Weekday Evening Fixtures Stumps at 6.30pm
Druids Tuesday 4th May
Moreley CC XI Tuesday 11th May
Yarnbury Rugby Club Tuesday 18th May
Wakefield Old Bays Thursday 20th May
Leeds Education Tuesday 25th May
Asda Tuesday 1st June
Bluefin Tuesday 8th June
Apex Tuesday 15h June
Castleford Cricketers Tuesday 22nd June
Tony Heslop XI Tuesday 29th June
Wakefield Old Boys Tuesday 6th July
Lupton Fawcett Tuesday 13th July
Interserve Tuesday 27th July
Orange Tuesday 3rg August
Sunday Afternoon Fixtures Stumps at 2.00pm
Drighlington Sunday 9th May
Amber Cars Sunday 30th May
Bankhouse Sunday 13th June
Thameside Teachers Sunday 27th June
Wakefield Old Boys Sunday 18th July
Apex Sunday 1st August
Amber Taxis Sunday 8th August
Greyhound Sunday 22nd August
Pig Night - Friday 21st May at the Holiday Inn
Golf Day - Friday 6th August @ The Manor
Treasure Hunt - Monday 30th August
End of Season Presentation - Friday 17th September 2010 @ The Manor
Tong Ball - Saturday 5th March 2011 @ The Holiday Inn
Tong Taverners Captains Log 2010
Taverners v Druids Tuesday 4 th May
Our first game of the season was against Mark Moorbys’ Druids Team, a nomadic team whose origins came out of Harrogate Rugby club nearly a hundred years ago.
Your captain holidaying in France had delegated the captaincy to vice skip Mike Garrad, who subsequently delegated to deputy vice captain Tony Heslop.
The upshot of all this was that we put the Druids into bat on a dry but bitterly cold evening. At least it was not snowing as it was in France at this time.
The Druids including amongst others Marks son Tom and former Natal player Brian Curran and friend of our own former Zimbabwean international Eamon Burke, were duly dispatched cheaply for a derisory 83. The aforementioned Natal player being dispatched to the pavilion by the old master Mick ‘Shaky’ Spargo for a poultry two.
In response Tony put himself at the head of the order with Jason Spargo having not been required to bowl. Scoring a commanding 49 runs between them we went onto overhaul their total with 6 overs to spare.
Taverners v Drighlington C C XI Sunday 9 th May
Fielding our Sunday team and this season commencing at the more civilised 2.00pm (allowing the remains of the previous nights alcohol to permeate the system) the Captain, yours truly, now back from a wintry southern France won the toss and put our visitors into bat. Drighlington were soon in a spot of bother with the score at 50 on the halfway (that’s after 10 overs for the uninitiated). Reggie and Gareth Kitchen (Kitch) having taken two wickets apiece in the first four overs. They proceeded to 112 before their innings was concluded. This was principally due to an all round team effort both bowling and tight fielding.
However the game was not without controversy at the conclusion of the innings it was established that Drig had played 12 batsmen. This was only established after the innings when our scorer confirmed that they had realised the error when Drigs 10 th wicket fell !!
Batting second with only the customary 11 men we set about our target with aplomb. With Reggie (Thomas) and PG (Paul Glover) opening and were soon cruising home to another victory, but not before Slacko retired after a rapid 31.
Taverners v Morley C C Tuesday 11 th May
I had approached the game with a degree of trepidation, we were about to take on a Bradford League side, made up as it turned out of a mixture of predominantly first and second team members. With the exception of Lloydy and Greame Roberts, we are an out and out ‘Taverners team’ and so I was convinced we were going to get mullered. However, on our own ground, under Taverners rules and with our team spirit we set to our task. Another bitter cold evening saw the skipper once again win the toss. Only two games as captain this year and already I have equalled the number of tosses won for the whole of last season. Setting a more defensive field than normal we prepared ourselves for the onslaught. It never came!
