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This page provides a repository of all the archived news items for 2005, in reverse chronological order. If you really have a desire for the older or newer entries, then the links below will get you access to all those that I’ve saved over the just over seventeen years that the site has been in existence.


Badgers’ dinner – good food, fine wine and high spirits

A third consecutive visit to Betchworth Park Golf Club, where Badgers stalwart Alan Tickner will be club captain next year, and another season ended in fine style. Writing this at six months’ remove I can remember very little detail, but the skipper was able to wrap up another successful season on the field with his usual aplomb, and everyone seemed to have a good time. For the record, the various bits of silverware found their way to:

BattingMark Gordon491 runs @ 81.8
BowlingAllan Butt15 wickets @ 11.3
FieldingMark Gordon19 catches
Fantasy PointsPatrick Redding
CaptainsGraham Ward
Frank ButtJohn Larkin
‘Wang Fu’Ian Gregg
Rubber Glove AwardRichard Ward

The season saw a record breaking partnership, detailed in the news item below, Simon Fox pass two thousand runs, Allan Butt two hundred and fifty wickets, Mark Gordon two hundred wickets, Steve Pitts three hundred total dismissals, and Alan Tickner a truly mind boggling five hundred innings, but apart from that was pretty quiet!!



Presentation Dinner and Dance details

The annual presentation dinner and dance will take place on Saturday 29th October at Betchworth Park Golf Club near Dorking, and the evening will start with drinks at 18:30. This will be our third consecutive visit to the club where Alan Tickner will be captain next year and this time the cost per head will be 30, which includes automatic entry into the raffle in an attempt to speed up that part of proceedings to give more time for dancing and socialising. As seems to have become the norm, I’ve no definite details of when the meal will start or when proceedings are scheduled to finish, but recent history suggests food will be served half an hour or so after the arrival time, and that carriages will be at midnight.

All interested parties should have received an email (or letter) from Graham Ward, with details of the menu, but if you haven’t then Graham’s contact details can be found on the club officers page.

View a map of the area around the golf club



Record Tenth Wicket Partnership And …

31st July 2005: In a remarkable individual feat of hitting Mark Gordon almost single-handedly shattered the seven year old tenth wicket partnership record. Mark and Simon Fox added at least 53 runs for the last wicket in a heavy defeat at East Horsley, with Simon contributing four and Mark finishing unbeaten on 94. Mark and Ian Gregg also tied (and possibly passed) the seven year old ninth wicket record, as the skipper carried the team from the embarrassing position of 55 for 8 to the relative respectability of 171 all out.

The eagle-eyed will have spotted some elements of doubt in the statements above, but the scorebook was such a mess that I cannot actually be certain of the exact size of either partnership. The original figures in the book suggest that the eighth wicket fell with the score on 52, the ninth wicket put on 65 and the tenth another 55. However, there were no fall of wicket entries for the fifth or sixth wickets and the final total was also in doubt, with the running score recorded as 170, the batting adding up to 172 and the bowling to 171. In the end I settled on 171 for the total and extrapolating the missing fall of wickets made it obvious that the seventh wicket cannot have fallen with the score on less than 55, and that the ninth probably fell at 118.

Full details of the best partnerships throughout club history can be found in the hall of fame.



Tour 2005 – accommodation details

This year’s tour will see a return to the Crown And Cushion in Chipping Norton, which should please those who’ve been lobbying for somewhere more lively than the sedate pleasures of Deddington. Apparently the place is under new management and they assure us that we’ll not see a repeat of the problems that caused us to look elsewhere two or three years ago. Once again David Aldwinckle has put a lot of effort into organising things – so even more gratitude should be directed in his direction – and the only blot on the landscape this season is a potential issue with a home league fixture at Hook Norton. I’m sure that suitable arrangements will be made, and that tour will prove as entertaining as ever.



Indoor Nets Season 2005

This year’s indoor nets will, in common with the last several years, be held in the sports hall at Nescot College, Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey (Tel no. 020 8394 3133). A big thank you to Ian Gregg for arranging these, and for doing so in the middle of January so that we all had plenty of notice.

View a map of the area around the college

There will be five sessions, on the following dates:

Wednesday6th April7-8PM
Wednesday13th April7-8PM
Wednesday20th April7-8PM
Wednesday27th April8-9PM
Wednesday11th May8-9PM




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