Graces have decided to return to the madness that is indoor cricket in January – more details to follow
Our 2019 fixtures are almost complete now – including the league matches.
Check out the fixtures page for the details
Exciting news – It’s confirmed that we are entering the Middlesex and Essex Invitational League for 2019 – more details to follow
We have been lucky enough to feature in the BBC LGBT podcast series. Many thanks to Jack Murley at the BBC for giving us this opportunity.
Here’s a link – enjoy!;
Sadly our last match was rained off – thankfully this was one of the few fixtures lost to the weather in what was a great season. The long hot summer was perfect for the beautiful game – watch out for postings about the end of season get together and and social events
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Sriram Veera , a journalist for the Indian Express covering the test matches met Graces and wrote this great article about us;
A new team for us , the Energy Exiles play at Nursery Road South Wimbledon – hope to see you there!
Match report 13th September 2018 v Energy Exiles – game tied!
A late organised fixture saw Graces travel to Merton to play new opponents the Energy Exiles. On arrival at the venue our hosts were present as were another team claiming to have booked the pitch too!
This third team were pretty hostile from the start with no negotiation possible – at one point two sets of stumps and boundary markers were put up! A council parkie appeared and confirmed the double booking balls up – He was helpful telling us a nearby park had a pitch available which both teams travelled to.
This was at a nice park in Dundonald Road – another match was in progress and these teams were probably surprised to see us roll up and put stumps up on a pretty much unmarked adjoining uncut pitch. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the game was reduced to 30 overs. Mahender won the toss and we were soon in trouble at 3 for 3 – Jonners runout without facing! The hosts bowling was spot on with lots of late swing causing us problems. Dom dug in and was joined by Ari – they both played well rebuilding our innings until Dom was LBW in the 13th over (17 runs) with the score at 42. The very green pitch was playing pretty well.
Newton in at 6 scored a patient 12 until he was caught – 82 for 5 in the 18th over. Leo in next soon found his rhythm with some trademark hard hit drives eventually being well caught for 23 – Ari now stepped up a gear adding to the flurry of boundaries – he mistimed a shot and was caught for an entertaining 46 – just short of a maiden 50! The Exiles tight bowling was a bit ragged now and we were all out for 136 in the 29th over – Ronnie adding a few vital runs at the end. After our disastrous start this total had seemed a long way off. The Exiles skipper ,Andrew, finished with 3 wicket for only 5 runs off his 4 overs.
After tea Graces picked up the first wicket in the first over – Arshad taking a nice catch at midoff. Attacking shots took Exiles to 32 in the 6th over before Iqbal was stumped by Scotty. Their number 3 (Hodgson) was batting well and their innings was built around him as the hosts at one point looked to be well on their way to victory reaching 100 in the 20th over (for 6 wickets) – only 37 needed in 10 overs
However we were bowling well , Newton only going for 20 in his 6 overs , and brought the run rate down – consequently the Exiles took risks and wickets fell – Hodgson scored a fine 43. The final over arrived with our opponents needing 12 to win with 3 wickets left – surely a tall order especially as it was now murky. When Mamun took an outstanding catch on the boundary 12 were needed off 4 deliveries – surely too much to get. However Ahmed in at 9 hit an enormous 6 followed 2 balls later with a 4. So 2 needed – a scrambled single off the final ball and it was a tie!
So fine bowling and good fielding really helped our cause – the wickets were spread around. As ever we had a great turn out of supporters and thanks once more to our super scorer Colin
So an eventful afternoon, initially looking like we had no game ,turned out to be a thriller. The Exiles are fine hosts and we will hopefully play them next season.
Next week is probably our last game – hope you can make it along.
Match report v Addington 1743 3/9/18
won by 73 runs
Last week our trip to the HSBC ground was thwarted by the deluge – this week ,however, saw absolutely perfect cricket conditions as the uninterrupted sunshine was accompanied by 22 degrees.
For most of Graces this was our first time visiting or playing at the HSBC ground in Beckenham (many thanks to Sam & Mahender for getting us there) and we definitely want to return as it’s a fab cricketing venue – we were on pitch 2 with our own cute pavilion (built 1913) in front of an immaculate outfield and perfect strip – we pushed the covers off before playing.
This was also our first time hosting Addington (reduced to only ten players), we have always previously visited their picturesque ground – Mahender calling the toss correctly deciding to have the first bat. Sam and Stuart duly opened – Sam unfortunately edged the very first ball to the keeper for a diamond duck – this is the second for Graces this season – difficult to recall any at all in previous seasons!
Mahender in at 3 continued with his attacking attitude and together with Stuart got the scoreboard ticking over nicely until Stuart was bowled by the ball unfortunately rebounding off him onto the stumps for 22 – 39 for 1 after 7 overs.
Mendis joined Mahender and these 2 added 97 for the third wicket in only 12 overs until the skipper was caught for an always entertaining 52 – he had been living dangerously having been dropped at least twice. 136 for 3 after 19 overs.
Mendis was next out with the score at 144 for another stylish 50 , Ari was soon bowled bringing Newton and Scott together – Addington were bowling better and when Newton was out for 29 we were 190 for 7 after 33 overs. Manish contributed 14 and Arshed hit an unbeaten 23 taking us to 229 for 8 in our 40 overs. Would this be enough? After our last game there’s no room for complacency.
We had another great supporter turnout (it was good to see Youseef again) who all joined us in the main clubhouse for a civilised tea.
Addington opened with Shafi (a centurion against us 2 seasons ago) and young Miah who had also opened the bowling. Newton and Mamun opened our bowling – Miah was bowled by Newton in the 9th over with the score at 21. Our bowling was accurate and at 20 over drinks our visitors had only reached 67. Ari and Arshad didn’t bowl many bad deliveries and Manish was his usual niggling line and length. A highlight was a great one handed catch in the covers by our skipper.
Addington must have resigned themselves very early on that they were not going to reach 229 as Mr Shafi batted like it was a test match – he was coming down the wicket to the slow bowlers but seemed unable to accelerate the score as the run rate climbed – he wasn’t prepared to take any risks and after 30 overs Addington were on 105 for 3 , well behind. None of the visiting batsmen really got going and fours were a rarity as their final score was 156 for 7. Mahender had the luxury of being able to use 9 bowlers all of whom bowled well – Stuart had an over (despite his ban after Portugal!) and managed to pick up a wicket with what was the only straight delivery!
So another enjoyable game against sporting opponents – let’s hope we can get more games at this fab venue.