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2021 season fixtures announced
posted: February 15, 2021

Belated Happy New Year, Strollers! We might still be in the icy grip of this latest winter lockdown but, with any luck, the prospects of a full cricket season ahead may warm our hearts. As such, we are pleased to reveal the fixture list for the year ahead which includes games against new oppo, Reach CC in Cambridgeshire and the splendidly-named Rotten Livers CC.

Whilst further fixtures may yet be added, and question marks remain over our planned tours to Porto and Münich, on the domestic front at least, all being well we have a full diary of matches to look forward to once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. To read the fixture list in full ...click HERE

 

Strollers online AGM sees election of Captain Bob
posted: November 28, 2020

Captain Bob

History was made last night when, owing to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we were forced to take our AGM online for the first time with a lengthy (and sometimes incomprehensible) three hour Zoom video conference.

However tradition was honoured fully with outgoing skipper Davie G bestowing awards and revealing the averages before handing over to returning officer Matt 'The Cat' Morgan to bring forth the Bucket Of Justice. Pouring shame on the US electoral process, the bucket spoke decisivey to declare Abhik 'Bob' Ghosh our captain for the 2021 season, with Varun Deo stepping up as vice skipper for the year ahead.

We wish both gentlemen our well wishes for a vintage year ahead and offer hearty congratulations to our award winners:

Harry Brown (Stroller of the Year)
Kashif Khan (Batsman of the Year)
Varun Deo (Bowler of the Year)
Avnish Deshpande (Newcomer of the Year)

For full report... click HERE

 

2020 season averages now online
posted: November 8, 2020

Brace yourselves, Strollers. The 2020 and updated career averages are now online for your perusal!

 

Virtual AGM this Friday, 27 November
posted: November 25, 2020

Finding ourselves as we are in the midst of Lockdown 2.0, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time in Strollers history our AGM will be held online this Friday, 27 November via Google Meet. All Strollers old and new are welcome to join. For details how to attend, please email Dave.

We'll see you online!

 

Strollers set to return to Porto in 2021
posted: September 23, 2020

Oporto Cricket Club

The season may sadly now be over but here is something to raise your spirits! We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed our first overseas tour since 2017, returning to take on the delightful Oporto Cricket Club in Portugal next spring, ove the weekend of 15/16 May 2021. Needless to say these plans are subject to whatever COVID-19 restrictions by then may allow but we are keeping everything crossed that the tour will happen. To express your interest, please contact our Tour Secretary Ron 'Boundary' Banerjee as soon as possible. To email Ron... click HERE

For those who weren't there, the Strollers last toured to Porto in 2009 when we successfully won both games, including a celebrated 142 not out from Harsh Joshi in our second match. To remind yourselves of our adventures eleven years ago... click HERE

 

Season ends as Kash hundred takes us close at Amersham
posted: September 21, 2020

Strollers vs Amersham, 20 August 2020

The sun finally set on this strangest of all seasons yesterday evening in the stunning surroundings of Amersham CC. We finished with a flourish with Kashif hitting a superb century – his second for the Strollers – but, alas, as has been the case on so many occasions this year, we fell just short in our gallant chase to reach an imposing target.

 

Cricket the winner as Strollers' courageous comeback falls just short at Croxley
posted: September 7, 2020

Strollers vs Croxley Guild, 6 September 2020

Having already finished a close second in our last contest at Croxley Guild earlier this summer yesterday's rematch served up another classic as, faced with a mammoth 301 target, we valiantly fought back to end up agonisingly just 8 runs shy of sealing the unlikliest of wins, thanks to the heroic efforts of Viral (74), Harry (58*), Abhik (44) and George (33). Read all about it!

 

Southgate sneak past Strollers in nail-biter
posted: August 25, 2020

We unfortunately ended up on the wrong side of a nail-biter on Sunday afternoon at Cockfosters CC where, in a hastily-arranged fixture, we took on Southgate Compton. Having posted a modest 168 our bowlers persevered to give us a sniff of victory (with débutant Fenil in particular shining with 3-25) only to see us lose out in the penultimate over. A great match nonetheless and thanks to Southgate for offering us a game!

 

Strollers struggle on Millfields' minefield
posted: August 17, 2020

Strollers vs Millfields, 16 August 2020

Braving a rare incursion over the river to South London to face newfound oppo Millfields CC, the Strollers stumbled to a 7 wicket defeat yesterday at Hilly Fields Park near Brockley.

 

 

Chippers sizzles as Harry turns up the heat
posted: August 10, 2020

Strollers vs Chippenham, 9 August 2020

Fortunes swung both ways on a scorching day at Chippenham yesterday but ultimately honours were even, despite a magnificent effort from Harry Brown who hit a personal best of 66, well supported by Davie C (29), which brought us within sight of an unlikely win.

 

Strollers put Trundlers to the sword in thumping T20 win
posted: August 6, 2020

Strollers vs Tetherdown Trundlers, 5 August 2020

After two successive defeats, we happily righted our ship at Highgate CC last night with a dominant display to notch up a towering win over the Tetherdown Trundlers in, ironically, our only T20 clash of 2020. This largely thanks to a superb 50 from Harsh and a searing spells with the ball from Varun and Viral... read all about it!

 

Strollers post too few to trouble HICCs at Old Cholms
posted: August 2, 2020

Strollers vs Highgate Irregulars, 2 August 2020

After last weekend's run-fest the Strollers slipped to a second defeat of the season this afternoon in a low-scoring clash against old foes the Highgate Irregulars at Old Cholmeleians.

 

Spilt catches at Croxley cost Strollers dear
posted: July 27, 2020

Strollers vs Croxley Guild, 26 July 2020

Having made an unbeaten start to the much-delayed 2020 season, the Strollers finally fell at our third match – a hastily arranged fixture against newfound opposition the Croxley Guild. This despite a magnificent maiden Strollers century from Abhik who helped take us to within 20 runs of an unlikely win. Read all about it...

 

Spoils shared in close clash at Sandon
posted: July 20, 2020

Strollers vs Sandon, 19 July 2020

Our second clash of the belated 2020 season turned out to be a hard-fought low-scoring contest that resulted in honours being shared with our namesakes, the Sandon Strollers.

 

Strollers cast Coronavirus aside with winning start to season at Chesham Bois
posted: July 14, 2020

Strollers vs Chesham Bois, 12 July 2020

After an enforced three month delay, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, we were overjoyed and relieved to finally start our 2020 season last Sunday with a socially-distant win away to Chesham Bois, now home of erstwhile Stroller David 'De Dazzler' Haines.

However it was young Charlie (Haines Jnr) who set off early alarm bells as he swiftly dispatched our top order with his searing swing. Our rusty middle order fared little better and it was only thanks to David 'The Kitten' Couldrey's fine 45 that we were able to post a modest 131... but at least it was something to bowl at.

After a swift turnaround, sadly involving no tea due to Covid-restrictions, Varun repaid the oppo in kind - seeing off Chesham's top three in short order. Dangerman 'De Dazzler' failed to ignite and was caught off Rohit for just 6. Despite a late order revival in the shape of a good partnership between Vishal and Charlie, wickets continued to tumble and, in the end, Chesham limped past the hundred mark to be dismissed for 105, handing us the win.

However, just to get any cricket on at all in 2020 felt like the biggest victory... let's hope we can manage more in the weeks to come!

 

Video footage leaked of new Strollers kit
posted: June 9, 2020

Los dos con trans
We might still be in the throes of the COVID-19 crisis but, to raise your spirits, head on over to our Facebook group for a sneak peak of our new Strollers kit, as modelled by 'The Legend' Dickie Betts and Matt 'The Cat' Morgan. Includes rare footage of Strollers actually catching! Clandestine evidence provided by an anonymous source, let's call him Graeme Holmes for argument's sake... click HERE
 

Coronavirus wreaks havoc with cricket season
posted: March 19, 2020

As widely expected, the current outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus has taken it's toll on the cricket season. The ECB has this week stated that all recreational cricket should be suspended indefinitely to help surpress the spread of the virus. To read the full ECB statement, posted on the BBC website... click HERE

As such North London CC is now closed until further notice, meaning any of our home games will unfortunately be cancelled until they reopen. We would expect that grounds for our away matches will be taking similar measures. Of course we can only hope that the situation improves so that we can resume our fixtures as swiftly as possible.

The MCC Indoor Academy at Lord's is now also closed indefinitely meaning our remaining pre-season net sessions are sadly cancelled too.

For the time being we will keep our fixture booking form live for all games so if you would like to declare your availability for any matches – should they go ahead – you are free to do so.

Clearly there are currently much bigger things to be concerned about right now but let's hope we can get some cricket in later this year! In the meantime, stay strong and stay healthy Strollers!

 

2020 season fixtures revealed
posted: January 29, 2020

We are delighted to reveal the fixture list for the year ahead. The 2020 season kicks off on Sunday, 26 April with a home fixture against Agricola at North London CC. Thereafter we have a packed schedule with games against old foes such as the Battersea Bohemians and Highgate Irregulars along with some exciting trips away to Hawridge & Cholesbury, Chesham Bois, the Chiltern Crusaders, Sandon and of course Chippenham.

Further matches may yet be announced so watch this space but, in the meantime, feast your eyes on our busy itinerary for the summer ahead...

 

Winter net sessions booked
posted: January 20, 2020

MCC Indoor School
Cast off those winter cricketing blues and break out your whites! We are pleased to announce that the first of our pre-season net sessions have been arranged at the MCC Indoor Academy at Lord's on the following evenings
  • Wednesday 05 February - 8pm
  • Wednesday 12 February - 7pm
  • Wednesday 04 March - 9pm
  • Thursday 12 March - 9pm
  • Thursday 19 March - 9pm
  • Thursday 26 March - 9pm

Full cricket whites must be worn although spiked boots are not permitted. There is a maximum of 7 players per net so it will be strictly first come, first served.

Thanks to all who sponsored the upfront costs. Fees will be split equally between those who attend each night. If you would like to attend any or all nets, please email Dave.

 

Shorthanded Strollers trumped by Trundlers indoors at Lord's
posted: December 18, 2019

Strollers against Tetherdown Trundlers, 17 December 2019

The Strollers ended the year in action with an inaugural indoor match against the Tetherdown Trundlers at Lord’s.

With a number of late withdrawals, mainly owing to fall out from the festive season, we were only able to muster six plucky Strollers – namely Dickie, Harry, Gav, Rubin, Rubin’s mate Andrew and Spencer who skippered in Dave’s absence. Nonetheless we were able to get a highly enjoyable 8-a-side match on although ultimately the spoils went to the oppo who cruised to a conclusive 77 run win. Read all about it...

 

Victory for democracy as Davie G clings to power at Strollers AGM
posted: November 10, 2019

David Gorton and Gaurav Jain

Once again the Strollers assembled at The White Horse, Soho on Friday evening to conduct our AGM which, in typical fashion, involved animated discussion, reflections on another fine season and of course the bringing forth that bastion of modern democracy, the Bucket Of Justice which determined that Davie G should remain at the helm for another season, next year ably supported for the year ahead by the Spengali General himself, Mr Spencer Fowler who was elected vice captain (both pictured right).

Congratulations to the following award winners, also announced on the evening:

Gaurav Jain (Stroller of the Year)
Spencer Fowler (Batsman of the Year)
Abhik Ghosh (Bowler of the Year)
Varun Deo and Rohit Kawathekar (Newcomers of the Year)

Thanks to all who attended. Click HERE for a full report on a tequila-fuelled evening!

 

Season averages revealed
posted: November 8, 2019

As is customary, ahead of our AGM we are pleased to reveal the averages for the 2019 season together with updated career stats. Those who are faint hearted should look away now!

