Match Drawn

Match Report:

It was a beautiful venue for the start of the season in Jesus College, Cambridge. Stragglers won the toss and put Jesus in on a damp wicket, which played well, but slow. Jesus approached a hundred for the loss of a couple of wickets and so Stragglers went to Harry Pilcher, with his remodelled action of slow left arm spin. Let’s say it was a difficult start to the spell, but then suddenly the wickets were falling at his end and by lunch Stragglers were on top at 125 for 6. After lunch, their two best players batted very well and aggressively (scoring a hundred and a fifty) and just when we thought it was going to be too many, they declared sportingly to set us 228 to win in plenty of time. Well bowled to Harry and Tom Vila who ended with 4 wickets each, and I have rarely seen a Stragglers team so athletic and competent in the field, catching anything, diving around and with not a misfield.

The chase started with a couple of early wickets until Chris and Jonny (30-40 each) got a partnership going and all looked good at tea. A wobble after tea put us in a poor situation 6 down with too many to get surely? Enter Harry……again. He is a cricketer that makes things happen. Not always good…but always remarkable. He batted beautifully and along with assistance from the lower order keeping the strike rotating and with an occasional blow the tension was rising. Every time Stragglers got on top, a wicket fell, every time the run rate rose, a boundary was smashed. The last 3 overs were a blur…who would panic most, run outs were missed, appeals turned down, much swiping of willow. A tight over left us needing a dozen off the last one, 9 wickets down. Despite a last effort for the big shot, the final 4 balls were safely blocked leaving us short with 9 down and a drawn match (Harry 55 not out). Everyone is hopeful a similar fixture next year might result in a similar match. It is worth noting that generous declarations in timed matches like this (they bowled a few more overs than us) can make the whole day.

Team Batting first: Jesus College Graduates

No. Batsman


How out Bowler Score
1 J Aspden


Ct Hooper Vila 10
2 S Stacpoole


Ct McDuell Vila 17
3 A Evans


4 R Lewis


Ct Asher+ Pilcher 14
5 Azad


Ct Collins Pilcher 0
6 G Another


Bowled Pilcher 0
7 J Dudley


Ct Hooper Pilcher 2
8 Naisby


Bowled Vila 8
9 Manu


LBW Vila 52
10 Milhan




TOTAL 224 for 8 dec





Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Vila 13 1 45 4
Franks 4 0 18 0
McDuell 8 1 35 0
Neild 7 0 37 0
Pilcher 8 0 58 4
King-Harman 7 1 29 0




Team Batting Second: Stragglers of Asia

No Batsman How Out Bowler Score




T Hooper LBW Naisby 18


Ph McDuell Ct Lewis+ Evans 33


A Asher Ct Naisby 0


C Brewster Bowled Nick 36
5 S Collins Bowled Evans 0




A Franks Bowled Nick 7


H Pilcher NOT OUT 55


I Perry Bowled Naisby 12


T Vila Ct Manu Milhan 6


A King Harman Bowled Naisby 13


11 C Neild NOT OUT 1


Extras 31


TOTAL 181 for 9






Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Milhan 9 1 41 1
Naisby 14 1 53 4
Dudley 9 1 45 0
Evans 5 0 30 2
 Nick 5 1 13 2
Azad 7 0 23 0


Umpire: Eyre Maunsell