some off spin, ten overs for 21, thank you very much. Acky came on the other end and twirled himself to three wickets of seven very economical overs, and that was Biggleswade all out for 175. An extended two hour tea break to watch England in the world cup, two beers for The Duck and then to the reply.

Binko opened with Callum in the pinch hitter role, and you could see the way the game was heading after about four overs, when he had 30 up. What followed was carnage from Callum as he blazed the ball to all parts hitting 12 fours and seven sixes, one a huge pull over the gate into Fairfield Road. Binko the other end was becalmed, but helped himself to 50 not out, with a couple of lovely drives through the covers for four off the back foot. Callum’s level of violence seemed to increase as the game went on, the first three balls of one over all disappearing for maximum, and he bought up his hundred with a pull through midwicket. We reached the victory target in just 19.3 overs, an excellent blend of fire and ice at the top of the order, and entertaining to watch as Callum finished up 111 not out, and Binko 50 not out. - Carnage.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 24th June 2006 1st XI Vs Old Warden (Millman League)
Hot day so it was at Old Warden, so New Bloke only goes and wins the toss, and we’re batting, good work fella. The wicket looked a bit ropey to say the least, but Marge played correctly and straight, and is increasingly looking like the answer at the top of our order on a Saturday, Pete’s patience ran out with the lack of scoring opportunities, only full tosses and long hops were likely to yield runs, and he was caught in the deep . Ed then came and went, but Marge and Tricky started to put together a little partnership. Marge eventually fell to the only rash shot he played all day in a well made 28, worth at least 50 on our wicket. This bought Titch to the crease, and his first scoring shot, was a six. When Tricky went for 26 lbw trying to sweep we had eleven overs left, perfect time for the big hitters to enter the fray. New Bloke played a nice cameo role, swatting the balls down the ground off the back foot, before he and Roger “Soapy” Bennett fell in quick succession, followed by The Duck and Polar Bear. Titch however, batted on and bought up his first fifty for the club with a drive through the covers, quality innings and the sole reason we gained maximum batting points. Badger got something on the last ball as it sped to the boundary, as the innings closed at 175-9, Titch with 53. The innings break was notable for a comedy moment provided by Polarbear, who knocked his chair over without knowing about it and then tried to sit in it, and promptly fell over, although he managed to save the various cakes and sandwiches he had in hand.

We got off to a really good start with the ball, Ed snaffling the opener at slip from The Duck, and with Soapy bowling a tight spell after ten overs Old Warden were 10-1. We kept our intensity levels high throughout their innings, and limited their strokeplay with some fine tight bowling. Badger took three wickets and The Duck, Tricky and Soapy were all at their economical best as we ran out winners in the last over, some canny Captaincy from New Bloke seeing that our total was successfully defended. A good win then, two in two, positives for the ever improving Marge and Titch to draw on.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 24th June 2006 2nd XI Vs Sandy 2nd XI (Millman League)
Sandy rocked up 301 for 8, mainly down to 118 from Chester in their middle order. Blunham soon in trouble with the reply though, as 4 wickets fell for 20 runs. However a pumped up Mustard with a thigh strain and a runner quickly started piling on the boundaries as did Fetlock at the other end;
Mustard passing his 50 and then his first hundred for the club. Smalley eventually fell for 80 after a club millman record partnership of 202 for our 5th wicket. Still lost by 60 odd - but a few highlights.
- The Optimist

Wednesday 21st June 2006 1st XI Vs Elstow (Midweek League)
Elstow won the toss and bat on a windy day, with just a hint of sun. Tricky and Doops opened the bowling and had a nice tidy start, before the ball is shared around with no fewer than ten bowlers being used, Ed bowling a tidy spell, and Jimmy Hart looking particularly rapid down the hill. A direct hit run out from Smog sent the opener on his way as he set off for a single that had “suicide” written all over it. The Duck pouched another successful catch in the deep, and the Captain himself – Blender, held two, despite his mobility problems.