 

Strollers AGM set for Friday 8 November
posted: November 1, 2019

The White Horse

We are pleased to announce that our AGM will take place on Friday 8 November, once again at The White Horse, Soho.

Amongst the usual agenda we will review the season just gone, reveal this year's averages, bestow awards and the famed Bucket Of Justice will of course speak to reveal who will be leading the Strollers over the next year. The fun starts from 7pm sharp and all Strollers old and new are welcome. The full address is:

The White Horse
16 Newburgh Street
nr Carnaby Street
London
W1F 7RY

 

Strollers to take on Trundlers in indoor cricket clash at Lord's
posted: October 28, 2019

Indoor cricket

Ditch those off-season blues and dust off the whites! The Strollers have been challenged to a special one-off indoor cricket match against the Tetherdown Trundlers at Lord's on Tuesday 17 December! The game will be held at the MCC Indoor Academy:

Lords Cricket Ground
St John's Wood Road
St John's Wood
London
NW8 8QN

For further details about the venue, visit the Lord's website... click HERE

The 8-a-side match will kick off from 7pm, costing £30 each to contribute to the hire fee. Participation will be strictly first come, first served so if you would like to make yourself available to play, please contact us as soon as possible!

 

Strollers round off season in style with huge win at Hawridge & Cholesbury
posted: September 22, 2019

Strollers vs Hawridge & Cholesbury, 22 September 2019

We happily managed to conclude a very successful 2019 season in some style this afternoon with a crushing win over Hawridge & Cholesbury, our first against the Buckinghamshire village side.

The win was set up early on with another 50+ opening stand between Gav and Abhik, the latter very unlucky to narrowly miss out on a maiden hundred, holing out on 96 magnificently made runs. With further contributions coming all the way down we closed on an imposing 242 all out on the penultimate ball of our 30 overs (reduced owing to heavy rain delaying the start).

f the oppo had any hopes of mounting a challenge they were snuffed out early as Varun and then Viral(happily returning finally after a long spell recovering from his bad hand injury) bagged a couple of early breakthroughs apiece. The second wave attack did just as well, Gideonbowling beautifully to collect a brace and Viral somehow clung onto an amazing backward catch at cover off David to deny Hawridge opener St. John a half century. As the light faded so the oppo's batsmen tumbled and in the end they were cleaned out for just 133 - over a hundred shy of their target.

 

Strollers mount up the stats as milestones are met on the way to winning penultimate match
posted: September 15, 2019

Strollers vs I Don't Like Cricket, 15 September 2019

Personal milestones galore were met this afternoon as we recorded another fine win, this time over freshly found oppo, the melodically-monikered 'I Don't Like Cricket' club, a new outfit hailing from East London.

On our way to posting a mammoth 305-4 from our 35 overs firstly Abhik – on his way to a splendid 74 – notched up his thousanth Strollers run. Then Gav became only the third Stroller in history to hit 3,000 runs. However, as is so often the case, Spencer was to be the headline act – hitting an unbeaten 81 which saw him pass a staggering 6,000 run for the club ...a phenomenal feat.

The oppo, in response, gave it a mightily good go – maintaining a run rate that would befit most T20 matches. In particular their wicketkeeper/ batsman Legg timed the ball beautifully and ended up striking a superb century before Abhik finally bowled him in darkening conditions. Spencer also shone with the ball, collecting an excellent three-for as we succeeded in bowling out the oppo in the final over for 247 (which, under normal circumstances would have been an excellent score). A good win then in our penultimate game to ensure that our season ends up in credit.

 

Gaurav grabs a ton as spoils are shared with Crusaders
posted: September 9, 2019

Strollers vs Chiltern Crusaders, 8 September 2019

Congratulations to Gaurav who hit his maiden Strollers century yesterday against newfound oppo, the Chiltern Crusaders in the lovely setting of Beaconsfield CC. Gaurav's knock helped us post a sizeable total of 263-6 and put us in control of the game. However, in response, the Crusaders batted well – their skipper Alex Bartlett himself nabbing a ton in kind – to ensure that they safely secured a well-earned draw.

 

Strollers skittle Interlopers to set up easy win
posted: August 26, 2019

Strollers vs Interlopers 25 August 2019

The Strollers made it two wins in a row with a convincing victory yesterday away to the Interlopers at Old Cholmeleians. Having skittled the oppo for just 113, we knocked off the runs in just 14 overs largely thanks to an unbeaten 55 from Spencer. Full report to follow in due course.

 

Strollers stroll to buoyant win over Bohos
posted: August 21, 2019

Strollers vs Battersea Bohemians 18 August 2019

Twas was the night before Sunday, when all through London not a stroller was stirring, not even a Batesy. All you could hear was the faint sound of Archer’s bouncer echoing through their dreams.

Read Rubin's account of our stirring win last Sunday over old foes the Battersea Bohemans...

 

Honours even at rain-affected Chippers
posted: August 11, 2019

Strollers vs Chippenham 11 August 2019

The spoils were shared this afternoon at Chippenham with a rain-affected match that saw the Strollers mount a valiant charge in our attempt to reach the set target of 220 before rain delays and tumbling wickets left us with little option but to shut up shop and claim an honourable draw.

This despite expertly struck half centuries from Spencer (66) and Abhilk (55) whose 112 run third wicket partnership for a time gave us hope of snatching an unlikely win.

 

Strollers hold nerve to see off HICCs in tense win
posted: August 04, 2019

Strollers vs Highgate Irregulars 04 August 2019

The Strollers happily returned to winning ways this afternoon at Old Cholmeleians, with a closely contested victory over old foes the Highgate Irregulars. With thick overhead cloud and muggy conditions in the air, upon winning the toss stand-in skipper Gav sent the oppo in – a decision rewarded with an excellent all round bowling display from our varied attack, restricting the HICCs to just 166-8 from 44 overs (including an unbeaten 69 fromTony Mitchell), at which point they sportingly declared.

In response we initially struggled with our top three all trapped LBW, although Tom restored our advantage with some classy strokeplay before he was yorked by Ramani for 47, narrowly missing out on a well deserved half century. Despite Rob Kyriakides pulling off a remarkable low catch at point to dismiss Paul late on, Harry and Ravi held their nerve and with some lusty hitting saw us home with two overs to spare.

 

Strollers celebrate 30 not out in style
posted: July 28, 2019

30th anniversary match

With 2019 marking thirty years since the celebrated Pimlico Strollers CC came into existence it would have been deeply remiss of us not to mark the occasion. And whilst regrettably much of our old guard were unable to attend, the newer contingent of Strollers were out in force and duly made their pilgrimage to Regent’s Park (where our first games were staged in the late 1980s) for a celebratory inter-club match… and what a fitting occasion it turned out to be.

 

Bohemians blast their way past Strollers in tight T20
posted: July 25, 2019

Strollers against Battersea Bohemians, 24 July 2019

Our final scheduled T20 clash of the season, set on a sweltering hot evening at North Middlesex CC, ended frustratingly with the Battersea Bohemians edging past the target of 171 we had set them, with just two balls to spare. The 9 wicket margin of the Bohos' victory flattered to deceive following what had been a tightly contested match throughout.

 

Bragging rights restored as Strollers of Pimlico outshine Sandon
posted: July 21, 2019

Strollers against Sandon, 21 July 2019

After a chastening defeat in the corresponding fixture last year and a recent run of underwhelming results, we happily returned to winning ways this afternoon with a convincing 150 run victory over our namesakes, the Sandon Strollers in a match noted for several standout performances. Our mammoth total of 302-5 declared included a pair of immaculate and unbeaten tons from Kashif (103*) and Nic (100*) before our bowlers then stepped up in kind with both Davie G and Spencer collecting well-earned three-fors, dismissing the oppo for just 152.

On a more quirky note, the game will also be remembered for Master Andy Bates – in a curious turn of events – both opening the batting for the understaffed oppo and then claiming a wicket against them, later in their innings. More bizarre still was the sight of Sandon's opening batsman being chauffered to the game by the local constabulary following a motoring misdemenour –  greeted by the mirth of all those watching, characteristic of a good humoured game all round.

 

Chesham Bois clash called off
posted: July 13, 2019

Unfortunately tomorrow's clash away to Chesham Bois CC has been cancelled as the oppo were unable to raise a side – possibly something to do with the World Cup final taking place at the same time. English and Kiwi Strollers may also have been somewhat distracted by the events unfolding at Lord's so possibly all for the best.

Our next scheduled fixture is next Sunday's away game to take on our namesakes the Sandon Strollers. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Dave.

 

Catch Dickie Up The Bunty
posted: July 10, 2019

Up The Bunty

Our very own Dickie Betts, Strollers legend and sometime thespian will be playing Harry Hepworth – described as a Producer/ Director peddling low grade work and full of his own self worth – in the forhcoming production of 'Up The Bunty' at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre as part of this year's Camden Fringe on Thursday 1 August.

Dickie describes the play as "lightweight, prone to off-colour jokes, an element of camp and slightly ridiculous – so might appeal to the Strollers".

For further details... click HERE

 

Bowlers bring Strollers within a whisker of unlikely win at Maida Vale
posted: July 9, 2019

Strollers against Maida Vale, 07 July 2019

Our inaugural clash with newfound oppo Maida Vale CC at Paddington Green on Sunday perhaps failed to deliver on the batting front – skittled as we were for just 94 – but our bowlers brought us back into contention in a match noted for an abundance of tremendous single-handed catches. Ultimately however, Maida Vale reached their target with 3 wickets remaining and 14 overs to spare.

This week's match report comes in poetic form as penned by newfound Stroller Laureate, Master Andy Bates...

 

Strollers snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over the Archway Ladder in low scoring thriller
posted: July 4, 2019

Strollers against Archway Ladder, 03 July 2019

Having committed the cardinal sin of being bowled out in the first innings of a T20, posting only a modest 127, our bowlers put in a magnficent effort last night to bring us within a whisker of pulling off an unlikely win over the Archway Ladder XI.

Congratulations must go to Strollers newbie Will Morgan who took an impressive 3-15 with his penetrating off-breaks, and to Tom who took a couple more. But, ultimately the oppo met their target with more than three overs to spare, leaving us to lick our wounds and reflect on what might have been...

 

Acme survive early scare to overcome Strollers at sunny Brentham
posted: July 1, 2019

Strollers against Acme, 30 June 2019

A collapse of early Strollers wickets threatened to turn yesterday's clash with the comically-named Acme CC into cartoon carnage. However, thanks to an excellent hundred run partnership between Tom (44) and Harsh – finding form at a timely moment to close unbeaten on 66 – we were able to restore some respectability to our efforts, posting 169-7 on the huge pitch at the salubrious Brentham Club.

Early inroads into the oppo's upper order – leaving them reeling on 12-2 – gave us a whiff of hope but, thanks to solid batting from Acme's middle order (albeit aided by a poor decision on a nailed-on stumping) they were able to reach their target with four overs to spare.

 

Strollers to collect for Cystic Fibrosis Trust at 30th anniversary celebrations
posted: June 28, 2019

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

As announced previously, preparations are now underway to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our spectacularly silly yet lovable side with a special match to take place on Sunday 28 July at Regents Park – the location of the very first Strollers matches to take place over three decades ago!

Now we are delighted to reveal that we will be raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust – a charity with whom we have had longstanding connections. We will be collecting dosh on the day but, if you would like to donate online, you can now do so via a JustGiving page... click HERE

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Strollers old and new for what should be a great occasion! So save the date, bring a picnic and of course, if you would like to play, please email us now!

