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This page provides a repository of all the archived news items for 2010, 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 – still no song and dance

A return to the South Hatch Restaurant on Epsom Downs for the second Badgers’ dinner without dancing. The food was generally good, the service a little idiosyncratic, but everyone seemed to have a good time. Allan Butt managed not to take too many of Mark’s lines and the skipper himself leavened the whirlwind tour of the season with plenty of humour including numerous references to his own outstanding performances. For the record, the trophies and a new style of memento (rather more individual to each award than the traditional shields), found their way to:

BattingPat Redding478 runs @ 53.1
BowlingBen Valentine8 wickets @ 13.9
FieldingMark Gordon11 catches
Fantasy PointsGraham Ward(for finishing third again this year)
CaptainsDawn Gordon
Frank ButtBen Valentine(for his first fifty and five-fer)
‘Wang Fu’Andy Iwanoczko
‘Reel Em In’ AwardKeith Miller

Both Allan and Mark mentioned a fair number of milestones during their speeches, with Allan concentrating primarily on Mark’s achievements in the belief that Mark would be too modest to mention them. How wrong can you be?? Whilst I don’t remember exactly which ones were remarked upon, I offer my own list of the statistical achievements during the 2010 season:

  • Graham Ward passed 100 wickets
  • Mark Gordon had a quiet season, breaking the record for most runs in a single season, passing Steve Pitts into third place on the lifetime run scoring chart, snaring his 300th outfield catch, sharing in his 17th century partnership which is also a club record, being run out for the first time ever as a Badger, breaking the record for most consecutive games played with a streak that ended at 37 matches, and twice breaking the record for the highest percentage of the team’s runs in an innings
  • Simon Fox made his two hundredth appearance
  • Pat Redding passed 4000 runs, almost certainly more quickly in terms of both time and innings, than any other Badger
  • Ben Valentine made his first ever fifty for the club, took his first five-fer, and also became the first Badger in over twenty years to be dismissed hit wicket
  • Chris Byrne made his first ever fifty
  • Darrell Pitts and Mark Gordon shared in the highest ever eighth wicket partnership
  • Simon Fox and Mark Gordon equalled the highest ever sixth wicket partnership

Presentation Dinner details

The annual presentation dinner will take the same format and be in the same location as last year, the South Hatch Restaurant (in whose grounds some Badgers will have played a cricket match or two back in the early Nineties). The establishment can be found on Burgh Heath Road in Epsom and the event will take place on Saturday 20th November. The bar will be open from 19:00 (7pm) with dinner slated for 20:00 (8pm) and carriages at midnight. The cost per head is £25, with a free drink included, and once again there will not be a disco so that the chattering classes can exercise their jaws instead.

I have added the exact location of the restaurant to the Google Map showing the grounds we play on and you can obtain slightly less accurate indications of the location using this postcode-based link to a map of the area in Multimap or this rather more accurate one using Streetmap.


Next generation Badger enters a hostile world

Nicola and Patrick Redding are now the proud (and no doubt tired) parents of a son, Oliver Louis (apparently pronounced Lewis rather than Looee). Born at 18:44 exactly a week ago (ie. Thursday 10th June) the new arrival weighed in at 7lbs 6ozs and is expected to make his Badgers’ debut at some point during the 2020 season!?


Notice of AGM – 16 Mar 2010

This year’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 16th March at 19:30 (or half seven for those that prefer that terminology). We have a new venue this year, with our host being Ian Gregg who you will find at 5 Green Lane, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 6TJ. All members should have received written notification via email, along with the 2009 accounts and details of revised club rules. Please make every effort to attend and contribute to the running of our club.

Map of the area using Multimap   Map of the area using Google Maps

I rather doubt that either map represents the exact whereabouts of Ian’s gaff, but they should get you to Green Lane from where I am sure you can use your native wit and cunning to track down the correct abode.

For those of you that have lost or not received the letter in whatever form, the agenda for the meeting will be:

1Apologies for absence 6Fixtures
2Minutes of AGM 2009 7Tour 2010
3Election of Officers 8Bonus Ball 2010
4Treasurer’s report 9Presentation Dinner
5Membership 10Acceptance of new Rules
   11Any other business


Indoor Nets Season 2010

This season’s indoor nets see a break with recent tradition, both in terms of venue and timings. The new arrangement makes use of the facilities at Aberdour School on the Brighton Road in Burgh Heath (within walking distance of the skipper’s house!!) and runs every Thursday night from 19:00 to 20:00 (seven o’clock until eight) from 28th January until the last week in April (ie. the last net is between the first and second games of the season).

View a map of the area around the school




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