Cedars 193-8 dec (61 overs)
SCCC 194-4 (30.5 overs)
WON by 6 wickets
This was a ruthless
hiding of the good folk of Northamptonshire, dished out with
10 or 11 overs to spare thanks to the savage batting of Andrew
McLoughlin. For the second time in five days we were royally
entertained, this time by Cedars at Holcot near to nobody
but Blamphin. It was worth the journey. The beauty and quality
of the ground, the wicket, pavilion, lunch (for this was an
all day game) were all the best experienced by Cryptics in
living memory. Our dressing room alone was larger than some
pavilions we use. The Cryptic team on the day was light on
batting, with a tail that started at Number 4 on the season's
evidence to date.
to bat first and, having lost a wicket in the first over to
Greenwood's slower loosener, reached 64-4 at lunch. Greenwood's
and Edwards' opening spells were good once they realised that
on a flat pitch they could afford the batsmen no width. With
the bonus of a run out before the interval the Cryptics lunched
happy. Blamphers was back on his feet by lunch having taken
a catch at second slip in his "midriff" using his
hands only some time after the initial impact, and to the
amusement of all others on the ground.
completely lost the will to score and in the hour after lunch
managed a feeble 32 runs from the tame medium pace of Brook-Webb
and whatever the McLoughlin twins hurled at them. None of
the bowlers bowled badly but it was respect on a level previously
unseen as Cedars' opener Schanshieff crawled to 108 without
getting out of first gear in over three hours.
very late, Cedars set us to score at 5 an over. Wright went
early for (a beautiful) 4, Hogben bludgeoned a rapid 28 and
Cupit scatched a typical 19 but when Seeckts joined the younger
McLoughlin at 82-3 with 19 overs remaining, the South African
tyro cut loose and brutally assaulted the bowling. Better
known for not reading his emails, he plainly had not read
the script for the game either. One six cleared the boundary
by fully 40 yards, the captain joined in the fun as the fielders
firstly went quiet and then went to the horizon. Never has
a ball been hit so hard in Cryptic history than by Mcloughlin.
The pair added 104 in 7 overs of mayhem. McLoughlin perished
for 88, allowing Greenwood to sneak a cheeky 7 not out to
secure a remarkable victory with Seeckts there at the end
have had their day in the sun which passes into folklore.
We can only hope that this day is not remembered as 'McLoughlin's
match' for the boy has the talent and the belligerence to
do it many more times and it will be a surprise and a shame
if we do not see such a sparkling display again soon.
were caught on camera before we embarked on the long journey
home but it was a cracking day in all respects and worth every
6 July 2002
WON by 6 wickets
The unusual looking
numbers above reflect an unsatisfactory game in which ten
Cryptics easily overcame eight men of Deansbank. While it
is always nice to dish out a jolly good hiding, even the victory
starved Cryptics would have preferred a stiffer test than
this from a club who, in recent years, have been a good match
and sometimes too strong for us. Only a young South
African called McLoughlin will be able to explain why there
were ten Cryptics...
to 50 odd for 2 after 20 overs, unable to plunder Greenwood
(10-5-12-2) and the debutant left arm flight and guile man
Bridger (11-2-32-0). Blamphin and Grindrod entered the attack
for a bit of variety, the former bowling six overs of unpunished
trash while stealing 3-18 and leaving the day's better bowlers
seething. But he hadn't had all the luck last time out at
Still short of
runs to chase the Cryptic skipper obligingly served up some
pies but the innings ended in farce when the last man, batting
alone, whacked the bails off while the ball was not in play
after his running partner had been clearly run out but not
sent on his way by the umpire. Confused? You should have been
there. We decided to give him not out but adjourned for tea
James Hogben and
Rizwan Sheikh (are there any other Cryptics with a 'z' in
their name?) got off to a flying start, Riz skying one all
too soon and allowing Dwight Cupit to the crease. Dwight scored
eight in a partnership of 64 with Hogben who gave the impression
of having a plane to catch, flaying the bowling to all parts
while Dwight resisted the temptation to knock the middle of
his new bat in. Hogben was caught attempting to send the ball
towards Rudgwick again, Cupit came out of his shell when joined
by Wright who clouted seven from six balls (he said) before
shovelling one to mid on with three required. Skipper achieved
a not out in the only possible way by being up the bowler's
end as the next ball went to the fence. Jingle Bells was a
So much fuel was
left in the Cryptic tank at the 5.45pm finish that we played
a five a side 'beer match' before heading for the pub. This
was notable only for Andrell being caught and bowled by Pippa.
30 June 2002
207-9 dec (44 overs)
Cobham 163-8 (44 overs)
For once a Cryptic
side proved to be stronger on grass than it looked on paper,
which was stronger than usual. Given fair weather, good opposition
and decent ground conditions, the team, showing five changes,
played even better than last week at Dunsfold where the pitch
was more suited to producing a result.
