Match reports

16th September 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Captain Scott's Invitational XI

New boundary markers, new stumps, must be the end of the season, but Phoenix Gardens did look as pretty as a picture for this end of season showdown. A couple of late withdrawals and injuries meant that Sid became Captain for this fixture, and since we had fixed the coin toss to allow the Scotties first bat, we found ourselves in the field. The opening bowling combination of Mustard and Soapy kept things tidy, with Mustard’s control and pace finding some admirers amongst the opposition ranks. The first ten overs were very much cat and mouse as the Scotties looked to come to terms with the bounce and carry off the wicket, and the breakthrough eventually came with a communication breakdown, as both openers found themselves at the same end. Titch only had to throw the ball back to Tap to take the bails off, and despite his underarm throw being of the very slow variety the batsman was well short. The Trawlerman came on to bowl from the top end, a rare outing for him from this end, and a great direct hit run out from Callum accounted for another batsman, as we started “bowling for run outs”. Sure enough the next wicket perished in the same manner, hitting the ball to one of our stronger fielders and running a risky single, Gummo again hitting the stumps. Float came on from the bottom end, after Soapy had accounted for the dangerous looking number 4 (or was it number 3) thanks to a good fielding position from stand in skipper Sid. The Scotties then launched a fight-back, as Daniels and Joint looked to accumulate. CB bowled a brief two over spell from the bottom end but the magical Daniels smote him for two maximums over long on, and this bought Titch on in his place. Then, after the Trawlerman had finished an economical yet wicketless spell, he was replaced by Tricky who was keen to have the ball in his hands again. Eventually Daniels succumbed feathering a catch to Tap off Tricky, and Titch found his way to figures of 3-46 including an excellent catch from Soapy, who for some inexplicable reason decided to put in a full length dive after he had caught the ball, obviously playing to the crowd. The Scotties strength in depth showed towards the end of the forty over allocation as several hits cleared the boundary, and in one instance a burger nestling gently on the barbeque was missed, as the ball sailed just over sending the bbq tongs clattering. The Scotties innings ended on 221-9, which batting team would turn up though, the one that had won two league titles, or the one that had succumbed to Pavenham and Southill in the disappointing reverses against those two teams?

Kev and Gummo strode out to the crease accompanied to the sounds of trance, and New Bloke in one ear going “this bloke has been clocked at 85mph” and after negotiating overs from each of the bowlers the first wicket went down, bang, Kev caught in the gully flirting with one outside off stump. At this point my walk around the boundary with Brian was curtailed as I had just made it past the sightscreen, and now had to haul back to the confines of the changing room for my pads. Good job I did, as two balls later Sid departed to what he called “an unplayable delivery” that was like the magic bullet that killed JFK apparently, going one way then the other. Sid started the season with 127 not out, and ended it with a duck, such is cricket. Tricky joined Gummo at the crease with the sole intention of having a look, Gummo however was having none of it and continued to play shots to everything, and was eventually dismissed trying to slog a straight one for 26, and walked off, possibly to the sounds of Take That’s “patience”. CB came to the wicket and the two in tandem looked to play the openers out, who it must be said were making the ball talk and jag, and see what they could get off the rest. Mission accomplished as both openers took a breather, but then Tricky chased a swinging half volley to be caught behind for 12, and CB went later caught behind for 16. We were now bang in trouble, and the second change bowlers were also making the ball dart around, more so than any in living memory, but with Ed and Float in, there were still some big wickets for the Scotties to take. Float was greeted at the wicket by a cow sound coming from the PA system, and promptly obliged slapping the ball through wide mid wicket (or cow corner for four), However, the big man was next to go, caught behind we thought, but on asking him the ball had taken one of his bails off and the big hitting “turn a game round in five overs” man was gone. TAP was then bowled by a full toss, and the dangerous New Bloke yorked for 0. This left a fighting Ed at one end who so far had played the scrappiest innings he has surely ever played in his life, edging balls through slips, off the toe end of that bat, all sorts, but the man does relish a fight, and there was still Titch and Mustard to come. Unfortunately Ed perished soon after Mustard’s arrival, somehow scooping a ball to square leg for 20, and Titch strolled out. With the opener back on Titch and Mustard passed 100, and showed some lower order resistance and plenty of ticker with the field up, all expectant of a catch. Finally the moment came, as Mustard was caught for 12, and that was us bombed out for a pretty disappointing 113.

Great time after the game chatting to the opposition, and trying to prevent Sid from claiming Katy as a raffle prize when his ticket came up.

CLICK HERE to see some photos from the day (on the Club News Page)

- A Face in the Crowd

8th September 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs Cople Argus (Millman League)

Cople Argus 179-6, Blunham 183-4 (McAdam 82*)
Really cannot remember too many details from this game, apart from the following:
A) Mustard’s caught and bowled to remove the Cople opener which was a bit of a catch
B) Marge looked good opening, making 24.
C) The openers put on 40 odd for the first wicket, mostly in extras.
D) We had a wobble at 83-4
E) Milkfloat bludgeoned the ball to all parts, scoring 82 not out from 47 balls

This means, barring some obscure ruling that we don’t know about, Blunham are the champions. Two league titles in 6 days, you wait years and then two come along at once.
- A Face in the Crowd

2nd September 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Southill Park 2nd XI (County League)

To give you an idea of the events leading up this game, we needed just seven points to be assured of the title, or to put it another way, just seven wickets; even in defeat would see the title heading our way. The opposition won the toss and batted, which given the aforementioned scenario, suited us quite well as we would have the full 46 overs to achieve these 7 points. Unfortunately we struggled to take early wickets and at the halfway point didn’t look like taking them, particularly as we seemed to earth any catches that were offered to us, and were generally quite ineffective with the ball. It then seemed to be a case of tossing the ball around to as many bowlers as possible, searching for a breakthrough. Eventually this came in the form of a direct hit run out from the deep from Gummo, then a great catch from Binko, who with his leg injury is about as mobile in the field as a petrol tanker at present. All the time the Southill opener gorged himself on a collection of long hops and attempted bouncers that he despatched with gusto to the boundary, and or over it, as he cruised seemingly to yet another century for his collection. Fortunately he yorked himself to Mustard on 99, and with that the title was ours.

This then gave us the opportunity to chase 254 for victory, and we collapsed like a pack of cards for 100, Gummo top scoring with 30. This was a very out of character performance all day really, as we were thoroughly outplayed in all facets of the game. Southill held everything that went on offer, bowled tight lines and deserved the stuffing administered. It felt a little strange to be drinking champagne at the end of the game after this performance, but over the course of the season I feel we have shown our true colours, and this performance and the Pavenham defeat aside have been rare blips in an otherwise comfortable campaign.

