Seven 4s – on one leg!

Bedouins v Enville at Enville, July 4th Bedouins lost by five wickets After his enforced absence, owing to problems in the leg department, Bedouins skipper John Branch is back in fine form, in spite of continuing to do his fair impression of Long John Silver. Opening the batting with fellow returnee and “Ow, me back!” … [Read more…]

Beds lit up at Beacon

Bedouins v Beacon at Wombourne, July 25th Bedouins won by 1 run Yippee! A win. OK, only by 1 run, but a win nonetheless. Matches between the Bedouins and Beacon have a habit of producing close finishes. And they don’t come much closer than this one. The late-season fixture meant a number of late changes … [Read more…]

Record Beds score – 80 not out!

Bedouins v Celebs at Enville, July 1st Bedouins lost by 7 wickets Phew – what a scorcher! After many months in the planning, the only plan that could not be guaranteed was the weather. For once, the weather gods smiled, and the day was sun-drenched for this special celebratory match between the Beds and the … [Read more…]

A winning run!

Bedouins v Oldswinford at Oldswinford, June 13th Bedouins won by 14 runs It’s known as “London Bus Syndrome” – you wait for ages for one to come, and then two come along together. So it is with the Bedouins. Having waited all season for a win, two come in rapid succession. Joy was unconfined (did … [Read more…]

At last! At last!

Bedouins v Kinlet, June 10th Bedouins won by three wickets On a fine June Sunday afternoon, when the Scots were beating the English (good grief!) in a 50-over international at Edinburgh, an even more sensational result was emerging from Enville. The Bedouins, who had been on as long a losing run as most historians could … [Read more…]

….. and so it goes on

Bedouins v Austin’s Army at Enville, June 6th Bedouins lost by 36 runs “Dear God. Will it never end?”, they cry. The “it” in this context is the Bedouins’ losing run – now five out of five, following a 36-run defeat by Austin’s Army. The length of the losing run is being compared, in some … [Read more…]

WIDE open gate at Belbroughton

Bedouins v Belbroughton Strollers at Belbroughton, May 30th Bedouins lost by 7 wickets Picture the scene. A perfect, pastoral English summer evening. The sun shining from an azure sky; maidens frolicking in the newly mown fields; birds twittering in the trees; all that sort of thing. Except it didn’t quite happen that way for the … [Read more…]

Beacon shines – Beds sleep on

Bedouins v Beacon at Enville, May 23rd Bedouins lost by 7 wickets Consistency is a valuable commodity in any team game. The trouble, at the moment, is that the Bedouins appear to have forgotten that consistently losing is not quite as valuable. With a batting display that, in some of the more erudite national dailies, … [Read more…]

“158 ought to be enough”

Bedouins v Kinlet at Kinlet, May 16th Bedouins lost by 5 wickets When the Bedouins rattled up 158 for the loss of just two wickets against Kinlet on the Moffats School ground at Kinlet, the talk in the dressing room (AKA the wooden shed at the back of the pavilion) was to the effect that … [Read more…]

“Is anybody there?”

Bedouins v Oldswinford at Enville, May 9th Bedouins lost by 8 wickets There’s poor light. And there’s bad light. And then there’s the Stygian gloom in which most of the Bedouins’ opening game of the season – against Oldswinford, at Enville – was played. You can tell how dark it was – the scorer had … [Read more…]