The sun has set on the Hounslow Leisure 2019 season. Played 15, won 9, tied 1, lost 5. We had 7 games called off, but managed to rearrange a few of them. Its been another successful season, but its gone by all too quickly. In May we played our 400th game. Ian tops the wickets with 15 (pipping Chris with his 14 in the last game), Wendel the runs with 251 (a little lower from the heady heights of 675 runs in 2007), Ian the catches with 7 (how did that happen?) and Steve keeping dismissals with 8, inc 4 stumpings (our only keeper!). AGM and stats to follow, and already looking forward to next season, its going to be a great year for 2020 cricket!

Magdalen CC still have a couple of games to go, West Wycombe and Morden. Ian leads the wickets there also (currently 24) and it looks like a close call on runs with Wendel, Waseem and Imran all in the late 500's.  And what a summer for English Cricket; World Cup winners and a level Ashes series with the Aussies.

14/9. V Hambledon @ Ridge Meadow. Last game of the HL season. 40 over match. The sun was shining and the temp 23 degrees, but a very similar result to last year in that Hambledon batted first, scored 220/7 and bowled us out for 161, with 6 overs remaining (last year; 219/8 and 163). Imran took 3 wickets, Jamie 2, and Ian the 1 needed to top the wicket takers for the year with 15. Wendel took a blinding catch at slip to dismiss a key batter, as did Paul at mid off. At tea time we felt reasonably confident, but needed 2 or 3 guys to get 50's. 28 from Paul opening gave us a decent enough start. Imran stroked it around for fluent 67 until bowled and Wendel didn't quite get going, caught on the boundary for 16. At the 20 over mark we were there with the run rate. However, wickets fell regularly, the last 7 for 28 runs, including Alex stumped for a golden, having left the goose at home. Thanks to Hambledon for the game and the hospitality. For afters, beer and grub in the famous Bat and Ball pub.

Cick here for the HCC v HLCC 2019 score sheet.

"People ask me if I'm going to be still doing this next year. Tbh, don't have a clue, I don't have 2020 vision..."


2019 Match Reports, (cont...)

5/9. V Richmond Yorkers. RY 109/6, HL 112/5. 2 wickets from Matt in the first over put RY on the back foot straight away. 2 more from Paul restricted RY to 109 from the 16 overs. In response 25's from Swainy and Kieran and 20 from James and 13 from Matt sealed victory with 14 balls to spare. A direct throw run out from Swainy and a catch and stumping for Steve.

29/8. V Richmond Yorkers. Our local rivals sporting new kit for our first meet of 2019, the seasons opening game having been rained off. HL put into bat and a flourishing start from Paul and Swainy as both hit 30's reaching 75 at the half way mark. The 2nd half of the innings returned just 51 runs, just Matt scoring double figures with 18, as HL ended up on 126/6 from the 18 overs. Yorkers started well, but lost their dangerous opener early, bowled to a Bicky mystery ball. No 3 batted well but was shambolically run out, the start of the Yorkers collapse as they lost 9 wickets for 27 runs. Their skipper, and Stokes look alike, also called Ben, and last man Lewis, couldn't quite replicate the heroics of Headingley, their skipper last man bowled for HL to win by 34 runs. A good game, HL played well, finishing up just as the pizza was delivered. Swainy 3 wickets for 15, Wendel 2 for 2, Parky 3 for 3. and 2 catches for Parky. Just as we thought that was it for midweek, another game has been arranged for next week.


Magdalen, Captains XI v Presidents XI

Mags@75. The dinner in Esher was most entertaining, and the game was a close finish between the Presidents XI and the Captains XI. A special weekend indeed, with past, present, and future players and partners coming together in the spirit of Magdalen! We played a 2 innings game, 20 and 15 overs, the teams were well matched, an absolute scorcher of an afternoon, with the Presidents XI winning by a small margin. And, on the same day that Ben Stokes took on the Aussies at Headingley, and won....

Captains XI v Presidents XI August 2019


Magdalen CC @ 75

Big weekend for Magdalen CC coming up this Bank Holiday. The 75th Anniversary Dinner Saturday, and the Presidents XI game, made up of current and past players, on Sunday at Kempton.

Magdalen CC was formed in 1944, by the social club of St Mary Magdalen in Mortlake, Despite not having its own ground, the team has kept it going for 75 years, using various grounds around SW London as its home. Kempton CC being the current home pitch. We survived the Up Pompey! Tour this summer, playing the historic Hambledon CC on the Sunday. There are stats for over 1000 games, going back 47 years on the play cricket site. Les Thomlinson, in the pic below, took over 1500 wickets in a 40 year career for the club. Alex, still playing, has scored over 15000 runs for Magdalen CC in his 36 years.

The forecast is great for Sunday, and the bar will be open...