It could be a double title as well this year, as the Saturday 1st XI go top with one to play….
- A Face in the Crowd

26th August 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Sharnbrook 2nd XI (County League)

Once Sid had removed the late night revellers from “StuFest III” off of the ground, we were ready for the top of the table clash with the Brook. As befits big games there was the usual pre match iPod session, this time as per the last time, and every time, it was the Captain’s favourite “Binary Finary” as the sounds of dance infiltrated this sleepy part of Bedfordshire.

We’d stuck Sharnbrook in, and it wasn’t long until we got the first breakthrough, the Trawlerman trapping the opener bang in front. Soon they were three down as the Trawlerman got amongst them, and this was the theme throughout the day as he generated bounce off a length. Sharnbrook tried to repair the damage, but good tight bowling from all of the bowlers restricted run scoring and we continued to pick up wickets throughout, Soapy bowling a great slower ball to deceive one of the Sharnbrook batsman who looked to have the fight to stay around. Sid took a great catch down the leg side off Float that got rid of the top scorer from our previous meeting, and then it was carnage as the Trawlerman came back to demolish the tail, finishing with a county league best of 6 for 16. When Dan castled the number 11, Sharnbrook were all out for 68. Great captaincy from Acky throughout, and a really good bowling performance with just the four bowlers used all keeping things tight, Dan deserves the plaudits as no batsman looked confident against the bounce he was generating, I’ll bet he still wants a go down the hill though, although there is no ridge to hit from that end.

Knowing that a win would guarantee promotion, we looked to get the innings off as quickly as possible, but soon we were three down with Gummo, Sid and Binkety Bink all falling to catches while trying to score quickly. Ed was well caught and can feel a tad unlucky as he played defensively to a ball that stopped on him, and with a bit in the wicket it could have got a bit nervy. Acky and Tricky put together a partnership of 20 odd, before Acky fell in a similar fashion to Ed. With extras coming frequently though, it was left to Float and Tricky to see us to victory, Floaty hitting a rapid 18 not out including the winning blow for six, which couldn’t have been far off from landing in Carole’s back garden, it was that big.

So, promotion then, 7 points next Sunday will secure the title. A defeat with us taking less than seven wickets will probably see us finish second if Pavenham & Felmersham secure all 30 points against Sandy. We still have a lot to learn as we look to climb the leagues, but this squad of players is potentially as good as any Blunham side I have played in. Not many teams in this league have the luxury of having 9-10 players that have all scored centuries, not many also would open the bowling with a 16 year old, or are forward thinking enough to open with a pinch hitter. There is competition for places, which will only make the 2nd XI stronger as well, some say the Phoenix is rising, some have seen it coming for a long while now.

A certain Mr Bob Desborough would probably be smiling right about now as he looks down on us. I for one will be thinking about him next Sunday, and hoping as I do, that we have at least 7 points in our pockets at the time.
- A Face in the Crowd

19th August 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs DUNSTABLE III (County League)

A wash out.
Next Sunday's game will almost certainly determine which two of the three promotion chasing sides will go up. If it’s washed out, we will be one of them, providing we can take two wickets in the final league game, or if that too is washed out.
- A Face in the Crowd

18th August 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs Pilgrims Oakley (Millman League)

Title clash down at phoenix Gardens on Saturday as the top two go head to head with the league title firmly on the line, winner takes all type clash. We were confident on home soil of defending our unbeaten record as a first team on both Saturdays and Sundays this year, but also had a healthy respect for Pilgrims who came to defend their unbeaten league record.

We were put into bat with the threat of rain in the air, and after a fairly solid start lost Marge to a run out when he nearly completed two runs despite not waiting for the ball to beat the fielder before setting off. Mustard looked to play positively but with the score advancing to 42-1 he top edged a pull to be caught at square leg. Sid then cut loose, particularly in the backward of square leg region, pummelling boundaries to anything short; the more sedate Tricky looked to give him the strike and in this fashion the pair added 105 runs for the third wicket as we looked to forge ahead. Sid, the dominant partner advanced rapidly to an effervescent 87 before falling on his sword in the pursuit of quick runs (whisper it quietly but the man is in form) . Tricky then fell for 29 advancing down the wicket to take advantage of the space behind the bowler, but got a short ball that he could only fend to midwicket. With 14 overs left and only four wickets down, the order of the day was quick runs, and Milkfloat smashed a quick 30 with a smattering of sixes, and managed to lose three balls in the process. Ed decided to use his new bat with the bulbous end and played a lovely cover drive to get off the mark, but the rest of the innings subsided as we looked to get as many as we could. The innings closed on 210-9 with Blender and child prodigy Connor at the crease, denying Pilgrims an extra bonus point. 211 to win would have been a challenging score, particularly with the bowling line up we had, but at tea the heavens opened and the game was eventually washed out.

Mathematically the league is still up for grabs, Pilgrims play their game in hand on us next Saturday, and if that is washed out, it will be a battle for bonus points as we head into the final strait...
- A Face in the Crowd

18th August 2007 (Sat) 2nd XI Vs Biggleswade 2nd XI (Millman League)

To the 'wade then for our annual trip to this part of Bedfordshire, rain forecast but a decision to go ahead was met was a slow reaction from Biggleswade, who at first didn't have a scorebook and then set about blocking our bowling for the first ten overs or so. However, a run out of veteren Gibbs and a couple of further wickets left the game evenly balanced. As the rain began to fall, we had reached 45 overs of the innings, leaving Biggleswade on 150 for 7.

Over tea, the rain began to die away to a fine mizzle, meaning Blunham's innings got underway with Binko joined by skipper Cubby, to try and claim victory before the rain came. Binko fell in the second over after scoring a quick nine runs; Cubby was joined by Grimmo and the pair put on 50 for the second wicket until Grimmo was undone by the full toss of the injured bowler who was similar to the Max Hill bowling school. Tap strolled out to the wicket and brought up Blunham's hundred from just 15 overs before carrying on to hit an unbeaten 59 along with Cubby, plodding home with an unbeaten 51. So an 8 wicket win and a reflection on the season, with at least two of our defeats being games we should have won, just shows where we COULD be in the league if we had that final killer instinct!
- The Optimist

12th August 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Biggleswade II (County League)

Again we won the toss and inserted the opposition on a green top, and struggled to take wickets throughout the first half as the wicket played much better than most people anticipated. With Brian dropping out injured to the seconds, Titch unavailable and Tricky too injured to bowl, we were a few seamers light, but Acky stepped up to the plate to bowl a tidy spell, and with Float not going for many Biggleswade seemed content to limp along at the halfway point. After the drinks break they stepped things up a bit, and we were on the point of losing it in the field. Eventually we rallied to restrict them to 199-7, Callum gaining a couple of valuable bonus points with a few late wickets, and it was clear that the wicket wasn’t doing a great deal, so I was quite content with chasing down 200 for victory.

