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That's The Spirit

posted 28 Apr 2013, 11:55 by Mike Madden   [ updated 28 Apr 2013, 11:56 ]
Hahahahahahah. Those that know me will know what I'm laughing at. Those that don't will have to guess!

Anyway, its been one of those weeks. Out of adversity can come many a grand triumph, and this week saw yet another in the colourful history of Whaley Bridge Cricket Club. The first team gave a mixed reception to the new style teas last week, complaining about the river of mayo that was prevalent on all of the sandwiches. The second team, populated these days with a large proportion of juniors, were not looking forward to it, but then the spirit of Whaley Bridge came to the fore. It is the spirit of Dunkirk, of El Alamein, and of many a Bissenden Cup victory against the odds. Our own version of the Women's Institute would not let their menfolk go without, and so they went into action. They came marching to the ground, with provisions out front and bustle at the back, carrying platters of cakes and scones to supplement the teas. They displayed their bounty for all to see, and the hungry cricketers tucked in to scones, Victoria sponge and other delights. It was a joy to behold and something that we sincerely hope will be repeated in coming weeks, and of course, in best W.I. style, I cant wait to see the calendar. In the meantime, lets all sing their praises:-
The sponges came in two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The sponges came in two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The sponges came in two by two
Victoria, lemon and chocolate too
And they all came into the hut, so we could have them for tea.

The scones they came in two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The scones they came in two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The scones they came in two by two
With homemade jam and whipped cream too
And they all came into the hut, so we could have them for tea

The cakes they came in two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The cakes they came in two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The cakes they came in two by two
With Battenburgs and buns of choux
And they all came into the hut, so we could have them for tea

Not quite "Chapel Road", but that will have to wait until the end of the season.

It was an interesting meeting in the dressing room before the seconds game at home to Birch Vale, with not many knowing ex first team regular Mark Johnson playing his first game for over ten years, about the same number knowing Ben Williams, playing his first game for about a year, and almost no one knowing Ivan Heathcote, newly signed junior from Chapel, and who bizarrely played against the same opposition the previous week. Within a few seconds introductions were complete, and we were one big happy family. Of course, that happy family did not include Peter Crowley who had been promoted to the firsts. Unfortunately the first team captain had not told him, and so a rightly disgruntled Peter had to hastily make his way to Hadfield. Lets hope that the Selection Committee does not rely on AN Other's in future weeks!

Two weeks into the season and the second team have already used three scorers. Last week it was Zac Madden and Jack Whelan, and this week it was Zac Madden and Thomas Heyes. I don't think that any of these will ever surpass Gavin Hill's claim to being the worst scorer in the history of Whaley Bridge Cricket Club, but I am not alone in thinking that Zac Madden will certainly make his mark in some way. For those that do not know, Zac has a growing list of quotes, including "If God is everwhere have we just run him over", and to his friend's parent "If you were on Come Dine With Me I would give you a zero", and that is without mentioning the broken television sketch. Well, yesterday, after one of the Birch players did an acrobatic tumble in vain as Whaley smashed another ball to the boundary, he leaned out of the scorebox and shouted "Nice roly poly", at the embarrassed fielder. He could rival Luke this summer, and he could certainly outfox him.
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