Wolvercote and Clinic on The Green extend sponsorship
We are delighted to confirm that Clinic on the Green, one of our main youth sponsors have extended their sponsorship agreement with us for a further year.
Clinic on the Green is led by Monica Franke, who is an osteopath with a keen interest in sport, youth development and community ventures. Having qualified in 2004, she has worked alongside athletes of numerous sports and abilities, and enjoys learning from the latest in conditioning as well as research in osteopathy. Monica has already started bringing this into both the youth and adult squads, and we are looking forward to a more active involvement in this and coming seasons. It has shown to be great fun (if a little uncomfortable at times!) and showing benefit to individuals and performance.
Upon both the club and Clinic on the Green extending the sponsorship agreement, our Director of Youth Cricket – Nick Pinhol stated the following:
“We are delighted that Clinic on The Green has decided to extend their sponsorship. Their continued support from when the youth set up was formed till now has been invaluable. We look forward to continuing to work together in bringing youth cricket inside the ring road to as many people as possible, as well as developing athletes that play cricket with an increased knowledge of being healthy and maintaining their physical and mental wellbeing”.
Pre-season friendly v Kingston Bagpuize.
A beautiful sunny afternoon saw a combination of 2nd and 3rd XI players travel to near Abingdon to take on Kingston Bagpuize from the Cherwell League. The Wolfpack opted to bat first and Madden and Walshy shared an opening stand of 46 before the latter departed to an absolute jaffa (his word!).
Madden went on to retire at 50 and this heralded the rather youthful partnership of Conor O’Hickey and Tohsif Manzoor at the crease. The pair looked well set but then both were dismissed when in the early teens. O’Hickey was out to an outstanding low catch by Matt Warner, whom we later learned is a Home Counties player!
The next two wickets to fall were those of Potter and Lardner (on debut). They both met the same fate and neither was happy to get the trigger from Wolvercote’s own umpire. Our next debutant, Amit, then set about compiling his runs, also making it to the 50 mark before being asked to retire. Captain Oliver joined him at the crease and accompanied him for some time whilst never looking at all comfortable. Those watching discussed the possibility that the weight of captaincy might be sitting heavy for the Iceman, until they were reminded of the number of pints (and tequilas!) he had sunk at the social the evening before.
Naseer and Murgatroyd added some quick runs before departing, leaving Luis stranded in the last over. This brought Madden back from retirement only for him to attempt a single to the aforementioned Warner who simply threw down one stump to bring Amit back in for the last 2 balls.
The final score was 199-9 off 40 overs.
The home side’s reply started following a delightful tea in the sunshine. Bizarrely, Luke managed just a 1 over spell before handing over to Potter. Contrastingly, Lardner opened from the other end and bowled well, conceding 22 runs from his 6 overs.
Bagpuize were progressing nicely, a little behind the rate but knowing that they had a secret weapon up their sleeve. Beatrix improved his contribution once he had installed his radar but, nevertheless, their opener grabbed his half-century and duly went for a rest.
Naseer and Amit then tightened the screws for 14 overs bowling some really tight stuff with Naseer taking a solitary wicket for his efforts. Tohsif then contributed 4 overs and he managed to grab 2 scalps whereupon our Columbian leg spinner was unleashed and Velasquez duly worked his magic.
At this stage, the ‘Baggies’ were well behind the rate but we were well aware that Warner was still to come. Luis chose to beguile his opponents by asking them to first locate the ball in its rather odd parabolas before nipping it past them into the quick (also Walshy’s word) hands of the keeper (Walsh!) who gratefully snaffled Walls, out stumped.
Warner then appeared, smashing the ball around the park before the Velasquez – Walsh partnership struck again. Luis got him running down the pitch, he missed, and the bails were removed before he could retrieve his ground.