To our innings, we lost Binko early on, and Callum soon after for 20, but Sid then pressed the accelerator as he hit four sixes to the short leg side boundary. Sid passed fifty and then went caught at point and at 90-2 Ed came out to join Tricky. Sensible batting keeping wickets in hand saw us to the victory target with 5 or 6 overs left as Tricky dropped anchor for 53 not out, and Ed a more aggressive innings of 70 not out.

A good chase, and valuable points in our quest for promotion, particularly as news filtered through that Pavenham looked to have the upper hand over Sharnbrook. We have to be a bit more patient in the field and not expect teams to roll over for us though, we have a long batting order and I was genuinely confident that 200 wouldn’t cause us too many problems, as it transpired I felt that 250 was the minimum requirement, the wicket may have been green but it was still flat, and still a good batting wicket. Keep the faith lads, the title chase is on.
- A Face in the Crowd

11th August 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs New City II (Millman League)

New bloke wins the toss and elects to bat first, and we go along quite nicely until Marge gets a ball that pitches half way down, keeps low and traps him bang in front LBW for 14. This brings Mustard to the crease who in partnership with Sid soon started to plunder the bowling, Sid hitting a few maximums and managed to lose the ball in the process. At 90-1 Sid passed fifty but was then given out LBW to a ball that hit him on the thigh pad (apparently it was on its way down) for an excellent 62, although it’s fair to say wasn’t too happy with this decision – “I suppose he wants a bat today does he, moan, moan chunter, chunter”. Mustard and Tricky then put on a few before Mustard punched a short rising ball to square leg for 34. Tricky retired hurt on 30, his leg still affecting him, but this bought Callum to the crease who hit a quickfire 20, and with Ed making a rapid 63, and late cameos from New Bloke and Soapy our total of 296-6 was above par.

New City didn’t get off to the best of starts, but gradually the extra count rose, and one of their batsman passed 50, but wickets were taken to peg them back, and it was the introduction of Callum that signalled the end for them. We dropped quite a few chances along the way, Tricky guilty of a couple, Titch another and a very hard chance for Soapy as well, but as the gloom descended McGlynn spun us to victory with 4-16 as the game finished at quarter to nine (or was it midnight).

Good batting throughout, with the innings paced to perfection for the hitters down the order, not great in the field, but there is now a spin option to consider for the future....
- A Face in the Crowd

5th August 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Sharnbrook (County League)

This one I picked up with about 12 overs of Sharnbrook’s innings left. They looked to be heading for a score of 120 or so all out, until a 9th wicket partnership looked to rattle the lads and the wheels came off a bit. One caught behind chance not given, and not walked for, seemed to upset a few of them far too much, and could have affected the outcome of the game as they let it get to them. Anyway, to our reply, we lost a few early wickets but Sid looked good hammering away the short ball, ‘til he fell for 26. G came and went and Charlie couldn’t do much about the ball that seemed to lift on him, and when Floaty went bowled, we had a lost a fair few wickets and were in need of some stability. It was at this point that Ed decided to counter attack and passed his 50 hitting the ball hard off both back and front foot as the victory target loomed nearer. Batting deep meant that we still had Acky, Titch and Soapy lurking down the order, and once Ed chopped on for an excellent 58, there were some nervy times to negotiate. Titch came in and played really sensibly, he is aided by having a good technique, but also has a bit of fight in his locker, and with him shoring up his end, it was left to the explosive Soapy to despatch a few boundaries and finish 18 not out to bring up the win.
- A Face in the Crowd

4th August 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs Kempston Methodists (Millman League)

I picked this up just after the tea interval, as we chased down 150 odd for victory. Marge looked solid and bought up his 50. There seemed to be a lot of extras, and I can recall Ed getting a few runs as well. It looked like a fairly comprehensive victory, certainly there was a lot of batting left on the sideline un-used, I think we got home for the loss of four wickets, and did I mention Marge looked a class act?
- A Face in the Crowd

4th August 2007 (Sat) 2nd XI Vs Shefford (Millman League)

Table topping and unbeaten Shefford took a trip to Phoenix Gardens and on a hot day won the toss and decided to bowl. With the score at 64 - 5 after 22 overs, it looked like a good decision. Confidently stated they were going to bowl us out for under a hundred, they didn't count on Cubby actually playing an innings of some worth this season, as with Tap, 77was pu ton for the 6th wicket; Cubby run out for 43, after lofting a straight six into the base of the sight screen. Tap was also run out for 28 trying to boost the score. A good lower order comeback meant we were all out from the last ball of the innings with 150 runs on the board.

Dom bowled well down the hill despite some controversial umpiring, but at times was literally too good for the Shefford openers and indeed picked up a wicket with Pete Thompson hanging on to a fine catch a square leg. Map pulled up in his fourth over, which meant an unusual bowling partnership of Grimes and Coverdale was used to prolong the Shefford innings as they got home by 9 wickets but with only 18 balls to spare. A good effort by Blunham and another game we could have (and possibly should have) won.
- The Optimist

31st July 2007 (Tues) 1st XI Vs Bedford Pakistanis (Insys KO Cup qtr final)

I wasn’t at this, but can confirm we lost, pretty badly by all accounts
- A Face in the Crowd

28th July 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs Eaton Socon II (Millman League)

Back from tour, the weary Blunham side were put in by the opposition as we looked “tired”, apparently. Before long we were three down for not many, with run-scoring at a premium as the ball moved through the air and a lot of grass on the wicket held the ball up. To say that the opposition were a bit vocal is nor far from the truth, they don’t seem to like us very much. Undeterred, Tricky and Sid got their heads down, and looked to build before Sid went precipitating another mini-collapse. Titch came out to bat and his 23 with Tricky’s 60 not out were invaluable in getting us to 150 odd. It was hard work, but Eaton Socon would surely also find it difficult. Mustard raced in and sent the opener packing in the first over, blasting his off stump out of the ground, and soon Socon were 25-5 and in a world of trouble. Excellent fielding and bowling, (particularly from the Trawlerman) meant the mini revival didn’t really threaten the result, and it was left to the Trawlerman to mop up, as Socon were shot out for 70 odd.
A particularly pleasing result; we grafted with the bat and were equally up for it in the field. I can’t see anyway that we cannot get promoted in this league now.....
- A Face in the Crowd

28th July 2007 (Sat) 2nd XI Vs Caldecote (Millman League)

Fairly decent scorecard with the bat considering we arrived back from tour an hour before the game started. 3 run outs aside, we looked pretty good, particularly Dom and Grimmo in the middle order, as we finished on 161 for 9.

