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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Summer is here!

At last – it’s been cold, wet and windy – but that’s enough talk about the Winter.  The Gardeners are springing into action against Blue Star in our season opener down in Kent.

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New caps (£12) and shirts (£20) are available – ask me for details – click on my name to email.

Richard Higginbottom
Captain, 18th April 2018

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Fixtures!

Gardeners – time to get your planning in.  The 2018 fixtures are now on the ‘Fixtures’ section of this website.  Note that we have two tours – both involving just the Saturday night away – first weekend in May to Holkham / Cambridge and the last weekend in June to Ardington.  Any fixtures you want to be involved in, let me know, particularly the tour matches.  More details and prices out on email soon, but here are some prices for you.

Annual Subscription = £22
Match Fee is from £6 to £10 depending on what we get charged (sometimes it works out at more than £10 each, but we never charge more than £10.  Treasurer and Vice Captain Stuart Bruce will be only too delighted to take your hard earned cash.

Want to look the part?  Gardeners caps are £10 and long sleeve shirts are £15.  Stocks are now dwindling for the shirts, so get your orders in soon so I can place a new order (this time for some short sleeve ones as well).

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, 19th March 2018

 

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Happy New Year

We’re now in 2018 so the season is but 3 months away.  Most weekend fixtures and a good number of the T20s have been set up and the new fixture list will be on this website in the next couple of weeks.  Meanwhile, here’s the tour dates for this year – we only stay away the Saturday Night.

May 5/6 – Holkham (Norfolk) and Jesus College Cambridge.  Travel up to England’s finest county by minibus from Stevenage station and stay and a hotel in Fakenham.  Holkham Hall is possibly the grandest mansion in Norfolk and ground is beautiful, the wicket in tip top condition.  The home team are a very friendly bunch and a couple of us Norfolk exiles even speak the language.  On the Sunday morning we drive over to Cambridge to take on the college in just as good a setting.  Perhaps the wicket is even better, and again the locals are friendly.  So bring your A game on and off the pitch.  Likely cost for transport, match fees and bed & breakfast around £85 all in.

June 23/24 – Ardington and E&W Hendred.  Over the past few years we’ve been playing a ‘test match’ over the 2 days and we’ve had some great times.  However, we’re making a change this season and playing another local team on another fine ground on the Sunday.  Tales from this tour are in the odd realm of fact being stranger than fiction.  On this occasion it’s a train to Didcot and the captain will get lifts organised.  Total cost around £65.

If you want to reserve your space, contact me.

Richard Higginbottom
Captain & Secretary

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I don’t like cricket – I love it

Lots of lovely cricket coming up – you wouldn’t want to miss out!  Please get in touch if you’d like to play.  Click on the location name for venue details.

Wednesday 5th July, 6pm – Gospel Blokes at Parliament Hill – Match Fee £5
Richard Higginbottom  [c]
Rajmander Singh
Sachith Dassanayake
Sachin Randunne
Debasis Mohanty
Guru Dath
Soumya Ranjan Das
Alok Ranjan Das
Stuart Bruce
Nik Patel
MORE NEEDED

Sunday 9th July, 2pm – The Intangibles at Regent’s Park – Match Fee £10
Richard Higginbottom  [c]
Stuart Bruce
David Stead
Graham Bruce
Conor Aspel
Rajmander Singh
Paul Lichtenstern [debut]
MORE NEEDED

Wednesday 12th July, 6pm – Antares at Parliament Hill – Match Fee £5
Richard Higginbottom
Jim Monahan
Laurence Kiddle
MORE NEEDED

Friday 14th July, 6pm – LICS at Regent’s Park – Match Fee £10
MORE NEEDED

Sunday 16th July, 1.30pm – LICS at Golders Green – Match Fee £6
Richard Higginbottom
Jeff Round
Jim Monahan
MORE NEEDED

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, 4th July 2017

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