V Swynnerton (09/08/15)

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9th of August 2015

Walsall Health V Swynnerton @ Swynnerton

Walsall Health (57 –  20.2 Overs) lost to Swynnerton (245 – 39.3 Overs)

Hot off the press apologies it’s late. It’s a tough one for bigging everyone up so let’s take the medicine and move on!!!

The Elf slump in Swynnerton. Normally a write up of great superlatives and daring do’s there is little that can be said about this poor showing from the Aldridge based men.

With a couple of late arrivals. One arrival 10 overs into the game. Some lethargic fielding on occasion just not brave enough too was poor.

Wayward bowling and a lack of sharpness all around allied to some tidy and big hitting performances meant that we gave ourselves an uphill challenge.

The team regrouped at tea. However, wickets tumbled and if there had been any more ducks then small children may have started throwing pieces of stale bread at us.

A crushing and somewhat embarrassing defeat as a collective we did not turn up.

There were however a few glimpses of what we can deliver.

Tom Davies with a 5for continued his recent great form with the ball In hand and also top run scored.

Richard Fell was brilliant in the field and out of all of us I think he is the one player who you could look at and say he gave 100% the whole game and is an absolute credit to the team. Still a leader out there.

Josh Markham acquitted himself well on his debut and took a fine catch on the boundary. A baptism of fire on his first game opening the bowling.

Skipper Dave Preece took a couple of fine catches the fly ball on the boundary a particularly good take.

It was also great to have Dave Stephens back for a game with the Elf too.

It must also be noted that the Swynnerton lads were a young and very well mannered bunch and one youngster in particular has a very bright cricketing future ahead of him.Home game next so let’s bounce back and move on and show what the Spirit of the Elf is all about!

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Batting Runs
Gorton, A b Bailey

0

Preece, D b Bailey

0

Hewlitt, R c b Ward  10
Martin, N b Ward  1
Stephens, D c b Wardell  5
Reeves, N b Ward 0
Slater, S b Ward 0
Fell, R b Shearing 7
Davies, T b Chandler  14
Wright, M c b Ward  10
Markham, J not out  3
Extras

7

Walsall Health

 57

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

8

0

31

2

Markham, J

6

0

55

0

Davies, T

7.3

0

30

5

Stephens, D

8

0

38

1

Wright, M

3

0

29

0

Preece, D

3

0

20

1

Hewlitt, R

4

0

23

1

TOP BATSMAN, TOP BOWLER
& MAN OF THE MATCH
Tom Davies turned up in most departments today unlike the rest of the team. Good work from the Ginger Jewel.

TOP FIELDER
Resident warrior Rich Fell. Twisted knee and he still showed more heart than most of the team put together. Ran and ran and ran. Prepared to put his body on the line where others were not.

AOB
Rob Hewlett experienced a near death encounter as Rachel went shooting through a rural junction. His whites were nearly brown!

Discovering that our skipper has had his wife’s initials shaved into the hair on his bum
Cheeks is comedy gold! SP on the DP!

The Stuart Slater flounce was up there with some of the best super strops. However like Nathan Martins Bat up a Tree and Nathan Reeves broken helmet at least Our International playboy took it to the confines of the changing room!

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
Making it here alive The RG lounged finishing off her racy novel. Toms and a gifted scarf from the Canary Islands set off this weeks outfit. No jug duty as the visiting team.

DAI WATCH
A quiet day for the scoring super hero. However he did have a fully functional electronic score board and a Roxanne-esque red light to signal.

 

V Coventry Willow CC (02/08/15)

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2nd August 2015

WHCC v Coventry Willow CC
@ Nuneaton

Walsall Health (152-8 40 Overs) lost to Coventry Willow (228-8 40 Overs)

The Elf travelled to Warwickshire lacking many regular players. With long standing skipper Rich Fell back at the helm with Angharrad Preece donning the whites along with Father & Son duo Nicka & Daniel Dunn not to mention the languid left armed spinner Josh Butler making a return for his first game of 2015 we took to the field.

It would seem for the first time this season we had glorious sunshine. And one of the fastest outfields we have encountered this season.

Tom Davies and Nathan Martin opened the bowling with Alice Band wearing Doc taking the first wicket. Matt Wright taking a catch at square leg. The sort of Dolly Land catch reigning fielder of the year Rob Hewlett has at the corner stone of his success. Nathan doing really well after realising he had misplaced his spikes only hours before the game.

Welsh Tom got in amongst the Wickets too bowling another strong spell and it wasn’t until later in the game when he dropped avert tough catching attempt that the now trademark tantrum reared its head. The Ginger Jewel in the Elfs bowling crown was on form again this week.

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‘Annie’ Preece – Star Fielder

Last time at this ground The Rotund Right Arm Spinner Wright, took 2 wickets with 5 balls. And once again got into the act with 3 wickets. The highlight being a 2 wicket maiden over. However after the Lord Mayors show came the proverbial….as his 6th and last over of the day got smacked for 14 runs.

The home team could have had even more runs on the board baring the high energy all action, brave and bold fielding of Angharad Preece. Not only fearless but also had a massive arm reaching the wickets from the boundary.

You can’t talk about fielding without 6 Time. Yes that’s right 1,2,3,4,5 SIX TIME fielder of the year Rich Fell getting a mention. The usual superb stops and run saving dives came into play but one chase and slide into the boundary in front of the pavilion was pure test match special.

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Alan ‘Nicka’ Dunn, solid bowling spell.

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Dan Dunn tremendous both with bat and ball, shame about the shirt (some would say).

 

The Dunn boys came into the attack. And the dynamic Dingles put in a good shift. Both unlucky not to take wickets as there were a couple of wild shots that just didn’t find our field.

 

 

 

Josh Butler famed for his left hand grenades didn’t bring his live ammo on this occasion, saving his efforts for a fine batting display that would see the long levered lefty tantalise us with a decent batting knock. Getting out the reverse sweep from somewhere in his Locker.

Ian Chuck came to the party with 2 quality wickets bowling their danger man and as always showing class with the ball. Yet fielding advice forced upon the skipper saw him punished with a lengthy spell at cow corner for the misdemeanour.

A senior batsman for Coventry Willow by the name of Pigott got 81 runs and had a classy superb nock and was the foundation for the 228 runs that the home team put on the board.

