Cup Win at Old Adversaries!

Well let’s get the stats out the way first….In 10 previous encounters between the sides; Marsh had won 3 times, Marcham twice and 5 had been rained off…and with this week’s relentless rain that result looked most likely, but the day turned out fine and it was essential Skipper for the Day – Frankie – won the toss, as Marsh had never beaten Marcham when batting first and whoever lost the toss was sure to bat on what looked like, and turned out to be, a very very unpredictable wicket.  Oh dear, Marsh were inserted and team reaction to Skippers inadequate tossing was captured on video for future reference.

Club Captain Leonard was tried and convicted ‘in abstentia’ for going to watch another sport on matchday. Plus failing to pass the Scorebook and Match Ball to anyone else in readiness – Two Pooounds please!

Marsh’s big money transfer was accompanied by the club’s recently successful UKIP candidate, and both looked splendidly rotund in the middle (in more ways than one if you get my drift!)  The going was tough as the ball moved erratically off the surface and it looked like both openers were beginning to settle by the 10th over when, a total shooter skittled Joe for 14.  There followed a brief appearance from Teddy Boy Shippo (1), before Skipper Mead and Vadivale built a crucial partnership of 45.  Both then fell in quick succession and Marsh were 69-4 at halfway.

An extraordinary over from Patel had batsman, scorers and umpires perplexed and scribbling like demons…..10 times Patel bowled and notwithstanding the 2 legitimate balls, there were 5 wides and 3 No Balls – all Beamers, which meant that having used all his lives he was suspended from bowling any further!

Despite the surface and some fine left arm spin from Armstrong, March kept the scoreboard turning with contributions from Turner (9), Willo (7), Jackal (15) and a critical quick fire 19 from Crouch at the end.    A final total of 125 was less than hoped, but certainly hard fought and not going to be easily beaten.

After a fine tea, Marsh needed to pin Marcham back and not allow any pinch hitting during the fielding restrictions. Mission accomplished as Crouch and Jackal removed openers with only 7 on the board. A series of fine catches from Vadivale (Gully), Turner (Silly Mid-Off) and TimDog (off his own bowling!) supported by good ground work in the field meant Marcham never looked likely.

A fine spell from Crouch earned him 3-11 and Man of the Match adding to his joint top score of 19.  But the pick of the bowling was Guns Out Leonard with 4-12 (should have been 5, but we won’t talk about that) including his last 3 overs all being Wicket Maidens!

Shippo wrapped it all up in the 31st over bowling the impressive youngster Woodley, with Marcham on 78.

The day was somewhat marred by a few unfortunate incidents in the changing room; Guantanamo Cold Water hosing by Guns, Paedo filming by The Jackal, and the heinous crime of the playing and singing to ‘Let it Go’ from ‘Frozen’ (ringleader Vadivale and his backing vocalist Josephine Leonard!)

The revelry continued back at The Dog before an aborted attempt to watch the boxing ended in disaster for the Needham household when Guns ripped out the sky connection – clearly the electrical apprenticeship is progressing well!

Clear the calendar for Sunday 29th June when we travel to Westcott for the Quarter Final!

Midweek Fixtures 2014

Wed 7th May – H – Maids Moreton

Wed 14th May – A – Fringford (Buckingham Advertiser Cup)

Wed 21st May – A – Gawcott

Wed 28th May – A – Wicken

Wed 4th Jun – A – Maids Moreton (George Blow Cup)

Wed 11th Jun – H – Winslow

Mon 16th Jun – A – Brackley (League Shield)

Wed 2nd Jul – A – Gt Horwood

Mon 7th Jul – League Shield Semi Finals

Fri 11th Jul – George Blow Cup Final

Wed 16th Jul – H – Brackley

Wed 23rd Jul – H – Preston Bissett

Fri 25th Jul – League Shield Final

Wed 30th Jul – H – Fringford

The wanderer returns & club news………

The Originals are delighted to announce the return to the club of opening batsmen Joe Leonard, following a successful spell at Cherwell League Division 2 outfit Cublington. Joe returns to the fold off the back of an excellent season, scoring over 600 runs in the season.

This is a major boost for the club, in particular the Originals batting line-up, where Joes undoubted quality will shine through and he will be looking to build on scooping the ‘Batsmen of the year’ award in the 2012 season at Marsh. Welcome back ‘the mouth’…….the changing rooms certainly won’t be quiet if it ever was!

