2012
CRANBROOK LYNXES CRICKET WEEK – JULY 2012

Once again Lynxes cricket began before the end of the School’s summer term. On Sunday, July 1 st the School easily defeated a relatively weak O.C. team. It is hoped that next year young O.Cs who are playing cricket regularly will return to play against the school. The week proper began on the following Sunday and, in spite of the rain threatening play most of the time, Steven Hooper ensured that Bigside was in playable condition every day until even he was defeated on the last Sunday when the specially arranged game against the Old Cranbrookians (Sydney) had to be called off. Inevitably the wickets were slow. 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.

Including the match against the school six matches were played (all with limited overs format) – sadly without a home win although perhaps on two occasions the Lynxes were guilty of “snatching defeat from the jaws of victory”. The game against the Scorpions had to be abandoned just after the Lynxes started to bat (chasing 220).We were well beaten by the Bully Boys (but only because Cranbrookians, Sam Stibbs and Joe Schindler, scored 111 not out and 64 respectively against us). The losses against the Fleet Street Exiles and our new Opponents, The Pink Panthers, were very marginal and the match against The Gryphons, although also lost, was again quite closely fought. At a most enjoyable “Curry Night”, Patrick, son of the late David Winterbottom (C 1959), presented Gary Marshall with the Bowling Cup. The Andrew Bond Cup for batting was won by Finn Hulbert (School).

Raising teams was not easy although nearly 40 Cranbrookians agreed to play during the week, including many capable School players. These were:

Asraf Adil (School), James Barron (CR 1991), Luca Bertoli-Mitchell (School), Olli Blaydon (CS 1996), Theo Chapman (2007), Will Chuter (W 1996), Hamish Cloke (School), Max O’Collins (W 2009), Patrick Coyne (2009), Alistair Cutler (2009), Owen Dearn (School), John Furminger (Staff), George Gibbons (School), Doug Gordon (2011), Will Huish (W 2011), Finn Hulbert (School), Ollie Jamieson (2009), Jeff Jowers (C 1987), Jeremy Lawson (A 1990), Alfie Lloyd-Dyke (School), Laurie March (H 2009), Gary Marshall (H 1977), Sam Martin (1995), Tom McKenzie (2007), Paul Morkel (A 2004), Toby Mullins (R 1979), Peter Newman (A 1973), Jeremy Philpot (A 1976), Nick Pink (C 1995), N.Powell (School), O. Powell (School), Fraser Rodgers (School), Joe Schindler (School), Matt Simpson (School), Sam Stibbs (School), Ben Tragett (CS 1993), Rob Wickham (School).

We hope all those who supported the Club in our 65 th year enjoyed their cricket which, as usual, was played in a friendly, but competitive manner, and that they will return next year. Any other cricketing OCs are always very welcome. The 2013 game against the School will be played on Sunday June 30 th and the other games on July 7 th and July 9 th to12 th inclusive.

Jeremy Barham

Key points from the Lynxes AGM and review of the 2012 Week

Bigside The wicket was reported to have been performing well during the school season, although some low balls occur at the “Windmill Pub” end. Steven Hooper, the groundsman, has indicated that he would like to carry out some deep hollow tining. The Lynxes might consider making a contribution to the cost.

Raising Teams The web-based “Teamer” system for building up teams had not been used and probably would not be tried in future due to costs. Raising teams for all matches had been difficult. Match Managers are to be encouraged to make personal approaches to potential players as early as possible.

Lynxes Funds Current funds are at a satisfactory level and the week ran at a profit. Current school players continued to play without having to pay match fees and concessions were also granted to full time students.

Fixtures 2013 Subject to any issues arising this year the same Match Managers would be asked to run games in 2013. The School’s Summer Term in 2013 will end on Wednesday July 10 th.

Database and Communications Parts of the database are still inaccurate due to the usual problem of O.C.s failing to notify changes in their contact information.

