Skipper Preston The Gas To Drive In-Betweeners To Victory !

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Posted 24 May 2018 — by carlos
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Tommy ‘Guns’ Leonard led his In-Betweeners to consecutive Midweek victories, this time at home against Preston Bissett, with an unbeaten 57 in only 8 overs.

Marsh batted first with Joe Leonard and  Mikey Herriott opening up, but a good opening spell from ‘ESL’ (as written in scorebook?) removed them both; Herriott without score and Joe (playing on) after a very bright 24 including 2 pulled sixes.  When Stuart Leonard holed out for 15, Marsh were 44 for 3 off 5 overs and despite this quick fire start much work remained to be done to set up a challenging total.

Skipper Guns started securely and grew in confidence as the runs flowed and support came from the esteemed Julian Chambers.  The partnership almost went the distance when Jules was stumped on 17 with only 4 balls remaining.  A partnership worth 70 and underpinned by positive singles running and some strong clubbing from Leonard, including 6 fours.  ‘Jaybone’ added 9 from 3 balls to take Marsh to 136 for 4 off the 12 (8 ball) overs.

Preston were on the back foot from the start as Mitchell’s pace restricted Harin and Jackman and only conceded 8 runs in his brace of overs.  Timdog kept the line tight and was rewarded with a Track 8 shooter to bowl Jackman!  Jaybone Abbott followed Mitchell and was even more economical only conceding one from the bat – pity about the 5 leg side wides which had Joe Leonard first springing and then rubbing (Ouch – count them?!)

Young Jacob Chambers started nervously, but settled enough to claim the Number 3, Ryan with a Stu Leonard catch (He can catch with the gloves off!)  ‘The Crab’ peeled off several layers of jumpers enough to rotate his arm and took a brace of wickets as Preston were rapidly giving up the chase.  A couple of Run Outs and a last wicket for Chairman Kyle concluded proceedings and Preston closed on 67 for 8 after 12 overs.

Well done to Preston who started with only 9 players and ended with just 10 and were severely understrength from normal, but battled honourably throughout.

Good match time for Marsh with 6 bowling and 5 getting useful time at the crease.

Next In-Betweeners Game:  Twyford (Away) on Wednesday, 30th May

Upcoming Fixtures

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Posted 21 May 2018 — by carlos
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No game last Saturday due to the very important event…Greyhound Society Club Feast Day!  And many a drink was sunk.

June is the busiest cricketing month with 11 games over the next 40 days, with 7 at home, so for your information here is a list of the upcoming fixtures as we start our Home OCA campaign this Saturday in the Airey Cup against Stonesfield.

All Saturday starts at 1.30pm and all Midweek starts at 6.30pm.

Saturday 26th May  – Home –  Stonesfield CC – Airey Cup

Wednesday 30th May – Away – Twyford –  Midweek League

Saturday 2nd June   –  Away  –  Yarnton & Cowley – OCA Div 1.

Monday 4th June  –  Home  –  Twyford – Advertiser Cup Semi Final.

Saturday 9th June  –  Home  –  Wootton & Boars Hill – OCA Div 1.

Wednesday 13th June  –  Home  –  Great Horwood  –  Midweek League

Saturday 16th June – Home – Wolvercote – OCA Div. 1

Wednesday 20th June – Away – Evenley – Midweek League

Saturday 23rd June  –  Away  –  Witney Swifts  –  OCA Div. 1

Wednesday 27th June  –  Home  –  Brackley  –  Midweek League

Saturday 30th June  –  Home  – Oxenford  –  OCA  Div. 1


See you all down The Recreation Ground…and remember the Bar is always Open! 

I’m Swinging in the Rain, Just Swinging in the Rain….

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Posted 14 May 2018 — by carlos
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The boffins at The Met Office, or whatever they call themselves now, had advised a dry afternoon with rain after dark.  When the Hendred track was inspected and conditions assessed all seemed in order and as usual Skippers tossing continued to rise to the occasion and he duly inserted.  Having said that, I am not too sure that Skipper could actually see anything following a significant episode of drinking on match day!

Newcomer Jack ‘Selfie’ Self was welcomed to the Club (Cap number 146) and we all crammed into the changing room to Sample Sams’ grand array of team sweets including some sort of mushroom thing which Skipper devoured most of hoping they were ‘magic’.

