Tag: Peter Brandon

Match Report: Chesham Bois CC v SCC 2nd September 2012

Brando Ump

CBCC win by 6 wickets scoring 243
SCC all out for 118
40 over match

Comrades, a new fixture for us, such a young a fledgling side in our third season. Testing the ground, testing our nerve, pushing our boundaries and learning the field. We travelled up to Chesham Bois Cricket Club and its very sweet ground near Amersham in Bucks. It is nestled in a small wood and secretly hidden down a few short wooded paths. The reception and pavillion was friendly and welcoming and if the weather could hold off, we would be fine. The weather did hold off from rain but hovered in between fine mizzle and drizzle for a lot of the afternoon. This was neatly accompanied by an infestation of midges that nearly drove me nuts whilst scoring! You should see my welts, missus!

Robski and Jane

What about the cricket I hear three comrades, mutedly asking. Well, we were i the field first. Opening bowling, my good self and my brother commencing opposite. Bye ‘eck, he’s tight, Mildred. Just look at the figures! Chipmonkski brought in 8 splendid overs for a total of 32 runs, 1 maiden and 3 wickets. Aye! Three!

Their openers were Withers P and J. O’Brien. The latter caught nimbly off Chipmonk. Then Savant was in and soon out for 6 caught off Chipmonk again. Then P O’Brien in and out caught for 7 off Chipmonkski. Catches from Samovar, Soldya Hatter and Jontin – And smart, neat, lovely catches at that. Hands like sticky buckets on tent poles. Lovely.

At the other end, my hand of Yuri was less wicket taking but at least held a reasonable 8 over cost of 40. No wickets though. Where has my wood gone?

16 overs passed and The Brothers of the Red Richardson were off and Samovar and Soldya GrandMa forrafiver stepped up. But with Shuttleworth newly arrived at the wicket, he and Withers just had a rhythm going and despite some beautiful bowling, were proving hard to shift with Withers supervising the runs to 57. Shuttleworth fell to a stupendous wicket catch by Robski off a snicking bowl from Soldya. Elegance.

Chipmonkski, I don’t feel good about this!

Howe then came in. By now, Samovar had bowled up 6 overs for 41, pacey and tight. Soldya with 5 overs for 22, Buster 7 overs for 58. We were delighted to have Jontin present 5 slippery overs and jolly accurate too. His figures at 5 for 29. Cobramovich cam up the rear (pardonne moi) and hissed an over for 8. But could we shift Howe or the inimitable Withers? Nope. Hats off to Withers who plodded along in real style to 112 and Howe with a sterling 55. Now put your hats back on.

Drizzle on the outfield, mud on the crease, some deflation in the hearts and midges in the hair. But were we down-hearted? A bit, yes. at 17:04 we went in, opening with Cobramovich and Brandonovski. Within 18 minutes we had suffered our wobble. Brandonovski out for 0 caught off Beeson. Then Antonov similar for 5 and Cobramovich similar for 1. Ah! So we have at this point Jontin and Busterski. The former caught well off Withers for 8. The slippery slide is hard to hold onto yet Samovar and Busterski dig in.

Samovar is determined to hit hard and scores a quick 20 before he falls to O’Brien. But a needed score and well made. And so the Blackledges, captain Marx and Busterski face each other and through a barage of familial insults, knock up a decent tally. Buster is first to head in with a satisfying 42, falling to a catch but… 42 was sorely needed. Marx then watched a succession of partners come and go before being caught after sixty odd balls for 26 off Shuttleworth.

Please sir, don’t send me out there!

Soldya was out after dotting away 4 balls for 0. Robski making 2 and Chipmonkski got to watch his brother, me, dot one before the Nib Nib monster was out for 2.

A match of catches. 11 catches over the whole game. I wonder if the short boundary leads to a denser field and therefore to an increased chance of catches? Whatever, I do know that again we were good in the field and with our bowling. But our batting wobbled. Next Spring comrades, we shall pack in batting practice before we begin the season.

Roll up for the NFTS match comrades!



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Match Report: Ryde CC v SCC 12th August 2012

Pete Tully smacks it hard
Pete Tully smacks it hard

RCC win by 96 making 174 runs
SCC all out for 78
40 over match

Ryde CC is nestled in the woods just south of Ryde on the Isle of Wight. A beautiful place, a stunning ground, gorgeous weather and bloody difficult to get the team together! I think the ferry cost is a big part but comrades, what a match it makes.

