June 2009


Michael Jackson may have been dominating the news agenda over the past few days, however it is the departure (retirement though, rather than death) of another Michael that is more
 
At his best, Michael Vaughan was a truly dangerous batsman and a genuine crowd thriller, and I count myself very lucky to have been there in person to see him bat at his best. Remember the time at The Oval, when he scored an astonishing 195 against India? I didn’t see that, but I did see the 47* in the second innings, and it was very clear by that stage that the man threatened greatness.
 
The 2002/3 Australia tour is where he really stamped his authority and everything come together. Don’t stop ’til you get enough was his mantra as – with England under the pump all series – he made the nation smile and healed the world by scoring 633 against a fine Canary Yellow bowling attack. He beat it to the boundary on a regular basis, scoring three big hundreds (none of them bad).
 
Ashes 2005 – this time around it wasn’t the bat that talked (although he did make another fine hundred), it was his captaincy. He ran rings around Ponting and led England to a fine series win. Whatever happens he’ll be known as England’s most successful ever captain. Injury has meant that he couldn’t get back to the form of 2002 and 2003. The man in the mirror has said enough is enough, and he has gone too soon.

Its human nature to look at the good times of the past. I can’t help it. Michael Vaughan, batting genius and captain marvellous, I just can’t stop loving the way you make me feel.

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From ECB.co.uk:
 
The England team returned to the United Kingdom yesterday after a two-day visit to Flanders Field in Belgium as part of their preparations for the forthcoming npower Ashes against Australia… The team also visited the Tyne Cot cemetery where more than 12,000 Allied soldiers are buried
 
OK, so, I’ve got no problems with England going to Flanders Field for team building, leadership and team ethics purposes, and I can only applaud the fact that they have gone to learn about the sacrifices made by a previous generation.
 
I do, however, get slightly uncomfortable about the trip being used for publicity purposes – being press released, webcast, photoshot and paraded for the media. But then again, having splashed out on sponsorship I suppose npower wouldn’t have been happy without it being used to promote its brand further.
 
Cricket is fantastic, but it is sport. WW1 claimed the lives of millions. The two are poles apart. No problems at all with England’s cricketers paying tribute and learning lessons, but it should have been done behind closed doors.

The Village Cricketer meets Cricket with Balls

The Village Cricketer meets Cricket with Balls

A terrific win for The Village Cricketer’s English All Stars. We bowled in the right areas, controlled the controllables and took plenty of positives from the game. What is more, we built some momentum and raised well over £1,000 for the charity.

As with all major sporting occasions, the match has been covered by The Times as well as Cricket with Balls, and any further reports will be linked to here. The full scorecard is below. I’ve also pasted some photos on the Facebook site, so to view (feel free to use on your own blogs) click here.

The Village Cricketer’s English All Stars v The Cricket with Balls Aussie Code of Conduct XI

Played at Barnes Cricket Club on 29th June 2009.

Toss won by The Village Cricketer’s English All Stars, who elected to bat

Innings of England

Batting
Ed Craig retired not out 34
Nigel Henderson bowled Francis 26
Sam Stow caught Doogle bowled Scott 19
Phil Johnson bowled Scott 8
The Village Cricketer bowled Scott 20
Tommy Taylor caught Kernutt bowled Scott 3
Suave stumped Doogle bowled Uncle Jrod 6
Andrew Miller caught Doogle bowled Tim 17
Patrick Kidd not out 10
Jamie Horton bowled Swann 27
Paul Wrench not out 20

Score 202 for 8 from 30 overs

Bowling
Colliver 3 overs – 0 maidens – 26 runs – 0 wickets
Zaneller 3 – 0 – 27 – 0
Stevens 5 – 1 – 29 – 0
Francis 5 – 0 – 33 – 1
Alex Scott 5 – 0 – 25 – 4
Uncle Jrod 3 – 0 – 20 – 1
Tim 2 – 0 – 12 – 1
Ross 2 – 0 – 13 – 0
Darren Swann 2 – 0 – 12 – 1

Innings of Australia

Batting
Kernutt caught Johnson bowled Wrench 0
Ben Doogle caught Horton bowled The Village Cricketer 50
Francis caught The Village Cricketer bowled Horton 14
Akbal bowled The Village Cricketer 30
Colliver caught Craig bowled Kidd 25
Ross caught Taylor bowled Kidd 6
Alex Scott caught Suave bowled Kidd 0
Brent bowled The Village Cricketer 4
Darren Swann not out 25
Uncle Jrod caught Taylor bowled Suave 7
Zanella absent hurt

Score 174 for 9 (all out) from 23.5 overs

Bowling
Jamie Horton 3 overs – 0 maidens – 19 runs – 1 wicket
Paul Wrench 5 – 0 – 42 – 1
Andrew Miller 5 – 0 – 33 – 0
Patrick Kidd 3 – 0 – 25 – 3
The Village Cricketer 3.5 – 1 – 8 – 3
Suave 2 – 0 – 24 – 1
Tommy Taylor 2 – 0 – 16 – 0

Winners

Winners

Yes, he certainly does. The other team being the Cricket with Balls Aussie Code of Conduct XI. I’m more excited than you could possibly imagine, its less than 48 hours until The Village Cricketer’s English All Stars take on Jrod’s mob at Barnes CC!

Here. Please read. I am deeply honoured.

Ladies and Gents, we’ve made The Times. Big up to Patrick Kidd, whose slow, non-turning spinners will be terrorising the Cricket with Balls Code of Conduct XI next Monday night.

Sooo, they sacred Urn is as good as ours. With only a week to go until The Village Cricketer’s English All-Stars take on the Cricket With Balls Aussie Code of Conduct XI, news reaches TVC that the Aussies are struggling to field eleven fit men. Injuries, viruses and visa problems have ravaged the Canary representatives, leaving them one or two players should. Any Australians in the London area fancying a game next Monday (3.30pm start at Barnes) should volunteer their services directly to Jrod at cwb@cricketwithballs.com.

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