Mursley Cricket Club

Ivinghoe and Pitstone Match report from Wayne............
Thanks to Match Sponsor Simon Clarke

Mursley CCs first ever venture into the Village Cup was a humbling one, but the team played with true spirit and will benefit from facing such strong opposition. On a lovely pitch and outfield, in a lovely setting, Mursley put Ivinghoe AND Pitstone both into bat ; ). A cup rule stating that any ball straying down leg side, no matter how close, would be given as a wide by both umpires, certainly punished the Mursley attack throughout. It was also apparent fairly soon in, that the host team, with an average age of early twenties, could bat at a high standard throughout the top half order and anything off line was punished severely. The bowling figures were harsher than it really seemed but Mursley kept at it, fielding well, encouraging each other throughout. Special mention should go to Craig Barnes with figures of 2-28 from six overs and the final few overs of the innings by young James Peat, giving an fabulous return of 3-11 from only two overs two balls, meant he polished off the tail. Brilliant. The hosts opening bowling salvo was as ruthless as its batting attack, one end of real pace and the other with swing bowling. Wickets tumbled at a regular pace unfortunately which was disappointing. Mursley kept in good spirit, in spite of another of Ivinghoes key performers, their umpire, with speed of finger raising defying his years. The result was an undeniable huge loss, and a fair reflection on the chasm between the two sides, a Saturday league 1st eleven against a Sunday village team ... but we fight on, and will try again next time. Thanks go to Martin French for umpiring and Andrew Cowell for scoring for us, much appreciated.

Welcome to the 2017 Season

The winter is hopefully nearing an end and we can look forward to some spring warmth and start to get ready for the 2017 cricket programme. This season we have Wayne Nolan stepping into the captain role with Justin Daley in support as vice captain. Our 2017 fixture list is attached so that you can get the dates lodged in the calendar. This season we will be playing some additional home fixtures thanks to the work done on the ground. We have two new ventures this season, at the start of the season we will play in the Village Cup, the first round draw will be known shortly. Stewkley have asked us to join a 4 way 10:10 tournament to be played at the end of July, get your IPL training in now!!

We very much appreciate those who have sponsored our match balls, if you would like to sponsor a match ball for £10 in 2017 please let me know.

The end of season awards night date is provisional and may change.

Last season a few players expressed interest in club kit, we hope to sort an arrangement with a local supplier and will get back with details once resolved.

Cricket Fixtures 2017

Sunday 14th August 2016

Thanks to our match ball sponsor Dave Tofield.

Mursley found themselves in a tough match again this weekend. Stewkley have for a few years field some developing youngsters and these are now becoming accomplished cricketers. It was alleged that the average age was 18, Mursley average age somewhat older I suspect!!

Stewkley batted first with the openers scoring 77 and 79, these two put on over 150 for the first wicket in quick time. Wayne Nolan (2-51) bowled one of the openers, a run out combination of Cowell and Ryan-Lowes did for the other. Dan Ryan-Lowes (1-50) bowled the No.4 and a good catch by Cowell off Nolan removed the 4th wicket. Four down Mursley could hopefully look for some respite but not a bit of it, a quickfire 52 from Sammy Carter saw Stewkley well beyond 250. Nigel Peat took a skyer of a catch to dismiss Carter off Matt Pryse (2-50). Stewkley eventually ended on 300 all out. Neal Root (2-64) was the other wicket taker.

Mursley set about the daunting task of chasing down 300. Justin Daley (13) and Wayne Nolan (5) got the chase underway, Nigel Peat (82 NO) was joined by Dan Ryan-Lowes (47) who together put on 103 for the third wicket. It was just possible Mursley might pull this off? However Dan was run out chasing runs and despite the heroic efforts of Nigel his other partners could not keep up with him so Mursley finished 218-7 at the close. Mursley highlight was without doubt Nigel's 82 NO taking Mursley to their highest total of the season at 218-7.

Well batted Nigel!!

Sunday 24th July 2016

Thanks to Potash Nursery for sponsoring Mursley Match ball.

A fine day for the annual Trident Trophy, thankfully not as warm as the previous few days. Mursley played the first two matches.

