Teamsheet: Mount vs Brentwood Victorians, Sunday 24th June 2018. 1300 Start.

Please note that Sunday’s fixture will start at 1pm. Players to meet at ACG at 12.15.

Have a great game and please extend a warm welcome and my best wishes to Brentwood Vic on their first visit to ACG.

The following have been selected:

  1. Dave Summers (Capt)
  2. Justin Montellier
  3. Ilan Frankel
  4. Simon Jackson
  5. Richard Green (W)
  6. Will Green
  7. Steve Johnson
  8. Vijay Vayalveettil
  9. Bob Palmer
  10. Paul McKeown
  11. Jack Summers

Thank you all for making yourselves available.

Last edited by: Bill Foley; Thursday 21st June 2018 @ 0924

Availabilities: Mount vs Brentwood Victorians, Sunday 24th June 2018

Looking ahead to next week, we host Brentwood Victorians at the ACG for the first time. Sadly, I can’t be there as I am away on hols but I will leave you in the capable hands of vice-skipper Dave Summers. We are looking good on numbers and the final selection will be announced later in the week – however, if you are available but have not let me know as yet please do so asap.

Bill Foley; Monday 18th June 2018 @ 2228

Match Report: Mount vs Canewdon, Sunday 17th June 2018

Where to start?! Well we won and remain unbeaten this season but that doesn’t tell even half the story of an extraordinary match with a nail biting finish, a great individual batting performance, some excellent bowling figures, and self inflicted injury as a result of a crazy 2 man fielding effort.

It started well, with the toss won and the opposition put in to bat we prepared ourselves for a 1.30 start. Then the phone call all captain’s dread - checking that it WAS 2pm wasn’t it?! Never mind, Canewdon generously lent us 3 fielders – yes 3 because its always the car with the most players in isn’t it? - Anyway, on we go with David Jackson and Paul Southward to open the bowling - and what a start they gave us! A miserly spell of bowling saw DJ take 1 for 15 off his 7 overs and Paul was luckless but similarly tidy at the other end. With 13 overs gone, Canewdon’s score had limped into the 30s.

Vijay Vayalveettil replaced DJ, Paul Cox took over from his namesake and the game burst into life. VJ caused all sorts of trouble with his pace, bounce and variation but did not get the wickets his spell deserved. At the other end however, Cox was on fire! His 7 overs produced 3 wickets for just 24 runs and a further 2 batsman were sent packing as a result of run outs. With 27 of the 35 overs gone Canewdon had still not reached 3 figures although the rate had just started to climb. The innings was bowled out by President Jackson, Vice captain Summers and his son, Jack. As Canewdon swung the willow to try and post a score, all 3 bowled well but took the inevitable punishment that the last few overs often bring. This was not the only punishment however.

A delivery from Jackson was driven firmly at Southward at point, who was unlucky to see it go through his long barrier. He was soon to become more unlucky. As Southward chased back to atone for his error, Toby Duffin sprinted greyhound-like around from deep extra cover, eating up the ground as he sensed danger. How right he was. Duffin gathered the ball athletically as Southward continued his run. The Viking, took aim at his wicketkeepers end before unleashing a powerful throw straight into the startled Southward who was now no more than 3 yards away. Struck amidships but thankfully above the water line, Southward sank to his knees clasping his ribs in pain. The bowler also fell to the ground as did most of the Mount team but their sides were hurting for a very different reason. Eventually, we regained our composure and checked on our wounded team mate. It was decided best that he left the field and, following an examination from Dr David Thomas, was eventually given leave to attend A&E. Thankfully, an x-ray revealed no fractures and we wish him a speedy recovery. Canewdon lent us our 4th fielder of the day and stormed to a better than anticipated, but still seemingly manageable 151 total.

Our reply began well. Duffin and Summers setting a solid foundation before Summers was bowled bringing the President to the crease. Duffin enjoyed his elevation up the batting order and passed 500 runs for the club on his way to 23 before giving the bowler a return catch when in two minds as to how to play a short ball. William Wilcox came next but went surprisingly quickly LBW before Offord and then Vayalveettil each gave themselves a start which they failed to capitalise on.

5 down, run rate climbing, overs running out. The stage was set and the captain came to the wicket. Shortly after he left again following a quite dreadful shot having failed to trouble the scorers for the second day in a row. Paul Cox came and went almost as quickly and the collapse seemed set to lead us to our first defeat of 2018.

