Sunday, October 23, 2005

Le Pigeonnier de Senaux - Roujan

The hub-bub that greets a hat-trick ball in first class cricket is nothing compared to that which would have greeted Stephen’s four-in-four if the crowd had been bigger. … paying attention, or less interested in the fruits of the locals’ labours – but we mustn’t let that bother us; after last week’s game-turning 78 (three-quarters of our total) to then pull this performance out of the bag, when the game was in the balance, was something remarkable. It’s just a shame he didn’t manage to pull something else out of his bag as well … trousers, for example.

Still, uncu (‘scuse me) unencumbered by the cycling shorts, he walked among us once more, through us and over us and has definitely left his mark on this late part of the season.
He was not alone: Michael with the bat; Nick with the ball, Dominic again and David; everyone did their bit including Ken, he of the sticky hands standing at silly mid-on, who’s catch did for your correspondent while he was still feeling his way back into form (4) after last week’s Golden Duck.
(As soon as we have the information to hand, averages will be posted for your amusement.)

The crowd grew by the cluster – small groups of the interested and curious watched from the road. But Colin’s side, batting second, were never in danger of letting their advantage slip and offering a tight finish to grip the uninitiated. Small hope when Poppy bowled Dominic with one that clipped the top of middle stump but real hope was as elusive Stephen’s strides.

In next week’s episode: Stephen comes crashing down to earth; your correspondent does a little bit better; Joel’s ankle continues to improve and Rupert bothers to show up.

Contacts: Robin Hicks –
Peter Sandison –

Captain's report 1

Ashes fever – the new bird flu; infectious in its own backyard but can it travel? At the end of the English summer (British for all the Celtic involvement) cricket was the new black. Not just Ashes cricket, I’m sure many of you had a good laugh at Surrey being enforced to take a breather from the top flight.
But what is enough? For how long can one milk a cow? And is there any appeal in a bunch of pie-chuckers and flailers flexing their flesh (muscles still, in some cases) in the pursuit of lost youth.

On television and radio one hears a lot in the commentary about the ‘corridor of uncertainty’, here, at our beautiful ground on the outskirts of Roujan, although great progress is being made, said corridor is more of a plough-line and uncertainty is all about us.

The opening bowlers had no trouble finding a good line and length; that could wait, locating the pitch was a more immediate concern but despite that memories of England come flooding through; not because of the leather on willow ‘tok’ – the batsmen would have to hit it for that - and not because of the see-it-from-the-right-angle-and-with-all-those-Oaks-and-Ashes-you-could-be-in-Sussex aspect, no; it was the alarming collapse of the batting side, your correspondent included (dragged one on from outside off stump, first ball) that had us all feeling warm, home sick and comfortably embarrassed inside. Still, through the efforts of Jim (13) and Stephen (78) the ship was not just settled but rendered armed and potent enough to trounce the opposition, whose innings had the same nostalgia-inducing opening as ours. Only where ours improved immeasurably – thanks to Jim and Stephen smiting their attack to all corners – theirs continued in the same vein in the face of some penetrating (?) bowling.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Midi Cricket Club - Welcome

Ground and office
Le pigonnier de senaux
34320 ROUJAN
04 67 24 75 38

The club was started in September 2005 by a group of enthusiasts in the South of France. We have 71 members already, a pitch of our own and a wide but as yet incomplete range of equipment.

Our mission is:
* to create enthusiasm for the game in this part of France in all ages and nationalities
* play good quality cricket in the South of France with local and visiting teams
* to encourage the young in the area to play cricket with the aim of having a colts team
* to create a congenial atmosphere for spectators

Where we are:
Our base is within 40 minutes of Montpellier, the regional capital of Herault and situated 7 kms outside the town of Pezenas.
We have the great benefit of being within half an hour of the Mediterranean sea at Agde and the oyster beds of the basins behind Sete.
20 minutes from the National Haut Languedoc park with its garrique vegetation and large numbers of wild boar enjoying the isolation and peace of a vast tract of virtually uninhabited land reaching the Black Mountains.
Our pitch is set in the middle of vines on a newly seeded field fringed on one side by oaks and ash trees.

Our plans are to:
* Build on keen and growing membership which we have now.
* Develop a stoolball section to bring young french children to the game – and to have a good time!
* Extend our spectator numbers to enjoy the game and introduce the desultory clapping to the vineyards of the Midi!
* Build a pavilion with scoreboard for the comfort of players and visitors

2006 season
We hope to field a “useful” team to play visiting teams from France and the rest of Europe including the UK.

TO contact the Club please email or phone:

President - Robin Hicks - 04 67 24 75 38 -
Secretary - Pam Paszkowska - 04 67 38 20 51 -
Captain - Peter Sandison - 04 67 28 52 03 -
Membership - Mel Paszkowski - 04 67 38 20 51 -
Stoolball - Liz Betts-Gosling - 04 67 24 64 37 -