Magdalen CC, 2019


2019 Match reports (cont)

22/8. Best laid plans end in defeat for HL. Third time we have met GSK this year, having been on the end of a drubbing the previous two times. HL batted first, 142 off our 18 overs, thanks to a Wendel 82, but not much from anyone else. We could have scored a few more in the final overs, but 142 felt a reasonably decent score at half time. Unfortunately that didn’t take into account their number 4, who scored a 100 as GSK completed the task with 16 balls remaining. We took two early wickets, and then that was more or less it, as said number 4 rode his luck and hit big. Another broken finger, this time on the oppo side, making it one from each game this season. 3 defeats from 3 games v GlaxoSmithkline, it’s a hard pill to swallow.

15/8. Superstars, cancelled. Train strikes and the rain beat us the first time in June, oppo player numbers this rescheduled game.

13/8. Its been 6 years since we last played Westminster Planners up at Wandsworth Common. However, they were happy to travel out to the wild west (Kempton) for a resumption of hostilities. Unfortunately, the trains had their say, several of the oppo were delayed and some improvisation was required to get the game started, which it finally did at 630pm.  HL batted first, posting 113/7 from the 18 overs. Swainy17, Chris18, Wendel23, and Paul30no. In response, 7 bowlers were used, and in the fading light Westminster needed 14 off the last over, eventually falling short by 12 runs, 7 down, at 845pm, far too late for a mid August game. 2 stumpings for Steve off 1 Wendel over, and a wicket a piece for Swainy, Chris and Paul. A good game, HL just on top throughout the Westminster innings. Great see Ian, Davinder and Ash spectating...

8/8. Hounslow v Brentford. aka Leisure v Griffin Park Supporters. Our first ever game ends in last ball win...  GPS openers got off to a flyer, 45 from the first 5. Fortunately for us, both had to retire on 25, but they came back at the end as the wickets tumbled, Ibby picking up 4 for 14, and Parky 2 for 22. 126 for the win was going to be tough going this evening. Chris played the steady openers role retiring on 25, Ibby a quick fire 20 (2*6, 2*4).  Paul, Jim, Steve chipped in with valuable runs. Needing 20 off the last 5 overs, GPS then bowled 2 maidens to put the pressure back onto HL. With 1 ball to go, the scores were level. Parky on strike kept his cool to hit the winning runs. A low scoring thriller, HL just edged it, but played with the right spirit and hopefully more games next season. GPS 125/8, HL 129/6.


Barney Bubbles

Barney Bubbles, graphic designer, the originator of many an amazing iconic record cover; Hawkwind, Ian Dury/ The Blockheads, The Damned, Elvis Costello,.. Designed the NME music paper header. The list goes on. Hounslow born, (ok, Whitton). Died far too young. And he designed a cricket poster, which gets him a mention here...Barney Bubbles (wiki)


2019 Match Reports and News

31/7. LBH Annual Mayors Match. Players from Leisure and Navigators, with Councillors making up the mixed teams, Wycombe House Cricket Club. High scoring 20 over match. The Mayors charities the winners.

30/7. Old Californians. Cancelled. Rain.

24/7. A very hot late July evening in Spelthorne found HL hosting local rivals Staefa, the return fixture. HL batted first and runs from Ibby, Steve and Kieron got us off to a good start. Later runs from Wendel (29no) and Parky (20) had HL finishing up on a decent 152/7. Jim was run out with a direct throw having not faced a ball and Doc went for a golden.  In response, HL took a wicket with our first ball, a repeat of the our previous meet. Staefa found it hard to score runs against tight bowling, finishing up all out for 109. 3 wickets for Chris, 2 for Ian and 2 run outs.

16/7. Winning the toss and being 38/5 in the 6th over wasn't quite the plan. However, Paul (42) and Kieron (37) steadied the ship, HL finishing up on a credible 137, all out, in the 20th over. Phoenix were already 3 down for 27 by the 4th over. HL bowled and fielded well and at 10 over mark Phoenix were on just 62. A couple of expensive overs and 2 well set chaps who got 50's took it to the last over where Phoenix needed just 3 runs. Defeat for HL was sealed with 2 balls remaining. An exciting close game, very hot, and defeat was disappointing after all our efforts.

14/7. Warm, but slightly cloudy day in NW London, with a few supporters out to watch. Oppo won toss and batted first, one opener got a 50 and a few other chaps chipped in, including their keeper who got a few at the end, finishing up 241/8. A below par score, but the team bowled well and 3 wickets each for Chris and Liam. In response, not the best of starts, 86/4 at one stage. One of their chaps taking a blinding catch to dismiss skipper Eoin at deep point. However, Ben (84no) and Jos (59) built a partnership, but the run rate continued to increase, leaving 15 needed off the last over. Frantic hitting and running, 2 needed off the last ball, but Mark was run out going for the 2nd, for the game to be tied. Super over required, Ben and Jos out there again, hitting a six, and a deflected off the bat bonus 4 to post 15. New kid Jofra tasked to bowl; a wide and a 6 meant oppo needed 2 off the last ball. A great throw in from Jason meant a run out and the super over was also tied. However, by virtue of scoring more boundaries, the team were declared the winners.

