Castle Bromwich Cricket Club ~ Warwickshire Cricket League

Brave New Dawn 2017

A decent day despite malign cultist influences

 

MATCH REPORTS 2017

 

August 12th

 

1st XI

 

With an autumnal feel to the early August weather encouraging the lager swilling hordes to watch tribal events rather than participating in a sport it was somehow encouraging that a rather decent team was in action. Bowling first the old faultlines were soon seen as catches were spurned and wickets were not taken before the admirable Quinn with support from Mo slowed the run rate and wickets were taken – interesting that catches were taken by the bowlers who have suffered all season from dropitus. Four bowling points and keeping the opposition below 200 were good and meant that an achievable target was in reach.

 

However, early wickets were not part of the plan but the counterattacking instincts of Mo put the opposition under pressure and the run rate in the green. Radish, on his return to action, held the late order together with Sedge providing solid support but when the peoples departed the final handful of runs became a very large and ultimately not achievable. A really composed & undefeated 59* showed what we have missed from the Radish. A losing draw that could have been a victory.

 

2nd XI

 

A mass exodus to a cult event in Small Heath meant that the 2s had to call on many 3rd team players who answered the call in fine style. Chasing a decent score a 3 wicket victory & 20 points showed clearly the way ahead but will that way be chosen?

 

3rd XI

 

A daunting fixture for a scratch CBCC, losing players to the 2nd Xi. A number of players playing their first game of the season, including the CBCC veteran Taf and his son,Haider. We won the toss and I put them into bat. Opening the bowling was the player of the season, Faisal, and Waqar. We looked for a tight 10 overs, possibly burglaring a wicket or two. Waqar bowled the opener in the fifth over and by the tenth Alvis were 20 for 2. Job done boys. The veteran Taff, and the newbie Tahir bowled in tandem and how brilliant they bowled. They were bowling brilliantly tight lines supported superbly by the committed fielders. A huge contrast to last week’s limp lettuce of an effort. At drinks, Alvis were 42 for 2. After drinks, I brought on my game-changer, Amar (Johnny). A double wicket maiden first up bearing 2 catches. However, this statement simply doesn't and cannot do justice to Zaheer’s catch 2nd ball. Think James Taylor v Australia, however, no padding, no helmet, just balls of steel. Absolutely smashed and from 3 feet Zaf took a catch in front of his face. Best catch ever in the 3rds. Johnny’s second over, 2 wickets for 2. Alvis's spine firmly broken. It was only a matter of time and Faisal and Tahir cleared up, bowling Alvis all out for 79. No difficulties chasing this down, the delayed tea break just breaking concentration briefly. Faisal and Tahir guiding us home with a nice little partnership at the end.

 

 

 

August 5th

2nd Team


The attractions of the bar & footie took precedence over trying to play cricket after some morning rain - match abandoned.

3rd Team

 

A delayed start caused by heavy rain meant that the match was reduced to 37 overs a side. Muneer and Harry put on a 50 run partnership for the 2nd wicket in only 8 overs after Aabid was bowled off a full toss in the first over. Another break due to an electrical storm, during which CBCC had a very early tea (and in the opinion of all the Castle Brom players it was the finest cricket tea by a long mile). Immediately after the break, Muneer fell to an excellent catch by the keeper, taking a sharp take off a very fine edge. 

 

The middle order again uncharacteristically failed to maintain the momentum set early on, and a succession of wickets, including the prize wicket of Faisal, caught behind off his glove, meant that the tail was exposed very quickly. Sadly, tactical awareness of the situation was not uppermost in the minds of these batsmen and all fell to unnecessary shots. 131 was not really going to be much of a challenge to Newdigate, and so it transpired. The only wickets to fall were two to Rafakhat, bowing full and castling both an opener and no. 3. 8 Catches were dropped, some absolutely farcical in their execution (the same players running into each other 3 times), some more difficult.

 

Hopefully we can try and achieve something next week at Home v Alvis.

 

 

July 29th

 

1st XI

 

A top of the table clash sounds interesting and should determine the respective fortunes for the rest of the season. Bowling first Sedge & Vaughn found movement but unfortunately it was movement towards the boundary that was most apparent especially as the Tin Man impression was very noticeable. The first part of the visitor’s innings was measured as numerous bowlers were tried but the second part was brutal as a large number of fifties were scored in rapid succession. Looks like a good track for batting?

 

From nowhere the track became a minefield, or should that be a mindfield as wickets fell in clusters despite late defiance from Lezza & the eccentric Scott.

 

Perhaps a game to be airbrushed out of history?

 

2nd XI

 

An unusual line up after the 11th hour cry-offs from dedicated clubmen (sic) but a score of almost 200 was welcome but the rapidity of being bowled out was not. Gifting the home team many overs certainly helped as a defeat was comfortably achieved.

