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Sunday July 21 v Putney CC, Putney Common – LOST by 84 runs
Putney CC 187 all out (37.5 overs, Mike Ottley 3-21, Chris Cowling 3-34, Niall Johnson 2-33)
Bricklayer’s Arms 103 all out (26 overs)


Finally we got back to Sunday cricket after three weekends off for various reasons – and lost. Having done superbly to dismiss Putney for under 200, we failed to bat long enough as all too many got in, then got out as nobody made 20.

A misunderstanding of Mike Derks’ email  – “yes, watching the tennis was exhausting…” seemed not to equate to “yes, I can play”, as Chris Locke read his reply to the usual plea for playe – meant Chris, whose swollen hand had relegated him to 12th man, had to stand at gully for 16 overs until Cracker’s mate Chris Cowling arrived newly summoned from his bed (he works nights)
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By this time we were doing pretty well. Put in the field, we’d opened with a maiden from Mike Ottley and once Jay Singh found his line the openers were well contained. Then in the 7th over frustration paid off as one opener swiped to Sean Held at midwicket. A maiden from Jay let Mike at No 3, and first ball he pushed to Jay at short cover. The hat trick was avoided, but same over Mike trapped No 4 in front. Putney were 34-3 in the ninth over.

Mike signed off with a fine spell of 3-21, including two maidens, while Jay though luckless only gave up 23 off seven overs. With Niall Johnson and Eddie Evans both bowling well – and each unlucky to see No 5 dropped at mid-off in his twenties – drinks had Putney at 71-3. 

But the surviving opener and No 5 put together a fine stand of 94 before Niall at last got his reward, bowling Nos 1 and 6 to finish 2-33 while Eddie, who also saw a chance ground just before keeper Cracker, was unfortunate to post 0-43.


Half the Putney side were out for 137, and a decent enough interval had passed for Chris Cowling to enter the attack. He got some tap early doors but gave Sean Held a wicket by clinging on at cow corner, then chipped in with three of his own – bowled, caught behind and bowled – to put Putney 169-9. No 5 meanwhile was determined to reach his ton and a decent total on his own, some big sixes taking the score to 187 before, attempting to keep the strike, he failed to beat a great throw by skipper Greg Tremain with just one stump to aim at.

So the target was 188 – roughly par on a low-bouncing pitch, but achievable if we could bat all 40 overs. Greg and Simon Foister set off in sedate pursuit, but in the fourth over Greg on 3 went to a blinding catch as wide slip threw himself to his left to take the edge one-handed.

Chris Cowling started belligerently but called Simon for a suicidal single in the ninth over. Off Simon went for 5, followed by Cracker who hit his first ball for 2 and decided to leave his second, which sailed uninterrupted onto his stumps. We were 26-3.

Chris and Charlie Lyle added 18 more, but now low bounce did for Chris, bowled for what proved a top-scoring 19. Charlie hit a six but on 59 then hit over another low one for 12, while on 67 Sean Held followed the same pattern for 16. Eleven runs later Eddie Evans miscued to mid-off for 7. Jay biffed another six before Niall departed for 6 on 94, then two fours to take us past three figures, but after he holed out to long-off for 16 Ian Bridgford did not trouble the scorer as a caught-and-bowled ended proceedings.


 
SCORECARD

Putney CC 187 all out 
Gus b Johnson 47
Yassar c Held (midwicket) b Ottley 11
Chas c Singh b Ottley 0
Noman lbw b Ottley 0
Sheva run out (Tremain, mid-on) 91
Tycho b Johnson 4
Ajay c Cowling (deep midwicket) b Held 5
Rohit b Cowling 3
Beedle c McCracken (wk) b Cowling 0
Peddie b Cowling 3
Rob not out 0
Extras (b2,lb7,w14,nb3) 26
FALL OF WICKETS 30 (2, 7th over) 30 (3, 9) 34 (4,9) 128 (1,29) 137 (6,31) 156 (7,33) 161 (8, 34) 161 (9,34) 169 ( 10,36) 187 (5,38)
RUN RATE 39-3 (10 overs) 71-3 (20) 136-4 (30)
BOWLING
Mike Ottley 8-2-21-3 Jay Singh 7-1-23-0 Eddie Evans 7-1-43-0 Niall Johnson 8-0-33-2 Chris Cowling 5.5-0-34-3 Sean Held 3-0-25-1


Bricklayer’s Arms 103 all out 
Simon Foister run out 5 (26 balls)
Greg Tremain  c second slip b Frost 3 (7 balls)

Chris Cowling b Rohit 19 (4×4, 27 balls)
Cracker McCracken b Beedle 2 (2 balls)
Charlie Lyle b Ajay 12 (1×6, 1×4, 15 balls)
Sean Held b Rohit 16 (1×6, 1×4, 15 balls)
Niall Johnson c k b Peddie 6 (15 balls)
Eddie Evans c mid-off b Peddie 7 (1×4, 9 balls)
Jay Singh c long-off b Chris 18 (2×4,1×6,4 balls)
Mike Ottley not out 0 (3 balls)
Ian Bridgford c&b Peddie 0 (6 balls)
Extras (b2,lb2, w10, nb1) 15
FALL OF WICKETS 9 (2, 4th over) 24 (1, 9) 26 (4,9) 44(3,14) 59 (5,15) 67 (6,18) 78 (8, 20) 94 (7,24) 103 (9,25) 103 (11,26)
RUN RATE 31-3 (10 overs) 78-7 (20) 


  Tuesday July 16 v Westminster CC, Wandsworth Common – WON by 58 runs
Bricklayer’s Arms 146-4 (20 overs, Khem Sah not out 42, Tom Poulter 38, Ben Wraight 24)
Westminster 88 all out (16.4 overs, Khem Sah 3-24, Mike Ottley 2-7, Maj Khan 2-10, Tom Poulter 2-13


Winning the Cricket World Cup has done marvellous things for the sport. Suddenly young cricketers have poured outdoors in joyous enthusiasm for the game, improvising games wherever they could find a pitch.


Like our one, which we arrived to find strewn with boundary markers from the artificial wicket next door, which the local youth refused to move off our square. They hadn’t paid for the pitch and we had. So, in the spirit of inclusivity and bringing cricket to all parts of this rainbow nation, we summoned the groundsman to evict them under threat of calling the parks police.


Finally we could begin. Mike Ottley chose to bat in the hope Waqas could still get here despite his bike breaking down. Turned out he couldn’t, but we still had a pretty strong batting line-up. But just as Chris Locke was regaling younger team-mates with tales of Yogi Patel’s 20-over ton here against the same oppo, Yogi was clean bowled for 1 in the first over. 


Tom Poulter and Danny Ryan rebuilt, with Tom reeling off a string of cultured boundaries to take us to 43 before Danny failed to take a look at the first change bowler and played on for 7. Ben Wraight joined Tom as we reached 65 before Tom was bowled for a quickfire 38. Ben went on to 24, including our first six before being bowled at 95 in the 15th over, by which time Khem Sah was in full flow. Khem and Maj Khan then posted a fifty partnership, hitting a six apiece (and in Khem’s case four fours) as we set Westminster 147 to win.


It was a good target but not beyond them unless we bowled and fielded well. The tone was set by Maj Khan taking a diving catch at midwicket off Mike Ottley, then Danny Ryan at cover holding one off Charlie Mann while Mike, who started with two wicket maidens, bamboozled and bowled the remaining opener. That was 13-3, which became 27-4 and 42-5 as Maj Khan and Tom Poulter had the next two lbw. 


The batsmen were still going for it, and it took a special catch to break the next partnership, Mike Ottley running from deep extra cover to long on to take a skier off Tom Poulter. Maj Khan’s second lbw now got rid of their top-scoring No 5, while Khem Sah broke the tip of their skipper’s middle stump in taking it out of the ground. He then leaked a few boundaries before finally heeding Mike’s plea of “off peg” to gain a second  wicket courtesy of a great one-handed gully catch by Danny. Finally Khem broke the leg stump in the same way (cheap Sports Direct rubbish) and we could head victorious to the pub.


SCORECARD
Bricklayer’s won toss and batted
Bricklayer’s Arms 146-4 
Yogi Patel b Kelynack 1 (3 balls)
Tom Poulter b Kovats 38 (6×4, 26 balls)

Danny Ryan b Andy 7 (1×4, 7 balls)
Ben Wraight b Bester 24 (1×6, 1×4, 21 balls)
Khem Sah not out 42 (1×6, 4×4, 33 balls)
Maj Khan not out 12 (1×6, 9 balls)
Mike Otlley, Ludo Stewart, Charlie Mann and Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (b3 ,lb6, w11, nb2) 22
FALL OF WICKETS 2 (1, 1st over) 43 (3,8) 65 (2,11) 96 (4, 15)
RUN RATE 64-2 (10 overs)


Westminster 88 all out 
Sam b Ottley 2
Kovats c Maj Khan (midwicket) b Ottley 6
Cleary c Ryan (cover) b Mann 2

Lintoff lbw Maj Khan 4
Andy lbw Maj Khan 24
Bester lbw Poulter 6
Kelynack c Ottley (long on) b Poulter 7
Burke b Khem Sah 2
Sunich c Ryan (gully) b Khem Sah 12
Walker b Khem Sah 0
Bird not out 7
Extras (b7, w3) 10
FALL OF WICKETS 10, 13, 13, 27, 42, 55, 64, 68, 80,88
RUN RATE 42-5 (10)
BOWLING Mann 3-0-22-1 Ottley 4-2-7-2 Maj Khan 4-0-10-2 Poulter 2-0-13-2 Khem Sah 3.4-0-24-3

Tue July 9 v Archery,  Regent’s Park, NW1 – WON by 6 wickets
Archery 69-2 (16 overs)
Bricklayer’s Arms 70-2 (10.1 overs, Khem Sah 27)


A short match but a merry one. It had looked, given the World Cup semi, as if we’d be nine against nine. It turned out we were against six. Still, since there were 15 of us on Regent’s Park where the weather was far better than Old Trafford, we might as well get on with it.


It was agreed Archery could bat first in the hope of late arrivals, up until eight wickets if necessary. It turned out it wasn’t. Though one opener was soon castled by Khem Sah, the other, Charlie, played marvellously, only denied a bigger score by a huge lush outfield and his understandable reluctance to run more than a single. Charlie, we discovered, now plays for an over-70 side who regularly beat top amateur clubs like Free Foresters. He’d “been lucky enough to play twice at Lord’s and a few times on the Nursery Ground”.


He and his less evergreen partner accumulated surely but slowly, as Khem, Roop Sharma, Rob Goymer and Mike Robins posted niggardly figures. But we couldn’t catch in the outfield, and after Mike Robins’ mate Kyle upped the run rate with two overs almost doubled by wides the second wicket fell in the final over to deserving debutant Charlie Mann. Charlie had already suffered two spilled chances at mid-on and fine leg, but now luck was on his side a grubber trapped his veteran namesake lbw.


