Category: Match Report


Blenheim Park CC vs South Wales Hunts CC – 13th August 2017

BPCC vs.South Wales Hunts …
· Them 128 all out – Gorgeous George lived up to this name and took 4-38 with useful contributions from Charlie 2-8 (ish), Spearman snr 2-26 (ish), me 2-38.
· BPCC saw their chance to beat SWH at last! … sadly no one told our batsman and before long the home team was reduced to 22 (ish) for 5 (yes, you read that right) before the captain steadied the ship and played, well, a captain’s innings (43) flamboyantly aided by Charlie B and a boundary strewn 50+.
· Sadly both departed in quick succession to leave the home side requiring around 18 off 10 overs and 2 wickets standing … yours truly came to the crease and promptly hit the last boundary of the game.
· We were still in the hunt (!) but George soon departed to be replaced by Phil the rhino and instructions to play for a draw. A few no-balls and wides followed and the overs continued to dwindle.
· SWH brought back their opening bowler (and ex-Harlequins flanker) who was largely responsible for the early destruction bagging 4 wickets
· Phew! survived his first over.
· 3 overs to go and 7 needed to win.
· Quick single declined. Maiden.
· Penultimate over, star bowler, Rhino facing, peach. Bowled. Lost
· On the upside, great tea from the Spearman family
· Usual standard cake from Mrs Kerr – I think she needs more practice though! Pl send our thanks!



Great and Little Tew CC vs Blenheim Park CC – 6th August 2017

Match Report by Dropert Kerr

BPCC Undone by SAFFA semi-pro (again)
BPCC-194/9 Great Tew 196/6 (40over match)

Blenheim batted first Openers Keyes and Kerr faced with some hostile bowling got the side off to a solid start 62 off 13 overs with Keyes crashing fours to both sides of the wicket and Kerr holding up the other end Keyes (42) was caught at first slip by the same fielder who dropped him 3rd ball. Rupert Kelly soon got the pace of the wicket and looked assured as he scored runs freely. Kerr departed bowled by their Overseas Professional Adams. Phil Boardman(2) putting on the whites for the first time in a decade also perished in similar fashion (Adams 8o/1m/2w/15) – West and Kelly ran well between the wickets keeping the scoreboard ticking West was bowled (15), John Blunt(2) came and went bringing Alan Engel to wicket , unused to finding a partner running twos found the going tough but got his bat on enough ball to accumulate 12 runs before being forced to retire (surely a first) due “being unable to breath” …or poss a way of preserving his batting average. Kelly perished for a well earned 60 – Spearman father and son had a brief partnership until Father called for a little over optimistic single and was run out (3) Angol struck a fine four and both he and Jake Spearman remained not out.

Tea (8/10)was taken in their smart clubhouse (Sky TV + Wifi FFS !)

Great Tew started slowly and were soon under the spell of birthday boy Angol , for the first time in recent memory he bowled his 8 overs on the bounce, and proceeded to remove the top three batsmen (8/0/3/24)- Spearman Snr kept things tight at the other end. West came on and after giving them 3 long hops on leg side that were despatched to the boundary managed to beguile them with one on the stumps and Phil Boardman took an good catch with the approach of the Semi Pro Adams to the wicket Capt West promptly took himself off! Keyes bowled a couple of overs but injured his back and had to leave the field – Spearman came back to finish his spell with the highlight being his “Warny” delivery that ex captain now defector Canham played all around and it hit top of middle peg! Rupert K produced our only non spin spell with a one wicket reward and John Blunt was on the end of Adams in full flow. Gokani’s magic turned to cannon fodder .Fast forward and hour as Adams hit a chanceless 115 not out Phil B became quite familiar with the contours of the field over midwicket boundary !– Quite what a player of this standard was bludgeoning our (depleted) bowling attack for on a Sunday afternoon only he will know –
Special mention of Jake Spearman (banned from bowling by his Pa) in the field who was exemplary
And thanks to the supporters Alan /Matt /David/Caroline and Sarah who outnumbered their’s by 5/1
Even though we lost thank to Malcolm for calming the team down before walking off the pitch
And boys it was all worth it after we bowled (collective pressure ) middle stump !!!!


Blenheim Park CC vs Islip – 23rd July 2017

BPCC beat Islip(122) by 3 wickets
Captain Cox’s slow march to victory transformed by Charlie Bethell’s unbeaten 50

