Waresley Cricket Club

Est 1869, Huntingdonshire

Annual General Meeting - The Results

The club AGM was held on 15 December and there weren't many changes of officers to report.  All non-playing sofficers were elected back into offic with the minimum of fuss, much to the relief of everyone, not least Chris at the Duncombe Arms who was hoping for a lucrative night behind the bar!

The real action happened on the playing side where for the first team Steve Warman defeated a fierce witter campaign known as #Warmanout, oddly initiated by himself, to remain in situ as the 1st XI captain.  Elected as his boy wonder is Laurence Bosher.

The 2nd XI helsman will be Waresley's Andrew Strauss, Chris Pierce in his first stint of captaining a Waresley side... congratulations and good luck Chris.  Playing Toto to Chris' Lone Ranger is the old warhorse Phil Gillett.  The veteran of more seasons in Hunts Cricket than almost anyone in Waresley history he will be staunch support for the new skipper.  The Sunday 1st XI vacated by Jamie Fensome has been taken by two people (insert obvious Rooney being the size of two people joke here).  Pete Colebrook and Terry Hayden will take up the challenge of trying to get the team back into Division 1.  The official tweet stated "Gawd help us" and I stand by that!  Seriously though it's great to see two young lads stand up to the plate so good luck in your efforts!

Adrian Miller is the final brave new entry to this list who (in his absence) was elected to skipper the Development Team.  We're delighted to have Adrian in this position for such a vital team so best of luck to you too Adrian.

For a complete list of officers see the Contact Us page and/or Officials.

2011 Waresley Cricket Club Awards Winners

At the recent Awards Dinner held at the Stratton House Hotel the following awards were handed out by club Chairman Barry Warman and Secretary Phil Masdin.  Well done to all our Waresley winners.

 1st XI Batting Matt Rawling 988 runs at 62
 1st XI Bowling Nigel Buckingham-Jones 40 wickets at 18.5
 2nd XI Batting Simon Blows 414 runs at 27
 2nd XI Bowling Simon Blows 32 wickets at 16.8
 Sunday Batting Brenton Alp 582 runs at 42
 Sunday Bowling Terry Hayden 17 wickets at 17
 Slater Mack Trophy
 Most outfield catches
 Brenton Alp 14 field catches
 Best 1st XI Performance Steve Lewis & Brenton Alp 188 partnership vs Godmanchester
 Worriker Rosebowl
 Best 2nd XI Performance
 Joe Colebrook 4 for 31 vs Alconbury
 Best Sunday XI Performance Brenton Alp 134 & 4 for 39 vs Potton
 John Gillett Shield
 Best Under 21 Performance
 Ian Donald 64 vs Eversholt

 Adams Trophy
 Most Improved Player

 Dominic Farr 
 Luke Knibbs Trophy
 Colts Batting
 Ian Donald 
 Paul Swannell Trophy
 Colts Bowling
 Owen Griffiths 
 Club Member of the Year Mandy Rogers 
 Lyndon Price Champagne Moment Steve Lewis One handed catch vs Newborough


Another Mo Bro - Laurence Bosher

Following from Simon Blows' Merv Hughes-like tash last year, Laurence Bosher sprouted an unsightly upper lip slug this year.  It was all part of Movember and it's a brilliant cause... during November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.You can still sponsor Bosh at his MoBro site.


September's Cricket

4 points in the last game against Huntingdon was enough to see the the second team to safety in Hunts Division 1 (see below for report) however not such good news was to be had for the Sunday team playing in Beds Division 1.   The rain washed out Sharnbrook vs Dunstable giving Dunstable 10 vital points which allowed them to overhaul Waresley and drop the Sunday XI into the final relegation slot.  The lack of a scorer cost the side 35 penalty points which clearly proved costly.  If there is a volunteer who would like to score next year then just let us know through the website.  Division 2 Bedfordshire cricket beckons next year.

1st XI vs Cambridge NCI (17 September)
The final league game of the season saw the 1st XI beat NCI in a rain affected game. Batting first NCI made 218 all out.  After a shower the target was reduced to 150 which was passed with ease for the loss of two wickets.  With Saffron Walden also winning Waresley finished third in the Tucker League Division 2 for the second year running, again just missing out on promotion to Division 1.    Scorecard

1st XI vs Barbraham (10 September)
Waresley just failed to press home their advantage in another close game.  Batting first Simon Donald was dismissed early for a duck, but then last week's centurion Matt Rawling and Paul Field set about the Babraham bowling.  Rawling was dismissed 4 short of his half century but Field went all the way for a maiden Waresley ton, finally falling for 104.  Brenton Alp (28) and Laurence Bosher (29) added useful runs as Waresley made a good 238 for 5.

Babraham, however, set about compiling their own spectacular partnership as openers Tom McNulty and Chris Palmer made a 95 opening partnership before Buckingham-Jones took McNulty for 47.  Palmer went on to make an undefeated century which ultimately robbed Waresley of the win as, after a Ashwin Reddy run out Laurence Bosher ripped the heart out of the innings with five wickets for 71 runs.  It wasn't enough however and down to the doggedness of Plamer Babraham hung on for the draw with 9 wickets down.  Waresley remain third in the Tucker Division 2Scorecard

Stat: Paul Field's maiden Waresley ton is the 100th highest innings for a Waresley player.  He is level with Myles Cordeux, Akeem Dodson, Dom Farr and Ashwin Reddy as players with one Waresley ton.

Stat: Laurence Bosher's five wicket haul is his 6th for Waresley. He's now level with Jim Keys and John Rice (record performance of 9 for 21) as the 15th highest 5 wicket haul taker.  His 5 for 71 is the seventh most expensive five wicket haul - only Steve Slater, Rod Kerr, Matt Knibbs and Rob Gillialand have conceded more in their triumphs.

1st XI vs Abington (3 September)
Waresley batted first and amassed a fine total of 242 for 9.  Waresley had a great start with a century partnership between Matt Rawling and Simon Donald.  Donald falling for 43 but Rawling going on to yet another century.  The rest of the batting chipped in with only Steve Hooley (18) making a significant contribution.  In response Abington were always just behind the rate but Waresley were not able to take the wickets to force a result as Abington ended on 227 for 6.  Nigel Buckingham-Jones being the best performer with 4 for 49.  Waresley remain in third place in the Tucker Division 2.     Scorecard

Stat: Matt Rawling's 4th century this season is his 5th in total taking him to equal 5th in Waresly history level with old boy Ken Darlow and with Steve Warman's 6 in his sights (although Steve claims 9 centuries).  He matches Vince Winn with the most centuries in one season which Vince achieved in 1994.

Matt Rawling walking the Inca Trail

Matt Rawling was a jolly good egg and walked the Inca Trail in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Tom Walker.  You can still help out and sponsor him at http://www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Rawling.  

Matt walked with Stuart Jackson and Simon Ball and completed the trail in Peru. It involved a 4 day walk through the Andes mountains to Machu Picchu.

They raised the money for Teenage Cancer Trust in loving memory of their much missed friend Tom Walker. Teenage Cancer Trust (Tom's chosen charity) is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and yound adults with cancer. Any donation would be greatly appreciated to help them reach their target of £1,000.

Waresley 500 Club Results 2011

Thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets for  our 500 club this year.  Special thanks go to John Gillettwho sold the lion's share of the tickets and Nick Greenfield for organising it.  And the winners are...


Week 1: Sunday 14 August
Bell Bazra (097) sold by John Gillett
£20 W Marshall (297) sold by John Gillett

Week 2: Sunday 21 August
 B Pilgrim (068) sold by John Gillett
£20 Jim Keys (431) sold by Jim Keys
Week 3: Sunday 28 August
Lesley Stephenson-Bee (375) sold by Nicola Donald
£20 Roy Dennis (223) sold by Pete Colebrook
Week 4: Sunday 4 September
Jim Keys (425) sold by Jim Keys
£20 Ed Noble (169) sold by Nicola Donald
Week 5: Sunday 11 September
A Meeks (?) sold by G Meeks
£100 Kim Tarbet (241) sold by Simon Blows



August's Cricket

1st XI vs Yaxley (27 August)
The new covers were not enough protection against the rain to save Saturday's game being abandoned.  There was, however, still time for Brenton Alp to add to his significant contribution with the bat this year.  A solid batting performance after a rare miss from run machine Matt Rawling who went for 9.  Steve Warman, making an unusual appearance as an opening bat, scored a useful 31 and Paul Field got a good start before falling for 19.  The innings was based around Alp's 78 giving him an impressive 1279 runs so far this season.  Phil Masdin and Steve Hooley both made starts and Jamie Fensome finished the innings off with 22*.  190 for 7 was a reasonable total but with impending clouds it never looked like the game would be completed.

