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Fixture Report

Mogador Wanderers v South Nutfield (12/05/2019)    

Mogador Wanderers Won by 90 runs.  Final Scores: South Nutfield - 213 all out. MWCC - 303-7

Following the cancellation of the Tadworth match mid-week, the fixture was changed at short notice to play a 40 over match against our friends at South Nutfield. The Mogs batted first with the legendary Turner and Furner opening. The normally prolific Furner was first to fall scoring a customarily circumspect 8 runs. Bukhari and Turner then proceed to systematically dismantle the youthful spin attack of South Nutfield by dispatching the ball to all corners of the ground.
During the blitzkrieg, an interesting discussion took place amongst the Mogs as to the worst kind of fruit. There was consensus for the durian whose smell was likened to smelly feet or cat poo. It was also agreed that the ‘absolute worst’ are seeded grapes which ruin the whole experience….
On the cricketing front, Turner eventually fell for a wonderfully crafted 71 runs with the score at 219 for 2 from just 27 overs. Turner’s strike rate of 105.9 was only eclipsed by Bukhari’s 136 n.o (retired) which included 19 4’s and 6 humongous sixes. Bukhari’s hitting was brutal with 50 runs scored off his last 15 balls - it was noted that the carnage was largely constrained to the first four balls of each over he faced with singles more frequent on balls five and six.
The big guns were then replaced by the even bigger guns of Tombs (20) and the pea-shooter of Jackson (35 n.o) which allowed the run rate to moderate somewhat from its elevated level. In total, the Mogs racked up a massive score of 303 in their 40 overs.
Given the short notice and lack of preparation time, the tea was marvellous, setting a high bar for the rest of the season. The tea was so bountiful that many adopted a strategy of first savoury then cakes to take full advantage of what was on offer. Cooper was even seen rummaging around his bag for an extra-large 12 inch plate recently borrowed from Alan Partridge. The breaded fried chicken was particularly well received and overall the tea was so good that the kitty was raided to ensure that the ladies of South Nutfield, responsible for its creation, were thanked post-match with prosecco.
In reply, South Nutfield attacked from the start with Lewis striking an aggressive 38 runs in just 22 balls before being caught and bowled by a sharp catch from Mankelow who then smarted from the fact that his family had departed without witnessing the heroics. The pick of the batting from South Nutfield was a classy 97 scored by Bellars in just 67 balls. Eventually the weight of the Mogs total became too much with the wickets mainly taken by Mankelow (3-38), Bhat (3-47) and Tombs (2-35).
Of particular note in the field was a fabulous 60-yard direct hit from Tombs which was given not out in large part due to Bukhari’s deafening appeal in the ear of the umpire from South Nutfield.
Finally, a thank you to our hosts at South Nutfield for an enjoyable match and for their excellent hospitality including drinks post-match and a wonderful tea.


 
Batting        
Peter Furner  
8
 
Richard Turner  
71
 
Ahson Bukhari  
136
 
Stuart Jackson  
35
*
 
James Tombs  
20
 
Will Cooper  
7
 
Murali Bhat  
6
 
James Brooker  
12
 
Joseph Lewis  
0
*
 
Chris Mankelow  
 
Rob Baxter  
 
  Bowling
O
M
R
W
 
  Chris Mankelow
5
1
38
 
3
 
  Joseph Lewis
8
0
56
 
0
 
  Murali Bhat
5
0
47
 
3
 
  James Tombs
6
0
35
 
2
 
  James Brooker
3
0
24
 
0
 
  Will Cooper
2
0
2
 
1
 
  Peter Furner
2
1
2
 
0
 
  Richard Turner
1.4
0
9
 
1
 
  Catches    
       
  Joseph Lewis   1
  Chris Mankelow   2
  Rob Baxter   3

  Run Outs    
       
  None    

  Stumpings    
       
  None