Super Andy Gorton and Chuck set about the chase. Player of the Year I.Chuck didn’t last too long after making 6 runs. The Gort set about chiseling out 30 runs. Even running a 3 on a hot day this was impressive for the legend.

Rich Fell looked in good nick before being undone by a fizzing swinging Jaffa of the highest order. Until then it looked like the Skipper could be heading to a big score.

Pocket Dynamo Nathan Reeves batting without a helmet after smashing it up in a moment of temper last outing hit a few good shots that on other days would have been 4s rather than 1s and 2s. And for Andy Gorton a bit like Basil Fawlty when the Germans stayed… don’t mention the RUN OUT.

Daniel Dunn had a classy nick and showed great maturity belying his junior years out performing all but the Gort with the bat. 3 boundaries and some great stroke play made for a mighty debut.

Angharad came out with more layers than a vienetta. Continuing her great display hitting a boundary to cap a fine performance.

It was that good lets hear about it twice. Josh Butler and a reverse sweep! (Woooof)
Sexy batting.

Nathan came out to the middle and smashed a quick fire 16. Leaving tail Enders Davies and Wright to see out the remaining overs. Matt getting double figures for the first time.

153 not enough. But a valiant effort by the team on a great summers afternoon and a game played in the best of spirits.

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Batting Runs
Gorton, A run out

30

Chuck, I b Singh

6

Fell, R b Josh  20
Reeves, N b Sharma  7
Dunn, D c b Ellis  24
Preece, A b Fenton  4
Butler, J Stumped b Pibial  8
Martin, N c b Ellis 16
Davies, T not out  4
Wright, M not out  10
Dunn, A dnb
Extras

18

Walsall Health

 153

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Davies, T

8

1

36

1

Martin, N

8

0

44

1

Wright, M

6

1

42

3

Dunn, A

6

0

31

0

Dunn, D

4

0

26

0

Butler, J

2

0

20

0

Butler, J

6

1

17

2

 

MAN OF THE MATCH
Daniel Dunn. Brilliant with the Bat, outstanding Overs bowled and fantastic in the field. A great outing from a young man with so much talent and such a bright cricketing future ahead of him. Hopefully, we will see him have an outing for the Elf again soon. However Dad Nicka must take some of the credit for letting him play!

TOP BATSMAN
Super Andy Gorton. Stopped prematurely in his tracks from maybe getting a big score today. But with the runs contributed 1/5 of the total we amassed!

TOP BOWLER
Matt Wright took 3 wickets, but Ian Chuck with his brace and the scalp of danger man Pigott edges this weeks accolade.

TOP FIELDER
Angharad Preece. Sensational effort. Stopped everything that came her way. Exceptional.

AOB
Day of the flying Ants. It was that time of the year when they took to the air.
Great to see the Skipper Dave and I will leave formal good news announcements to him.
JP would appear to have a Jimmy Nail / Crocodile Dundee hat that is just the ultimate. Stylish accessory that the Elf has ever seen!

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
Hot Hot Hot. Both Rachel and the weather today. However talk of the previous nights
Top was the item of busty fashion. No hang over rating as one threatened and without pop duty as it was an away game a sun burnt ear was the rewards for the day off in the sunshine.

DAI WATCH
Busy day for the Elf Legend. Forgotten glasses meant that JP was on scoring duty and that allowed him frequent trips to the bar. With Sue behind the wheel and no driving duty… What time was it…. beer o’clock.

Written by Matthew Wright

V Old Moseley Fit Men CC @ Aldridge (19/07/15)

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19th July 2015

WHCC v Old Moseley Fit Men CC
@ Aldridge

Walsall Health beat Old Moseley Fit Men by 4 Wickets

A hot day saw everyone arrive on time. Although the game promised 11 ‘fit men’ only 8 turned up. We are only usually missing one fit man and the Elfs Casanova jet setting in Panama & New York was on an international break. Stuart Slater will return but who knows in what time zone!

With many of our own squad unavailable Danny Conway stepped into the fray. And he was involved for almost the whole game. Fielding for us. Opening the batting. Umpiring and fielding for the opposition. It really was a committed return to the team!

Mine mine mine mine mine mine. Said the skipper as Super Andy Gorton backs up to take a simple catch. Despite losing the Toss, David Preece had a plan to win.

Andy Ince was amazing in the field and also with some consistent and fiery bowling he deserved his wicket.

6 Time fielder of the year Rich Fell was instrumental in the Elf Getting a run own. Sharp Fielding and an accurate long throw gave Gort the opportunity to whip off the bails. Less impressive was later catching out The Elf Legend. Just Booooooooooo!

Re-focussing after a dropped catch Nathan Reeves was as always energetic in the field and the pocket rocket turned pocket battle ship after some sledging turned nasty. Beep beep beep beep beep your beeping beep beep face beep. Or something like that. Great effort with bat best this season. Although I hear helmets were broke in the post walk off flounce!

Gort moved up the order today and after smashing a few quick ones decided to give Rich ‘The Traitor’ Fell some dolly land practice. The Gort wore a few behind the stumps today, excellent glove work. Just the best there is.

If your talking about the best there is then surely the Premium strike Bowler, The Excellence of Execution, Ice Man Chris Hall has to be mentioned. Coolness personified even after Wright dropped a chance running backwards over his shoulder. (Clearly missing last weeks batting hero Lyndon Billingham to talk him through it!) Chally shrugged it off to get his wicket and great figures.

Chuck did however take a catch running backward over his shoulder that was a superb take. Maybe up there for the best catch so far this season. Sledging our own batsman was an interesting move later in the game. Almost as interesting as advising the skipper on tactical matters!
The reigning player of the season also getting us over the winning line with the bat.
And also deserved a wicket with the ball. Some top bowling too.

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Matt Wright firing on all cylinders after this pre match warm up.

Tom Davies, was polarised in his happy place and his efforts in his bowling were monumental. Great wicket and deserved more with yet another 100% plumb LBW. Dynamic in the field and generally just great cricket on the day. Stay in that Happy Place Tom!

Wright picked up two wickets in his second spell after being worked over in his first. One of which was an amazing bottom edge catch from Super Andy Gorton.

Rob Hewlett set the standard with the bat today like so many times this season. Loving the charge down the wicket to smash some fours. And also got a wicket with his bowling.

So the mighty Elf march on. A weakened opposition but we can only play what is In Front of us at the time. And we chased the 121 total down in 26 overs. Great effort from
The whole team again!