 

3rd XI

 

We played Highway 3rd xi at their ground yesterday. We lost the toss and were put into bat on a very very green wicket. Aabid and I opened, batting out the first 16 overs before i nicked one to the keeper. Faisal, so often our mainstay in this season batted on for his customary 50 before he was bowled by a terrific in-swinging yorker. That was the first of a team hat-trick, 3 wickets in 3 balls that decimated the middle order. It was left to Zaheer to marshall the tail for the last 20 overs; some excellent cameos from the juniors with Zakariya especially impressing. With a below par total of 162 it was imperative we took some early wickets. Sadly the bowlers length was too short and on a tiny pitch against a good side that will always get the treatment. Highway professionally chased down the target for the loss of 3wickets, one each for Shoaib, Aabid and Shezab. 

July 22nd

1st XI

Batting first on what used to be a superb Birmingham League ground the early batsmen struggled on an old-fashioned greentop with variable bounce and three wickets were gone in rapid succession. The early setbacks led to a partnership of widely differing styles between Tom & Quinny which grew into dominance in contrast to the earlier struggles. Quinny rolled back the years with fluid control & at times an elegance befitting of the golden age with the counterpoint of Tom showing grit & determination despite all the difficulties encountered. There was obviously a collapse with 4 wickets falling in 11 balls but a final total of 190 under grey clouds was an excellent performance.

How good a total was soon shown as the home team struggled to 16-5 with Sedge taking 3 very quickly. Matt went on to take 5 wickets, bowling straight through but Quinny could not be denied his day with 2 wickets to top off a really good day for the colonial.

2nd XI

Bowling first Vaughn’s men seemed to be in control despite Freddie bowling from the upside down empty water bottle end. The support in the field was good at times but elements of sloppiness spoilt the effort put in as a number of catches & runouts were missed. The rain took its toll and the 3rd heavy downpour of the afternoon put paid to the proceedings whilst the game was delicately poised.

3rd XI

In the absence of Muneer a spirited performance was not rewarded as the visitors took an emphatic victory home with them.

 

 

July 15th

 

1st XI

 

On this day in 1850 John Wisden took all ten wickets in an innings by clean bowling all his victims in a match at Lords, would history repeat itself at CB? The very quick answer is no as the opening bowlers for CB rarely bowled straight enough to cause the visiting openers any serious concern about their wickets. Instead there was a vast collective amnesia regarding the only scoring shots available to the openers which for the 3rd time this season which was the chipped drive straight to deepish mid o/off – this did seem so obvious that there must have been a masterplan to keep the batsmen in. Eventually a catch was held and wickets started to fall even as the score mounted at a steady rate with Sedge bowling an extended opening spell and finally getting some reward as did Quinny coming on as ninth change. Surprise package Lezza snapped up 3 wickets much to the delight of the massed crowd of spectators. Full bowling points but a total above 200 was very much a mixed bag.

 

Mo departed early but Tom & Adam slowly built a partnership before Tom departed to a rather interesting decision and a flurry of wickets fell in succession. To the crease strode James to face his favourite opponents and quickly showed his intent with straight drives to & over the boundary in a dominant partnership with Adam. His rather untidy display behind the stumps was forgotten as Adam also played some aggressive shots as the victory was achieved in grand style with nine overs to spare with the flamboyance of James counterpointed by the cultured stroke play at the other end.

 

2nd XI

 

A rather weak team was unable to build upon previous achievements and were ultimately just short of victory even though good fighting spirit was shown throughout.

 

3rd XI

 

An interesting match report is being created & will be reported soon…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 1st

1st XI

You do not win many games dropping 8 catches

July 8th

1st XI

Travelling away into the fabled land of Shakespeare a very brisk start by Ben & Shaban was very quickly undermined by the loss of 4 quick wickets leaving Quinny & Tom to rebuild sensibly. A promising stand was broken and it was left to Sam S & Sedge to put a little polish onto the innings after a James flourish.

 Not the greatest total on a small ground but it looked competitive as Matt & Sedge bowled unchanged for their full allocation and wickets fell at regular intervals. A bonus couple of wickets from Dave W before the belated introduction of Shaban bowling up the hill with Quinny using the top end to exert great control despite an excellent innings from one of the home team youngsters. The final two wickets fell very quickly with a first ball LBW shout resulting in a catch amidst much confusion. 24 points gratefully accepted despite more catches being spurned.

2nd XI

George & Peppa took early wickets before a casual malaise enabled the visitors to score probably a hundred more than they should. This was indeed a stroll in the park as victory was achieved in very simple style.

3rd XI

Another tight finish & another fine win as Muneer’s men continue to impress. More details to follow…………………………..

AS PROMISED MUNEER'S REPORT-

 

The cause of our recent success has been due to a change in personnel in the team. The first number of games we (the club as well) were struggling as GCSE exams took a number of our decent young players (Harry, Tom, Abbas). We were left with basically a tail starting at 5; that's not going to win you many matches. Recently, with better players available, I have been able to be much more aggressive in field positions; I'm able to attack more with close fields (which you can't do with kids). The quality of our new recruits is incredible. The fielding is breathtaking - they move lightning quick across the pitch and the power they deploy with their throws really puts the opposition on notice.  

