30/04/2016 Thames Valley CC

Menorca v Thames Valley 40 overs Saturday

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On a particularly blustery day the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. Tysoe and Davies getting us off to a great start putting on 74 for the first wicket in only 10 overs. The youngster perished on a jug avoiding 47(more to come). Tysoe displaying new found aggression continued to put the Londoners to the sword and registered his and the clubs first century of the season. He was ably assisted by Tim Hayden who hit a boundary laden 78.
Thames Valley never really got up with the required rate having hit the ground running by all accounts on Friday. A valiant attempt but falling well short on a by now sodden pitch.

Menorca 297-5 (A Tysoe 108, T Hayden 78, J Davies 48)
Thames Valley 240-9 ( J McCarthy 46 A Walder 40 L Ball 2-12 J Barker 2-16)

 

Menorca v Thames Valley 40 overs Sunday

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Don't really know where to start with this one to be honest. Records tumbled on another particularly ropey day at Biniparrell.
It was great to see the youth opening Menorca's innings and "oh my giddy aunt" did they excel.James Davies & Jake Cockroft took the bowling apart and put on a record breaking first wicket stand of 251 it should also be noted that the partnership was broken in only the 23rd over when the latter was bowled for 59. From then on it was all about one young mans march to a breathtaking double hundred He plundered an incredible 26 fours and 9 sixes in a club record knock of 205. Unfortunately if that's the word we were also to witness Jake Boas hitting his maiden ton with as little running done as possible. 117* with 102 of them coming via the boundary. So Menorca blew whatever the previous record was out of the water to post a massive 426-2.
Thames Valley's reply was always going to be a uphill struggle despite a hard hitting 65 from McCarthy and 42 from Manning. The tail unfortunately wasn't to wag and their reply petered out in the 36th over.

Menorca 426-2 ( J Davies 205 J Boas 117* J Cockroft 59)
Thames Valley 169 ( T Hayden 4-12, S G Cotton 2-24)

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23/04/2016 Nomads CC

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Menorca v Nomads 40 overs Saturday

Menorca 186-6 - (J Cockroft 43* A Tysoe 36) R Achillini 3-40

Nomads- 187-0 (K Farrell 86* T Brockton 84*)
Nomads won by 10 wickets.

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Menorca v Nomads Sunday 40 overs

Nomads 184-6 ( T Brockton 79* T Dulligall 3-20 D Pritchard 2-16)

Menorca 154 ( J Boas 35 J Davies 33 T Brockton 5-25 B Johnson 2-23)
Nomads won by 30 runs.

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16/4/2016 Sidcup CC

Menorca v Sidcup Saturday 40 overs

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Menorca 350-5 (J Levett 187)
Sidcup 214-7 (R Hole 70 P Robinson 69 P Strudwick 2-5)
Menorca won by 136 runs.

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Menorca v Sidcup Sunday 40 overs
Sidcup 256-4 (G Bradley 100 D Seaman 60 S Sayer 2-26)
Menorca 222-6 ( S Sayer 60* J Davies 42 J Cockroft 44)
Sidcup won by 34 runs

Menorca v Sidcup Wednesday T20
Sidcup 136-6 ( P Robinson 36 J Barker 2-17)
Menorca 137-6 ( S Cotton 37 N Hossan 36* B North 2-26 B Smith 2-32)
Menorca won by 4 wickets

