Players, officials and fans. For the next week the website will not be updated due to the webmaster taking a well deserved break away in sunny Marbella. Therefore, the website will not be updated until my return.
May I take this opportunity to wish the boys all the best in tomorrows and next Saturdays game away to Gawcott.
06 Jul, 2007 The team is announced for tomorrows game against Thornborough
Captain Merry and Vice Captain Barry have just announced the team to face Thornborough tomorrow. Match starts at 2:00pm and is up at Astrop Park.
Following four straight wins in the league, MCCCA find themselves in second place and only a win tomorrow will do to keep them there. An extra incentive to win, should be the fact that close third place side Silverstone are away to Gayton, where a home win is almost 100% going to happen. However, it is not going to easy tomorrow as Thornborough proved tough opposition on the opening day of the season and some of the boys who played in that game, are still scratching their heads as to why they have not won a game all season.
Team selection has been tough again as key players are missing however, key players are available to come back in to the side to cover. Missing tomorrow are openers Springall and Thompson, both are having a well earned rest in a sunny climate far, far away. Collingwood Wylie is also missing due to a prior engagement with the dogs down at Wimbledon and so is Condom who is away at a family wedding.
Into the team becomes noisy skipper Merry who has been away for the last couple of weeks. David Farmer also returns and his batting and bowling will be crucial this weekend. A name on the team sheet which has not been around since way back in the season is Kevin 'the bullet' Coles (pictured). Kevin has waited patiently for a recall and now its happened, I am sure he will take it with open arms and try to hang on to it.
You will have noticed that a certain Beefy is back in contention following last weeks HORRIFIC incident at work. Beefy has recovered well following 2 broken legs and has got himself back fit and ready to go within the space of 6 days (Doctors these days are brilliant!!!).
Its a massive game for MCCCA, with Gawcott and Silverstone (currently second and third) the next two fixtures for Cheney, it is important nothing less than 20 points are picked up against lowley Thornborough. Turn out in your thousands (or just Pezza) and cheer the boys on to victory.
01 Jul, 2007 Interview with Nick Wylie after the excellent victory away to Northampton Grange.
01 Jul, 2007 MCCC A take second spot with a brilliant victory at Northampton
MCCA traveled to Northampton yesterday to take on Grange park. With Farmer and Merry already missing, more bad news was to come when Beefy had to pull out at the last minute.
MCCA lost the toss and was put in to bat and this proved to be costly as some 1st teamers who had been drafted in to the Northampton side steamed down and was getting alot of pace and height of the very slippery artifical wicket. However, the opening pairing of Springall and Thompson saw out the opening attack, although scoring slowly. When the first wicket fell (Thompson 13), Cheney found themselves on 47. More excellent batting took the score to 131 off the restricted 39 overs.
With Farmer and Beefy missing (Cheneys 2 opening bowlers), Cheney were dealt a further blow when Springall got injured, meaning he was unable to bowl with his usual run up.
However, excellent bowling and fielding had the home side on 68-8 but yet again Cheney struggled to get the next wicket out and when they finally did, the home side found themselves on 120-9. With 12 runs off the final two overs, the home side got to 130 with only two balls remaining. Enter CD (pictured), Josh bowled a full toss and the batsman hit a low drive which CD somehow managed to get hold of which then set off a mass celebration by the boys.
Basically the Cheney boys had snatched a victory from under the noses of the Northampton team in their own back yard. It is a fantatsic performance and just goes to show how far this team has come.
MCCC A have just received the terrible news that fans favorite 'Beefy' will not be playing for MCCC A again this season following a freak accident at work yesterday.
It is understood that a large number of roof tiles fell off the roof straight on to Beefs leg which has resulted him being put in cast this morning (see picture). The club doctor said this to the website " Its not good for the poor bloke, not only has he lost a shite loads of stuff this season but now he finds himself sidelined for a long time. We x rayed him this morning however the swelling is that bad we cannot diagnose what the actual problem is, but it does look like a fracture to the leg"
So a blow for players, officials and fans of MCCC A and we all wish him the best in his recovery.
"We are not giving Beefy any crutches though" replied the club doctor " we hardly have enough and he is bound to lose them if we did provide him with some".
Please send your get well wishes to and the webmaster will make sure Beefy gets them.
30 Jun, 2007 Beefy is ruled out of todays match at Northampton
MCCC A have just received news that opening bowler Paul Baseley (pictured) (Beefy) is up A&E following an incident at work earlier this morning.
The website have not officially been informed what has happened however rumours are that he was found stuck between the toilet and the wall with his pants around his ankles and a 'adult; magazine in his hand !!!.
This means vice captain Barry has had to call on Conner Devaux to replace Beefy.
The website would like to wish Beefy a speedy recovery. Fingers crossed he is available for tonights drink session.
29 Jun, 2007 Report on the pitch for tomorrows game
Our very own Cat Wylie has just visited the ground for tomorrows ground and can confirm that the pitch is currently fit to play on.
The fact that the wicket is artifical (as pictured), does help however, heavy rain is due and the outfield is always bound to cause a problem. The Cat advised that the boundries are very short and that there are alot of rabbit poo's on the wicket.
More worryingly, there appears to be no pavillian which in turn, means there are no changing facilities or showers !!!!. Fingers crossed this is not the case as the boys need to look your best for the town trip.
Fingers crossed the weather holds off. Updates will appear on the website in the morning.
