Newsletter: 15 January 1994, Volume 1 Number 4

This is the fourth newsletter – including an article by Charles Buck.

Newsletter: 15 January 1994, Volume 1 Number 4

Buck the trend

Charles Buck

It would seem that the euphoria which overtakes all the players in a cricketrnteam when a wicket falls is a contagion from the absurd scenes in a soccerrnmatch after a goal has been scored.

Worse than this, however, on the cricket scene is the euphoria which occursrnbefore the umpire has given his verdict. This is now so prevalent, and is suchrnan irritation to umpires that it can have an affect on the verdict. I believernthat the days of ‘persuading’ an umpire are over and that any concerted attemptrnto do so becomes counter productive.

If this euphoria continues to grow, we shall no doubt in a few years time seernthe bowler rush towards the popular stand, sliding the last few yards on hisrnknees, before being buried under a heap of his team mates. (Presidential note:-rnThis is unlikely to happen in our team as I can’t see anyone over keen to kiss,rnhug or lie on top of any of our bowlers. Ugh.).

There was a very good example of umpire’s ‘hostility’ towards the end of lastrnseason, when the YL team were being held up at Abbeydale by the last Doncasterrnpair. With about five minutes to go, and after half an hour’s completernfrustration, one of the batsmen was palpably caught behind. The whole teamrnheard the touch and the pent up frustration was suddenly released. All elevenrnplayers roared the appeal – not only appealed but started to walk in. Thernbatsman concerned knew very well that he was out – indeed he admitted so afterrnthe game – nevertheless he stood his ground and I firmly believe that this,rncombined with the over reaction of the team, gave the umpire the excuse to showrnthat he would not be dictated to. There were fifteen men on the field: fourteenrnof them heard the touch. The umpire, occupying the prime position, must surelyrnhave heard it too, and seen the deflection. Why, then, was he the odd man out?rnYou know the answer.

Behaviour in field sports has deteriorated alarmingly in the last few years.Batsmen openly dispute decisions and stand their ground; bowlers, instead ofrnjust appealing, turn round to glare at the umpire, throw both arms in the airrnand roar. This is supposed to intimidate.

Tennis umpires are a weak lot. They have allowed themselves to be bulliedrnwithout reprisal since the days of John McEnroe, the worst influence onrnsporting behaviour ever showed us.

A top soccer match without a player being sent off is almost remarkable, andrnbehaviour on the rugby field very much under fire. The timidity of rugbyrnadministrators is beyond belief.

When I stopped playing hockey I umpired matches at club, county, divisional andrninternational level for over fifteen years, and during all that time I neverrnonce had occasion to send a player off the field. But that was before thernadvent of leagues. Nowadays sending off is commonplace. Behaviour isrnsubordinated to points.

Having said all that, what can we do to improve things? As champions of thernYorkshire League for three out of the last four years we are eminently suitedrnto lead by example.

Although in the main our members behave well both on and off the field there isrnroom for improvement. There is always a tendency to follow the crowd, to copyrnthe professionals on TV: concerted appealing, the absurd slapping of hands byrnthe whole team, punching the air, prolonged hesitation at the wicket instead ofrnwalking, attempts to impress or intimidate the umpire.

How dignified it would be if this were the only club to cut out all thesernunnecessary, unfruitful and sometimes provocative habits. Surely, copying thernpros is something we don’t have to do. We can buck the trend. This is, ofrncourse, a personal view. Behaviour on the field of play must, after all, be thernprovince of the team captain.

Collegiate AGM

The AGM was held on 2 December and was followed by a highly enjoyable dinnerrnfollowed by ‘brief’ reports from the team captains. Fortunately these onlyrnlasted two and a half hours. The AGM was prefaced by those present standing inrnremembrance of Mark Barber, a vice president and a Club secretary or manyrnyears. The treasurer’s report was bitter sweet. Sweet as it only lasted for twornwords (‘We’re broke’) and bitter for its content. Subscriptions are fixed (butrnsubject to review) as follows:

Full playing member:      70 (10 rebate if paid before 1 June)
U21/students:                  30
Juniors:                       20
Patron:                        50
Country/vacation:              15
Spouse:                        10

The following appointments were made for next year.

