Blewbury – Defeat

Despite the recent downpours and widespread flooding Wantage and Grove managed to find a suitable pitch for their fixture against Blewbury. It was supposed to be a home fixture but with the Wantage pitch more fit for a re enactment of the Armada it was rearranged to be played at Blewbury. The sun shone for the entire afternoon, and allowed the full game to be played, and although W+G fielded and bowled well a truly world class batting collapse meant they were unable to tot up enough runs to win what should have…continue reading →

Cold Ash – Defeat

After some difficulties trying to get a team together for the match against Cold Ash, I ended up with some regulars and four new players in the squad. The first dilemma was that none of the regulars are wicket keepers, so the gloves went to Andrewcontinue reading →

Minster Lovell – Defeat

All excited about playing our first game of the season, the team congregated in the Wantage pavilion with dreams of scoring centuries, taking unbelievable diving catches and taking six wickets in one innings. Our opposition turned up and probably had similar dreams to us. What unfolded was a story of hilarity, skill, luck, hope, stupidity, hope again, and ultimately, despair. Firstly, I lost the toss. This was probably a good thing as I wanted to bat but was told by the Minster Lovell captain that wecontinue reading →

Minster Lovell – Defeat

A lovely sunny afternoon in Minster Lovell provided the stage for a challenging last match of the season. Wantage were a man down and facing a full strength Minster Lovell side on a soft riverside wicket. After losing the toss again, Wantage were asked to field first in a 40 over match. Jamescontinue reading →

Presidents XI – Victory

It was a lovely day for a game of cricket. It wasn't too cold and it wasn't too hot. A slight breeze blew across the wicket drying it into a perfect batting surface. Eleven Wantage players gathered at the bar alongside ex-Wantage players and guests of Geoff Bailey and brought their blood-alcohol levels up to the perfect levels at which cricket can be played; Enough to settle the nerves and not too much to have to decide which of the two balls that are coming towards you that you should play. Traditionally the…continue reading →

Uffington – Defeat

Despite the rain on Saturday night, we played yesterday. The pitch at Uffington was quite soft and was not the best batting surface, requiring some sensible bowling to ensure that nobody got hurt. For the second time this season I won the toss and elected to bat first. Graham "Gorgeous" North returned from a long holiday and injury break and opened the batting with Ian "Bows" Rollinson. Some careful defensive batting saw us through the first eight overs without loss with the ball digging in and popping up all over the place. Bows…continue reading →