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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

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

    David Coleman

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    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

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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

  • "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




Spin's the order of the day as The Croft turns the Wine Trade in knots!

23/07/2017

The team that took to the pitch for the Wine Trade was very different to the one confirmed on the Monday. Last minute call-ups for Graeme Harewood, Simon Hore, Mike Best and debutant Jake Cole ensured that the Wine Trade had eleven men to take on the mighty foe that was Hartfield Cricket Club as the highlight of the hosts Cricket Week.

 

On a bright sunny day with a firm wind blowing across the Ashdown Forest, Hartfield won the toss and much to the surprise of everyone elected to field. The heavy rain earlier in the week ensured that there was plenty of moisture in the wicket early on and made for tough batting conditions for the Wine trade after their traditional warm up in the Anchor Inn!

 

Mark Yates returning after 5 years out of the team on business was back in the pavilion after only a few minutes having been snared by a fantastic catch by Mike Freeman in the gully. No sooner had he got one pad off and number 2 - Graeme Harewood was heading in the same direction neither having troubled the scorers. At 1 for 2 after 5 overs and only a bye to show for their efforts the Wine Trade were looking undercooked!

 

George Burrough and Tim Schwilk proceeded to set about the Hartfield bowling attack with great patience and a fair bit of luck as the pitch provided plenty of excitement in the first hour. Approaching lunch the Wine Trade had seen off both openers (Jan Ball and Piers Townsend) and the leg spin of Dave Prior was not causing too much of a problem and only 2 overs until lunch. Schwilk, with his mind no doubt on the impending ham sandwich got a fine edge to the keeper having scored a resilient 27. Out strode Andrew Barraclough who was no doubt disappointed to not be able to fill his stomach before heading out to bat was rushed into a hungry shot and fended a ball to short midwicket off the last ball before lunch for the third 0 of the innings! From 68 for 2 the wine trade were suddenly struggling at lunch at 69 for 4! The best hope was that Hartfield would drink the house dry at lunch!!

 

Fred Ball and the Hartfield team (& wives/girlfriends/lovers) put together the finest lunch the Wine Trade have ever had. Releasing his inner Masterchef Fred et al produced a mighty fine spread of food to rival the marvellous array of fine wines provided by the trade. The customary hour was taken and by the end everyone was fully sated and suitably refreshed. 

 

George Burrough lead out debutant Jake Cole playing his first match for many a year to rebuild after the mini collapse before lunch. However, the Cotes du Rhone was calling to Jake and within a few minutes, he too was on his way back from the middle for 2. Out strode the Skipper (Christo Eliott Lockhart) to face his home team at 75 for 5. Burrough and EL didn't look troubled until Burrough was caught at square leg off a long-hop from Kiwi leggy Prior. Phil Tuck, playing his first Wine Trade match of the season was next to arrive. feeling confident he rapidly progressed to to 17 with two sixes and a four but was then beaten for pace by slow left armer Dave Simpson. 4 balls later Eliott Lockhart was also out, caught off a leading edge at short midwicket. The Wine Trade were now in serious trouble at 123 for 8.

 

Never was there a time for Murray Nielsen to beat his highest ever score. However it was not looking promising as Simon Hore was rapidly back in the pavilion having added one solitary run and Dave Priors fifth victim. 1 wicket remaining and facing down the barrel at 129 for 9. Mike Best defended royally as some deadly accurate bowling from Mike Freeman (conceding only 1 run off his first 4 overs)  whilst at the other end, Murray Nielsen was making batting look easy as he swiftly cruised into the forties. A personal best of 47 was achieved by Murray however very next ball he was skittled by Jan Ball. All out for 181 - something to defend perhaps but the trade were going to have to bowl well.

 

Piers Townsend (aged only 14) made batting look rather easy as Phil Tuck wheeled away with great passion and fire but with little effect in his first outing of the season. At the other end Simon Hore smashed up Mike Gleadon's stumps (the fourth duck of the match). Neil Emery came in and showed resolute defence in an innings that was clearly modelled on Geoffrey Boycott. Eliott Lockhart had to shuffle his bowlers into order to try and make things happen. The change worked and in his second over Lockhart managed to tempt Townsend (38 runs) into edging one to Burrough behind the stumps. Nielsen, stuggling through treacle, as he raced in up the slope (after his long innings) eventually found his rhythm and had Liam Brown caught at extra-cover after an expansive drive off a good ball.

 

Shuffling his bowlers EL turned to the leg spin of the WSET's very own Mike Best. Mike bowled in a controlled manner and even the dangerous Jan Ball found it difficult to score off him. With 20 overs to go, the match was well poised with Ball and Akhtar well set and ready to launch the final assault. A change of keeper was called for in order to allow George Burrough a bowl - This transpired to be a inspirational decision! Best and new keeper Schwilk combined as Jawad Akhtar was beaten all ends down and his stumps were destroyed by Scwhilk - stumped for 4. Hore replaced EL who swiftly bowled Emery. On came Burrough replacing Best and proceeded to take 2 wickets including Jan Ball and James Murray-Willis.

 

EL replaced Hore once more and just couldn't entice an edge. A last throw of the dice...back came Nielsen...but a 9 ball over later and the writing was on the wall for the wine trade. Despite all the wickets falling around him, Michael Freeman, who started the Wine Trade collapse with his fabulous catch at the start of the match was nonchalantly knocking off the runs. Burrough got one more wicket - 178 for 8. Four runs needed and 2 overs remaining...could the Wine Trade pull off the unexpected? The answer was of course NO. Eliott Lockhart returned to replace Nielsen and 2 balls later it was all over - Dave Simpson smote the final runs and Hartfield had won by 2 wickets with 10 balls remaining.

 

A fantastic day, great weather, delicious food, excellent wines and a match played in a great spirit. Same again next year and perhaps after 3 losses in 3 (played) matches a change of fortunes due for the Wine Trade. Special mention to Geoff Taylor who despite a hamstring injury still turned up and provided dogged umpireliness and refused to give any LBW decisions all day. Also to Chef Fred for his amazing spread.

 

Notable WTSC figures: 181 all out

G Burrough - 58; M Nielsen - 47

G Burrough - 3 for 38; S Hore - 2 for 21



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