After much early season work (making the ground look in tip top condition) the day finally dawned for HCC’s first fixture of the 2021 season after the Covid 19 pandemic had meant that 2020 got off to a very late start and the 2020/21 winter was a thing to be endured for most of us. Good chat over “tea” about the joys of home schooling for some and many other challenges on the work and home front but good to be out on the ground and in the company of friends again.
The weather: flipping cold with a biting wind and occasional rain (Sands & McClement having umpired 30 overs plus in it deserving special mention!)
The team; Tobias N (Captain), McClement, Land, Kanwar, Tobias T, Shepherd, Crawley, Smout Cooper C, Ogilvy-Stuart, Norris and Cussons.
Bridford won the toss and inserted HCC. It was a new fixture and so their skipper probably hadn’t appreciated that this would be a pretty good batting track against a side with a half decent batting line-up on the day. Your correspondent was a tad late getting to the ground to umpire and so missed the first two wickets to fall of McClement and Land but driving through the gate I was worried to see we were 5 for 2! The ship was steadied by the aggressive Kanwar and more stately Tobias T with a stand of 45 before Kanwar was run out for a breezy 23 by a direct hit when attempting a cheeky second. This brought Shepherd to the crease early. Tobias T fell shortly afterwards for a solid 22 and Shepherd was joined by Crawley for what was to become the dominant partnership of the day. Crawley’s deft flicks behind square increasingly brought Shepherd on strike where, after a steady start to recapture that eye, he started to unfurl some fine shots against bowling which became a little more generous as bowlers’ heads started to drop a little under the onslaught. Bridford though kept up fine banter in the field which made them a side which was a pleasure to play. Their skipper in particular was merciless on any lapses in the field (of which there were a few!). Suffice to say that Shepherd went through the gears passing 50, then a well earned ton before support act Crawley fell for 20. Smout-Cooper C came to the crease which only increased the pressure on the Bridford bowlers meaning there were big shots coming from both batsmen (I’m currently inclined that we should still use that term at HCC despite the new “batters” now being adopted by ECB, BBC et al but we’ll see…).
Towards the end McClement was seen to be chewing his fingernails with anxiety that his club record (166?) might be exceeded but Shepherd ended the 40 overs innings on 156* and Smout Cooper C on 23.The HCC score, a formidable 275-5.
Despite Bridford having taken the 20 over drinks break and made it look like an early tea with all sorts of goodies being broken out, actual tea was taken between innings on a Covid secure basis with individual lunchboxes and flasks, sitting on the grass.
I can’t report on the Bridford innings in such detail as I was too cold to umpire the second half (!). I departed the Stonehills tundra though thinking with that score, a win would be a formality but Bridford made the total runs for the day total in excess of 500 (a credit to head groundsman Clayton) scoring 234 all out with their opener Joy getting a special mention for the second ton of the day scoring 135 before being c & b by Charlie SC who enjoyed the best figures of the innings with 8-0-39-3.
A good win to start the season but with everyone looking forward to it warming up a bit!
Really good that with the dry but chilly April weather we are able to start the new season. Our intra-club game today has a good turn out-watch those early season injuries chaps! Thanks for getting this going Noah.
The ground is looking marvellous due to the passionate hard work of Graham and a small band of helpers including Jackie. We have got all our machinery fettled, at some cost, to make sure that the ongoing maintenance happens easily.
We had a good workday last weekend. Thanks to all who made it a fairly easy morning’s work. Specifically Trigger for organising a digger and bringing a tipper to make the lane repair crew of him, Angus and Simon an efficient task. A variety of people helped with the net but the core of Dave, new member Mark, Max Moorman and self got it all sorted-sorry it is a bit wonky one end! Bill wouldn’t have let that happen… Roger was out on the roller and Mike on toilet duty! Graham caressing various bits of grass as usual. All done by lunch.
Officers remain as they were as we haven’t had an AGM yet: we promised that on the reopening of the pub.