121 to win then, and Pete Thompson and Chico were soon looking very comfortable out in the middle, Pete depositing a few sixes over the long off boundary, and in no time had bought up his fifty. A good opening stand of 70 odd came to a comical end with Pete ducking to avoid a throw from the outfield, and losing his balance and collapsing in the middle of the wicket, as the bowler calmly fielded the ball and ran him out. Smog was next in and went first ball, but worryingly had to be helped from the wicket with yet another knee injury, let’s hope this isn’t the curse of the cruciate again. Chico was next to fall, a good innings from him ending with a regulation catch which was greeted by the fielder as if he had dived full length one handed 8 feet off the ground. We were well up with the run rate by now, and had wickets in hand, and it was left to Bingo and Jimmy to finish things off, Jimmy ending the game with a six over midwicket that nearly cleaned up Ed’s car. Ed, lacking the foresight to park his car away from cow corner luckily did have the brains to place two Wheelie bins in front of it, but they wouldn’t have saved his windscreen though, you need a third one Ed, or girlfriend Smee on guard with a long pole with a net on the end.

So a seven wicket win, games in hand, a possible title charge could be on if we avoid defeat to Sharnbrook in the next fixture, as Injured Knee CC march on.
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 18th June 2006 1st XI Vs Sandy 2nd XI (Sunday County League)
Blender opened the bowling with no run up, because of his knee injury and looked like the figure in that cricket game from the 80’s – Test match when you press the bloke’s head and he just bowls. Martin Kinsella bowled well from the other end but wickets were scarce. Sandy accelerated well in the last fifteen overs and posted a mammoth 268-3. Our innings didn’t go too well to start with, all the batsman making a start, Callum looking particularly good with the pick up shot over square leg, and Browny knocking in Tricky’s edges on his new bat with the dap/edge down to third man. Acky also looked powerful in the drive, but the bulk of the runs in our reply came from Ed Davis with 70 odd, he puts his form down to “watching the ball right onto the bat”, he really has stepped up a level so far. We got bogged down in the last fifteen overs as the required run rate got to ridiculous proportions, but Ed carried on hoisting their spinner into the football pitch. We finished 20 odd short, but a good response with the bat, now if we could only bowl a bit better……
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 17th June 2006 1st XI Vs Eaton Socon 2nd XI (Millman League 3)
(posted on the website by the "Webmaster" whilst temporarily on British soil....)
We bundled Eaton Socon out for 91, all ten wickets falling to catches, Tricky and Badger both on a hat-trick during the game, and some excellent wicket keeping from Tap on a very fast wicket. There were no alarms during our innings Pete Thompson and Marge scoring the bulk of the runs before Pete departed LBW, but this didn’t deter Marge who looked very good in compiling a red-inker 26, good stuff son, keep playing straight. Tea after the game because of the early finish and then a net session, happy days, and Titch has defected from Roxton to play for us, good man.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 10th June 2006 2nd XI Vs Henlow 2nd XI (Millman League)
(posted on the website by the "Webmaster" whilst in Chicago, USA !)
To say it was hot was an understatement, rumour has it the sun was even melting!! We did scrape together a team as several players were unavailable due to other commitments (THE WORLD CUP). A Sheath trio, including Kevin "where's my hat", who gave me this £20, what's me name again' Sheath made up a mixed Blunham team with many youngsters, we were put in the field by a young but confident Henlow side and for 20 overs the young batsmen asserted their dominance. To be fair to both openers, you couldn't fault their techniques. Matt Sheath got the first break through trapping his wicket LBW, Covers turned his arm over, completely bamboozling the batsman with complete lack of speed, spin, style and sophistication, but a full toss was snapped up by Dave Cook's elbow and left nipple combination in the deep, removing the opener now in the 70s. We guessed he was a little annoyed as his bat was launched over the shed in frustration (1 of three bats to endure this feat). Slowly but surely Blunham pulled back, but with a fast outfield, a big score was on the cards. Henlow finished on 252 all out with Sheath claiming 4 wickets, Christopher 2 as we collapsed into the club house for Mrs Sheath's Tea, Tom Wright enquiring "Does any of this contain nuts ?.....'cause if it does, I sort of die".

