Awards 2018

Awards presented at the 2018 annual dinner on 6th October: Captain's award: Colin Mercer Wednesday Bowling award: Olly Haine Batting award: Liam Turnbull Sunday Duck award: Tim Weekes Bowling award: Tim Weekes Batting award: Ed Porter Saturday Sieve award for highest ratio of dropped catches: Steve Bramley Catching award: Colin Mercer Most improved player award: Alan Wong "Dummy out of the pram" award: Ryan and Barry Martin Pigs ear award: Ryan Martin Champagne moment award: Barry Martin Man of the match award: Barry Martin Bowling award: James Mabbett Batting award: Dave Spencercontinue reading →

Uffington – Friendly – Away

The day started with great promise, as it transpired that Uffington had only 8 players. Fortunately, because Wantage is such an amazing club, they were able to loan them a few ringers. And ringers they were, as Barry, Timmy Lane and Ian joined Mongo as honorary Uffington players for the day. This allowed for plenty of nice and personal sledging throughout the day. Not to mention some bruised pride. Barry opened the batting and scored quickly throughout his long innings, although he was dropped twice, once a tough chance at slip by PicNic,…continue reading →

Quokkas – Friendly – Home

Wantage won the toss and elected to bat. OT and Circus stepped up to open the batting for Wantage and got off to a very good start with 16 runs off the first over, and subsequently 41 off 4 overs. Alas it wasn’t to last with OT being given LBW (I’ve lost count how many times this season I’ve been LBW – just too many). After the fall of the first wicket there was a top and middle order bating collapse with batsman 3, 4 and 5 all being dismissed within the space…continue reading →

Crowmarsh – Friendly – Away

The Wantage team arrived at Crowmarsh keen and ready to put on a display for some special foreign guests (a Scotsman and an American) along with the usual Zimbabwean crowd. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Timmy and Putty opened and put on a display of how dull cricket can be. After a few runs at the start they allowed Crowmarsh to bowl three consecutive maidens, a tedious 22 dot balls. This did, however, see off some dangerous bowling that might have taken the wickets of lesser batsmen. There were two…continue reading →

Steventon – Friendly – Home

Weather: fine but breezy Upon arrival (at about precisely 13:46) I was surprised to see Steventon geared up, ready and waiting (game wasn’t meant to start until half 2) – it turned out that they knew the club bar would be open! Unusually the toss never happened – the away skipper not wanting to bat first and Wantage wanting to bat first – skippering so far so good. The away skipper’s aspiration to field first was motivated by an apparent lack of batting amongst his compatriots – shame, but he wasn’t kidding! Wantage…continue reading →

Welford Park – Friendly – Away

After losing the toss but being in to bat first on a wicket that looked as hard as concrete, we were warned that the wicket had “variable bounce”. Their skipper wasn’t kidding. Some balls came on to the bat quite well, some shot through and the occasional one jumped up over head height. This led to an interesting innings. Coach and Benny opened but Benny was sent back to the pavilion after 10 balls with only one scoring shot (a four). Rich Lonnon also scored 4 before being caught. Nordic saw himself in…continue reading →

E&W Hendred – Friendly – Away

After some long awaited rain over the past couple of days, the sun was out and the Hendred wicket was slightly damp on the surface to give a little bit of interesting bounce, but nothing too nasty. Steve “Nordic” Bramley won the toss and elected to bat against a team that were an assemblage of youth and (to put it nicely) experience. Barry “Coach” Martin and Nordic opened and put on 56 runs, Coach playing shots and Nordic conspicuously defending, before Nordic top edged a ball to the keeper and was dismissed for…continue reading →

Cold Ash – Away – Friendly – Lost

The day didn’t start well, as Steve neglected to tell everyone that Cold Ash had an Astroturf pitch only. This unfortunately meant that a lot of the team had to spend the opening twenty minutes of the game removing the studs from their boots. This was an inauspicious start which was not improved by a sterling opening partnership of two balls, no runs and one wicket as O.T.Bix fell in the first over. Mongo soon followed, and Ian and Ben then added a fairly brisk 60, including some exciting pulls by Ben, before…continue reading →

“Subscribe” to Wantage Cricket Club fixtures

If you’re lucky enough to use a smart phone, iCal or Outlook, you can get the 2011 fixtures now and (if I get the time) have the scores update for each game directly into your diaries on your phone.  “Wow!”  I hear you say.  You can do this by subscribing to a file on the website on your phone.  It’s easy to do and will automatically update with any changes. Just follow the instructions below  (if you’ve got an iPhone, just read the last 10 lines: DOWNLOADABLE FIXTURE LIST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "DOWNLOAD" AND…continue reading →

Nessa Tries To Escape Fleshy Man Parts

Nessa the sheep, Wantage's new trophy girl was spotted in The King Alfred's Head recently whilst being taken out on a date by Moobs, the man of the match from the Freeland game.  However, the date can't have been going well as she was spotted trying to get out of the window and was being dragged back by the evil James's fleshy man parts.continue reading →