Presidents XI – Victory

It was a lovely day for a game of cricket. It wasn't too cold and it wasn't too hot. A slight breeze blew across the wicket drying it into a perfect batting surface. Eleven Wantage players gathered at the bar alongside ex-Wantage players and guests of Geoff Bailey and brought their blood-alcohol levels up to the perfect levels at which cricket can be played; Enough to settle the nerves and not too much to have to decide which of the two balls that are coming towards you that you should play. Traditionally the…continue reading →

Uffington – Defeat

Despite the rain on Saturday night, we played yesterday. The pitch at Uffington was quite soft and was not the best batting surface, requiring some sensible bowling to ensure that nobody got hurt. For the second time this season I won the toss and elected to bat first. Graham "Gorgeous" North returned from a long holiday and injury break and opened the batting with Ian "Bows" Rollinson. Some careful defensive batting saw us through the first eight overs without loss with the ball digging in and popping up all over the place. Bows…continue reading →

Crowmarsh – Defeat

Its that time of year again....when the Derek Shorter memorial trophy goes up for grabs....and we get slaughtered! The pitch hadn't improved from last year and as one witty member of the team noted it resembled a rice pudding. So when honorary captain Tweeky won the toss and decided to FIELD we were all bemused but donned our whites and decided his distinguished cricketing brain must know best... As usual Stewie "angel" Bullpitt and James "Moobs" Opened the bowling and started well, with the first five overs going for only 11. However it…continue reading →