As both ends were Uphill, Kyle was completely confused as to which end to bowl from and eventually opted for the pavilion end, though it made little difference.  Early encouragement with an edge falling an inch in front of Shippo at 2nd slip and then another edge slipping through Skipper’s gloves.  No breakthrough though and Hendred continued to edge forward, reaching 43 from 12.  Sammy came into the attack and almost immediately got a straight one past the bat to clean bowl young Mulford.  He repeated the act shortly afterwards to bowl McKenna.

The ground was dry, hard and sloping to the ropes meaning anything that beat the infield was going all the way.  Abbott replaced the luckless Needham and could not quite find the consistency of Jesus College, meanwhile Hendred’s Francis and Prosper were settling and becoming more expansive to good effect, putting on a ton together before Selfie bagged Francis for Sammy’s third wicket.  164-3 off 35, with an easy batting track, fast outfield and 7 wickets remaining – a very large total loomed.

Jules had kept the lid on the runs and pinned the Hendred batters back leaking a meagre 10 runs from his opening 6 overs, but the luck was not rolling the Marsh way as several aggressive mis-timed efforts dropped between, in front or just over fielders and resulted in more runs instead of wickets.  Shippo turned his arm in the closing overs and though consistency evaded him he bowled Prosper.   A few other late consolation wickets for Kyle and Abbott helped stem the run flow and Hendred closed on 240-7.

Oddly in the latter overs light drops of rain started and the covers were brought on as a precaution at Tea.  Thus it started with light intermittent drops and it never stopped…..

Abbott and Shippo needed to leave early for social engagements and so the order was accommodating, moving Shippo into the opening berth with Joe.  Shippo had already missed the thrills of a Vegan Market that afternoon and he was eager to not miss the resulting meatless meal that evening!

Joe obviously had sympathies as his inning was similarly meat-less when he gloved a Palmer rising delivery 4th ball.   Jayson started with a characteristic boundary before being bowled in the 2nd over and at 7 for 2 wickets, 240 seemed a long way off.

Spurred on by thoughts of Humus and Black Barley, Shippo started to punch the boundaries we expect and was taking control….until he swung across the line and not even a stick of Mr. Boycotts’ Rhubarb would have saved him.  22 from 24 balls had promised so much more.

It was the Skippers time now and along with debutant Jack a dogged partnership started to take shape.  Jack joined Skip with the score on 42-3 off 9 overs and the rain was still coming down.

Palmer was steaming in and dropping plenty of short pitched deliveries in the gloom which the umpires should have actioned, but instead they asked Skip if he wanted to continue in the rain and gloom and he was happy to front it up, after all his hangover was clearing now!

The pair milked anything short and offline, but the ever dampening ball and outfield meant the ball was not racing to the fence as in the first inning.   Then a double blow as Skip and Selfie went in consecutive overs only 3 short of a 100 partnership.  The score stood at 142-5 after 30 overs.  99 required off 15 overs… the rain….

Jules was caught out early and the innings stalled.  17 runs had come in 7 overs when more than a run a ball was required.  It was time to start Swinging In The Rain and Marsh’s own Gene Kelly arrived in the guise of Sam Richardson!   The rain continued and Sam unleashed his umbrella to good effect.  Mikey Herriott joined Sam and splashed the singles to turn the strike over to Sam as best he could.

With 45 required from the last 30 balls it looked unlikely but despite the almost 3 hours of rain the runs kept coming and 18 were required from the last over, with 2’s and a lusty straight 6 Sammy kept the game alive to the penultimate ball.

When games go to the wire and only a handful separates the sides one can see many places where the difference could have swung in our favour; a catch here, a boundary there, but the positives of what was achieved in the game outweighs any searching for scapegoat incidents.  Skipper scored 64 from 89 deliveries, Debuntant Jack showed how valuable he will be with 35 and agile fielding prowess, Sammy with 3 wickets and his 2nd highest score of 68 from 53 balls. And an overall impressive outfit in the field saving runs.  Perhaps, one of these days we will get a game in the dry – throughout!


Midweek Manoeuvres at Maids Mower Moreton

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Posted 10 May 2018 — by carlos
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“Can someone spare them a flock of sheep?” was the comment as we machete’d our way through the outfield to find the square at Maids Moreton.  This was the In-Betweeners opening game of the Midweek campaign as last week’s game at Brackley had been rained off.