Sheikh's opening cameo was excellent but he showed his strong
Cryptic credentials early by spooning one to cover on 13.
(He later dropped a catch to complete his initiation). On
a bouncy track Andrell then set about the Cobham bowlers for
72 runs using every part of the bat and every part of the
field, not least the bit over the wicketkeeper's head. Capably
supported by a series of partners, only three of his scoring
shots were neither fours nor singles. Brilliant or idle? David
Grindrod then thrashed a sparkling 30 in the final overs while
Greenwood shamelessly played for his average, squeezing out
singles and finally refusing an easy second run from the last
ball before the declaration, sacrificing the hapless Edwards
in the process.
Cobham's top three
posed the greatest threat so when star batsman Newland edged
Goss in the third over, the relief (and surprise) shown when
Seeckts juggled and then pouched a sharp chance was understandable.
Goss and McLoughlin had the batsmen hopping about for
a while but with 20 overs remaining Cobham were 95-2 and well
set to score the 5.6 required per over. Edwards was
the surprise pick of the bowlers, pitching the ball up and
taking 3-14 before succumbing to the old hamstring again.
The captain's second catch, a leaping, flying, reflex miracle
of a thing at slip has probably not been bettered by Mark
In fact the bowling
and fielding all round were of a high standard, even Peter
Andrew finding himself compared to our very own Puppy in the
field. In the end the win was just out of reach, Cobham's
Everest having batted 41 overs for his 67* but the moral victory
belonged to the Cryptics and we take on Deansbank next weekend
in far better shape than we were nine days ago.
23 June 2002
SCCC 182-8 dec (45 overs)
Dunsfold 105 all out (28.2 overs)
Won by 77 runs
We won the toss
and batted after some refreshment in The Sun.
It must have been
the return of the prodigal Thompson from Denmark that made
the the batsmen look like cricketers for the first time this
year. From the moment Pippa smacked a boundary in the second
over (honest) the tone was set, a refreshing change from the
sometimes painful blockathons we have seen of late. Wright,
Andrell, Williamson and Cupit all got over 25, the prodigal
smeared / mooed a four over midwicket before getting a straight
one, then Greenwood, aided by Seeckts, added useful runs late
on, 68 coming from the final 12 overs before tea of cucumber
sandwiches inter alia.
plan of opening up with the change bowlers saw Dunsfold to
30-0 after 4 overs. Blamphin's second over included three
boundaries, two dropped catches (Captain pleads guilty) and
a missed stumping. It wasn't to be his day. Grindrod's tidy
away swingers beat the bat frequently and on another day he
could have had several edges put down by the cordon of Seeckts,
Thompson and Wright. As it was, Goss and Greenwood both took
spectacular catches for him.
set about a demonstration of accuracy by hitting the off stump
5 times for 18 runs. Dunsfold's groundsman should share the
plaudits since four batsmen were victims of wickedly low bounce,
helpless as the ball shot under their bats. Greenhough and
Goss barely got time for a bowl, both picking up a wicket
with sharp catches by Andrell behind the timbers.
Winning with 11.4
overs to spare, it was Jingle Bells all the way back to The
Sun and for the prodigal, back to his tax haven.
16 June 2002
Salesians 145-9 dec
SCCC 93 all out
LOST by 52 runs
The horror run
continued at Salesians on Sunday with a now familiar tale
of batting fragility.
first as they seemed more interested in the fate of the Irish
football team. Greenwood and Pow bowled good opening spells
to have them 33-4 after 19 overs but they recovered well in
ground and weather conditions where big totals were never
on. Greenwood's 4-29 stole the limelight but Mark McLoughlin
took 1-14 and now boasts 99 career wickets since 1992.
After tea Andrell
treated his knock of 33 as a net, cleverly lofting the ball
to avoid the slow outfield, spanking 2 mountainous sixes in
the process. Everybody else prodded and poked their way to
unflattering single figure scores bar Edwards who slogged
an unlikely 17 before we lost with 4 overs to spare.
That we could do
with some sunshine and drier pitches to play on is not in
doubt. We could also do with considerably more resolve at
batting time. Perhaps Salesians' pitch only suited lefthanders,
perhaps Andrew Thompson is the man to pull us out of the trough
on Sunday at Dunsfold........
19 May 2002
Putney 144 all out, 42 overs
Surrey Cryptics 65 all out, 22.5 overs
Lost by 79 runs
Well, the Cryptics
finally managed to achieve two things that had been threatened
all season: 1) bowling a side out 2) failing to reach 100.
It was a game of two halves: all looked well until tea, with
a workmanlike fielding display restricting the home side to
what looked like an attainable 144 all out.