Blunham opened their innings, Dave Cook reluctantly leaving his cup of tea to bat, was readily assured it was bound to be hot on his return.
Raggers batted well until a well thrown yorker disturbed his stumps and Sheath Snr crashed several mighty boundaries as his retirement drew ever closer. Clearly with the wickets tumbling, Blunham were never going to reach their required rate, two wickets in two balls brought James Luety out at number nine, as the field closed in around the young batsman, a short ball was promptly clipped away for a single over square this followed by two well struck boundaries leaving him on 13*. As 11 year old Dan Sheath was persuaded to the crease at number 11, the game looked to have reached its conclusion. One aerial drive gave young Sheath his first run before losing his off stump next over, Blunham stumbling to 124 all out.

The opposition did stay for a drink but promptly left after Sid (who been on the juice since 8.30 AM) staggered over to them, usual "Ball at St Ives, Hernia, have you seen my scar ?", type conversation.
- The Optimist

Wednesday 7th June 2006 2nd XI Vs Cople (Midweek League)
(posted on the website by the "Webmaster" whilst in Chicago, USA !)
Cople batted first and when I say Cople, I mean Cople plus half of Ampthill, still, they’ve bean beaten before and midweek we always fancy our chances against anyone. A late flurry from Cople boosted their score to 117, when perhaps 100 was more a fair reflection of their innings, Connor absolutely brilliant in the field, it has to be said.

We had a fair crack at it, but were always behind the rate against two bowlers who have played for the county, but runs were coming from the other end at least. Brett Sizer batted well, including a towering six over long-on, and Tricky grafted a 24, but it was left to Milkfloat to try and snatch an unlikely win as he pummelled boundaries in the penultimate over. We were left with boundaries needed off the last three but with the field out it was not to be. Still, a good performance from us, and the real difference were the Sneath brothers from Ampthill who between them bowled 7 overs for 21, the real difference between the two sides, without these two we would have coasted it.
- A Face in the Crowd

Sunday 4th June 2006 1st XI Vs Eversholt (Sunday League 1)
Acky and Binko started well, Binko thrashing a few through the covers, but then came a few wickets and at 50-3, some consolidation was required. Ed and Tricky then put on 70 odd or the fourth wicket, Ed in form at the moment and justifying the skipper’s faith in him to bat in the top five. Tricky went for 33 and Ed for another well made 48, Callum was soon let loose and hit a quickfire 27, with three sixes, and in a late flourish we posted 201-9.

Eversholt two down after two overs with no runs on the board, Blender bowling the skipper and Coops/Dimitry getting the other opener to nick off to Browny behind the stumps with his first ball. We had plenty of bowling options available to us, and at 100-5 we looked in the box seat, John Kilroy or the lobster as he is known, bowling very well. But, Eversholt are nothing if not a good batting side, and gradually the tail wagged as the game went into its climax. Just as things were getting interesting there was a shower and suddenly holding the ball wasn’t as easy as it had been. Fair play to Eversholt who hung on in to sneak the win with 8 wickets down, they never threw the towel in, and we didn’t bowl as well as we can, blender apart who was the only bowler who really looked like taking a wicket. Probably one of the hardest games we will have in the county league this year, let’s hope we can turn it all around when we play next. One positive to come out of the game was The Jones back in the side, and the performance of
Browny behind the stumps.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 3rd June 2006 1st XI Vs Houghton Town 2nd XI (Millman League 3)
Once again a depleted side for these pesky away Luton fixtures, a theme developing anyone, so yet again we have to decimate the second team for players, but are buoyed by the inclusion of Martin Kinsella from Brickhill, a transfer target should Brickhill fold. Not sure if New Bloke won the toss, but we were batting anyway, on what looked a decidedly ropey wicket. We limped to 101 all out, largely thanks to a semi-decent start, Marge batting well until he ran himself out, but ultimately when you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Mustard and Martin soon got in on the act with a couple of early wickets, to give us some hope, but the fifth wicket partnership killed us, until three wickets in a tricky over swung the game back our way. However, we couldn’t dislodge the one class player from Houghton and he sailed serenely on to give his side victory. Twenty more runs, and maybe if we’d have had a couple of balls keep low whilst we were bowling when on the stumps could have made all the difference. Still, to take 8 wickets and run them close was a creditable performance given the side we had out.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 3rd June 2006 2nd XI Vs Ampthill 3rd XI (Millman League 3)
(posted by the "Webmaster" whilst in Tokyo, Japan !)
As Saturday afternoon began, a brilliant sunshine beamed down onto Phoenix Gardens. Short on players all week proved an understatement with the first XI recruiting about 6 second team regulars. So debuts for Doug Jones, Will 'what am I doing here' Phillips and 11 year old David 'Buddy' Cook.