Phil Anderson or the Colonel as he is affectionately known (short for Colonel Sanders) opened the bowling with Slacko and between them they started to create the pressure. At the halfway stage they were 74 for 4, game on. Eamon, normally the meanest of bowlers came on at the flats end. The Morley 3 rd team skipper proceeded to hoick poor Eamon for a number of five sixes and a four. Those of us who know Eamon were expecting the response ball which usually results in the demolition of the batsmans stumps, but it never came. Instead they moved effortlessly onto 107 for 5, with yours truly on to bowl next and 8 overs remaining. Oh buggar.
With strength in depth we were staring at a total of 180. Operating with PG who recently made his debut in league cricket at the age of 61 (probably the oldest league debutant ever). The first ball was a caught and bowled, this was followed by 3 catches on the boundary by Lloydy at long on, who only had to move 2 yards for each of them, must be a shot they coach at Morley. Finally a stumping by uncle Dave (Sowter) who kept wicket brilliantly. Skipper bags his first ever 5 for (surely a contender for the champagne moment).
Game over, well not quite we just have to bat.
Chasing 131 a very gettable target, we got off to a cautious start, but Lloydy put them to the sword and joined his fellow retiree the Colonel in the pavilion. Mike Garrad made 18 in his usual brisk fashion and uncle Dave put bat to ball before retiring on 25. Shaky and I steered us close to a conclusion but in the gloom I was bowled out with only 3 required to win and 5 balls left. The colonel returned to the crease and effortlessly hit a four to win the game with 4 balls remaining, easy peasy.
Taverners v Yarnbury Rugby Club Tuesday 18 th May
Always a game to be approached with caution, not knowing what team will turn up. Dave Hornby their skipper and Tong Manor cricketer, had only 8 men at 6.30pm and so elected to bat. Fortunately for us Ollie, who has played in all the preceding games since the age of 12, had recorded over 300 runs for Horsforth only two weeks previously but had been called to the Yorkshire nets that evening. In his place was Will a cracking little player aged 12 and Ben who at about 10 was probably the youngest opponent we have faced. Will top scored and Ben occupied the crease for several overs to support his older team mates.
The top order, were capable big hitters and were up with the strike rate but they had 4 in the tent relatively cheaply after 7 overs. We welcomed Eamon back to form with the ball after last weeks hiccup. All performed well in the field and with the ball and we managed to restrict Yarnbury to 119 after 20 overs.
Opening with Tony and Kitch we got off to a steady start, before Kitch was bowled through the gate. Jason fell cheaply after his League exploits at the weekend. Loydy batting at 4 once again made mince meat of the bowling and was joined by Jubby who along with Greame steered us to victory with 7.4 overs to spare. A word here for young Ben who volunteered to keep wicket for Yarnbury and did a half decent job, considering his bowlers did him no favours.
Tong Taverners v West Yorkshire Old Boys Thursday 20 th May 2010
On a fantastic spring evening we played our old advisories West Yorkshire Old Boys in our one and only a way fixture of the season at Rothwell Cricket Club. Without some of our regular Tuesday evening players we fielded Eamons two lads Sean and Kieran. Losing the toss we were put into bat first on the now familiar wicket with a short boundary. Kieran was soon in the groove and shortly joined by Sean, who took a while to get his eye in, were mauling the opposition bowling. At the halfway stage we were comfortably placed having had both Lloydy and Slacko continue the momentum. We concluded our innings on 169, with three retirees playing WOB rules, retiring when you get to 25. As skipper I was hoping for 180 to 190, but they are a team that generally bowl tight.
Having a couple of unfamiliar players, they opened with one of them who proved to be as capable a batsman as he had been a bowler. But our bowling proved to be accurate and fielding very keen and we managed to maintain pressure. With Kieron opening and supported by Paul Glover from the pavilion end we had a tight early four overs. As the game went on we slowly created a strangle hold on the game, resulting in the final four overs with Kitch and Shaky operating the result was a formality. Tavs won by 23 runs.
