The Philanderers v Refreshers, Sunday 6th September at Exning Park

The Philanderers v Refreshers


Sunday 6th September at Exning Park


Re: The Philanderers CC


Dear Phil,


Thank you for your email earlier in the early hours of this morning (are you based in Australia for the winter I wonder?).

I write from the Refreshers CC, founded 1935. We are predominantly barristers, the odd ringer or two has been known to make an appearance, and we have a sprinkling of authors, film producers, pilots and some very talented teenagers to call upon. Our home-grown regular players include a former England Under 19 International at one end of the scale and a clutch of judicial sexagenarians on the other, with a range of talent and ability in between. But in general we encourage young barristers who have played a bit at school and University, and may now be playing League cricket, to turn out on (mainly) Sundays for competitive, but strictly amateur, wandering club cricket.


We would love a game next year, look forward to hearing more details.


With kind regards,


Philip Crayford QC


Re: Re: The Philanderers CC


Dear Philip,


Thank you for your email.


The Philanderers were founded in 1985 so are somewhat younger than yourselves. People say we’re arrogant, but the reality is we’re just really bloody good. Did you know we haven’t lost a game in over five years (counting only Sundays, and excluding fixtures on foreign soil)


See you at Exning Park, Sunday 6th September, 13:00. Regards – Phil


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Dear Philip,


Please confirm. Regards - Phil


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Dear Philip,


Being a team of barristers, we’re well used to self-confidence so don’t worry about that old chap.


What sort of team will you be fielding?


Kind regards,


Philip Crayford QC


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Dear Philip,


Thank you for confirming.


Well the thing is the team isn’t as strong as I would like, only one two of our cricket blues is playing, though we do have Jamie Rutt who has another 7, albeit at Association Football. Otherwise we’re quite weak I suppose. We’ve got Hammond who captained the Perse first XI for two seasons and has over 1,200 runs for the club. Gill who has over 2,250 including four hundreds and plays a good level of Saturday. Sir George Pearson is the all-rounder, third in the all time leading wicket takers for the club and fourth in all time runs. Then there’s the ever-reliable seam bowling of Davidson, and Wright is a more than competent wicket-keeper batsmen. However with Dean in the side it still feels a bit weak to me, as his bowling simply can’t be relied on, so I’ve not selected our most stylish batsmen and most decent bloke, Ed Dodson, and sent Finn Karsten, a premier league all-rounder, 354 emails this week to ensure he plays and we have a reliable bowling attack.


So, make of that what you will! Regards - Phil


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Dear Phillip,


Please confirm? Regards Phil


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Dear Phil,


Confirmed?


With kind regards,


Philip Crayford QC


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Dear Phil


Thank you for the game yesterday.


Indeed your boys proved a bit strong for us. We’d heard you bullied teams into bowling first so it was great to get a “contested toss” and chose to bat. That said we soon regretted it after falling to 27-4 thanks to two early wickets from Davidson (7-2-16-2), who was the pick of the bowlers early on. We rebuilt well thanks to a partnership of 61 for the 5th wicket, but after Tom P-T got the breakthrough the recovery was quickly ended. We lost the last five wickets in just five overs after drinks, with Sir George Pearson (3-0-10-4) taking 4, swinging the ball prodigiously and making several of us looking fools, not something we are used to in the legal profession!


It’s fair to say we didn’t make too much of a dent in your batting line up, despite the early

wicket of Wright for just 2. Ragnauth (29), Karsten (30*) and Gill (45* from 19 balls) saw you chaps home with ease.


Anyway, enough of that. Thanks again for the game – word is going round the circuit that you are a bunch of arrogant so and so’s (‘in it for yourselves’ and ‘win at all costs’!) but frankly we didn’t really notice.


With kind regards,

Philip Crayford QC


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Dear Philip


Thank you for your kind words. I’ll be in touch soon with regard to next year. Regards - Phil


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Dear Philip


Please confirm? Regards - Phil


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Dear Phil,


Confirmed. Am I getting the hang of this now?


Just one more thing – we seem to have misplaced our match ball following the game. It’s obviously not that much use now it’s been used, but any chance you could post it back?


Kind regards


Philip Crayford QC


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Dear Philip


Confirmed. Regards – Phil




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