SA Taverners XI too good for Prince Alfred College

The first  game between the Lord Taverners and the Prince Alfred College  First XI was held on Friday 28 November. A T20 match on the glorious Prince Alfred College Front Oval.

The Taverners rigged the toss and elected to bat which was a positive as on start time half the team was in the change rooms with the other half on the oval, neither group knowing where the other group was.

A fitting minute silence for the passing of Phil Hughes started the afternoons play and black arm bands were worn by all 22 players.

The Taverners XI had a pleasing mix of experience and youth. Tom Taylor (21) opened the batting with Sam Hurburgh (30) and the pair negotiated the first 10 overs without the loss of the wicket, setting up a solid platform. After Tom fell, the Taverners looked to increase the run rate. David Prosser came in and managed to squeeze as much entertainment as possible into his 5 ball innings by hitting three boundaries.

Cameos from Sam Tyler, Michael Richardson (24) and Sam Gunning helped  the scoring tick along with a special mention to the most senior team member Dick Hockney who selflessly retired after facing 12 balls and failing to hit the ball off the square.

The Taverners put on a competitive 7 for 146 off the allotted 20 overs.

In reply the Prince Alfred College First XI made a slow start on the back of some very wiley bowling from the ‘Silver Fox’ Tom Hastwell. The young men of Prince Alfred College had no answers to the mix of flight and occasional turn with Tom returning very tidy bowling figures on the way to a MOTM performance.  Ex state cricketer Evan Arnold also bowled extremely well considering he hadn’t bowled a ball for 8 years.

SA Taverners pause to remember Phillip Hughes.

 While the First XI put together a solid batting innings, they didn’t have the power to put together the couple of big overs required to win them the game. With the First XI requiring 24 off the last over, Prince Alfred College Old Scholars player Sam Tyler closed things out in style. A humourous end to the game with Michael Richardson having a shy at the stumps only to throw the ball directly into Sam Hurburgh’s right buttock.

Taverners winners by 18 runs. A special thanks to Prince Alfred College for hosting and allowing us to use their facilities.

Hopefully the first of many annual fixtures between the teams.

SA Taverners XI too good for Primary Club

Sunday October 12 presented us with a most glorious afternoon at Adelaide Oval #2, where the Lord’s Taverners faced off against the SA chapter of the Primary Club – another charitable organisation whose fundraising centres around all things cricket. We hope that this will be the first of many clashes between our two teams.

On this occasion, in perfect batting conditions (it was at AO#2 after all), the Taverners XI managed to finished its 40 overs with 4 wickets in hand and 247 runs on the board. A very solid total, but the Taverners weren’t about to rest easy. The Primary Club got off to an equally good start with the bat when their innings got underway but eventually, all 6 finger spinners in the Taverners line-up tightened the reigns reducing the Primary Club to a total of 166 from their 40 overs, also with 4 wickets in hand.

In the end (and most importantly), players from each side shared some stories, a couple of cold cans of West End Draught and their fear of the next day’s muscle aches and pains. The key thing to emerge from our post match debrief was unanimous decision to do it all again next year.