OWCC Newsletter - July

cricket newsletter  •  Posted 2nd July 2019

Editor: Mike Pike Issue No: 175 (July 2019) Club:Old Wilsonians
68a Knighton Park Rd Hayes Hill
Sydenham SE26 5RL www.oldwilsonians.com Hayes, Bromley,
Tel: 020 8659-6443 Kent
Email: owmikepike@yahoo.co.uk Telephone: 0208 462 2600

We have struggled in June but our fortunes are about to improve

There can be no denying the fact that June has not been a good month for the OWCC but we have not yet reached the mid-way point of the season and there is every reason to be positive and optimistic about what is to come
We are all very proud of the fact that we have nurtured young talent and, for many of our youngsters, June has meant that they are pre-occupied with exams and we hope that they will all receive positive results which will help them all have interesting and successful lives. In the meantime they can relax and enjoy their cricket and help us dig ourselves out of this undignified hole in which we find ourselves
As we say goodbye to June we say hello to July in the knowledge that it is by far the busiest month of the season, It starts with three games against the school, from whom we get our name, and ends with cricket week, which itself is preceded by President’s Day, when we honour our current holder of this position, Jasper Gundry-White, on Sunday July 21st
There will be a T20 tournament, involving three OW teams, whilst Dave Welch will be in evidence as he sells tickets for his innovative and unique raffle – please support generously as all proceeds go to the Club
After that it is cricket, cricket, cricket all week – strictly speaking I should have repeated that word five times – before we resume competitive (league) cricket come the weekend
As ever the ‘Marquee’ day is Thursday with a breakfast and a curry at both lunch-time and in the evening available at a very reasonable cost for spectators, with another T20 competition taking place on the field of play, featuring ourselves and other local sides
The most important thing to remember is that Cricket week is for the whole Club and the fixtures are designed to cater for all abilities, so if you want to play then make yourself available
The Bar will be open all week – the Association always look forward to this occasion as the takings sore – whilst the cricket is always competitive and enjoyable
Returning to the month of June we were pleased, together with Wickham Park, to host the Bromley Kwik cricket festival on June 6th which saw 230 primary school children enjoying the game, which we hope they will enjoy for the rest of their lives; hopefully some will do so with the OWCC
Hawes Down has seen a vast improvement in the facilities we offer for the 3rd and 4th Xls, with sight-screens and a drinks trolley - the 4th Xl has even got its own in-house photographer – whilst a vast number of supporters can be seen there on a regular basis encouraging the team
From the Colts perspective the Under 15a were our most successful side so far this season, recording two wins and a tie with the prospect of more wins to come
We all know that cricket is no longer a level playing field, but how about this for a statistic:
The overwhelming majority of the England cricket team are privately educated. One private school alone, Dulwich College, has more cricket pitches than the whole of the London borough in which it finds itself.
Who to contact and how

President: Jasper Gundry-White 07789 934867 (Mobile)
Email: jaspergw@ntlworld.com
Chairman Jeff Mascarenhas 07967 484634 (Mobile)
Email: jeffmascarenhas17@gmail.com
Vice-Chair Dave Welch
Email:dgwelch1975@sky.com 07528 691488 (Mobile)
Colts Chairperson: Barrie Frampton
Email: barrie.frampton@gmail.com
Club Captain: Alex Forbes 07855 273218 (Mobile)
Email: Alexforbes46@hotmail.co.uk
Secretary: Mike Pike 020 8659 6443 (H)
Email: owmikepike@yahoo.co.uk
Welfare Officer Jane Kempthorn 07886 412166 (Mobile)
Email: jane.owccmembership@hotmail.co.uk
Treasurer: Andy Spedding 07973 847469 (Mobile)
Email: andy.spedding@hotmail.co.uk
Fixtures Secretary: Laurence Allen 07946 635020 (Mobile)
Email: Loz_Allen@hotmail.com
Website Administrator and
Communications Officer : Steve Lawrence
Email: steverlawrence@gmail.com
Skippers:

1st XI Michael Mitchell
Email: michaelgmitchell@live.co.uk 07721 628117 (M)
2nf XI: Howard Abbett 0208 777 5522
Email: Howard.Abbett@ntlworld.com
3rd Xl: Josh Holland
Email: hollandiam26@gmail.com 07494400621 (M)
4th XI Neil Treacher
Email: tapir7@tiscali.co.uk 07956513331
5th XI Alex Forbes 07855 273218 (M)
alexforbes46@hotmail.co.uk
Sunday Development: Velson Deverajulu 07814 577206 (M)
Email: velsendevarajulu@icloud.com
Sunday Friendly Tony Sherlock 07881 277283 (M)
Email: tony@cobraconcrete.co.uk
Paul Jenkins
Email paul@prjenkinsltd,co.uk 07973 807070 (M)
T20 Velson Deverajulu 07814 577206 (M)
Email: velsendevarajulu@icloud.com

Websites
Kent Cricket League Website: www.kcl.uk.net
Kent Feeder League website http://krcl.play-cricket.com
Sunday Development League website http://kentsdl.play-cricket.com
Old Wilsonians: www.oldwilsonians.play-cricket.com
North Kent Junior League: http://nkentjumior.play-cricket.com
Old Wilsonians’ Association website www.OldWilsonians.com
June Results