What a game, it ebbed and flowed throughout the day, with many pivotal moments. Perhaps the best limited overs game ever? A World Cup final, in England, at Lords, and England World Cup Winners! A fantastic tournament, and some amazing fielding, batting, bowling displays by some seriously top players. Well played NZ. Apart from a little wobble in the group stage, England were the best all round team at the tournament and deserved winners....(NZ 241/8, 50 overs, ENG 241ao, 50 overs. Tie. Super over; 15 a piece, Tie.)

11/7. The scorecard doesn't make happy reading. GSK 200/5, HL 70/8. Stand in skipper Swainy carted off to A&E with a broken hand before he had a chance to bowl allowed GSK to add 80 in the last 5 overs. With 2 top batters, including Wendel, missing in action, and morale down, HL lost by 130 runs. Jim got 2 wickets, and only Alex and Jim made double figures batting, just.   

4/7. GSK have done an Old Trafford and turned the wicket 90 degrees. Almost works, but a short boundary behind the bowler into the tennis courts, which GSK made good use of. The first few overs went well for HL, 3 wickets for 30. Then 2 guys let rip, 100 run partnership and both retiring once they got to 50. We did take 9 wickets, but went for 170 in the process. In response we were 90 from 9 overs, above the rrr, but already 5 down. The last 10 overs yielded just 44 runs as we lost by 36 runs. Wickets from Chris (3), Ian and Swainy (2), Kieran the only one with runs with his 53no. First defeat of the season, and back there again next week for more pills, thrills and broken fingers…

3/7. Harrow, cancelled by oppo.

27/6. The Water pressure was low in Spelthorne this evening as Thames Water CC dripped to 105/6 from their 20 overs. HL made heavy weather of the chase, leaving it to the last over for Phil to hit the winning runs. 2 wickets from Chris and runs from , Neil30no, Alex25no, Swainy21no, Phil14no. Arguably an evening where a much better game would have been had had we won the toss and batted first.

19/6 v Superstars. Rain and train strikes. Cancelled. Click here for the Superstars CC website

11/6 v Old Californians. Heavy rains the previous 24 hours couldn't dampen the excitement of the first clash of the season between HL and OC's. The groundsman had done well to ensure the game went ahead with both teams undefeated in 2019. HL batted first, lost Paul in the first over, but Steve (17) and Swainy (37) battled on with a 59 run partnership. Wendel entered the scene in the 11th over, hitting a solid 56no, with 22 coming from one over, including 3 big 6’s for HL to finish up a respectable 140/5 from  the 20 overs. We counted at least 7 dropped catches, including Wendel twice. By now it had become quite murky, and with some light drizzle, but tight bowling from Ian (2/21) and Chris (2/14) had OCs at 69/4 from 13. A direct throw by Swainy from mid off left their skipper stranded yards out, effectively the end as OC's fell short by a whopping 30 runs, HL's bowling and fielding, and that one over from Wendel, the difference this evening.

6/6 v Staefa. Our local oppo were on the back foot from the word go, losing a wicket first ball of the evening. With 4 wickets for 1 run from Adrian and 3 from Ian, it wasn't looking so good for the home side at 57/7 from 10 overs. An opportunity to use 9 bowlers had Staefa posting a mildly competitive 122/9 from the 20. HL knocked the total off with 15 balls remaining, 5 down, with Adrian 36 and Jim 28no the run scorers. A very similar score line to the week before. Phil somehow managed to go to the wrong ground, 15 miles away, but somehow got to the game having just missed 3 overs.

30/5 v Harrow. New location and mostly a new team. Harrow batted first. 50 from 10 became 129/7 from the 20overs. HL bowled well, Bicky on a hattrick with his 2 wickets. Apart from one batter who scored 51, Harrow didn't seem to totally endorse the 2020 concept, failing to take quick singles and rotating the strike. With our line up, the target seemed below par and this was fortunately the case as runs flowed from Swainy28, Immy30, Alex25no and Jim20, winning with 14 balls to spare. West Harrow Rec seems very similar to Roxbourne Park, fantastic to see HL veteran Phil back after 8 years away and to see Immy and Parky making guest appearances. The Kingsfield Arms the chosen establishment to celebrate the win and, as it happens, our 400th game. 45 times we have now played Harrow, since 1992. We currently top the leader board 23/20.

And on the same day as England beat SA, opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup in England. 10 teams all play each other, semis and then final on Sunday 14th July. An ODI every day for the next 5 weeks...

