Archive for May, 2011

In stark contrast to last week’s game at Munden, the scene at North Weald was cold, damp and windswept .  The pitch is in an area open to the public and had unfortunately suffered from the attention of the local rabbit population in the form of numerous holes peppered throughout the outfield that made fielding rather treacherous. No criticism of NWCC implied, our hosts were good sports and the game was played in the correct spirit (also in stark contrast to last week).

Sherry came 2nd in the coin tossing competition and NW elected to bat.

Their openers got off to a confident start averaging 5 an over despite some hostile bowling from Dave B who, with the wind behind him, was generating impressive pace.

With the score on 50, play came to a sudden halt when Stuart Dent tumbled to the ground obviously in serious pain. Justin Butt-Close was on hand to administer first aid and after a precautionary examination, Stuart was helped off the pitch and into Carol’s car for a visit to casualty. JBC came to the rescue once again when he restored our numbers to 11 in the field although he was not allowed to bat or bowl.

By drinks, NW had surpassed 100 runs with no wickets down – a score in excess of 250 looked probable.

I don’t know what Sherry had in his orange juice, but he took the ball and removed both openers shortly after play recommenced. Our captain was bowling really well and could have taken a further 3 wickets in one over if the luck had gone his way. As it was, Wiley Bob, was top wicket taker with four and capped a good day in the field with two catches.

 The bowlers stuck to their job and we nibbled our way through their order.

Tricky Dicky had been punished in his first spell at the start of the innings, but undaunted, he showed the confidence to keep flighting the ball and was rewarded later with his first wicket for Munden when he clean bowled one of their middle order.

NW’s innings finished on 224 for the loss of 8 wickets.

Special mention should go to Dave Beardsley and his innovative new way of catching the ball. He decided to preserve the fair skin on his hands and opted instead to trap the ball with his family jewels. His palpitations on the ground thereafter were met with unsympathetic laughter from his Munden colleagues and the umpire’s request that he remove himself from the wicket. No-one offered to rub it better – I should use your hands next time Dave 🙄

Once again, Munden’s openers got off to a good start with Ahmed playing aggressive strokes and spraying the boundary with fours. He eventually fell for 35 to keep up his good average for the season.

I think most of the middle order would admit to feeling disappointed with their contribution to the score with the exception of the usual big hitting cameo of 16 from Dave B and a stylish display by Will that  confirmed what we all know, that he is a very good cricketer and will certainly get more runs as the season progresses. Will recorded the 2nd highest score of 20.

Eventually Munden were all out for 134 and it seemed quite an easy victory for North Weald. It could have been different if Stuart had batted as we know he can be destructive, but also if our batsmen had been a little more canny. Four stumpings when the keeper is standing up to even the fast bowlers is disappointing and a lesson to be learnt for the future.

The good news is that Stuart’s injury was not to his achilles, but a tear in his gastrocnemius (sounds more impressive than calf muscle!) which although very painful, may not keep him out of the side for too long – best wishes for a swift recovery Stuart.

We are indebted to Chris once again for some excellent photos.

Anyone wishing to add anything to the match report or just take the rise out of Dave B, please feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the ‘Comment’ link below.

Next game, away to Langley II on the 4th June, please leave a comment in ‘Player availability’ to let us know if you’re able to play.

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This Saturday’s game is away to North Weald.

They sit just above Munden in the table having won 2 of their 4 games.

The address is:

The Memorial Playing Field

School Green Lane

North Weald

CM16 6EY

It is the usual 1:00  arrival for a 1:30 start

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Saturday was a perfect day for cricket. The pitch at Green End was a scene of rural tranquility and there was eager anticipation of the game to come.

Unusually there was a high number of spectators, although those from Ware were strangely quiet for reasons that would become evident as the game progressed.

Sherry won the toss making it 4 out of 4 this season and elected to bat.

Munden got off to a terrific start with the partnership between Simon and Ahmed taking the score beyond 50. Once again Simon produced a stylish innings peppered with some classic shots and was unlucky to fall for 95 when in sight of his first hundred of the season. His achievement was all the more impressive as he was in the early stages of a migraine and had to leave the field later, such was his discomfort. The rest of the batters pitched in with enough runs to push the total to 207 – our highest of the season.

