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Shell Scrape Through Rockhopper's Defence....

12th June 2018

Our third outing this season saw us face Shell, last year's runner's up and winners in multiple previous years. Shell was always going to be a tough nut to crack, and so it proved on this occasion. After predictably winning the toss, Shell elected to bat first.
Our first wicket was a catch by Scott Middleton off Aman Sood in the 5th over, with their opening batsman falling for 12. But we waited a long time to celebrate again, with their second opener and number 3 both retiring on 32 apiece. Rene van Oorchsot clean bowled their skipper (and his own squash partner) Aqeel for 1, whilst Jon Barret caught and bowled their number 5 for 2. With wickets falling all around, we dared to think we may have a chance, but Shell broke our concentration with their number six taking his own stumps out with what would have been a fine cut had he been just a couple of feet further forward. Our loss of concentration at this hilarity put us off and their next two batsmen went for 21 (stumped off Matt Sandham) and 31 (retired). Keeper Hozefa achieved a second stumping off Skipper Garry O'Neill, but ultimately the damage was done and Shell played out their 20 overs for 164. Bowling averages; Aman Sood 1 for 24 off 4, Felix Middleton 0 for 19 off 2, Rene van Oorschot 1 for 20 off 4, Matt Sandham (Debut) 1 for 28 off 3, and finally Skipper Garry O'Neill 2 for 28 off 3. Shell finished their innings on 164 for 5 (and 3 retired).

Our batting performance certainly left something to be desired. Shell made their attack with no less than seven bowlers, and only one of our side, Aman Sood, made it to double figures, being caught on 13, and only two others making it past 5, namely Scott Middleton, caught on 8 after a whopping six on his third ball, and John Morgan on 8, dismissed by pulling the ball onto his own wicket on his seventh ball. We could have expected more from William Middleton, who was stoically holding the crease for 14 balls and scored 4 (boundary) before being run out through no fault of his own by a ludicrous decision by Morgan to run when the ball was already in the wicket keeper's gloves. Morgan is booked into the optician before our next game! Skipper Garry O'Neill played for his average and finished on 0(n.o.) and Rockhoppers finished on 58 all out.

Once again our batting performance has been our downfall. More nets required. But as I told my wife (as she wept tears of laughter on learning the score), we are demonstrably getting better. We were only beaten by 106 runs this week!

The above has been redacted at the request of Crescent CC.

Middleton Jnr, laments being needlessly run-out........

Cults Coast to Victory....

5th June 2018

We played our second match yesterday evening against Cults at Allan Park. Despite losing the toss (yet again) and being  put in to field first, we got off to a good start with a caught-being on the second ball of the innings off Aman. This was only the first of three caught behind wickets, with skipper Garry replacing the absent Hozefa in the pads and gloves. There were some big hitters in the Cults side, and we lost five balls throughout the innings. However, we were a man short (due to some confusion over the match venue) and Cults' final score of 154 is not a true reflection of our fielding performance. We took eight wickets, including a bowled Middleton Jnr, caught Middleton Snr. Bowling averages; Aman Sood, 2 for 28 off 4.  Arul Senthil 2 for 29 off 4.  Felix Middleton (Debut) 2 for 40 off 4 and Jon Barrett (Debut) 2 for 30 off 4.

Our batting, however, didn't really get going. Jon Barrett managed to get run-out on 16 (including two sixes) and Mohan Vallatharasu (another debut) got stumped on 14. Other than John Morgan (14 - caught) no-one else managed to get into double figures, and we did well to get to 95. Still room for some batting improvement but we shall persevere.....

Our match next week is against last year's runners up Shell CC, and we will be hoping to make an impact...

Caught Middleton Snr, bowled Middleton Jnr, father and son............

Varel Rockhoppers in Shock Defeat....

29th May 2018

Our first match of the season was played yestereen against newcomers The Dons. After losing the toss (yet again) we were put in to field first. We realised that it was going to be a tough game when both their opening batmen retired having passed 30. We did take some good wickets, including a run-out with a tremendous throw by Matt Barker when their batsman seemed to set off for a stroll, and a caught and bowled by Arul Senthil. But we did drop a few catches, and they proved to be a powerful side, notching up a hefty 198 runs in their 20 overs.

Our batting performance certainly left something to be desired. At one point the opposition were accruing wickets faster than we were accruing runs, when we were 3 for 5. A valiant final partnership of some 40 odd by Garry O'Neill and Arul Senthil ended with the former being out caught, with Arul finishing on 28 n.o. 

Result : a decisivevictory for the Dons, with Varel Rockhoppers losing by 139 runs and 5 wickets. Room for improvement certainly.......

Yet another Rockhopper Duck embarking on the long, lonely walk back to the pavilion............

2018 AECL Fixtures

New Season Opens

After a long and hard winter, the new season is round the corner, and this season promises to be an exciting time for the Varel Rockhoppers, still fired up  with our glorious win over Fraserburgh at the Methlick Sevens at the end of last season, and with a full sponsorship deal in place, meaning there will be NO SUBS to pay for the 2018 season for Varel Rockhoppers players! 

Varel Rockhoppers returning from winter training camp

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Rockhoppers Announce Sponsorship Deal

5th December 2018

Apologies for the delayed update, I have been engaged for many days (and nights) in intense negotiations, the nature of which makes the ongoing Brexit drama look like a fight over a Lego brick in a nursery. However, I can now proudly announce that we have secured a sponsorship deal, not just for last season, but also for next season! This sponsorship deal means that no-one has any match subs to pay, and next year will be covered too.

As part of the deal, the Rockhoppers will be renamed the Varel Rockhoppers!

Jason Marchant, spokesman for the head of the Varel sponsorship negotiating team, said, "Varel are pleased to be supporting this up and coming local cricket team which, with their exciting win over Fraserburgh in the recent Methlick Sevens, is definitely on an upward trajectory."

Varel Rockhoppers skipper Garry O'Neill said, "The management team have worked very hard over the last few days to achieve this level of sponsorship, and we are looking forward to working with our new sponsors. We have some exciting new signings for the squad, and the 2018 season will prove to be a real turning point for the team."

Club convener John Morgan, speaking from Canterbury, NZ, where he is on a talent scouting trip (and apparently nursing a broken eye-socket!) said, "I have been working on making up these quotes for days, and I am very pleased my efforts have finally come to fruition."