Tong Taverners v Education Leeds Tuesday 25 th May 2010
With a grey sky we won the toss and put our opposition into bat. It is a lottery in the evenings whether it is better to field or bat in the progressing gloom. On this occasion it proved to seal our fate. Playing Education Leeds for only the second time and having soundly beaten them last year, they had strengthened their team. We fielded and generally bowled well, Kitch taking a superb catch round by his boot laces, another contender for the Champagne moment. Once again Shaky supported by uncle Dave behind the stumps was on a hat trick. Taking full advantage of the better light, they managed to post a total of 159.
Given the team that took the field, this was a total which under normal circumstances would have been well within our grasp.
However, we were off to a slower than usual start and soon fell behind the run rate. Umpiring whilst Lloydy prodded and struggled to time the ball in the poor light was inevitable that our talisman would perish. Along with Jason our guest antipodean, Greame and even our other overseas player Eamon all made heavy work of closing the gap. In the final over the skipper and along with perfect Tony found that defeat was inevitable. Taverners recorded their first defeat of the season, losing by 21 runs.
Tong Taverners v Amber Taxis Sunday 30 th May 2010
We played host to this Amber Taxis team for this inaugural fixture between the two teams. Losing the toss Amber Taxis elected to bat and posted a very respectable 123, thanks to a rapid 25 from former Taverner Steve Wheelan and some indifferent fielding by the Taverners on the day. Whilst the total was never going to pose too great a challenge, the skipper mixed the batting up to make a game of it. Moorbs was bowled 3 rd ball to the first straight one. PG holed out going for his 3 rd boundary in a row and young Spargs did not hang around long. Commeth the hour commeth the man, having not played for 4 years Steve Holroyd came to the wicket and it was as if he had never been away. Belting the ball to all corners of the ground he soon moved to his 25 and retired, before being replaced by the skipper, Lloydy, Mike Garrad and finally uncle Dave who maintained an end whilst Lloydy cruised past the total with 6 overs to spare. The important thing being that on a cool but pleasant day everyone enjoyed themselves on both sides and this may become a fixture for the future.
Tong Taverners v ASDA Tuesday 1 st June 2010
Well he we are first day of blazing June and our first fixture called off due to the poor weather !
Tong Taverners v Bluefin Tuesday 8th June 2010
Once again for the second week in succession it chose to rain heavily o the Tuesday. With the opposition players having to travel from as far away as Skipton and Easingwold, the decision to cancel the game was made at 4.15pm.
Tong Taverners v The Bankhouse All Blacks Sunday 13th June 2010
On a cloudy afternoon and a poor forecast play got underway with a make shift team, due to a number of personnel unavailable due to holidays. Once again Mike Garrad skippered the team with the Bankhouse batting first they posted a very commendable total of 137.
Unfortunately for all participants, the weather had the final say and that long time cricketing term was exercised, ‘Rain stopped play’. The Taverners finished on 78 for 3 off 8 overs, was appending victory for the Tavs in the offing we will never know!
Tong Taverners v Apex Tuesday 15th June 2010
At last with the skipper still away on holiday, the weather took a change for the better and vice captain Mike Garrad took the reins. Batting first we posted a total of 194, with Slacko, Kitch, young Spargs and Heslop, all retiring with their wickets intact.
Even on our postage stamp ground an excellent total to defend.
Apex set about their task with gusto and always up with the pace, but consistently loosing wickets. They did however have a couple of retirees and they proved crucial to their effort. With 3 overs left and no more Apex batsmen in the pavilion, a ball was struck hard to Kitch on the boundary. Normally a safe pair of hands he admitted afterwards he was celebrating before he took the catch and dropped it. As the old adage goes catches win matches and the Apex pair at the crease went onto hit the winning runs with 11 balls to spare.
Tong Taverners v Castleford Cricketers Tuesday 22nd June 2010
On a very pleasant evening and another evening with the skipper absent, this time due to work commitments. With Mike Garrad again skippering the team the Tavs batted first with a much weekend team. The very pleasant weather was the high spot of the night as far as the home team were concerned as we posted only 64 as our total. The lowest Taverners total the current playing members can remember. Needless to say with such strong opposition it was nigh on an impossible total to defend. Cas cricketers made short work of overhauling the total and beat us in the 9th over with 9 wickets to spare. A somewhat subdued Tavs team retired to the bar to drown their sorrows. Less said the better.