With the ball, Harry dismissed danger man Benson in the first over. It was officially the day of the Covers in the field, as he ran out the number 3 bat in some style and was throwing himself everywhere until he landed on his knee and joined Binko in the cripple club. Raggers bowled well, going for 21 off his 10 overs but also dropped possibly the easy catch in the history of the world ever! Despite Blunham's best efforts through a selection of lower order partnerships, saw Caldecote home by one wicket in the dark and mizzle. On reflection possibly one of the best games I've ever been involved with, just a shame the result didn't fall the other way.
- The Optimist

22nd July 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Langford (County League)

Langford bombed out for 100, Floaty taking another five wicket haul against Langford. We got home for the loss of two wickets, Floaty opening and bludgeoning 60, before Sid and Tricky eased us home with few alarms, Sid particularly watchful, taking 64 deliveries for his unbeaten 17.
- A Face in the Crowd

21st July 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs Steppingley (Millman League)

Floaty and Soapy both bowled excellent containing spells, with soapy taking 4-11 from his ten, and Floaty not going for many more. Steppingley eventually succumbed to 115 all out, I think, although this is being written three weeks after the event, and after the tour, and a bout of blood poisoning, so the details may be a little sketchy. Our reply started slowly, and with rain in the air we lost a few wickets, although a quick 25 from float pushed us above the rate. After a lengthy rain break we were keen as mustard to get the job done, and with New Bloke powering his way to 35, and a watchful 17 not out from Tricky we got home for the loss of 6 wickets (?)
- A Face in the Crowd

15th July 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Flitwick II (County League)

With Acky suffering from a hamstring strain and out of the match, Ed assumed the captaincy and kept up his 100% toss record, and on a good wicket we elected to bat first. Binko and Tricky opened, and after three overs we had 30 on the board, albeit most were down to Johnny Extras. Binko had one ball cut back and crash into the stumps, and that was him gone, which bought the legendary Sid to the crease. Sid had a few lives early on, being dropped off a skyer off the edge of the bat, and just clearing mid off with a drive, but had powered his way to 24 before getting under a drive to be dismissed caught and bowled. Run scoring was not a problem as the outfield was like a carpet, anything past the infield invariable went for four, but could we capitalise? The Duck found himself at the crease in the number four position, but he soon followed Sid, a carbon copy dismissal, albeit a better catch from the oppo captain. Mustard arrived at the wicket with the instruction to play himself in and at the 23 over point we were handily placed on 118-3.

Then the rains came. Luckily Flitwick had covers in place, and also luckily for us, were quite keen to play, which suited us. After an hour’s wait and an early tea, our innings had been reduced to 35 overs, which isn’t particularly fair on the side batting first who had batted for the first half of the game as if a 46 over match, but I guess that’s the price you pay for batting first when rain is the air. Mustard and Tricky strode out at the resumption with the plan to play shots to everything, as they were under instructions from Sid to add 100 to the score from the 12 overs left. The first three overs of the resumption produced a lot of wides, and a couple of sixes from the blade of Mustard’s bat as both batsmen passed fifty. This pair then upped the ante and added 136 from the last twelve overs, Tricky finishing 105 not out and Mustard an excellent 66 not out.

Flitwick got off to a flyer, but eventually the field placements stemmed the flow of runs, and Floaty made the ball talk in reducing Flitwick to 50-3. Eventually we worked out that the main threat was Flitwick’s young opener who passed fifty, so pushed the field out to him. The Trawlerman bowled a nice spell and looked threatening, and Mustard’s spell applied the brakes to the run chase. We tried a few slow options from the other end in Charlie and Ed. Ed eventually had his man lbw with a ball that apparently turned. This looked game over and Titch came on and bowled to the conditions, full and straight and was rewarded with a four wicket haul. The final wicket went down with Flitwick’s reply on 180 as Coops (now bowling Murali style) beat the batsman to have him bang in front.

Excellent news from across the county confirms a number of abandonment’s, thanks to Brian for his roving reporter role on that score, and maybe just maybe we are reaping some good luck now after having several of our games washed out, while other teams are seemingly unaffected by the weather. Promotion is now firmly in our hands if we keep doing the business.

Keep it going lads…....
- A Face in the Crowd

14th July 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs Steppingley (Millman League)

Nice to see some sunshine about for once as we descended on Steppingley, near to one of the several thousand signposts for Eversholt in the county. On arrival, the first surprise was to see Ed had arrived in his new vehicle, a cross between a golf and a passat, a definite cut and shut according to most, so it was re-named the Gassat. The other surprise was the lack of opposition, and a wicket, but a few phone calls confirmed they were ready to play us………….at Blunham of all places. So, off to the French Horn we went whilst we awaited their arrival. After deciding to use the artificial wicket in a reduced over game of 35 overs, we lost a few wickets early doors, but Floaty bludgeoned the ball for a quick 19, and Marge batted patiently for a well made 38, and New Bloke struck the ball everywhere in a whirlwind 62. Obviously his net session the night before at Lords paying dividends, thanks to Vicky for arranging that one, maybe he can cover bowling the next time ;-)

Our innings closed on 206-9, which was a great score on a slowish outfield. Fair play to Steppingley for arranging teas at such short notice. The opening bowlers of Soapy and Brian Lender soon got amongst the Steppingley batsman, Soapy taking three wickets, and Brian bowling with rare pace again, maybe he is finally over his injury. Then it was the turn of float to burgle a few wickets again, and yet again he was on a hat-trick, but denied once more. After this, the ball was shared around and it seemed if you took a wicket you were off and out of the attack, Steppingley eventually dismissed for 107, with Titch taking three catches in the deep.

A good performance from the lads, but we really should be killing teams off when we have them by the throat.
- A Face in the Crowd

14th July 2007 (Sat) 2nd XI Vs Hexton (Millman League)

So off to Hexton. Rumours of Wrest Park were soon denied as we found ourselves in this interesting area of Bedfordshire. Binko and Rags put on 105 for the first wicket, while the remaining 9 batsman put on 49 as we collapsed in some style to 154 all out. Dom and Harry bowled well and picked up a wicket apiece as did Gilo who also bowled several of his happy Christmas deliveries! With defeat inevitable, the ball was thrown to debutant Will Brown, who bowled well considering he usually plays for the under twelve's. However a seven wicket defeat when a victory should have been easily attainable.
- The Optimist

12th July 2007 (Thu) 1st XI Vs Wilden (Midweek League)

After the loss to Elstow yesterday, the mood in the Blunham camp wasn't that of confidence as we rocked up for this double header against Wilden. Win this and it was 2 points in the league and us through to the next round of the cup.

Nick 'Tricky' Harding and Matthew 'Titch' Clayton opening the bowling and both bowled very well in their opening spells, restricting Wilden to 30 off their first 5 overs. More good bowling from Dave 'The Golden Arm' Mcadam whilst injured and Dave 'Duck' Cooper finding his rhythm again, meant that after their 16 overs, Wilden set an achievable target of 97.