Munden’s bowlers made early inroads into the Ware top order and all looked to be going well when the visitors were 4 down for less that 4o runs. Next to the crease was a young lad, 12 year old Robbie Lancaster. He batted superbly displaying great technique and participated in a 50 partnership; he was rightly clapped off the pitch when  he was caught behind. Soon after Dave Beardsley clean bowled his replacement and Munden looked set for victory.

At this point the game changed and it would appear that Ware had saved their big guns for late middle order. The two batsmen at the crease never seemed in trouble and eased Ware to the required total with overs to spare – it was hard to understand how they had failed to win a game so far this season with such quality in their side?

Munden produced a batting performance to be proud of, and one that would have won them the game on any other day.

One highlight for the home side was The Desperate Dan Show. Inspired by the attendance of his band of faithfull followers, Dan excelled in all aspects of his game.

His feisty innings of 15 featured 3 powerful fours that had fielders diving for cover. Dan showed his willingness to learn from Simon’s example earlier in the season when he was clean bowled as he went walkies down the wicket to Ware’s female bowler. Not content with that, Dan took an excellent catch in the field and when umpiring, raised his finger (I think it was his index finger?) to send his best mate – our captain, Sherry, back to the pavillion.

The following is from the Ware CC site match report of the game….

…..”The result of this match was never in any doubt. In a week that brought the cancellation of the 1’s game, we made a club decision not to artificially strengthen any of our sides. Reports of illness changed all that and suddenly we had a couple of players who offered to help us out! One of those players was Ryan Jessey… The other? None other than Darren Patel.”

Darren Patel opens the batting for their 1st 11 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League

The rest of their report can be found here


Thanks to Chris once again for the photos.

Next game, Saturday 28th May away to North Weald. Could all prospective players leave a message in ‘Player availability’.

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Match report required

As I shall unfortunately be missing the game today, would anyone like to volunteer to write a brief match report?  If not a report,  just let me have the salient points i.e. who won the toss, who batted/fielded/bowled well, any incidents worthy of mention, who pigged out on the cocktail sausages etc etc.

Please email anything you have to: d.1.monk@btinternet.com

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After a lively session at nets on Thursday evening, Munden is set to have a full strength side at home to local rivals Ware III this Saturday.

Although Ware are yet to win a match, they have amassed 10 bowling points –  more than any other side, so our batsmen will have to be wary of their attack.

Justin Butt – sorry, Burly is doing the teas so expect a 4 Michelin star feast between innings 😛

Please arrive at Green End by 1:00 for a 1:30 start. Anyone who can turn up earlier to help with ground preparation would be most welcome.

Work to be done

Peter has identified this list of jobs that need doing in the coming weeks and is asking for volunteers. If you think you can help with any of the below, please leave a comment below.

Paint scoreboard – Peter is going to prepare a new board

Clear around pavillion and portaloo including cut down shrubs and ash tree – spray if possible

Repair pavillion step

Repair fencing to south boundary – try to prevent badger access

Repair stile

Paint outside of pavillion

Take down old practice area

Dispose of rubber matting

Lastly, anyone with any mechanical expertise to help with repairs to the mowers and sharpening of the blades

If we can arrange a couple of evenings when several players can turn up that would be good.

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We arrived at Hockerill’s ground expecting to have only nine players but the surprise inclusion of Justin Butt-Close got us to near full strength. The team comprised two new players with only one game under their belts and a rookie in the form of ‘Tricky Dicky’ – more of him later.

Sherry carried on our 100% record of winning tosses and elected to bat.

Munden got off to a great start with an opening partnership of 65 between Sherry and Ahmed. Eventually Ahmed fell for the top score of 45. Sherry was playing the anchor role while Ahmed was scoring freely and added 16 to the total. Phippsy and Tom continued their learning curve at the crease before Dave Beardsley took guard.