The luckless Goss
and Edwards pinned their openers down until late arrival McCloughlin
(A) showed what a well-placed half-volley could do; B-W pouching
the catch off Bubba Junior's first ball. (More first ball
excitement followed for Little Bok in the second act). Before
weariness and genetics kicked in and his arm action came increasingly
to resemble that of Uncle Mark, he added four more wickets.
Two of these were taken by "I'm not just a stand-in"
wicketkeeper Ware (and a third off a no-ball); bizarrely marking
his first catches behind the timbers.Even
more bizarre was the fact that the stumping off Greenhough
was not his first: he also snaffled one at the same venue
off the same bowler last year. If it was the same batsman,
it is advisable he retire immediately. McCloughlin finished
with 5-27. Greenhough didn't. All the change bowlers chipped
in with wickets; the fielders fielded; Rod realised (eventually)
that a sightscreen does not fit through a tree and Alan Wood
also had a Bois de Putney experience, his head effecting some
minor arboreal surgery on the mid-wicket boundary. All-in-all,
it was a sanguine Cryptics that went into tea.
Cast in the role of pinch-hitter, McCloughlin then returned
the first ball favour, having his leg stumped removed by what
transpired to be Putney's best bowler. Pinch-hitter No.2 arrived
in the form of B-W, and departed four balls later along with
his middle stump. Arrive stand-in Skipper at No.4 to join
Hogben - just the eventuality that the strategy was designed
to avoid - with the first over still yet to be completed.
A stand of 26 followed before yours truly played all round
a straight one to become Smallshaw's third victim. Of
the top (read 'first') seven batsmen, only Hogben avoided
his clutches: a result achieved by the clever ploy of positioning
himself at the other end. 7-3-6-8 are figures that Cryptic
bowlers can only dream about until the Fine Young Zionists
make a reappearance on the fixture list.
The Cryptics innings
contained six ducks (is this a record, Stattos?). The
fact that Hogben's 29 represented the highest score of the
match (eclipsing the 25 that Extras scored for Putney) puts
it in some perspective, but it was still an abject performance.
A crestfallen Cryptics then trooped back to the pavilion only
to find that Hoggers had contrived to lose the key somewhere
about the time that the rest of the team were losing the plot.
Perfect end to a perfect day.
Farm 12 May 2002 (40 overs per side match)
Follies Farm 186-9 (40 overs)
SCCC 103- all 9 (35.2 overs)
Lost by 83 runs
For a hit and giggle
game the Cryptics indulged in little of either. With
18 players available it was a touch infuriating to turn up
with 10 while we ventured to a fabulous venue to encounter
a strong team.
They lent us a
fielder for the first 20 overs but thereafter the lack of
an eleventh man proved very costly. We had them 0-2 after
2 balls, Greenwood fooling both openers with his slower one.
Follies' recovery betrayed a team confident in the 40 over
format and the fact that their team was stacked with batting,
the best players listed to come in at 8, 9 and 10. They murdered
the loose stuff, and there was enough of that not to have
to take risks against the better stuff. Greenwood ended with
4-30 and debutant Andrew Pryde took 2-29 in 4 varied overs.
Young Andrew McLoughlin's opening spell was tight but wicketless.
The Cryptic chase
was bogged down by disciplined bowling and a batting combination
in which one partner couldn't hit it far and the other couldn't
run. With only a tortured 60 on the board at 20 overs there
was little hope and, predictably, the middle order fell cheaply
trying to make amends. We have not mastered the limited overs
format and since there was nothing to play for in the last
hour we should be glad we don't play it very often. Blamphers
cracked a straight 4 to bring up the hundred and that was
The brave may like
to refer to the report of the Follies Farm match on 14/5/2000!
SCCC 140-9 dec (44.3 overs)
Kingstonian 96-8 (41 overs)
This was just the kind of early season, slow track, cold,
windy fare that puts sensible people off cricket. Having lost
the toss we lurched from a poor 17-3 to a desperate 39-6 before
recalled veteran Martin Williamson and the prosperous looking
Ross Greenwood tucked in to the home team's change bowlers.
The pair added 80 before Williamson retired hurt, doubtless
looking to improve his average. Skipper delayed the declaration
long enough for him to return and be dismissed for 41, by
which time Greenwood had notched his first 50 for the club
in fine style. The rest of the team were awful, variously
playing ridiculous shots and inducing run outs.
reply made our run rate look rapid as they flattered our rusty
but enthusiastic bowling. A few catches went down, eight
bowlers were used, Mark McLoughlin hit the stumps three times
but otherwise made life tough for wicketkeeper Edwards. Kingstonian
made no attempt to win the match and most of the crowd left
well before the end.
for something completely different at Follies Farm where the
hit and giggle limited overs rules promise non stop thrills.