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9/4/16 Binstead CC

Saturday 9th April

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This week our intrepid band of willow warriors took on the mighty Binstead CC. Fortunately this Saturday the weather was better than last week, and the first real test for the new wicket. Menorca batted first, once again the innings opened with James and Andy. Andy batted steadily and wisely to make 38 from 73 balls, acting as a foil for James who crafted 40 from 36 balls, James went first to a fine catch, Enter Tom Brewer, who having played on the new wicket before was more cautious this week, starting slowly then picking up the tempo and then bathing in boundaries, he managed 76 off 79 balls before there was a mix up and he was sadly run out. Roy came in at four, and the spectators got up to leave, expecting a utter borefest, but new season, new style Roy took on the pinch hitter role and quickly advanced to 38 runs off 37 balls, when attempting a cheeky single set off like a greased weasel, only half way down the wicket to remember he needs a new knee, and sadly didn't make his ground in time. In came Jake Cockroft, and the first ball he caught the faintest of edges and was dismissed caught behind without troubling the scorer, he was replaced by Seb Sayer who saw out the innings unbeaten on 19, now with not many balls left The Skipper put himself in, he faced 5 balls and scored six runs before being caught frustratingly close to the boundary. Leaving Boom Boom Hassan to survive the remaining three balls which he did scoring 3 in the process. So our innings ended on 246 for 6, and the conversation at lunch among the batsman was how the ball stayed low and didn't come on to the bat.
Binstead not intimidated by our total came out swinging with the plan of keeping the run rate on target, Alex Dear and Justin Henderson the opening pair started with stylish shots, dispatching the opening bowlers to all parts of the ground Alex amassing 41 before feathering a catch to Andy Tysoe off the bowling of Tom Brewer. Roy Sturgeon then plucked the ball from the air to dismiss the other opener Justin who had 40 runs at this stage and was looking settled, so well bowled Simon Cotton. The number 3 Ben Mitchell came in with the same mindset as the openers, and quickly set about the bowlers hitting 57 off 84 balls before being caught by Tom Brewer, a man on fire! This is where the pressure was beginning to show, chasing down a big total, and being slightly behind on the run rate, and the next few batsmen went cheaply 2 bowled in quick succession by Simon Cotton, and Lee Ball got amongst the wickets bowling their No.10 batsman cleanly. Simon Cotton returned the best figures of 3 wickets for 31 runs off 8 overs. Binstead finished on 186 for 8 off their 40 overs, allowing the Saturday side their first taste of Victory in 2016.

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Sunday the tourists were determined for Vengeance, and put themselves into bat first, Alex Dear opening again, and hit a brisk 80 off 62 balls before being bowled by James Davies, Ben Mitchell who batted 3 on Saturday opened with him, but was penned down by some aggressive and intelligent bowling he faced 15 balls without scoring before being caught by the dynamic duo! Caught by Jake Cockroft bowled by James Davies. Was this Sunday going to be dictated by the youth team again? The young guns began to fire, Seb Sayer taking three wickets, two cleaned bowled and 1 LBW, James Davies, then realised the new wicket isn't good with searing pace, so halved his run up, and opened his box of tricks and proceeded to bowl slower balls, that did elusive wobbles in the air, and managed to instill fear in the opposition and remove 5 of their batsmen! 4 cleaned bowled and one caught! He bowled 8 overs, took 5 wickets and only leaked 27 runs. The other half of the dynamic duo, Jake Cockroft was waiting patiently to bowl, and when he got his chance, he too showed his powers of deception with his lofted leg spinners and bowled Roger Whitlock and three balls later had Steve Apter stumped by the ever young Kenny Johnstone. Binstead somewhat shell shocked had made 122 from 25.3 overs. The boys left the field somewhat jubilant and headed in for another delicious lunch. Full of confidence after a great turn in the field the youth squad came out to bat, brimming to chase the total down, The opening pair consisted of James Davies, and Tristan Dulligall (delighted to be included in the youth squad!) James thumped 73 before advancing down the wicket to send another ball to Mallorca, but unfortunately missed it and was stumped. Tristan held the other end together as best as he could, but was dismissed, swiftly followed in by Haque, who faced 13 balls and scored 4 runs before being dismissed. Which left Tom Brewer and Seb Sayer to come in together, Tom scored a bright 35 not out and Seb whose average must be looking good now with three not outs, scored the 6 runs needed to see us to victory! Menorca made 126 runs off 19.5 overs. The older players now fearing for their places, congratulated the young guns on another strong performance, and not wishing to get Andy Tysoe tearful again, but the future is looking bright! Well played both teams! Next week is is Sidcup CC!

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2/4/2016 Cryptics CC

Saturday 2nd April

After much maintenance works and improvements to the facilities over the winter, we readied ourselves for the first match of the 2016 season. The batsman awoke nervously on Saturday morning facing the prospect of a new challenge with the new wicket, would the ball come on to the bat like before???

Unfortunately the weather had different plans, it poured cats and dogs on friday, and saturday morning, at about 11am the rain stopped and the atmosphere started building! It was decided 30 overs could be played. Simon won the toss and decided to settle the boys nerves and to put them into bat, Andy "Emotional" Tysoe and James opened our account for the year, Andy anchored the innings and survived a few early scares to amass 47 not out, using his experience to guide the ball onto his bat, and get used to the new bounce of the wicket. James Davies who loved the old mat and swatted the ball away with gusto, was caught early by a skiddy ball, Tom Gallagher who also scored with ease on the old mat, was also surprised by the bounce, and cashed in early.

