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Fixture Report

Mogador Wanderers v Brook (09/06/2019)    

Mogador Wanderers Lost by 7 wickets.  Final Scores: Brook - 114-3. MWCC - 113 all out

The weather had been rather unreliable all weekend, so the Mogs were very relieved to arrive at Brook under broken cloud and even patches of blue skies. The wonderful Dog and Pheasant pub was the meeting point for the majority of the team, and all were able to enjoy a pre-game beer, from a selection of tremendous ales - Absolutely how every Sunday fixture should begin.

Despite the rain that affected most of Surrey in recent days, the Brook management had done a marvellous job in covering the wicket and producing a surprisingly firm deck. Nevertheless, skipper-for-the-day Charlie Lee, took none of this into account on winning the toss and more keen to allow the boys a few more minutes in the pub, chose to bat first. I’m not sure one can attribute the next hour and 40 minutes to that decision at the toss, but it did probably looked more like a bowl first pitch, but like most ways of life - “hindsight is a wonderful thing”….I shall let the readers decide.

It started positively and after a confident 14 overs the Mogs were 68 for 1, the first wicket of Furner, falling caught behind for 5. That meant Cooper and Action Jackson were together at the crease, and going along very nicely, with the powerful and rewarding shots suggesting the decision at the toss was in fact a good one. However, the wicket did occasionally show signs of ‘popping’ from one end, to which I believe eventually proved the main reason for what happened next.

First to go was Will Cooper (only one of 2 batsmen to be bowled) having made a very respectable and hard fought 35….As a rough guide the next 8 wickets fell in the space of 30 minutes and an array of mis-timed pulls and top edges that would make the 1980s West Indian bowling attack feel quite at home. Although some of the Brook bowlers either played in the 80s or were born in the very late 80s, there was no real “Fire in Babylon” for the Mogs to deal with…Second to go, top edge pulling, was Stuart Jackson for a brisk and power hitting 23….then Senior Riddy caught for 2, followed by Mini Riddy also caught, for 5….Then, Cabbie caught top edge pulling for 13 followed by The Hudson caught top edge pulling for 0 and finally Doctor Bhat (that alternative song to the mid-80s hit by Gloria Estevan) departing with a mis-timed drive…caught for 5…

Yes readers, there was a common trend to the scorebook…

By now Captain DairyLee (No. 7) and Andy Hoad (No. 9) were at the crease and in the space of minutes the Mogs had gone from 72 - 1 to 104 – 8…..the next to go was a rather unfortunate Mr Hoad…not caught I would like to add. For anyone that was unable to watch the Mogs game at Brook yesterday (a very special mention to Frank and Mary Jackson that journeyed down to deepest darkest Surrey to say hello to the boys…lovey to see you both, thank you), but instead chose to perhaps watch the exciting ICC Cricket world cup and in particular the Australia versus India game, let me say……

……from that game, you would have witnessed a ball to David Warner, from the Indian pace man Jasprit Bumrah, some might say very akin to a stick insect skating on ice, delivered with pace and rising steeply on the 4ft 11 inch Warner; catching the top of his bat, the ball ricocheted directly on to the base of leg stump, rebounding to square leg, the sound of which was only exceeded by the celebrations of 11 Indian cricketers in overly joyous emotion. I’m sure you would have agreed those celebrations were very quickly suppressed by the realisation that the modern ‘zinger’ bails had not moved, they hadn’t lit up sparkling orange and they hadn’t even sashayed across their grooved stage atop the stump….well, if you had experienced that instead the Mogador Wanderers versus Brook game, I am still very confident, you too would have arrived at the same sporting conclusion that was NOT what happened to Andrew Hoad, standing a more ample 6ft 2 inches at the crease. Because, like his fellow Mogs, and unlike David Warner, Hoady tried to play a pull shot to a slower delivery, not rising steeply on him, delivered from a much younger, ginger-haired lad born far far from Ahmedabad, Gujarat; whom was a mere twinkle in his mother’s eye during the 80s. Only to make a very soft connection with his right glove as a result the ball, less ricocheted, more wept its way to leg stump and caused the non-zinger bail to feebly fall to the ground, with no fireworks or sparkling orange lights….