Ted Reeve & Pete 'Thommo' Thompson opened the batting and some lusty blows from the opening pair got us off to a great start. Ted then wore a short ball and had to retire hurt which brought Eddie 'Dicky' Davis to the crease. Ed was soon bowled cutting off middle stump, unleashing 'Milkfloat' into the middle. 'Thommo' was soon caught for a well made 30. Some big hitting from the Float, including a six off a toe'd top edge over mid wicket whilst being well backed up by young Callum 'Gummo' Mcglynn at the other end, saw us home to victory with plenty to spare. 'Floaty' 37*, 'Gummo' 11*

Bedford Pakistani's away (Joy) in the next round of the cup then.
- The Boy Who Knew Too Much

11th July 2007 (Wed) 1st XI Vs Elstow (Midweek League)

Ah, cricket again. Had almost forgotten what a cricket ball looked like.
Elstow away, not always the greatest of trips for Blunham, and again it proved this way. Fielding first we were far too sloppy in the field, with runs being leaked left right and centre. Personally though, Matthew 'Titch' Clayton bowled well. 167 to chase.

Not much to shout about with the batting really, we were never up with the run rate. Smog and Ted batted well, but the Elstow total was too much.
- The Boy Who Knew Too Much

8th July 2007 (Sun) 1st XI Vs Pavenham & Felmersham (County League)

Tough ask for the side today, as we take on not one but two villages! Acky wins the toss, and with the pitch looking hard and flat we elected to bat. After about the first over when Acky’s stumps had been uprooted, it was clear that the wicket was not quite the bating paradise we had hoped with the ball keeping low, Binko was next to have his stumps rearranged and at 10-2, Tricky and Sid added 40 patiently before Sid finally was caught behind for 20 after being dropped by the keeper at least twice during his innings. Ed and Callum both departed cheaply, and then Tricky had his bails removed (just) via bat/pad and boot for 36, and was crestfallen after felling “good”. Milkfloat also departed cheaply and at 79-7 we were bang in trouble. Fortunately, Blender with 24 and Charlie with 19 pulled us out of the mire a bit, with some excellent running, and really showed us all how to bat on the wicket. A valuable innings from Coops saw us to 148 before the last wicket fell. The general consensus was that we had a score, albeit 50-60 light of where we wanted it to be.

Dan castled the saffer in the opening over, sending two stumps out of the ground, but then the prolific Pavenham number 3 and the other opener set them well on their way, with great defence, and picking up the boundaries off of the bad balls we bowled. Finally we got another breakthrough with Sid stumping the opener when he advanced down the track and tried to hoist Acky onto the A6 bypass. The number four was a little unorthodox but we didn’t bowl with enough discipline or penetration to threaten another wicket, as they got home with just the two wickets down. So…a bumper haul of two points for the day, not a bumper pay day all round as we left Pavenham, the official Bedfordshire fly capital.
Charlie did provide the comedy moment of the day, and highlight, when pretending to look for the ball amongst a mound of grass a foot high, all the way with the ball safely lodged in one of his hands, which had Tricky in tears of laughter from his position at silly mid-off as the next ball came down.

We have to play better away from home on wickets that are different if we are to maintain a challenge for the league; application is the watchword from now on. Pavenham showed what a good side they were, and should be in the mix come the end of the year, but everyone has now lost at least one game, and news had already filtered through that Southill had come unstuck at the hands of Biggleswade, so all is not lost, and maybe the wheels can go back on the bus now.
The inclement weather unfortunately denies us the opportunity to see new signings, Robin & Rosie of Cockleshell Bay, in action.
- A Face in the Crowd

7th July 2007 (Sat) 2nd XI Vs Elstow (Millman League)

Not a lot to say; Blunham all out for 62, only highlight being Cubby and Dom putting on about 30 for the 6th wicket. In reply, Mappy struck in the first over but Elstow strolled home with a nine wicket win.
- The Optimist

30th June 2007 (Sat) 1st XI Vs SANDY (Millman) & 1st July (Sun) 1st XI Vs SANDY (County)

More sea bass and trawlermen spotted in the East Bedfordshire region over the weekend as both games are a wash out. The inclement weather unfortunately denies us the opportunity to see new signings, Robin & Rosie of Cockleshell Bay, in action.
- A Face in the Crowd

23rd June 2007 (Sat)________1st XI Vs Kempston Methodists______Millman League

Binko returned to the side, as did Badger, and we were promptly inserted onto a damp track. Marge and Tricky steadied the ship after the loss of two early wickets, on a bowler friendly wicket, taking their time to settle and build a partnership together. This pair eventually added 100+ for the third wicket, and when Marge departed for an excellent 59, there were seven overs left for the carnage merchants in the middle order to bring the noise. Floaty hit two maximums in a whirlwind 15, New Bloke and Sid came and went cheaply, and Soapy finally got a chance to come out to bat this season. Soapy immediately pulled a ball for four and then Tricky took a single to bring up his fifty. At 168-6 with two overs left, we were well placed to make a score of 180, when perhaps 150 would have been challenging enough, but then the rain gods intervened, as it hammered it down, and then some. The time off the pitch meant our innings had been deemed completed, but with sea bass and trawler men now on the outfield, no further play was possible, and the points were shared. Getting a little bit fed up now with this weather, if this is global warming they can keep it.
- A Face in the Crowd

17th June 2007 (Sun)__________1st XI Vs Biggleswade II___________County League

Biggleswade 159-6

Blunham 160-5 (Sid 46, Acky 21, Mustard 32*, Tricky 16*)

Won by five wickets.

Lost three wallets.
- A Face in the Crowd

13th June 2007 (Wed)__________1st XI Vs Ampthill___________Midweek Cup

Ampthill get the best of the conditions, but fail to post a high target.

Blunham, after some comedy run outs and dreadful shot selection were never really in the hunt. Would have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for Dave ‘Duck’ Cooper's 33*. Eventually finishing up 15 short of the required total.
- The Boy Who Knew Too Much

10th June 2007 (Sun)__________1st XI Vs Flitwick II___________County League

One look at the wicket confirmed it was green, some clown had left the sprinkler on for 26 hours straight, but, on the plus side it was flat and we were batting. Acky continued his rich vein of form and despite the early loss of Callum, runs continued to flow from the blade of Acky, described as “flamboyant” in some areas. Sid fell for 20, but wherever Acky hit the ball it went for four, through fielders occasionally, and with Tricky (42) the pair added 121 runs at a run a ball. Acky eventually went for 72, and had set us up nicely with fifteen overs to go for the blast from the middle and lower order who didn’t disappoint. Mustard (16), Blender (14), Charlie (14 not out) and Coops (12 not out) saw us to the mammoth total of 287-9 at the close of innings.

