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The Stags finish off their season with their AGM on 21st October at Sportsable, Maidenhead. Its been an exciting season with new kit and we have enjoyed using the facilities at Sonning CC for the first time. We remain indebted to Future Legends, Binfield CC, Bracknell CC and Farnham Royal CC for their continuing help and support.
This year we managed to attend the Brian Johnstone Memorial Weekend, although we didn’t win the trophy this year, more importantly we won the “Spirit of Cricket” award.
Training will start on January 12th at Newlands School, Maidenhead.
We have been awarded a £500 grant from Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust to go towards our new kit for the season Further details about the kit design will be revealed later in the year. For more information about the trust have a look at their website www.whytheadvertiserisspecial.co.uk We are also grateful for the continuing financial support from Mrs Pat Holman.
Sonning CC have generously offered use of their facilities for raining during 2019. We hope to arrange an evening game against a team from Sonning CC using Simspecs to allow them to experience our version of the game.
A good turnout saw 25 members attend our AGM and awards ceremony at the British Legion in Cippenham. Sam Hoskin was re-elected as Club Captain and Richard Deadman as vice-Captain. The committee were all re-elected and welcomed Stuart Pearce in the new post of transport officer.
Player’s Player 2018 – Adam Solan
Captain’s Player 2018 – Stuart Pearce
Most Improved Player – Teo Berthy
Spirit of Cricket Award – Richard Deadman
Golden Duck Award – Teo Berthy
Congratulations to Sam Hoskin on being awarded BCEW best Regional Level Total Player in 2018
Richard Deadman nominated for the BCEW best Regional Level Partially Sighted Player in 2018
The Stags decided not to take part in the Brian Johnstone Development weekend in Leicester this year as not enough players were available.
Our Family and Friends Game (Trevor Holman Trophy) was held on Bank Holiday Monday at Farnham Royal CC. This match against a team made up from our family, friends and invited guests was as enjoyable as previous years. All sighted players wore sim specs. It was a competitive game with the Stags achieving a narrow win.
Our annual game against a team from Syngenta (Tim Palmer Cup) was held on a warm evening at Binfield CC. Stags were narrowly defeated yet again. Hopefully, Syngenta will be back again next year and we can add the cup to our collection.
Unfortunately, poor weather resulted in our final game of the BCEW Southern league against Gloucestershire growlers being cancelled.
We started August with a visit to Binfield CC to play against a team from Help4Heroes. This was our fourth meeting and our favourite game of the season especially as Binfield CC provide a delicious BBQ lunch. A Stags defeat this year, roll on next year.
We travelled to Southampton and enjoyed a win against Hampshire VICC. The tea provided by our hosts was voted definitely the best of the season
Man of the Match: Hannah Young
We started the month hosting Surrey at Farnham Royal CC – result a losing draw.
Man of the Match: Adam Solan
4 Stags ladies - Ruth, Hannah, Camille and Becky travelled with the UK Women’s VI cricket team to Barbados to play against the West Indies team. The UK won the 5-match series 4 – 1. http://www.bcew.co.uk/news/2018/from-reading-to-barbados/
We were delighted to be asked to play a game against Reading Blue Coat School which took place at the school. Their players wore sim specs and entered into the spirit of the game and a number of parents arrived to watch. A very enjoyable afternoon which we would very much like to repeat in 2019.
We arrived in Poole to play Dorset Dolphins on a windy day looking forward to meeting up with friends. A very close game resulted in a Stags losing draw with only 0.1 difference in run rate between the teams.
Man of the Match: Stuart Pearce
At the start of June, we welcomed back Metro Devils this time to Farnham Royal CC for a T20 Cup game. A depleted Stags were thoroughly beaten; however, the game was played in the very best cricketing spirit.
Man of the Match: Teo Berthy
We started the season by playing Metro Devils at Binfield CC. Both teams had new captains who were classified as totals; quite an achievement. Stags lost.