New skipper ‘Tommy Guns” was chomping at the bit and eager to lead his ‘experienced’ team onto the field of play – before the haymaking began. Due to absentees there were only 9 players, but Tommy had drafted in the bowling wheels of yesteryear: Timms Senior and Frederico Leonard (aka ‘Dad’) to add weight to the front row.  With the addition of other notable time-served characters in the shape of Farmer Chambers, The Crab and Chairman Kyle the average age would not have looked out of place for a Crown Green Bowls team!

Was this the first time that MGCC’s Skipper was the youngest player in the team?

Tommy won the toss and elected to mow, sorry – Bat.  So brother Joe took his Dennis and Jules his Hayter, to the middle and began to bale away.  A classy start and a few nice boundaries ended when Joe missed the straight one looking for his 2nd Six.  Luckily the M6 had not been too clogged and our man from Stoke – Sam Richardson arrived in time to replace Joe.  Runs came but with the bounce difficult to assess coming off dandelion, forcing the pace was a challenge.  Sam and Jules fell and Grant swiped and missed.  Skipper pushed a few and a healthy number of leg side wides kept the board ticking.  When Kyle went with 2 balls remaining, the Skipper declared!  (As neither Baz, nor Fred could be ar*ed to put the pads on).  Marsh had set the target of 76 from 12 overs.

Sam steamed in for the opening over with Jimmy from the Blue Pavilion end.  (Yes, Blue.  Unconventional colour for a pavilion, even more so, when you consider it doubles as the sight screen!  The Moreton openers easily kept up with the required rate of less than a run a ball.  Jimmy got the break through when Kyle held on to a catch at midwicket with roly poly finesse.  Entertainment was offered by the Moreton Square Leg umpire who repeatedly gave ‘not out’ to stumping appeals. Which would have been reasonable, if only he had waited for the batsman to get back into his ground first!  Perhaps he couldn’t see over the grass mounds?

Moreton kept up with the rate as Marsh failed to get enough wickets to defend the low total.

Looking ahead to next Monday and home fixture against Gawcott – on a cricket pitch.


The Abbott comes to Jesus and is Baptised!

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Posted 29 Apr 2018 — by carlos
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Heaven had been open for most of the week blessing us with its contents and drizzle was still in the air as the Mighty Gibbon arrived at Jesus College sports ground for the season opener. Division One it may be, but some things never change; Satty was 45 mins late.  The covers remained in place till 2pm and then with some brightening in the sky returning, Skipper Leonard tossed successfully and inserted Oxenford. Despite a sodden outfield play commenced at 2.15 for a reduced 35 over match.

Nothing of great excitement in the opening salvos with Kyle and Mitchell keeping it reasonable but no real penetration and Oxenford steadily accumulated to 49 off 12.  Skipper made the double change bringing on Abbott and Knotty to see if some skiddy darts might alter things.  (50p Shippo: Misrepresentation.)  After a few sighters, both found decent line and length with Jayson bringing a mistimed pull from opener Dean which was gleefully clutched at midwicket by Knott.  The first Division 1 wicket for MGCC.   Followed 3 overs later when the perfect straight ball took top of Off and Abbott had his brace.

76 for 2 off 19 – pretty even.  Then the arrival of Oxenford’s Pamu.  The pinch hitter came off and with some fine timing and strength found the boundary regularly off all that bowled to him.  True, he could have found a fielder with a few mistimed efforts that just dropped short, or just flew over a fielder (50p Shippo: Drop.) but fair play he was aggressive and it worked.  Vadivale and Chambers picked up a wicket each in the last 4 overs and did an important job of only conceding 21 off the last 24 balls to keep Oxenford at 184-4 off their 35.

The fishes and loaves were divided (frugally) at tea and dry socks borrowed (50p Shippo: Inadequate sock wear) before Vice Leonard and Vadivale took guard.  Oxenford, who still have the 2nd Best Left Arm Over in the OCA with Hirtenstein bowled tightly and the boys took 7 overs to get into double figures. Joey started to come to terms with the reliable wicket and a pudding wet outfield and put the hammer down, including a saintly 6 flicked a long way over backward square leg.  Unfortunately Sat was all of a tangle and unable to breakout, or even get out!

Overs 14 and 15 swung the pendulum to Oxenford as Joe got a leggy LBW (41), followed immediately to the pavilion by  Satty (5) and Shippo (50p : Duck).  50 for 3 off 16, leaving 134 required off 19 overs – more than a run a ball.

