British Police CC Tour 2017

 
 
 

BP 2017 saw a return to the South of England with a Sunday meeting at Basildon – there were to be four new caps awarded, Alan Davidson (Scotland), Andy Lynch (PS Northern Ireland), Jahangir Baig (West Midlands) with James Adkins (Surrey) to join the party later in the week.

There was a fabulous team spirit and closeness within the BP group with players representing all four corners of the British Isles.  

DAY ONE 

Monday 26th June at Billericay CC v Essex Academy (Sponsored by Arc Legal)

A fine day with high cloud cover.

Mick Martin won the toss and elected to bat, against a strong ‘Academy’ side, walking to the middle with Alan Davidson, the Scottish left hander on debut. Alan was following the legendary David Brown from the 1970’s, as the only previous Scot to have opened for BP. 

The Essex attack was all line on length with the batters holding on, with just 49 scored in the first 20 overs. Davidson then entered the BP ‘debut highs’ club, bringing up his half century with his 8th boundary but perished soon after caught on 52 ( 109 minutes, 93 balls) with the total 92. A really solid start to the week, but sadly, Adam Phillips (2) soon went. Captain Mick Martin followed his opening partner to a half century, scoring his 4th boundary before playing on to depart the scene on 53 (133 minutes, 91 balls), he was also nursing a hand injury which without doubt hampered his progress during the week. There followed an absolute nightmare of a collapse with 7 wickets falling at a cost of 25 runs. 125 for 2 had become 150 all out. Aron Nijjar had the figures of 5 for 33 from 8 overs, with the keeper Adam Wheater holding on to 3 catches in one over!

In reply Essex lost Rahul Shermar, trapped LBW by Andy Sidgreaves in the 4th over, the total 27. Barry Stewart was just able to bowl 7 balls before he pulled a ham string and had to limp away from the action, taking no further part on the field in the tour. A century stand moved the score to 134 before substitute Stuart Taylor took a fine diving catch in the deep, to dismiss his namesake, to claim Jahangir Baig’s first wicket. Adam Wheater scored a maximum to win the match, having carried his bat scoring 85 not out, with 14x4’s and 2x6’s in his sides 15 overs faced. What started with promise ended in a mauling.      

(209) ESSEX ACADEMY v BRITISH POLICE at Billericay CC, Essex on 26th June 2017

British Police Essex Academy

1 M Martin* b Nijjar 53 R Shermar lbw b Sidgreaves 13

2 A Davidson c Taylor b Nijjar 52 A Wheater+ Not Out 85

3 A Phillips c Hyam b Nijjar 2 C Taylor c sub Taylor b Baig 43

4 R Watkins c Wheater b Allison 0 W Bottleman Not Out 1

5 R Wharton+ c Wheater b Allison 8 K Velani did not bat

6 B Stewart c Wheater b Allison 0 A Nijjar -“-

7 G Crossley b Nijjar 8 R Patel -“-

8 A Lynch lbw b Russell 1 B Allison -“-

9 J Baig b Russell 5 A Russell -“-

10 C Rodger b Nijjar 0 G Dixon -“-

11 A Sidgreaves Not Out 0 S Cook -“-

B Hyam* -“-

Extras:- 12 Extras:- 14

TOTAL 150 all out TOTAL 156 for 2 wickets

1-92(2), 2-101(3), 3-125(1), 4-129(4), 5-129(6), 1-27(1), 2-134(3)

6-134(5), 7-137(8), 8-150(7), 9-150(10), 10-150(9)

Dixon 8-1-17-0 Russell 4.1.-0-13-2 Crossley 5-0-39-0 Lynch 2-0-28-0

Cook 8-1-22-0 Nijjar 8-2-33-5 Stewart 1.1-0-16-0 Baig 2-0-21-1

Taylor 7-1-33-0 Allison 5-0-29-3 Sidgreaves 4-0-32-1 Rodgers 1-0-20-0

ESSEX ACADEMY WON BY 8 WICKETS (R Knowles/P Mitchell)

DAY TWO

Tuesday 27th June at the Army Officers Ground, Aldershot v Army – (Sponsored by Police Mutual)

A cloudy breezy day with rain in the air. 