President: Charles Buck

(largely as he refused to leave the room for a vote)

Chairman: Malcolm Rathbone

(‘they won’t bullshit me’).

1st team captain: Graham Bethell

(acceptable only if he adopts a more positive approach next year)

2nd team captain: Andy Tasker

(a curious nomination)

3rd team captain:Martin Maddocks

(still willing to continue, even more curious)

Sunday captain:Tony Ammon

(Into the breach! All of you, please try and play as much as possible onrnSundays. Let’s face it, you need the practice, and you’ll get to meet somernplayers from other teams. Also the chairman always buy the first round)

Secretary: Peter Babb

(a natural nomination as he is the only member with a fountain pen)

Treasurer: Neil Priestley

(his calculator has a % button, so who else?)

Club coach: Jack Bethel

(he’s what aah call a club coach).

Hon auditor: Peter Robinson

Bill Croft sent a note of support from the operating table, offering, inrnparticular, his thanks to Neil Priestley for his efforts on behalf of the Club.The current committee members all appeared willing to continue in office. Thernsubject of Yorkshire cricket at Abbeydale came up again. Speaking as a privaternindividual, Yorkshire’s attitude is bizarre and shortsighted. David Fleetwoodrnspoke. It seems that far from Yorkshire paying anything to use the ground, theyrnare likely to want some kind of cash guarantee to play. There was apparently nornnegotiation this year and no options given on fixtures at all. Derbyshire willrnplay here over the August bank holiday, but there will be no Sunday fixture inrnSouth Yorkshire this year! It seems that Yorkshire want to contract into arnLeeds/Scarborough organisation probably with no interest in providing countyrncricket for the South of the county at all. A sad thing for cricket. PerhapsrnYorkshire CCC should change its name. Anyway, it is hoped to mount a mediarncampaign to restore a reasonable proportion of cricket back to the South.

After the AGM finished, there was the usual top-notch dinner, followed by thernspeeches. Charles Buck opened the proceedings and offered a hint of two tornChris Hassell (guest of honour) about the curtailment of Yorkshire’s Sundayrnfixtures at Abbeydale. He also commented that it was good news for Andy Taskerrnto be back as a Club Captain but felt that the implications for the 1994 AGMrnspeeches would be dreadfully unfortunate.

Chris Hassell then spoke about many things but not about Sunday fixtures ofrncourse. He did have some good news. The Yorkshire Academy (a young YorkshirernCCC) will join in the Yorkshire League this year. This will certainly generaternripples in the other leagues around the county and the only result can be arnstrengthening of the Yorkshire League. He also congratulated our own MichaelrnVaughan for his selection to represent England in Sri Lanka this winter, asrncaptain no less!

Graham Bethell then reported on the Yorkshire league team’s season and dronedrnon a bit about how difficult all the games were, team efforts, but lots ofrnindividual star performances, etc. etc. You’d think we came 10th not 1st.Anyway we all wish the team well for 1994 and we all think that we can win thernleague for the 4th time in 5 years if only Graham can be a bit more positive,rnboth as a captain and as a batsman. The batting ward went to Neil Priestley andrnthe bowling award to Martin Ivill.

Ian Howe pointed out there was a lack of continuity in the Ridings League sidernthis year. We finished third in the league and lost in the final of the cuprncompetition. He singled out good performances by pretty well everyone butrnwisely didn’t comment on his own bowling. Particularly notable performancesrncame from Matt Root’s hairdressers, Chris Stewart’s square-leg umpire. SimonrnPratt’s was also very consistent, consistently injured that is. Equallyrnconsistent was the torrent of abuse from the mouth of Semtex Seager. Honestly,rnI don’t think I merit the name Mr Angry against such competition. Anyway thernbating award went to Matt Root and the bowling award to Chris Stewart.