Man of the match: Mustapha Azmi
2018 has got off to a great start with a new captain Sam Hoskin (total) and vice-captain Richard Deadman (partial). We have been training fortnightly at Newlands School and also Desborough College with Steve and Paul from Future Legends.
Outdoor training will commence in May at Pinkney’s Green CC. 2017 was our best year so far finishing 4th in the South & West Regional League and also joint winners of the BCEW Brian Johnson Memorial Trust Development Festival held at Leicester university in September.
Our ladies Becky, Ruth, Hannah and Camille have an exciting summer coming up playing with the International women’s team in Barbados and we look forward to playing all our usual matches both league and friendlies including this year a game against a team of cricket coaches.
We are hoping to keep Richard playing all summer, last year he had to take a back seat due to a broken finger, we are all slightly concerned he intends to take part in a sky dive in June……
Our first league game is against Metro devils on May 6th, match report to follow.
A big thank you to Burnham CC for letting us use their club house for our AGM with excellent refreshments as always provided by Michelle.
Players’ Player – Richard Deadman
Captains Player of the Year – Mo Azmi
Most improved player of the year – Sam Hoskin
Sam Hoskin “Duck Award” – Paul Fisher
Saturday 22nd July
Metro Devils v Stags
A depleted Stags squad travelled to Highgate Wood hoping that the weather forecast wasn’t correct. Having lost the toss, Stags were put into bat with Tom and Mo opening. Disaster struck when Mo was caught out on the boundary in the first over sending in Stuart who was also quickly dismissed for 2. Tom retired on 50 not out.
Amaar was out caught for 10 and Mike and Atif were just settling down when rain stopped play. All players headed for an early tea hoping that it would blow over however the persistent heavy rain caused the pitch to become flooded and it was decided to abandon the game after 16 overs at just before 4 o’clock.
Stags “Player of the match” went to Tom Gray
Sunday 9th July
Gloucestershire Growlers v Stags
Stags travelled to Cheltenham for the second time this season to play their league match against Gloucestershire. Unusually, Stags won the toss and were able to invite the Growlers to bat first. One of their openers was out for a duck giving the Stags early encouragement but then three of their batsmen reached unbeaten 50s in an impressive total of 273 for 5 after 28 overs. Dan Sargent had a good day in the field taking two catches and achieving a run-out. Unfortunately, Richard broke a finger while attempting another catch and had to leave the field.
In reply, Stags’ opener Alex scored 50 not out and Dan10 but then five of the next six batsmen all failed to score. With possible defeat looming Alex came back to partner the injured Richard for the final few deliveries and thankfully the final pair held out to secure a losing draw with a score of 134 for 9.
Stags “Player of the match” went to Camille Elliott Kamara
Sunday 2nd July
Stags v Hampshire VICC
Stags, with Mo making his first appearance of the season and a special appearance from Alex Ditchburn welcomed Hampshire to Bracknell Cricket Club on a warm, sunny afternoon.
Stags lost the toss and were put in to bat. Richard and Paul opened the batting with Paul soon out lbw for 7. Richard carried on in partnership with Hannah (total) who scored 8 before being caught behind the wicket. Mo then came out to bat scoring a brilliant 37 before being run out. Richard also failed to make 50 also being run out on 46. Alex, batting at number 5, retired on 53 and then the rest of the team continued for 28 overs achieving a score of 222 for 9. Stuart, playing as a B1 for the first time, managed an amazing 10 runs off one ball.
After tea, Stags managed to restrict Hampshire’s run rate and take regular wickets with great catches from Alex and Richard. The game ended with the Stags achieving a winning draw with Hampshire restricted to 144 for 7 from their 24 overs.
Stags “Player of the match” went to Mo Azmi
Future Legends are running a number of taster sessions or anyone wanting to try VI cricket at a number of locations across Berkshire.
