Whitchurch-on-Thames Cricket Club

Archive of Seasons’ Results

We have at-least partial information for seasons since 2007.  Get the detailed match reports for 2012 – 2017, where available, here.  For 2007 – 2011, the match reports are included below.

2017 Season (better once again...)

I found scores for all 18 matches in this year’s scorebooks (I’m excluding the T20 match). The clubs overall results were:

2016 Season (Better than usual...)

2015 Season

Quits: 13-wins, the same losses, some draws and one tie.

2014 Season

We proved that we could, at least, keep the roof on the tea hut.

2013 Season

A wonderful, Ashes-winning summer with terrific weather and a steady improvement in results.

2012 Season

A season bedeviled by rain, especially in the peak months of June and July. We also failed to win very much, though team spirit, for what that's worth, was very high throughout. Showing that you don't need to be a winning team to be a happy one.

2011 Season

Date

Result

Report

Sunday 2nd October

Lost

On a fantastic summer's day but played in October we were hosted Greys Green

Unfortunately the Skipper lost the toss and we were put into bat on a pitch we struggled to come to terms with despite some classy shots from Closey and hefty hitting from G we were all out for 132.

In reply despite the best efforts of Cormac who bowled 11 over's for not many runs and 2 wickets plus a brilliant spell by Jon Steward ably supported by Floody. The reality of the game was we did not post enough runs on the board. All credit to our side in the field who battled all the way and with PV combining with PH for a catch of his bowling I think the day was enjoyed by all despite the result!

Next Season promises to be rich with promise ( Scooby, Charlie Vaughan, Toby Staker and Matt Kilford) providing we work on targets for our batting and meaning full partnerships when occupying the crease all of which we are more than capable of as a Team.

I promise no more fixtures this Season and look forwards to seeing you all at The Dinner!

Thanks for all your support from all the Captains [and thanks from the club to you all, as well. Ed.]

Alan K.

PS. Thanks to Grogie and Duncan for turning up to show their support.

Saturday 17th September

Won

Ruthless Selection Policy Kick-Starts Season

Five changes in personnel from the previous week (a total of £8.93 worth of talent benched!!) had the desired effect with Whitchurch gaining a much needed victory against Britwell Salome. Tight bowling and the 'perfect' game by Floody behind the stumps kept Britwell down to a meagre 122 in their allotted 35 overs. An unbeaten 67 from Nick Hill in reply ensured Whitchurch won with 6 wickets and 10 overs to spare.

Roll on the next game: Sunday, 22 April 2012. (amen to that: Ed.)

Lyn

Sunday 11th September

Lost

Whitchurch Murdered as Killer Catches Three

In another dismal display with the bat, Whitchurch batting first again amassed less than 100 - a season's low of 77!! The wicket was wet, slow and unpredictable but only Scooby, who got the one that didn't bounce, can be forgiven for not scoring runs. Alan Kilford's three catches after tea - one an absolute stunner at short fine leg - and an excellent opening spell by himself and Andy Heard left Crowthorne teetering at 23 for 4. Unfortunately, Whitchurch couldn't follow it up with more than another two wickets.

Crowthorne eventually ran out winners by 4 wickets.

Lyn

ps. Another excellent tea, this time courtesy of Paul Vaughan and family. [Ed.]

Sunday 4th September

Lost

WCC Sponsored: Jon v God

Last Sunday, armed with just a plastic sheet, a fork, some sawdust and a fair maiden in her pyjamas, Jon Steward challenged God to stop him playing cricket. Early morning with rain forecast Jon deftly made use of the plastic sheet and, with the help of the fair maiden, covered the wicket.

From 11.30am and for the next 2 hours, with the rain having gone through every stage from light drizzle to torrential, Jon's chosen weapon was a fork; if he wasn't using it to drain the ground he was shaking it heavenwards and presumably swearing (we couldn't hear what he was saying because we were in the tea hut manning the lifeboat in case he got into trouble!!). At 1.30pm it stopped raining and Jon provided the necessary instructions to 21 other players as to how to remove the cover without soaking the wicket, how to dry out the ends so as to allow the bowlers a run up and, making excellent use of his military training, how to avoid trench foot.

At 2.00pm Jon delivered on his promise of blue sky, sunshine and a game of cricket. Unfortunately, Whitchurch couldn't back up Jon's efforts with a victory. Having bowled and fielded excellently to restrict Oxford Wayfarers to 139, Whitchurch were bowled out for only 98 in reply.

Thanks to Linda for an excellent tea.

Lyn

Sunday 28th August

Lost

Welford Park

Home: Played and lost.

