Suffolk CAMRA Cricket Club


A bright, breezy day greeted the Camra team as they convened for the first game of the 2013 season at the Dove Street Inn. They were without the services of the Supreme leader - Kim Jong Nooks - and the Dear Leader - Kim Il Slegg – as well as a few other absentees, but nonetheless had a full complement of 11 players ready for the off, many of whom had benefitted from a few net sessions at Ipswich School over the winter, something of a first for the Camra team. Brightlingsea has become the traditional curtain-raiser for a few years now and this year would be no exception. The weather continued to look fine on the journey down – sadly it was not to remain this way for the whole day. A swift pint of the rather lovely Crouch Vale Citra in the Railway Tavern upon arrival and we headed to the ground for a 3pm start.


Skipper Billy Birley lost the toss, and Camra were sent in to bat. Minus Iain ‘Bin Laden’ Brown and ‘Colonel’ John Last, a new opening partnership of Howard ‘g’day mate’ Smith and Colin ‘another ex-squaddie’ Sparrow got Camra off to a decent start. After Colin was caught in the covers, Andy ‘Eddie Hitler’ Shaw came in and got off to his now customary decent start. Camra were soon rattling along at over a run a ball. Useful partnerships with Howard (15), Neil S (19) and Rob S (15) helped Andy on his way to an excellent 59, when he was eventually caught off the bowling of Dave English, and some useful late innings runs from yours truly (14 n.o.) saw Camra reach 177 off the allotted 30 overs. Unfortunately due to a communication mix-up by the hosts, no tea of the sandwiches and cakes variety was available at the interval, however cups of tea were, and were much appreciated as the weather was not only now windy, but cold and with more than a few spots of rain in the air.


Camra took to the field and it was to be yours truly and Kev G to take the new ball. Except it wasn’t a new ball, but rather an old ball we’d got out to have a bit of catching practice with as the match ball had been mislaid. Never mind, we cracked on. In only the 3rd over your crack reporter / star all-rounder (tongue firmly in cheek) chalked up Camra’s first wicket of the season by bowling Alfie - the younger of the 2 English brothers, when he played on to what was in fact a pretty rank long-hop. They all count though, and 2 balls later it was 2 when the same bowler held on to a return catch dished up by Brightlingsea’s dreadlocked Mick Hucknall lookalike wicket-keeper Donovan. This was to be our last success for quite a while though, as with the weather worsening and the ball becoming more and more like a bar of soap and losing its red colour quicker than one of Frostie’s never-to-be-forgotten bleach infused strawberries, try as we might we couldn’t get another breakthrough. The older of the English brothers, Gerrard, and other opener Pat put on 104 for the 3rd wicket, which was an excellent effort on their behalf, as a strong bowling attack of Kev, Arthur, Rob S, Colin S and Colin O all tried their best against them. After much hard work and perseverance Pat was eventually out for 40 bowled by Colin S, and in came Simon who carried on in much the same vein. Colin O eventually had one keep low and had Simon lbw for 32. The very next ball Olly bowled the next batsman in as Brighltingsea at last wobbled in their run-chase. Dave English came in and steadied the ship, and though he was out excellently caught behind off Rob S for 4, they were as good as home and (cold and not very) dry. Gerrard English was farming the strike very well and eventually hit the winning runs with 3 balls to go to finish on an excellent 67 not out and a 4 wicket win for the hosts. Unquestionably the conditions hampered Camra in the field but take nothing away from the way Brightlingsea went about their run chase. Considering the conditions both sides did well to complete any sort of game, let alone one which went down to the last few balls. Back to the marvellously scruffy Railway Tavern (a bucket-list pub if ever there was one) for another excellent post-match pint and back home.


Gordon

CAMRA 177 for 8

Brightlingsea: Railway Tavern 180 for 6

Bowling

Overs

Maidens

Runs

Wickets

Gordon Taylor

4.4

0

24

2

Colin Orman

5

0

30

2

Colin Sparrow

5

0

30

1

Rob Sherrad

5

0

35

1

Kev Goatham

5

0

21

0

Arthur Bloomfield

5

0

23

0

Extras



17


1

Colin Sparrow 

5

2

Howard Smith

15

3

Andy Shaw

59

4

Neil  Shipley

19

5

Arthur Bloomfield

5

6

Kev Goatham

5

7

Colin Orman

4

8

Gordon  Taylor

14 n.o.

9

Billy Birley

5 n..o.

10

Rob Sherrad


11

Alec Taylor



Extras

46

Batting