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

    Anon

  • "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 v Hampton Wick CC

6/19/2015

On a glorious Tuesday afternoon the expertly assembled WTSC team arrived at Hampton Wick hoping to turn the tide of recent history by posting a win in this fixture. Sadly due to illness we had a drop out on the morning of the game which left 10 valiant souls to do battle. Skipper Last decided that fielding first would be best in this declaration game, and so we took the field in high spirits, with Nick Oakley and the Goode Dr taking the new ball. There seemed to be an equal amount of beating the bat and fetching the ball from the boundary with neither side completely on top, however after a decent spell by both opening bowlers with no wickets down, the game seemed to be in their favour and runs flowed freely. Having given Jamie Goode a blow our token Aussie, Tim Schwilk, decided to give it some tweak, and target their opening bat who had seemed to run out of conventional scoring shots He decided to reverse sweep his way back to form and after around a dozen attempts with mixed success, Ants Rixon pounced with great anticiaption at seeing the latest effort to play the shot, only for the ball to head staright to where he would have been. Never beaten, an amazing body going one way arms going another effort resulted in the ball sticking and [at last] they were 1 down with 124 on the board.

 

Deciding more spin was required, Mike Best replaced evergreen Nick Oakley with his leg breaks, and the WTSC looked to our spinners to gain us some control. Alas, they must play on longer wickets in Aus as Tim couldn't seem to find a length offering a bevy of full tosses, and Mike Best could not settle in to the kind of rhythym he is accustomed, and with the opener approcahing his ton, the captain had to call on the injured limbs of Ian Thomas to come off his sometimes medium sometimes short run. It turned out to be an inspired choice as he clean bowled the opener for 95, and followed that up in his next over by striking the timbers of the next man in. Suddenly they were 148/3 and the runs were harder to come by and the game was turning slightly in our favour. Mark Wilson entered the fray, no-one was sure of what to expect, not least Mark, and in spite of some lusty hitting Mark chipped in with a wicket when the batsmen chipped it to Nick Oakley, and then as tea approached, Skipper Last was on hand to take a catch at deep long on. A few more were added before tea was declared with the score 224/5.

 

At tea the 2 captains had a chat and it was decided that 'Wick' would declare and that tea would be extended in order that each team would face roughly the same number of overs. A wise choice as there were plenty of fine wines to sample, and we ensured we identified who their opening bowlers were and poured them some large glasses from as many of the bottles that still had some wine in them.

 

The WTSC innings commenced with probably our 2 most aesthetically pleasing batsmen, Messers Rixon and Leveson-Gower, taking on all that 'Wick' had to offer, a couple of pleasing shots had those at the side dreaming of a sound victory before MLG got cleaned up. Very quickly 1 wicket became 2 as Tim Schwilk came and went, and then Ian Thomas (perhaps hindered by having to bowl when injured) refused a [dodgy looking] run and Ants Rixon, who was looking in fine form, was run out. Enter the captain at 20/3, with a lot of time left meaning that even he surely could not bat out for the draw from there. Slow progress ensued, but progress none the same, before sadly Ian Thomas tried to biff it one too many times and spooned one up to gully, 41/4. 'Wick' then decided to withdraw the font line attack, and provide some buffet. As most will know, Captain Last loves a buffet and so he filled himself up, with the aid of Mike Harrison, who sadly got himself out just as he had got in after a 58-run partnership. In walked our 'finisher' and Mr Oakley proceeded to build  on the foundations that had been laid. Things were progressing well, and a few overs in to the final 20 only 7 per over was required and there was a sense it could be 'on'. Sadly their skipper also thought this and brought on his opening pair again. Determined to get on top early Last swung hard at the first ball only to hear the death rattle and he was out for 76. Very quickly 141/6 became 141/7 then 141/8, leaving Oakley and Wilson to try and save the game with 9 overs to go. 9 became 8, then 7, 6, 5 and hope was restored, but sadly it was not to be and with 4 overs to go Wilson smeared a ball in to the covers where an outstanding catch was taken to wrap up our innings, all out for 157. Mr Oakley topped and tailed the perfmance havong bowled the first ball and was last man standing on 30 no.

 

Tee result could not dampen our spirits, a fantastic day was had in fine weather, a cracking game, fine teas (for only £4 per head!) and most stayed for a few beers whilst enjoying the views over Bushy Park. As the sun set, everyone had a warm glow of satisfaction and the day drew to a close, there is alwasy next year to turn the tide...



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