We took an early wicket but the young Flitwick opener the other end, drove, cut and pulled his way to 70 in a great innings, before being well taken by Charlie off the bowling of Acky. The spin bowling of Acky and Charlie in tandem, slowed their effort down, and in the end they seemed content to drift along towards defeat by 64 runs, albeit for the loss of just five wickets. Dreadful fielding display by us all round, bar Callum in the deep, and there were far too many wides if we are to be taken seriously as title contenders for this division. At least with the bat we have shown that someone always comes off for us, regardless of their position in the batting order, this could prove to be our saving grace this season….
- A Face in the Crowd

9th June 2007 (Sat)__________1st XI Vs Eaton Socon___________Millman League

We came, we saw, we ate cheeseburger and chips for tea, then we conquered. Eaton Socon started well and looked to be heading for a score in excess of 200, and then Coops and The Float got in amongst them, Coops with a fortuitous 3-48, and The Float another four bag, 4-19 as their innings collapsed to 159 all out.

We got off to a good start before Sid and New Bloke departed, but Marge looking the part with 37 and Tricky 33 not out added 50 for the third wicket as we reached the relative safety of 90-2. Once Marge had departed to a good ball that had nipped back to take his off stump, we had a mini collapse that saw a nervy finish, Ed, Callum, Float and Soapy all falling in quick succession to give Eaton a sniff of an unlikely victory. However, our strength in depth in the batting department meant that we still had Brian Lender, Coops and Grimo in the hutch, and it was Blender with a quick 15 not out that saw us home with plenty of overs to spare.
- A Face in the Crowd

9th June 2007 (Sat)__________2nd XI Vs Flitwick___________Millman League

A beautiful sunny day was pounced on by Covers who won the toss and confidently choose to bat. Binko went off to a flyer, 4 first ball, dropped the second and out for 67 in the tenth over! Gilo hit a controversial 48/52 (you can't hit 4 leg byes!). Covers and Dom put the total over 200 and young Maya Thrasher making her debut for the senior team, but on 15 runs with Harry 'It's not permed' Christopher at the death as Blunham finished on 224 for 8.

With no yellow jackets available, Blunham fielded dangerously. The Flitwick openers though were ever improving and set off at a great speed. Maya bowled nervously going for about a run a ball while Mappy grabbed two wickets to put the brakes on Flitwick's charge. Flitwick finished on 195 for 5.

Two wins on the bounce, three already for the season and even Dom's first six for the club.
- The Optimist

6th June 2007 (Wed)________1st XI Vs Junior Brook_______Midweek Knock Out Cup

This is the away fixture that causes problems every year, as the players of Blunham travel literally miles to this far flung corner of Bedfordshire, to quote Spinal Tap, “we travelled the world and elsewhere”. Good batting wicket greets us, visibility not so great, but with the coin toss won, we’re batting. The opening partnership of Pete Thompson, and Binko get us off to a great start, Binko slightly hampered by his leg that was broken last year, but boundaries and several quickly hopped singles see us pass fifty, before Binko was run out for 22. Pete carried on, crashing a slower ball for maximum and made an entertaining 41 before he too departed. This bought Floaty to the crease who carved it everywhere in a violent innings of 33 from 13 balls, Ed batted serenely on, picking up singles on offer at ease, and there were quick cameos from Smog 9, and Tricky 14 to bring us to a healthy total of 144.

Junior Brook started well and ran well, although in the initial stages our fielding was a bit ragged, and after 4 overs they were ahead of the game. The introduction of Charlie slowed things for a while, and then a direct hit run out from Ed and a great catch from Chico levelled the prospects. Titch came on and bowled a good first two overs, but a few boundaries as the gloom descended looked like Sharnbrook would take victory, 5 wides down the leg side aiding their cause. To the last over, and you just can't keep Floaty out of the game at the moment, as with the scores level the last ball remained to be bowled. The field all in to prevent the single, and the batsman drives hard, but straight back to the float who snaffles the catch in the gloom on the second attempt to silence the buoyant home crowd.

So a tie then, all eyes to the rule book, it appears that a replay is on the cards…..............................
- A Face in the Crowd

3rd June 2007 (Sun)___________1st XI Vs Langford___________County League 3rd Div.

After a hot day Saturday came another hot day Sunday. Everyone arrived in good time at Langford, save the usual culprits just out of bed from Saturday's excesses. It was soon apparent that Langford had dragged in a couple of South Africans, but on further inspection we realised that they were Rugby players and probably little to worry about. Ackers won the toss and after some debate over the state of the wicket and its proliferation of bare spots, against better judgement, we batted, and made sure they were first out into the field on a hot day. Their opening attack of Hamshere and Raggett proved to be less than threatening, Hamshere bowled quickly on a slow wicket but many deliveries were full tosses or wide. When the ball hit the seam there was a lot of movement back in, but it was slow. Callum launched some balls into the outfield but this was slow too and fours became two's before he hit one in the air to long off and was caught, Acky meanwhile was slowly accumulating. Sid came and went as did Nick and the score started to look precarious at 40 for 3, but everyone in the first team can bat as the tail has shown recently. Ed put on 50 with Ackers whose innings (68) proved to be the backbone of the innings. With Langford only having 3 bowlers and Charlie Brown quickly following Ed, it was time for The Float who didn't disappoint with some lusty blows for a quick 25. Simon fell quickly after, and at 37 overs the score stood at 157 for 7. With some luck and suicidal running sprinkled with some good shots, G and Blender moved the end score onto 204 for 7 after 46 overs, leaving the heroes of the previous game: Coops and The Jones, still back in the hutch. This was a good effort considering the slow wicket and outfield, and we were confident of victory, subject to a low score from CJ Gentle in Langford's innings.

The Jones and G opened the bowling. Jonesy desperately trying to find the trampoline in the middle of Langford's wicket that had only ever been present in Blunham's innings. Even worse, the slow wicket just sat the ball up, but a better length from him started to get the batsmen moving around. Raggett hung around, but there was a slow trickle of wickets from the other end. G first strangled Kirkham with a long hop that was well held by Coops at mid off (G dropped similar the day before, which someone quickly reminded him of!). Blozza then left a ball from G that swung in and crashed into his off stump and the score was 2 for 5. This brought the first Saffer to the wicket and The Boy who knew too much passed comment that at 20 pence a run, we needed to make sure he didn't have a bumper pay day! Whilst he looked competent with the bat, G immediately trapped him in front but after a confident appeal that was turned down, he hit the next two balls in the air through Blender and Ackers that underlined the ageing duo's lack of mobility in the field, hovering at square leg and point respectively. Not that this mattered as two balls later he lobbed the ball up to Charlie Brown at deep mid -on and Chris took a well judged catch and they were 10 for 3.

