Captain's Report 13
Here is the Captain's Report as delivered at the AGM...
This is the captains report for the 2013 season - it was a mixed season on and off the field with some highs and lows - in all the stats read from 21 fixtures, Won 7, Lost 12, no draws and 2 Abandonments.
This may be a more abridged version of the Capt's Report but please feel free to add in any of your own memories.
Winning the toss and bowling at Fernhurst - the Mariners bowled the homeside out for 151. Will and Corkey continuing their good form from the nets to take 3 wickets a piece. In reply the mariners got off to a good start with 20's for Tim, Mike and Jaje however a collapse soon followed as the Mariners subsided from 77 for 3 to 117 all out to lose by 34 runs.
At Tillington the Mariners batted first again without much success falling to 81 all out with only the van Oppen boys making it into double figures. The hosts got off to a shakey start but steadily got to their meagre target inside 23 overs to win by 6 wickets.
The Mariners got their first win of the season at Ockham - winning the toss and batting first Ockham scored 108 with Will the pick of the bowlers with 3 early wickets. Will also lead the way with the bat opening and scoring 65 not out - despite losing Mark, Jake and Charlie for ducks Tim Petzold added 30 and debutant Angus 4 not out to see the Mariners home.
In the first of 3 Ebernoe games in 2013 the next week saw the mariners early order again falter as the first 5 wickets fell with just 10 on the board. A hundred partnership was to follow with Charlie scoring a run a ball 65 and John Chesterman 36 earning some respectability at 123. In reply the mariners failed to make early in roads on the damp pitch as Ebernoe passed 50 with one wicket down, despite 2 wickets a piece for Will and Corkey they got to their target with 5 wickets in hand.
At Blackheath a lovely sunny day saw the mariners lay in a 12 a side game. The hosts batted first and scored 177 - 105 coming from the opening batsman. A superb spell of bowling saw Jake pip ot the middle order with 4 for 9 from 6 overs. In reply the mariners found some form with the bat Matt Beckett falling one short of his 50 and Charlie blasting his way to 80. Messers Chesterman and Holmes went on to see the Marniners over the line.
Captain Crawfords failed to raise a side this year and so the usual trip to Puttenham and the Good Intent fell by the wayside. Another Mariners victory game at Dunsfold, losing the toss the mariners were put in on a cloudy day and made 179, Jake top scoring with 43. In the field the mariners used 8 bowlers to take the required wickets - although it was Magnus' 5 for 15 from 9 overs that was the match winning contribution.
Charterhouse was somewhat of a debacle from start to finish. In hellish weather the Mariners toiled in the field and conceded 217 from 35 overs, with Wootton the only bowler to find any real success with 3 for 36. In reply the mariners never got going and were all out for 64 - even with a 33 not out from emergency batsman JC. The scorecard shows 7 ducks and JC aside, Extras on 16 scored more runs than the rest of the team together.
Toys Hill was another defeat, the home side making a 146 in a show of strength which has become uncharacteristic in recent years. In reply the Mariners who numbered only 8 made only 80, Jake top scoring with 29.
At Chiddingfold the Mariners left these two defeats behind them and cruised to victory by 7 wickets. The homeside made 156 despite Jake again tearing through the middle order with 6 for 14 from 10 overs - In reply the mariners openers Neil and Leo put on 111 for the first wicket and Chesterman, Charlie and Petzold did the rest - all this as Andy Murray was busy winning Wimbledon!
Winning ways continued at Follies Farm - again alongside sport elsewhere as England got the wickets they required to wrap up the First test. For the Mariners Freddie Hodgson made 58 and Charlie 53 including 10 fours and a 6 and not a lot of running to get the team up to 228. In reply the hosts only managed 174 with Freddie and Ben Corke getting 3 wickets each.
At Lodsworth the mariners won the toss and batted first putting in a decent account of themselves to get to 194. With Freddie again in the runs this time alongside Leo. But wickets were not forth coming on a scorching hot dat as the hosts made 198 with just 4 wickets down, 2 apiece for Westwood and Freddie.
And so to the Horn Fair, the centre piece of the season. The mariners took to the field and watched the hosts get off to a good start - unlucky in the field as the ball failed to go to hand. At lunch things weren't looking good but against the odds the roast dinner and beer somehow had an improved effect on the Mariners bowling as they reduced the home side to 185 from their 42 overs. After tea the mariners set about the target losing both openers to questionable shots before Tony Dixon and Tim Goldman steadied the ship to put on 103 for the 3rd wicket. However when Tarny fell for 84 the mariners were still some way short of the target and even with a run a ball 34 from CVO is still came down to a nervey finish as first Will, then Jake, then Tim Petzold were all out LBW (possibly all at the hands of their own president!) - luckily Goldman and Magnus hung on to see the mariners home Magnus cover driving a four before uncharacteristically sprinting a single to claim the victory - and Tarny the horns in the process as the highest scorer on the winning side.
The mariners rolled on to Elstead, a new fixture and careered to 235 from 38 overs - Charlie making 74 not out alongside a 54 from Hamish. The hosts only managed 131 in reply with wickets shared evenly amoung the 10 mariners bowlers - up to July and the season was seemingly back on track. However, that was to be the Mariners victory of the season!!
At Shackleford a strong homeside made 251 before the Mariners succumbed for just a 100. At Hambledon Will scored 72 out of the Mariners 171 but the hosts ruthlessly knocked off the runs.
An all game at Midhurst saw the Mariners somewhat out of their depth against a Midhurst side featuring at least 4 of their 1st XI and actually the mariners put in a good account to only lose by 99 in what was a very tough game. Jake and Will made 42 and 32 respectively as the rest of us faltered in the face of some hostile bowling.
The final Ebernoe game of the season was a strange affair as the mariners batted first, collapsed, then held on for re-inforcements to arrive from Norfolk. However, in 35 overs we only managed 113 a target that was knocked off for just the loss of 2 wickets by the hosts.
Witley was a rather unpleasant affair as it has been on occasion - The Mariners got off to a good start with Will making 48 and JC 50 but a young leg spinner soon put pay to the hard work taking a hat-trick on his way bowl the Mariners out for 195. In reply the hosts scored steadily making their target for just the loss of 3 wickets.
A rain affected game at Kirdford saw the Mariners make 138 before a rain induced delaration. With the game shortened to 28overs and no one capable of a Duckworth Lewis calculation set about a non adjusted target and made the runs with 6 wickets in hand.
Warnham was lost to more bad weather and so the season concluded prematurely with a string of 6 straight losses. A sour note to end on but not reflective of the season as a whole which saw victories at Dunsfold, Chiddingfold, Follies Farm and Horn Fair - all of which have been unhappy hunting grounds in the past.
However - there was certainly a feeling that the team must make more consistant runs to give the bowlers a chance and perhaps place more emphasis on chasing the win rather than spreading around and mixing up the team.
Statistically Magnus came out on top in the bowling, taking the cup with 14 wickets at 7.8 - out averaging Jake's 25 at 10.8 and Will's 18 at 24.6. With the bat in the end consistency one the day with JC taking the cup with an average of 29.7 just above Leo on 28, Charlie and Freddie on 27, Jake 24 and Will 23.
Tom 'Safe hands' van Oppen took away the Founders Cup, with an outstanding ten catches for the season.
That concludes the 2013 AMCC captain's report. Thank you very much.