On Saturday we played Massey Ferguson, a team who were third in the table. Generally they were okay as a group, but for one "Mr Cricket". Quite simply, he wanted to take the decision-making out of the umpires remit into his own hands. Thereafter, every appeal was 'cheating' if it didn't go his way.  We ourselves didn't bat great. Aabid and I got a little start, and Faisal continued his form with the bat, but this week, the middle-order (without Harry and Inayat) relented too easily to a range of poor shots. The two debutants, Hamza and Amar, batting at the end, didn't understand the idea of batting out the overs and thus we were all out 122 of 34 overs.  

They batted 8 overs before tea, losing 2 wickets. A third wicket partnership ensued between two senior-aged players. They played well together, batting for 25 overs before I brought on the debutant, Amar, a leg spinner. He exerted wonderful  control in flight & length, quickly putting the pressure back on Massey. Slowly however, Massey reduced the required runrate. I brought myself on to bowl my medium pacers, for once I bowled economically. Ghufran at the other end, with his left arm offspin helped 'buy' a few quick overs too.  

With only 25 needed, and 6 wickets in hand (from a healthy 22 overs (their 10 plus our 12 conceeded) the match was in the bag for Massey. However, I was determined not to give Massey a win, so, I set aggressive fields with cover in the deep for the big shots. Massey began to feel suffocated, such was our fielding; Hamza, Amar and Abbas absolutely bossing the cover, midwicket and short-backward square positions. 

Mr Cricket, a great student of the game played a few dab shots. I blocked that shot off with three short slips and a wide gully. He clearly felt the pressure and succumbed to a stumping after charging down the wicket against Amar. 9 needed, 5 wickets in hand. I took decent catch at short square leg.  8 runs needed, 4 wickets in hand. Amar continued to bamboozle Massey and another catch was taken by the impressive Hamza  Now only 6 runs were needed, 3 wickets in hand. A terrific wicket by Aqib, batsman completely castled. 6 runs, needed, 2 wickets. Another wicket from Amar! Now 4 runs needed  but we needed 1 wicket. A father-son combo at the crease. Son, pushes his first shot to short mid-off, dad goes for the run, son not on the same wavelength stays in his crease. Rafakhat, scrambles in, underarm throw to Amar at the non-strikers end, run-out.

 

We go absolutely mental. What a win for Castle Brom 3rds.

 

June 24th

 

1st Team

 

A trip along the motorway to the old mining community in the Borough of Treacletown offered a new experience for many of our heroes and a slight suspicion of what a patchy green but very dry track would offer. The home players soon put bat to ball in emphatic style as the ball refused to move in the air, which perplexed a number of the bowlers. Quinny put in a good stint but the big surprise was PK taking wickets so soon after major surgery on his back, probably the well-known muscle relaxant helped? After a chastening start the bowlers pulled the score back as the track slowed and lowered incrementally.

 

Not an enormous total to chase but the fall of early wickets did not help the cause but the straight bat of Radish helped repel the threat of 14 varieties of spin on a now very slow turner. This return to form was supported by Quinny and the chase was very much on before more wickets fell leaving the final rites to Radish & Matt and a generous proportion of the points available. A good & solid performance which was welcome.

 

2nd Team

 

A top of the table clash looked to be going the visitors way as George returned from his 8 month subterranean hang-gliding expedition happily fed the openers many opportunities to score freely – which they gleefully accepted. However, the innings slowed as the change bowlers found better lengths with excellent support from the field. The final total of 216-3 looked a little short of what might have been but runs on the board are always useful.

 

Chappo & Rick Astley opened in fine style and it was a surprise when Rick departed but this only created another bright partnership with Sam and at drinks 120-1 was a fair reflection of the home team dominance. However, wickets tumbled  quickly and another partnership was required and was found in the mercurial Weird Dave & Nick-Block Scott. Game over but both players departed leaving the later-order to complete a good win in the evening sunshine.

 

3rd Team

 

Chasing 268 our heroes managed it with Harry Yate & Ghufran well to the fore. Full match will follow……………………………

Yes, it was a terrific game against a decent side.

 

We won the toss and chose to field first. The track looked underprepared; there were large areas that were desperately green and indeed the track played a little slow more often than not. However, it did largely behave itself, some decent carry for the quick bowlers. The pertinent feature was a very short boundary, especially at the top, probably less than 30-40 yards. 

 

We took our first wicket with the first ball of the innings. An appeal for LBW was turned down by the umpire, however, the batsman wandered out of his crease and our keeper intelligently removed the bails. After a moment's hesitation, the umpire at Square Leg, gave him out (although is it stumped or run-out. I’ll need to check)

 

We took the first 3 wickets for 30. After this initial flurry, the Bablake batsmen consolidated and took their chances when it came. We brought on our slower bowlers but neither bowled the right length to the set batmen batting out of their crease. Our medium pacers, Harry Yate and Aqib were more successful in getting the ball in the right areas. Bablake’s however went hard in the last 8 or so overs scoring a slightly above-par 267.