Indeed that is just what happened.  After Phil Gillett took an early wicket thanks to the safe hands of Phil Masdin the heavens opened and no further play was possible.  The game was abandoned with Yaxley on 10 for 1.  The bonus points kept Waresley in third place in the Tucker Division 2.     Scorecard

2nd XI vs Huntingdon (27 August)
The second team needed good points and decent weather to avoid relegation from
Hunts League Div 1 on Saturday.  Neither particularly came!  Winning the toss and electing to bowl on a responsive pitch openers Joe Colebrook and Jim Keys in particular gave Waresley a good start.  Economical bowling from Keys whilst also taking three more wickets to end an excellent second half of the season for him.  Simon Blows replaced a slightly expensive Colebrook  and was also economical against the usual hard hitters of Huntingdon.  Then, at 84 for 5 off 25 overs the rains came down just as the spinners Pete Colebrook and Pat Ellerbeck were called upon.  After a lengthy stop and tea being taken Huntingdon had 6.2 overs to bat as the game was reduced to 32 overs.  In those overs they hit 70 runs for 1 wicket which made the run chase significantly harder than it may have been.

The run chase, for what it's worth never materialised.  Simon Donald batted very well for 50 before playing over one to be bowled but no-one else made significant contributions; only Jim Keys and Joe Colebrook in the rarified postion of batting at 8 made double figures as the team were bowled out for 100.  4 bonus points didn't seem enough, however good news came from Orton Park as they had lost to Alconbury and only gained 3 points leaving Waresley safe for Hunts 1 cricket next year.  A big relief all round!    Scorecard

Sunday 1st XI vs Eversholt (21 August)
The Sunday team lost their final league game of the season which leaves them just above the relegation zone and waiting on next week's results to determine their fate.  Batting first Waresley made 194 for 9 but it was never enough as Eversholt knocked off the runs for just three wickets.  The result leaves Waresley just 8 points above Dunstable and 13 above Lutonians so all eyes will be on Sharnbrook vs Dunstable and Ickwell vs Lutonian next Saturday.  If either manage a win it's Waresley relegated to Beds Div 2.      Scorecard

1st XI vs Castor (20 August)
The 1st XI lost to Castor.  Having made a poor 130 all out with Terry Hayden and evergreen Russell Nicholson putting on 30 together the bowlers did at least make a better first of it by taking 7 wickets before Castor notched up the runs to win.    Scorecard

2nd XI vs Warboys (20 August)
Put in to bat Waresley made hard work of their innings at Warboys.  Only Ian Donald really got to grips with a good 29 failed to capitalise on his good start by knocking up a simple caught and bowled.  Chris Pierce, in his final game as a single man, played a fine late cut a la Ian Bell for four before edging an identical cut to the keeper. Hopefully his wedding day next Saturday will go better.  Good luck Chris from all of us!  Simon Blowsbriefly threatened runs before falling LBW to the slow spin of Steve Hill but Blows' greatest feat was middling one pull squarly at Matthew Lavender's crotch who after a period of breathlessness was heard to gasp "I think I've burst a bo#%$ck!"  It wasn't until Pete and Joe Colebrook came together and for the second time in two weeks starred with the bat to give Waresley a very valuable bonus point as Joe made 20 and Pete 11 in an unbeaten stand of 33 taking the score up to a poor 115 but at least Waresley had batted out the innings and given the bowlers a chance to take wickets for bonus points even if the game was probably lost at tea.

With only 115 to defend good bowling was called for and a fine, if wicketless spell from Joe Colebrook (7 overs for 25) and Jim Keys (1 for 26 off 9) got Waresley off to a reasonable start.  A sharp run out by Joe Colebrook and Ian Donald accounted for the next wicket.  Each of the other bowlers chipped in with a wicket apiece: Pete Colebrook with another good spell, Pat Ellerbeck and Simon Blows.  Owen Griffiths then got his first chance of a 2nd XI bowl and took 2 for 8 in just 9 runs, including his final ball for 3 which won Warboys the match and quite possibly the league.  Waresley's 4 points were enough to keep them two above Orton and six behind Alconbury in the relegation dogfight.  Saturday sees Waresley take on Huntingdon and, interestingly Orton take on Alconbury.       Scorecard

Top 10 performances this month


1Matt Rawlingvs Fulbourn Institute (TPL2)151*
2Brenton Alpvs Potton Town (BCL1)134
3Matt Rawlingvs Godmanchester II (TPL2)102*
4Brenton Alpvs Yaxley (TPL2)78
5Chris Piercevs Barnack (HL1)59
6Nick Kumpukkalvs Sharnbrook (BCL1)45
7Laurence Boshervs Fulbourn Institute (TPL2)43*
8Andrew Jakesvs Sharnbrook (BCL1)41
9Ashwin Reddyvs Godmanchester II (TPL2)39
10Brenton Alpvs Fulbourn Institute (TPL2)39



1Terry Haydenvs Castor (TPL2)4 for 27
2Pete Colebrookvs Ramsey (HL1)4 for 39
3Brenton Alpvs Potton Town (BCL1)4 for 39
4Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Godmanchester II (TPL2)3 for 46
5Joe Colebrookvs Barnack (HL1)3 for 47
6Jim Keysvs Barnack (HL1)3 for 63
7Terry Haydenvs Godmanchester II (TPL2)3 for 65
8Owen Griffithsvs Warboys (HL1)2 for 8
9Pat Ellerbeckvs Ramsey (HL1)2 for 24
10Jim Keysvs Ramsey (HL1)2 for 32


Sunday 1st XI vs Potton (15 August)
One of the best games of the season saw a pile of runs and a game that went right to the wire with both teams still able to win the game with two balls to go.  Batting first Waresley amassed a huge 259 for 8 with Simon Donald getting a good start before falling for 32, Jamie Fensome a leasurely 19 and Steve Warman 21.  However the innings was built around Brenton Alps' third, and largest, century.  Alps' hard hitting innings of 134 was the driving force of the innings and there's no better way to get over the disappointment of last week's double zeros!

Defending 259 would seem a simple task but after Sharnbrook chased down over 260 this was by no means a foregone conclusion.  Joe Colebrook got the very dangers Sean Stevens out for 2 and followed it up with taking the other opener for 12.  Then Dan Hall mounted the Potton comeback with a century of his own, backed up well by Sam Worthington (39).  Pete Colebrook took Worthington and Alp accounted for Hall.  Howlett (43) and Taylor (21) took the score up to in dangerous territory and with two wickets in the hutch Potton looked favourite.  But Alps finished off his fine game by taking two more wickets to finish on 4 and with a Dan Walker run out Potton fell just 3 runs short off the penultimate ball.  Excellent stuff indeed.  It also gives Waresley a bit of daylight at the bottom of the Beds 1 Scorecard

Stat: Brenton Alps' 134 was his highest for Waresley and also his third bringing him level with Crazy James Collings, Phil Masdin and Phil Gillett.  It was the 5th highest Sunday century and he now has the 5th and 6th highest Sunday scores.  It is also the 23rd highest recorded Waresley century.

1st XI vs Fulbourn Institute (14 August)
In a remarkably high scoring game Waresley batted first and made 265 for 3 declared with Matt Rawling dominating the batting with a Waresley top 10 score of 151*.  Matt was supported throughout by solid support batting from Simon Donald, Paul Field, Brenton Alp and finally Laurence Bosher making 41*.  Declaring early 265 certainly seemed a total league-languishers Fulbourn would struggle to make.