Mick Martin stood down resting his injury and Ryan Watkins took over the captaincy, winning the toss, and choosing to bat first for the second day running. 

Alan Davidson was joined by Adam Phillips as his partner. The 10th over was negotiated with 50 runs passed, giving BP another promising start before Davidson fell LBW. Phillips went on to reach his maiden BP 50 from 44 balls in 50 minutes from 54 balls (11x4’s, 1x6), before he was bowled on 58 with the total on 85-2. There was then a stand of 53 between Ryan Watkins (30) and Richard Wharton (18) before the latter departed. Visions of the day one collapse surfaced as Watkins went on the same score having looked in good nick flicking a 4 off his hip and a 6 over square. The scoreboard registered 184 for 8 wickets. It took a rear-guard action from Jahangir Baig (33 not out) and George Crossley (13) to salvage a respectable final total. They put on 37 for the 9th wicket followed by a ‘red inker’ of one not out from Andy Sidgreaves. The final count 229 for 9 wickets.    

The Army responded with the weather changing and a light drizzle falling, making the ball and outfield greasy. Relph was out for 0, with the total 25 – caught by Callum Rodger off George Crossley. Green went on 32 before he was LBW to Andy Sidgreaves. Fletcher (17) was well held by Crossley off Ryan Watkins, with Brown having a rush of blood charging Rodger’s to be stumped by Alex Pockett (70-4). At this stage BP were well in control and ready for any maths the weather might throw up. Keeper Wiseman 41 not out (4x4’s, 3x6’s from 23 balls in 33 minutes) had other ideas and after a short rain interruption proceeded to smash Duckworth Lewis into submission, aided by some inept bowling and fielding. Off for rain the board showed the Army on 125 for 4 wickets, with DLS on 210 – no further play was possible giving a 15 run winning margin to the hosts. A case of plucking defeat from the jaws of victory! 

(210) ARMY v BRITISH POLICE at Army Officers Ground, Aldershot, Hampshire on 27th June 2017

British Police Army

1 A Phillips b Robinson 58 S W Green* lbw b Sidgreaves 32

2 A Davidson lbw b Howlin 15 J R Relph c Rodger b Crossley 0

3 R Watkins* c Green b Brown 38 L M Fletcher c Crossley b Watkins 17

4 R Wharton c Robinson b Hill 18 D D Brown st Pockett b Rodger 9

5 A Pockett+ c & b Brown 1 G Wiseman+ Not Out 41

6 S Taylor c Green b Hill 15 S D Govender Not Out 11

7 D Morrell c & b Brown 11 T Lester did not bat

8 C Rodger b Govender 4 V A Hill -“-

9 J Baig Not Out 33 J R Howlin -“-

10 G Crossley c Wiseman b Simon 13 M Simon -“-

11 A Sidgreaves Not Out 1 L A Robinson -“-

Extras:- 22 Extras:- 15

TOTAL 229 for 9 wickets TOTAL 125 for 4 wickets

1-51(2), 2-85(1), 3-138(4), 4-138(3), 5-145(5), 1-25(2), 2-38(1), 3-69(3), 4-70(4)

6-161(6), 7-166(8), 8-184(7), 9-221(10)

Robinson 8-1-50-1 Brown 10-1-32-3 Sidgreaves 5-1-13-1 Davidson 3-0-11-0

Howlin 10-0-55-1 Hill 10-3-23-2 Crossley 5-0-31-1 Rodger 3-0-20-1

Simon 10-1-47-1 Govender 2-0-6-1 Watkins 4-0-10-1 Morrell 3-0-36-0

ARMY WON ON DL (R Knowles/P Mitchell)

DAY THREE

Wednesday 28th June at Vine Lane, Uxbridge v RAF.

A fine but cloudy day.

The BP squad found the only traffic jam on route was the queue at the Vine Lane gates at 0930 as entry was precluded by a padlock and chain! The groundsman arrived at the scene and revealed the RAF had called the fixture off the previous evening as it had been “tweeting” with rain and the RAF felt a postponement would prevent further twittering! All the RAF players and officials and caterers had all been made aware but no call had been made directly to the BP opposition!

