Family stars at the weekend

Undoubtedly LL Crowley’s 8 in front of his mum was a highlight of Sunday’s match but there were other family successes.  Nick Hodgson garnered 18 in the presence of his adoring fan club taking videos but the Sutcliffe brothers showed the way.  Greg and Hal took a wicket each as Radway posted 185-7 with 94 from opener Mark Barnes.  Jitesh had the best analysis with 3-17 while Luke bowled 4 overs for only 9 runs.

The Unicorns had a right old rollercoaster when they batted.  After his mum’s  delicious tea (Thanks Lyn) , Andy Edg clattered 22 off 8 balls, Phil Chappers made 21 and Sohail had a swipe too many  after completing his fifty. But there was an amazing finish as Greg and Hal, coming together with 54 still required, knocked off the runs in an unbeaten stand off only 21 balls.  Hal blasted 34 (5 sixes & 1 four) and Greg weighed in with  19 (2 fours and a six).  Master batsmen ‘Tiger’ Thompson  and ‘The Goose’ were not required.   Even Radway’s ‘Mr Cricket’, Phil Douthwaite could only manage 1 wicket.

And don’t forget Saturday’s fine victory over Afro Caribbean.  Bealey’s 91 and Skip’s 73 set up a target of 227 which didn’t look nearly enough as the calypso batsmen reached 74-0 off 12 overs.  But the game turned in 3 balls as Dazza had one of the openers caught and star batter ‘Dreadlocks’ McCourtie was run out in the same over.   Despite some spirited resistance from Carl Weekes, Dazza finished with a 6-fer and Chappers minor bamboozled the last batters to see us to a 47 run victory.

 

New Motto

Batting legend LL Crowley writes on today’s performance:

A mighty 8 today then lbw. My suggestion for SCC players’ motto for 21st century – “Come for the money, stay for the women, live for the dream”

What do you think?

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Edgingtons enter the Record Books

From ‘The Goose’

I can confirm that Sunday’s partnership of 97 for the 3rd wicket between Mark and Andy Edgington at Barby on Sunday is the highest stand involving a father and son for Stoneleigh C.C. since records have existed over the last 46 years.

The previous best was 89 for the 4th wicket between Richard and Ben Parham at home to Long Itchington in 1990.

Sunday’s record owed much to the failure of Barby’s wicketkeeper to execute a simple run-out when Andy had made only a few.  Andy went on to make 66 as only he can off 41 balls (6 singles, 9 fours & 4 sixes) and Mark made a more restrained 46 including 8 fours.

In the same innings, Andy also passed 1000 runs for SCC.   Mark had already passed the 5000 runs mark for the club and is now just 38 away from 500 wickets.

An entertaining game saw us emerge victorious. We made 178-5 off our 40 overs with other notable contributions from Andy Waite 21no and a blistering knock of 4no from Lee Crowley.  Barby were bowled out for 166 in their 39th over (Greg Sutcliffe 3-18, Hal Sutcliffe 1-37, Mark Edgington 2-23, Andy Waite 1-30, Phil Chapman 3-20).

Our very own scribe, Brian Halford was so moved as to suggest Mark and Andy should be picked for Warwickshire.   See –

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/coventry-warwickshire-sport/coventry-warwickshire-cricket/warwickshire-ccc/2011/07/27/warwickshire-bears-stay-in-the-hunt-for-semi-92746-29127197/

Keep up the good work Edgers and Edgers – make it 100 partnership next time.

To tour or not to tour?

The current hot topic for debate being bandied around the liniment smelling changing room is:

Should Stoneleigh go on tour next year or should we organise something closer to home?

If we organise something closer to home should we have a festival of cricket or play a Stoneleigh test match?

All ideas and thoughts can be directed towards the usual suspects at the club, or writee a comment here.

Wildgoose online-at last!

Operation: stats can now commence!

At the wicket, at pasture

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A legend plying his trade.

Mr Joe Ball at work even at the weekend.

The Heart of Midlands Cricket at the home of Midlands Cricket

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Neil Carter in action for Warwickshire against Hampshire tonight at Edgbaston on the Stoneleigh CC Official Outing.

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Jim Troughton in impressive form helping The Bears to a 51 run victory.

Sunday 24 July

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The middle of the action! Stoneleigh away to Barby on a beautiful day for cricket.

Ricky Ponting’s Underpants

As some, or indeed fewer, of you might be aware, our beloved skipper has written a book. Copy this link for a good review of it:

http://www.cricketworld.com/ricky-ponting-s-underpants-paul-lazenby/26748.htm

Many copies available from reputable and disreputable stockists alike.

Missing batsman

Child star, David Gallagher, has announced he could retire at the end of this season. He has not announced this to anyone who was listening though, unfortunately.