He might lose the toss but he wins us games. Let’s salute our Captain Dave Preece as he leads us to another Victory!!

Batting Runs
Conway, D c b Caesar

4

Preece, D b Caesar

9

Fell, R c b Sharif  22
Hewlitt, R b Ralph  33
Gorton, A c b Ralph  13
Chuck, I not out 7
Ince, A not out 3
Reeves, N b Tucker 27
Hall, C DNB
Davies, T DNB
Wright, M DNB
Extras

4

Walsall Health

 122

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Davies, T

8

2

23

1

Hewlitt, R

3

0

18

1

Ince

6

2

16

1

Hall, C

8

1

17

1

Chuck, I

8

3

12

0

Wright, M

6.1

0

25

2

 

TOP BOWLER
& MAN OF THE MATCH
Everyone’s favourite Ginger. The flaming locked super stropper, Tom Davies.
Superb bowling display, great in the field, umpired and Fielded for the opposition!
All round ‪#‎winner‬. No radiohead this week!

TOP BATSMAN
Nathan Reeves had a great little knock pre flounce, however, Rob Hewlett’s 33 Rules the day. Kiss kiss bang bang!

TOP FIELDER
Got to be Andy Ince aka The Ball Magnet.
Like a wall out there stopping everything that came within his proximity! Superb effort!

AOB
The day started and ended with The Kannon.
The automated ball flinger gave muchos merriment until we broke it at the end of the day by putting an apple in it!

Lovely to have Grace and George at the game today! Another family feel. Angharad, JP and Rachel the big kids had fun too.

JP’s favourite Mike Sayers was also there enjoying the sunshine and almost taking his daughter out with a Chris Waddle like 1990 World Cup semi final wild swing of the foot. I’m sure Katie would not be impressed if her daughter went home with lump on the brow.

Another superb Gail sweet selection just needs to sort out punctuality issues!

Random bloke sticking his head in the changing room to hear us belting out White Snakes, Here I go again, was comedy gold!

Wonderful to Mrs Skipper on the verge of providing more Elf members at the game too. And Mommy G attending fines was a rare and welcome treat! (‪#‎favourite‬)

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCRNE
A black maxi dress supremely stylish but a little bit of a warm day and unpredicted hot spell had our beverage beauty boiling.

Unhappy with the current state of jugs and cups it’s could be that a new high tech portable drink distribution system could be on the cards.

Slightly disappointed that there was no hang over rating after the previous nights wine intake while watching a weepy!

DAI WATCH
Not the finest hour from the scoring maestro this week who frankly got the score book in a little bit of a mess.

Good job Mrs P was there to keep him in check. As an ex teacher his own book report might be… Can do better!

The fines explanation of what went wrong was like a Welsh Ronnie Corbett telling one of his rambling yarns.

Written by Matthew Wright

V Highwood Park @ Rushall (12/07/15)

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12th July 2015

WHCC v Highwood Park
@ Rushall

Walsall Health beat Highwood Park by 3 runs.

After recently beating them on their home patch at Himley. The Neutral venue of Rushall saw is take on Highwood Park.

The Elf took to the field with regular opening Pair of Gorton and Chuck. And after making 8, the ball was juggled on the boundary as the fielder fell backwards hit his chest and he caught it!

The skipper went out to join Chuck leaving Matt Wright unsupervised with score book making his debut effort at keeping score. Thankfully the intervention of The Gort saved more mistakes than the one run error!

It was proving to be a difficult wicket. And runs were not easy to come by. Both Nathan Reeves and Stuart Slater had nice came dos with the bat and Rob Hewlett did well when he entered the field of play.

It was a soling knock anchoring the Middle order from Lyndon ‘The Don’ Billingham that steadied the ship and kept us in the game. The Birthday Weekend boy showed his potential. Also giving great encouragement to new batting partners with positive advice.

Martin and Davies famed for their work with the ball also chipped in with some valuable runs. Unlike Wright who managed to be bowled for his second duck of the season.
A few snide comments from Highwood supporters caused a little fracas on his way back to the pavilion.

142 was the total that we had to defend!

However before the Elf Glatiators took the field the re-fuelled on an RG super tea!

Matt Wright opened the bowling for the first time in his time with the Health. Getting a Maiden with his first over too. At the other end Nathan Martin pummelled the opposition with pace and precision getting 2 wickets in a superb spell.

Tom Davies had a game on two ends. bowling up the hill he wasn’t feeling it. And it was time to start the Suicide watch. Wright returned to complete his spell taking a wicket along the way.

Super Andy Gorton got his man with a sublime stumping. Exacting some revenge for That Catch!

The 6for man Rob Hewlett also bowled a couple of economic overs too.

However, bowling at the other end TD turned into a cricketing warrior. Rip snorting delivers and soon was amongst the wickets. Despite a valiant attempt from Nathan Reeves he couldn’t quite grasp the ball that would have given *insert Ginger nick name here Tom his hatrick.

The scoreboard began to run away a little a some big sixes were hit from both ends.

Going into the 29th over they opposition needed 32 runs to win off 66 balls.
Tom had broken the back with 2 quick fire wickets but this was a mountain to climb.

The fielding had to be tight. Everyone was committed and brave in stopping runs. Non more so than Stuart Slater who led the way in stemming the flow of runs. Magnificent.

Pressure was on Chuck as he could no longer allow the big hitters any room. And he didn’t. Controlled spin saw him take two wickets. His last 3 overs when the game was in the balance went Maiden, wicket Maiden , Maiden. The Elf’s player of 2014 again superb when the team needed his often hot head to be cool….

Talking of cool… Ice Cool… Then look no further than ICE MAN Chris Hall. The ‘real life super hero’ Returning after breaking his finger in this fixture a couple of weeks earlier.
Putting his body on the line, this is where the weak tumble but the courageous rise to be counted.

8 overs 4 maidens 12 Runs 3 Wickets.

And when The Elfs excellence of execution runs in against the batsman, just like the New Order song we celebrated to in the changing room later…
Arriverderci….it’s 1 on 1. And it was good bye to Highwood Parks hopes of winning.

Every member of the team contributed. We overcame a couple of incidents of Bad sportsmanship and The Elf won the day.
In an epic battle!

