KVCC vs Tichbourne Park III – June 1st.

Hi all,

Please be aware that this away match is an ARTIFICIAL WICKET which means NO SPIKES.

Please meet in the car park for 12.45, with a view to leave at 1.

So with that in mind, the named XI is;

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Pete Finlay
  4. Matt Payne
  5. Dan Keyworth
  6. Cameron Messenger
  7. Sam Fielder
  8. Chris Franklin
  9. Dave McAdam
  10. Kev Finlay
  11. Chris Barber


  1. Denis Payne
  2. Alex Messenger
  3. Nick Franklin
  4. Adam Sillence

Welcome back from injury, Bowler of the Year, Kev Finlay, we are all looking forward to seeing the award winning bowling again!

Lets hope the weather clears up!

See you Saturday,



vs Twyford 25.05.2013 Scorebook

vs Twyford 25.05.2013

Hook & Newham Basics 18.05.2013 Scorebook

vs Hook & Newham Basics IV 18.05.2013

Basingstoke & North Hants 11.05.2013 Scorebook

vs Basingstoke & North Hants V 11.05.2013

A couple of snaps from the weekend.

imageAdam and Cam watch Sam and Franklin hit the run trail.


Spectators watch a good game.

Knights Valley vs Twyford Match Report 25/05

Following the emphatic victory of last week, the Knights now looked to continue the momentum against Twyford at home. Looking at the weather Friday there was a concern that Dave’s doggy blanket may be in need again, however with warm sun on the Saturday morning, Lee confirmed we were on pitch 2 and the team converged on our Winchester ground for 1 o’clock. Excited by the prospect of using the top pitch for the first time, the initial arrivals of Pete, Chris, Sam and myself marched to the middle to inspect the wicket and deduced it as being slightly damp and deciding that bowling first would be advantageous. However upon noticing a mystery arrival turning up, the Compton & Chandlers Ford captain stepped out of his Audi and in as many words told us to get off and go down the hill to the lower pitch. With Lee feeling that getting the better parking space was more important than defending our cause, he immediately shot off down the hill and the Knights raced to the second pitch. Upon inspection the second pitch appeared similar except for the myriad of bird pecks, a suspected rabbit digging and other mysterious holes.

To keep professional the Knights immediately began training including myself recently returned into the keeping duties; with the team (and spectator Kev) showing “encouragement” the keeping and general warm ups went well and Lee also typically lost the toss but did come the best out of it with the opposition wanting to bat first. With the opposition openers approaching the crease, the Knights knew that taking early wickets would be key. With Pete looking to capitalise on the performance of last week, a “tactical” bye from me allowed our first wicket to come on the 4th ball with the 2nd opener being bowled for a golden. With Pete looking quick coming down the hill, we knew given the conditions going up the hill would be difficult and Adam entered the attack. Although a few runs were conceded the scoreboard stayed pretty steady before the remaining opener decided kicking a plum ball for runs was the only way to score off Pete leaving the Knights a little nonplussed. With Dave donning a new baggy hat fashion, the number 3 could not help but to target the light blue headwear slicing the slower ball straight to Dave’s domain for a good diving catch. At 12-2, confidence began to build among the Knights and Adam looked to enter the game through proving 3 balls later that the wall is not an easy thing to replicate and a chipped up defensive led to a caught & bowled placing Twyford at 14 for 3 off 6 overs. With the Knights feeling a similar performance of last week, Twyford looked to stem the damage until the number 5 batsmen decided to go for the big shot against Adam which led to a well watched catch from Franklin. With a line of kids padded up on the sideline and Twyford only 30-4, I astutely pointed out to Lee that this game was surely ours and this was now a matter of just bowling out the youngsters. To mix up the bowling Chris and Sam now entered into the attack, however a sort of lull ensued whereby the overs kept ticking and the wickets stopped falling leaving the Knights slightly deflated.

At drinks Twyford has amassed only 63 runs and there was little concern for the remaining 21 overs, however for a youngster he showed inspiring technique to the point where Matt said he was a better batsmen than him and me awkwardly not passing comment. After 24 overs, a new bowling attack was needed to keep the pressure on for breaking this lengthy partnership and thus Pete and “underused” Dave entered the attack. With the youngster showing resilience Pete felt his pride was at stake and that with Kev watching the later banter may be too much to handle and thus felt that beamering and short bowling to the youngster’s head would put him in his place…….4 overs later no wickets taken and Pete asking what’s happened to his economy with Stato not replying with numbers and figures resembling the Enigma code but instead with one word.. “shite”.