Sunday 21st August

Lost

United Oxford Hospitals

Away: Played and lost.

Saturday 20th August

Lost

Scooby Solves The Mystery

With a Williams at the crease for every ball of the Whitchurch innings it was the youngest member of the family who proved most capable of reading the vagaries of the pitch and scoring runs. On a damp slow pitch Scooby (batting at no.6) was eventually last out scoring 32 in a valiant pursuit of 169.

Odds and sods from all the other batsmen provided enough support to keep the game close but eventually the number of self-inflicted dismissals proved fatal and Whitchurch were dismissed for 148 with 4 overs remaining. Wickets for Robbie L. kept United Oxford Hospitals in check before tea. Also worth noting is that John Staker from this week joins Brian Reddecliffe from last week on hat trick ball the next time he bowls.

Finally, thanks to UOH for getting a strip ready and entertaining us with less than 2hrs notice after the Whitchurch pitch proved unplayable.

Lyn

Sunday 14th August

won

Opposition Hit for Six

Whitchurch ran out surprisingly easy winners at Englefield after Brian Reddecliffe took 6 for 7 in skittling the opposition out for 84 and Mark Burton, opening the batting, hit a six in leading the reply. Which of these occurrences was the more remarkable was debated long and hard (without settling the argument) in the Greyhound (Tidmarsh) afterwards!!. Two catches from James Haggerty, the second of which was stunningly good to remove the opener, and one for Scooby (his first for the Club) should also be mentioned. Runs for Jon Steward and Paul Higgs eventually brought Whitchurch home with 5 wickets and lots of overs in hand.

Lyn

Saturday 13th August

Cancelled

Hambleden

Away: Everyone on holiday, unfortunately.

Sunday 7th August

lost

Slip Sliding Away

Having batted first and scored 126 runs when the rain arrived, with the Jameses (Shanahan and Haggerty) looking good at the time, agreement was reached over an extended tea to move on to the all-weather pitch and see if Blewbury could score 127 in 25 overs. 4 wickets early on raised Whitchurch's hopes but some lusty blows and lots of slipping and sliding in the field eventually allowed Blewbury to get home with 3 overs to spare.

It would help Whitchurch's cause if in future all players could bring outdoor shoes, indoor (non-marking) shoes, spikes, trainers (for all-weather surfaces), wellingtons, flip-flops and, by special request for Brian, 4" stilletoes.

Lyn

Sunday 31st July

lost

Yeedon

Home: Played and lost.

Saturday 24th July

lost

Barbados High Commission

Home: Played and lost.

Saturday 23rd July

lost

Not Enough at St James CC

Whitchurch failed to overcome a young but strong St. James side who had scored 218 or so in the first innings of this time game. They made 218 or so, and we finished about 100 runs or so behind. Overall, scoring rates were usually pretty low on a miserably cold day overcast day for July. I don't have the scorebook so won't mention too many names, but I remember good bowling performances from Nick Grundy (or "Blondy", as used in their scorebook...) and Paul Vaughan who opened the bowling and made a few runs too. Matt Kilford held out for 14 overs at the start (don't ask about the runs); as did Richie Leach, who was going well for some time, despite looking like an umpire in his dark trousers ("forgot my kit"). Andy Heard also got a start with the bat before ludicrously scooping up a c&b to a double-bouncing ball that was also almost wide.

Quote of the day comes from Blondy, who remarked on the train home: "I'm not being arrogant, but those late order batsman wouldn't tonked me around the park!" - you had to be there.

Andy

Saturday 16th July

lost

BBC Caversham

Home: washout.

Sunday 17th July

lost

Aldermaston

Home: washout.

Sunday 10th July

lost

Lost (Definately Not In Action) Middle Order

A confident opening partnership of 87 (Paul Vaughan and Matt Flood) was mostly wasted by Whitchurch when the middle order went missing - if found please return to Eastfield Lane ASAP.

Whitchurch eventually scraped to 152 in their allotted overs thanks to a last gasp 12 in the final over off Holyport's young quickie. Thereafter Whitchurch were competitive but had too few runs to defend. Holyport eventually hit the winning runs with 7 wickets down and 8 balls to spare.

If it wasn't against editorial policy to mention the same person twice and he might start thinking he's an invaluable all rounder, I'd also comment on Floody's 3 excellent wickets with the ball.

Lyn

Saturday 9th July

lost

Stonor

Away: cancelled by opposition.

Monday 4th July

lost

Brading (Isle-of-Wight)

Away On Tour: lost.

Sunday 3rd July

lost

Northwood (Isle-of-Wight)

Away On Tour: lost.

