Bringing It Home – Rioteers v Racqueteers, July 11

Sunday’s game faced a few headwinds; COVID grounded many younger Rioteers (meaning Greg didn’t get to revisit the scene of his famous 3 wickets in 4 balls); rain was due around 5pm; and it was competing with the Wimbledon final and a football game in the evening (about which we’re so over, already). However, a …

AC11 … White line of duty (Rioteers v. Coombe Bisset, 2 May, 2021)

A Cricketing 11In line with others I waited for the thrilling denouement on Sunday evening, when it came down to the very final scene. Who is h. Would he come good eventually? Would there be a massive shoot out at the end. Would h be hall, hillier or hill. What was the role of dc trickett, arriving …

Winner of the 2020 award for sartorial elegance

There are two nominees for this prestigious award this year, both on account of their attire at the game against Crawley in Winchester on 20 September. First nominee. Dessie sported a hat that suggested he’d lost a bet with the Flowerpot Men, notwithstanding which, and especially when combined with his pads as he waited, like …

New Dogs, Old Tricks – Rioteers (109/6) beat Medstead (103 all out)

And so to Medstead, on a scorcher of an afternoon.  The previous day’s Test themes of exciting young pacemen; challenging left-armers; unplayable rippers; misbehaving pitches and the quiet guys playing bold, match-winning innings fuelled much of the pre-match chatter and provided a convenient (lazy- Ed) template for a close, intriguing game. Cap’n Bix won the toss …

Rioteers CC v. Newport CC, 19 July, 2020

Our season finally got underway against our old favourites – Newport Inn CC – on their picturesque ground in Braishfield. Our young but experienced team gathered under the new captain – Bickers, who lost his first toss and the Rioteers were asked to bowl. Harrisson Hill (15) opened up with the now elderly Williams. After …