Waresley Cricket Club

Est 1869, Huntingdonshire

3rd XI 2010

3rd XI - 2010

Back Row: Nik Patel, Dipesh Patel, Jim Keys, Pat Smith, Nick Pinner, Alan Farr
Front Row: Owen Griffiths, Adam Wright, Lyndon Price (Captain), Ian Donald, Dominic Farr, Miss Farr

AGM 2010 - who's gone where?

Thursday night saw just 23 members and friends present for the Annual General Meeting of the club.  The full list of club officials can be found on the Contact Us page but here's some highlights(?)

Change at the top... after several years of trying to step down Phil Masdin has finally managed to successfully pass on the chairmanship of the club onto a willing Barry Warman.  Barry's attended the last couple of committee meetings so he knows what he's getting into but we think he's got the nuts to keep John and Pat under control. It's just that first team skipper he needs to watch out for!

Not wanting to pick up his Waresley UB40 and because he was the only one with his own pen, Masdin stepped neatly into the secretary role.

After 30 years of training in the financial industry Jim Keys has finally reached the zenith of his careeras the new Treasurer of the club. He was thanked for his work already on getting the books sorted for the new season.

Jane Colebrook couldn't run fast enough to escape the nomination for Social Secretary and her position was unanimously agreed upon with much mirth! I believe chairman Masdin even ratified her before she was proposed and seconded... ho hum!

Despite no-one in the room fully understanding what the position of Competitions Secretary was, Nigel Buckingham-Jones was voted into it and he didn't say "no".  We look forward to finding out what he'll have to do.

On the playing front in the first team Phil Gillett is Robin to Steve Warman's Batman - so the same as last year.  After a lengthy discussion on the second team helmsman Simon Blows finally got the nod with Jim Keys being his Tonto.  The third team is to be guided, mentored and led by Quagmire from Family Guy, or as the new Social Secretary knows him... son! Congratulations Pete!

On Sundays Jamie Fensome is now legitamised in the position he did last year anyway so we look forward to him reigning supreme over his team. Lyndon Price has switched from Saturdays to Sundays and will be looking after the Development Team.

Finally, and for the first time in this write up... seriously, the committee also voted in a new Vice-President, Trish Bullen.  For her years of sterling hard work, cleaning in the clubhouse and supporting Roger she's most deserved of a VP position.  Thanks for all your hard work, Trish and well done.

Best wishes to all those in new positions, both playing and non-playing.

Simon Blows - Movember for Prostate Cancer

Hi All

Just a personal note - you may have seen if you're a Facebook friend of mine or a Twitter follower (thanks Terry!) that I've been growing a mighty mo in aid of Prostate Cancer and the Movember cause.  It's got to the end of November now but here's the end result.  If you'd like to donate plase go to the Movember Site and donate direct from there.  I'd be hugely grateful and hopefully all the money raised to go to a great men's charity.



Top Ten Performances of 2010 - Were you in the mix?

1Matt Rawlingvs Babraham (TPL2)133
2Laurence Boshervs Sharnbrook (BCL1)128*
3Dominic Farrvs Biggleswade II (MIL3)128
4Andy Lawrencevs Ampthill IV (MIL3)106*
5Chris Whitfieldvs Eversholt (BCL1)105
6Paul Fieldvs Godmanchester II (TPL2)98
7Chris Whitfieldvs Potton (BCL1)95
8Matt Rawlingvs Barnack (TPL2)88*
9Lyndon Pricevs Flitwick (MIL3)87
10Owen Griffithsvs Biggleswade II (MIL3)84*
1Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Barnack (TPL2)6 for 16
2Chris Whitfieldvs St Ives (TPL2)6 for 21
3Joe Colebrookvs Potton Town (BCL1)6 for 27
4Steve Hooleyvs Sawtry (HL1)6 for 41
5Jim Keysvs Eltisley (Friendly)5 for 17
6Ashwin Reddyvs Flitwick (Heritage Cup)5 for 28
7Chris Whitfieldvs Blunham (BCL1)5 for 32
8Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Bluntisham (TPL2)5 for 35
9Laurence Boshervs Newborough (HL1)5 for 45
10Simon Blowsvs Huntingdon (HL1)5 for 46

Well done all concerned... a few stats for you.  In adult cricket there were 5 centuries made and 50 half centuries.  This was 18 more than last year.  There were 8 century partnerships, 1 more than last year but 3 less than the 11 made in 2008.  The highest was a wopping 220* by Laurence Bosher and Chris Whitfield on a Sunday vs Sharnbrook.