Saturday 2nd July

lost

Porchfield (Isle-of-Wight)

Away On Tour: won.

Sunday 26th June

won

Higgs Family Win at a Canter

In a scene reminiscent of Braveheart, all the local clans (the "Kilfords"; the "Vaughans"; the "Higgs"; and the "Reddecliffes") came down on mass to Whitchurch on Sunday to watch the game against Jack Frost and do battle to see who would have the bragging rights later on in the Greyhound. Three generations of Kilfords (two playing) was a fighting start, as was the four wickets between Alan(3) and Matt(1).

A catch for Paul Vaughan and one for Paul Higgs kept the warring factions at bay, as did the two wickets for Brian Reddecliffe. Thereafter the game belonged to the Higgs'. Looking to chase down a below average total of 124 Whitchurch were in trouble at 16 for 3 when Paul Higgs strolled majestically to the wicket and hit a quick-fire 60. Paul's stand of 95 with Jack Gregory (52*) enabled Whitchurch to win by 6 wickets with 10 overs to spare. Whitchurch also did the double by winning the beer race.

After the game Paul Higgs said: it's a shame my poorly shoulder was still giving me all that gip, because I wouldn't have dropped that easy catch off Lyn's bowling.

Lyn

Saturday 25th June

won

BBC Caversham

Won Away

Sunday 19th June

won

Beer Match Beckons Then Tail Wags.

After being put in on a soaking wicket (the only storm in Oxon 30mins before the start!!), Whitchurch were floundering at 64 for 6 before the tail came to the fore. Despite the skipper running out the first two members of the triumvirate, stands of 15 with Jon Steward, 19 with Alan Kilford and 38 with Matt Kilford eventually gave Whitchurch a less embarrassing 141 at tea.

In reply some tight bowling and 9 catches in the field, Andy Heard's being worthy of special mention, kept the game alive to the end. Checkendon's skipper was eventually their last man out, bowled after hitting two worryingly large 6s, with 9 balls remaining and 11 runs still needed.

Lyn

Saturday 18th June

won

Waxlow

Washed out (home)

Saturday 12th June

won

Pangbourne

Washed out (home)

Saturday 11th June

won

Surveyors

Abandoned at Tea (home)

Sunday 5th June

lost

Whitchurch Pig Sick As Ham Roll Them Over.

With Goring unable to put out a side Ham and Petersham (nr Richmond, W. London) took up the mantle and made the long drive down the M4 to spend a glorious afternoon in the wet Oxfordshire countryside. Time well spent from Ham's point of view as they eventually came out victors by 4 wickets in a tight match. Runs from Ronnie Khan, Matt Flood and Jon Steward made sure that Whitchurch enjoyed their tea, posting a score of 204 in their allotted 35 overs.

After tea the rain arrived and all Whitchurch caught is pneumonia. The dropped catches, and some mighty blows and fine running between the wickets ensured Ham were always up with the run rate, eventually hitting the winning runs with 13 balls to spare.

Spare a thought for the Ham batsman who apologised for scoring runs off the 'young lad bowling at the top end'; Matt Kilford bowled him 2 balls later. Thanks to Liz and Sarah for tea.

Lyn

Saturday 4th June

won

Vaughan Fails As Whitchurch Win.

Paul Vaughan failed to live up to the wonder catches of previous weeks but cut through the Hetairoi attack with a fierce onslaught of batting, hitting 83 off 50 odd balls plus chipping in a couple wickets ably assisted by Andy Heard in the field. Hetairoi agreed to bat first on a timed game as awaiting arrival of some players and got off to a fine start. However after tight bowling by George Mattimoe and Jon Steward the score was kept to just 240 for loss of 6 wickets.

In reply Whitchurch lost Richard Leach early stumped (Yes, Richard was seen to dance down the wicket!). However Vaughan ably supported by Andy Heard took the game to Hetairoi bludgeoning their attack. When Vaughan eventually fell on 83 it was left to Andy Mutepfa with 73 runs to see Whitchurch home with 2 wickets and 8 overs to spare much to the Skipper's relief.

Alan

Sunday 29th May

lost

So Many Starters, So Few Finishers.

All of the Whitchurch batsmen, with the exception of John Steward, got a start with the bat but only Lyn Williams (64) put it to much use. With only 169 runs on the board a spirited display in the field, including another diving catch for PV, ultimately proved fruitless with Letcombe running out winners by 4 wickets with 24 balls in hand.

