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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

Mount Tour Match Report - Battered at Bagborough! No joy for Old Boy

Ding destroys Dunster delight despite Duffin and Dunn double act

Eleven against one would usually result in a comfortable victory for the numerically advantaged side – that did not prove the case yesterday though as the tourists visited Bagborough. While both teams fielded 11 players, it often felt that it was Mount vs one chap called Dingle or “Ding”. His extraordinary performance of power hitting proving conclusive on the day.

Skipper Mark Smith negotiated that Bagborough would bat first, giving the tourists their second consecutive day chasing. Young Pete Shaw and Toby Duffin opened the bowling for Mount. Bagborough opening batsman Dingle, looked like he might be a threat - well built and obviously hugely strong as he was wielding a bat that looked as though very little had been taken off the tree stump in its manufacture.

After 2 overs Pete Shaw was withdrawn from the attack through injury. A severe neck strain enforcing an early rest. The cause was possibly his obsessive viewing of the orbiting International Space Station the evening before - I learned a lot from him and fellow space fan Toby Duffin and their fascinating conversation certainly helped me get off to sleep. However, it was also suggested that watching ball after ball sail back over his head was more likely the root cause of this problem. At the other end, Duffin was on form, and turned in his performance of the season. “Ding” however was filling his boots - his 50 came up in no time and he was enjoying the fare served up to him.

Duffin continued to bowl well and with Dunn taking the other end, we began to make inroads. Duffin struck first. His variation and bounce causing the batsman to top-edge one to the youthful John Sherwin – guesting for us from Holford CC. Soon he added the Bagborough’s skipper, caught by his opposite number, the Stetson wearing Smith stooping low to conquer with an excellent catch. Better catching was to come – Duffin inducing an edge to stand in ‘keeper Nigel Marsh who held on expertly. The piece de resistance however, again off Duffin’s bowling, was a diving one handed catch by Dunn. Duffin concluded his spell with figures of 4/29 off 7 overs – an extraordinary performance on a day when the attack took such punishment. Dunn began well too, taking 2 wickets early in his spell – one a routine catch to Foley to remove a small child, the other a delightful off break to further confuse a gentleman of advanced years.

We were doing ok now – apart from one thing, or should I say Ding. On he went bludgeoning the ball to all corners – reaching his century out of a total of 130. Lambert J took over bowling duties from Dunn and bowled very well – unlucky not to get more than his 1 wicket with a number of catching opportunities created but not held or just dropping shy of the fielder. While wickets had tumbled at the other end, Ding battled and battered on. Aktar had replaced Duffin and took some punishment before finding his line and length and being rewarded with a wicket. Ding reached his 150 and decided that we had suffered enough and retired. Phew!

Foley came on to replace Jamie as we sought the final wicket to close things out – once again paired with DT on umpiring duties, who made it perfectly clear that any appealing would be fruitless regardless of its merits! John Sherwin came on at the other and set his usual field – “a long on and a long off - the rest doesn’t matter”. And so it proved, his first ball fired straight down the throat of Jamie Lambert at long on who held the catch comfortably. His stats then 0.1-0-0-1 – where was he earlier?! Bagborough all out for 242. 35 overs to chase that down at, near as dammit, 7 runs per over.

The reply began well. 14 off the first over, 13 off the second. Dunn and Aktar looked set before the latter picked out the man at point with a mistimed cut. Dunster hero Lambert J came in next and he and Dunn looked to have us just about on top – adding 85 for the second wicket. The first part of their partnership featuring boundaries galore before a couple of bowling changes tightened things up for our hosts. Jamie was eventually caught in the deep for 42, Dunn following soon after as the result of a tremendous one-handed catch.

With the run rate climbing, Sherwin and Marsh were next. Sherwin hitting some lusty blows before falling for 18, Marsh failing to trouble the scorers. William Wilcox replaced Marsh, David Jackson soon joining him. David approached the task in the right way hitting a delightful boundary before falling on his sword whilst chasing the runs needed. Wilcox, was pinned down by the bowling for a time before hitting a quartet of 4s in one over. Running out of overs and partners, it was time to swing the willow. Foley the first to try. After adding 3, his agricultural attempt to hit the space station and knock it out of orbit was unsuccessful and instead he missed the ball and was bowled. Shaw came next to join Wilcox but William was soon out for 28, Duffin replacing him. Shaw fell in the final over but by then the game was long gone. 204 all out the final score – a 38 run defeat. How different it may have been but for the mighty Ding. His shirt bore the number 333 on the back but he proved to be more than half a beast!

