Waresley Cricket Club

Est 1869, Huntingdonshire

Clydesdale Bank Cricket - "Howzat!" - we won!

At the Presidents game last Sunday one of the colts parents created a fantastic video (thanks again Ed & Dylan) for a competition being run by Clydesdale Bank.  Well, the good news is we received an email saying we had WON.  This means the club has won a massive £1000.  So, Thank you Ed Noble for making the film and thanks to those who voted for it.


Visit the Clydesdale Bank Facebook page and have a look!

 

 

Silverware at last - the Under 17's win Hunts County Cup

The U17’s thrashed Orton Park last night in the league play-off played at Orton.

 

Waresley bowled first and restricted Orton Park to 68 for 5 off their 10 overs. Then proceeded to knock the runs off in 5.0 overs for loss of 1 wicket. Man of the match Ben Rodgers for bowling figs 2-0-9-2, and 27* when batting.

 

Individual performances:

 

J Colebrook 2-0-15-1

B Rodgers 2-0-9-2

A Naylor 2-0-14-0

D Farr 2-0-9-0

O Griffiths 2-0-19-1

 

I Donald 30

B Rodgers 27*

D Farr 0*

 

            Back row: Ben Rogers, Andrew Naylor, Dominic Farr, Owen Griggiths, Joe Colebrook Front: Ian Donald

 

Skipper Ian Donald finally wins a toss (lost 12 in a row this year), and elects to field. Wides and no-balls are 4 runs in this competition, so accurate bowling is the order of the day. 3rd ball of the 1st over from Joe Colebrook is down the legside with Donald standing up to the stumps resulting in 8 runs given away! From then on, Colebrook bowls an exemplary line.  Ben Rodgers bowls the opposition skipper Meichan with his first ball, and is unlucky to see his 5th ball fly through the vacant slip area for Orton’s only boundary in the innings from the bat.   Andy Naylor bowls too wide a line outside off stump for the umpires liking to concede 8 wides in the 3rd over, but the batsmen struggle to get him away. Dominic Farr bowls the 4th over, and in desperation the Orton batters try to take on Naylors’ arm for a chancy 2nd run resulting in a run out for the remaining opener Plant. The bowlers continue to strangle any attempt by Orton to push the scoring rate up, and the remaining wickets are shared between Rodgers, Griffiths and Colebrook.

 

68 looked well below par, especially with 29 extras conceded (Waresley successfully chased 127 in an earlier round against Eaton Socon), and Donald and Rodgers set off briskly scoring with every delivery in the first 3 overs. The 2nd over was highlighted by a majestic straight 6 off Hall by Rodgers, who then followed this with a 4 past mid-on. Runs continued to flow with Donald taking a liking to Meichan’s legspin with 2 straight 6’s. Donald was finally caught in the deep with the score on 60, leaving Rodgers to wrap the game up with half the overs remaining. Ben Rodgers was the stand out performance with both bat and ball and deservedly won the man of the match award.

 

It was very exciting to watch!!

Full scorecard

September Cricket

Saturday 8 September | 1st XI vs Hardwick & Caldecote | TPL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

If the 1st XI harboured any dreams of promotion to Tucker League 1 then this was a must win game.  With Newborough playing NCI a win would take Waresley into the promotion slot.

Batting first at 6 for 1 and 9 for 2 with both high scoring Donalds back in the pavillion things didn't look quite so bright.  But, it was time (at last!) for a skipper's innings from Steve Warman.  A great 61 from Steve backed by Dom Farr, Laurence Frederick, Jamie Fensome (34*) and finally B-J got the score up to 189 for 6.

Good bowling was required to not lose this game and that's exactly what was delivered.  This time the spearhead of the attack was Terry Hayden taking 4 wickets.  Promoted Joe Colebrook bowled excellently with 7 overs 2 wickets for just 16 runs.  Nigel Buckingham-Jones also chipped in with a couple of wickets as Hardick were dismissed for just 112.

So, with one game to play Waresley move into second.  A win next week against Warboys would be enough for promotion.  To be crowned champions would require an NCI slip up, but Newborough still have a huge part to play in this race!

2nd XI vs Blunham | HL1 | Away

Scorecard | League table 

The seconds went to Blunham knowing that 9 bonus points from the game would make their Hunts Division 1 survival guaranteed.  But 9 points against a very strong Blunham side was not going to be easy.

Elected to bowl first on a road of a track and blistering heat is no-one's idea of fun but it was exactly what Waresley needed as it gave the greatest chance of maximum bonus points.  Waresley bowled economically to begin with holding Blunham to just 38 off the first 15 overs thanks in the main to good bowling from Jim Keys.  However, no wickets were taken and Blunham had the batting to fire off.  All the bowlers suffered as Blunham notched another 251 runs from the next 30 overs.  Owen Griffiths in particular showed promise with the ball and Pat Ellerbeck, despite dropping the Blunham opener 4 times in 2 balls, took 3 wickets including two in the penultimate over for a very valuable third bowling point.  Pete Colebrook was unlucky as two catches were put down and his figures weren't pretty!

Waresley got off to a decent start with the bat, despite losing skipper Chris Pierce early.  For a change most players chipped in but the innings and the bonus points were earned by a top knock from Steve Lewis (52), a monumental innings from Owen Griffiths (41) and a solid stonewall from Charlie Lewis (27).  The 200th run and 5th batting point came in the penultimate over from Jim Keys' bat leaving Pete Colebrook to murder Shabz Hussain in the last over.

With 8 hard earned points putting Waresley 20 points ahead of Barnack in the third to bottom slot a long wait (nearly a full day) until confirmation was heard that Barnack managed 19 points so Waresley avoided relegation by one sole point.

Well done all, given the difficulties in getting a team, and the often inept batting performances, avoiding relegation was a good effort.

Sunday 2 September | Sunday XI vs Lutonian II | Home

Scorecard | League table

Report to follow 

Saturday 1 September | 1st XI vs Ickwell | TPL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

The 1sts had an easy win against league strugglers Ickwell.  Bowling first Waresley blasted out Ickwell for only 125 with Ern Neville and Nigel Buckingham-Jones doing the damage - not for the first time this season - he took 4 for 19 in both games against Ickwell this year!

The runs were knocked off for just 3 wickets in quick time.  With Newborough taking 20 points and NCI taking 25, Waresley's 20 points keeps them in third place, 6 points behind Newborough in the second promotion place with two games to go.

2nd XI vs Eaton Socon | HL1 | Home

Scorecard | League table

Eaton Socon demolished the seconds leaving the side requiring 9 points from next week's game at Blunham to avoid guarantee avoiding relegation to hunts 2.  With Eaton already confirmed as league champions and Tucker League bound this was always going to be hard.

