Awards Dinner 2017

A great turnout of Allstars and our other halves for our end of season dinner, at Chakra in Kensington, featuring the Allstars of the Year awards and a special presentation to our founder and new Life President, Maxie Allen!


Jimmy Scott, as ever the life and soul of the party, with Tony Grant, James Morgan and Vivek Seth.


The Allstars family all gathered together.


The Cobra count mounts as the evening progresses … so much so they ended up serving us it in a wine bottle!


Club captain Nick Chadwick delivers his maiden Allstars dinner speech.


Our MC for the evening, Haroon Khalid, announces this year’s award winners.


The first Allstar of the Year award went to Vivek Seth, for his best year for the Allstars on the pitch and his tireless work off it.


Next to be awarded Allstar of the Year – Martyn Langridge, for his remarkable bowling performance against Edgware: 6 for 20, the best bowling figures in our 17 year history.


The following Allstar of the Year award – our young star Umar Asghar: his 5 wickets and unbeaten 50 against Mighty Wanderers, the best all-round performance in our history.


Our final Allstar of the Year Award: Pete Cresswell, ever present for the Allstars this season and our leading run scorer.


Maxie accepts his award of “Lifetime Allstar” from fellow original Allstar Garreth, as their respective other halves Rosalind and Lara look on.

Looking forward to 2018 – and the next Allstars season!


Edgware photos

A few shots from our victory against Edgware last weekend … many thanks to Maxie Allen.


Stumps for the day, painted as ever by our six-wicket hero Martyn Langridge.


Batting against Edgware.


Keeper Darren Curry and slips line up in expectation.


Pete Cresswell, ever-present in the 2017 season, diligent as ever with the scorebook.

Record breaker Langridge seals memorable Allstars victory

Mill Hill Park, Mill Hill, Sunday 3 September 2017.  St Anne’s Allstars 161-4 (35 overs) (S Singh 71, D Curry 40) beat Edgware CC 121 (23.1 overs) (M Langridge 6-20 including a hat-trick, S Singh 2-18, U Asghar 1-36) by 40 runs.

By Pete Cresswell

Under ominous skies the Allstars and 10-man Edgware convened pitch-side in Mill Hill (eschewing the changing room that appeared to have been broken into & used as a drug den, somewhat appropriate given that the Allstars’ stumps were referencing “Haroon’s Westside Massive”). After skipper Haroon Khalid won the toss, a committee of Allstars noted the forecast rain and opted to bat first.

Pete Cresswell and debutant Darren Curry opened up cautiously on a pitch with mostly tennis ball-like bounce, except on the odd spot that hurried through, making life hard for the stand-in Edgware keeper. Wides and byes put in an early shift, as Edgware’s Saverus opened with 3 consecutive maidens. Eventually the pair began accelerating before Cresswell gloved a lifting delivery down onto his bails with 38 on the board.

Sachin Singh joined Curry and the pair went on the attack, Singh’s pre-meditated assaults proving an antidote to the tricky pitch and glacially slow outfield. Both gave some chances along the way, but with Edgware shelling chances the score mounted. Darren eventually holed out for a well struck 40 before Umar Asghar (fresh from his 50 the previous week) dropped anchor in support of Singh. As the score passed 150 the pair fell in quick succession, bowled by deliveries that kept low, leaving Joe Silmon and Tony Grant to eke out a few more runs in the slog overs, getting through to 161.

Despite a few threatening spots around the drinks break the promised rain held off, so the Allstars took the field after tea to defend what felt like (and ultimately proved to be) a handy total. The Edgware skipper Ciaran Hosty looked a handy bat, launching into anything short from Haroon. However Sachin’s medium pace in-swingers and cutters proved perfect for the pitch, and he bowled a superb 7 over spell, dismissing opener Ganesh Say’z and keeper Shuraj Vekaria to finish with 2 for 18.

Umar Asghar replaced Haroon and immediately struck, bowling Verapeen to reduce Edgware to 28 for 3, before the 4th wicket partnership attacked Umar’s and Joe Silmon’s bowling and rode their luck to add 59 in quick time. Then Martyn “Lofty” Langridge entered the fray. He enticed the Edgware number 5 Naresh to hole out, before clean bowling the next 2 men on his way to a superb hat trick, the 5th in Allstars history. A couple of overs later Umar held a superb catch at cover to remove the dangerous Hosty for an excellent 49-ball 51.

With little batting left Malik began swinging lustily, ultimately skying a Langridge delivery that popped off a length straight up and safely into keeper Darren’s gloves. And off the first ball of his 6th over Langridge got a ball to shoot through at ankle height and clean bowl the last man Saverus, to give the Allstars their 3rd win in succession.  Martyn finished with figures of 6 for 20, the best analysis in the Allstars’ long and distinguished history, and very well deserved.