The ‘B’-side was represented by Madd Ox (‘I am a man of humour’). He commentedrnthat funny things do happen in the ‘B’-side. One of his most used phrases onrnthe phone is apparently ‘have you got a pair of white trousers?’ He also seemedrn(that’s definitely not ‘seamed’) pleased that we had used 42 players this year,rnup 8 from last year. This included most of the bar staff (interesting in thernshowers I imagine) and the Vaughan’s dog. The Club’s youth policy was wellrnillustrated by the batting award being made to Dave (‘so I ran him out the nextrnweek’) Longley and the bowling award to Bill Doherty (the only man in AbbeydalernSports Club with a lower arm than me, apart from most of the Bowls section).The other awards were as follows: best bowling to John Hespe, fastest 50 tornGraham Bethell (fastest 50 dot balls I suppose?), and player of the year tornNeil Priestley. It was pure coincidence that Mrs B. Priestley then wonrn100 in the 200-Club! Honest!

Caldecott and Chalmers

Don Root

It was the large g & t in the pint pot which attracted my attention.Noticing my glance, he said ‘prevents spillage. I tend to get the shakes aboutrnthis time of day.’

It was 2.30 in the afternoon.

He glanced over my shoulder with a startled expression. ‘Good God! Those twornchaps walking round the boundary. Who are they?’

‘Oh, that’s Vic and Keith I replied. ‘They’re two of our keenest supporters.’

‘Tosh!’ he exclaimed, ‘that’s Caldecott and Chalmers.’

‘Who?’

‘Caldecott and Chalmers. Surely you remember them? Oh no, perhaps you’re toornyoung. Sometimes they went under the names of Nainton Wayne and Basil Radford.They appeared in numerous films in the ’40s, some of which are still shown onrnTV. Such as “The Body Vanishes”. Whenever the plot sagged, up they would poprnand one would say to the other “I say, old man, heard any score from OldrnTrafford” and the audience would rock with laughter – never fathomed whyrnmyself. Funny thing seeing them after all this time.’

‘I don’t know about all that myself’ I said, ‘but I do know that one of themrnspent some time in the Home Guard during the war at a place called Warmingtonrnon Sea.’

He gave me a somewhat withering look and ambled towards the bar. To preventrnmore spillage presumably.

‘200 Club’

rnThe club must generate much more money if it is to survive. One incomerngeneration scheme in which we would like you and your friends to participate isrnthe 200 Club In essence, it a season-long raffle in which draws are made everyrnweek for cash prizes. So please join in, it will cost you just 50p per week,rnand try and talk a friend or relative into joining as well. Those of you whornhaven’t paid yet, please do so. Contact Steve Livermore for details (see thernNowrwich Union ad on page 1).

More winners

Date      Name           ID     
6 Nov     J. Hespe       27     5
6 Nov     B Ibbotson     24     5
13 Nov    D. Root       136     5
13 Nov    S. Soar        28     5
20 Nov    A. Connell    181     5
20 Nov    N. Gaywood    140     5
27 Nov    J. Livermore   79     5
27 Nov    A. Jackson     45     5
27 Nov    R. Wheeler     77    25
4 Dec     G. Beveridge   17     5
4 Dec     S. Longley     72     5
11 Dec    J. Porter      15     5
11 Dec    J. Livermore   53     5
18 Dec    D. Jones       33     5
18 Dec    R. Eastwood    11     5
25 Dec    E. Croft      199     5
25 Dec    A. Ivill       48     5
25 Dec    M. Snook      190    25
1 Jan     S. TRathbone    2     5
1 Jan     M. Ivill       86     5
8 Jan     J. Hespe       27     5
8 Jan     K. Wilson      42     5
15 Jan    J. Bethell    200     5
15 Jan    R. Rusby       10     5

Our advertisers

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We shall need further advertising for volume 2 which will consist of 7 issuesrnthroughout 1994. If you would like to place an advertisement in thisrnNewsletter, please contact any member of the Committee.

