For the Club’s 69 th year the fixture list was somewhat reduced but a good number of enthusiastic Old Cranbrookians and guest players came back to Bigside to enjoy Lynxes cricket. After the wet weather of earlier months the outfield looked as good as it has ever been and the wickets, prepared superbly by Steven Hooper, provided consistent bounce.

On July 6 th the Lynxes won their first match against the School (and the John Wybourn Cup) since 2006. Batting first, the OC team, which had been raised by Owen Dearn, scored 260. Opener Joe Clark made 77 and he was well supported lower down the order by Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (55), Finn Hulbert (45) and Doug Gordon (25). With the new ball Finn was then too good for a School side without some key players, taking 6 wickets for 16 while Owen Dearn also picked up 2 wickets.

Unfortunately, work pressures prevented the key organizers arranging a repeat of last year’s Under 30’s v Over 30’s on the opening Sunday of “the week”.
Two more matches (with 50 overs format) were completed in spite of some rain interruptions with the usual excellent BBQ lunches being supplied by Graeme Edmonds and his staff while Gary Marshall (Lynxes President) ensured that all players and visitors were able to enjoy drinks from the pavilion during and after the games.

The Bully Boys (once again a team mainly consisting of OCs) scored 245 in a little more than 45 overs with major contributions from Freddie Hulbert (68) and Al Smallwood (57). The wily Lynxes veteran, Simon Anthonisz, took 3 important wickets towards the end of the innings and Toby Russell-Vick, Ben Tragett and Finn Hulbert all bowled well. In reply, James Barron batted well for 42 supported by several guest players but the Lynxes could only accumulate a total of 201 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

The following day the Lynxes scored a resounding win against The Fleet Street Exiles, who were visiting Bigside for the 13th time. Joe Schindler batted particularly well at the front of the innings to score 64, building a long partnership with Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (59). Freddie Hulbert made 48 runs in the total of 256 as the innings was completed in the 50 th over.

The Fleet Street Exiles were perhaps over confident of getting the runs as their century maker from last year only came in at number eight although he was still their top scorer with 53 runs. The wickets were shared between five Lynxes bowlers while the fielding was noticeably sharp with 6 catches being taken. The Lynxes needed less than 40 overs to record their win by 69 runs.

Joe Schindler will have his name on the Andrew Bond Cup for batting and Simon Anthonisz well deserved his award of the David Winterbottom Bowling Cup.
Simon Anthonisz (R 1970), James Barron (CR 1991), Joe Clark (A 2014), Owen Dearn (W 2012), Doug Gordon (SL 2011), Jake Hornsby (R 2010), Finn Hulbert (SL 2014), Dave Lewis (R 2011), Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (SL 2013), Nick Manser (R 2011), Gary Marshall (H 1977), Toby Russell-Vick (A 2014), Guy Schindler (A 2016), Joe Schindler (A 2012), Sam Stibbs (A 2012), Ben Tragett (CS 1993), Rob Wickham (A 2012) all played in “the week”and several other “friends of Cranbrook” helped to make up the teams.

Wednesday July 6 th - Lynxes v School
Match Manager: Owen Dearn

Lynxes won by 184 runs

Tuesday July 12 th - Lynxes v Bully Boys
Match Manager: Gary Marshall

Lynxes lost by 44 runs

Wednesday July 13 th – Lynxes v Fleet Street Exiles
Match Manager: James Barron

The Fleet Street Exiles have proven a tough team to beat over the last couple of years. So thanks to the good work of Owen Dearn and early commitment from an elite group of Lynxes a very competitive team was organised. After a night of rain we gathered at big side hoping for an improvement in conditions. The weather duly played ball. The toss was won and Lynxes batted first.

We got off to a great start with Manser, Schindler (64) and Lloyd-Dyke (59) setting a solid foundation. They made batting look fairly straight forward on a pitch made quite lively by the overnight rain. An England-esque mid-innings stumble followed and we found ourselves 4 down a little too quickly after such a good start. But a good knock from Freddie Hulbert (48) steadied the ship with good support from a one armed Jake Hornsby. We posted a competitive 261.

The new ball was given to Fin Hulbert and Guy Schindler. Fin produced and accurate and quick spell. He was unlucky not to get more than his one wicket. At the other end Guy prospered, bowling a lovely length and getting a little movement off the seem for his two wickets. A fantastic bit of fielding from Alfie Lloyd-Dike broke the first wicket partnership with a direct hit run out. Soon we had the Exiles four down for 40 odd.

The Exiles threatened to make a game of it with some strong hitting down the order from Caverner. But in the end the Exiles were too far behind. Freddie Hulbert chipped in with three wickets with Simon Antowicz and Owen Dearn each contributing another wicket each. The fielding effort was rounded off by a tidy performance behind the stumps by Sam Stibbs. The Exiles were all out for 170 – resulting in a sound victory for the Lynxes and nice revenge for the last couple of years.

All in all it was a very satisfying performance against a good side. The day left the Lynxes wanting more games. So bring on next year and a celebration of 70 years of Lynxes cricket.

Lynxes won by 69 wickets

James Barron (Crowden 1991)
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