This brought Chris Gentle to the wicket and he soon took a liking to Dan's short balls underlining the slowness of the bounce, by fore-arm smashing the ball back past the bowler for a couple of straight fours. His appearance saw the field moving back to the boundary and the introduction of Coops and Milkfloat. Milkfloat soon had Chris caught at backward point by Ed to the only shot he had tried to caress rather than murder and we knew then that the game was up (Langford seemed to know this too as capitulation was swift). Coops, who had injured his foot the day before, struggled to run in and with no follow through, he bowled a half volley and four very long hops, one of which accounted for Skipper Crouch, much to his own annoyance. In too much pain to continue, Ackers finished of the last delivery of the over, and was then replaced by Nick who with some looping in-swing that he had difficulty controlling, accounted for Hamshere with one that swerved through the gate and opened the field full of rabbits to come in. Raggett started to open his shoulders and hit some lusty blows, But Floaty mopped up the innings in two overs, that saw 4 wickets in one over and 5 in all. Two caught behind that Sid also ran out for good measure, in an astonishing display from him that saw him hit the stumps four times in the innings from a distance of 3 yards!! No-one had the measure of Floaty and he ended with figures of 5 for 12 and Langford were all out for 66. Charlie was last seen singing in the showers whilst Blender doused everyone with a malfunctioning shower head. Sid managed to soil Callum's gleaming white pants and he had to go early, but everyone was full of the joys of summer as another crashing victory for the firsts made up for the bad luck of Saturday.

There is talk in some parts, of us already having wrapped up the league, which is a little premature, but even so I think we are in for a good season.............................
- Brian Lender

2nd June 2007 (Sat)________1st XI Vs Pilgrims Oakley_________Millman League

Back to the old stomping ground of Oakley for those that used to play in the Beds & District League, although on this occasion there was no need to be changing behind hedges. The wicket was damp, and looked like it might be very slow, so a good toss for us to lose then. The opening duo of Marge and Titch found run scoring difficult to say the least, no runs off the bat in the first seven overs is testament to this, but it was notable that the pitch was playing a few tricks. We really couldn’t cope with the lack of pace off the wicket, and a few of us were back in the hutch nibbling lettuce early doors after mis-timing various strokes. Despite the carnage going on around him Ed played a heroic innings of 51, whilst his partners the other end came and went, and it wasn’t until the arrival of Mustard at the crease, that produced the only partnership of note in the match. 105 all out, and could have been a lot worse but for Ed who was defiant and watchful throughout.

With the sun beating down on the wicket it dried a little for Pilgrim’s innings, but still at least 20 deliveries must have rolled along the deck, which doesn’t make for great batting conditions in anyone’s book. At 40 odd for 1, they were in the box seat, but a slower ball accounted for the top scorer, and then gradually we got ourselves back into the game. Wickets continued to fall in patches, but still the game ebbed and flowed one way then the other. We had Pilgrims seven down, but then a wide went to the boundary and the next ball was smacked for four, which left Pilgrims single figures to win. They eventually got home, but not without alarms, and we can be proud of our efforts in the second half of the game, fifteen more runs and we might have won it.

Please can the rain stop now…..??
- A face in the crowd

2nd June 2007 (Sat)________2nd XI Vs Henlow_________Millman League

Henlow at Blunham; most years Henlow turn up with a strong team, smash the ball around the field and take the points. This time, Blunham batted first in the sunshine getting in excess of 150 with Tap being the mainstay of the innings. Henlow looked shaky in their reply, as young Harry Christopher ripped through their openers, the Ickwellian reject proving once again that he has the potential to be a fantastic bowler. Connor Heaps bowled tight in the middle before Jamie Hay's 4-8 finished off the tail!
A great win for the seconds, but rain is on the way.....
- The Optimist

28th May 2007 (Sun)________1st XI Vs Southill Park_________Beds County League

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled (again....).
- A face in the crowd

27th May 2007 (Sat)________1st XI Vs Ickwell 2nd XI _________Millman League

Points in the bag without playing, as Ickwell call off on Thursday night, due to a lack of players. This is the same Ickwell who are currently top of the pile in the Bedfordshire County League, a sign of things to come perhaps, and a strong case for developing home grown players with a loyalty to your club.
- A face in the crowd

27th May 2007 (Sat)________2nd XI Vs Caldecote _________Millman League

In summary, we got a good thumping but proved Caldecote are beatable with 9 of their batsman failing to make it into double figures!
Caldecote 262 Blunham 127
- The Optimist

24th May 2007 (Thur)________1st XI Vs Clifton _________Midweek League

Back to winning ways, posting a mahoosive 163 off of our sixteen overs, the man in form Ed blasting a rapid 50, and there was a late injection from Milkfloat 46 and Doops. Clifton got off to a great start 50 odd for 0 after 5 overs, but they were eventually pegged back to finish short by 50 off runs, Tricky taking 4-10
- A face in the crowd

23rd May 2007 (Wed)________1st XI Vs Biddenham _________Midweek League

Biddenham were boosted by the inclusion of former England batsman Derek Randall and some South African who batted like God, to post 108 on a low wicket, despite an economical 2fer from Milkfloat. We got behind the rate early on, and lost wickets in the chase to finish 30 odd short, and all out, not the greatest performance ever.
- A face in the crowd

19th May 2007 (Sat)________1st XI Vs Ickwell 2nd XI _________Millman League

On a sluggish pitch we slumped to 20 off for three, with the ball seaming about accounting for the dismissals of "Marge", "Acky", and the unlucky "Sid" who played on via bat, pad and boot. However, a 144 partnership from "Ed" 72 and "Tricky" 61 not out, moved the score along nicely, although both were suffering the effects afterwards of running most of these. This stand allowed the likes of "New bloke" and "Milkfloat" to play with wild abandon, and with quick fire 20’s from each of them, the score was boosted to 228-6 off our reduced forty overs.

A good opening burst from the bowlers "Soapy" and "Milkfloat" restricted Ickwell to just 13 runs off of the first 9 overs and it was clear that run scoring was just as difficult for them. With them behind the eight ball, wickets fell continually throughout the innings, with our score in no danger of being overtaken. "Coops" bowled impressively to take three wickets, and there was direct hit run out from "New bloke" and a great catch from Peter Thompson along the way. Some comedy cricket in the closing overs boosted Ickwell’s score by about 20 runs, but we ran out worth winners by just under a hundred runs and most importantly, took the last wicket from the last ball to take all bonus points available. All in all, a good performance and a strong batting line up for the season it would seem with "Soapy", "Gilo" and "Coops" all not getting a bat; all of whom have scored 50’s for the club.
- A face in the crowd

19th May 2007 (Sat)________2nd XI Vs Flitwick 3rd XI _________Millman League

So for our second game we travelled the now familiar route to Wrest Park for our second consecutive game there this season. Blunham were put into bat and were treated to one of the opposition openers gifting us about 13 extras from his first over. However Polarbear's leg stump was soon uprooted and Dom was also soon back on the team bench. As the game continued, Bap and Co were doing their best to distract the Blunham batsman by flying their new kestrel shaped kite behind the oncoming bowlers! Raggett and Tap both began to build a strong partnership but both depart within ten balls of each other with scores of 42 and 25 respectively. Covers and Grimo were brought together at the crease which saw Covers hitting a few early boundaries including hitting the county bowler for a straight six (he was only about 12 years old and four foot tall, but for future reference ...county bowler) Grimo out for 6 trying to hoick one onto the A6 and Matt Sheath followed soon after for 3. Kev Sheath and Covers were then involved in a comedy run out, seeing Kev trundle back to the changing rooms after kicking the ball to a lurking fielder. Covers then departed for 32 followed by Max Hill trying to up the run rate. The Harry and Benny show added another valuable ten runs to the total with Harry ever improving with the bat as we finished on 174 all out.