With the ball there were 14 five wicket hauls, 4 better than last year although there was no 7 wicket haul for the first time in three years.

Awards Dinner - Stratton House, Biggleswade - Saturday, 9 October

A great night was had at the Stratton House Hotel in Biggleswade, a new venue for the dinner and the food was certainly a significant improvement on the last few years.  It's At a very reasonable price of just £20 per head there was no complaints from the 40 or so members of the club who came to celebrate an excellent season for the club.

Apart from the food, speeches were heard from Club Chairman, Phil Masdin, 1st XI skipper, Steve Warman, 2nd XI skipper Simon Blows and 3rd XI skipper Lyndon Price.  As Simon Blows was the only one to have a pre-written speech, if you really, really want to you can read it here!

500 Club Draw Winners 2010

...and the winners were!

5th September
£100 won by Dawn Blows (357); Sold by Simon Blows
£200 won by A Bradshawe (270); Sold by Steve Warman

29th August
£20 won by James Woodley (470); Sold by Nick Greenfield
£30 won by R Russell (059); Sold by John Gillett

22nd August
£20 won by Jimmy Wright (121); Sold by Russell Nicholson
£30 won by J Poulton (158); Sold by Phil Gillett

15th August
£20 won by J Dennis (333); Sold by Pete Colebrook
£30 won by James Howe (342); Sold by Simon Blows

8th August
£20 won by Jim Keys (485); Sold by Jim Keys
£30 won by Nicola Donald (235); Sold by Simon Donald

Thanks Nick for sorting out the draw.

Last Weekend's Cricket - 11 & 12 September 2010

1st XI miss out on Tucker 1 promotion 

The 1st XI went to Ickwell on Saturday thinking they were one point ahead at the top of the table only to find out that due to a Tucker League administration mistake they were actually 4 points behind.  The team quickly overcame their shock and anger though to focus on the important matter at hand - trying to beat a strong Ickwell team.

With a wet wicket skipper Steve Warman won the toss and opted to put the pressure onto Ickwell by batting first.  Matt Rawling (32) and Simon Donald (15) got Waresley off to a reasonable start putting on 40 for the first wicket before Donald holed out to mid off.  Paul Field did not contribute much to the total before Phil Masdin came to the wicket and started to bat confidently.

Former Waresley wicket keeper Dan Szwajbak however found a drying spot on a length that resulted in the ball rising fiercely to make contact with Masdin's oncoming ear.  Retiring hurt and a little shocked Masdin was fortunate Waresley had on-call Cambridge medical supremo, Ashwin Reddy to administer the sticky plaster and ice.  With Simon Blows opting for a helmet and attempting to borrow one off the nearest player the game could soon continue.

With the wicket playing all sorts of tricks in the middle section as it dried out Chris Whitfield got one that seamed prominently and again partnerships were hard to build.  Ashwin Reddy (13), fresh from his M.A.S.H. operation on Masdin looked to dominate but fell foul when the tempting off spin of another former Waresley player, Ross Fensome.  This brought back Masdin (33), the plaster still keeping his brain from seeping out the new hole behind his left ear, to the wicket.  A useful partnership took the scre upwards towards a fighting score and batting points were first knocked off at 140 and then 160.

Masdin then holed out followed by the skipper second ball before Phil Gillett (11*) and Blows (51*) moved the score first past 180 to gain a potentially vital 8 batting points and Blows passed his 50, a fine effort on a difficult day for batting, in the final over.

For the second week Nigel Buckingham-Jones did a Swanny and took a wicket in his first over, although this time he left it longer by removing the dangerous Gandhi with his second ball.  Phil Gillett then bowled Chris Asque, another former Waresley player, for a duck.

Stevenage player, Ben Welch, also failed to contribute much as Buckingham-Jones also removed him.  This brought together the former Waresley combination of Jay Szwajbak (26) and Ross Fensome.  Batting solidly they steadily turned the game Ickwell's way before Szwajbak was LBW sweeping Buckingham-Jones.  However a fine innings of 68 by Fensome set the foundation that Waresley were not to recover from and despite regularly taking wickets, and at one stage leading Ickwell on points in the league, Ickwell always had a little too much in the batting locker for Waresley's 20 runs too short 183.

David Robertson (46*) struck the winning run with 7 wickets down in the final over so a good hard fsught match at the end of a tough campaign, but with the toss going St Ives' way in third position they were able to take the full 30 points against strugglers Bluntisham thus edging out Waresley for promotion by 5 points.