 

Harry and Muneer opened the batting; we knew we need to make a quick start and after 6 overs we were 41 without loss. Muneer fell first to a straight one; I expected the ball to come a little quicker but I was through the shot too soon. Harry, partnering the in-form Raja Faisal, batted brilliantly, hitting the ball to all parts. He was unluckily out on 49, chasing a very, very wide ball down leg side, the ball hitting the back of his bat before being caught by the keeper.

 

The next partnership was decisive to the outcome of the match. I'd asked for 100 runs off the first 20, and we were 97 for the loss of 2 at this point. It was going to plan, however, a few quiet overs after drinks meant that we were falling behind the run-rate at the 30 over mark, with only 158 on the board. Ghufran, who hadn't had much luck with the bat in recent matches was transformed. A slight fellow, he gave some sever punishment to anything in his arc. Ones and twos were now flowing. We still needed around 7.2 per over, and whilst the Bablake bowlers were a constant threat, both Ghufran and Faisal were managing it well.

 

Once we needed 58 off the last 5 overs, things became a little tense. With Bablake's supporters on the boundary cheering every dot, the Bablake players were revitatlised. However, Ghufran, now joined by Aqib, played brilliantly, and although the match went into the last over, we only needed 6 to win. A two followed by a boundary 4 did it. The highest run-chase by the 3rd XI in its history.

 

 

June 17th

 

1st Team

 

This game threw up some surprises but predominantly a lot was fairly predictable. First surprise was the hot sun which was a challenge to all the players but especially those who were fasting whilst taking part in a competitive sport. Second surprise was that an early slip catch was taken off Sedge and the visiting openers were both gone in a flash. However, a solid partnership developed and blossomed as the bowlers tired and the change bowlers did not overly threaten. Finally a bowling combination was found that took wickets as Quinny & Cav in very different styles took control and claimed maximum bowling points.

 

175 to win seemed like a walk in the sun as Tom & Mo put together a solid opening partnership before wickets started to fall at regular intervals. The visiting slow left armer appeared to carry the threat of Derek Underwood on a damp track such was the mayhem that he caused to the middle-order. Some promising starts were seen but they were only teasers as no-one could go on to play a match winning innings. James put the pitch into perspective as he played a typical hard-hitting knock that excited the spectators but departed with a handful of runs required and it was left to Cav to apply the finishing touches in emphatic style. 24 points & 3rd in the table as a team is growing in effectiveness whilst still providing more questions than answers.

 

2nd Team

 

Another good performance with Dave W taking 4 wickets with good support from Vaughn and a score of 236 on a small ground was not too big a target.

 

Wendy Miller with his new bat dominated the early part of the chase but again the hard hitting Dave W took the side to victory in emphatic style.

 

3rd Team

 

An extraordinary win by Muneer’s men was achieved in the final over as two runouts off the first two balls of the over with Harry Yate starring with a brilliant throw. Sensational with full match report to follow…………………..

 

It was a tremendous game on Saturday. We probably had our strongest batting unit out, but the heat plays tricks with people and we subsided to 167, which was probably 30 runs below par. Harry Yate, opening, and Faisal Raja both impressed with the bat. Little partnerships along the way help propel the score.

 

Bowling, we have a couple of decent quickies; Faisal, who has been batting really well recently (another 60 to go with recent decent scores), put early pressure on the Peugeot batsmen. Rafakhat, a youngster (17 yrs) bowed with decent pace but his line was a little leg side. We changed then to a new guy, Aqib, who bowled reasonably and Waqar, a senior player, who bowled sensibly, tying up an end.

 

Peugeot were a little lucky with some of our dropped catches - and this enabled them to progress towards the target.  I thought things were getting a little samey in the bowling department so I brought on Zaheer (off-spinner) and Ishaaq (Leg Spinner) from either end to try and change something. It worked. They got me three wickets in 5 overs. However the set batsman, Gul, was flailing the ball to all parts and looked to take the game. I returned with the pacers, Faisal and Rafakhat, who, bowled better lines but without reward. Aqib came on for one over and snagged a wicket. At the start of the 46th and final over, Peugeot needed four runs, we needed 2 wickets.

 

I threw the ball to Waqar who induced a push into the covers. The batsmen tried to steal a single but both ended up at the same end (a la South Africa). One wicket down, one needed. The set batsmen then drove the next ball up to deep mid-off, where Harry Yate, fielding superbly, collected the ball and in one swift movement through it directly to the bowlers end, where Waqar was able to whip the bails off. Finally, after 18 long months CBCC 3rd XI were able to celebrate a win.

