Champeones – Champeones
Another Championship for the Under 15 Boys at Oakham plus two OAP's
However after a weekend to forget the Mount’s title hope take a turn for the worse.
What a week that was as I resumed official “TIE ON” duties after our treks to Malvern and Taunton. On Monday 13th I set off for Colwyn Bay to deputise for Tim “White Van and Sunglasses” McKiernan as he was being a good boy and doing what all men do when the good lady puts her foot down.
I arrived to find almost everyone there and the weather looking better than forecast. It’s always great to watch the Under 11’s who have boundless energy and unquenchable enthusiasm. They do tend to get a bit too excited at times and after reaching 87 for 1 we entered such a period and lost the remaining 9 wickets for 20 runs. The Wales reply stuttered a bit and we were most definitely in with a chance, but we got excited and missed some crucial run outs. The Welsh ran out victors but only just. I suppose a few dropped catches did not help either. These are the excuses of the stand-in Team Manager for the day. I expect to get the dreaded call from the Incredible Titch to say I have been sacked.
Returning from Colwyn Bay I drove through a rain storm of biblical proportions. I feared that this was the wrath of Titch descending on me.
So much else was going on in the week. Whilst in sunny North Wales I checked with our intrepid traveller Mr Lenny “Around the UK in three weeks” Kerr who had taken refuge at Scarborough College for the inaugural Under 14 Festival organised by Scarborough CC. He had spent a week at Kings College, Taunton with the main Under 14 squad before re-directing to Brighton College to help with the inaugural Under 13 Festival arranged by Sussex CCC and Sport Arabia. He made it clear to me in terms of staff accommodation that Scarborough College won hands down and was 4 star ensuite as well. Our thanks must go to Lenny (and Mrs Kerr) for helping out in this way as with the introduction of these new Festivals we were short of people with his experience. This was a week for the members of this Development Squad to show us what they could do. They had a mixed week but with one major highlight. In the earlier part of the season they had played Yorkshire twice and lost heavily. I am pleased to say they beat the Yorkies at Scarborough to reverse the trend.
On the same Monday the Under 13 Festival started at Kings College, Taunton. In line with the U14 and U12 weeks they did not get wall to wall sunshine. After a mixed bag of two wins, two defeats and a total wash out they emerged in second place behind Hampshire.
Tuesday saw me at Leigh Cricket Club for an Under 16 game against Cheshire. As this team had only played one game my position as Team Manager was safe. After much ups and down we contrived to win a game that seemed to be going away from us. My good friend Geoff Ogden appeared and we did much reminiscing.
Wednesday saw my good lady and her zoo join me for the journey to Oakham for the Under 15 County Finals. I mention the zoo because we had decided on accommodation at a place called Hampton by Hilton near Corby. The big attraction for her was unlimited wi-fi. She had some impending new arrivals and a major extension to handle whilst we were away. The storm of biblical proportions which had enveloped me on my way back from Wales appeared in Oakham in the afternoon setting nerves on edge. Fortunately our hotel was sited alongside a Mr JD Wetherspoon’s emporium and a glass or two of nectar plus a large Wetherspooon pie calmed by furrowed brow.
Before our journey to Oakham for the Semi-Final against Buckinghamshire we had to negotiate the hotels wi-fi system. I was instrumental in gaining much needed brownie points by ensuring Mrs H had her much need internet moments.
What can I say about the Under 15’s performance against Buckinghamshire on Thursday. Phew. 164 for the first wicket with Harry D blasting from the hip and Mark W supporting him superbly. Harry’s maiden century for a Lancashire team came quick time. What a great game cricket is ?? He was out the very next ball. We had Bucks 133 for 7 but went a bit gaga thinking it was all over. Eventually things got back to normal and we were in the Final. The word came back from the other Semi that we would be playing Hampshire in the Final. The MVP Zoo Keeper in the World and her side-kick returned to Corby for a JD Wetherspoon “Curry Night”. My good friend Mr Bob Dearden told me from his experiences at a similar establishment in Heywood the place would be heaving.
My goodness he was spot on. Although there were many enjoying the Curry Night Experience we opted out for a more basic offering like a Mixed Grill for less than a tenner including a drink. I must seek out a Wetherspoon outlet in Radcliffe. I also have to admit that on leaving Oakham to return to our base in Corby we had to find a Tesco. The Incredible Titch was our saviour with spot on directions.
Friday morning dawned with a mixed bag of weather forecasts. Hampshire and possibly the weather were in the way but ……. at 6.30 that evening Paul Bedford from the ECB handed the Under 15 County Cup for 2012 to Mark Waddington. They had come as Under 14’s in 2011, and they had come again as Under 15’s in 2012 – County Champions. I could argue that we struggled but really 303 for 8 after 50 overs – not really a struggle. We had to keep an eye on Jack Duckworth of the Duckworth-Lewis pop group – but not really. Hampshire made a very positive response and well done to them but 304 off 50 overs to win !!!
Championes – Championes
There were some outstanding individual performances from members of this team but at the end of a long season we must focus on the players at Oakham but not forget the others who played their part however small in ensuring we got there. Everyone at Oakham got a medal but there are others who helped in this success.
Titch and Rudra doing what they do best !!!!
Back home with a shock at the weekend. The Mount minus two influential members had an easy one and a hard one. The easy one they made very hard much emerged victorious. Sunday I treated the good lady to a ride to scouse-land where the Under 13’s were playing Yorkshire at Sefton Park. We like going to Sefton as we know we will meet the legendary Charlie O’Mahony. We did meet Charlie and his good lady but saw little cricket as it rained.
On our return to home base we decided to call at Farnworth CC to see how the Mount were faring in the big top of the table class. I am at a loss for words. Firstly I could not believe that the only game to be played in the Bolton League would be at Farnworth ( the Zookeeper and proof reader of blogs could). Secondly that with the circumstances that exist the winners of the toss in a badly rain affected game mean that the team batting first have no chance of winning but thirdly the team batting so badly first (the Mount) then all the other excuses get chucked into a bin.
Never mind eh.
Under 15 Boys County Champions 2012.
Watch this space because we may have a passing interest in the Under 15 County (GIRLS) County Finals at Dunstable CC next week.
Where the Tesco is Dunstable?????
Where’s my Tesco Moment?????