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XXIX Club v Australian Cricket Society - match report 
October 30, 2013

The XXIX Club has created another milestone in our history at this fixture, by inviting members of the MCC Victorian Women’s Cricket Association (VWCA) namely Rachael Carrick, Harriett Bachelor and Evelyn Jones, to represent the XXIX Club.

The weather was fine and “The Albert” was in perfect condition as always. Our captain John McCormick lost the toss and Ken Piesse (captain of ACS) elected to bat.

Our eight bowler attack (showing abnormal depth) was tight and restricted the ACS run scoring. Highlights were; a very elegant and super quick stumping by Rob Templeton, a diving catch in gully by Tim Corney and wickets to all three women. The bowlers all shared the wickets with the best being Paul Barker 2/12 off three overs and Carl Nunan 2/30 off six with a special mention to Evelyn Jones for 1/4 off six overs.

The best of the ACS batsmen were Keith Jansz 40 Ret. and Jeff Scotland 25. 

The ACS were 9/147 cc off 40 overs.

After lunch, the XXIX Club opening pair put on 61 runs with Paul Barker retiring at 40 and Mike Reidy making a handy 24. Then Evelyn Jones came to the wicket with Rob Templeton and we watched Evelyn bat with class to make and entertaining 40 Ret. Rob Templeton added 35 runs before retiring. The highlight of this partnership was a five, all run, when Evelyn hit the ball through covers to the long boundary.                          

Harriett Bachelor completed our run chase with Ron Shugg running a four to win the game.

The ACS player of the match was Keith Jansz 40 Ret. and the MCC XXIX Club player of the match was Evelyn Jones 40 Ret. and 1/4 off six overs.

My thanks to the umpires Peter White and Gary White, our scorers, Barrie Hopkins and Greg Fisher, our team manager Mike Slattery, plus all the players and supporters from both sides who made this a memorable game.

MCC XXIX Club 4/150 off 36 overs.
Colin Walker
Fixture Manager



The annual dinner will be held on Wednesday September 25, 2013 and we are delighted to announce that the guest speaker is Wayne Phillips, the former South Australian and Australian batsman/wicket-keeper whose 27 Tests and 48 ODI career was launched by his century (159) on debut v Pakistan at the WACA. His keeping yielded 101 dismissals on the international arena. Phillips finished with nearly 7,000 first-class runs then coached at the Australian Cricket Academy and South Australia. He now works in the South Australian media and entertainment industry.

Further details can be found on the booking form here.


XXIX Club UK Tour July 2013 - match reports

Game 1 - Oxford Downs CC
The first tour match was set up from the beginning to be an absolute cracker. With radiant heat beaming down for the first time in five years. The picturesque Standlake Ground was glowing, even the local sheep were getting a tan.

XXIX Club won the toss and decided to swing the willow up first. While Oxford Downs enjoyed the outfield. The highlight for the innings was the 10th wicket partnership between Peter Crock and Paul Hughes who made 27 and 41 respectively. Aside from that Oxford bowled good lines and were able to restrict the XXIX’ers to a score of 9-203 off 49.5 overs.

After one of the greatest spread for afternoon tea it was the home teams' turn to bat. Alex Laragy opened taking a wicket in the very first over which set it up for the rest of the team who all bowled well. Unfortunately for the XXIX's, Oxford Downs were able to get over the line reaching 8/205 in the 43rd over. The two 14 year old boys showing maturity and poise way beyond their years. Laragy was the pick of the bowlers with 3/43, whilst Scott Walker and Jon Huddart picked up two wickets each.

Man of the match for the XXIX’ers was Tom Sharp who made a handy 45 and for Oxford Downs it was the 14-year-old Ling who made 43 with the bat and also took 2/21 with the ball.

Thanks to Paul Barker our team captain, and all our team who put forth a great effort on the day.

David Peddie



Game 2 - Middleton Stoney CC

In our first T20 game for the tour, MCC XXIX club made their way out to Middleton Stoney on yet another fine English day for a late start (5pm) to take advantage of the mild warm English evening.

The toss saw MSCC batting first and getting off to a good start making 43 for the first wicket. All the bowlers performed well with special mentions to Scott Walker (3/19 off 4 and a run out) and Paul Hughes (3/17 off 3), restricting MSCC to 7/115 from their 20 overs. Alex Laragy's 0/11 from 4 tight overs also helped keep the scoring in check.

As a footnote, only 19.5 overs were bowled as MSCC batsman Wordsworth set off with one ball in the innings remaining and promptly tore his Achilles heel, rendering him spread motionless half way up the pitch. MCC captain of the day, magnanimously decided not to run him out and the innings concluded on that note with the agreement that MCC would only face 19.5 overs!