With Dave deciding simple bowling would be more effective, the field was brought in and the Knights looked to stem the runs, Dan using an excellent combination of hands/shins and Sam almost turning a nuts defence into an excellent catch. With still no wicket and 119/4 off 32 there was a worry the scoreboard could take off and slower bowler Matt entered into the attack, unfortunately the youngster seemed well versed against it and the runs were restricted with excellent foot usage from close fielder Pete. At 141/4 and the Knights hurting for a wicket, Chris feeling we no longer needed to make a game of it bowled out the remaining opener whom scored an admirable 50. With another youngster approaching the crease the Knights felt fairly anxious at the anticipation of a similar performance and this time my match perceptions were never to be heard again. To keep the pressure on Chris needed to look to take another quick wicket but through saying “oh dear” after releasing the ball little will be said for the result of the next 2 overs. To support Chris, Sam also looked to get onto the wicket tally but with poor keeping encouraging the batsmen to attack and an unlucky boundary drop by Adam, Sams bowling at the end was unfairly represented. To close the match however, Chris was able to exact revenge on the youngster finally bowling him out and followed this up on his final over bowling the number 8 for 6. So last ball of the over, 1 more wicket needed for the 4th bowling point, the batsmen chipped the ball up to close fielder Matt whom waited for the catch………………

Anyway at teas the Knights had been punished by the youngsters with Twyford hitting 192/7, however this was a makeable total and the team now needed to focus for the next innings. With Dennis providing a very nice tea the Knights certainly helped themselves to the plethora of food, however a frustrated Lee was nowhere to be seen and unbeknownst scheming with his little boy was at hand. At a similar time Chris also decided that to prevent the opposition going for seconds, hoarding the fruit would be a prudent idea, however then Ollie emerged from the pavilion and immediately targeted the bowlers and demonstrated Lee’s frustrations by running to kick all of Chris’s recently hoarded food over before then kicking Sam in the face.

To chase this total a solid start would be crucial and Dan and Steve looked to copy the success of last week. With the opposition beginning with simple straight bowling the Knights immediately made a typical start with at 9/2 off 5 overs. With fresh batsmen Cameron and Lee at the crease the team were worried Lee’s bad form would continue, with both getting off the mark in style the Knights felt relatively steady. Unfortunately though after 7 runs Lee’s seemed to reach the limit of his confidence and was bowled sending Dave out to the middle at number 5. If there’s one thing the Knights suffer from it is the dreaded LBW appeals and this culture shockingly seemed already imbued into Dan whom gave Dave out for a duck.  30/4 and Franklin now looked to try and remedy which was quickly becoming a desperate situation. With the run rate slowing and wickets falling, Cameron took the attack to the bowlers attracting a shouted “shot Cam” from Steve… however this conversation took an interesting turn:

Steve: “Shot Cam.”

Chris: “Steve there’s a kid running towards the ball.”

Steve: “Oh ye, Oh dear, Oh jeez Cams out, in you go Sammy.”

 With a new youngster on to bowl, the Knights looking seriously shaky and the fielding side pumped only two words appeared to enter Chris’s mind at the time.. “f*** it” and a serious of whacking (and attempted whacking) ensued including impressive back to back 6’s over a long boundary. Sam however could not replicate this success and was caught and bowled leaving us at 45/6 and the result turning into an embarrassing situation. With Matt entering the crease an 18 run partnership was amassed for the 7th wicket, however all 18 were amassed by Franklin and Matt was bowled for a duck. With Kev now retiring from umpire duties for Lee whom did not feel like a perverse doctor in a white coat among the children, Chris whom was padded up at the sidelines received more encouragement from the team (Sam) including a choice of either blocking out 15 overs or to get out quickly for pubbing. Well 5 balls later Sam’s choice was vindicated and I missed the straight one and got out so shockingly it wasn’t even worth a proper celebration from the other team. With Adam having a good swing at the crease, I sloped into the changing rooms and had a winge to Chris supported by his trademark “ye, ye, ye mate.” So in the 25th over the last wicket fell with Knights Valley’s heaviest defeat through only amassing 82 runs and cringe-worthily the youngsters commenting “well-played” at the handshake.