22/5 v Chelmbridge. Cancelled.

16/5 v Phoenix. HL 99 all out, Phoenix 99 all out. Incredible scenes, reminiscent of SA and AUS in the ‘99 World Cup semi as the game finished as a tie! HL chose to bat, confident with our very strong top 6 of Waz, Keiron, Swainy, Wendel, Neil and Adrian. However, from 86/3 at the 10 over stage we slipped to 99 all out in the 17th over, losing our last 7 wickets for just 3 runs as Sanjeev, their spin bowler and 50th birthday boy, took 5 wickets for 1 run. (Only Kieron30, Waseem26, Wendel18 with runs)

In response, Phoenix got off to a positive start, but with tight bowling from Ian, Adrian and Paul, the runs dried up as wickets regularly fell, with only 47 on the board at the half way stage. Scroll on a few overs and with 18 balls left, 3 runs needed, and with 3 wickets remaining, and with very little hope, on came Kieron to bowl. 15 balls later including a bowled, a caught and to finish a Jontyesque run out from Paul, the match was tied with 3 balls remaining…. The start of my 25th season with HL, this great game never ceases to amaze me, cricket was the winner this evening.

9/5 v Richmond. Cancelled RAIN!



V @
Thurs 9-May H Richmond CANCELLED
Thurs 16-May H TIE Phoenix Spelthorne
Wed 22-May A Chelmbridge CANCELLED
Thurs 30-May A WON Harrow Harrow
Thurs 6-Jun A WON Staefa Laleham
Tues 11-Jun A WON Old Cals Ewell
Wed 19-Jun A Superstars CANCELLED
Thurs 27-Jun H WON TWater Spelthorne
Wed 3-Jul A   Harrow CANCELLED
Thurs 4-Jul A LOST GSK Northfields
Thurs 11-Jul A LOST GSK Northfields
Tues 16-Jul H LOST Phoenix Spelthorne
Wed 24-Jul H WON Staefa Spelthorne
Tues 30-Jul A Old Cals CANCELLED
Thur 08-Aug  H WON Brentford Spelthorne
Tues 13-Aug A WON Westminster Kempton
Thurs 15-Aug A Superstars CANCELLED
Thurs 22-Aug A LOST GSK Northfields
Thurs 29-Aug H WON Richmond Spelthorne
Thurs 5-Sep H WON Richmond Spelthorne
Sat 7-Sep A Hatfield Hth CANCELLED
Sat 14-Sep A ? Hambledon Hambledon


Hounslow Leisure Cricket Club have scorecards dating from 1992. We did play games before then, but nobody remembers and any scorecards have long disappeared. Scorecards from 92 to 97 are a bit random, we have 41 but maybe 50 games missing. From 98, we have almost a complete record. Scorecards for 398 games in total. So perhaps we have played near on 500 games? 2019 therefore marks our 28th season and mid May will see us play our 400th recorded game (last season we recorded our 200th win). First ever recorded game was v Harrow, at Boston Manor 2/6/92. (KWS was at number 1 in the hit parade that week, with Please Don't Go). We lost, but took it well and will be playing Harrow for the 45th time in 2019.

100 NOT OUT! Turns out that HL played our 100th game at Spelthorne Sports Club last season. First game was v PS93 back in 2003. We've now played 101 games there, having won 60, plus 5 tied games. At a conservative guess that's at least 3000 pints behind the bar, but in total 27,508 runs and 1,182 wickets. There's been 6 tons, 3 hatricks and just 1 smashed windscreen. 2019 sees a new artificial wicket at the ground and, as it happens, 10 years of this Blog.

296 Staines Road West, TW15 1RY


First winter net going well....


Winter 2019 Updates....

25/1/19 MAGDALEN CC AGM, Champagne Charlies, Charing Cross. Waseem resigns, Imran Khan voted the new MAGS skipper for 2019! Steve and Swainy Vice Skippers. 75th Anniversary celebrations; a slap up meal and Presidents XI game B/H August. No Lords nets this year, somewhere else, tbc, for a change....

The UP POMPEY! Tour 2019; Selsey, Ferring and Hambledon, July 2019. See Tour Manager Knobby for more info. Other Sunday fixtures coming together, as are the HOUNSLOW LEISURE fixtures with most mid weeks now confirmed. Looks like Chelmbridge will be our 400th game. Will post when more is confirmed, but first game Thurs 9/5 v Richmond Yorkers confirmed. And last game, v Hambledon CC, Sat 15/9/19...

Help find Magdalen CC opening batter from '71 to '74, Hugh Grant (not that one), who held the record for most runs in a season from 1971 for 43 years (876), until Wendel surpassed it with his season of 3 double hundreds in 2014. Still holds the record for highest opening partnership, 242 v Motley, 1971. A fine bat by all accounts..., but who was he, and where is he now..?


