Archive for June, 2013

No time to write a full match report today as we’re all back at Green End for President’s Day.

Munden recorded their seventh victory of the season (1 loss and one game rained off). At the half way point, we sit at the top of the table having already notched up as many points as for the whole of last season. We now have all the reverse fixtures to play.

Details of Saturday’s game will be reported later in the week


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We would be grateful if some could arrive early to help with pitch preparation otherwise 1 o-clock for a 1:30 start as usual

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We are still waiting to hear from some key players for the coming game on Saturday – a 52 pointer against 2nd place Fyfield.

Can anyone who has not so far let us know, get in touch ASAP.

I have inserted a President’s Day page on this site to advertise the big event.

Click here https://mundencricket.wordpress.com/presidents-day/

Can members of the committee get in touch with Dave M. to give me start times and further details etc to publish … ta

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The withdrawal of Andy on Friday and our inability to find an eleventh man meant that Munden arrived at the compact Little Hadham ground one short and facing the prospect of a similarly rain interrupted game to the previous week.

True to forecast, a short heavy shower at 1:30 meant the start was delayed until 2 and the game was reduced to 40 overs.

Ahmed lost the toss again … make up your own jokes …… and the opposition followed Burly’s advice and put Munden in to bat.

Suffice to say that at this point little appeared to be going our way, but the new look Munden has learnt that team spirit and determination can make the difference. One positive was that we welcomed Nihal to the side hoping that he may be able to fill the void left by Andy’s absence – we weren’t to be disappointed.

Munden’s double ‘A’ opening pairing comprised Ahmed and Ashley. They took to the crease beneath blustery grey skies that promised more rain.

The scoring rate was restricted by a combination of accurate bowling and variable bounce that saw the ball rear up alarmingly and keep low in equal measure.

Ahmed was first to go when he mistimed a shot hitting it straight back to the bowler, meanwhile Ashley was playing himself in sensibly and beginning to punish the bad balls.

Nihal came in at 3 and with Ashley, exploited the slow outfield by plundering quick singles whenever available. But we were scoring at a modest 3 an over and had to come in twice for rain and there was a growing feeling that we needed to increase the run rate. Ashley suffered a painful blow to his left elbow from a ball that bounced unexpectedly high and was clearly unsettled by the experience, he lost his wicket shortly after.

Big Dave B was next in and before long was demonstrating the power of his hitting and the run rate began to accelerate. Nihal continued to bat sensibly and hold down his end and formed an important 47 run partnership with Dave B which ended when Dave connected sweetly with a straight drive that went straight back to the bowler and he returned to the pavilion having added a quick 28 to the total. Munden were 88 for 3.

Martin was next up and clearly determined to show he can be a force in the batting line up after his disappointment last week. This he proved decisively as he was to see out the innings still at the crease.

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Nihal played the support role as required and worked hard for his 25 runs. Although he seemed disappointed by his performance, we knew that he had played a vital part in building a competitive total.

Nihal was replaced by Boycie. He, like several others on the day, looked to be just getting into his stride when he fell to the third caught and bowled of the innings.

After looking imperious at nets with the bat, Will was clearly in the mood to continue that form into his match play…… he’ll just have to defer it to next week against Fyfield 😛 as his appearance at the crease was brief.

Mr James Phipps was next to partner Martin. Martin began to find the boundary with regularity and only needed support from the opposite end.

That support was forthcoming as we saw out the innings and reached the magic 150 thanks to a sweetly struck four by Martin off the penultimate ball of the innings.

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Martin top scored with 39 and good knocks by Ashley, Nihal and Dave B contributed significantly to the total of 150 for 6.

Sawbridgeworth’s tea was of a very high calibre. An impressive spread of salmon, beef, cheese, ham and peanut butter sandwiches meant we took to the field well fuelled for the battle ahead.

Our hosts needed less than four an over so it came as quite a surprise to see the way they set about our opening attack of Dave B and Will. Their plan seemed to be working as they averaged 7 an over after four overs. Dave B had been bowling like a demon and not an over went by without frustrated shouts of ‘how did that miss the wicket’.