It was 1975 when BP first played at Vine Lane – it would be dreadfully sad if 42 years of cricket were spoilt by a failure to communicate in a proper, direct and personal manner – hopefully this oversight will be rectified. 

By the way the pitch and outfield were fully recovered and play would have been possible within a couple of hours

DAY FOUR

Thursday 29th June at East Molesey CC v Club Crciket Conference (Sponsored by Uberfone)

A picture postcard ground on the banks of the River Thames on a fine and cloudy day 

It was great to see three former BP players at the ground - our old friend and BP stalwart on and off the field, Peter Allen, together with Mark Stear and Darryl Carter, both now officials with the CCC.

The Conference won the toss and came out to bat and set off at a break neck pace with 32 off the first three overs, before the 1st wicket. Andy Sidgreaves got one to pop forcing a leading edge from Chris Jones that Andy Lynch grabbed overhead. Ryan Watkins entered the attack and pegged the Conference back with a quality spell, taking the next two wickets LBW with the score in the 50’s. When Andy Sidgreaves also trapped Alex Browne, 75 for 4 from 14 overs signalled a decent fight back. The captain Dan Yarnley joined Angelo Perera and together they put on 58 (133-5) before Yarnley (21) was caught by James Adkins diving to his left from the bowling of Baig.

There were other double wicket stands including an unbroken 36 for the last wicket before time was called on 250 for 9 wickets. BP a little disappointed that they couldn’t finish the innings from 214-9. That wicket was Angelo Perera who departed at the end of a delightful innings of 115 (131 minutes, 108 balls with 12x4’s & 2x6’s) bowled by Watkins trying to improvise a boundary. Ryan Watkins was the pic of the attack with a spell of 3-29 from his 10 overs. There were 18 wides which tells its own tale.

In reply BP lost Davidson caught at 1st slip the score 19. Adam Phillips was joined by Ryan Watkins and together they put on 86 before Watkins (27) skied a catch from a top edge. Phillips was in good form reaching his 50 (51 balls, 64 minutes) he was bowled on 122-3, having notched 72 runs (82 balls, 101 minutes including 14x4’s. Once again a BP collapse saw wickets fall at minimum cost, this time 7 for 76 runs, leaving them well beaten on 198 all out, a deficit of 52 runs.               

(211) CLUB CRICKET CONFERENCE v BRITISH POLICE at East Molesey CC, Surrey on 29th June 2017

Club Cricket Conference British Police

1 C Jones c Lynch b Sidgreaves 3 A Phillips b Jones 72

2 E Ballard lbw b Watkins 27 A Davidson c Yarnley b Wharton 0

3 B Erasmus lbw b Watkins 10 R Watkins c Ballard b Jones 27

4 A Perera b Watkins 115 A Pockett lbw b Jones 16

5 A Browne+ lbw b Sidgreaves 0 J Adkins lbw b Perera 4

6 D Yarnley* c Adkins b Baig 21 M Martin* c Wharton b Perera 12

7 E Lowe c Lynch b Davidson 2 R Wharton+ Run Out (Ballard) 3

8 E Wharton b Adkins 2 A Lynch Run Out (Knyman) 35

9 Z Arshad c Phillips b Adkins 1 J Baig lbw b Erasmus 0

10 A Riley Not Out 12 G Crossley c Riley b Perera 9

11 B Knyman Not Out 22 A Sidgreaves Not Out 1

S Taylor did not bat

Extras:- 35 Extras:- 19

TOTAL 250 for 9 wickets TOTAL 198 all out

1-32(1), 2-55(3), 3-58(2), 4-75(5), 5-133(6), 1-19(2), 2-105(3), 3-122(1), 4-129(5), 5-136(4),

6-154(7), 7-190(8), 8-206(9), 9-214(4) 6-148(7), 7-167(6), 8-171(9), 9-188(10), 10-198(8)