The website www.lynxescc.co.uk, the open facebook group Lynxes Cricket Week and the OCA website www.oldcranbrookians.co.uk give further information about Lynxes activities.

The School’s emerging Alumni Database will be used to promote the Lynxes to all OC’s and to others with links to the school (eg. parents of Cranbrookians, husbands / partners of female OCs).

Officers of the Club

President. Jeremy Barham.

Chairman Gary Marshall

Treasurer Charles Thompson

Match Secretary Tom Allen

Committee
Will Chuter
Patrick Coyne
Jeremy Lawson
Oliver Morkel
Paul Morkel
Nick Pink


Sunday July 1 st - Lynxes v School
Match Manager: Gary Marshall

The match for the Wybourn Trophy was played over 40 overs. The School won the toss and decided to bat. Patrick Coyne struck an early blow having Gordon very well court by Theo Chapman at gully. This saw the very talented Finn Hulbert come to the wicket and he and Joe Clark set about the Lynxes bowling adding over a hundred runs. Hulbert and Clark both fell to Gary Marshall but the runs still flowed as Hamish Cloke and Ali Bond piled on more runs and the school finished on a very good 255-6.

The Lynxes reply faltered early with the dismissal of both Richard Smith and Will Huish by Asraf Adil and from then on it looked an unlikely win for the Lynxes. Despite a fine 49 by Patrick Coyne the Lynxes were never up with the run rate and finished with a score of 144-8.

The school deserved their victory and their all-round performance showed the benefit of playing and practicing regularly. The absence of recent leavers who could play against the school was disappointing. It is hoped that more will come back and play next year.

School

Doug Gordon ct Chapman b. Coyne 1
Jo Clark ct Cutler b. G.Marshall 53
Finn Hulbert lbw G.Marshall 89
Hamish Cloke run out 40
Ali Bond ct Chapman b. Coyne 28
Alfie Lloyd-Dyke ct Coyne b J. Marshall 9
Matt Simpson not out 2
Anthony Christopherson )
Josh Humphreys ) did not bat
J Cloke )

Sub Total 222
Extras 33
Total (for 5 wickets) 255

Alistair Cutler 8 – 0 – 54 – 0
Patrick Coyne 8 – 0 – 40 – 2
Jack Marshall 7 – 0 – 29 – 1
Max O’Collins 7 – 0 – 47 – 0
Gary Marshall 7 – 0 – 31 – 0
Laurie March 3 – 0 – 25 - 0

Lynxes

Richard Smith bowled Adil 0
Will Huish bowled Adil 18
Laurie March lbw Christopherson 21
Patrick Coyne ct Clarke b. Humphrey 49
E. Simons bowled Cloke 0
Gary Marshall not out 24
Theo Chapman bowled Humphrey 2
Max O’Collins bowled J.Cloke 12
Jack Marshall c and b J Cloke 4
Alastair Cutler not out 0

Sub Total 130
Extras 14
Total 144

Ashraf Adil 7 – 2 – 24 – 2
O Clarke 5 – 0 – 18 – 0
Hamish Cloke 4 – 1 – 23 – 1
Anthony Christopherson 6 – 0 – 19 - 1
Doug Gordon 4 – 0 – 12 – 0
Finn Hulbert 3 – 1 - 6 – 0
Josh Humphreys 3 – 1 – 14 - 1
Alfie Lloyd –Dyke 3 – 0 – 12 - 0
Joe Cloke 2 – 0 – 2 – 2
Oli Bond 1 – 0 – 9 – 0

Lynxes lost by 111 runs

Sunday July 8 th - Lynxes v Scorpions
Match Manager: Gary Marshall

With the weather looking dodgy we decided to play 40 overs each. The Scorpions won the toss and elected to bat.

Jack Marshall opened the bowling and had success in his first spell taking the wicket of Fyffe caught behind. The Scorpions then scored at a healthy pace with the top batsmen all adding runs. G Marshall took the opener Ollennu (c & b) and then Joe Banks, a 15 year old spinner, took 2 wickets to slow the Scorpions’ progress.