Local rivals Islip elected to bat and their opener bamboozled by James Talbot’s opening ball (wide to gully) took a liking to the next ball a full toss hit it straight to Keyes at square leg ….out!
There then followed a pretty dull 50 partnership over 18 overs – until Captain Cox surprisingly brought himself on and it wasn’t long before he had their No2 Batsmen(31) LBW and then Keyes produced a good opening over bowling the No4 with his 4th ball. Cox then had the next batmen smartly caught by back in form Keeper Kerr.(2 catches no byes) Soon Islip were reeling at 74/8 with Keyes(8/3/8/3) picking up two more and Cox (8/1/23/4 )- Gokani was brought back into the attack(7/1/36/0) and Charlie Bethell at the other end dishing up some short balls that were dispatched to the boundary . Chairman Shaw fielding in close took several blows to the body adding to last week’s bruises. Bethell eventually finished the innings off (5/1/20/2) with Keyes just holding onto a dolly at fly slip.
In the absence of Mike (otherwise detained)– Walker produced an excellent tea.
Cox and Gokani opened the batting- Suffice to say the opening stand lacked much vigour! After 10 overs the score had lurched to 7 runs Eventually Gokani (2) played his first aggressive stroke and was caught at mid on in the 12th over with the score on a heady 15. Leakies(2) felt he should show intent and missed a straight one and David Atcherley-S uncharacteristically scratched around and was bowled off the best ball of the day (0)
James Talbot strode to the wicket and a quick fire 18 including a six moved the score along to 48 before he was clean bowled – Kerr contributed 8 before holing out to mid on- leaving the score on 65/5 off 29 overs – The rate had gone from 3.05/over to 5.25 !!
In strode Bethell making light work of the bowling , and in spite of losing Coxy eventually being caught behind (31 runs of 33 overs!) Samples(2) and Travi (0 n.o) he chased down the runs with 2 overs to spare with 4 needed to win and Charlie on 45 he duly hit a six to bring up his fifty and a win for BPCC leaving the bemused/relieved Hughes No 10 and Shaw (no 11) to unbuckle their pads and head for the pub.
Smart new caps were distributed bringing up the dress standard and negating the need for the usual plethora of unsavoury headgear Thank you to our kit sponsors (Woodstock Arms)

Dropert Kerr – 24/07/17


Blenheim Park CC vs Medmenham – 16th July 2017

BPCC drew with Medmenham. Match report to follow, if Rob Kerr hasn’t dropped his computer.


Blenheim Park CC vs Ewelme – 2nd July 2017

BPCC vs Ewelme

A sunny day, a pitch made for batting and a pliant opposition made for a pleasant afternoon/evening on the South Lawn.

Keyes opened the innings with returning ex-Captain Canham, and they set about the Ewelme bowling with verve. Runs were coming at ten an over until Lee plonked a long-hop into the grateful hands of deep square leg for a blistering 46. Canham was then well caught low down at cover, and left the wicket some minutes later.

David A-S and the self-promoted Martin Cox then got their heads down against some none-too-demanding bowling, and it looked like they were both destined to reach three figures, but DAS waltzed past a straight ball to be stumped for 90 after a partnership of 157. Martin biffed his way into the nineties, and at the start of the 40th and final over, was facing with his score on 95.

The first ball was launched to midwicket for four. The next four deliveries were dots. The last ball saw his greyhound of a partner run out by a couple of feet, leaving the Vice Captain unbeaten on 99, as Blenheim notched a creditable 290-6.

After another excellent tea from the West family (topped up with some Vaughan-Fowler sandwiches), an exhausted Ewelme didn’t provide much resistance with the bat. Chasing the ball in the heat for three hours was bad enough, but then having to endure inane stream-of-consciousness babble from behind the stumps wilted whatever resolve they had left. The noise only abated when a hatful of catches and stumpings were missed. All seven bowlers took wickets as the mighty ‘Blen cantered to a one hundred and forty-seven run victory.



Blenheim Park CC vs Bayshill – 25th June 2017

A hard-fought victory over Bayshill yesterday featured a century from Lee Keyes, some excellent bowling and fielding from a Spearman, and some well-held catches. Match report to follow (when somebody writes one).


Blenheim Park CC vs Captain Scott’s XI – 9th July 2017

Captain Scott XVI beat BPCC by six wickets.

Scorecard here


Blenheim Park CC v North Hinksey Gentlemen CC

In honour of the opposition and our new kit sponsor, this week’s match report is in Welsh.

BPCC v North Hinksey Gentlemen

Nyw Cymru spwnswrs, a vys cwptn ddangoswyd stuck in traffic. Ond daw Cymru’n i Lee ddeall slog a fw then throw hws wkyt awy. Daffyd A-S ddadl hylfcwntury a’r safbwyntiau hwge six over mwdwyket.

Inni Hughes heddiw plumb in front aw dwck, yn cynnig casgliad uwmpr George ‘y blynd wynker’. Oedd yn awgrym chwerthinllyd Coxy ynd Daffyd A-S rwp un pwllage bwling tw all pwrts.

Fugwlatgar mewn Daffyd Dwbl-Bwrrl perthynas the final ovwr, Cwntury!
Ffug gwestiwn Coxy, hwf cwntry!
Scwr 228-5 ov 30 ovwrs.

Ni allaf ond twy bread of heaven am no bleddy smarties agwn!

Flwpnwn Shirley Bassey i â so chuffing hwt! Buwt nw excws chwrman bluw shwrts look you!

Cwcky bwrber opwn vrsws brythr, slog a fw then throw hws wkyt away, cwt bei brythr! Slwgs, drwp cthchs, skwpr dwnky drwps – stwmp bei hwf the pych, nwt owt! Shwts n gwggles, hwge fun, ran out easwy wynnrs.


