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    Noticed this result whilst doing some research on future opponents...

    Colts B XI (H) Won by 232 runs (25 over match)
    Caldicott 243-2. O Chalmers 71 n.o., J Bell 70, G Thompson 26
    Papplewick 11 all out. C Blampied 2-0, J Ritblat 2-0, J Tahany 2-0

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    Wow were they batting with stumps or something?

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    Interesting thread... Played three league matches so far this season (I'm an opening bowler and a number 8) We play timed games - max 52 overs first innings then 20 overs are bowled after six pm for the second innings

    First game we bowled our opposition out for 70 odd and our openers chased it in around 15 overs, and had our tea afterwards... Took a couple wickets without bowling that well, weak opposition tbh

    Second game we bowled our opposition out for under 100 again, I took one wicket first up, but our spinners shared eight wickets... For the second game in a row, the openers chased it down in quick time

    The third game realised fears that our side had by the fact that only the openers had recieved a bat in the past two games, I forgot my spikes (criminal) and had only bought slippers, I borrowed someone's trainers but I'm a size 12 and my mates was a size 10, after one over the pain was pretty bad, so I stopped bowling and fielded for 50 overs as our opposition made 180/9... That's a pretty standard chase for our side, but when both openers were out gloving down legside, our batting was finally tested, and we very much failed. We were 10/5 when I was given a chance at seven. I negotiated the opening bowlers, who were impressive (an essex 16yr old included) then a leg spinner came on, first ball I faced, lunged forward, it caught an inside edge and bounced on to my pad and I was caught at short leg... Gutted. First time I've ever got out in that fashion! We ended up being bowled out for 40 odd on a good pitch... Terrible
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    Just got raped in our National inter college finals. Feels like ****. Last game I'll ever play for my school too. Cried alot


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    Well, it's half term, and my sides are busy doing England impressions. The school side are aping the Test team: since the Merchiston game (post earlier), we've had two wipeouts (Cheam and Caldicott), three crushing victories and a one-wicket nerve shredder.

    Cheam I already mentioned, Caldicott we let off from 1/3 and 108/9 to make 180 before falling to 34/5 and then making it to within three overs of saving a draw - a classic case of Sri Lanka's "it's over, we don't need to turn up, whoops, we lost". We made 190+ against Winchester House and Bedford, and chased 120 with 9 wickets in hand at Moulsford. In between times, we managed to make a heinous mess of chasing 114 at Cothill: 4/2 wasn't great, 107/5 was, 113/7 was virtually there, and 113/9 was deeply unpleasant. All a bit South African for my liking.

    Meanwhile, the district side have the ODI side as their role models. They lost to the County U10s by two runs (having been 140/5 chasing 162) and today, in the first game of the district festival after yesterday fell to the elements, they somehow defended 122 in 30 overs after the opposition got themselves to 97/3 off 23 - only to end 121/5.

    Personally, I've played two Staff matches at school - a two-run loss to Radley (one bye) and a last-ball win over Summer Fields (no byes, one catch, one stumping). Should be playing a full game on Saturday, and I've decided to buy one of those full-face masks to keep in, as I am fed up of wearing a helmet all afternoon. Should be fun...

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    Had a pretty abysmal start to the season. Made my Plymouth debut on the 8th iirc. Made 0(6) batting at 3. Got a leg stump half volley and rather than play naturally and put it away I played it a bit tentatively due to the fact I was yet to get off the mark for my new side. Tried clipping it round the corner and got a crappy leading edge.

    Followed that up with a golden duck two days later in a T20. Was told the bowler was angling it in, bowled be a jaffa that held it's line and took the outside edge on my back foot punch.

    Next game for Plymouth I was dropped to number 8, wasn't required to bat. Took a good catch and then later dropped a sitter at slip. Bowled the final over for 3 runs. My only over to date

    My latest game for Plymouth I was nudged up to number 6. Walked out at 60 odd/4 chasing 155 iirc. Thought it was manageable, especially with a usual first teamer down the other end who's recovering from surgery after breaking his arm in 14 places. Not to be. I played out the rest of the over and by the time I next faced a ball we were 60 odd/7. I moved on to 8 and we moved onto 72/7 and then 72/8. We needed 104 for the losing draw so I thought I'd have to get a move on. Got out pulling a ball that hit me on the ankle. Had the pitch done what it should've I'd have been on 12* after that shot. As it was I was plumb lbw and we were 74ao not long after.