 

Strollers pile on the runs to claim T20 win over Trundlers
posted: June 27, 2019

Strollers against Tetherdown Trundlers, 26 June 2019

Following last Sunday's batting masterclass from the skipper, our T20 side took heed themselves and piled on the runs to happily return us to winning ways against the Tetherdown Trundlers at Highgate CC last night. Leading the charge was Nic Malcomess who hit a stunning 74 allowing us to post a mammoth 199-7.

The Trundlers put themselves into contention with Ollie Buxton narrowly missing out on a ton but, with excellent pressure applied from our seam attack – notably Harry and Varun – and with three victims claimed by Matt behind the stumps, the target was simply too high and they closed some 26 runs adrift. An excellent effort all round!

 

Skipper smashes unbeaten 78 to raise spirits in face of loss to the boys of Theydon
posted: June 23, 2019

David Gorton, 78 not out

With only nine Strollers making their way to Theydon Bois – including the return of veteran messrs Boughey and Marcus – and blighted by further injuries sustained through the course of the game, we can return with heads held high and honour intact.

For although we never got close to the imposing 276-3 posted by the hosts, a personal best 78 not out from our skipper Dave Gorton and another sublime unbeaten half century from a hamstrung Spencer meant we were able to reply with a very respectable 210-5, ensuring both sides were smiling come the end.

 

Bowling hiccups and fielding mishaps hand victory to the HICCs
posted: June 21, 2019

Strollers against Highgate Irregulars, 20 June 2019

Wayward bowling and dropped catches cost us dear in last night's T20 clash against the Highgate Irregulars, meaning we were sadly unable to defend the respectable 147-5 we had posted earlier in the evening. That total included an expertly-struck 62 from Gaurav, promoted to open the innings. Unfortunately our good batting display was not matched in the field as frequent legside wides and shelled chances allowed the oppo to ease their way to victory.

 

Further cancellations play havoc with fixture list
posted: June 13, 2019

Following the recent cancellations of our planned fixtures with the Highgate Irregulars (June 5), Highgate Taverners (June 9) and Railway Taverners (June 11) – owing to injuries and poor availability – we are sorry to report that this Sunday's home match against the London Erratics has also had to be canned as the opposition are unable to raise a team.

Therefore our next matches will be the T20 clash with the Highgate Irregulars at North Middlesex CC on Thursday 20 June, followed by a trip to Essex to play away to Theydon Bois on Sunday 23 June. If you would like to make yourself available for either or both games, please contact Dave.

 

Strollers pay for victory over Shakespeare XI with pound of flesh
posted: June 2, 2019

Strollers against Shakespeare XI, 2 June 2019

We returned to winning ways this afternoon over the Shakespeare XI on a sunny afternoon at Ferme Park where we posted a huge 309-9, including a stunning knock of 83 from skipper Abhik and yet another half century for Spencer. However the victory came at some considerable cost, with serious hand injuries sustained by both Viral and Tom...

 

 

T20 Bohos clash rained off
posted: May 29, 2019

Rain

Due to the wet weather this evening's T20 clash against the Battersea Bohemians at North Middlesex CC has unfortunately been cancelled.

Our next match therefore will be this Sunday, 2 June at home at Ferme Park against the Shakespeare XI. With Captain Gorton away overseas, if you would like to make yourself available please contact Abhik who will be skippering on the day.

 

Archway Ladder easily reach target to end Strollers' winning season start
posted: May 26, 2019

Strollers against Archway Ladder CC, 26 May 2019

All good things must surely come to an end and so it was this afternoon when the Archway Ladder finally put a stop to our winning start to the season. Having been sent in on a drizzly grey afternoon at Ferme Park, our total of 205-5 always felt somewhat lightweight. Despite a superb second wicket stand of 117 between Spencer (68 not out) and Gav (62) we struggled to dominate the oppo's bowling in the final overs and therefore the onus was on our bowlers to make early breakthroughs.

Despite making some key breakthroughs – including a near hat-trick for Kashif with an early contender for Catch of the Season from Spencer – there was never really enough on the board to defend and, in the end, the oppo reached their target with more than 8 overs to spare.

 

Strollers make it 3 from 3 with victory at glorious Grantchester
posted: May 19, 2019

Strollers against Grantchester CC, 19 May 2019

We sealed a hat-trick of wins this afternoon with a comprehensive 5 wicket victory in our inaugural clash with newfound oppo Grantchester CC, in the beautiful surroundings of the Cambridgeshire countryside. Despite dwindling numbers due to injury and absences, we thankfully were able to patch together a side with the kind help of three local guests. But, gladly, it was the regular Strollers themselves who stood up and forced the win, thanks firstly to a concerted effort in the field restricting the oppo to 178-5.

As a result we were able to comfortably keep up with – in fact well ahead of – the required run rate and it was the sublime batting of Gaurav (47) and Ron (68) who provided the backbone of our innings. In the end we cantered past the winning line with seven overs to spare to maintain our unbeaten start to the 2019 season!

 

Beamers cry off Thursday's T20
posted: May 14, 2019

For avoidance of doubt we can confirm that unfortunately the Beamers have had to cancel what would have been our first T20 clash of the season this Thursday, again owing to poor availability. Our next fixture will therefore be our first foray out to Grantchester in Cambridgeshire on Sunday. To make yourself available, please email Dave.

 

Strollers survive early hiccups to secure convincing win over HICCs
posted: May 12, 2019

Strollers against Highgate Irregulars CC, 12 May 2019

Despite a flurry of early wickets – leaving us reeling on 20-4 at one stage – a massive 6th wicket stand of 126 between Matt (83) and Viral (57) saw us turn our fortunes around as we put on an impressive display away to the Highgate Irregulars at Old Cholmeleians this afternoon. With fast-scoring cameos from Ravi and Varun towards the end of our innings we were able to post a formidable 240-9 from our allotted overs.

By contrast, whilst Ramani made a brisk start, the HICCs top and middle order misfired badly as wickets tumbled frequently. Ron 'Boundary' took a fine 3-7 – including an excellent catch at slip by man-of-the-match Matt 'The Cat' Morgan – with the remaining wickets shared around our attack. In the end the HICCs slumped to 126 all out, over a hundred runs shy of their target. A good win then, that keeps us unbeaten thus far this season! Let's keep it up...

 

Strollers break new ground with winning start over Ploughmans
posted: May 6, 2019

Strollers against Ploughmans CC, 5 May 2019

For the first time in at least a decade, the Strollers got our season off to a winning start with a 3 wicket victory over newfound opposition, Ploughmans CC at Dulwich Sports Ground this afternoon. The win was largely down to a man-of-the-match performance from Spencer who, having turned in a superb spell of 7-2, then went on to hit an ubeaten 61 as we made our way past the 150 target with more than 5 overs to spare.

 

Season start blighted by cancellations
posted: April 27, 2019

With much frustration both our first planned fixtures for the 2019 season have been cancelled by circumstances beyond our control. Firstly our opening match against the Battersea Bohemians on 29 April was cancelled due to a double booked pitch at North London CC. Secondly, the Beamers had to regretfully withdraw from our away clash at North Middlesex CC on 5 May due to poor availability.

We are currently on the lookout for an alternative away fixture next weekend.

 

Sponsor Gav at Swimathon 2019
posted: March 20, 2019

Swimathon 2019

Big Gav needs your help! Next Saturday 30 March I am swimming 2.5k at the annual Swimathon to raise some much-needed money for Marie Curie and Cancer Research UK. Any sponsorship would be more than welcome! If so, here's where to donate... click HERE

 

Additional net sessions booked
posted: March 13, 2019

We are pleased to announce further pre-season net sessions at the MCC Indoor Academy at Lord's on the following evenings, both starting at 9pm.

  • Thursday 21 March
  • Thursday 11 April

If you would like to attend any or all nets, please email Dave.

 

30th anniversary celebrations revealed
posted: March 4, 2019

30th anniversary

It wouldn't have escaped the attention of the more observant amongst our number that 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the foundation of our fine cricket club. As such, we are delighted to reveal that in order to celebrate we have arranged a special inter-club match to be held on Sunday 28 July at Regents Park no less, which older Strollers will recall is the site of our very first matches in the summer of 1989!

So, save the date, and why not bring along your family and friends, food and the tipple of your choice for a picnic in the park to remember, in front of Strollers old and new thrashing it out for bragging rights!

Strollers of all vintages and abilities are welcome and guaranteed a game so, if you would like to make yourself available to play... book here

 

2019 season fixtures out now!
posted: February 2, 2019

We are delighted to reveal the full fixture list for the 2019 season! We kick off our campaign with a home fixture on Sunday 28 April against old foes the Battersea Bohemians before embarking on over two dozen further matches running all the way up until the end of September.

Highlights this season include our customary away fixtures at Chippenham, Sandon and Hawridge & Cholesbury. And this year we are delighted to include a début clash against Grantchester CC in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside on Sunday 19 May.

For the full fixture list... click HERE

 

Winter net sessions announced
posted: January 28, 2019

MCC Indoor School
Time to banish the winter blues and dust down the whites! We are pleased to announce that the first of our pre-season net sessions have been arranged at the MCC Indoor Academy at Lord's on the following evenings
  • Thursday 21 February
  • Wednesday, 27 February
  • Thursday, 14 March

All sessions are one hour long and start promptly at 9pm sharp. Full cricket whites must be worn although spiked boots are not permitted. There is a maximum of 7 players per net so it will be strictly first come, first served. If you miss out, don't fret – more nets soon to be announced!

Thanks to all who sponsored the upfront costs. Fees will be approximately £8 per person (this may vary depending upon attendance numbers per session). If you would like to attend any or all nets, please email Dave.

 

2018 averages revealed
posted: December 10, 2018

Take a deep breath one and all, the averages for the 2018 season along with career stats have been revealed! Congratulations to Kash who tops the batting averages with 117 runs at 58.5 whilst Sid leads the bowling averages with 12 wickets at 11.08. All is revealed via the links below...

Special thanks to Spencer and George for their help compiling the stats!

 

Gorton's alive! It's Captain Dave
posted: December 9, 2018

Captain Gorton

The formalities of the year drew to a close on Friday with another enjoyable AGM at The White Horse in Soho. Once again the Bucket Of Justice spoke and returned a landslide win for Dave Gorton, sworn in as skipper for the 2019 season. Though absent in India, Abhik Ghosh similary won by a convincing margin to be voted Vice Captain for the year ahead. Congratulations and good luck to both!

Congratulations also go to the winners of our annual awards:

Stroller Of The Year: Spencer Fowler (393 runs, 16 wickets)
Batsman Of The Year: Harsh Joshi (573 runs at 47.75)
Bowler Of The Year: Viral Doshi (11 wickets at 15.36)
Newcomer Of The Year: Gaurav Jain (342 runs, 7 wickets)

The 'champagne moment' of the year was a three-way run off between Harsh and Spencer's record breaking stand of 269 in our win over the HICCs, The Cat and The Kitten's remarkable turnaround against the Bohos, and Ron Boundary's physics-defying knock of 89 not out to somehow secure victory over Acme back in July.

Finally, congratulations and huge thanks must go our outgoing skipper George 'Mad Dog' Brown for helming one of the most successful seasons in Strollers history. Stroll on!

 

AGM date announced: Friday 7 December
posted: October 21, 2018

The White Horse

We are pleased to confirm that this year's AGM will be held once again at The White Horse in Soho from 7pm on Friday 7 December. As usual the agenda will include a review of the season, averages revealed, awards and of course the Bucket of Justice will speak to decide which lucky Stroller will become captain for 2019. The address is:

The White Horse
16 Newburgh Street, 
London, Greater London, 
W1F 7RY

See you there!

 

Sean Garvey: 1959-2018
posted: October 10, 2018

Sean Garvey

For those who aren't already aware, it is with great sadness we have to report the passing of our good friend and team mate Sean Garvey.

