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A cricket fixture

Post by djewesbury » 11:32 Mon 10 Aug 2015

Come listen to me, all you young sporting men…
No, wait, don't go away, I'm talking to you too, just hear me out.

I have mentioned to a number of you my interest in trying to organise a sporting fixture at the Oporto Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club at some point. We discussed this in a vague way with Henry Shotton when he visited also. The OLTCC has a reasonably good, reasonably permanent first XI which play some serious fixtures against other reasonably good teams. I think it would be foolish to imagine that we at TPF could get a team together that could give them a real game.

I wondered then whether the best idea mightn't be to play a team of slightly more mature men (more matched to our own Jovian statures and physiques). I propose to see if there is interest in forming a Producers' XI who could join us for a fun day at the OLTCC. Following initial consultation with the Forum's own Geoffrey Boycott, I've been persuaded that it might be best to try and aim for 2017 so that 22+ diaries can be co-ordinated.

Is this just a crazy pipe dream? Will any of us be capable of standing, let alone bowling a ball, in Summer 2017? Will anyone with a serious, busy job really want to play against a team of rotund, geekish dipsomaniacs? Does anybody else think this is worth pursuing? Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to do that?
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Post by djewesbury » 19:38 Mon 10 Aug 2015

Incidentally, I have the offer of some ringers who can actually play cricket. Including some former internationals.
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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by flash_uk » 22:37 Mon 10 Aug 2015

djewesbury wrote:Incidentally, I have the offer of some ringers who can actually play cricket. Including some former internationals.
Well, now you say we are to be joined by Gower, Botham and Swann, I'm sure I could make an effort!

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Post by djewesbury » 22:51 Mon 10 Aug 2015

I have friends in East Sussex and N. Irish clubs who have former Pakistani and S. African senior players. Suggestion seems to be that they are up for most things. Like wine journalists.
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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by benread » 06:32 Tue 11 Aug 2015

djewesbury wrote:Incidentally, I have the offer of some ringers who can actually play cricket. Including some former internationals.
I thought you were referring to the former Belgian International known to us?


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Post by djewesbury » 08:17 Tue 11 Aug 2015

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Post by benread » 09:35 Tue 11 Aug 2015

I believe that is AHB's cricketing pedigree!


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Post by djewesbury » 10:12 Tue 11 Aug 2015

Aha. Yes of course!
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Post by AHB » 11:09 Tue 11 Aug 2015

I think this is an excellent suggestion.

Might I suggest a date around the Sao Joao celebrations in June 2017? Most producers are around for that date so it might be possible to organise something not too serious with decent availability of opposition. Might be more difficult getting commitment from our own team, but let's at least try.
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Post by djewesbury » 11:16 Tue 11 Aug 2015

AHB wrote:I think this is an excellent suggestion.

Might I suggest a date around the Sao Joao celebrations in June 2017? Most producers are around for that date so it might be possible to organise something not too serious with decent availability of opposition. Might be more difficult getting commitment from our own team, but let's at least try.
Good plan. But to whom should the first approach be made? And by whom?
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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by AHB » 11:17 Tue 11 Aug 2015

djewesbury wrote:
AHB wrote:I think this is an excellent suggestion.

Might I suggest a date around the Sao Joao celebrations in June 2017? Most producers are around for that date so it might be possible to organise something not too serious with decent availability of opposition. Might be more difficult getting commitment from our own team, but let's at least try.
Good plan. But to whom should the first approach be made? And by whom?
Got me there. How about approaching Henry for his thoughts?
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Post by djewesbury » 11:19 Tue 11 Aug 2015

AHB wrote:
djewesbury wrote:
AHB wrote:I think this is an excellent suggestion.

Might I suggest a date around the Sao Joao celebrations in June 2017? Most producers are around for that date so it might be possible to organise something not too serious with decent availability of opposition. Might be more difficult getting commitment from our own team, but let's at least try.
Good plan. But to whom should the first approach be made? And by whom?
Got me there. How about approaching Henry for his thoughts?
Another good plan. I'll send him an email.
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Post by djewesbury » 12:54 Tue 11 Aug 2015

Email sent to Henry.
Next email should really be to the Cricket Club. It would be better if I were able to speak to them in person. I think I might have to go to Porto for a weekend soon.
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Post by DRT » 17:52 Tue 11 Aug 2015

I'm in, but probably not for long :?