However, a great season for Waresley and they will remain on of the contenders for promotion next year.

2nd XI consolidate in fifth position

A win against Huntingdon saw the 2nd XI consolidate in fifth position in Hunts League 1.  This is a fine result and a position that the 1st XI were in 12 or so years ago.  It's a measure of the strength in depth of the club that we competed so well having been promoted under Jim Keys in 2009.

Good bowling from Joe Colebrook, Jim Keys, Pete Colebrook, Paul Knibbs and Pat Ellerbeck reduced a weakened Huntingdon batting side to 128 all out in just 43.5 overs.

The Huntingdon bowling line up, however, was still at full strength and with three ducks in the first six batsmen (you know who you are Pierce, Greenfield and Nicholson!) at 83 for 7 things looked decidedly dodgy.  However Jim Keys (25) and Pat Ellerbeck (15) put on 46 for the 8th wicket to bring the game home.

I'd like to say a very big thank you to Tim Colebrook who has umpired most of our 2nd XI games to an excellent standard.  It's been appreciated by us and noted how well he's done by opposing skippers too.  Thanks Tim!

Waresley Village Fete

A fun afternoon was had by all at the Village Fete on a rather windy Sunday.  There was a face-painter, bouncy castle, fun and games, stalls, teas, cakes and coffees.  Most it all it raised some vital cash for the club so thanks to everyone who helped and participated.  The winners of the games were: 

Golf Adult: David Deville | 12-18 Dominic Farr | Under 12 Alex Mingay

Bowl for the Pig Adult: Rob Griffin | 12-18 Lucy Welch | Under 12 Alex Mingay

Jacobs Ladder Adult: Jo Richardson | Under 18 Phoebe Grist

Treasure Hunt: (F7) Ann Clark

Sweets in a Jar: (247 exact guess) Kate Mingay

Egg throwing Adult: Ben Lowe and his Dad | Other Lucy Masdin and Pete Colebrook.

Were you in August's Top 10?

1Andy Lawrencevs Ampthill Town (MIL3)106*
2Chris Whitfieldvs Potton (BCL1)95
3Chris Whitfieldvs Sharnbrook (BCL1)82
4Paul Fieldvs Bluntisham (TPL2)81*
5Steve Warmanvs Dunstable (BCL1)78
6Simon Donaldvs Bluntisham (TPL2)77*
7Ian Donaldvs Blunham (Dev)77*
8Simon Donaldvs St Ives (TPL2)63
9Steve Lewisvs St Ives (TPL2)50*
10Matt Rawlingvs Bluntisham (TPL2)44

1Nigel Buckingham-Jonesvs Barnack (TPL2)6 for 16
2Joe Colebrookvs Potton (BCL1)6 for 27
3Chris Whitfieldvs Blunham (BCL1)5 for 32
4Charles Taylorvs Blunham (Dev)4 for 24
5Matthew Georgevs Blunham (Dev)4 for 32
6Phil Gillettvs Barnack (TPL2)4 for 42
7Simon Blowsvs Newborough (HL1)4 for 45
8Matthew Georgevs Ampthill Town (MIL3)3 for 9
9Pete Colebrookvs Ampthill Town (MIL3)3 for 11
10Andrew A-Dalzielvs Leighton Buzzard (Dev)3 for 11

Last Weekend's Cricket - 4 September 2010

The 1st XI had one of the games of the season on Saturday against fourth placed Cambridge N.C.I. with a thrilling one wicket win to maintain the status quo at the top of Tucker 2. With just one game to go Waresley lead Ickwell by just a solitary point and St Ives, in third, a further 12 points behind.  With Ickwell playing host to Waresley on Saturday and St Ives at home to strugglers, and relegated, Bluntisham it looks as though it's St Ives and one from Ickwell and Waresley.  What a finish to the season!

Back to Saturday... having lost the toss and being put in the field Waresley couldn't have got off to a better start as Nigel Buckingham-Jones found Tom Griffith's edge and a sharp slip catch was taken by Matt Rawling off the very first ball.  Off the seventh Chris Whitfield's blistering shy at the stumps did for the Ed Craigen.