We were left with 70 to get against eight fielders (including two of our own). After two overs we had 23 of them, as Lewis Caley blasted two fours and a six in 18 in nine balls before our own Charlie proved the Brick could catch by diving forward at long-on.

Khem now took over, with four fours in 19 balls before he was caught behind in the ninth over for 27 with the score on 65. Wides and a single from Rob Goymer, who carried his bat for 15, saw us home and into the pub in good time. 


SCORECARD
Archery batted first by agreement
Archery 69-2 
Charlie lbw b Mann 25

Vic b Khem Sah 0
George not out 21
Ski not out 0
Extras (b2,lb1, w20) 23
FALL OF WICKETS 5 (1,3rd over) 68 (2, 16)
BOWLING Khem Sah 3-1-11-1 Roop Sharma 3-0-8-0 Mike Robins 3-0-14-0 Rob Goymer 2-0-4-0 Kyle 2-0-19-0 Charlie Mann 3-0-13-1


Bricklayer’s Arms 70-2  
Rob Goymer not out 15 (19 balls)
Lewis Caley c sub (long-on) b Thickett 18 (1×6, 2×4, 9 balls)
Khem Sah c wk b George 27 (4×4, 19 balls)
Greg Tremain not out 0 (3 balls)
Mike Robins, Kyle, Roop Sharma, Charlie Mann and Chris Locke did not bat
FALL OF WICKETS 23 (2,3rd over) 65 (2, 9)  

Tuesday July 2 v Superstars, Wandsworth Park – WON by 8 wickets


Superstars 77 all out (16 overs, Tom Poulter 4-18, Mohammed Waqas 2-7, Prakhar Chandra 2-14)
Bricklayer’s 82-2 (12 overs, Ben Wraight 35 not out, Yogi Patel 28)


A comprehensive victory was set up with a first Bricklayer’s Arms hat-trick as Tom Poulter wrapped up Superstars’ innings in style.


Skipper Ravi Ogale won the toss and chose to field. He opened the bowling alongside Khem Sah but though both kept the runs down they had no joy until in the eighth over Ravi bowled one opener. Then Prakhar Chandra with a direct hit ran out the newly arrived No 3 as he tried a quick single.


Superstars were 36-2 in eight overs. Now Mohammed Waqas and Tom Poulter took over the bowling and combined as Tom took a nonchalant one-handed catch at cover off his bowling partner. Tom then took out the off bail with a beauty while Waqas cut one in to knock back off stump.


That was the dangerous surviving opener gone, and now Prakhar Chandra came to the party with two wickets, one thanks to Ravi calling and pouching a skier, the other bowled.


This set up an over Tom will long remember. The first three balls just brought a single but the fourth was hit back to him low enough to counteract the setting sun.The fifth flicked the pad on route to clipping the leg bail. In came the field for the final ball of his spell. It was straight, it hit the pad, up went the umpire’s finger and off came Tom’s shirt as he careered  towards fine leg celebrating the Brick’s first hat-trick. The umpire refrained from booking him.


Yogi Patel and Ben Wraight put together a classy fifty partnership before Yogi struck out to cover. Debutant Ludo Stewart swished and missed for a duck but Waqas and Ben then traded sixes to get us home within 12 overs.


SCORECARD
Bricklayer’s won toss and batted
Superstars 77 all out  
Warren b Waqas 29
Umar b Ogale 6
Anand run out (Chandra) 1
Kinnard c Poulter b Waqas 0
Hewett c Ogale b Chandra 4
Reeve b Poulter 0
Singh not out 16
Sears b Chandra 1
Forman c&b Poulter 1
Frankland b Poulter 0
Konrad lbw b Poulter 0
Extras 12
FALL OF WICKETS 36 (7th over) 38 (7) 50 (9) 56 (11) 64 (12) 64 (13) 76 (15) 77 (16) 77 (16) 77 (16) 
BOWLING Khem Sah 4-0-21-0 Ravi Ogale 4-0-9-1 Mohammed Waqas 2-0-7-2 Tom Poulter 4-0-18-4 Prakhar Chandra 2-0-14-1


Bricklayer’s 82-2  

Yogi Patel c cover b Forman 28 (6×4, 24 balls)
Ben Wraight not out 35 (2×6, 4×4, 23 balls)
Ludo Stewart b Reeve 0 (6 balls)
Mohammed Waqas not out 15 (2×6, 6 balls)
Maj Khan, Ian Bridgford, Khem Sah, Ravi Ogale, Tom Poulter, Prakhar Chandra and Chris Locke did not bat 
Extras (b3, nb1) 4
FALL OF WICKETS 52 (1, 10th over) 53 (3,11)  

Friday June 28 v Princes Head, Richmond Green – LOST by 52 runs


Princes Head 152-5 (20 overs, Jay Singh 4-11)
Bricklayer’s Arms 100 all out (18.4 overs, Ravi Ogale 32, Jay Singh 24)


A glorious evening on Richmond Green but a not so glorious pitch, with our chase hobbled by a series of stoppers and shooters. 


Tom Poulter won the toss and fielded. The Prince’s Head got off to a flyer, with in the first three overs as Ravi Ogale and Rob Goymer were punished despite a couple of edges just eluding gully. It took the introduction of Jay Singh to change our luck. His loosener was spilled at deep square leg, but next ball debutant Craig Dennan took a juggled catch at cover and in the same over he bowled No 3. No 5 went to him the same way in his next, while in his third Ian Bridgford held a skier at midwicket to make the remaining opener Jay’s fourth victim. 50-0 in the seventh over had become 69-4 in the 11th as Jay and Tom applied the brake, but once they came off the batsmen tucked in, only a run-out by Cracker McCracken completed by bowler Ian Bridgford breaking a stand of 51. Eventually 152 was posted, even Jay’s final over conceding seven to leave him with still great figures of 4-11.


Cracker hit the first ball of our reply for four but then spooned to cover, as did his opening partner Craig for 1 in the third over, and when the pitch did for Tim Sturm, bowled for 1, we were 8-3 in three. Ravi Ogale counter-attacked with sixes and fours, but another low bounce castled Geraint Thomas for 3 on 31 and debutant Ben Wraight for 1 on 34. In the ninth over Ravi, having hit 4,6,2 off the first three balls, skied a stopper for 32 to put us 50-6. Tom Poulter was bowled for 13 by a daisy-cutter on 61 and in the same 12th over Ian Bridgford was bowled first ball. Rob Goymer hit a four as he and Jay Singh took us to 75 in the 14th before Rob was also bowled.


This brought in Chris Locke, who hit his second ball just over the (mercifully short) bowler’s head for his first boundary for four years. He then settled down to play second fiddle to Jay Singh who added a six to his two fours as the pair put on 25, the highest stand of our innings, to restore some pride as we reached three figures in the 19th over. The pair had several lives and finally Jay on 24 top-edged to gully to send us all to the pub.
SCORECARD
Bricklayer’s  won toss and fielded 

Princes Head 152-5 
Dave c Dennan b Jay Singh 24
Matt c Bridgford b Jay Singh 33
Tom O’Brien b Jay Singh 0
Pete b Jay Singh 4
Pronom not out 33
Mike P run out 31
Mike O’Brien not out 11
Extras (b10, b3, w3) 16
FALL OF WICKETS 50 (1, 7th over) 50 (3, 7) 65 (4,9) 69 (2,11) 120 (6,18)
RUN RATE 43-0 (5) 68-3 (10) 103-4 (15) 
BOWLING Ravi Ogale 4-0-35-0 Rob Goymer 4-0-39-0 Jay Singh 4-0-11-4 Tom Poulter 4-0-20-0 Cracker McCracken 2-0-23-0 Craig Dennan 1-0-7-0 Ian Bridgford 1-0-7-0


Bricklayer’s Arms 100 all out
Cracker McCracken c cover b Phil 4 (1×4, 3 balls)
Craig Dennan c cover b Phil 1 ((2 balls)
Tim Sturm b Phil 1 (6 balls)
Ravi Ogale c mid-on b Liam 32 (2×6, 4×4, 21 balls)
Geraint Thomas b Liam 3 (10 balls)
Ben Wraight b Mike O’Brien 1 (2 balls)
Tom Poulter b Mike O’Brien 13 (3×4, 14 balls)
Jay Singh c gully b Adam 24 (1×6, 2×4, 23 balls) 
Ian Bridgford b Mike O’Brien 0 (1 ball)
Rob Goymer b Mike O’Brien 5 (1×4, 5 balls)
Chris Locke not out 5 (1×4, 17 balls)
Extras (b5, lb1, w5) 11
FALL OF WICKETS 4 (1, 1st over) 7 (2, 3) 8 (3,3) 31 (5,7) 34 (6,8) 50 (4,9) 61 (7, 12) 62 (9, 12) 75 (10,14) 100 (8,19)
RUN RATE 21-3 (5) 59-6 (10) 88-9 (15) 


Putney Cup, Sunday 23 June, Dundonald Rec SW19 – THIRD
Putney Cup Semi-Final v SW London Camra LOST by 3 runs
SW London Camra 160-3 (20 overs) Bricklayer’s Arms 157-6 (20 overs, Manik Saldi 61, Greg Tremain 39)
Putney Cup Third place play-off v Trafalgar Freehouse WON by 39 runs
Bricklayer’s Arms 132-6 (20 overs, Prakhar Chandra 34, Greg Tremain 26, Mohammed Waqas 21)
Trafalgar Freehouse 93-6 (20 overs, Jay Singh 3-19)

Putney Cup Semi-Final v SW London Camra LOST by 3 runs

Well, we held it three years on the trot, but now the Putney Cup has a new name on the trophy – that of the Sunderland Supporters. Congratulations to John McGirr and his team, who beat South-West London Camra in the final.

We weren’t there as we’d failed by just three runs to beat Camra. The semi-final began well as Tara Thapa held a steepling catch off Ravi Ogale at cover in the first over, then in the fourth Waqas tapped our own Cracker McCracken lbw. Ravi and particularly Waqas gave little away and with Tom Poulter also bowling tightly Camra had just 55 at halfway. But the rest of our bowling failed to match those standards despite Tara bowling Camra’s hard-hitting No 4 on 92, and they posted a daunting 160 without further loss.

Waqas hit a four and six before going for 12 bowled on 24 by Tom Carter in the third over and in the fifth Tom Poulter (5) went the same way at 34, but we were up with the rate and now exceeded it as Manik Saldi hit a blazing fifty in 24 balls. At halfway we were on 91, and only on 122 in the 15th over did Manik perish, bowled by Mike Robins for 61 which had contained three sixes and six fours.

Greg Tremain had meanwhile played the anchor role, but now he and Ravi Ogale got us within 20 of victory before both fell in the same 18th over – Greg bowled for 39, Ravi caught behind by Mark Hamilton for 10. Eddie Evans hit a four first ball and he and Tara scampered us to needing 11 off the last over. But when Tara was run out Anil Basnet could only manage two twos off the final two deliveries. A great game – but we now had only pride to play for against the Trafalgar.