As some considerable time has passed since we were last in contact the news only filtered through recently that Sean sadly died in his sleep back in June this year. Whilst it had been several years since we last saw Sean in cricketing action, he is fondly remembered by those who knew him, as evidenced by the many messages exchanged by numerous Strollers upon hearing the news.

As a veteran of our tours to Estonia and Benidorm Sean made his mark whenever he turned out for us and, in cricketing terms, perhaps his finest hour came when he hit the winning runs for the 'Strollers Of The Noughties' in our closely contested 20th anniversary inter-club match in 2009.

Of the many memories that have flooded in over the past 24 hours or so, perhaps Dickie's words sum up our collective feelings best: "Sean was a thoroughly entertaining player and true old school Stroller. The cricket wasn't the main thing – he was looking for fellowship. The absurdity. Ludicrous tours. A creator of chaos, and a memorable tourist. On form he was fabulous, theatrical, infectious unpredictable and – this for me was the key – completely original."

Rest in peace, Sean and we send our deepest condolances to your friends and family. From your dear friends, the Strollers.

 

Final fixture falls foul of the weather
posted: September 23, 2018

rain

Sadly but inevitably today's final fixture of the season away to Hawridge & Cholesbury has been cancelled due to heavy and persistent rain. On a happier note that means we find ourselves ending the season well in credit, winning 14 of our 23 games having been joined along the way by several splendid new Strollers. Watch this space for news of our end-of-year AGM, details of which will follow in due course.

 

Strollers survive erratic start to secure win at Ally Pally
posted: September 9, 2018

Strollers against the London Erratics, 9 September 2018

After the Beamers cried off due to dwindling numbers, the London Erratics thankfully were able to step in as oppo for this afternoon at Alexandra Palace – gladly so given our fixture against them a couple of weeks earlier had fallen foul of wet weather. Even better we happily secured a third win on the bounce, the margin of victory being a convincing 76 runs.

 

Strollers modest total too steep for Archway Ladder
posted: September 3, 2018

Strollers against the Archway Ladder, 2 September 2018

Our unbeaten streak continued yesterday afternoon with a good win away to the Archway Ladder XI in the lush surroundings of Old Owens Sports Ground. However despite most of our batsmen making good starts, nobody had been able to capitalise and our total of 186 felt a tad modest. Thankfully our bowlers turned in a fine display with the newly re-nicknamed 'Spincer' claiming magnificent figures of 4-39 on the way to dismissing the oppo for just 125, securing a 61 run victory.

 

Erratics encounter rained off
posted: August 26, 2018

rain

With Bank Holiday weather reverting to type with heavy rain intervening, today's clash against the London Erratics has unfortunately been cancelled. Our next match will therefore be on Sunday 2 September away to the Archway Ladder. If you would like to make yourself available please email the skipper ASAP.

 

The Cat and the Kitten steal the cream from Bohos in one wicket thriller
posted: August 19, 2018

Strollers against the Battersea Bohemians, 19 August 2018

Fingernails were bitten down to the knuckles, nerves were frayed, bums were squeaking but, in the end, the eruption of cheers from the boundary told onlookers all they needed to know… that the Stollers had stolen what looked like a highly improbable victory over old foes the Battersea Bohemians this afternoon at Crouch End CC.

The win was almost entirely down to a magnificent 79 run 8th wicket stand between Matt ‘The Cat’ Morgan (44) and his feline counterpart Dave ‘The Kitten’ Couldrey (43) who between them took us to within a whisker of the winning post.

 

Honours even at Chippers as we snatch a draw from the jaws of victory
posted: August 13, 2018

Strollers at Chippenham, 12 August 2018

On an afternoon in which fortunes oscillated from one side to the other, the spoils were ultimately shared in this year's trek to the charming surroundings of Chippenham. Having reduced the oppo to 174-6 – thanks largely to an impressive spell of 3-19 from Harry – we made a fine start in our response with an opening stand of 105 between Harsh (56) and Gav (42). However, with the dismissals of our openers, we suffered an alarming collapse to 151-8. Thankfully though we managed to avoid a potentially embarassing defeat as Harry batted sensibly to hang on for the draw!

 

Strollers hold nerve to win sensational 600 run-fest over the HICCs
posted: August 5, 2018

Record breakers Spencer and Harsh, 5 August 2018

Records tumbled on both sides this afternoon when we hung on and, with huge relief, won a 600 run thriller over the Highgate Irregulars. The HICCs somehow managed to get to within a whisker of completing the unlikeliest of comebacks in response to our mammoth 306-4.

However it was the record-breaking efforts of Spencer and Harsh – between them carding a record stand of 269 with Joshi notching up an all-time Strollers best score of 157 not out – along with a truly stunning over from Fowler late on, which included three key wickets, that decisively swung the game our way to secure a narrow 10 run win that will live long in the memory. Read all about it!

 

Strollers stay strong to secure tight T20 win over the Tavs
posted: August 2, 2018

Railway Taverners v Pimlico Strollers, 1 August 2018

We happily rounded off our T20 season with a tantilisingly tight win last night over the Railway Taverners at Alexandra Palace. Having posted a more-or-less par 145 all out (mainly thanks again to Gaurav who hit a fine 56) we bowled and fielded well, with Ron particularly sharp with two direct hits resulting in crucial run outs. The oppo kept going and got close but we happily held our nerve and, in near darkness, left the pitch having secured a narrow 8 run win!

 

Rain intervenes to cancel Interlopers clash
posted: July 29, 2018

rain

Well it couldn't last forever. After a month-long heatwave the weather finally broke this weekend with persistant rain putting paid to our inaugural away clash today against the Interlopers at Old Cholmeleians. Next up will now be our final T20 clash of the season against the Railway Taverners this Wednesday 1 August at Alexandra Palace Park. If you would like to make yourself available please email the skipper ASAP.

 

Strollers win big over Bohos in latest T20
posted: July 26, 2018

Battersea Bohemians v Pimlico Strollers, 25 July 2018

After the disappointment of Sunday’s result at Sandon, we thankfully got back to winning ways last night in our latest T20 clash with a thumping 64 run win over the Battersea Bohemians. We piled on a massive 204-2, thanks mainly to 70s from Spencer (pictured right) and Gaurav which we followed up with a clinical bowling display that included figures of 4-25 for skipper Dave Gorton. An excellent effort from all concerned. Read all about it!

 

Sandon secure big win in latest battle of the Strollers
posted: July 22, 2018

Sandon Strollers v Pimlico Strollers, 22 July 2018

A record-breaking Strollers opening stand of 178 was the deciding factor this afternoon... unfortunately for us the runs came for the Sandon variety of Strollers as we slumped to an 8 wicket defeat, handing our Hertfordshire namesakes their first win against us in nine years.

Earlier in the day, having won the toss, we only managed to post a modest 200 with wickets falling all too regularly on a pitch that offered variable bounce and in the face of a clearly re-energised attack – Sandon seamer Atkins collecting 6-78 along the way.

Only Abhik made significant runs on our behalf – a well-earned half century of 52 – though he was well supported by Vidur Gupta who hit 37 on début. However this was dwarfed by the efforts of Sandon skipper Simeon Green whose mighty 115 in response was undoubtedly the deciding factor in his side's march to victory, supported too by his opening partner 'Ammo' Singh who carried his bat on 54 as Sandon cruised to an easy win with nine overs remaining in the day.

 

Strollers back in the black with win over Chesham Bois
posted: July 15, 2018

Chesham Bois v Strollers, 15 July 2018

With a good away win over Chesham Bois this afternoon we happily put our results for the season back into credit. Having won the toss we posted a substantial 249 with contributions throughout the top order and a fine 64 from Ron. However Chesham gave us a scare with former Stroller David 'De Dazzler' Haines cashing in with a fine (if not chanceless) ton although, in the end, we thankfully held our nerve and saw out a 34 run win.

 

Beamers T20 clash cancelled
posted: July 9, 2018

Owing to that rarest of occasions – namely England's participation in a World Cup semi final (woohoo!) – our midweek T20 clash has been cancelled so we can (hopefully) enjoy this once in a generation event, when the Three Lions take on Croatia in Moscow. The outcome of that match may also determine our prospects of play in this Sunday's scheduled away fixture at Chesham Bois. Watch this space for further updates.

 

Chancellors courtiers claim narrow win over Strollers at Old Cholms
posted: July 8, 2018

Our season of mixed fortunes took another twist this afternoon as we were narrowly beaten by touring side from Edinburgh, Chancellors Court. Having won the toss on yet another sweltering hot afternoon at Old Cholmeleians, George obviously opted to bat first. However early inroads and a faltering middle order looked to cost us dear until the ship was steadied later on by Kashif – who hit a stylish and unbeaten 65, well supported by Tom who hit 38. In the end we posted 229-8... a respectable score by any measure but not bullet-proof.

So it proved to be as the Chancellors' batsmen got stuck in with fifties apiece for Fursdon and Coles. We stuck at it with Tim deputising well behind the stumps (in the Kitten's enforced absence) to claim two well taken victims and we pushed the oppo all the way until the final over when, with just three balls to spare, they managed to edge over the winning line. So, back to parity then for the season's results tally but plenty more opportunities await to get us back into the black.

 

Strollers seal first T20 win over Archway Ladder at Ally Pally
posted: July 5, 2018

Our winning form continued last night with a first T20 win over the Archway Ladder XI at Alexandra Palace. However, having won the toss, we faltered to start losing three early wickets before the scene was set for Sid whose audacious strokeplay – consisting of numerous reverse paddle sweeps and ramp shots – earned him a stunning 83. Tom also got into the act with a typically assertive and unbeaten knock of 52. This allowed us to post a competitive 167.

In response the Archway Ladder suffered something of a collapse, losing four wickets in the first five overs. They mounted a recovery of sorts but our bowlers remained on top throughout, with threefers collected both by skipper Abhik (3-14) and young Danny Betts (3-26). With victory beyond the Ladder's reach, Sid entertained by changing his action mid over to left arm spin, turning one square to bamboozle Goodman entirely. Abhik concluded the evening's frivolities with the last wicket to fall, that of Walsh, and the Ladder fell some 30 runs adrift of their target. Well played all!

 

Strollers steal sensational away win at Acme
posted: July 2, 2018

Acme v Strollers, 1 July 2018

Our inaugural clash against the catastrophically named Acme CC provided all the cartoon capers in the way of (much) blood, (much) sweat and not a few tears (of joy), that one might expect. Read on for tales of style (The Brentham Club), near-tragedy (the Kitten) and outright heroism (Ron Boundary)!

 

 

Strollers batsmen slump to hand unlikely T20 win to Trundlers
posted: June 28, 2018

Tetherdown Trundlers v Strollers, 27 June 2018

Us Strollers are this morning left licking our wounds from the night before to reflect on yesterday's T20 clash when we somehow snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to hand a highly unlikely win to the Tetherdown Trundlers despite excellent figures of 4-15 for Sid and a well struck 42 from Harsh. Read all about it if you dare...

 

Theydon's bowlers suffocate Strollers' batsmen to set up defeat
posted: June 24, 2018

Theydon Bois v Strollers, 24 June 2018

After the run-fest that saw us win our first match away to Theydon Bois last season, this year's encounter was a much more austere affair which sadly resulted in a 5 wicket loss to end our four match winning streak, despite excellent and unbeaten knocks from Spencer (63*) and Gaurav (52*).

 

 

Strollers survive scare from HICCs to win high scoring thriller
posted: June 20, 2018

HICCs v Strollers, 19 June 2018

Possibly inspired by England's world record-breaking exploits earlier in the day, yesterday evening we posted our highest ever T20 score – a massive 217-5 –when we took on the HICCs at North Middlesex CC. It was enough to get us over the line and secure our first T20 victory of the season by, my word, did they give us a scare.