At 0 for 2 all was looking rosy but NCI aren't fourth for no reason - their batting lineup is solid indeed and some fine strokeplay from Chauhan and Cheema raced NCI first to 33 for 2 off 4 overs and then up to 70 off 11 overs.  Containing bowling from Phil Gillett and Nigel Buckingham-Jones brought the run rate down first from around 7 to 6 and then to 5.  Buckingham-Jones picking up 4 wickets for 59 and Terry Hayden 3 for 56.  NCI did, however, take their score to a combatant 200 all out in 44.5 overs.  The three overs earned would later prove to be valuable to Waresley.

With NCI in the ascendant things were only to get worse for Waresley as their top order batting was unceremoniously ripped out and at 42 for 5 things looked bleak for their promotion chances.  Then Phil Masdin (47) came together with Steve Lewis (13) to start the fight back.  Putting on 42 for the 6th wicket things were on the up but then Masdin edged to slip and Lewis cut one to gulley in quick succession.  This left Waresley on a not-very-promising 90 for 7 and with Steve Warman and Simon Blows at the wicket.

Some belligerent batting from Warman (21) including a very impressive straight six and some tidy defence from Blows was required.  Despite a couple of close LBW shouts they battled the score up to 135 before a questionable LBW did for Warman.

With Nigel Buckingham-Jones joining Blows the initial target was just to reach 140 to get the first batting point.  From there the next target would be set 20 runs hence.  With the first mission accomplished B-J set upon Charlie Sorensen by heaving him back over his head twice in one over.  Meanwhile Blows steadily accumulated runs with no-risk cricket.  B-J finally succumbed for an excellent 24 on 177 with 24 required for victory and the newly coiffered Terry Hayden to come to the wicket.

Hayden's defence was solid and his concentration and application determined.  On this occassion not going for a wander and getting stumped. The aforementioned three extra overs meant Blows and Hayden didn't need to take risks for quick runs.  The total was knocked off slowly and steadily run by run until Hayden (11*) hit a final two with Blows unbeaten on 43 to secure a vital and memorable victory and maintain Waresley's top spot in Tucker 2.

Last Weekend's Cricket - 28 & 29 August 2010

The 1st XI demolished Barnack and St Ives lost heavily to Saffron Walden opening up the promotion challenge at the top of Tucker 2 after last week's defeat. The league table and run in is:

St Ives20347
WaresleyIckwellSt Ives
04-SepCambridge N.C.I. (home)Bluntisham (home)Barnack (away)
11-SepIckwell (away)Waresley (home)Bluntisham (home)

Against Barnack Matt Rawling and Simon Donald gave Waresley a decent start with an opening partnership of 54.  Slow and steady scoring with the constant loss of wickets meant Waresley were never going to post a great total but good hard hitting from skipper Warman(23) saw Waresley up to 157 before Hayden became the last man out.  In return Barnack never made in roads into the total with, first Phil Gillett and then Nigel Buckingham-Jones taking a wicket when the score was still on 1.  Only two Barnack players made double figures as Gillett took 4 for 42 and Buckingham-Jones Waresley career best 6 for 16 which was Waresley's 57nd best return ever.

The 2nd XI are safe!  With Dean unfortunately not able to raise a team against us the inclement weather had no effect on the resultant 20 points that rocketed the 2nd team up to 5th in the table.  With one game left in the season Waresley can finish no lower (and no higher!) than fifth.  A brilliant result for us and a good return for all the hard work put in over the season.  It looks like Ufford Park and Ramsay 2nd XI will join them in Hunts 1 next year as the promotees from Hunts Division 2.

The Sunday XI suffered under the bat of Sharnbrook as the home side racked up 255 for 7 off their 40 overs.  In response Waresley managed 184 for 8 with Chris Whitfield (82) again making good runs.  It's not known if their was a no ball on the first ball of the third over! Waresley finish in third position in Beds Division 1 and will be joined by Ickwell next year as their relegation from the Premier Division was confirmed by their cancelled game with Luton Indians which meant they couldn't muster enough points to overtake either Leighton Buzzard or Biggleswade to safety.

Last Weekend's Cricket - 21 & 22 August 2010

The 1st XI lost by 9 wickets to St Ives to drop to third in Tucker Div 2.  Batting first Waresley, after a poor start reached 175 for 6.  It was never enough and St Ives reached Waresley's score for only the loss of one wicket.