We were then treated to 2 overs from the ever chatty O’Hickey, the 2nd being a vast improvement on the 1st. The death over had our opposition needing 16 to win and Potter was handed the by now rather mangled cherry. He produced classic wicket taking deliveries with his 4th and 5th balls and the game was won. He was on a hat trick for the final ball of the game which the batsman clobbered to Amit at cover. A suicidal run ensued, Amit did the honours and we ended the game with another wicket although not the hat trick that Potter had yearned for.
A great game, played in the right spirit and a wonderful way to start the new season.
Wolvercote – 199-9 (B.Madden 54, A.Bolrikar 54 no)
Kingston Bagpuize – 185 (L.Velasquez 3-36)
The Oxfordshire Cricket Association stages an annual T20 tournament called the Pullinger Cup.
10 teams are invited to compete, 2 of them advancing straight to Finals Day in mid July. Traditionally, these two are the previous season’s winners of the Airey Cup and Division One but with Minster Lovell having transferred to the Cherwell League, this year these positions have been offered and accepted by Faringdon and Great Horwood.
Wolvercote competed in 2016 and actually reached Final’s Day at Kidlington where we were defeated by Great Horwood in the semi-final. This year, we are in again and have been drawn away to Oxenford in the First Round. This match has been arranged for Thursday, May 25th at University College Sports Ground (Abingdon Road), 6pm start.
Should we win this fixture, we will have one more game to determine if we can take our place at Charlbury on July 16th.
If you can, get along on May 25th and support the lads.
15/04/17 – Pre-season Friendly vs Wootton & BH
Last Saturday, April 13th, we had our first pre-season fixture, a good run out for our 1st XI against a Wootton & Boars Hill outfit we have had close tussles with in recent years.
On an absolute road and with his fellow batters looking on with menace in their eyes, skipper MacIntyre, anxious for his own well-being, had no hesitation in opting to bat upon winning the toss. With a top six that may closely resemble that selected for the opening league match in three weeks, it was a good opportunity to cash in.
The captain was first out, caught at Mid On for 21. A stand of 95 then ensued between Babbs and Stewart-Liberty, the former eventually perishing for a well – made 41. Stuart-Liberty then reached 50 before surrendering his wicket to Wootton’s best bowler, Tom Crowe, for 56.
Procter soon followed for 9 to a ball that would have ripped out middle stump had he not blocked it with his pad! This was in fact the last wicket to fall. Darren Jones (68) and Jamie van Santen (82) put on 127 for the fifth wicket and, in the process, took the final score to an impressive 301-4 off the 40 overs.
In reply, Ahmed and van Santen opened the bowling, the latter attempting to stake a claim to replace Rhys as Barkat’s new ball partner. Both had tidy four over spells but the only wicket to fall was that to a suicidal run out.
This pair were replaced by Elliot and Payne, Sam doing particularly well in spite of having to contend with the very short boundary to the right-hander. He picked up the wicket of Webb, smartly snapped up by keeper Jacobs whose exuberance knows very little bounds!
MacIntyre continued his policy of 4 overs each, Jones, the pick of the Wolvercote attack, bowling Wiskin for 13 with the score on 92.
With Wootton nowhere near the required run rate, Procter was brought on. His two overs (0-40) kind of got the home side back into the game but with Babbs claiming the scalp of King for 73 and opener Morton for an excellent 106, momentum was lost and Wolvercote coasted home to a 41 run victory.
Wolvercote 301-4 (van Santen 82no, Jones 68no, Stuart-Liberty 56)
Wootton &BH 260-6 (Morton 106, King 73. Babbs 2-43, Jones 1-7)
01/04/17 – First silverware of the year for Wolvercote CC
Last Sunday, March 26th, Wolvercote CC won the inaugural City of Oxford Indoor Tournament. Seven teams entered the competition the initial stage of which comprised a round robin format where all participants played each other once.
Skilfully led by Mo Shafqat, the lads won all six of their opening matches, the resultant semi-final draw pitching them against local rivals Oxenford.
Having squeezed past them, it was East Oxford in the final and a comfortable six wicket victory ensuring the trophy was ours.