Fulbourn, however had other ideas.  Hodgson and Kindred got them off to an excellent start before Terry Hayden struck first.  Buckingham-Jones then took a wicket but James Mynott was putting together an excellent innings of his own and with 97* he guided Fulborn to the required total for the loss of just 3 wickets. With Saffron Walden losing the 1sts are still in promotion position in the Tucker Div 2 though.     Scorecard

Stat: Matt's 151* was a big one! It was the =9th highest score in recorded Waresley history.  It is also the 3rd highest in 1st XI history.  It takes him onto 4 Waresley centuries with legendary company: Steve Hooley, David Sharp, Keegan Ridgeway and Nick Adams.

2nd XI vs Ramsey (14 August)
The 2nd XI needed a good result against Ramsey to ease relegation worries but things looked bad as Ramsey openers Elliot Caferkey and Pete Youds set about the Waresley attack, especially the out of sorts Simon Blows.  Joe Colebrook was far better down the hill but the breakthrough only came after the bowling change as Phil Masdin snatched a good catch off Jim Keys.  Joe Colebrook then took a ricochet catch off his own rib cage from his brother, Pete.  Keys and Pete Colebrook kept up the pressure with excellent spells with Colebrook taking 4 wickets for 39.  Masdin made up for an earlier drop by taking two further catches and Blows took three himself.  Pat Ellerbeck and Joe Colebrook took wickets at the end and the 7th, 8th and 9th wickets all fell on 144.  A good 10th wicket partneship, however, took the Ramsey score up to 177.

Waresley lost Jamie Fensome quickly and Chris Pierce shortly after leaving them on 26 for 2.  Ian Donald looked very good batting at three and played some great shots through midwicket.  He had a good partnership of 34 with token first teamer Phil Masdin who was LBW for 5.  Simon Blows then had a moment of madness and ran out the in-form Ian Donald for 25 before mistiming a cut to be bowled for 18 leaving the side on 97 for 6.  Owen Griffiths added his customary 0.  Pat Ellerbeck was also out for a duck having got the first valuable batting bonus point leaving Pete and Joe Colebrook to make an excellent 10th wicket stand of their own to reach 129 and a second batting point meaning Waresley outscored both relegation rivals Alconbury and Orton Park to pull narrowly out of the relegation zone in Hunts 1.   Scorecard 

Sunday 1st XI vs Sharnbrook (8 August)
The Sunday 1sts look like having a battle like the 2nd XI to avoid relegation from the Beds Division 1 after a second loss to Sharnbrook.  The bowling was never incisive enough as Simon Pritchard made 106 before Brenton Alp snatched him off Terry Hayden for the first of his two wickets.  Despite 3 early wickets to Hayden and Charlie Sorensen Pritchard and Amran Nawaz followed by Zardad Khan took the score up to an imposing 249 for 6.

The response was solid but never dynamic enough to reach the required total.  Simon Donald made 24, Dominic Farr 20, Nick Kumpukkal 45, Steve Warman 27 and Hatley powerhouse Andrew Jakes 41 but still the team finished 41 runs short when Pete Colebrook was out last man.  The loss slipped the boys back down into the relegation zone of Beds Division 1    Scorecard

1st XI vs Godmanchester II (6 August)
Haven't quite written a report for this one but Matt Rawling got a ton in an excellent 6 wicket win which moved the first team into promotion position in the Tucker League Div 2.  Any offers for a report from someone who was there? - send it in!   

Stat: Matt Rawling's 102* was his third century for Waresley making him the =10th most prolific century maker in Waresley history, level with such luminaries as Lyndon Price, Lord Phil Masdin, Mad & Bad James Coillings and the Gargoyle Phil Gillett.  102* was the 110th highest recorded century. 

2nd XI vs Barnack (6 August)
Yet again the 2nds were in a must win situation but in a frustrating game Waresley's lack of batting dynamicism was exposed.  Winning the toss for a change Barnack were wisely inserted and tight bowling from Joe Colebrook and Simon Blows meant Barnack were only scoring at under 3 an over from the first 10.  Joe Colebrook took the wicket of opener Hussain.  Wickets came after the first change of bowling with a resurgent Jim Keys taking 3 more to add to last week's 6 wickets, 2 of which were caught and bowled including the sticky Gary Scotcher. However when Javed and Ali came together they played a match turning partnership.  Trying their arm they put on a swift 60 which certainly wasn't chanceless, Simon Blows putting down the most glaring of misses!  Blows atoned for his error by bowling Ali the over after.  Good tail end bowling kept the score down to 202 when it looked like it could be 20 or so more.

Waresley lost Ian Donald swiftly, miss timing a turn to leg side tio be caught in gulley! Dom Farr looked assured before playing over a good slow ball and Blows had a first failure in a while shortly after.  Debutant Kamran Abassi showed glimpsesof past glories with a sweet cut for 4 but perished shortly afterwards.  Chris Pierce however steadily accumulated runs with some devastating pulls and finished on an impressive 59.  Nick Greenfield and man of the match, Jim Keys put on useful runs to ensure Waresley made 150 for valuable bonus points but ultimately Waresley just lacked a batsman or two that could score at the required rate to chase down 200.  This loss left the second team back in the drop zone but level on points with Orton Park and closed the gap to 6 points with Alconbury so all is not lost yet!  Scorecard


July's Cricket

Sunday 1sts XI vs Lutonian (31 July)
The Sunday 1sts XI, led by Jamie Fensome took a valuable step in avoiding relegation by beating Lutonians by 6 wickets.  The win takes them two places above the Beds Division 1 relegation zone but only by 7 points so more wins are needed to avoid the drop.     Scorecard

1st XI vs Newborough (30 July)
Haven't quite written a report for this one - any offers - send it in!   

2nd XI vs Orton Park (30 July)
An eagerly awaited relegation battle was greeted with warm weather and a hard track and on winning the toss Orton Park had no hesitation in batting.  This decision looked to be unwise as Jim Keys, in a unfamiliar role of bowling down the hill took two quick wickets, the first caught behind by Charlie Lewis and the second a great reflex catch by Dom Farr in the slips.  At 8 for 2 things looked very rosy for Waresley but unbeknown to them Nick Bradbury was coming in for his first league game of the season and new player Bharroth Puttur also came to the crease.  Bradbury played one of the best knocks Waresley have seen this year and Puttur chanced his arm at every occassion for a rapid 39 before playing over a yorker by Dipesh Patel.  Sam Tyler also put bat to ball for a good 40 before Simon Blows bowled him.  Jim Keys finally removed Bradbury for 98 with a slower ball, well caught (after a juggle) by Blows in the deep. With Bradbury gone Keys ripped through the weak Orton Park tail and finished with figures of 6 for 42 but the damage had been done with Orton finishing on 222 for 9.

A good start came from Ian Donald (25) and George Richards, playing his first game for Waresley 2nds.  After Donald fell, Dom Farr followed him shortly after.  Blows then put on a useful partnership with Richards for the third wicket but with the run rate rising slowly by the time Richards was out for 58 and Blows for 52 in successive balls there was just a bit much to do.  Steve Lewis tried gazmely had with 2 big sixes there was always hope but as he fell in the last over for 31 Waresley came up 9 runs short.  The 9 bonus points gained leave Waresley 11 points above the drop zone occupied by Orton Park and also only 8 points behind Alconbury so all is not lost yet!  Scorecard

Stat: Jim Key's 6 for 42 was the 110th best recorded Waresley return and 29th best 2nd XI return. It was Key's sixth five wicket haul for Waresley making him the equal 15th highest Waresley five wicket haul taker, equal with John Rice.