    Played a game for Liskeard yesterday as Plymouth didn't have a game. Bowled 6 overs 0/37. Could tell I hadn't bowled that much as when I was really trying to rip it I was dragging the ball down. Had 3 catches put down off my bowling and bowled a ripper to their left hander that missed off stump by a coat of varnish. I've taken a few positives from the spell and will be better for it. Batted at 3, moved my score to 4 pretty quickly before top edging a pull which would've gone for 6 on any other part of the ground. Stupid wonky boundaries.

    After typing that out, I realise I get out trying to play on the back foot a lot.. bit ****ty.

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    Good thread this. I shall join in by boring people about my school 3rd team games, of which I only got three before study leave kicked in, and managed to perform woefully throughout (as a team at least).

    First game was a tough one against some nearby team. We decided to bat first as always, and make it a 25 over game (cause the guys insist we finish as early as poss on a Saturday). Got a half-decent score (for us) of about 130, with myself contributing the first golden duck of the season batting at 8. Our number 9 managed a cheeky little 31, smashing their spinner to all parts of the field (one six was clocked at a whopping 33 yards). With part one done, I opened the bowling and, whilst not picking up wickets, managed to painstakingly build pressure with consistently menacing line, restricting their batsman with a miserly economy of, like, 6 or 7 (again, for us). Wickets tumbled at the other end, due to my pressure, and we gave them a close run before they inevitably finished the job with a couple of overs left. I was pretty shocking but could only improve from here after my first game (or net, or any cricket in general) in 3 years.

    The second game was a tough one against some nearby team. Obviously win toss, bat first, get skittled was our formula. We stuck to this plan in some style, getting done in for 51 despite a monumental first wicket stand of 21. I managed to contribute more to the batting this time, witha gorgeously paced 3 not out off as many balls, although batting at 11 due to my previous embarassment. We had to go out and bowl well to stand any sort of chance, and that we certainly did, picking up two early scalps thanks to our opening bowlers. However, and ominous partnership grew, skittling the target down to within about 15. Of course, I'd been shoved down to second change thanks to a certain aureate aquatic bird, so had very few runs to play with. But I proved the doubters wrong, getting the outswinger going perfectly on a sloped pitch, before taking the leading edge. The silly mid off somehow managed to drop it (tough chance) but the keeper made up for it next ball by snaffling the ball after it clipped the outside edge of his defense. Spurred on from my first dismissal of the season, I troubled the next batsman before giving him a top-of-off-stump pearler, sparking wild...sorry...mild celebrations from the close fielders. Then the new batsman ruined everything by hitting me down the ground for four before wrapping it up against the other bowlers. Disappointing team performance but had to be pleased with the individual effort, selfishly.

    Managed to get picked for the seconds next match, but don't wanna talk about how that went...

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    For today's district game, we had three players in the side who had scored runs at the level before. After 2.4 overs, all three of them had been bowled and we were 12/3. Fortunately we then had four of the middle order stand up and be counted, as a couple of stands (44 for the fourth wicket and 33 for the seventh wicket) helped us grind our way to 114/7.

    This, however, proved to be more than sufficient as we took two wickets in the first over, and another in each of the next two, before finishing things off with the scoreboard still reading 31. Job done - looks like Monday's game will be re-arranged as a title shooutout - unless someone does us a favour tomorrow...

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    An infuriating couple of days... The district boys put in one of the most appalling 60 overs' worth of cricket of the season but still had enough to ease out the U13 county girls - in spite of extras, misfields, overthrows, get-out shots, play-and-misses, dropped catches... you name it.

    Today, I came in at 34/1, proceeded to see the remaining opener lose his off stump leaving, and ground my way to 12 before finding a way to spoon a full toss aerially to point. That is now twice this season I've got myself settled and then chucked it away trying to put crap away, and it is immensely frustrating. We made 170 all out, thanks to a last wicket stand of 55, and rotated our bowlers around as Deddington made it to 135/5 with plenty of overs to go. We then gave the ball to our usual opening bowlers and knocked them over for 137 - despite my dropping a thick outside edge (up to the stumps) at 135/6.

    The keeper's face mask had its first run out, and I am yet to be convinced.

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    Appear to be talking to myself here, but whatever. Thursday sees my first captaincy in years, as the staff cricket merry-go-round comes around to my turn. Unfortunately this is a game that's clashing with various meetings, fixtures and commitments, and today has seen plenty of scrambling for players... it looks like we're going to be able to scrape 11. However, it looks like I might be opening the bowling.

