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Teamsheet: Nick Clough Tri-Series, Sunday 16th September 2018 @ Chalkwell Park. 1200 Start.

We close out our season with the Tri-Series tournament vs Old Westcliffians and WOSCC. The three teams will do battle for The Nick Clough Cup at The Ground of Legends where greats such as Larwood, Bailey, Gooch, Montellier and many others including my dog Basil have taken the field.

Mount have a strong side and are optimistic of retaining the trophy they took off OW last year. However, two-time winners, Old Westcliffians, in an effort to regain the treasured silverware, appear to have widened their net and qualifying criteria to include anyone who did at some point attend a school. Any school. Anywhere.

WOSCC are great competitors and will no doubt come to win, but are short of players – maybe they thought it was six-a-side again. Anyway, the other teams will no doubt help them out. Some inter-team transfers may be necessary so, despite our numerical strength, any other available players will be welcomed with open arms and, more importantly, an open bar at WOSCC. If you are available, please let me know.

The following are all selected and will, barring injury, all play on Sunday.

  1. W. Foley *
  2. D. Summers
  3. T. Duffin
  4. P. Offord +
  5. S. Jackson
  6. I. Frankel
  7. P. Southward
  8. G. Williams
  9. R. Green
  10. N. Smith
  11. M. Hare
  12. A. Lukose
  13. V. Vayalveettil
  14. D. Mackay

Players to be at the ground by 11.30, earlier if possible so we can get underway asap – light may not be on our side later in the day.

There will be a BBQ running from around the conclusion of game 1 and the bar will be open all day. Players’ families, friends and supporters are most welcome for what should be a great day to close out a great season.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 11th September 2018 @ 1825

Rearranged Tri - Series Cup - 16th September - Chalkwell Park

Our final fixture of the season will be the rescheduled Tri - Series tournament (postponed from the start of the season) on Sunday 16th September at WOSCC’s pitch in Chalkwell Park. If you are available and haven’t let me know already, please do so asap. I will provide full details as soon as I have them but you can expect that the bar will be open and there will be a BBQ running throughout the afternoon. It should be a great way to close out the season.

There will also be an end of season/awards evening in late Sept/early Oct – date tbc and we hope to bring you more details shortly.

Bill Foley; Monday 27th August 2018 @ 1847

Review: Terence Hair 6-a-side Tournament

I hope you are well and enjoyed a the long weekend. No match report as such this week but a review and some thank yous from last Sunday’s Terence Hair 6 a side tournament.

On the playing side, Mount were able to put 2 sides forward which is a great effort and deserves thanks to the boys for turning out. The “A team” were unlucky to lose their first game vs WOSCC due to some confusion and a miscalculation caused by the over-elaborate scoring system and the “B team”, which was thrown together at the last minute, should be rightly proud of their efforts on the day too. However, it became clear fairly early on that the sides from Alleyn Court and WOSCC were the strongest on show. In their “group” match the scores were tied on 71 runs each from their 5 overs and they always looked likely to meet again in the final.

As the afternoon wore on, the crowds grew at the ACG and the sun came out, the smell of BBQ filling the air – the burgers and sausages cooked to perfection by Head Chef Will Wilcox, assisted by his sous-chef, Richard Hair. The Pimms began to flow and a fun time was had by all. Many thanks to Simone Foley and Louise Duffin for doing such a fine job of running the bar.

The two Mount sides completed their fixtures with a game against each other and opted out of a repeat fixture to determine 3rd/4th place, leaving the stage set for the final. A 10 over final was agreed with WOSCC to bat first. They set an imposing total of 114 leaving AC requiring 11.5 runs per over for the win. Whilst always going along nicely, they never quite got up the required head of steam and some fine bowling and determined fielding by Westcliff saw the run rate climb. In the end they came up some 30 runs short, despite the best efforts of the returning, previously retired Sam Weller. Westcliff, running out very deserving winners.