Club tie competition

OK, so if football clubs can change their strip every three years and call it arnpromotional and marketing success then so can we. We’ll start with the Clubrntie. There will be a largely useless prize for whoever produces a designrnsuitable for a new Club tie. Send suggestions to Sue Rathbone please.

Is the Yorkshire League so great? –

So if the Sunday Times expects to increase its circulation by serialisingrnpolitician’s memoirs, the Collegiate Newsletter can only expect to increase itsrncirculation by publishing David Fleetwood’s thoughts on the Yorkshire League.Here is part two.

by David Fleetwood (President of the Yorkshire League)

I have to accept that the crowds in the Huddersfield and the Bradford Leaguernwill be greater than those in the Yorkshire League, indeed some of thernYorkshire League crowds are virtually nil, albeit with a successful side andrnwell-publicised media, I believe that the crowds can be encouraged to come backrnand watch Yorkshire League cricket, especially at Abbeydale where thernfacilities, in my opinion, are second to none both for player and spectator.The smaller, indeed sometimes tiny grounds of the Huddersfield and BradfordrnLeagues, enable even a small number of spectators to create an atmosphere. Asrnit were, the spectators are so near to the playing arena that they, in effect,rnbecome part of the game. This of course cannot happen on the larger grounds ofrnthe Yorkshire League.

Another main issue of course is that a lot of the Huddersfield and BradfordrnLeague clubs are in fact the village centres, with an all-year-round,rncommunity-type patronage which creates the village rivalry, which we all knowrnexists.

I think Nick’s assessment of the Huddersfield League is fairly accurate in sornfar that each side will perhaps have 4 good players and 7 A.N. Others, whereasrnthe Yorkshire League in depth, by and large, man-for-man, would be a muchrnstronger side, and as he rightly points out, an 11 picked, with balance, withrnbatsmen and specialist bowlers. I genuinely believe that a good YorkshirernLeague match is a far better game of cricket than most Huddersfield andrnBradford League games, where invariably the two opening bowlers occupy therntotal number of overs and this is the stereotype pattern of cricket that existsrnin most clubs. There is little or no evidence of spin-bowlers because therngrounds are too small (there are of course some notable exceptions), but thererncannot be a lot of encouragement for young players to better or promote theirrnskills if they are slow bowlers or hardly get the chance to bat above, say, no.5. I think that the county club have always looked to the Yorkshire League andrnthe Bradford League mainly for their players, and in recent years, thernYorkshire League has, I believe, supplied more than half the county’s first andrnsecond-XI’s. It was pleasing to note that in Yorkshire’s game against Durhamrnlast Saturday, 7 of the 11 were existing Yorkshire League players, andrnobviously our track record of producing the “Boycott’s”, “Hampshire’s”,rn”Moxon’s” and ‘Trueman’s” of this and past eras cannot pass without comment.

I watched the final of the White Rose Trophy this year between the YorkshirernLeague under-23 XI, and the Huddersfield under-23 XI. The Yorkshire League-XIrnhad eleven good players, the Huddersfield League had four and the game was sornone-sided that it was an embarrassment to the Huddersfield supporters. I thinkrnit all depends what a player wants out of cricket; if he wants to play on goodrnpitches and have good facilities, dressing room-wise etc., then obviously thernYorkshire League, without doubt, is the foremost. If, because of travelling andrnno personal desire to better himself, then local leagues are much more temptingrnand I would imagine cricket more available.

Sadly, as Nick points out, the availability of money to pay, in my opinion,rnmediocre players, has always tempted to cash-in for a short period of time tornpick up financial rewards for playing. My views are that the county club willrnhave to take the lead in the future relating to good young players to ensurernthat they are not tempted away for monetary gain, but must be contracted eitherrnby the county or by some form of sponsorship to play in the best possiblernconditions, both ground and facility-wise.