This uninspiring piece of cricket only left Joseph Lewis and Charlie Lee at the crease with the Mogs having batted for 25 overs for 106 runs….Joe played more than a few defensive shots and one non-defensive shot that however did result in a boundary; but like all that came before him, he mis-timed one of those non-defensive shots and was……CAUGHT.

That final act, maybe on top of all the others, being the decisive moment that led the Mogs skipper to realise that perhaps he should have bowled first…

Mogs all out in 27.2 overs for 113.



The Brook tea, like years gone by, was delicious. A solid, if not fairly standard, array of sandwich fillings, was accompanied by nostalgic crisps, biscuits and cakes, and even a selection of animated bear like e-numbered fluorescent squidgy sweets…!



The slightly earlier tea, led to a relaxed, longer period between innings, which allowed the Mogs skipper to lose his hat and with it any feeling that it was going to be a successful afternoon…however at just gone 4 o’clock the Mogs energetically took to the field in an attempt to defend an under-par score.

Joseph toiled up the Brook hill, which is always gratefully acknowledged, and the aforementioned Andy Hoad unleashed some decent gas coming down…in fact it was Hoady that conjured up some excellent bowling and induced a fantastic grab from Jimmy Honeyfield. With very little to get excited about from a Mogs cricketing perspective the resulting catch did raise spirits and leave us with anything but the taste of despair in our mouths. The fiery delivery from Hoad saw a ripper of an edge fly from the Brook opening bat, and in an attempt to move in roughly the direction in which Cabbie thought the ball had actually gone, he ended up rising from the remains of what looked more like someone stepping on an up-turned plug on the stairs, to look quite perplexed at why the other 10 Mog fielders were all running at him with massive smiles and arms wafting in the air….”You held on to it Jimmy..!”

What a catch….

Despite the Mogador Wanderers not bringing much to the lovely afternoon at Brook, we did hold it together pretty well. A mention to Furns for without grumble or murmur setting about completing whatever task the skipper gave him, including scoring all afternoon. The Hudson, only playing his second game for the Mogs hopefully to be followed by dozens more, nobly stepped into keep wicket and drive the skipper to the game. Also a well done to Senior Riddy for patrolling the mammoth boundary between the wicket and some 100 metres away. With not many runs to play with, stand-in skipper Lee wanted to give some key team members a bowl, no less so that ‘Mini Rids’ (Will Riddy, son of Peter), who after a little coaching from the other, more experienced spin bowling Will (Cooper), started to settle into a very good spell of bowling. Despite being unlucky with some decent batsmen and some less than decent fielding (albeit ActionMan Jackson actually threw in a patented action man roll at point!), the Mogs’ bowling efforts and enthusiasm never faltered, and what banter we could manage was delivered with confidence. Brook produced a couple of very able batsmen; one being the son of the Brook captain John Pheasant (delightful that the Brook captain was named after the wonderful pub just across the road), who showed off a selection of drives and pulls far more accurately and decisively than those on display earlier in the day. Although the Mogs were able to bag a few wickets, it was Mr Pheasant Junior that aptly hit the winning runs and in doing so ending what Mogs resistance there was and also taking him to a very good 50. After many hand shakes and acknowledgement that the Mogs had never really left the pub from earlier that day, we all congratulated Brook on their performance and finally made the first correct decision of the afternoon….we returned to the Dog and Pheasant to regale tales of times gone by, when we were in fact decent cricketers…


Charlie


 
Batting        
Will Cooper  
35
 
Peter Furner  
5
 
Stuart Jackson  
23
 
James Honeyfield  
13
 
Pete Riddy  
2
 
Will Riddy  
5
 
Charlie Lee  
4
*
 
Murali Bhat  
5
 
Andy Hoad  
0
 
Chris Hudson  
0
 
Joseph Lewis  
4
 
  Bowling
O
M
R
W
 
  Joseph Lewis
5
0
29
 
0
 
  Andy Hoad
4
0
30
 
1
 
  Will Riddy
5
1
38
 
0
 
  Will Cooper
4
0
12
 
2
 
  Catches    
       
  James Honeyfield   1
  Charlie Lee   1

  Run Outs    
       
  None    

  Stumpings    
       
  None