This page provides a repository of all the What’s New entries 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. They are unlikely to be of any great interest, but do provide a picture
of how the site has developed over the eighteen and a half years it has been here.
| 5 Oct 2005
The 2005 season has reached its conclusion, and personally I feel like it
has barely reached the halfway point (although I guess from my perspective
that is about right). I’ve been rather lax in posting updates during the
latter half of the season, but given the tight deadlines with the dinner
and dance looming barely a month beyond the last ball, I have managed to
pull my finger out and produce a more normal weekly update this time.
Expect to see a skeletal season report, once Darrell and I have had the
chance to complete the chore of checking every scorebook entry, and
hopefully some of the missing match reports too.
Our traditional end of season visit to Merrow produced an entertaining
tussle to go with the usual bonhomie and cordial reception from our hosts.
Full details can be found
along with a match report
and the pertinent elements from the
I’ve also found the time to edit the
Eden Park match report
into some semblance of order, but you’ll have to wait until next time for
Graham’s other masterpieces of self-effacing understatement.
The more attentive among you may have noticed that the site has been
looking a little odd over the past ten days or so, and you have my
apologies for that. The site was moved from one server to another about a
month ago, and one unexpected side effect of that was that I ended up
reloading everything when I did the last update. Unfortunately I got my
options wrong, so all the graphic files, including photographs and
thumbnails, got corrupted. I didn’t notice initially because of
locally-cached content, but today I happened to try and load one of the
old photographs and noticed what a mess it was, and so I’ve spent a happy
hour or so piecing things back together and trying to force the server to
load the good copies into its cache.
|24 Sep 2005
Once again my apologies, but I have given up on the idea of getting any
match reports sorted out, as this has been holding up the posting of site
updates for the past six weeks.
Graham Ward has supplied three of the missing reports, but I haven’t even
found the time to edit them, let alone write reports for the matches that
I’ve been involved in. You can however find all the details for recent
games on the results page
along with the pertinent elements from the
scorecards, which brings those
areas up to date as we ended up with no match on the weekends either side
of the new fixture at Headley.
I’m not going to make any promises about getting caught up, or even
whether any reports other than the ones that Graham has already written
will ever see the light of day. I will however get around to editing those
reports, and posting Allan Butt’s photo from tour, before the dinner and
dance (of which more in the next update, but you should all have received
notification from the Entertainments Committee).
|17 Aug 2005
Due to a shortage of spare time, I’m struggling to catch up, so none of
the missing match reports have been added, and we are two weeks behind
hand with this update. However, since I’ve now written the match report
for it, we’ll just say that
our second ever visit to East Horsley saw the Badgers slump to their
second defeat of the season. Full details can be found on the
along with a match report
and the pertinent elements from the
I’ll try and get caught up, at least in terms of scores and reports for
the games from the last two weeks, before the coming visit to Oxshott,
and hopefully I’ll also find time to
add some of Graham’s belated match reports and Allan Butt’s photo.
| 4 Aug 2005
Hopefully with my return to the fray we’ll be back to the normal routine
of weekly updates, but I’m not making any promises as I’ve still got more
than my fair share of the domestic chores to attend to whilst Janet works
her way back to full fitness. Due to editing requirements I am a little
behind with posting what is actually last week’s update, but expect to see
details of this weekend’s game at East Horsley along with a couple more of
the missing match reports, before next weekend’s visit to Reigate Priory.
Now that I’ve got my hands on the scorebook again we are back up-to-date
in terms of results, with scores from the Eden Park and Downham &
Bellingham games, plus full details of last weekend’s Old Alleynians match
to be found on the results page,
along with the pertinent elements from the associated
scorecards. I have also been
able to write my first
match report of the
season, Simon Fox has written one for
Downham & Bellingham,
and Graham Ward has provided a rather belated one for the
Stoke D'Abernon game.
Rumours abound of the existence of reports for some or all of the missing
games, but these have not found their way in electronic format to yours
truly so cannot be posted here (actually, to be fair to Graham, two new
ones have dropped into my inbox in the last few days, but I have not had
time to edit them into shape yet).