Not great but still the best.

Team reports

Yorkshire League

<h4>rnGraham Bethell</h4>

This is where Graham Bethell gives his report of the year. Oh well!

Ridings League

<h4>rnIan Howe</h4>rn

This is where Ian Howe gives his report of the year. Hmmm!

B Team

<h4>Martin ‘Mad Dog’ Madd Ox</h4>

The B side’s season closed on a fairly predictable note in that the search forrnplayers maintained the interest of the selection panel. ‘How many short am I?’rnand ‘Has he got a pair of white trousers?’ were the only problems I had tornworry about. Thanks to Bill Croft for helping sort players and for coaxing andrncajoling other players out of retirement for the last four games. These werernagainst Hundall, Scarcliffe, Parkhead, and old Edwardians. The captain lost therntoss in all these four games and the results of all four went againstrnCollegiate, but not without avoiding relegation first.

rn<h4>rnHundall</h4>rn

Collegiate batted first and managed to amass 163 all out in 44 overs. Thernhighlights was Ben Shaw’s two 2’s in successive shots which gave Collegiate thernextra batting point which staved off relegation. Ben, having tried nets andrnpractised with a straight bat (Jack) was given orders to the effect that ‘ifrnyou can see it, hit it!’ (Jack).

Hundall batted second and at one stage were 111 for 5, but then 134-6, andrnfinally winning in the 47th over (the last donated by Collegiate through beingrnall out). The only notes of interest in the game was that a swarm of beesrnstopped play and Ed Willey’s enthusiasm in letting the captain know that he’drnbowl if the others couldn’t get them out.

rn<h4>rnScarcliffe away</h4>

Collegiate batted and made 215 for 9 in the 46 overs, Andy Tasker scoring 114rnand Dave Longley 41. The captain thought at long last that the bowlers hadrnsomething to bowl at, especially as this was Collegiate’s highest total thisrnyear. They did, the first 16 overs went for 80 runs, losing 2 wickets in thatrntime. This was perhaps the low point of the season not helped by the captainrnbeing bombed by, yes, Ed Willey. 51/2 ounces landing on your head is notrnpleasant when least expected. (was it intentional? – Ed.) The game progressedrnwith Scarcliffe finally winning with one ball to go. 431 runs and 16 wickets inrn92 overs suggests a good game (the late John Neilson would have thought so) butrnit wasn’t as all the good batting was frittered away by inconsistent bowling,rnand by us losing.

rn<h4>rnParkhead at home</h4>rn

Batting first, Collegiate amassed 158-8 very slowly. Richard Tasker scored arnresponsible 42 and was supported by ‘Bomber’ Harris’s 56 not out I am beginningrnto run out of witticisms about season 1993 (what witticisms? – Ed.) andrnremember feeling quite tired and resigned to the remaining matches. Parkhead,rnaided by their Kango professional (it’s only village cricket Mick), won by 6rnwickets with 7 overs remaining.

rn<h4>rnOld Edwardians at home</h4>rn

Many thanks to Chris Stewart for playing at ridiculously short notice (his g/frnmust have been away for the w/e – Ed.) due to Andy Stevens going down with flurnin the morning. Collegiate batted first and were all out for a massive 91 inrn43.1 overs. Chris Stewart and Hon. Sec. were the only two batsmen to attack thernbowling. The Chairman was the only other batsman to reach double figures,rnalbeit in his own time! During the tea interval Andy Tasker was noticeable forrnhis absence. It seems he was at home doing some building alterations. Parrsyrnthought he was building a warren and didn’t fancy getting out to him again.Needless to say, Old Eds won in good style in 29.3 overs.

rn<h4>Summary</h4>rn

Last season I commented that the lack of bowlers was a weakness. Havingrnresolved this during the winter, the B side was raring to go. After 4 matchesrnwe were top of the table, but then there was a change of fortune. The batsmenrnfound scoring runs not easy and the bowling had little to bowl at. Our leaguernposition deteriorated so that avoiding relegation was again our main target.This we did successfully with a lot of guidance and encouragement from Ed.Willey! Players who played said that the cricket is of a higher standard thanrnthey expected. The closed season must be spent recruiting in order to build uprnthe playing staff and to reduce the selection nightmare, and Bill Croft’s. Wernhope to do better next year. When do the nets start.