Many congratulations to all who participated including Luke Murgatroyd and Cameron King who were unlucky to miss out on places in the Final
There is a more comprehensive match report in the relevant section.
Indoor League latest
Having completed the round robin section of the City Indoor League tournament, we are delighted to report that Wolvercote finished top of the group and have progressed to Finals Day – Sunday, March 26th, at Matthew Arnold School.
They will now face Oxenford CC in the 2nd Semi-Final at 5pm and should they be successful will play East Oxford or Twyford in the Final at 6pm.
In the latest series of regular fixtures on the 19th, the team had 3 scheduled matches. The first was against local rivals Kidlington CC but they scratched unfortunately. In the next game, having dismissed an old foe, Wytham, for 28, they knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets.
In the final encounter, they took on the much fancied East Oxford. Batting first, we racked up 56-5 and then shut out the opposition for 35. That meant six wins from six starts.
To see all the stats, please visit the City League home page.
v Wytham – Wytham 28 (Barkat Ahmed 2-6, Darren Jones 1-6) Wolvercote 29-2
v East Oxford – Wolvercote 56-5 (Nick King 14, Barkat Ahmed 12) East Oxford 35 (Cam King 1-3, Toby Shelley 1-11)
12/03/17 – Indoor League
Please follow the link below to view the up to date results, table and statistics for the City Indoor League. We have 3 matches today (Sunday March 12th) and complete our programme with 2 more on March 19th. If we finish in the top 4, we then qualify for Finals Day on March 26th
03/03/17 – Membership and Fixtures Update
Winter indoor nets are now in full swing and we are getting decent numbers along each Sunday. However, it would be nice to see some more new faces so if you still haven’t decided where you want to play your cricket this summer, league or friendly, why not come and give us a try.
Naseer Khan has now completed the Friendly Fixture schedule for 2017. You can find it easily by simply clicking on the ‘Friendly’ heading. Likewise, if you want to view the league matches, click on ‘League’ and then the appropriate division.
2017 Indoor League
Wolvercote CC has entered the 2017 OCB run City Indoor Cricket Competition. As well as us, there are entrants from Oxenford, Wytham, Kidlington, Risinghurst, Twyford and East Oxford.
Between February 12th and March 19th, each side will play all others and the top 4 in the league will go to a Finals Day on March 26th. All matches are scheduled for Sundays and will take place at Matthew Arnold School.
This is the Wolvercote Fixture list:
February 12th – v Risinghurst (7pm)
March 5th – v Twyford (6pm), v Wytham (7pm)
March 12th – v Oxenford (7pm)
March 19th – v Kidlington (6pm), v East Oxford (7pm)
March 26th – Finals Day.
Mo Shafqat is the Captain.
09/11/16, Awards Dinner
You are all invited to the club Award Evening at The Plough, Wolvercote on Saturday 03 December. The evening begins at 8pm and will consist of lively speeches and hilarious anecdotes about things to do with cricket. It sure will be an event not too miss!
There will be a selection of meat/veggie curries served.
Partners are very welcome!
Please email Matt Bird with names as soon as you can : firstname.lastname@example.org
Price per head is £15 – plesase get in contact with and pay Matt.
An event not to be missed!
09/11/2016, Promotion for 2017!!!
Well done to both the 1st and 2nd XI for achieving promotion for the 2017 season! The 2nd XI comprehensively won Division 6 in 2016 and will undoubtly give very strong account of themselves in Division 5 for next year having promotion to Division 4 strongly in their sights. The 1st XI came a close second in Division 2 resulting in promotion to Division 1 for the 2017 season and will aim for continued success in the top league of the OCA.
A huge thank you to our club sponsors for your invaluable support to Wolvercote Cricket Club and to help keep club cricket alive and well in Oxfordshire. Make sure to support their terrific companies!