Check out their poster or contact Nigel Bruce on 01628 302014 or [email protected]
We are very grateful to Berkshire Cricket Officials Association for the very kind donation given to us.
Sunday 3rd June 2017 - Gloucestershire Growlers V Stags at Hatherley and Reddings CC
The team arrived ready and raring to go. Captain Sam lost the toss and we were put in to bat. Richard and Kathryn opened the batting well and Kathryn got 32 before getting run out. Sam went in before rain stopped play for a little while. When the rain died down and we went back out and Richard got 50 so had to retire. Amaar went in and was batting well when Sam got bowled out. Kalime then went in and both young lads were batting well when the heavens opened and rain stopped play again so we decided to take tea early while the rain cleared and the pitch dried up.
After the umpires did their inspection play started again. Kalime got run out for 2 then Hannah went in and was batting well when, with just 2 balls to go, Kathryn took a risk and ran Hannah out for 2. Atif came in at the non-striker’s end for the final ball. When it was the Stags turn to field Atif opened the bowling well, however we could not handle the opening batsman who got 50 and retired. The new batsman came in Camille bowled well, the batsman hit the ball and Richard took a great catch in the outfield.
We took drinks at 10 overs and Becky came on to field as Hannah went off injured. Ruth bowled well but unfortunately it wasn't enough for the Stags to come back and Gloucester Growlers won in the 14th over. It was a good afternoon of cricket and both teams showed great cricket spirit despite the rain.
Stags “Player of the match” went to Richard Deadman
Sunday 14th May 2017 - Stags v Kent Spitfires at Bracknell CC
Our first game at Bracknell CC started well with Paul winning the toss and putting Spitfires in to bat. A convincing opening partnership by captain Tom Barton and Ray St Cyl who both scored half-centuries followed by 43 from number 3 batsman Amin Ashari saw Spitfires race to an impressive 275 for 5 from only 20 overs. For the Stags, Richard Deadman and Mike Winstone took one wicket each.
Following the Spitfires’ early declaration, Stags were left to face 32 overs and suffered the worst possible start when their captain Paul Fisher was out first ball, quickly followed by vice-Captain Sam Hoskin in the second over. However, Stags then dug in deep and as a result of notable batting performances by the rest of the team especially Hannah Young and Stuart Pearce, they achieved a remarkable draw with a score of 124 for 7.
Stags’ player of the match - Hannah Young.
Sunday 7th May 2017 - Stags v Dorset Dolphins at Binfield CC
The Stags’ opening game of the season was against old friends the Dorset Dolphins at Binfield CC. Stags lost the toss and were put into bat. Opening batsmen Paul and Richard Deadman on debut made a solid start with Paul going on to make an unbeaten half-century
After Richard was run out with the score on 46, Paul & Sam took the score on to 98 for 1 before Sam was bowled for 22.
Stags then suffered another 6 runouts (something to work on here?!) as they fell to 165 for 8 wickets with only Katherine Jelfs reaching double figures.
In reply, both Dolphins openers retired on 50s before Stags took their first wicket with the score on 118. Kalime Bryan then took his first wicket for the Stags but this could not prevent the Dolphins reaching a winning total off 20.3 overs for the loss of just two wickets. Richard Deadman was the pick of the Stags’ bowlers conceding just 16 runs of his three overs.
Stags’ player of the match – Kalime Bryan.
Sunday January 1st 2017
Happy New Year!
Stags indoor training starts on Saturday 14th January at Newlands School, Maidenhead and will continue fortnightly until April when we transfer outdoors to Pinkeys Green Cricket Club. We are excited and optimistic about these trainings sessions as we are now in working with the cricket coaching company Future Legends and look forward to a successful year under their guidance.
Have a look at their website: http://www.futurelegends.cricket/
We will be holding an open day on April 8th. Anyone who would like to find out more about the stags and V.I. cricket will be welcome to attend.