Lyn

Sunday 22nd May

won

Caught: Vaughan; Caught: Leach; Caught: Staker;

Three wonderous catches from Paul, Richard and John respectively, and a miracle over from Alan Kilford (triple wicket maiden), turned a low-scoring game in Whitchurch's favour and brought a welcome victory. Having only set Caversham and Sonning Common 167 to win, Whitchurch looked to be in trouble when the opposition cruised to 110 for 1. Thereafter, all the praying proved worthwhile as lots of wickets fell for very few runs. C&SC eventually ending up on 148 for 9 in their 35 overs, Whitchurch winning by 19 runs.

Lyn

After the match Paul Vaughan's newly appointed agent said: Nothing miraculous about it, he takes one like that every week

Dave Hill adds:

Firstly let me say, in my normal brash Southern Hemisphere way, and as the eldest on the field of play on Sunday, never in all the years that I have been playing at WCC (that's since 1994) Have I seen such incredible fielding at this, 'LEVEL OF CRICKET', VSL {Vaughan, Staker and Leach) can become an additional acronym in the annals of cricket, and accompany LBW as a means of getting one out (one handed at that).

Paul 'Arrow-like' Smith kept wicket in exemplary fashion as a debutant, Killer was the magician, aptly assisted by good bowling from my good mate, Andy 'Bonnet' Heard', and Jon 'Ray Winston' Steward bowled 2 very good 'containment' over's, whilst Your 50 runs, Lyn, was the backbone of the batting. Poor performance from Hill (diabolical batting) and a below par bowling 'spraying spell' by Mr Seward, who was quite wayward on the day, could give the folks something to natter about in the pub.

Saturday 21st May

lost

Lost by 20+ runs in a high scoring match (220+ plays 240+). I'll update this if I get a match report (Ed.)

Sunday 15th May

lost

20 Fags A Day Never Hurt Anybody!

If the smoking lobby were looking for positive proof that smoking doesn't damage your health they should have been at Woodcote to see James score 98 (in a losing cause) and only need oxygen the once. It was a graceful full length dive not an inelegent collapse in the 21St over!! On a track full of runs, Woodcote batted first and amassed 217 for 6 in their allotted 35 overs, Mark and John being the stand-out bowlers. Whitchurch then amassed 199 for 6 before running out of overs, with Jon scoring his maiden 50 for the Club.

Lyn

Saturday 14th May

won

Greys Green were inserted on a good quick wicket but the openers were tied down by the opening attack of Jim Wheeler and Chris Grogan. Jim in particular was very swift and he finished his spell 10 overs 5 maidens no wickets for only 11 runs ! Connor Wheeler and Alan Kilford also bowled good spells and we were able to restrict the opposition to 132-6 off their 2.5 hrs at the crease. Special mention must go to Paul Vaughan who took probably the best diving 1 handed catch I have seen in our standard of Cricket. Special mention must also go to Dave Mattimoe who did a great job behind the stumps.

Whitchurch replied with a classy 51 by Tim Close supported by Dave Mattimoe, Alan Kilford, Jim Wheeler and Ollie Charlton. Whitchurch overhaulled the Greys Green total with 2 overs to spare winning by 2 wickets.

Good team effort all round and everyone either batted or bowled

Grogie

Sunday 8th May

lost

Positive spin on defeat; tea was excellent

On a difficult sodden wicket only Paul and Scooby could hold their heads high at tea as Whitchurch were bowled out for only 85. Whitchurch were much more competitive with the ball, keeping Checkendon out in the field for 27overs and taking 6 wickets. 3 dropped catches didn't help the cause.

Lyn

Sunday 1st May

lost

Unhappy Hunting Grounds in Hills Above Henley.

With 194 for 5 on the board at tea against Crazies Hill and a wicket from the skipper with his first ball, Whitchurch were full of confidence that they could push on for a first victory of the season. Unfortunately, Whitchurch didn't take into account the 70 partnership for the second wicket and the unbeaten 125 partnership to win the game.

Crazies Hill deserved victors on the day. Consolation for Whitchurch in Jack scoring 85, John taking his first wicket for the Club and the beer in the Horns being excellent.

Lyn

Sunday 24th April

lost

Bradfield 132 off 30.3; Whitchurch 129 for 9 off 35

2010 Season

Averages

Date

Result

By...

