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10 Sep 2012 : BGCC 2012 End of Term Review: ‘A right mixed bag of marbles’

BGCC 2012 End of Term Review: ‘A right mixed bag of marbles’

Life, they say, can be like a box of chocolates: sometimes with nice caramels & hazelnut whirls and at other times ‘orrible artificial coffee flavoured. A little bit like this year’s summer really. All over the place weatherwise with rodents of all shapes and sizes scampering to the higher grounds to avoid the floods. To say the least, the cricket season was in for an uncertain and bumpy ride.

On the opening game of the season, which was rained off in the drought conditions; the BGCC in conjunction with Austra Harmon of the Poland Trust, proudly opened its new all-weather nets…which were under water.

Sadly the same fate was to befall the next 3 games, which were all abandoned to the whims of the stormy weather (indeed a record 7 cancelled in total). Our new groundsman, Paul Tipping was left pulling his remaining hair out in trying to prepare pitches that didn’t resemble water chutes at a World of Water adventure park. But persevere he did and it wasn’t until the end of May that finally a chink in the blackened celestial armour was spotted and seized upon by all teams in the bedraggled league.

So, the 1st team were looking towards capturing former title winning glories and the 2nd team aspiring to bounce straight back up into the 3rd division with a loud resounding barbarian crash.

1st XI
Once again the 1st team were lead by the ever chirpy Billy Scott-Malden and vice skip Gerard Weide who all acquitted themselves well with good team performances throughout. With regular numbers short for the 1st team, but with no fear of relegation, Billy was able to give some of the 2nds a good try out and get them used to cricket in the top flight. Obviously some of these players will become permanent fixtures next season so it was important to bed them in readiness for a charge for the top next year. Both Malcolm Burt and John Tipping seemed to have secured their places in the 1st team with steady batting and wicket keeping.

But undoubtedly the star for the 1st team was young Mr Tom Haines, son of the mighty Mark Haines. Tom proved to be not only a great fielder, but also an extremely accomplished batter quickly earning him a regular high end middle starting line up position scoring a highly impressive average of 20 runs a game! He even out scored his dad with 169 runs for the season versus a mere 136!

Bowling Mentions:
Mark Haines stole the show with 23 wickets (best 4-42), followed by the skip Billy Scott-Malden 20 wickets (best 4-21), Gerard Weide 14 wickets (best 4-34) and Mike Ellis with 13 wickets (3-13).

Batting Mentions:
Who else but Gerard Weide lead the way with a masterful 126 (392 for the season), followed up by the Ellis brothers of Jonathan 82 (139 season) & Mikey 55 (176 season), the ever dependable Paul Tipping put in a handy 54 (173 season), with a remarkable year for Tom Haines 38 (169 season) and a credible Jez Palmer with 35 (153 season).

Steady performances - rebuilding the team up for next year.

Won 4, Lost 4, Drawn 4, Cancelled 6

2nd XI
Ably lead from the front by the majestic Phil Brown enjoying his second term in office, backed up by Mike Ives as the VC (who had a chance to take the reins for a game as the skip was off on a sneaky holiday; only to have his hopes cruelly crushed by the game being abandoned).

Phil steered the team to an unprecedented 10 wins out of 11 games, taking the 2nd XI to new heights and in the process only claiming the ‘Division 4 League Champions’ title on the way! The Horde are now back in Div 3 on the 1st attempt! Who knows, with another season like that, they may even join the 1st team at the sharp end of the league!

Yet again, the 2nd team was blessed with some great new Brockhamite recruits in the forms of Angus Hodge (a demon all rounder), Tom Noakes (great little bowler) and Will Stone who amazed everyone with a stunning bowling spell of 4 wickets for 4 runs in a match winning performance against Horsley and Send. Well done the youth training scheme!

Bowling Mentions:
Mike Silence lead the way with a mighty 20 wickets (best 6-15), closely followed by Andrew Ellis 19 wickets (best 4-11), James Haddow 16 wickets (best 3-17), Phil Brown 13 wickets (best 4-27) & on his debut Will Stone 9 wickets (with an amazing best of 4-4).

Batting Mentions:
Tim Kent imperiously headed off with a high of 56 (112 for the season), followed by James Haddow 55 (145 season), Chris Pitchford 42 (97 season), Mike Silence 42 (91 season), Phil Brown 59 (68 season) and a Chairman stomping performance for Tim Hartley 34 (59 season).

Congratulations all round – brilliant team effort.

