2007 Season

Played 5 Won 2

vs Brandeston (A) June 19th WON
vs Melton St Audreys (A) July 18th LOST
vs Woodbridge Wombats (A) July 19th LOST
vs Harry Goodchild's XI (A) August 14th RAINED OFF
vs Brandeston (A) August 15th LOST
vs Brandeston (A) August 23rd RAINED OFF
vs Brandeston (A) August 29th WON                                                                       Oct 6th Annual dinner and Awards

Triumph at Brandeston
June 19th - Great news - we have secured our first victory. About time, you might say, but hey, we are just getting this team started.

We hit 130-odd off 14 (8-ball) overs, good score, and limited Brandeston to 90-odd. Bad light and drizzle rather spoiled the end.

It was a real team effort, everyone did lots of things well. Great batting by Andy and Russell, among others. Bowling stars included Cuillean. But the real highlights were in the field: an enormous slip catch by Jonathan, a lightning stumping by Andy, a huge covers catch from Robert, and epic work in the deep from both Peter and Hamish. But the biggest hero was Stephen who fielded like a demon, on top of his superb batting and bowling - our man of the match.

Team was:
Richard Bertram , Magnus Spence, Cuillean McCausland , Russell Stowe , Robert Westmacott , Jonathan Fox , Hamish Bullough , Peter Minta , Stephen Askins , Andy Wheeler

Honourable mention to Chris Seery who turned up to say hello even though injured for the whole season.

Melton whip us fair and square
We were given a stern drubbing by a team of youngsters at Melton on July 18th. The Suffolk under 16 champions (no less) were very handy and scored 130-odd off their 20 overs. Bowling and fielding by us was OK, including an epic running catch on the boundary by Steve Haskins, and we felt we had the game under control. Not the case. Their bowling was magnificent - very fast and aggressive in the gloom. We had no response and were out for less then 40. No great performances, but our man of the match was Steve Curzon with two catches in the covers despite not having played cricket for 20 years.

Team was:
Richard Bertram Magnus Spence Russell Stowe John Leefe Cuillean McCausland Robert Westmacott Tim Pritchard-Barrett Stephen Askins Steve Johnson Steve Curzon Oliver Morgan Andrew Jackson

Could not quite get past Wombats
We could not quite summon the performance to see off the Wombats on July 19th. Never quite got enough runs off our 20 overs, had to settle for 100, despite stirling work by John Leefe and Jonnie Veale. Tried to hold them to this total, and had them a little worried at one stage, thanks mainly to great bowling by, er, John Leefe and Jonnie Veale, plus some epic sledging from Jonathan Fox. They scored the winning run off the last ball. Great stuff and good fun. Man of the match was Jonnie Veale whose all round efforts should have inspired us to better things.

Team was:
Richard Bertram Magnus Spence Russell Stowe John Leefe Robert Westmacott Tim Pritchard-Barrett Oliver Fox Jonathan Fox Michael Ball Jonnie Veale Harry Goodchild

Brandeston get revenge
We were just beaten by Brandeston on August 15th. We managed 99, just short of a run a ball, off our 13 8-ball overs. Brandeston squeaked in on the last ball, the cap'n probably lobbing the final delivery too generously for the circumstances. Two of our big hitters got golden ducks, which will not be forgotten come the end of season summary, but thankfully Sussex ringers Simon and Jack Bradshaw helped out by piling on runs (Jack) and great bowling (both). Epic batting from Jonnie Veale (as usual) and by the three new faces Iain Halls, David Harwood Little and Patrick Cooney, but the C.A.W. man of the match award goes to Richard Bertram who in the absence of a proper wickie, volunteered to man the stumps and showed Matt Prior how it is done, with a stumping, a catch and several very elegant dives - often getting the ball at the same time - remarkable.

Team was:
Richard Bertram Magnus Spence John Leefe Cuillean McCausland Jonnie Veale Patrick Cooney Iain Halls Simon Bradshaw Jack Bradshaw (JR) David Harwood Little 

Last match won in style
The final, game of the season vs Brandeston on August 29th (and many thanks to them for hosting us three times this year) - a victory in style. Several stirring Campsea Ashe performances. We managed 111 , over a run a ball, thanks to a boundary-heavy 25 n/o from Cuillean, but also due to big knocks from John, Jonnie, Richard and Robert. No golden ducks tonight - oh no! The run-rate was kept up to scratch thanks to nifty running, notably from Tim. Big guns, in the form of the Askins family, were still unused in the pavillion (sorry fellas). But even better was to come - in the field we showed the benefits of having so many all-rounders. Pounding in to deliver the goods, Steve, John, Jonnie, Robert and Cuillean each took the wind out of the sails of the oppo, who managed only 60-odd for 9. Virtually no wides or extras - big catches (one involving blood) were taken by Tim, Cuillean and Cap'n - tight fielding illustrated by an epic run out from John at fine leg. Several contenders for this award, but one obvious winner - man of the match goes to Cuillean whose big knock was followed by a monstrous bowling spell that included a triple wicket maiden - oh yes. When we are all on song, we can beat anyone. Well, anyone of similar vintage, disability and wotnot. Roll on next season....

Team was:
Richard Bertram Magnus Spence John Leefe Cuillean McCausland Tim Pritchard-Barrett Stephen Askins Ben Askins Robert Westmacott Jonnie Veale , Oliver (borrowed)

  John Leefe scoops top 2007 award

End of Season Dinner and Awards
A team of 11 gathered over an epic dinner on October 6th cooked by top chef Jess Leefe (yes, related). Prizes were distributed. Included were the Player of the Season award to John Leefe for consistently making a big difference with both bat and ball. Bowl of the season went to Cuillean McCausland for an epic 3-wicket maiden at Brandeston. Bat of the season, for an innings which was mightily important in securing our first ever victory in June, went to Russell Stowe. Many other worthy candidates were considered, but sadly could not qualify since they were not able to be there on the night...

  2007 dinner in full swing

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