Bowling first Joe Colebrook and Jim Keys put in an excellent performance with the ball.  Joe probably bowled his best spell of the season, repeatingly beating the bat but alas... wicketless.  Jim had more luck taking 3 for 44 plus running out Matt Rawlings for 10 when deflecting the ball on to the stumps with the hapless Rawlings standed backing up.  Simon Blows bowled a decent spell up the hill taking 3 wickets and the spin "twins" of Pat Ellerbeck and Pete Colebrook shared four wickets with Pete taking the last two in the last over for another precious bonus point.  The runs somewhat immaterial but the 5 bonus points could prove very important.

The less said about the batting the batter.  Only Blows (20) and Keys (19) made any progress but the side was blown away for 86 with Dave Humphrey taking 5 dismissals for Socon behind the stumps.

August and September's Best Performances

 

Batting
1Ian Donaldvs Flitwick II (BCL2)70*
2Ian Donaldvs Cambridge Granta (TPL2)64*
3Ian Donaldvs Weston Colville (TPL2)63
4Steve Warmanvs Hardwick & Caldecote (TPL2)61
5Dominic Farrvs Cambridge NCI57*
6Simon Donaldvs Caldecote (BCL2)57
7Ern Nevillevs Abington (TPL2)53*
8Paul Fieldvs Weston Colville (TPL2)51
9Simon Blowsvs Barnack (HL2)49*
10Simon Donaldvs Colpe Argus (BCL2)42

 

Bowling
1Phil Gillettvs Godmanchester II (HL1)5 for 27
2Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Cambridge Granta (TPL2)5 for 39
3Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Cambridge NCI (TPL2)5 for 42
4Ern Nevillevs Weston Colville (TPL2)5 for 49
5Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Ickwell (TPL2)4 for 19
6Ern Nevillevs Abington (TPL2)4 for 27
7Ern Nevillevs Ickwell (TPL2)4 for 37
8Ern Nevillevs Flitwick II (BCL2)4 for 37
9Terry Haydenvs Hardwick & Caldecote (TPL2)4 for 42
10Owen Griffithsvs Caldecote (BCL2)3 for 15

 

50 Club Winners

Exciting times at the club - are you the winner - or the seller of a winning ticket.  See here... thanks as usual to Nick Greenfield, all the sellers and buyers for raising important money for the club.

 Date £20 (£100 on 9 Sep) £30 (£200 on 9 Sep)Sold by 
 Sunday 12 August Jim Keys (351) Barry Warman (150) Jim Keys / Barry Warman
 Sunday 19 August Ant Scott (485) Jane Colebrook (300) Nick Greenfield / Pete Colebrok
 Sunday 26 August Vincent Reed (035) Cliff Pennick (213) John Gillett / Nigel Buckingham-Jones
 Sunday 2 September Val Brookman (008) John Gillett (198) John Gillett / Dominic Farr
 Sunday 9 September P Minney (088) Rafal Kornatowski (315) John Gillett / Simon Blows

 

Waresley Under 9's Competition

Last year, despite the torrential afternoon rain, the Under 9's Tournament was one of the highlights of the season.  This year the unseasonal rain just about held off!  The Tournament was yet another success for the organising team and all the young players.

A note from Nichola Donald:

"Just to say well done to all our U9 players and their coaches, and a BIG thank you to all the helpers on the day.  Not bad having one team almost win the whole thing, and our other team produce the “player of the tournament”.  At the same time we made over £400 to go towards the new nets and received many compliments on our hospitality and sporting behaviour.  A pretty good result I’d say….. " 

Simon Blows - Raising money for the Sick Children's Trust

Simon Blows is raising money for the British Heart Foundation and the Sick Children's Trust by riding the London to Brighton Off-Road Ride on September 22nd.   It's a tough 75 mile trail ride that finishes thankfully with a downhill onto Brighton sea-front!

This version of the classic ride is 75 miles almost entirely off-road. It’s a challenging and testing route that mixes cycle path, single track cycling with forest tracks and downhill sections. It’s London to Brighton but taken it off-road.

The Sick Children's Trust in particular are a lesser known charity now close to Simon and his close friends hearts after a tradgedy earlier in the year affected the whole group.  It would mean an awful lot for players and friends to support this excellent cause.

To view Simon's sponsorship page go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonBlows

August's Cricket

Saturday 25 August | 1st XI vs Cambridge Granta | TPL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

Stat: Nigel Buckingham-Jones' continued run of form gave him his 19th five wicket haul, drawing him back level in fourth place after Phil Gillett's haul yesterday. He's 4 away from John Gillett in third place.  This is the 2nd time this season he's taken 5 for 39.

Completing an excellent Saturday for the club the firsts comfortably beat struggling Granta by 8 wickets.  Bowling first Nigel Buckingham-Jones (5-39) took his fourth five wicket haul of the season, and aided by returning Ashwin Reddy (2-38) they bowled Granta out for 164.

Ian Donald (64*) and Dom Farr (33) continued their good form, showing what good additions they've both been to the first team this year as Waresley knocked the runs off in a rain affected chase for the loss of just two wickets.  With NCI being abandoned things have tightened up at the top of the league with Newborough top on 261 points, NCI in the second promotopn spot on 257 and Waresley currently in their familiar 3rd spot just two points behind.

2nd XI vs Godmanchester II | HL1 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Stat: Phil Gillett's 5 for 27 is his 19th for Waresley (although he says there are more we don't have records of!)  It takes him back one clear of Nigel Buckingham-Jones and just four away from his father, John in third place. 

Cometh the hour... cometh the boys!  Finally, that curious feeling for our 2nd team... a win!

It was an ominous start... turning up to just 9 players with the possibility that farmer Pat may turn up at some stage.  Skipper, Chris Pierce lost the toss and Waresley were stuck in the field with Godmanchester looking forward to reaping the rewards from hitting the wide open spaces.  But they didn't allow for the team spirit of the nine.  Great bowling all round but particularly from Phil Gillett who took his 19th five wicket haul for Waresley and Joe Colebrook who came to the small party with three wickets of his own.  Everyone to a man or boy played their part including Chris Pierce with three sharp slip catches including one bouncing off resurgent keeper Simon Blows' thigh!  Farmer Pat made it when Godmanchester were nine down - he came on to bowl two balls - one smacked for four and the other the final wicket.  Goddie were all out for 122.