The provisional fixtures list for the coming season is now available, but remember, these dates are subject to change until all dates are confirmed at the end of January. We welcome back the Gloucestershire Growlers to our league this year.
In addition to our BCEW fixtures we will be playing our usual friendlies against Syngenta and family & friends. This year is particularly exciting as we will be travelling to Tedworth House to play against Help4Heroes on their own turf.
For more up to date information follow our Facebook Page. The link is on the website.
Sunday 10th July
The Stags travelled to Bickley Cricket Club near Bromley to play the Kent Spitfires in the BCEW Regional League. Captaining the Stags for the second consecutive game, Mo Azmi won the toss and invited the Spitfires to bat first. Following the early loss of one of their openers the Spitfires scored quickly and declared at 216 for 3 off only 20 overs giving themselves 32 overs to bowl the Stags out. Bowlers Sam Hoskin, Mo Azmi and Atif Umer each took one wicket.
From the start of their reply the Stags tactic was to bat out the overs and play for a draw. Openers Mo and Sam put together a partnership of 53 runs before Sam was out caught. Atif Umer then joined Mo and the pair batted solidly, advancing the score to 122 when Mo was out for 49. Atif and David Beynon then saw off the remaining overs to reach a final score of 129 for 2 and earn the draw. By the close of the innings the stonewalling Atif had scored just one run off 64 balls faced.
The Stags’ man of the match award was given to Ruth Stacey for her bowling performance and for acting as a runner for the entire 32 overs of the Stags’ innings.
Sunday 5th June
The Stags travelled to Kings Hill CC near Maidstone to play Kent Spitfires in the first round of the South & East T20 Cup competition. Kent won the toss and invited Stags to bat first. An outstanding opening partnership against an accurate bowling attack saw stand-in captain Mo Azmi and veteran Geoff Smith both reaching half-centuries before being forced to retire. This was followed by an excellent 20 from Sam Hoskin at number three before Atif Umer and Mike Winston batted out the 20 overs, both finishing not out for a Stags total of 146 for 1.
In reply Kent lost both of their opening batsmen without scoring; one bowled by Sam Hoskin, the other the victim of a sharp run out by wicket keeper Adam Solar. Thereafter, Kent’s numbers three and four batsmen consolidated the innings before they were out bowled by Ruth Stacey and Camille Kamara respectively. The Stags fought hard to contain the Kent score using seven different bowlers, but in an exciting finish Kent reached the winning total of 147 with just four balls of the final over to spare.
The Stags man of the match was Adam Solan
Sunday 29th May
A special day organised by The Kings Head CC in aid of their Charity of the Year “InVision”. Naomi Riches MBE, InVision Patron attended the game to promote her fundraising activity from the 17th-19th September 2016 when she will be attempting to set a new world record as the fastest woman to row 165 miles of the River Thames from Lechlade to Gravesend. Her aim is to do this in 50hours or less.
Stags were very happy to play a 15 over a side game against the Kings Head team who all joined in the spirit of the game by wearing Simspecs. Stags batted giving every players a chance to bat, with a special welcome to Kalime Bryan on his Stags debut. Opener Mo Azmi top scored with 13 as Stags made 73 for 4 from their 15 overs. In reply, Kings Head reached a winning total of 74 for 3 off 13.2 overs with their captain Dan Rowe top scoring with 12 not out. The Stags team used eleven bowlers.
After the game both teams enjoyed a BBQ and liquid refreshments. Naomi allowed members of both teams to test their skills on her rowing machine.
Sunday 22nd May
Sadly the weather forced our match against Hampshire VICC to be cancelled. This game will be rearranged if a mutually acceptable date can be found.