With the game duly won the forecast rain finally arrived, 2 hours late, leaving the victors to take shelter in a nearby pub and toast another successful day.

Allstars edge a summer classic

Marble Hill Park, Twickenham, Saturday 5 August 2017. St Anne’s Allstars 173-6 (Morgan 69, Bowman 42*) beat Crossbats 170-7 (Seth 2-20, Bowman 2-21, Asghar 2-32) by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare.
By Pete Cresswell
Although this was our first regular season game against the Crossbats, we had played them in 2007 in the rain in Porto, so there was some trepidation at a weather forecast featuring mid-afternoon thunderstorms as the team travelled out to leafy St Margarets. The weather gods began having their say early, a pre-match hailstorm driving most of the team into the safety of the Crown pub. Once the weather cleared the fortified Allstars joined the Crossbats pitch-side, where an artificial pitch awaited, unaffected by the preceding downpour.
Captain Cresswell correctly called heads, and opted to make the most of the overcast conditions, inserting the home side. The ball swung prodigiously early for both Paul “KP” Bowman and Haroon Khalid, almost too much, making life tough on the bowlers as well as makeshift keeper Cresswell. The Crossbats’ openers got off to a steady start as the bowlers got used to the swing and bounce available, and then tightened the screws on the run rate. After a brief pause when the umpires objected to Khalid’s rubber spikes on the lush green carpet & forced a boot change, Bowman trapped opener Anir in front of middle & leg with a superb yorker, giving him figures of 1-6 from his opening 5 over spell. At 31-1 off 9 the scoreboard pressure was mounting, and the Crossbats number 3 Snowball tried to loft young off-spinner Umar Asghar, only succeeding in skying the ball to mid-on where Vivek took an excellent catch.
Some very tight bowling from Umar and Tony Grant kept things tight for the next 12 overs during which scoreboard pressure (and the slightly slippery astroturf) told, as Morgan & Cresswell combined in a run out. When Sir Viv came on and promptly held on to his second skier of the day to remove opener Wright, the Crossbats’ top scorer with 32 the score was 84/4 in the 22nd.
Grant finished his 7 over spell as the storm clouds began to regather, conceding just 24, meaning Garreth earned the tough task of bowling with a damp ball from the Southern end before both teams were driven from the field for 15 minutes. Upon the resumption under sunny skies Umar took a sharp return catch to dismiss Crossbats’ dangerous looking Scottish number 5 McAlpine in his final over. Vivek, KP and Haroon then rounded out the bowling, never letting the Crossbats’ lower middle order get away as they posted 170-7.
After a pleasant tea in the sun, Morgan and Cresswell strode out to the middle. There was still some swing evident, though more threatening was the bounce the home side’s tall seamers were able to extract off a length, forcing both batsmen to adjust their usual (low-pitch adapted) games, Morgan playing some lovely back-foot shots as the pair kept the asking rate in sight. With the shine seen off the new ball and the 50 stand posted, Cresswell abandoned his usual obdurate defence and began trying to hit out, holing out to mid-on for 15, leaving the score at 61-1 off 16.
That brought Sam MacDonald to the crease, and he and Morgsie accelerated the run rate after the drinks break, adding a brisk 49 before James edged behind, provoking a mini collapse. The high bounce tricked Umar, TG and Sam into edges that were pouched behind the wicket, and our loan player Iain Wilson from Weasels was undone by an off-cutter to leave us 117-6.
James Abrahams joined Bowman with 54 needed. James’ QC skills almost immediately came into play when he was incorrectly adjudged LBW off his gloves, persuading the opposition to withdraw their appeal. He then did a superb job of holding up his end & running 2s into the big outfield while KP tucked into the Crossbats’ 5th/6th bowlers who’d been brought on as the main bowlers ran out of overs.
The equation became 25 off 3 overs, and 18 off 2, before KP took to the 7th Crossbats bowler Snowball in the 34th over, 5 deliveries (and 1 wide) going for 21 for the first Allstars victory of the season. Bowman finished an excellent 42 not out, the 2nd Allstar (after Morgan earlier in the day) to pass 40 this season.
Editor’s Note:  Well captained Pete – that bottle of wine from Neale should be on its way to you!

Allstars Festival 2017

A glorious day at Dulwich Sports Ground, as James Abrahams’ “Jammy Dodgers” took on Garreth Duncan’s “Ginger Nuts” in the Allstars’ classic Fifteen15Fifteen15 (TM) format, watched by families and friends.

Here’s some pictures from the day.  Many thanks to Richard Stephenson and Aurelia Haddow-Allen for the photos, and to our club captain Nick Chadwick for organising a splendid day!


10 year old Tom Abrahams, on his first Allstars appearance, inspects the special Festival stumps, hand painted with a welcome message for him by Martyn Langridge.


