Garden Fields Cricket Club Men of Fields v Alvins All Stars on Wed 25 May 2016 at 6pm
Garden Fields Cricket Club Lost with 5 overs remaining

Match report MOFs v Alvin’s All stars, 25 May 2016, Verulamium

Welcome to your “live” feed – as it happened

17.45 – Welcome to an overcast and decidedly chilly St Albans. Despite the scheduled start in 15 mins, nobody here from either side is here and that in spite of the strict instructions from Mof Captain du jour Jock.

18.10 – Team news: Jock is crocked and not coming, Insect is going to be late, Postie already cried off, Gatwick is a total no-show, Rookie is knackered and TT’s gout is playing up. A stunning physical display. Batting line-up kinda writes itself with those who are a) here and b) can get about at the top of the order. Big J and Stirling stride to the wicket. New Cap’n Dab and TT don the umpires’ coats.

18.15 – Solid opening partnership comes to an end when Big J is stumped by their rather keen keeper. Dover’s up next.

18.16 – Stirling is as ever ripping into the attack like Chris Gayle Tavare. Steady as she goes.

18.20 – Shocker of a decision that. Allstars appeal for LBW and TT gives it. For a man who goes to Specsavers every day, that is poor. Dover trudges off.

18.21 – Bilbo is next up and as he is greeted by Stirlo the stump mic picks up the following exchange: Bilbo: “right, I’m fucking sick of getting run out, so no suicide singles”. Stirling: “alright, alright”

18.50 – Amazingly after 17 singles and fours 2s, still no run out. The ludicrously long grass on the outfield makes boundaries hard to come by, but Stirling takes it up a gear (to Boycott overdrive), bags himself a four before retiring on 25.

18.53 – Bilbo dropped for the third time. This time at mid on. But he likes the shot so much he repeats it straight away and this time the fielder makes no mistake. Brains joins Beefy

19.00 Beefy ups the ante. Long grass won’t stop him as he swishes his away to 13. Brains is supporting him well until the inevitable run out happens. TT comes in for the last two balls. Grabs a single and we finish on a competitive (ish) 88.

Big J 1
Stirling 25 retired
Dover 2
Bilbo 16
Beefy 13 not out
Brains 4
TT 1 not out.

19.15 – Suddenly, loudly and from the bushes we hear a quick blast of the Zombies “She’s not there”. But “she” is. A girl. Playing for Alvin’s. Spooky. And after TT had removed their opener third ball, she came to the crease.
Those who toured last September recoiled at the memory of a teenage girl taking six wickets and winning the match pretty much singlehandedly. Leslie is, I can report, still receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress.
Can’t happen again surely? She tells the oppo she “hasn’t played since she was 14” and after what was considered by some an impertinent question, she reveals she is now 25.
Big J and TT manage to keep the pervometer under control.

19.25 - oh dear, Doug and Martin from Alvin’s are twatting it all over the place. Perhaps sensing the poor outfield, they elect to launch it 20 feet over the fielders sometimes bouncing once, and sometimes not at all, over the line. Mercifully they retire on 15 and 20.

19.30. Dover comes into the attack and straight away the batsman skies one. He, Beefy and Desmond run towards it Dover screams “Dover’s” despite the fact he is the furthest from it. By some distance. The others stop, he can’t get there in time and the ball bounces into open ground. Dover has never taken a wicket for the MoFs and that looks likely to continue.

19.35 – Late arrivals Insect and Desmond join the attack. Desmond bowls la Sarah and takes another with a smart catch from Rookie behind the stumps. Insect chips in with a wicket.

19.40 Dover takes his first wicket. Great catch by Insect but the score continues to climb closer to the target of 89. With five overs remaining Dab brings himself on, but by now the batters sense victory and a few lusty blows later it is all over. 89-5

TT 4-0-1-16
Stirling 3-0-0-16
Dover 3-0-1-16
Desmond 2-0-2-5
Insect 2-0-1-9
Beefy 1-0-0-18
Dab 1-0-0-12

21.15 Dover was awarded the jumper for his non-catch. He them wiped sausage and chip fat on it so whoever gets it after the Bittermen has a real treat in store.
23.15 Big J, TT and Bilbo finally leave the pub.

Next report tomorrow after this evening’s grudge-fest.

Garden Fields Cricket Club Men of Fields Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
8nb 2w 16b 2lb 
for 4 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Nizam Memon Stumped  1 2 50.0
Peter Moss Not Out  25 29 86.21
Ben Walker Obstructing Field  2 5 40.0
Steve Bagshaw Caught  16 23 69.57
Simon Kirton Not Out  13 14 92.86
Chris Parker Run out  4 7 57.14
Tim Griffiths Not Out  1 1 100
Dave Bramall  
Anthony Walter  
Rob Walter  
Duncan McAllister  
Richard Jones  

Alvins All Stars Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Alvins All Stars Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
90 (15.0 overs)

Garden Fields Cricket Club Men of Fields Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Tim Griffiths4.0016116.004.00
Peter Moss3.001600.005.33
Ben Walker3.0016116.005.33
Keegan Fourie2.00522.502.50
Anthony Walter2.00919.004.50
Simon Kirton1.001800.0018.00
Richard Jones1.001200.0012.00