Needless to say Waresley can make a dreadful hash of a chase of 122 and indeed we very nearly did!  At 30 for three Phil Gillett and Jim Keys found a bit of form to give hope to the team and kept the side up with the run rate.  But it was only when Ben Rogers, playing his first game for the twos this year, came together with Gillett that good forward momentum was made.  Ben, having improved hugely over the last year, batted brilliantly for his 30 and together with the Big O, Owen Griffiths took the score to just one off the Goddie score before Ben was LBW. Joe Colebrook took a crazy single to tie the scores and Owen won the game with a drive through midwicket.  An amazing win and with the news of Alconbury no-showing there may be light at the end of a difficult season - let's hope.

Sunday XI vs Cople Argus | BCL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

The Sunday XI had a narrow defeat to Cople Argus.  Bowling first a good performance was put in by R Craze taking 3 for 45, Ern Neville (2-30) and co-skipper Terry Hayden (2-38) as Waresley bowled Cople out for a manageable 182.  In response some solid batting from Simon (42) and Ian (28) Donald plus George Richards (25*) gave a backbone to the innings but with 5 players failing to score more than 2 runs the team just failed by 10 runs to reach the target.

Saturday 18 August | 1st XI vs Cambridge NCI | TPL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table 

Stat: Nigel Buckingham-Jones' five wickets was his 18th time he has achieved this feat, pulling him one ahead in the spin battle with Pat Ellerbeck and drawing level with veteran Phil Gillet in 4th place in the table.

Honours were shared in the promotion battle between the 1sts and Cambridge NCI on Saturday.  Waresley made 199 for 6 thanks to Dominic Farr's 57*.  Waresley couldn't quite finish NCI off and despite B-J's fantastic 5 for 42 NCI finished on 165 for 8.

Sunday 19 August | Sunday XI vs Caldecote | BCL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

The Sunday XI comfortably beat Caldecote.  Waresley scored 184 for 6 off their 40 overs and then blew away Caldecote for just 130.

Saturday 11 August | 1st XI vs Weston Colville | TPL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Stat: Ern Neville's 5 for 49 was the 362nd 5 wicket haul for the club and his third, drawing him level with legends such as Chris Whitfield and Simon Blows.  It also makes him the most successful overseas bowler Waresley has had. 

Batting first, Waresley managed to make just 160 before being bowled out.  In reply Weston Colville knocked off the runs for the loss of 7 wickets.  The loss keeps the 1st XI in second place in the league, 17 points behind leaders, Cambridge NCI.

2nd XI vs Barnack | HL1 | Away

Scorecard | League table

A nice warm day over at Barnack saw the second team inserted in to bat.  For the first time in three weeks an underperforming batting line up managed to notch up three figures.  A steady start by Jamie Fensome (predominantly swishing and missing outside off for 28) and Chris Pierce (predominantly blocking).  Simon Blows injected pace to the innings with 49* off 54 balls including one huge six (yes I know I write this but I couldn't leave it out!).  Wickets fell at the other end though thanks to some good bowling by Steve Best - Pete and Joe Colebrook shared three balls between them and both lost their off stumps.  The team made 143 which, by this season's standards, is a relative success, however Barnack were to make it look 100 runs short after tea.

There was nothing critically wrong with the bowling, or fielding but the Barnack openers made mincemeat of the total.  Only a resurgent Pete Colebrook troubled the stumps by taking the only wicket as Waresley lost by 9 wickets.  Barnack crept closer to Waresley in the league and relegation is really looming now.

Sunday 12 August | Sunday XI vs Flitwick II | Home

Scorecard | League table

report to come

Saturday 4 August | 1st XI vs Abington | TPL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Waresley eeked their way to 192 for 8 thanks to Ernie Neville's maiden fifty for the club.  In what turned out to be a good match for Ernie Waresley bowled a poor Abington out for just 104 thanks to Ern's 4 for 27.  The win keeps Waresley in third place in the league.

2nd XI vs Ufford Park | HL1 | Home

Scorecard | League table

With only 9 players a heavy defeat looked very much on the cards for Waresley.  That prediction looked to be coming true as Waresley were dismissed for a very poor 81 with only Jim Keys (21*) providing any backbone.

The bowling and fielding response however, coupled with some reckless batting made the game tighter than it should ever have been.  Batsman after batsman threw away their wicket with Joe Colebrook, Jim Keys and Simon Blows taking two wickets apiece.  Pete Colebrook then came on with three runs needed for victory and claimed a further two wickets for himself giving Waresley 4 bonus points but a slip into the relegation zone has happened and a clear gap from safety is now ominously in place.

Sunday XI vs Langford | BCL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

Waresley beat Langford by 54 runs but still had 5 points deducted for not having an umpire.  Having been relegated last year by Beds point pinching rules it's again a bitter pill to swallow on an otherwise good day that keeps the side comfortably in mid table.

July's performers

 

Batting
1Nik Kumpukkalvs Lutonian II86
2Paul Fieldvs Babraham (TPL2)74*
3Simon Donaldvs Babraham (TPL2)53
4Dominic Farrvs Newborough (TPL2)47
5Simon Donaldvs Newborough (TPL2)46
6Steve Lewisvs Burghley Park (HL1)32
7Sacha Abbasivs Caldecote (BCL2)31*
8Chris Piercevs Burghley Park (HL1)31
9Ian Donaldvs Babraham (TPL2)30
10Jim Keysvs Eaton Socon (HL1)29

 

Bowling
1Pat Ellerbeckvs Burghley Park (HL1)6 for 42
2Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Babraham (TPL2)5 for 39
3Joe Colebrookvs Burghley Park (HL1)4 for 22
4Ern Nevillevs Caldecote (BCL2)3 for 12
5Laurence Boshervs Newborough (TPL2)3 for 41
6Owen Griffithsvs Eggington Forresters (BCL2)2 for 13
7Ern Nevillevs Eggington Forresters (BCL2)2 for 16
8Terry Haydenvs Caldecote (BCL2)2 for 16
9Phil Gillettvs Newborough (TPL2)2 for 19
10Owen Griffithsvs Caldecote (BCL2)2 for 27

 

July's cricket

Saturday 28 July | 1st XI vs Babraham | TPL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

Waresley made 229 for 3 thanks to excellent top order batting especially from Paul Field (74*) and Simon Donald (53).  Despite Nigel Buckingham-Jones; 5 for 39 Waresley failed to bowl out Babraham who finished on 171 for 6.

Saturday 21 July | 1st XI vs Newborough | TPL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

In a match short on runs and high in wicket count the points were shared as neither team could bowl the other out in a low scoring game at Waresley Park on Saturday.  Simon Donald (46) and Dominic Farr (47) dominated the Waresley innings but sadly both were jug-shy falling just before well earned half centuries.  A late 22 from Phil Gillett took the score to 167 for 9.