This is just another exciting development in what promises to be another enjoyable season, where the club have invested heavily in its development, with the purchase of a new bowling machine for net sessions, professional coaching for it’s players and the wider community and a new sponsorship deal with the ever supportive Sadika Vale, who have kindly donated new kit to each player, received free when signing for the club…….an extra incentive if any was needed! Coupled with a very positive start to the campaign on the field, where despite losing out to Witney Swifts, the Originals put in a very impressive bowling and fielding display, with outstanding performances from the ever growing crop of impressive youngsters on display. Also, really great to see so many supporters at the ground watching and enjoying the day.

No game this week as the players will be undergoing an intensive day of preparation for the coming weeks, mainly concentrating on hydration and nutrition levels………in the form of ale and burgers (club day!!). Various members of the club will be available for signed photographs (aka selfies) during the day, mainly comprising of them seen laid in hedges dotted around the village or with people on their shoulders (part of the strength and conditioning programme!).

We go again on Saturday 24th May against Wolvercote at Cutteslowe Park in Oxford, where we renew acquaintances with former players Stuart Tofts and ex-captain Ben ‘Banger’ Proctor, who play for the newly-promoted side. If you don’t know the area, this is a lovely park for kids and adults alike, so extra incentive for the ever growing band of supporters and families to come and cheer the boys on.

Look forward to seeing you then!

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Not long now!

After a gruelling pre-season, the big kick-off is nearly upon us. We begin our campaign with a home game against Witney Swifts on Saturday 3rd May.

The team/squad is shaping up nicely, with good attendances at nets and with many youngsters involved, which is very pleasing to see. We have retained the same squad from last year, aside from Will (Screeno) Harper, who has sadly moved away, with a few new additions looking promising from our net sessions. This season promises to be another tough, yet enjoyable test for us all, but the ‘Originals’ are looking forward to new challenges against fresh opposition in OCA Division 3. The return of both youngsters Sam Richardson and Charlie Shipperley after long-term injury is particularly pleasing to see and both should be looking forward to successful campaigns. With many local derbies this season, this also gives a good chance for our travelling fans to join us on the road and venture to some new grounds……..and hostelries! Mikey Timms is also looking forward to another successful campaign on Wednesday evenings in the midweek league, where Marsh will be looking to defend their league champions crown. Good luck to Mikey in his first season in charge. The ground staff have been hard at work, which has included a day at Wormsley Cricket Ground on a professional groundsmans course, which was attended by Baz and Carlos………so if you’re ever short of conversation, I’m sure Needham will enlighten you with his new found knowledge of soil composition and worm casts!

Off the field, things are looking healthy also. The committee have worked hard in the off-season, with new ‘social co-ordinator’ Paul West looking at some very exciting fund-raisers, whilst the bonus ball competition is thriving as always, ably organised by Carlos ‘Titchmarsh’ Needham. We have purchased a new bowling machine, which will be available in the next week or so for members to use at their leisure for some additional practice. One of our sponsors Sadika Vale have very kindly purchased the club new warm-up and training kit for players, which is available to all as part of their annual subscriptions……many thanks to the ever supportive Vadivale family. All the lads will be pleased to hear that Debs has yet again done wonderful work in securing the services of our splendid band of lovely ladies who provide such great teas each week….thanks goes to Debs and all the girls in advance of what I’m sure will be another excellent season of teatime feasts……we just need to live up to it on the field lads! We have also secured professional cricket coaching for members and non-members alike, which starts in May on Thursday evenings, so all is moving positively.

We have our last indoor net session tomorrow night at Cooper School in Bicester, 7.30-9pm. During the season we will be having outdoor nets each week on Thursdays at 6.30pm, for anyone who can make it.

I hope you enjoy the season and look forward to seeing you all for another fun-filled summer.


Anyone For Cricket?

This is a message for those that are not yet worrying about greying or thinning hair, those who know how social media works, those who don’t know or even care about Actuarial Valuations,………………..

MGCC will be providing Open Coaching for 12 to 24 year olds (male and female) on Thursday evenings from 15th May until 26th June, from 6.30pm until 8pm.   We have one of Oxfordshire’s top coaches: Darryl Woods, leading the sessions on all aspects of the game, for all levels of ability. Darryl is Oxfordshire Women’s Head Coach and Oxfordshire U17 Boys and Girls Head Coach.

The coaching is open to all, MGCC members as well as non-members who have a keen interest in developing their skills.   This is the perfect start to cricket for young beginners, or a chance to get in form and be ready for the Summer ahead.