Blenheim Park CC v Juveniles CC – 11th June 2017

Blenheim unable to control Juveniles

After near farcical “Rollergate” incident whereby President Shaw managed to stall the Roller in the middle of the wicket with 10 minutes before scheduled 1pm start. At least 11 suggestions as to how the issue may be resolved (including lets all push it!)

Eventually the posh Range Rover was despatched to get some jump leads – Roller was eventually restarted at 1.50pm – The games was thus reduced to 30 overs as the Juveniles needed to get to bed early. It was a tossup which bellowed out the most fumes the roller or chairman Shaw.

Things started really quite well . Will Cox with and awesome spell (6/0/4/13 ) aided and abetted by the dependable Nigel Walker(1/30) at 6/2 and 44/6 thoughts of early tea and a long session in the pub appeared a certainty .

Unfortunately with a limit of 6 overs per bowler meant an early change. Cue Stan the Man taking their main man (captain) first ball with a sucker half tracker holed out to Walker in the deep – After that things changed dramatically with Stan and David AS conceding 40 runs in their four overs It became apparent the cunning Juveniles had reversed the bl££dy batting order Captain Cox and Leekies were 4/5 th change Leekies seemed to think they couldn’t hit a half volley on the leg side …… they could ! Coxy prized one of them out and late call up JV-F came on for the last over to take a wicket with his second ball – How they they ended on an unlikely 143only the scorebook will reveal

Tea was taken – including excellent home made flapjack/brownies (Mike) and sponge cake(Mrs K) was well received by all Father and son Cox combination opened the innings and with a generous smattering of extras the Cox combo moved the score over 40 after 7 overs . A run out debacle saw both Cox’s at the same end Martin pulled rank (poss pocket money) and Will had to walk (shoulders slumped back to the pavilion. Leakies looked his normal belligerent self but was undone by the first change (Luke) left arm over and missed a full toss that went on to hit his leg stump Coxy was next to perish and suddenly at 50/3 things were beginning to wobble.David A-S (4) struggled and Johnny Vaughen–Fowler inspite of not having batted since last June managed to get bat on ball and scored a quick 13. BPCC were falling behind the rate Phil Humphries perished and Kerr lasted about as long as one of Mrs May’s manifesto pledges – Stan and the Professor Phil (16)(now with runner) put on a good partnership with Stan despatching the ball to the boundary twice in one over , the innings closed as Walker(2) and Engel (0) Unsurprisingly Kerr let no byes through and was exemplary behind the stumps.

It was a game we felt we should have won but we came second, all played in a good spirit and so retired to the pub earlier than usual to discuss what might have been .

Spelling, grammar and factual errors courtesy of Rob Kerr.


Medmenham Village CC v Blenheim Park CC – 4th June 2017

A nice ground, nice pavillion, nice wicket, nice tea, nice opposition, nice cheap beer, nice drive from London. So why did we have to play like shit?

This was the worst performance from BPCC in ages, although a casual perusal of the score-book might lead you to believe that it was a competitive fixture. In fact it was so bad, Malcolm was left in the changing room after the game with a bottle of whisky and a loaded revolver in the hope that he would, for once, do the decent thing.

We won the toss and batted. At Matt Rogers’ insistence, we played a timed game. David Atcherley-Symes bagged a second ball duck, but somehow this was far from being his low point of the day. Lee Keyes then tried to alternately hit the ball out of ground and hit the ball high into the air to land eight feet from where it was struck. Both of these he accomplished with some regularity. Martin tried to keep pace with Lee. Reader, he failed.

Then, of course, Lee got himself out like the prat that he is, and Martin entered “going into his shell” mode. This lasted months. Malcolm came, went, and was last heard of departing for Morocco. David Hughes tried to match Martin lack-of-stroke for lack-of-stroke, and basically succeeded. Medmenham were forced to conjure up some declaration bowling, which lent a veneer of heft to the Cox and Hughes partnership it scarcely deserved. BPCC declared at tea on 173-4 off 43 overs (Cox 88*). There is no truth to the rumour that Malcolm would have instantly declared had Martin looked like reaching three figures.

So far, so average.

Bowling every week on the helpful slope of the South Lawn seems to have engendered a measure of complacency among the BPCC bowlers. Faced with a flat, dull wicket they toiled ineffectually against moderate opposition openers. Nigel exerted some measure of control, but his resolve was understandably tested by bowling a million overs unchanged, then being asked to field deep square leg at both ends. Fielders retreated to unusual positions, sometimes after being asked to go there. Specialist midwicket Matt contrived to push himself even lower down the selection order by dropping two off the captain’s thirty-yard-runup-donkey-drops. Will fielded a ball cleanly on the boundary and then wanged the ball into the tree for a five. David A-S, attempting not to do the same, did something completely indescribable. Lee, predictably, dropped one behind. Even your specialist treasurer-at-slip, condemned to square- and fine-leg by dint of there being some even older and more unfit players, managed to drop a fiendishly spinning dolly, and then took one hard on the ankle for good measure.

The openers put on about one-fifty. We were well and truly gubbed.

This match report was written in excessive pain. I hope it shows.