However, throughout the chaos, Jackson remained calm and stoic. Building a score by punishing the few bad balls and prizing his wicket far higher than his team mates. Jack Summers gave solid support but it seemed the game had gone. After some great running between the wickets and Jackson adding the odd boundary here and there, we found ourselves requiring 20 runs from 2 overs. The first over gave us the 10 required – more enthusiastic running and solid scoring shots to the fore. A miscalculation by the opposition skipper saw him bowl out his best bowlers an over early however and someone was going to have to bowl the last over “cold”. 6 balls 10 runs required. The field scattered. It mattered not a jot as Jackson feasted on the repast served up to him, finding gaps to strike 3 boundaries and bring us home with a ball to spare. A great knock of 80 not out the cricketing high point of an extraordinary day.

Never in doubts lads, never in doubt!

Bill Foley; Monday 18th June 2018 @ 2217

Teamsheet: Mount vs Canewdon, Sunday 17th June 2018 @ Canewdon. 1330 Start.

The following have been selected:

  1. W. Foley
  2. D. Summers
  3. I. Frankel
  4. T. Duffin
  5. J. Montellier
  6. P. Offord (wk)
  7. S. Jackson
  8. D. Jackson
  9. D. Cox
  10. P. Cox
  11. P. Southward

Standing by: Vijay V., P. McKeown

Bill Foley; Monday 11th June 2018 @ 2132

Upcoming Fixtures/Availability

There is no game on Sunday 10th so we can all enjoy a rest and recover from Sunday’s “run-fest”!

We resume on 17th with a trip to Canewdon, before hosting Brentwood Victorians on 24th June. July 1st sees us take on all the President’s men at the ACG. I’m pleased to say that availability continues to look good but I’m still a little short of numbers (particularly for the first 2 games mentioned) so if you are available and haven’t let me know thus far, please do so.

Looking a little further ahead, we have our first Friday night, T20 fixture at Wakering on 6th July (6.30pm start). Hopefully this gives sufficient time for commuters etc to get home (it is P.O.E.T.S. day after all!) so please put the date in your diary now and let me know if you are available asap. Should be a great night.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 5th June 2018 @ 0954

J.W.T. Wilcox XI Match Report

What a fantastic day we had yesterday! Great weather, competitive cricket and great food – and probably the right result in the end.

Having won the toss we put the JWTW XI in and had some early success as an unfortunate Charlie Lockhart was out LBW to a ball that stayed very low. A wicket on his return for Dave Hewitt 2.0 and a word with the groundsman for Charlie! Wickets were hard to come by on a day for the batsman but we kept chipping away and were content to go to lunch with the score on 119/3 with a wicket a piece for the skipper and Alex Hatton.

A welcome return to the fray for Bob Palmer was rewarded with a wicket just after lunch but the Wilcox XI stepped up their scoring rate with the arrival of Noel Smith. Nick Lockhart at the other end proved immovable on his way to a very well deserved century. Nick looked set to carry his bat as a declaration loomed before he was out to Hewitt off what turned out to be the last ball of the innings. Smith’s declaration leaving him on 99 not out from a total off 277/5.

The Mount reply began at pace with Ilan Frankel in particular, helping himself to some quick runs as we sought to see out the spell before tea. An excellent return catch from Dunn however, sent Frankel back for refreshments early after a punchy 38. We resumed after tea with the returning Sam Weller joining opener Ged Williams at the crease. These two were going along nicely before a direct hit from Charlie Lockhart left Williams well short of his crease chasing a quick single. Next man in was President Jackson who joined Weller and took the fight to the opposition. A fluent and attacking partnership with a combination of power hitting, astute running and moments of tremendous skill saw this pair put on 112 runs before Jackson was bowled for 45 with the score just shy of 200.

Debutant Vijay Vayalveettil came to the crease next and was unfortunate to miss an early full toss and give the umpire an easy LBW decision. With the run rate required for victory starting to climb, Paul Offord was next man in and soon set about the task in hand. A quick fire 50 partnership with Weller included some great stroke making, placement and powerful hitting and victory became a distinct possibility. During this partnership, Weller reached his century. His innings was a delight and included some audacious “switch hitting” – all of which found the boundary and pleased the crowd greatly – if not the bowlers on the receiving end!