When it came MCC's turn to bat, 19.5 overs was not needed and whilst we lost Matty Scholten for two in the first over, great knocks from Jon Huddart (55 n/o) and Tom Sharp (52 n/o) made light work of the total, reaching the required 116 with a couple of overs to spare. Our first win of the tour with Ron Shugg at the helm was followed by a few ales and an Aussie BBQ!

Colin Murphy
Team Manager (and first tour casualty!)

Game 3  v Royal Household CC

On another fine and sunny day the XXIX Club tourists made their way by bus from Oxford to the Royal Household CC (RHCC) at Frogmore in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

In a picturesque setting with the Windsor Castle tower in the background and the Queen's standard flying, captain Steven McCooke lost the toss and RHCC choose to bat on a very dry pitch with inconsistent bounce and carry.

With the match being played in a declaration format, the onus was on RHCC to set a competitive target, yet leave enough overs to dismiss the XXIX Club. RHCC compiled 8/174 from 45 overs.

For XXIX Club the standout performance was from Tim Corney with 3/13 from two overs and a cameo performance from veteran Colin Walker with 2/20 from three overs. The highlight being a fine catch by Scott Walker from his father's bowling.

After the tea break MCC XXIX Club began steadily with Scott Walker 22, Jon Huddart 21 and Michael Reidy 24 but it was captain Steven McCooke who guided the XXIX Club home to a win with a controlled 25 no. XXIX Club 7/178 from 39.3 overs.

XXIX Club's second win on the tour.

Paul Barker

Game 4 v Tiddington CC
Day 4 for the XXIX Club took us to the picturesque surrounds of Tiddington Cricket Club (TCC). Michael Reidy brought a competitive spirit as captain, keen to build on the success at Windsor the day before.

The match was a Twenty20 fixture and the home side had no hesitation in electing to bat first on a good pitch.

Scott Walker and Paul Barker combined for the early breakthrough, and the wickets came steadily. At 6/77, the halfway mark, we looked well on track to restrict the score to around the low 100s. Some late-order hitting managed to rescue the situation for TCC, and they finished with a respectable 8/159 off their allotted overs. Scott Walker was excellent in opening the bowling and taking wickets throughout the innings, returning figures of 3/27 from four overs. Tim Corney also chimed in with a useful 2/29 from three overs.

The scene was set for what promised to be a big-hitting run chase, a mood aided by a local farmer letting his cows into the meadow at the far end of the ground. The cows promptly congregated in a corner at wide long-on - the original "cow corner"! (thanks to Steve McCooke for the material!)

With the lads out to score a bovine bullseye, Tom Sharp quickly asserted himself following the early loss of Ash Farr (for the first duck of the tour). Tom produced a scintillating display of power hitting, striking the ball cleanly and without fear from the off! His innings of 92 came from just 53 balls, and included ten fours and six sixes! As long as Tom was at the crease, the XXIXers were a chance. But with his wicket the match slipped from our grasp - wickets fell in quick succession, and even the valiant efforts of the skipper Michael Reidy (18n.o. off 9 balls) were not enough, and we fell 13 runs short, at 7/146.

The disappointment of such a close loss was soon forgotten, as our hosts turned on magnificent hospitality to match the brilliant weather we have enjoyed in the UK.

Alex Laragy

Game 5  v South Oxfordshire Amateurs CC (SOACC)
As the Queen's College ground was located on the river in Oxford, we walked to the ground past the college buildings and lawns.

The wicket was dry and flat and once again we lost the toss and SOACC elected to bat.

Our bowlers worked hard however they were not supported well by the fielders as some eight catches were dropped which allowed SOACC to amass 7/260 runs off 35 overs.
The best of our bowlers were Tim Corney 2/36, Scott Walker 2/43 & Alex Laragy 2/58.

Our openers Ash Farr & Matt Scholten put on a 53 runs partnership and then we lost a couple of cheap wickets before Jon Huddart, our captain, strode to the crease for a quick fire 51 off 33 balls to lift our run rate. Steve McCooke and Scott Walker added a 55 run partnership however we ran out of overs to finish at 6/219. The best of our batsmen were John Huddart 51, Ash Farr 33, Scott Walker 32 n.o. & Steven McCooke 26 n.o.

A cruise followed on the river where both teams socialised for many hours on a barmy evening; a fantastic time was had by all.

Colin Walker
Team Manager

Game 6 v Hambledon CC

The full touring party and entourage made their way to Hambledon, the cradle of cricket, on another beautiful English summers day.  The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was put back to Monday as Hambledon had won their way into the finals of the English Village Cricket Competition. The day started (with no objections) at the famous Batt and Ball pub where some of the non-players took an early lunch before joining the team at the Ridge Meadow ground.

