22 to not so many …

After an incredible number of players being available for the first two games, we’ve got a useful XI for the French House match on 2nd August – but where’s everybody gone on the 8th and 9th? Check your diaries and sign up! Have a look at the two match reports to see how much good cricket we’ve fitted into the two matches so far.

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We’re BACK!

Thanks again to our hosts at Jesus College for enabling our first match of the season. Check out the match report on this link.

Next Sunday (26th July) we entertain our great pals The Players at Parliament Hill. Can we regain the Ashes? Will everyone remember their hand sanitiser? Can everyone cope with having to bring their own kit and refreshments?

Salmagundi!

Richard

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Secretary Speaks: The 2020 Fixture List

I hope all you fine folk are Wintering well. We’ve got weekly indoor nets at Lord’s (see emails for details – if you’re not on the list drop me a line).

Meanwhile whilst the Captain’s cap is lying at the bottom of the drawer in the off-season, the mantle of Secretary has been assumed: to see evidence of this please visit the Fixtures page on this link.

We have three new sets of friends (or enemies to make if I really stuff things up) in 2020. Markyate and Luton Town have filled a gap in our fixture list as Blue Star sadly couldn’t get their host club to release their ground on a suitable date. We look forward to revisiting Blue Star in the future. The Village are a team rather like us who play “home” matches on the Heath … their skipper tracked me down for a game, so it would be churlish to resist. And the Irregular Occasionals have replaced the Sunday Times – whose playing strength had depleted over the years.

Note that I’m still in negotiation for a couple of dates, and the T20s are likely to change a little. The final list will be in place by mid March.

Richard Higginbottom
rj.higginbottom@gmail.com

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Join The Gardeners

Got an itchy feeling in your spinning finger?  Surely that inswinging yorker you used to be able to produce from time to time is still in your armoury … a glorious Cover Drive, watching the fielder run after it in fruitless hope.  Summer … a season incomplete without the noble battle between bat and ball.  If you’re reading this and thoughts of taking to the wicket appeal, get in touch with the skipper who’ll be delighted to introduce you to all things Salmagundi.  Already a player?  Forward on to those friends, colleagues and acquaintances who may be harbouring an urge to take to the willow and leather.

Richard Higginbottom, Captain & Secretary

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Hat-Trick Hero

Hat-tricks as we all know are as rare as Lord Fakenham turning up on time on a Sunday afternoon, but at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday our ever improving all-rounder Graham Bruce secured the consecutive wickets of three decent batsmen versus CIPA-ITMA.  Read about his sensational exploits here.

Meanwhile we have lots of players available on Sunday, so we’ve loaned three of us to our good friends Woodstock to ensure its 11 vs 11.  Here’s our team:

team

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, 23rd May 2019

 

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East Anglia Tour: Teams

Holkham vs Salmagundi Gardeners
at Holkham Hall, North Norfolk, Saturday 4th May 2019, 1pm

Richard Higginbottom (c, w)
Paul Jordan
Debasis Mohanty
Guru Dath
Nick Duckett
Graham Bruce
Jason Amesbury
Stuart Bruce
Tim Clamp
Joe Woolmore
Adam Wood

Jesus College vs Salmagundi Gardeners
at Jesus College, Cambridge, Sunday 5th May 2019, 1.30pm

Stuart Bruce
David Hollingsworth
Debasis Mohanty
Roger McCann
Adam Wood
Joe Woolmore
Paul Jordan
Nick Duckett
Graham Bruce
Guru Dath
Richard Higginbottom (c, w)

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Back to Basics

Oh dear!  After a great start at Knebworth, we continued our sterling work in the field at Blue Star, but then forgot how to bat.  Match report will be added once Stuart has calmed down enough, meanwhile you can find the scorecard here.

Now … we’re off to East Anglia for the May tour.  Minibus, here I come!

Richard Higginbottom, Captain

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Summer is here!

A great start to the season for the Gardeners as we made our first ever visit to Knebworth Park in glorious weather on Easter Saturday – here’s the match report.

Next match also out of London, playing Blue Star in the bucolic surroundings of Horton Kirby in Kent.  For all the upcoming fixtures, look on this page.

Salmagundi!

Richard Higginbottom
Captain

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The Bonnington Awards

Around this time of year a number of us gather at the Bonnington Cafe – a vegetarian (mainly vegan) eatery near to The Oval – and discuss the stand-out achievements of the season.  Jeremy Gostick was kind enough to document the citations, and I gladly reproduce them right here:

Here are the details of the SGCC award winners, as finalised last Friday at the traditional end-of-season meal at the Bonnington (and the increasingly traditional attempt to burn down the restaurant – well done Graham). Let’s get to it.

Shot of the year

Debasis’ six off a good ball early on at Holkham which put a chill in the hearts of the complacent locals (although a number of Debasis’ shots could have won).

Wicket of the year

Stuart breaking a bail at Cambridge. Because breaking bails is cool. And we’ll not mention his terrorising of a child later in the innings.

Best bowling performance

Subbu’s 5-3 against Antares. Has the defence of a total of 78 ever been so comfortable?

Catch of the year

Paul Jordan’s ‘leaping salmon’ vs Ardington.

Best cricketing moment

Joe and Tim ‘Captain Hook’ Richards’ epic last wicket stand against the Sunday Times (hiss!boo!) to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat (as opposed to the other way round, which is our normal approach).

Worst cricketing moment

Ardington: ‘you know we don’t play LBW, right?’

This isn’t the under-11s, people.

Quote of the year

S Bruce at Ham: ‘Boys let’s all calm down’, said with eyes bulging and steam coming out of ears.

Comedy moment of the year

Conor’s attempted ramp shot at Ardington, the descriptions of which became more and more elaborate and overblown as the meal went  on.  I look forward to an opportunity to catch it next year.

Post-match entertainment award

Adam ‘Brando’ Wood laying it on the line to one of those annoying Young People in Wantage on Ardington weekend: ‘You know nothing…I’ve forgotten things you’ll never know’.

What’s he rebelling against? What have you got?

There was also a special, extra-patronising, award to Graham for ‘most improved bowler’, in the vain hope it might stop him setting light to things.

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Gardeners – the ever changing team

I was talking with the team during the tea interval recently on the subject of the previous match; at that point I realised that I was the only person who had played for the Gardeners in both games, which made me realise that (a) I am some sort of cricket junkie (no surprise there) and (b) that we have a wide range of players to call upon.  Thanks to all of you making yourselves available; please continue to contribute your views on how we can change for the better, whether it’s personal to you or concerning matches, opposition, wickets etc.  It’s an honour to be captain of this team – remember that we try to make sure everyone gets a chance to shine, we play with a smile on our face but get serious if we need to, and we are always gracious to the opposition and our team-mates (in that order).

Richard Higginbottom
Captain
12th June 2018

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