This is also a great chance to bring along your mates.   Why not bring along some friends from school (or work!) who’d like some extra cricket.

No one is required or expected to join the club, just enjoy playing cricket and perhaps learn a new skill or two.  Should be fun as we also have a brand new Bowling Machine to use!

(We might even have the bar open so parents wishing to relax on balmy summer nights can get a drink and relax – whilst doing the taxi driver job!)

It is important for those wishing to attend to Pre-Register as we are limited in numbers.  The only cost is £5 for the whole course of 7 weeks (That’s not even £1 per week!)

Simply let me know if you are going to come along and the names of any mates that want to join as well.

(You do not need to attend every week, but it is important that you attend most or it makes organising the activities difficult for the coach.)



Reply to: or text 07920 293480.


The MGCC Golf Day is back!

To be played on Sunday 6th April at Bicester Golf Club.    First Tee off at 12.30pm.   The event is limited to 12 entrants and the entry is subsidised and there will be food and presentation afterwards.

Please reply to info on this site or Sat Nav directly to express an interest.  He will be able to give you more particulars and confirm your place.



Pre Season Nets

Pre Season Indoor Nets will be at Cooper School and will run throughout April, every Thursday night, beginning on 3rd.  Concluding on 24th.  

Start time 7.30pm so be there in time to get ready!   Running until 9pm each night.

Just enough time to get in the zone for the first league match at home against Witney on 3rd May.

Watch This Space…..

Your Committee met for the first time in 2014 and is reviewed progress on plans for the upcoming season.

Watch this space for specific details soon……Areas that are being prepared include;

INDOOR NETS – There will be 4 sessions beginning in April at Cooper School in Bicester

MID SUMMER EVENT – We have a free weekend (without a match) on 12th July and a special event is being planned to take place at the ground on this date so keep the date free!

CLUB KIT – It’s probably time for a new shirt or trousers?  Well, a new web ordering service will be set up to order club playing kit direct from Trysports and collect.   To include new branded training gear and pyjama tops with nicknames!

FUNDRAISING – We are drawing up plans for new fundraising activities to replace the Race Night.  The Winter Bonus Ball has been fully subscribed and will continue until mid March.  (The Summer series will start from May.)

MATCHES – The full OCA fixture list is now available on the OCA site and we will be doing a lot of travelling at the start of the year with a lot of home fixtures toward the end of the Season.  The Midweek fixtures are not out yet.


So, keep watching this space for more news!




Annual General Meeting Report

The 39th AGM of MGCC was held on Thursday 7th November at MG Village Hall and attended by 16 members.

A quorum was declared by the Secretary and apologies for Absence accepted.

The Chairman gave his annual address to the members and stated the 3 Pillars for the club: Governance, Performance and Membership were all in good order and he has complete confidence for the future of the club.  Governance is the management of all club aspects off the field of play, inclusive of the executive committee and others who provide help to run the club.  The financial standing is sound and well led, with the club’s responsibilities to its member associations:- OCA, OCB, Bucks League,  all respected.   Performance is all matters on the field of play and the Club Captains have led their teams fastidiously. Midweek winning the league, tougher times for Saturday team being disappointingly relegated but setting in place foundations for future success.    Membership is the social spirit and inclusion. In essence everything that makes teams into a Club.  From the spectators, families, openness to new players and spirit of play.  A growth in committed players, in particular youngsters was a pleasing result in 2013 and the Club will continue to focus on bringing in new young players with an ambition to begin a Saturday 2nd XI based around them as soon a s practicable.

Several ‘Thank You’ messages were delivered: Sadika Vale Ltd for Sponsorship, The Bonus Ball patrons, Umpires, Ground staff, Tea Ladies, and retiring committee.

The Minutes from 2012 AGM were circulated, read and approved as accurate and committed to record with no matters arising.

The Treasurer presented the annual financial report, concluding that the club has £1451 at hand doubling last years balance due t o an annual surplus of £786.  The accounts were accepted by the meeting.   Income came from fund raising (Race Night, Bonus Ball), Sponsorship, Subscriptions and match fees. Expenditure was controlled tightly with only 2 major cost items of Sports Club rent and insurance.  (The remainder of the 2012 rent to be settled in Spring).  The Treasurer is pleased with the financial position and is optimistic, but added fundraising remains essential.

