Matching Green Cricket Club Matching Friendly XI v Mike Hands XI on Sun 25 Jul 2004 at 2.30
Match was Drawn

Match report City Slickers meet their match in Green folk.

The Handymen XI assembled on behalf of former village cricket captain Mike Hands played out a largely entertaining draw last Sunday at the Theatre of Has-Beens. The boys from the big city were put in and soon set a rapid pace reaching 100 inside 14 overs. The variety of bowling from Oddy, Bibbs and Muggs was quite ineffective in restricting Phil (58) and J Hands (46) from scoring freely.

Simon 'The Exocet' Jefferies was phenomenal in striking the stumps 4 times with throws from the outfield, twice sending Handymen scampering back to the pavilion.
Captain Rob (2 catches) and youngster Styles slowed the run rate briefly, with Pete 'Hollywood' Weaver snaring a sensational (?) diving catch at midwicket. A reverse sweep by Rob Hands for four was the highlight before declaring at 234-9 at tea.

JR and Muggs soon took up the challenge of needing over 6 runs per over for victory. Both made half-centuries against largely useful bowling (Handyman Headband excluded). An opening partnership of 172 off 27 overs was broken when Muggs, 79 (new PB!) was caught in the outfield, and JR (70) followed shortly in similar fashion.
Decent bowling by Durado (2-42) and Rob Hands (4-26) restricted any of the following MGCC batsmen to keep the needed pace and close in on victory. Final score was 197-6 and honours even.

Matching Green Cricket Club Matching Friendly XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
John Rochester Caught  70
Matt Muggleton Caught  79
Peter Weaver Bowled  2 1
Simon Jeffery Bowled  0
Steve Byford Not Out  10
Junior Bibby Bowled  4
Martin Ormondroyd Bowled  0
Rob Leamon Not Out  1 2
Adam Hobbs  
Tony Little  
Peter Stiles  

Mike Hands XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
D Manly9.016800.007.56
J Durado13.0042221.003.23
R Hands9.022646.502.89
N Haigh1.01000.000.00

Mike Hands XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
234 (0.0 overs)
Phil Bowled  58
J Hands Caught  46
W Colllinson Run out  10
C Digby Caught  4
N Haigh Bowled  20
M Betteridge Caught  22
N Curtis Run out  24
D Manly Bowled  0
J Durado Bowled  26
R Hands Not Out  5

Matching Green Cricket Club Matching Friendly XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Martin Ormondroyd7.0046146.006.57
Junior Bibby4.003800.009.50
Matt Muggleton7.0038138.005.43
Rob Leamon5.0019119.003.80
Peter Stiles2.00800.004.00
Tony Little4.0040220.0010.00
Adam Hobbs2.001800.009.00
Steve Byford1.00313.003.00