Cricket on VHS..anyone have a video player?


Hounslow Rocks Quiz

These Hounslow borough born/ bred ROCK MUSIC LEGENDS have sold a few records around the world over the last few decades.

And 12th man, having been born, just down the road, in Surrey.....

Who are they all?

🎸🎸Lets Rock 🎸🎸


HLers were out in Richmond for the Magdalen CC Meal and Awards Night last week. Swainy the players choice for Player of the Season, missing just one game all summer, and for 327 runs and 21 wickets. Ian wins the Champers Moment for his hat-trick v Marlow. Imran wins the Catching Cup with his 11 catches. Can't recall who won the Duck Trophy.

Next up; the Magdalen CC AGM, Champagne Charlies, Jan 2019. Mags will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2019, having been established in Mortlake back in 1944, so 2019 is gonna be a big one, with various events being currently touted (and hopefully organised). 

click here for all the Magdalen CC player stats


This wicket needs a good rolling.,.....

(Swarkestone Hall Pavilion, 1968)


Hambledon and the end of the 2018 season

The umpire has called over for the Hounslow Leisure 2018 season. It's been another great one, the weather has been fantastic, and we've had some really good games, a couple going to the last ball, and many going into the last over. We lost the first 4, won the next 9, and then lost the last 5, so that's P18, W9, L9. Next game, May 2019.

Race for 2018 top run scorers and wicket takers...

The last game provided some excitement in terms of final top run scorers and wicket takers. Prior to the game, Kieran was leading the runs on 278, Swainy on 274. Swainy failed to make the 5 required to put any pressure on Kieran. Having scored his 18, Kieran was looking rather happy. But few had thoughts about Wendel (not himself, however), who was 74 runs behind Kieran coming into this game. Once Wendel had scored 93, he became top run scorer, and finished up with 303 runs for the season, when caught on 99, 7 ahead of Kieran. Bowling had Paul and Bicky both on 14 wickets going into this game. Chris took 2 in his first spell. Paul then took 2 in 2 balls, and in his last over had Neil catch one, to finish up 17/16 to Paul. So, Wendel tops the runs, Paul the wickets, and Steve the fielding with 10 catches and 5 stumpings. Well done to Kieran and Chris though, in both their first, and come back seasons respectively.

Hambledon CC v Hounslow Leisure CC, Ridge Meadows, 15/9/2018. Match Report.

With our original hosts dropping out midweek, thanks to a spot on t'internet, we were able to hastily fix up a new game against Hambledon CC, down in the wonderful Meon Valley, Hampshire. The weather was hot, and the home team very welcoming. Hambledon, a mix of ages, but including a few first teamers, chose to bat first in a 40/40 over game. Hambledon started well, going at 7 an over, until we made the first break through at 54 with a Steve/ Bicky stumping. Their young guys batted well and it was 129 before the next wicket fell, but a mean spell in the middle overs from Parky, Ian, Kieran and Wendel reduced the run rate considerably, as regular wickets fell. Paul was on a hatrick at one point. A few big hits in the last over added 17, Hambeldon finishing up on 219/8.

At tea, we felt we were in with a real chance. Suddenly, at 98/8 (23 overs) in reply, it wasn't looking so great. However, Wendel was on fantastic form, but needed support from the other end, which only Parky and Bicky were able to provide. Once Wendel was caught, on 99, with the score on 150, with 5 overs remaining, the game was effectively over. Bicky scored a patient 42 ball 9, Wendel a 66 ball 99, with 9 4's and 5 6's. 3 wickets for Paul, 2 each for Bicky and Kieran. We bowled well. Fielding was a bit hit and miss at times, but unfortunately our strong batting line up didn't quite fire today. Had Wendel had more support, the Hambledon score may well have been achievable....HL 163/10, 36.4overs.

HLCC 15/9/18: SteveM, Neil, Paul, Knobby, Adam, Bicky, Kieran, Swainy, Jim, Ian, Parky, Wendel.

Cricket in Hambledon

Hambledon, Hampshire. They've been playing cricket there, on Broadhalfpenny Down since the 1750's. Hambledon CC actually play at Ridge Meadow, about a mile away and have been on their current ground since the 1840's. The famous Bat and Ball pub, where the first rules of cricket were formulated is opposite the original ground (where the Hambledon Club played an All England Team 51 times) and is a cricket museum where you can eat and drink beer and read about and look at all sorts of cricket artefacts. Well worth a visit, which is exactly what we did for a few lively hours after the game....


Runs and Wickets for Alistair and Jimmy


2018 Match Reports

Change of venue and opposition for Saturday, 1 pm start.

