Minster Lovell – Defeat

A lovely sunny afternoon in Minster Lovell provided the stage for a challenging last match of the season. Wantage were a man down and facing a full strength Minster Lovell side on a soft riverside wicket. After losing the toss again, Wantage were asked to field first in a 40 over match. Jamescontinue reading →

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 →

Steventon – Victory

Firstly, I'd like to apologise to Duncan and Peachy for dropping two incredibly easy catches off of their bowling, for which I get pig's ear. Fortunately the rest of the team played so well that this didn't really matter too much and enabled them to have a good laugh at their skipper throughout the game and well into the evening. Suffice to say that we beat Steventon yesterday. It was a good spirited game with both sides enjoying the sun, the wonderful batting surface and the good natured banter. I managed to get…continue reading →

Letcombe – Victory

On another stonking afternoon we headed out to Letcombe for a 40 over game with a good attitude about the team as Toups/Bows was back in town and gagging to get at the Letcombe bowling attack! As now expected we lost the toss and had to field in the hottest part of the day (well done Nordic) and the opening bowlers Stewie "alice's brother" Bulpitt and James "Man-Boobs" Mabbett opened the bowling. Without Gorgeous George and P.O.D having kept wicket all day saturday and having suspected Shin Splints it was left to the…continue reading →

Uffington – Defeat

On a ridiculously hot Sunday afternoon we played Uffington at home, we had a full team as everyone wanted to get at Mongo. So much so that Longdog Wooloff was left out the team, and ended up playing for them!! So we were all eager to get at the away team, although slightly less keen when Steve lost the toss and we had to field in the hottest part of the day. However, we started fielding well, with Angel Bulpitt and Jimmy Mabbett opening the bowling and keeping it tight and getting an…continue reading →

The Quokkas – Victory

Our Australian visitors from the big smoke gave us a good game yesterday. We started early at 11am and played a 30 over game as we mutually wanted to finish by 3.30 to watch the England game. We batted first and after a shaky start and some dubious LBW decisions, batted out the 30 overs. David "Muppet" Henson put in a good performance, playing some nice shots between the fielders to get valuable runs. He got 24 before spooning a ball to a fielder. I got 21 with some ugly but effective shots,…continue reading →

Harwell International – Victory

Wantage won by 2 wickets Wantage improved again this week, after last weeks win against Uffington. Superb performances from all kept the hosts down to 129-7 from 43 overs. All the bowlers contributed with the ball, suported by brilliant fielding. Steve gave an object lesson in what parts of the body could be and should be used to stop the ball. Praise must also be given to 'Mungo' for the way he kept wicket. Dave showed us how to stop the ball with a spectacular dive, but missed the ball completely, which has…continue reading →