 

 

June 10th

1st Team

After the somewhat limp pursuit of victory last week that was undone by the lack of support for youngster Quinn there was a team performance that was gripping in its commitment and most importantly was fully supportive of all the elements within the team. Slowly, ever so slowly, a spirit is growing and despite the scarcity of top level quality a team is coming together that might overcome this shortage. Bowling first on a grey sullen day in the far reaches of the empire Sedge again put in a wholehearted performance that without blowing the opposition away put them under immense pressure that the other bowlers could benefit from.

Losing 2 early wickets was not part of the chasing plan but grit & determination can play a large part in the end result and this was to prove the case. It was good to see that Dane flourished by using his skills in play some delightful off-side strokes and looked a useful player. Winning by one wicket in the rain & gloom was not only important today but sets up the rest of the season nicely.

 

2nd Team

Being short of around 42 first choice players when playing one of the top sides was not ideal but winning the toss helped on a good old fashioned damp track. Fred & Mississippi Tom  made good use of the pitch & atmospheric conditions to tie the visitors down and claim early wickets aided by the line & length of Rafakhat. Weird Dave soon mopped up the tail and a total of 83 looked a little short of challenging.

Butcher Boy Greg was returning to cricket after a 42 year absence dug in to prevent the loss of early wickets and the equally obdurate Stig played in his normal vein. The score crept along at a run an over and as the opposition tried ever combination they had in their armoury Greg started to open his shoulders. A flurry of firm strokes took the opening pair to a undefeated total and a ten wicket victory amidst much joy & celebration.

3rd Team

We won the toss and put Alvis (2nd in the table) into bat. They had one batsman, cross batting everything; it didn't help that we dropped him on the boundary 3 times. A difficult cross-wind affected the bowlers but we persevered. They had one batsman score a ton, another 50. Alvis declared on 238 for 3 off 35 overs. We opened with Ishaaq and Muneer who batted 6 overs before Ishaaq got bowled off inside edge. Muneer and Faisal batted 25 overs before Muneer departed, caught at midwicket. Faisal batted beautifully for the rest of the overs (49 overs) securing a 50. Despite the result being a  losing draw the performance of batting for 55 overs for the loss of only 3 wickets was outstanding. Great performance from all the team!

 

 

May 27th

 

1st Team

 

Travelling to near neighbours in a near table top battle Castle yet again had players missing for various non-cricket related reasons but there was still a compelling game with many twists & turns to contemplate. Bowling first Matt picked up 2 quick wickets and the question of the elephant in the room raised its head for the first but not the last time. Sedge bowled in his normal attacking style and could have had more than one wicket for his efforts. Adam C again caught the eye with an immaculate keeping display highlighted by some superb stumpings. The change bowling of Quinny & Bootless Vaughn (ref Joe Jackson 1913) was not too challenging as the home pair raised an important partnership and scored 150 between them. The much neglected Shaban was finally remembered and yet again bowled well to take 3-18 but had 7 unused overs still available as the innings came to a close. Sedge had a return spell, which as all readers will know is like seeing a Zeppelin fly past, which brought him 2 in 2 and almost a hat-trick. A chase of just over 200 looked possible despite the gathering gloom and perma-frost.

 

Adam B was quickly replaced by Adam C, no mention of elephants in the room please, and once he had run Ben out looked to be in full control in a partnership with Charlie who was returning to active duty after a leg replacement. From a really comfortable position and after the Adam/Charlie partnership wickets fell in rapid succession, almost as which there was a bus to catch. A certain amount of stubbornness brought 3 batting points but finally the fleet-footed Bootless Vaughn departed leaving Matt stranded at the far end. An almost satisfying performance left both teams questioning if the room was big enough the house the unstated.

 

 

 

2nd Team

 

Early batting disasters were masked to a certain extent by veterans Weird Dave & Scott of the antics (sic) in a flourishing partnership dominated by the strokeplay of rejuvenated Dave. A total approaching 200 was very welcome and gave the bowlers something to attack with; six wickets down with not many on the board was a good position to be in ……………………..more to follow once communication links are restored.

 

3rd Team

 

Fasting & GCSE exams put paid to this fixture!

 

June 3rd

 

1st XI

 

There is something odd about the game of cricket when the clear man of the match ends on the losing side but CB have a habit of not doing the conventional. Bowling first against the struggling visitors CB kindly gave them a 67 run start which was to be crucial as the game unfolded. Luckily after the generous start the right bowlers were introduced with Quinny taking 5 and Shaban taking 4, confirming a trend of the last month or so of being a very important bowler. From 67-0 to 103 AO was a monumental slide from excellence to disaster and 4 bowling points for our team.

 

The policy of a night-watchman was not a success and when the in-form Adam was somewhat unluckily dismissed a stuttering start was further shown by a good catch to remove Chappo. Three down with not many on the board was a challenge that Quinny rose to but with very minimal support from the other end. The crippled Sedge looked to be the hero that was required as Quinny found an injury that hampered his normal brisk stroke-play. However, heroes are rarely found in the modern age and the innings fell apart to leave Quinny undefeated and the score was no more than 83. Twenty wickets falling for 120 runs?? Surely something is wrong? CB must be congratulated on being excellent hosts by gifting the rock bottom team 24 points and an enormous boost to their morale – August Bank Holiday Monday away is looking like a dream come true.