I would like to thank Tom Baker, the victorious Westcliff captain, Will Wilcox, the non-playing AC skipper as well as Steve Johnson and Dave Summers, who captained the Mount teams for organising their sides and for playing their part in making the day such a success. Many thanks as always to Clarissa and Stewart for scoring and umpiring respectively, particularly in light of the scoring system! Thanks also to all those who helped to first set up, and then clean up the ACG - particularly Toby Duffin, Simon and David Jackson and Dave Summers among many.

Finally, it was fantastic to see so many people at the ACG on the day – enjoying the cricket and catching up with old friends, sharing stories and making the effort to attend Terence’s day. Many thanks to you for coming along, I hope you had an enjoyable day – we saw some excellent cricket, played with a sense of fun and a smile on everyone’s face and that seems very appropriate to me.

Bill Foley; Monday 27th August 2018 @ 1836

Terence Hair 6-a-side Tournament, Sunday 19th August 2017 @ Alleyn Court

Our next event is the Terence Hair 6-a-side tournament on Sunday 19th August. We are hoping for 4 teams of six to play in a round-robin format, with the 2 best performing sides meeting in a final. On the day the BBQ will be fired up and there will be refreshments galore!

Players, please let me know if you would like to take part asap. Non-players, please do come along and enjoy a fun day out in honour of a Mount legend.

It is likely that proceedings will get under way around noon and I will provide details and full timings when I have them.

I very much hope to see many of you there.

Bill Foley; Wednesday 8th August 2018 @ 0933

Mount vs Felsted Robins - Match Report

Good afternoon all,

Mount visited Felsted School on Sunday to face the Robins. The glorious setting and continuing spectacular weather ensured we all arrived in good spirits for what has been a challenging fixture for Mount in the past. Our record of no wins and two convincing defeats did not augur well but, with the sun shining and the backdrop stunning, any trepidation soon gave way to anticipation and excitement.

With the toss lost, it looked like we may have to sweat out the hottest part of the day in the field. However, following some Jedi mind trickery, the Felsted captain agreed that it WAS better that they field – its not just match reports and availability requests you know!

We opened with Charlie Lockhart and Max Dunn who got us off to a cracking start putting on 65 for the first wicket at around 6 per over. Max eventually trapped LBW by the ever youthful Simon Mather, for 30. Simon Jackson joined Charlie, who continued to flourish while the President was struggling to find his touch. Approaching halfway, Charlie reached his 50 and the opposition turned to Mount favourite, Sam Weller, to try his luck with his spin bowling. Straight away he began to cause problems. Jackson, was still searching for fluency when, having been pinned down by a few tricky deliveries from Weller, he gave him the charge, missed the ball and was bowled. 96/2 after 17. Paul Offord the new man, found Weller equally difficult to pick and, after adding four, went in the same fashion.

Debutant Mike Boyce came in at no.5, upping our quota of bearded players and garnering more nicknames on his first day than many players achieve in an entire career. Charlie sailed imperiously on, seemingly untroubled by whatever the opposition bowlers tried and unbothered by a wicketkeeper who clearly had the volume turned up to 11! Felsted ‘keeper Nick Harrison kept us amused throughout with his commentary and friendly sledging and clearly is highly accustomed to public speaking.

As Charlie neared his century and Mike grew in confidence, the partnership grew to 50 runs. The partners looking like a young Alastair Cook and a young Peter Sutcliffe/Jesus/Charles Manson/young Jimmy Hill/older George Best ( I told you there were a lot!) surged on, Charlie the senior partner and Mike the able support.

Charlie soon reached his century – an excellent knock in which he rarely looked troubled and was the cornerstone of our innings. Having reached 3 figures he looked to his captain on the side-lines, wondering if he should retire - he was studiously ignored.

In the 32nd over, having added 55 the partnership was finally broken with Che Guevara run out with the score on 173. Up stepped vice-captain, Dave Summers, and he and Charlie added an impressive 31 runs off 18 balls. This included 19 off the last over – a huge 6 and a single to Charlie and 3 fours for Dave. We closed on 204/4 from our 35 overs. This beat our previous highest total vs the Robins, by 50 runs - an excellent achievement. However, with the opposition known to have their fair share of batting, a decent track and a lightning outfield, it was felt that we may be a few runs light.