This is…..
THE GOLDEN GENERATION
Of Walsall Health CC

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c b Perks

8

Chuck, I c b Duncan

16

Preece, D c b Craig  38
Reeves, N b Evans  5
Hewlitt, R lbw Alsopp  22
Slater, S c b Craig  5
Billingham, L not out  22
Davies, T b Craig 11
Wright, M b Alsopp  0
Martin, N c b Holiday  7
Hall, C not out  0
Extras

8

Walsall Health

 142

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Wright, M

8

1

37

1

Martin, N

8

2

13

2

Davies, T

6

1

25

2

Hewlitt, R

2

0

7

0

Chuck, I

8

3

34

2

Hall, C

8

4

12

3

AOB
Loving the JP bearded look. Will the King of Spain return as the new ‘Beard to be Feared!’?

Nan & Grandad Martin making up The Elf super fans along with Aunty Gail and the Preece Ladies. Might need to start a membership scheme.

Top friendly host behind the bar at Rushall. A really lovely bloke. Helped with drinks and all round good sport.

MAN OF THE MATCH
Split vote with 5 players all having a nomination. Martin, Billingham, Davies & Wright. Proving we all delivered as a great team.
Ice Man Chris Hall takes this weeks award.
With an absolute amazing bowling display!

TOP BOWLER
Chris Hall & Ian Chuck when the pressure was on. Tom Davies caught fire after changing ends. Nathan opened well.
Take your pick from an heroic bowling unit.

TOP BATSMAN
The skipper and vice did well, but this weeks award must go the Birthday Boy and The Don of The Elf. Lyndon Billingham.
Positive in his stroke play and in his encouragement of his numerous batting partners. And the best is still yet to come!

TOP FIELDER
Like the bowlers everyone put a shift in today. However, Stuart Slater edges the award. Like a wall. And brave when needed too.

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCRNE
It is as a double shift today as the beverage beauty was also the food fashionista as she made the teas. As always a top spread and quality cakes from the Mommy G too!

It was a hot day and there were a few envious looks when Rob smothered Rachel in sun cream. But we knew that Rob would apply some to us all if we just asked!

Club colours were the order of the day as when the temperature dropped the ‘2 Jugs’ Hoodie was on display!

DAI WATCH
To the tune of New Orders England Anthem… ‘Dai’s got his hips in motion’!
Some may say that the Welsh Wonder is the Vintage Slater of the Valleys. Maybe one day his memoirs will reveal all.
Another fine turn out from the Preece family.

 

Written by Matthew Wright

V Old West Heathens @ Hopwood (05/07/15)

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5th July 2015

WHCC v Old West Heathians
@ Hopwood

Walsall Health Lost to Old West Heathians by 49 Runs

After the heat wave earlier in the week. It was a match that was weather effected and ultimately the difference between the two teams.

The outfield was like Glass as The Elf took to the field against league standard opposition one man short as Stuart Slater was recreating a scene from Boogie Night holding up his arrival.

Nathan Martin and Tom Davies opened and there were a few early chances. But anything hit raced away to the boundaries. TD was unlucky not to claim an LBW and also a looping ball that spooned in between Wright & Hewlitt meant that a moments hesitation lost the catching chance.

Catch of the day had to be the skipper under a high one going ‘mine mine mine mine’ like the seagulls out of ‘Finding Nemo’!

Chuck tied down an end only going for 14 runs off 8 overs and Wright with 16 off 4 demonstrated that in the context of the game taking the pace off may have been key.

Although taking this usual few catches the 6for man last week could not recreate his form this week. Wickets were taken by the Preece Brothers but this was interspersed by some lusty boundary blows. Gaz bowling full flight until realising his hat was on.

This week saw the season debut of living legend and all round nice guy Shane O’Callaghan who was a welcome addition to the team. Nathan Reeves was all action and very nearly in the right place at the right time with some catching attempts.

Slates after his arrival demonstrated that it’s all about the left foot even in a game of cricket. It took a few overs for The Healths Heart Throb to warm up into the pace of the game.

Super Andy Gorton flies through the air with greatest of ease, always stopping byes and boundaries with dynamic dives and today he went full stretch ‘Air Gorton’ to his left.  ‪#‎Wow‬

The heavens opened up. Early tea and a 37 over game. 218 was the chase.

Chuck and Gort set off and batted well both into the high 30s to get the platform for the chase. The Preece brothers running between the wickets was of epic proportions. Before Dave ran out Gaz who had already gone past the half tonne mark!

The problem was that the outfield had slowed greatly after the pre tea down pour and The Elf had to work hard for their Runs.

No ducks today and everyone contributed to the chase. Matt Wright got his first ever boundary. Rob Hewlitt, Nathan Reeves and Shane O’Callaghan, all weighed in with a few runs and our opening Bowlers Tom and Nathan Martin also ended the game in bat together.

After last weeks great opponents, it was a bump back to reality. A little bit coarse crass and in ours and each other’s faces. Some good guys, but more Sunday league football thugs than the Gentlemen of a cricket field.

Like Kevin Keegan, I would have LOVED IT if we had beaten them and on another day with the run of the green they were no better than us and we would do it!

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c b Talbot

38

Chuck, I lwb b Heath

39

Preece, G b Winstanly  52
Preece, D run out 55
Hewlitt, R c  b Winstanly  16
Reeves, N b Winstanly  9
O’Callaghan, S c b Stock  2
Slater, S b Winstanly, P 1
Wright, M run out 5
Martin, N not out 2
Davies, T not out 0
Extras

13

Walsall Health

 169

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

6.2

1

39

0

Davies, T

5

0

3

1

Chuck, I

8

3

14

0

Preece, G

6

2

38

2

Wright, M

4

0

17

0

Wright, M

3

0

15

1

Preece, D 4 0 37 2
Hewlitt, R 3 0 28 0

 

AOB
Tom umpired with distinction. And casually dismissed petulance and antagonistic antics.
One more word and Matt Wright umpiring at square leg may have produced his smack down WWE elbow pads, yet to be seen on a cricket pitch.

The Ice Man stalked the boundary and chatted to those perimeter of the pitch fielding. Conversational gems include the great AP McCoy and Cryo Therapy Chambers!

Hottest showers ever.

MAN OF THE MATCH
We didn’t vote. However as its his last game for this trip and he’s done great while he’s been back I am giving it to Gareth Preece.

