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Angling Report: 2016 John Moore Pike Trophy result

Hi all,

Once again the John Moore Pike Trophy was competed for in the dying days of the year. This time we fished in possibly the severest conditions yet, with the thermometer at minus 5 in the Fen Drayton lakes car park. Luckily this year’s venue, Holywell Pond was ice free allowing the match to take place. The fishing started very slowly with no action for anyone for the first hour and a half. But with a bit of early morning sun on the water seemed to awaken the fish as last year’s champ Robin hooked a decent fish.

On the scales it went thirteen pounds and on a tough day we thought it would be the decider.

Robins lead was briefly in doubt when Kev had a couple of dropped bites and one landed but at four pounds it was no threat. Robin sealed the deal with an additional four pounder to extend his lead. With the flurry of action over the Pond returned to its moody former self. So, as is becoming traditional, Robin is 2016’s champion!

2016 John Moore Pike Trophy

Cheers,
Mike

Mike Webster
MSSC Angling


Event Report: Wicksteed Park

The 30th of July was a great day for the trip! The weather was dry but cloudy, and therefore not too baking hot. The coach trip was only around 40 minutes and very convenient and comfortable.

57 people went on the coach, organised wonderfully by Hayley and Sandy. My 18-month-old was given an absolutely lovely little snack-filled goody bag which entertained her for much of the journey. The older kids got a goody back full of Wicksteed souvenirs once we got there.

It was our first time ever at the park, and my 102cm-tall 4-year-old was very much looking forward to being tall enough to get on the majority of the rides. Having wristbands was really convenient, and my husband and I took turns queuing for the rides with our older child. The little one wasn’t forgotten as there were plenty of things to do, like playing on the free-access playgrounds and the height-inclusive rides like the roundabout and, her favourite, the Wicksteed cars.

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The grounds were lovely for strolling around, and there was plenty of space to relax between rides.

All in all it was a lovely day and all four of us had a great family day out! All our thanks to Hayley and Sandy for organising a cracking trip.

~ Joelle Garden

Match report: Cambridge vs Brize charity cricket – June 29th 2016

MADG Cambridge vs RAF Brize Norton charity match  – June 29th 2016

This year’s match was Cambridge’s turn to host, so Jesus college seemed an ideal venue with members of our very own Marshall family having graduated from there. The stunning backdrop of the college grounds, buildings and thatched pavilion could not be more quintessentially English. Unfortunately that brought typically English weather too with dark clouds and light rain! Luckily after a bit of arm twisting the ground staff allowed us to remove the covers and start play despite the light drizzle. MADG Cambridge batted first. The first wicket falling quickly with the scoreboard on 8, but last year’s star, Ziaf Kulasi partnered with Dave Roberts and put on a further 94 runs. Ziaf had to retire after he passed the agreed 50 runs maximum, reaching the target with a driven four. In the difficult conditions and facing testing bowling by Brize, the MADG Cambridge team finished with 131 for 5.

The RAF Brize batsmen responded with an excellent opening partnership from Ian Barrett and Matt Minter, despite the best bowling efforts of Paul Marshall and Harry Oates. The breakthrough came when Oates rearranged Minters stumps with the score on 40. This brought Abed Rashid to the crease who had the unfortunate role of watching his team mates lose a few wickets whilst he kept up his end and ensured the scoreboard moved swiftly. Rashid was eventually run out but with nice partnerships from Phil Groves and Grant Standerline the score was pushed on. RAF Brize fell short of the target in the eighteenth over, just 13 runs short of victory! So 2016’s Cricket Cup winners are MADG Cambridge.

Man of the Match
The Champagne Man of the Match was a very hard choice this year with Tom Milner’s tight bowling producing four wickets, Ziaf’s clinical batting and Ian Barrett’s brutish striking of the ball to all corners. But the Man of the Match was Abed Rashid with his cementing, crafted batting innings, nice bowling and enthusiastic fielding secured the Champers! 

The real winners were the two charities, The Alzheimer’s Society and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices with presently over £700 raised and still counting.

Next year’s rematch is at Brize Norton, an advance order of sunshine is in the post!

 – Mike Webster

MADG Cambridge

Tom Milner

Ct West   b Groves

3

Dave Roberts

b Groves

26

Ziaf Kulasi

Retired

52

Jo Egan

b Lloyd

9

Les Matthews

Run out

3

Frank DiPaolo

ct      b West

10

Andy Cordrey

Not out

2

Harry Oates

Not out

6

Paul Marshall

Brian Williams

Shaun Asplin

Extras

20

Total

5 wickets; 20 overs

131

RAF Brize Norton

Ian Barrett

Ct    b Milner

19

Matt Minter

b Oates

14

Abed Rashid

Run out

25

Ed Owen

b Milner

0

Tom Wattleworth

Run out

6

John Sullivan

Ct    b Milner

2

Phil Groves

Ct Williams b Cordrey

16

Colin Wynne

b Milner

0

Bob Lloyd

b DiPaolo 

0

Grant Standerline

Not out

20

Anders West

b Kulasi

9

Extras

8

Total

10 wickets; 17.1 overs

119

Umpires: Mr Barrie Crick (MADG Cambridge)

               Mr Steve Cooke (Brize Norton)

Scorers: Mr Brian Williams & Family.

Venue: Jesus College Cambridge.