The Mount House Association Day 2011
Saturday, 2 July MHS v MHA (Old girls)
Result: 19.5 – 12.5 loss
The old girls were back with a vengeance and unfortunately in numbers unprecedented for a MHA weekend. Some 20-odd old girls returned for this match in the glorious sunshine on Herongate and our 12 girls could not find a single gap in the field as it was a figurative brick wall of old girls! Still, lots of fun was had. Some old girls demonstrating that they most certainly still had 'it', especially Eliza Sale who took 5 great catches in the deep and Alice Toynton who walloped her way to 4.5 rounders and will be able to share her expertise in her power shots here when she starts her gap year with us next term. Lizzie, Tabi and Emma all batted well under tough circumstances for the Mount House leavers.
From the excellent vantage point and a chair on the Stoney Pitch, your correspondent enjoyed an interesting match between two teams 'picked up' by Jim Massey and Jon Elworthy. Each side had a quota of young players from the School X1 and completed by senior men drawn from Old Boys and parents. Jon's daughter, Charlotte, a promising young player already noted by Surrey CCC, elected not to be on her father's side so that she would have the opportunity to dismiss him! This, indeed, she did, tempting him to sky a catch into the covers. Unfortunately the spectators could not hear what was said, but Jon did not appear to be happy to be her second victim!
It appeared that arrangements had been made between the captains that free-hitting batsmen retired when they had scored 30 but could return to the crease when wickets fell in the lower order. I understood that it was a "limited overs" match although the score book and the scorebox did not seem to be in step on this. We were treated to two aggressive innings by William Churcher, who smashed four sixes before retiring and returned later to bludgeon five more before being stumped for 73. Jonathan Massey (22) and Henry Lopes (35*) supported Captain Elworthy (18), these four being the main contributors to a total of 170.
After a delicious tea, served by Maureen Hall, play resumed with Captain Massey smoothly and imperiously stroking his way to a 'retirement' score, but returning later to add another 25 to what appears, according to the score book, to be an undefeated innings of 50. Other batsmen wilted under the pressure of seven bowlers, who conceded only six boundaries in fours to the lower order; Charlotte, however, with two in her innings of 13, appeared least fazed by the attack. 91 was the final total, leaving the Jon Elworthy X1 the winners.
It had made for good watching with moments of excellent fielding and good catches held. Amazingly the ball reappeared after each thunderous six towards the river. The Oval and the grounds looked in wonderful condition and the wicket played well – a tribute to the ground staff. A barbecue, cooked by Les Mitchell and served by ladies of the MHA Committee, was a fitting climax to a lovely afternoon in the sun. Thank you all for contributing to the entertainment.