To ensure I am not accused of being a ringer I think it is appropriate for me to declare my cricketing credentials:

1. I have never played cricket before.

2. I throw like a girl (as those who have attended the Upper Douro left-handed lemon throwing tournament can testify).

3. I couldn't catch a cold if I tried.

4. I cannot run.

5. My hand-eye co-ordination is on a par with my throwing.

6. I sometimes know what is going on during a cricket match.

7. I know that first rule of cricket is that there are no rules, only Laws.

So, with a score of 1 from 7 am I in the running for Captain?

Perhaps if we could persuade the generation that preceded the current Directors of the British shippers to form the opposition we might have a chance of winning?
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Post by djewesbury » 18:04 Tue 11 Aug 2015

DRT wrote:I'm in, but probably not for long :?

To ensure I am not accused of being a ringer I think it is appropriate for me to declare my cricketing credentials:

1. I have never played cricket before.

2. I throw like a girl (as those who have attended the Upper Douro left-handed lemon throwing tournament can testify).

3. I couldn't catch a cold if I tried.

4. I cannot run.

5. My hand-eye co-ordination is on a par with my throwing.

6. I sometimes know what is going on during a cricket match.

7. I know that first rule of cricket is that there are no rules, only Laws.

So, with a score of 1 from 7 am I in the running for Captain?

Perhaps if we could persuade the generation that preceded the current Directors of the British shippers to form the opposition we might have a chance of winning?
You can bat at number 8. Perfect. And obviously your leader's mind is going to be indispensable. You are looked up to by the men.
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Post by DRT » 18:18 Tue 11 Aug 2015

When we are fielding can I stand at Silly Point so that someone can show me where it is?
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Post by djewesbury » 18:29 Tue 11 Aug 2015

Certainly.. It's a very good place to find out what being hit with a cricket ball feels lilke.
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Post by DRT » 19:29 Tue 11 Aug 2015

djewesbury wrote:Certainly.. It's a very good place to find out what being hit with a cricket ball feels lilke.
Ah, that one :shock:

No need - I am now fully informed.
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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by benread » 20:27 Tue 11 Aug 2015

DRT wrote:I'm in, but probably not for long :?

To ensure I am not accused of being a ringer I think it is appropriate for me to declare my cricketing credentials:

1. I have never played cricket before.

2. I throw like a girl (as those who have attended the Upper Douro left-handed lemon throwing tournament can testify).

3. I couldn't catch a cold if I tried.

4. I cannot run.

5. My hand-eye co-ordination is on a par with my throwing.

6. I sometimes know what is going on during a cricket match.

7. I know that first rule of cricket is that there are no rules, only Laws.

So, with a score of 1 from 7 am I in the running for Captain?

Perhaps if we could persuade the generation that preceded the current Directors of the British shippers to form the opposition we might have a chance of winning?
Not dissimilar to my own cricketing ability. Always described myself not as a batsmen, bowler, wicket-keeper or all-rounder but a participator! Can't bat, bowl or field with any competence. My greatest achievement was a score of 43(out) for Rayne 2nd XI aged about 16. Most of the scoring shots were to cow corner!

I guess that may qualify me to open the batting! (I sincerely hope not!)

I did complete score books as a child.....


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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by WS1 » 21:37 Tue 11 Aug 2015

Hmmm; you all need definitely a barmy army too.......

:lol:

I can see myself doing some sledging and have a glass of port in the stands...... :P

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Post by djewesbury » 22:22 Tue 11 Aug 2015

When I say that there is a possibility of some ringers, I am quite serious. I do not think that any of us will need to open the batting!

Wolfgang - you are officially our no. 1 cheerleader!
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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by PopulusTremula » 08:20 Wed 12 Aug 2015

Do fielders have to bat and bowl as well? If yes, count me out. If no, please consider me for a fielding position. I have thrown many a ball, from snow and otherwise.

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Post by DRT » 14:25 Wed 12 Aug 2015

PopulusTremula wrote:Do fielders have to bat and bowl as well? If yes, count me out. If no, please consider me for a fielding position. I have thrown many a ball, from snow and otherwise.
Everyone has to field and bat. Only a few have to bowl.
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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by LGTrotter » 22:51 Tue 18 Aug 2015

So a group of mildly intoxicated older fellows who take more port than physical activity are planning on playing cricket at midsummer in Oporto. The first piece of kit to pack would be a defibrillator.

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Re: A cricket fixture

Post by jdaw1 » 23:20 Tue 18 Aug 2015

LGTrotter wrote:The first piece of kit to pack would be a defibrillator.
Don’t be silly. The first piece of kit to pack will be a corkscrew.

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