A tremendous piece of fielding finally saw his demise. Another well timed drive seemed set to add another boundary to the total before a diving stop, and accurate throw from Smith J, saw Weller run out on 104 with the score on 256/5. With overs running out and 22 runs still needed for victory, Summers joined Offord at the crease and despite their best efforts, some astute bowling from the opposition managed to limit the number of potential run-scoring deliveries and Mount closed on 270/5 to draw the match. A fitting result for a hugely enjoyable day.

Many thanks to John for hosting and putting on such a lavish lunch and so nice to see so many at the ACG enjoying the day.

A week off next week before we travel to Canewdon on 17th June – I will address the full upcoming fixture list in a separate mail. Have a great week everybody.

Bill Foley; Monday 4th June 2018 @ 0950

Mount vs J.W.T. Wilcox XI, Sunday 3rd June 2018. 1200 Start.

I hope you are well and thoroughly rested following our 2 week hiatus.

We return to action on Sunday with our annual fixture against John Wilcox’s XI. We start at 12 noon, and the day will include lunch at 1.30pm and a light tea at around 4.30pm. Players should aim to be at the ACG by 11.15am. Match fees are £10 for those not on the monthly subs scheme.

This promises to be a fabulous day - good cricket, great food and refreshments and, following the biblical rainfall of recent days, a very pleasant looking weather forecast.

Spectators, friends, family and supporters are most welcome and I urge you to come along for all or part of the day if you can make it.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Go Mounties!

Bill Foley; Wednesday 30th May 2018 @ 1425

Next Fixture/Availability & Tour

I trust you are rested after our weekend off from Cricket although another successful net session attracted a decent number of playing members on Sunday.

We don’t have a fixture this Sunday, but this is more than compensated for by The President’s summer party – I hope to see many of you there.

Our next fixture is vs the John Wilcox XI on 3rd June. I am still some way short of a full side so if you are available and haven’t let me know yet, please do so asap. I believe that John may be fielding 12 players so I would like to do the same if at all possible.

I hope that you will have seen the note from DT via Bob Palmer regarding the 2018 Somerset tour. Numbers have been a real struggle this year, and in an effort to improve player availability, reduce the impact on limited annual leave and, to lower the cost for tourists, we are exploring the viability of a shortened tour. This will run from the Sunday to Tuesday with fixtures against Dunster, Bagborough and Timberscombe. Your support would be greatly appreciated – this includes the entire membership, playing, occasional or otherwise. It would be a terrible shame to cancel the tour entirely. If you can help or can entice someone who could please let myself, Simon or DT know before the weekend.

As always, many thanks for your support.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 22nd May 2018 @ 1047

Mount Tour 2018

It has become clear during the last few days that this year we do not have enough players to run a full tour.

As a compromise we have decided to make it a three day tour from Sunday to Tuesday, leaving on the Wednesday morning. This does mean losing Bridgetown and Kilve, but we must be realistic. This is a committee decision and may help financially and domestically. I shall assume that those listed below as 'definites' will all come and be available for all three games if required. Any changes please let me know immediately.

I am so sorry to be the bearer of this news, but this way we can salvage three games, which I hope you will enjoy.

Definites: * Simon Jackson * David Jackson * Richard Hair (1-2 games) * Mark Smith (2 games) * Clive Lambert * Jamie Lambert * Toby Lambert (Reserve) * William Wilcox * Max Dun + friend * Tim Murari * Peter Shaw * David Thomas (if required) * Clarissa Clement (Scorer)

Fixtures: * Sunday - Dunster * Monday - Bagborough * Tuesday - Timbercombe

David Thomas; Tuesday 22nd May 2018 @ 0839

Mount CC - Player Availability Request

I would be grateful if you could let me know your availability for the following upcoming fixtures:

  • June 3rd – vs John Wilcox XI – ACG
  • June 17th - vs Canewdon – Away
  • June 24th - vs Brentwood Victorians - ACG
  • July 1st – vs The President’s XI – ACG (Grudge match !)

Numbers have been fantastic thus far and, once again, a big thank you to all those who have made themselves available and performed so well in our unbeaten start.

Let’s keep it going as we head towards the busier, middle section of the season.

Go Mounties!

Bill Foley; Monday 14th May 2018 @ 2126