Lynxes cricket began on July 3 rd when Owen Dearn’s team of recent leavers played a strong School XI. In a 40 over match Dougie Gordon scored a splendid century for the school, who won by 38 runs. The following Sunday saw the launch of a new event, “The Lynxes Lash”, in which several teams played six–a-side games on two pitches. This was a great success and the concept will be further developed next year.

The “week” was blessed with hot weather and cloudless skies. Steven Hooper prepared Bigside to perfection and the setting was enhanced by the newly acquired boundary rope, sightscreen and comfortable furniture. The catering was excellent, thanks to Graeme Edmonds and his staff and through the hard work of Gary Marshall, the Lynxes Chairman, all players were able to enjoy drinks from the pavilion during and after the games.

Three more matches were played (all with limited overs format) and all were won. In the game against the Bully Boys the Lynxes chased down a score of 275 for the victory. Against the Old Georgians Nick Manser scored a brilliant 107 (thereby winning the The Andrew Bond Cup for batting) while his opening partner Matt Simpson (School) had to be content with a mere 86 runs. In his three games Owen Dearn earned the David Winterbottom Bowling Cup.

Sadly the Fleet Street Exiles and The Pink Panthers could not raise sides this year. Raising our own teams was not easy either, although nearly 30 Cranbrookians agreed to play during the week, including several very good School players. These were:

Asraf Adil (School), Simon Anthonisx (R 1970), James Barron (CR 1991), Toto Berger (R 2011), Luca Bertoli-Mitchell (W 2012), Oli Clark (School), Max O’Collins (W 2009), Patrick Coyne (2007), Owen Dearn (W 2012), Will Goulstone (2005), Will Huish (W 2011), Finn Hulbert (School), Jeff Jowers (C 1987), Jeremy Lawson (A 1990), Nick Manser (R 2011), Gary Marshall (H 1977), Oliver Morkel (A 2005), Paul Morkel (A 2004), Ned Powell (W 2012), Joe Schindler (A 2012), Guy Schindler (School), Matt Simpson (School), Will Tomalin (A 2011), Charlie Thompson (W 1994), Ben Tragett (CS 1993), Rob Wickham (A 2012)………………………….

and many other OC’s of varying vintages came to play in the “Lynxes Lash”.

We hope all those who supported the Club this summer will return next year to enjoy friendly but competitive cricket in the second week of July. Any other cricketing OCs, parents and family friends are always very welcome and anybody wishing to play should contact Gary Marshall (E mail: gmsquash@live.co.uk Mobile: 07866 430289).

See the open facebook group Lynxes Cricket Week and the OCA website www.oldcranbrookians.co.uk for further information.

Jeremy Barham

Wednesday July 3 rd - Lynxes v School
Match Manager: Owen Dearn


Alfie Lloyd-Dyke b Wickham 1
Hamish Cloke ct Manser b Petch 6
Charlie Russell-Vick ct Macintyre b Wickham 5
Doug Gordon ct Horsnby b Wickham 106
Al Smallwood b Macintyre 6
Joe Clark ct Manser b. Dearn 30
Sam Piper ct and b Dearn 25
Matt Simpson lbw Bertoli-Mitchell 4
Toby Russell-Vick ct Bertoli-Mitchell b Macintyre 3
Jack Pavey ct Hornsby b Petch 3
Kit Ross not out 0

Sub Total 189
Extras 24
Total 213

Rob Wickham 8 – 2 – 24 – 2
Freddie Petch 7 – 3 – 22 – 2
Hamish Macintyre 7.3 – 0 – 41 – 1
Will Huish 4 – 0 – 29 – 1
Owen Dearn 7 – 2 – 44 – 2
Jake Hornsby 4 – 0 – 30 - 0
Luca Bertoli-Mitchell 3 – 0 – 13 - 2


Nick Manser ct Pavey b Lloyd-Dyke 11
Joe Schindler ct Simpson b Lloyd-Dyke 0
Knox ct Smallwood b Clark 13
Hamish Macintyre st Simpson b Ross 37
Will Tomalin st Simpson b Ross 34
Will Huish ct and b Smallwood 18
Jake Hornsby not out 28
Rob Wickham ct Simpson b Smallwood 4
Freddie Petch ct Clark b Smallwood 8
Luca Bertoli-Mitchell b Piper 5
Owen Dearn ct Cloke b Gordon 0