There was a little camping festival nearby at Carpenter’s Farm, Chipmonkski, Brandonovski, Yuri, Antonov, Ilyeva and Robski, associated family and loved ones, cars, vans and too much food. So, come Sunday the team gurgled into fine tempered form. Joining us were captain Cobramovich, Jontin, Davidof Hooperski and Petrov Tully of the Xiles and one of our founder members, Dil Dhillon.

Into battle. Captain Cobramovich put us to bat. Openers for us were Davidof and Brandonovski. Slow and steady was the word of the day and both had the right idea. Brandonovski was the first down. A valiant dozen dots on the sheet before being bowled by Stevens. Antonov strolls in, newly returned to the fold after a shocking bicycle fall, nearly blinded by a granny basket. His half dozen dots helped us along but he was soon out again by Stevens, again for 0.

Naughty Antonov
Naughty Antonov

Comrade commissar Treasurer Ilyeva was in. And out for 0. But there was controversy over his stumping? The bail had fallen but twice that day we had to speak with the umpires as the bails were badly placed. So not sure about how Ilyeva was taken. Windy out there.

Captain Cobramovich… A white silken figure slides into the crease opposite Davidof. By now the latter has knocked up 9 until bowled Hackett. Cobramovich now settling in is joined by Chipmonkski. Can this partnership halt the utter collapse. Can the nibbling talent fight it out. Sadly not. Chipmonkski nobbled for 0. The feeling of sliding down a greased slope of ice, butt naked and oiled up to the maximum is something we are all aware of and felt as slippery and predictably the SCC outcome as a nine month sentence for Gerbil abuser. But wait, Robski is in.

He and Cobramovich have some fun and stall the RCC’s onslaught. Captain C finally caught behind for 14. But Robski was kept company by Yuri. 3 runs scored by him and a number of dots. Robski out for 6 off Taylor. Arrive Petrov. Boy, keen was he for the making of runs. When Yuri headed in he was passed by a defiant Jontin. These two, Petrov and Jontin then set about some ball smackery. Petrov taking 19 until LBW Shipley. Dil was briefly in before Jontin was bowled for 21.

In the field we work. Good job because the team of youngsters that RCC fielded were county colts and keen to belt the ball all over the pitch. Bowling openers were Petrov and Yuri. The former bowling 10 overs for 23, and 2 maidens AND 3 wickets. Good work comrade. Yuri bowling 9 for 38 and a wicket catch by Robski.

Chipmonkski had a tidy bowl nibbling 7 overs for for 33. Great accuracy and useful numbers. Cobramovich fed their desire to smack and generated a lovely and useful wicket. Antonov, despite only bowling 1.3 overs took two wickets, one bowled and caught. His chest deflection was particularly spectacular.

Guest Hooper
David Hooper at rest

Ilyeva ran a marvellous match, saving and returning some vital balls. Robski was fab in wicket and now becoming quite adept. Jontin pouched a beauty of a catch. Davidof made some good deep field defence. Brandonovski, despite a calf injury, valiantly fought on. Dil… A fine figure on his home ground and a good arm to boot.

That night, after a loss, we won with barbecue and beer and a closing ceremony for the Olympics too. Thank you, comrades. Vive la revolution.

SCC innings

RCC innings

Lord’s Nets and tuition – awesome!

Lord's 2012
Lord’s 2012

Comrades, do you recognise what you see in the faces of these happy players? Yes, it’s satisfaction and pleasure! It was Wednesday 23rd May 2012. Temperature outside was about 27 degrees and add another five on that to match the inside temp’ – very hot.

Two nets booked, one instructor, Faisal, and one bowling machine. Then two hours of sweaty, crickety fun followed! Those comrades in attendance were (as per picture) Brandonovski, Chipmonkski, Samovar, Yuri and Ilyeva. Each receiving a good dose of balls and instruction. Faisal was excellent; A few words of choice instruction and we would improve. Open your body, follow the ball, lift up a bit – all worked fabulously well.

After the training we had all truly benefited from the session and were full of good talk and cricket. The academy has a fantastic view of the training grounds behind Lord’s and of course, a great bar. The sun set slowly on a hot night of training and we were set to planning a world tour – in time!
We shall organise another session mid-season, so do yourselves a favor, comrades… and come along!