29 Jun, 2007 The team is selected for tomorrows game at Northampton
Captain Merry has just selected the team for tomorrows trip to Northampton and there is a recall for Richard Fisher (Pictured) following his chop last weekend.
Merry had this to say to the website " Its great we have so many players wanting to play for the club however, its a nightmare for me trying to pick 11 every week as I will always have to upset some people. With key players missing over the next couple of weeks, its important that the team all stick together and pick up the points needed to keep us up near the top. Farmer is missing for personal reasons and I have decided to leave myself out so in comes Steve Twynham from the 1st team and Richard Fisher. The rest of the team stays the same as last week".
24 Jun, 2007 The winning run continues with a fine win over Preston Bissett
MCCC A won for the third game in a row yesterday with a convincing victory over bottom team Preston Bissett A. With bad weather forecasted, the covers were put on the wicket over night and this helped in getting the game on.
MCCC A were put in to bat for which they were happy with and this showed when two early wickets went. A partnership then put pressure back on MCCC A and when the rain did finally come, preston found themselves on 88 for 4. The rain stayed and delayed the game for just under an hour and with both sides agreeing on 32 overs max per side, it left Preston with 3 overs to hit out however, three excellent overs saw the Preston side bowled out for 91 runs.
With rain looming, MCCC A wanted to get the game finished and they did so within 16 overs for the loss of just 4 wickets.
So another victory which keeps them in third place just 1 point behins Silverstone in second.
Its away to Northampton Grange next week where another victory could see them take second place.
23 Jun, 2007 Fingers crossed the rain holds off .......
Its 11:09am on the morning of the big game at home to Preston Bissett 'A' and I have just been up to Astrop Park and seen Kurmit working on the wicket and I can advise all that the wicket looks fantastic. The covers have been on all night and with no rain, these covers were brough off around 9am this morning. The wicket has even dried out that well that Kurmit has been able to mow it as well.
Kurmit had this to say to the website " Well this is it Steve" said Andy " The weather has been kind to us, fingers crossed it holds off for you".
So game on!. Get yourself up Astrop Park to cheer the boys on as your support is much needed.
MCCC 'A' would like to thank all of Kurmits hard work in preparing the wicket for todays game - does the bloke ever sleep !!!!
22 Jun, 2007 MCCC A Only have themselves to blame for the defeat at Chippy
At 5:45pm last night it looked like the game against Chipping Warden was going to be off again but a determined Empire and Chippy captain made sure the game went ahead and got finished.
Merry won the toss and put Chippy in to bat and it all looked to have gone to plane for MCCC 'A' when the division 4 side found themselves 58-8 off 14 overs. However, as is the case with Cheney they struggles to kill off the game and ended up bowling out Chippy with them on a score of 111. Special mention must go to Farmer (pictured above with his new company car) for a fantatsic 5 wicket haul
With rain looking a regular threat, MCCC A were told to go out and score quick runs however this was not the case first off when Springall and Davies struggled to get the ball away (this was mainly due to very straight and accurate bowling).
Davies was the first to go (22), then Farmer, Mezza and Ell all went for low scores. Springer being his normal self stuck at it and was pikcing up fast singles however it was the lack of boundries that cost Cheney. Springal finally went for 38.
This left Thompson and Hook to try and hit 25 of the last 2 overs. A six and a four in consecutive balls by hook gave a glimer of hope but 13 off the last order was always going to be a tall ask. Especially when the first two balls of the over were dot balls and the third a wicket (Hook 18). Wylie came and went. Leaving Beefy and Thompson at the crease to get 11 runs from the final ball........ game over.
All in all the boys played very well. Maybe it was lack of experienence in the 20/20 game that cost them however, the boys are starting to look like a very decent cricket team which only puts them in a good position for the rest of their Division 5 campaign. We also need to remember that Chippy are top of Division 4 !!!!.
A new look MCCC A team went over to play the leagues in form team, Priors A and cam back with the maximum 20 points. This was MCCC A's second win in a week and this has shot them right up the league.
With regulars Thompson, Baseley and Fisher missing and Travers and Conner unavailable, debuts were given to Richard Jones and Josh Nadin and these boys did not disapoint.
MCCC A bowled first and after the first 14 overs, Priors found themselves 72-0 however some excellent bowling and fielding brought the score to 75-4 after 18 overs. Prioirs recoverd somewhat to take the score to 137-5 however 3 wickets in 5 balls ended their innings.
MCCC A started their innings slowly and when the normal reliable Springer went for a Duck, the barmy army thought it would not be long before they are heading home however Davies and Twynham had a different idea and they soon picked up the run rate. Christian Davies (pictured above) finally went for his season highest score of 62 and Twynham went for 29.
Dispite a slight wobble in the middle order a steady 36 NO from David Farmer allowed Nick Wylie hit the winning runs with 3 overs still to bowl.
This has to go down as a quite brilliant result for the boys. A changed team away to the in form side was always going to tricky however, this result just goes to show that on there day, MCCC A can compete and compete well in this division.
14 Jun, 2007 THE GAME IS OFF AGAIN ..............!
Todays fixture was like a light switch, on, off, on, off !!!!!. MCCC 'A' got over to Chipping Warden to see a family of ducks swimming down the road and then things got even worse when the team turned up at the groung to see a person water skiing on the wicket - should this game have even been on at this time.............. I will leave it up to you to decide!.
As you can see from the picture above, the boys are very un happy!!!, is this because the game is called off or is it because they have all been dragged over to Chippy for nothing.
So the game has been re arranged for next Thursday evening, lets hope the rain stays away this time.