That concluded my tour but I wish the remaining tourists all the very best for today’s fixture at Timberscombe and the rest of their visit to this beautiful part of the world.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 24th July 2018 @ 1240

Mount Tour Match Report - Dunn and Dunstered!

Duffin’s delight as Dunn stars at Dunster – before Lambert J blows the bowling away!

Tour got off to a great start with victory over Dunster yesterday. In picture postcard surroundings, Dunster were gracious hosts to the tourists who were captained by Toby Duffin. Dunster won the toss and elected to bat with David Jackson and Mount debutant “Young” Pete Shaw opening the bowling. Both bowled well with Jackson the first to strike, breaking up a promising opening partnership, snaffling a caught and bowled opportunity. Shaw weighed in with the wicket his bowling deserved towards the end of an excellent spell – a good catch behind the wicket for Lambert J.

Max Dunn came into the attack against his regular side replacing Jackson, and produced a spell of spin bowling that bamboozled the opposition. Wickets began to tumble 1,2,3 4 wickets to Dunn, each batsman less pleased than the last to be sent back to the hutch by their erstwhile colleague. Foley replaced Shaw at the pavilion end - unlucky that David Thomas had chosen that end to umpire. The first lbw appeal was not convincing and looked too high – not out the correct decision by DT. The second was much more convincing – possibly hitting the top of the stumps, the umpire , seemingly shaken by the ferocious appeal, immediately raised his finger – perhaps a little fortunate for the bowler. The next delivery, a yorker, struck the new batsman on his toe in front of middle, deep in his crease – the ball was missing off and leg and there could be no doubt about the decision – NOT OUT! It all comes out in the wash apparently!

Meanwhile, Dunn continued to take the game away from Dunster – so much so that the skipper decided to give him just one more over to allow our hosts to post a reasonable total. Max was not to be denied however, and picked up his 5th wicket off his last delivery – a routine catch to Mark Smith, taken with aplomb. Old Boy then turned his arm over for a couple of overs before DJ replaced Max and struck with his first ball to close the innings of 10 man Dunster on 128 all out.

Father and son pairing Jamie and Clive Lambert began our reply and were just getting into their stride when Lambert Sr nicked an excellent delivery behind to the keeper. Jackson came to the wicket and instantly settled in, happily playing a supporting role to Jamie who was playing beautifully. Amongst an array of excellent shots, the pick was surely an effortless clip off his legs for 6. As bowlers came and went and the target drew ever nearer it was clear that these two would see us home. With almost 14 overs to spare Jamie struck another boundary to see us over the line. 68no for Lambert and 48 no for Jackson.

A great win for the Mounties. Congrats to the skipper and a big thank you to our hosts Dunster – I’m sure we will look to make this new fixture a regular tour feature.

Next up is Bagborough this afternoon – we will endeavour to keep you posted.

Bill Foley; Monday 23rd July 2018 @ 1214

Match Report: Mount vs St Aidan's

Apologies for the delay in getting this weeks report out – a hectic few days ahead of the start of tour - anyway, an abridged version as I was not there last week.

First a big thank you to Ilan for stepping back into the Captains’ shoes and for doing such an excellent job.

Batting first, Mount made 245 for 6 – many good performances and many landmarks reached too. Ged Williams made 65 taking him past 5,000 runs for the club – huge congratulations to Ged, a fantastic achievement. Paul Offord was made a rapid 46 to take him past 500 runs for the club – well done to you Sir. He was joined late on by Vijay Vayalveettil who made an even quicker 71 not out. That’s 4 consecutive 50s for Vijay – you can consider your probation period successfully completed!

Richard and Will Green opened the bowling and Will showed Dad the way with 2 wickets in his first over! He went on to return figures of 3/35. Richard Hair (0/40) and Anish Lukose (1/32) all bowled well to keep St Aidan’s run chase in check ably supported by the President. Vijay joined the attack late on taking 2/33 as he and Will saw Mount home to a 39 run victory.

Well done everyone.

I’m heading off to Somerset shortly and will do my best to keep you up to date with our efforts on the tour.

Go (West) Mounties!

Bill Foley; Saturday 21st July 2018 @ 1143

Teamsheet: Mount vs St. Aidens, Sunday 15th July 2018. 1300 Start

The team selected for Sunday’s match is as follows:

  1. Ilan Frankel (capt)
  2. Paul Offord (wkt)
  3. Simon Jackson
  4. Ged Williams
  5. Clive Lambert
  6. Richard Hair
  7. Martin Hare
  8. Richard Green
  9. Will Green
  10. Vijay Vayalveettil
  11. Anish Lukose

Thank you as always for making yourselves available. If you are not on the list but would like to be, please let me know asap. It is a 1PM START, and could players please aim to meet at the ground at 12.15 for set up etc.

