SGCC vs Jesus College, May 9th 2010
At last! The Gardeners ended their Winter break with a trip to the beautiful surroundings of Jesus College Cambridge. The weather was much better than forecast, by late afternoon the clouds had cleared to create a picture perfect scene of the thatched pavilion, ancient college buildings and the Lord Fakenham’s dazzlingly white T shirt. Therein lies a tale as Lord Fakenham had failed to bring a shirt to the game (does he think he’s Iggy Pop?) but was bailed out by the spare-shirted Richard. Is this Fakenham’s ploy to avoid laundry duties still further?
The Gardeners had in the main arrived by train, but Adam parachuted in and then Paul minced across the outfield in his biker gear with his helmet still on reminding us of one of Doctor Who’s enemies.
Nick, skipper in place of Dave (cheering on Whitley Bay to a 6-1 victory in the FA Vase), won the toss and chose to bat. Jeff and Richard strode to the middle, Richard perishing in the 2nd over for one run to a good slip catch. Nick had been studying tactics during the week so Dave “2-Bats” Hollingsworth went in at 3 to provide a blend of caution and cavalier. Dave belted his second ball for 4 so Nick cried “Bonus!” A stand of 40 ensued, Dave making 18 (caught) and Jeff 20 (bowled) departing in quick succession. Fakenham and Jim C then combined to put on 66, Jim showing elegance and technique in handling the constant threat of Burberry (the bowler, not a trespassing chav), while Fakenha, deposited Hussain’s off-spin for three sixes into the woods. Fakenham cruised to 35 before being bowled and the skipper failed to trouble the scorers. Jeremy added 1 before being bowled by a sublime delivery from Burberry that clipped the top of his off stump.
Jeremy’s demise was “all Tom’s fault” (per Jeremy) as Tom was on walkabout when he should have been striding to the wicket to replace Nick. Actually it was Nick’s fault as he’d instructed Tom to “play like his Dad”, so Tom was charming some ladies he’d spotted over the far side of the ground and was considering a new arrangement for his next musical performance while ambling back around to the pavilion.
Tom made amends by hitting the ball to all corners of the ground in a quickfire 29. In the meantime Jim had succumbed (bowled) for a classy 33, releasing Mick onto the square. Mick slammed his first delivery for 4 and kept up a high tempo, top scoring with 62. After Tom was out caught, Paul supported Mick before getting out stumped. Adam remained unbeaten on 2 as Mick was bowled to end the Gardeners’ innings.
Gardeners 218 all out
Higginbottom caught 1
Round bowled 20
Hollingsworth caught 18
Fakenham bowled 35
J Campbell bowled 33
Duckett bowled 0
Gostick bowled 1
T Monahan caught 29
M Campbell bowled 62
Brasted stumped 4
Wood not out 2
Tea was of course splendid. Adam was delighted by the presence of coffee (“I can’t stand tea” he confessed). “Are you English?” asked Richard. The scones were so good Richard took a second one. 2-Bats, waiting for more than a year for his chance (a patient man) pointed and shouted “2-Scones!”
Into the field and Jim bowled so well the only balls the batsmen could hit were those homing in on the stumps. A few edges squirted away from reach but nothing was going to hand. His Lordship at the other end was also on song and secured a breakthrough in the sixth over courtesy of ‘keeper Jeff pouching an outside edge. However, further wickets eluded us as Jesus got into their stride. Mick came on and tried out his new delivery first ball – the slow bouncer. It arrived at the batsman half-volley third bounce. Subsequent overs saw Mick’s usual high quality bowling but the batsmen were now well set.
Tom relieved Fakenham at the Hare Statue end (actually that statue looks like Paul in his delivery stride) and the off-season rust showed as Jesus took advantage of a few looseners. In Tom’s second over – a breakthrough! Tom bowled a well judged shorter ball to tempt the batsman who obligingly hit it to Richard on the midwicket boundary. Dropping it wasn’t an option as I’d then have had to throw it back to the middle which seemed miles away from out there.
Paul took over from Tom and the runs continued to flow until Paul produced an excellent yorker to claim another scalp. Shortly afterwards Jeff completed a cunning run out, deliberately fumbling a leg-side take and throwing down the stumps. Jesus then thumped us about the park until the returning Mick got a consolation wicket before Adam bowled what turned out to be the last over – including two fine deliveries that had the batsman tangled up. Then the fourth ball sailed deep into the forest at square leg.
Jesus 224 for 5 won by 5 wickets
J Campbell 10 overs 3 maidens 38 runs 0 wickets
Lord Fakenham 9 – 1 – 51 – 1
M Campbell 8 – 1 – 39 – 1
T Monahan 2 – 0 – 27 – 1
Brasted 2 – 0 – 17 – 1
Hollingsworth 2 – 0 – 12 – 0
Wood 0.4 – 0 – 11 – 0