SCORECARD
Camra won toss and batted
SW London Camra 160-3 
Cracker lbw Waqas 12
Ali c Thapa b  Ogale 0
Kilo not out 54
Junaid b Thapa 47
Shazz not out 29
Extras (b6, w5, nb7) 18
FALL OF WICKETS 0 (2,1st over) 18 (1,4) 92 (4,11)
RUN RATE 55-2 (10 overs)
BOWLING Ogale 4-0-28-1 Waqas 4-1-13-1 Poulter 4-1-20-0 P. Chandra 2-0-26-0 Tara Thapa 4-0-40-1 Ottley 1-0-17-0 Basnet 1-0-10-0

Bricklayer’s Arms 157-6 
Mohammed Waqas b Carter 12 (1×6,1×4, 8 balls)
Greg Tremain c long-off b Ali 39 (4×4, 50 balls)
Tom Poulter b Carter 5 (1×4,3 balls)
Manik Saldi b Robins 61 (3×6,6×4, 32 balls, fifty in 24)
Ravi Ogale c wk b Ali 10 (1×4, 10 balls)
Eddie Evans not out 9 (1×4, 7 balls)
Tara Thapa run out 2 (3 balls)
Anil Basnet not out 4 (2 balls)
Prakhar Chandra, Mike Ottley and Chris Locke did not bat  
Extras (b3, lb1, w4, nb5) 15
FALL OF WICKETS 24 (1,3rd over) 34 (3,5) 122 (4,15) 141 (2,18) 141 (5,18) 152 (7,20)
RUN RATE 91-2 (10 overs)

Putney Cup Third place play-off v Trafalgar Freehouse WON by 39 runs
For this game Prakhar Chandra’s brother Shikhaar and Jay Singh came in for Manik and Anil,who had to go (though Anil did field and bowl for Camra). Mike Ottley won the toss and batted.

Tom Poulter again went early, holing out to cow corner for 7 in the second over, but Prakhar (34) and Greg (29) took us slowly but steadily to 72 in the 13th over before Prakhar was caught at mid-off just as he had started to accelerate. Greg followed on 82 in the next over for 39, but Eddie Evans and Waqas hit quick runs to get us to 118 before Eddie was caught in the covers for 18. Ravi Ogale was bowled for a duck, but Waqas posted 21 off 12 balls before he was bowled by the Traf’s very promising Surrey’s under-15s girl bowler, Sally Dawson, in the last over. Mike Ottley and jay Singh saw us to 132.

The Traf had been skittled for 59 in the other semi but proved more obdurate this time against very tight bowling by Mike Ottley and Shkhaar, both of whom were unlucky to finish wicketless (Shikharr thanks to his own brother spilling a dolly at mid-on. Instead Jay Singh grabbed three fine wickets, two bowled and one thanks to a juggling catch by Ravi, and Tom Poulter (caught by Mike), Eddie Evans (caught and bowled) and Tara Thapa (bowled) shared the rest as the Traf ended on 93-6. 

It only remained for Charlton supporter Chris Locke to present Sunderland with their only trophy of the season and congratulate them on defending 152 by more than 30 runs to clinch a well-deserved first Putney Cup.
 
SCORECARD  
Brick won toss and batted
Bricklayer’s Arms 132-6 
Tom Poulter c deep midwicket b Kerrigan 7(1×4,5 balls)
Greg Tremain b Wright 26 (2×4, 30 balls)
Prakhar Chandra c mid-off b March 34 (4×4, 40 balls)
Eddie Evans c extra cover b Kerrigan 18 (1×4, 18 balls)
Mohammed Waqas b Dawson 21 (3 balls)
Ravi Ogale b Kerrigan 0 (1×4, 10 balls)
Mike Ottley not out 3 (4 balls)
Jay Singh not out 2 (2 balls)
Tara Thapa, Shikhaar Chandra and Chris Locke did not bat 
Extras (lb2, w17, nb2) 21
FALL OF WICKETS 8 (1,2nd over) 72 (2,13) 82 (3,14) 118 (5,18) 119 (6,18) 129 (7,20)
RUN RATE 48-1 (10 overs)

SCORECARD
Trafalgar 93-6
March b Jay 6 
Stroud c Ogale b Jay 26
Wright b Jay 2   
Archer b Thapa 0
O’Keefe c Ottley b Poulter 6
Miles c&b Evans 5
Kerrigan not out 6
Rhys not out 9
Extras (b11,lb4, w18, nb4) 35
BOWLING  Ottley  4-0-19-0  S. Chandra  4-0-14-0  Thapa   4-0-18-1 Jay Singh 4-1-19-3 Poulter 2-0-11-1 Evans 2-0-8-1

Tuesday 18 June v Archery, Wandsworth Park – WON by 76 runs
Bricklayer’s Arms 140-7 (16 overs, Lewis Caley 63, Mohammed Waqas 23)
Archery 64 all out (13.3 overs, Waqas 3-10, Michael Grant 2-0, Ravi Ogale 2-15)


This was the closest weather call Chris Locke can remember. The Met Office radar showed the rain gone by 6pm, as he assured oppo skipper Ant Thickett twice. Bless his heart, he believed me, as did Mike Ottley, and between them they whipped in the doubters despite a 5pm deluge.


That and a South West Railway strike did however mean that nearing six Mike, Lewis Caley and Chris were the sole members of the Brick team at a surprisingly playable pitch. But Ravi Ogale, Greg Tremain and Mohammed Waqas soon followed as it was agreed we would bat 16 overs against those so far outnumbering us who had turned up for Archery.


Mike sent in Greg and Ravi to start against what is always a good bowling side. Both found the boundary before Greg swiped to mid-off for 5 in the second over. Enter Lewis Caley, who outscored Ravi with a couple of fours before Ravi got a brute of a shooter as he aimed over long-on.


In came Waqas, who played exactly the same shot for six off his first ball, the after a dot a single unfurled successive sixes and a four before a second dot frustrated him into picking out long-on. 23 off eight balls had put us on 53 in the sixth over, but with only seven of us there by now Mike Robins found himself at the crease before he’d even had the chance to pee after his long journey.


He rose to the task with a couple of fours, making 9 before potting one back to the bowler on 72 in the 8th over. Lewis, who’d meanwhile moved to 20, took over as Mike Ottley sprinted a quick 5 aiming to give him the strike.Then Mike tried one single too often to be stranded on 87, and was shortly followed by Ian Bridgford, bowled for a duck – 92-6 with four overs to go.


By now Charlie Lyle, a welcome returnee from last season, had found the ground and ran willingly to give Lewis the opportunity to turbocharge the innings. Lewis added two sixes to his array of fours to move to fifty in 29 balls and an eventual 63 in 36. He was finally bowled with three deliveries to go, leaving Chris Locke to mishit his first run of the season and Charlie to end 3 not out as we posted 140.


It was a great effort, setting nearly nine an over, and Mike Ottley was determined to defend it. Only boundaries could hurt us, and we gave away just three all innings. Ravi Ogale struck early, scrambling the seam to knock over one opener’s middle stump with only 2 on the board, then on 12 Waqas bowled the other. 


A stand briefly threatened, but on 35 Ravi bowled No 3 and Waqas bowled No 4 and had 6 lbw. Another stand was broken on 58 by Ian Bridgford’s lbw, and Mike Robins finally gained reward for a great spell and peach of a final over by bowling No 8. It only remained for Mike Grant, who’d made us ten v ten with just six overs to go, to gain revenge on public transport by bowling the last batsmen in his first three balls for two years.


A great win, against oppo we used rarely to beat but also the weather. Thanks to all who believed in Chris Locke’s faith in Met Office radar and got the game on.


SCORECARD

Bricklayer’s Arms batted by agreement

Bricklayer’s Arms 140-7  
Ravi Ogale b Gilly 6 (1×4, 9 balls)
Greg Tremain c mid-off b Thickett 5 (1×4, 8 balls)
Lewis Caley b Thickett 63 (9×4, 2×6, 36 balls, fifty in 29 balls)
Mohammed Waqas c long-on b Thickett 23 (3×6, 1×4, 8 balls) 
Mike Robins c&b Praveen 9 (2×4, 8 balls)
Mike Ottley run out 5 (12 balls)
Ian Bridgford b Praveen 0 (5 balls) 
Charlie Lyle not out 3 (6 balls)
Chris Locke not out 1 (1 ball)
Michael Grant did not bat
Extras (b18, w3,nb4) 25
FALL OF WICKETS 10 (2, 2nd over) 26 (1, 5) 53 (4,6) 72 (5,8) 87 (6, 12) 92 (7.14) 138 (3,16)
RUN RATE 72-4 (8 overs)


Archery 64 all out
Vic b Ravi Ogale 1
Stewie b Waqas 4
Ben b Ravi Ogale 13
George b Waqas 8
Ski lbw b Bridgford 7
Charlie lbw b Waqas 0
Shahid b Grant 6  
Praveen b Robins 6
Gilly not out 0
Thickett b Grant 0
Extras (b4, lb4, w11) 19
FALL OF WICKETS 2,  12,  35, 35, 35, 58, 64, 64, 64 

BOWLING Ravi Ogale 4-0-15-2 Mohammed Waqas 4-1-10-3 Mike Robins 3-0-14-1 Ian Bridgford 2-0-16-1 Mike Grant 0.3-0-0-2

Sunday June 16 v Ashford Sunday Second XI – LOST by 63 runs


Ashford Sunday Second XI 213-9 dec (37.3 overs, Mike Ottley 4-48, Mike Derks 2-25)
Bricklayer’s Arms 150 all out (40 overs, Geraint Thomas 57, Subash Aryal 21)



It may look like a loss in the book but this was something of a triumph. A scratch team came within 12 balls of an unlikely draw – and even, with better catching, could just have won.


Things looked dark when earlier in the week Chris Locke had to send out a cricket crisis email, only to get replies in the negative from our few well-mannered cricketers and be met by a wall of silence from everyone else. But Mike Ottley, Anil Basnet and Tara Thapa – my only three yeses – set to work and bit by bit recruited a side. 


Even then childcare issues ruled out Sean Held on the day so Naveen Joshi, who had only turned up to spectate, was press-ganged into borrowed whites. What is it about Father’s Day that forbids dads doing what they want? Combine that with injuries and the allure of India v Pakistan and we were not strong.


The format, agreed long in advance, was an 80-over timed game, with the side batting first having a maximum of 42 overs to bat but with the option to declare and get more overs to bowl the opposition out. Unsurprisingly Ashford chose to bat first.


We started OK, debutant Jay Singh whistling pace downwind while Sal Azam, bowling into the strong breeze, was disconcerting the openers as the ball stopped on the batsmen. Sal’s reward was a caught and bowled on 28, while Tara Thapa, who’d spelled Jay, had no luck with some beauties past the edge. It took Maj Khan’s spin to get the second breakthrough, a back-foot lbw to remove No 3 on 68.


But Ashford were accumulating steadily, until Mike Derks removed their obdurate opener courtesy of a fine slip catch by Jay. That made it 97-3 at drinks, which soon became 103-5 as Mike Ottley bowled No 5 and Mike Derks No 6.


