2015 Match Reports

V School, Saturday 23 May 2015

A pleasant and dry day made a nice change to last year. Perhaps a reflection of the fact that no cricket had been possible in 2014 was the relatively small number of Meteors wishing to play in this year’s fixtures, though it was very good to welcome back Toby Latham (SF 10-13) and Matthew Karslake (M 10-13) who might well have been playing for the XI in 2015 in different circumstances. I am very grateful to both Fergus Maclehose (M 01-06) and Nik Darlington (Sh 99-04) for their time and trouble in raising teams.

Meteors batted first and posted a target of 245 for 9. Top scorers were Theo McKibbin (K 07-12) (40), George Terry (M 07-12) (47) and Richard Offord (SF 02-07) (37 – including an enormous six hit which disappeared well over the rifle range into Dunchurch Road).

In reply the School innings was dominated by Robbie Povey. His opening partnership with skipper Jack Rosser reached 166 before Jack was caught for 47. Robbie ended the match unbeaten on 150. Robbie provided a really remarkable exhibition of clean striking and concentration which was enjoyed and appreciated by all present! The School won by 7 wickets and thoroughly deserved their victory. A good crowd of staff and parents stayed to the end to spectate and enjoy the occasion.

V Bradfield Waifs – Cricketer Cup Round 1

Our first visit to Bradfield since a semi-final win in 1999 was not as successful.

Bradfield won the toss and put Meteors in to bat. Our top order of Joe Moxham (W 08-10), stand in captain Charlie Wedgwood (W 04-09) and Jake Kings (W 07-12) all got a start before being dismissed, but the long tail - resulting from late withdrawals (and even including your correspondent such was the emergency on Sunday morning) - did not wag. 73 all out was never going to be enough with a fast and true pitch.

Paul Clarke (SF 08-13) bowled well to take 4-31 off 8.5 overs but their middle order was made of sterner stuff than ours on the day and we were well beaten by last year’s finalists.

This year marks an end to Jaimie Noble’s (K 97-02) eight year spell running the team, even if not to his participation. We are very grateful for his time, wisdom and enthusiasm as our glorious leader over this period when, despite today’s defeat, significant progress has been made and many good younger players introduced to the team. Thank you Jaimie!

I would welcome any offers to arrange and manage other fixtures at Rugby or elsewhere.

Guy Steele-Bodger (Tu 74-78)