Village Weekend

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Damon’s XI v Gareth’s XI (35 overs)
Gareth’s team won by 15 runs

A truly epic Village Match played in exactly the right spirit, well done everybody. Some impressive debuts too, not least from the young ‘uns. Simon L and Damon almost pulled off the Great Escape but fell just short.

Gareth’s XI      
Batsman     Runs
R Minter not out   61
J Wilson c B Swinton S Creed 0
H Calne c Lancaster W Anderson 30
G Everson lbw W Anderson 1
T Harrison run out   32
D Bose   Rainsford 0
A Foster lbw S Creed 19
S Bose c B Swinton S Lancaster 0
R Calne lbw J Creed 11
J West c Garman A Calne 26
B Cairnduff not out   2
Extras 27      
  Total:209-9 in 35 overs
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
S Lancaster 6 0 31 1
S Creed 7 0 32 2
W Anderson 7 0 27 2
A Calne 5 0 36 1
D Rainsford 4 0 25 1
A Swain 4 2 12 0
J Creed 2 0 19 1
Damon’s XI
Batsman Runs
S Creed Foster 0
C Punshon c H Calne Foster 1
A Swain J West 23
J Swinton Foster 0
S Lancaster not out 79
J Creed run out 5
B Swinton Harrison 0
W Anderson c J West D Bose 6
D Garman lbw S Bose 9
D Rainsford c J West Harrison 37
A Calne Minter 1
Extras 31
Total:194 all out in 32.4 overs
Gareth’s XI
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Foster 5 0 27 3
J West 7 0 30 1
Wilson 3 1 8 0
D Bose 4 0 21 1
Harrison 3.4 0 15 2
S Bose 3 0 15 1
Everson 2 0 23 0
Cairnduff 3 0 15 0
Minter 2 0 10 1

Stapleford Phoenix v Great Shelford III

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Phoenix v Great Shelford 3s.
GS3 won by 3 runs

Match Report

A good-natured friendly game between the two sister sides, with a number of Phoenix men representing the opposition, resulted in a narrow victory for Great Shelford 3s on the last ball.
Stuart won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat. The Phoenix opening bowling was indifferent to say the least but Alex picked up two wickets and the change bowling was much better.
Tim bowled well to record a brace, Nusrat was his usual economical self, Ralph took two wickets – one of which was a superb catch in the deep by Bruce to dismiss Stuart – and Aidan had Matt stumped (to the batsman’s annoyance) with one of his left-arm lucky dippers.
Shells posted 131-7 from their 20 overs, a total inflated too much by the wayward extras early on.
Aidan got our reply off to an aggressive start before he was dismissed by a small girl* and Ralph glided his way to an unbeaten 25 that forced his retirement.
Gareth’s hot streak with the bat continued as he smashed a six to return to the hutch with an unbeaten 30.
It was then a question of whether our tail could finish the job but, with the not out men waiting to come back in, Shelford had enough nous to restrict the runs without taking too many wickets.
All in all, an excellent game in a convivial atmosphere on a pitch lovingly prepared by the Shells skipper and the Fixtures Secretary.
*Alana Calne, who also dismissed her own dad, is actually a fine bowler, and a very good fielder too.

Great Shelford III
Batsman Runs
G Martin c Swinton A West 8
H Calne c Swain A West 7
G Rolls not out 30
D Rainsford b Harrison 8
A Foster c Minter Harrison 4
J Melton c Swain Minter 18
S Creed c Cairnduff Minter 13
M Dobson st Garman Swain 3
P Creed not out 7
S George not out 1
A Calne dnb 32
Extras 32
131-7 in 20 overs
Stapleford Phoenix
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
A West 3 0 25 2
J West 3 0 18 0
Nusrat 4 0 17 0
T Harrison 4 0 27 2
R Minter 3 0 16 2
A Swain 3 0 21 1
Stapleford Phoenix
Batsman Runs
A Swain c Rainsford A Calne 13
D Garman b S Creed 5
J Swinton b S Creed 6
R Minter retired not out 25
R Calne c Rolls A Calne 2
G Everson not out 30
N Robinson b George 1
T Harrison c Rolls George 9
B Cairnduff not out 4
J West run out 7
A West not out 2
Extras 24
128-7 in 20 overs
Great Shelford III
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
M Dobson 4 0 15 0
S Creed 3 1 19 2
A Calne 3 0 24 2
A Foster 3 0 8 0
George 3 1 26 2
G Rolls 3 0 19 0
Martin 1 0 4 0

Stapleford Phoenix v Sharks

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Wednesday 24th May 2017, Stapleford Rec.

Phoenix Won

Another top-quality performance from all 11 players, again against opposition who battered us last season. The evolution of this team had been as rapid as it has been satisfying.
Gareth won the toss and put the Sharks in. And just like last week it was an early catch that stoked up belief that it could be our day once again.
Sharks came and went; some made runs but the key thing was that they came and went. Only one retired undefeated past the 25-run threshold; our bowling was tight and our fielding lively.
Alex picked up three wickets, all to catches; Nusrat’s tidy spell, often against their most aggressive batsman, brought him two wickets and there was one apiece too for Simon L and the Fixtures Secretary. Who also took a catch described by a team-mate as “on the bounds of possibility”. Further inquiry brought the clarification that it was on the bounds of possibility for the Fixtures Secretary, which is fair comment given his track record, but it cannot be denied that catches are being pouched now that probably would have been spilled last season. Nusrat and Tim are leading the way as this season’s super safe hands.
The Sharks posted 116-7 (for comparison they made 169-2 last time; we conceded 20 boundaries and two 6s) and in beautiful late summer evening sunshine Ralph and Dave set out in reply.
Ralph was first out, for a rapid 15 that included a 6. Last season it would have been a case of ‘oh no, Ralph is out, we’re all doomed’ (especially if Aidan was not around) but now we just wonder who is going to knock the runs off instead.
The answer was Dave and Tim, who both made enterprising 27 not outs to put us in a commanding position. Sharks had one bowler who was especially pacy and accurate but Tim, in particular, played him superbly and the run rate never dropped. The skipper bludgeoned a few more late on and Simon L clinched victory with a couple of lusty blows in the last over.
We’d shown we can defend a total, now we have chased down a target. It’s all good.