Match 1 vs Drayton. Mursley bowled first with Alex Morris taking a wicket with the third ball. The outfield was fast and with Terry Dickens and Andrew Willis seeing the ball well Drayton posted a total of 199 in their 15 8 ball overs. Matt Pryse took a couple of wickets, James Peat bowled well also taking wickets. Justin Daley took 3 catches as wicketkeeper. Mursley got off to a sticky start when Mark Day was run out without facing a ball. Wayne Nolan and Nigel Peat batted well. Jimmy Green in his first match joined Wayne but the run rate was difficult to hold. By the time Justin Daley arrived at the crease the game was slipping away from Mursley who finished on about 140-8.

In Match 2 vs Swanbourne. Mursley again bowled first and found Ashley Sherwood (78NO) in good form. Supported by Brian Knaves and Ed Duncan-Smith Swanbourne notched up 204. Mursley were not daunted by the challenge with Wayne Nolan (42) and Nigel Peat (61) skillfully taking singles and boundaries to get the score to 100 off 7 overs. This was doable. Nigel was joined by Justin Daley and they kept the runs ticking along until the 13th over when Mursley need 40 off the last two overs. Nigel hit a six, four and two off the first three balls unfortunately he was caught on the fourth ball and at that point Mursley fell behind the run rate reaching 179.

The third match Swanbourne pretty much conceded to Drayton by electing the reverse their batting order only reaching 104. That was never enough and Drayton reached the target in the 10th over.

Tournament winners were Drayton. Man of the Tournament was Ashley Sherwood. Young Player was James Peat.

Sunday 19th June 2016

Thanks to our match Sponsors S&S Hauliers.

This fixture was again a very close contest decided by a margin of just 3 runs, a testament to the selection!! Although some may disagree.

The Chairman’s XI batted first and were in trouble at the first ball as Craig Barnes bowled Chris Mainwaring. Paul Wilson (26) joined Chris Ward (2) before Chris was bowled by Craig Barnes (3-25). Ben Webb (1), one of our juniors playing in his first game, was bowled by a returning senior, Gary Grindrod (2-13). At 27 for 3 Alex Morris (15) joined Paul Wilson taking the score on to 49 before Paul also fell victim to Gary. With 10 overs remaining getting a total of 100 became a target to set on what was a slow wicket. Matt Pryse (9) and Justin Daley (12), Neal Root (6 NO), James Peat (5) and Ben Allen (1 NO) all chipped in to get the Chairman's XI to 97 for 8 at the 25 overs. The dismissals include two good catches by Craig Barnes one from his own bowling and one over his head one handed to remove James Peat who was trying to hit his Dad, Nigel, over the top. Nigel Peat (1-8), Andrew Manley (1-13) and Roy Clarke (1-11) were the other wicket takers.

The innings was closed at 25 overs. An additional over was bowled by Jamie Wilson, another junior playing in his first fixture, bowling to Selwyn Cooper also making his first appearance.

After an excellent tea the President’s XI set about the task of reaching 98 to win. The chase suffered an early blow when Mark Day was bowled by Neal Root (1-14) with the score on 2. Craig Barnes (1) quickly followed LBW to Chris Mainwaring (2-16). Wayne Nolan (18) then joined Roy Clarke (11). This looked a winning batting line up until youngster Ben Webb (1-6) had Roy LBW with the score on 27, exactly the same score as the Chairman’s XI who were also 27 for 3. Andrew Munford (6) added useful runs with Wayne before being bowled by Paul Wilson (1-10). Nigel Peat (22) then joined Wayne and again this duo looked favorite to score the 98 required until Wayne was caught by Matt Pryse off Ben Allen's (1-5) bowling and Nigel was bowled by Chris Mainwaring. Gary Grindrod (1) was run out chasing runs with Andrew Manley (9) in an effort to score 12 from the last two overs. Six were required from the last over, Jamie Wilson (1) pushed a single from the first ball but only one more run came leaving the President's XI on 94 for 7 from their 25 overs.