Sun 18th Apr

WON

by 73 runs away at Pangbourne

Sun 25th Apr

Drawn

Bradfield

Sun 2nd May

No play

Crazies Hill

Sun 9th May

Lost

at home to Checkendon

Sat 15th May

Lost

away at Greys Green

Sun 16th May

Tied

at home to Woodcote

Sat 22nd May

Woolhampton

Sun 23rd May

Lost

by 8 wickets at home to Caversham & Sonning Common

Fri 28th May

WON

by 9 wickets at home to Leicester Mossdale

Sun 30th May

Lost

by 12 runs at home to Letcombe

Sat 5th Jun

WON

by some wickets at home to Hetairoi

Sun 6th Jun

WON

by 6 wickets away at Goring

Sat 12th Jun

Lost

by 51 runs at home to Star 2009

Sun 13th Jun

Lost

by 76 runs at home to Nepotists

Sat 19th Jun

Waxlow

Sun 20th Jun

WON

by 4 wickets away at Checkendon

Sat 26th Jun

Cancelled

BBC Caversham

Sun 27th Jun

Lost

by 2 wickets at home to Jack Frost

Sun 4th Jul

WON

by 4 wickets away at United Oxford Hospitals CC

Sat 10th Jul

Drawn

at home to Stonor

Sun 11th Jul

Ipsden

And, um, no-one can remember what happened for the rest of this season.....

2009 Season

Averages

Date

Result

By...

Sun 19th Apr

Lost

By 6 runs at home to Pangbourne

Sun 26th Apr

Lost

By 6 wickets at home to Bradfield

Sun 3rd May

Lost

By 76 runs at home to Nepotists

Sun 10th May

Lost

By 6 runs at home to Checkendon

Sat 16th May

Cancelled

Away at Grey's Green

Sun 17th May

Cancelled

Away at Woodcote

Sat 23rd May

Lost

By 86 runs at home to Woolhampton

Sun 24th May

WON

By 7 wickets at home to Caversham & Sonning Common
Henley Standard match report

Sat 30th May

Lost

By 33 runs at home to Sky

Sun 31st May

Lost

By 8 wickets away to Letcombe

Sat 6th Jun

WON

by 3 runs at home to Hetairoi

Sun 7th Jun

WON

By 6 wickets at home to Goring

Sat 13th Jun

WON

by 16 runs away at Grey's Green
Henley Standard match report

Sat 20th Jun

WON

by 20 runs at home to Waxlow

Sun 21st Jun

WON

by 15 runs away at Checkendon

Sat 27th Jun

Cancelled

BBC Caversham

Sun 28th Jun

Drawn

at home to Jack Frost

Sun 5th Jul

WON

by 3 wickets at home to East Haddon

Sat 11th Jul

Drawn

away at Stonor

Sun 12th Jul

Lost

by 5 wickets at home to Ipsden

Tue 14th Jul

Cancelled

Old Merchant Taylor's

Sat 18th Jul

Drawn

away at BBC Caversham

Sun 19th Jul

Lost

by 7 wickets at home to Aldermaston

Sat 25th Jul

Cancelled

Cranbourne

Sun 26th Jul

Lost

by 32 runs at home to Barbados High Commission

Sat 1st Aug

Abandoned

away at Welton Wanderers

Sun 2nd Aug

WON

by 4 wickets away at East Haddon

Sun 9th Aug

Lost

by 42 runs away at Blewbury

Sat 15th Aug

WON

by 2 wickets away at Hambleden

Sat 22nd Aug

Lost

by 2 wickets at home to Harpsden

Sat 29th Aug

Lost

by 5 wickets at home to Grey's Green

Sat 5th Sep

Whitchurch Hill won the Whitchurch Village Challenge 10:10 Match.

Sun 6th Sep

Writers' Guild

Sat 12th Sep

WON

by 65 runs at home to Hambleden

Sat 19th Sep

Lost

by 45 runs at home to the President's XI

Sun 20th Sep

Cancelled

Britwell Salome

2008 Season

Date

Result

By...

Sun 20th Apr

WON

by 3 wickets away vs Pangbourne

Sun 27th Apr

Lost

by 7 wickets away vs Bradfield

Sun 4th May

Abandoned

Home vs Nepotists

Sat 10th May

Won & Lost

by about 100 runs in the Whitchurch XIII vs Whitchurch Dads showdown. One of the Whitchurch teams won comfortably. The other one didn't.