Oh, and since we’re halfway through the season and there have been some
personal milestones, I have also brought the
personal pages fully up-to-date.
|29 Jul 2005
PLEASE NOTE that Sunday’s game with Ham & Petersham has been cancelled
and we will instead be playing against East Horsley, a team that we played
a similarly conference arranged fixture against back in 1992. Unusually
for the Badgers only three of the team that played in
that game are playing this
weekend and we probably all have mixed memories of that day. Anyway, full
details and the usual map link can be found on the
fixtures page and more detailed directions are available on
their Surrey Downs page.
|24 Jul 2005
I finally managed to get back into the action yesterday (Janet was told by
the doctors on Monday that she could gradually start to get back to a
normal lifestyle, she drove a car for the first time since the accident on
Friday, and had already agreed that Darrell and I could play at Old
Alleynians) but more of that in an update later this week. The fact that
I’ve now got the scorebook and need to get fully caught up has prompted me
to post this interim update, which has only been delayed by a lack of my
time to edit match reports into shape since I’ve had most of the material
for nearly three weeks now.
Thanks yet again to Graham Ward and the wonders of electronic
communication we have the details of two recent matches, against Milton on
the Sunday of the Tour weekend and Woldingham the week after, on
the results page, along with the
pertinent elements from the associated
scorecards. These figures
have still not been fully checked, so if you spot any errors then please
let me know.
Graham has also supplied match reports for the
Milton game and for the
record breaking performance at
Woldingham, and has also
forwarded on Patrick’s report of proceedings at
Allan Butt has very kindly supplied a team photograph from the Milton
game, but I need to spend a little time remembering how to shrink the
image to a more reasonable size and create a thumbnail for it, as well as
crafting a suitable display page. Hopefully the picture will find its
way into the photo gallery over the next week or so.
In my role as statistics keeper I’d like to point out that a couple
of Badgers have recently passed lifetime milestones, but the somewhat
confused nature of the recording and reporting of games this season has
meant that the feats have gone unremarked. Allan Butt took his 250th
wicket for the club during the Stoke D'Abernon game, making him only the
fifth Badger to pass that mark, and with the way he’s been going I
wouldn’t bet against him reaching the 300 before he hangs up his boots.
Simon Fox also reached a significant figure, in his case 2000 runs, during
the NPL Teddington game, and since I do have a
match report for that one
I’ve added a little note to it. Eleven other Badgers have scored more than
2000, and something tells me that it won’t be long before Patrick joins
Simon amongst that group.
I have also corrected the sequence of the current season’s results, which
you were obviously all too polite to mention was in the opposite order to
the more normal one flagged up by a note at the top of the table.
|26 Jun 2005
This weekend is the Badgers’ annual pilgrimage to the Cotswolds, and since
I still had a day’s leave booked I abandoned the invalid for the day and
made the trip to Oxfordshire intending to watch, score or umpire the Hook
Norton game. Sadly the weather intervened and the match was called off by
midday, but I didn’t waste the opportunity to get hold of the scorebook
and spent an entertaining couple of hours in the bar of the
Crown & Cushion
in Chipping Norton tapping away on the laptop whilst revelling in
the usual wet weather Tour atmosphere (which we’ve had a fair bit of
practice at over the years).
The weather did eventually relent and allowed seven of us to get in a
round of golf at Rye Hill,
which became somewhat surreal as, about halfway through our rounds, the
clubhouse and surrounding area were invaded by pupils of
Warriner School (in
whose grounds we play Milton in the Sunday game) who were holding their
school prom there.
Anyway, the upshot of all this is that I can now bring you a fully
up-to-date results page, along
with the pertinent elements from the associated
scorecards. Please keep in
mind that, due to the battery on my laptop running down, I was not able to
cross-check any of the data entered, so there may well be the odd error
that will have to be corrected later.
Thanks to Keith Miller there is also a
match report for the most
recent game against Beechwood, but I am still waiting for anything further
from Graham Ward, who I understand is also sitting on one report crafted
by vice-skipper Pat Redding. Hopefully some or all of the missing reports
will turn up over the next week, and I’m also hopeful that we can now
keep things ticking over in terms of results and scorecards for however
many more matches it is before I actually manage to get onto a cricket
field this summer.
|17 Jun 2005
Thanks to Graham Ward I’ve been able to get started on entering the
results and scorecard data for this season, so full details of the first
game of the season at Broadbridge Heath can be found on the
along with a match report
and the pertinent elements from the
scorecard. More to follow once
Graham gets hold of the scorebook again and finds the time to type up the
other match reports from whatever scraps of paper or backs of fag packets
he found to scrawl them on.