Sub Total 158
Extras 17
Total 185

Alfie Lloyd-Dyke 4 – 2 – 13 – 2
Toby Russell-Vick 5 – 0 – 30 – 1
Joe Clark 8 – 1 – 50 – 1
Jack Pavey 4 – 1 – 10 – 0
Kit Ross 4 – 0 – 18 - 2
Al Smallwood 3 – 0 – 20 - 3
Charlie Russell-Vick 4 – 0 – 18 - 0
Sam Piper 3 – 0 - 9 – 1
Doug Gordon 0.1 – 1 – 0 – 1

Lynxes lost by 28 runs

Tuesday July 9 th - Lynxes v Bully Boys
Match Manager: Paul Morkel

Losing the toss, the Lynxes took to the field on a warm day and a hard outfield. Ben Tragett got the home side off to a great start with controlled swing bowling to remove Bully Boys opener Walton LBW for a duck. At the other end Finn Hulbert bowled aggressively and soon number three Joe Schindler’s stumps were rearranged. Skipper Paul Morkel replaced Hulbert and took 2-23. The remaining opener batted patiently, eventually ending on 59. After some early control with the ball the runs started to become more frequent and the lightning fast outfield gave value for shots. Wickets also fell to the returning Tragett (2-58), Will Goulstone (3-54) and Hulbert in his second spell of spin (2-46). Some late hitting from Dadds (67) and Macintrye (55) saw the Bully Boys amass a strong 275 from their 50 overs.

The Lynxes set off in confident style with Kendall Jarrett and Charlie Thompson. Jarrett (56) played fluently for his half century and had set a good platform when he was caught neatly at gully. Ollie Morkel joined Dan Slade and together the pair put on a match winning century partnership. Morkel played his shots on the way to an aggressive 80 whilst Slade was more patient. Needing around six an over from the last 10, Paul Morkel joined Slade and together they guided the Lynxes home with two overs to spare and four wickets in hand. Slade finished on a well-made 66no with Morkel 21no.

A well-engineered chase of a sizeable total gave the Lynxes the perfect end to a great day’s cricket.

Bully Boys

Peter Newman ct Thompson b Tragett 59
James Walton lbw Tragett 0
Joe Schindler b Hulbert 4
Owen Dearn b P.Morkel 36
M. Dodd lbw P.Morkel 9
Eddie Dadds b Hulbert 67
Will Huish ct Jarrett b Goulstone 6
L. Bezuidenhout ct O. Morkel b Goulstone 8
Hamish Macintyre run out 55
Tom Huish b Goulstone 5
Jack Marshall not out 0

Sub Total 249
Extras 26
Total 275

Finn Hulbert 10 – 0 – 46 – 2
Ben Tragett 10 – 0 – 58 - 2
Paul Morkel 10 – 1 – 23 – 2
Kendall Jarrett 3 – 0 – 23 - 0
Simon Anthonisz 7 – 0 – 46 – 0
Will Goulstone 9.3 – 0 – 54 – 3


Kendall Jarrett ct Newman b Dearn 56
Charlie Thompson ct ? b. Bezuidenhout 12
Gary Marshall b. Macintyre 4
D. Slade not out 66
Oli Morkel run out 80
Finn Hulbert ct ? b Schindler 1
Ben Tragett ct Newman b Schindler 10
Paul Morkel not out 21
Will Goulstone ) did not bat
Simon Anthonisz )

Sub Total 250
Extras 29
Total 279

Will Huish 8 – 1 – 43 – 0
Lee Bezuidenhout 8 – 1 – 36 - 1
Hamish Macintyre 10 – 1 – 37 - 1
Owen Dearn 10 – 1 – 63 - 1
John Marshall 1 – 0 – 7 - 0
James Walton 3 – 0 – 24 - 0
Joe Schindler 7 – 0 – 49 – 2
Tom Huish 1 – 0 – 8 – 0

Lynxes won by 4 wickets

Wednesday July 10 th – Lynxes v Fleet Street Exiles
Match Manager: Will Chuter

Match cancelled

Thursday July 11 th – Pink Panthers
Match Manager: Patrick Coyne
Match cancelled

Friday July 12 th – Lynxes v Gryphons
Match Manager: Max O’Collins

For a fourth successive year the Gryphons XI were welcomed to Bigside. The Seaford side came holding a 2-1 series lead. Based on Gryphons’ players being stuck in traffic, an agreement was made that the 10 man Lynxes team would field first and the game would be reduced to 45 overs per side. With it being an overcast and humid morning this didn’t seem a bad agreement from our point of view. A youthful and energetic Jack Marshall opened coming down the hill, kindly leaving a rather less youthful and less energetic seasoned professional in Simon Anthonisz to come up the hill. Both kept good lines and bowled in an economic manner limiting the Gryphons in the early stages.

