Archive for October, 2013

Just a reminder to all, this is a final call for those who want tickets for this year’s Presentation Evening next Saturday 26th October

Park Inn Hotel, Harlow CM18 7BA

7.15 for 7.45pm, Dress code, Smart Attire, Music till late, £35 per head

So far the Munden contingent is:

Ahmed Yasin, John Burlison, Bev Burlison, Bob Andrews, Carol Eccleston, Dave Monk, Ricky Casey, Peter Andrews, Susan Andrews, David Beardsley, Phippsy, Boycie, Andy Hoare, Will Cruse, Nihal Noori


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The annual Munden awards evening was, in common with the season it celebrated, a great success.

Competing with a televised England football game may have seemed a problem, but the turn out for the ‘Mundies’ was so impressive that The Boot was dominated by cricket this Friday.

After much shaking of hands and imbibing of liquid refreshment, the printouts of the season’s stats analyses were circulated. As usual this sparked plenty of ribbing and revealed a few surprises ….. best bowling figures …. one Mr Peter Andrews 🙂

Once we’d finished digesting the stats, we were presented with something even tastier to get our teeth into in the form of a generous spread supplied by our hosts.

Peter got proceedings under way by welcoming everyone and introducing Posy who had graciously agreed to present the awards this year as follows:

Most Improved Player: Dave Beardsley

Dave has been a previousOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
winner and a candidate for this prize every year since he joined Munden as a shy 15 year old. Dave has grown every year …… literally!

This season he demonstrated his growing maturity with bat and ball. He has learned patience and concentration in his batting and is a genuine candidate for opener. In any other season his mammoth 158 not out against Birchanger would have been top score. He has worked tirelessly as an opening bowler and always asks questions of the batsmen, an all-round good team player.

The Catching Cup: Nihal Noori

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANihal did not join the team until the 8th game of the season when we played Sawbridgeworth V away at Little Hadham. He announced his arrival by taking 3 excellent catches and immediately became the leading candidate for this award. Although we were to learn that he is also a quality batsman and bowler, his fielding this season has been outstanding. His running catch on the boundary at Epping Foresters was the only other real candidate for Champagne moment, but in addition to his 9 catches, the runs he has saved by his speed and athleticism in the field have contributed greatly to our success this season.


Dave was obviously so attached to this trophy that he left it at home fearful that he may have had to pass it on to another recipient. He needn’t have worried, as he retained his crown. In fairness to Dave, its not easy batting lower down the order for a successful side. Your opportunities are limited and when you do get to bat, the emphasis is usually on scoring quickly towards the end of the innings so building a respectable average is a difficult task.

Century Cups to: Dave Beardsley, Ashley Boyce and Andy Hoare

century cups

These are presented to everyone who scored a century during the season. Some of the more long standing members will have to tell me whether we’ve ever had 3 winners in one season before. This year’s recipients were Dave Beardsley for his 158 against Birchanger, Ashley’s award was accepted on his behalf by John for his 105 not out also against Birchanger, and Andy Hoare who scored a league topping 177 against Rickling.

The Pearman Cup for Champagne Moment: Peter Andrews

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen Peter came to this award, Ahmed stepped forward to conduct proceedings. It is typical of our Chairman that he had not considered himself a candidate, but if you add his catch in the gully to his classic ‘Doosra’ ball which ended the Hockerill innings, it was an easy choice.

Needless to say, Ahmed took all the credit for having the foresight to elect Peter to bowl the last over 😆

Clubman Of The Year: John Boyce

What can you say about BoycieOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA / Marlene / Charlene / Oldie (only Ashley can call him that). Together with Peter, John has been the major force behind the rejuvenation of the square and provided Munden with top notch pitches that have been testament to his hard work and will only improve in the future as they mature. Unbeknownst to many, John could be found over at Green End several evenings most weeks meticulously cutting, manicuring and preparing the wicket for the weekend ahead. On match days he’d be at the ground from early on to perform the final cut, roll and mark out the pitch. John was also a key member of the committee that brought us the highly successful President’s Day along with Peter, Phippsy and Will.  It should also be mentioned that John took the most wickets for Munden and played more games (15) for the club than any other player.

Player of the Season: Andy Hoare

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeter started by announcing that the HECL will be presenting Andy with their awards for Highest Individual Score and Most Runs Scored for Division 6, quite an achievement for a young man playing his first season (and not even a full season) in what he described as traditional English village green cricket.

His stats of 9 innings played, 926 runs, only out 6 times to give an average of 154 are remarkable. He is obviously a very special player and we have been lucky to have him in our ranks. On top of that he conforms to that very annoying typical Aussie stereotype – a top bloke, very good at sport, happy go lucky, likes a beer …. what’s not to love 😛

A Mundie For Everyone


Many thanks to Burly for coming up with the idea of giving everyone a memento of such a memorable season.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The stars of the side got their due rewards but we should not forget those who quietly played their part and who now have a trophy to proudly display on their mantelpiece. In addition, a special presentation went to Carol for her sterling work behind the scenes and constantly nagging us by email to ensure that everything went smoothly.


As the ceremony drew to a close, Ahmed asked to say a few words in appreciation of Peter and Susan’s hard work and support. To mark this he presented Peter with a Munden Calender comprising a selection of Chris’ excellent photos from the season, and for Susan a framed team photo which will hang in the pavilion next to great sides from the past.

Following this Ahmed delivered one of his now customary bombshells. Last time at his sumptuous Curry Evening, he announced he was stepping down as captain – this time it was to say he’d had second thoughts and would like to continue in the role. His decision was obviously met with great enthusiasm by the assembled throng, welcome back Ahmed.

The Chairman’s Jokes

No Munden awards evening is complete until Peter has told a few amusing stories. This year was no exception, and measured on the Richter Scale of groans, they were up to his usual standard – Bob Monkhouse must be turning in his grave 🙂

Personal Viewpoint

In my 7 year’s association with Munden, I have never known an awards ceremony where there has been such an obvious stand-out candidate for every trophy. The spirit in the team has been fantastic, its been great fun and once again I’d like to commend all those that took part….. roll on next season!

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What with all the excitement about our first ever trip to the League Dinner, don’t forget our own humble presentation evening THIS FRIDAY!!

You are invited to the Annual Presentation Evening of Little Munden CC on …….

Friday 11th October 8pm

at The Boot Pub

Munden Road, Dane End, nr Ware, SG12 0LH

Everyone welcome – partners, friends, players, spectators – past and present!!

***Buffet*** ***Chairman’s Jokes***

***Presentation of 2013 season awards***

The current 2012 holders are:

Player of the Year – Ahmed Yasin

Clubman of the Year – Phippsy

Most Improved Player – Will Cruse

Catching Cup – Dickie Lutner/Dave Monk

The Pearman Cup for the Champagne Moment – Will Cruse

The Duck Cup – Dave Padley

In addition 1 Century Tankard was awarded this year, to Simon Andrews

Votes are cast for Player and Clubman so please come along and make your vote count (anyone who cannot attend you may email me your vote in confidence).

Other awards are reached by committee decision/stats evidence (stats are available on the night).

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