Tong Taverners v Thameside Teachers Tuesday 27th June 2010
This was the hottest day of the year and should have been a fiercely contested cricket match. A game of two innings of 20 overs aside between a team from Lancashire and a team from Yorkshire. But it never took place, why?
Simple on the previous Wednesday a football team from England playing a team from Slovakia in South Africa were playing and if a team from the USA had not managed to scrape a draw, the team from England would have played on the Saturday. As it was the team from England finished second in their group and drew Germany on the Sunday afternoon. Result our game had to be cancelled due to lack of interest oh! and England lost.
Tong Taverners versus Tony Heslop XI Tuesday 30th June 2010
On another fantastic summers evening we faced a team which in addition to their captain included a number of Taverners in their ranks. We started off well enough and had 26 posted after 4 overs. Our top 3 retired and at the halfway stage we were looking comfortable for the second half assault and posting total of 170 to 180. Unfortunately with the exception of Eamon, who at last returned to some form with the bat no one settled and we ended up with an inadequate total of 142, not enough!
The opposition bowling was in the main very good and provided few loose deliveries, including debutant Brendan Hackett playing in his first game and finishing with respectable figures of 0 for 12
In response and with Tom Moorby and Ben Garner opening they were off to a flyer with 35 on the board after 4 overs. Anything marginally loose was dispatched to the boundary and no one escaped punishment. With openers retiring Reggie Thomas came to the crease to continue to plunder runs. By the halfway stage they were on 88 and Heslop and Gamble continued to maintain the run rate. Tony dispatching, Eamon for 20 off one over before joining the retirees in the Pavilion. Once again we plummeted to defeat with 5.4 overs remaining.
This is the first time in recent memory that the Taverners have completed a month without recording a victory, albeit due as much to the weather as the opposition.
Tong Taverners versus Wakefield Old Boys Tuesday 6th July 2010
Our first match in July was against our old advisories WOB, with vice skip Garrad at the helm and once again we lost! The opposition was at full strength and although in the main familiar to us there were one or two new faces obviously brought in to further strengthen the side.
Batting first WOB lodged a massive total of 218, having 6 retirees in their ranks.
The Tavs in response never got going and could only manage a modest total of 115 all out, Will Raistrick top scoring with 25 before being bowled.
Their victory made us all square for the year with one more game to play later in the month when we would have the opportunity to finish the year with the upper hand.
Tong Taverners versus Lupton Fawcett Solicitors Tuesday 13th July 2010
Historically this has been a game which we have won relatively easily.
Once again however, some recruitment had been going on and with Reggie Thomas (occasional Taverner) playing for them along with a couple of his mates the scales were tipped the other way.
Having won the toss we elected to bat and with Jordon Slack fresh from his maiden first team century at the weekend opened and was out for 0. His opening partner was joined by our perennial number 3 Jason Spargo and between them they put together a stand of 46 before Jason retired. Tony Heslop scored a patient 36 and the rest chipped in for us to finish on 132 after 20 overs. Again not enough to feel comfortable defending on our ground.
And so it proved with Lupton Fawcett recording their first victory in all the time they have played us. Luptons managing to overhaul our score with 2 overs to spare Reggie finishing on 28 not out.
This went down as our sixth loss of the season, but was none the less a great game of cricket.
Taverners versus Wakefield Old Boys Sunday 18th July 2010
At last we were able to field a full strength team on a pleasant sunny afternoon. Lloydy and Graeme returned to the side with Jason Wilson (Aussie) our guest overseas player along with Reggie. We won the toss and put them into bat, posting a creditable 149 for 4.
We opened with Jason Wilson and Tony Heslop, with Tony playing a supporting role and Jason managing to retire on 40. Others contributed, but with the balance firmly in Wakefields’ favour Lloydy joined Paul Glover at the crease.
Having lost Paul on the first ball of the 18 th over got onto 18, Lloydy launched into an assault on Ed Dixons spin bowling, hitting him for 4 successive sixes and wrapping up the innings with 2.1 overs remaining. Mike Garrad watching in awe at the non strikers end.