I’ve recently changed to a new laptop at work that drives its screen at
1400 by 1050 and have discovered that some browsers (specifically Opera v7
and Firefox v1) make a mess of the left hand menu at that resolution.
Internet Explorer v6 seems to make some automatic compensation to cope but
problem. I have no solution just yet, but I am aware of the problem and
have been experimenting with various alternative approaches, none of which
have improved things any just yet.
The new laptop is running Windows XP SP2 and that has also lead me to the
scripting security in that environment, so it becomes necessary to
activate scripting on these pages for the menus to work. Nothing I can do
about it, and the text menu links should mean that the whole site is still
| 3 Jun 2005
Just in case you were wondering, yes the Badgers are still in existence,
and yes we are playing cricket this summer. Unfortunately I (Steve Pitts)
am not currently involved due to the fact that my wife Janet fell off her
horse whilst out on a hack the Sunday before the season started and is
currently housebound, and unable to perform her normal roles, due to three
cracked lumbar vertebrae. Since I am therefore acting as nursemaid and
mother as well as performing my usual function as comedian (I mean father)
I have not even been able to get along to watch the team, let alone play.
I had hoped that someone amongst the active team would be able to provide
me with results and match reports so that I could at least keep the site
ticking over, and I did suggest that we could make use of
our Play-Cricket site to
enable others to enter the required information, but so far nothing has
been forthcoming. As a result of talking to those Badgers that attended
Allan and Susi Butt’s twenty-fifth wedding do, I can tell you that we are
unbeaten so far this season, and that both Patrick Redding and Richard
Ward having picked up where they left off last season, but I have no more
I have made a few minor updates since the AGM: both the current
club officers page and the
historical club officers list have been
changed to reflect Graham Ward’s official appointment as team secretary, a
role that he performed admirably for much of last season in Barry’s
absence; the fixtures page now has map and website links for
all games including the new ones; and I’ve added the 2004 trophy holders
to relevant page in the hall of fame.
I’ve also done some of the tidying up that I would normally do at the
start of a season, but I can’t get things set up properly until I have the
scorecard details for at least one game, since much of the new season
handling revolves around the database that drives most of the data on the
site and I can’t trip the related logic until I’ve got something to feed
| 7 Mar 2005
The more observant amongst you will have noticed that the site has been
down for three or four weeks, but what may not be apparent – unless
you’ve visited during the past couple of days and saw the temporary notice
to that effect – is that we’ve moved home. The address remains the
same but the site is now hosted by
HostPlanetUK rather than
freenetname, following one too many interruptions to service. I doubt that
anyone else will feel the benefit but the new setup gives me access to
more information, more behind the scenes facilities and may allow us to do
some things with the site that were simply impossible before.
The downtime was preceded by a somewhat longer than anticipated off-season
hiatus, for which my apologies (I’ll not trot out the usual excuses, you
probably know them all off by heart by now). I did have an update ready to
go as soon as the dinner and dance had passed, but it never made it into
the big bad world outside of my own network and has been incorporated with
these more recent changes. Those of you that missed out on the dinner
might care to take a peek at the news page to
see who won what, but we are too far removed for me to remember much
I’ve not yet done a report on the recent AGM, but you can find the latest
provisional 2005 fixture list along with some
details of this season’s indoor nets and
As a by product of the awards having been made at the dinner you can now
find all of the 2004 statistics on the averages pages,
including a full season report and fully
up-to-date personal pages.
Hopefully things will settle down to a more normal pace now, so don’t
expect to see a great deal more appear here (unless someone would like to
send me a report on the AGM to post) until the new season looms large.
| 4 Mar 2005
My apologies for the site being off air for several weeks, but this should
all now be resolved as we have a new host. I will post more about that
change and all the other news once I get home tonight, but for the time
being I justed wanted to get the site back on the web. Things have changed
under the covers but you’ll have to wait until I update again to find out
exactly what and where.