Sunday 8th May
The Stags began the season with a home match against Surrey led by new captain Paul Fisher. On a beautiful sunny and hot Spring day at Binfield CC playing conditions were made difficult for bowlers and batsmen by a strong, gusting side wind. Surrey captain Stuart Ralph won the toss and invited Stags to bat first. Against a strong early bowling attack led by John Woodford, opener Paul Fisher made 39 runs before being one of three run-out victims and Geoff Smith coming in at number eight scored 35. Other batsmen did well but only Sam Hoskin was able to reach double figure. Stags were eventually all out for 142 off 26 overs.
Surrey replied with a strong opening partnership of Lois Turner and Stuart Ralph, both of whom scored quick 50s before retiring. Surrey reached their winning target off just 12 overs for the loss of no wickets.
Man of the Match – Adam Solan
At our AGM, the current committee was re-elected for the 2016 season; Paul Fisher was elected Captain and Ian Whitehurst was elected Vice Captain.
Training starts on 16th January 1-4pm at Bulmershe Leisure Centre; everyone welcome.
The fixture list is almost complete with a few friendlies still to be confirmed. There will be a friendly game in memory of Trevor Holman which will take place against a team comprising family and friends of the players. We also hope to play a team from Thames Valley Police and a team from Grace Church, Caversham.
The Stags finished off their season by taking part in the Blind Cricket England and Wales development tournament held at Leicester University. We welcomed 5 members from RNC Hereford Bulldogs and played against teams from the north i.e. Derbyshire, Staffordshire/Worcestershire, Yorkshire/Nottinghamshire, Lancashire and Durham. After winning 4 out of 5 of these games and having taken a significant number of wickets in the process, The Stags/Bulldogs team made it into the final against Lancashire Lions. A great effort from everyone but the Lions were the eventual winners with the Stags receiving the runners up medals
Saturday 22nd August
The Stags travelled to Southampton for the semi-final of the T 20 knockout cup. Batting first the Stags only managed to make 48 all out and Hampshire easily reached the required target of 49 for the loss of 2 wickets resulting in the Stags losing by 8 wickets.
Stags’ Man of the Match – Becky King
Saturday 15th August
The Stags travelled to Highgate Wood in London to play their last development league game of the season against Metro Devils. A depleted squad called upon friends from Somerset VICC to help make up the team and Paul Fisher captained the Stags in Ian Whitehurst’s absence.
Having lost the toss, Stags were put into bat first. Paul, batting valiantly, scored 50 before retiring. The other notable score was a creditable 27 from Somerset’s Tom Gray. After 24 overs, Stags finished their innings with a score of 135 for 4. In reply, Devil’s openers Brenda Cassells and Everton Amos both achieved 51 runs before retiring and the Devils reached the required score of 137 runs with the loss of two wicket both expertly taken by Atif Umer
Stags’ Man of the Match – Atif Umer
The Stags played two friendlies in August one against First Great Western the other against Syngenta, with sighted players wearing sim specs. The games were competitive with the Stags winning narrowly on both occasions. These games are always great fun giving opponents a glimpse into the world of sight loss and how cricket can still be played with impaired vision.
Sunday 26th July
Stags were supposed to travel to East Tytherley to play Hampshire VICC in a Southern Development League knockout cup semi-final. Unfortunately the rain put a stop to that. This game will be rearranged as soon as possible.
Sunday 19th July
Kent Spitfires VICC arrived on a warm, sunny afternoon to play against the Stags at Binfield CC for the first ever meeting between the two teams. The Stags won the toss and put a depleted (8 players) Kent side into bat. Windy conditions made bowling difficult and Stags used nine different bowlers. A stoical effort of 30 runs from opening batsman Ben Breen (Total) and 50 (retired) from Mat Boulding gave the Spitfires an admirable total of 171 for 1 after 24 overs.
After tea the Stags set about matching this target, Ian Whitehurst reaching another 50 not out and Mo Azmi also reaching his 50 before retiring. Paul Fisher (20 not out) and David Cross (3 not out) saw the Stags home in the 19th over to record their first league win of the season.
