• "Never let a day's work get in the way of a good day of sport!"


  • "If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt."

    Dean Martin

  • "The big Cuban opened his legs and showed his class."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok."

    Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player

  • "Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious."

    Alan Minter

  • "Moses Kiptanui - the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago."

    David Coleman

  • "That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record."

    David Coleman

  • "This could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games next week."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm not a believer in luck... but I do believe you need it."

    Alan Ball

  • "One of the reasons Arnie is playing so well is that, before each tee-shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them - Oh my God, what have I just said?"

    US TV commentator

  • "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision."

    Muhammad Ali

  • "Stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don't drink too much. Then again, don't drink too little."

    Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen, Skiing pioneer

  • "For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip."

    John Motson

  • "When you win the toss - bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague - then bat."

    WG Grace

  • "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."

    Ron Atkinson

  • "You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."

    Chris Evert

  • "We now have exactly the same situation as we had at the start of the race, only exactly the opposite."

    Murray Walker

  • "I can play in the center, on the right, and occasionally on the left side."

    David Beckham, when asked if he was a 'volatile' player

  • "I never make predictions and I never will."

    Paul Gascoigne

  • "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

    Terry Venables

  • "Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it."

    Jimmy Connors

WTSC hold on for miraculous draw in season opener.


With probably the strongest batting side I’ve ever skippered, the WTSC arrived at Coggeshall with confidence high that we may finally post a victory. One carload travelled all the way from Cheshire (thanks Phil Critchley!).  Gents of Essex batted first, as is customary (they did in fact win the toss), and their openers Cross & Rees accumulated runs at a steady pace.  Matt Grace our guest Ozzie bowled well; as did Miles Platt at the other end however Gents of Essex passed 50 for no loss.  With plenty of military medium bowlers in the side the skipper changed the bowling, but with no success either. The score passed 100, and still no wickets fell.  Darlington, Hore & Thomas all bowled, the total continued to rise and reached 150 - still no wickets.  15 minutes before lunch and a change of tactic, the skipper (Nick Oakley) tried some ‘non-spinning spin’ from himself.  2 wickets fell in the first over, followed by similar ‘non-spinning’ spin from Crowther at the other end.  A third wicket in 8 balls with both Rees (78) and Cross (59) were back in the hutch – The wine trade were back in the match.


With the score at 165 for 3, we took lunch.  As is customary plentiful quantities of good wine was consumed, including the English Bacchus of the aforementioned Angus Crowther (jolly good wine too!).  Lunch was excellent as usual, cold cuts, potato salad, apple and rhubarb crumble for pud.  Would the Gents’ wine consumption affect their innings?  Would there be a wine-induced collapse?


Continuing after lunch with spin, another couple of wickets fell, then, incredibly for the WTSC a run out. Sam Blackwell (61) plundered runs at will, hooking plenty of 6s over the short leg-side boundary and the score rapidly moved past 240.  Phil Critchley came on with his fascinating ‘windmill-style leg cutters’ and another couple of wickets fell.  Suddenly the Wine trade were back in  the game.  Matt Grace returned for a second spell and tidied up the tail with Gents of Essex all out for 265. With only one wicket falling to pace bowling, spin was very much the winner. 2 wickets each for Critchley and Crowther, 3 for Oakley.


With PLENTY of time to score the runs, the Wine Trade got off to a disastrous start. Nathan Last was out first ball of the innings promptly followed by George Unwin, both cleaned up by excellent QUICK bowling from George Blackwell.  It didn’t get any better.  Though Critchley played a solid innings of 37, no-one else had managed to record double figures, and we languished at 66-7, with 200 to score and only 3 wickets in hand.  Platt and Oakley steadied the ship and steered the inning past 100 and up past 150.  With 145 needed off the last 20 overs, would an IPL-like victory come to pass.  Gents kept the slow bowlers on, encouraging the trade to take risks, however Platt and Oakley continued to accumulate boundaries, with the score passing 200 with 6 overs still to go. 


65 off the last 6?  Possible, right?  Sadly Platt fell for 51, bowled by Cross, after a partnership of 140 with his skipper.  Crowther and Oakley kept the show alive until the last over, though the runs had dried up by now.  First ball of the last over and Crowther was clean bowled (spin again), leaving Hore and Oakley to marshal the innings to a close and get the draw.  Oakley faced the last ball.  Wide of off stump – a leave.  ‘Thanks Gents, better luck next year’.  Oakley 64no.




Gents of Essex 265 all out

Wine Trade 214 -9

Match drawn

(Match report by Nick Oakley)


Next Fixture: WTSC v Fullers Brewery - Thursday 21st May at Hogarth House, Chiswick - contact Charles Taverner to get involved.

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