Despite Skipper and Knotty being new to the crease they immediately took to the task and kept up with the rate with a 17 run plundering over from Skipper suggesting this game was still in the balance. Thus his demise an over later was pivotal.  Knott was joined at the Alter by The Abbott and Marsh prayers went with them.  It seemed as though Jesus was siding with the home team for a period as he inflicted a drought (of runs) on the Gibbon batters.  With 10 overs remaining 84 runs were still required.  A waterlogged outfield and soft ball meant poor value from good shots.  Clearly time to go aerial!

Jayson and his disciple Gus swung hard and scampered back and forth trying to keep up with the rate.  Sadly, it was slipping and despite 3 lusty sixes from Abbott the light was fading on victory and in the sky. Knotty was bowled for a reputable 36 and Chambers quickly followed seeking a miracle 2nd run.  Debutant Herriott, (Prodigal son welcomed back from the wilderness) wasted nothing and kept turning the strike to Jayson, who sought Divine Intervention from above – well he kept prodding the heavens with the ball at least. An Abbott 17 run last over with another heaving 6 and couple of fours could have won many games but on this occasion Marsh were still 11 runs from the Promised Land.

Five points and most importantly, a game under our belts when most teams could only grumble cricketless.  Some real positives in attitude and fighting never say die spirit.  Two good performances form Oxenford’s Pamu and Hirtenstein matched by MGCC’s Abbott,  Leonard and Knott.

Skipper baptised Abbott with the match ball for his inaugural wickets in Division One and an unbeaten 51 off 42 balls.

If this performance at Jesus College is testament to what’s to come then we can look forward to many a ‘Holy Watering’ of a Saturday evening!

May you go in peace.

Prophet Kyle.

Is it the Young Shippo’s turn?

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Posted 27 Apr 2018 — by carlos
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Congratulations to Rupert scoring and performing for Wales Hockey at the Commonwealth Games and almost embarrassing the England lot!

But returning to the proper sport, could this weekend be the turn of the younger brother to perform with the straight willow in the opening game of the Cricket Season?

The Mighty Gibbon begin the 2018 campaign at Jesus College, where we shall be entertained by Oxenford CC.  It’s a little while since we last played, 2011 in fact when Oxenford gained promotion to Division One. A tight affair at Jesus College was influenced by the same damp we are suffering from now with a delayed start.  Oxenford scored 181-7 with a certain G. Cross taking 4 wickets.  In reply, Marsh first struggled to 30-4 before Vadivale and Mead responded and with victory in sight 3 headless run outs left MGCC just 12 runs short.  If the result had been the other way around then Marsh would have been promoted!

The final touches were applied at the last Net Session on Thursday evening where even Skipper got the gloves going and Satty held some catches.  Let’s hope the weather improves and it warms up a bit, or Vice might be forced to take a 2nd mortgage out to get extra  jumpers, personalised of course, from Eddie.

This year we shall endeavour to put up a Match Report each week to entertain the Gibboners unable to attend the game, in far flung places of the World, like Twyford and Edgcott.    Standby.

Chairman Kyle.

Gibbon Batter Uses Wrong Shaped Bat To Good Effect on Gold Coast

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Posted 06 Apr 2018 — by carlos
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The Commonwealth Games are underway and one of our own batty batters hit the first boundary for Wales(!?) against East Oxford.  Er, hold on a minute, there’s no Cricket in the Commonwealth Games is there?  And isn’t Marsh Gibbon in England?

Correct on both counts,  but Rupert Shipperley is decent with a hooked stick as well as a straight bit of willow.  And he bought ‘Lainey some daffodils on Mother’s Day and he bought a one day pass for Caernarvon Castle which gets you in all year and so he’s as Welsh as a new born lamb….

Anyway, the last time he batted for the Gibbon he got 50 against Watlington so looks like he carried the form down south with him (5 years on!)

Well done Stannah and we are all behind you.  Crack a few more to the fence in the next games!!

Look out for dad Pete in the crowd, he’s the one dazzling the opposition keeper with the sunlight reflecting off his head…



The Mighty Gibbon in 2018

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Posted 06 Mar 2018 — by carlos
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The snow has melted and Spring is here!  Well, March 21st is officially the first day of Spring and then the clocks spring forward an hour…and then NETS start…and before you know it the season has started!

