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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.


BPCC v Great Tew 2pm 7th August 2016 2pm


Great Tew Ground


Courtesy of Allan Engel


With the Palace playing host to the country-folk of Countryfile, the Club headed west to the bucolic surroundings of Great Tew to take on a youthful opposition more Little than Great.

Great Tew and Spearmans

Batting first, the opposition openers weathered the opening spell from Nigel and George, with the help of the odd let-off behind the stumps, before Nigel swung a yorker through the gate. Runs accrued slowly but steadily, Phil held a steepling caught-and-bowled, Stan finally held on to one for a rare Gokani wicket, more catches were dropped, perhaps the youngest (and certainly the smallest) BPCC  player took the field as eleventh man in the shape of Finn Spearman; his fielding put his elders and tallers to shame. The opposition finally totalled 187 from their 40 overs. Curiously, all but one of the opposition batsmen were left-handed; either there is something odd in the water round there, or it’s just standard Oxfordshire inbreeding.

A depleted batting lineup meant that regular opener Stan was paired with makeshift filler-in Malcolm. Stan didn’t stay long enough (at the crease or the ground) and Malcolm padded up to a straight one – plumb LBW. James (45) was then joined by Jayden (54) and the two of them batted with fine timing and placement, looking comfortable against the relatively unthreatening bowling. The inevitable Blenheim clatter of wickets returned the initiative to Tew, Raj misguidedly attempted to turn a rare Gokani run into an impossible two, and it was left to George (27*) to try and shepherd the tail home. Eight runs were needed off the last three balls when George launched one over the bowler’s head for what neutral umpire James confidently signalled a six, the next ball was a dot, and a scrambled single off the last ensured a tie.


BPCC v Cricketers’ Club 31st July 2016

Courtesy of Rob Kerr

Things didn’t look great at the outset, we were easily outgunned on the sartorial stakes  as “Cricketers Club” turned up in fancy  striped jackets and matching caps. Hardly a match for stand in captain George Talbot in shorts and flowery shirt as they went to the wicket for the Toss..

 Blenheim elected to bat and Sameer and Leakies opened – It wasn’t long before Sameer fell to an excellent slip catch for  single figure score.(3) Leakies swung the bat in his usual belligerent self and  was second to fall (26) with the score on 45 after 8overs. This brought together our two ‘replacements’ . Ross Morgan and Dom Baker.

Dom looked out of sorts to start with and played and missed several times Ross was soon into his stride and midway through his innings struck three consecutive fours taking 15 off the over.

Dom encouraged by this was soon employing his favourite cut shot that reaped several boundaries.

Ross went passed 50 with an on drive for  four, and three overs later Dom raised his bat to the small but enthusiastic crowd.

The opposition used 7 different bowlers to try and break the partnership, which finally happened with the score on 168 when Ross was caught (65) and a handful of overs remaining. Gokani (R) doubled his length of time at the crease from last week, was  caught second ball ! Dom was run out(62) and R Hambledon (5) was soon back in the pavilion.

Jayden (Oz) produced a cameo knock 19 (n.o) and G Talbot swished and missed a few

Tea was taken 219/6 – a decent score on the board.


Haircut Sir !!

 G Talbot coming off his curling run saw his first ball clattered to the boundary for 4, after that,redemption he took two wickets in his second over and another two in his fourth taking himself off with opposition wondering what had happened (4 overs 4wkts for 5 runs) – To be fair Gokani was playing the generous host  bowling some juicy full tosses that their opener J Tozer helped himself to he finished his allotted(7) overs and was replaced by J Kennedy

At the other end Leakies was introduced to try and even the game up a little , he gave the ball plenty of air (in fact some would say he is good Tosser !) –his first over was a maiden and his third contained three full tosses and a long hop all missed by the batsmen who duely let the next ball through to be clean bowled- wicket maiden unbelievable!