First blood to Blunham though as Covers wins the toss, electing to bat despite missing most of the top,middle and bottom order. Kevin Raggett opened with Covers and the pair put on 35 for the first wicket, Raggers departing after losing his middle stump, Covers soon after, edged behind as did stand-in no 3, Rowe. Doug Jones looked solid but was not quick enough for the penetrating runs of Dave Cook and was run out (with his own flesh and blood giving him the finger, shame on you Sam). A collapse was steadied now though by Dave Cook's lusty blows from the young spinner, including hitting him into the trees for a mighty 6."I am actually struggling to see about 90% of these balls, you know" he declared. Really, we thought it was at least 98%. Will Phillips frustrated the opposition with shots around the ground and dared to run one short when partnering Max at the crease. Wickets fell bringing Adam 'Grimmo' Grimes to the crease. He fell for 11, but played several beautiful strokes in his innings. By now, Blunham were well into the tail, Sam Jones equalled his personal best of 2* and even young Buddy joined in guiding a single down to fine leg, before Sam decided to run out another batsman. However ending on 132 all out from 45 overs was OK.

Covers again donned the gloves as 42nd choice wicket keeper and Ampthill soon took control. No bowler really troubled the openers until the Max Hill wave of destruction hit, like a falling snowflake Max powered the ball upon the pair gaining an LBW and a rather fantastic stumping by Covers in Tony Griggs style. However too little to late, everyone did field well, but as we lacked runs we had little chance. Still a couple of points, and at least its stopped raining!!!!!!!
- The Optimist Saturday 27th May 2006 2nd XI Vs Biggleswade 2nd XI (Millman League 3)
Posted on the site by the "Webmaster" whilst in Italy
Friday evening saw a calm sunset over the village with the sight of the youth teams practicing and Polarbear demolishing the slarlum on the assault course (can't you weave man ?). However, early morning rain confirmed our fears and our game was a complete washout!!!!!

Rumour has it that there is a drought on the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- The Optimist

Saturday 20th May 2006 3rd XI Vs Little Staughton 2nd XI (Bedford & District League 3)
Another lovely Saturday afternoon, the heavens had been open for business all week long, so it was no surprise that within half an hour of the start it had started to persist down. Shame as Gary Albon had brought along Blunham's newest recruit: an irregular but part qualified umpire, ex Stevenage player and all round good egg.