Stags’ man of the match - Camille Elliott Kamara
Wednesday 8th July
As part of Binfield CC’s 150th anniversary celebration week, the Stags took on a Tedworth House (Help for Heroes) XI.
This 15 overs a side match was played in a friendly spirt and enabled the Tedworth House team to experience V.I. cricket for the first time. Batting first and wearing simpecs, Tedworth House scored a commendable 135 runs from their 15 overs with batsmen retiring after 2 or 3 overs at the crease and the Stags using 11 different bowlers. In reply, the Stags, using a reversed batting order, reached 133, resulting in a 2 run win for Tedworth House.
The match was followed by an excellent BBQ lunch provided by Binfield CC. Thanks go to Ian Foster and Andrew Stacey for umpiring the game with flexibility of the rules for both sides.
Hopefully this fixture can become a regular event.
Sunday 5th July
Our home fixture, the T20 Knockout Cup quarter final against Dorset Dolphins took place at Bearwood College as a result of Binfield CC kicking off their 150th anniversary celebrations with a match against the MCC at our home ground.
Stags won the toss and elected to bat first. The opening pair, captain Ian Whitehurst and Mo Azmi, both scored quickly off accurate bowling from Dorset before Ian retired on 50. Hannah Young (Total) then came into bat achieving a creditable 8 runs. Mo then retired on 50 allowing Crossy, who was still recovering from a back injury; to come into bat and score 31 not out. Stags total after 20 overs was 139 for the loss of no wickets.
After lunch, an early wicket from Ian Whitehurst saw Dolphins dangerous opener Tim McKenzie out for a duck but good scores from Paul Fisher (retired on 54) and Steve Bailey (46 not out) saw the two teams going into the last over with Dolphins requiring 18 runs for a win. However, they finished 5 runs short, sending Stags through to a semi-final meeting with Hampshire on 26th July.
Stags’ man of the match was Mo Azmi
Sunday 14th June
Regrettably, injury hit Stags were unable to field a side against Gloucestershire Growlers in a development league fixture, it is hoped that the teams will meet again later on in the year.
Sunday 7th June - Dorset Dolphins V Berkshire Stags
Our second away game of the season saw us travelling to Poole to play opposite the Dolphins in Poole. Dorset won the toss and put us in to bat. Our openers Ian Whitehurst and Paul Fisher both reached half centuries before they were obliged to retire. After their permitted 24 overs, Stags finished on 212 for 2 wickets.
After a delightful tea on a warm sunny day, Dolphins set about their reply. Tim McKenzie retired on 51 and Steve Bailey reached his first half century and a notable 30 from Lee Fisher saw Dolphins secure the match in the final over. Remarkably both teams contained an octogenarian in Jean Sparrowhawk (83) and Don Reed (80) .
Stags' Man of the Match - Don Reed.
17th May 2015
An injury depleted Stags team took on Surrey VICC at Frimley CC. Stags were put in to bat and the highlight of their innings was an unbeaten 67 from captain Ian Whitehurst assisted by 20 from Stuntman and 14 from Crossy.
In his first innings for the Stags, Adam made 3 runs. Ruth acted as a runner for the whole of the innings and made 5 runs when it was her turn to bat. The final total after 22 overs was 144 for 8. Following an excellent Waitrose sponsored tea, Ralph Stuart with 50 not out and Lois Turner with 34 not out led the Surrey reply.
Despite some accurate bowling by Stuntman and Ian, Surrey reached their target of 146 off 18.3 overs for the loss of only one wicket.
Stags' Man of the Match - Ruth Stacey.
10th May 2015
Stags welcomed RNC Hereford to Binfield CC on a sunny Sunday and having lost the toss, Stags were put into bat. Stags scored quickly with Ian recording 51 not out and Paul hitting 47 before being caught at mid off trying to hit a maximum. The run rate then slowed despite David Cross slamming a quick 37 not out. Stags finished on 192 for 6.