The 2nd XI had probably their best performance of the season against Eaton Socon when they beat them by 100 runs.  Remember - this is Waresley II beating Eaton Socon I by 100 runs - that's a momentous occasion in the history of the club.  Batting first, a useful score of 172 was built around Ian Donald's 32 and newly in-form Vince Winn's 40.  There was excellent bowling performances from Simon Blows (2-26), Steve Hooley (3-25), Pat Ellerbeck (a miserly 6 overs for 2-4) and Kevin Cole (3-17).  The bowlers were backed up by great fielding, with all bar one difficult chance to Ellerbeck off his own bowling, being taken to reduce Eaton Socon to 72 all out.  Surely a champagne moment for 2010 was Chris Pierce's Magners Moment (you've seen the advert).  Amazingly he repeated his stunning one handed catch on the boundary at Huntingdon.  Bad news however for Waresley was that Sawtry beat Old Eastonians to go 2 points clear of Waresley in the relegation zone, although Waresley have a game in hand and a visit to strugglers Dean.  Orton Park are back in the mix though only 3 points ahead.  It could go to the last game.

Bottom of Hunts Div 1Run in
PlayedPtsNext Saturday
Warboys17178Alconbury vs Sawtry
Old Eastonians17177Dean vs Waresley II
Orton Park17173Huntingdon vs Old Eastonians
Sawtry17172Orton Park vs Warboys
Waresley II16170
Dean178Waresley II vs Huntingdon   11 Sept

The Sunday XI had a nail biter against Blunham on, well, Sunday!  Making a slim 129 all out, and that only achieved due to a late fightback after being 54 for 6 thanks to Jamie Fensome's 26 and Ben Evans' 40.  In response Blunham got off to the poorest of starts as Chris Whitfield and Terry Hayden reduced them to 1 for 2.  A small fight back took the score to 30 where three more wickets for Whitfield and one for Joe Colebrook ripped the heart out of the batting.  Whitfield took a fifth wicket to end with figures of 5 for 32 giving him his 3rd fiverfor and in doing so joins Joe Colebrook as the joint 26th highest five wicket taker for Waresley - a mere 20 behind leader John Gillett.  A fightback from Marshall and Grimes set up a a great finish for which Ben Hanglin came to the party taking the last wicket and with Blunham just 2 runs from victory.  A fine win for Waresley which cements their third spot in Beds Division 1.

Last Weekend's Cricket - 15 August 2010

There was nothing to report on on Saturday.  The 1st XI were rained off against Saffron Walden at home and remain second in Tucker Div 2, just 4 points behind Ickwell, but with a tricky game against 3rd placed St Ives this week.

The 2nd XI had no game this week but owing to 7 points for a cancelled game against Newborough Sawtry have overtaken Waresley by 1 point dropping the 2nd XI into the relegation zone but with a game in hand and a visit to strugglers Dean.  Sawtry have Old Eastonians and Alconbury to go and Waresley have Eaton Socon, Dean and Huntingdon so it's very much in our own hands.

The Development XI won a very low scoring game against Leighton Buzzard.  Leighton Buzzard were bowled out for just 106 thanks in part to Andrew A-Dalziel's 3 for 11 and Daniel Wright's 2 for 24.  In return Waresley made the runs for 8 wickets with only Richard Rogers getting past the 20 mark.

The Sunday XI couldn't score runs either!  Having reduced Kempston Hammers to a paltry 119 fo 9 off 45 overs Waresley could only manage a meagre 82 all out in 27.3 overs.  A poor batting display which leaves them 3rd in the Beds League Div 1.

Last Weekend's Cricket - 7 & 8 August 2010

The 1st XI overtook St Ives to go second to Icwell at the top of Tucker Premier Division 2 with a great win over Bluntisham by 131 runs.  Runs for Matt Rawling (44), Simon Donald (77*) and Paul Field (82*) took Waresely to a useful 219 for 1.  The bowling was as clinical as the batting with Terry Hayden (3 for 15), Chris Whitfield (3 for 13) and Phil Gillett (2 for 20) chipping in plus a wicket apiece for Nigel Buckingham-Jones and Joe Colebrook reducing a sad Bluntisham to 88 all out.

The 2nd XI again didn't fair so well in a against league leaders Newborough.  Powerful batting and poor fielding let Newborough make a large 247 for 7.  Tight bowling from Pat Ellerbeck inparticular and 4 wickets falling to Simon Blows (4 for 45).  In response Ian Donald (40) shone with the bat in his Hunts Div 1 debut but the team could only make 181 all out.  With Sawtry being rained off after one innings and receiving a rather generous 11 points the result leaves Waresley precariously 6 points clear of the relegation zone.