A young Staughton side rocked up and Blender agreed with their skip that we should wait until 2.45 to start. By 2.40, news filtered through that Rod Bruce on his debut had lost a wheel on the way back from Cambridge and would be somewhat delayed (in fact we didn't see him all day as he probably presumed we weren't playing!). The rest of the side congregated on the field desperate to get started despite the driving rain. Even the opposition seemed keen and at 2.45 the game got started. The opener to face the first ball was the only unenthusiastic person of the two sides, and the only one over 50. Austie dropped one short with his first ball and the batsman duly obliged and top edged one straight to James Fryar, making his debut, at backward square leg. In his next over, Austie repeated the delivery for the exact same result. 15 for 2. The game had been shortened to 28 overs, and after 7 overs the score was 46 for 2. Blender quickly whipped off Gary and Austie, concerned that the run rate was getting too high in what was otherwise difficult conditions for batting, and indeed standing up. The pitch was starting to resemble something more akin to a Dutch Dike jumping championship, indeed one batsman came out wearing canvas beach shoes, and when running quick singles had to put the anchors on half way down the wicket to ensure he came to a halt at the end of 22 yards. Once more, apologies must go out to Mr Sheath and his groundstaff for ruining a perfectly good wicket in our over enthusiasm to get the result. With so much sawdust going down on the wicket ends, the strip was looking more like Chelsea's football beach than Blunham FC. A red cloth was being used to dry the ball between deliveries, but even that got soaked after a while and holding the ball became difficult. Nevertheless, Biscuit bowled brilliantly in his first full spell for the club, and returned figures of 7 overs, 2 for 16. After 12 overs with a quick spell from Dom (1 for 19), the score had reached 73 for 4, and in the next 16 overs Staughton only amassed 22 runs for the loss of the rest of their batsman. Tight spells from Connor and Matt saw the end total as being 95. Joff had been press-ganged into keeping wicket as Alan Crossland was on holiday. He surpassed all expectations and even caught a sky-er running backwards over his head, although he also laughably produced the ultimate sin in taking a catch behind, and in an attempt to celebrate and throw the ball into the air............... he spilled it!!

With more sawdust liberally applied at half time, and no break in the rain, we went back out. Floppo had appeared briefly to inspect the ground and was amazed to find us still playing, needless to say he stormed off muttering something about pistols at dawn. Suddenly the clouds broke as Dom and the Blender reached the wicket. Dom fretted for while and waved the bat, desperate to get off the mark, whilst at the other end Blender pushed the field back with a couple of blows over the top. When Blender had eventually succumbed for 27, with the score on 44, the responsibility fell on Dom's shoulders to see us home. Having got off the mark, he kept the score ticking over, and with support from Matt (5) and Gary (11), the winning post loomed. When Gary got out out with the score on 85 the crowd got a little twitchy as there didn't appear to be too much left in the hutch and with a man short, things may have got tense. However, George, making his debut, held his end up superbly, and allowed Dom (39 not out) to finish the game off in style within a few more balls. Anbother good innings from Dom who grows in stature.

Creditable debuts from the new boys, and nice to know we have a good back up wicket keeper in Joff. So the third team has laid another ghost to rest, they said we wouldn't win a game, however some are still maintaining that at some stage this season we will get out for less than 30; we will see, but for all of the sceptics we are doing no worse than the other two sides!
- Captain Calamity

(Posted on the site by the "Webmaster", currently in Singapore....No play here either - MONSOON !)

- That great umpire in the sky.....

Thursday 18th May 2006 2nd XI Vs Risely (Midweek League 2)
To San Blunhaminio for the second Midweek League game of what at this point in time looks to be a wet season....

Things look to start shakily as Mustard's first two deliveries are crashed for four, but soon the young guns of Blunham take control, with 'New Bloke' and 'Mustard' bowling well together. Dom ' Remote Control' Aloi's batteries seemed to be running out as he had a mare in the field, but made up for it with his bowling, narrowly avoiding taking a hat-trick... go on son!

To the batting, 'Gummo' and 'Floppo' open, as the score rockets onto 52-1, Gummo gone for 38. Floppo still like a man possessed, continued to hold the innings together as rather slyly our oppo had bowled their worse bowlers first, and a few wickets tumbled. But never fear; the young lads of the Phoenix showed what their all about as 'Mustard' guided us home to our first victory of this midweek season.

As we all went our seperate ways for the evening, there were rumours of 'New Bloke' and a new love. Watch this space for more developements!
- The Boy who knew too much

Saturday 13th May 2006 1st XI Vs Luton (Millman League 2)
Too embarrassed to actually comment upon this game, a decent total considering the conditions, thanks to Sid (16), Tricky (25), Gummo (44*) and Marge who looked solid with 21*.

