Category: Matches

Fun in the Sun

The hottest day of the year, finally the forecast is set fair for a cricket game, and, as I’m pulling off the A14, it starts to rain….. What a summer! Fortunately it is only a brief, if heavy, shower and by the time I get to Conington Hall the shower is history. The ground …

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Good Auspices at Stiffkey

Stiffkey may only be associated by most with its notorious Rector, Harold Davidson, who after being defrocked in 1932 on charges of immorality died in 1937 after being mauled by a lion in an amusement park in Skegness. But for the Grantchester, Stiffkey is the venue of our annual trip to North Norfolk to …

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No stumbles at Thriplow

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a batsman must not lose his wicket in order to score. As the venerable Sir Geoffrey Boycott often reminds his listeners, “yer can’t make runs when yer back in t’hutch”. Your correspondent was minded of this maxim as Grantchester travelled to Thriplow (pronounced trip-low), a weather enforced …

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Grantchester take no Casualties against Medics

GCC v Liverpool Medics. GCC won by 146 runs. Grantchester lost the toss and were put into bat on a bright and breezy afternoon at Spring Lane. Both openers Jamie Innes (75*) and Rob Douaston (47*) were assured in the early stages of their innings and the Liverpool Medics attack was made to toil …

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A Day To Remember

The sun shone in a brilliant blue sky as Grantchester took the field for the first match at Spring Lane. The tinkle of ice in the Pimms and the popping of champagne corks provided the soundtrack to this historic occasion…………………. well, that’s what the script said. In reality a bone-chilling North Easterly scoured …

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Opening Up: The First Game at Spring Lane, May, 2012

Averages 2011

Fixtures 2012

End of Season Report

Played 9.  Won 6.  Lost 3. It’s not often we are accused of playing too hard but we were this season! I won’t reveal which team made this scurrilous accusation but it does reflect our improved playing standards. Could it be the winter nets, improved fitness standards or our lovely scorers new found …

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Match Report: vs Dullingham

And so to the final game of the 2011 season and under grey skies “The Grantchester” headed East to Dullingham.  Twenty years ago (November 1991 to be exact) the village of Dullingham was struck by a freak tornado which caused substantial damage.  Would history repeat itself? The prospect of rain made this an important …

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Match Report: vs Conington part 2

“Country house cricket” featured in numerous novels and plays of the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: “England their England” is perhaps the best known followed closely by Hugh de Selincourt’s “The Cricket Match” and various of E.W. Hornung’s short stories featuring “Raffles: the Amateur Cracksman”. One of the best known patrons of this …

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Stiffkey 2011

Match Report: vs Conington part 1

In retrospect the signs were ominous. A seemingly strong team………..no last minute absences………..everyone had enough kit…………even fielding practice went well. Surely all was set for Grantchester to revenge last year’s heavy defeat. And yet? Ugly rumours were circulating. Had our keeper really been punting down the Cam dressed only in his boxers? Did …

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Match Report: GCC vs Hemingford

Where are battles won? Apart from the valour shown in the white heat of combat there are the all too often unrecognised hours of training and preparation that go on before the battle even begins. The Friday evening basked in the slowly setting sun and a perfect evening of cricket was to unfold. …

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Match Report: Testudo & Profumo at Cambridge University Press

Genius is not only characterised by success but by strong levels of variation. The good achieve reliably but genius can so easily falter between brilliance and disaster. And so it was for the GCC team on this sun drenched Sunday. The bowling attack of GCC was ferocious, inspired and (mostly) accurate. Jake and Adam …

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