James Barron took 2 wickets with his steady seam bowling and Jack Marshall bowled the former Zimbabwe cricketer, Andy Whittal, who is his Master in charge of cricket at Tonbridge School. The Scorpions ended with a creditable 219 all out from their 40 overs.

The Lynxes started with 9 runs from the first over when the heavens opened and brought an abrupt end to the match and an earlier then expected visit to the George.

Scorpions

R.Ollenu c and b G Marshall 43
A.Fyffe ct Banks b. J.Marshall 5
S.Garratt st. Mullins b. Banks 34
A.Waller bowled Banks 52
N.Donald ct. Furminger b. G.Marshall 33
G.Robinson bowled Barron 0
P.Addo bowled Barron 0
A.Whittall bowled J.Marshall 19
T.Marriott not out 11
M.Waldridge bowled G.Marshall 3
P.Butler run out 0

Sub Total 200
Extras 19
Total 219

J. Marshall 8 – 1 – 27 – 2
T.Mullins 8 – 0 – 49 – 0
G.Marshall 7.4 – 0 – 54 – 3
J.Banks 8 – 1 – 33 – 2
J.Barron 8 – 1 – 40 – 2

Lynxes

J.Furminger not out 0
J.Barron not out 6
T.McKenzie
J.Banks
T.Mullins
G.Marshall
J.Philpot
J.Marshall

Sub Total 6
Extras 3
Total 9

Match abandoned (rain)

Tuesday July 10 th - Lynxes v Bully Boys
Match Manager: Paul Morkel

Wet weather greeted the players at the start of this match, with a delayed start time resulting in a reduced overs game to 35 per side. Upon winning the toss, Lynxes opted to make the most of the conditions and bowled first, with early success after Finn Hulbert removed opener Betts for just 3 runs. However, this brought Joe Schindler to the crease and he and Sam Stibbs, as a school pair, accumulated runs at a quick rate. Both moved past their half centuries with a number of dropped catches proving very costly to the Lynxes. Once Schindler was run out two more wickets fell more cheaply, Ashraf Adil taking both. Stibbs continued in attacking fashion and made the most of his luck by reaching his century. One other wicket fell at the end of the innings with Bully Boys closing on a very strong score of 238-5 from their 35 overs.

The Lynxes reply did not go to plan as they lost both openers for single figures and stalwart Gary Marshall for just 1 run, probably as a result of his spending the first innings with wicket-keeping pads on. Finn Hulbert, in contrast, dominated the visiting bowling and cruised to his half century before one reverse sweep too many proved his downfall for a fluent 65. After his departure little resistance was offered from the home side apart from a stylish 25 from Will Chuter. Once he had gone, it was all but over for Lynxes who were finally bowled out 98 runs short inside 30 overs with the total on 140.

Bully Boys

Sam Stibbs not out 111
Hugh Betts ct G Marshall b. Hulbert 3
Joe Schindler run out 64
Adrian Betts lbw Adil 1
Fred Smith ct Rodgers b. Adil 2
Ben Collins bowled P. Morkel 12
Nick Holmes not out 23
Laurie March )
Owen Dearn ) did not bat
Lee Bez )
John Marshall )

Sub Total 216
Extras 22
Total (for 5 wickets) 238

Finn Hulbert 7 – 0 – 25 – 1
Will Chuter 2 – 0 – 19 – 0
O Powell 7 – 0 – 46 – 0
Ashraf Adil 7 – 0 – 43 – 2
Luca Bertoli-Mitchell 2 – 0 – 17 – 0
Paul Morkel 6 – 0 – 35 – 1
George Gibbons 2 – 0 – 16 – 0
Jack Marshall 2 – 0 – 15 – 0