This not only returned to us bragging rights for the year, but also gave a much needed boost of confidence.
Tong Taverners versus Adwalton Tuesday 20th July 2010
After Sundays satisfying victory we were all looking forward to maintaining the impetuous with this fixture. However in line with the way this season has gone the match had to be called off due to inclement weather.
Tong Taverners versus Interserve Tuesday 27th July 2010
Again with the end of our season fast approaching we were looking forward to fulfilling this fixture, only to be disappointed when they had to cry off due to lack of numbers.
Tong Taverners versus Apex Sunday 1st August 2010
And so as an unremarkable July went out with a whimper and we faced Apex our first opponents of August.
The Taverners batting first with Mike Garrad skippering amassed a huge total of 215 for 5, with only Tony being bowled for 0, the remainder either caught or retired. Notably Jason Wilson made 45, Rob Smith 39, Lloydy 30 all not out and Jason Spargo out for 25 were the top contributors. Gareth Kitchen (bam bam) opening made a very creditable 22 in his own inimitable way.
In the past you would have backed us to win from this position, but not this season.
Whilst we had an early wicket, they soon settled to their task and managed to overhaul our total finishing with 218 for 6 with 1.2 overs to spare. None the less a fantastic game of cricket, just the result going the wrong way!
Tong Taverners versus Orange Tuesday 3rd August 2010
This our last Tuesday fixture of the season, again we faced opposition who struggled to remember when they had last beaten us.
Winning the toss Orange elected to bat first and posting a total of 121 all out. We bowled and fielded as a side, leaving the field at the half way stage feeling pleased with our selves. Yours truly thought victory was in the bag. Wrong, its not over until its over.
We only managed a very poor 103 all out. Lloydy again top scoring with 30.With the exception of Phil Anderson who was bowled the skipper who finished not out all remaining batsmen were caught. They say catches win matches, never was that more true than this game. And so after several years Orange went home cock a hoop having recorded only their second victory against us. This game was notable for the the return of the Badger aka Stewart Duxbury, who had been absent all season through ill health, fantastic to see him back.
Tong Taverners versus Amber Cars Sunday 8th August 2010
Having enjoyed their first encounter against us they were desperate to repeat it. Winning the toss on a pleasant afternoon I elected to bat and our father and son openers Mark and Tom Moorby were only too happy to open. Mark playing support act, whilst Tom plundered the runs. There opening stand coming to an end when Mark got out on 20, Tom went on to score 51 before retiring, later returning to add a further couple. Not sure but this opening stand may have been a record for the Taverners as the score stood at 78 when the first wicket fell. We finished on 173 for 8, Danny Lloyd again scoring 40 not out.
With Rob Smith and a smattering of Taverners making one in for Amber, they made a very game total of 161 for 7. An excellent game of cricket, which was enjoyed by one and all. One also we managed to win for a change.
Tong Taverners versus The Greyhound Sunday 22nd August 2010
With first team games this season this was to be our final game of the season. Disposing of the traditional toss of the coin Mike Garrad the Greyhound captain elected to bat and the rules were suitably adjusted to make a game of it. Electing to bat first the Greyhound amassed a total of 169. After a stuttering start the Greyhound settled to their task and through Mike Garrad 27, Steve Holroyd 36 and Richard Christopher 27 (returning for a second innings) produced a decent target score.
The Moorby duo opened the innings hoping to repeat their previous partnership. However this was not to be as Moorby senior returned to the pavilion without troubling the scorers after wicket keeper Richard (feathers) Christopher pulled off a stunning catch, bowled Chris. Jason was dismissed for 13 in the 4 th over, but the remaining 5 batsmen required including Glover (29) Lloyd (25) Heslop(26) Burke (12) and Sowter(24) all retired with their wickets intact. We all retired to the familiar surroundings of the bar having completed a very pleasant afternoon of cricket and brought another season to its conclusion.
Having played 17 games, won 9 lost 8, this will not go down as our most successful season, far from it. It has been none the less an equally enjoyable one.