The opening pair were still at the crease after 10 overs and the first bowling changes were made. Tom Denning and Clem O’Collins came on and it took a moment of class to make the break through as Denning managed to seam one away from the right hander and take out the top of off stump. It was Tom’s only wicket, but he bowled through an impressive spell of 1/40 off his 9 overs. As happens all so often in cricket, one wicket brought two, and with the Gryphons edging past 100, it was a family affair that brought about the second scalp. With Clem bowling a fuller delivery to encourage the drive, a thick edge came to older brother Max at backward point where he leisurely took the catch.

The next breakthrough came courtesy of Jack Marshall who was brought back on for a brief second spell. He got out the gritty opener who made 50. His luck ran out as he skied one to Toto Berger who never looked in doubt as he clung on. As the Gryphons passed 150, everyone started to get a bit nervous, realising that although they had only brought 8, we could be in serious danger of losing this game for a second year running. Step up Mikey Ide, with the batsmen looking for two after a leg glance, Ide launched a rocket from the boundary with one stump to aim at. Aim he did, and that was that for Gryphons’ skipper Riddell.

As a gesture of good will for that display of inspirational fielding O’Collins threw Ide the ball, only for him to show it may not really be his day. 4 overs went for 16 runs, not bad figures on the surface, however half of these were wides. At the other end O’Collins (M) had replaced Denning to bowl through until the end and picked up a fortuitous wicket bowling under the premise that if the batsmen missed he would hit. Figures of 1/42 from his 8 were perhaps a poor reflection of his nagging line and length that caused batsmen trouble with the odd edge and mistimed hoick eluding fielders. Going into the last couple the Gryphons had passed 200 and that looked like being that. There was still time for some more Mikey Ide fielding heroics, although this time the keeper took the bails off after a sharp throw by our own Jonty Rhodes. With the smell of BBQ in the air, and the sun poking it’s head through the clouds the umpire called lunch at the end of the Gryphons’ 45, after they had put on 211 for 6 – a very competitive score for a team of 8.

Fortunately for the Lynxes, a couple of their players had to leave slightly early so the majority team could enjoy a hearty lunch safe in the knowledge that they didn’t have to go out and open! The unlucky two who had one less sausage on their plates were Mikey Ide and Kit Ward. Both were going to go out and ‘have a day like Chris Gayle’. I’m not sure which Chris Gayle they were referring to as both ended up back in the pavilion with scores of 9 and 11 to their names respectively.

After the shaky start Marshall and Berger tried to consolidate. Unfortunately for Berger, his natural game is not very defence orientated, and as he wafted at one wide of off stump - a little edge was heard and it was comfortably taken by the keeper. Step up Edward Simons, who unlike Berger, is a very defence minded player. He and Marshall put on over 50 and the game was slowly swinging back in the Lynxes favour as the total was back up at 100 after twenty overs.

As the Bigside pitch started to deteriorate, Riddell looked to his spinners. This proved an inspired change as his leggy came on to bowl to Gary Marshall. After 5 balls of sharp leg spin, he pulled out the googly which spun sharply to a surprised Marshall who couldn’t get his bat in the way of it in time and was bowled for an invaluable 32. This brought to the crease Captain O’Collins (M), who looked to go after the leg spinner, hitting him for two fours. However this aggressive mindset was then carried through to the next over (which was bowled by a medium pacer) and when his eyes lit up at a short ball that stuck in the pitch an attempted pull shot took a top edge and floated its way to the keeper. Brother Clem didn’t fare much better, also scoring 11 before being stumped as he left his back foot in the air whilst trying to drive the Gryphons’ very own Shane Warne.