His third wicket was a superb juggling catch from Jay Gokani in the deep , so just as on Wednesday when the as yet unheard cry went up “well caught Spearman” again it was  a first on the South lawn with a  “well caught Gokani”  – Jay was rewarded with this good work replacing Leakies who had gone off for the inevitable Embassy to celebrate his good fortune.  Then a farcical run out the ball went straight to square leg the opener called their captain for a single then realised there was fielder as well as the umpire at square leg and sent him back – he was stranded half way down the wicket –pretty much summing up their day

Jayden snapped a wicket at the far end and it was left for Jay to claim the last victim (to get the first Gokani wicket in the scorebook) The Cricketers Club were  bowled out for a disappointing 74 .(their worst score of the season)

Some excellent fielding  (Morgan 3 catches behind the stumps) Joe West running faster and further in one game than his dad has all season  coupled with  some pretty average batting made for a handsome victory in spite of some regulars sunning themselves around the globe.


Away at Great Tew next week look out for Allans’ email (He was playing in above match but DNB and wasn’t offered a bowl- none the less his athletic dive for that catch was worth the entrance money (free) )  


BPCC v Islip 2pm 24th July 2016

Courtesy of Rob Kerr

Blenheim Sweep Aside Islip


BPCC bounced back from last week’s defeat to winning ways after an emphatic victory over local rivals Islip.

Islip won the toss and elected to bat, their No2 batsmen could not cope with a useful inswinger from Will Cox and went for a golden duck and it wasn’t long before the No 3 swung at a straight one from Spearman (who later claimed ‘it did a bit’) and was bowled. This brought their Inzamanesk   No4 to the wicket who made his intentions clear, his first four scoring shots 4,4,4,4 and soon the opposition were on 64/2 off 10 overs. Once the bowlers realised that full tosses and leg side bowling were his forte his scoring rate dropped dramatically with Will eventually removing him for 38-

A change of bowling saw Canham open with two maidens and James Talbot bowling their No6 for a (Golden) duck. Then Canham took three wickets in the next over reducing the score to 80/7. Eventually all out (96) with Canham mopping up the tail with impressive figures 5/8. Notable in the field was Malcolm attempting to stop a four and tripping over the rope twisting his ankle and then feinting and so had to leave the field of play, James Talbot turning a one into a four by kicking the ball over the rope and L Keyes missing a clear chance, debutant Jayden was reluctant to talk about International sports such as Rugby/Ashes/Tennis but performed well enough behind the stumps (Kerresque?)

  96 runs was never seemingly enough runs to defend and so confident was skipper MC that he  ‘ reversed’ the batting order- well Stan opened !!!  Unlike Compton, Angol took his chance to shine and with a V Richards type stroke play soon was on 4. Nick Talbot protected him from their opener fending off three maidens on the bounce. Stan was soon stroking another boundary through the covers and an exquisite cover drive brought him a single and into double figures, the 10th over was his undoing but he had done his job. Raj Gokani who had only touched the ball three times in the field (twice from the far side of the rope) failed to get anything on his first ball and his walk back to the pavilion was the opposite gait to that of Angol’s jaunty stride.

Where was Allan Engel to finish the job off ?– surely a missed opportunity from the Londoner. Keyes like a coiled spring hit his first ball for 4 but picked out their 6’6’’ opening bowler positioned at deep mid on who plucked the ball out of the air he was soon back on the benches dragging on  another Embassy and contining his barracking of any one in earshot (PS –Anyone seen his jumper ?)

N Talbot finally dismissed for a dogged 8 and so Spearman joined Cox senior who with his eye on his diary (away three weeks) never looked in trouble and was turning certain two’s in to easy one’s- The over’s ticked by and after 25 we crept passed 70, with Spearman gone Talbot J went to the crease  grabbed a single to keep  the strike smash 4, smash 4, miss out! Our Aussie Jayden debutant finished off the game with two fours leaving Coxy undefeated and Canham padded up waiting to go in at No 9!

We all retired to the pub where Canham bought a jug, Stan sat in reflected glory Lee dropped a glass (to go with his drop in the field) and Mike from where I sat looked Poles apart!