 

2nd XI

 

Travelling to the chocolate kingdom CB2s bowled first and Lezza took important wickets before southern boy Gulbahar ended with startling figures of 10 over 4 for 6 with support from the returning DJ Laney. A moderate total to chase and a sound opening partnership with Adam B showing great patience. However, the normal collapse left things in the balance before a 8 ball 38* from Dave Weird supported by DJ Laney took them them home in style. Amazing!

 

3rd XI

 

The returning Muneer described a well fought game by CBCC 3rds against the top team in the division. Muneer won the toss and put the opposition into bat on a track that appeared to have something in it 8 overs Newdigate were 5 down for 15 runs and positive result was looking likely for our boys. Rafakhat was getting superb swing, castling their openers, whilst Faisal was a danger coming up the hill. Aabid got in on the act, taking a brilliant caught & bowled wicket against their highly animated no.4. 

 

 

 

Newdigates middle order batted well; young Will Single, 13 years old, belied his age and batted very responsibly for 25 overs. The experienced Gufraan and Waqar brought the innings to a close with Newdigate finishing on 133 for 8 off their 45 overs.

 

 

 

CBCC opened with the Muneer and Inayat. We started well; the pitch was a little two paced, but after a few overs we were just settling in. Inayat was first out, caught at slip, bringing in Aabid to partner dad, Muneer. Hitting their opening bowler for a 6 and a four in consecutive balls put us on a good run rate. However, wickets fell frequently, and although the chase was on, we simply had too long a tail for the match to get close. In the end, we finished on 93, Faisal left stranded on 29 not out.

 

 

 

A very good fielding performance and certainly we gave the best team in the league a nasty fright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 27th

 

1st Team

 

Travelling to near neighbours in a near table top battle Castle yet again had players missing for various non-cricket related reasons but there was still a compelling game with many twists & turns to contemplate. Bowling first Matt picked up 2 quick wickets and the question of the elephant in the room raised its head for the first but not the last time. Sedge bowled in his normal attacking style and could have had more than one wicket for his efforts. Adam C again caught the eye with an immaculate keeping display highlighted by some superb stumpings. The change bowling of Quinny & Bootless Vaughn (ref Joe Jackson 1913) was not too challenging as the home pair raised an important partnership and scored 150 between them. The much neglected Shaban was finally remembered and yet again bowled well to take 3-18 but had 7 unused overs still available as the innings came to a close. Sedge had a return spell, which as all readers will know is like seeing a Zeppelin fly past, which brought him 2 in 2 and almost a hat-trick. A chase of just over 200 looked possible despite the gathering gloom and perma-frost.

 

Adam B was quickly replaced by Adam C, no mention of elephants in the room please, and once he had run Ben out looked to be in full control in a partnership with Charlie who was returning to active duty after a leg replacement. From a really comfortable position and after the Adam/Charlie partnership wickets fell in rapid succession, almost as which there was a bus to catch. A certain amount of stubbornness brought 3 batting points but finally the fleet-footed Bootless Vaughn departed leaving Matt stranded at the far end. An almost satisfying performance left both teams questioning if the room was big enough the house the unstated.

 

2nd Team

 

Early batting disasters were masked to a certain extent by veterans Weird Dave & Scott of the antics (sic) in a flourishing partnership dominated by the strokeplay of rejuvenated Dave. A total approaching 200 was very welcome and gave the bowlers something to attack with; six wickets down with not many on the board was a good position to be in ……………………..more to follow once communication links are restored.

 

3rd Team

 

Fasting & GCSE exams put paid to this fixture!

 

 

May 20th

 

All Teams

 

All teams tried & all teams failed to play more than a handful of overs. Glorious May sunshine? There was time for the confusing incident of a batsman edging the ball and the catch being completed as the umpire signalled a Wide. Somewhat odd and perhaps in contradiction of Law 25 2B? 

 

 

May 13th

 

1st Team

 

On the windswept heath with the gentle caress of the bypass serenading our ears our heroes took on one of the early leaders of the division on a damp, dry track (much as it seems an oxymoronism) Bowling first was a good start but the quick flow of runs through the slips to the unattended 3rd man region was perhaps not in the master plan? As has been stated before Insanitydoing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein 

 

The high scoring rate from the very start was certainly not doing the standard opening bowlers any favours and it was not until Vaughn & Quinny operated in tandem that the rate dropped from above 6 to below 3 and the poor catching ratio was masked to a certain extent by the tumble of wickets. The home team made a rapid descent from 80-1 to 117-8 before an odd partnership took the score into the 140s, helped by the non-catching policy.