 

Strollers beat Bricklayers to restore parity
posted: June 17, 2018

In a game overshadowed by an horrific season-ending injury unfortunately sustained by opposition batsman Simon English, we more happily overcame the 227 target set to us by the Bricklayers Arms to secure our fourth win of the season. This largely thanks to a superb 73 from Harsh with well-earned fifties for Kash and Tim. Read all about it!

 

Strollers make it three with a great win over Agricola
posted: June 10, 2018

The Strollers' recorded another excellent win this afternoon when we once again took on the highly amiable Agricola CC, this time on their turf at King's House in Chiswick. With Davie G officiating for the first time, he immediately proved himself as an excellent tosser when he called correctly and opted to bat first in hot, sunny conditions. Unfortunately early wickets tumbled once again and with three down with only 25 on the board our prospects looked grim. However a defiant fifth wicket stand between Sid (48) and Harsh (51) got us back into the game and we ended up posting 214-8 – a respectable score on a big pitch and in the face of a much-improved Agricola attack.

We still had work to do when we took to the field and the oppo openers batted sensibly and well to mount an opening stand of 60, which would have become more of a concern had Viral not made the vital first breakthrough to trap Almond for 25. He was to be their top scorer and from then on wickets tumbled regularly, Doshi bowling at his fearsome fastest this year on his way to a well earned 3-18. The remaining wickets were shared around the attack, Sid notably getting in on the act with his leg spin also climing a threefer, thanks in part to another sharp catch by Gav at first slip. In the end Agricola, a man or two short, were cleaned up for precisely 100... over a hundred adrift of their target, and we repaired to the pavillion to sink some beers and reflect on a job thoroughly well done.

 

HICCs T20 clash cancelled
posted: June 5, 2018

As has been already communicated to Strollers on our mailing list, this evening's scheduled T20 fixture away to the Highgate Irregulars at North Middlesex CC has been cancelled due to poor availability. Our next match therefore will be the away clash with Agricola CC in Chiswick this coming Sunday, 10 June. If you would like to make yourself available please email George as soon as possible.

 

Ten man Strollers turn tables with huge win at Chipperfield
posted: June 3, 2018

323-5 at Chipperfield

Having been roundly thrashed at Chipperfield a year ago, this afternoon we secured a huge reversal of fortunes, sealing a massive 229 run away win at their beautiful ground in west Herts. Having oddly been put in on a flat track on a hot sunny afternoon, we posted an immense 323-5 (possibly a Strollers record, we'll have to check – Ed) thanks to 49 from Ron, a lusty 40 not out from Viral and unbeaten half centuries from Nick and Gourav – both required to retire upon reaching 50.

In response the weakened Chipperfield lineup (in comparison to last year's XI) were skittled for 94 with only the Hogan brothers mounting any kind of resistance, both dismissed in their twenties. Our attack was ruthless, spearheaded by Tom 'Bowler' Harvey who collected a fine 3-27 from his spell of fast seam. An excellent performance all round and one that brings balance to this fine fixture. Hopefully we can do do it again next year!

 

Too few runs costs us in season's first T20
posted: May 30, 2018

Unfortunately we failed to get this season's T20 campaign off to a winning start when we took on the Battersea Bohemians at North Middlesex CC this evening. With gloomy conditions overhead, the match was reduced to 18 overs per side. However, having won the toss we committed the cardinal sin of failing to bat out our overs as, despite decent starts from Nick (29) and Viral (21), a collapse towards the end meant that we could only stumble to 104 before being skittled out.

In response we bowled and fielded sharply, claiming 5 well-taken wickets to dismiss some of the Bohos' bigger hitters along the way. Sadly however we never had enough of a total to defend and the oppo cantered home with 4 overs to spare.

 

Strollers see off HICCs to seal first win of the season
posted: May 28, 2018

We finally recorded our first win of the season yesterday with a great all round team effort to beat the Highgate Irregulars. Having been sent in we posted a competitive 233-8 thanks to some excellent contributions from the middle order led by Abhik who hit a superb 69. This was followed up by an exemplary display in the field with wickets shared across our attack, including a fine 3-27 for Dave Gorton. Read all about it!

 

Strollers toil and slip to defeat to the Taverners
posted: May 20, 2018

Abhik in action against the Highgate Taverners

Unfortunately we notched up a third heavy loss on the spin this afternoon with a 9 wicket defeat away to the Highgate Taverners. Winning his first toss of the year, George opted to bat first on another hot and sunny afternoon in the delightful settings of Totteridge CC but whilst several of our batsmen made promising starts – best of all 30 from débutant Sid Dubey – none were able to capitalise with a big score. As such we were bowled out for a modest 160.

That never looked enough in a 40 over match and nor did it prove to be as the oppo's batsmen cashed in with some clean and strong striking – both openers notching up half centuries until, on 127, Sid made the first and only breakthrough to trap Danos for 53. But it was too little too late and the Taverners cruised to an easy victory with 19 overs to spare. The search for a first win of 2018 continues...

 

Strollers suffer Shakespearean tragedy with another heavy defeat at Ferme Park
posted: May 13, 2018

Sam takes on the Shakespeare XI

Faced with a much changed team compared with the Shakespeare XI that we soundly defeated last season, the tables were well and truly turned today at Ferme Park when we were roundly trounced by a whopping 222 run margin.

As with last week's match, the oppo capitalised on the spongy surface and short boundaries to notch up an immense 345-4, to which we could only stumble to 123 in response. The highlight of the afternoon was the happy re-appearance of Simon 'SiBo' Boughey who had crossed the Atlantic to play ...only to pick up a nasty blow to the shin off his own bowling as his reward in addition to a single wicket. Not a great day at the office then, better things will surely come as we search for our first win of the season.

 

Bohos make hay whilst the sun shines to see off Strollers in opening clash
posted: May 6, 2018

Not even a spectacular and unbeaten 135 and a thoroughly well-deserved three-fer earlier in the afternoon from Guy Grainger – kindly guesting for us from the Tetherdown Trundlers – was enough to take us to victory against old foes the Battersea Bohemians today at Ferme Park.

After the long winter months the glorious weather with temperatures approaching 30ºC was something of a shock to the system for our long-overdue first match of the season. Upon losing the toss we were sent out to field first and, after an attritional start, with only a limited attack at our disposal we could only look on on as the Bohos piled on the runs, including a whopping 176 not out from John Hiddleston – who made the most of a tiny legside boundary with six after six.

In the end the Bohemians posted a massive 295-5 which, despite our best efforts, was simply beyond out reach and we closed some 56 runs adrift.

 

Wet weather delays start of season
posted: April 28, 2018

rain

Unfortunately tomorrow's first fixture of the season away to the Beamers at Highgate CC has fallen foul of the wet weather and has been cancelled. Our first match of the year will now be against old foes the Battersea Bohemians next Sunday, 6 May at Ferme Park. If you would like to make yourself available to play, please email George.

 

Additional net session planned
posted: April 23, 2018

MCC Indoor School

Ahead of our first match of the season on Sunday, we are pleased to announce an additional net session at the indoor MCC Academy at Lord's taking place this Thursday, 26 April from 9-10pm

If you would like to attend, please email George ASAP.

 

Montenegro tour cancelled
posted: March 8, 2018

Cricket in Montenegro

With much reluctance and regret we have had to cancel the planned pre-season tour to Montenegro – we just could not get enough numbers and with some further late withdrawals this week the decision to not go was taken.

We will apologise to our would have been hosts and hope that they are not so annoyed with us that we could try again to get out to what looks a beautiful place to tour!

 

Winter nets announced
posted: January 25, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have arranged pre-season net sessions at the indoor MCC Academy at Lord's taking place on the following dates...

Wednesday 21 February – 9-10pm
Wednesday 7 March – 9-10pm
Wednesday 14 March – 8-9pm
Thursday 29 March – 9-10pm
Wednesday 4 April – 8-9pm
Thursday 12 April – 8-9pm

If you are attending, please note whites must be worn. There are a maximum of 6 players in a net at one time so, as always, it's first come first served. If you would like to attend, please email George ASAP.

 

Strollers set to see off SiBo on 9th February
posted: January 23, 2018

SiBo

Before the fun of the season starts, we sadly have to bid a fond farewell to a Strollers legend, our long-suffering yet dearly beloved opening bowler Mr. Simon 'SiBo' Boughey who leaves us to embark on adventures in the New World when he moves to the USA in March.

To see SiBo off in style, please roll up and join him on Friday 9 February for a leaving do that will surely live long in the memory at The White Horse, Newburgh Street, Soho. The fun kicks off from around 7pm so save the date and roll up, roll up!

 

2018 season fixtures announced
posted: January 23, 2018

We are delighted to reveal the fixture list for 2018! The fun kicks off with our pre-season tour to Montenegro before domestic hostilites begin on Sunday 29 April with an away clash against old foes the Beamers at Highgate CC. Over the course of a jam-packed summer, highlights include return visits to the beautiful settings of Chipperfield, Sandon, Chesham Bois (home of De Dazzler), Hawridge & Cholesbury and, of course, Chippenham. A full programme of evening T20 matches is also included and, with the possibility of further matches to be added to the itinerary, keep an eye on the link below. We can't wait to get stuck in!

 

Captain 'Mad Dog' Brown returns at AGM
posted: November 11, 2017

Captain George 'Mad Dog' Brown

Last night's AGM at the White Horse, Soho saw George 'Mad Dog' Brown returned to the high office of Captain of the Pimlico Strollers. George will be supported over the year ahead by vice skippers David Gorton and Abhik Ghosh.

Our thanks must firstly go to the fine efforts of outgoing skipper Viral Doshi for his superb leadership over what has been a vintage year. Also congratulations to Spencer Fowler who collected an Outstanding Contribution award upon being the first Stroller in history to pass the milestones of 5,000 runs and 200 wickets.

In addition to the presentation of awards for Best Batsman (Harsh Joshi), Best Bowler (Spencer Fowler), Catch of the Season (Gavin Richardson) and Stroller of the Year (Simon Boughey), season and career averages were also published. Photographs from the AGM will be published shortly. In the meantime, for a full report, click below...

 

2017 averages published
posted: November 11, 2017

Brace yourselves, the player averages for the 2017 season and career stats have been published and are now available to view online.

 

AGM set for Friday, 10 November
posted: October 24, 2017

The White Horse

This year's AGM will once again take place at:

The White Horse
16 Newburgh Street
London
W1F 7RY
map

As usual, the agenda will include a review of the season, averages to be shared and awards to be bestowed. Finally, the Bucket of Justice will speak and the captain and vice captain for 2018 will be revealed!

The fun starts from 7.30pm. Keep it free...

 

Sun sets on super season sadly without win at Hawridge & Cholesbury
posted: September 24, 2017

Hawridge & Cholesbury CC

Sadly we couldn't close out the season with a 10th win today at Hawridge & Cholesbury and our search of a victory in the beautiful Buckinghamshire village continues. However we made a good start with an excellent effort in the field restricting the oppo to 187-4 off their 40 overs, thanks to good spells from all our seamers.

However the good work was undone somewhat by our batting display – whilst Harsh made a typically terrific 78, some near-suicidal shot selection cost us too many wickets and the less dwelt upon Tim's ugly run out the better. In the end we came up short by 40 runs ...a rather disappointing end to what has in so many other respects been a classic season.

 

Broken Wicket breaks Strollers hopes of tournament glory
posted: September 17, 2017

Harsh in action at Broken Wicket

Yesterday saw our first foray as participants in the Broken Wicket one day tournament, an annual end-of-season shindig hosted by our friends the Archway Ladder at North Middlesex CC.

