June 26, 2019 Outdoor Game report VS Lions

A beautiful sunny, 28c day for the Taverners last game prior to their departure on Friday for the England tour.

Captain for the day, Nigel , lost the toss and as per usual the opposition chose to bat forcing 10 old guys out into the field. …Andrew was a no show till 6:38pm.
They started fairly briskly but after a caught behind and then a run out of the openers things slowed down a little. Some good bowling and fielding kept the score down. Then, after the batsmen were advised “we’re 82 after 14 overs – time to start hitting” from the sidelines the flood gates opened. Another 74 runs were added in the last 6 overs!!!
Now it was time for our innings and a great opportunity for the tour participants to get in some valuable practice before hitting the English countryside.
It was not an auspicious start to the innings with us being 4 for 8 after 5 overs. But then the pairing of Imdad and Martin settled things down for a bit. Then there was another quick succession of wickets after Martin retired hurt ( i think). Imdad scored 41 before being out LBW with about 2 overs left. In the end Taverners, much to everyones surprise, given our start,  managed to see it through to rhe 20th over. A moral victory!!
Drinks were at Nigels place and discussion of flights, when to be at airport, the fact that Garvin called the hotel from the Park (3am UK time) to check if they had laundry facilities took place.
Scoresheets attached…they’re upside down but dont know why…too bad!

June 12, 2019 Outdoor Game report VS Cosmos

Match Report

Taverners Vs Cosmos

Bragging Bat

June 12 2019

This report will contain about the same level of facts & fiction as a Trump tweet.

I was only present for a portion of the game & not paying much attention even then, plus I have no access to the scorebook.

I assume Cosmos won the toss & elected to bat & it was obvious that they were not going to allow a similar result as last summer as they had stacked the side with some heavy hitters. Monty the premier team captain was forced to retire by Ray after scoring 100. Only 4 other batsmen were involved with Shalin getting13 & S.Lubama 18 & B.Singh 42 bringing their total to 202

Taverner bowling:-

Anil 0 – 30, Mark 0 – 18, Karren 1 – 27, David 1- 25, Sid 1 – 20, Andrew 0 – 16

Sudarshin 0 – 20 & Nigel 0 -24.

Taverners batting was a little better than their bowling with Hein opening his tally for the summer with a well played 32, Andrew picked up 26 & Martin collected 12 not out. No other Taverner reached double figures.

By the end of the game Taverners had a number of walking (with difficulty) wounded David & Anil both hobbling & Chomo sitting on the sidelines spreading his ailment. Philip snuck in & batted for David & made 1 which was better than some others who had been selected, rounding out Taverners score at 103.

At least it kept the loss down to double figures

On the sidelines during the innings we discovered that Chomo had no idea who his Vice Captain is (David) & had spent time earlier discussing tactics & selection with Sid.

Post game was by tradition at Nigel’s for a mini BBQ where the Bragging Bat & some kind but more insults were exchanged.

Quite a large turnout that I estimated at around 30.


May 29, 2019 Outdoor Game report VS AICC

Taverners Vs AICC

May 29, 2019

After last seasons drubbing it seemed at the start that AICC were bent on revenge.

Taverners batting 1st soon lost Hein with the score at 1 that being a wide.but then Sid & Anil set about re-establishing Taverners superiority with Sid reaching 51 before holing out at deep long on. Anil followed soon after for 21 with Taverners 86 for 2. Chris & Andrew added a few but mostly extras so that Taverners were in a strong position at 96 for 2. Then followed a procession of Taverner batsmen to the middle & back without adding much to the score until after 20 overs Taverners were 109 for 9 with extras contributing 25 of those runs.

AICC soon took control with the bat taking advantage of some stale bowling. For some reason the skipper left himself & Sid idling in the field & the only bowlers to have much to be happy about were Andrew & Nigel both with 2 wickets.

Unfortunately the scorebook was not very useful for this report.

Post game was the short drive away at Chomo’s with the old stand by beer & chips with a very good turn out on a very pleasant warm & dry evening. Chris seems to have caused some confusion by offering to by the 1st round but by that time most people had already paid & the mathmatical problem of deucting $4 from their payment was beyond the ability of most. Still in the end there was a surplus of a couple of dollars including 10 dimes I guess someones piggy bank was a bit short that evening.


April 07th, 2019 Indoor Game report VS MCC ( Aicc Cricket )

Taverners last game of the season may have been there best . Playing an Andy less MCC, Taverners bat first Each pair came to play scoring 55, 47 , 47 . Total 149 . MCC struggled from the beginning to the end with the Taverner bowlers and exceptional fielding. MCC In the end losing by 42 runs . This goes down as the best Taverner Season for the last 10 yrs , back when Martin was captain and sat every week . Special thanks to Garvin and David for supplying free beers for bowling to many wides .

March 31th, 2019 Indoor Game Report (The Bragging Bat)

Match Report

Bragging Bat

Taverners CC Vs. Cosmos

March 31 2019

I had not contemplated writing this report so I did not pay much attention to the activities on the field of play. From what I understand this was a game between a group of young players (under30) who practice hard a few times a week & a group of over 50’s who practice 1 day every other week at one of the local hostelries. As I said I spent a lot of my time at the game socialising so what follows is mostly fiction based on possible facts of the scoresheet.

Taverners batted 1st with Andrew (19) & Nigel (4), while I was outside gathering some Vitamin D, for a team score of 23 plus extras. The next pair Anil (12) & Chomo (14) were robbed by Chomo being given out to a ball that bounced up to the ceiling, seen by everyone but the umpire, Pair #3 Imdad (26) & Martin (0) dismayed the crowd as Martin decided not to “run” The final pair Garvin (26) & Chris (7) brought the Taverner total with extras (12) to a nice round 120.