Top 10 performances this month


1Brenton Alpvs Sharnbrook (BCL1)90
2Paul Fieldvs Newborough (TPL2)77
3Simon Donaldvs Lutonian (BCL1)65
4George Richardsvs Lutonian (BCL1)65
5Simon Blowsvs Eaton Socon (HL1)62
6Brenton Alpvs Cambridge N.C.I. (TPL2)60
7George Richardsvs Orton Park (HL1)58
8Charlie Sorensenvs Dunstable (BCL1)53
9Matt Rawlingvs Newborough (TPL2)52
10Simon Blowsvs Orton Park (HL1)52



1Jim Keysvs Orton Park (HL1)6 for 42
2Pete Colebrookvs Old Eastonians (HL1)4 for 12
3Pat Ellerbeckvs Eaton Socon (HL1)4 for 12
4Pete Colebrookvs Lutonian (BCL1)4 for 40
5Terry Haydenvs Dunstable (BCL1)4 for 46
6Simon Blowsvs Barnack (HL1)4 for 53
7Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Weston Colville (TPL2)3 for 4
8Joe Colebrookvs Eaton Socon (HL1)3 for 18
9Pat Ellerbeckvs Old Eastonians (HL1)3 for 20
10Terry Haydenvs Weston Colville (TPL2)2 for 16


Sunday 1st XI vs Dunstable (26 July)
Waresley were in desperate need of a win going into Sunday's clash with Dunstable.  Batting first and opening with brothers Simon and Ian Donald Waresley got off to a steady start with a fifty partnership. Simon going for 36 and Ian 43.  Charlie Sorensen hobbled his way to 53 before Brenton Alp came in a pushed up the run rate with a brisk 42 full of aggresive cross bat whacks!  Steve Warman helped the score up to 215 with a last minute knock of 13.  215 though looked par at best on a good track for batting - the covers once again doing their job midweek resulting in a hard dry wicket.
It was an even contest in the field with Terry Hayden once again taking first blood with an early wicket but good partnerships from Dunstable always kept them up with the run rate.  Hayden again struck to end up with 4 wickets and Pete Colebrook took an important early wicket of Peter Treharne.  Nik Patel chipped in with two middle order wickets and as the game progressed Dunstable just started to fall away, ending on 200 for 8 off their 45 overs.  The win leap frogged Waresley over Sharnbrook to climb out of the relegation zone in Beds Div 1Scorecard 

1st XI vs Weston Colville (25 July)
Waresley had an excellent win against league strugglers Weston Colville on Saturday.  Fielding first it didn't take long for Terry Hayden to strike as he removed Trevor Westley for jut 2 with the score on 13.  Things didn't get any better for Weston, in fact they went downhill as Heyden struck again shortly after followed by a swift bit of fielding by Phil Gillett to run out Adam Taylor.  Steve Hooley chipped in with a wicket before Nigel Buckingham-Jones returned his best figures for the season: 3 for 4 off 6 overs taking the scalp of Peter Bragg, Weston's only significant contributor with the bat.  The last three wickets fell for just three runs leaving Weston bowled out for a very poor 73.

An opening stand of 23, of which Matt Rawling made 20 set Waresley on the way to victory.  Rawling fell LBW to Westley followed by Simon Donald who had made 26.  Returning player, Laurence Bosher made 10 before Brneton Alp finished off the game with a cheeky not out.  A simple win which helped maintain the pressure on promotion rivals Castor and Saffron Walden.   Scorecard

2nd XI vs Eaton Socon (25 July)
The Second team got back to winning ways with a fine display against local rivals Eaton Socon.  The first highlight of the day came at the toss, with both captains desperate to win and bowl the coin came down... on its side! After the re-toss Waresely were inserted ona sticky, tricky wicket but things didn't go well at all.  Opener, Ian Donald went for 8 followed swiftly by lead run-scorer Dominic Farr for only 1.  Chris Pierce fell with the score at only 22, all three wickets to the young Adam Newman.  Nick Greenfield hung around for a little longer and gave a false hope of recovery before falling to DeSilva's fine off spin.  Ben Evans, Steve Lewis and Owen Griffiths did likewise leaving Waresley on 69 for 7 and facing a severe defeat.  Thankfully Simon Blows was putting together a dogged knock and kept accumulating runs in an increasingly brisk fashion.  Finally two partnerships of 30 with Pat Ellerbeck and then Pete Colebrook took the score to a combative 140.

Taking the field Joe Colebrook opened with what was probably the worst over of the season which was saved by Ian Donald's fine fielding at cover.  His next over was an excellent one but in making a diving stop off a hard Bob Nicklin drive Blows earned an impressive bruise shaped like Ayers Rock for his efforts.  Ice and a sit down was required!  Joe Colebrook meanwhile set about ripping the heart out of the home side's batting with 6 overs of near perfect seam bowling, taking the wickets of Terry Day, Ryan Brown and Carl Baker - all very well caught by Ben Evans, sadly playing his last game for the season as he heads off down under for 11 months.  With the top order gone only Bob Nicklin stuck around as Pat Ellerbeck took 4 wickets and Pete Colebrook tucked in with 2 thanks to excellent catching from the very reliable Steve Lewis to dismiss Eaton for just 72.  17 points for the win eased the pressure at the foot of Hunts Division 1.    Scorecard


Sunday 1st XI vs Blunham (17 July)
After a wash out of a Saturday we were hoping for a good result under clear skies on Sunday.  Skipper, Jamie Fensome took an excellent team over to Blunham and were put into bat after losing the toss.  Things didn't get much better however as the team struggled on a wet wicket with only Dominic Farr and the skipper himself making over 40.  Fensome being dismissed in the unusual fashion of obstructing the field.  After 41 overs Waresley had made a sub-par 135 for 9.

In response the wicket looked considerably easier as bowler after bowler made no in roads.  Fensome bowled 7 different bowlers but only Ashwin Reddy broke the teams duck as Blunham cruised to 136 for 1 in just 17.2 overs.  The poor defeat dumped Waresley squarly in the relegation zone of Beds Division 1 for the first time this season.    Scorecard

Sunday 1st XI vs Ickwell (10 July)

The Sunday 1st XI had a very disappointing result to local rivals Ickwell.   Winning the toss and electing to bat it wasn't a pretty picture as three of the first four batsmen failed to trouble the scorers.  Only Brenton Alp (36) made anything near a significant contribution as the team made a miserly 117 in a game shortened to 30 overs by rain.

In responce Ickwell made short work of it winning by a full 10 wickets.  The defeat leaves Waresley only 3 points above the relegation zone at the foot of Beds League Div 1 making last week's loss to fellow strugglers Sharnbrook look rather vital.    Scorecard

1st XI vs Saffron Walden (9 July)
The first team had a disappointing reversal to title contenders Saffron Walden.   Winning the toss and electing to bat things didn't go to plan as Simon Donald was dismissed first, followed by fellow opener Ashwin Reddy.  Run Machine Brenton Alp had a rare failure as he siappeared for a duck.  Paul Field helped the score tick over with a good 30.  Phil Masdin and newly returned Laurence Bosher put together a 69 partnership to take the score to 138 for 5.  Skipper Warman went without challenging the scorers but Steve Hooley also put on 39* to take the score up to a competative 205.

In the field Waresley were never in it.  A sound opening stand of 41 was broken by a Nigel Buckingha-Jones run out and Ashwin Reddy took the only bowlers wicket of the afternoon as Saffron Walden made the total for the lost of just 2 wickets.  A bad day at the office which sees Saffron Walden overtake Waresley for the second promotion slot in the Tucker League Div 2.   Scorecard

2nd XI vs Barnack (9 July)
The seconds nothed up their first score of 200 for the season but ultimately fell just short at home to Barnack.  Batting first Jamie Fensome and Ian Donald had a fine opening stand of 75 before Donald was caught.  Fensome rode his luck and attached with his usual bravado scoring a useful 41.  Dominic Farr and Simon Blows came together at 87 for 2 and Farr struggled early in his innings but midway through found his touch and made a fine 42 including a magnificent tuck off his legs for 6 making him the most prolific six hitter in the 2nd XI.  Blows made 48 before heaving across a straight one in the late run to make quick runs.  With Farr also falling wickets were sacrificed to reach 200 which the team just succeeded in doing thanks to a glove for two by Nick Greenfield.