Whilst we sadly couldn't register a win – having been thoroughly outplayed by oppos the George Orwell XI and the Archway Ladder – it was a fun day nonetheless. Thanks especially to Dave Osborn, Tony Mitchell and Yash Singh who kindly guested for us from the HICCs to ensure we had a good squad at our disposal. Let's hope for better luck next time!

 

Honours even as rain besets run chase against Beamers
posted: September 10, 2017

Abhik takes the attack to the Beamers

Persistant rain in the latter part of a distinctly autumnal afternoon at Ferme Park ensured that honours were shared in today's clash with the Beamers. Having put them in on a sluggish pitch our early breakthroughs were unfortunately offset by some lamentable fielding – four shelled catches and an ungiven LBW allowing Richard Verity to post an unbeaten 111 as the oppo piled on an imposing 241-4 from their 30 overs.

Nonetheless, after tea, we responded well with explosive knocks from Abhik (47 not out), Gav (40) and Viral (unbeaten on 21) keeping us in the hunt for a tenth successive win on the trot. Unfortunately as the match approached it's climax the rain set in and it was decided the only sensible option was to return to the pavilion and call it a draw. Happily however our unbeaten run remains intact! Full match report to follow in due course.

 

Erratic batsmen can't stop Strollers from sealing ninth win
posted: August 28, 2017

Nick takes on the Erratics

We secured our ninth (yes, ninth!) consecutive win of the season yesterday against the London Erratics on a glorious Bank Holiday Sunday on the main pitch at NLCC. Making the most of the fine conditions on winning the toss we batted first and cashed in with contributions all the way down the scorecard including a superb 67 from Nick (pictured) and an unbeaten 78 from the Kitten.

In response, the Erratics never really managed to meet the required rate and, with an excellent 3-33 for the returning Mickey Leighton, we were able to secure a convincing 90 run victory.

 

Strollers to compete at Broken Wicket tournament
posted: August 23, 2017

We have been invited to play in this year's annual Broken Wicket tournament at North Middlesex CC on Saturday 10 September. The 6 team competition includes familiar opposition such as the Beamers and Archway Ladder and is an all day affair, starting from 10am. The format is that two groups of three teams each will contest a round robin of 10 over-per-side matches before semi-finals and play-offs later in the day. It's intended as a fun (near) ending to the season with friends and family welcome to come along and watch. If you would like to take part, please email Viral.

 

Bohos beaten as Spencer soars to new highs
posted: August 20, 2017

Spencer takes on the Bohos

Records tumbled this afternoon as, in the same game, Spencer became the first Stroller in history to reach both 200 wickets and 5,000 runs!

Insodoing he helped us make it a magnificent eight wins on the bounce and bring the season's results to parity as we thrashed our favourite foes the Battersea Bohemians by a thumping 145 run margin.

Fowler backed up his fine 53 with a match-winning five-for, which included a stunning low catch from Gav at second slip that notched up the Spengali General's 200th wicket. Other noteworthy contributions came from Harsh, unbeaten on 30, and the skipper – Viral following up a typically explosive cameo with the bat with four wickets of his own. All in all a more decisive win you will never see!

 

Strollers make it a magnifcent seven with stunning win at Chippenham
posted: August 13, 2017

Strollers celebrate win at Chippenham

The 12 year wait for a win at Chippenham was finally ended this afternoon with an outstanding performance to nab a stunning victory – our seventh on the trot. In a game replete with highlights ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous it was thanks to fine fifties from Harsh (52), Viral (54*) and a man-of-the-match showing from Tom, unbeaten on 81 (following an excellent threefer earlier in the day), that meant we thrillingly chased down our 212 target in the final over of the day.

 

Sunday Times fixture pulled
posted: August 3, 2017

With numerous Strollers away on holiday or otherwise indisposed, we have been unable to raise a side so have had to call off our clash this weekend against the Sunday Times XI – regrettably our fourth cancellation in a row.

Next weekend sees our annual jaunt to play Chippenham in sunny Cambridgeshire and the skipper is determined we don't miss out on that! If you would like to make yourself available, please email Viral.

 

Rain lays waste to Bricklayers clash
posted: July 30, 2017

rain

The wet season sadly claims another victim in our fixture list with recent rains waterlogging Ferme Park, sadly resulting in the cancellation of today's clash with the Bricklayer's Arms.

Our next match will be next Sunday 6 August against away to the Sunday Times XI in Dulwich. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Viral.

 

Bohos T20 rained off
posted: July 26, 2017

Our final scheduled evening T20 fixture of the season that was to have been against the Battersea Bohemians at North Middlesex CC has sadly been called off due to a waterlogged outfield – the first match to be rained off this year!

Our next match will be this Sunday 30 July against the Bricklayers Arms at Ferme Park. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Viral.

 

Agricola clash cancelled
posted: July 18, 2017

Due to limited availability owing to a high number of absences this weekend, regrettably our fixture on Sunday 23 July away to Agricola CC in Chiswick has been cancelled.

Our next match will therefore be our final scheduled T20 evening fixture against the Battersea Bohemians, next Wednesday 26 July at North Middlesex CC. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Viral.

 

Super Strollers make it six with convincing win over Chesham Bois
posted: July 16, 2017

Chesham Bois CC

Our fine form continued this afternoon with a sixth win on the bounce against Chesham Bois CC — new opposition introduced to us by none other than sometime Stroller David 'De Dazzler' Haines who now skippers the Buckinghamshire side.

Having been sent out to field we restricted Chesham to 196-8 thanks to a great all-round bowling effort which included a fine 3-41 from Abhik. Our response saw contributions all the way down the order, the highlight being an unbeaten man-of-the-match-winning knock of 57 not out from Tim. In the end we marched over the winning line in the 32nd over to notch up a highly satisfying 6 wicket win.

 

Beamers bested by brilliant Strollers in tense T20
posted: July 14, 2017

We extended our match-winning streak to no fewer than five in a row last night, with an excellent win over rivals the Beamers in our latest T20 at North Middlesex. Despite a rampant start, we restricted the oppo to 135 all out — thanks mainly to an excellent bowling display with 3 wickets apiece for Tom and the returning Paul Bowstead, helped along the way by some great catching in the deep. In response we weathered some tricky spells with Nick, Abhik and Tom all hitting crucial thirties to take us over the line.

 

Strollers' bowlers take down Tetherdown in latest T20
posted: June 30, 2017

In our latest T20 clash at North Middlesex CC last night a brilliant bowling display allowed us to restrict the Tetherdown Trundlers to just 91-7, Harry and Kash collecting 2 wickets apiece. Despite negotiating a difficult pitch underfoot we were thankfully able to get past the target and secure our fourth win on the bounce!

 

Strollers survive scare to win over the boys of Theydon
posted: June 25, 2017

Theydon Bois CC

Despite posting a mammoth 270-7 — including 71 from Spencer, 55 from the kitten and 49 apiece for Abhik and Viral — we were pushed all the way today by a decidedly youthful Theydon Bois XI whose U14 opener Miller hit a mighty 128 that threatened to take the game away from us before he was crucially caught by Gav at fly slip. In the end, thanks to a merciless spell from Viral (who took 4-51), we were able to dismiss the oppo just twelve runs shy of their target and, in the process, notch up a hat-trick of wins within the week!

 

Strollers withstand the heat to see off the HICCs
posted: June 22, 2017

Strollers in action against the HICCs

In the hottest June weather in over 40 years, we withstood the heat to seal a memorable T20 win over local rivals the Highgate Irregulars at North Middlesex CC yesterday evening.

Having posted a modest 138-9 on a surprisingly green pitch, thanks to an excellent all round effort in the field and a stunning spell of 5-14 from Spencer we managed to keep the oppo at bay and restrain the HICCs to 131-7 to nab ourselves a narrow victory.

 

Strollers seal dramatic win over Shakespeareans as Kash cashes in
posted: June 19, 2017

Kashif in action at Ferme Park

Sound trumpets! Let our bloody colours wave! Our first victory of 2017 is finally in the bag, with a great win yesterday over the Shakespeare XI at Ferme Park. Despite an excellent 4-24 from Spencer we allowed the oppo to pile on 255-7 and, after a faltering start, our response didn't look promising. However a stunning 89 from Kashif (pictured right), supported by Abhik (46) and Matt (25 not out) paved the way for the kitten to chime in with a fine unbeaten half century and romp to our target with almost 4 overs to spare.

 

Archway Ladder survive wobbles to see off Strollers
posted: June 16, 2017

Last night's T20 clash with the Archway Ladder at Alexandra Palace saw our fortunes dramatically swing from one way to the other but, alas, in the end we left ourselves too much to do to secure the win.

 

Strollers still searching for first win after Bohos take the spoils
posted: June 5, 2017

Despite a good batting display with half centuries from Tim (67) and Ron (50), the 228-6 we posted at Crouch End CC yesterday was sadly not enough to beat the Bohos in what was a great game nonetheless.

 

Bohos canter past Strollers to clinch T20 win
posted: May 25, 2017

Not even a fine unbeaten 52 from Gav nor a scintillating opening spell from Viral and our seamers were enough to secure our first win of the season when, having posted a modest 133-7, the Battersea Bohemians were able to mount a measured response and clinch the win with 9 balls to spare in our first T20 of the season.

 

Strollers skittled at Chipperfield
posted: May 21, 2017

Chipperfield Clarendon CC

Our first foray to the charming surroundings of Chipperfield village in sunny Hertfordshire saw us woefully slump to a heavy defeat in the face of a bowling attack that was simply too good for us.

 

Archway Ladder T20 postponed
posted: May 15, 2017

Due to a minor admin mix-up our planned T20 clash with the Archway Ladder CC this week has now been postponed until Thursday 15 June. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you would like to make yourself available for this game or any other, please email Viral.

 

Spencer shines against Hiccs but rain spoils our parade
posted: May 14, 2017

Spencer in action
A spectacular allround performance with bat and ball from Spencer this afternoon looked to set us up for a nailed-on first win of the season against the Highgate Irregulars at Old Cholmeleians, had it not been for the onset of heavy rain towards the end of play which led to a premature conclusion in proceedings, with both teams sharing the spoils.
 

Tim takes us tantalisingly close to beating Beamers in season opener
posted: May 1, 2017

Tim takes on the Beamers
The domestic season began dramatically at North London CC yesterday with batting heroics from Tim who hit 84 and took us within a whisker of a win against old rivals the Beamers, who won by just 6 runs. Read all about it...
 

Additional net session announced
posted: April 3, 2017

MMC Indoor SchoolWe are pleased to announce that an additional pre-season net session has been arranged for Thursday 27 April. Listed below are the remaining sessions we have booked at the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord's:

Thursday, 6 April - 8pm
Wednesday, 19 April - 8pm
Thursday, 27 April - 9pm

Please note it is strictly first come, first served and full cricket whites must be worn at all sessions. If you would like to attend, please email Viral as soon as possible.

For further details, including directions to the indoor academy, please vist the Lord's website.

 

Harsh stars on Lanzarote tour
posted: March 21, 2017

Harsh wins Player of the Tournament in Lanzarote
Whilst unfortuately we were unable to notch up a win on our tour to Lanzarote last weekend Harsh (pictured right, receiving post heroic sustenance from the Kitten) made a stunning return to the Strollers by walking off with the Player of the Tournament award, having averaged an awesome 161 over the three games we contested in the LCA International T20 Tournament.

For a blow-by-blow three page tour report click HERE. If you would like to see how we got along, check out the scorecards below:

Our sincere thanks to Jack Talbot and the entire Lanzarote Cricket Association for their fantastic hospitality over a thoroughly entertaining weekend!