Lynxes

Fraser Rodgers st Stibbs b. Marshall 2
Luca Bertoli-Mitchell ct Collins b. Betts 4
Finn Hulbert ct Schindler b. Holmes 65
Gary Marshall ct Dearn b. Bez 1
Paul Morkel lbw Dearn 11
N.Powell bowled Dearn 1
Ashraf Adil bowled Holmes 3
Will Chuter bowled Betts 25
George Gibbons bowled Holmes 4
O Powell ct F.Smith b. March 7
Jack Marshall not out 1

Sub Total 124
Extras 16
Total 140

John Marshall 2 – 0 – 15 – 1
Lee Bez 6 – 0 – 43 - 1
Hugh Betts 5 – 1 – 13 - 2
Owen Dearn 7 – 0 – 28 - 2
Nick Holmes 7 – 0 – 35 - 3
Laurie March 1.3 – 0 – 3 - 1

Lynxes lost by 79 runs

Wednesday July 11 th – Lynxes v Fleet Street Exiles
Match Manager: Will Chuter

Lynxes

Peter Newman ct ? b. Barry 15
T.Membury ct. ? b. Murphy 4
Finn Hulbert lbw Gale 46
Hamish Cloke Bowled Kavenagh 27
Gary Marshall ct ? b. Barry 0
P.Martin bowld Kavenagh 5
C.Membury ct ? b. Kavenagh 7
Ashraf Adil ct ? b. ? 9
Will Chuter ct ? b. ? 4
Olli Blaydon run out 0
Matt Simpson not out 3

Sub Total 120
Extras 25
Total 145

Murphy 6 – 2 – 18 – 1
Dowdes 5 – 2 – 20 – 0
Gale 6 – 0 - 20 - 1
Barry 7 – 0 – 28 – 2
Kavenagh 6 – 0 – 24 – 4
Luff 4.4 – 1 – 14 – 1

Fleet Street Exiles

D. Croynale lbw Hulbert 33
T.Hanbridge c and b G. Marshall 44
D.Evans bowled Hulbert 0
A.Preston ct Cloke b. Adil 2
H.Luff bowled Hulbert 19
Kavenagh bowled G.Marshall 27
N.Buckland lbw G.Marshall 0
S.Gale not out 11
R.Dowdes c and b G.Marshall 0
A.Murphy not out 3
Barry did not bat

Sub Total 139
Extras 8
Total 147

T.Membury 6 – 0 – 30 – 0
Finn Hulbert 7 – 1 – 24 - 3
Olli Blaydon 3 – 0 – 30 – 0
Ashraf Adil 2 – 0 – 10 - 1
Hamish Cloke 5 – 1 – 30 - 0
Gary Marshall 6 – 0 – 22 – 4

Lynxes lost by 2 wickets

Thursday July 12 th – Pink Panthers
Match Manager: Patrick Coyne

In a closely fought match the Lynxes were mauled by the Pink Panthers in a thrilling run chase that came to a rather abrupt end. After losing the toss, the Lynxes were first in the field and decided to be bold with an unheard of attacking field consisting of 2 slips, a gully, leg slip, short leg and silly mid-off. However, the tactic appeared to pay off.

Huish, who also had his trademark sweeper at deep square leg, tore through the opposition top order with a series of hooping deliveries, which cartwheeled the off stump – and resulted in a succession of Pink Panther top order batsmen traipsing off the field with the scoreboard untroubled.
Lunshoff, a ringer brought in at the last minute, was bowling equally as menacingly without the wicket taking rewards he so dearly deserved. Nevertheless his sharp, accurate bowling was helping to ensure the Panthers were always under pressure.

Cloke was next in to the attack and kept up the pressure, which finally told as the Panthers endeavoured to give a wicket away with a hapless run out. There was momentary respite for the Panthers when some rather more friendly bowling came on from the old Windmill Pub end, as the Captain brought himself on to bowl at what he thought was a shaky middle order. This turned out not to be the case – and after seeing the ball sail over his head twice – a crafty ball by Coyne, someway down the leg side, managed to buy the wicket of the dangerous Donavan. The Panthers tail wagged and they reached a total of 90; a target the Lynxes were hopeful of reaching.

