The Stoics C.C.


Cambridge Crusaders v The Stoics C.C. Stoics CC on Thu 23 Apr 2009 at 11.30
The Stoics C.C. Won

Match report Weather sunny and Warm, Pitch low and slow, outfield lush and smooth.

Crusader won the toss, and despite warning from CT decided to bat. Stoics somewhat disgruntled at taking the field, having assembled from Horsham, Tunbridge Wells, West and North London. We were determined to make the undergraduates suffer for their bad manners, and even worse cricket judgment.

Without much assistance from the wicket Stoics bowled accurately, rotatated the bowlers and pinned down the batsmen, and chipped away at the wickets. 3 fell for 78 runs in 35 overs before lunch, whereupon the Crusaders skipper apologised for their unadventurous approach have decided to bat (a little late for that). Lunch wouldn't have done credit to a 1970s transport cafe, leading to certain (unnamed Stoics indulging instead in the gourmet delights of the local Shell garage shop), the coup de gras being the choc ice that was presented concurrently with the meat (?) pie and had subsequently melted into a soupy gloop when the time came round to eat it.

Suitably replenished The Stoics resumed the fray against a somewhat more aggressive Cambridge team. Deploying mainly spin, the Stoics reduced the oppo to 103-6, but 2 decent partnerships eventually led to a serviceable total of 201 all out in 58 overs. Notable performance came from Bukari 3 wickets, Bridgwater 2 and Francis, Gilchrist scholar and Stoics debutant with 2. Chaudry (candidate) volunteered as an occasional keeper and did well. Paulson (Aussie guest) threw himself about in the field as if playing in an Ashes decider.

Stoics batted against a fairly lively Cambridge attack and lost 3 wickets for 35 before tea, though with strong batting to come. After being presented with a "make your own sandwich" smorgasbord, the Stoics batsman took to the task of scoring 167 runs in a maximum of 35 overs with some relish, with Ben Dougall, another Gilchrist scholar, making an attractive 32, although with further wickets lost at 103-5 the game was finely balanced.

A quality partnership of 80 in 15 overs between Milton and Bukhari, the left/right hand combination disrupting the bowlers' rhythm, completely broke the back of the Cambridge resistance and the Stoics lost only one further wicket before winning the game with 10 overs remaining.

A winning start for the Stoics, all the team got into the game one way or the other, Babs supplied a team photo (to be posted on the website) and the Crusaders hopefully will not bat first for another 10 years at least.

The Hat and Feathers Pub was well attended, the Match Manager burst a tyre on the M11 on the way home, the match ball, scorebook (completed) and Club flag were escorted back to Secretary.

Cambridge Crusaders CC 201 all out

Notable Performances:

Bukhari 3-38
Bridgwater - 2-29
Francis - 2-28

The Stoics CC - 202-6

Milton 65
Bukhari 60 not out
Dougall 32

Wives on ground 1, dogs 1 (plus 2 locals), old codgers 1, mad scorers 2

Cambridge Crusaders Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
201 (0.0 overs)

The Stoics C.C. Stoics CC Bowling

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The Stoics C.C. Stoics CC Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Richie Bowers  
Simon Bridgewater  
Nigel Keess  
Chris Tooley  
Jake Milton  
Babs Oduwole  
Gerald Plumbly  
Geraldine Plumbly  
Peter Ray  
Roderick Moore  
Wesley Morrick  

Cambridge Crusaders Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

  • Umpire :
    Cyril Flood
  • Scorer :