Minster 261 for 7 1st Xl 101 Lost by 160 runs

2nd Xl 256 for 4 Catford and Cyphers 152 Won by 104 runs

Oakfield Warriors 187 3rd Xl 93 Lost by 94 runs

Old Colfeians 4th Xl 148 for 8 4th Xl 123 Lost by 25 runs

Old Elthamians 2nd Xl 219 for 7 5th Xl 121 Lost by 98 runs

Bexley 188 for 7 Under 15b 53 Lost by 135 runs

Garvesend 91 Under 15a 95 for 4 Won by 6 wickets

Bickley Park 88 for 8 OWs 92 for 1 (T20 Cup) Won by 9 wickets

1st Xl 237 Whitstable 145 Won by 92 runs

Upchurch 168 for 8 2nd Xl 164 for 4 Lost by 4 runs

BOCA 1st Xl 233 3rd Xl 134 for 9 Lost by 99 runs

4th Xl Catford and Cyphers No play possible

Dulwich 6th Xl 216 for 6 5th Xl 156 Lost by 60 runs

Under 15 Locksbottom OWs conceded

Bexley 163 Under 15a 33 Lost by 130 runs

Sunday Development side Linden Park OWs conceded

Under 11 Gravesend OWs conceded

Under 17 Bickley Park No play possible

1st Xl 189 Sidcup 190 for 9 Lost by 1 wicket

2nd Xl 99 HSBC 102 for 2 Lost by 8 wickets

3rd Xl 81 Roan and Lambethans 82 for 3 Lost by 7 wickets

4th Xl 138 for 4 Sidcup 139 for 7 Lost by 3 wickets

Under 15b ODCUACO No play possible

Under 15a Beckenham OWs conceded


Sunday Development side 125 for 6 Hayes 131 for 6 Lost by 4 wickets

Under 13 Dartford OWs conceded

Old Wilsonians T20 (Cup) 79 Bromley Common 82 for 4 Lost by 6 wickets

1st Xl 73 ODCUACO 74 for 5 Lost by 5 wickets

Linden Park 284 for 9 2nd Xl 181 Lost by 103 runs

Bexleyheath 132 3rd Xl 128 Lost by 4 runs

ODCUACO 267 for 4 4th Xl 151 for 8 Lost by 116 runs

5th Xl 127 Natwest Blues 2nd Xl 104 for 9 Won by 23 runs

Sunday development 80 ODCUACO 82 for 4 Lost by 6 wickets

Bromley 183 for 2 Under 15b 85 for 6 Lost by 98 runs

Under 15a 97 for 8 Bexleyheath 97 for 7 Tie

Dartford 170 for 8 1st Xl 171 for 4 Won by 6 wickets

S Lawrence &
Highland Court 284 2nd Xl 108 Lost by 176 runs
3rd Xl 94 Bromley 95 for 7 Lost by 3 wickets

Orpington 145 for 8 4th Xl 95 Lost by 50 runs

Bexley 182 Sunday Development 182 for 7 Tie

Under 15a 129 Blackheath 130 for 6 Lost by 4 wickets


Cricket World Cup Day at OWCC - Sunday 7th July

Having seen England - tagged as favourites by many - hold onto their Cricket World Cup dreams by defeating a much fancied India side last Sunday, both teams must now hope that results in their remaining group games this week are favourable, giving rise to a likely anticipated further meeting between the two countries in the knockout stages. Perhaps by the time you read this the line-up of the last four will already be known!

But before any World Cup Semi-Finals occur, another international fixture takes place this Sunday 7th July at Hayes Hill with Mumbai CC U19s team visiting to play our own Under 19s. The match, a 40-overs per side affair, commences at 1.30pm. The weather forecast looks good so why not come along early and enjoy the barbecue being run by our Young Leaders to coincide with the start of the cricket?

There is a further food option after the game - an opportunity perhaps to enjoy some Indian flavour in the kitchen complimenting the cricket taking place during the day?

Of course the bar will be open, and undoubtedly ahead of the World Cup semi-finals the television will be showing re-runs of the key highlights from all the group matches that have been played over the past month.

We hope you can support this family day and enjoy some quality cricket at Old Wilsonians in this Cricket World Cup year.

Best wishes
The OWCC Committee

#CWC19Clubs

SPIN TWINS MUCH IN EVIDENCE 2nd Xl 256 for 4 Catford and Cyphers 152

As a consequence of my disgraceful behavior after the game against Ashford Town a week earlier, when I got extremely drunk, assaulted a visiting player, swore at one of the umpires and made an improper suggestion toa member of the bar staff, I was dropped to the 2nd Xl, hence this report of a 2nd Xl game
(The alternative explanation is that I spent the night before in Maidstone where I got extremely drunk………… joined the Class of 1956 for our annual reunion and realised the logistics of getting to the Isle of Sheppey by public transport were not good, and m y thanks to Graham Watts for covering my 1st Xl scoring duties as a consequence and the least I could do in the circumstances was to cover his for the 2s)
Skipper Howard Abbett won the toss – with my coin, which he returned, and elected to bat and we were soon a wicket down, so Wayne Crossland and Callum Steel set about repairing the damage which they did effectively until Callum was trapped lbw for 33. Wayne was then joined by Jacob Gold and they put on 116 for the third wicket before the former gave a gentle catch with his score at 53
I had not seen Wayne bat before, he has only recently joined our Club, but, on this evidence, he is the archetypal opening bat, accumulating runs in a business-like manner whilst he lets his partner at the other end punish the bowling, his contribution to that third wicket stand being 39 whilst his more flamboyant team-mate hit 71; they were the perfect foils for each other
Jacob went on to hit 94 before being bowled and deserved to make three figures, although he had been dropped a few times and purists might argue that he did not deserve a ton; purists are always very hard to please
Wayne’s departure brought James Sims to the crease and he played the perfect innings for the occasion – a quick-fire 56 not out that enabled us to reach 256 for 4. James is the epitome of the player – there are many other examples – who is not yet ready for the 1st Xl but who will thrive in the 2nd Xl. It is true that the Catford and Cyphers bowling attack is not the most potent you will ever see, but he played good ‘cricket’ shots, which were full of quality
So it was now down to our bowlers, which the visiting openers initially coped well with until the introduction of the spin twins, David Pilgrim and Ollie Willis
David is always a joy to watch, as is the art of leg spin bowling, but I have never seen Ollie bowl before and he was equally impressive. He bowls line and length, the essential prerequisite of any bowler, and bowled his ten overs for a frugal 18 runs and took three wickets, whilst David was even meaner, taking 4 for 16 in his ten
Ollie is only 15 – he must be devastating in school cricket – and on this evidence he has a great future ahead of him. He looks confident and Howard told me after the game that he does not get phased when he gets hit, which will happen. It has to be said that the visiting batting was not of the highest quality, but 3 for 18 in ten overs is a good return against any standard
As for David he is almost twice Ollie’s age – sorry David – and we have known of his commitment and dedication to the OWCC since he first represented us, an attitude that is there for all to admire and follow and which he undoubtedly gets from his parents
So a comfortable win for the 2nd Xl, with everyone playing his part in the victory
Crossland Ranjan Steel.C Gold Sims James Abbett.H Carruthers.K Willis Pilgrim Adams
MOM: A number of candidates but Jacob Gold just gets it for his 94