The 3rd XI's batting against Ampthill Town IV was dominated by young Andy Lawrence's maiden Waresley century (106*).  This is the 3rd team's sixth highest score ever and the club's 79th.  Support came from the mighty Pete Colebrook with 26* including one six taking Waresley to a very handsome 257 for 7.  With runs a plenty to defend Matthew George (3 for 9)and Pete Colebrook again (3 for 11) took the lion's share of the wickets as Ampthill could only manage 93 all out.

The Sunday XI beat Dunstable to go third in the Beds Division 1.  Steve Warman (78 including 4 sixes) and James Collings (43) shared a 108 5th wicket partnership.  This dynamic hitting took the Waresley score onto 215 all out.  Dunstable were making a good fist of it with all of the top six except one getting starts.  But the Colebrook Bros Joe (3 for 31) and Pete (3 for 42) ensured Dunstable could score no more than a creditable 194.  Waresley go third, but still 59 points of second spot.

The Development Team beat Blunham 3rds by 6 wickets. Good bowling by Matt George (4 for 32) and Charles Taylor (4 for 24) helped reduce Blunham to 155 all out.  Ian Donald continued his fine form with an unbeaten 77 as Waresley made light work of the run chase winning by 6 wickets in just under 30 overs.

Were you in July's Top 10?

1Chris Whitfieldvs Eversholt (BCL1)105
2Paul Fieldvs Godmanchester II (TPL2)98
3Steve Hooleyvs Warboys (HL1)74*
4Phil Masdinvs Castor (TPL2)72
5Chris Whitfieldvs Henlow (BCL1)67
6Andrew Naylorvs Flitwick (BDL)67
7Ian Donaldvs Ampthill (MIL3)62
8Phil Masdinvs Yaxley (TPL2)61*
9Chris Whitfieldvs Babraham (TPL2)59*
10Simon Blowsvs Warboys (HL1)57
1Pari Patelvs Biddenham (BDL)5 for 48
2Chris Whitfieldvs Babraham (TPL2)4 for 6
3Pat Ellerbeckvs Alconbury (HL1)4 for 21
4Simon Blowsvs Sawtry (HL1)4 for 27
5Nick Kumpukkalvs Caldecote (BCL1)4 for 27
6Pat Ellerbeckvs Warboys (HL1)4 for 30
7Chris Whitfieldvs Weston Coleville (TPL2)4 for 32
8Kevin Colevs Orton Park (HL1)4 for 42
9Charles Taylorvs Flitwick (BDL)3 for 15
10Laurence Boshervs Caldecote (BCL1)3 for 20


Last Weekend's Cricket - 31 July 2010

The 1st XI kept up the pressure on Ickwell and St Ives at the top of Tucker Premier Division 2 with a great win over Babraham by 58 runs.  Thanks to an inspired 59 from Chris Whitfield including one six and Matt Rawling (37) and Paul Field  (31) making reasonable knocks.  Waresley reached 184 for 7 off their 48 overs.  In response Babraham could only make a measerly 126 with Whitfield again taking a staggering 4 for 6 off 7 overs.  Nigel Buckingham-Jones, Phil Gillet and Joe Colebrook also chipped in with wickets.

The 2nd XI didn't fair so well in a key relegation match against Orton Park.  A reasonable bowling performance reduced Orton to a manageable 178 all out with Kevin Cole continuing his fine form with 4 for 42 and Simon Blows helping himself to the final two wickets with 3 for 45.  Pat Ellerbeck continued his miserly form with 7 overs for just 17 runs.  Runs, however, were harder to come by with wickets continually falling at crucial times.  Only Nick Greenfield (54) made a significant contribution and too much was left to the tail with Pete Colebrook being the final man out 13 runs shy of victory.  The loss leaves the 2nd XI 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

The Sunday XI racked up an impressive 233 for 7 against league leaders Potton Town with that man Whitfield again in the runs with a (perhaps frustrating) 95 - stumped 5 runs short of another century!  Sam Johnson (27) and Simon Donald (28) also adding useful runs.  In response Potton could only make a poor 122 all out thanks to excellent bowling all round with Chris Whitfield (again) taking 2 for 31, Pete Colebrook 2 for 26 and star for the day Joe Colebrook taking his best Waresley figures of 6 for 27.  Joe's figures were the third best Sunday XI return and the 73rd best Waresley return ever - well done Joe!

Waresley 10/10 Competition - Waresley Young Guns Triumph

Waresley's inaugural 10/10 smash fest took place on 20 June.  Six teams playing 10 overs an innings saw a mixture of the good, bad and definitely the ugly! 