Sun 11th May

WON

by 39 runs at home vs Checkendon

Sat 17th May

WON

46 runs at home to Greys Green

Sun 18th May

Cancelled

Home vs Woodcote

Sat 24th May

Lost

by 4 wickets away vs Woolhampton

Sun 25th May

Abandoned

Home vs Caversham & Sonning Common

Sat 31st May

Abandoned

Home vs Sky

Sun 1st Jun

Lost

by 51 runs at home vs Letcombe

Wed 4th Jun

Abandoned

Home vs Pangbourne 20/20

Sat 7th Jun

Lost

by 12 runs at home vs Hetairoi

Sun 8th Jun

WON

by 7 wickets away vs Goring

Sat 14th Jun

Cancelled

Home vs West Wycombe

Sun 15th Jun

Lost

Home vs Aldermaston

Wed 18th Jun

Away vs Boar's Head Ardington 20/20 TBC

Sat 21st Jun

Cancelled

Home vs Waxlow

Sun 22nd Jun

WON

by 44 runs away vs Checkendon 

Skipper's report: Victory last Sunday completed the double against Checkendon this season; a feat that isn't often accomplished over our local rivals! A ton from Andy Arthur and an 89* from Nick Hill posted a score of 247 for 4 for Checkendon to chase after tea. Despite losing early wickets, from some tight bowling and an excellent catch behind the stumps by Musab, Checkendon's middle order put on 130 in a short time and left them only needing 94 in the last 20overs. Running out their top scoring batsmen (110) with 50 still needed and only 3 wickets in hand left Checkendon with too much to do and they eventually lost their last wicket 35 runs short with 3overs remaining.

Wed 25th Jun

WON

by 30 runs at home vs BP

Skipper's report: A good Whitchurch batting performance with contributions right through the team, lively running and plenty of boundaries got us to 152 for 8. BP fought hard with some big boundaries to keep themselves in the chase but finished 30 short with 1 wicket to spare. Skipper Cormac bravely used all 10 bowlers, including Whitchurch's top secret comedy bowler who remarkably took two clean-bowled wickets in 2 balls.

Sat 28th Jun

WON

by 50 runs at home vs BBC Caversham 

Skipper's report: A quickfire 58 from Duncs set the badgers of to a roaring start then Richard Leach sucked the blood out of the opposition with an unbeaten 59. Finally Alistair Bachelor husbanded the team home with 3 late wickets as Whitchurch won by 50 runs.

Sun 29th Jun

WON

by 121 runs at home vs Jack Frost

Skipper's report: As usual the game against Jack Frost was good natured and a great day was had by all. Man of the Match was Harry Williams. Whitchurch batted first and amassed a competitive 257 all out, 20 minutes shy of our allotted time. Harry shined again with an aggressive 85. James Shanahan made 51 and there were also useful contributions all down the order. Jack Frost managed 130 all out 10 overs shy of the close. Frost got away to a flyer, staying at the run rate for the first 15 overs but Harry came on first change and took 4 wickets to change the game. Duncan Seward bowled in tandem taking 3 wickets. Jon Steward wrapped it up with 2 quick wickets at the end. The Boat Race (more competitive and more important than the cricket) outraged the village as the high street was temporarily overrun for this great spectatcle. Whitchurch pulled away on the turn and ran out convincing winners. A double over Jack Frost is always welcome and thank you to my teams who were great on the day.

Tue 1st Jul

Lost

by 95 runs at home vs Old Merchant Taylor's

Skipper's report: Whitchurch was quarantined off on Tuesday night after a severe bout of the dropsie. 11 men were found to have contracted the disease against Old Merchant Taylors (it is believed that OMT may have brought it in from abroad on one of their foreign trips to buy spices and silks in the Orient). Suffice to say Whitchurch lost... and the badger may have to be put down as a consequence!

Sun 6th Jul

Cancelled

Home vs East Haddon

Wed 9th Jul

Cancelled

Away vs Pangbourne 20/20

Sat 12th Jul

Lost

by 8 wickets at home vs Stonor

Skipper's report: Spunky holes out. Duncan holed out on 90 on Saturday as Whitchruch battled to an impressive 191 on a tricky wicket. However Stonor were just too strong batting, knocking the runs off for a couple of wickets with George Mattimoe being criminally under-bowled by the Whitchurch Captain.

Sun 13th Jul

Cancelled

Home vs Boar's Head Ardington

Sat 19th Jul

Drawn

away vs BBC Caversham

Skipper's report: Whitchurch come from behind. In tricky conditions Whitchurch put up an excellent performance to post 112 in their innings with Groagy and Lyn in particular weighing in with some valuable runs. However, despite some excellent bowling all round from Whitchurch, we were unable to bowl BBC Caversham out so the match was drawn.

Sat 26th Jul

Cancelled

Away vs Cranbourne

Sat 2nd Aug

WON

by 30 runs away vs Les Ormes

Sun 3rd Aug

Lost

by 30 runs away vs Les Ormes

Sun 10th Aug

Abandoned

Home vs Blewbury

Sat 16th Aug

Abandoned

Away vs Hambleden

Sat 23rd Aug

Lost

by 80 runs away vs Harpsden

Sat 30th Aug

Lost

by 6 wickets away vs Greys Green

Sat 6th Sep

Abandoned

Home vs Hambleden TBC

Sun 21st Sep

Lost

by 8 wickets away vs Britwell Salome

Sat 28th Sep

WON

by 62 runs at home vs President's XI

Team Results (2007)

Date

Result

By...