13/06/16, Lands End to John O`Groats cycle
Well done to Rich & Jamie for undertaking and completing the very impressive Lands End to John O`Groats cycling challenge. For a great cause as well, The Art Room (helping children & young adults with challenging circumstances flourish through art) : http://www.theartroom.org.uk/
29/05/16, Jason`s Bday drinks & Wolfpack catch up at the Victoria
Bank Holiday Weekend catch up and celebrating Jason`s 31st! Nice to see a representation of partners joining in as well. Be sure to make the next Wolfpack catch up!
4th May 2016, Wolvercote CC vs Far from the MCC
A glorious sunny evening on Lower 3, decent batting track, spirited and good-humoured opponents and the cultured duo of Campo and Doctor Rich making their seasonal debuts. What’s not to like!
Anyway, losing the toss clearly disorientated the Iceman and, mistakenly believing that Yusuf bowled pace, opened with our resident ‘Pipe Smoker of the Year’ from the Woodstock Road End.
Equally perplexed, particularly by the vast distance to the slip cordon with the bowler coming in off just a couple of paces, opening bat, ‘The Judge’, was bowled neck and crop by an Ashraf ‘Doosra’.
End of the over and Far From The M.C.C’s position was positively binary: one for one from one.
Taking the new ball from the Railway End, Elliott was looking slightly furtive, nervously surveying the surrounding bushes for any sign of his new found arch-enemy, Naseer Khan. Three wides in his opening salvo betrayed his disquiet but upon receiving the reassurance that ‘er indoors’ does not permit the Asian Assassin out two nights in a row, he became a model of parsimony thereafter.
The innings was reasonably dull to be honest. It was heartening, however, to witness the vast array of slow-bowling talent on offer. In addition to our own Harold Wilson, there was Campo, who was a bit too good and was whipped off after a couple of overs, the Colombian Magician and sometime artist, Velasquez and, playing his final game for the Wolves, G.I John.
Fittingly, he took a wicket. It’s there, in the book:
‘Lego’ stumped Oliver, bowled Elsner
The opposition had nicknames emblazoned on their shirts. ‘Lego’ is a builder, ‘Tall Bob’ is well, tall, (they are not hot on irony) and then there was ‘Wood Boy’. After my experience the previous evening of the Wildman’s erotic yelp when caught, I took this for a demanding sexual instruction but it turns out he’s a ‘Chippy’!
Appropriately enough, ‘Goat Boy’ produced a number of agricultural heaves that helped push the total to 88-9. Thereupon, Iceman settled into one of G.I.John’s opulent deck chairs to cheerfully tick off the required and I was sent out to ump.
Another shell, Potter, opened with Doctor Rich and did well although he looked a mite miffed with the skipper when unceremoniously and without forewarning was retired mid-over on thirty.
G.I.John, more Babe Ruth than Sir Geoffrey, came and went, but exited to a bat raised Guard of Honour. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, well except the Iceman – he doesn’t do sentiment.
Walshy and Campo, our resident hobbits, polished off the runs and we were all done by 8.15pm.
Off down the refurbished Dewey and Walshy was texted by Elliott to say he was now in the Twos for Saturday.
Shifting uneasily in his seat, Beatrix, the evening’s batting hero, looked more than a little displeased. With an ever-growing list of the disgruntled, there will soon be no place left for the 2nd XI Captain to hide.
03/05/16 Wolvercote CC vs Oxford University Press (OUP)
After three successive cancellations, finally a midweek friendly and a first match of the season at Cutteslowe Park.
The square looked to have been extended by a couple of pitches but preparation was good and in spite of the recent poor weather the newly ensnared (sorry – engaged) skipper ‘Gentle’ Ben Procter, who appears to have wintered rather too well, was keen to play on turf rather than artificial.
Toss won, first part of the Procter strategy successfully executed, Oxford University Press were condemned to field in full knowledge they would be batting in fading light at the fag end of the day.