 

2017 season fixtures announced
posted: February 16, 2017

With winter now happily drifting behind us, we are delighted to publish the fixture list for the 2017 season. Following our mid March tour to Lanzarote our domestic season kicks off on 30 April with a challenging home clash at Ferme Park against the Beamers. In addition to rural expeditions to play Chippenham, Theydon Bois and, once again, Hawridge & Cholesbury, highlights include away clashes to play against Chesham Bois (now home of erstwhile Stroller David 'De Dazzler' Haines) in July and a first trip to Chiswick to play new friends Agricola CC on their home turf.

There may yet be further matches to be added but should you wish to make yourself available to play any fixtures arranged thus far, simply book yourself in via the fixtures page... click HERE

 

 

Roll up for Christmas Drinks!
posted: November 24, 2016

Christmas drinks
Hot on the heels of last week's AGM, we are delighted to announce our traditional fixture, Christmas Drinks are to be held on the evening of Monday 19 December from 7pm at The Clachan, Soho:

The Clachan
43 Kingly Street
London
W1B 5QH

All Strollers past and present are welcome to join us for a festive tipple so keep it free and come on down! For the venue's website including directions... click HERE

 
Captain Viral
Captain Viral steps up to lead Strollers following victorious AGM
posted: November 21, 2016

The Strollers once again descended en masse upon The White Horse in Soho last Friday night, having secured the use of the upstairs bar in order to settle matters of state at our gala AGM.

Congratulations to Viral Doshi (pictured) who was elected to step up from vice captain to lead the side in 2017. Viral will be supported by George Brown and Dave Gorton who will serve jointly as vice skippers. Congratulations also to those who, in a packed evening, picked up one or more of the numerous awards that were bestowed. For a full report and list of winners, read the report below!

 

2016 averages now online
posted: November 21, 2016

Brace yourselves! Following Friday's AGM, the 2016 and career averages have now been published.

 

Strollers to tour to Lanzarote for T20 tourno
posted: October 30, 2016

Lanzarote Cricket AssociationWe are thrilled to announce that the Pimlico Strollers CC are now confirmed to take part in an annual T20 tournament hosted by the Lanzarote Cricket Association over the long weekend of 17-19 March 2017. The competition will be between five touring sides from the UK (including ourselves) and the local Lanzarote XI.

We are now in the process of arranging travel and accommodation. Most tourists have already confirmed their participation but, if you haven't already done so and fancy some pre-season cricket in the Canaries, email Gav as soon as possible!

 

AGM date announced
posted: October 12, 2016

The White HorseWe are delighted to announce this year's AGM will take place on Friday 18 November from 7.30pm.

Once again the venue will be the upstairs bar at The White Horse, Soho:

The White Horse
16 Newburgh Street
London
W1F 7RY

As always there will be much to discuss including a review of the season, batting and bowling averages to be revealed, awards to be bestowed and of course the Bucket Of Justice will speak as we elect the skipper for the year ahead. For full details and directions to the venue... click here

 

Around the grounds in pictures
posted: October 4, 2016

The duckanterWith the season now sadly at an end, we invite you to take a fond look back at some of the picturesque locations we played cricket at this summer in our 2016 highlights photo gallery... click here

 

Strollers close season just shy of victory
posted: September 25, 2016

Hawridge & Cholesbury CCIt was a case of close but no cigar today as, despite our best efforts to end the season on a high, we failed to get over the line in our final match away to Hawridge & Cholesbury. Having won the toss and opted to field first our seam attack bowled superbly, taking full advantage of the variable conditions. However, whilst the breakthroughs came, chances were also spilled in the field allowing the oppo to post 170 ...perhaps some 20 runs more than they deserved. That said, the four catches that were taken (two by the skipper and two by Tim) were all excellent with Sturm's dismissal of Shead taken in the deep a genuine contender for catch of the season!

After a simply superb tea (hands down best of the year — Ed) our top order struggled and were sent packing cheaply. However Tim and Dave applied themselves well and steadied the innings. With around a hundred required after drinks we felt the win was there for the taking, however thrifty spells from Shead and skipper Rutt stemmed the runs. Tim, on 44, was unlucky not to hit a fifty before he let one through the gate. Dave however did notch up a fine half century and with consistently stylish strokeplay kept us in the hunt. However with the field set deep and the outfield sluggish from earlier rain, boundaries were at a premium and by the final over we required 17 to win. Our hopes were thwarted when Dave was somewhat controversially run out on 67 (some debate centered around whether the batsmen had crossed) and, with Dickie only able to pinch a single from the penultimate ball, victory for the home side was assured.

Nevertheless it had been an exciting game played in an excellent spirit and truly beautiful surroundings. As with several games this season we were near but yet so far...

 

Sub-par total costs us as Bohos beat Strollers
posted: September 18, 2016

North London CCFor the third match in a row we were unfortunately unable to defend a modest total in today's late season clash with the Battersea Bohemians at North London CC. Having been put in on a spongy green-top wicket we were frustrated as several of our batsmen made good starts but were unable to capitalise — the order of the day seemingly requiring catches to be regularly served up to the oppo waiting in the deep, who happily took what was offered. Only Tom looked likely to score heavily although he too sadly succumbed on 33 to Rob's stock loopy arm ball. In the end we were dismissed for 170 which, even considering the heavy outfield, felt a tad meagre.

Nevertheless, after a surprisingly good tea which included the very welcome return of fruit scones to the trolley (take note, Si — Ed), our hopes were raised with the early run out of Ball, thanks to the first of several lightning returns from Toby who menacingly prowled at midwicket. However those hopes were promptly dashed as Viral was unlucky to shell the chance of a sharp return catch from the dangerous looking Monson, who subsequently marched on to record a measured fifty. However our bowlers stuck to their task well and Jonny, brought on to take over from Abhik, eventually took the prize wicket of young Tom who swung, missed and was promptly stumped by Davey.

With the Bohos requiring a further sixty-odd, we still felt there was still something of a chance and Toby, when brought on from the pavilion end, caused the oppo's batsmen all kinds of headaches with his late inswingers. However Leece and Spratt hung in and, taking advantage of some looser stuff from the other end, managed to march on, the latter notiching up a fifty himself as the Bohos eased to their target in the thirtieth over. However it was far from an abject display and we reflected afterwards that even just one decent knock from one of our batsmen might have made given the Bohos a challenge in chasing us down. And from several Strollers, that big knock feels just around the corner ...just a shame that we now may have to wait until next season to see it!

 

Beamers breeze past Strollers at sunny Ferme Park
posted: September 11, 2016

The Beamers unfortunately bested us this afternoon as once again we were unable to defend a slightly sub-par total at Ferme Park. In unseasonably hot and sunny weather we opted to bat first upon winning the toss and despite the loss of Gav early on (the skipper bafflingly fishing at a wide to nick behind), we made a decent start with George and Henry taking us over the hundred without incident. However, on the stroke of our reaching three figures, Henry was bowled for 30 through the gate before making way for Tim who quickly settled into a good rhythm and began amassing runs with some powerful strokes through the leg side.

However, after George departed for 45 — having been sharply caught and bowled by Wood — the runs dried up for a while with Ron and Sam dismissed cheaply and, as the overs ticked by, there was some concern we might not reach the 200 mark. Nonetheless Tim persisted and notched up a fine fifty before some devastating strokeplay late on from Dave revived our hopes as the kitten smashed a succession of immense sixes as our innings drew to a close to finish on a respectable 231-7, albeit a slightly modest total on the small Ferme Park pitch.

In response the Beamers went about their business at a steady pace although Harry did manage to trap Satish LBW early in their reply. However oppo skipper Al Dixon looked minded to do the heavy lifting and, having seen off a probing early spell from Simon, began to score at pace once the second string attack was introduced. Sam collected the wicket of Don just before drinks, thanks to sharp glovework from Davey behind but, after the break, the opposition's batsmen hit the accelerator, cashing in on loose deliveries as Dixon marched on to record a well deserved ton. Dave's stumping of Andrew off Ron's bowling was to be our final breakthrough before the Beamers romped to their target with five overs to spare.

 

Tetherdown trundle past Strollers to seal victory
posted: September 5, 2016

We unfortunately came up second best in our hastily arranged extra fixture against the Tetherdown Trundlers yesterday. Having won the toss at a cloudy North Middlesex CC, Gav opted to bat first. However, despite good starts from several of our batsmen (including débutant Toby Culham), we were only able to post a somewhat under par 170 ...this largely thanks to a lusty 33 from Sam Adamson who, supported by Bruce — the founding Stroller himself making a very welcome return to the side after a 2 year absence — was able to mount a rearguard action that ensured we had something to bowl at.

However, despite the early removal of Trundlers skipper Frais and number three Bowfield, thanks to two well taken catches by Abhik and the Count, we were unable to make further inroads. With Colley and Phillips sharing an unbeaten 100+ 3rd wicket stand the opposition trundled over the winning line in the 28th over. Nevertheless it was great to get the additional game in and even better to see a refreshing combination of new faces and Strollers masters of old sharing the field.

 

Strollers steal the headlines to snatch win from the Sunday Times
posted: August 22, 2016

Dulwich Sports GroundA simply stunning 62 from Abhik stole an unlikely (and newsworthy) win over the Sunday Times Occasionals yesterday afternoon at Dulwich Sports Ground. Having put the oppo in to bat on a greenish wicket with variable bounce we restricted them to 198 from their 40 overs, although it could have been significantly less had we held onto several spilled catches. Thankfully though, good spells from Ron and Abhik himself managed to stem the runs and keep the target just beneath 200.

However any advantage we thought we had quickly dissipated as we again shed early wickets and, whilst several of our middle order batsmen made decent starts, none dominated the probing Sunday Times bowlers who collected wickets with regularity. With 7 down as we notched up our 100, any hopes of victory seemed to be lost.

However Abhik, joined by Gideon, knuckled down and ground out the beginnings of a rearguard action before he felt ready to open his shoulders and struck a series of searing boundaries that put the oppo on the back foot. After notching up his maiden Strollers half century, Abhik was very unlucky to end up stumped out by a rebounding ball off the keeper. Happily, despite the frayed nerves of those looking on from the boundary, Ronak cemented his role as finisher as he and Gideon safely steered us to our target in the 36th over, so seizing victory from the jaws of defeat. A magnificent win, worthy of the headlines!

 

Chippenham steal win from Strollers in stunning low scorer
posted: August 15, 2016

Chippenham CCBowlers dominated in our annual away clash with Chippenham yesterday which ended in frustration when, having celebrated the rare achievement of dismissing the oppo cheaply for a modest 123, we conceded what at tea had looked like a nailed on win.

Our bowlers had set us up for a precious victory with a miserly opening spell from Simon (who collected 2 for just 10 off 8 overs) and an astonishing 4-28 from Sam. However, when Chippenham 1st eleveners Sean Ward and Andy Holmes demolished our top order, our celebrations looked premature and despite good resistance from Tom (22) and Harry (24) we were skittled for just 95. An excellent game nonetheless although our search for our first win at Chippers in over a decade continues...

 

Bohemians batter Strollers to secure easy win
posted: August 7, 2016

Calthorpe CCOur recent winning streak sadly came to an end this afternoon at Calthorpe CC where a hybrid side comprised of Strollers and — due to numerous holiday absences on our part — guesting Highgate Irregulars were well beaten by the in-form batsmen of the Battersea Bohemians.

Having won the toss on a hot, sunny afternoon Gav predictably opted to bat first. However, despite another fine knock of 68 by Tony, supported by a solid 32 from the skipper, we were only able to post a modest 212 from our 40 overs.

With only limited bowling options at our disposal, the Bohos cashed in and battered their way with ease to their target, their only loss being that of Josh Jones who, with the score on 49, was sharply caught by Gav at gully. However, from then on, unfortunately it was all one way traffic led by young Tom Monson who recorded a fine century just before the Bohemians romped over the winning line in the 26th over.