It wasn’t long before Dave had the fielders climbing through the hedge in search of lost balls. One unwise shot and Dave deprived himself of what looked like a nailed on 50, but he added a vital 43 runs to the score and took the total into respectability. Munden were finally all-out in the 45th over posting a total of 141.

Munden’s bowling started erratically. Our hosts got off to a good start well in front of the required level. The pitch was hard and the bounce unpredicatble and saw Dave P doing gymnastics behind the stumps more reminiscent of Gomez (for you totnum fans 🙂  ) than Matt Prior. Ahmed came on to bowl and steadied the run rate whilst taking our only wicket of the day.

The highlight of our performance in the field was the introduction of ‘Tricky Dicky’ to the bowling. It was his first game, but despite the nerves and going for a few off his first over, he recorded figures of 16 off 5 overs. He proved hard to read and gave their batsmen plenty to think about – an impressive debut.

Next game is at home on Saturday 21st May against Ware III.

Can all players leave a comment in ‘Player Availability’  if they wish to be considered for the team.

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We currently only have 9 players – can anyone who is available, or who has a friend who is available get in touch or just come along

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The victory last week lifted Munden to a heady 4th in the league after just two games. It’s way too early to get excited, we face stiffer opposition this Saturday in the shape of Hockerill III who are top of the league with a 100% record, having beaten North Weald and Ware II.

Hockerill’s ground is at:

Bedlam’s Lane, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 5LG

Please arrive by 1pm for a 1:30 start.


So far we have heard from 12 players of which 8 are available for the game.

Will any player who has not yet stated their availability, click on the ‘Player Availability’ tab top right and leave a message in comments.


Practice will take place on Thursday as usual at Green End, starting at 6pm.


Thanks again to Chris for the excellent photos of last week’s game

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A Home Victory

The day started as the weather forecasters had predicted with a couple of heavy downfalls. Luckily the rain stopped in time to prepare the pitch and, as became evident later in the day, produced an ‘interesting’ surface with the odd ball rearing up unexpectedly.

The visitors arrived in good time and Sherry finally used that double sided coin Burly had given him and won the toss. Since batting would become easier as the pitch dried out, Sherry wisely elected to field.

High Roding got off to a reasonable start and clearly had some big hitters at the top of the order. Munden’s bowlers stuck to their task though and soon the wickets began to tumble on a regular basis. The captain took a great C&B and also managed to claim a missile of a shot after a bit of juggling. The visitors were all out for 109. ‘Wiley Bob’ was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets for 16.

Munden opened the batting with Simon and Mark. With a required run-rate of just over 2 an over, there was no need for any risky shots but unluckily Mark received an unplayable delivery and made way for Ahmed who duly hit 3 boundaries in his first over.

Simon was the backbone of the innings once again and hit a classy 58. He tried his best to make work for Autoglass by hitting some big sixes towards the parked cars before he was stumped when he  gamely went dancing down the pitch to the young female bowler (an Essex County player no less) – I don’t suppose Simon has fallen to many fair maidens during his time at Munden.

The captain came to the crease and hit the winning run to clinch what turned out to be quite an easy victory.

Roding only had 10 players and fielded a much weaker team than was triumphant last week. They played the game in good spirit and will be a different prospect when we play them at home I’m sure.

* Thanks to Chris for the photo

Lastly, you will see that there is a new tab ‘Player Availability’ at the top right of the page. Can all players click on this and leave a comment to register their availability for the next game – in this instance, that is away to Hockerill III on the 14th May

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Thursday’s net practice was a great success. Fifteen players turned up – must be a record!

Peter was busy preparing the strip and Bob was hard at work in the pavillion when we arrived. The focus of attention soon moved to the new nets. Peter has finished building the track and all we are waiting for now is the new net to arrive and we will have  very professional facility that will mean players can come and practice any time of the week. We managed to bowl a few balls on the surface and it is really good.

The only proviso is that studs must not be worn on the surface.

Next up, High Roding III at home saturday 7th May

Players are asked to arrive by 1 p.m. Anyone who wants to turn up a bit earlier to help with pitch peparation would be most welcome.

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