In response Waresley kepttaking wickets including three whilst the score was on 55 but despite Laurance Bosher's 3 wickets Waresley could only remove 8 batsman as Newborough struggled up to just 123.  The points were shared and Waresley remain in third in Tucker 1.

2nd XI vs Eaton Socon | HL1 | Away

Scorecard | League table 

The 2nds slipped into the relegation zone for the first time this season thanks to a demolishing at the hands of Matt Rawlings and Eaton Socon.  Fielding first it took until the 28th over before the first breakthrough with a sharp catch from Simon Blows off Joe Colebrook finally getting rid of Waresley old boy Matt Rawling for 85.  With the score on 135 for 1 and 15 overs to go the stage was set for some mighty hitting and no bowler came off unscathed with Jim Keys getting neck strain with 3 sixes off one over. Ray "Bother of Alex" Tudor in particular doing considerable damage as one six off Colebrook was still on the rise as it passed the sightscreen!  Ben Evans and Joe Colebrook were culpable with greasy fingers as chances went through both but it wouldn't have mattered (except to Pat Ellerbeck who bowled both balls) as Eaton had much strength in depth.  Their 242 for 4 always looked too many.

It almost looked 200 too many as batman after batsman failed to reach double figures.  Only jim Keys (29) and Owen Griffiths (11*) made even the tiniest impact as Waresley were skittled for 83.  A poor day for Waresley but Eaton are a quality side with this line up.  A hard battle remains for Hunts One survival.

Sunday XI vs Caldecote | BCL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

It looked like an easy win for the Sunday XI as they bowled Caldecote out for a measely 81 and knocked the runs off for a loss of 6 wickets but as the Sunday XI skippers don't seem to think it's their job to put up the scores on Play-Cricket unfortunately you can't see who took the wickets or scored the runs.  Presumably someone did!!

Saturday 14 July | 1st XI vs Yaxley | TPL2 | Away

Match cancelled 

Saturday 14 July | 2nd XI vs Alconbury | HL1 | Home

Match cancelled 

Saturday 7 July | 1st XI vs Fordham | TPL2 | Home

Match cancelled

Saturday 7 July | 2nd XI vs Burghley Park | HL1 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Stat: Pat Ellerbeck's season's best of 6 for 42 was his 17th five wicket haul taking him one clear of Nigel Buckingham-Jones and one closer to Phil Gillett in 4th position with 18 hauls.

 

Waresley won the toss and elected to field with constant fear of heavy rain forecast. The rain held off and a start was made.  With 14 overs gone Burghley had slumped to 47-3 thanks to an impressive opening spell from Joe Colebrook. The heavens then opened and tea was taken early. Play eventually resumed after a long wait and the game was reduced to 33 overs a side.  With this in mind the Burghley batsmen Bahle Mhlanga (31) & Gareth Hook (31) immediately teed off using the combination of spin bowling and short boundaries to their advantage to hit numerous 6s in a devastating period. Wickets were taken gradually, however the hitting continued all the way down the order with Burghley eventually being bowled out for an impressive 180 of 33 overs. Pat Ellerbeck starred with the ball with figures of 42 for 6 from 9 overs.

With the rain holding off Waresley set their stall out early to chase down the large total, and after an early wicket, the runs stated to accumulate with unusual and unorthodox hitting from Chris Pierce making a quick 31, and an impressive innings from Steve Lewis (32).  However this fight back was all too brief with wickets falling consistently throughout the overs.  Waresley were inevitably all out for 111 thanks largely to impressive bowling from Tom Dolby with figures of 29 for 4 from 9 overs.  With this win Burghley rise to a point above Waresley in the fight to stay in Hunts League 1.

Sunday 15 July | Sunday XI vs Eggington Forresters | BCL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

A heavy defeat saw the Sunday team fall to just two places above the relegation zone to Bedfordshire's lowest tier of cricket.  Waresley batted first and were dismissed for a measely 60 runs.  It was to the bowlers credit that Eggington actually lost 6 wickets before overhauling that total.  Another few losses like this could see the Sunday team in a relation dogfight.

Sunday 8 July | Sunday XI vs Luton Town & Indians | BCL2 | Away

Match cancelled 

Sunday 1 July | Sunday XI vs Lutonian II | BCL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table

Oh here's a surprise! The scorecard isn't on Play-Cricket yet!

June's cricket

Saturday 30 June | 1st XI vs Warboys | TPL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Stat:  Ern Neville's second five wicket haul (5 for 56) brings him level with other overseas players - Tienie Maree and Rob Gilliland as well as Ian AND Terry Hayden. It was the 359th recorded instance of a 5 wicket haul.

Waresley fell short by one wicket on Saturday as an overall poor performance was lifted by good bating from Paul Fields and Dominic Farr and good bowling from all 4 bowlers as Waresley old boy, Chris Whitfield steered Warboys to victory by the slimmest of margins.

Saturday 23 June | 1st XI vs Hardwick & Caldecote | TPL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Great bowling on Sauturday from Ernie Neville and Nigel Buckingham Jones, taking 4 wickets apiece, reduced Hardwick to 130 all out in just 30.1 overs.  Steve Hooley also chipped in with 2 wickets.  The game looked Waresley's for the taking.  However a combination of poor batting and good bowling from the home side saw Waresley bowled out for a mere 91 with Simon Donald making 26 and til-ended Terry Hayden salving a little pride with a well made 19.  With Fordham and NCI failing to win the table remains the same with Waresley in 2nd place.

Saturday 16 June | 1st XI vs Ickwell | TPL2 | Home

Scorecard | League table | Cambridge News report

A great win over local rivals Ickwell saw the 1st team close the gap on Cambridge NCI at the top of the Tucker League Division 2.  Batting first the Donald brothers, Simon and Ian got Waresley off to a great start before Simon fell for 29.  Ian went on to make his maiden Tucker half century before falling too for 59.  Good batting from Paul Field and Dominic Farr before a small slump in the middle order which was rectifid by Ern Neville making 38* and Farr going on to 36*.  Waresley finished on a competitive 195 for 6.

After both Ickwell openers were ripped out for ducks Waresley were always on top and tremendous bowling from Nigel Buckigham-Jones (4 for 14) and Steve Hooley (4 for 60) meant Ickwell never got in the game.  A wicket apiece for Ern Neville and Terry Hayden saw Ickwell polished off for just 96 runs.

