Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Notes on the 1985 Season

Played 26, Won 6, Lost 5, Drew 15. Cancelled 11.

Win percentage 51.9 %


It was another season of exciting finishes if not quite to 1984 standards. The percentage of draws was very high, nearly double the long term average. Some of this might be attributed to cautious captaincy, but 4 games finished with us trying to take their last wicket, and failing. At Reading the boot was on the other foot, with us 9 down and 2 runs short after 127 overs of cricket (?Mandarins longest game?).

It must also have been a very poor summer [it was: having just graduated I had time to spare; but June and August were grim, and then October produced record-breaking high temperatures. Ed.] with 11 games (30% of total fixtures) cancelled.

Heaviest Victories

By 8 wickets vs Bank of England, by 10 runs vs Begbroke

Narrowest Victories

By 2 wickets vs Theberton, by 10 runs vs Begbroke

Heaviest Defeats

By 7 wickets vs Cobham; by 14 runs vs Grayshott.

Narrowest Defeats

By 4 wickets vs Framlingham Town, Easton and Chaldon, by 14 runs vs Grayshott.

Highest score for 232 for 5 dec vs Brill. Highest score against 215 all out by Reading.

Lowest score for 54 all out vs Chaldon. Lowest score against 50 for 9 off 41 by Peper Harow, and 82 by Grayshott..

Personal Performances

Mandarins scored 8 50s and 3 centuries (Luke Mayhew 109 vs Peper Harow and 106* vs Bank of England; Mike Richardson 100* vs Reading. Mayhew had 5 scores over 50 from 8 innings, and headed the averages with 68.00, with Richardson averaging 34.18

 Mayhew had the highest aggregate of 476. Richardson scored 376 and Lewy 319. No one else reached 200. Mike O’Shea remained undefeated for the whole season over 14 appearances, although he only batted 4 times (plus his last 4 appearances of 1984.)

Best bowling was by Andy McKeon 15-10-12-7 vs Peper Harow, and three other 5-fers, Mike Pattison 17-6-46-6 vs Easton, Rob Eastaway 23.2-2-53-6 vs Reading, and Pat Murphy 20-8-25-5 vs Thames Ditton (unchanged). Other notable examples of economy were O’Shea 14 overs for 19 runs at Bromley, and Gray and Eastaway’s combined 17 overs for 19 runs at Peper Harow. O’Shea took most wickets (31) and Richardson 27, Rob Eastaway 21.

Pat Murphy again headed the averages with 12 wickets at 11.08, with O’Shea taking his at 14.71. Seven bowlers took their wickets at an average under 21.

Notable Events

  • 43 players turned out for the Mandarins of whom only 5 appeared just once.
  • Mandarins took 79 catches and 4 stumpings.
  • Most victims was Tivey (5 +4), then Richardson 7, Hadley 6.
  • Lewy made most appearances (17).
  • Snow stopped play and caused abandonment on 27 April at Harrow School after 10.2 overs of the Mandarins reply.
  • Worst collapse was against Bromley (6-5); and,
  • best recovery against Ham and Petersham from 89 for 8 to 141 for 9 declared.
  • Hampshire Mercenaries were 100 for 3 chasing 136, but lost 7-26 to lose by 10 runs.
  • Against Grayshott Mandarins failed to chase 82, falling for just 68.
  • Mandarins were bowled out for under 100 4 times, and also finished drawn games on 61 for 8 and 98 for 7.
  • One of the worst losing draws (Grannies 184 for 4 off 39, Mandarins 61 for 8 off 42) was directly followed by the “winningest” draw (Mandarins 223 for 6 declared, Peper Harow 50 for 9 off 41).

50 Partnerships (brackets indicate the cumulative totals for 50 partnerships by that player)

  • 73 4.5.85 Jesus College* 1 st 51 Mayhew(13)/Holmes(7)

  • 74 5.5.85 Thames Ditton* 2 nd 54 Scott(2)/Hadley(23)

  • 75 25.5.85 Reading uASCC* 5 th 84 Richardson(15)/Day(2) – overtakes 41 vs Reading

  • 76 1.6.85 Peper Harow* 2 nd 162** Mayhew(14)/Lewy(22) – overtakes 55 vs PH

  • 77 13.7.85 Monks Ris 2 nd 63 Wood(5)/Lewy(23)

  • 78 “”””” “””” 4 th 61 McKeon(6)/Richardson(16)

  • 79 14.7.85 Reading UASCC 4 th 50 Mayhew(15)/Hadley(24)

  • 80 20.7.85 Chalgrove* 3 rd 77 Lewy(24)/Hadley(25)

  • 81 27.7.85 Theberton* 2 nd 88 Wood(6)/Parsons(15&)

  • 82 28.8.85 Gov Stats Service* 8 th 53 McKeon(7)/Murphy(2)

  • 83 31.8.85 Bank of England 3 rd 80+ Mayhew(16)/Jennings(1)

  • 84 15.9.85 Brill 1 st 51 Richardson(17)/Tivey(1)

  • 85 “””” “””” 3 rd 88 Richardson(18)/Eastaway(1)

Chris Baker

Club Archivist

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