Won 10, Lost 1, Cancelled 7

All in all it has been a good year, despite the best efforts of the English weather. Both teams were able to field solid teams most of the time, and what we lacked in depth on occasions, we more than made up for in great team spirit, hard work and the sheer enjoyment of the noble game.

While on one hand we lost the legendary ‘Baggers’ and that laugh to some distant outpost in Wolverhampton, on the other we welcomed back a man of great standing in the form of Josh Miller who had been away for a lengthy time as he was literally being slowly rebuilt. Marc Steele joined in for a few games at the end of the season and made a huge impact on the bowling front, as did Geoff Kirklands’ new secret weapon; the ‘mongoose’ on the batting side (...and on a certain VCs’ nose). A further dimension was added to the entertainment of the troops in the form of ‘Foxy Boxy’, which has nothing to do with scantily clad ladies 'duking it out' on the cricket square after the match as some members had hoped.

We also said farewell to our Chairman and 1st team Umpire of long standing, Bernard Flint. A huge 'Thank You' from the entire club and we wish you well in your retirement. Feel free to pop along anytime as you will always be assured a friendly drink. We welcome on board as the new Chairman – Tim Hartley; a giant amongst men who has more than proved himself in the field and is extremely handy with a bat. If we could just find the key to the padlock on his wallet....

Sadly I move on to pastures green at the end of this year (again!). I shall greatly miss the battles and fun both on and off the fields of war. There will always be a piece of Brockham in my heart, and I don’t mean that tiny piece of hardened fat from all the BBQs and beer quaffed with such gusto with such great comrades in arms.  Though I daresay, if called upon in an hour of desperate need, I may join in another foray and enjoy one more hoorah.

Gentlemen, it has been an honour!

‘The Hat’

02 Sep 2012 : Second XI Win Division Four Title!


After an incredible nine consecutive wins, the Seconds won the Division Four Title with a game to spare after beating Horsley and Send by 6 wickets on Saturday - See match report (in Fixtures Section) for details. Congratulations to all the lads on a fantastic achievement. 

06 May 2012 : BGCC Nets Opening Ceremony – 5th May 2012

Brockham Green Cricket Club Nets Opening Ceremony – 5th May 2012

What better way to start the new Cricket Season than with the opening ceremony for Brockham Green Cricket Club’s new all weather practice nets? The Poland Trust was a key funder of the project; trustee Austra Harmon braved the less than glorious weather to dedicate the nets to the Trust’s founder, Sidney Michael Poland. He himself was a keen cricketer, so it is appropriate that one of his many legacies to this village will enable the next generation of Brockhamites to learn the noble game.


Sadly the first game of the season was cancelled due to the current drought conditions: Our pitch was under water…


But with the help of the new nets this season, the 1st team will be trying to capture former glories and regain the Surrey League Champions title for a 3rd time in 7 years and the 2nd team will once again be gunning for promotion.

(Mike Ellis, James Haddow, Billy Scott-Malden, Phil Brown, Tom Oulton, Austra Harmon & Mike Ives in front of the new nets)


Thank you to those club members who attended the ceremony to thank the Poland Trust for their kind donation of £7,500 towards the BGCC All weather Nets Project.

The Hat

26 Sep 2010 : There be Giants - Brockham Green CC 2010 Review

There be Giants - Brockham Green CC 2010 Review

And so it is the end of yet another season, the summer is waning and the dark nights drawing in. The bats, stumps, mowers and rolling machines are all but locked up behind cold steel doors and the BBQ has spluttered forth its last ounce of warmth. But from these dying embers a remarkable new era is about to blossom....

So let’s start back at a beginning, not necessarily the beginning, just ‘a’; as all these things are essentially relative.

I think it is fair to say that no-one really knew what to expect this season and the book keepers were certainly not letting on, well not to us at any rate.

1st XI
The 1st XI has a few new faces amongst some of the old guard. There was also a change of skipper and all this would understandably take time to truly ‘bed in’. Needless to say, they acquitted themselves well; especially as the standard at the top is ever reaching new levels.

So welcome to a real wildebeest of a man in both body and soul, a man who regularly swats hapless bowlers out of field and county with calculated ease: new Skipper of the 1st XI - Mr Gerard Weide. Ably assisted by Mr ‘Slow Hand Luke’ himself as his new vice Skip: Paul Tipping. A true gentleman who many of you will know from his tireless & selfless dedication to the Colts and Juniors on Friday evening coaching sessions. If that wasn’t enough, there are always Owen Taylor’s constant battle cries echoing across the field to put the fear of something into the opposition.