As to our bowling and fielding……………..only Callum was able to apply the brakes as the opposition coasted to victory.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 13th May 2006 2nd XI Vs New City 2nd XI (Millman League 3)
A mix up by the league didn't help team selection for the game with Gilo, Polarbear and Marge all being called up for first team duties. So enter Deano, Harry, the award winner Adam Grimes and the other great cricketer from Park Lane, Gary Alban. New City won the toss "I'll let you know" being the decision of their skip. Eventually they bat and face four overs before a mini monsoon relegated us to the changing room for half a hour, with talk of the cup final, it suddenly stopped raining and we returned to the game. Raggers the pick of the bowling with 4 wickets, a couple for Max and Mustard and a run out after several kamikaze overs saw New City total 146 for 9 from 40 overs.

After a sumptuous tea (provided by Covers and family which involved an incident with a plate of sausage rolls and a fiesta roof....), we began our attack. Raggers offered to open and he and Covers put on 40 for the first wicket, a bit of bat waving later and Harry Christopher came to the crease, a lovely drive and a fluky edge, gave him 6 runs, looked good, then red mist, toppled stumps!!! Still needing another 120 runs Mustard and Covers began to pile on the boundaries, Covers falling for 42 (bowled by the man with half a lung) left Tap and Mustard together. 26 for Tap and then with Gary in support, Mustard turned for a second run to reach his first 50 for the club, and finishing on 64* as a brilliant win by 4 wickets was well greeted by all players. Cries of "We love you Mustard !" echoed into the night. For the record its also apparent Polarbear's feet blend a smell of 4 year old brie with a musty sweat smell - (research carried out by Dom and Mustard, thanks for that lads).
- The Optimist

Wednesday 10th May 2006 1st XI Vs Kempston Hammers (Insys K/O Cup)
This fixture is more akin to the final itself rather than the first round, such was the draw, but you have to beat everyone you’re out in front of. With 9 players at the start of the game, it was with some relief that lay-by Ed and The Duck turned up after the first over. The Blender or Thatch (whatever floats your boat) bowled well in tandem with Doops at the other end on a slow and wet wicket, and were well backed up by
Charlie Brown, although it has to be said that Tricky had a mare, as Kempston reached 102-3 wickets at the interval.

With run scoring proving difficult with a slow wicket and a long outfield, this would prove to be a stiff task. This wasn’t made easier when the top order were decimated early on in the innings. Still, never say die, and Milkfloat struck the opening bowler way over his head and nearly into the adjoining drum studio in one of the back gardens along Barford Rd, with what can only be described as an uncomplicated shot. Next ball he dragged one onto his stumps, and it was left to the middle/lower order to wag the tail. With Charlie perfecting his dabs off both front and back foot, and contributions from Sid and Blender , suddenly the game didn’t look a lost cause, even though the opposition were already discussing who they would get in the next round.

Ed batted very well during his innings, even though when he runs he looks like he’s trailing an invisible dog on a lead, and with the last pair at the crease, 13 were required from the final over. Some frantic running reduced this to 6 from the last two. Unfortunately a tight run out from this ball meant the game was up, as we lost by four runs.

So, we’re lobbed into the plate competition for this season, great.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 6th May 2006 1st XI Vs Ickwell 2nd XI (Millman League 2)
1) New captain Chris Hudson loses toss, but gains a new girlfriend!
2) Ickwell bat
3) Soapy on his return and Tricky keep it tight, but struggle for wickets.
4) Eventually we take a wicket, but runs flow, Ed bowls quite well and gets a bonus over for his trouble
5) Ickwell have best use of facilities and rack up 194-3
6) Rain constantly for entire Blunham innings
7) Lose a few early wickets in reply, use “METAL DETECTOR ON BEACH IMPRESSION” instead of sliding bat in for optional RUN OUT programme.
8) GOTO (6), THEN (9)
9) Slump to 80-6, select RAIN, AND CARVE UP WICKET option
10) Tricky with 61 and Gilo with 19 add 50 for the 8th wicket