A strange game with Pete having the most controversial summary saying how we had been dicked by kids… but indeed one cannot ignore their talent and for next week against Tichborne Park it may be worth looking to recruit players from the local schools.. where is Matt’s old camper van when you need it? Anyway best not to dwell on this week’s performance and instead look positively to our next fixture.

Twyford. May 24th Home

Home again guys.

Please be at the ground for 1.15. Pops is on teas duty this week but we will be looking for another volunteer as he is on holiday for 2 weeks shortly…….

Starting XI

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Pete Finlay
  4. Dan Keyworth
  5. Matt Payne
  6. Chris Franklin
  7. Sam Fielder
  8. Chris Barber
  9. Dave McAdam
  10. Cameron Messenger
  11. Adam Sillence


  1. Denis Payne
  2. Kev Finlay
  3. Alex Messenger
  4. Jason Maker

Welcome back Chris Barber, who takes over the keeping duties once again (many thanks Dan, you were a more than worthy replacement) and we should be looking to build on last weeks excellent all round performance.

Until Saturday!

Knights vs Hook & N Basics IV May 18th

Hook & N Basics IV AWAY


Hi guys,

Away to Hook this week. Please meet in the usual place at 12.45 sharp, it’s a 40 minute drive so we need to leave promptly.

We are looking for some improved weather and an improved wicket. One can only hope……

Starting XI….

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Chris Franklin
  4. Denis Payne
  5. Dave McAdam
  6. Pete Finlay
  7. Dan Keyworth
  8. Cameron Messenger
  9. Adam Sillence
  10. Sam Fielder
  11. Nick Franklin


  1. Matt Payne
  2. Kev Finlay
  3. Alex Messenger
  4. Jason Maker

A big welcome back to the current Player of the Year, Cameron Messenger and a returning Adam from his shoulder injury.

Play well lads,


Knights vs Basingstoke Match Report

K.V.C.C vs B&N.H.C.C

So the first league match of the year was upon us and waking up to Saturday morning, we found a beautifully sunny day, without a cloud in the sky. Now, with this being England, by 1 o’clock, the heavens opened and the match was in jeopardy. Arriving at the ground, we found a large puddle in the middle of the wicket and thanks to Dave and Frank (the dog) we managed to mop up the puddle with Franks blanket and allow the wicket to dry to an acceptable standard (it never did) and hope the rain would not hamper us again.

With the opposition arriving safely, the 2 skippers plodded out to the middle and decided that a game would go ahead and we would make the best of what we had. Skipper Payne won the toss and decided to bowl, only time would tell if this was a good call or not. It was decided that play would start at 3 on the button and a reduced amount of overs. 36.

A few showers later and at 3 o’clock, Pete took the new ball in hand and rifled down his first delivery of the day. The first few overs of the day proved that the knights could not afford to bowl anything short and when they did, it would be punished by J. Ahuji. The Basingstoke opener smashed away anything slightly short or on his legs and quickly brought up his 50. With messieurs Finlay, Fielder and Franklin all struggling with slippage and length in the wet, sloppy conditions and the batsman hitting runs far too fluently, it was decided that some slower bowling was in order. Pops Payne and Solider Boy McAdam were brought on to try and slow the run rate and maybe pick up a few wickets. The new bowlers did just that, both picking up their first 2 league wickets a piece for the club and showing a great level of control and stemming the flow of runs.

Now the weather was to play a massive part in the days play and play was interrupted 3 times during this first innings and tea was taken during one of these rain breaks.

With the openers removed the wickets would fall pretty regularly now, Sam taking a wicket and a truly epic run out throw from Chris Franklin. Chris’s brother Nick would then join the party in a big fashion. Coming on for the final 2 overs with 4 wickets still to take for maximum bowling points, Nick dazzled us with his pinpoint accuracy and monstrous turn………the first wicket he was to take was remarkable (and if it was me, I would be too embarrassed to claim it) a double bouncing, pea roller type thing and the laugh that accompanied it was equally as remarkable. In just 11 balls Nick took the final 4 wickets to ensure maximum bowling points for the Knights but Basingstoke had hit a good total of 171.