Collegiate Under 13’s

 P     W     L     Rain
10     5     4     1

The team ended 2nd in the Division. The under 13s had a poor start to thernseason, losing games in which they should have done better. But then theyrnlistened to what was being said to them, kept their enthusiasm, started tornimprove their personal performances, and so started to win team victories. Itrnis good to see a team fight back from a losing start, an excellent attribute.

Collegiate Under 15’s

 P     W     L     Rain
11     8     3     1

The team ended 2nd in the Division. Mid way through the season, the team wasrntop of its division, and so qualified for the N.C.A. local area playoffrn(Sheffield), which was against Barnsley.

Barnsley 204-2 (R. Wilkinson 111), Collegiate 169-7 (M. Kirkpatrick 97).

Barnsley are a strong team, if all are available, with some exceptionalrnplayers. The Collegiate performanace was very creditable. In the League thernbowling was not accurate enough in the games that were lost. The boys playedrnwith much enthusiasm, and showed this by turning up for nets many times duringrnthe latter part of the junior season.

Collegiate Under 17’s

 P     W     L     Rain
9     7     1     2

The team won the Central Division. Congratulations! In the Fletcher Cuprnsemi-final playoff against other divisional winners the team lost to Treeton byrn15 runs. Unfortunately in that particular game the team put up a poorrnperformance. In the Parramore Cup the team won three times but were defeated inrnthe semi-final in a game played at Abbeydale against Wickersley. It was anrnexcellent game of cricket. The team produced some good cricket and were unluckyrnlosers. In that game Collegiate needed 1 to tie and 2 to win from the last ballrnof the game. The bowler delivered an excellent missile against our batter whornwas bowled (no disgrace).

The fielding did show some improvement from last year. It was pleasing thatrnboth batsmen and bowlers produced performances that was in the manner ofrnSaturday play.

The following awards were made: Mark Else (most promising younf player), AndrewrnStevens (best young fielder).

rnEnd of season dinner

Anon (an Edwardian Gent) (good disguise – Ed.)

In championship style, Collegiate’s end-of-season dinner was top of the tablernstuff. One of the highlights of the evening was Bill Croft’s quiz. Guests whornbelonged to MENSA no doubt found Part 1 (General Knowledge) easy, butrnunfortunately ‘yours truly’ had allowed his membership to lapse. amazingly thernChairman’s table, kept under control by ‘Mad dog’ Madd ox, triumphed. Irnunderstand ‘Bamber’ Gilder’s contribution was the vital ingredient. Betweenrncourses their team was barely visible under clouds of smoke, thoughtfullyrnsponsored by Gilder’s Motors lest rival teams attempted to lip-read. However,rnonce the answers had been marked swiftly by Bill, questions were being asked.Why was Dovey wearing the Chairman’s jacket? (Answers on a postcard to RobertrnBrady). Why didn’t the Snook’s win the quiz again? Your correspondent can onlyrnassume that a summer spent alone in the score box has finally dulled Snooky’srnrazor sharp intellect.

The evening’s cabaret was disguised thinly as a reverse-bingo game, withrn’Whispering’ Noel Howsley at the mike. Clearly the rules were too complicatedrnfor contestants and caller alike. It was difficult to tell who was the morernconfused: the caller or the three separate contestants who all claimed to havernwon. Order was finally restored when the chairman imposed his authority on thernproceedings, ordering more recounts than witnessed during the last generalrnelection.