Adkins 10-0-47-2 Crossley 2-0-16-0 Wharton 6-1-25-1 Jones 10-1-40-3

Sidgreaves 10-1-44-2 Davidson 8-0-47-1 Knyman 6-1-22-0 Perera 8.5-0-41-3

Watkins 10-4-29-3 Lynch 2-0-17-0 Arshad 2-0-25-0 Erasmus 4-0-12-1

Baig 8-0-43-1 Riley 7-1-29-0

CLUB CRICKET CONFERENCE WON BY 52 RUNS (R Knowles/P Mitchell)

DAY FIVE 

Friday 30th June at Sunbury on Thames CC v Royal Navy (Sponsored by George Burrows)

A fine and sunny day

There was a determined mood in the BP camp of finishing on a high before departures to the four corner of the British Isles. 

The Royal Navy won the toss and elected to bat, putting on 36 before Andy Sidgreaves got down to hold a caught and bowled bringing in Turnbull. He proceeded to make one of the great BP cricket week innings, scoring 142 (145 minutes, 127 balls, 11x4’s & 1x6) before he was caught by Callum Rodger off Alan Davidson, an amazing 58% contribution to 243 all out. Once again BP failed to close the game from 188 for 8 thanks to a 9th wicket stand of 55. Andy Sidgreaves opened the attack taking 2-29 from his 10 overs. Dave Morrell taking 3-43 with the Scots Callum Rodger and Alan Rodgers taking 2 wickets apiece. 

In reply BP slumped to 59-3 before Alan Davidson and Richard Wharton (19) put on 54 valuable runs (113-4). That soon became 114-5 and the winning line well in the distance. Alan Davidson was then partnered by James Adkins and there followed a stand of 105 in 16 overs. James Adkins was out for 58 (61 minutes, 42 balls, 7x4’s, 1x6, 1x5) the total 219-6. Would BP blow it from this position? At 219-7 it looked a possibility! Callum Rodger (9) helped move the total to 229-8. Thankfully George Crossley saw it through in the 49th over with two welcome boundaries. At the other end Alan Davidson was unbeaten with an impressive 79, having taken 154 minutes and 99 balls, with 8x4’s. A real show of determination and commitment. By the way that man Turnbull took 4-50 and still ended on the losing side! 

Thankfully there was a deserved BP victory to end the week,           

(212) BRITISH POLICE v ROYAL NAVY at Sunbury CC, Surrey on 30th June 2017

Royal Navy British Police

1 S Radford c Watkins b Sidgreaves 24 A Phillips c Hensor b Parker 8

2 L Buscombe+ c & b Sidgreaves 15 M Martin* c Buscombe b Turnbull 20

3 P Turnbull c Rodger b Davidson 142 R Watkins c Baig b Parker 19

4 R Thomas b Rodger 14 A Davidson Not Out 79

5 J Baig b Morrell 3 R Wharton c Buscombe b Hensor 19

6 N Thomas b Rodger 0 A Pockett c Buscombe b Hensor 0

7 P Hensor b Morrell 0 J Adkins c Radford b Turnbull 58

8 J Parker c Watkins b Morrell 5 D Morrell lbw b Turnbull 0

9 J Grasham* c Wharton b Davidson 12 C Rodger c Grasham b Turnbull 6

10 C Turrell Not Out 11 G Crossley Not Out 9

11 Absent 0 A Sidgreaves did not bat

Extras:- 17 Extras:- 27

TOTAL 243 all out TOTAL 245 for 8 wickets

1-36(2), 2-71(1), 3-115(4), 4-140(5), 5-143(6), 1-8(1), 2-36(3), 3-59(2), 4-113(5), 5-114(6),
6-146(7), 7- 162(8), 8-188(9), 9-243(3), 10-243(11) 6-219(7), 7-219(8), 8-229(9)

Sidgreaves 10-0-29-2 Morrell 7-0-34-3 Parker 10-1-48-2  Grasham 7.3-0-60-0

Crossley 10-0-58-0 Davidson 4.1-0-22-2 Turrell 10-2-20-0  N Thomas 6-0-32-0

Watkins 5-0-25-0 Adkins 2-0-22-0 Turnbull 10-0-50-4  Hensor 5-0-28-2

Rodger 10-0-43-2

BRITISH POLICE WON BY 2 WICKETS (R Knowles/P Mitchell)

Notes from the Scorebox:-

The week saw the first BP match decided by the Duckworth Lewis System.