August news from Magdalen CC...recent Sunday wins v Spelthorne, Chudleigh Ales, Raynes Park Former Pupils and a loss to Pheonix... We were saved by our tailenders big time in both the Raynes Park and Spelthorne games. . And the sun has now set on Magdalens first home season at Kempton Cricket Club....Just 3 more away games to go; Taplow, Aldershot and Morden.

28/8 v Navigators. Lost on last ball in low scoring thriller...With just 12 required from the last 4 overs, Navigators needed the last ball of the innings to score the 2 runs needed (with 1 wicket remaining) for the win. HL put into bat first up, runs from Swainy, Kieran and a 30no from Paul set Navigators just 111 for victory. Despite 3 wickets from Bicky and 2 from Paul, and tight bowling from Swainy and Ian, it proved a few too short. A fair bit of support this evening (Mike, Don, Knobby, and others...), the crowd were entertained, albeit in a losing cause. Thanks to Richmond for helping out. The week that 2 of our number tied the knot. Not to each other, however. Best wishes to both Wendel and Hardeep, and the new wives...

HLCC and friends, August 2018

23/8 v GSK. GSK 161/5 from 18 overs. 2 wkts for Bicky, 1 for bday boy Ian, caught Bicky. Wendels 38no, Swainys 28 and Bickys 21 not enough as we fell 20 runs short, GSK the better team in all departments this evening. HL 141/5. 1all for the season.

16/8. V Chelmbridge. Busy week for many, with lots of unavailability for both sides, so an 8 aside 16 over game was agreed on a cloudy evening in Esher. CH posted a formidable 152/1, with a few retirements. HL's response got off to a bad start with the early losses of Neil, Swainy and Paul, all victims to the spin of Matt. Stevie P held firm with a 34no, supported by Rick (19), HL finishing short by 57 runs, 6 down. Mike C playing his first HL game of the season, but last ever, kept well behind the stumps, 57 also being the age difference in years between him and Liv, very probably an HL record. 2 nil to CH this season.

9/8 v Phoenix. No play at Lords, no play at Spelthorne....

News from Magdalen CC. 9 more games played since the last mention, with 7 wins v Windsor GP, West Wycombe, Marlow, BA and the 3 tour games. We've even had one rained off (how did that happen?) Imran leads the runs with 459, Hooky the wickets with 28. And still 7 games left....

31/7. Old Californians. Our 9 game winning run ends this eve as old foes OCCC soundly beat HL by 6 wickets. Only Kieran, Neil and extras made double figures as HL were bowled out on the last ball of the innings for 83. Ian bowled well for his 3 wickets and took a mid off direct throw run out, but 83 just wasn't enough and it was all over in the 14th over, OC's just 4 down. Played in a great spirit, we ended their winning streak last year and they us this year. 1all for the season.

26/7 v GSK. Hottest day of the heatwave today. Always a tough game v GSK, but we know that if we hang on in there, things will come our way. And that was indeed the case this evening as HL won the toss and chose to bat. We felt we needed 180 min, but by the midway mark we were just 70, despite Kieran hitting 20 from 1 over. Then 100 after 15. Enter Wendel, who blasted a quick fire 41, including 5 6's and 2 lost balls for HL to finish up on a rather satisfying 172/7 from the 20. Confidence was high, but as expected GSK came at us hard and took 21 from the first over and then were 48 from the first 5. A great catch from Paul at deep mid off made the break through. At the 10 over mark they were 102, but already 4 down. That man Wendel again who bowled 4 overs for just 7 runs and took 2 wickets in 2 balls. The run rate slowed right down and GSK needed 40 from the last 2 which, alas, proved too much for GSK and gave HL a whopping 31 runs win! Where as we scored 72 from the last 5 overs, GSK scored just 15. Our 9th win on the run. (HL 172/7, GSK 131/9. Wendel 41, Keiran 44, Swain 3/28, Wendel 2/7, Paul 2/22, Kieran 2 catches). Good to see Hitesh play his first HL game in a few years, Jim his first of the season, Liv stepping in late and saving a few on the boundary, and Alex and Knobby spectating.

GSK July 2018

Magdalen CC Tour of South Devon July 2018! 

3 games in Totnes, Payhembury and Bridford. Hotel in Torquay. Blazing sunshine, wonderful scenery, good cricket, pints of cider, bottles of rum, and 3 well fought wins for the Magdalen Tourists. Hooky (still yet to play for Leisure) takes 4 for 0 from 6 overs on the Sunday. Neil scores runs every day, Adam doesn't, Alex wins the pitch and putt Saturday morning, Knobby the crabbing comp Sunday morning.

17/7 Staefa 153/2, HLCC 154/5, 18.5 overs. Neil28no, Ian22, Steve22no. 2nil to HL this season.

12/7. HLCC 156/8, Superstars 102ao, 15 overs. Alex32, Swainy 3 wickets..