11) Fall 50 short of victory total.
12) Happy 18th to Jack.
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 6th May 2006 2nd XI Vs Shefford (Millman League 3)
Finally after a long old winter there's cricket for every one on the most miserable weekend of the past month but undeterred we arrived at Shefford to find the shattered remains of a beer bottle and what looked like the half chewed leg of a rabbit discarded in the outfield. Covers wins the toss and elects to bat. 7 overs later both he and mustard are back in the hutch scoring just 7 and 1 respectively. Kevin Sheath batting at three began playing some shots - never seen that many fielders on the boundary for Kev (well, unless he's bowling....). Sheath falling for a well played 26 with a superb knock of 41* for Tap left Blunham on 146 for 8. Polarbear batted reasonably well having belted his forehead with his own bat minutes before the game started and Sam Jones now in his second season has learnt the art of stacking as much tea as possible onto a mere 5 inch plate - Proud of yer son !

Over tea it got wetter, so with the rain bucketing down, a Shefford local lit a bonfire in a neighbouring garden, so cold, wet, can't see or breathe and a ball now similar to a shammy leather. To be honest, we fielded like troopers in the conditions, a few catches went down but a diving snatch at slip by Covers and wickets for Raggett and Jones, we clawed our way into contention. Alas the last wicket stand saw Shefford home. You make your own luck, but you can't but admire commitment like the seconds showed. A one wicket loss but a sterling effort.
- The Optimist

Saturday 6th May 2006 3rd XI Vs Marston Mortaine (Bedford & District 3)
Blunham 3rds first game. We arrived at Marston Moretaine in convoy, with Biscuit ahead of us in the Cook mobile. The weather prophets advised of a horrible afternoon and so it proved to be. Blender lost the toss, and keen to seize upon the opportunity, Marston inserted their young looking opposition.

With a strict batting policy of always having one Colt and one Senior at the wicket, our Captain fully expected to be left with most of the adults left to bat after the colts had gone, but this team is all about developing our youthful talent and so it was they that pleasingly suprised us. Dom opened with Doug Jones. After looking fairly comfortable for a few balls, Doug unfortunately underedged one to the keeper and trudged off in the drizzle without troubling the scorers. Next came and went Blender, as the pitch beat his forward prod and shot under the bat (8 for 2). Dom's first scoring shot was a Gilchrist style flick of a short ball over the slips for 4, that had the oppostion mumbling in admiration.

Out to the wicket came Alan Crossland and with a number of leg side blows, that would have made Sid proud, added 40 for the third wicket and everything looked rosy before skying one too many shots to leg from outside off peg for 16. All the same, a creditable effort and we are looking forward to seeing him bat at Phoenix Gardens where the bouncy wicket should suit his game. Biscuit and Gary Albon quickly came and went, leaving the last 'senior'player, Joffy at the wicket.

Dom had batted really well and despite being droppd when on 25, he looked as though he would last the innings through. Then disaster struck and one too many aerial shots went to hand and his innings was over for his career best score of 34. Connor came to the wicket and almost before he had time to settle in, drove one to straight to Cover, called the single and ran Joff out. 70 for 6 and with overs running out it looked like we would be skittled for a very low score. I reminded the side that the first and second sides had been taking bets on how low a score we would get and although we had already surpassed expectations, we needed to dig in.

The game had got a little niggly as their change bowler had bowled two head high full tosses, and had received warnings for them as a consequence, nevertheless it can't have done much for the confidence of waiting batsmen on the sidelines. With Tom in tow and all 'Senior' players gone, Connor looked to make amends for the run out and the two added 29 for the 7th wicket, with the innings closing at 99 for 7 after a rain reduced 36 overs. Connor on 19 not out and Tom 3 not out.

Austy and Gary Albon opened the bowling and did themselves great credit with Gary bagging 2 for 33 off his 9 overs and Austy bowling 4 overs for 14. But we never had enough runs in the bag, and despite changing the bowling around, and Deano absloutely bamboozling the batsmen with his legspin, Marston reached the target with 16 overs to spare and 8 wickets in hand.