Sun 22 Apr

WON

by 6 wickets at home to Pangbourne

Sun 29 Apr

WON

by 34 runs at home to Bradfield

Sun 6 May

Lost

by 33 runs at home to Nepotists

Nepotists made 228 for 7 in their 35 overs. In reply Whitchurch managed 195 for 8, with Paul Struthers making a century and keeping wicket brilliantly.

Sat 12 May

Lost

by 8 runs at home to Cranbourne

Sun 13 May

No play

at home vs Checkendon
Match abandoned due to heavy rain.

Sat 19 May

Lost

by 7 wickets at home to Grey's Green

Whitchurch batted first and made what we thought was a defendable total of 145. Ronnie top-scored with an entertaining XX and Cormac batted through with the tail.
Early wickets from Mark Pearson and Cormac made a promising start for Whitchurch, but Grey's Green recovered and then took the game away from us with a century partnership for the third wicket.

Sun 20 May

WON

by 41 runs away to Woodcote

Highlights of the game included Dave Hill's first half-century for the club and a pair of catches for new man Dominic Attard.

Sat 26 May

Lost

by 186 runs to Woolhampton

Sun 27 May

No Play

at home to Caversham & Sonning Common
Match abandoned due to heavy rain.

Sat 2 Jun

Lost

by 156 runs at home to Sky C Club

Sun 3 Jun

Lost

by 84 runs away to Letcombe

Despite restricting Letcombe to an achievable target of 186 for 7 with a lively performance in the field, Whitchurch struggled with the bat against Letcombe's opening bowlers. Dave Hill was left stranded on 49* at the end with Whitchurch finishing on 102 all out..

Wed 06 Jun

WON

by 30 runs (tbc) away to Pangbourne in the first 20/20 fixture of the season.

Whitchurch batted first, making 153. Pangbourne's reply totalled 120 (tbc). Harry Williams named man of the match by skipper Cormac for his 25* and bowling as tight as a very tight thing taking 3 for 14.

Sat 9 Jun

Lost

by 7 wickets at home to Hetairoi

Whitchurch put up a decent total of 176, with Tim Close getting his first 50 of the season. Unfortunately, Hetairol's batting proved too strong, making the target with 7 wickets to spare.

Sun 10 Jun

WON

by 43 runs at home to Goring

Whitchurch made 184 for 8 in our 35 overs with good runs down the order from Grogie and Travis in his first game of the season. Goring struggled until a last wicket partnership of 50-odd had us worried. Whitchurch eventually broke the partnership to limit Goring to 141 all out.

Sat 16 Jun

No Play

at home to West Wycombe
Match called off due to weather.

Sun 17 Jun

Lost

by 82 runs away at Aldermaston

Despite Lyn Williams taking his first 5-fer (5 for 51), Aldermaston made 174 for 9 off 40 overs. Whitchurch's batting then struggled to 92 all out in 35.2 overs... with Raja taking 8 Whitchurch wickets for 16.

Wed 20 Jun

WON

by 10 runs away to Boar's Head Ardington in the second 20/20 game of the season.

Whitchurch made 125, and then limited Ardington to 115 despite man-of-the-match Pete Shufflebotham's 50 not-out.

Sat 23 Jun

WON

by 4 runs at home to Waxlow.

Whitchurch won by 4 runs against Waxlow, with Duncan Seward making 49, to return the Saturday team to winning ways.

Sun 24 Jun

No Play

Match at Checkendon called off due to weather conditions.

Wed 27 Jun

WON

by 48 runs at home to Verizon UK.

Whitchurch made 109 against Verizon's challenging bowling. Andy Arthur led the bowling attack to dismiss Verizon for ~60 runs.

Sat 30 Jun

No Play

BBC Caversham

Sun 1 Jul

No Play

Jack Frost

Tue 3 Jul

14:30

Old Merchant Taylors

Sun 8 Jul

Lost

by 4 wickets away at East Haddon

On British Grand Prix day the Red Arrows flying over nearby Silverstone should have been a good omen for Whitchurchs midlands tour game. Whitchurch won the toss and chose to bat first on a good hard wicket. We had a good start against the quick but erratic openers, with Harry and Musab providing a solid base before we lost a series of quick wickets. East Haddon's impressive Loughborough University spinner caused the most trouble and slowed our scoring rate to a crawl. Then Jimbo's 58* and Grogie pushed on with an 8th wicket stand of around 90. Whitchurch finished on 178 for 8.

