Badgers Cricket Club – What’s New Archive 2021

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This page provides a repository of all the old What’s New entries for 2021, in reverse chronological order. If you really have a desire for the older 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 twenty-one and a half years it has been here. Please bear in mind that links to external sites may have atrophied over time and thus you may see ‘not found’ or similar errors when trying to follow them, especially the further back in time the link was first created.


21 Aug 2021

Our second game of the season against Putney – this time away from home, although not at their main ground on Putney Common. Sadly the pitch at Barn Elms Sports Centre was one of the worst I have ever played on, with the whole playing field covered with goose guano to make things even less pleasant, and the resultant contest was far from satisfactory. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard. and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard

14 Aug 2021

PLEASE NOTE that tomorrow’s game with Putney will not be at their home ground on Putney Common but instead will be at the Barn Elms Sports Centre and will start at one o’clock rather than one thirty. The fixtures page has been updated accordingly.

Sadly there is nothing else to report on the cricketing front as our games have been rained off for the past two Sundays.

31 Jul 2021

PLEASE NOTE that we will not be playing our original opposition and might, conditions permitting, be playing another ‘home’ game on the back pitch at Woodmansterne tomorrow, against a new opponent in Mpingwe CC. The fixtures page has been updated accordingly.

24 Jul 2021

PLEASE NOTE that this weekend’s game has been cancelled due to the fact that, for the first time this season, we are unable to raise an eleven.

A baking hot day last Sunday saw the Badgers fall to their fourth defeat of the season by the narrowest of margins. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard, and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard.

17 Jul 2021

A first ever ‘home’ game against Horley, who we last played back in 2017 on their ground, saw the Badgers unable to chase down a potentially modest total on a slow track at Woodmansterne Street. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard, and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard.

9 Jul 2021

We have another ‘home’ game arranged for this coming Sunday, an early start for a game against Horley who we have visited half a dozen times in the past decade. The fixtures page has been updated accordingly.

For the second week running we got really lucky with the weather, barring a delayed start and one short sharp shower, completing a game against Oxted & Limpsfield on the old Limpsfield ground. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard, and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard.

3 Jul 2021

Tomorrow’s game with Oxted & Limpsfield has been moved from the usual location on the main ground in Oxted to the old Limpsfield ground off Grub Street on Limpsfield Common, a few kilometres further east along the A25. The fixtures page has been updated with the new details as has the Google Map with locations of our 2021 opposition.

Our second visit to Woodmansterne to play the home side saw us battling through some early showers to restrict the home side to a relatively low total and coast home for the win before the weather closed in again. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard, and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard.

26 Jun 2021

Tomorrow’s game with Ripley has been cancelled and we are back at Woodmansterne for a second bite at the home side. The fixtures page has been updated but I am sure that most can find their way without any trouble.

Back to the more familiar away games this week, with our annual visit to Tadworth and another fine all round performance from the Badgers in the twentieth meeting between the two teams, albeit after a shaky start. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard, and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard.

19 Jun 2021

A rather unfortunate turn of events in the baking heat at Woodmansterne against first-time opponents Merton last Sunday, with the Badgers spending the first innings endeavouring to set up an interesting contest and then somewhat negating the effort by opening with Jake who destroyed the opposition bowling attack. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the detailed scorecard, and the traditional Badgers’ focused scorecard.

12 Jun 2021

Sunday’s original fixture at Ottershaw has been replaced by another ‘home’ game to facilitate the celebration of Dawn’s birthday (otherwise we were not going to be able to raise an eleven, as I understand it). The new opposition, who are also new opponents for us best as I can tell, are one of three teams that Merton CC field on a Sunday. The fixtures page has full details.

A pleasant afternoon at Woodmansterne on Sunday against a new opponent in Mogador Wanderers, who handed out a sound beating in the end in what nevertheless was a good game of cricket played in the right spirit. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.

3 Jun 2021

Another ‘home’ game this coming Sunday, against a new opponent in Mogador Wanderers, on the back pitch at Woodmansterne. The fixtures page has full details.

Finally summer arrived along with our first ‘home’ game of the season on the back pitch at Woodmansterne against Putney. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.

29 May 2021

We have a ‘home’ game arranged for tomorrow on the back pitch at Woodmansterne against Putney, which if the weather is kind to us later in the year may end up being the first home and away we have played in a very long time. Pleae check the fixtures page for full details including the earlier than usual start time.

