The success of The Badgers Cricket Club is down to the culture and ethos on which it is predicated. There are no stars and no hiding place. Everyone has a bat and everyone has a bowl... The drama locked into this enduring strategy produces many exciting highs and lows and numerous minor personal triumphs and disasters. Lines from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ were, of course, written to describe The Badgers Cricket Club.
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The annual Badgers cricket club dinner was held in Morgan’s Hotel on Friday 4th May 2018.
Perversely, within the settings of the old traditional customs house, this dinner defied convention and was scheduled before a game was played rather than at the end of the season. As the skipper so accurately pointed out in the opening remarks of his speech his team remained undefeated. However, this aptly reflected the nature of the club, serene and coherent to the casual outside observer, hiding a maelstrom of eccentricities within. The choice of venue nevertheless proved more than suitable as the hospitality, food and service lived up to the reputation for excellence that Morgan’s has built up over recent years. A good turnout of past and present players along with wives and girlfriends enjoyed a good meal in pleasant surroundings. The foresight of the catering organiser who printed out the pre ordered individual menu choices for each table showed an intimate knowledge of the short and longer term memory capacity of some and the omnivorous tendencies of others.
Peter Blyth, doing a splendid job as club chairman kicked off the formal proceedings with a brief message of welcome and raised a glass to absent friends. Dave Smith, now comfortably eased into the role of team captain, was delighted at not having to relive the performances of the year and struck the appropriate light hearted and optimistic tone. Dave Harris, the club founder, gave a speech that should have been delivered at the anniversary dinner the year before describing how it all began. He gave it to Lynn Evans who did the honours but you couldn’t see his lips move. Suffice to say it is of great credit that the original ethos and camaraderie endure.
The seating plan had not been copied from Debrett’s as the company was divided into four distinct groups. There were the singletons or would be lotharios on one table, the elder statesmen on another, couples with reduced libido on a third and the medical corps. However, as the wine flowed and the noise levels rose seats were exchanged and a more cosmopolitan atmosphere ensued. The dress code was casual but smart with various interpretations. The treasurer arrived in correspondence shoes which drew mockery and admiration in equal measure. Simon ‘skills’ Jones wore a fitted shirt or had maybe filled out a bit, Steve still looks too fit and Chris wore his dress cap. The medical corps were elegantly understated yet distinguished by their bar bill.
It was especially gratifying to see some of the original Badgers, Dave Harris, Roger Brown, Figgy, Mike Harvey and Lynn Evans continuing to lend their support. Our thoughts are with Colin Webborn who was unable to make it on the night but who is now making a good recovery having been under the care of Dave and Alex.
Memories of Prosecco in Lodi were reignited by Alyn as he concluded the evening by buying 15 jaeger bombs. Needless to say a great time was had by all. The Badgers can now look forward to a successful season as long as Dave can stop Rhodri moving the field.
Tour - Cound, Shropshire, 24th-26th June
The long awaited and highly anticipated written account of the touring Badgers will be hitting our shops soon. Our secretary continues to tweet Tuffers on a daily basis in an attempt to eek out a forward.
Our scribe, Johnny Mac, is spending late nights in candlelight with his quill and ink detailing our French adventures to complete the final chapter. We’re hoping it reaches the shops before Christmas 2031.
Here’s a taster;
“The Beatles basked in the glow of adoration from thousands of nubile young women wherever they went, Cliff Richard still has to be wary of the overenthusiastic attention of the more mature admirer and the Badgers have their followers too. In recent years Colin, Dave and the two Mikes have formed the loyal support group. They are an essential element of a successful tour. As ex players it is the legacy of their wit and wisdom that has built the camaraderie and ethos that now exists and of course there is no divide, we are all friends brought together by the shared love for a maddening game”.
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The artist teasingly chose oils, the traditional medium of portraiture, to convey the seriousness of his subject and the significance of this moment in history. Like all the great exponents of their craft this artist shows himself to be a true master of the renaissance techniques but applies them in a fresh and somewhat startling way. The seductive use of colour, the incisive depth of tone and texture added to the understated brushwork gives us much to contemplate in this fascinating study. The eclectic yet inimitable style borrows much from the traditional journeymen colourists in the field whose greatest exponent Joshua Reynolds was not averse to the use of subversive symbolism which he himself had found in the works of Rembrandt and Vellasquez. Here there are no rules. Where Lucien Freud would have centred in on a particular flaw and made it a lens through which we view the subject our artist simply hints at imperfection with a cavalier yet brilliant dash of tangential lines. Where Hockney might emphasise the incongruity of human form in an urban landscape our artist generously allows us to do the work. The composition of disembodied head, while acknowledging the classical patrician stereotype familiar in ancient Rome, also almost unwittingly informs the converse interpretation of post modernist freedom. Unconstrained by the physical constraints of space and time our artist led by the liberating influence of Howard Hodgkin embraces the concept of art living beyond the frame. Where the confident smile and clear honest eye seem superficially to describe the subject, there remains a complexity not immediately apparent, expressed in the layers of paint built up as artist and subject became more intimately entwined. This happy conjuction of Dadism and Welsh Romanticism is a truly appetising challenge for the viewer. As our artist draws us in to his work he is both provocative and compliant hinting subtley not only to the simple approximate representation of form but the reflected simplicity that is in all of us. Unfortunately, this is an unattributed work, but surely as further examples enter the public domain, signed or unsigned, the unmistakable signature will be recognised.
For now let us all regain our breath and applaud a tour de force.
We can’t guarantee high quality cricket, we can’t guarantee you’ll always be on the winning side, we can’t even guarantee you’ll bat every week…
What we can guarantee is good cricket, good fun, a game every Thursday summer evening, chips in the pub post-match, tours to exotic and far-flung places, the company of decrepit old farts and various opportunities to drink, eat and enjoy yourself.
If you fancy it why not contact our captain Rhodri Tomos Tel 07917 003644
We had a fantastic season over 2015; a full fixture list; the weather being (generally) kind; our first international tour; an enjoyable garden party hosted by Alex & Rhian; beach cricket and BBQ hosted by Rito and Pam; an enjoyable charity game in Mumbles; two trips to Cardiff…
Click here to read our Captain’s reflections on the 2015 season in relation to the playing side.
2016 brings our 40th anniversary ... We have a jam packed fixture list; will be touring in Shropshire; will be visiting Lords to tour the ground and watch a 20-20; and in September will be having a special dinner open to all former Badgers... We are going to enjoy
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