We were in the game, but Anil Basnet had already dropped their No 4 off Maj and now spilled No 7 off Mike. The two reprieved batsmen posted 70, including Anil shelling No 4 again off his own bowling, before Mike Ottley showed how it worked by taking No 7 off his own bowling. Subash Aryal bowled No 8 with a beauty that jagged back from around the wicket, while Mike helped himself to the tail bowling Nos 9 and 10. But all the while No 4 had been hitting well, and a last-wicket stand of 30 saw him to his ton and the declaration.


This came in the 38th over, giving us 42 to bat with a required run rate just over five. That soon looked notional as Jay went bowled for 9 at 10, Anil was smartly stumped for a duck on 17, Mike Derks’ stubborn resistance of 5 off 33 balls was ended lbw on 30 and on 33 the same verdict did for Tara (9).


That was in the 13th over, leaving debutant Geraint Thomas – batting for the first time in a decade – and Subash Aryal with an awful long way to go. But they put on 57 in 12 overs before Subash was stranded coming for a second run. 


With Ashford’s second-string bowlers on, Maj Khan kindled dreams of an improbable win as he biffed our only six as Geraint continued only to punish the bad ball. But Maj was bowled for 18 trying to attack the wrong delivery, and at 136-5 our chase was over.


Graint went to superbly disciplined fifty in company with Mike Ottley, but when the skipper was bowled in the 37th over and Sal Azam holed out two balls later Geraint focused only on keeping the strike. Unfortunately this led to Nazeem being run out for 0 with 24 balls left, and while Geraint managed to nurdle a single off the last ball of the 39th over his attempt to do the same off the final delivery off the 40th was doomed. He was last out for a great innings of 57.


Anil blamed himself – “I bowled shit, dropped three catches and got out for zero” – but in truth we could all be proud of managing to get a great game on.


SCORECARD
Ashford won toss and batted
Ashford Sunday Second XI 213-9 dec  

Evans c Jay Singh (slip) b Derks 32
Singh c&b Azam 7
Mahtab lbw b Maj Khan 18
Elliott not out 104
E.Turner b Ottley 2
K.Manning b Derks 0
Beressom c&b Ottley 21
Smith b Subash Aryal 0
L. Manning b Ottley 1
C. Turner b Ottley 0
Cousens not out 2
Extras (b4, w21, nb1) 26
FALL OF WICKETS 28 (2) 68 (3) 97 (1) 99 (5) 103 (6) 173 (7) 174 (8) 175 (9) 183 (10)
RUN RATE 47-1 (10 overs) 97-3 (20) 168-5 (30)
BOWLING
Jay Singh 3-0-20-0 Sal Azam 4-0-19-1 Tara Thapa 6-0-26-0 Maj Khan 5.3-0-33-1 Mike Ottley 10-2-48-4 Mike Derks 4-0-25-2 Anil Basnet 2-0-18-0 Subash Aryal 3-0-18-1


Bricklayer’s Arms 150 all out  
Jay Singh b C. Turner 9 (2×4, 12 balls)
Mike Derks lbw b L. Manning 7 (33 balls)
Anil Basnet st Evans b C.Turner 0 (10 balls)
Tara Thapa lbw b K. Manning 9 (1×4, 15 balls)
Geraint Thomas run out 57 (9×4, 85 balls, fifty in 63 balls)
Subash Aryal run out 21 (2×4, 23 balls)
Maj Khan b C. Turner 18 (1×6, 1×4, 10 balls)
Mike Ottley c wk b K.Manning 0 (10 balls)
Sal Azam c midwicket b K. Manning 0 (2 balls)
Naveen Joshi run out 0 (2 balls)
Chris Locke not out 0 (1 ball)
Extras (b2, w16, nb11) 29
FALL OF WICKETS 10 (1, 3rd over) 17 (3, 7) 30 (2,12) 33 (4,13) 90 (6, 25) 136 (7, 32) 147 (8, 37) 147 (9, 37) 149 (10, 38)
RUN RATE 26-2 (10 overs) 64-4 (20) 134-5 (30)

Sunday June 9 v Railway Taverners, Abbey Rec – LOST by 5 wickets


Bricklayer’s Arms 146-8 (35 overs, Tim Sturm 72)
Railway Taverners 149-5 (30.3 overs, Khem Sah 2-21)


All winning runs have to end somewhere, and it’s fair to say that we were outbowled, outfielded and – with some honourable exceptions – outbatted by a strong Taverners side.


The day had started with news that Tom Poulter was out injured. Ravi Ogale nobly agreed to head down from north London but would be late. Joe Mansour volunteered to hang around until he got here, and Anil Basnet won the toss and batted.


Mike Derks and Tara Thapa found themselves up against the best bowling attack we’ve faced in a long while. Maiden followed maiden until, on 5 all of which he’d scored himself, Tara lashed a rare loose ball straight to cover. By then it was the seventh over.


Tim Sturm came in and added some impetus, but when Mike Derks tried finally to attack he was caught and bowled for 5 off 33 watchful balls. That was 28-2 in the 14th over, and by drinks three overs later we still had just 40.But Tim and George Grylls took us to 65 in the 21st over before George was bowled for 17. Two overs and just two runs later Khem Sah played across his first ball to be bowled.


Rob Oldham added 12 including our only six of the game as 26 more added in four overs, and after he was bowled Ravi Ogale hit a quick 10 before a ball he’d blocked span back onto the stumps. Tim had meanwhile posted an excellent fifty, and now he and Anil took the score from 104 to 137 beforein the penultimate over Anil was caught at mid-off for 7 and next ball Tim was held \at long leg for 72 – an invaluable innings that had held our batting together as he hit 12 fours in 84 balls. A brisk 8 in five balls from Ian Watson saw him and Mike Ottley get us to 146.


It was something to bowl at. As Anil pointed out, we had got the Taverners for 143 in winning last time round. Ravi bowled one opener in the fourth over – 14-1. But our own veteran Dominic Ewer was unveiling his full repertoire of strokes – the dab through gully, the nurdle behind leg – and even added a hook stroke. And Mike Ottley was having no reward for a great spell: top edges of varying difficulty went down spilled by Mike Derks, Chris and Ravi. Instead it took a change of bowling to break through. Anil did no 3 with a leg break that took off stump, then took a juggling catch at mid-off off Khem, who followed up next ball by getting Dom to snick Chris’s first dismissal of the season.


In two overs 64-1 had become 66-4. It looked like game on, but Tavs’ skipper Reilly had held himself back, and he and their No 5 took them largely untroubled to the brink of victory. Ian Watson did bowl the junior partner, but Reilly then hit the boundary that won the game and brought up his fifty. We’d been beaten by the better team.


SCORECARD
Brick won toss and batted
Bricklayer’s Arms 146-8 Mike Derks c&b Stoneham 5 (1×4, 33 balls)
Tara Thapa c cover b Mansbridge 5 (1×4, 20 balls)

Tim Sturm c long leg b Mansbridge 72 (12×4, 84 balls, fifty in 69 balls)
George Grylls b Dion 17 (4×4, 21 balls)
Khem Sah b Dion 0 (1 ball)
Rob Oldham b Dion 12 (1×6, 1×4, 10 balls)
Ravi Ogale b James (2×4, 5 balls)
Anil Basnet c mid-off b Mansbridge 7 (1×4, 19 balls)
Ian Watson not out 8 (5 balls)
Mike Ottley not out 0 (3 balls)
Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (lb5, w4, nb1) 10
FALL OF WICKETS 5 (2, 7th over) 28 (1,14) 65 (4,21) 67 (5,23) 93 (6,27) 104 (7,28) 137 (8,34) 137 (3,34)
RUN RATE 19-1 (10) 40-2 (drinks 17) 56-2 (20) 123-6 (30)


Railway Taverners 149-5
Ewer c Locke b Khem Sah 18
Allen b Ogale 4
Lalwani b Basnet 38
Mulligan c Basnet b Khem Sah 1
Skinner b Watson 25
Reilly not out 52
James not out 0
Extras (b4,w2,nb1) 7
FALL OF WICKETS 14 (2, 4th over) 64 (3,15) 65 (4,16) 65 (1,16) 145 (5,30)
RUN RATE 35-1 (10) 73-4 (20) 145-5 (30)
BOWLING Ravi Ogale 6-1-23-1 Mike Ottley 7-1-22-0 Tara Thapa 3-0-25-0 Anil Basnet 3-0-24-1 Khem Sah 7-0-21-2 Rob Oldham 1-0-11-0 Mike Derks 2-0-14-0 Ian Watson 1-0-7-1


Tuesday June 4 v Westminster, Wandsworth Park- WON by 7 wickets

Westminster CC 113-4 (18 overs, Tom Poulter 2-15, Steve Thavam 2-22)

Bricklayer’s Arms 118-3 (Greg Tremain 68 not out)


An evening that had looked in jeopardy from afternoon rain turned out fine in the end as the sun shone on another victory.


Chris Locke and Mike Ottley had checked the weather radar and assured everybody the match would see no rain. Sure enough the pitch was still rock hard as Westminster won the toss and batted, launching a flurry of boundaries off Joe Mansour and riding their luck against the unfortunate Rob Goymer, who saw one snick fly past Chris Locke and a skier spilled at mid-on. Both Rob and Ravi Ogale eventually reined things back a bit, but Westminster still had 63 on the board inside nine overs before Steve Thavam took out opener Tom Burke’s off stump.


This brought in the hard-hitting Lingard to join the already free-flowing Kayum, and the next three overs saw the score climb to 97, leading to fears of a target above 140. However the following over saw Steve take out Lingard’s middle stump with a beauty, and with Tom Poulter bowling No 4 the game changed. Thanks to those two and Mohammed Waqas, only 16 runs came from the final six overs, Tom bowling No 5 in the last, as we restricted Westminster to just 113.


We lost Yogi Patel in the fourth over to catch behind for 4 at 13, but Greg Tremain and Tom Poulter took us to 40 before a switch to a debutant bowler ruined Tom’s concentration. Having seen one ball roll and the next go backwards, he hit the overpitched third straight to cover for 10. The over eventually brought us 17, mainly wides and no-balls, to put us up with the run rate, and Greg and the returning Lewis Caley moved us swiftly to 86 before Lewis skied back to the bowler for 16. Ravi Ogale joined Greg, who posted his fifty off 33 balls and ended proceedings with a six as we won with 10 balls to spare.