Saturday 9 June | 1st XI vs Granta II | TPL2 | Away

Cancelled

Saturday 2 June | 1st XI vs Cambridge N.C.I. | TPL2 | Away

Scorecard | League table

Stat: Nigel Buckingham-Jones's 5 for 17 is the 176th best return for a Waresley bowler and his 16th 5 wicket haul, putting him level in 5th place with Pat Ellerbeck.

2nd team cricket

Saturday 30 June | 2nd XI vs Huntingdon | HL1 | Home

Scorecard | League table

As usual Waresley lost the toss, but this time were asked to field. The Huntingdon openers got of to a prolific start with some hearty blows from Nik Kumpukkul (20) and Mohammed Iqbal (46) until Phil Gillett was brought on and removed both openers in quick succession. The introduction of Pat Ellerbeck reduced the run rate somewhat, with Waresley gradually picking up wickets as the scoreboard ticked over.  However Waresley struggled to contain Hamza Rashid (59) who, with some cavalier batting by the Huntingdon lower order managed to get the total up to a daunting 224-8 after 45 overs.

 

In response Waresley lost two early wickets, before respectable partnerships between Chris Pierce and Steve Lewis then, Phil Gillett then Charlie Lewis gradually chipped away at the required target. Chris Pierce was eventually out for 56 after ridiculously and shamefully having to retire hurt due to cramp.  Late hitting from Jim Keys and Owen Griffths saw Waresley reach a respectable 178-8 after 45 overs but unfortunately never really looked like challenging the Huntingdon target.  Hamza Rashid again the star man with figures of 25-3 from 11 overs.

Saturday 23 June | 2nd XI vs Godmanchester II | HL1 | Home

Scorecard | League table

The 2nd XI were only able to field 10 players due to Jamie Fensome's late withdrawal and the batting always looked suspect but batting first and at 50 for 0 off 15 overs things didn't look so bad!  However, this second team can always make a crisis out of a solid start (just like at Ufford Park) and here we went again!  Chris Pierce was first to go being surprise by the pace of Baldwin.  This was followed by Charlie Lewis, the returning Vince Winn and Steve Lewis for a combined score of 3.  With Blows finally going after giving three chances for his 25 the team were left on 62 for 5.  Half the team out for just 12 runs!  The tail did no better with Jim Keys taking the batting to the bowlers but with only a modicum of success before departing for 16 and the tail making a combined total of 2 between them.  With 7 players failing to score over 2 and one player missing entirely Waresley didn't really deserve to score more than the 88 all out they got.

Godmanchester's openers Stuart Bryden and James Howells set about the bowling from the start and Winn put down a chance off the very first ball of the game.  Other drops were not helpful but in truth the game was well gone by the time the drops happened and a final smorgasbord of buffet bowling was served up by Pete Colebrook to hasten the end of the game.  For posterity Pete ended on 2.4 overs for 43... not good all round!!

Saturday 16 June | 2nd XI vs Ramsey | HL1 | Away

Scorecard | League table

A poor performance from Waresley 2nds saw Phil Gillett's team come away with just 3 points.  Batting first there was a rocket fuelled start of 21 off the first two overs from Jamie Fensome and Jim Keys.  However it was downhill from there.  Phil Gillett contributed a 108 ball 32 and Simon Blows a 50 ball 15 as the team staggered to 133 for 8.  It was only due to a fine late order smash by Pete Colebrook (23*) that Waresley were able to get the second batting point.

In the field nothing happened at all really! Ramsey opened with a basher who came off with a rapid 47.  Simon Blows dropped a catch which could have been handy but the team only took 2 wickets in trying to salvage the game and Ramsey ran out easy winners.

Saturday 9 June | 2nd XI vs Barnack | HL1 | Home

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Stat: Ernie Neville's maiden five wicket haul brings him level with other overseas players such as Brenton Alp, Kenyan van Breda, Frikkie Hefer and Keegan Ridgeway. We're looking forward to more!

Barnack Won the toss and elected to field. Waresley put together a reasonable start reaching 56-1, however with the collapse of waresley top and middle order, Waresley we left with a lot of rebuilding to do at 79-5. Charlie Lewis came to the wicket to join the injured Phil Masdin together they put on a 50 partnership before Masdin fell for 30, useful late order knocks from Jim Keys (12) and Pat Ellerbeck (21) and an excellent 47 not out from Charlie Lewis meant Waresley finished on 190-8. Barnack's Muhammad Yaseen and Muhammad Sohail were the key bowlers, both finishing with 2-34 from 12 overs.

 

Batting second Barnack's first over was eventful with Ernie Neville getting the key wickets of Gary Scotcher and Muhammad Yaseen in successive balls. Neville then set about removing the Barnack top order with figures of 5-10 from 5 overs including an amazing caught and bowled effort. Jim Keys and Simon Blows chipped in with two wickets each as Barnack wickets tumbled, only late resistance from Danni Ashraf (32) allowed Barnack to reach 81 all out and a comprehensive win for Waresley.

Sunday team cricket

Sunday 24 June | Sunday XI vs Sharnbrook | BCL2 | Home

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No report or scorecard yet up on Play-Cricket

Sunday 17 June | Sunday XI vs Eggington Forresters | BCL2 | Home

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In the topsy-turvy worls of the Sunday team Waresley have gone up to third in the league thanks to a fine win against Eggington Forresters.  Bowling first the Colebrook/Hayden skippering combination bowled the Forresters out for a mere 115 with the wickets being shared by Ern Neville, Joe Colebrook, Pete Colebrook, Terry Hayden, Thomas Baker and Jim Keys.  It was good to see father and son combination, Steve and Thomas Baker in the side.

In response the Donald brothers again batted particularly well with Ian (70*) again out-scoring older brother Simon (34) before Simon fell just at the finishing hurdle for a simple win. 

Sunday 10 June| Sunday XI vs Luton Town & Indians| BCL2 | Away

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Luton Town scored 183 for 9 and never looked like losing as Waresley were bowled out for a mere 123.  Steve Warman starring with the bat for 77*.