We have other clubs using our ground again this year. A really good source of revenue but hard work again for the ground team. There is a need for stewards for these games. Anyone wanting to help with this or the ground contact Graham on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that restrictions are the same as last season. Please come changed and bring your own refreshments as the pavilion is only accessed for the toilet.
Here’s hoping for a great season, good therapy after such a difficult winter. Harberton CC is in a great position to celebrate competitive but friendly team sport in excellent surroundings.
Andrew, Chairman 25.04.21
Many club members will have heard the terrible news of Christian's death at the age of 49. He has had a long association with both Harberton and Diptford cricket clubs and anyone who has seen him play will remember a very gifted player of great style with both bat and ball, who was always charming and good company. His club statistics speak for themselves. There were a number of memories of playing with Christian which I hope I can pass on accurately.
I first remember seeing him play probably having just left school at our ground at Dundridge; his skill was evident to all. Barry recalls him getting 4 wickets in 4 balls of ferocious pace.
Ian remembers batting with him, after Ian's significant illness, his first innings. Facing a quick young Dartington bowler Ian was hit on the head and went down. Recovering he faced the next ball of similar pace and hit the youngster back over his head for a boundary. Christian, who as Ian admits, had the vast bulk of the scoring wandered down the strip and said simply: "Gritty". They went on to score 140.
I remember coming in to bat with Christian, who was clearly running out of partners if I was batting with him. I asked him what the plan was; in a moment he said: " Just play each ball as it comes Andrew". Trudging back to the pavilion within a very short time having played across a straight one, he still managed a kind comment.
I have said to a number of members that he was a true gentleman, a cricketer of style and power. I have been told he was a great family man, our loss as he wouldn't be able to play at weekends so that he could care for the family.
Our thoughts are with Helen and the children.
HCC - HIGHEST PARTNERSHIPS 1986-2019
Wkt HCC ranking Runs Partnership vs Opposition
2nd 2nd highest 184 Dave Emm & Christian Larder vs Harbertonford, 2002
3rd 3rd highest 140 Christian Larder & Ian Hutchcroft vs Dartington & Totnes, 2005
We have had some great cricket despite the restrictions of the pandemic. Players have become accustomed to distancing, stopping for sanitising and restricting their celebrations compared to normal. We are going to do the tour and this will be the weekend of 11th-13th September. There have been significant developments at the ground, again despite the current situation but in fact benefiting from it in terms of a grant we received. As a result we have been able to install solar panels, battery and wiring to provide some electric power to the pavilion, mostly to help the tea ladies but also to proliferate activity when we are allowed to. We have new gang mowers and freshly serviced other machinery. Many thanks to Trigger for leading on both these major projects. Graham and ground teams have kept the ground in excellent shape again despite the restrictions. Noah has been leading as Captain and been successful in both results and managing to get teams out! Reports a bit limited I am afraid due to absence of key members.
AWF Sept 2020
BACK TO PLAYING CRICKET!!
It is great news that after ECB appeal to the government we have now been allowed to return to recreational cricket(Step 4).
There are significant restrictions placed on what we do to continue to reduce risk of tranmission of Covid-19.
In brief summary:
We continue to use the net under previous restrictions.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL TO RESPECT THESE CONDITIONS WHEN PLAYING.
NET NOW OPEN!!
With the loosening of lockdown we have now placed the net on a beautifully cut strip and it is available for booking! ALL USE MUST BE BOOKED TO FULFILL ECB GUIDELINES. Booking form at Net Booking on another page.
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE CURRENT EMERGENCY WE ARE PREVENTED FROM PLAYING CRICKET. FOLLOWING E.C.B. GUIDELINES WE ARE CONTINUING TO MAINTAIN THE GROUND WITH CAREFUL MEASURES TO PROTECT INDIVIDUAL'S HEALTH. WE ARE PROVIDING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR LOCAL PEOPLE TO CONTINUE ENJOYING FOR THEIR EXERCISE AND HOPE WE MAY BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO PLAYING AS THE SEASON GOES ON.