EVERYTHING COMES TO HE WHO WAITS 1st Xl 237, Whitstable 145

The 1st Xl finally won their first game of the season, and it was a very comfortable one at that.
Still not in a position to play a full strength side, we again saw a debutant, Ollie Willis, and very well he played, too
The game did see the return of Josh Lawrence and he opened the batting with Velson and they put on 67 for the first wicket to give us an encouraging and positive start before Josh departed for 43. Matt Golding and Velson then carried on the good work before the latter perished for 42 to be replaced by the skipper, who was soon trapped lbw. ‘Mitch’ has yet to make a major contribution with the bat but he will do; it is only a matter of time
Jonathan and Matt then put on 53 for the fifth wicket before the former was caught behind for 21 in the 40th over at which point Matt was on 52. Akeem then hit a glorious lofted off-drive but then, in a search for quick runs, was run out whilst Matt was the ninth man out for 79. It can be argued that we lost too many wickets, and for not enough runs, in the last 10 overs, but the bowlers must have been reasonably happy to defend a total of 237
And so it proved, as Whitstable slumped to 36 for 3, Doug taking the first two wickets and Akeem the third. Doug’s qualities are well known and well recorded but Akeem is the new boy and, after a tentative start, with both bat and ball, he is starting to show his strengths with both
The week before, at Minster, he had hit 27 not out and took two wickets, albeit rather expensively. This time he claimed only one wicket but his eight overs had cost just 13 runs and, in limited overs cricket, economy is equally important
Dave Ellicott-White was equally frugal but more penetrating, and finished with figures of 10-4-19-3, but the most encouraging performance, because of its significance for the long term and the fact that it was his first game for the side, came from Ollie Willis. His bowling skills have already been examined in this publication - see the report of the 2nd Xl’s game against Catford & Cyphers - and in this game the skipper brought him on to bowl the 25th over with Whitstable’s score on 65 for 5; had it been 160 for 2 he may not have made that decision!
It took Ollie 22 balls to claim his first ever 1st Xl wicket and he did so in a spell where he bowled four overs for 2 runs. DEW took the ninth wicket and with the visitors threatening to claim a batting point – they had already banked maximum bowling points, Matt was brought back into the bowling attack and claimed the final wicket with his third ball
(Velson)Devarajulu Lawrence.J Golding Mitchell Rodda.J Ifill Pryor Pomering.A Willis Ellicott-White Forbes.D
MOM: Matt Golding - ninth man out and took the last wicket

TIP AND RUN TACTIC PROVES FATAL Dulwich 6th Xl 216 for 6, 5th Xl 156

In the 1990s the cricket club held a list of names of players headed “If we really have no further options”. These were players who were contacted when selection had reached crisis point. I am proud to report my name was towards the bottom of this list yet such was the strength of the club at the time I had the occasional call to play on a Saturday (Graham - can you remember me scoring that 6 at the club??).
No one was more pleased than me with the development of the Colt section of the Club and the increase in the number of players available for the OWCC, and those last minute call ups became few and far between, although I can recall playing a game this century at Hawes Down under captain Stuart Forbes but, and apart from that, it has been nice and quiet.
At the start of the season Alex Forbes was fishing around for players and whilst I had no inclination to bat at No.11 and sit on the boundary again, I rather foolishly indicated that I might play if the 5th XI were short but did not expect a call - how naïve!
The 5th XI travelled to play top of the table Dulwich on June 8th and took to the field with 10. This quickly reduced to 9 when Derek Seston dislocated his finger after some athletic fielding in the deep. I have no idea as to the standard of this league, but I thought we did ok considering the gaps in the field caused by the lack of numbers. Dulwich batted well, with their No 5 playing particularly well. We took wickets in batches and their score of 216 for 6 seemed about right.
Batting wise I thought we had no chance but our second wicket partnership of about 135 by Neil Treacher (83) and Jeff Mascarenhas (60) took us to150 for 1 with 6 over to go. At this point Captain Forbes strode from umpiring duties to tell everybody “We can win this” and was shaking up the batting order and we were all out for 156! I got a bat and my innings consisted of one run from one ball before being run out next ball failing to realise the captain would be playing tip and run.
Overall I thought we did well enough considering the team and team numbers and, as always, playing for the Club was enjoyable as well as being a privilege.
Congratulations to Dulwich, who were always in control, and I suspect they had plenty in reserve. Neville Spencer
Treacher.N Allen Mascarenhas Herbert.N Carpenter (Jay) Forbes.A Senthitkumaran Spencer Becket (Steve) Seston (Derek)