Jammy Dodgers skipper James Abrahams leads his troops in the field.


Club captain Nick Chadwick in his delivery stride …


and Tony Grant in full flow with the bat.


Allstars and guests gather for tea after the first Fifteen15 contest, the Ginger Nuts having taken the biscuit with a 13-run win.


Sam MacDonald hits out as the innings draws to a close…


… as Pete Cresswell diligently keeps the score.


Allstars do the dab …


… and our families and friends join us for a final photo.

Rewind to … 2009 – Von Ryan’s express derails Salix

Wadham College ground, Oxford, Sunday 12 July 2009. St Anne’s Allstars (146-6) beat Salix (133) by 13 runs.

By Garreth Duncan

As England were conjuring an unlikely escape in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, another cliffhanger was taking place in Oxford as we snatched a famous win at the death from what looked like an equally hopeless position.

On a sunny day, I won the toss and had little hesitation in deciding to bat first.  But the pitch turned out not to be quite the belter it looked, the awkward bounce making run-scoring difficult for both sides.  We couldn’t blame it for our first wicket as we got off to a disastrous start, a run out cock-up in the very first over sending James “Tarka” Hindle back to the pavilion without scoring.

Tristan and Aidan Nicol steadied the ship, initially taking few risks as they saw off the opening bowlers Dave Padmore and Nick Gould.  The change bowlers proved just as tricky to get away, but Tristan was just starting to get motoring when he hit Heaton to cover.  Aidan continued on together with brother Paul before he too was run out, having batted very well for his 37.  But with wickets in hand, the platform had been set for a late acceleration as we hit 81 from the last 12 overs, Jon Hautot, Dave Halladay and Chris Nicol (completing the Allstars’ second set of three brothers on the same team) all mixing clean hitting with good running between the wickets.

Our final total of 146 for 6 looked respectable, but we’d need to bowl out of our skins to defend it.  Opening the bowling from the far end, Jon Ryan did just that as, buoyed up by some witty Allstars banter and the most nicknames ever in one game (Frank Sinatra songs and Tom Clancy books featuring heavily), he clean bowled both openers with full, straight deliveries before rearranging the dangerous Gould‘s stumps with a perfect inswinger.  Just to add to it, he also took a sharp catch at backward point off Tristan to dismiss “CK” Kulasingham.

Salix were in trouble at 36 for 4 when their skipper Padmore strode to the wicket and went for his shots straight away.  Chris Nicol, on his Allstars debut, kept the pressure on with a well-controlled spell of left-arm spin, producing the ball of the day, a huge turning chinaman to bowl Clews.  But Padmore, seemingly hitting effortlessly in an arc between mid-wicket and long-on, found an ally in the stout, Collingwood-esque defence of Tony Fletcher, and the partnership took them within sight of the target with five wickets standing.

On the boundary, Salix were already contemplating victory.  But what followed will go down in Allstars legend alongside our breakthrough tour win against Trengilly Wartha in 2002.  With only 19 required, Tarka finally broke Fletcher’s stubborn resistance.  Next ball, the big breakthrough – as Padmore cut me firmly to the leaping Aidan at point.  He’d batted mighty well for his 62.  As the pressure mounted in Salix’ ranks, their tailenders panicked: having been reprieved by a rare drop at mid-on from Tristan (who took a nasty blow to the ribs as he dived forward), Raj Sanwalka hit my very next ball straight to Tarka at mid-wicket.

Suddenly, we sniffed victory, and next over Tarka found another peach to clean up Heaton.  As news filtered through on the radio of Jimmy and Monty’s heroic defiance, we did what the Aussies couldn’t and took the last wicket, the game finishing as it started with last man Spillane run out in a chaotic mix-up.

A great Allstars performance where everyone contributed with bat, ball and in the field, to level our enthralling series with Salix at 4 games all and set us up nicely for our tour to Hampshire.

Man of the Match: Jon Ryan. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” produced the spell of his life to give us a dream start with the ball.

Champagne Moment: Chris Nicol’s ripper of a chinaman – perhaps the first ever seen in an Allstars game.


Baker Street Irregulars pictures

Many thanks to Neale for the pictures!


Allstars line up for the day.  Left to right: Neale Adams, Pete Cresswell, Tony Grant, Paul Burgin, Nick Chadwick, Martyn Langridge, Ed Heelas, Jimmy Scott, Vivek Seth.


Captain Chadders, sporting one of his usual colourful shirts, with his No 1 fan.


Paul Burgin prepares for the day he makes his first Allstars 50.


Pete Cresswell, the picture of concentration at the top of the order.  For the second time this season, Pete top scored with a battling 39.


Sam Macdonald launches into one of his trademark cover drives.


Paul, Sam and Lucian Phipps enjoying a welcome post-match drink.