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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The Salmagundi Gardeners 2016 Awards

In a not-quite-glittering event at the Bonnington Café on Friday 11th November a number of the Gardeners gathered to chew over the award nominations for the season.  The winners in each category (top) and the other nominees are listed below.  Thanks very much to David Hollingsworth for setting up the categories and ensuring fair play.

Shot of the year
– Sam Boyal’s howitzer straight drive vs Gospel Blokes in a T20
– Conor Aspel’s straight drive for 4 at Ardington – an actual genuine cricket shot after nearly three years!
– Sachith Dassanayake – his towering six into the trees against the Musicians

Wicket of the year
– Adam Wood’s not quite match-turning 4-wicket spell against St Albans
– Stuart Bruce bowling Owen, 2nd Innings in the Ardington Test Match
– Tim Clamp getting Tim Smart of the musicians out – sweet revenge a year later

Catch of the year
– Sachith catching an airy cut from Duncan of Musicians at Gully
– Sachith’s other gully catch in the same game

Best cricketing moment
– Draw with scores level at Ardington
– Finally regaining the Ashes in a really exciting match against the Players
– Gopala Krishna bouncing then yorking Joe Banks of Antares after he’d hit him for straight four

Worst cricketing moment
– Losing to French House in a dispiriting batting collapse
– Going past Wembley for the second time on the second trip to Ardington. The captain has bought SatNav since.

Quote of the year
– “He’s the worst bowler I’ve ever seen” & “I can’t believe I got out to him” plus numerous others from Cameron Finn after Ghost got him out in the 2nd Ashes match.
– “Good catch – great sledge” from a defeated Antares batsman after he wafted one ball too many into the off side and our captain had said “he can’t keep mishitting so accurately”

Comedy moment of the year
– Adam’s crazy dance then dismissal vs Sybil at Jesus College
– Spending about five minutes telling Cameron not to underestimate Ghost as he walked out, then watching him hole out very soon after
– Against St Albans with everybody in position waiting for Dave S to deliver the first ball, only to realise that he was still sat on the boundary.

Post-match entertainment award
– The whole Boars Head conversation – featuring post-Brexit analysis, Graham Bruce’s opinions on the past medicinal experience of his team mates, being Italian or German, the poisoned sausages, Conor turning up with a splendid girlfriend
– Fish and chips on the quay at Wells after the match vs Holkham
– Jabba asking Billy if he’s signed up for the ECB Umpire’s course after The Trumpet gave him lbw to a big inside edge.

Richard Higginbottom
Captain, 21st November 2016

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The Second Ashes Test

The season is reaching it’s conclusion … after the second Ashes Test there are only four more opportunities to fling the leather and wield the willow in 2016.  We’re at Golders Green with a 1pm start on Sunday 21st August to take on The Players who are eager to regain the Bonnington Urn which we relieved them of earlier this year.  So far the gentlemen below have made themselves available … do you want to miss this classic fixture?

Richard Higginbottom
Jim Monahan
Jeremy Gostick
David Hollingsworth
Stuart Bruce
Jeff Round
Sachith Randunne
Cameron Finn
Jason Amesbury

Richard Higginbottom, Captain, 15th August 2016

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