CRICKET CAN BE THE CRUELEST OF GAMES 1st Xl 189 Sidcup 190 for 9

This was a cruel defeat for the 1st Xl. ‘Mitch’ confessed that it was a toss he had been happy to lose and an inordinate amount of precipitation throughout the week had made the wicket slow and difficult to bat on and, after eight overs, we were 4 for 2. Both of the Sidcup openers had used the conditions well and runs were difficult to come by
However, the ever resilient Velson and the returning Syd Sherlock dug deep into their respective talents before Velson was bowled for 13, and at the end of the 21st over we were 39 for 4, Dan Seston also having returned to the pavilion
Syd and Akeem then added 58 before Syd was bowled for 41 and Akeem was going well when he ill-advisedly hooked a beamer to be caught at square leg – some would argue that a no ball decision should have been called.
Jonathan then took over to play not only his highest innings of the season but his best. Going to the crease in the 37th over with the score on 115 was not easy and he scored 43 of the remaining 74 runs we accrued. Initially he put on 29 runs with Akeem for the seventh wicket before the latter’s unfortunate dismissal and was last out for the aforesaid 43 – this should have been 46 for he hit a straight drive which clearly hit the boundary rope, and the fielder involved knew this, an incident which a senior member of the home side supporting his team described as ‘Naughty’
And so we defended our 189 initially confronted with the league’s leading run scorer who hit DEW’s second ball for a glorious cover drive for four and the third into Akeem’s grateful hands at first slip – game on and, by the 17th over, they were 63 for 5, Doug and Matt claiming two wickets each. Now was the time to press home our advantage.
However, if your top order does not deliver the goods then the lower order has a chance to shine, and this was certainly the case on this occasion. In a game devoid of any significant partnerships – Syd and Akeem’s was the highest of the game – Sidcup’s sixth wicket pair put on 35, their seventh 25, their eighth 28 and their ninth 37, and our hosts needed 17 from the last two overs, which they achieved from the very last ball of the game
Cricket can be a cruel game and it is important to learn lessons from each and every one of them and, sometimes, you learn more from defeats than victories; make sure this is the case in this instance
(Velsen)Devarajulu Maxwell Golding (Syd)Sherlock (Dan)Seston Ifill Mitchell Rodda.J Pryor Ellicott-White Forbes.D
MOM: Jonathan Rodda – has been batting lower in the order of late; not because of a lack of form but because of the strength of our batting, and dominated the latter half of our innings. Is this the best place from which he can serve the team?

DRAMATIC BATTING COLLAPSE 1st Xl 73 ODCUACO 74 for 5

Another disappointing batting performance from the 1st Xl but it could have been so different. Velson and Josh started well - could this be our regular opening partnership? Both have patience, tenacity and the ability to play every ball on its merit, whilst the left-hand/right-hand combination causes problems for opening bowlers
The first job of an opening bat is to blunt the opposing attack, quieten the initial enthusiasm of the fielders and, most important of all, to stay there. Runs are largely irrelevant for the first ten overs or so – they will take care of themselves – but wickets are precious and it is far better to be 20 for 0 after 10 overs than 50 for 5
On a day when summer seemed to have eventually arrived two drink breaks had been agreed, after 17 and 34 overs, and at the first one we had reached 47 for 1, Josh having fallen to a gentle catch. Our runs tally was certainly satisfactory – see previous paragraph – and now was the time to start thinking about a formidable total
Sadly this did not happen and it all went wrong as we lost wickets in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st overs and, after a brief respite, the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets fell in the 25th, 26th and 27th overs respectively and by the end of the 34th over we were 72 for 9 as the second drinks break loomed – and was not taken.
Six balls later it was all over and we had been dismissed for 73. Yes, ODCUACO had bowled well but we had made things easy for them
ODCUACO took 17.1 overs to get the 74 runs they needed – another drinks break hit the dust – and although we reduced them to 41 for 4, the outcome was never in doubt as we slipped to our sixth defeat in seven games
The frustrating thing is, and because of the strength of our bowling attack, a total of 200 should be enough for them to defend successfully. The sad reality is that we have only exceeded 200 once this season and only picked up two batting points - against Sidcup – in our six defeats
Devarajulu Lawrence.J Golding (Syd)Sherlock Ifill Rodda.J Mitchell Pryor Rodda.I Ellicott-White Forbes,D
MOM: Velson – his consistency needs to be mirrored by others

THE TURNING POINT OF THE SEASON? Dartford 170 for 8, 1st Xl 171 for 4

June has been a difficult month for the 1st Xl - a visit to Minted(sic), a comprehensive victory against Whitstable, heart-break at Sidcup in a game that they really deserved to win, a disappointing batting performance against ODCUACO, and it concluded with the visit of Dartford, yet another side with recent Premier Division experience
In searing heat the visitors won the toss and elected to bat with the intention of piling on the runs, exhausting the fielding side and thereby ensuring that they would not in the requisite physical state to bat after tea. But, and thanks to our bowling, and fielding, it did not pan out like that as we restricted them to 170 for 8 from their 50 overs
DEW and Jonathan Rodda opened the bowling and the latter, in particular, impressed. Used in three short spells - four, three and three respectively – he bowled tightly which, and with all due respect, has not been his forte, a propensity to bowl wides being his Achilles heel. On this occasion he bowled none at all, conceded three runs an over and thoroughly deserved his wicket from the final ball of the innings
‘Mitch’ was even meaner – extremely mean in fact – his ten, again in three spells, costing just 11 runs, whilst he also picked up three wickets. Akeem, Elliott Bettridge, Syd Sherlock and Josh Lawrence also did their bit and we restricted Dartford, who only had three batsmen who made any sort of contribution, to 170; the bowlers had done their job and it was now down to the batsmen
Velson and Josh gave us a solid start – 44 for the first wicket – before Velson was bowled for 24 and, shortly afterwards, his partner was trapped lbw for 15. Enter Matt Golding to join Syd Sherlock. Matt had not bowled and I told him during the interval that he must get 80 in recompense, and he had Syd put on 101 for the third wicket before the latter hit a gentle catch to square leg to be out for 40
It is good to see Syd back after his exams and he brings something positive to every aspect of the game – batting, bowling and fielding. This is his third game this season, wherein he hit 41 at Sidcup on a difficult wicket and was somewhat unfortunate to be run out against ODCUACO
On this occasion he and Matt had virtually sealed the win – we needed 21 runs from 13 overs upon his departure – and so it proved; and with more than 10 overs to spare
This was a vital win, with every one playing his part in the victory. There are ten games to go and although pushing Minster into third place may be fanciful, this is certainly not a side who should be flirting with relegation
I have yet to see another team in this league who work so hard for each other, have the potential of seeing quick singles and/or turning ones into twos, twos into threes etc, thereby putting the fielding side under pressure, or who are better led – today ‘Mitch’ took cogniscance of the extreme heat, by using all of his bowlers in short spells, dealt with the fact that Doug was injured and Matt not fit enough to bowl, yet still gave seven players the opportunity to do so, and led by example with a performance that was frugal to the extreme
This is surely the turning point of our season and we can look forward to the next ten games with a great deal of confidence
(Velsen)Devarajulu Lawrence.J (Syd)Sherlock Golding Gold Ifill Mitchell Rodda.J Pryor Bettridge Ellicott-White
MOM: Syd Sherlock – his partnership with Matt was match winning and he bowled tidily - four overs for 11 runs and a wicket as well