THE COMMITTEE OF HCC CONTINUE TO DO THEIR BEST TO MAINTAIN THE CLUB PHYSICALLY AND FINANCIALLY IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING AND ARE NEW TO THE CLUB PLEASE APPLY ON THE ATTACHED FORM AS WE ARE CONTINUING TO COLLECT DETAILS OF THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO PLAY WHEN WE CAN!
Harberton CC v South Brent CC 18 August 2019 (40 overs per side)
HCC took first use of a drying wicket on a blustery day (oh OK it was flipping gale force all day!). Team regulars were joined by the Tremlett brothers Adam and Sam from Ivybridge/Ugborough who later had key roles to play.
Sands and Norris fell early without waking the scorer (Roger shouldering arms to a vicious inswinger which would have troubled Jason Roy...not difficult it has to be said).We were then treated to the second hundred partnership of consective weekends involving Mike, this time with Noah.Both made fine 60's on a pitch which was slow albeit drying as the afternoon progressed.
Late contributions by Adam Tremlett and Colin Shearer saw us reach 198 off our 40 overs at tea which always looked a tough total for South Brent to chase.
The start of their reply can best be described as sedate with one opener regularly upsetting the other for slow running or not running and their score rather ambled along with only 47 off the first 20 with Dave Norris bowling his 8 in a row and conceding few, and John Compston getting them through at a lively pace.
Roger and Sam Tremlett then controlled the middle overs , not without some controversy.The slower opener Lannin eventually was given out for an appeal by Roger for lbw (plumb Ed). There was then some debate involving both openers and the umpire when the finger had gone up and the only choice was to walk back either slowly or quickly to the pavilion but eventually (and perhaps controversially) Lannin was reprieved due to doubt as to what he was given out for and whether the ball had hit bat before pad. The bowler was less than amused!
Neil Cossins chipped in with a remarkable piece of fielding which was similar to an airborne trap of a Brazilian footballer to save 4 overthrows off a typically feisty run out attempt by Noah and generally the bowling was tight, fielding good and overs got through at a good rate.
There then followed a remarkable piece of bowling by young Sam Tremlett who had earlier introduced himself as a keeper without convincing the skipper that senior gloveman Shearer should relinquish that slot for the afternoon.With well-pitched up in duckers Sam ran through the Brent order at one point having taken all 7 wickets to fall. He finished with 7-37 and older brother Adam (the bowler of the two) 0-6 from 7.John Compston finished off the tail ably to leave HCC comfortable winners with Brent all out for 148 and to see HCC continue their winning trot.
There was some late controversy when Nick Bryant of Brent asked for a runner after being in for two overs and claiming to be "knackered". This may or may not have been exacerbated by bottles of Peroni seen consumed on the verandah but captain Tobias kindly relented (not without some questioning from Roger who favoured a harsher line). The episode led Chairman Andrew to have some clinical concern suggesting that a rest might be a better remedy but Nick carried on saying he was just very unfit.It remains to be seen whether MCC will see this as adequate grounds for a runner (got to be joking Ed).
An enjoyable beer was had with the Brent guys at Club HQ with John excelling himself with a fine spread of chips, jacket potatoes, sausages and fish goujons. Top spread and another jug from Mike capped off a fine day.
Harberton CC v Stoke Fleming CC (H) Shield Game 11 August 2019 40 overs per side
Stoke Fleming batted first.Good Harberton bowling all through never let them get away with Ed S-C taking a smart catch standing up to Tom to dismiss John Hardy and then Dave "Vietnam" Norris getting the key wickets of Pope and Church in his first spell with a great inswinger to castle the latter.Probing spells then followed from Noah, Hugo and Charlie S-C to ensure that wickets came at regular intervals.
A late 50 by young "Nursery" Rhymes and some late lusty blows from Mike Perkin saw SF finish on 157 for 9 from their 40 overs which was probably 25 more than seemed likely.Two wickets each for Dave, Tom, Hugo and Noah with one run out.