In his closing match comments President, Simon Clarke, paid tribute to both teams for giving us a close game that was live until the final over. Simon especially commented on the juniors and hoped we will see them develop and play in future matches. Thanks were also given to our two umpires Alex Gallon and Martin 'Flapper' French.

Sunday 5th June 2016

Thanks to our match sponsor Janet Ives. A really great day of cricket which resulted in Mursley retaining the Draymur Cup. A great day for the team and James Peat in particular who hit the winning runs with maturity beyond his years. Match report on this link:

Match Report : Sunday 5th June 2016

Sunday 29th May 2016

Thanks to our match sponsor Aster Training, all who made today possible, and to our supporters for braving the chilly conditions. Mursley played their first home game of the season on the new wicket. It was fitting that Mursley recorded a win. Match report on this link:

Match Report : Sunday 29th May 2016

Sunday 15th May 2016

Thanks to our sponser New City Scales. Mursley were again a few runs short but put up a creditable show in taking seven Whitchurch wickets before they overhauled the target. Match report on this link:

Match Report : Sunday 15th May 2016

Sunday 8th May 2016

Thanks to our sponsers B&J Williamson. Great to get started on our 2016 season in glorious summer sun. Mursley scored 131 all out, Stoke Hammond reached the target 132-5. Match report on this link:

Match Report : Sunday 8th May 2016

Welcome to the 2016 season!

Hopefully you will all now have a 2016 calendar and be thinking about events for the summer. So that you can plan in the cricket fixtures for 2016 attached is the fixture list.

2016 includes a new fixture, we will be playing Soulbury in August. We are grateful for the work being done at the Mursley Sports ground which is enabling us to play home matches, five are planned in May, June, July. Swanbourne is still to be confirmed but very likely to be the date shown.

Our President’s XI will take on a new dimension this year under the leadership of our new President Simon Clarke, we are grateful for the work Simon and others have put into the facilities, I hope he won't be doctoring the wicket! We are grateful for the support given by our past President Barbara Williamson, hopefully we will still see Barbara and John on the boundary, watching the ball in future!

Our Match Sponsors have been generous in supporting the match ball in previous seasons. If those who would like to sponsor matches in 2016 would contact me I will add your details to the fixture list. Sponsorship is £10 a match.

Thank you to all who support the club, we look forward to seeing you in 2016.

Cricket Fixtures 2016

Saturday 26th September 2015
Mursley Cricket Club Awards Night

For those not able to attend Mursley Cricket Club Awards night below are the basic details.

Mursley played 10, won 5, lost 5, this is the most wins in a season since we reformed. A great achievement by all. Attached is the summary of the 2015 statistics which excludes the President's XI vs Chairman's XI fixture which just for the record was won by the Chairman's XI.

Batting Wayne Nolan scored 264 runs, Justin Daley also scored over 200 runs. Chris Mainwaring scored a century making 122 NO, this boosted his average from 3 innings. Nigel Peat also scored over 100 runs for the season.

Bowling Matty Hodges bowled most overs and took most wickets. Paul Wilson just beat Matty to top the averages. Nigel Peat was also well up in the bowling averages.

The award winners were:-
Player's Player Nigel Peat
Golden Duck Paul Wilson
Chairman's Player Craig Barnes

Congratulations to all who played this season and all who supported us this season.

Our AGM date is Monday 19th October, more details to follow.

Cricket Stats 2015

Sunday 6th September 2015

Thanks to our sponser New City Scales. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 2nd September 2015

Sunday 16th August 2015

Thanks to Dave Tofield our match sponsor. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 16th August 2015

Sunday 2nd August 2015

Mursley notched up their 5th win of the season completing the double against Whitchurch.

Thanks to match sponsors The Green Man. Match report by Wayne Nolan on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 2nd August 2015

Sunday 19th July 2015

Thanks to Garry Ives for sponsoring the match ball and also donating the challenge cup. Thanks too to all players for the match fees going to the Mursley and Swanbourne churches, together with the raffle and spectator teas, the fixture raised £311.80.

Thanks to the Green Man and Swanbourne Estate for the raffle prizes. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 19th Jujy 2015

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Press Release 15th July 2015 - Mursley Sports Association secures People’s Postcode Lottery funding

The MSA has received a funding boost thanks to players of a charity lottery.