COPY DATE FOR NEXT EDITION - July 31st

Editor: Mike Pike Issue No: 175 (July 2019) Club:Old Wilsonians
68a Knighton Park Rd Hayes Hill
Sydenham SE26 5RL www.oldwilsonians.com Hayes, Bromley,
Tel: 020 8659-6443 Kent
Email: owmikepike@yahoo.co.uk Telephone: 0208 462 2600

We have struggled in June but our fortunes are about to improve

There can be no denying the fact that June has not been a good month for the OWCC but we have not yet reached the mid-way point of the season and there is every reason to be positive and optimistic about what is to come
We are all very proud of the fact that we have nurtured young talent and, for many of our youngsters, June has meant that they are pre-occupied with exams and we hope that they will all receive positive results which will help them all have interesting and successful lives. In the meantime they can relax and enjoy their cricket and help us dig ourselves out of this undignified hole in which we find ourselves
As we say goodbye to June we say hello to July in the knowledge that it is by far the busiest month of the season, It starts with three games against the school, from whom we get our name, and ends with cricket week, which itself is preceded by President’s Day, when we honour our current holder of this position, Jasper Gundry-White, on Sunday July 21st
There will be a T20 tournament, involving three OW teams, whilst Dave Welch will be in evidence as he sells tickets for his innovative and unique raffle – please support generously as all proceeds go to the Club
After that it is cricket, cricket, cricket all week – strictly speaking I should have repeated that word five times – before we resume competitive (league) cricket come the weekend
As ever the ‘Marquee’ day is Thursday with a breakfast and a curry at both lunch-time and in the evening available at a very reasonable cost for spectators, with another T20 competition taking place on the field of play, featuring ourselves and other local sides
The most important thing to remember is that Cricket week is for the whole Club and the fixtures are designed to cater for all abilities, so if you want to play then make yourself available
The Bar will be open all week – the Association always look forward to this occasion as the takings sore – whilst the cricket is always competitive and enjoyable
Returning to the month of June we were pleased, together with Wickham Park, to host the Bromley Kwik cricket festival on June 6th which saw 230 primary school children enjoying the game, which we hope they will enjoy for the rest of their lives; hopefully some will do so with the OWCC
Hawes Down has seen a vast improvement in the facilities we offer for the 3rd and 4th Xls, with sight-screens and a drinks trolley - the 4th Xl has even got its own in-house photographer – whilst a vast number of supporters can be seen there on a regular basis encouraging the team
From the Colts perspective the Under 15a were our most successful side so far this season, recording two wins and a tie with the prospect of more wins to come
We all know that cricket is no longer a level playing field, but how about this for a statistic:
The overwhelming majority of the England cricket team are privately educated. One private school alone, Dulwich College, has more cricket pitches than the whole of the London borough in which it finds itself.
Who to contact and how

President: Jasper Gundry-White 07789 934867 (Mobile)
Email: jaspergw@ntlworld.com
Chairman Jeff Mascarenhas 07967 484634 (Mobile)
Email: jeffmascarenhas17@gmail.com
Vice-Chair Dave Welch
Email:dgwelch1975@sky.com 07528 691488 (Mobile)
Colts Chairperson: Barrie Frampton
Email: barrie.frampton@gmail.com
Club Captain: Alex Forbes 07855 273218 (Mobile)
Email: Alexforbes46@hotmail.co.uk
Secretary: Mike Pike 020 8659 6443 (H)
Email: owmikepike@yahoo.co.uk
Welfare Officer Jane Kempthorn 07886 412166 (Mobile)
Email: jane.owccmembership@hotmail.co.uk
Treasurer: Andy Spedding 07973 847469 (Mobile)
Email: andy.spedding@hotmail.co.uk
Fixtures Secretary: Laurence Allen 07946 635020 (Mobile)
Email: Loz_Allen@hotmail.com
Website Administrator and
Communications Officer : Steve Lawrence
Email: steverlawrence@gmail.com
Skippers:

1st XI Michael Mitchell
Email: michaelgmitchell@live.co.uk 07721 628117 (M)
2nf XI: Howard Abbett 0208 777 5522
Email: Howard.Abbett@ntlworld.com
3rd Xl: Josh Holland
Email: hollandiam26@gmail.com 07494400621 (M)
4th XI Neil Treacher
Email: tapir7@tiscali.co.uk 07956513331
5th XI Alex Forbes 07855 273218 (M)
alexforbes46@hotmail.co.uk
Sunday Development: Velson Deverajulu 07814 577206 (M)
Email: velsendevarajulu@icloud.com
Sunday Friendly Tony Sherlock 07881 277283 (M)
Email: tony@cobraconcrete.co.uk
Paul Jenkins
Email paul@prjenkinsltd,co.uk 07973 807070 (M)
T20 Velson Deverajulu 07814 577206 (M)
Email: velsendevarajulu@icloud.com

Websites
Kent Cricket League Website: www.kcl.uk.net
Kent Feeder League website http://krcl.play-cricket.com
Sunday Development League website http://kentsdl.play-cricket.com
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North Kent Junior League: http://nkentjumior.play-cricket.com
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June Results

