Here are some pics!
Here are some pics!
A fantastic start to the 3rd Test in Birmingham. Broad dismisses Sehwag with his first delivery of the match. Initially given not out, England’s review confirms the ball nicked the batsman’s glove.
England devastate the Indian defence for the first 7 wickets, although stutter somewhat with Dhoni and Kumar putting on over 80 runs. They finish on 224 giving England almost the whole evening session to put on over 80 without loss.
Arguably the greatest batsman never to wear a Stoneleigh shirt.
An optimistic fan earlier.
It would seem that, just for a change, the country is in crisis. Violence has enveloped our streets as mobs of morons seem intent on distracting themselves and their own pathetic lives by ruining the lives and livelihoods of others.
Shops looted, destroyed then burnt. Cars smashed, overturned then burnt. How does one carry on, or indeed why? How can you predict when this breed of selfish, wanton destruction will raise its ugly head and infect our lives with its cancer?
England’s cricket team, ahead of their 3rd test against India, when they should have been preparing on the crest of a wave after emphatic previous victories earlier in the series, have been locked away in their Birmingham hotel. The violence on the streets around them has caused them such concern that they have been unable, until yesterday, to have a full nets session.
Although this behaviour seems, for the moment to have abated, or at least diminished, the risk of flare-ups must remain a constant threat. To this end, we must ask ourselves this crucial question:
Could this kind of thing happen at Stoneleigh?
The answer, due to the lack of mobile phone shops in the village, and youths, is no.
Another cracking Sunday game came to its conclusion yesterday with Stoneleigh beating Shilton by 1 wicket with 1 over to spare.
After losing the toss and fielding on a blustery but warmish afternoon – Stoneleigh made deep inroads into Shilton’s top order. With Luke “Tiger” Thompson opening the bowling, he delivered a barrage of short pitched bowling that the batsmen could not handle and picked up some early wickets to put Stoneleigh in charge.
It looked like Stoneleigh would skittle the opposition for less than 100 and be in for an easy win but in came the number 7 for Shilton to smack a quick 46 to put them back in the game (mostly off James Chapman…. sorry!) to get them to a defendable score of 179-8 off 40 overs.
James redeemed himself with the bat scoring a 75 against a particularly quick opening spell from Shilton’s opening bowler to get Stoneleigh on their way to victory. Needing only 5 and over off the last 20 overs with 5 wickets remaining Stoneleigh were in charge – but a flurry of wickets came (not the norm really!) leaving Mark Edginton and Tiger Thompson as the last wicket stand to get the remaining 15 runs or so.
It all looked to be over as Edgington’s middle stump was uprooted but for Bob Waite to call a no-ball! This was the piece of luck we needed and with 8 needed from the last 2 overs, Luke hit the Shilton leg spinner for 2 fours through mid wicket to seal an unlikely but well deserved victory.
MOTM: Luke “Tiger” Thompson
International reporter Jimmy Shoes writes:
Still nothing good cricketwise to report on From France. I’ll go look in Germany.
No. Nothing there either.
On a warm, sunny evening in Birmingham, a group of Stoneleigh players, friends and relatives watched the Warwickshire Bears defeat the Hampshire Royals.
Warwickshire reached 270 odd off 40 overs – in not too dissimilar fashion as you would expect from Stoneleigh themselves on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
Jim Troughton, Neil Carter and Rikki Clarke all scored quick-fire half centuries to get up to that imposing figure.
Hampshire seemed to be in the game when James Vince (future England test player IMO) and Sean Ervine put on 100-odd runs but 3 wickets from Jeetan Patel put paid to Hampshire’s run chase ambitions and Warwickshire sealed a comfortable victory.
You see how Porterfield throws his hands at the ball to get the power? Take note Stoneleigh boys! And below – good use of the feet to the spinner.
Overall it was a really good night out at the cricket – we have another one on 17 August same time same place if people are interested in going again.
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.