East Haddon's reply started steadily and provided a good base. Their no.3 was dropped on 48, before going on to make 123* to see East Haddon home by 4 wickets with overs to spare. Fantastic food followed and the brave in the party stayed that night and got wasted before Golf at Mentmore on Monday.

Wed 11 Jul

WON

by 18 runs at home to Pangbourne

Whitchurch again beat Pangbourne in the return 20/20 fixture at Eastfield Lane. Whitchurch made 117 for 9, with Duncan Reeve making 31* after retiring first time round on 26. Pangbourne got off to a flying start but the Whitchurch bowling attack and some improved fielding kept their total down to 99 all out. Duncan Reeve completed a fine evening's cricket with 4 wickets.

Sat 14 Jul

13:30

Harpsden

Sun 15 Jul

Lost

by 5 wickets at home to Boar's Head Ardington

In a rain-reduced game of 24 overs a side, Whitchurch made 156 for 1 with Harry Williams making 76* and Dave Hill 62. Chris Grogan took 3 for 14 but Ardington made the required runs with 5 wickets remaining.

Sat 21 Jul

No Play

BBC Caversham

Sat 28 Jul

WON

by 19 runs on tour at Les Ormes

Unlike last year, we had a glorious day for cricket in France. Just like last year, however, half the team were still on the road when the openers walked out. Whitchurch made 233 for 4, thanks to Rusty's 100* supported by G's 40 and Duncs' 33*. Mike Scanlon made 114 to get Les Ormes close, but Whitchurch won it in the last over, keeping them to 214 for 6.

Sun 29 Jul

Lost

by 8 wickets on tour at Les Ormes

Conditions resembled a rainy April day in Whitchurch, with the rain ranging from just heavy to torrential. Whitchurch batted first with several long interruptions, reducing the game to 30 overs, to struggle to 96 all out, somewhat short of the Grogan 10-an-over benchmark. In (slightly) improving conditions, Les Ormes then chased down the runs, losing just 2 wickets to win the Scanners Cup.

Sat 4 Aug

WON

by 2 runs at home to Waxlow

In a rain-shortened 30 over game, Whitchurch made 144 for 7, with Duncs making 49 and Lyn 31. Waxlow fell just short in their chase, with Chris Russell returning the best bowling figures at 3 for 26 off 6 overs.

Sun 12 Aug

WON

by 1 run away at Blewbury

Whitchurch made 164 all out in 34.4 overs, with Travis making a 50. Blewbury were then 163 all out with Travis taking a catch off the last ball to secure the win.

Sat 18 Aug

No Play

Hambleden

Sun 26 Aug

Lost

to East Haddon

Mon 27 Aug

10:30

Harpsden Sixes

Sat 1 Sep

Draw

away at Grey's Green

Grey's Green batted first, scoring slowly at first thanks to good bowling from Harry and Robbie C in particular. We didn't take enough wickets, however, so with 8 wickets in hand Grey's Green accelerated to make a competitive 178 for 2. After a shaky start, Whitchurch's reply improved (largely thanks to Robbie C's 42) to give us real hope of the win. A late fall of wickets meant that Craig Hampton and Robbie Lowden hung on in the last overs to secure the draw. Man of the Match was Robbie C for his batting and bowling.

Sat 8 Sep

WON

by 71 runs at home to Hambleden.

Batting first, Whitchurch put on 230 for 5 in 35 overs, with opener Cormac hitting 53 and Tim Close hitting 72, largely over the fence and into the nettles.

Excellent bowling and fielding, starting with Robbie C and Lyn Williams' fierce opening spell put Whitchurch in control early on.

Sat 15 Sep

Lost

by 1 wicket at home to the President's XI

The President's XI beat Whitchurch in the last over of a tight and exciting game. Whitchurch batted first and made 207, with Ronnie Khan's 50 and some fine late order hitting by Lyn Williams.

The President's XI started well but Whitchurch clawed their way back into it with some excellent bowling by Chris Russell in particular. The President's XI were guided home in the last over by Tom Whitelock in a nail-biting finish. The evening was rounded off with a Barbie and drinks at the ground and then the pub.

Sun 23 Sep

Lost

by 93 runs at home to Britwell Salome

Whitchurch made an excellent start, bowling and fielding consistently well to limit Britwell Salome to 165 all out in 34 overs. Harry Williams took 3 for 42.

Unfortunately there wasn't much excellence with the bat demonstrated by Whitchurch, with 5 ducks in the scorebook. Harry Williams was an honourable exception, making 35 of Whitchurch's total 72 all out in 17 overs.