I hope you have a fantastic day - I’m sorry I can’t be there but I will leave you in the more than capable hands of Ilan.

Tea will be a “shared duties” effort but more details on that later.

Bill Foley; Thursday 12th July 2018 @ 1953

Availabilities: Mount vs St. Aidens, Sunday 15th July 2018

We look to be a little short on numbers for Sunday’s game – please let me know if you are available. It should be noted however, that with the possibility of England making the WC Final, there is a chance that the opposition will struggle to get a side together. I have proposed an earlier start (noon?) and shorter format (20/25 over) to tempt them but it is likely that the outcome of tomorrow’s semi-final will be the deciding factor.

I will keep you posted.

At present we have the following:

Confirmed * J. Montellier * P. Offord * I. Frankel * G. Williams * A. Lukose * V. Vayalveettil

Possibles * S. Jackson * R. Green * W. Green

Once again, if you can help, please let me know asap.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 10th July 2018 @ 2301

Match Report: Mount vs Great Wakering, Friday 6th July 2018

Captain’s Drop Ends Unbeaten Run!

Friday saw us visit Great Wakering for our first ever evening T20 fixture – it also saw us defeated for the first time this season, some great performances with bat and ball, a little controversy, proof that catches win matches and, most importantly, another highly enjoyable and successful experiment for Mount.

A shorter format will result in a shorter match report ( I can almost hear the sighs of relief!) Wakering won the toss and elected to bat. Occasional Mountie Noel Smith opened for the opposition and set about his work with his normal aggression getting after the Mount bowling from the outset. In the third over he sent a thick outside edge spiralling into the air between cover and extra cover – the skipper called for it, made up the ground and seemed to have pouched the catch. However, the spin on the ball sent it up his arm, across his chest and over his shoulder before dropping to safety. This failed display of ball juggling was to prove costly. Smith went on to make his 50 before retiring, an agreed protocol of the match. Wakering were set fair and a sizeable total looked likely.

Mount fought their way back into the match with an excellent team effort in the field, surely one of their best bowling and fielding performances of the season. Anish Lukose and the skipper replaced our unlucky openers, Vijay and Duffin and their bowling quickly saw results. Anish returned figures of 2/43, including a stumping to Matt Renvoize standing in at wicketkeeper. Foley, made a little amends for his drop with 2/25 from 4 overs. The game was starting to turn but the run rate was still a little too high for comfort. Justin Montellier and Dave Summers then turned their game completely on its head. A combined 5 overs yielded 4 wickets for just 17 runs - one wicket, an almost face-saving catch for the skipper off Summers. Monty returned 2/10 off 3 overs and Summers 2/7 off his 2. Mount were now in the ascendancy. Then controversy. With wickets falling, and overs running out, Wakering’s remaining opener retired suffering from fatigue. Retired “tired”. This allowed the previously retired Smith to return. Duffin and Vijay returned to the attack to bowl the “death” overs and whilst they performed very well given the usual hurly burly, keeping things relatively tight, undoubtedly the Wakering total would have been lower without the onset of exhaustion! Smith added 16 to close 66no out of a total of 156/9.

Mount’s reply started badly! Paul Offord, was bowled first ball, bringing Anish to the crease to join Matt Renvoize. Anish performed well on his first knock for Mount making 16 of a 40 partnership with Renvoize. When he departed he was replaced by the in-form Vijay, who carried on where he left off making his third consecutive 50 before having to retire. Renvoize had departed earlier – unlucky to have a chest-high delivery not called a no-ball before being caught and bowled off the next delivery – this should have been a free hit! Anyway, great to see him back playing for the Mount and making a spirited 20. Well done Matt. Billy Taylor, who had put in a great shift in the field came and went fairly quickly, replaced by Richard Green who made a quick 13 before also departing. Vijay’s retirement brought father and son, Dave and Jack Summers together – a pleasing first for them. By now the run rate had gone above 8 per over and with the field back, boundaries were hard to come by. Some spirited running kept us in the game, these two adding 25, before eventually costing Dave his wicket – run out chasing a third. Foley came to the crease - a chance for redemption? It would have been nice but proved too big an ask – Mount closing on 148/6, 9 runs shy of victory.

All good things must come to an end, and so it is for our unbeaten run but as I said at the top, this proved to be another successful experiment. All those involved agreed that home and away fixtures next year were in order – a glowing endorsement! Thanks to everyone for making themselves available and for Wakering for being such great hosts.

Details of this weekend’s game coming soon.

I’m off for some catching practice - Go Mounties (still unbeaten on Sundays!)

Bill Foley; Tuesday 10th July 2018 @ 2242