TOP BOWLER
Meaner than a mean thing that’s mean with giving runs away, it has to be Ian Chuck

TOP BATSMAN
Gareth Preece like the Fresh Prince said….
‘Tick tick BOOM’. An explosive knock.

TOP FIELDER
It was a tough afternoon out in the field and Rob Hewlitt looked just to nick the accolade this week for his fine efforts.

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
Walsall Health’s International Lady of Leisure set up camp in the viewing area, still reading her paper back filth. Allied to some summer berries and shortbread. Breaks due to heavy showers meant the everyone’s hero Ice Man Chris Hall soon scooped up her things and ushered her to dryness.

DAI WATCH
It was like a Welsh edition of the Cosby show. And not just because of the 1980s sweater the Great Man was wearing. With all 6 of the Preece family in attendance it was a full house and Preece-tastic. However, JP should have gone and umpired his brothers.

Written by Matthew Wright

V Solihull Municipal (28/06/15)

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28th JUNE 2015

WHCC v Solihull Municipal

Walsall Health beat Solihull Municipal by 5 Wickets

In the polar opposite of a Tom Davies match report processed in the Sunday I am afraid that this weeks write up is rather late. To which I squarely blame the Skipper who’s works 20/20 game at Walsall CC I went to watch on Tuesday night and as you know that’s normally the time I get things written up.

Hopefully worth the wait, yet for the star of last weeks show I am sure he is eager to read the exploits of his land mark achievement.

With Nathan Reeves on Action Man duties and the Ice Man Chris Hall still recovering from a broken finger Matt Wright and Mike Sayers were propelled into the team. Good job the Solihull boys delivered a comprehensive tea.

With no helipad available and a dodgy ground postcode resident Casanova, International Man of Mystery and last of the play boys Stuart Slater like many of us ended up on an industrial estate prior to locating the ground. However, seasoned, elf legend Super Andy Gorton knew where he was going and arrived in his kit incase an earlier bowls match over ran. A thumping Bowls victory meant he was one of the first to arrive.

The Mighty Elf have once again found come consistent and cohesive form with bat and ball and a strong unit in the field.

Openers Gorton & Chuck establishing a great play form. Yet there were some strong words regarding the sight screen. With chucky having a sense of humour bypass when Hewlett, Fell & Wright formed a human extension to the screen rather than moving it. Chuck economical with the ball too. 69 runs with the bat capped a great day. Yet some little petulant outbursts have to be noted.

The Gort making 30 is coming back to form, but with the gloves the magic is always there and he never fails to disappoint with some comedic Velcro glove antics and bobbling balls to the brow! And of course he took some stumpings. ‪#‎standard‬.

Rich Fell not as prolific with the bat as in recent weeks, but you just can’t beat 6 time fielder of the year when it comes to his efforts in the field, unless your stood at mid wicket taking dolly catches!!

Slater & Sayers put the yards in the field. Mike with a fine catch and Slater cutting off many runs and every game the distance off his arm is improving. Both made 2 with the bat.

It was a warm day and Fitz was wearing more layers than a vienetta. And the ball kept coming his way in the early stages. Once he stripped off of course his action quietened down. Before the game practicing his bowling on the match wicket was a little bit ‘village’ but 45 Not Out with the bat was a brilliant knock that contained 8 boundaries of which two of the hits were 6’s!

The skipper didn’t bat today but had a little cameo with the ball with his two overs going for a miserly 5 runs. A real all rounder as he always sets the example in the field too. Not afraid to reprimand when needed, a stern word with Chuck after a fielding flounce was swift and to the point.

Nathan Martin took a wicket going for less than 4 an over. A great spell. It’s the power of the hair band! Yet we all had a chuckle when he through the ball backwards on one of his approaches. It would more hair and less anger is key for fast fetlock fizzer!

Out other opener Tom Davies despite not taking a wicket contained an end and had great figures. Arguably some of his best bowling and with a great performance in the field after a early error had a very very strong game.

It’s been said by Chris Hall that if he did the match reports he’s wouldn’t just point out the good things he would also slate people for the bad. So let’s put this to the test…
Matt Wright took 2 wickets in 6 overs. In his first two overs only went for 1 run each. However… His third over went for 18 And his fourth for 9 runs. This clearly needs to be improved on and more focus applied. The Ice Man found this level of inconsistency unacceptable and must be improved upon!

Vice Skipper Rob Hewlett in recent weeks has been leading by example. And today the long levered leader entered a very special club. Taking 6 wickets from 8 overs going for 31 ones runs was IMMENSE! Entering the century and Fifer club. And the first 5for since the PSB C.Hall took 5 for’s in one season!

Throw in a couple of catches and some red ink in the score book with 5 not out, does an afternoon of cricket get any better than this.

A great game of cricket and a fund enjoyable day. The individual performance was fantastic from Rob but the victory goes to a great team performance cementing ‘The Golden Generation’ into the Elf’s history books.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A lbw b Mcdonald

30

Chuck, I c Dallow b Talbot

69

Fell, R b O’Leary 5
Sayers, M B O’Leary 2
Slater, S c Mcdonald b Talbot 2
Fitzpatrick, G not out 45
Hewlitt, R not out 5
Preece, D DNB
Wright, M DNB
Davies, T DNB
Martin, N DNB
Extras

11

Walsall Health

 170

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

8

0

31

1

Davies, T

8

0

28

0

Chuck, I

8

2

26

0

Preece, D

2

0

5

0

Hewlitt, R

8

1

31

6

Wright, M

6

0

43

2

AOB
Solihull Municipal were very friendly opposition a great bunch of lads with good facilities and a lovely tea. Reasonable prices bar in the social club and an all round great day.

However, with only two showers a 3 way wash with Fitz, Wright & Fell would surely have been one for ladies everywhere if it had been caught on film. Prime beef, ripped, eye candy + Matt & Trigg!

It was guilty pleasure week with song choices. Let’s just say Rob Hewlett was the one and only for the day having the time of his life.

MAN OF THE MATCH
& TOP BOWLER
Despite JP saying it should be Mike Sayers before he left the ground, it can only be one man…. Mr Robert Charles Hewlett Esq.

TOP BATSMAN
Chucky had a great knock for everyone’s favourite ’69’ however, But our serious SAFA scored runs for fun week in week out, so I’m tipping the scales in favour of Gary Fitz Patrick who smashed the ball around to take us over the line.