Batting Mentions
Gerard Weide led the way with some solid batting and a top score of 124 (343 for the season), followed up by ‘Mr Consistency’ himself Mike Tapper 75 (356 season), an excellent 73 not out for Jez Palmer (205 season) and a good old 70 (194 season) from ‘bad boy’ Richard Brown. This was rounded up with a fine 57 (305 season) from the ever dependable Paul Tipping and a commendable 52 (237 season) from Jonathan Ellis who also took 16 catches as the man behind the stumps.

Bowling Mentions
This year’s bowling was lead by a demonic Mark Haines who managed to spin out 38 wickets and a best of 6-42. He was followed by a very impressive Chris Weill with a fast 28 wickets (best 5-53). Not to be outdone Billy Scott-Malden (19 wickets), Gerard Weide (17 wickets) and Jez Palmer (13 wickets) all contributed to a solid season from the big boys.

Won 7, Drawn 2, Lost 7

2nd XI
I don’t know how to start this ‘fairy tale’ but to say that I have had the privilege of being a member of this squad for 4 long years. From being the whipping boys that could hardly get a team together at times to a team that last year didn’t lose a home game at the ‘Fortress’ is wonderful stuff. You’d be forgiven in thinking that it was just a flash in the pan - but oh no. With people suddenly clamouring to get into the team this year and with a solid ‘hardened’ backbone of regulars, the 2nd XI (or ‘The Horde’) not only were very dangerous at home but also went on the rampage and took the fight to teams away at their home grounds! No one it seems was safe!

It was the combination of the sheer tenacity of the team, who never knew when to give up chasing seemingly lost causes only to turn them around and the total self belief that each member had for his colleagues.

For the ‘Horde’ only went on to finish 2nd and win PROMOTION to Division 3!

Praise naturally must go to the front men who have stuck to their ethics of fair play and equal opportunity within the team and have nurtured a wonderful feeling of comradeship within this side as a whole.

Congratulations to Captain Chris Pitchford and vice Captain Phil Brown on a job well done.

Batting Mentions
Darryn Howland kept us all guessing right to the end when he eventually put up a hard hitting top score of 89 (195 for the season), not very far behind was Mike Silence who scored a wonderful 80 not out (265 season).  Mike Ives fell exhausted across the line with a solid high of 64 (201 season) and 13 catches as the chap behind the stumps. An excellent début season for Anthony Bagshaw who knocked up a fine 63 (166) and there to keep us all honest was the skip, Chris Pitchford with a 49 not out (188 season).

Bowling Mentions
This year’s bowling was lead by Andrew Ellis with a highly destructive 36 wickets and a best of 7-30. In that match he managed not only to take 3 wickets in the 1st over, but on the 1st and 2nd ball! Mike Silence came up next with a fine haul of 25 wickets (best 5-41) with last years top wicket taker Phil Brown, 21 wickets (best 5-56) very close behind. A great return for John Tipping who was out all last year with a broken ankle, like a man possessed he took 18 wickets (best 5-40). While bringing up the rear with 12 wickets apiece was Darryn Howland (best 5-30) and Mike Ellis, who is quickly maturing into a very fine all round cricketer.

Won 9, Drawn 4, Lost 4

The Blossoming continues…
As you may know, the Brockham Green Cricket Club has, over the last year, being trying to raise enough funds for some new Nets to benefit not only the current teams, but the Colts, Juniors and the next generation of young Brockamite cricketers to come.

The response has been wonderful and I am very proud to announce that, with the valuable help of the Poland Trust, we have reached our slightly revised target of £20,000.

Thank you all who contributed. 

As a Club we’ve enjoyed immensely the cut and thrust of arguably one of mankind’s only true great contributions to civilisation as a whole. Wins and Losses alike; it’s the taking part that really counts. Along with the commitment, banter and wonderful camaraderie that all goes hand in hand and of course the Beer & BBQs. To have achieved our goal helping to secure the Nets and going forward to Club Mark status is breathtaking. I can end this story by saying only this:

I am both proud and privileged; for I have stood shoulder to shoulder with Giants.

The ‘Hat’

22 Oct 2009 : Brockham Green CC 2009 Season Roundup
Brockham Green CC 2009 Season Roundup

The season started ominously enough when both teams were docked 10 points each for failing to attend meetings that they didn’t know were going on! Had the dirty tricks to rob the boys of a third successive title started early?

The Brockham 1st XI battled valiantly to defend their record breaking two seasons in a row League Champions title, but alas it was not to be and that honour went to Westcott instead.