Top performers in June

 

Batting
1Steve Warmanvs Luton Town & Indians (BCL2)77*
2Ian Donaldvs Eggington Forresters (BCL2)70*
3Ian Donaldvs Ickwell (TPL2)59
4Paul Fieldvs Warboys (TPL2)57
5Chris Piercevs Huntingdon (HL1)56
6Charlie Lewisvs Barnack (HL2)47*
7Dominic Farrvs Warboys (TPL2)40
8Ernie Nevillevs Ickwell (TPL2)38*
9Simon Donaldvs Sharnbrook (BCL2)38
10Dominic Farrvs Ickwell (TPL2)36*

 

Bowling
1Ernie Nevillevs Barnack (HL2)5 for 10
2Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Cambridge N.C.I. (TPL2)5 for 17
3Ernie Nevillevs Warboys (TPL2)5 for 56
4Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Ickwell (TPL2)4 for 15
5Ernie Nevillevs Sharnbrook (BCL2)4 for 19
6Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Hardwick & Caldecote (TPL2)4 for 21
7Ernie Nevillevs Hardwick & Caldecote (TPL2)4 for 40
8Steve Hooleyvs Ickwell (TPL2)4 for 60
9Terry Haydenvs Eggington Forresters (BCL2)3 for 21
10Terry Haydenvs Sharnbrook (BCL2)3 for 23

Ern and BJ battling it off for top gun in June!

May's cricket

Saturday 26 May | 1st XI vs Weston Colville | TPL2 | Home

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Fielding first Waresley made excellent use of the ball bowling Weston Coleville out for just 111.  The win came fairly easily as Waresley lost 5 wickets in the chase to remain second in the league.

Saturday 19 May | 1st XI vs Abington | TPL2 | Home

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Batting first Waresley made 170 for 7 thanks to a solid second half-century from Dom Farr (66) and middle order batting from overseas player Ern Nevile (31).  Skipper Steve Warman chipped in at the top of the order with 27.

Good bowling from the team saw Waresley bowl Abington out for just 90 thus winning by 80 runs.  Steve Hooley was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 12 off his 9 overs.  The win places Waresley in second place at this early stage of the season.

Saturday 26 May | 2nd XI vs Ufford Park | HL1 | Away 

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Stat: Pat Ellerbeck's 5 for 31 was his 16th 5 wicket haul taking him above Nigel Buckingham-Jones in 5th place on 16 occassions. It was the 240th best recorded bowling figures! 

Saturday's game saw contrasts in fortune between the fielding and batting performance.  Starting with the good - stand-in captain Phil Gillett lost the toss and Waresley were put into the field on a beautifully warm day in picturesque Ufford.  Facing a btting line up that could compete well in the Tucker League Waresley opened with Joe Colebrook, again bowling great line and length but unlucky not to pick up more wickets, and Jim Keys, despite starting with a full toss that was despatched for a maximum, bowled two excellent spells that were worth more than his wicketless figures showed.

Waresley were gifted an early run out, and then Jamie Fensome took a sharp catch at gulley, delighting all!  Phil Gillet bowled his usual tidy spell showing how valuable his inclusion is in the second team this year.  Pat Ellerbeck whirled away brilliantly well picking up a second haul of 5 wickets including two LBW's well adjudged out by umpire Tim Colebrook in another top class display.  Simon Blows took a stumping off the last ball off Gillett to bowl the much-vaunted Ufford batting line-up out for 156. A great display of bowling and fielding from all 11 players and opened up a chance of victory for the away team.

Jamie Fensome also took this occassion to find some form with the bat with a great display of stylish hard hitting as he raced to 47 and with Nick Greenfield put on 50 for the first wicket before Greenfield was out.  Dipesh Patel took the score up to 77 for 1 before disaster struck... repeatedly as Patel, Blows, Fensome and Pete Colebrook all fell when the score was on 77, ripping the heart out of the batting.  It was testiment to the determination of the middle order and tail end that Waresley got so close with Keys, Gillett, Ellerbeck, Joe Colebrook, Ed and Owen Griffiths, with a fine 26 got Waresley to 142 and scared Ufford but the damage was done in those earlier overs and Waresley were left rueing another missed opportunity.

Saturday 19 May | 2nd XI vs Alconbury | HL1 | Away

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A dissapointing 5 wicket defeat to Alconbury saw Waresley 2nds relinquish top spot to their opposition.  Drop outs Ashwin Reddy (broken thumb), Ollie Dalrimple (Hamstring) and Simon Blows (illness) cost the team in potential run making abilities.

Having said that all the top 5 batsmen made starts but none went on to get more than 18.  But a consistent loss of wickets saw Waresley scrape up to a poor 89 all out.

In response Waresley managed to take 5 wickets before Alconbury made the requisite runs showing how one or two of those missing batsmen would have made all the difference.  A disappointing result on a disappointing day.

Saturday 12 May | 2nd XI vs Ramsay | HL1 | Home

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Stat: Pat Ellerbeck's 5 for 12 was his 15th five-for taking him level 5th with Nigel Buckingham-Jones on the all time records.

After winning the only match played the prior week Waresley found themselves at the top of the league, with high hope for the next game.

However losing the toss, Waresley were asked to bat first. After a steady start and some tight bowling Waresley reached 36-0, before losing the four wickets of Ian Donald (15), Chris Pierce (20), Ashwin Reddy (13) and Nick Greenfield (0) in relatively quick succession, leaving some rebuilding to be done at 62-4. Strong partnerships between Simon Blows (27) and Phil Gillett (20) and Gillett and Jim Keys (23) got the innings back on track, and at 116-5 Waresley were hoping to set a respectable target well above 150. However quick wickets late in the innings slowed to the run rate and the innings came to an abrupt end at 145 all out. But still a score to bowl at. Edward Manchett topped the Ramsey bowling with 3-41 from 12 overs.

In Reply, Joe Colebrook and Jim Keys bowling extremely tight opening spells, with Ramsey only scoring 28-0 in the first 15 overs. Then in a matter of a few overs Ramsey had been reduced to 29-3 when 2 quick wickets from Jim Keys and one in his first over from Phil Gillett removed Ramsey’s top 3 including danger man Malcolm O’Grady for 15.
Ramsey then settled the ship with a partnership between Daniel Malem (19) and Jordon Cafferkey (13), so Pat Ellerbeck was brought on to slow the pace of the ball down with immediate success, taking two wickets in his first over. This sparked a slow demise of Ramsey’s lower with wickets being taken at regular intervals. Excellent bowling spells by Phil Gillett taking 3-20 off 11 overs and Man of the Match Pat Ellerbeck taking 5-12 from 6 overs, meant Warsley cruised home to a 69 run victory and Remain top of the league.

Saturday 5 May | 2nd XI vs Burghley Park | HL1 | Home

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Finally... some league cricket for new 2nd XI skipper Chris Pierce's team... and what a nerve shredding game it ended up being!  It was only due to the Waresley Park Stud sponsored covers that this game went ahead at all and it was the only one in the league that was completed.