However, best laid plans and all…The Wildman gently caressed a full bunger to square leg off the first ball of the innings – our 73 run thrashing of the same opponents last July fast becoming a distant memory. His groans of disappointment were understandable although somewhat strangely erotic. I may look at him in a different light henceforth!
Wolvercote has long had a penchant for horizontally challenging names: Patrick Boyd-Maunsell, Angus Gardner-Morrison and Ramesh Pomnambulam spring to mind. It makes the construction of Excel availability spreadsheets particularly testing and now the latest in the list, Thomas Stewart-Liberty joined Gentle Ben at the crease.
Having suitably punished Vickers, the Wildman’s assassin, with three sixes and a four in one over, the skipper copped a good ‘un from the pacey Ahmed and the Bomber was next in.
Our Australian lothario failed to obey orders from his partner about getting forward, perished middle stump and a fit-looking Patel made his way to the middle determined to atone for his inability to meet this correspondent’s administrative deadlines.
Umpiring from square leg provided little chance of revenge, no matter, the blighter succumbed first ball and TSL was doubtless left contemplating what sort of a club he had joined, 38-4, and the Ump telling him he REALLY needed to dig in now!
The much-aggrieved Naseer Khan now joined our latest hero muttering about what sort of criteria was used to select the 2nd XI and threatening all manner of retribution on skipper Elliott.
As is his wont, he kept gully busy for an over or two before being out, caught….in the gully, to be replaced by the nearest we have to celebrity, Ben de Glanville.
This energiser bunny was all action but with zero forward foot movement in his nevertheless useful partnership of 18 with TSL. Unsurprisingly, he was bowled whilst retreating so far to square he near trod on the umpire’s toes.
His Grace, Bishop Glenny (okay he’s fresh out of his novitiate but he’s very pious), who actually arrived to the game resplendent in dog collar, liberally showering complete absolution (nearly typed ablution there, now that would have been a sight!) to all who questioned his tardiness, was next up.
Unfortunately for him, his commandeering of the only run three in the entire match resulted in TSL retiring hurt on 43 with severe back pain. He will doubtless be summoned to appear before Ist XI Captain, Tim MacIntyre (aka the Big Diff), to account for his irreverent actions and no amount of holy rosaries is going to save your sorry arse dude.
The innings mercifully concluded on 112-7 and I could go and have a welcome sit-down – more than poor TSL could manage.
Gentle Ben unleashed the twin pairing of Coles Minor and another of our ‘shells’ Alyn Davies on the OUP openers.
Despite the critical eye cast across the vast expanse by Coles Major, not to mention the filming he undertook of his lad’s action no doubt to be examined in forensic detail later prior to a supper of bread and water he should be bloody thankful for, the boy bowled superbly.
3-9 in four, he even triggered the umpire’s finger to give out his own player, something not expected given the opposition’s view that this writer’s officiating bordered on the somewhat myopic.
The Number 3, chap called Holford, put up some stout resistance but wickets tumbled at the other end. Hold on though, with victory in the bag and the light fading fast, Gentle Ben decided to make a game of it!
Bomber was brought on – not quite the picture of a man running the length of Britain (or something equally brainless) in a few weeks. It was only later, after a few beers, that I rumbled the plan. Chuck down a load of wides, Bomber obliged, and keep the visitors out there to bat in total and utter darkness.
So buoyed by the success of this tactic, Gentle Ben introduced Wildman from the other end. Such was the parabola of his grenades poor old Tim Peake hid for cover!
Anyway, we scraped home by six runs. Naseer departed, politely enquiring of those about as to Jason’s address while simultaneously sharpening his machete: Coles Minor was pretty relaxed about the Inquisition his Pa, Torquemada, was soon to inflict: I tottered off to the Plough and Gentle Ben returned to the Honeytrap! His Grace went into hiding.
Off to Lower 3 tonight. G.I. John is on the ‘mound’, sorry….wicket. Sadly, it’s his valedictory salute and I for one shall miss him. His antics on the field have kept me amused these past few summers. Do you remember the time….
