Hilary writes…

Published July 10, 2020

On the resumption of Bushmen Cricket As supporters, we can’t be with you, but: Hip, hip, hip, hooray: cricket’s up today, We’re back on the field of play, Don’t dream of tea, That cannot be, But here’s to a lovely day. Newdigate we love and hate, Win (or lose), it’s a special date For years before: It’s Bushmen lore, But the match is always a fête. We’ll do our research, and stats will win or shame, Whether they tell of fast or spin, and no chance of blame, Newdigate is in our hearts, Even those of the aged farts, Let […]

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On tour with the Bushmen Cricket Club

Published June 20, 2020

Back in 1998, Michael Kaye reported from Kerala for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent.  I think it’s worth republishing! The Bushmen Cricket Club has been in existence at Bush House since 1943. The Club prides itself on its eccentricity and on ever more exotic foreign tours. Since they started in the early 1970s the tours have moved from Munich in Germany to Monaco, from Milan in Italy to Oporto in Portugal. But at the beginning of this year the Bushmen excelled themselves with a cricket tour of the southern Indian state of Kerala. Michael Kaye was on the tour. […]

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Fernhurst, as recalled by Richard Heller

Published June 18, 2020

Thanks for the memories:  Fernhurst       by Richard Heller at Rubato Towers From my crazed diary of lockdown life at my residence, Rubato Towers, London SE1, shared with a fraudulent cockroach, a mouse with literary aspirations and a bridge-playing goldfish, and blighted by sex-crazed foxes. It’s all but midsummer. There are no cricket matches being played in England, but Premier League football is restored (a product of science and common sense or money and supposed votes?) So too is Royal Ascot. Have they told the horses to observe social distancing? Any selections of mine have always done this without being asked, […]

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Great Bushmen Cricket Matches

Published June 18, 2020

The first of a new series of pieces recalling the joy we used to have every summer weekend. Lyndon Jones recalls playing against the V&A at Stonor Park: I’ve played this fixture, on a fine ground looking towards the magnificent grounds of Stonor Park, only once. As so often in life, something apparently straightforward, like a game of cricket, presented substantial ideological challenges. I’m a socialist; so I didn’t feel entirely comfortable visiting the most secure Tory seat in the country: dripping with affluence and assurance, and radiating luxuriant home counties charm, it really is a world away and apart […]

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JOHN HAMER: 1937 – 2019

Published September 27, 2019

A Eulogy by Clyde Jeavons (delivered at Golders Green Crematorium, 25th September 2019)   John was a close, constant and enduring friend of mine for more than 50 years – indeed, without question, he was my oldest and best friend.   We met in the mid-1960s when, as the neophyte Chief Sub-editor of the then radical women’s magazine, SHE,  I was asked also to write the Book Reviews. John was the publicity rep. for the publishers W H Allen, and he promptly introduced me to the concept of the business lunch, with the aim of persuading me to mention a […]

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Batting stands 2018

Published November 14, 2018

Batting stands 2018

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Bowling Averages 2018

Published November 14, 2018

Bowling Averages 2018

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Bushmen batting averages 2018

Published November 14, 2018

Batting averages 2018

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Bushmen results 2018

Published November 13, 2018

Result Bushmen versus Ashwell 2018 Result Bushmen versus Barrow 2018 Result Bushmen versus Chrishall 2018 Result Bushmen versus Damazan 2018 Result Bushmen versus Epping 2018 Result Bushmen versus Eymet 2018 Result Bushmen versus Fernhurst 2018 Result Bushmen versus Great Canfield 2018 Result Bushmen versus Groombridge 2018 Result Bushmen versus H&P 2018 Result Bushmen versus Hartley Wintney 2018 Result Bushmen versus Newdigate 2018 Result Bushmen versus O&HM 2018 Result Bushmen versus Outwood 2018 Result Bushmen versus Pinkney’s Green 2018 Result Bushmen versus Queen’s Head 2018 Result Bushmen versus Steep 2018 Result Bushmen versus Thornford 2018 Result Bushmen versus Waldron 2018

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Bushmen versus Ashwell: A Captain Writes

Published June 21, 2018

A quick round-up of a well fought win at Ashwell on Sunday 17th June. I remember this as a niggly fixture and I wasn’t even present for last year’s controversy. This was an altogether less controversial affair, bar a couple of disputed umpiring decisions on both sides. We won the toss and batted. Many thanks to Bill Coales for playing. He and the Skipper put on a stand of roughly 110 before the Skipper thought he’d give point some fielding practice off a slow full toss for 57. Bill ground on, and ground well. Things got tougher for the Bushmen […]

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