• "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




Cricket is the winner as WTSC finally get season up and running with a draw at Hartfield

08/06/2018

The Wine Trade Sports Club finally got their season up and running on Friday 8th June with a fantastic game of criket at Hartfield. Following two early season cancellations the team were eager and were all in good time for the traditional warm-up in the Anchor.

           Winning the toss on a glorius sunny day the WTSC skipper (Christo Eliott Lockhart) elected to bat and look to post a challenging target for Hartfield to chase down. Graeme Harwood and Geoff Taylor were sent into the fray against the new ball pair of Dave Simpson and John Sanders. Starting off watchfully against some tight bowling, unfortunately Harwood was first to fall in the second over fo 0. An expansive drive was mistimed and flew gracefully to Toby Gazzina at mid off.

           Graham Cox joined Taylor who continued diligently against the accurate Dave Simpson (who bowled 3 maidens on the trot). THe pressure was building however with the wine trade on 7 for 1 after 6 overs. Then disaster or calamity struck! Certainly a Bidwell trophy contender. Taylor top edged off Simpson, the ball looped up into the air, the keeper (Hartfield Skipper Jawad Akhtar) called for the simplest of catches only for the ball to spill through the gloves directly onto the stumps. Taylor had wandered out of his crease not knowing where the ball had gone and was out...stumped. The Wine trade were in trouble at 7 for 2.

           Out strode Ants Rixon who feeling relaxed, looked in great form from the off. Working well with Cox quickly advanced the score to 50 in rapid time. Ross Dyer tempted Cox who edged through to the keeper for a hard fought 21. Out strode Mark Leveson-Gower. In typical unflusterd and controlled manner he was determined to keep out of trouble with lunch approaching. Unfortunately Hartfield had other ideas and Mark was run out (backing up) off a drive back down the pitch by Ants Rixon which Dyer just managed to get a hand to and diverted it onto the stumps. The wine trade were suddenly in desperate need for lunch at 60 for 4. Rob Harrison, in his first game for 2 years and Ants Rixon survived to lunch.

           A bountiful spread was provided by the Hartfield members which was washed down with an eclectic and plentiful selection of fine wines provided by the Wine trade team. After the traditional extended lunch break the match resumed.

           Rixon and Harrison continued where they left off with some might blows but unfortunately one too many accounted for both as Rixon was caught for 38 and Harrison bowled for 27. Matt Wilkin MS on debut was quickly into his stride with a smite for 4 off his first ball, only to fall 4 balls later for 6 runs. Jan Ball was bowling accurately down the hill swinging the ball both ways and troubling the both the right and left handed batsmen. The Skipper joined Charlie McSweeney when the score was 107 for 7 and it was not looking good for the Wine trade however the tail was prepared to do some wagging.

           McSweeney was in fine form smiting the ball to all corners of the ground for a rapid fire 32 from 33 balls. Looking to continue the acceleration he hit a mighty shot off Ball which was looking to be going all the way however a spectacular catch by Gazzina ended a fine innings. 149 for 8 after 35 overs was when Jim Thompson joined the skipper in the middle - deep doo-doo you might say! Some mighty blows between the pair and 9 overs later the wine trade declared at lunch on 257 for 8 with 108 runs coming off the last 9 overs. a respectable total and something to chase for Hartfield but more importantly something to defend for the Wine Trade bowlers.

           After tea, Hartfield sent in the big hitting Jan Ball to open alongside Chris Turner. Jim Thompson and John Thorne opened the bowling and set about the challenge in earnest. A tight line and length from Thorne brought the first breakthrough as he bowled Ball with an excellent yorker for only 1. Thompson was unlucky not to get a wicket in his opening spell, beating the bat at pace on numerous occasions, however Turner and Liam Brown played well to see off the opening pair.

           The change of bowler for Hartfield had immediate results. McSweeney quickly got the wickets of Chris Turner and Toby Gazzina. John Sanders joined Brown in the middle and was in excellent form, latching onto anything full, short or inbetween. Eliott Lockhart eventually took the wicket of Liam Brown (22) with one that seemed back in and clipped the middle stump off the inside edge.

           Out strode the very dangerous Ross Dyer who continued his excellent season form and was quickly hoisting the wine trade bowlers to all corners of the ground. With Sanders and Dyer scoring quickly the Wine Trade were in trouble. The Skipper shuffled his bowlers in search of the vital wicket to break the partnership. Finally it fell to Thompson who had Sanders trapped LBW for an excellent 71. Akhtar joined Dyer and looking to keep the chanse going tried to hit Wilkin out of the park only to miss-time it to Eliott Lockhart at mid off. Dyer took a fancy to Thompsons final over hitting him for 22 runs. McSweeney was brought into the attack again however Dyer continued to feast with 3 huge sixes in one over.

           The skipper brought himself back into the attack, this time up the hill and had instant success. He bowled both James Murray Willis and John Exall and in the same Dave Simpson was run out following some excellent work by John Thorne and the keeper (Ants Rixon). With only one wicket remaining, and needing 13 runs off the last over, Lockhart turned to McSweeney to try and finish it off. An excellent tight over followed with only 2 runs coming from it. The match was drawn however it was played in superb spirit and even included some excellent cricket and it could have gone either way.

MATCH STATS:

           Wine Trade - 257 for 8 (C Eliott Lockhart - 61no; J Thompson - 49no; A Rixon - 38; J Ball - 4 for 32)

           Hartfield  - 247 for 9 (R Dyer - 82no; J Sanders - 71; C Turner - 27; C Eliott Lockhart - 3 for 43; C McSweeney - 2 for 41)

           Bidwell Trophy Moment - Geoff Taylor stumped off a dropped catch!

           The  WTSC Team (1-11) - Greame Harwood, Geoff Taylor, Graham Cox, Ants Rixon , Mark Leveson-Gower, Rob Harrison , Matt Wilkin MS, Charlie McSweeney, Christo Eliott Lockhart*, Jim Thompson, John Thorne.

 

           NEXT UP:  Babbington House - Sunday 8th June (Mark Leveson-Gower)

                                Hampshire Hogs - Friday 22nd June (Charles Taverner)

 



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