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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Upcoming matches and teams

More Players Needed.  Click on the venue name for the location details.  Got friends who might like to play?  Forward it on!

Thursday 29th June, 6pm – Mayer Brown (vs TR) at London Fields – Match Fee £5

Richard Higginbottom [c]
Steve Bulman
Nik Patel
Matt Incledon
Sachin Randunne
George Grylls
Gavin Hudson
David Hollingsworth
Alok Ranjan Das
Soumya Ranjan Das
Debasis Mohanty
Guru Dath

Saturday 1st July, 1pm – Motley Crew at Golders Green – Match Fee £6

Richard Higginbottom [c]
Jeremy Gostick
Graham Bruce
Darren Owen
Jason Amesbury [to confirm]

Wednesday 5th July, 6pm – Gospel Blokes at Parliament Hill – Match Fee £5


Stuart Bruce [c]
Richard Higginbottom
Jim Monahan
Rajmander Singh
Sachith Dassanayake
Sachin Randunne
David Hollingsworth
Nik Patel [to confirm]
Jason Amesbury [to confirm]

Sunday 9th July, 2pm – The Intangibles at Regent’s Park – Match Fee £10

Richard Higginbottom [c]
Stuart Bruce
David Hollingsworth

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The Boars Head Match Report

All the news that’s fit to print – and some that quite frankly is not – is contained in the Match Report from Ardington.

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, 28th June 2017

 

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Ardington oh Ardington

It’s the last weekend in  June so that means we’re going to play The Boars Head at Ardington in our 2-day ‘Test Match’.  The XI is below – and we have the services of Nick Duckett (currently hors de combat) as Master of Ceremonies.

Richard Higginbottom
Stuart Bruce
David Hollingsworth
Adam Wood
Conor Aspel
Jeff Round
Graham Bruce
David Stead
Jason Amesbury
Joe Woolmore
Tim Clamp

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, Friday 23rd June

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The East Anglia Tour Party

A splendid day out in rural Leicestershire on the 30th April – read about it here.  And now we’re off to East Anglia for matches at Holkham Hall and Jesus College Cambridge.  The tour party:

Richard Higginbottom – Captain
Stuart Bruce – Vice Captain
Jason Amesbury
Graham Bruce
David Hollingsworth
Rahul Jaiswal
Paul Jordan
Gopala Krishna
Pete Shufflebotham
Adam Wood
Joe Woolmore

and joining the team on Sunday:

David Stead

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Salmagundi super start to ’17 season

An excellent match at Bexley repeating the fixture inaugurated last season against Blue Star – this time we just managed to get over the winning line after having been somewhat humbled in 2016 (report is on this link).  Some splendid performances and now we’re motoring up to Leicestershire for our game against Tim Clamp’s Tilton side.  Except that Mr Clamp – a proper Gardener – has accepted the invitation to play for us.  We love you Tim!

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, 23rd April 2017

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Blue Star vs Salmagundi Gardeners – 22nd April 2017

1pm start, 40 overs at Loring Hall, Water Lane, Bexley DA14 5EJ.  Trains from London Bridge to Bexley then a 1.2 mile walk.  Catch the 11:14, 11:31, 11:44 or 12:01 latest.

Richard Higginbottom   [captain, wicket keeper]
David Stead
Paul Jordan
Sachith Dassanayake
Rahul Jaiswal   [debut]
David Hollingsworth
Shahed Ahmed   [debut]
Imran Hussain
Tahidul Islam   [debut]
Gopala Krishna
Stuart Bruce

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2017: Fixture List Completed

Mission accomplished: I’ve completed the full fixture list with attached maps on this link (or you can click on ‘Fixtures’).

2017 sees us make maiden voyages to Tilton & Lowesby in Leicestershire (thanks to Tim Clamp) and Havering-atte-Bower in Essex (not deepest Essex, it’s near Hainault).  We also return to some much-loved venues with the likes of Ardington, Jesus College Cambridge and Holkham Hall being retained.  Sadly our ancient foes Abdul Aziz have become slightly too ancient and have retired from action this year.  In terms of the Gardeners’ own playing strength, we’ve got a lot of folks who have enjoyed net practice at Lord’s early in 2017 simply pawing at the ground to get going.  My 2017 resolutions are to ensure every match has a report, a complete scorecard (that includes identifying opposition catchers and stumpers!) and at least one picture.

During the first few games expect The Whitley Bay Champion to be collecting annual subs – at £22 it’s the South East’s premier sporting bargain.  Match fees will vary between £6 with a cap of £10 maximum, depending on outlay for pitch hire, teas, etc.

Salmagundi!

Richard Higginbottom, Captain & Secretary, 07775-816668, rj.higginbottom@gmail.com

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2017 Fixtures

As usual the role of Secretary is the hardest but also the most rewarding as you get in touch with old rivals and agree matches for the next season.  It’s reassuring to know that we are held in quite high dudgeon by our opponents (I like to think it’s not because sometimes our batting collapses, occasionally the ball looks like it’s covered in grease when we’re fielding and sometimes we bowl a few too many “tree balls”).  It’s genuinely because the Spirit of Cricket burns deep with the Gardeners.  Long may this continue (reminder to self to keep a lid on the sledging).

Anyway, it’s the first draft (some details left to complete) but on this link is the 2017 fixture list.  Net practice is available throughout the pre-season, indoors until early April then we venture outdoors.  Ask me, Stuart Bruce, David Stead or Nick Duckett for details.

Salmagundi!

Richard Higginbottom, Captain & Secretary
07775-816668
rj.higginbottom@gmail.com

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