Winning the toss Pierce correctly made his first captain's decision to insert visitors Burghley Park and quickly reaped the benefit of a spongy wicket.  Joe Colebrook opened up down the Waresley hill and struck twice in quick succession to leave league new-comers in tatters at the top.  Jim Keys, again toiling up the hill also piled in as tight bowling, a sticky wicket and ill-judged shots led to wicket after wicket tumbling.  When Colebrook had reached his 7 over curfew with 2 wickets to his name veteran campaigner and vice-captain took the ball and after countless seasons he's still on the money, chipping in with 3 wickets.  Keys took the lions share with 4 and Pat Ellerbeck came to the party late with a wicket in his one and only over.  So.  58 all out.  This was going to be a walk in the park wasn't it?

Ian Donald and Chris Pierce opened up well with a 25 stand and things looked rosy.  Donald then got a shooter which brough Ollie Dalrymple to the crease for his Waresley league debut.  Dalrymple looked to be more aggressive and chanced his arm hitting over point but the slow outfield meant runs had to earned by running between the wickets as no Waresley batsman managed to find the boundary in the entire innings.

Pierce fell LBW for 13 and Dalrymple for a high score of 14.  At 37 for 3 chasing 58 to win it was still simple stuff but... this is when the collapse happened!  Jamie Fensome struck a couple of good shots but went for 6, then Gillet, Keys and Joe Colebrook failed to trouble the scorers leaving Waresley wobbling on 47 for 7.  After a few twos and a wide the cold spectators began to be able to breath when 5 was needed with the 3 wickets remaining and Pat Ellerbeck struck his first ball for 2 but then holed out off his second ball.

It was left to the cool head of Nick Greenfield to nudge the winning 2 through the slips for a tense finish and a league topping 17 points.  It was a tight one but Pierce has started his tenure with a win!

Sunday 27 May | Sunday XI vs Sharnbrook | BCL2 | Away

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Stat: Pete Colebrook's 5 for 20 was his 6th five wicket haul taking him level with legends such as Laurence Bosher and Jim Keys.  They are equal 15th in the league table of five-fors. It was the club's 184th best return and the 9th best Sunday return.

High quality bowling saw Waresley earn a much deserved and needed win on Sunday against Sharnbrook.  Openers Ern Neville and Owen Griffiths were a little too expensive but the tide turned when Terry Hayden and Pete Colebrook came on with Hayden taking 4 wickets and Colebrook an excellent 5 for 20.  Note should be made of Ian Donald who took a stumping and 2 catches behind the wicket as Sharnbrook were bowled out for 104.

Steve Warman (19) and Ian Donald (38*) got the travelling side off to a good start before Ollie Dalrymple and Andrew Naylor went for a blob each. It was left to Ern Neville to finish the game off with Donald for the win which took the size up the league to 4th.

Sunday 20 May | Sunday XI vs Cople Argus | BCL2 | Home

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For the second time in a weekend a Waresley team was bowled out for under 100.  This time 98 all out against Cople Argus.  Simon Donald (15), Ern Neville (18) and Ollie Dalrymple (23) were the only batsmen to get starts.  In response Cople were never troubled making the runs for the loss of only one wicket in the 31st over.  The loss leaves Waresley 4th to bottom and wanting to avert a slide down the league tables.

Sunday 6 May | Sunday XI vs Flitwick | BCL2 | Home

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The Beds League finally got under way, and I lost my 1st toss, so Phil Gurney put us into bat. New man Jeetan Patel opening the batting because of the late arrival of Ian Donald, along with Ashwin Reddy, although they started slowly, they soon found their stride, Reddy falling eventually to a lofted square drive to point (8). Patel rode his luck throughout his innings being dropped no more than 8 times!! But carried on regardless batting up to the 37th over...a fleeting shower having made away with 2 overs from each innings...he finished on 87 with a very able 31 and 32 from Donald and Dalrymple to aid the cause and keep the scoreboard ticking, finally finishing up on 177 for 4.

Flitwick’s innnings got off to a flier, making the most of Hayden’s early wayward bowling, but Neville kept the runs down at one end, eventually Hayden hit his mark, Neville was the 1st to strike, getting one to nip off the seam and crash into the timbers of the Flitwick opener. Neville finishing his 1st spell with another wicket, this time taking a superb full length diving catch off his own bowling. Joe Colebrook took his place keeping things tight, while Hayden finished his full 9 wicket less but only going for 33...on came Peter Colebrook to slow things down and again tied the batsmen down, taking an easy catch off his own bowling, Colebrook Jnr was the next to strike getting the batsman to play on from a dribbler of a ball, a good catch from Hayden and sharp work behind the stumps from Naylor gave Peter his 3 wickets. A sharp deflection off his own bowling gave Reddy a run out, Gurney being run out backing up, a ball that gripped and spun gave Reddy his first and only wicket, and apart from some late big hitting from the Flitwick lower order they finished 9 short on 168 for 9. So, a 1st win for the Hayden/Colebrook combination, long may it continue, and onto Langford away, weather permitting!

May's Top Ten

Batting
1Jeetan Patelvs Flitwick (BCL2)87
2Dominic Farrvs Abington (TPL2)66
3Dominic Farrvs Fordham (TPL2)51
4Jamie Fensomevs Ufford Park (HL1)47
5Paul Fieldvs Weston Colville (TPL2)45
6Phil Masdinvs Ickwell (Friendly)45
7Ollie Dalrumplevs Langford (BCL2)44
8Simon Donaldvs Langford (BCL2)42
9Ian Donaldvs Sharnbrook (BCL2)38
10Simon Blowsvs Ickwell (Friendly)33


Bowling

1Pat Ellerbeckvs Ramsey (HL1)5 for 12
2Pete Colebrookvs Sharnbrook (BCL2)5 for 20
3Pat Ellerbeckvs Ufford Park (HL1)5 for 31
4Steve Hooleyvs Abington (TPL2)4 for 12
5Jim Keysvs Burghley Park (HL1)4 for 26
6Terry Haydenvs Sharnbrook (BCL2)4 for 26
7Phil Gillettvs Burghley Park (HL1)3 for 8
8Terry Haydenvs Barbraham (TPL2)3 for 9
9Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Weston Colville (TPL2)3 for 18
10Phil Gillettvs Ramsey (HL1)3 for 20

 

Rainy April's slim pickings!

Saturday 21 April | 1st XI vs Fordham | TPL2 | Home

On a mightily overcast day the promise of rain outweighed the promise of runs and wickets as Fordham travelled to Waresley for the opening league game of the season.  However, the well prepared pitch by Roger Bullen was also a well protected pitch under the Waresley Park Stud sponsored covers.

