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Fixture Report

Mogador Wanderers v Newdigate (11/08/2019)    

Mogador Wanderers Won by 145 runs.  Final Scores: Newdigate - 121 all out. MWCC - 266-6

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." Henry James

The Mogador Wanderers won a 4th straight game on a bright, somewhat Autumnal, Sunday afternoon. After Friday’s monsoon, the Mogs lost the toss and were not surprised to be asked to bat first on a pitch that was greener than Kermit the Frog on a choppy cross channel ferry. Ash the Younger & Ash the Older opened the batting & both were initially circumspect with the ball zipping around, as the seam joyfully grabbed the pitch for dear life. Ash the Older was looking imperious and it came as a great surprise that he larruped “Mooney” straight to cover who took a stinging catch reducing the Mogs to 26-1. One Bhukari replaced another, though Mikal was more circumspect than his brother, safe in the knowledge that Ash Bhat was moving slowly through the gears like a cricketing Schumacher at the other end. Despite his young years, Ash wisely negotiated the opening attack and then went to work on the less threatening first change bowlers and it wasn’t long before Newdigate’s short boundary was populated by a succession of both Newdigate & Mog fielders all looking for a small red ball amongst the undergrowth, as Ash expertly dismissed short & full ball alike into the holly & nettles. It wasn’t long before Ash reached yet another Mog ton and, as agreed by the skippers pre match, he retired allowing others to have a go. Mikal was finding it hard to move out of first gear with the lack of pace and extravagant sideways movement ensuring that great caution was shown. Cooper had other ideas and put on a hockey masterclass of mostly sweeps, paddles, short corners and reverse sweeps as the Mog score whizzed past 200. It took a “you’re slower than Furner” gag to jolt Mikal into life and he reached a roughly 100 ball 50 with a glorious straight drive. JD & Huge both came & went quickly in the search for boundaries, as did Rob “Scotch Broth” Baxter who sported a lovely blue & green cap all day long.

Newdigate’s tea has had high marks over the last few years and 2019 was another excellent vintage. Possibly the greatest thing about our tea was the fact that the nice gentleman who made it, came out of his kitchen and personally introduced each groaning plate to the hungry cricketers. “This is an assortment of chicken sandwiches, this is cheese & egg, which I have kept together for vegetarians…” – you get the gist. The sandwiches were excellent (more filling than bread – always good) , the pot of tea was gloriously strong (water poured on tea bags at the start of the 38th over I reckon) and a multi-coloured fruit platter offset the calorie laden chocolate cake and biscuit selection. Plenty left over for supporters & Moglets alike with Humph & junior Burtons all filling their boots.

Umpire Calvin Bunyan soon had the Mogs out of their food coma and out of Newdigate’s homely pavilion, down the slope and off to catching practice, with many a Mog regretting “going back for seconds”. For the second week running Joseph "the Offbreak" Lewis and Chris “Barry” Mankelow opened up and after 12 overs the match was pretty much won. Joseph took three good wickets including Newdigate’s overseas pro, caught assuredly by Alfie Hewitt at Deep Mid Wicket after our South African friend had misread Joseph’s slower and shorter ball. The other wickets were all bowled with a mixture of swing, seam and a run-suffocating field leading to a series of indiscretions by our charming hosts. Alfie replaced Barry and was unlucky not to pick up any wickets with one edge not receiving the umpire’s decision and two regulation chances being dropped at First Slip by Cooper, who thought I wouldn’t record this in the match report. Brooker struck from the Holy Cow This Slope Is Steeper Than I Thought end and JD delighted his team mates and two young sons with two wickets in an unorthodox spell of offspin, legspin, inswing & outswing bowling. Huge got hit hard in the testicles & then suffered a calf strain. The Newdigate unpire recorded most of the deliveries from his end on his mobile, ensuring Cooper’s drops were caught on video. Ash the Elder & Barry mopped up the tail and at 6.40pm, with the sun dipping below the trees, the Mogs left the field to almost no applause given that we only had three supporters, two of whom had gone home. Our thanks goes to Humph for lasting the match. We have enjoyed many a “classic” at Newdigate’s pretty ground and whilst this wasn’t one of them, it had been an enjoyable afternoon with another fine victory secured.


 
Batting        
Ahson Bukhari  
7
 
Ash Bhat  
100
 
Mikal Haraldsson  
56
*
 
Will Cooper  
29
 
Jonathon Burton  
22
 
Alex Hewitt  
6
 
Rob Baxter  
0
 
James Brooker  
0
*
 
Alfie Hewitt  
 
Chris Mankelow  
 
Joseph Lewis  
 
  Bowling
O
M
R
W
 
  Chris Mankelow
7
4
5
 
3
 
  Joseph Lewis
7
3
17
 
3
 
  Alfie Hewitt
5
0
20
 
0
 
  James Brooker
4
1
20
 
1
 
  Jonathon Burton
5
0
32
 
2
 
  Alex Hewitt
3
1
13
 
0
 
  Ahson Bukhari
2.2
0
8
 
1
 
  Catches    
       
  Ash Bhat   1
  Will Cooper   1
  Alfie Hewitt   1

  Run Outs    
       
  None    

  Stumpings    
       
  None