Captain Paul Hughes continued the form from previous games and lost the toss - and MCC were asked to take the field first.

Strike opening bowler Alex Laragy removed both Hambledon openers, but their batsmen were showing some good form, finding the boundaries regularly.  Big Al provided the highlight of the day, and the highest fined incident of the tour, when he managed to 'under-arm' the ball clean over his shoulder and over the boundary - both he and the ball were both lost in the hedgerow for some time.  Al claimed that he had cordial on his hands from the drinks break, and given we have found the English use a 50:50 dilution, there might be some truth to his defence! Steve McCooke chipped in with a timely wicket bowling the second highest run-maker for Hambledon, and Dave Perrin and Scott Walker picked up two wickets each.  Apart from a superb C&B by Scotty, there was also the highlight of "caught Walker bowled Walker" with Col making his mark as twelfth man.

With all of their batsmen making a start, Hambledon amassed a handy 225 off their 40 overs, and were up and about with the early lbw wicket of Jon Huddard.  New tour arrival Paddy O'Beirne, having bowled very economically, and fielded with great athleticism, also took to the bat well, compiling a very neat 58 before being stumped in what looked to be a well rehearsed Hambledon play. Tom Sharp put on another Man of the Match batting performance, despatching four sixes into the surrounding farmland, and many of his nine fours had to be expertly retrieved from the hedgerow by the groundsman.  Tom was eventually out bowled for 79.

Paul Hughes stepped up for a captain's knock, but was trapped leg before on 19, and then Ash Farr, in trying to push the scoring along copped a nasty ball between the eyes off a top edge, which left him rattled, and bowled shortly thereafter for 10 shortly after the MCC XXIX closed at 205, 21 runs short of the mark.

With thanks to Tim Norton for umpiring, and Col Murphy for scoring, another memorable game was capped off by drinking the Hambledon club house dry. Fine master Ronnie Shugg raised £88 on the way home in the bus.

Peter Crock
Team Manager


Game 7 v Middlesex Country Cricket League
After travelling from Winchester to London on the Tuesday it was back to all things cricket when the XXIX Club tourists journeyed across town by tube to the beautiful Ealing Cricket Club who hosted the match. The team being lead by Matthew Scholten was in high spirits with the inclusion of Melbourne Captain Andrew Kent and young Liam Tonkin fresh from his 18th birthday. A hot sun and a lively green wicket greeted the captains in the centre for the toss of the coin, which once again saw the home team win and promptly putting the tourists in the field for 40 hot and sweaty overs.

The home side was cracking a fast 8 runs per over pace until Alex Laragy (AKA- Big Bird) and Patrick O'Beirne put in an inspired spell of controlled, fast pace bowling that that claimed the openers and most of the middle order putting the home team on the back foot and all out for 157. After the lunch break, Andrew Kent and Patrick O'Beirne opened the batting with a steady start until Patrick was caught on 13. With wickets and overs falling it was left to the experienced Steven McCooke to hit the winning runs in the last over to secure the teams third win on tour.

For MCC XXIX Club the standout performances on the day were from Patrick O'Beirne 4/32 off 8 overs and Alex Laragy 3/40 from 7 overs with Liam Tonkin leading the way with the bat, making 31 and Steven McCooke 25 no.

David Tonkin
Team Manager

Game 8 v Meopham Cricket Club
The team were back on the tour bus for the one hour drive to Kent to play against the "old foe" Meopham Cricket Club.

Since 1993 the two clubs have been playing for the Kelvin Garth Payne Memorial Trophy. After the last over victory at Ealing Cricket Club and watching the Aussies play at Lords the team captain Patrick O'Beirne was confident we could finish the tour on a winning note.

The team, further strengthened with the inclusion of pace bowler Nick Quinn, won the toss (finally) and decided to bat in this 40 over a side game. Matthew Scholten made a stylish 63, Liam Tonkin blasted a quick 52 and Paul Barker chipped in with a valuable 29, leaving Meopham to chase 208.

With Meopham's Matt Richardson making a wonderful 89 it seemed the hosts were going to take the trophy for the third straight time. In true XXIXers' never give up style (something the Australian cricket team could do with) and great bowling from Andrew Kent 3/27 and Nick Quinn 3/20 well supported by Michael Reidy with 3 catches behind the stumps the home side ran out of wickets falling seven runs short on 201, providing the XXIX team with the trophy a memorable win.

As the sunset over the Cricketers Inn, the touring team belted out the club song as they levelled the tour on 4 wins and 4 losses.

David Tonkin
Team Manager


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