April 19th – Wolvercote CC v St Edward’s Colts ‘B’
After the first scheduled game of the new season on Saturday was called off due to a soaked outfield, the portents were not too promising for last evening’s fixture surviving the conditions so soon after.
However, a welcome spot of sunshine and a drying wind worked to our benefit and the campaign was up and running.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, skipper Oliver sent in the 2 W’s, the rather uncaribbean looking pairing of Wilman and Walsh.
Surviving an easy chance dropped by wicketkeeper ‘Fingers’ (or should that be ‘Fingerless’) Valentine, formerly of this parish, Wilman, minus the bush hat but still looking every bit the Boer, made the Teddies Colts pay by bludgeoning 3 sixes and 4 fours on his way to….well, was it 48, their scorebook, or 50, ours? No matter to the hard-nosed captain, no post mortems, Wilman was retired, an air of uncertainty as to what posterity should record!
Next up, Bomber taxied to the wicket. This is a man worth knowing as he is frequently surrounded by an array of ravishing beauties, especially Friday nights in the Harcourt Arms! Sadly, not present on this occasion, they were unable to bear witness as our antipodean lothario smote three sumptuous boundaries on his way to 16.
At the school, new boys are referred to as ‘Shells’ and it was time for one of our own to make his way to the middle. Heaven knows why Tohsif is not studying for his exams but he may as well have been as he played all around a straight one, despatched back to the pavilion for 5 by a boy listed in the scorebook as ‘Pink Hat’.
Whilst wickets tumbled at the other end, Walshy, making up for the crushing disappointment earlier when informed by the Iceman that he would not be wearing the ‘Big Gloves’ this game, was easing his way to 45 before succumbing to a catch off the bowling of, as the text relates, ‘Blonde and Tall’.
Not unusually for Wolvercote matches, at the end of the 20 overs, the scorebook recorded one innings total and the scoreboard another. Thankfully, as events unfolded, this was not pivotal.
Another ‘Shell’, de Glanville, and yes he is related to the 1987 England Rugby World Cup captain Phil, and the Murgatron were entrusted with the new ball.
Unlike the schoolboys, whose profligacy resulted in 31 extras, the Wolves openers bowled with precision and by the end of the ‘powerplay’ if there had been one, had reduced the opposition to 30-2.
Enter the Iceman’s trump card: Wellsy, otherwise known as ‘Trigger’, for whom the recent completion of an umpire’s course came not a moment too soon for the nation’s batsmen.
With 2-10 he effectively ended the tie as a ‘contest’, in the process compounding ‘Finger’s’ misery by having him caught by ‘Bucket Hands’ Pereira (compensating partially for an earlier howler) for an innocuous 4.
In deteriorating light, the change to a pink ball heralded the introduction to the attack of G.I John (aka Texan John). His purposeful creep to the popping crease, the perfect imitation of a soldier releasing the pin from his grenade together with the unerring accuracy with which he discharges his weapon bear all the hallmarks of man you would want beside you in the trenches.
You would also want him as a friend. He is loaded. He must be judging by the grandeur of the outdoor seating he brought along and in which Basil and his sister were luxuriating.
The G.I posted an impressive 2-11 and with 2 run outs in the pitch black, the school ended up on 128, victory going to Wolvercote, albeit by an uncertain margin.
Thanks must go to Nick Pinhol, bedecked in shorts he withstood the near arctic conditions of the late evening to see out his scoring duties. No matter that eight of the opposition batters apparently have no name – mere detail!
He was supervised at one point by his superior at the Cherwell, Mr Shafqat – he of the flashing blade. There must be money in teaching maths. Sharp suit, gold cufflinks, immaculately polished pointy shoes so fashionable these days and a flouncy hairdo the envy of any Bollywood Matinee idol. He has something of the great ‘Afridi’ about him.
Anyway, a fine start to the season – roll on Saturday.