Defending 200 for the first time this season Waresley didn't need to Barnack to get off to the flyer that they did. Steve Bast in particular drilled the ball hard and straight and Gary Scotcher also added fluently to the runs with Joe Colebrook and Jim Keys suffering.  It was only with the introduction of Pat Ellerbeck's spin that a breakthrough was made as Best couldn't resist the boundary and Joe Colebrook took a fine catch in the deep.  Simon Blows then found excellent movement from the seam and was a handful for the batsmen.  Taking four wickets, three very well caught by wicket keeper, Ben Evans and the fourth by the safe hands of Nick Greenfield at first slip.  At this stage Waresley were getting on top.  However Scotcher was a permanent thorn in the side and his dogged 84 before Evans added to his tally guided Barnack to victory with 13 balls remaining.   With Orton Park losing to Old Eastonians Waresley are now 8 points above the relegation zone but it's tightening up at the bottom of Hunts 1.     Scorecard

Sunday 1st XI vs Sharnbrook (3 July)
An awesomely high scoring game saw Sharnbrook defeat Jamie Fensome's Sunday 1st XI by 4 wickets.  Batting first on a warm day and a delightfully dry and hard barsman's pitch Waresley hit a season high of 160 for 9 with Brenton Alp scoring 90.  It was a total Waresley were quite confident of defending.  However some excellent batting from Sharnbrook steadily brought the total into view.  In the 43rd over they made it and turned an unlikely chase into reality and toppled Waresley from the top of Beds League Div 1.     Scorecard

1st XI vs Cambridge N.C.I. (2 July)
The 1st XI had a disapointing loss to the Cambridge side.  Waresley batted first making just 150 and N.C.I. were never in any problams as they cruised to the total for the loss of just 4 wickets.  Waresley remain second in the Tucker Division 2 although Saffron Walden have closed the gap with a win over Fulbourn Institute.    Scorecard

2nd XI vs Old Eastonians (2 July)
The 2nd XI had a comfortable win over league strugglers Old Eastonians.  Losing the toss and being put in the field Waresley opened up well with Joe Colebrook particularly bowling well taking the scalps of Eastonians best two batsmen in consecutive balls. The first to a fine slip catch by Chris Pierce and the second a first baller for Andy Holyoak to a great Colebrook yorker.  Blows chipped in with one wicket before the spin "twins" Pat Ellerbeck and Pete Colebrook tied up the game by taking the next 7 wickets between them (Colebrook 4 and Ellerbeck 3) for just 32 runs cumulative of their bowling.  Eastonians had been dismissed for a poor 91 on what looked like a 250 pitch.

In response, a solid start from Ian Donald and Chris Pierce put on 25 before Donald was LBW.  Pierce and Dominic Farr then never looked back as they put on the 68 more runs to win and deprive Eastonians of a solitary point.  With Orton Park losing Waresley have again pulled themselves out of the relegation zone - even if it is only just!    Scorecard

June's Cricket

1st XI vs Yaxley (25 June)
The 1st XI had a comfortable win over Yaxley to maintain second place in the Tucker Div 2.  Solid batting from the team on a dodgy wicket with Brenton Alp leading the way with an excellent 41, ably supported by Paul Field (24) and old stagers Masdin and Warman (16 apiece) took Waresley to 156 all out.  This may have looked a little worrying but skipper Steve Warman bravely claimed it was 50 too many!  He was wrong, as it turned out - Yaxley fared even worse being dismissed for a paltry 85.  Castor and Saffron Walden also won maintaining the status quo at the top of Tucker Division 2.    Scorecard

2nd XI vs Huntingdon (25 June)
15 for 3 isn't exactly the ideal start to a cricket match but that's the position Waresley found themselves after being put into bat.  Consolidation was needed and that's what Simon Blows and Chris Pierce gave them.  Blows taking a collossal 22 balls to actually get off the mark!  The pair put on 115 for the 4th wicket and when Pierce fell Ben Evans added a real impetus to the scoring with a quick fire 21* off 19 balls. 171 didn't look enough on a belting track kept dry by the new, and quite excellent, covers despite the recent weather.

In response Huntingdon were never really in any trouble and consistently stayed well ahead of the run rate.  A crucial drop by Blows off Nick Kumpukkal proved costly and despite reasonable bowling the fielding was a little off par and Huntingdon cruised to victory in a shade under 36 overs.    Scorecard

Minor Stat: Blows & Pierce's 115 partnership is 3rd highest 2nd team 4th wicket partnership (I told you it was minor!). It's the club's 141st highest partnership and Blows' 8th and Pierce's 2nd. 

Top 10 performances for June 


1Matt Rawlingvs Saffron Walden (TPL2)95
2Brenton Alpvs Southill Park (East Beds Shld)87
3Ashwin Reddyvs Abington (TPL2)76*
4Nick Kumpukkalvs Kempston Hammers (BCL1)67
5Paul Fieldvs Castor (TPL2)60
6Dan Szwajbakvs Kimbolton (HC)59*
7Simon Blowsvs Huntingdon (HL1)58
8Steve Warmanvs Eaton Socon (Butcher Cup)56
9Chris Piercevs Huntingdon (HL1)53
10Simon Blowsvs Ramsey (HL1)52



1Simon Blowsvs Old Eastonians (HL1)6 for 9
2Brenton Alpvs Potton (TPL2)5 for 42
3Terry Haydenvs Kimbolton (HC)4 for 22
4Terry Haydenvs Saffron Walden (TPL2)4 for 28
5Steve Hooleyvs Castor (TPL2)4 for 64
6Terry Haydenvs Abington (TPL2)4 for 66
7Terry Haydenvs Yaxley (TPL2)3 for 23
8Nick Kumpukkalvs Kempston Hammers (BCL1)3 for 24
9Phil Gillettvs Yaxley (TPL2)3 for 28
10Ashwin Reddyvs Kempston Hammers (BCL1)3 for 28


Midweek XI vs Kimbolton (21 June)
The midweek team, bolstered by a couple of Fensomes and a Szwajbak comfortably beat Kimbolton in the Huntingdon 20Twenty Cup.  Fielding first the "Wickwell" team, if you like got off to a great start with Terry Hayden continuing on the wicket train by dismissing the top 4.  Only Mathew Aldwinkle put up much of a fight with a rearguard 33 before Ross Fensome polished off the tail.

In response despite Steve Warman and Brenton Alp going cheaply the Ickwell contingent saw the team home with Dan Szwajbak unbeaten on 59 scoring the winning runs after only 11 overs.     Scorecard

Sunday 1sts vs Kempston Hammers (19 June)
The Sunday team had yet another cracking game to go top of Beds Division 1.  Thanks to a swashbuckling innings of 67 from Nick Kumpukkal Waresley managed to set Kempston Hammers a score of 160 all out off 34 overs.   This looked under par and good bowling was required to bowl out the visitors.  Ashwin Reddy completing a good weekend by taking 3 wickets and Kumpukkal again taking 3 for himself.  Kempston for the main part of the game seemed in control but Charlie Sorensen took the final wicket with Kempston still six short of the Waresley total. An awesome win and giving the Waresley boys a real shot at promotion, although they have played two games more than second placed Ickwell.    Scorecard

1sts vs Abington (18 June)
On a severely rain affected day for the region's cricket clubs to get in a full game was a real advantage - especially if you win!  Winning the toss and putting in visiting Abington Steve Warman's decision was justified immediately as Terry Hayden removed opener James Webb for just 2, Simon Donald taking the first of his three catches.  Stuart Duquemin and David Pimlett then set about building a solide foundation but both fell just short of their half centuries.  Good bowling from Hayden who ended with 4 wickets and miserly stuff as usual from Phil Gillett and Nigel Buckingham-Jones reducing the visitors to 174 for 9 from their 45 overs.