Being inserted into bat Waresley started the game and the season in promising style as seasoned skipper Steve Warman (23) and Simon Blows (21) put on a solid opening stand of 47 including a Warman cover drive which was described (also by Warman) as "better than anything you'll see at Lords this year" - high self-praise indeed! Warman and Blows departed on consecutive balls which led to a slump in the scoring rate as Paul Fields and Tucker League debutant, Dominic Farr set about rebuilding.  It wasn't field's day as he fell leg before for just 12 but with the appearance of Phil Masdin the run rate rose as first Masdin and then Farr set about the Fordham bowlers as the rain took the players on and off the field with too much regularity.

Masdin hit some fine shots in his 20 but the wet grass slowed the ball over the outfield depriving him of many boundaries.  Meanwhile Farr accumulated runs with increasing confidence.  Vice-captain Laurence Bosher, well known for enjoying a bit of champagne cricket was delighted to reach the crease with a solid base and instructions to increase the run rate.  He hit two sixes with the second being a contender for biggest hit of the season as it went 15 yards over the sightscreen.  Dominic Farr meanwhile completed a great debut by reaching his half century.  At 173 for 5 and only 5 balls to go after Bosher fell for 28 the rain came down and tea was taken leaving Jamie Fensome and Dominic Farr to come out after tea and try to take the score to the next bonus point at 180.  Fensome scored well to take 6 of the 5 balls but Farr fell for 53 and the team were left stranded after Ern Neville's air shot on the last ball.

Rain affected the Fordham response and they lost a wicket without even taking the field due to lost time in the game.Warman opted to take the old ball and throw it to Nigel Buckingham-Jones to open with some spin with Laurence Bosher getting the short straw to slog it up the hill at the other end.  Buckingham-Jones and Bosher both found a good length and line and the old ball proved hard to get away, especially with the wet ground boundaries were hard for Fordham to hit.

Waresley struck first due to poor running from the Fordham opener as Ern Neville contributed to his first wicket with a good throw to Steve Warman. Bosher then struck with a fine ball to bowl the new batsman.  Not to be undone Buckingham-Jones threw in a short pie amongst the considerably better stuff he was bowling only for Abbott to pull it to the warmed hands of Paul Fields.

More comings and goings due to rain were endured by both sides but there was still time in the game for Bosher to take a second wicket but at 54 for 5 the rain and the sheer time taken out of the game finally told and the game was abandoned with Fordham taking 9 points and Waresley 11.

Saturday 14 April | 1st XI vs Ickwell | Friendly | Home 

The first friendly match of the 2012 season took place at Waresley Park on Saturday.  With kit being taken out of mothballs and many, many jumpers being donned new overseas player Ern Neville from Melbourne was welcomed to the near arctic conditions of Waresley.

Having spent 24 hours to reach us Ern could claim to be a little tired before the game, but the other 10 players had no such excuse.  Waresley took the field though and didn't ever fully get into the game or the Ickwell batting.  It was a useful run out for the bowlers with Ern showing some pace with his left arm overs however all bowlers went at over 5 runs an over and noone troubled the sticks too much.  Ickwell went on to make 220-6 by the close of the 40 overs.  A worrying site was Simon Donald hobbling off after a dropped catch having irritated his recently operated on knee.

In response Waresley lost opener Dominic Farr for a duck and skipper Steve Warman shortly after.  Phil Masdin and Simon Blows steadied the ship with Masdin looking particularly good. Blows fell for 33 and Masdin for 47.  Ern showed he has some talent with the bat with a well struck 25 and Nigel Buckingham-Jones added 26 at the death as Waresley ended on 187 for 8.

Full side: Warman (cptn), Farr, Blows, Masdin, Bosher, Neville, S Donald (Fensome), J Colebrook, Nicholson, Buckingham-Jones, Hayden

2012 Overseas player - Welcome... Ern Neville

 

Meet Ern Neville from the Kingston Saints Cricket Club.   He's coming to play for Waresley CC and you'll be able to meet him in the flesh shortly.

He's a Left arm bowler, right hand bat.  His best bowling is the rather impressive figures of 7 for 3 although his father quantifies that by saying "against some no hopers in a school 1st 11 game".  His best with the bat is 73 so no mug there too.  Apparently he fancies himself as a  Mitch Johnson who can swing it!

We look forward to welcoming him to Waresley Park and hope that he has as enjoyable time as Brenton and demolishes some English batsmen in the Tucker League!

Bring it on!

 

Nat West CricketForce 2012

 

The 31st of March was NatWest Cricket Force day.  A day used to inspire cricket clubs gather their meagre resources, brush of the winter ennui,  open up the clubhouse and see what needs to be done to prepare us for this fine and promising season we're about to undertake!
In advance of the day Phil, the Club Secretary listed what we were going to do.  He said: 
  • re-carpet the pavilion
  • put, up the nets including the mobile net
  • running repairs and painting the sight screens
  • stain the benches and umpires shed
  • putting the covers on the covers.....
He's a bossy fella that Phil, and when backed up by the might of our own Chairman, Barry it's an unstoppable force.
The turn out may not have been quite the number hoped but there were, as ever, willing bodies and probably for the first time in our Cricket Force history I think we have achieved 100% of our objectives so well done people.



There are some ugly rumours flying around about how work shy the Website Editor/Press Officer was but I helped drink the tea, eat Linda's fine biscuits and take photographs, all essential elements to the day and tasks I am sure I will be reminded of during the season.

So, thanks Steve, Barry, Pat, Phil M, Nick, Simon D, Jim, Andy, Ian, Owen, Joe, Russell, Simon B, Roger, Nigel, Kevin, Phil G, Pete and those that turned up after I left or have forgotten!

Here's a sample of the day and there's more pictures on the club Facebook page.  Please upload any pictures you have or leave us a comment.



 

Well done Waresley County Players

Waresley has been supplying both Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire with quality young cricketers for many years and 2012 is no exception.  In fact the Waresley Colts have had their best season ever and massive congratulations are due to the following players: 

Under 17's
Dominic Farr (Hunts)
Under 15's
Ian Donald (Hunts)
Under 14's
Charlie Lewis (Cambs)
Matt Rogers (Hunts)
Seb Faux (Hunts)
Alfie Safford (Hunts)
Under 13's
Sacha Abbasi (Cambs)
Under 12's
Sam Burles (Hunts)
Under 11's Girls
Poppy Safford (Hunts)
Under 11's
Thomas Sheldon (Hunts)
Under 10's
Ben Jones (Hunts)
Jamie Baker (Hunts)
Corbin Abbasi (Hunts)

We must also thank Mandy Rogers, Andy Donald, Pat Ellerbeck, Nichola Donald and the rest of the coaching team at the club.

 

 

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