SCORECARD

Westminster won toss and batted
Westminster CC 113-4

Kayum not out 53
Burke b Thavam 18
Lingard b Thavam 13
Mason b Poulter 1
Rufus b Poulter 7
Cleary not out 0
Extras (b 16, lb2, w3) 21
FALL OF WICKETS 63 (2, 9th over) 99 (3,  13) 100 (4,14) 113 (5, 18)
RUN RATE 63-1 (9)
BOWLING
Rob Goymer 4-0-26-0 Joe Mansour 1-0-10-0 Ravi Ogale 4-0-19-0 Steve Thavam 4-0-22-2 Tom Poulter 4-0-15-2 Mohammed Waqas 1-0-2-0
Bricklayer’s Arms 118-3 
Yogi Patel c wk b Bester 4 (11 balls)
Tom Poulter c cover b Rufus 10 (1×4, 17 balls)
Greg Tremain not out 68 (2×6, 9×4, 46 balls, fifty in 33 balls)
Lewis Caley c&b Whelan 16 (3×4, 10 balls)
Ravi Ogale not out 10 (1×6, 7 balls)
Mohammed Waqas, Mike Ottley, Steve Thavam, Rob Goymer, Joe Mansour and Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (b2, lb1, w3, nb4) 10
FALL OF WICKETS 13 (1, 4th over) 40 (1, 9) 86 (4,13)
RUN RATE 56-2 (9)

Sunday June 2, v Rotten Livers, Abbey Rec – WON by 108 runs

Bricklayer’s Arms 251-6 (35 overs, Sunny Lall 76, Kunal Ragovanshi 50, Tara Thapa 41 not out, Khem Sah 38)Rotten Livers 143 all out (28.2 overs, Anil Basnet 5-38, Khem Sah 2-20,Mike Ottley 2-23)
Another win, and this time against a side we haven’t beaten for years. Last time the Livers destroyed us after we had half their side out under 40. This time they didn’t have their destroyer-in-chief, but still had us 17-3 and we needed our best performance in the field so far to back up a great batting recovery.
On what started as a sunny day Greg Tremain won the toss and batted. But in the second over Tom Poulter nicked to the keeper for 1, and four overs and 16 runs later Both Charlie Mercer (3) and Greg himself fell lbw. 
Khem Sah joined debutant No 3 Kanul Raghovanshi, who was already cutting beautifully to the third man boundary, and the pair added 80 in 11 overs before Khem, having mixed discipline with strokeplay for a crucial 38, holed out to cow corner just before drinks. 
Kunal moved to an untroubled fifty in company with old friend and Wimbledon Corinthian team-mate Sunny Lall, but then lost focus to be bowled immediately. We were 110-5 on 20 overs and the innings was back in jeopardy. 
Tara Thapa proved a great foil for Sunny, though, as the pair ran the field ragged and piled on the boundaries in a vital stand of 133 that took us into the final over. Sunny hit fifty in 34 balls and reached 76 in another 17 before he was caught at long-on, but Tara, who ended on an invaluable unbeaten 41, and Cracker McCracken, who hit 2 off his final ball, took us to 251.
That set a required rate above seven an over, but Livers’ Umar was merciless on debutant Joe Mansour, bowling for the first time in four years. Thankfully Mike Ottley at the other end produced his best spell of the season so far, starting with a maiden and then bowling Livers’ steadier opener Martin Davies as he shaped for an unwise cut – 25-1. Thanks to smart legside stumping by Cracker he added a second wicket on 51, but Umar soon reached fifty out of Livers’ 59.
Anil Basnet had replaced Joe but his first two overs had fared no better, going for 20. The first ball of his third over looked like going the same way, but the full toss was top-edged by No4 to Sunny at square leg. The batsmen having crossed, it was Umar on strike next ball – and it bowled him. Suddenly it was 67-4 and the main danger man gone.
Cue wild celebration and a transformation in Anil’s bowling. He didn’t get the hat trick, but 20 runs later he repeated the two in two balls, both well caught by Tara at slip, though on the second occasion the umpire decided it was lbw first before the ball bounced off the glove. Three runs later Anil had another lbw for his Michelle (Pfeiffer = five for) and at drinks Livers were on 92-7.
Khem Sah meanwhile had bowled meanly, beginning with two maidens, and got his reward on 108 as Anil – that man again – took a tumbling catch at deep mid-off. There was late resistance, meaning Anil had to content with 5-38, but Khem and Tom Poulter wrapped up the innings on 143 by bowling Nos 9 and 10 in quick succession.
SCORECARD
Bricklayer’s Arms won toss and batted
Bricklayer’s Arms 251-6
Tom Poulter c wk b Amit 1 (10 balls)
Charlie Mercer lbw b Amit 3 (8 balls)
Kunal Ragovanshi b Efti 50 (7×4, 55  balls, fifty in 54 balls)
Greg Tremain lbw b Amit 0 (4 balls)
Khem Sah c deep midwicket b Dan 38 (5×4, 32 balls)
Sunny Lall  c long on b Tahir 76 (10×4, 51 balls, fifty in 34 balls)
Tara Thapa not out 41 (5×4, 34 balls)
Cracker McCracken not out 2 (1 ball)
Anil Basnet, Joe Mansour and Mike Ottley did not batExtras (lb2, w33, nb5) 40
FALL OF WICKETS 1 (1, 2nd over) 17 (2,6) 17 (4,6) 97 (5, 17) 110 (3,20) 243 (6,35)
RUN RATE 42-3 (10) 98-4 (drinks, 17) 110-5 (20) 205-5 (30)

Rotten Livers 143 all out 
Martin Davies b Ottley 2 
Umar b Basnet 51
Dron st McCracken b Ottley 4
Tahir c Lall (sq leg) b Basnet 7
Sib c Thapa (slip) b Basnet 10
Umed lbw b Basnet 5
Efti lbw b Basnet 0
Mobashir c Basnet (mid-off) b Khem Sah 8
Andrew Lynn b Khem Sah 20
Irfan b Poulter 17
Dan not out 0
Extras (lb2, w33, nb5) 40
FALL OF WICKETS 25 (1, 4th over) 51 (3,8) 67 (4, 11) 67 (2, 11) 87 (5,15) 87 (7,15) 90 (6, 17) 108 (8,22) 143 (9, 27) 143 (10, 28)
RUN RATE 67-2 (10) 92-7 (drinks, 17) 100-7 (20)
BOWLING Joe Mansour 6-0-56-0 Mike Ottley 7-1-23-2 Anil Basnet 7-0-38-5 Khem Sah 7-2-20-2 Tom Poulter 1.2-0-2-1

Thursday May 30 v Old Adelaide, Wandsworth Park – WON by 7 wickets

Old Adelaide 119-4 (18 overs, Jason Reid 56 not out, Rob Goymer 2-14)
Bricklayer’s Arms 122-2 (11.4 overs, Mohammed Waqas 70, Fred Shiels 2-19)
A great game between old friends, some very old indeed. Long before the Brick in its present incarnation was thought of, we used to be the Queen Adelaide CC, lasting 15 years until the pub was refurbished and we were all barred in 2007 (we made the front page of the Wandsworth Borough News under the headline ‘You’re too old to drink here’). 
But with a spare fixture and a pitch going begging, original captain and supremo Dave Packham offered to get up a veteran XI, and so the ancients assembled.
Intending to get to the pub early, Packham won the toss and batted. Unfortunately Dave Winpenny, having made the ground, was too poorly to play. So his natural place at the top of the order (yes, in the last century he used to open, as indeed did Chris Locke) was filled by Alan Petrides and Steve Neville.
The two decided to eschew that unnecessary running about that ruins so much sport, instead trading in boundaries – most intended, bar the occasional snick past stand-in keeper Ian Watson. There were two singles and one effortful two before Steve wafted once too often to be bowled by Roop Sharma for 11, by which time they had posted 23 inside three overs.
Club batting record holder Fred Shiels now joined Alan, who by now was unfurling his trademark elegant cover drive, to add a further 20 before Fred fell to a catch at long-on by Khem Sah off Rob Goymer just the 177 short of his highest score for us. Next ball Alan mistimed a cut to gully for 18, and the vets were 43-3 in what became a double-wicket maiden for Rob.
Jason Reid and Richard Evans took the score to 68 despite tight bowling by Khem Sah before Tom Poulter bowled Richard for 2. Jason however was back in the groove, hitting some huge boundaries as he and Dave Packham added an unbroken fifty partnership. 
Jason surged toward his own half-century by taking Mike Ottley’s solitary over for 4,2,6,4 and 4 off the first five balls, and having run a leg-bye off the last delivery hoisted his fifty in 27 balls with another huge six in the final over off Ravi Ogale. He ended 56 not out as Dave Packham finished unbeaten on 12, which left a surprisingly respectable target of 120 off 18 overs.
The Adelaide old boys’ bowling did not manage to rekindle the same glories. For the Brick Waqas was in no mood to hang about, biffing sixes and fours galore (including one caught by Fred just over the line). His fifty took just 16 balls, and only when he and Tim Sturm had put on 100 in the eighth over did they both fall to Fred – Waqas caught by Jason in cow corner for 70, Tim lbw for 20. It only remained for Simon Foister (7 not out) and Ravi Ogale (12 not out) to see the Brick over the line and most of the cricketers back for a reunion pint or several in the Adelaide.
Thanks to Dave Packham for organising and everyone for participating in a great friendly evening, on and off the pitch.  

SCORECARD
Old Adelaide won toss and batted
Old Adelaide 119-4
Alan Petrides c Waqas (gully) b Goymer 18 (4×4, 24 balls)
Steve Neville b Sharma 11 (2×4, 9 balls)
Fred Shiels c Khem (long-on) b Goymer 6
Jason Reid not out 56 (3×6, 7×4, 28 balls, fifty in 27 balls)
Richard Evans b Poulter 2 (12 balls)
Dave Packham not out 12 (1×4, 20 balls)
Danny Ryan, Alvin Spencer, Chris Locke, Bert Schoewenburg and Paul Phillips did not bat
Extras (b3, lb4, w3, nb4) 14
FALL OF WICKETS
23 (1,3rd over) 42 (3,8) 42 (1,8) 68 (5,12)
BOWLINGRoop Sharma 3-0-25-1 Rob Goymer 4-1-14-2 Khem Sah 4-1-11-0 Tom Poulter 4-0-24-1 Ravi Ogale 2-0-17-0 Mike Ottley 1-0-20-0
RUN RATE 49-3 (9 overs)
Bricklayer’s Arms 122-2  (11.4 overs)
Mohammed Waqas c Reid (deep midwicket) b Shiels 70 (7×6, 5×4, 26 balls, fifty in 16)
Tim Sturm lbw b Shiels 20 (2×4, 20 balls)
Simon Foister not out 7 (1×4, 6 balls)
Ravi Ogale not out 12 (2×4, 12 balls)
Tom Poulter, Khem Sah, Roop Sharma, Rob Goymer, Ian Watson and Mike Ottley did not batExtras (b5, w7, nb1) 13
FALL OF WICKETS
100 (1,8th over) 100 (2,8) 
BOWLING
Bert Schoewenburg 3-0-42-0  Alvin Spencer 2-0-36-0  Fred Shiels   3-0-19-2  Jason Reid 2-0-7-0  Danny Ryan 1-0-6-0  Dave Packham 0.4-0-7-0
RUN RATE 101-2 (9 overs)

Sun May 26 V Trafalgar Freehouse, Abbey Rec – WON by 140 runs

​Bricklayer’s Arms 232-6 off 34.3 overs (Sunny Lall 101 retired not out, Simon Foister 31); Trafalgar 92 all out (Mike Derks 3-8, Tara Thapa 3-25, Mike Ottley 3-26​, Ravi Ogale 1-28

What started as a wonderful, sunny and warm day, turned out to be drizzly and chilly afternoon, as both teams pitched up at their ‘home’ ground of Abbey Rec.  Much rancour and hostilities before a ball had even been bowled, as opposing managers, by a string of emails, couldn’t agree on who held hosting rights. And all for the sake of avoiding the cost of a £14 match ball.  (All in good humour, of course).