Sharks
Batsman Runs
Jamie c J West A West 2
Michael c Harrison A West 12
Clive lbw Lancaster 4
Pat c Nusrat A West 16
Ralph b Nusrat 16
Adam retired 25
Tom c Harrison Nusrat 2
Marc b J West 4
Gilo not out 16
Mani not out 1
extras 17
Total (20 overs) 116-7
Stapleford Phoenix        
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
A West 2 0 17 0
S Creed 2 1 3 1
Nusrat 2 0 5 0
Harrison 2 0 4 3
Minter 2 0 22 0
Martin 2 0 15 1
Everson 2 0 20 1
Rainsford 2 0 7 0
Dobson 2 0 5 1
J West 2 0 12 1

Stapleford Phoenix v Anglian Water

Wednesday May 10 2017, Stapleford Rec
Phoenix won by 13 runs
Phoenix won the toss and elected to bat

Match Report

Runs, wickets, catches, the greatest over in Phoenix history and sunshine too – it was the evening we had all been waiting for.

Working hard towards too; this was a complete team performance against experienced opponents many of whom, helpfully for our scorer, had their names on the back of their shirts.
They destroyed us last season but this time it was a different story.
With Gareth still rumoured to be somewhere in the Audley End region Damon won the toss and we batted.
Gion the Groundsman got us off to an aggressive start and when he departed Ralph treated us to some more of his trademark elegant strokeplay (although both were dropped, giving an early hint that this might be our day).
Ralph’s unexpected demise saw Dave effortlessly assume the role of senior run-maker and he was aided by a flurry of middle order partners determined to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Gareth’s breathless arrival plus the decision to keep Stuart and Damon back meant we had quite a tail to wag and boy did it do just that with the trio taking our score into three figures and up to 123-8 in the last few overs.
It was a total we would have a real go at defending.
Last summer three Anglian batsmen ended up smashing their way back to the pavilion and one was their opener. Who might well have done so again had Ralph not nonchalantly plucked a big hit out of the ether.
Then came the champagne super over from Tim, in a hurry to get away for a meeting elsewhere. First went the other opener, who sportingly walked after the square leg umpire admitted he hadn’t seen anything of Dave’s cunning fumble-stumping. The new man took a single only to see his partner bowled by the next ball. Next up was another of last season’s run-plunderers – and he was caught first ball in the deep by Nusrat, whose own pair of overs had been encouragingly miserly.
We were in a commanding position but Anglian’s middle order debutant had other ideas, smiting his way back to the pavilion to put the game back up for grabs.
Still we kept plugging away and Gion and Gareth were rewarded with wickets but Goff, their left-handed all-rounder and one of many Great Shelford club-mates on either side, was keeping Anglian up with the required run rate.
In the end it took a high-quality couple of overs at the close from Matt to not only keep him quiet but get him out as well.
That left Anglian needing 19 off the final over and surely not even the Fixtures Secretary could ‘Stokes’ that up?
First ball was an lbw shout, the second a was wicket, our eighth of the evening. Job almost done lads.
But who was this coming to join us? One Anglian batsman had been hurt earlier and couldn’t take part so back came the middle order smiter. Suddenly we weren’t so jubilant as memories of last week’s one-wicket near miss, entirely the creation of such a returnee, flashed into our nervous brains.
The next ball flashed into the bushes to stoke up more fears. But ball four cost us only a single and the other batsman couldn’t add to the total. We had won. Finally. Against a team that didn’t have small children making up the numbers, or people picking up a bat and requesting clarification on which end to hold.
We’ve made history boys. Let’s do it again.
Stapleford Phoenix
Batsman Runs
G Martin c Edevane 7
D Garman (w) retired 26
R Minter c – wkt Bevan 16
Harrison c&b Merriman 5
P Creed run out 2
M Dobson c&b Seymour 4
J West lbw Coleman 8
S Creed run out 12
G Everson (c) not out 16
D Rainsford not out 8
Nusrat dnb
Extras 19
Total (20 overs) 128-8
Anglian Water
Batsman Runs
Watts c Minter Creed 11
Coleman st Garman Harrison 9
Thomas b Harrison 4
Merriman not out 30
Walker c Nusrat Harrison 0
V Walker c Garman Martin 12
Edevane c Garman Dobson 20
Seymour c Everson 1
Bevan b J West 6
Harrison not out 0
Pegg absent injured
extras 11
Total (20 overs) 110-8
Stapleford Phoenix        
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
A West 2 0 17 0
S Creed 2 1 3 1
Nusrat 2 0 5 0
T Harrison 2 0 4 3
R Minter 2 0 22 0
Martin 2 0 15 1
G Everson 2 0 20 1
D Rainsford 2 0 7 0
M Dobson 2 0 5 1
J West 2 0 12 1