After an excellent tea, Stags took an early wicket when RNC opener Rennel was bowled by Stuntman for 0. Only 2 more wickets fell during an excellent batting performance by RNC and they reached their target having lost only 3 wickets with 3 overs to spare with Tom Rogers and Alec Hocking both passing half centuries.
The match was played in a very good spirit with RNC Ady's humour whilst batting, bowling and keeping wicket was much appreciated by all.
Stags’ Man of the Match – Paul Fisher
26th April 2015
Berkshire Stags VICC v Hampshire VICC at Binfield CC. 1.00pm
A cold, damp start to the season; Ian Whitehurst (Captain) won the toss
and put Hampshire in to bat.
A strong opening partnership of Ryan West and Woody Allen provided a century opening stand for Hampshire with both batsmen eventually
forced to retire. Tiny Morris (Total) batting at number 3 added another 26 and Dave Daniels another 26 to give Hampshire a total of 223 off 24
overs. Dave Beynon was the Stags best bowler with 1 for 15 off 4 overs.
In reply, openers Ian Whitehurst and David Cross made a solid start for
the Stags but when Whitehurst was forced to retire on 58 the run rate
was restricted despite a late 25 from Mo Azmi. After 24 overs Stags
reached a total of 170 for a loss of just 1 wicket. Match drawn.
Stags were pleased with their performance especially since 3 players
were new to the team and this was the first competitive game of the
Man of the Match was awarded to David Beynon (Stuntman)
22nd February 2015
The new season starts in April, we have our first competitive game against Hampshire VICC on Sunday 26th April at home at Binfield CC.
This season we are hoping to increase the number of friendlies that we play against local sighted teams starting with a game against the Thames Valley Police in April. This game will take place in Slough probably early evening we are just waiting for the weather to improve before we confirm date and time.
Our preseason training started last October and we have been concentrating on improving our fitness for the coming season. It’s never too late to join us and we welcome any new members with sight loss regardless of age (over 12) or gender.
We have drawn Dorset Dolphins in the T20 cup at home. This will take place at Bearwood School, Wokingham as Binfield CC have an exciting week of cricket celebrating their 150th Anniversary. They have many events planned for the season starting on July 5th, check out their website for more details.
17th August 2014
On Sunday 17th excitement was mounting as we travelled to Cheltenham and the beautiful setting that is home to Hatherely and Reddings CC. Despite a heavy downpour when we stopped for coffee near Swindon, we were reliably informed that the sun was shining in Cheltenham.
Stags won the toss and elected to bat. Once again, Whitehurst and Cross provided a good opening partnership and Kaja made an impressive contribution batting at number three. Azmi then added 59 before the innings finished on 235 for 2. Gloucestershire, in reply, achieved 167 for 6. Notable batting provided by Bezuidenhout 31 - not out. Berkshire Stags won by 68 runs.
Stags will play in the T20 Cup final against the Metro Devils on their home ground Binfield CC on Sunday 31st August.
12th August 2014
Berkshire Stags welcomed Calcot Cricket Club back to Binfield CC for our annual Tim Palmer Memorial Cup Game. Unfortunately, The Stags managed to field for only 9 overs before rain stopped play and the game was called off - resulting in a draw.
Calcot Cricket Club will retain the cup for another year when we look forward to another evening of good fun, and hopefully, the cup will be back with us.
10th August 2014
After finishing fourth in the league the Stags prepared for the development T20 cup knowing that they needed wins against Kent Spitfires and Gloucestershire Growlers to reach the final. However as the weekend of 9th and 10th approached the weather forecast grew more and more gloomy - Bertha was on her way!
Gloucestershire's game against Dorset Dolphins was called off but the weather was not looking as bad as predicted, in Binfield, by the weathermen. Fate took a hand and as a result of Kent's Captain breaking his ankle our game was called off by the Spitfires as they were unable to travel.
Berkshire Stags were awarded 2 points.