050s second UK tour game vs Oxfordshire 050s at Oxford Downs CC
Oxford on Monday 17 July 2017
day began at a leisurely 8 am with the sun shining and a visit to the
famous Lido Pool Cheltenham which was built in 1935. At that time
135,000 folk attended the pool’s opening a few more than attended
water was warm and sparkling and several female locals stopped their
morning swim to comment on the fact why so many good looking 50s yr
olds were there. This demonstrated conclusively that Mal Coleman
didn’t have to wear his blazer with blue designer jeans to pull the
chics. When Dave Crocker was asked to count the players in attendance
and Scotsman Gordon McGurk was found absent someone apologised
profusely that he had not been informed of the change of pool plans
and that he had jogged to yesterday’s pool across town!
arrived at Oxford downs Cricket club at about 11.30am and were
greeted by 3 delightful ladies Pauline, Judith and Margie who in
their 70s had provided morning tea. The oval looked a picture with
the wicket hard and green amidst a cascade of emerald outfield which
was very short on the roadside. We were here to play the recent
division 4 Champions and a very tough game was guaranteed.
Downs Cricket Club was founded in 1923 the same year as Lindfield DCC
in Sydney Shires due to the same desire of the returning troops from
World War I to return to a normal life. The founders were grain
farmers who fed the hungry folk of London and its surrounds. Nearby
Stanlake village was established by Oxford University to house the
students at St John’s College and at one point in history it was
claimed you could walk from Oxford to Norfolk without leaving land
owned by St John’s College. Its notable historic claim was nearby
Edge Hill where Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads defeated the Royalist
Cavaliers in a turning point of the civil war. The most famous
cricketer to play on the ground was Andrew Strauss who attended
Oxford Uni and on 5 June 1994 opened the batting with Sir Leonard
Hutton’s son in the annual fixture.
2002 the Clubhouse was destroyed by fire and with the aid of the 2
adjoining farmers the ground was realigned and a new clubhouse built
which was officially opened in 2006 by former British Prime Minister
David Cameron recently of the Brexit fame.
Paul Stenhouse again won the toss and batted in a 45 over game with
agreed recycle at 45 runs and 12 playing with a designated batter.
Our team today was Paul Stenhouse Capt; Noel Raymond; Geoff Doyle;
Gordon McGurk; Warwick Hayes; Mal Coleman; Tim Pellen ;Tim Sargent;
Greg Briggs; Peter Judd; Steve Moore and Fabian Heaton Wk. Several
were playing their first game for their country.