Cosmos Bowling:-

Vibhav 2 – 20, Ikram 0 – 18, Punit 1 – 14, Ricky 3 – 22, Shlok 1 – 19, Saif 1 – 18 & Darji 0 – 25

Cosmos were thus tasked with scoring 30 per pair +1 for victory.

Opening pair Ricky (24) & Saif (6) kept the run rate above the requirement with extras.

The next pair who looked to be the junior pair Darji (19) & Punit (5) were a little below the requirement but with extras still on target. Next up Vibhav (11) & Ikram (18) took the score close to victory. All that remained was for Aaquif (25) & Shlok (12) basically not get out. With the 26 extras Cosmos were at 145 a victory by 25 runs,

Taverner bowling:-

Andrew 0- 25, Anil 0 – 28, Garvin 1 – 15, Imdad 2 – 38, Chomo 1 – 24, Martin 1 – 14 & Nigel 2 -11.

Appologies for any mis-spelling of names as they are copied direct from the scoresheet.

From what saw of the game the victory came from somewhat better fielding & keeping the ball on the wickets i.e. few wides by the Cosmos players.

The game was played in the usual sportsman like manner with just a few expletives (well deserved) directed at the umpire.

I think Taverners can be satisfied with the result as they were giving up an average of 30 years each to the Cosmos team. Plus once the final pair had given their team enough for victory the fielders eased off on their concentration so they were able to score freely.

After the game the teams gathered at our usual watering hole for the presentation of the Bragging Bat which now has no more room for adding winners names. Taverners stated when presenting the bat that it was just “a temporary loan”


March 09th, 2019 Indoor Game report VS Super Kings I

Match Report

Taverners Vs. Wpg. Super Kings I

Saturday March 9

Taverners batted 1st with Sid (53) & Chris (6) with Sid taking most of the strike. They took just a couple of singles putting on 53 plus extras for the 1st pair.

The second pair of Anil (40) & Martin (-1) continued with similar tactics but taking the single at the end of the over did cost a few run outs but also gave us the incident of the day. Martin as the non striker set off for the single & Anil started late & the fielder threw the ball to the bowler who bobbled the catch allowing Anil to get in. Meanwhile Martin galloping like a senile sloth was only halfway down. The bowler then throws to the keeper with Martin still yards short. The keeper grabs at the ball & shatters the stumps unfortunately he dropped the ball allowing Martin to eventually get in. The pair putting on 39 with extras.

The final pair stayed away from the histrionics with David (12) & Andrew (27) also added 39. David did play his regular straight drive to the roof.

With 18 extras Taverers scored 149.

The Super Kings needed 50 per pair for the win. With some tight bowling from each of the bowlers & some good catches by Sid & a number of foot stops the 1st pair was restricted to just 17 with a couple of extras.

The other 2 pairs managed more respectable totals of 36 & 37. With the 10 extras they finished up with 100.

A win for the Taverners by 49.


Sid 1 – 26, David 3 – 27, Andrew 2 – 20, Anil 2 – 21, Martin 0 – 28.

A very well played game by both sides & none of the arguing that has spoiled some other games.

The usual post game at the ‘Bridge but with Sid on some slimming binge drinking near beer had the usual range of discussions including 1 from Karran comparing umpiring in a church hall being similar to a Test match, which left most of us scratching our heads. Maybe the closeness of our waitress addled his mind.

Only 2 more indoor games left. The Bragging Bat on March 31 & a final game on April 7th.

Feb 23rd, 2019 Indoor Game report VS Punjab Wakrroprs

Match Report

Taverners CC Vs Punjab Warriors

Saturday February 23rd

A day that felt like the 1st day of spring even if it was only -10 but a complete contrast to the past few weeks, was a good day for cricket.

Taverners batted 1st with what looks like on paper a lop sided pair with Sid (63) & Chris (2). Looking at the score sheet Chris only apparently only faced 3 balls. The pair were gifted a goodly number of wides. I saw one over where Sid faced 7 consecutive wide balls, with the pair ending up with 87.

After 1 over the 2nd pair had brought the total to 83 but David (15) & Chomo (14) then set about scoring a few runs but the bowlers contributed fewer wides the pair taking the score to 131.

The final pair of Garvin (31) & Daniel (14) looked set to take the total over 200 until Garvin decided to attack the ceiling, but they did reach 189. This score was aided by 47 extras.

The Punjab Warriors were unlucky to come up against a Taverner side on top of its fielding form with Daniel diving around like a 10 year old, Sid getting some part of his body in the way of well hit shots & Chris keeping the batsmen honest with some great keeping. In fact one of the last pair after having good potential 4 shots stopped by Sid & then having the bowlers end stumps stopping the next one, remarked “I can hit everything except the back wall”.

The 1st pair put on 35 the 2nd pair amassed 38 & the final pair reached 37 for a total of 110 of which 23 were wides with Sid gifting 10. A victory by 79 runs.


Sid 2 – 18, David 4 – 27, Garvin 0 -35, Chomo 1 – 20 & Daniel 0 – 24

Post game as usual at the Bridge with one of the topics being where to go with the bus during the Tour. It seems that a return to Bath is a near certainty & the 4 town trip down the coast also rating highly.

What I couldn’t understand is why we were subjected to this late evening drinking when Umpire Baney is swanning around in Phoenix. It was a good job that he wasn’t there as our barmaid had a particularly tight sweater. I am afraid we might not have been able to restrain him