With yet another rain delay, the Basingstoke players were making noises about not wanting to play on as they felt the pitch and wicket had become to unsafe for their 4 younger team members and 2 of their team had refused to take to the field altogether. With Chris and Dave umpiring (not the two umpires you’d want to be up against in an argument) the away skipper tried to press home his reluctance for more play but it was to fall on deaf ears and after a meeting between Umpires and the 2 skippers and Payne reminding the away Skipper that his teams failure to reappear from the changing rooms would result in a forfeit and loss of points and with that they decided to play on and the old Duckworth/Lewis came out to playand a revised total of 163 in 34 overs was needed. Out marched openers Reese and Keyworth, ready to bite a big chunk out of the total made my Basingstoke. a good start was made and at 25 for 0 off of 7 overs another rain delay happened and things started to get tricky.

For a full game to count, the knights needed to bat for a minimum of 20 overs and this was looking a long way off with light not getting any better. A frantic phone call to Stato (Barber, in the library, in Sheffield) he informed us that the new total was 144 from 32 overs and the 20 over total was 97. So after a quick chat between the captains, a 20 over innings was half heartedly agreed upon and the players returned to the field. Just before the bowling resumed there were cries of ‘you can’t decide how many overs you play, it has to be 32 or nothing’. Now, no one really knew what was going on and the senior knights decided to go all out attack and try to get to 97 before the 20 over mark.

So play resumed and the first knights wicket to fall was Keyworth falling victim to a slower ball and finding himself in no mans land and stumped. 37-1 was a good start but it was to go wrong for a few moments with Skipper Paynes woes continuing and not troubling the scores, Dan Keller falling for 1 and Pete out for 2. A truly awful 3, 4 and 5 and then the loss of Reese falling for 19, let the knights deflated but this brought franklin and fielder to crease and the pair did a cracking job of chasing the runs. Fielder continuing his growing batting reputation and Franklin showing his batting power the 97 mark was reached by over 19. During the decisive 20th over it started to rain and the Basingstoke players were overly keen to come off. Persuaded to carry on and the thought of 97 off 20 seemingly forgotten about, the 144 target was now in sight. There was a blow to the knights in over 21 as Franklin shouldered arms to a wide that somehow turned back a mile, going for 23 and McAdam falling for just 6, the responsibility was to fall to Fielder to steer us home. Fielder ploughed on sterlingly but lost a bail by the finest of margins for 30. Matt trudged out looking for some runs and the father son pairing of Matt and Pops were at the crease. They had the scoreboard ticking over perfectly, frustrating the fielding team with singles galore and with 7 overs to go of the allotted 32 and only 25 runs needed, the knights with 1 wicket in hand were sitting pretty and could afford to be picky with scoring…….or could they, as during all this Pete had had his head buried in the league handbook and was beginning to question Statos mathematics (yes,I was surprised too) and after a call between the two, it was discovered the total that the Knights needed was in fact 153 and not 144. Not knowing what to do, keep quiet or make it known, word was given to Umpire Reese to inform the two Paynes about Statos mistake (he will never live this down, what are you studying chris?!) and to tell them to get a move on with the run rate that had now gone up to a run a ball from the final 6 overs……..this was to prove to be a bridge too far as the two Paynes had no choice but to hit out and pops fell for 14. Nick Franklin joined Matt at the crease and was in for all of 3 balls when Matt got caught on the boundary trying to go for the runs and the game was over.

A disappointing loss for the knights and a tough day. Never having been involved in a rain delayed match, this will be good experience for the knights moving forward. The dreaded soft, green and slow pitch came back to haunt us but there were some positives, namely the bowling performances of Pops, Dave and Nick and the batting of Chris, Sam and Matt. We look forward improving our rusty fielding and making up for this loss in the next few weeks!

Saturday 11th May.

And so the League begins…

KVCC vs Basingstoke & NH V’S

Please be at the ground for 1.15 and remember we are now on pitch 2!

We are struggling for an 11th player at the moment guys, unfortunately Adam is injured (the injury list grows ever longer) and Jason can’t get time off work.

The current line up is…..

  1. Lee Payne
  2. Steve Reese
  3. Pete Finlay
  4. Matt Payne
  5. Chris Franklin
  6. Dan Keyworth
  7. Sam Fielder
  8. Dave McAdam
  9. Denis Payne
  10. Nick Franklin
  11. N. A. Other

I am positive we can get another, if anyone has a mate, please ask them. I have 1 iron in the fire, so it will be fine.



Some unfortunate injury news….

I am sorry to report our bowler of the year, Kev Finlay, has suffered a knee injury and will be out for around 4 weeks. Evidently Kev had to take some evasive action trying to avoid a careless wheelchair driver and fell down the curb!

We wish him a speedy recovery.