It could be said that the team, ably lead yet again by the indomitable Mike Tapper, is under going a little personnel restructuring. Some players have moved on to pastures new but have been replaced by no means any lesser quality players. Indeed the 1st XI is still a very much feared team to go up against. Especially with a formidable batting line up of Gerard Weide (143), Jonathan Ellis (100), Dan Jordon (97), Mike Tapper (88), Paul Tipping (64) and Richard Brown (58). Not to mention an equally formidable bowling line up including Billy Scott-Malden, Chris and Martin Weill, Mark Haines (5-31), Gerard (5-35) and Richard (4-20).

It could also be said that the other teams were ‘out for blood’; and had Brockham targeted firmly in their sights as THE team not to lose against.

In truth, the line was only breached 3 times in the entire season (a very impressive record second only to Westcott). This alone speaks volumes for the team’s determination to hold onto the league title.

In reality, however, it was just the number of unconverted draws (the ones that got away) that held the team back this year. Nevertheless, an excellent performance and an excellent attempted defence of the title by all concerned & definitely the force to be reckoned with again next season.

Won 6, Drawn 7, Lost 3

But perhaps some of this year’s accolades should also go to the Herculean effort performed by the 2nd XI, who managed to create an almost mystical and feared reputation amongst the other division teams when playing at home (or ‘Fortress Brockham’ as it has become to be known). The team won a club record breaking and thoroughly impressive 6 games at the ‘Fortress’ including taking all the big scalps (Salfords – eventual division champions - Netherne & South Nuffield).

Won 7 (equals 2007 & 2008 seasons combined);
Drawn 4 (more than 2006, 2007 & 2008 seasons combined)
Lost 5 (20 less than 2006, 2007 & 2008 seasons combined)
Finished a dizzy 6th in the Division just 1 point behind the 5th place team.

This impressive result is largely down to the patient workings (over the last 3 years) of the knowledgeable and impassive captain Chris Pitchford whose attitude, dedication, leadership and encouragement of the team, especially the youngsters joining in for the first time, has been second to none. Ably assisted and to no less a degree of dedication and encouragement has been the vice captain Phil Brown. Because of these two the team has never before had such a ‘buzz’ and belief about itself than it does now. The 1st team will be eagerly awaiting the new polished recruits as they feed up the line leaving Chris & Phil to do it all again! Can I keep my position as wicket keeper next year after all that lads?!

2nd XI Bat & Field mentions
No less than 8 members of the team scored over 50 runs (another club record).
Andrew Ellis – 88 not out (464 for the season), Mike Ives – 82 (209 for the season; 10 catches (9 -2nds & 1 -1sts)), Bob Middlemiss – 73 not out, Jeff Kirkland – 67, Darryn Howland – 59 not out (365 for the season; 10 catches), Chris Pitchford – 57 (239 for the season) & Kevin Perrin 54.

2nd XI Bowling mentions
Phil Brown – 34 wickets (best 4-21), Chris Pitchford – 31 wickets (best 4-40), Andrew Ellis – 22 wickets (best 4-14), Darryn Howland – 18 wickets (best 4-24) & Mikey Ellis – 9 wickets (4-5).

Some excellent debutant young players to this years squad include: Dan Chips, Ryan Flynn, Jonathan Kyle-Simpson, James Walker, Jason Wolsey, James Armstrong & Zac Smith.

Possibly another reason why both teams’ spirits have never been so high in the introduction of the now infamous after match all out BBQ. You just gotta be there to appreciate it!

On a much more serious note:
The BGCC desperately needs to update their facilities to ensure the continuation of this proud 134 year old club and your help is hugely appreciated.

Our astro strip that we use for nets practice is in a very bad state and needs urgent repairs. However, what the club ideally needs is a more permanent solution in the form of a net area to be built in the far corner of the club ground. For that we need to raise a meagre £15,000. We are doing our level best trying to raise these funds ourselves. However any donations or any business sponsorship deals (company billboards at matches etc) would be most welcomed. Please contact Mike Ives (Fund Raising Secretary – 01737 843348, or Mark Haines (Club Secretary - 01403 249575,

Thank you in advance and remember this isn’t just for the present but for the future generations of young Brockhamite cricketers to come; a tradition that this village can truly be proud of.

The 'Hat’

13 Mar 2009 : Brockham Green CC have won the 2008 Surrey Downs League Division 1 Championship...again
Brockham Green CC have won the 2008 Surrey Downs League Division 1 Championship...again

As with all things in life; there is usually a beginning and an end. Though where these two points are actually to be found are matters for conjecture and heated philosophy, preferably over a few pints of the local brew in the local pub.