Group A

Group B

Waresley Young Guns

Coley’s Old Codgers

Macrows Magic

Champagne Charlies

Pat’s Presidents

Hatley’s Heroes

From Group A Waresley Young Guns gunned down all comers and in Group B Hatley's Heroes were the surprise winners.  In the final the Young Guns narrowly defeated Hatley but not without a bit of a shock.

Hatley Dream Team 2010

Were you in June's Top 10?

1Matt Rawlingvs Babraham (TPL2)133
2Dominic Farrvs Biggleswade II (MIL3)128
3Jamie Fensomevs Orton Park (HL1)93
4Matt Rawlingvs Barnack (TPL2)88*
5Owen Griffithsvs Biggleswade II (MIL3)84*
6Ashwin Reddyvs Dean (HL1)78
7Ashwin Reddyvs Blunham (BCL1)76
8Simon Donaldvs Blunham (BCL1)74
9Steve Hooleyvs Dean (HL1)71*
10Ian Donaldvs Potton III (Dev)68

1Ashwin Reddyvs Flitwick (Heritage Cup)5 for 28
2Phil Gillettvs Babraham (TPL2)5 for 47
3Chris Whitfieldvs Barnack (TPL2)5 for 48
4Chris Whitfieldvs Barnack (TPL2)5 for 48
5Pete Colebrookvs Orton Park (HL1)4 for 34
6Jim Keysvs Blunham (BCL1)4 for 40
7Chris Whitfieldvs Weston Colville (TPL2)4 for 44
8Ian Donaldvs Caldecote (MIL3)4 for 56
9Pari Patelvs Potton III (Dev)3 for 6
10Dipesh Patelvs Dean (HL1)3 for 21


U11's Soft Ball Tournament - June 13th

2 teams of 8 represented Waresley at this year's Dean Tournament and did us proud, the "Reds" making it all the way to the Final where they just lost out to Dean "A".

It was great to see how much the standard of batting, bowling and fielding has improved since the beginning of the season, and the players are all to be congratulated on their sportsmanship and the support they gave one another throughout the day.  Well done to everyone concerned, especially Finn Steemers who received the "Player of the Tournament" Award - and thank you to Mandy Rodgers, the U11 Manager for making it all happen!!

Were you in May's Top 10?

1Laurence Boshervs Sharnbrook (BCL1)128*
2Lyndon Pricevs Flitwick III (MIL3)87
3Sam Johnsonvs Eversholt (BCL1)80
4Chris Whitfieldvs Sharnbrook (BCL1)75*
5Nick Kumpukkalvs Eversholt (BCL1)65
6Matt Rawlingvs Saffron Walden II (TPL2)63*
7Chris Piercevs Sawtry (HL1)56
8Steve Hooleyvs Newborough (HL1)54*
9Ashwin Reddyvs Caldecote (BCL1)54
10Phil Masdinvs Castor & Ailsworth (TPL2)52*
1Steve Hooleyvs Sawtry (HL1)6 for 41
2Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Bluntisham (TPL2)5 for 35
3Laurence Boshervs Newborough (HL1)5 for 45
4Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Cambridge N.C.I. (TPL2)5 for 50
5Terry Haydenvs Sharnbrook (BCL1)4 for 66
6Ian Donaldvs Hexton (MIL3)3 for 1
7Jim Keysvs Hexton (MIL3)3 for 9
8Terry Haydenvs Potton (Heritage Cup)3 for 15
9Paul Knibbsvs Newborough (HL1)3 for 19
10Terry Haydenvs Eversholt (BCL1)3 for 20


Chris Whitfield in ALLOUTCRICKET magazine - June 2010 issue


Check out page 95 of June's issue of ALLOUTCRICKETThere's a write up on Chris (albeit very small but this is a national glossy magazine so well done Chris for your 6 wickets and also for making national press!

 Here's the article



Memories of John Adams by Ian Keeves

Our old friend and former Waresley skipper John Adams passed away recently after a six months’ battle.  His very good friend, John Mear, was able to see him the day before and his family had the chance to say goodbye.  He bore his demise with dignity and stoicism, never complaining right to the end and, although he must have been in some considerable pain, did not show it.  Former Waresley teammate and friend Ian Keeves wrote this excellent piece that we wanted to share.