Minster 261 for 7 1st Xl 101 Lost by 160 runs

2nd Xl 256 for 4 Catford and Cyphers 152 Won by 104 runs

Oakfield Warriors 187 3rd Xl 93 Lost by 94 runs

Old Colfeians 4th Xl 148 for 8 4th Xl 123 Lost by 25 runs

Old Elthamians 2nd Xl 219 for 7 5th Xl 121 Lost by 98 runs

Bexley 188 for 7 Under 15b 53 Lost by 135 runs

Garvesend 91 Under 15a 95 for 4 Won by 6 wickets

Bickley Park 88 for 8 OWs 92 for 1 (T20 Cup) Won by 9 wickets

1st Xl 237 Whitstable 145 Won by 92 runs

Upchurch 168 for 8 2nd Xl 164 for 4 Lost by 4 runs

BOCA 1st Xl 233 3rd Xl 134 for 9 Lost by 99 runs

4th Xl Catford and Cyphers No play possible

Dulwich 6th Xl 216 for 6 5th Xl 156 Lost by 60 runs

Under 15 Locksbottom OWs conceded

Bexley 163 Under 15a 33 Lost by 130 runs

Sunday Development side Linden Park OWs conceded

Under 11 Gravesend OWs conceded

Under 17 Bickley Park No play possible

1st Xl 189 Sidcup 190 for 9 Lost by 1 wicket

2nd Xl 99 HSBC 102 for 2 Lost by 8 wickets

3rd Xl 81 Roan and Lambethans 82 for 3 Lost by 7 wickets

4th Xl 138 for 4 Sidcup 139 for 7 Lost by 3 wickets

Under 15b ODCUACO No play possible

Under 15a Beckenham OWs conceded


Sunday Development side 125 for 6 Hayes 131 for 6 Lost by 4 wickets

Under 13 Dartford OWs conceded

Old Wilsonians T20 (Cup) 79 Bromley Common 82 for 4 Lost by 6 wickets

1st Xl 73 ODCUACO 74 for 5 Lost by 5 wickets

Linden Park 284 for 9 2nd Xl 181 Lost by 103 runs

Bexleyheath 132 3rd Xl 128 Lost by 4 runs

ODCUACO 267 for 4 4th Xl 151 for 8 Lost by 116 runs

5th Xl 127 Natwest Blues 2nd Xl 104 for 9 Won by 23 runs

Sunday development 80 ODCUACO 82 for 4 Lost by 6 wickets

Bromley 183 for 2 Under 15b 85 for 6 Lost by 98 runs

Under 15a 97 for 8 Bexleyheath 97 for 7 Tie

Dartford 170 for 8 1st Xl 171 for 4 Won by 6 wickets

S Lawrence &
Highland Court 284 2nd Xl 108 Lost by 176 runs
3rd Xl 94 Bromley 95 for 7 Lost by 3 wickets

Orpington 145 for 8 4th Xl 95 Lost by 50 runs

Bexley 182 Sunday Development 182 for 7 Tie

Under 15a 129 Blackheath 130 for 6 Lost by 4 wickets


Cricket World Cup Day at OWCC - Sunday 7th July

Having seen England - tagged as favourites by many - hold onto their Cricket World Cup dreams by defeating a much fancied India side last Sunday, both teams must now hope that results in their remaining group games this week are favourable, giving rise to a likely anticipated further meeting between the two countries in the knockout stages. Perhaps by the time you read this the line-up of the last four will already be known!

But before any World Cup Semi-Finals occur, another international fixture takes place this Sunday 7th July at Hayes Hill with Mumbai CC U19s team visiting to play our own Under 19s. The match, a 40-overs per side affair, commences at 1.30pm. The weather forecast looks good so why not come along early and enjoy the barbecue being run by our Young Leaders to coincide with the start of the cricket?

There is a further food option after the game - an opportunity perhaps to enjoy some Indian flavour in the kitchen complimenting the cricket taking place during the day?

Of course the bar will be open, and undoubtedly ahead of the World Cup semi-finals the television will be showing re-runs of the key highlights from all the group matches that have been played over the past month.

We hope you can support this family day and enjoy some quality cricket at Old Wilsonians in this Cricket World Cup year.

Best wishes
The OWCC Committee

#CWC19Clubs

SPIN TWINS MUCH IN EVIDENCE 2nd Xl 256 for 4 Catford and Cyphers 152

As a consequence of my disgraceful behavior after the game against Ashford Town a week earlier, when I got extremely drunk, assaulted a visiting player, swore at one of the umpires and made an improper suggestion toa member of the bar staff, I was dropped to the 2nd Xl, hence this report of a 2nd Xl game
(The alternative explanation is that I spent the night before in Maidstone where I got extremely drunk………… joined the Class of 1956 for our annual reunion and realised the logistics of getting to the Isle of Sheppey by public transport were not good, and m y thanks to Graham Watts for covering my 1st Xl scoring duties as a consequence and the least I could do in the circumstances was to cover his for the 2s)
Skipper Howard Abbett won the toss – with my coin, which he returned, and elected to bat and we were soon a wicket down, so Wayne Crossland and Callum Steel set about repairing the damage which they did effectively until Callum was trapped lbw for 33. Wayne was then joined by Jacob Gold and they put on 116 for the third wicket before the former gave a gentle catch with his score at 53
I had not seen Wayne bat before, he has only recently joined our Club, but, on this evidence, he is the archetypal opening bat, accumulating runs in a business-like manner whilst he lets his partner at the other end punish the bowling, his contribution to that third wicket stand being 39 whilst his more flamboyant team-mate hit 71; they were the perfect foils for each other
Jacob went on to hit 94 before being bowled and deserved to make three figures, although he had been dropped a few times and purists might argue that he did not deserve a ton; purists are always very hard to please
Wayne’s departure brought James Sims to the crease and he played the perfect innings for the occasion – a quick-fire 56 not out that enabled us to reach 256 for 4. James is the epitome of the player – there are many other examples – who is not yet ready for the 1st Xl but who will thrive in the 2nd Xl. It is true that the Catford and Cyphers bowling attack is not the most potent you will ever see, but he played good ‘cricket’ shots, which were full of quality
So it was now down to our bowlers, which the visiting openers initially coped well with until the introduction of the spin twins, David Pilgrim and Ollie Willis
David is always a joy to watch, as is the art of leg spin bowling, but I have never seen Ollie bowl before and he was equally impressive. He bowls line and length, the essential prerequisite of any bowler, and bowled his ten overs for a frugal 18 runs and took three wickets, whilst David was even meaner, taking 4 for 16 in his ten
Ollie is only 15 – he must be devastating in school cricket – and on this evidence he has a great future ahead of him. He looks confident and Howard told me after the game that he does not get phased when he gets hit, which will happen. It has to be said that the visiting batting was not of the highest quality, but 3 for 18 in ten overs is a good return against any standard
As for David he is almost twice Ollie’s age – sorry David – and we have known of his commitment and dedication to the OWCC since he first represented us, an attitude that is there for all to admire and follow and which he undoubtedly gets from his parents
So a comfortable win for the 2nd Xl, with everyone playing his part in the victory
Crossland Ranjan Steel.C Gold Sims James Abbett.H Carruthers.K Willis Pilgrim Adams
MOM: A number of candidates but Jacob Gold just gets it for his 94