Tea was taken at the Chequers Public House on the boundary - I really do like this place!

Felsted’s openers, Hance and Weller, strode to the crease. We knew well the threat Weller posed, as he has performed so well for Mount down the years, but we would just have to deal with that. The captain was keen to start with Duffin and Dunn, the alliterative dynamic Dunster duo, but it was felt that a new ball would not suit Dunn’s “leggies” – it needed some wear and tear quickly – the Captain was the man for the job! If anyone can get that ball roughed up by being repeatedly hit into the school buildings, its the skipper.

Duffin’s first over yielded just one run off the last ball, Weller retaining the strike. Foley bowled the second over and the plan started to work – 3 fours all into the car park or the school building. Duffin’s second over was eventful. A four was soon followed by a very loud LBW appeal – Mather, the umpire, was unconvinced but received extensive and, we hope, helpful feedback on his decision from both bowler and Captain. A second four was scored before another great LBW shout – the umpire had no option this time and raised his finger. We were pleased that he had taken on board our advice and guidance. 21/1 off 3.

Felsted had obviously rumbled our plan and only took one boundary from the next 2 overs. In the sixth over,

Weller helped himself to one more four before being trapped LBW by Foley. This was starting to get interesting – 40/2 from 6.

One more over for Duffin before time for a change - Max “the magician” Dunn for Foley, Paul “PMac” McKeon for Duffin. Max, benefitting from the quickly aged ball struck with his second delivery - an absolute peach that turned a mile from outside leg to hit middle and off. 52/3 . At the other end PMac bowled well without luck, but with relative economy. Noisy Nick Harrison, an accomplished batsman had come in at no. 5 and set about his work well. Where others had struggled to master Dunn’s spin and variation, he attacked – sweeping and pulling, always hitting with the spin, to great effect.

The total started to climb and after 14 overs, Felsted were closing in on 100. Dunn had lost a little of his magic and it was time to try something different. Something to put the pressure back on them. Something they weren’t expecting – it was time for “Golden Arm”. Paul Southward was summoned from long on, where he had done an excellent job of man-marking the sightscreen out of the game thus far. His first over was solid, the tension from the batsmen was tangible - barring one huge six, clearly borne out of the batsman’s panic. His second over was where he came into his own – just a single from the first 3 balls then his moment. The batsman, caught brilliantly by Lockhart off a ball that did so much in the air that any overall movement was imperceptible but it was up there so long that it became almost unplayable. A breakthrough. 127/4.

His next victim had even less chance - as plumb an LBW as you are ever likely to see. The ball threatened to swing, dip and spin but, wisely decided against all three, leaving its victim powerless and somehow transfixed, unable to move as it crashed into his front pad, low down in front of middle. 127/5. Game on!

One more over from our 24 Carat Golden Arm saw him to tidy figures of 2/16. Lockhart had tried from the other end, but was understandably a little weary after his knock and was replaced by Jack Summers, who like McKeon, bowled well without luck.

During this spell we had a heart-stopping moment when, following a most uncharacteristic misfield from Dunn at mid-on, Max turned to chase down the ball to atone for his error, only to find Toby Duffin haring round from deep mid-off – hang on, we’ve seen this before. Our minds flashed back to Canewdon, that time it was Southward trying to atone for a misfield, whereas now it was Dunn – the common factor was Duffin. Surely, not again. Surely, he would not take out another teammate with a throw – his unique Viking retribution for fielding errors is well known – but surely not now, not here! Southward was only returning to action today following near-fatal, light bruising. Duffin fielded the ball and we held our breath. Dunn is too young for this - oh the humanity! Thankfully, Duffin remembered Max has a good arm and gave him the ball to throw back – crisis averted, Max escaped unscathed. We all breathed a sigh of relief.