Once diplomatic relations had been restored, it was left to new skipper, Mike Derks, to take charge of Brick affairs, against old, friendly rivals, the Trafalgar.  Mike won the toss and elected to bat, which would ensure a longer game but, as the home side had chosen a 35 over format and the away side barely had any bowlers, on account of absences and injuries, Mike, the other one, agreed a concession with the Traf skipper that they could bowl more than seven overs a bowler. (Up to a point). Early on, in the Brick innings, this worked to the Traf’s advantage, as the Traf’s most dependable bowler, Kerrigan, bowled a tight opening spell of nine overs for 26 runs. This included the wicket of Sumit Sharma, when he holed out to deep mid off for 17. But the Traf bowlers from the other end were not so accurate or effective and, before departing, Sumit had cracked three fours off them in his 15 ball innings. Simon Foister, making his season’s debut, held up one end beautifully, as Ravi Ogale, first down, amassed a quick fire 22 (one four) before being caught in the deep.  Sunny Lall, at number four, joined Simon (who went on to make a composed 31 from 67 balls (no fours, but two threes on the Rec’s large outfield that left him gasping)) and, despite the odd possible scare, if indeed, a scare can be described as ‘possible’, Sunny soon ratcheted up the innings, as he took the Traf change bowlers apart. From 76-2, he took the score to 232 and was on 101 when he retired after completing a second century of the season, in only 51 balls. This included 18 fours and not a single chance; maybe one at 51 but difficult to judge whether that, too, was only a ‘possible’.  On retiring on 101, the Brick were comfortably placed at 232-5, with Mike D unable to add to the score, adjudged lbw to the returning Kerrigan. The other Brick bats were Simon Fernandes, out, lbw for 0, Tara Thapa, caught for 2, and Ian Watson, an invaluable 17 not out (two fours) supporting Sunny when he was at his most belligerent.

After Ian’s wonderful tea, which was taken mostly in the changing room, given the inclement weather, it was down to the tail to open the bowling. Martin Frost of the Traf and Mike Ottley renewed their ‘intense’ rivalry and, on Mike’s fourth ball, Frosty popped one up to a diving Watson at short mid wicket. Touch and go whether Ian would launch himself towards the dropping ball in time, but was ultimately prepared to sacrifice the carefully rolled cigarette he had previously held in his hand.  Perhaps not, he said, if the ground had been wet.  

Mike Derks opened from the other end, his first spell of the season, and soon snared bats two and three, one bowled, the other caught by Foister at mid off.  Mike O removed the dangerous Jason, No 4, clean bowled, and proceeded to account for No 7, with a caught and bowled. Mike D then bagged his third wicket, a nice catch by Simon Fernades, at mid on, to remove No 5. 

Wickets were tumbling, but the Traf’s No 6 refused to be budged and a knocked up a chancy but boundary-laden 45, before finally some one could catch him – the skipper, taking a steepler at mid on, off Tara, when other, much simpler, catches had been spurned.  This coincided with the skip’s decision for Tara and Ravi to switch ends after the drinks interval. The move paid off.

That was the end of the Traf’s resistance, as Ravi and Tara, between them, helped themselves to three more wickets. Ravi bagged the Traf captain with a nice caught behind by Mark Hamilton and Tara got Kerrigan plumb lbw for 0, as well as the last bat, young Matt, for 0, caught by a diving Hassaan Mamoon at short leg.

So, a convincing 140 run win and much rejoicing by both sides in the Traf after.  Might have have been all so different if the Traf’s Kerrigan could have been allowed to bowl all their overs.

‘Oi, Frosty, where’s the £73 match fee your team owe us?’

Innings of Bricklayers

S Foister ct Kerrigan, bld Jason 31 (67 balls)

S Sharma ct Stroud, bld Kerrigan 17 (15 balls, 3 fours)

R Ogale ct, bld Stoud 22 (27 balls, 1 four)

S Lall, retired not out 101 (51 balls, 18 fours)

S Fernandes lbw bld Jason 0 (2 balls)

T Thapa ct Jason, bld Rob 2 (4 balls)

I Watson not out 17 (23 balls, 1 four)

M Derks lbw bld Kerrigan 0 (2 balls)

H Mamoon, M Ottley, M Hamilton did not bat

Extras 35

Total 232-6 off 34.3 overs 

FoW 1-27, 2-76, 3-124, 4-125, 5-141, 6-232

Innings of Trafalgar

M Frost ct Watson, bld Ottley 0

J Clark bld Derks 3

M Wright ct Foister bld Derks

J Archer bld Ottley 0

L O’Keefe ct Fernades bld Derks 0

R Stanton ct Derks bld Ravi 45

M Stroud ct and bld Ottley 0

M Evans ct Hamilton bld Ravi

K Smith lbw bld Tara 0

M O’Flaherty ct Mamoon bld Tara 0

R O’Flaherty not out 0

Extras 21

Total 92 all out off 23.3 overs

FoW: 1-0, 2-11, 3-12, 4-12, 5-25, 6-84, 7-89, 8-91, 9-92, 10-92

Bowling:

M Ottley 7-1-26-3

M Derks 6-1-8-3

T Thapa 5.3-0-25-3

R Ogale 5-1-28-1

Weds May 22 v Epsom Taxes, Wandgas Ground – WON by 18 runs
 

Bricklayer’s Arms 114-8 (20 overs, Khem Sah 25, Maurice Sukul 22)
Epsom Taxes 96 all out (19.4 overs, Ravi Ogale 2-12)

A great victory in a fine match put us back to winning ways against always tough but congenial opposition – and set a new record for run-outs.
Mike Ottley had somehow scrambled together 11, only for one to have to take a friend to hospital with a stroke and another’s electric bike to break down. At least both told him, so it was agreed we bat while waiting to see who turned up, as eventually Mike Robins and his stricken bike did
Khem Sah opened with Tim Sturm, who was done for a duck by an inswinger in the first over. Ravi Ogale then holed out to mid-off for 2 while Waqas was bowled for 3, putting us 19-3 inside five overs. However Khem and Maurice Sukul put on a quick 40 before Maurice was bowled for 22. Khem had anchored the innings well, but with retirement at 30 looming he was caught behind for 25 and with half the side out for 69 the innings was in danger of foundering, particularly as our last two had yet to appear.
Epsom’s 11th had appeared, though, and they generously lent him to us just as Mike Robins tipped up. Meanwhile Lal Poonwasie, bowled for 7, and especially Tom Carter, caught at gully after bludgeoning three fours in 14, had put us back on track. Six not out from Mike Ottley, 3 by Mike Robins before he fell lbw, and 2 not out from Epsom’s Sunny saw us to 114, largely aided by 30 extras (it was 2 for a wide or no ball with no extra delivery).
It was a respectable target but all too gettable if we bowled loosely. But Khem Sah set the tone with great line and length, rewarded in his first over by a lightning slip catch by Mike Ottley as the ball seemed past him to his left. The sight of a Brick catch taken at slip seemed to inspire the field, and Waqas was next to shine with a great chase to the boundary and return to run out their No 3 as he tried to steal a third run. That was 24-2, which became 30-4 as Ravi Ogale, who had taken over from Tom Carter, had their No 4 well snaffled by keeper Maurice and in the same over pinned No 5 lbw.
That brought Epsom’s kipper to join the surviving opener, and the pair took to the score to 78 in the 15th over before the opener had to retire and the skipper top-edged the returning Tom behind. We were back in the game, and Epsom’s desperation started to show as the next four dismissals were run-outs. First Khem, from short third man, pinged the ball back to bowler Tom’s where a quick-thinking Ravi flicked the ball back on the stumps. Then Ravi scored a direct hit from midwicket, Lal at square leg threw for bowler Mike Ottley to remove No 9, and finally the returning opener was stranded as Tim Sturm ran in with the ball from cover to whip off the bails.
Fine catching, nagging dot-ball bowling (kudos to all, including the wicketless Waqas, Mike Robins, Mike Ottley and Lal, who delivered the last over, having not bowled for yoncs) and great fielding had won the day.


SCORECARD
Bricklayer’s batted by agreement
Bricklayer’s Arms 114-8
Khem Sah c wk b Shane 25
Tim Sturm b Wilson 0
Ravi Ogale c mid-off b Chanchal 2
Mohammed Waqas b Wilson 3
Maurice Sukul b Shane 22
Lal Poonwasie b Shane 7
Mike Ottley not out 6
Tom Carter c gully b Danny 14
Mike Robins lbw b SK 3
Sunny (Epsom) not out 2
Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (b1, lb3,nb2, w24) 30
FALL OF WICKETS 3-1 (2, 1st over) 14-2 (3,4) 19-3 (4,5) 59-4 (5,11) 69-5 (1,12) 76-6 (7,14) 104-7 (8,16) 109-8 (9,19)
RUN RATE 59-4 (10 overs)
Epsom Taxes 96 all out
Wilson run out 34
Shane c Ottley b Sah 1
Jason run out 7
SK c Sukul b Ogale 4
Chanchal lbw b Ogale 0
Sachin c Sukul b Carter 17
Sham run out 6
Sitan run out 0
Danny run out 1
Brett not out 2
Extras (b1, lb1, w11, nb3) 16
BOWLING Carter 4-0-24-1 Sah 4-1-17-1 Ogale 4-0-12-0 Waqas 1-0-6-0 Robins 4-0-22-0 Ottley 2-0-6-0 Poonwasie 0.4-0-0-0


Sunday May 19 Putney CC, Putney Common – LOST TWICE


Match 1 LOST by 9 wickets

Bricklayers Arms 108 all out (25.1 overs, Tom Poulter 57)
Putney CC 109-1 (16.1 overs)
Match 2 LOST by 46 runs
Putney CC 137-7 (Tom Poulter 3-17, Khem Sah 2-12)
Bricklayers Arms 91 all out (Mike Robins 20)
“A bad day at the office,” said Mike Ottley after we’d lost the beer match as well as being gubbed in the main event. Indeed it was, though it had started brightly.
On a damp Putney Common we were put in to bat by our hastily rearranged opposition (Barnes Occasionals having cried off). We were ten at that point, including Chris Locke who had intended to rest his dodgy knee provided wannabe new recruit George Wall showed up. But George ignored calls and texts and never arrived. What possesses people to swear they won’t let you down and then disappear, depriving someone else of a game and leaving the team in the lurch? No explanation or apology has been received.
Also missing, though in communication, was Anil Basnet, held up at work by a replacement not arriving to take over his shift. Chris Locke therefore limped into the XI.
Skipper Greg Tremain and Tom Poulter opened, only for Greg to swiftly edge behind for 3. Tom however was in imperious form, well supported by Tara Thapa as the pair put on 70 in 11 overs before Tara was bowled for 19. Tom then brought his fifty, but Khem Sah perished second ball, top-edging to square leg, and when Tom himself was bowled for 57 we were in trouble. Steph Mindel got 5, Eddie Evans 4 and Mike Robins 5 but no other batsman scored as we subsided from 81-1 in 14 overs to 108 all out at the start of the 26th.
It was agreed to take tea after Putney’s chase, which bar Eddie Evans bowling one opener and being unlucky to mask the umpire for an lbw against the other was an untroubled cruise to the target inside 17 overs.