News in today of the new album due from legendary space rockers Hawkwind, out in September...Who decided on this cover?!  Main man, and Feltham lad as it happens, Dave Brock playing quite an impressive shot here me thinks. Apparently, its an acoustic album of classic oldies, featuring Brocks old mate Eric Clapton and arranged by Mike Batt, of Wombles fame...

5/7 v Harrow. A win off the last ball! With Harrow needing 13 from the last over, then 2 from the last ball, and with a new batsman, it took a stumping for HL to win by 1 run. All very exciting on a scorching evening in Sunbury. HL batted first and were 4 down within the first 4 overs. Somehow we were 80 from 10, but finished up on just 137 from the 20, Swainy top scorerer with 34no. Harrow were 81 from 10 and looked in control. A few tight Swainy overs (9 from 4) pegged it back, Harrow needing 35 from the last 5, and then 13 from the last over. A couple of wides, a spilt catch that went for 4, 4 byes, a strange piece of fieling between Steve and Swain for 2, then a wicket meant we all had to sweat on the last ball. No run and a stumping sealing the win. 2 wickets each for Wendel and Kieran. 2nil to HL this season.

27/6 v Thames Water. The annual game v TW is eagerly anticipated these days. We share our home pitch, many of the lads know each other from Ashford CC and TW lay on a fantastic cricket tea after the game. HL opted to bat and got off to a flying start with both Karthik and Neil retiring on the 25. No-one else was able to post double figures, but once we were 8 down our openers were able to come back in with Neil hitting a few boundaries in the last over for HL to finish up on a decent 150/8. TW responded well initially, but key wickets regularly fell and HL were comfortably in control by the 10th over, TW finishing up 30 short on 120/7. Neil 47no, Karthik 26no, and 2 wickets each for Paul and Rick. We were beaten within 11 overs last year, so good to even up the score this time around.

19/6. On the bill this evening, new oppo Kingston Taxes. KT selected the bat option and, apart from one chap who passed the 30 retirement threshold, they posted a return of just 84/7. Not a large demand and defeat was easily evaded as HL claimed the full amount 38 balls before the 20 over deadline. A big score would have beckoned had rebated first and perhaps best that we were given the opportunity for an early finish (gave a few of us a little more prep time for the big Wendel stag fly away just a few hours later). Bicky and Parky earning the credits with 30's with the bat and 2 wickets each with the ball. HowsVat?

Magdalen CC, since the last mention, have had Sunday wins v Park Hill, Old Hors, Ham and Petersham and Englefield Green, and a loss to Byfleet. Waseem and Imran lead the runs, with 200+ each, and Swainy and Imran the wickets, with 12 each. Steve already has 10 wicket keeping dismissals. I think that's now played 8, won 5, with another 18  to play.

Magdalen in Magdalen (2015).
Spot the 1 player who hasnt played for HL?

12/6. Victory v Olds Cals gave HL our 200th all time win! Chris B opened up the bowling and took 2 wickets in 2 balls in his first over, both out swingers well caught by Wendel at slip. His hatrick ball only just missed the bat. That put OCs on the back foot and apart from opener Parker with 50, their innings never really got going, courtesy of good all round bowling from Chris, Swainy, Ian, Paul, Rick and Wendel, OC's finishing up on just 123/6. In response, Paul 32no, Chris 26 and Wendel 38no saw us home with 8 wickets and 22 balls to spare. We always have good games and they do go both ways, but HL the better team this evening.   

7/6. New team and new venue for HL. Staefa openers were 45 from the first 4. Retire at the end of the over once reaching 25, and regular wickets kept the home team just in check finishing up 153/6. 2 wickets each for Chris and Kieran. A rather strong top order of Waz, Wendel, Neil, Kieran, Swainy and then Alex duly did the biz, with Chris and Steve hitting the winning runs with just 2 balls to spare. Wendel hit one over the pavilion before being well caught the next ball. Waz got hit on the head by a rapid bouncer, but carried on for team for 29no. And then went off to AE (early JB award contender). Kieran smacked a quickfire 38no and Swainy a solid 28no. Enjoyable close game, we meet again at home in July.

31/5 v Harrow. Forecast was for rain and lightning all day and evening. As there hadn't been any by 4pm (sun all day), the game was deemed on. Just as Harrow were about to bowl the first ball, the heavens opened, and we all darted for cover. But just for 10 minutes and not enough to damage the wicket at Roxbourne Park anymore than it already is. The sun didnt come out again and the rest of the game was played in rather dull, but humid, conditions. HL scored a sound 145/4 from the agreed 18 overs. Waseem with 61, Keiran 27, Swainy 25. Harrow got off to a good start, but early 2 wickets from Ian in 2 balls, and 1 from Chris, stalled the response. Some chap scored 60 odd, but it wasn't enough as Harrow fell 23 short. And a pint in the Pinner Arms to celebrate our first win of the season.