HCC opened up after tea with Matt Thompson and Ed S-C.Ed perished early to Pope, Colin Jones also. Matt was joined byMike and for a while were both becalmer by the accurate SF senior spinners.Having seen off that threat the runs began to come more easily and eventually the stylish younger partner and the senior HCC top order batsman piled on a stand of 116 before Mike was bowled by "Dean" Martin and Tom then settled nerves with Matt with a quickfire 20. The main danger was getting the runs on the board before the heavens opened which we achieved with 2 overs to spare.A fine celebration followed at Club HQ with the Shield safe again in HCC hands.Great to see Bill, Dick and Trigger among the crowd to reflect on glories past in this crucial fixture.HCC won by 6 wickets with a handful of overs to spare.
Stoke Gabriel CC v Harberton CC (A) 04 August 2019 35 overs per side
Stoke Gabriel batted first. After a first wicket stand of 42, Angus ripped through their top order and after that wickets fell regularly shared between Angus,Toby, Ed S-C and Roger. We made the run chase seem more difficult than it was with Charlie S-C falling to an obvious cow corner trap, and Colin Jones and Mike now troubling the scorers overly. The ship was steadied by a solid stand between Colin Shearer and Toby with Ed S-C coming in with some late blows including two big sixes to put matters beyond doubt.HCC win by 4 wickets
Harberton CC v Abbotskerswell CC (H)
Sun 21 July
Sunday’s fixture had an unusual start. Noah was confronted with the very unusual circumstances of HCC having TOO MANY players!
Tom played for Abbots and Neil was allowed to join them on loan terms just for the day and Dave “Vietnam” Norris was allowed to rest his troublesome knee on a bench for the afternoon.
We won the toss and batted first.
Charlie Smout-Cooper, only just in from the night before, admitted that he didn’t know which to play of the three balls he was seeing and was undone by a straight one early doors. Colin Jones and Matt Thompson then steered the HCC ship into calmer waters with a stand of 38 in good time with Colin timing the ball nicely and Matt unfurling a few of his cover drives before Matt tried to a pull short one aiming a few inches above the actual trajectory of a straight delivery and was clean bowled.
Colin was joined by Mike and a substantial partnership followed the extent of which is a little uncertain as I forgot to note the score on which Colin retired hurt on 30 with a troublesome hip after an unusually (for him) inelegant swipe across the line.
Mike was joined by Eddie Smout-Cooper who, after a steady start, upped the tempo nicely with Mike eventually departing 3 short of his 50 and hitting a towering six deep into the reaches of cow corner on the lower side of the ground. Immediately before Eddie fell, HCC were at the unusual heights of 208 for 2!
Ollie Tregelles had been itching to get in for while and take it to the Abbots bowling but early aggression resulted in a quickfire duck later to be forgotten after a fine demonstration of bowling and fielding.
Mike was eventually bowled for a fine 85, Angus blasted a rapid 28 with Will Taylor pushing some smartly taken one’s for him leaving HCC to thoroughly enjoy tea with 254 for 8 on the board after 40 overs.
Finlay opened from the pavilion end and Will from the non-pavilion end. Finlay took an over or so to sight his in-swinging yorkers but Will was immediately on the money, his first ball pitching on middle and hitting the top of off to leave the Abbots opener playing down the wrong line. Finlay and Will shared 6 wickets evenly between them including the dangerous looking Tom Heath who was disappointed to smack a wide, low full bunger straight in to Ollie’s safe mitts at extra cover. Mike hung on to a looping catch in the covers which almost gave him too much time to think how he might put it down.
Ollie and Roger were then brought on to mop up the tail, Ollie with 2-12 off his 4 overs. Roger was a little (!!) more expensive with Jarman plundering his 4th over for 3 sixes from legside half trackers before a better pitched delivery just outside off saw him aim a tame, lofted shot straight into Matt Thompson’s waiting hands at extra cover leaving Abbots well short on 84 all out.
A fine win therefore saw us repair to Club HQ to enjoy Mike’s jug of Amstel while reflecting on a satisfying (and thumping) victory!
VICE PRESEDENTS DAY - 14th July 2019
Well what a day of sport and celebration for the whole country!