Matt Rawlings had a rare failure being stumped for 2 at the start of Waresley's response but Ashwin Reddy made a fine 76 not out and together with Phil Masdin (39*) they steered Waresley to the revised target of 146 to win the game.  With Saffron Walden rained out Waresley opened up a bit of daylight between themselves in second Place in the Tucker Division 2.    Scorecard 

2nds vs Old Eastonians (18 June)
Rain put paid to this game after just 13.2 overs but there was still time for excitement! In yet another lesson for Joe Colebrook he discovered that life simply isn't fair!  Joe bowled another excellent opening spell with no reward. Meanwhile, at the other end Simon Blows, it seemed, only needed to send up any kind of filth to take a wicket.  After a rain interrupted first over Blows' first ball of the second over was a hideous - and I really mean hideous - half tracker which was obligingly steered into Ian Donald's hands.  Three balls later a better ball was driven into Owen Griffith's hands.  Blows' next over was another short ball steered to the waiting Dominic Farr who just snatched it before it was grassed followed a good ball popping back for a caught and bowled.  Blows' fifth was a rank long hop smighted into the considerably large hands of Steve Lewis and the sixth the best ball edged to the waiting hands of Charlie Lewis behind the sticks.  At 41 for 6 Waresley were very disappointed when the rains came and washed away the probable victory.  At least the 10 points gained took Waresley out of the relegation zone in Hunts Div 1.    Scorecard   

Stat: Blows' 6 for 9 was the 52nd best Waresley return and his third 5 wicket haul bringing him level which legend-in-the-waiting Joe Colebrook and 1st team speedster Chris Whitfield.  It was also the 350th recorded Waresley 5 wicket haul.  Consecutive double-wicket maidens is probably some kind of record too!

1sts vs Saffron Waldon (11 June)
Batting first, Matt Rawling and newly returned from Australia and the Far East, Simon Donald put on an excellent opening stand with Rawling going on to fall frustratingly 5 short of his century.  However with none else making significant contributions Waresley didn't make the 200+ they had hoped for, The home side ended on 199 for the loss of 9 wickets.  Excellent bowling from the quartet of Waresley bowlers - Nigel Buckingham-Jones, Terry Hayden, Steve Hooley and Phil Gillet saw the visitors bowled out for just 152.  The win left Waresley more secure in 2nd place in the Tucker Division 2.    Scorecard     

2nds vs Ramsey (11 June)
Taking the field and with Ramsey 119 for 1 off 25 overs it seemed that Waresley would be chasing a large score.  However economical bowling from Pat Ellerbeck and Pete Colebrook and great fielding from the young legs of the majority of the team reduced Ramsey to 198 all out.  Pete Colebrook being the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 49 and Ben Evans christening Simon Blows the "tail stalker" as he took 2 for 5 in just 1.4 overs at the end!

Semi-unwilling opener Andrew Naylor got the team off to a great start with Ian Donald and for the first time this season scored at over 4 an over for the first 10. Naylor adding 13 before he fell to an expansive hook. Donald going shortly afterwards for a good 26.  Blows and Dominic Farr then set about building on the foundation with a solid 40 before Farr fell LBW.  This precipitated a mini-collapse as Ben Evans went for 4 and Nik Patel for a golden.  Owen Griffiths hung around for 8 before amusingly going for a wander off a wide and being stumped.  Jim Keys, back in a match winning position at number 8 then batted excellently as Blows continued on to a captain's innings of 52.  When Blows finally holed out up stepped Pat Ellerbeck to clout a six and four in the penultimate over leaving three to win of the last over.  Three scrambled runs later Waresley had a fine win that took the 2nds closer to Orton Park in the safety zone at the bottom of Hunts League Div 1.    Scorecard

Midweek XI vs Southill Park (10 June)
An awesome 87 off 39 balls saw Waresley ease into the East Beds Shield Semi Final.   Scorecard

Sunday 1sts vs Potton (4 June)
Stat: That man Brenton Alp again... this time with the ball. Brenton's 5 for 42 is Waresley's 283rd highest five wicket or better recorded return. It's Brenton's first 5 wicket haul putting him level with other overseas players, Keegan Ridgeway and Frikkie Hefer and one behind leading overseas bowlers Rob Gilliland and Teenie Marie.

1sts vs Castor (3 June)
A top of the table clash at Castor was eagerly awaited and it was seen as a vital game for Waresley to maintain their title challenge.  Batting first on a typical Castor wicket Waresley made a useful 201 all out.  It looked like it would be touch and go whether that was a defendable score.  In response Castor crept up to a nerve shredding 192 for 8, where Waresley just couldn't take the last two wickets for the win and Castor couldn't get the extra 10 runs for victory leaving a draw which Waresley edged the points 14 to 10.  Waresley remain in second in the Tucker 2nd Division

2nds vs Alconbury (3 June)
Finally, skipper Blows won the toss and on a warm day opted to bowl first.  Sitting at the bottom of the division without a win to their name the 2nds desperately needed a positive result to maintain contact.  Jim Keys took his opportunity to bowl probably his best spell of the season with 10 overs 2 for 20.  It was an example of how to bowl up the hill, extract maximum bounce and movement from the fabled Waresley ridge.  Down the hill Joe Colebrook again showed the improvement he's made and despite the occassional short ball picked up a wicket at the tail end of his spell.  Brother, Pete Colebrook also chose this moment to bowl his best spell of the season.  With excellent control and variation he tied down the visiting Alconbury players and ended with 12 overs 2 for 30.  Now having accepted his up the hill role Simon Blows also put in a fine spell of 11 overs 3 for 36 and Waresley had reduced Alconbury to 134 all out.

So the batsmen went out with a degree of confidence, only needing less than 3 an over to take their first win.  Keys and Donald got off to a solid start before Keys departed leaving the sight we've seen all season of Ian Donald and Dom Farr at the wicket.  This time though it wasn't to last as both got starts but both disappeared for 23 and 13 respectively.  Simon Blows, on the back of two consecutive ducks was possibly not the man for a tense situation but despite some early loose shots began to find form and as wickets tumbled the other end including Charlie Lewis' replacement Ben Evans and an injured Phil Masdin, out first ball to Andy Don... I mean Shaun Hubbard in a disputed LBW! So much for having a first teamer in your team!  Blows, however kept on accumulating runs and got the score to within 10 before holing out and leaving a half crippled Nick Greenfield wondering what all the fuss was to hit 9 off his 5 balls to win the game and take Waresley off the bottom.    Scorecard    

New Colts sponsor... Don Airey

We'd just like to say a very big thank you to Don Airey's Gransden Blues and Soul who have made a very kind donation to the club's Colts section.  For those of you that don't know (and I'm sure that's the whole of the Colts section!) Don is a member of rock legends Deep Purple and over 35 years has been in Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore and Black Sabbath amongst many, many more. He also plays blues and soul with local lads Gransden Blues and Soul.  Thanks lads!

May's cricket

Sunday 1sts vs Dubstable (29 May)
The Sunday team had a fine win against a strong Dunstable side.  Batting first Waresley made 228 for 8.  The cornerstone of the score was a second century from that man Brenton Alp showing he's come to terms with our slow green wickets over here!  He certainly seems to be enjoying it now.  228 looked like a good score.  In response the home team made a good fist of it and it was nerve shredding stuff all along with Dunstable finally being bowled out with an over and a half to go just 18 runs short of the target thanks to a great last burst by Nic Patel who returned figures of 3 for 23.   
Stat: Brenton Alp's second ton for the club (in consecutive weeks!) makes him the 28th Waresley player to score a brace of centuries. That brings him level to current players Chris Whitfield and Simon Blows and such legends as Kevin Cole and Ian Keeves! His 130* was the 28th highest recorded Waresley ton and the fifth highest Sunday 1st XI score.

1sts vs Fulbourn Institute (28 May)
Great win for the first team at home against Fulbourn Institute to consolidate second place in the Tucker Division 2.  Batting first and making 196 for 8 Waresley were always in with a shout.  But Fulbourn were always in the game and for a large part of the chase the visitors were on top but good bowling and fielding saw Waresley through as they bowled Fulbourn out for 180 and taking the game by 16 runs.    Scorecard

2nds vs Alconbury (28 May)
Losing the toss for the fifth time in five games it really does seem that Blows should just let his opposing captain chose whether to bat or bowl without the effort of tossing up! Travelling to Alconbury with what must be one of the youngest 2nd teams in Waresley history.  The average age was 20 and that included 40+ yrs Keys and Blows and 50+ Ellerbeck.  Inserted in to bat Jim Keys was put to use at the top of the order with Ian Donald.  Keys fell early leaving Donald to bat for a considerable time yet again with fellow inform man, Dominic Farr.  The pair put on 56 before Donald was LBW.  Blows is another reliable batsman, but unfortunately he can be relied upon to score very few runs and achieved his third duck in four innings!  Hard hitting Nic Patel came and went precipitating the young guns.  Charlie Lewis as the youngest member of the team acquitted himself well with a 25 ball 5, Ben Rogers found the middle of the bat and looked good for his 11 and Owen Griffiths managed 10 with only 1 hand!  The Colebrook brothers managed golden ducks apiece which could be some kind of family record!  153 never looked enough to win but at least it was something to defend.