Alas, the Lynxes innings got off to the worst start possible with Newman being given out LBW from the first ball of the innings, despite the fact that there was a suspiciously wooden sound to his pad. From then on the innings did not get any better with batsman after batsman failing to cope with the accurate, military medium left arm over bowling of Donovan. There was a glimmer of hope when the free hitting Lunshoff was swishing away and Marshall was at his obturate best at the crease, with his stubborn innings dragging the Lynxes back to within clawing distance of victory. Unfortunately with one wicket left, our number 11 batsmen, Owen Dearn, had other ideas and promptly ran down the wicked and was stumped for zero leaving the Lynxes 13 runs short. All in all a good day, but it was a shame the Lynxes managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again.

Pink Panthers

Ben Cajee bowled Cloke 9
Richie Hastie bowled Huish 0
Pete Copplestone bowled Huish 0
Rob Hennly bowled Huish 0
Danny run out (Coyne) 6
Donavan Ct Bert-Mitchell b Coyne 14
Nick Pink Ct G. Marshall b Dearn 6
Luke bowled G.Marshall 1
Andy Sellins ct G.Marshall b. Lunshof 41
Tim Hurst bowled Lunhof 6
Andy DW did not bat

Sub Total 83
Extras 7
Total 90

J Lunshoff 7 – 2 – 16 – 2
Will Huish 6 – 2 – 10 – 3
Hamish Cloke 7 – 1 – 12 – 1
Patrick Coyne 4 – 2 – 13 - 1
Gary Marshall 4 – 1 – 10 -1
Owen Dearn 6 – 3 – 25 – 1

Lynxes

Peter Newman lbw Miller 0
Sam Martin bowled Copplestone 5
Hamish Cloke bowled Copplestone 5
Luca Bertoli-Mitchell ct ? bowled Miller 0
Patrick Coyne lbw Copplestone 11
Matt Simpson bowled Copplestone 3
Theo Chapman bowled Miller 2
Gary Marshall not out 17
Will Huish ct ? bowled Baker 0
J Lunshoff ct ? b. Andy DW 21
Owen Dearn st ? b. Baker 0

Sub Total 64
Extras 13
Total 77

Miller 6 – 3 – 6 – 3
Pete Copplestone 6 – 1 – 21 – 3
Danny 3 – 0 – 14- 0
Baker 6 – 1 – 15 – 2
Andy DW 3 – 0 – 19- 1

Lynxes lost by 13 runs

Friday July 15 th – Lynxes v Gryphons
Match Manager: Jeremy Lawson

Lynxes welcomed the Gryphons for the third consecutive year and the team from Seaford must have felt at home as the wet outfield resembled something more akin to the East Sussex coast than the Weald of Kent. With the run-ups looking particularly soggy, the umpires consulted their Health & Safety manuals and a decision was taken to delay the start until 1:30pm. The good news was that the BBQ would be brought forward by 3 hours to 12:30; the bad news was that the toss would take on an increased significance.

Gryphons’ skipper Toby Mullins called correctly and Lynxes took to the field with a typical post-prandial sluggishness bordering on reluctance. The bowling and fielding performance was therefore all the more impressive as Ben Tragett set the tone with two laser-accurate maidens. The left-armer removed young Hemingway for a duck and then bowled Riddle and was clearly enjoying both overhead and pitch conditions, which were not easy for batting. Ben finished with 2 for 11 off 7 superb overs.

In fact, all the bowlers chipped in, with Max O’Collins supporting Ben ably from the bottom end of Big Side. When he also bowled Duddy for nought, the Gryphons were reeling at 16 for 3. Then came the best stand of the match between Bowden and Deakon, the former neat and tidy and the latter big and bold. Hamish Cloke removed Bowden, allowing Owen Dearn to target their late-middle order. “Ozone” finished with 2 for 14 including an important caught and bowled off dangerous hitter Joseph.