England winning the Cricket World Cup, brilliant men's final at Wimbledon and Hamilton winning the British GP. For those who bravely made it onto the field instead of sitting at home watching the action on TV, a hot game against Erratics CC, stopped in the middle of play at least twice to see or hear crucial parts of events unfolding at Lord's.
Technology provided by a grant from the ECB related to the Cricket World Cup allowed us to watch in the pavilion, albeit on a smaller screen than the Chairman had planned.
Vice-presidents arrived and witnessed good play then were refreshed by tea coordinated by Isabelle Steer.
After tea we made a presentation to Tony Hawtin, honorary life member, who is moving to Shebbear. He was given a beautiful print by Dick Todd.
The game was won by Harberton with Mike McClement scoring 99 and Colin Shearer a half century.
A fantastic day all round finished off with a BBQ in the setting sun.
Well done England!!
HCC vs Plympton 12.5.19
Harberton played under glorious blue skies yesterday in a friendly fixture against Plympton. Mike McClement and Dave Norris opened up against a young Plympton side. After an early dismissal of Dave Norris, Colin Priddons joined Mike at the crease where they both played some graceful shots off the young bowlers. After building a steady partnership Colin was unluckily runout and was dismissed for 25. Matt Thompson joined the fray where he continued to help build a growing partnership with Mike McClement who reached his half century. With momentum building both played some attacking shots to extend the total further. Matt was bowled by playing on to a leg side delivery. A debutant Toby Lovell joined the crease where he too played some fine shots building onto the lead. A ton up as Mike reached his century in style with a shot through the covers. Both eventually retired giving the way to Charlie Hill who played some hard hitting shots through the covers who was also joined by Colin Shearer, Tom Heath and Leroy Lane. Harberton eventually finished on 268 for five giving the opposition a large total to chase down.
After a sumptuous tea Harberton got under way with Dave Norris and another debutant Leroy Lane both bowling excellent tidy spells. Leroy managed to pick up three wickets after some great line and length pressurising the batsmen into making shots. Matt Thompson and Charlie Hill both also began their spells with Matt being sent to the boundary with some loose delivery’s. Needless to say Harberton persevered and continued to collect some vital wickets with fine bowling from Noah Tobias and Hugo Whitlock. The day ended up with the opposition being bowled out for 154 which capped an enjoyable days cricket.
Thanks to all who took part!!
Harberton CC v Plymstock CC
Sat 20 April 13.00 start
40 overs per side.
The sun shone on the Bank Holiday weekend and the ground looked beyond compare for the start of
the 2019 season. Our thanks to all involved for that.
Unfortunately the same could not be said for Harberton’s cricket or team availability (a bank holiday
Saturday being difficult for a number of reasons).
With late withdrawals we took to the field with only 8 players with Plymstock lending us one. The 8
included several club stalwarts easing their way in at the start of the year.
Plymstock fielded most of their first XI treating the match as a warm-up for their oncoming league
Plymstock batted first. Finlay Porter and Dave Norris opened up and bowled well with Finlay getting
early scalps bowling an opener and having their No 3 mistime a pull for a sharp catch by Andrew
Frankland at mid-wicket. Thereafter the lack of bowling resources available to captain for the day
Mike McClement predictably led to a mid-innings deterioration for the bowling side. Finlay and Dave
were allowed to bowl more than their allocation but runs were shipped to leave Plymstock on 293-5.
The tea was of a high standard and sadly greatly outshone Harberton’s batting. Colin Shearer went to
an early lbw decision and the writing was on the wall when captain McClement (realistically our only
hope for a respectable total) also went for a duck coming in at 3. This report won’t dwell on our
batting as it is doubtless a record for all the wrong reasons. Suffice to say, all (well 7) out for 19.
From my standpoint as umpire for the day though, Mike captained admirably with limited resources
and everybody gave it their all with no lack of good humour.
We can only get better from here and as the holder of last season’s duck award I can be happy that a
good number have got off to a flying start this season.
To close…let’s all make ourselves available whenever we can to make Noah (and Sleepy’s) job easier
and please can we all reply to team availability e mails within 24 hours.
AWARDS EVENING Friday 12th April