The Officers resigned their post in accordance with rules, and the election of Officers for 2014 was made.  The Officers elected are as follows: Chairman – Carl Needham,   Secretary – Mathew Mead,   Treasurer – Richard Cross,  Originals Captain – Stuart Leonard,  Midweek Captain – Michael Timms,    Groundsman – Barry Leonard,    Fundraiser – Paul West.   Additional positions are to be made by Committee during the year as required.

Other roles within the Club agreed, but not on the executive are: Umpires Secretary – Barry Timms,  Child Welfare – Grant Cross

The Sports Club Representatives shall be:  Richard Cross and Michael Timms

There were no constitutional amendments and the clubs continuance in the OCA and Bucks Midweek leagues for the season 2014 was confirmed.

The OCA has advised that all Umpires officiating in more than 4 matches need to be CRB Cleared.  It was confirmed that the Club Umpires both have current certificates and others assisting will not do more than 4 matches and so no action is required .  Again, the Captain offered the gratitude of the players to the Umpires, who mostly stand in Div. 1 matches due to their skill and recognition from the OCA.

The Grounds man reported all regarding the playing area is in good order and no further equipment is needed.

Annual Subscriptions were discussed and changed for the new season following an elected proposal made in the meeting.  Adult Fees shall be £50.  Juniors (U18) shall be £25.  Midweek Only £15 (All).  Saturday Match Fees are to be £10 Adult, £7 Junior.   Midweek to be £3 for all.

Pre-season Nets were approved for a minimum of 4 weeks and the charge for each session shall be £3 per player.

Sadika Vale Ltd. kindly offered to sponsor the club for the coming year and shall be discussing with the Committee the provision of new match shirts and training kit for the players.  The new kit to be organised for the start of the season, details to be worked out at Committee over the winter.

Fundraising remains essential and the Bonus Ball was scheduled to start on 9th November.  Most numbers were sold post meeting.   The new Fundraising secretary will support the club and look into future events and schemes.

A Tour was suggested and is to be investigated for the New Forest area through contact at a club in the area. To be over a weekend at the end of April.

Saturday Tea money was raised in line with rising costs of ingredients, to £50.

There being no other motions the meeting closed at 9.25pm


A full extract of the AGM will be available (for members) from the Secretary, after approval at the Committee meeting in December.  Please contact Matt.






Bonus Ball – Winter 2014


It’s not bigger, It’s not smarter, It’s not even complicated.  It’s EXACTLY THE SAME AS BEFORE!   MGCC Bonus Ball began on Saturday 9th November and runs until 15th March 2014, with a £1 entry each week having the chance of winning £25.  If your number is the main Lotto number on Saturdays draw – you win – it is as simple as that!

The Entrants are:  1 – Matt, 2 – Will Honour, 3- Tommy, 4 – Sat, 5 – NewBoy, 6 – Tef, 7 – Crouch, 8 – Lola, 9 – Freddie, 10 – Emma, 11 – Cubby, 12 – Bethany, 13 – Jaz, 14 – Athis, 15 – Neil Honour, 16 – Nicky, 17 – Duke, 18 – Bobby, 19 – Vicky, 20 – Linda, 21 – Donna, 22 – Derek, 23 – Jamie, 24 – Saffi, 25 – Mikey, 26 –  Guesty,  27 – Amy, 28 – Margaret, 29 – Jacob, 30 – Martha, 31 – Carole, 32 – Vanessa, 33 – Lukey,  34 – Bill, 35 – Big Dave, 36 – Russell, 37 – Ryan, 38 – Westy, 39 – Gez,  40 – Maisie, 41 – Ella West,  42 – Dheepika, 43 – Issy Honour,  44 – Horace, 45 – Dave, 46 – Catherine,  47 – Tracey,  48 – Barry T, 49 – Wako!..….AND THE WINNERS SO FAR ARE:

Jaz Needham.   16th Nov….38 -Paul West   23rd Nov…15 -Neil Honour  30th Nov…15-Neil Honour (Again!), 7th Dec….25-Mikey Timms 14th Dec…8-Lola Leonard,  21st Dec…17-Duke Leonard,  24th Dec..49- Ian Wakelin,  4th Jan 8-Lola Leonard,  11th Jan. 24-Saffi Needham, 18th Jan. 33-Luke Fox.  25th Jan.  11-Joe Leonard,  1st Feb. 29-Jacob Chambers.  8th Feb. 4-Sat Vadivale.  15th Feb. 27-Amy Callow.  22nd Feb. 33-Luke Fox.  1st Mar.  45 – Dave Clarke.