TOP FIELDER
Mike Sayers took a great catch. Fitz involved early on and you just can’t keep 6 time Rich Fell out of the mix, but after an early error through the legs Tom Davies became a wall and really showed some steel in the field mopping up all that came his way.

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
Chauffeuring and chaperoning the Ice Man, Rachel Arrived at the ground looking as lovely as ever, but the Elf ‘IT’ Girl was spicing up the afternoon with a lusty paper back, with extracts read that might have made The Ice Man melt.

Despite the availability of a fine Solihull tea on offer Rachel had a home made salad minus a fork, but it was the gallant Mike Sayers who rounded up some fighting Irons.

DAI WATCH
Great to have Dai & JP at the game for a while. The Father and Son duo scored the game in a complex scoring hut that had pull cords, flip boards and the requirement of a ladder to show the figures!

 

Written by Matthew Wright

V Highwood Park (21/06/15)

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21st JUNE 2015

WHCC v Highwood Park

Walsall Health beat Highwood Park by 123 runs.

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The moment Slates realised he can’t take his chopper.

After dismissing our long standing rivals 2-1 in a 3 game series last season, The Elf visited Himley on a warm but breezy Sunday afternoon hoping to continue in the same form.

Slater & Wright had raced back up the M40 from a night out in London after discovering there was no helipad for Slaters chopper!

The game started with the Walsall Health batting. And Highwood only fielding 9 players waiting for 2 late arrivals. And unfortunately that spelt the end for Super Andy Gorton who chipped in with 8. Flustered by a missing score book on arrival he went for a boundary walk and to clear his head. Some may say disturbed by a picture that he saw earlier that morning.

 

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Skipper & Fell in the score box before fell inadvertently trying to destroy it.

Gareth Preece played a fine innings getting a tidy 44 with an extensive selection of fine shots and rapid running between the wickets. While Rich Fell unfortunate not to make a 50 falling just short. The highlight being a massive 6 that hit the scoring hut.

The Skipper, Dave Preece, rediscovering the form of last season that saw back to back centuries making a fine 74 n.o. And let’s take a moment to acknowledge a very sexy reverse sweep for 4. And at the other end Vice Skipper Rob Hewlett, kept us in suspense, leaving it until the very last ball to grab his 50. Inspirational leadership all round.

So at tea a target of 242 was set.

Bowling was opened by Iron Man Chris Hall and Nathan ‘Wonderland’ Martin. And while their opening left hander set out his stall and batted well wickets tumbled for Martin, supported by his on looking grandparents who must have been very proud of his efforts.

Ian Chuck bowling pace rather than spin today also got his rewards, inspired by a chicken-esque warm up, The Elfs current player of the year, showed that he truly is an all rounder.

C Hall returned for a second spell and took a heavy blow to the hand. And it would later be confirmed that he had a broken finger. But in true Iron Man style he finished the game going on to get a wicket with a broken finger and field manfully putting other body parts on the line. Cool under pain and pressure. Is it now ‘Ice Man’ for the Elfs premium strike bowler.

6 time Fielder of the Year, Richard Fell. (yes 6 time) is no stranger himself to a broken finger. And in this game he put his own body on the line making several stops that were both brave and painful in equal measure.

Number of catches appear to be the measure of success though and when it comes to being in the right place at the right time and then of course holding on to it no one seems to be better than Rob Hewlett. Mr Tickle and his hyper-extension always make it look easy.

The pesky left handed finally fell on 49 just short of his 50 to the spin bowling of Matt Wright. Thanks to the batsman falling over and The Gort doing what he does best, whipping the bails off.

The pocket Dynamo Nathan Reeves today was lightning at mid wicket strangling singles and did well to contain the anger on the boundary with only a minor flounce!

Gareth Preece battled through the pain also with a pulled muscle. Treating the ladies on the sidelines as he dropped his trousers to apply some heat treatment but more of that later.

A little bowling cameo from The Elfs International playboy Stuart Slater saw off the dangerous Shaun Allsop for a comprehensive win. The slinging Slater forced the Highwood Park rear guard to dolly one to Wright for the catch. All out for 119.

Back to winning by over 100 runs. A great team performance and effort from the team.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c b Bromwell

8

Preece, G b Allsopp

44

Fell, R c Stamps b Allsopp 48
Preece, D not out 74
Hewlitt, R not out 50
Reeves, N DNB
Slater, S DNB
Chuck, I DNB
Hall, C DNB
Martin, N DNB
Wright, M DNB
Extras

20

Walsall Health

 242

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

8

1

29

2

Hall, C

7

3

14

4

Chuck, I

8

0

26

2

Wright, M

6

0

32

1

Slater, S

1.4

0

11

1

MAN OF THE MATCH
& TOP BOWLER
Ice Man Chris Hall. Broken finger heroics and figures tighter than a tight things that is really tight.

TOP BATSMAN
Take your pick today. Some real solid knocks but it’s hard to over look Our Glorious Leader DP who was on top form.

TOP FIELDER
6 Time Rich Fell. Big, bold, brave.
Hewlett v Fell clearly fighting it out for the title they both want to make their own.

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
It’s an away match so the beverage pouring pretty one was off duty today. (Mousse Free) yet wrapped up at times like a Halfords Lane veteran, just missing the thermos flask.

Remaining remarkably calm when a cricket ball was hit off her little FiFi Fiat.

Lots of rushing to the aid of all the injured parties with a magic rub. Products are available to all the team to aid the prowess and performance. Might help their cricket too. At reasonable rates from the Forever Range.

DAI WATCH
Missed in the scorers hut. All the elf have been hearing of JP’s progress and recovery from his surgery and we all hope to see you both very soon.

 

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V Lichfield Nomads (14/06/15)

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Walsall Health 146-8 (40 overs) beat Lichfield Nomads 130-7 by 16 runs

The Elf had their 3rd successive game at home today against annual visitors Lichfield Nomads.
On an overcast day the Elf were put into bat by the opposing captain on a deck that Novak Djokavic and Stan Wawrinka would have been happy to play their French Open final on last week.