However, Alconbury didn't reckon for a rampant Joe Colebrook.  Colebrook took the opportunity to bowl his best spell for the 2nd team so far.  In a high class 12 overs he took the top four wickets, 2 caught behind by an impressive and vocal Charlie Lewis and one at slip by Simon Blows.  The fourth was bowled.  He had chances for more wickets as edges predominantly went flying through his brother at gulley.  Pete Colebrook and Pat Ellerbeck bowled well in the middle overs but got no reward.  Skipper Simon Blows came on later in the game and continued his happy trait of taking wickets with rubbish balls and after four wickets it was a very interesting game.  A crucial drop by the otherwise reliable Ben Rodgers, who earlier snaffled an excellent catch off Blows just let Alconbury off the hook and they staggered over the line for the loss of 8 wickets.  Considering the youth in the team it was an excellent performance and gives hope for future years for the club.    Scorecard

Best Performances in May

1Brenton Alpvs Dunstable (BCL1)130*
2Matt Rawlingvs Newborough (TPL2)114
3Brenton Alpvs Godmanchester (TPL2)106*
4Dominic Farrvs Ufford Park (HL1)73
5Steve Lewisvs Godmanchester (TPL2)72*
6Matt Rawlingvs Weston Colville (TPL2)72
7Ian Donaldvs Warboys (HL1)67
8Phil Masdinvs Newborough (TPL2)66
9Sam Johnsonvs Blunham (BCL1)56
10Ben Evansvs Lutonian (BCL1)53


1Simon Blowsvs Alconbury (HL1)4 for 25
2Joe Colebrookvs Alconbury (HL1)4 for 31
3Terry Haydenvs Blunham (BCL1)4 for 34
4Steve Hooleyvs Godmanchester (TPL2)4 for 47
5Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Newborough (TPL2)4 for 66
6Dominic Walkervs Blunham (BCL1)4 for ?
7Terry Haydenvs Ickwell (East Beds)3 for 15
8Nic Patelvs Dunstable (BCL1)3 for 23
9Terry Haydenvs Godmanchester (TPL2)3 for 28
10Simon Blowsvs Eaton Socon (HL1)3 for 41


Sunday 1sts vs Kempston Hammers (22 May)
Kempston won by 7 wickets

1sts vs Godmanchester II (21 May)
Waresley won by 79 runs
Stat: Brenton Alp's century is the 81st highest recorded Waresley innings and his maiden Waresley ton. Brenton and Steve Lewis's unbeaten 188 run partnership is Waresley's record 7th wicket partnership at any level of the game.  It is also the 10th highest partnership for any wicket. 

2nds vs Eaton Socon (21 May)
The seconds had their closest game of the season but were still unable to break their losing start to the season.  Batting first after Blows continued his 100% toss-loss record the side at least managed to break the 30 for 3 cycle of the previous three games.  Chris Pierce and Ian Donald laid solid foundations and again Dom Farr had a good innings.  Nick Greenfield was the fourth player to get a good start but none were able to build a large innings and each wicket slowed down the scoring.  It wasn't until Jamie Fensome came together with Nic Patel that the scoring rate was significantly upped and a fine last 10 overs raised thescore from 118 to 185 giving Waresley a fighting, although under-par score.

Waresley made the chase hard work for Eaton Socon.  Joe Colebrook again opened up and performed well.  Jim Keys threatened but the best period was with returning slow bowler Pete Colebrook giving plenty of problems and skipper Simon Blows taking the uphill slog and being rewarded with 3 wickets.  Chris Pierce added two fine catches to finally show the team how to take half chances.  However, solid batting from the Eaton skipper, Terry Day saw them over the finishing line for the loss of seven wickets.     Scorecard

1sts vs Newborough (14 May)
The 1sts had an awesome win against Tucker league newbie's, Newborough.  Batting first Waresley amassed a useful 241 for 5 with Matt Rawling continuing his recent run of good form with the season's first century - an excellent 114 before being bowled by cricketing legend Dennis Compton!  Ashwin Reddy (34) helped Waresley up to an opening stand of 78 Phil Masdin waded in with a typically fluent 66 in a partnership with Rawling of 123 (exactly half of the runs Mr Masdin - very equitable of you!)

In response, Newborough, who have a strong batting line up of their own lost McCracken for 0 to Nigel Buckingham-Jones, the first of his four wickets.  Gareth Clingo, last year's Hunts 1 top scorer showed his worth in the Tucker League with a good 40 before being caught behind by Paul Field off the bowling of Terry Hayden.  Andrew Firzgibbon began to swing the game Newborough's way with 67 before being bowled by that man Buckingham-Jones again.  But at 192 for 5 it was squeky bum time for Waresley!  However Chris Whitield joined in to remove the middle order cheaply to swing it back Waresley's way.   Two wickets at 192 left Newborough at 192 for 7 needing 49 for victory and Dennis Compton helped Newborough with 25 before being caught and bowled by the resourceful Buckingham-Jones.  That was at 237 for 8 - so only 5 to win with two wickets in hand.  Compton's wicket made it 9 down and Chris Whitfield wrapped it up with his third wicket just one run later to give Waresley a fine 3 run victory to go equal third in the Tucker League Division 2.    Scorecard

Stat: Matt Rawling's century is the 56th highest recorded Waresley innings and his second Waresley ton. Matt and Phil Masdin's 123 run partnership is Waresley's 112th highest recorded partnership.   

2nds vs Ufford Park (14 May) 
Despite a better batting performance from the 2nds they still went down to Ufford Park on Saturday.  The usual problem of losing three wickets for 30ish before kick starting the batting reared it's head again with Chris Pierce, Jamie Fensome and Ian Donald all having been and gone before the score reached 32.  Finally Nick Greenfield came to the wicket looking aggressive and purposeful and found the middle of the bat several times before a slight misjudgement saw him back in the pavillion.  Dominic Farr looked confident after last week's 40 and he had his best innings for the 2nd team yet with a highly polished and assured 73 including one particularly large six over mid on and a number of other fine shots.  He certainly looks to have come of age at this level of cricket and after Ian Donald's 67 last week and Joe Colebrook's bowling the 2nd team young guns are really looking the part.  Thankfully one of the old guns also came to the party with the bat as Simon Blows made 46 including 22 off 5 balls in a hapless Taylor over!  Waresley ended up on 192 but it was always slightly under par on the small Ufford park.

Joe Colebrook opened up the bowling with another fine spell but took a wicket with what will hopefully be his worst ball of the season with a ghastly long hop that should have been sent into orbit, but instead was guided into the grateful hands of Jim Keys.  Keymer gave two early chances both of which weren't accepted and this sadly set the tone in the field for the afternoon.  At 31 for 2 another chance went down off Larkin's first ball and he went on to an unbeaten 72, Seymour too was put down and made 73 as Ufford saw off Waresley's bowling in fine style for just 3 wickets leaving Waresley planted firmly at the foot of Hunts Division 1.    Scorecard     

1sts vs Weston Colville (7 May)

2nds vs Warboys (7 May)
The 2nds weremarkedly improved from last week's disappointing result to Orton Park but still underperformed and slid to a second consecutive defeat in the Hunts League Div 1.  Losing the toss again Waresley were put in to bat and again the top order failed,  There was an age divide as the Over 20's managed 17 runs between them and the Under 20's in Ian Donald (67) and Dominc Farr (40*) put on an excellent 81 partnership before Donald was out to the last ball of the innings.  Donald had his slice of fortune as he was caught off a no ball and gave chances through slips but rode his luck for a good half century.  After a first-baller last week Farr started nervously but grew in confidence as the innings progressed.  By the end of the innings he was looking fluent and in control.  As the innings closed on 156 for 4 though it was difficult to see that Waresley had enough runs.