BP have taken 1,599 wickets – so a milestone awaits in 2018.

BP have scored 42,999 runs – who will take us to 43,000 in 2018?

Congratulations to Alan Davidson (Scotland) for 52 on debut and a match winning 79 not out. 

Mick Martin (Gwent) now qualifies for the overall batting averages top ten with 42.9 from 16 matches 

Ryan Watkins (Gwent) has 511 runs edging into 17th spot in the run scorers list.

Andy Sidgreaves (Lancashire) got a bowling PB during the week but has the ‘red inker’ record of never being dismissed in 8 innings (12 matches). Dave Morrell (Derbyshire) also had a bowling PB in the week.    

BP would like to thank all of the players who made themselves available for the 2017 cricket week.

Everyone appreciates the commitment and sacrifices made in these difficult times. 

This year under the direction of ‘Beefy’ the contribution of over £1,000 to the ‘Make a Wish’ charity was absolutely outstanding. 

Thanks as always go to the valued contribution of our main sponsor G4S and our Match Sponsors Arc Legal, Police Mutual, Uberfone and George Burrows who make the week such a success and enable BP to continue upholding such high standards and traditions.

We also applaud David Fraser-Darling our ‘Beefy’ for his management skills, time and effort in keeping British Police CC and Police Cricket in general with its head above water!   

Thanks to our opponents for fitting in with our unique mini season. The services especially echoing our own current availability and commitment problems.

Finally thanks to the Club Officials, groundsmen, caterers and the scorers and umpires who provide the vital support to enable the games to go ahead. 

Peter Mitchell

BP Scorer/Statistician 

BP 2017 (STATS)

Batting Averages: M Inns NO Runs HS Av 50’s Ct/St

1 Alan Davidson (Scotland) 4 4 1 146 79* 48.66 2

2 Adam Phillips (Merseyside) 4 4 0 140 72 35 2 1

3 James Adkins (Surrey) 2 2 0 62 58 31 1 1

4 Mick Martin (Gwent) 3 3 0 85 53 28.33 1

5 Ryan Watkins (Gwent) 4 4 0 93 38 23.25 0 2

6 Jahangir Baig (West Mids) 3 3 1 38 33* 19 0

7 Andy Lynch (PS N Ireland) 2 2 0 36 35 18 0 2

8 George Crossley (Leicester) 3 3 1 30 13 15 0 1

9 Stuart Taylor (Northumbria) 2 1 0 15 15 15 0 1

10 Richard Wharton (Herts) 4 4 0 48 19 12 0 1

11 Alex Pockett (Gloucester) 3 3 0 17 16 5.66 0 0/1

12 Dave Morrell (Derbyshire) 2 2 0 11 11 5.5 0

13 Callum Rodger (Scotland) 4 4 0 19 9 4.75 0 2

14 Barry Stewart (Northumbria) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

15 Andy Sidgreaves (Lancs) 4 3 3 2 1* n/a 0 1

Bowling Averages:- O M R W BB Av SR ER

1 Ryan Watkins (Gwent) 19 4 64 4 3-29 16 28.5 3.36

2 Andy Sidgreaves (Lancs) 29 2 118 6 2-29 19.66 29 4.06

3 Dave Morrell (Derbyshire) 10 0 70 3 3-34 23.33 20 7

4 Alan Davidson (Scotland) 15.1 0 80 3 2-22 26.66 30.33 5.27

5 Callum Rodgers (Scotland) 14 0 83 3 2-43 27.66 28 5.92

6 Jahangir Baig (West Mids) 10 0 64 2 1-21 32 30 6.4

7 James Adkins (Surrey) 12 0 69 2 2-47 34.5 36 5.75

8 George Crossley (Leicester) 22 0 144 1 1-31 144 132 6.54

9 Andy Lynch (PS N Ireland) 4 0 45 0 0-17 n/a n/a 11.25

10 Barry Stewart (Northunbria) 1.1 0 16 0 0-16 n/a n/a 13.79