 

The Clayton gang made a steady start and removed the threat of the new ball before Ben departed leaving Tom in support mode to the bashful Chappo. When Tom left things moved up a gear with Quinny leading the charge and a very comfortable win was almost assured with Chappo’s fine fifty being the highlight. However, the loss of 3 wickets in scoring the last 8 runs was a useful reminder to all of the vagaries of cricket, wait until the fat lady sings, etc,etc!!! 

 

 

 May 6th

 

1st Team

 

On Sigmund Freud’s Birthday, who would have an absolute field day with this club, losing the toss on a grey, mizzley day with an icy wind straight from the Urals (back to Freud) was not what was planned or hoped for. However, the steady start from 2 of the Clayton gang (ref:Hole in the Wall c1890s) was used very positively by the 3rd member, Adam, in an excellent controlled innings around which Tom C, Shaban & Andy Sedge could supply the support to build a very useful score of 232-6. This was a notable total in that it contained an unbeaten century, there were innings of patience whilst the scoring rate was maintained and improved throughout and best of all there was not a flurry of wickets thrown away in a forlorn attempt to score at IPL rates. Great innings, well done to Adam & all the others.

 

Sedge yet again found the edges but they were not held as the visitors raced away at well above the asking rate and it was left to AC again to visibly lift the team with a stunning catch that was incredible in its brilliance yet so simple in its execution. As more wickets fell the scoring slowed as Shaban continued his good form with ball with some useful wickets with support from Vaughn in a marathon spell of 87 consecutive overs. Hope grew of a victory with BC producing a challenging spell of unorthodox spin and guile but the visitors shut up shop on yet another beautiful wicket. Sixteen points in a winning draw was a very rewarding day in the absence of so many regulars that threatens to make selection very interesting.

 

2nd Team

 

With vice-captain Lezza in charge an interesting game was played on the verdigris based playing surface that inhibited much that is normal on a wicket suitable for cricket. Losing the toss, the very makeshift openers did not last too long and only Lezza with some delicate shots & Matt R with 19 apiece threatened to take the score above the hundred mark. Defending 87 would be difficult by again led by Lezza with a fifer, Faisal & George O taking 2 apiece the home team struggled and only crept over the line by 1 wicket. A monumental game of low scores that could very easily have gone the other way.

 

3rd Team

We had a weak XI, youngsters like Dawud and Adnan helping us as our regular 3rds were up into the 2nd xi. We were out into bat by MasseyFerguson But we put on 133...Inayat got 53..Adam batted well to offer support. Ishaaq played some terrific wristy shots in a cameo innings. The rest of us struggled in the misty gloom. We were AO in the 33rd over with a decent little total. Bowling: Aabid and Adam opened.. Both bowled well, especially Adam after an erratic start. Aabid bowled the opener middle and leg. Ishaaq showed us what we had missed recently with some excellent mystery spin. Yusuf got the 1st league wicket caught and bowled They had one batsman who shredded our bowling..he got 76 We got two points though...cant complain

 

 

 

April 29th

1st Team

A big celebration as Matt won the toss and inserted the opposition under grey, leaden skies suitable for late February – sorry April but it still feels like Winter. Matt & Sedge bowled well to contain the openers but wickets whilst being threatened were not taken but then 4 fell fairly quickly. The change bowlers did not keep up the pressure but this enabled Shaban to utilise a reasonably hard ball for once and his persistent line claimed good reward despite the pitchforking shots to cow. Dan was given a good spell before his absence to yet more domestic duties next week and was rewarded (no pun! Honest) with 2 or 3 wickets depending upon the scorebook followed. The tail took the score 30ish runs higher than it should have been but Adam C saved more than that behind the stumps. The fielding and especially the catching was well below an acceptable standard but there was some good honest endeavour witnessed.

Adam & Tom in different styles put together a sound opening partnership before some sloppy batting allowed the home team back into the game despite a very quick Quinny flurry. A responsible & assured middle-order knock from Shaban with good support from James put things into perspective and a comfortable victory seemed assured. However, the Castle deathwish reappeared and the limping James was left to steer the ship through the stormy waters towards safe harbour but with 8 wickets down and Matt striding to the wicket with 14 runs required it was not happy viewing. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and Matt’s glanced four took the happy team across the line and racing up the table! More challenges to come but a win was absolutely priceless in the context of 2015-2017.

2nd Team

Vaughan, with a makeshift X, played against our near neighbours, Knowle Village, won the toss and fielded first on a very grey and cold April day. We were a very youthful team, however there was no lack of spirit or commitment to the cause. Opening the bowling himself in tandem with George Oley, Vaughan struck the first blow, taking the wicket of the opening batsmen 3 times, the first two being apparently not out LBW!. George was an effective foil from the other end, showing the form that a really good preseason gives you. He maintained really good lines and lengths and was really unlucky not to be rewarded with wickets for his efforts. It must be said also that Dane was absolutely brilliant behind the stumps. First change brought young Aabid into the attack. Showing rare confidence in a 14 year old, Aabid did what he does well, making the batsmen have to play every ball. His first wicket came courtesy of an incredible catch by Ben Clayton, who ran fully 35 yards before making a brilliant catch. Aabid finished on 4 wickets for 43 off his allocation. Leslie bowled well, as did the other bowlers, however the KV batsmen were experienced and scored quickly to rack up an impressive 293 off 44 overs. Opening the batting for CBCC were the youthful pairing of Adam Bostock and Ben Clayton. Ben started the quicker, however he played on to a quicker ball. A succession of batsmen then followed to give Adam support and whilst the target was always out of reach of our team we stuck to the gameplan and earned a creditable losing draw.