24/5 v Pheonix. A grey, damp but warm evening in Sunbury, on the first day of the English Test Summer (v Pakistan at Lords, and England batted like it was a 2020). PHEO won the toss and, of course, batted first, gettng off to a flyer (we dropped the opener early), then being pegged back mid innings. A late flurry saw PHEO finish up on 152/6. (2 each for Wendel and Paul). HL seem to raise their game when playing the Pheonix, but 2 wickets lost in the first over wasn't the best of starts needed in our pursuit of 7.5 runs an over. Neil steadied the ship with 38, Waseem with 25. Wendel was run out with a direct throw, to the joy of the fielding team, for 12. With 49 needed from the last 5, Paul hit 3 6's for a quickfire 28 before being stumped with 15 needed from the last over. Alas, it was 8 too many as HL finished up on 145/8. An exciting game, we came close, but fell just short yet again, a couple of misfields perhaps being the key moments.

Press Release. Mike Childs has finally hung up his wicketing keeping gloves after 40 years of playing for Hounslow cricket teams. A regular for HL, he was a very nimble keeper, fair umpire, steady bat, fantastic team man and real purveyor of the game, Mike will be missed mid week by his team mates, and oppositions alike. He played for PS93 for many years but started playing for HL in the late 90's. Unfortunately, the stats weren't maintained that well back in the day, but he has well over 150 keeping dismissals for HL, including a very high stumping to catching ratio. Highest score of 41 for us, but we never, ever saw him bowl. Mike retired from LBH about 10 years ago. He still plays Sundays for Seven Sports with his son, has played the odd game for Magdalen, and here is hoping he will still pop along to watch when other commitments allow, including his many days a summer spent at Lords watching Middlesex and England. Cheers Mike, great effort, well played!

V Chelmbridge. When its 6pm on a cloudy evening in mid May and you only have 5 players present, then plan b needs to come into operation. Accept there wasnt a plan b as we desperately put a batting order together. HL put into bat for the sake of getting the game started and a chance for the other 6 to navigate the accident on Walton Bridge before it was time to field. Aided by a slightly tricky wicket and good bowling from Chelmbridge, HL plodded to a disappointing 106/2 off the 20, with our big hitting middle order waiting patiently in the pavilion. 20 off 2 in response suggested the game was going to be over quickly. However, wickets and good bowling from Swainy, Hitesh and Roy, somehow took the game to the end of the19th over before defeat was sealed, Chelm 107/5. 33no for Swainy, 29no for Rick, 2 wickets each for Roy and Paul. A great catch from Karthik. Another narrow defeat, we need to score a few more runs, and score them quicker, if we want to win any this season.

Next up, 16/5, Chelmbridge, Chepsom, Chesher..I'm not sure what they call themselves these days, perhaps plain old CWoA, but a battle on West End Rec, Hersham v Vallis & Co, beckons this next Wednesday....

Magdalen CC's season is up and running. The first game in mid April became a 20/20 thrashing at the hands of Burtons rampant Esher. The 2nd game v Sonning got cancelled due to an unprepared pitch. The third game v Cookham Dean was played in sub zero temperatures but we managed a win as the red kites circled. Last week, Warfield desperately hung on for a draw. And this Sunday, Park Hill at Ruxley Lane. Yet to play at our new home pitch at Kempton CC. Imran already in the runs, averaging 99. And Imran and Swainy leading the wickets with 4 each.

10/5 v Richmond Yorkers. Sunny evening for our first game of the season at Spelthorne. HL into bat, finishing up on a below par 130/7. 65 off the first 10, but just 11 from the last 4 including a maiden. 30 from Swainy, 24 from Wendel, 23 from Adam and, helpfully, 40 from extras (we do 2 runs for a wide/ no ball, no extra ball). Richmonds openers proved difficult to dislodge, a couple of dropped catches allowing them both to retire on 50. Coincidentally, Richmond were also 65 from 10 and also needed 19 from the last 4. Just 5 required from the last over, crossing the line with 2 balls to spare, 3 down (2 wickets Wendel). A very close game indeed. 1 more run than last week, but still lost in the last over. HL 130/7, Rich 133/3 19.4 overs.

1/5 v Hounslow Navigators. The sun came out, but Leisure lost in the last over. Leisure got to a respectable 129 from the 20, after a slow start, thanks to Kerians knock of 41no. Navigators had an even slower start, and needed 80 from their last 7 overs. Some big hitting and a few dropped catches saw Navigators home with 5 balls to spare. HL 129/5, Nav 130/6 (19.1 overs)

30/4. Its cold, wet, windy... Must mean the start of the mid week season. Less than 24 hours away from the first clash of the season; the traditional annual cricket season opener v the Hounslow Navigators. Kempton CC, 5pm start. Forecast better for tomorrow, and hopefully the covers have been on.