Harrison was still there, his scoring progress as serene as his ‘keeping was loud - what can we do to break his concentration? He requested a “comfort break” - an opportunity? A plan was needed. Off he went to answer the call of nature. Upon his return, he picked up his gloves and made his way towards the crease – but something was missing – where was his bat? Had he lost it? Had it been stolen? Had a large bird of prey mistaken it for food and carried it away? Had we hidden it? Maybe, but where? After a few minutes of confusion he approached our Captain to ask if he knew anything of the whereabouts of his bat. As he drew near, he became aware of the outline of an alien object, within the skippers trousers – when challenged there was nothing else to do but confess that yes, we had hidden it and yes, we had selected my trousers as the best hiding place. Did our plan work? Did we disrupt him? Not sufficiently.

Mike Boyce took over from 24 Carat, with his left arm, medium pace bowling offering another useful variation – and achieving remarkably similar results! A wicket in each of his second and third overs - both bowled - saw a late Felsted stumble - 170/5 becoming 175/7 – still a chance. He could have had one more but a top edge to a full bunger, hit Paul Offord, standing up at ‘keeper straight in the throat. A tough chance admittedly and a little painful. Contributions with bat and ball (also 2/16) made it a great debut for the young/old [insert name of bearded person here]. A gent and a welcome addition to the club. Thanks Michael.

With plenty of overs left this was going to be about removing Noisy Nick and bowling them out, defence was not an option. To the wicket came Bury, a Goliath of a man - his style suggested he was going to score quickly or leave quickly – alas, it was to prove the former. 4 fours in the last couple of overs proving decisive as he and Harrison saw Felsted home to victory by 3 wickets.

As suspected our total proved just a little light, but it was a damn fine effort from the team and certainly the closest we have come to beating the Robins. More importantly, as we retired to Chequers to discuss the game with our hosts, the conversation was all about what a fantastic day it had been, how much fun we’d had, and how we all looked forward to doing it again next year. At Mount, we are very fortunate that we get to play at some amazing grounds throughout the year (ACG included) and that almost every game is played in the right spirit. Sunday reminded us how just how fortunate we are.

Next up the Terence Hair 6-a-side tournament, ACG - 19th August – promises to be a fantastic day. More on that soon.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 7th August 2018 @ 1752

Mount Tour 2018

First of all a big thank you to Bill for the daily update on results from our convoluted tour of three days, which was a greast success with two wins and one loss.

We won our firset fixture with Dunster when we dismissed Dunster for 128 and scored 131 for the loss of a single wicket, Jamie 68 not out and Simon 48 not out, Max took 5 for 36. We enjoyed a super barbecue at Red Cottage hosted by Derek, and helped to raise £1250 towards Club funds.

We failed against a strong and determined Bagborough, where Toby Duffin took 4 for 29 and Max 2 for 59.

We beat Timberscombe on Tuesday. They scored 173 for 5 and Mount knocked off runs without loss, Max scoring 100 not out and Shayan 58 not out. Toby Lambert played on Tuesday and bowled and fielded very well.

Thanks to Clarissa for scoring and John Wilcox for umpiring during the tour.

Do let me know your intentions for next year, and with several new players showing an interest we hope to be back to five games. I can suggest several B & B's at reasonable rates for 2019 for those interested. See you all soon.

David Thomas; Monday 6th August 2018 @ 0849

Teamsheet: Mount vs Felsted Robins, Sunday 5th August 2018 @ Felsted

Despite the holiday season now being in full swing, I’m pleased to announce that we have once again managed to get a side together for Sunday’s trip to Felsted. A big thank you to all those who have made themselves available.

Team is as follows:

  1. W. Foley (Capt)
  2. D. Summers
  3. J. Summers
  4. S. Jackson
  5. P. Offord (Wkt)
  6. P. Southward
  7. M. Hare
  8. C. Lockhart
  9. M. Dunn
  10. P. McKeown
  11. M. Boyce

Standby: T. Duffin

Further thanks to those who have volunteered to drive and help get the team over there. I’ll send details on who is driving who via the WhatsApp group. Please aim to be at Felsted by 1.15pm – this will mean you’ll need to leave around 12.15 or 12.30.

Thanks again for making yourselves available and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. For any spectators interested in making the journey to Felsted to support the team, I’m told it is a fabulous setting and your support would of course be most welcome.

