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    Dean Martin

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    David Coleman

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    Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player

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    Alan Minter

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    David Coleman

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    David Coleman

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    David Coleman

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    Alan Ball

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    US TV commentator

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    Muhammad Ali

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    Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen, Skiing pioneer

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    John Motson

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    WG Grace

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    Ron Atkinson

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    Chris Evert

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    Murray Walker

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

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    Paul Gascoigne

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    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




Wine Trade go down to narrow defeat to HAC

8/13/2015

Under grey cloudy skies in the heart of the City of London, the Wine Trade took on the Honourable Artillery Company looking for a repeat of the convincing victory from 2014.

 

With the cricket secretary having time off for good behaviour, WTSC President, Christo Eliott Lockhart was drafted in to lead the troops. Winning the toss, the skipper elected to bat on a wicket normally full of runs and plenty of pain for the bowlers. With everyone enjoying a fine lunch provided by Mark LG and bountiful quantities of fine wines, the skipper was hopeful that Messers Wyatt and Green would arrive in time to bat, sadly Ian Thomas was not going to make due to a last minute trip to A&E. Lunch seemed to galvanise the opening pair of George Burrough and Graeme Harwood who set about seeing off the new ball with a combination of grace, guile and a few mighty blows. The HAC opening bowlers kept it tight and thanks to some fast straight bowling soon accounted for Harwood, playing on for 7.

 

Reluctant number three, Mark LG looked good as he strode out to the middle. Taking guard and looking around this magnificent ground, he was clearly visualising the feast of runs to come. Unfortunately they will have to be made another day as he was promptly despatched back to the pavilion having missed a very good and straight first ball!

 

James Wyatt looked solid for his 7, before he was extremely well caught at 1st slip to a ball that swung late and moved away taking the edge. All the time George Burrough was batting confidently, defending well and taking advantage of anything remotely off line or short of a length as he cruised to his half century. Next in was the skipper who scratched around whilst searching for some runs. Having however seen of the opening bowlers things were looking up as barring the occasional good ball there was nothing much to trouble either batsman! Then calamity struck...The Skipper dabbed the ball into the occupied mid wicket area and retreated into his crease. Then to his horror he spotted that Burrough was charging down the wicket looking for a single (that may not have been there after all). Realising that Burrough may hold all the aces for a defendable total the skipper set off in hope more than expectation and reluctantly fell on his sword as he was run out for 8. All of a sudden The Wine trade were in trouble - 4 down with only 75 on the board and only 5 wickets in hand. 

 

Debutant Joseph Hallam, playing his first game for eight years, provided dogged defence and running support for Burrough but was eventually dismissed for a hard earned 0. Oh how the Wine Trade needed the tail to wag. Next up, Dave Green, who had finally arrived, showed steely determination and kept the scoreboard ticking over alongside Burrough. Eventually Green was caught for 21..would Burrough carry his bat! Charlie McSweeney strode purposefully out to bat and looking to revive memories of his days as an opening batsman in his youth, sprinted hard for every run whilst simultaneously sucking every last ounce of energy out of the legs and lungs of Burrough who having cruised to a century started to tire and eventually fell for a magnificent 113. Next man in Nielsen smacked his first ball off middle stump for four before falling 6 balls later as the tail tried to pile on some more runs. Last man in was Hughie Leveson-Gower who was left stranded as McSweeney danced down the wicket only to miss the ball and be stumped for an entertaining 17. 193 all out off 39 overs...would it be enough?

 

With the sky darkening spots of rain started to fall as the Wine Trade took to the field...this was not forecast, hopefully it would blow over. Murray Nielsen was thrown the ball for the first over and despite looking like a teenager between balls, who had just been dragged out of bed, immediately found his line and length removing the opening batsman with an in-swinging delivery destroying the stumps. Hughie LG struggled to control the swinging ball in his first two overs and the HAC rattled past 35 after 4 overs. However L-G minor was beginning to find his mark. Finally in his 3rd over he struck the timbers, promptly followed by another wicket beautifully caught by Wyatt at Mid-on. Next over the HAC were in trouble, Edwards, tried to evade a devilish bouncer from Nielsen, was struck on the helmet which fell to the ground crashing into the stumps. From 35 for 1 HAC were now 50 for 4.

 

Caviet, the HAC opening bowler was looking like a tidy batsman as well. Seeing off Nielsen and Hughie LG, the skipper turned to McSweeney and himself. By now the rain was falling lightly but constantly and the challenge was keeping the ball dry to enable McSweeney to extract some turn from the pitch. Christo EL was just not able to locate the edge as HAC played and missed on numerous occasions and even his pleas for LBW were ignored by the umpires. Eventually McSweeney had the dangerous Charles pinned LBW and the skipper lured Faje to smack the ball straight into Green's hands at mid wicket. The wine trade were then firmly in control of the match as McSweeney took an excellent caught and bowled chance to dismiss the opposition captain diving forwards on his follow through. 

 

At 7 wickets down, still 45 runs needed and running out of overs all three results were possible, however the continued rain was proving an awkward adversary for the bowlers. Now wet, slippery and getting heavy the ball stopped swinging and spinning which meant that Caviet could take greater risks and accelerated the run rate. Wyatt replaced McSweeney and promptly bowled a maiden to ratchet up the pressure. Nielsen replaced Eliott Lockhart but the runs kept flowing as the ball became increasingly hard to control. Caviet moved nonchalantly to 96...3 overs remaining and a final throw of the dice with Green asked to launch some tempting grenades...sadly it was all over. HAC won by 3 wickets with less than 3 overs left. A great match with the WTSC suffering with one man fewer in the field and probably 30 runs short as well. 

 

Notable WTSC performances:

  • George Burrough - 113
  • David Green - 21
  • Charlie McSweeney - 17
  • Murray Nielsen - 9 overs, 2 Maidens, 43 runs, 2 wickets
  • Hughie Leveson-Gower - 7, 1, 50, 2
  • Charlie McSweeney - 6, 0, 39, 2 
  • Christo Eliott Lockhart - 7, 0, 39, 1

 

Special moments:

  • G. Burrough running out his captain
  • M. Nielsen taking a wicket by knocking batsman's helmet onto stumps with a bouncer

 



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