This one, for sake of argument, all started at the end of last season when the Brockham Green Cricket Club 1st XI proudly hoisted the Surrey Downs Leagues Champions Trophy for the very first time in their 132 year old history.

Ably lead by Captain Mike Tapper, this motley crew took the championship right down to the wire. It was to be decided in the last game of the season and, to really add some spice, it was a 4 way tie between Brockham, Westcott, West End Esher and Newdigate. Brockham had a 9 wicket win over Newdigate and both Westcott and West End Esher lost – Brockham were 2007 Champions.

This season, however, started out ominously as the defending champions soon lost the valuable services of their main pace bowler, Scott-Malden, to a broken collar bone against Albury. By the halfway point in the season Brockham stats read 4 Wins, 2 Losses and 3 draws – too many lost opportunities.

It seems that the trophy would go elsewhere as no other team has ever won the championship back to back.

The team looking very likely to do this were East Horsley who were romping away into the distance.

The second part of the season seemed to confirm this as the first game was lost to Old Woking and the dark clouds of gloom gathered; but maybe salvation was at hand as on the horizon some blue ones were spotted.

The team picked up its loins, and with a steely resolve looking ever forward, didn’t lose another match for the rest of the season; well except one to the weather though it was a close run thing: The rain won by 1 aborted start and a flooded pitch.

What of East Horsley? I hear you cry. It seemed that the pressure was finally getting to them and the curse of winning their first championship was upon them as they stuttered and fell at vital times; though not enough as far as Brockham were concerned.

History, they say, has a way of repeating itself; which is bad news if you thought mullet hairstyles and flares were gone forever. Only those who learn from it will prosper, and it seems there are very few who do.

It all came down to the last game of the season – again. Brockham needed a win against Albury; East Horsley a draw or win against Capel and the championship would have been sealed their way.

With maybe the felling of their pace bowler in the first encounter embossed on their memories, Brockham won a tight match against Albury; tight, as they very nearly ran out of overs towards the end in despatching the opposition.

It was very tense full hour later that the news filtered through that the champions elect had failed to win (or draw) by the slenderest of margins of just 10 runs. Thank you Capel!

Brockham Green Cricket Club 1st XI are Surrey Downs Leagues Champions for the second time in their history and the First club ever to win the Trophy back to back.

Even though it was a fantastic team effort (ably assisted with cameo appearances from the 2nd XI), there were a few worthy triumphs with the bat that should be mentioned: Gerard Weide 153 not out, Mike Tapper 102 not out, Darren Jordan 101 not out, Mike Duncan 66 not out and Jonathan Ellis with the highest seasonal average of 85.

Not to be out done, the bowlers put in some excellent performances too: Gerard Weide 7-45, Mark Haines 6-56, Chris Weill 6-32, Billy Scott-Malden 4-21 and Alex Bell 5-72.

Unlike most stories, we hope this one never ends…

The 'Hat'

04 Sep 2007 : Brockham Green CC have won the 2007 Surrey Downs League Division 1 Championship
With four teams still in with a chance of clinching the Surrey Downs League Title, Brockham Green went into their final fixture against local rivals Newdigate knowing that even a convincing win might not be enough to catch the league leaders.

A brisk start from Newdigate saw them reach 98-2, this in spite of some solid fielding from the visitors, especially a stunning catch from Terry Dunn at second slip, which gave Billy Scott-Malden his first of four wickets.

What followed was typical of the Brockham fielding performances this season. With Scott-Malden (4-60), Gerard Weide (1-25) & Chris Weill (4-25) bowling with pace & control, the wickets started to tumble, & a brilliant run out from Dunn set the home side well & truly on the back foot. Weill & Scott- Malden mopped up the Newdigate tail, the innings being finished with a sharp diving catch from Paul Clark at extra cover. Newdigate dismissed for 121 in 32 overs.

The Brockham reply started steadily with openers Darren Jordan (75) & Mike Duncan (35) riding their luck early on, but eventually developing a solid opening stand which was finally broken with the scores level, Jordan firing the ball straight to cover point. It was somehow fitting that, playing his last game before retirement, Terry Dunn should be left to hit the winning run. Brockham victorious by 9 wickets.

With the Brockham Captain, Mike Tapper glued to his mobile phone, it soon transpired that with both Westcott & West End Esher losing their final games, Brockham had been crowned as league champions for the first time in their 132 year history.