Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) v Turville Park CC, UK on Sat 25 Jun 2011 at 13:30
Optimists Cricket Club Lost by 8 wickets

Match report Whilst the National side were doing battle at the ICC European Division 2 competition in Belgium , the Optimists Cricket Club were to host a side from the UK for the week-end. The Privateers cricket club are part of Turville Park Cricket Club which is actually where the Vicar of Dibley was filmed.

The Privateers arrived on Saturday morning a little worse for wear having sampled the delights of the Bernard Massard tour followed by a trip to the Mousel Canteen and the Bars in the Rive de Clausen. Naturally, the Optimists tried to cease the advantage and ask 11 tired and slightly hung-over guys to the spend the first part of the afternoon in the sun fielding – no chance to get any rest! Unfortunately this was the only advantage the Optimists were to have though.

Batting first, the Optimists never got going. The Privateers bowling attack was steady and each batsman managed to find a way to get themselves out. Phil Burleigh offered some resistance at the top of the order with some typically Caribbean style shots but was eventually caught on the boundary. Simon Baker started to steady the middle of the innings but again, reached the late teens and again was out. The Optimists total of 124 all out was not a great one and required some exceptional bowling if the Optimists were to stand a chance of winning.

Baker and Samir Kalra opened the bowling and both were swinging the ball but the Privateers batsman were solid in defence and very quick on anything loose. Respite did come with the introduction of Mike West who removed one of the openers thanks to a fine catch from Chris Evans. Although many bowlers were used, the Optimists had to be satisfied with the solitary wicket before the target was reached. So convincing was the win, a beer match was organised before both teams settled in for a curry at the Pavilion.

Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets
Arvind Pandey Caught  0
Phillip Burleigh Caught  20
Richard Neale Caught  1
Steve Evans Bowled  7
Mike West Stumped  9
Simon Baker Caught  19
Mark Smith Caught  4
Jai Gianchandani X Caught  5 1
Christopher Evans Caught  5
Chris Swithinbank Bowled  6
Samir Kalra Not Out  1 1

Turville Park CC, UK Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Turville Park CC, UK Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 3 wickets
128 (0.0 overs)

Optimists Cricket Club Optimists (Club side) Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Simon Baker5.001700.003.40
Samir Kalra3.00900.003.00
Mike West7.0028128.004.00
Chris Swithinbank4.001900.004.75
Christopher Evans5.2035135.006.56
Steve Evans4.011200.003.00