A steady opening partnership by Dave & returning brother Gareth Preece saw the Elf to 45-0 off the first 10 overs but then more disciplined bowling from the Nomads had the, peg the hosts back a bit until they got their wicket in the over after drinks (cue cricket clichés about drinks bringing wickets) when skipper D.Preece was triggered by Vice-Skipper R.Hewlitt for a well made 40. This brought Gort to crease who along with wife and daughter saved the day by spending their morning preparing an exquisite tea at short notice. (BIG HAND)

Gareth was out shortly after for 47 hard earned runs in the drizzle. This saw the Elf lose 6 wickets for 28 runs. Nathan Reeves was out for 3, Andy Gorton out for 15 followed by Rob Hewlitt and Gary Fitzpatrick out for 8 and 1 respectively. Rob being caught out to a super catch as well. Nathan ‘the headband’ Martin biffed a few fours before some Al-Queada esque running between him and aforementioned N.Djokavic look-a-like Chris Hall saw Nath’s departure for 9.

Before the innings terminated, Lyndon Billingham/Parker-Bowles scored his first runs for the Elf with a delightful leg side clip for three. The Elf finished on 146-7.

After the super last minute teas had gone down a treat, the away side began their chase just after 6pm.

With Nathan Martin and Rob Hewlitt opening the bowling, the latter wrapping up figures that you only usually see coming out of Stuart Slater’s bedroom in the early hours of a Sunday morning: 8-4-11-0.

The first wicket was a great run out from Matt Wright with a direct hit, which shortly followed Chris Hall getting the 2nd opener who looked dangerous caught behind with a great appeal to boot.
After that a bit of Freddie Flintoff like sledging from Tom Davies and Matt Wright saw the end of the Nomads’ dangerman, looping a catch to safe hands Hewlitt who then took another catch off Martin to see the Elf only needed 6 more wickets.

Matt Wright chipped in with a wicket off a full toss and not so Slater like figures 6-0-37-1 but a great effort nevertheless. The day finished where it started with the Preece brothers seeing the Elf home with the ball this time and bowling excellent spells to quell the Nomadic threat from Lichfield.

Batting Runs
Preece, D lbw Hoddy

40

Preece, G b Fearn

47

Gorton, A lbw Heslington  15
Reeve, N b Moss 3
Hewlitt, R c Bale b Moss 8
Fitzpatrick, G b Moss 1
Martin, N run out 9
Hall, C not out 9
Billingham, L not out 4
Davies, T DNB
Wright, M DNB
Extras

6

Walsall Health

 146

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

8

1

29

2

Hewlitt, R

8

4

11

0

Hall, C

8

3

14

1

Preece, G

5

0

20

0

Wright, M

6

0

37

1

Preece, D

5

1

15

2

 

BATSMAN OF THE MATCH

Has to be the returning Gareth Preece who fell short of his first 50 of the season although he did go up for an appeal that was miles down leg side when we were bowling. Picking up those Aussie traits I see?

BOWLER OF THE MATCH

Tough to call between Martin, Hewlitt and Hall (8-3-14-1) all deserved of the award this week.

FIELDER OF THE MATCH

Hewlitt with more catches to the collection but also Wright for breaking the deadlock.

RACH’S POP SCENE

Mousse.
DAI WATCH

No Welsh wizardry this week but he was replaced by Neil Van Limbeek who took a break from injury duty to fill Dai’s boots capably in a rather fetching Tim Sherwood esque Gillet.

A last mention to Elf Hero JP who we have heard has recovered well from surgery on Thursday and is doing well and should be out of hospital by the end of the week. We love you JP!

 

Written by Tom Davies

V Oak n Ash CC (07/06/15)

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7th JUNE 2015

WHCC v Oak & Ash CC

WHCC lose by 7 wickets

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Vice Skip looking chuffed after last weeks win.

After a drizzling overcast game last week ‘The Elf’ were met with sunshine this Sunday and back to the top pitch at Aldridge

Rob Hewlitt skippering his second game and putting us into bat first.

As it was a disappointing loss lets just focus on the positives.

Super Andy Gorton, Richard Fell and Skipper Rob Hewlitt did well with bat.

Jonty Nicholls was by far the best with the ball. Ian Chuck tireless in his verbal efforts to lift the team and rally crying taking of wicket when he bowled.

Nathan Reeves so fast in the field. JP almost unlocked the game with his spell but it wasn’t quite to be.

Rich Fell took a great catch off Tom Davies bowling and Gary Fitzpatrick sharp behind the stumps.

Iron Man Chris Hall admitted he loves ice cream is this our Superman’s kryptonite. But even our PSB could not stem the tide today.

Let’s move on quickly. Credit to the opposition for a strong performance and we can focus on bouncing back this Sunday with a real team effort.

THOUGHTS & BEST WISHES
Everyone at Walsall Health CC would like to offer their deepest sympathies and also their love and support to the Fell & Mason families who lost their Nan last week. Richard donned a black armband in memory and put in individual performance that would be a credit to her memory.

GOOD LUCK JP
Today was also a season finale for our resident King of Spain, the Welsh Wizard, Jonathan Preece, who will soon be heading of for some surgery. The whole team hopes for a successful Op and speedy recovery. A corner stone of ‘The Elf’ and we can’t wait to have you back out there on the field with us.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c Bond b Corcoran

24

Chuck, I b Price

16

Fell, R c b Parker 24
Reeve, N b Cororan 7
Hewlitt, R b Cotton 56
Fitzpatrick, G lbw Cotton 0
Preece, J b Parker 2
Hall, C Not out 9
Wright, M c b Parker  0
Davies, T b Parker 8
Nicholls, J Not out 1
Extras

12

Walsall Health

 160

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Davies, T

6

0

44

1

Nicholls, J

6

1

16

0

Chuck, I

5

1

22

1

Hall, C

7.1

1

41

0

Preece, J

2

0

18

0

Wright, M

1

0

12

0

AOB
After a dismal result there were a few highlights off the field. An ice cream van turned up and couple of the team partook in a tasty treat. However, the ice cream man was letting his son distribute them and to say they were massive was an understatement. It was more like wielding a broad sword than eating an ice cream.

MAN OF THE MATCH
& TOP BATSMAN
Rob Hewlitt for the second week running with another Captains performance. His valyrian steel bat clearly the continued key to his batting success.

TOP BOWLER
Jonty Nichols was the only bowler who delivered a strong performance in his first game of the season. The dot machine rumbling back into operation.

TOP FIELDER
Rich Fell took superb catch in the deep. The 6 time fielder of the year, plugged holes and stopped many run scoring opportunities.

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
The sunshine produced a coral maxi-dress and big sunglasses. Our very own pop technician lounged on a picnic blanket with a some fruity cider and also brought the ice creams when the van arrived. A great effort on the fashion front and looking after her lads this week.

