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Association Day 2010

The Rounders Match

U13A v MHA Old Girls Result:

14.5 -10.5 loss

This was always going to be a tough match as the first post, bowler, backstop from last year’s A team turned up an hour early to practise and the Old Girls team were very close to an all time dream team with two Toyntons to boot! The U13 squad were perhaps a little bit too friendly with their dropped catches and misfields and the old girls took advantage of this coming away with a 14.5 – 10.5 win.


Izzie Norris’ bowling was as formidable as ever but top scorers for the U13A team Lucy Redman (2.5 and happily not caught out by her older sister) and Lucy McCormick ( 2 and playing two years below the age group!) played well as did Rosie Luther with 1.5.


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The Cricket Match - MHA goes back to MHA


In recent years, thoughts of Cricket matches on the Oval were under considerable threat because of the thoroughly unpleasant wet and cold weather, which seemed the norm at the beginning and towards the end of July. Happily, 2010 produced better conditions and the Oval, again, proved a perfect setting for matches both on Association Day and, a fortnight later, at the annual gathering of past pupils, guest players and supporters of the MHA Cricket scene.


The job of collecting together players for one or both of the matches has fallen on the shoulders of Jon Elworthy. Despite several promises of involvement, full teams could not be raised this year, which was particularly frustrating and disappointing for all those who were involved in arranging the games and organising the teas and barbeque. However, on Association Day, the MHS 1st X1 donned their whites to take on an MHA X1 in a 25 overs per side game. Such a game can be desperately contrived and imbalanced but, this time, it was voted a tremendous success by both players and spectators.


Sadly, scoring was done only by manipulating the scoreboard and no scorebook records the excitement and skill of the match. The MHS X1 batted first and, with calmness and patience, showed considerable talent in compiling a score of 217. The MHA bowling tested the wicket-keeping Headmaster with its wayward direction but there were moments of triumph for bowlers who had not turned their arms over for some time. After the tea interval the MHA X1 soon realised that, despite their potential strength, runs were not easy to come by. With steady, controlled bowling, brave and secure fielding, their young opponents kept a tight grip on the game and ran out worthy winners by 20 runs.


The senior side tried hard to present a case against your correspondent for mishandling of the scoreboard, but this was, indeed, a salutary lesson to them all that advancing years does not always overcome a team of young, enthusiastic and competent players. It was agreed that the format was successful and that it should be repeated next year. Will the MHA X1 have its revenge? I believe that, to achieve such a result, other, perhaps younger, Old Boys need to put their names forward for selection. I hope that you will come back and enjoy a grand afternoon of cricket and a social barbeque in the evening.


The MHA Cricket Week of yore has now been reduced to one match due to the difficulty of raising sides. 8 Old Boys, together with 7 friends, gathered on 17th July to have an informal pre-match pub lunch and to plan how such a group could enjoy an afternoon of cricket on the Oval. Your correspondent undertook to keep the score in the book, first used in 1997, and a willing mother pulled the scoreboard strings for the 20 overs-a-side match for two ‘pick up’ sides. The Elworthy V111 batted first and the main contributors to their score of 126 for 9 were: Josh Wheeler (25), Jon Elworthy (31), Chris Cole (20) and Olly Beer (10). The last two named making their runs on their second appearance at the wicket. 17 wides proved expensive but the wickets were shared between Stuart MacDougall (1 for 7), Jonathan Banyard (1 for 9), Peter Fawcett (2 for 14), Chris Redman (1 for 22) and Michael Greenwood (2 for 33).


In reply, the Fawcett V11 accumulated 72 for 11 mainly due to a belligerent innings by Chris Redman of 37. The bowlers doing the damage were Chris Cole (3 for 20), Olly Beer (2 for 4), Jon Elworthy (2 for 26), Benedict Fawcett (1 for 2) and Josh Wheeler (1 for 14). This game was played in splendid spirit with plenty of banter and good humour and umpired expertly and professionally by Graham Bush. Members of both sides and their supporters gathered for supper at the Peter Tavy Inn and enjoyed the evening. Your correspondent presented the Ken Cload Trophy to the Captain of the winning side – Jon Elworthy – and the Tusk Trophy for the Man of the Match to Benedict Fawcett, whose all-rounder performance at a very young age was acclaimed by all.


I know I repeat myself, but there must surely be more players who could come down for the weekend to enjoy meeting up with old friends, playing some not-too-serious cricket and relaxing in the post match celebrations? The matches for next year will correspond closely to the same dates so, please make a note in your diary, organise some time off, get in touch with your contemporaries and join us on the Oval. I look forward to seeing you.

Patrick Cashell.