 

Strollers survive late scares to seal close win over Agricola in a thriller
posted: July 31, 2016

This afternoon we secured a hat trick of three successive wins with victory over our new(ish) friends Agricola but, boy, was it a close thing!

A fine bowling display restricted oppo Agricola to a sub-200 score, with wickets shared all round. Skipper Gav got us off to a flier with a searing 66 but a flurry of late wickets put us in danger of falling short. However an invaluable and unbeaten 36 from Tom thankfully carried us over the winning line to seal a thrilling 2 wicket win.

 

Taverners trumped by stunning Strollers in final T20
posted: July 28, 2016

We recorded two T20 wins on the bounce yesterday evening with a resounding 8 wicket victory over the Railway Taverners. With the match reduced to 18 overs per side in humid cloudy conditions at North Middlesex CC, we lost the toss but subsequently fielded superbly. Wickets fell regularly as we held onto our catches including stunning takes pouched by Abhik, Matt and Dave G, who notched up another contender for catch of the season when he held onto a lobbed half chance to backward point off Simon's final over — placating our tardy strike bowler somewhat, who had infuriatingly missed the first ten overs of the match due to heavy traffic.

However the real star of the show was Paul who, constantly tempting the Tavs' batsmen into playing false shots, collected a fantastic 5 for just 17. Paul's haul was probably the main factor in restricting the oppo to a meagre 127-8, although credit must go to the whole side for another fine effort in the field.

In response, aside from the early loss of Dave, our chase looked much like a formality. Gav got the innings underway well with a series of powerful offside shots before Tony Mitchell, guesting from the HICCs, hit his stride and began pummeling the ball to all parts. Gav was unlucky to play on to one that straightened from Powells, but made way for Matt who was happy to play a supporting role to Tony who powered his way firstly to an untroubled fifty. From there on Tony chanced his arm rather more and was fortunate to see a couple of looped leading edges go down but he deserved is luck and, as we romped over the winning line in the 17th over, he closed on a wonderful unbeaten 74, Matt also finishing not out on 18.

Whilst not quite the nail biter of last week's scenes, the win was no less satisfying and we walked off victorious to finish this season's T20 campaign on a high.

 

Thrilling climax as Strollers seal T20 triumph over Bohos
posted: July 21, 2016

Bohemians vs Strollers (20 July 2016)The relief was palpable last night in sweltering conditions at North Middlesex CC where we notched up our first T20 win of the season in an absolute thriller against the Battersea Bohemians, with the tiniest possible margin of victory — a single run! Batting first we only managed to post a modest 129-8 from our allotted overs, helped largely by a solid rearguard action led by Tom Harvey who hit a vital 32.

However, we once again fielded superbly and with Viral and Kashif leading the charge with a blistering opening spell that claimed four early wickets we had the Bohos rocking back on their heels. A powerful knock from McCaskill brought the oppo back into the game, though, and with just three runs required for victory with one over to go, it seemed likely that our fine efforts would sadly end in vain. However a miserly final over from Spencer cost us only a single wide and, when Botterill was run out on the last ball of the match, the closely set field erupted in celebration as we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Incredible stuff!

 

Beamers get the better of Strollers batsmen in latest T20
posted: July 15, 2016

Our batsmen were left wanting in our latest T20 clash last night against the Beamers at North Middlesex CC, despite another fine performance in the field. On winning the toss we sent the oppo in and, with numerous bowling options at Gav's disposal, we did a fine job of maintaining pressure throughout the Beamers' innings with a combination of sharp fielding and frequent wickets shared around the attack, led by Tom who, with his lightning caught and bowled dismissal of captain Kyle Pittman for a rare duck, collected a bruising 3-22.

Having restricted the Beamers to 149-8 (a very gettable total) our optomism at the turnaround was short lived with the early losses of George, Spencer and Kashif. Dave, Gav and débutant Abhik steadied the ship somewhat but, in the face of a swinging and turning ball, we were never able to dominate the attack and each fell before they really got started. In the end we limped our way to 99 when, on the last ball of the match, Jonny finally fell. A rather disappointing result although credit must go to the Beamers attack who offered us nothing. The mood was improved by a long overdue post match return to the Belash Indian restaurant — a Strollers favourite — for a consolatory curry.

 

Honours even in sunny Sandon
posted: July 10, 2016

Whilst we couldn't quite claim victory, there were numerous highlights in our drawn match away to Sandon yesterday — from our top four who each batted superbly to retire on unbeaten fifties apiece, to a superb display in the field boasting four fabulous catches. Whilst the oppo ended their innings over a hundred runs adrift of the imposing target of 257 we had set them, we sadly couldn't whittle out the final three wickets to nab the win ...but it certainly wasn't for want of trying. Well played all!

 

Theydon Bois clash cancelled
posted: June 24, 2016

Unfortunately due to insufficient numbers this Sunday's away fixture at Theydon Bois CC has sadly been cancelled. Our next scheduled match is on Sunday 10 July away to our namesakes, the Sandon Strollers. If you would like to make yourselves available, please email Gav.

 

Strollers suffer chastening defeat as HICCs chase down mammoth total
posted: June 23, 2016

A sense of bemused bewilderment settled upon the Strollers yesterday evening after, in our latest T20 clash at North Middlsex CC, the side somehow contrived to lose to the Highgate Irregulars having posted a record 196-3 from our allotted overs. Not only did the oppo successfully chase down the mammoth target but they did so without the loss of a single wicket, a truly chastening experience for all concerned.

 

Archway successfully climb long ladder to see off Strollers
posted: June 16, 2016

Sadly not even a spectacular 90 from Dave 'The Kitten' Couldrey could save us from defeat to the Archway Ladder at Alexandra Palace last night. With the help of Tim, who hit a fine 40 before snicking one behind, we were able to post an impressive 177-5 from our 20 overs, with Couldrey lofting the ball to all corners with seemingly evermore ease.

However with only six regular Strollers in our line-up, augmented by Yogesh — guesting from the Hiccs — and a couple of surplus players kindly donated by the oppo, we were unfortunately unable to assert ourselves in the field as the large gaps were found all too frequently. Nevertheless, Sam impressed with his economy and Shani shone with a sharp spell that probed the Archway batsmen's nerve. But with Patel hitting an unbeaten fifty and the rest of the Archway top and middle order cashing in at the expense of an under-strength bowling attack, we finally were beaten after 17 overs. A good game nonetheless and our thanks must go to the opposition for sportingly helping us to get the game on.

 

Bohos T20 a wash out
posted: June 8, 2016

RainMonsoon season claimed another victim as flash flooding at the North Middlesex CC pitch meant our midweek T20 clash against the Battersea Bohemians this evening had to be called off.

Our next match will now be another T20 on the evening of Wednesday 15 June against the Archway Ladder CC at Alexandra Palace Park. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Gav.

 

George grabs the glory with brilliant ton to beat Bricklayers
posted: June 5, 2016

George's tonRecords fell as we recorded a huge 210 run win over the Bricklayers Arms at Ferme Park today. So many highlights to note including a personal best knock of 93 from Tim and a well executed first five-for from Kashif but, chief amongst all, was George's maiden ton as he carried his bat with an unbeaten 103 not out.

Read all about it...

 

Wet weather puts paid to HICCs clash
posted: June 1, 2016

RainWet and unseasonably wintery weather accounted for the cancellation of yet another match — this evening's T20 against the Highgate Irregulars at Highgate CC. However the side gamely trooped down to Lord's for an indoor net session instead and much fun it was.

Our next matches will be this Sunday 5 June against the Bricklayers Arms, followed by another T20 next Wednesday 8 June against the Battersea Bohemians. If you would like to make yourself available for either match or any beyond, please email Gav.

 

T18 against the Bohos ends in thrilling tie
posted: May 26, 2016

Last night's clash with the Battersea Bohemians could not have been any closer! With the match reduced to 18 overs a side due to the dark clouds overhead, the oppo chose to bat first and, thanks to a well organised effort from the Strollers in the field, were restricted to just 129-5. Worth remembering also that, in his final over, Ron collected two wickets in his last two balls meaning he will carry over for a potential hat-trick in his next game!

We mounted a spirited response although the Boho's fielding was similarly tight and, with the controversial run out of Tim, they looked to be edging on top. However Somanka kept his nerve and nudged and nurdled his way to a splendid first 50 for the Strollers and, with 6 needed from the final 6 balls we looked to be almost home. However a miserly final over from Tom Whyte restricted us and he when posted the entire field (wicketkeeper included) to the boundary for the final ball all we could do was run a well timed two to clinch a thrilling tie. A great game in all and, after so many early season false starts, even better to finally be cricketing again!

 

Taverners match cancelled
posted: May 24, 2016

Again due to insufficient numbers our match against the Railway Taverners has unfortunately been cancelled.

Following tomorrow evening's T20 our next match will be next Wednesday, 1st June from 6pm against the Highgate Irregulars at Highgate CC. If you would play, please email Gav.

 

Archway Ladder T20 rained off
posted: May 18, 2016

Once again we have been thwarted, this time by the Great British weather, and this Wednesday evening's T20 match against new oppo, the Archway Ladder, has unfortunately been cancelled due to heavy rain.

Our next fixture is another midweek T20 match, this time against the Battersea Bohemians on Wednesday 25th May. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Gav.

 

Hiccs clash cancelled
posted: May 12, 2016

Unfortunately this weekend's away fixture against the Highgate Irregulars has had to be cancelled due to insufficient numbers.

Our next match is next Wednesday, 18th May for our first T20 evening clash of the season away to new oppo, the Archway Ladder, at Alexandra Palace Park, starting 6pm. If you would play, please email Gav.

 

Extra fixture at Edmonton ends in defeat
posted: May 9, 2016

With both skipper and vice skipper away on operations overseas, George 'Mad Dog' Brown kindly took it upon himself to organise an extra (originally unplanned) excursion to play Edmonton CC 4th XI yesterday. Unfortunately, with a team numbering only 9, we were unable to record a win but put up some fight nonetheless with that man Ron Boundary claiming a threefer in an attempt to thwart the oppo's attempts to chase down the modest 130 target. Full match report to follow, in the meantime, here are the scores...

 

Season start postponed as Ferme Park fails to be ready for play
posted: April 20, 2016

Sadly our first planned match of the season, the traditional curtain raiser against our old foes, the Battersea Bohemians — that had been scheduled for this Sunday, 24th April — has been called off. The reason being that North London CC have not had sufficient opportunity to prepare the Ferme Park pitch and the outfield is sadly unplayable.

Our first outing of the year will therefore be our away fixture on Sunday, 15th May against the Highgate Irregulars. If you would like to make yourself available, please email Gav as soon as possible.

 

2015 averages now online
posted: November 17, 2015

After a little fine tuning following Friday's AGM, the 2015 and career averages have now been published. Brace yourselves...

 

 

Those AGM highlights in full
posted: November 15, 2015

Captain Couldrey bows outThe White Horse, Soho once again played host on Friday to this year's much anticipated Pimlico Strollers AGM that saw the return of Cap'n Gav for his third term in office as skipper, to be ably supported by Viral Doshi as vice captain!

Furthermore, awards were bestowed, averages pored over and talk of tours to destinations far and wide was rife. Oh, and outgoing Captain Couldrey (pictured) signed off in some style by stripping down to an Abyssinian boob tube. Read all about it in our full AGM report... click HERE

 

Read all about it! Tales from Old Corfu Town now online
posted: October 1, 2015

Sit back and enjoy Simon Boughey's Alan Whicker-esque musings on the Strollers recent sojourn to Old Corfu Town. Read on for tales of Tom Bowler, Ron Boundary, questionable umpiring attire and much, much more...

 
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