Alan Crossland was superb behind the stumps, covered in mud at the finish as he stopped, parried and grovveled to every ball that got past the bat, and who knows he may even take over shortly from the Hernia Kid. All in all it was a good first effort that bettered what most people expected. The Colts gave more than we anticipated, and once Blender has worked out his bowling attack, I am sure we will give some teams a fright. Judging by Dom's Midweek performance, the runs he got in this game have added to his growing confidence in his own ability. Unfortunately, he left his batteries at home, so the normal 'Remote Control' Dom was left static in the field, but as they are all on a steep learning curve, they can all only learn.

They said we would never get it off the ground, but the 3rds are up and running, well a stiff walk anyway. Onwards and upwards.
- Captain Calamity

Wednesday 3rd May 2006 2nd XI Vs Young Hammers (Midweek League 4)
So, the start of the season is finally upon us and the young lads of the Phoenix set out to regain promotion after the dissapointment of relagation from last season.... Started off well with good opening spells from Callum 'Gummo' McGlynn and Geoffery 'Mustard' Fitzgerald, and more good bowling from Chris 'Still New Bloke' Hudson and the rest of the Blunham attack meant a score for Young Hammers of 57 off their 16 overs. Noticable plaudits for Benny, one of the youth players in the side who was superb in the field.

Things with the bat started off badly, Gummo and Mustard out for ducks. Ben 'Marge' Jeffs and Andrew 'Polarbear' Jeffs then batted well together, although we were slipping behind the run rate, the Blunham batting order were coming back into the hutch as quick as Mustard's crisps were being slyly eaten from behind a wall. As much as they tried, Blunham's efforts were in vain and we ended up all out for a total of around 50 odd.
- The boy who knew too much

Wednesday 3rd May 2006 1st XI Vs Biddenham (Midweek League)
A new season and a new captain, step forward Ed “A507 lay-by” Davis, who promptly loses the toss and, yes, you guessed it, we’re in the field, which means batting in the dark. The Biddenham ranks were swelled by former England player Derek Randall, although interestingly, he seemed to forego whites, at least on the top half of his body anyway. We took to the field with ten players since "the Duck" was still in “estate agent world” or something, but Scott soon had the former pro in his back pocket, caught at mid off. When "the Duck" did rock up late and made his way on to the field, his first bit of action was dropping one of the simplest chances you will ever see, apparently he was still thinking about his property valuation earlier. Biddenham started to accelerate throughout their innings, but a good spell of bowling from "Doops" pegged them back and the innings closed at 108-3, some of the fielding of the bottom drawer, scandalous type variety.

We got off to a very good start with 30 up after the first three overs without loss, "Smoggy" hooking a massive six onto the shed roof, and Pete “Square cut” Thompson crashing a few fours through the off side. Then came a middle order wobble, with a couple of comedy run-outs thrown in for good measure. Before you knew it we had somehow got ourselves behind the eight ball, and were playing catch up, with 21 required off the last three overs. Enter "Sumo" to try and bring proceedings to a quick and violent end, but no, he collapsed in a heap at the wicket in some considerable pain having ruptured his cruciate ligament, first Rooney, now Scott Marshall; a similar blow for the village as his season must surely be in doubt for now. Get well soon big fella………

"Milkfloat" crashed one onto his own stumps, and with two balls remaining we needed five to win with new man at the crease, "Doops". Luckily a wide, followed by an overthrow with no one backing up at the bowling end, meant two were required for victory from the final ball. I can’t confess to being nervous at this stage, as we have won countless games over the last few years that we had no right to (remember Eltisley both home and away in one season ?). This however was not one of those games and would have been a defeat snatched from the jaws of victory scenario. The last ball is delivered with the darkness closing in, and "Doops" drives it down to long off, but with just enough lack of pace on it to allow him to scramble home for the win. Not a great performance from us as the current defending champions as we are, but a win is a win is a win, and it was steak night down the pub !
- A Face in the Crowd

Saturday 29th April 2006 2nd XI Vs Sandy 2nd XI (Millman League 3)
News filters through - Sandy in turmoil, can't raise a team!!!
We gain 28 points and a weekend off!
- The Optimist

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