The MSA was awarded £2,500 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The MSA will use the money to purchase cricket pitch maintenance equipment on behalf of Mursley Cricket Club.

The project will ensure that we have the relevant maintenance equipment to support the introduction of our new cricket playing area for the 2016 season.

"This gives a tremendous boost to our plans to bring cricket back to the Village" - Andrew Cowell, Chairman, Mursley Cricket Club.

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support charities and good causes across England, Scotland and Wales, including People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised stays local to players.

Details of our organisation can be found at

To find out more about applying for People’s Postcode Trust funding and the projects which the Trust supports visit

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win cash prizes while supporting local good causes, sign up for People’s Postcode Lottery at, or call 0808 10-9-8-7-6-5.

Contact information:
Alex Gallon
Treasurer MSA

Sunday 5th July 2015

Thanks to match sponsor - birthday boy Andrew Munford. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 19th Jujy 2015

Sunday 28th June 2015

Thanks to New City Scales for sponsoring the match. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 28th June 2015

Sunday 21st June 2015

Thanks to S+S Hauliers for sponsoring the match ball today. Chairman’s XI record their first win. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 21st June 2015

Sunday 14th June 2015

Match with Swandbourne - cancelled.

Sunday 7th June 2015

Mursley regained the Draymur Cup today. Thanks to match sponsor Janet Ives. Great batting by Wayne Nolan. Match report on this link :

Match Report : Sunday 7th June 2015

Sunday 31st May 2015

Match with Headstone St Georges - cancelled due to Headstone’s numbers and the forecast.

Sunday 24th May 2015

Link to the Stewkley Match Report below. Thanks to Match sponsor Profile HRD.

Match Report : Sunday 24th May 2015

Sunday 17th May 2015

Mursley achieve their first win of the season at Whitchurch. Thanks to our sponsor S+S Hauliers, match report on this link:

Match Report : Sunday 17th May 2015

Sunday 10th May 2015

We are trying out a new website for match reports this season. The first report is available on the link below, if anyone has difficulty accessing please contact Andrew Cowell.

Match Report : Sunday 10th May 2015

Start of the 2015 Season

The snow has gone so it must be getting closer to the cricket season. Below is the 2015 fixture list to get in your calendar. There are a few changes from previous seasons for example we have the Swanbourne fixture at Mursley this year. In all we have 5 matches scheduled for Mursley. We will not be playing at Ascot this season as the ground was not free on the Sunday we are playing Headstone St Georges, also the ground hire is £220 plus tea. We will be playing at North Marston which is less than half the cost. We made enquiries about winter nets at Swanbourne House School but unfortunately we cannot use this year. We will aim to get the outdoor nets going after the clocks change. In his absence Wayne Nolan was proposed as Vice Captain at the AGM, I am pleased to confirm Wayne has accepted. Looking forward to seeing some more memorable moments this season, but I could do without the heart stopping sensation of our President’s husband narrowly missing being whacked by a passing six!! Does anyone have a tin helmet?

Cricket Fixtures 2015

Saturday 13th September 2014
Mursley Cricket Club Awards Night - Sponsor Archie Parker

Thanks to all who came along and our 'Match Ball Sponsor’ Archie Parker. Also thanks to Lyndon for the venue. For those unable to make it, here are the headline details and awards.

We won 3 matches including the return of the Swanbourne cup. As this cup was donated by Mursley Skips it is only right and proper we hold the trophy. Golden Duck winner for the second time Mark Day. Mark did contribute 47 runs during the season so just a minor blip Mark!!

Player’s Player was a tie with Nigel Peat and Wayne Nolan sharing the votes.

Chairman’s Player Jake Hodges.

The season’s stats are below, slightly revised Neal. Now correctly shows your highest score as 32, I also noticed that I missed your 4 in a Swanbourne game so has not done your average much good!! But you are way ahead on the bowling.

Thanks to all who have made this season enjoyable and look forward to doing it all again in 2015.

Cricket Stats 2014
Batting Averages 2014
Bowling Averages 2014