Beer Festival starts this Thursday (23/5)! Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI home to Caythorpe, 2nd XI @ Cavaliers and Carrington, 3rd XI home to Kinoulton, 4th XI @ Calverton, Sun T20 home to Flintham.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Attenborough CC Beer Festival 2019

Our annual Beer Festival is taking place from Thursday 23rd May to Sunday 26th May. This is one of the clubs big social fundraising events in the calendar so hopefully you can all get along to support and enjoy. Friends and family are also welcome! 16 Beers & 5 Ciders on offer together with tasty savoury snacks to keep you sustained, plus 'Slush' if Beer/Cider is not your thing!

Thank you to Tim Clarke & Mike Dickinson for again taking the time to organise. However, they do need some help over the 4 days of the Festival to serve behind the 'Beer Festival Bar '. If you can help for an hour or two please let Tim or Mike know as they are currently putting the 'rota' together.

Also, if you or your business contacts are able to sponsor a barrel for £75 that would be great. Sponsors receive £15 worth in beer tokens.

Please contact Tim on 07952 713918 or if you can help with any of the above.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event.


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Farnsfield vs Attenborough - 18th May 2019

Another fairly filthy day weatherwise as the in form 1st XI travelled to Farnsfield hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and retain their top of the table position. Persistent drizzle resulted in a delayed start and a match reduced to 37 overs per side. Farnsfield won the toss and somewhat surprisingly decided to ask Attenborough to field first.

The home side were soon in trouble as Dom Harvey claimed the first three wickets supported by a couple of fine catches at slip by Ben Kitt. Ian Stone then removed the in form Liam Patterson-White and Farnsfield found themselves at 59 for 4. A potentially dangerous partnership which at one stage looked as though it would propel the hosts to the 200 mark was crucially broken by Angad Singh who claimed the wickets of both batsmen, his first Premier League victims. The final five overs yielded just 25 runs as some fine death bowling from Ian Stone and Ben Kitt restricted the score to 178 for 7 wickets, a fair few short of what the home side would have hoped for.

The reply saw an excellent opening partnership of 91 between Buffy Landa (37), finding form for the first time this season, and Craig Heiden (48) laying a firm foundation. However a couple more wickets falling saw the required rate rising to 7 an over and it was left to skipper Steve Allcoat (37) and Tom Murray (30*) to take the Squirrels to the verge of victory. It would have been a fitting finale to see Farnsfield’s former favourite Ben Kitt strike the winning runs but it fell to Tom Murray to hit the winning boundary with four balls to spare.

So a fabulous four wicket win (which could very easily have been a 6 wicket win) sees the Squirrels maintain their position at the top of the Premier League. A busy Bank Holiday weekend comes next as Caythorpe are the visitors on Saturday followed by the short trip to Wollaton on the Monday.


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Cavaliers & Carrington vs Attenborough 11th May 2019

A top of the table clash between the Squirrels and Cavaliers & Carrington at the first XI’s new home at Esher Grove saw a game pretty much wrecked by showers. With over an hour lost to rain, league rules dictated that the game finish at 7.30 thereby giving Attenborough almost no chance of winning from a significantly reduced number of overs. The match was therefore deemed to be abandoned as a draw.

Steve Allcoat won the toss and put Cavaliers in to bat and they were soon reduced to 43 for 4 as Dom Harvey claimed a brace, Andy Simkiss picked one up with his first ball and the unlucky Ben Kitt claimed the other. With the game on a knife edge it fell to Bilal Shafayat (66) and Shiv Thakor (123*) to rescue the home side from a potential disaster with a stand of 164. With 120 runs runs coming off the last 10 overs Cavaliers finished on a daunting, but not impossible, score of 265 for 6 wickets with Dom Harvey picking up four.
However, the rain came early in the reply which effectively meant Attenborough’s best chance of gaining the most possible points, particularly on a wicket keeping progressively lower, was to simply bat out the game. After some watchful and very determined batting they finished on 69 for 2 from 32 overs.

So a relatively short report for a long day at the office (shed) that saw Attenborough retain their position at the top of the league on the same points as Cavaliers. Of course a win would have been great but as traditional fare for the cricket purist, where occupying the crease is of considerable merit, it was an excellent game that saw the Squirrels survive – Viva las ardillas!
Next up another tough away game at fourth placed Farnsfield who are also unbeaten thus far.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Youth Training - Fri 10th May - cancelled

Very reluctantly, with heavy rain this afternoon and with more forecast this evening, the decision has been taken to cancel our first summer training session tonight. The all-stars week zero is still ON from 5.15 in the clubhouse.

As we have lost the first two training sessions of the year we are looking to put on an extra session on a Sunday morning soon.

Hopefully, we can get going next Friday.


Monday, 6 May 2019

Attenborough vs Plumtree - 04/05/19

After last week’s excellent win at Cuckney everyone was hoping that the good form would continue against Plumtree at The Strand.  The weather was pretty similar with a bitterly cold northerly wind, but this week there was the added joy of frequent squally showers of hail and rain that brought about several interruptions to play.