DAI WATCH
At least their was some warmer weather for our heroic scorer today. With Mrs P and daughter Angharad in attendance the Super Scorer was on best behaviour. At least Mrs P was able to witness first hand that Dai never eats pork scratching during fines.

 

 

Written by Mathew Wright

V Beaumont CC (31/05/2015)

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31st MAY 2015

WHCC v Beaumont CC

Walsall Health beat Beaumont CC by 65 runs

A game of firsts marked by ‘The Elf’ getting back to winning ways bouncing back from a 3 game losing streak.

Rob Hewlitt, captaining a game for the first time, could claim that the first victory of the day was to beat the elements and the match actually going ahead.

Super Andy Gorton visited the ground Sunday Morning to inspect the pitch, and declared it playable, however, on arrival to Aldridge that afternoon, he was soon to learn that he had inspected the top pitch and our match was to take place on the bottom one.

The Skipper lost the toss and we were put in to bat. Which was fortunate as an M6 incident had caused Matt Wright to take a tour of Bloxwich and the surrounding areas in a quest to avoid the grid lock!

Andy Gorton and Ian Chuck opened the batting and they felt their way through some tough conditions. The Gort just beginning to play some formidable shots was unlucky to be caught by their tallest fielder in the right place at the right time, juggling a catching effort, finally gathering it at the third attempt.

Fell came to the middle and put on a magnificent 37 with a well rounded batting display with well crafted shots and smashed boundaries. While Chuck constructed a determined 27 building a platform that we have lacked in previous matches.

Nathan Reeves hit a quick fire six, however, he was not happy with his own performance, and not since Nathan Martin threw his bat in a tree have we seen such petulance and anger after a dismissal hoofing his helmet in a hedge. I’m sure more Mickey taking will be pending on this incident in future weeks.

So the inning was consolidated and an above par total set of 165 with Skipper Rob swashbuckling his way to 49 Not Out while Fitz supported with 20 Not Out. The running between the wickets aggressive and clinical.
Booming boundaries and back to back running 3’s the education professionals taught a lesson in batting.

TEA – WHCC – 165 was set for Beaumont to chase.

Nathan Martin and Tom Davies opened the bowling. And it wasn’t long before the Alice-band wearing bowler bagged his first wicket as a fine edge was taken sharply by Gary Fitzpatrick. Although not amongst the wickets (insert ginger based nickname here) Tom also had an excellent spell. And has been very consistent this season so far.
Nathan added to his wicket tally rinsing and repeating the method.

Fitz also got the most casual of run outs after utter confusion amongst the Beaumont Batsman, Chris Hall with a composed and accurate throw, straight into the gloves of the wicket keep, giving him all the time in the world to remove the bails.

‪#‎SpinToWin‬ may have been seen a few times this season in pre and post game posts and although Wright failed to take a scalp for the first time this season, JP & Ian Chuck would not let the spinners Union down, taking 2 wickets each.
Presenting the skipper with 2 carbon copy catches from Chucky. While The Gort took an amazing full stretch diving catch to his left of The King of Spain’s majestic spinning motion.

Tom Davies sitting in the field for both teams today, brave fielding close and also stopping a key boundary*. With all his effort, fielding for the opposition, umpiring, bowling and fielding for us, he would have been ‘spitting’ mad if we had not won today!

There are something things that you can rely on in life. The sun rises in the morning then sets at night. Water is wet and ice is cold.
And Iron Man, Chris Hall, the premium strike bowler, is going to tie down an end and get the oppositions best batsman. In recent weeks one good display has taken victories away from us and Hall was not in the mood to let that happen again. A sharp head height catch from Matt Wright after Hall’s solid spell sent him on his way.

Nathan Reeves was a pocket Dynamo in the field. High energy and all action, brave and bold. While 6 time! yes 6 time! Fielder of the year Rich Fell was everywhere. And when a spooned shot when vertical, and you hear the cry ‘Rich’s’ then someone is normally walking back to the pavilion. But not today. The moon may have been in the 7th apex and Jupiter rising somewhere over Uranus, but we may see Hayley’s comet before seeing The Elf’s talismanic man in the field drop another catch.

Without the full compliment Beaumont managed 90 runs. So let’s recap our firsts

First game as skipper for Rob
First time a helmet kicked into a hedge
First wickets of the season for Nathan Martin
First time Rich Fell missed a catch
First win in May.

Batting Runs
Gorton, A c Johnson b Grainger

8

Chuck, I c Billed b Harris

27

Reeves, N b Johnson 6
Fell, R c Hodson b Hall 37
Hewlitt, R Not out 49
Fitzpatrick, G Not out  20
Preece, J DNB
Hall, C DNB
Davies, T DNB
Martin, N DNB
Wright, M DNB
Extras

18

Walsall Health

 165

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Martin, N

6

3

11

2

Davies, T

6

1

21

0

Hall, C

6

0

14

1

Wright, M

3

0

20

0

Chuck, I

4

2

11

2

Preece, J

24

0

5

2

Fell, R 1 0 6 0

 

AOB
Great to see Angharad at the game today. Prepared to play if we were short of numbers and welcome back to the team during your visit from New Zealand.

MAN OF THE MATCH
& TOP BATSMAN
Rob Hewlitt with a real Captains performance 49no. Leading by example in the field after wielding his valerian bat to immense effect!

TOP BOWLER
Hall got the danger man and JP & Chuck weighed in with 2 wickets, but this week Nathan Martin was amazing. The power of the Alice-band was epic!

TOP FIELDER
How can you look past Super Andy Gorton. With a full stretch diving catch The Gort can just do it all! *While for the opposition it was Tom Davies preventing a skipper Dayboo 50 for Rob!

RACHEL GORTON’S – POP SCENE
Pop taste testing was conducted by the beverage beauty, ensuring quality control and the right strength was sent out for the parched participants. While the cold, wind and occasional rain stifled the summer fashion, Rachel has been doing well with a detox program. Further information can be found via her facebook page but worth checking out if you need to get your bikini body ready!

DAI WATCH
On best behaviour with the return of his daughter and a debater whether Mrs Preece would be happy about him having a bag of scratchings. Still frozen in the scoring box, keeping up the Welsh answer to Compo look by wearing odd gloves!

Written by Mathew Wright