2018 will be an historic year as MGCC has been promoted to play in Division ONE for the first time in the Clubs 30 years in the OCA.  We deserve the place though we were assisted by a winter recount!  We equalled our highest ever league position last year finishing 4th (for the 5th time!) and just missed out on promotion as the top 3 were moved up.  However, over the winter Horwood pulled out to join an MK league (nice place to play cricket?) and we were promoted to replace them.

Your new Originals Skipper and Captain of Vice have been busy recruiting over the break and we welcome a few fresh faces and experienced campaigners into the fold.  But with our usual Exam & Uni deserters we still need everyone to be available as often as possible from the start.  It will be tougher in the Top Flight as we visit some very respectable grounds, but we aren’t facing anyone we don’t know and can’t beat!

Check out the WhatsApp Group for up to the minute messages from Skip and make sure you get your availability to him. (Also some stellar jokes from yours truly!).  Those that follow the new-fangled Twitter thing need to follow us too!

Guns Leonard will be taking charge Midweek and plenty of opportunity to play in the fast and frantic format (unless batting with Joe).

Every Sunday morning at 11am we will have outside NETS on the artificial down the ground.  This gives you 4 weeks before the first game to get loose, unwind that rocket arm, make the catch and find some timing with the bat!  Depending on the weather we may also get practice on grass too.

The Club needs financing too.  Mikey has dropped a line requesting entries for the Bonus Ball which starts March 31st.  Just £20 for 20 weeks and if your number comes in that’s £30 in the beer kitty for you.  All players should look to sell 3 numbers at least.  They make a great Easter present and much healthier than chocolate!

Annual Subscriptions and Match Fees remained unaltered at the AGM and be ready to pay that by June – perhaps with your Bonus Ball winnings!

Your Chairman will have even less tolerance for any KIT transgressions in Division One.  You know what you face if you turn up with any other Club branding!  And there is no reason to with a great array of well priced kit from Eddie at Trysports. We now even have training Gilets! (Sat – you are definitely not a ‘Medium!’)

Get online and order, or nip in to Bicester and have a word with David, but get there early before the rest of Oxford starts wanting embroidery doing….Get your Club Number ready for the start.

Check out the OCA website for all the fixtures ahead and note we have a home Sunday League game too: The Back-to-Back local derby Weekender!   First at Westcott on the Saturday and then we host them at The Recreation Ground the next day!

Match reports will be appearing here throughout the season as well as OCA reports, so put in those performances to get in the headlines!

We requested a couple of free Saturdays in May, for Daley’s Stag (5th) and Club Day (19th). The fixtures have fallen with us playing at home across June and July every week (bar one) and this also gives us the chance for some height of Summer post match socials (in the bar!)

Sunday 1st April – 11am at the ground for the first Net Session and time to blow away those cobwebs!

March Roundup

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Posted 01 Apr 2017 — by carlos
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Almost there!!!

The Sun is out and the pitch is green, flat and striped.  The Artificial is ready and the portable net repaired for the year ahead, including new wheels – so it IS portable!  Just in time for the first Sunday Net Session on 2nd April.  We will have nets every Sunday morning from now until the start of the season. Starting at 11am, for as long as we want (can stand, or pub opens!)

Have you got your kit out the loft to find the mice have eaten your trouser crotch again Granty?  If so, you need to get your order in for more kit at Trysports.  They carry all our club stock with instructions on where to put the logo and Player number.

Midweek League meeting has taken place and there will be 9 or 10 teams this year, depending on Great Horwood who don’t think they can reliably get a team out.  Two new teams:  Buckingham Town Academy (which will be 15 to 19 year olds and no first teamers! ), playing mostly at the Town ground and some at Winslow. Plus, Evenley CC, who will play at Aynho.

We drew Fringford at home in the Advertiser Cup on 3rd week in May.   The League fixtures are still waiting on Gt. Horwood’s decision.

The format will be 12 x 8 ball overs for all matches and anything down the Legside will be called Wide.

Keep tabs on our Facebook Page and the WhatsApp group for more breaking news from MGCC as the season approaches…..!


A game to remember!

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Posted 25 Jul 2016 — by admin
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Thrilling game, Swifts looked certain winners with Marsh at 88-7 until unbeaten stand between Jules and Timmo brought Marsh home.

Marsh pleased to have opportunity to send off Andy Fisher with a minutes applause and contribute to his memorial fund. Hope other OCA Clubs are able to help too.