Enter Tysoe's hero Jeff Barker, who also has many hours batting under his belt at Biniparrell, rolled back the years with a dashing knock of 28, a sight to behold Andy T and Jeffrey B running like Gazelle's between the wickets, as the previous rain made the outfield very slow. Having burnt enough calories Jeff struck 3 consecutive fours, and then was bowled. Tom Brewer made his first appearance without troubling the scorer, Enter the skipper, foaming at the mouth, with his usual distaste for the red ball, trying as always to punish the little fella and dispatch him to fields beyond the boundaries of Biniparell. The hit out or get out, philosophy was followed to the letter, 9 balls, 8 runs and one defensive shot (of sorts), before Simon, eyed one ball in orbit, missed it and was bowled! Jake Cockroft, had made huge improvements with his bowling last season, and after a winter pumping iron and working on those guns, looks as though his batting will get the work out this year! He batted on to 18 runs undefeated bringing Menorca's total to 119 runs for 6. The general consensus at lunch is the new wicket has much less bounce than the old! Was this the rain? Is it because it is much thicker than the old threadbare wicket? These questions will be answered as the season goes on! Chris Fox was the Pick of the Cyptics bowlers taking 2 wickets for 30 runs off 5 overs, And Alex Hutchinson deserves a mention for bowling 6 miserly overs for only 7 runs.

After a great lunch by Sarah and Jo, the boys took to the field, James Davies dismissed opener Jason Doole with only his second ball, a cheeky one that moved away slightly and Jason nicked it to Andy Tysoe. John Hamilton and Ben Hardy then set about our bowlers, playing some sublime shots, and amassed 33 runs and 57 respectively. Chris Ward must be a very unlucky chap as he was caught by "The Bangladeshi Express" himself, Boom Boom Hassan, and regular spectators will know, lovely chap and lethal bowler as he is, catching is not his forte! So the team spirits we lifted enormously when Hassan held on to his steepler of a catch.

Seb Sayer, Tom Brewer, Tom Gallagher, and Jake Cockroft all bowled well, and economically to keep the game alive. Special mention to Hassan, who bowled 4 overs for only 9 runs, and to James Davies who bowled 6 overs, for 20 runs claiming one wicket.

The match now back in the balance, it all went down to the last over, where the Cryptics, managed to get the required run rate with two balls to spare. Leaving Menorca in second place in the first match of the season. After the match beer and banter was enjoyed, leading to a a couple of emotional facebook posts later that evening, and the Menorca boys dreaming of Victory in the next match.

Menorca 119 for 5 off 30 overs
Cryptics 120 for 5 off 29.4

Sunday 3rd April

Sunday saw normal service resumed on the weather front! Blue skies and rays of sun shone down on Biniparrell. Menorca won the toss and having batted first on Saturday, and lost put the Cryptics into bat first. Jason Doole made 20 runs before being caught by Graham croft off the lively bowling Tristan Dulligall. John Hamilton amassed 31 before Seb Sayer bashed his pads plumb in front of the stumps. Ben Hardy made 21 before being bowled by Paul Hawkins.

Alex Hutchinson made a brisk 31 with some lusty blows, and Marcus Ward finished the Cryptics innings on 14 not out, bringing the total for the innings to 158 for 5 off the 40 overs. James Davies bowled 8 overs for 28 runs,  Tom Gallagher 8 overs for 25, Seb Sayer 6 overs for 13 runs with one wicket, Paul Hawkins bowled 8 overs for 20 runs taking two scalps.

Another fantastic MCC lunch!

The MCC batsmen took to the wicket ready top chase down the total and even the scores. James Davies a little more cautious than Saturday, bashed 21 of 16 balls to get us off to a flyer. Tom Gallagher opened with him, also feeling the love, much stronger than Saturday, and fought his way to 55 from 63 balls before being caught by Bob Porter (kindly being a turncoat and playing for the oppo!) Paul Hawkins then took up the mantle and artfully played to 32. Seb Sayer then took on the anchor role, wistfully guiding us to the end, seeing Tafazzul Haque come and go. Leaving Russel "The Flash" Clark Jones, to see us out for the win with Seb, who finished 36 not out, and Menorca 162 for 4 off 34 overs. So the weekend all in all was great success on and off the field, and ended up a win a piece! Roll on next weeks challenge!!

Match Report courtesy of Dan Osterbery