Great start for us with our bowling as Benny cutting it every where to leave Flitwick on 10 for 2. Tap keeping wicket in his brown hob nail boots did well, as the ball began to weave every way and the astro began to play up. Generally good fielding and confident bowling from Dom and Matt 'watch out for my anger ball aka miller ball' Sheath saw our host continually pegged back. One of the opposition though decided to hang around and looked like spoiling our day out, needing less than a run a ball and well placed on 26, he opted to swish across the line which allowed Dom to take out his leg stump. Dom (9.4-0-22-4) then duly wrapped things up with great support from Kev Raggett (10-2-26-2) as we claimed victory by 19 runs. A good win but still room for improvement. Next week though, we face our biggest challenge yet.......playing on grass!!!!!!!!!
- The Optimist

13th May 2007 (Sun)_1st XI Vs Dunstable 3 and 2nd XI Vs Potton 2_County Sunday League

6th May 2007 (Sun)________1st XI Vs Sandy_________Beds Sunday League

To the first 'Champions League' game of the season, at 'Phoenix Gardens'.
Weather: Changeable. Wicket: Green.

Sandy understrength, "Bowl first and shoot them out for a small total" was the cry. Coin tossed, Sandy batting. Result.
A less than orthodox opening partnership from Sandy saw a number of 'unique' shots early on. Needless to say, one of the openers didn't stay around too long. Then some frustration as, try as we did, we could not remove Sandy's number 3 and a 50 partnership for the 2nd wicket left Sandy on around 90 for 2. Two quick wickets put us back in the mix. Sandy then collapsed to 159 all out. Geoffrey 'Big G' Mustard and Simon 'The Athlete' Ackroyd the pick of the bowlers for me. Although David 'Duck' Cooper did look good coming down the hill.

To our batting, Charlie Brown and Callum 'Gummo' Mcglynn to open, Charlie out early doors for 0, Callum soon to follow with 10. Wasn't long before Sid was back in the hutch as well. Ed 'Dangerous' Davis (30) and Nick 'Tricky' Harding (17) put up some resistance but nonetheless we were reduced to 80-5 and the game looked lost. Acky(22) then played some lusty blows to but then departed leaving us on 108-7. Daniel 'Jonesy' Jones & Cooper then put on a fine 8th wicket partnership of 50, Jonesy out for 21 to leave us needing two for victory. A wide ball, and a glorious off drive from Adam 'Grimo' Grimes bought the game home with two wickets in hand. Cooper 23*.

A good performance with the ball but more is definitely needed if we are to challenge for the title this season. Disappointing batting performance all round. But as they say, a win is a win. A win while playing badly could be the sign of true championship side. That's Blunham 1st XI now played 3, won 3 in all competitions.
- The Boy Who Knew Too Much

5th May 2007 (Sat)________1st XI Vs Cople_________Millman League

Cople were bombed out for 120, "Mustard" scything through the middle and lower order to record his first five wicket haul in men’s cricket, 5-17. In reply, we didn’t make things easy for ourselves losing "Marge" and "Sid" cheaply but contributions from Ed 36, "Tricky" 13 not out, Mustard a quick fire 16 and "New Bloke" 14 not out saw us home comfortably enough for the loss of five wickets.

The team is looking strong in all departments which should free up players for the second and third teams providing there is continuity in player’s availability. If there is, I have a sneaking suspicion that a title could be on the cards….
- A Face in the Crowd

5th May 2007 (Sat)________2nd XI Vs Ampthill_________Millman League

It's the cricket season so no wonder its bloomin' cold again! Some things never change as the 2nd XI stood at Blunham waiting for the arival of the lesser spotted "Gilo". After a scenic trip down the A6 we arrived at Wrest Park clearly in the middle of a wedding, with cars everywhere and a helicopter poised to whisk the newlyweds off into the sky. "Covers won the toss and put the opposition into bat. All looked good as new boys Jordan Blackmon and Tom "TC" Christopher combined to dismiss the opener with Matt Sheath cleaning up the other (possibly with some help from the aformentioned helicopter). Catches from "Polarbear" and Kev Sheath aided the innings, but sloppy fielding and Gilo's overs at either end of a pretty decent spell allowed Ampthill to rock up 244 for 5 after 45 overs.

Blunham's innings didnt get off to the best start as Polarbear went in the first four balls. Kev Sheath blasted a boundary, but like "Deano" after him, both fell cheaply looking out of touch in the first game of the season. Kev Raggett and Gilo were involved in a bit of a mix up which saw Gilo being run out for 0 which he may have mentioned once or twice as the evening went on. With the score at 32 for 5 Covers joined Grimo in the middle. Grimo went from looking really good as he cleared the boundary with ease, to looking like the winner of a toilet seat shaped award as his test match style heave looked good, apart from when his middle stump crashed out of the ground. TC was out for 3 which allowed Matt Sheath to take advantage of his opportunity. He and Covers put on 40 for the eigth wicket before matt was out chasing a wide one for 16, Covers also out for 17 in the same manner after a 22 over innnings. This left Harry and Jordan to run each other out as we compitulated to a disappointing 92!
- The Optimist

28th April 2007 (Sat)________1st XI Vs Sandy_________Millman League

Finally, the new season is here, as the sun shone down on Phoenix Gardens the young lads/overseas internationals/legends of Blunham prepared for the first game of what is hoped will be a trophy laden season.

Coin tossed, Blunham batting. Sorted!

Batted well considering it was the first game of the season… Sid and Marge sharing a 100+ stand before Marge was eventually out for a well made 40. Ed then joined Sid and made a small contribution before Dave "Milkfloat" McAdam, (Blunham’s new signing), pummelled Sandy’s bowling, scoring 40 off 18 deliveries. While doing so, Sid had moved on to make his maiden century of the season, eventually ending up on 127. Late fireworks saw Blunham end on 298-7 dec.

The match was never in doubt as Sandy lost early wickets. Eventually being bowled out for around 110. 180 odd run victory, first game of the season jitters out the way. Watch this space for more tales of Blunham victories…….
- The Boy Who Knew Too Much

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