Media v Sales
On the 87th Anniversary of Wilfred Rhodes of England and Yorkshire becoming the only person to play in 1,000 first-class cricket matches, the players were greeted by a resplendent Hurlingham Club cricket ground basking in the summer sun. In last year’s match the Media owners were triumphant and the batsmen held sway. Would 2014 see a reversal of fortunes?
Well, history repeated itself with Jamie Jouning taking over from Mark Chippendale as Media Owner captain, due to injury. But it was to follow the same course as the prior year in other respects.
The toss at these matches tends to be more of a negotiation rather than a decision for the victor at the drop of a coin, and so, after some discussion on the relative strengths of their sides, the Media Owners batted first on a belter of a track. The bowlers toiled in the heat with little success. Openers Jamie Wilson of Perform and Chris Morgan from Active International both retired after quick-fire 50’s before ace wicket-keeper batsman Abeed Janmohammed reached 55 with a flurry of fours and sixes, brutally dispatching the bowlers to all corners.
Captain Jouning from Conde Nast finished on 26* and the team finished on a more than competitive 267-4 from their allotted 30 overs ensuring the Agencies would be up against it in the second innings. Pick of the bowlers was Mick Murnagh, last year’s man of the match, with 2-42 from 6 overs and captain Nick Lawson with 0-20 from 6 overs, a miserly spell in deluge of runs.
The Agencies began their reply well with opener Jed Glanville and Co, retiring on 50. But they remained behind the rate as opening pace bowler, David Shore of BskyB, took a tidy 2-55 to stem the flow of runs. Captain Lawson, so often a thorn in the Media Owners’ side, responded with 55 in the middle order and was well supported by Baker (44).
The innings was clinically concluded by Dallas Wiles of JC Decaux with a one over blitz in which he took the last three wickets for just four runs.
Thanks to Umpires Chris Cowdrey, John Price and Richard Groom for managing an enjoyable afternoon. It was an absolutely beautiful day for cricket and the vast crowd of 12 was treated to some excellent batting and, frankly, some rather indifferent bowling. I guess that is the way of modern limited overs cricket.
And so, on to the evening… For the first time in 32 years, over 500 guests joined our president, Chris Cowdrey, at the fundraising dinner supported by Chris Tarrant, Greg James and Robert Powell. Six minibuses were presented to Penn Hall School (Wolverhampton), Parkside School (Norwich), Rosewood Free School (Southampton), Mary Rose School (Southsea), Helen Allison School (Meopham) and National Star (Cheltenham) as a result of last year’s £150,000 raised. This year the media auction in particular has already raised in excess of 2013 and £170,000 is targeted as the final figure.
The cabaret sponsored by Metro and the success of the table sales led by Claudine Collins resulted in a lively evening with thanks to Nick Lawson, Chips, Claudine and the evergreen John Ayling/Stan Park duo.
Original event details:
Media v Sales at Hurlingham.
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