Those fortunate enough to win in the raffle chose from one of the bestrnselections of prizes ever witnessed by this scribe in many years of attendingrnevents like this. The ladies committee should be congratulated; thanks to themrnMorag Madd ox now has a beautiful photograph frame for that special picture ofrnMartin (who she’ll be seeing even less of now that he is reliving his youth atrnUniversity!).

Pelvic thrusting was very much ‘de rigeur’ amongst the dancers and as thernexcitement rose to a crescendo, encouraged by a tireless Sue Rathbone, the shyrnand reluctant first-teamers were dragged complaining onto the dance floor for arnrendition of ‘We are the Champions’.

Unfortunately, the singing was accompanied by vigorous high-kicking which wouldrnhave done credit to the Tiller Girls in their prime! There is a rumour thatrnsome of the senior players have been irrevocably damaged by these exertions.Unless two young spin-bowlers can be recruited, will we be seeing thernever-green duo of Hespe and Ibbotson bowling in matching maroon trusses nextrnseason?

rnCollegiate fashions

For a number of years Collegiate members have worn shirts, jumpers, and ties inrnClub colours with pride. We hope that our readers might like to support us byrnwearing some of these items.

Please send your orders to Sue Rathbone, 126 Townhead Road, Dore, Sheffield S17rn3GB. Prices include packing and delivery. Please state your size and requiredrncolour for jumpers and shirts, pick a size larger than you might choose inrnMarks & Sparks. The shirts jumpers are available in a number of coloursrnincluding maroon, various blues, green, and white.

                               Price/

Cricket jumper (long sleeve)     38.00
Cricket jumper (short sleeve)    29.00
Sweat shirt                      14.00
Striped sweat shirt              17.00
Sports ('polo') shirt            15.00
Club Ties                         7.00

rnIndoor Nets 1994

As last year, they will be held at Notre Dame School, Fulwood Road, Ranmoor,rnevery Monday evening from 7 February until 28 March at 8.00 -10.00 and fromrn6.00 until 7.00 for Juniors.

rnReaders’ Top Tips

Please send in your top tips. The author of each top tip will receivernabsolutely nothing, but we’ll be very grateful.

Batsmen: make the umpires job easier by walking when you’re caught at mid off.County bowlers: if you want to bowl someone out, try bowling at the stumps.

Fielders: when the batting is slow try playing charades with the spectators tornpass the time.

rnAnother abject apology

In the last issue we insinuated in a forged reader’s top tip that Tim Harrisrnwould drink half a bottle of gin before batting in order to calm the nerves. Wernnow realise that this insinuation has no basis in fact and we thereforernunreservedly apologise for this slur on his character and deeply regret thernshame and embarassment that this allegation has caused him. We did, of course,rnmean three-quarters of a bottle of vodka.

Congratulations to…

Michael Vaughan:

who is a Young England captain in Sri Lanka this winter.

rnCollegiate Social Calendar

Wed 16th February: Race Evening and Dinner at Baldwin’s Omega

The New Year is now here and before we know it so is the annual Collegiate RacernEvening. This evening always works well so no changes to the format. Dinner,rnracing, and a disco at Baldwin’s Omega. The date is Wednesday 16th February,rn7.15 for 7.45. Price 13. If you’d like to sponsor a race, buy arnhorse, or simply enjoy a great night out, please call Sue Rathbone. She hasrnmore details and will also take bookings for your grandstand seat. Please bookrnby the end of January and bring a few friends. We want their money.

Sat 23rd April: pre-season dinner

A date for your diary. The pre-season dinner is Saturday 23 April. Furtherrndetails available soon.

The Sheffield Collegiate Newsletter is Sheffield Collegiate 1993.

The hard-copy edition is produced and printed by The Angry Press.This on-line version contains the full text of the hard-copy versionrnbut excludes the adverts!

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