In response Warboys also lost early wickets as Jim Keys took 3 scalps making excellent use of the ridge going up the hill at Waresley Park.  At the other end Joe Colebrook bowled a beautiful spell and it was a criminal injustice that he ended up wicketless as he beat the bat more than any other bowler.  Pat Ellerbeck was reliable as ever and an improved Simon Blows took a further wicket and suddenly Warboys were 50 for 4 and the game was in the balance.  But fine batting from Kane and Duncan took the game away from the home said although if Colebrook had held on to a chance from Kane the game could have been closer.  The final 12 runs were struck by Latchford in just two balls of Keys whose figures then didn't look quite so pretty!  The defeat leaves Waresley 2nd to bottom after two games with a visit to bottom placed Ufford Park on Saturday.   Scorecard   

Sunday 1sts vs Ickwell (8 May)

Development XI vs Castor (8 May)

Midweek 1sts vs Eaton Socon (East Beds Charity Shield)
The midweek team led by Steve Warman went out in the first round of the East Beds Shield on Monday Evening.  Batting first local rivals, Eaton Socon racked up a useful 138 for 6 built around Jonathon Carpenter's 62 and Joe Dawborn's 40.  No other batsman making double figures.  Terry Hayden and Nik Kumpukkal took 2 wickets apiece.

In return Warsley consistently lost wickets with only Kumpukkal (33) and Warman (20) making significant runs.  Waresley were held to just 94 runs though so an early exit from the cup this year!    Scorecard    

Start of the 2011 Season - April

Sunday 1sts vs Lutonian II (1 May)
A great batting display from Jamie Fensome's Sunday 1st XI saw them chase down Lutonian's 198 all out.  Losing 7 wickets in the process made it an exciting game.  Scorecard   

1sts vs Fordham (30 April)
Batting first Fordham made 193 for 5.  Tight bowling looked as though Waresley would restrict the away team to 160 or 170 but some hard hitting batting in the last view overs saw the score rise rapidly to near 200.  In response Waresley lost wickets at crucial times when a decent run chase looked on the cards and depite 35 from Paul Field and 40* from skipper Steve Warman, Waresley stalled to 152 for 7.  Scorecard    

2nds vs Orton Park (30 April)
The second team went to Orton Park with only 10 men after skipper, Simon Blows spent most of the Royal Wedding day fruitlessly searching for an eleventh man!  Continuing last year's theme of losing the toss Waresley were stuck in the field and despite some expensive stuff from Blows the fielding side combated well with Jim Keys and Dom Farr in particular very active in the field.  A welcome return from Pete Colebrook saw the cheeky Family Guy extra take two wickets, making him the most succesful of the Waresley bowlers.  Chris Pierce took a lot of flak from the team for missing two boundary chances, but hey... that's life!  The man short told though as Orton knocked up a useful 232 for 5.

In response Waresley never really got going as 4 early wickets left the away team on 35 for 4.  Only Chris Pierce hung around for 26, Jim Keys, a tidy 17, Russell Nicholson a useful 19 and finally Pat Ellerbeck an initially mistimed but then a well struck 48.  5 bonus points stopped the game from being a big failure but the heavy defeat was not the start to the season the 2nds wanted. 


1Matt Rawlingvs Southill Park (Friendly)60
2Chris Whitfieldvs Babraham (TPL2)53*
3Ollie Dalrymplevs Huntingdon (Friendly)49
4Pat Ellerbeckvs Orton Park (HL1)48
5Steve Warmanvs Huntingdon (Friendly)42
6Steve Warmanvs Fordham (TPL2)40*
7Paul Fieldvs Fordham (TPL2)35
8Simon Blowsvs Southill Park (Friendly)27*
9Chris Piercevs Orton Park (HL1)26
10Paul Fieldvs Huntingdon (Friendly)26

1Terry Haydenvs Huntingdon (Friendly)4 for 32
2Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Babraham (TPL2)3 for 7
3Chris Piercevs Southill Park (Friendly)3 for 14
4Nigel Buckingham-Jvs Southill Park (Friendly)3 for 15
5Steve Hooleyvs Babraham (TPL2)3 for 29
6Phil Gillettvs Babraham (TPL2)3 for 31
7Pat Ellerbeckvs Huntingdon (Friendly)3 for 31
8Dominic Farrvs Southill Park (Friendly)2 for 20
9Pete Colebrookvs Orton Park (HL1)2 for 53
10Ashwin Reddyvs Huntingdon (Friendly)2 for 58
1sts vs Barbraham (23 April)

Waresley won the first league game of the season with a fairly comfortable win over Babraham. Losing the toss Waresley were stuck in the field on a scorching day.  It turned out to be a good toss to lose as the new strip had a very low bounce allowing the Waresley batsmen to see how it behaved.   Babraham never got into the scoring as Chris Whitfield and especially Nigel Buckingham-Jones were extremely ecomical to open up with.  The wickets came however with the first change bowlers as first Phil Gillett struck and the Steve Hooley familiarly toiling uphill in the heat. With 3 wickets apiece they ripped the heart out of Babraham.  Whitfield then took a wicket and B-J came back to mop up the last three to dismiss the away team for a mere 117.

In response things looked good as openers Ashwin Reddy and Matt Rawling piled on quick runs before Rawling misjudged a third run and was 4 inches short. Reddy departed shortly after which brought new overseas player, Brenton Alp to the wicket for his Waresley debut.  Unfortunately a low, slow English April wicket is not an ideal start for a player used to the hard wickets of Australia and after his first ball was creamed to the boundary he found it tough to come to terms with the lack of pace and departed like many others for single figures.  Chris Whitfield, despite a couple of chances, made the game safe with good hard hitting.  Ably supported by the old workhorse, Phil Gillett they put on 60 runs with Whitfield pulling his last two shots for consecutive sixes to reach a well deserved 51 and taking Waresley to a deserved 4 wicket win.  Scorecard.
Friendlies vs Southill Park & Huntingdon
Waresley won their two opening friendlies of the season. On Saturday, at the beautiful Southill Park the home side put on 175 all out with B-J bowling particularly well and Chris Pierce's fiery pace at one stage giving him figures of 2 for 0 off 2.  Waresley saw the runs off for 6 wickets with relative ease with Matt Rawlings gaining an elegant 60 and Simon Blows and Ben Evans seeing it home. 

On Sunday Waresley posted an excellent 223 for 9 with skipper Steve Warman (42) leading from the front and debutant Ollie Dalrymple missing out by one on a fifty.  In response Huntingdon were all out just 5 shy of the Waresley score.  In an exciting pre-season friendly Terry Hayden excelled with 4 wickets with Pat Ellerbeck taking 3 and Ashwin Reddy 2.  Scorecard.

Meet Brenton Alp

It's a great pleasure to bring to you Brenton Alp.  Brenton's our overseas player this year and is arriving this week.  He should be at nets and will be playing on Saturday at home to Babraham.  If you're not playing it would be good to get up to nets or pop up on Saturday to say hello.

When asked for a few stats he gave us these:

Bat: Right hand, aggressive
Bowl: Right arm medium
Highest Score: 132
Best Figures: 5/6 off 6 overs
Favourite Player: Adam Ghilcrist/ Ricky Ponting

We'll forgive him the favourite players and wish him all the best at Waresley CC!

NatWest CricketForce 2011 - Saturday, 9 & Sunday, 10 April 2011

Twelve or so members and friends turned up at the club for this year's annual NatWest CricketForce. On a beautiful hot day most were stuck inside turning the clubhouse a shade of 'natural hessian'.  Despite initial reservations the results are birght, clean and fresh.  Pete 'Quagmire' Colebrook stated that "if you can p*#s you can paint", however it quickly became apparent this statement was very far from the truth in Pete's case!
It wasn't only inside where hard work put in.  Outside the sight-screens were jetwashed and Owen Griffiths and Joe Colebrook enjoyed a trip in Pat's Cherry Picker to paint the top of them.

All in all a pretty reasonable turn out for the day and some solid work making the clubhouse and grounds look far better.  Thanks to all who turned up.  More photos are on the Facebook page.


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