After tea we played a 15-over beer match, with Putney batting first. This initially went better for the bowlers, Khem getting both openers. Unfortunately we were not backing them with catches. Chris Locke injured his hand leaping for a fast snick at slip, while three skiers went down before finally Anil, who’d arrived just before tea, held onto one to give Tom Poulter a first wicket. He added two more, one bowled, one courtesy of a lightning stumping by Steph, but the reprieves for their No 3 proved costly as some big hitting took Putney to 137 for the loss of just one more wicket, bowled by Anil.
A daunting target was made worse as Khem went one better than the first innings, top-edging again to square leg but this time for a golden duck. Greg (7) was then sent back by Tom too late to make his ground. Tara (3) was bowled, as was Tom on 12. The top four were gone for 28, and when Steph was caught and bowled for 5 we were 37-5.

Some resistance came from Anil Basnet and Mike Robins, who put on 30 until Anil was lbw for 17, and then Mike and Eddie Evans who took us to 88. But then Mike Robins went to an athletic keeping catch for 20, Eddie was bowled for 11 and Mike Ottley comically for a duck. With Chris Locke unable to bat that was that for the day.
SCORECARD
Match 1 (40 overs, Putney won toss and elected to field)
Bricklayers Arms 108 all out 
Tom Poulter b Peddie 57 (8×4, 47 balls)
Greg Tremain c wk b Peddie 3 (5 balls)
Tara Thapa b Peddie 19 (2×4, 37 balls)
Khem Sah c sq leg b Peddie 0 (2 balls)
Steph Mindel b Beedle 5 (1×4, 11 balls)
Eddie Evans b Soham 4 (1×4, 7 balls)
Mike Ottley b Soham 0 (8 balls)
Mike Robins c short cover b Harvey 5 (12 balls)
Ian Bridgford b Harvey 0 (6 balls)
Chris Locke not out 0 (3 balls
)Extras (nb3, w12) 15
FALL OF WICKETS 11 (2, 3rd over) 81 (3, 14)  87 (4.16) 93 (1, 16) 102 (6, 19) 102 (5, ,20)  102 (7, 21) 106 (9, 23) 108 (8, 26)
RUN RATE 62-1 (10 overs) 102-6 (20)
PUTNEY CC 109-1 (16.1 overs)
Henry b Evans 9
Alex not out  73
Amir not out 12
Extras (b8, lb 3, w3, nb1) 15
FALL OF WICKET 19
BOWLING Evans 4-0-24-1 Ottley 3-0-19-0 Robins 5-0-32-0 Bridgford 4.1-0-32-0


15-OVER BEER MATCH
Putney batted first
PUTNEY CC 137-6
Beedle b Khem Sah 4
Nomi lbw b Khem 3
Ajay not out 45 
Tycho c Basnet b Poulter 5
Peddie b Poulter 11
Rohit st Mindel b Poulter 15
Soham b Basnet 12
Tan not out 4
Extras (b3, lb1. w 14) 18
BOWLINGKhem Sah 3-0-12-2 Tara Thapa 3-0-23-0 Mike Robins 2-0-19-0 Tom Poulter 3-0-17-3 Eddie Evans 1-0-18-0 Anil Basnet 2-0-24-1 Mike Ottley 1-0-18-0
BRICKLAYERS 91 all out (14.1 overs)
Khem Sah c sq leg b Amir 0 ( 1 ball)
Tom Poulter b Amir 12 (1×4,9 balls)
Greg Tremain run out 7 (1×4, 7 balls)
Tara Thapa b Peddie 3 (6 balls)
Anil Basnet  lbw b Peddie 17 (3×4, 12 balls)
Steph Mindel c&b Rohit 4 (5 balls)
Mike Robins c wk b Rohit 20 (3×4, 14 balls)
Eddie Evans b Alex 11 (2×4, 8 balls)
Mike Ottley b Alex 0 ( 5balls)
Ian Bridgford not out 0
Chris Locke  absent hurt
Extras (b 3, w12, nb3) 18
FALL OF WICKETS 0 (1,1) 12 (3,2) 21 (4,4) 28 (2,5) 37 (6,7) 67 (5,11) 88 (7,12) 90 (8,13)  91 (9, 15)

Wed May 16 v Fleet Street Strollers, Barn Elms – LOST by 6 wickets

Bricklayer’s Arms 127-7 (20 overs, Tim Sturm retired 26, Greg Tremain 25)Fleet Street Strollers 132-4 (17.3 overs)
Well, we had to lose sometime. The Fleet Street Strollers midweek side are unbeaten in two seasons and so they remain. At least, thanks to more heroic Mike Ottley efforts, we fielded eleven and posted a target.
We started well by winning the toss and batting. Unfortunately Tom Poulter was bowled at the end of the first over and Yogi Patel in the fourth. Greg Tremain and Tim Sturm rebuilt with a fifty stand until Greg, desperate to get strike in the over in which he’d reached 25 and would have to retire, was comprehensively run out as the non-striker. 
Tim also had to retire on 26 and the momentum was lost as from 71-3 at halfway we fell to the slow slow bowling of Alastair Macauley, both Waqas and Anil bowled in slow motion. Rory Alleyne hit a few good blows before a great catch at mid-off, Mike Ottley and Sal Azam ticked over until both met in the middle for a run-out more comedy than Greg’s, and Ian Bridgford hit two fours, one intended, to see us to 127.
There was some hope as Waqas, having switched to round the wicket after too many of the legside wides that beset our pacier bowlers, took out one opener’s middle stump while Tom span one in to bowl the No 3. But former Brick (and Queen Ad) veteran John Low kept up an end while Strollers’ skipper swung merrily, and after Low’s own comedy run-out and the skip’s retirement our only other reward was a fortunate lbw for Anil. Two no-balls sailing over the keeper and a six ended the evening just as dusk was set to become dark. 
SCORECARD

Bricklayer’s won toss and batted

Bricklayer’s Arms 127-7 
Yogi Patel b Keightley 5 (10 balls)
Tom Poulter b Williams 2 (4 balls)
Greg Tremain run out 25 (21 balls, 3×4)
Tim Sturm retired 26 (17 balls, 3×4)
Mohammed Waqas b Macauley 3 (6 balls)
Anil Basnet b Macauley 0 (2 balls)
Rory Alleyne c mid-off b Wall 14 (25 balls, 1×4)
Mike Ottley run out 4 (5 balls)
Sal Azam not out 4 (5 balls)
Ian Bridgford not out 8 (5 balls, 2×4)
Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (b2, w27, nb7) 36
FALL OF WICKETS 7 (2, 1st over) 15 (1,4) 67 (3,10) 82 (5,12) 82 (6,12) 111 (7,19) 112 (8,19)RUN RATE 71-3 (10 overs)
Fleet Street Strollers 132-4  
Daly b Waqas 0
Low run out 9
Selby b Poulter 2
Oliver retired 29
Wall lbw b Basnet 28
Merryweather not out 26
Robertson not out 1
Extras (b15, lb3, w12, nb4) 40FALL OF WICKETS 4,9,58,122
BOWLING Waqas 4-0-21-1 Poulter 4-0-31-1 Azan 3-0-13-0 Basnet 4-0-23-1 Ottley 1-0-14-1 Bridgford 1-0-5-0 Alleyne 0.3-0-10-0

Sunday May 12 v Khukuri CC, Abbey Rec – WON by 6 wickets

Khukuri 205 all out (31.5 overs, Khem Sah 68, Sunny Lall 3-31, Eddie Evans 3-43, Tom Poulter 2-27)

Bricklayer’s 206-4 (34.4 overs, Tom Poulter 80, Greg Tremain 50, Sunny Lall 36 not out)


Skipper Greg Tremain emailed Chris Locke last night: “Great game today – excellent cricket, a friendly rivalry and a genuinely balanced game all the way up to the final over. Thanks for organising and for all who came and put so much into the game.”
It was our pleasure. Khukuri, aka our Nepalese contingent, had stepped into a hole in our fixture list just as they did as Gurkha Warriors on two evenings last year, and again were great opposition. The only difference this time was that we won – just, with two balls to spare.
The morning began with one of Chris’s emergency appeals as Dave Winpenny had leg problems. Eddie Evans stepped in, but then so did Geoff  Balasoghu, meaning 12 arrived pitchside. Chris decided to give his dodgy knees a rest and Mark Hamilton the gloves.
We began well with the second over a wicket maiden for Tom Poulter as one opener spooned to Mike Robins at square leg. Then Eddie Evans found his line to bowl the other while Tom reeled off another maiden before taking his second wicket courtesy of a great one-handed catch at point by Geoff taking a fizzer in his left. That was 25-3, which became 45-4 when Mike Robins got through Tara Thapa with a swift full toss.
This however brought in Khem Sah to join Bittu Promod, both of whom had hit runs for us in the previous week. Sure enough they moved rapidly to 86 before Bittu, going down the pitch to explain to the umpire how he couldn’t possibly be lbw, was run out for 32 by Tom running in from gully.
With half the side out before drinks, big-hitting Party came to the party, and he and Khem smote happily until a great catch  off Sunny Lall by Greg at extra cover stopped the last of Party’s full-blooded blows. Khem however found another kindred spirit in Suraz, and the pair added 65 in eight overs before Sunny bowled Suraz for 33, then did the same on 201 to Khem for a handsome 68.
Only four more runs were added as Eddie Evans mopped up the final two wickets, the first caught in the off by Ian Bridgford, the second bowled. Crucially we had denied Khukuri the last 20 balls by getting them all out.
Tom Poulter and Greg Tremain started with a bang, 20 coming off the first two overs, and Tom took just 35 balls to reach a swift fifty while Greg played the anchor role. Before drinks they had a century partnership, but Khukuri through bowlers Khem and Party were starting to squeeze the run rate. Greg reached his fifty, but Tom was then bowled for a great 80 (1×6,6×4, 59 balls), followed immediately by Greg, run out as Prakhar Chandra tried to push a quick single off his second ball.
Suddenly the asking rate climbed from six to eight an over as new batsmen Prakhar and Sunny faced a rejuvenated attack. Sunny took the more aggressive role and so nearly paid for it as he slashed to deep point only to be spared by a drop. Reprieved he took full advantage, a six and four redressing the rate, but then Prakhar went caught at deep extra off a high full toss. But Cracker McCracken scampered a quick 10 before being run out, and Eddie Evans sensibly gave Sunny the strike to notch the winning run off the fourth ball of the final over.       
SCORECARD
Khukuri batted first by agreement
Khukuri 205 all out 
Janax b Evans 8 (2×4, 9 balls)
Sachin c Robins (sq leg) b Poulter 1 (9 balls)
Tara Thapa b Robins 10 (1×4, 18 balls)
Jiwan c Balasoghu (point) b Poulter 6 (15 balls)
Bittu Promod run out (Poulter) 32 (5×4, 30 balls
)Khem Sah b Lall 68 (1×6, 9×4, 49 balls, fifty in 38)
Party c Tremain (extra cover) b Lall 12 (2×4, 11 balls)
Suraz b Lall 33 (6×4, 24 balls)
Anil Basnet b Evans 5 (10 balls)
Buthha c Bridgford (extra cover) b Evans 1 (2 balls)
Subash Aryal not out 0 (0 balls)
Extras (b3, lb6, w20) 29
FALL OF WICKETS 3 (2, 2nd over) 12 (1,3) 25 (4,6) 45 (4,12) 86 (5,17) 120 (7,21) 185 (8,29) 201 (6,31) 205 (10,32) 205 (9,32)
RUN RATE 14-2 (5 overs) 39-3 (10) 76-4 (15) 88-5 (drinks 17) 114-5 (20) 159-6 (25) 201-7 (30)
BOWLING Evans 6.5-0-43-3 Poulter 7-2-27-2 Balasoghu 5-0-34-0 Robins 6-0-45-1 Lall 6-0-31-3 Chandra 1-0-17-0
Bricklayer’s 206-4 
Tom Poulter b Party 80 (1×6,6×4, 59 balls, fifty in 35)
Greg Tremain run out 50 (4×4, 72 balls, fifty in 70)
Prakhar Chandra c mid-off b Tara 6 (16 balls)
Sunny Lall not out 36 (1×6, 2×4, 25 balls)
Cracker McCracken run out 10 (10 balls)
Eddie Evans not out 1 (1 ball)
Ian Watson, Mark Hamilton, Mike Robins, Ian Bridgford and Geoff Balasoghu did not bat
Extras (b2, lb2, w17, nb2) 23
FALL OF WICKETS 147 (1, 25th over) 147 (1,25) 181 (3,31) 196 (4,34)
 RUN RATE 28-0 (5 overs) 62-0 (10) 94-0 (15) 111-0 (drinks 17) 124-0 (20) 149-2 (25) 167-2 (30)
BOWLING Party 7-0-40-1 Subash 3-0-21-0 Tara 6-0-35-1 Anil 4.4-0-26-0 Khem 7-0-36-0 Suraz 5-0-26-0 Bittu 2-0-18-0