EVERYTHING COMES TO HE WHO WAITS 1st Xl 237, Whitstable 145

The 1st Xl finally won their first game of the season, and it was a very comfortable one at that.
Still not in a position to play a full strength side, we again saw a debutant, Ollie Willis, and very well he played, too
The game did see the return of Josh Lawrence and he opened the batting with Velson and they put on 67 for the first wicket to give us an encouraging and positive start before Josh departed for 43. Matt Golding and Velson then carried on the good work before the latter perished for 42 to be replaced by the skipper, who was soon trapped lbw. ‘Mitch’ has yet to make a major contribution with the bat but he will do; it is only a matter of time
Jonathan and Matt then put on 53 for the fifth wicket before the former was caught behind for 21 in the 40th over at which point Matt was on 52. Akeem then hit a glorious lofted off-drive but then, in a search for quick runs, was run out whilst Matt was the ninth man out for 79. It can be argued that we lost too many wickets, and for not enough runs, in the last 10 overs, but the bowlers must have been reasonably happy to defend a total of 237
And so it proved, as Whitstable slumped to 36 for 3, Doug taking the first two wickets and Akeem the third. Doug’s qualities are well known and well recorded but Akeem is the new boy and, after a tentative start, with both bat and ball, he is starting to show his strengths with both
The week before, at Minster, he had hit 27 not out and took two wickets, albeit rather expensively. This time he claimed only one wicket but his eight overs had cost just 13 runs and, in limited overs cricket, economy is equally important
Dave Ellicott-White was equally frugal but more penetrating, and finished with figures of 10-4-19-3, but the most encouraging performance, because of its significance for the long term and the fact that it was his first game for the side, came from Ollie Willis. His bowling skills have already been examined in this publication - see the report of the 2nd Xl’s game against Catford & Cyphers - and in this game the skipper brought him on to bowl the 25th over with Whitstable’s score on 65 for 5; had it been 160 for 2 he may not have made that decision!
It took Ollie 22 balls to claim his first ever 1st Xl wicket and he did so in a spell where he bowled four overs for 2 runs. DEW took the ninth wicket and with the visitors threatening to claim a batting point – they had already banked maximum bowling points, Matt was brought back into the bowling attack and claimed the final wicket with his third ball
(Velson)Devarajulu Lawrence.J Golding Mitchell Rodda.J Ifill Pryor Pomering.A Willis Ellicott-White Forbes.D
MOM: Matt Golding - ninth man out and took the last wicket

TIP AND RUN TACTIC PROVES FATAL Dulwich 6th Xl 216 for 6, 5th Xl 156

In the 1990s the cricket club held a list of names of players headed “If we really have no further options”. These were players who were contacted when selection had reached crisis point. I am proud to report my name was towards the bottom of this list yet such was the strength of the club at the time I had the occasional call to play on a Saturday (Graham - can you remember me scoring that 6 at the club??).
No one was more pleased than me with the development of the Colt section of the Club and the increase in the number of players available for the OWCC, and those last minute call ups became few and far between, although I can recall playing a game this century at Hawes Down under captain Stuart Forbes but, and apart from that, it has been nice and quiet.
At the start of the season Alex Forbes was fishing around for players and whilst I had no inclination to bat at No.11 and sit on the boundary again, I rather foolishly indicated that I might play if the 5th XI were short but did not expect a call - how naïve!
The 5th XI travelled to play top of the table Dulwich on June 8th and took to the field with 10. This quickly reduced to 9 when Derek Seston dislocated his finger after some athletic fielding in the deep. I have no idea as to the standard of this league, but I thought we did ok considering the gaps in the field caused by the lack of numbers. Dulwich batted well, with their No 5 playing particularly well. We took wickets in batches and their score of 216 for 6 seemed about right.
Batting wise I thought we had no chance but our second wicket partnership of about 135 by Neil Treacher (83) and Jeff Mascarenhas (60) took us to150 for 1 with 6 over to go. At this point Captain Forbes strode from umpiring duties to tell everybody “We can win this” and was shaking up the batting order and we were all out for 156! I got a bat and my innings consisted of one run from one ball before being run out next ball failing to realise the captain would be playing tip and run.
Overall I thought we did well enough considering the team and team numbers and, as always, playing for the Club was enjoyable as well as being a privilege.
Congratulations to Dulwich, who were always in control, and I suspect they had plenty in reserve. Neville Spencer
Treacher.N Allen Mascarenhas Herbert.N Carpenter (Jay) Forbes.A Senthitkumaran Spencer Becket (Steve) Seston (Derek)

CRICKET CAN BE THE CRUELEST OF GAMES 1st Xl 189 Sidcup 190 for 9

This was a cruel defeat for the 1st Xl. ‘Mitch’ confessed that it was a toss he had been happy to lose and an inordinate amount of precipitation throughout the week had made the wicket slow and difficult to bat on and, after eight overs, we were 4 for 2. Both of the Sidcup openers had used the conditions well and runs were difficult to come by
However, the ever resilient Velson and the returning Syd Sherlock dug deep into their respective talents before Velson was bowled for 13, and at the end of the 21st over we were 39 for 4, Dan Seston also having returned to the pavilion
Syd and Akeem then added 58 before Syd was bowled for 41 and Akeem was going well when he ill-advisedly hooked a beamer to be caught at square leg – some would argue that a no ball decision should have been called.
Jonathan then took over to play not only his highest innings of the season but his best. Going to the crease in the 37th over with the score on 115 was not easy and he scored 43 of the remaining 74 runs we accrued. Initially he put on 29 runs with Akeem for the seventh wicket before the latter’s unfortunate dismissal and was last out for the aforesaid 43 – this should have been 46 for he hit a straight drive which clearly hit the boundary rope, and the fielder involved knew this, an incident which a senior member of the home side supporting his team described as ‘Naughty’
And so we defended our 189 initially confronted with the league’s leading run scorer who hit DEW’s second ball for a glorious cover drive for four and the third into Akeem’s grateful hands at first slip – game on and, by the 17th over, they were 63 for 5, Doug and Matt claiming two wickets each. Now was the time to press home our advantage.
However, if your top order does not deliver the goods then the lower order has a chance to shine, and this was certainly the case on this occasion. In a game devoid of any significant partnerships – Syd and Akeem’s was the highest of the game – Sidcup’s sixth wicket pair put on 35, their seventh 25, their eighth 28 and their ninth 37, and our hosts needed 17 from the last two overs, which they achieved from the very last ball of the game
Cricket can be a cruel game and it is important to learn lessons from each and every one of them and, sometimes, you learn more from defeats than victories; make sure this is the case in this instance
(Velsen)Devarajulu Maxwell Golding (Syd)Sherlock (Dan)Seston Ifill Mitchell Rodda.J Pryor Ellicott-White Forbes.D
MOM: Jonathan Rodda – has been batting lower in the order of late; not because of a lack of form but because of the strength of our batting, and dominated the latter half of our innings. Is this the best place from which he can serve the team?