Al Cutler was getting some tap from Deakon, but a change of ends saw him gain his revenge via a decent catch by Lawson at long-off. Then came a rather bizarre moment in the match: Joe Schindler came into the attack and caught Langmead off his own bowling, which brought Smedley to the crease. Joe’s first ball seemed like a fairly innocuous full-toss, but it hit Smedley’s gloves and he walked off after one delivery citing a dislocated digit.

Schinds mopped up Mullins and the Gryphons innings closed on 118 with Smedley still on the boundary edge. The wicket was certainly not easy and this was highlighted in the fact that “Extras” was second top scorer with 30 in spite of Simmo’s tidy glovework.

With the outfield as slow as it was, 119 represented a target nearer to 150 or 160 in normal circumstances, so the Lynxes knew they would have to bat well to register their first win of the week. That said, the sun and breeze were drying the outfield gradually and it was a miracle that we were playing cricket at all. Much kudos must go to Steve and his ground staff for getting the game on.
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Nick Pink was due to open but he kindly nipped out to buy some milk and missed the start of the innings. Cream may rise to the top, but Nick was demoted to number 3. Jeff Jowers and Schindler opened up and both went cheaply to an impressive new-ball attack. However, a solid stand between Pinky and ‘Mish looked to have laid the foundation for victory.

Smedley then made an incredible recovery to come on and bowl with his injured hand and he soon dismissed Cloke for 23. With Pink and O’Collins steadying the ship anew, Toby Mullins brought back Joseph as a last roll of the dice. It proved to be a perfectly-timed decision, with DJ mixing it up and bowling Pink for a defiant 22.

Gary Marshall was due to leave at 6pm to play squash in preparation for his Masters World Cup challenge and skipper Lawson made a fatal error in not promoting him up the order when Cloke was out third. In truth, we should have had enough batting with only 36 required and 6 wickets remaining.

As it was, Lynxes collapsed in spectacular fashion, reminiscent of England in the dark days of the 1990s. Even though we batted all the way down to Tragett at 11, a succession of single-digit scores meant that Lynxes lost by 25 runs and, with it, their best chance of securing a win during the week.

That said, it was another hugely enjoyable game and we have now had three successful fixtures against the Gryphons, with the visitors deservedly leading 2-1 in the series.

Gryphons

Hemingway bowled Tragett 0
Bowden bowled Cloke 20
Riddle bowled Tragett 4
Duddy bowled O’Collins 0
Deakon ct J. Lawson b. Cutler 49
Paxton ct O’Collins b.Dearn 9
D.J. c and b. Dearn 0
Langmead c and b. Schindler 4
Smedley retired hurt 0
Stevenson not out 1
Toby Mullins bowled Schindler 2

Sub Total 88
Extras 30
Total 118

Ben Tragett 7 – 4 – 11 – 2
Max O’Collins 7 – 0 – 19 – 1
Hamish Cloke 4 – 0 – 10 – 1
Owen Dearn 7 – 2 – 14 - 2
Alastair Cutler 7 – 1 – 33 – 1
Joe Schindler 1.4 – 0 – 4 – 2

Lynxes

Joe Schindler bowled Joseph 5
Jeff Jowers lbw Stevenson 0
Nick Pink bowled Joseph 22
Hamish Cloke bowled Smedley 23
Max O’Collins bowled Joseph 12
Alistair Cutler lbw Smedley 1
Gary Marshall absent
Jeremy Lawson ct Mullins b. Duddy 5
Matt Simpson run out 0
Owen Dearn not out 1
Ben Tragett ct Mullins b. Paxton 4

Sub Total 73
Extras 20
Total 93

Joseph 7 – 1 – 14 – 3
Stevenson 7 – 4 – 4 – 1
Hemingway 7 – 1 – 29 – 0
Smedley 7 – 3 – 23 – 2
Paxton 2 – 0 -10 - 1
Duddy 1 – 1- 0 – 0 Lynxes lost by 25 runs
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