• "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




Wine Trade come out on top in winning draw against Hartfield

6/14/2019

Following one of the wettest June weeks on record, and with three World Cup matches rained off, all signs were pointing to this long standing fixture in WTSC calendar falling to the same fate. Hat’s off to the Hartfield team for getting the pitch into a playable condition after on 12 rain free hours.

The pitch looked decidedly damp at the start but with a strong westerly breeze blowing across the Croft, and the rain staying away a full match was able to be played and what a fine game of cricket it was too.

Debut outing for South African winemaker Wynand Grobler (who counts AB de Villiers and Faf Du Plessis amongst his business partners) and a welcome return to the WTSC cricketing ranks for James Handford MW.

Christo Eliott Lockhart, skippering against his local team, lost the toss (as usual) and was sent in to bat (as usual) as Hartfield hoped to enjoy the benefits of a drier outfield and pitch and also the fine wines provided by the Wine Trade. Geoff Taylor and Hood Restaurant’s – Robin Frean – set about accumulating steadily as the negotiated the early uncertainty in the wicket. Geoff ‘the cat’ Taylor, finally ran out of lives being caught behind for 8. George Burrough came and went for 3 as the unpredictable bounce had him fending one gently to point.

Mark Leveson-Gower batted sensibly and accompanied Frean who began to find his timing and quickly accelerated to 41, falling to an edge behind as the pitch encouraged plenty of lateral movement. With lunch approaching the skipper joined MLG and they just managed to survive and lunch was taken with the score at 83 for 3.

One of the finest spreads anywhere in the country was provided by Hartfield – BBQ lamb, ham, chicken, potato salad, quiches, numerous salads and much more was enjoyed along with numerous wines from around the world. After the customary hour the match resumed.

MLG and CEL patiently got the score moving along a rapid acceleration ensued. MLG was bowled for 24 and Dave Green, who was in a hurry joined the party. Green and CEL provided some mighty blows and the score rapidly progressed, with CEL getting to his half century with three consecutive 6’s. Dave Green fell for a swift 34 and then after an innings containing 11 sixes CEL retired on reaching 100. Barraclough fell without troubling the scorers and Nick Darlington and debutant Wynand smote the last few overs for a few more. The WTSC declared on 250 for 7 but still plenty of time for Hartfield with 48 overs remaining in the day.

With the sun now shining and the pitch drying out it was looking like being an excellent afternoon for batting, however a score of 250 looked like being a challenge. Jim Thompson (0 for 8 off six overs) and wine trade veteran James Handford took the new ball and were miserly with their accuracy however the Hartfield openers (Chris Turner and Neil Emery) were not troubled. A single over of spin before tea was just the ticket as George Burrough extracted some ferocious turn out of the pitch and had the dangerous Emery snaffled down the leg-side on the stroke of tea with Hartfield 29 for 1.

More cake than you have ever seen before was consumed and battle resumed. Brunsden was bowled for 0 by Lockhart, and Burrough bamboozled Simpson who drove hard to MLG at long on. All the while Chris Turner accumulated, nudged and nurdled his was to a half century. Liam Brown batted with his usual enthusiasm, running and hitting, hitting and running before he was caught behind off MLG. In came the powerful Ross Dyer but MLG had the better of him as he restricted him to no freebies and eventually, just as he was looking to cut loose was plucked out of the sun by James Handford off the bowling of CEL.

All the while Chris Turner looked like he was going to drive Hartfield to victory however and inspired bowling change saw Andrew Barraclough turn his arm over for the first time in a decade and claimed the wickets of both Chris Turner and Toby Gazzina. With the Wine Trade looking to wrap it up, back came Thompson and Burrough as Hartfield shut up shop for the draw. Still time for some tension as Jim Thompson celebrated his first wicket for the wine trade but Sanders and Carroll ensure that that was as good as it got.

A draw but for the second year in a row, definitely a winning one.

WTSC innings: CEL – 100; Frean – 41; Green – 34 - Simpson 1 for 45; Sanders 2 for 35; Dyer 2 for 50; Carroll 1 for 25.

Hartfield Innings: Turner -73; Brown – 25 – Barraclough 2 for 10; CEL 2 for 24; Burrough 2 for 38, MLG 1 for 25; Thompson 1 for 9

Bidwell trophy moments:

  • Jim Thompson with with 5 overthrows clearing the keeper by 20 ft.
  • Fabulous and pleading LBW appealing by James Handford , praying for the umpire.


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