    Anything could happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    Appear to be talking to myself here, but whatever. Thursday sees my first captaincy in years, as the staff cricket merry-go-round comes around to my turn. Unfortunately this is a game that's clashing with various meetings, fixtures and commitments, and today has seen plenty of scrambling for players... it looks like we're going to be able to scrape 11. However, it looks like I might be opening the bowling.

    Anything could happen.
    For the record, I actually quite enjoy reading your posts in here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weeman27bob View Post
    For the record, I actually quite enjoy reading your posts in here.
    Agreed.

    Love hearing stories of players playing at Park/Village/Club level; I've got plenty of mates who play cricket at various levels; many of whom I've played with at various times who have since gone on to bigger things or down to lesser things but regardless when we catch up during the season (or on the emails on a Monday) the conversation inevitably turns to our respective exploits over the weekends.

    The narrative nature of cricket at any level makes always makes for compelling conversation and discussion as against; for example; football where I describe the weekends game as "we lost 3-1; they score first, we equalised then they scored 2 more times. i kicked the ball a few times and made a few tackles."

    Would love to see more threads like this (or this thread more active) given the number of regular contributers here who play at some level. For me I'll keep following this thread as a way of getting my amateur cricket fix while I wait for spring to roll back around.

    I may even indulge myself and provide a couple of reports of games from last season, time and work permitting.

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    This is a good thread and thought I might contribute a bit. Haven't played professionally since moving to Europe last year.

    So, this would be the report of my last club season match from June, 2010 in India. It was the local Maharaja F.S.Gaekwad tournament comprising of two-day matches (90 over limit). We were already out of the competition and this was a dead rubber meant to salvage some pride.

    Since, it was my Baroda club career's (played from 2003-2010) last match, I retained the actual scoresheet as a nice memory and still have it with me!

    June 3rd week, 2010: Hindu Gymkhana (my team) v/s Kiran More Sports foundation

    1st innings
    Hindu Gymkhana batted first in the MotiBagh cricket ground renowned for its good bounce. They had quick but somewhat inaccurate opening bowlers so fortunately much damage wasn't done. Our skipper was a very strong back-foot player and made 84 batting at no. 3. Including one of the longest sixes I've seen at that ground (played about 25 matches there) lofted straight over extra-cover!

    Our very capable left-arm spinner and no. 6 batsman scored a fluent 51 in 60 balls. He and I managed to add some runs in a crucial late lower-order stand.
    Yours truly, batting at no. 9, managed to scratch out 17 in 32 balls in a somewhat awkward fashion. For the umpteenth time, I fell LBW to a medium-pacer's delivery slanting in . We were all out for 255 in 74 overs.

    2nd innings
    Our bowling was disciplined and opening up, my right-arm fast medium swing and my left-arm partner's pace through the air caused them difficulties. We had them reeling at 27/4 when the two of us finished our opening burst of 12 overs. I got the right-handed opener caught behind off a feather and went through the left-handed no. 3 batsman's gate in the same over. My opening mate got the other two wickets to fall with very good incoming balls.

    Their lower-middle order made a recovery of sorts and they managed to tally 131 in 59.3 overs. I got one more wicket (caught mid-wkt miscuing a pull) with the old ball and our super-accurate left-arm spinner picked three. Their veteran keeper with 43* was the highest scorer. He played some delightful strokes between cover and point in his innings, IIRC! Not the first good knock from him that I saw in my club career.


    3rd innings

    Leading by over 100, we could make them follow on (acc. to tournament rules) and we did. I picked up their right-handed opener for the second time in two innings with the new ball - LBW this time offering no stroke to an off-cutter. This was delivered after three consecutive outswingers, so I was pleased that I set him up for it and it worked. My partner hit them a few times on their ribs and gloves, but was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. There was a first slip catch grassed off him and he went past the bat on a number of occasions!

    The two change bowlers - our left-arm spinner and a medium-paced guy - gave them a real scare by picking up 5 wickets in the space of four overs. They held fort after that and finished day two at 91/6 off 33 overs. Once again, their 29-yr-old keeper played with remarkable composure and stayed not out.

    We walked away with all the five match points and that was that in the tournament for us. Poor series but a good last match to finish off.

    My bowling stats were:

    1st inns: 13-2-30-3 & 2nd inns: 7-2-17-1


    Our left-arm spinner was the player of the match and nobody was surprised. He had scored a half-century and taken six cheap wickets in the match.
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    Yeah so I was getting ready to play a match for my school the other day, and Mohammed Amir walks up...

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