Skipper Steve Allcoat elected to bowl first and the visitors were soon in trouble at 50 for 5 against some accurate bowling and four catches behind the stumps for Tom Murray.  You may have expected Plumtree to crumble completely but steadily Plumtree blossomed with Sam Wood single-handedly leading the way.  He was 8th out for 88 from 84 balls being particularly harsh on anything even slightly loose with 7 sixes in his innings.  There were a couple of Daft run-outs as first Craig Heiden and then Ian Stone scored direct hits.  After Wood’s score, extras came next at 22 with the next highest batsman’s contribution being just 10.  Dom Harvey returned 3 for 29 from his 12 overs, which included 17 in just one over, whilst Andy Simkiss picked up a couple of wickets.  All the bowlers delivered economical spells as the innings closed at 166 for 9 from the full 50 overs.  Remarkably there were 8 sixes and only 6 fours in the innings – no reflection on the length of grass in the outfield.

The Squirrels’ reply didn’t start well as both openers were dismissed as they were reduced to 18 for two before a crucial partnership of 88 between Savin Perera, who was eventually dismissed for 63 (his second consecutive half century) and Steve Allcoat 50 with 7 fours and a six.  By this time the biggest threat to Attenborough not winning the game was the weather, as the showers became more frequent.  However Tom Murray was in a hurry (as usual – is he the Squirrels’ Dre Russ?) hitting 24 from 14 balls to seal the win and another 20 points that sees the team retain their position sitting proudly atop the league.

Another top performance that should see a further rise in team confidence.

Next up it’s second placed Cavaliers and Carrington at Esher Grove.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Youth Training - Fri 3rd May - cancelled

Very reluctantly, following a day of rain and with more forecast this evening, the decision has been taken to cancel our first summer training session tonight.

Hopefully, we can get going next Friday.


Monday, 29 April 2019

Sunday 2nd XI match report, Attenborough vs Sutton on the Hill, 28/04/19

Nick’s Sunday 2nd XI started their season with a home fixture against Sutton on the Hill. It was mutually decided that the Squirrels would bat first with the away side being a man down and understrength. However, Lakshay offered to field for the away side which was a big help. David ‘Bomber’ Harris and Josh Wilson opened the batting and put on 132 for the first wicket as Josh was first to depart scoring a well controlled 50 (5 fours). Bomber stayed around and continued to pick off the bowling scoring a century in the process (111, 12 fours) even though at the time when he was dismissed, everyone thought he was on 99! The Squirrels ended up on 191 for 3 from their 40 overs with Morgan who was not out at the end (19*, 2 fours) looking fluent and if given more time would have scored big too.
The away side came out to bat after tea and struggled as wickets fell at regular intervals. Sutton on the Hill were bowled out for 95 inside 34 overs. Thomas Benton was pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 21 and despite not taking a wicket, he was well backed up by Zain Ali (5-1-8-0) who beat the bat on numerous occasions. Full scorecard can be viewed here.

Sunday, 28 April 2019

1st team match report - Cuckney vs Attenborough, 27/04/19

The weather prospects looked pretty poor as the 1st XI made the long trip north to Cuckney for their first Premier League game of the season.  The prospects of returning with more points than would have been gained from seeing the match cancelled seemed somewhat remote given the home side’s form at the end of last season in finishing runners-up (they were actually just one boundary away from winning the league off the last ball of the season).

The game was reduced to 44 overs per side on a cold and blustery day and unsurprisingly Cuckney elected to bowl first.  Paldip Sidhu and Buffy Landa opened the innings against some rapid bowling with Buffy departing first being unlucky to be caught on the boundary after his hook shot was held up in the wind.  There then followed an excellent partnership of 69 as Savin Perera made his debut for the club before Paldip departed for 42.  Savin batted throughout the remainder of the innings to finish unbeaten on 57; an innings that showed great awareness of what conditions demanded as well as patience and no little skill.  The run rate accelerated during the last 15 overs of the innings as Burhan Alam, Tom Murray, Ben Kitt and Dom Harvey made run a ball or better contributions.  Tom’s innings was the most noteworthy as he hit 7 4s and a 6 on his way to 46 from just 32 balls.  The innings closed at 208 for 6 from the 44 overs.  

Just before the end of the innings the severity of the weather conditions were wonderfully demonstrated as the sightscreen followed the lead of the climate change protestors in London and started a lie in on the pitch.

At the start of the Cuckney innings the power of the wind was further illustrated as the normally pinpoint Dom Harvey, running downhill into a gale, struggled to find his line and an 11 ball over resulted.  Cuckney were off to a flier as the second debutant, Ben Kitt, was hit for a couple of early boundaries.  The first wicket went down at 40 in the 8th over and there was little sign of what was to follow as the second fell at 77 in the 14th over.  Between the middle of the 16th over and the end of 21st over 4 wickets fell with no runs being scored.  Suddenly Cuckney had plummeted to 83 for 6 and there was little appetite left for challenging for the win as they finished on 131.  Ian Stone was the pick of the bowlers with his first 5 wicket haul for the 1sts (5 for 37), Dom Harvey bowled a stunning second spell after his early tribulations to finish with 2 for 33 and Ben Kitt wrapped up the tail and also finished with 2 for 33.  The bowlers were well supported in the field with an awesome catch for Ben Kitt at first slip, three catches behind the stumps for Tom Murray and a great catch on the boundary and a direct hit run out for Jai Jandu.

A fabulous start then with a table topping 20 points for Attenborough and a super game to watch with great commitment, great performances and most importantly great team spirit.  Well done indeed.

Graham Shaw