3rd Team

Our 3rds hosted Standard 3rds on Saturday. We were captained by the experienced Amir in the absence of Muneer who was on 2nd xi duty. We batted first, and in the main, performed reasonably well against a quick Standard side. Faisal, marking his return to Castle Brom 3rds, played well after the fall of early wickets whilst Zaheer continued his good form of the previous week with a well constructed 51. Eventually we were all out 126 with 6 overs spare. After a steady start for Standard it was the youngster Rafakat who rattled the opposition. First he took an absolute worldie of a catch at short point to dismiss the opening batsman, then displayed his superb bowling ability to take 3 quick wickets. Standard were reeling at 80 for 7, however, with the absence of another bowler, and with the frontline all bowled out, Standard limped over the finishing line to win a closely fought contest.

 

 

 

April 22nd

1st Team

With a return to the scene of the last game of 2016 which had particularly poignant memories there was an immediate opportunity of seeing BND17 in action but there was an almost immaculate mirage image of last September; the only difference being we batted first and lost. Adam C looked in absolutely splendid form before receiving a prompt reminder that playing in division 3 comes with obvious hazards. Even so a start of 50-1 was acceptable before 50-3 looked less than pleasing. Dan kept his concentration and unfurled some remarkably good shots but unfortunately straight to the field and in partnership with young Quinny the repair work began again as another promising position was reached. Some over aggression from the lower-order led to a rather lowly total of 133 with Dan stranded on 46* and 5 overs still unused.

The expected opening attack and subsequent bowling changes, following the 2016 template, made no headway and an ominous 80-0 made the sun hide behind the clouds. However, 3 wickets to the slow bowlers quickly changed the outlook and with a further 2 wickets falling to the rejuvenated openers there was hope again before a flurry of quick boundaries dashed the optimism and a home victory was reached with many overs to spare. There is a big game next week to look forward to.

2nd team

There were a great number of positives to be seen as a number of rusty players made starts but the bad news is that none made a major contribution and it was only the veteran partnership of Scott & Freddie that gave a competitive score. In the bowling there were also positives from George & Freddie that should give hope for the immediate future and with the naturally ebullience of Lezza to the fore there is more than a glimmer of expectation.

 3rd Team

In the local Derby amongst the early season chaos our lads batted first under clear blue skies scoring 123 runs off 35overs. Aabid opened, he scored 36 runs with support from the powerful Zaheer 44. The pitch played low and slow...a real April pitch with a slow outfield.  Water Orton got the runs but lost 5 wickets in the process: 2 for Aabid, 2 for Aamir and 1 to Adam. Muneer bowled 5 overs for 1 run. This was a very young side, there were three 12 year olds in our team, but they performed brilliant. Aabid was great, opening the batting and smashing powerful boundaries, drives and pull shots and followed up with 2 good wickets - a future star in the making!

 

 

 April 15th

1st Team

Following on from the BNW16 masterplan, which as I am sure regular reader will recollect crashed & burned before the fresh light of spring had faded, we are faced with a BND17 (Brave New Dawn) that has promised to change everything for the better – best of luck with that one then!

 

So, on a bright, sunny and yes (at times) warm day our team bowled first and to the naked eye there appeared little change with Matt bowling a niggardly line and Sedge varying from the mundane to the magnificent before the anticipated first change of Paul Miller. The very obvious change was in the field where a wicketkeeper was seen taking the ball smoothly and without any fuss which immediately brought a sense of calm rather than chaos; this uplifting of the spirits was reflected by the sight of young bodies fielding the ball cleanly and efficiently. Catches were taken which varied from the sublime (George) to the magnificent (Sedge) and a general buzz was easily seen. The wickets were shared around with the majority going to the 15-year-old Quinn, who might have a future in the game, aided by the proficiency of Adam with catches, stumpings and a general efficiency.

 

The early loss of both Claytons to early season rustiness was a disappointment and other wickets fell whilst Quinny continued his good work with the bat, looking very comfortable with good support from the returning Adam Bostock after his injuries. Despite the accumulation of runs, wickets were being taken and a blow to morale with an early loss looked eminently likely. Fear not as the unlikely pairing of James & the blood-splattered Sedge slowly built a sound partnership and then accelerated towards victory with an over or two to spare. Another not out for Sedge with a series of well controlled shots supported the more aggressive James who was just short of a seasons first fifty. A good result that can be built upon with next weeks away game under the church. 

 

 

 

 

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