John began playing for Waresley in the mid sixties when he lived on Everton Heath.  He was in the team when we joined the new Millman League in 1970 and was first team captain in 1972-74, 79 and 80.  An exceptionally good all rounder for village cricket, he bowled a swinging ball both ways to a good length although he never bowled as much as he should because others were generously given the chance.  He was not a stylish bat, with a shuffle across the wicket and a very short back lift but could he hit the ball!  His catching and  fielding were a delight; he would see the ball early and just gathered it smoothly and nonchalantly  into his hands.  At cover, he would just lean over, grasp the ball and return it in one sweet movement as one remembers Clive Lloyd and the South African, Colin Bland.  Although clearly not quite in their class, he was the equivalent in ours.

I remember many of his performances but a special one was his 95 not out in an East Beds Shield 20 over game at Clifton, in short time with sixes and fours galore.  In those days, a team score of 80 to 100 was deemed a winnable total and it was very exciting to watch.

But his lesson to me was how to enjoy the whole game.  Whether playing home or away, he achieved respect and friendship from our opponents.  At that time, we did not have one drink and go, it was a social experience.  For example, after a game at Stewartby we leaned on the bar with Bob Houghton and Les Newman, who sadly died in his thirties, and others until closing time.  John drank nine pints of Abbot, a very strong beer, and I got to seven IPA’s, much weaker.  He remained sober as a judge, conversing as if he only had a glass of water, whereas I was as p***** as the proverbial.  I’m not sure who drove home in those happy days but that was the story of our summers.

Steve Surkitt, my ex brother-in-law and also unfortunately deceased, took four of us to Buckden when he was a learner driver with John as his qualified passenger.  The normal good night was had, socialising with the likes of Stan Cox, Richie Gale, Vince’s father-in-law Graham and others.  This was around 1974 and Steve had an old Consul with engine driven wipers.  It was pouring down as we made our way up the A-l and the wipers gave up.  Boot laces were taken from boots, attached to the wipers and pulled by John and, I think, John Mear through the windows.  It got us home but we giggled like schoolgirls, p***** .  Perhaps you had to be there, but it remains a fond memory for me.

John also played night cricket for the East Beds Farmers Union and I used play when they were short.  I met some great people through that.  He was liked and respected in that crowd as well and there were some excellent cricketers in the team, including John Mear and Ken Darlow, also a regular and excellent Waresley players in the sixties.

He farmed pigs with his father and, at one time, in partnership with John Mear at what is now Waresley Stud, and that was the only time I saw him get cross; a pig would not go where he wanted so he gave it a hard kick with appropriate colourful language.  He moved to Deepdale in Potton where we again had many a night in the Locomotive before finally moving to Stowmarket.

He was a keen shot with a 12-bore and was a regular at the pheasant shoots at Wood Farm, Waresley.

He leaves his lovely wife Pat and three children, Paul, Jo and Nick of whom he was justifiably proud.  Jo achieved a high level as a squash player (John was no pushover at that, either) and Nick, of course, is a friend to many of us who nearly made the top cricket grade and played some excellent games for Cambridgeshire.

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”  His demeanour, attitude and sociability will be sadly missed by we who knew him.

NatWest CricketForce 2010 - Saturday, 27 March 2010

We participated yet again in the NatWest CricketForce scheme on Saturday, 27 March.  15 or so members of the club gave their time to make the facilities better.

Russell Nicholson playing the sweep!

Simon Donald and noisy machine

Jamie Fensome, Barry Hayden and Roger Bullen

Pete Colebrook, Ben Evans and Nick Greenfield

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who took time out to help the club out.  It's much appreciated.

John Gillett Honoured at Hunts County Board Awards Dinner

On 26 February this year a group of Waresley players and coaches went to the Hunts Cricket Board Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough.  Amongst the many awards that were given out we were delighted to see Chris Whitfield and Simon Donald given their Under 17 county caps.  Ian Donald was also nominated for an award.  Club and county stalwart John Gillett was also given an OSCA for an outstanding lifetime contribution to Hunts County Cricket.  It was great to see John honoured and he received his certificate from former Somerset and England spinner, Vic Marks. 

Wood Farm Free Range Eggs

Former Waresley Cricket Club players and local farmers John and Charlie Mear are perhaps unique in that they are the only two Waresley Cricket Club players to appear on the side of and egg carton!  An achievement probably unique in the cricketing world!  I've never seen a Kevin Pieterson sponsored egg - too many duck connotations I suppose!

Well - here they are in all their corrugated splendour!

John and Charlie run Wood Farm at Waresley which rears free range hens and supplies local branches of Sainsbury's with their eggs.

Look out for them on the shelves and help out our former players.

You can see more at their website.


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