DRAMATIC BATTING COLLAPSE 1st Xl 73 ODCUACO 74 for 5

Another disappointing batting performance from the 1st Xl but it could have been so different. Velson and Josh started well - could this be our regular opening partnership? Both have patience, tenacity and the ability to play every ball on its merit, whilst the left-hand/right-hand combination causes problems for opening bowlers
The first job of an opening bat is to blunt the opposing attack, quieten the initial enthusiasm of the fielders and, most important of all, to stay there. Runs are largely irrelevant for the first ten overs or so – they will take care of themselves – but wickets are precious and it is far better to be 20 for 0 after 10 overs than 50 for 5
On a day when summer seemed to have eventually arrived two drink breaks had been agreed, after 17 and 34 overs, and at the first one we had reached 47 for 1, Josh having fallen to a gentle catch. Our runs tally was certainly satisfactory – see previous paragraph – and now was the time to start thinking about a formidable total
Sadly this did not happen and it all went wrong as we lost wickets in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st overs and, after a brief respite, the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets fell in the 25th, 26th and 27th overs respectively and by the end of the 34th over we were 72 for 9 as the second drinks break loomed – and was not taken.
Six balls later it was all over and we had been dismissed for 73. Yes, ODCUACO had bowled well but we had made things easy for them
ODCUACO took 17.1 overs to get the 74 runs they needed – another drinks break hit the dust – and although we reduced them to 41 for 4, the outcome was never in doubt as we slipped to our sixth defeat in seven games
The frustrating thing is, and because of the strength of our bowling attack, a total of 200 should be enough for them to defend successfully. The sad reality is that we have only exceeded 200 once this season and only picked up two batting points - against Sidcup – in our six defeats
Devarajulu Lawrence.J Golding (Syd)Sherlock Ifill Rodda.J Mitchell Pryor Rodda.I Ellicott-White Forbes,D
MOM: Velson – his consistency needs to be mirrored by others

THE TURNING POINT OF THE SEASON? Dartford 170 for 8, 1st Xl 171 for 4

June has been a difficult month for the 1st Xl - a visit to Minted(sic), a comprehensive victory against Whitstable, heart-break at Sidcup in a game that they really deserved to win, a disappointing batting performance against ODCUACO, and it concluded with the visit of Dartford, yet another side with recent Premier Division experience
In searing heat the visitors won the toss and elected to bat with the intention of piling on the runs, exhausting the fielding side and thereby ensuring that they would not in the requisite physical state to bat after tea. But, and thanks to our bowling, and fielding, it did not pan out like that as we restricted them to 170 for 8 from their 50 overs
DEW and Jonathan Rodda opened the bowling and the latter, in particular, impressed. Used in three short spells - four, three and three respectively – he bowled tightly which, and with all due respect, has not been his forte, a propensity to bowl wides being his Achilles heel. On this occasion he bowled none at all, conceded three runs an over and thoroughly deserved his wicket from the final ball of the innings
‘Mitch’ was even meaner – extremely mean in fact – his ten, again in three spells, costing just 11 runs, whilst he also picked up three wickets. Akeem, Elliott Bettridge, Syd Sherlock and Josh Lawrence also did their bit and we restricted Dartford, who only had three batsmen who made any sort of contribution, to 170; the bowlers had done their job and it was now down to the batsmen
Velson and Josh gave us a solid start – 44 for the first wicket – before Velson was bowled for 24 and, shortly afterwards, his partner was trapped lbw for 15. Enter Matt Golding to join Syd Sherlock. Matt had not bowled and I told him during the interval that he must get 80 in recompense, and he had Syd put on 101 for the third wicket before the latter hit a gentle catch to square leg to be out for 40
It is good to see Syd back after his exams and he brings something positive to every aspect of the game – batting, bowling and fielding. This is his third game this season, wherein he hit 41 at Sidcup on a difficult wicket and was somewhat unfortunate to be run out against ODCUACO
On this occasion he and Matt had virtually sealed the win – we needed 21 runs from 13 overs upon his departure – and so it proved; and with more than 10 overs to spare
This was a vital win, with every one playing his part in the victory. There are ten games to go and although pushing Minster into third place may be fanciful, this is certainly not a side who should be flirting with relegation
I have yet to see another team in this league who work so hard for each other, have the potential of seeing quick singles and/or turning ones into twos, twos into threes etc, thereby putting the fielding side under pressure, or who are better led – today ‘Mitch’ took cogniscance of the extreme heat, by using all of his bowlers in short spells, dealt with the fact that Doug was injured and Matt not fit enough to bowl, yet still gave seven players the opportunity to do so, and led by example with a performance that was frugal to the extreme
This is surely the turning point of our season and we can look forward to the next ten games with a great deal of confidence
(Velsen)Devarajulu Lawrence.J (Syd)Sherlock Golding Gold Ifill Mitchell Rodda.J Pryor Bettridge Ellicott-White
MOM: Syd Sherlock – his partnership with Matt was match winning and he bowled tidily - four overs for 11 runs and a wicket as well

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