Martin had obviously noted that the batsmen were only able to cope with Dave by getting down the wicket to him and made the brave decision to don a helmet and stand up to the wicket. The effect was immediate, the run rate dried up and when the batsmen did get bat to ball, it was going in the air. We only needed these aerial shots to be in the vicinity of the right Munden fielder and the wickets would fall.

That fielder’s name was Nihal! The first catch he took was hit straight and hard and heading like an exocet straight at his forehead. he took the catch with consummate ease as though it was an everyday occurrence and Munden celebrated their first breakthrough.

Nihal’s next catch involved running 20 yards and taking a high swirling ball that tested his concentration. His third was pretty similar. Three catches in a row. Nahim’s first game and he goes top of the list for the Catcher’s Cup!

Sawbridgeworth’s cavalier approach to batting saw them lose 3 wickets with the score on 49 and when Badger held on to a catch off Ahmed’s bowling the hosts were four down and Munden could smell blood.

Still we needed to keep it tight in the field and maintain the pressure on the batsmen.

Dave and Ahmed bowled the full compliment of 9 overs and although Ahmed’s 3 maidens 2 for 21 was impressive, the accolades for bowling have to go to Big Dave B who cost himself a round at The Boot by taking 5 wickets with 3 maidens also for 21 runs.

Sawbridgeworth put up some late resistance but the Munden rollercoaster was unstoppable with Will claiming 2 wickets in his second spell and Ashley bagging the last scalp when Ahmed took a good catch at midwicket.

Sawbridgeworth were all out for 93.

This was a terrific team performance. Everyone played their part. We’ve been short of some key players at times this season and yet triumphed twice with only ten men.

It is the team spirit that is making the difference. We support one another, keep it vocal in the field and don’t let our heads go down when under pressure.

The other results went our way and we now find ourselves at the top of the table – a just reward for those who have supported the side this season.

…. But there’s plenty more to do, so let’s forget the league table and follow the old footballing cliché and just focus on the next game …. which may be our most difficult challenge of the season at home to Fyfield.

Players should get their names on the availability list as soon as possible if they want to be a part of this most enjoyable and exciting of campaigns.

Munden Batting:

Ahmed 3

Ashley 23

Nihal 25

Dave B 28

Martin 39

Boycie 7

Will 0

Phippsy 2

Dave M. 2 N.O.

Munden bowling:

Dave B: 9 overs, 3 maidens, 5 for 21

Ahmed: 9 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 21

Will: 6 overs, 2 for 39

Ashley: 6.1 overs 3 maidens, 1 for 7


There was one small mark sawbo dave bof disrespect to our hosts from Dave B when he decided to bat ‘Gangnam Style’ 😆

Thanks to  Chrispix once again for the great photos

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Ahmed has heard from the oppo’s captain & he has said the game is on barring a big downpour. Keep checking the website before you set off.


Best of luck guys.


Dave P

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Andy has had to withdraw so we are down to 10 men. Can everyone ask round starting with existing players …. Simon, Hugh, Gareth etc



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Dave M



Please be at the ground by 1 o clock for a 1:30 start.

The postcode is SG11 2ED

Some of you will have played at this ground before, if not, it is quite tricky to find. If you come via the A 120, go straight over the Little Hadham lights (continuing on the A 120 towards Bishop’s Stortford) and towards the top of the hill, turn right into Milfiield Lane. Go past the thatched Millfield Cottage on the right and a few hundred yards further on you will see a turning signposted on the right. Just before that turning there is an unmarked gravel track that looks like it goes nowhere, take that track and the ground is 75 yards down on the right … be careful because it is easy to miss and the ground cannot be seen from the road.

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This message received from Sawbridgeworth’s captain …..

I am writing to inform you that this Saturdays game is to be played at Little Hadham Cricket Club.

We have received permission from the league to play three of our scheduled home games at that venue (this is our second) as our normal ‘home’ ground is already being occupied.

The ground is relatively easy to locate being just off of the main A120 route, from Thorley going towards Little Hadham Village.

If you are coming down the hill there is a left turning called Millfield Lane and the ground is almost exactly one mile down that road.

You will see a small track on your right hand side (will be a manual sign) and the ground is approximately 75 yards on your right.

I can be contacted on 07588 366174 if you have any difficulties and look forward to welcoming you on Saturday.

Gary Parish


Sawbridgeworth V

The postcode is: SG11 2ED

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