At the same time Ed Simons was going along nicely, playing some glorious shots off his legs as well as through the covers. He was rightly briefing every batsmen as they came in not to throw their wicket away, reminding them that if we batted out the 45 we’d find it very difficult not to make the 212 needed to win. Fresh from a 50 for his league side on the weekend out came Denning, our last hope it would seem with the two to come in (Anthonisz and Marshall (J) both being self-proclaimed number 11’s. Tom took on board Simons’ wise words, doing what all coaches say, defending the good balls and hitting the bad one. The pair put on an outstanding stand of 80, which saw Ed Simons make his first ever 50 and the Lynxes edge closer to glory.

However, there was to be one last twist, with the Lynxes needing 3 off 7 balls, Ed played a full bunger right down the throat of the man on the deep mid wicket boundary. The pair had crossed meaning Simon Anthonisz came to the crease with the team needing 3 to win off the last over. In true number 11 fashion Simon teased the opposition off the first ball, intentionally lofting a shot into no man’s land and taking a single. The field was then brought in to prevent the single and Denning hit over the top taking a four to win the game with 4 balls to spare and bring up a well worked 33 not out.

The game was played in a great manner, with friendly chat on and off the field and the Lynxes donating fielders to the Gryphons to make it a fair contest. The series is now back level at 2-2 although as clichéd as it sounds, cricket was the real winner on another thoroughly enjoyable day on Bigside.


Lewis ct ? J.Marshall 59
Mullins b Denning 35
Stevenson ct M O’Collins b C.O’Collins 6
Torquil run out 71
Riddell run out 3
Mullins b M.O’Collins 0
Dan ? not out 7
Pink not out 7

Sub Total 188
Extras 23
Total 211

Jack Marshall 9 – 1 – 36 – 1
Simon Anthonisz 7 – 1 – 42 - 0
Clem O’Collins 8 – 1 – 30 – 1
T. Denning 9 – 2 – 40 - 1
M. Ide 4 – 0 – 16 – 0
Max O’Collins 8 – 0 – 42 – 1


K. Ward ct ? b Pink 11
M. Ide b Pink 9
Gary Marshall b Lewis 32
Toto Berger ct ? b ? 13
Ed Simons ct ? b Riddell 66
Max O’Collins ct ? b ? 11
Clem O’Collins st ? b Lewis 11
T.Denning not out 33
Simon Anthonisz not out 1
Jack Marshall did not bat

Sub Total 187
Extras 27
Total 214

Pink 9 – 0 – 37 – 2
Stevenson 9 – 3 – 32– 2
? 9 – 0 – 38 – 2
Lewis 9 – 0 – 44 – 2
? 6.4 – 0 -46 - 0
Mullins 2 – 0- 11– 0
Riddell 2 – 1 – 13- 1

Lynxes won by 2 wickets

Saturday July 13 th – Lynxes v Old Georgians
Match Manager: Jeremy Lawson

Old Georgians

Johnic ct Lawson b Dearn 53
Crow ct Schindler b Dearn 42
Burgess ct and b Dearn 7
Beckett ct Schindler b G. Marshall 31
Creber ct Simpson b G. Marshall 16
Hardman ct and b Barron 14
Clarke ct J. Marshall b Schindler 10
Ng st Simpson b Barron 6
Aspinall not out 26
Henry st Simpson b J. Marshall 9

Sub Total 214
Extras 24
Total 238

Joe Schindler 9 – 1 – 30 – 1
Ashraf Adil 5 – 0 – 35 – 0
Owen Dearn 9 – 3 – 44 -3
Jack Marshall 8.3 – 0 – 48 – 1
Gary Marshall 5 – 0 – 18 – 2
James Barron 7 – 0 – 46 – 2


Nick Manser b Aspinall 107
Matt Simpson b Aspinall 86
Jeff Jowers ct ? b Aspinall 8
James Barron not out 23
Jez Lawson not out 6
Gary Marshall )
Owen Dearn )
Joe Schindler ) did not bat
Ashraf Adil )
Jack Marshall )

Sub Total 230
Extras 12
Total 242

Henry 6 – 1 – 27 – 0
Hardman 4 – 0 – 31– 0
Burgess 9 – 0 – 60 – 0
Crow 3 – 0 – 19 – 0
Clark 4 – 0 - 26 - 0
Creber 5 – 0- 23 – 0
Aspinall 7.2 – 1 – 26- 3

Lynxes won by 6 wickets
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