Bill Foley; Wednesday 1st August 2018 @ 1430

 Mount Tour Match Report - Timberscombe

The final day of my tour started off with a meeting with the tour manager, who let me know the fine body of athletes I would be skippering on the day after much speculation on who would actually be turning up!

Rain threatened in the morning as the tourists made their way to their customary pints and pub food before the match. However, it brightened up as it was negotiated that Mount would be fielding first for the 3rd time this tour! I put on my keeping gloves for the 2nd time this week as Richard Hair and Shaayan Akhtar opened the bowling.

Controversy came early on as the batsman undoubtedly gloved the ball off one of Shayaan's first balls straight to myself at keeper... Not out, the call! The first wicket came a few overs later, however after some tight bowling which frustrated the batsman led to a dolly catch for gun fielder Max Dunn off Shayaan's bowling. The second wicket came off Max's bowling after the batsman decided a reverse sweep would be the best shot to play which the whole team saw a mile off! I expertly palmed the ball to my trusty slip Shayaan for an easy catch! Another wicket fell, the batsmen, clearly frustrated by the slow run rate, attempted a risky single which was snapped up and thrown in quickly by Jacko Jnr, leading to a run out.

It was then the turn of the youngsters, Jacko and Lambo Jnr to bowl at some very capable batsmen. Toby bowled 3 overs with no wicket but only 16 runs against batsmen who were approaching their half centuries. Proud brother here! Jacko Jnr did the same at the other end with 2 wickets, one of them being the opener who shot one straight in the air to Max Dunn (never in doubt). The other (who was on 49 at the time!) swung for the ball as he charged down the wicket but missed completely as I collected and stumped him. My heart stopped as I saw DT at square leg hesitate on the decision before finally giving it out!

By the 30th over I had 3 bowlers with injuries so Richard Hair capably stepped in and bowled with Jacko Jnr to finish off the first innings! 173-5 after 35 overs. A great achievement with 10 players!

Captaining our batting innings was a slightly easier ride! Max Dunn and Shayaan Akhtar opened for me and put up the entire target for no wicket. The highest ever Mount opening partnership with both batsmen not out (since records began!!) 176! Max with 101 and 58* for Shayaan.

A great win for the Mount making it 2/3 for the tour! It was a pleasure captaining the side and I hope the first of many! Special thanks to John Sherwin and Tom Willis for stepping in also!

We then went back to The Windmill for food, pool and darts and it was a lovely way to end the tour!

See you next year!

Jamie Lambert; Thursday 26th July 2018 @ 1242

AUG 19TH - Terence Hair 6 a side tournament - ACG

Please keep the above date free and let me know if you are available for the Terence Hair 6 a side tournament. This will be a fantastic day of cricket and fun for all the family to celebrate a Mount legend.

Mount are looking to enter 2 teams of 6 so we do need a good response – Alleyn Court will be putting up a team and we hope to be joined by a side from Westcliff too.

More details to follow but do keep the date free if possible.

Bill Foley; Thursday 26th July 2018 @ 0857

Mount vs Felsted Robins - Away, 5th August - Urgent Availability Request/Tour/Website

Our next fixture is a trip to Felsted to play the Robins. Due to holidays, we are currently well short of an XI so please make yourself available if at all possible. If you can make the fixture and would like to play at this fantastic venue, please let me know asap.

Tour

Congratulations and thanks to all those who contributed to a fantastic tour. 2 comfortable wins and a single defeat are the headlines, but the real story is of a thoroughly enjoyable and very funny few days spent in beautiful surroundings with good friends, new and old. Well done DT and I wish you all a safe journey home.

Website

The website is now fully up to date and all your stats are available, including those for the tour – well done Clarissa for deciphering our attempts at keeping a scorebook! I recommend a look at the batting stats – where we have a 3-way battle for top run scorer of the season. That might help with availability for the remaining fixtures!

Do please let me know if you can make the game on the 5th August.

Bill Foley; Wednesday 25th July 2018 @ 1105