Romany Cricket Club

Romany CC vs Leeds Super Kings CC – Match Report

Match Summary:Romany WIN

Romany CC 183-7

Leeds Super Kings CC 68ao

Match Report:

We were very grateful to Alistair Maiden for arranging this short notice replacement game, on a lovely day. The Indian side Leeds Super Kings were our opponents. For a lot of the early part of our innings they had 9 players- we lent them 2 fielders – eventually a 10th player for them arrived. They wanted a 25-overs a side game with everyone bowling and batsmen retiring on 25, so George agreed this.

Alistair also provided a new Romany player – who has an international cap for the Netherlands – Johannes Van Ee, known as “Vee”. We hope he will play for us again. Basically everyone for Romany did well – Alistair and George had a good opening stand till Alistair played on. Vee and George continued to bat well, Vee was eventually well caught in the deep, and George retired. Scott Munro came in, hit big sixes and fours and thus retired quickly. Runs continued through the rest of the batting order, Steve Hardy, Howard Elgot, John Surtees, Rob Bielby all contributed, Keith Egerton was unlucky, and Adam Bowen and Nick Hawkins were not out having stolen some quick singles at the end – Romany 183-7 not counting the retirements.

When we bowled, none on the opposition got going at all – wickets shared around with most bowlers getting one but the stand-out was Keith Egerton with 3 for 4, including two in successive balls. Vee bowled quickly. Highlights were Adam Bowen’s diving caught-and-bowled, and John Surtees’ great catch at the wicket off George to get the last man out – (George’s “Hollywood” dive after a ball had already passed him for 4, was also memorable…). LSK were 68 all out – A pleasant celebratory drink at the New Inn afterwards – a good time had by all… (sadly hearing the closing stages of England losing to Scotland at Edinburgh…)- NH


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Romany CC vs Burnt Yates CC – Match Report

Match Summary:

Romany WIN (by 8 wickets)

Burnt Yates CC 155ao

Canham 40*

Hawkins 5-24

Smith S 3-13

Graham 2-43

Romany CC 156-2

Smith S 71

Read D 61*

Match Report:

This was a famous Romany victory! Burnt Yates bowled out for 155, Romany 156-2 (with one also retired). After the disappointment of the defeat to Druids at Goldsborough, Romany, (England-like…) bounced back.

When Burnt Yates batted, our opening bowlers, Sam Smith and George Holden bowled very well, against good BY batsmen, who never “got away”. Andrew Moore held a good head-high catch off Sam. who took 3 for 13 in a full 8 overs, the miserly runs off him accurately reflecting how well (Jimmy-Anderson-like) he bowled.

George  had no luck – a catch went down off him. After George’s 5 overs, new and very valuable Romany player Matt Graham came on – like Sam, he bowled a full 8 overs, very well, took his first two Romany wickets, (hopefully the first of many) and finished with 2-43.

At the top end, Andrew Moore was off form (no doubt due to a 27-mile charity walk the previous day…) but Rob Smith came on, bowled well and quickly without luck. After Matt Graham, Nick Hawkins came on – and it turned out to be “his day”, for the second successive year against these opponents. A hit-wicket, two clean bowled, a spectacular diving catch at mid-wicket by the brilliant Freddie Read, and a skyer nonchalantly caught in the deep by Freddie’s father Duncan, meant that your scribe ended up with 5-24, the match ball, and BY were gone.

When Romany batted, skipper Matt Knight opened with Sam Smith. Matt very unluckily played on against the opposition captain Martin Yeoman’s bowling, very early on, but that only let in Duncan Read. Duncan and Sam were untroubled. Duncan hit 3 very big sixes, one straight six being one of the biggest your scribe has seen from any Romany player, out of the ground into a neighbouring field. He retired, on 61, to let son Freddie have a bat.

Sam Smith went on to a splendid 71, was only out towards the very end, and Freddie Read was there on 21 not out with George Holden (who lasted about two overs without facing a single ball…) to finish off the win.

A good time had by all, and afterwards, most of us went back to Burnt Yates’ own ground with them for burgers and beer and raffle…


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Romany CC vs Druids CC – Match Report

Match Summary:

Romany LOSS

Druids CC 214ao

Irvine 44

Williams 3-7

Smith R 3-37

Holden 2-39

Romany CC 146ao

Smith S 57

Holden 21

Ffolkes 4-27

Atkinson 3-3

Match Report:

The first game of the Romany season was against Druids played at Goldsborough. We were asked to bowl, and we accepted….. as our prime batting lineup needed a good run around in the field to loosen up after the long cold winter.

George opened the bowling and thoroughly “Loosened up” , bowling 8 overs straight through, taking 2for 39. (His message the next day simply read “I can’t move today”, which may well be a normal Monday.) Rob Smith opened from the other end with a varied selection of deliveries, showing great unpredictability and total control to take 3for 37. A memorable spell.

Druids kept the scoreboard moving and from 94 for 6 the middle order scored well to give them a total of 214. Of the other bowlers Harwood bowled well taking 3 for 7 in 3 overs.

Knight and debutante Sam Smith opened the Romany batting and at 36 for 1 we had a fair start. We kept on the run rate up to drinks at 20 overs, and we were117 for 4, with Sam and George both batting well. Rob Smith also contributed with the bat scoring 15 at No6, which was a good effort after his energetic and hostile bowling performance.

Even though Sam batted superbly for 57 we were bowled out for 146 in 31 overs, but it was an enjoyable game played in the right spirit in the May sunshine , at a very pleasant ground. MK