Tuesday May 7 v Kingston Taxes, Wandgas Ground – WON by 36 runs

Bricklayer’s Arms 136-4 (20 overs, Mohammed Waqas ret 32, Cracker McCracken ret 31, Yogi Patel ret 30)Kingston Taxes 100-6 (20 overs, Mike Ottley 2-20)
We continued our successful start to the season with what skipper Mike Ottley hailed as “a thoroughly professional performance” to see off Kingston Taxes.
Once more we were only ten, but that in itself was a triumph for Mike’s tenacity in finding players. Not that we could find more than six at the scheduled start, meaning we had to bat to have any hope of finishing before dark. That and a 20-over format were agreed, with batsmen retiring on hitting 30.
Khem Sah and Tom Poulter began briskly, but fell bowled on 18 and 10 in the fifth and sixth overs respectively. By then Yogi Patel and Cracker McCracken had  been scrambled into pads and the pair took us from 33 to 85 before Cracker, having belted five fours, was first to retire with Yogi soon following. Debutant Sal Azam soon fell bowled for 2, but Dave Winpenny, promoted perforce up the order, sensibly ceded strike to our other debutant, Mohammed Waqas, who scored all the runs in a partnership of 20 before Dave, who’d just received an accidental beamer, was bowled on a long hop’s second bounce.
Waqas continued to bludgeon the ball to all parts, with two sixes and three fours as he posted a rapid 32, and Mikes Ottley and Robins, both 1 not out, saw the innings to 136.
Khem and Tom now became our opening bowling partnership as Kingston set about the chase, punishing anything wayward until Khem swung one in beautifully to claim our first wicket. A run-out via a direct hit from Yogi at cover brought a second and Waqas found the right line eventually to bowl out a third batsman, but we seemed unable to remove the hard-hitting Bilal (aided it turned out by the scorer not realising he had passed 30).
Up stepped the skipper to ensure he couldn’t retire and return. Mike Ottley flighted one through the bemused batsman, who played forward, back and all around a ball that hit nothing but middle stump. Same over a slower one hit the same stick and Kingston were 57-5 in nine overs. Though only one more batsman fell – bowled by Sal to give both debutants a maiden wicket – the two Mikes, Waqas, Sal and Cracker ensured Kingston would never get near the target. 
As dusk turned to dark we repaired to the bar to watch a possibly even greater performance, by Liverpool against Barcelona. Very satisfying all round.

SCORECARD
Brick batted first by agreement
Bricklayer’s Arms 136-4

Tom Poulter b Macintyre 10 (1×4, 7 balls)
Khem Sah b Davies 18 (1×4, 17 balls)
Yogi Patel retired 30 (3×4, 27 balls)
Cracker McCracken retired 31 (5×4, 24 balls)
Sal Azam b Kennedy 2 (4 balls)
Mohammed Waqas retired 32 (2×6, 3×4, 20 balls)
Dave Winpenny b Spencer 0 (8 balls)
Mike Ottley not out 1 (7 balls)
Mike Robins not out 1 (1 ball)
Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (b1, lb1, w8, nb1) 11
FALL OF WICKETS 29 (2,5th over) 33 (1, 6) 99 (5, 15) 119 (7, 18)
RUN RATE 67-2 (10)
Kingston Taxes 100-6
Bilal b Ottley 31
Stokes b Sah 14
Matthew run out 1
Falce b Waqas 2
Sadler b Ottley 0
Coyne b Azam 14
Davies not out 22
McIntyre not out 3
Extras (b4, lb2, w7) 13
BOWLING Sah 4-0-14-1 Poulter 4-0-17-0 Waqas 2-0-14-1 Ottley 4-0-20-2 Robins 4-0-13-0 Azam 1-0-4-1 McCracken 1-0-1-0

Sunday May 5 v Kingstonian, Abbey Rec – WON by 81 runs

Bricklayer’s Arms 227-7 (35 overs, Sunny Lall 100, Bittu Promod 68) Kingstonian 146-8 (35 overs, Sunny Lall 3-18)
A fine win to start our season featured a great century by Sunny Lall and a superb knock from Bittu Promod, proving that partying until 2am and then answering the call to play at 10am is no barrier to cricketing prowess.
Bittu was needed as Hassaan and Mohammed had cried off that morning, leaving us two short and Mike Ottley texting furiously to find last-minute replacements. Kingstonian had warned that they had also struggled to raise a side, getting a full eleven only by adding several colts, and so asked that we bat first.
We did not start well. In freezing conditions skipper Greg Tremain cracked one superb four through the off and then tried to repeat the shot to a different ball. He was bowled for 7, as next over was opening partner Prakhar Chandra, out for 1 trying to cut one that kept low.
From 8-2 in the fourth over Sunny Lall and Tara Thapa rebuilt well, adding 58 until Tara was bowled for 10. Anil Basnet soon followed, dispatched lbw second ball to one that hit his thigh. But from 67-4 Sunny Lall and Bittu Promod put on 78, with Sunny reaching a ton out of a total of 145, featuring some great hitting down the ground among 11 sumptous boundaries. 
Next ball he spooned to point, but Bittu, who had played second fiddle to reach 18 by that point, now took the major role in a quickfire stand of 52 with Ian Watson (caught at point for a valuable 16) and 25 with Mike Ottley. Bittu finally went in the 33rd over for a scintillating 68, leaving Mike (8 not out) and Ian Bridgford (1 not out) to see out the overs.
We were well pleased to set a target of 228, but Kingstonian’s openers set about the chase with 50 in the first seven overs, with a flurry of boundaries interspersed with catches not going to hand as we paid for being one light in the field. Greg had said at tea that to win we would have to rely on bowling at the stumps, and finally that paid off as on 55 Tara brought one back to knock out middle. One catch did at last find a fielder, Greg taking a top edge off Sunny at extra cover, but drinks saw the game evenly poised, Kingstonian 91-2 where we had been 89-4. 
But now came the catch that turned the match. Greg belying his own words by running to wide mid-off to take a swirling ball one-handed in his right just above ground. It was a great take and gave Sunny the wicket of the dangerous Abul, who had tonked 61.
That was 93-3, and on 115 two more wickets fell as Anil brought off a run-out of No 5 with a great return to Sunny, who then bowled their No 4. Anil himself had No 6 spooning to Tar at short extra cover, and would have been on a hat trick had the umpire not sportingly called no-ball to spare schoolgirl Leah being bowled.
It mattered not – the match was won, with further wickets for Prakhar and Bittu, the latter involving the batsman rushing across his stumps to hit to leg only to find his off stump removed. Kingstonian closed on 146 (Leah 3 not out) and we had our victory.
SCORECARD
Bricklayer’s batted first by agreement
Bricklayer’s Arms 227-7  
Greg Tremain b Hikmat 7 (1×4, 15 balls)
Prakhar Chandra b Jim 1 (3 balls)
Tara Thapa b Alan 10 (21 balls)
Sunny Lall c point b Terry 100 (11×4, 80 balls, fifty in 46, 100 in 79)
Anil Basnet lbw b Spanden 0 (2 balls)
Bittu Promod c Hikmat b Madhav 68 (9×4, 53 balls, fifty in 44)
Ian Watson c point b Terry 16 (2×4, 15 balls)
Mike Ottley not out 8 (1×4, 11 balls)
Ian Bridgford not out 1 (5 balls)
Chris Locke did not bat
Extras (b3,w12,nb1) 16
FALL OF WICKETS 8 (1, 3rd over) 8 (2,4) 66 (3, 13) 67 (5,14) 145 (4,25) 197 (7,31) 222 (6,33)
RUN RATE 18-2 (5) 52-2 (10) 72-4 (15) 101-4 (20) 146-5 (25) 197-5 (30)
Kingstonian 146-8 
Abul c Tremain b Lall 61
Alan b Thapa 18
Madhav c Tremain b Lall 9
Hikmat b Lall 19
Spanden run out 1
Kavi c Thapa b Basnet 1
Hassan b Chandra 0
Amer b Promod 14
Leah not out 3
Jim not out 1
Terry did not bat
Extras (b9,w8, nb2) 19
FALL OF WICKETS 55 (2) 75 (3) 93 (1) 115 (5) 115 (6) 122 (6) 123 (7) 145 (8)
BOWLING Prakhar Chandra 4-0-27-1 Mike Ottley  4-1-23-0 Tara Thapa 6-0-23-1 Anil Basnet 6-1-18-1 Bittu Promod 5-1-16-1 Sunny Lall 5-0-18-3 Ian Bridgford 3-0-4-0 Greg Tremain 2-0-7-0