Another chilly and this time damp Sunday afternoon but at least we managed to squeeze in a game between a heavy shower just before the start time and things closing in for good about six in the evening, with Woodmansterne giving us a good pasting in between. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.

22 May 2021

Sadly last week’s visit to Dormansland was cancelled the day before due to heavy rains but we had had a pleasant afternoon the Sunday before last on Ham Common, slightly warmer than the previous weeks, albeit slightly spoiled by one of their number top edging a pull shot into his face – fortunately nothing was broken, just a fair bit of claret spilled. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.

8 May 2021

Another sunny but fairly chilly afternoon last Sunday saw the Badgers return to Leatherhead for the first time since 2014, although I have no idea why we stopped playing them after the excitement of that particular game. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.

I cannot for the life of me work out why this has not been done before, but I have changed the scorecard links from the match reports pages to take you to the detailed scorecards rather than the old-school Badgers’ data only versions, where they exist obviously. The running results pages continue to link to the match report and the appropriate half of the old scorecard for technical reasons too boring to detail.

1 May 2021

The 2021 season got underway, on time thank goodness, with a beautifully sunny but at times bitterly cold day at Otford for our traditional opener against Beechwood. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.

As ever the start of the new season brings a large number of changes to this site, most of them under the covers and pretty much all of them automated in some way or other, but it takes a great deal of time to check everything and I might have missed a mistake or other discrepancy, so please shout if you see anything that looks out of whack.

25 Apr 2021

The fixtures page has been updated with the provisional list for the 2021 season, including map links and the now standard Google map with the locations of our opposition. First game is today at Beechwood!!

In testing the updated fixtures I have discovered that at some point in the (presumably) recent past Streetmap stopped supporting the URI format that we had been using for map links since forever so I’ve corrected all of them, even on pages that are no longer active and visible to the outside world, to a format that they do support. Please let me know if you find anything that doesn’t work as expected.

One of the side effects of adding the data for 2020 is that a lot of the historical statistics pages rolled over into an extra page (they are collected together by decade, but we don’t create a new page until there are two years to include on it) which also meant adjusting the menus at the top of the page. Historically that has been done by hand, but in doing so for the last update I remembered that this is a chore I have always wanted to get rid of. As a result I have written code to construct the cascades of entries for those sub-menus made up of years or blocks of years and thus automated that chore out of existence. As a side effect I discovered that 1984 had not been added everywhere that it should have been but you were all too polite to mention it. Nothing should be missing from the menus now but the layout of some of them has changed now that the shape is decided by an algorithm rather than the human eye. Again, please let me know if you find anything anomalous.

20 Apr 2021

Whilst the 2020 season was rather curtailed, due to not starting until the last weekend in July, we still played enough cricket to make it worthwhile publishing a season report and giving out the usual awards off the back of the averages therein. However, the current situation still prevents us from actually getting together to hand out the cups to those concerned, but hopefully the time will come before too long when we can do just that.

All of the other pages have been updated with the 2020 figures, including all decade by decade averages pages, the personal pages (for which we have no new qualifiers but sadly neither Amy nor Matt Smith meet the criteria any more and have lost theirs) and the individual records page. In addition you can now find historical results for 2020 along with the leading performances and partnerships for the season just gone.

As ever the end of season update brings a lot of (mostly automatic) changes under the covers, so if you see anything that looks wrong please let me know and I will endeavour to sort it out. I will also try to get the fixture list updated here to complement the one on Play-Cricket.

17 Apr 2021

Unfortunately the 2020 season ended in the disappointment of not being able to get a game despite having a team and the resulting funk has extended all the way through the off season to one week shy of the possible beginning of the 2021 season. Rather than trying to straighten everything out in one go this update fills in the blanks from the final game we did play, which should have happened by the weekend of 27th September, and I will make at least one more update before next weekend to add a season report.

PLEASE NOTE that the fixture details for 2021 are available on our Play-Cricket site, and the first game is barely more than a week away. I hope to update the fixture list on this site before the season starts but the initial focus will be on the activities that would normally happen before and after the annual awards dinner, which did not take place last year due to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From last September:
Another lovely sunny autumnal afternoon for our third game at Woodmansterne this summer, although less successful than our previous ‘home’ game. The usual summarised details of the game can be found on the results page along with a statistical notes only match report, the traditional pertinent elements from the scorecard and the not-so new-fangled detailed scorecard.