2004 annual dinner

This year's dinner was held on Saturday, November 20 at Kami's restaurant on Hills Road. For the second year running we were provided with a superb selection of Mediterranean food, and the thirty-odd of us even found time to have a little wine as well.

Dave Williams, Mike Sneyd and Sally Hales.

Dave Williams, Mike Sneyd and Sally Hales tuck into their starters.

Martyn Waterfall and Colin Anderson.

Martyn Waterfall and Colin Anderson reveal differing reactions to being photographed (don't worry, Colin, it won't take your soul).

Geoff Hales and Russell Woolf.

Geoff Hales and Russell Woolf.

Joe White.

Our handsome opening bowler, Joe White, negotiates his first ever chilli.

John Gull.

Our handsome opening batsman, John Gull, demonstrates the old adage that ``clothes maketh the man'' -- watch out for him in catalogues all over the land.

Phil Watson.

Our handsome-- er, I mean our opening-- er, . . . Remnants player, Phil Watson.

Between tasty morsels of lamb and chicken we found ourselves pondering Geoff's traditional quiz on the season's events. Geoff claimed it was easier than previous years; most of us begged to differ. You can judge for yourself . . .

Remnants quiz 2004

(To see the answers simply highlight the region below the questions with your mouse by dragging the cursor across the screen with the left button held down.)

    Quick singles (one run each)

  1. Who threw his bat and chased it to fine leg?

    John Gull, who was subjected to some of the most passionate barracking of the season as he tried bringing some baseball traditions to the most English of sports.

  2. Which occasional bowler got two stumpings in one over?

    Dave Green achieved this rare feat in a most eventful over that also included several wides and a lot of futile swishing by the batsmen.

  3. Who gave a no ball for three fielders behind square leg?

    Geoff Hales himself finally got to fulfil his life-long ambition when Daniel Mortlock drifted behind square against The Philanderers.

  4. Who gave his first ever stumping?

    Chris Woolley finally saw no doubt to give the batsman the benefit of.

  5. Who had an average of 212.00 when he was out in July?

    Finally a question that everyone got: Andy Owen was finally dismissed for 20 after season's scores of 43*, 19*, 70*, 2*, 14*, 24* and 20*.

  6. Who scored 21 runs in an over?

    John Gull, not that he realised this himself.

    Oh debut (two runs each)

  7. Who, on debut, got the highest score of the season, and who dropped him?

    Chris Martin began his Remnants career with a brutal innings of 79*, but it could have been oh so different if Faruk Kara, substituting for UCLES, hadn't been so obliging by dropping a regulation chance at mid-on.

  8. Who had a catch dropped off his debut ball and was then out first ball in his debut innings?

    Poor old Martin Parry suffered these dual indignities: he could feel aggrieved at Steve Tyrrell for shelling the (difficult) chance; but he only has himself to blame for playing all 'round a straight one.

  9. Which six-year-old marked his debut by bowling a maiden?

    Young Edward Hyde, son of Woozler (and very occasional Remnant) Anthony Hyde, was brought on to bowl at his dad . . . the irony being that Anthony was at the non-striker's end, and the maiden nature of Edward's maiden over meant that father and son never came face to face.

  10. Who held a catch (and dropped one) on his one-over debut as a wicket-keeper?

    Daniel Mortlock, in his hundredth Remnants appearance, relieved Andy Owen of 'keeping duties in the final over and just about redeemed himself after some initial uncertainties.

    Turning for the second (two runs each)

  11. Who didn't make a 50 all season and had to pay GBP14.00?

    Tony Malik, as many of you know, has a long-standing agreement that i) Geoff will pay his match fee if he makes a half-century and that ii) Tony will give Geoff a banana if he doesn't. In seven appearances this year Tony's top score was, agonisingly, 49 not out; thus he had to pay seven match fees (although no bananas have been forthcoming).

  12. Who chivalrously declined a run out, thus winning the match, and who was the reprieved batsman?

    Read that question again -- how can someone win a match by not running the batsman out? What happened was that, on the final ball of our innings, Remnants regular Robin Woolley, 'keeping for The Woozlers, elected not to take the bails off when young Tom Jordan was helplessly stranded half-way up the pitch courtesy of a duff call by his own father. Tom thus made it home, we finished on 128/6 rather than 127/6, and The Woozlers' final total of 127/4 thus saw us run out one-run winners, rather than finishing up with a share of the day's honours.

  13. Who led the bowling averages on May 11, but only for a day?

    In our first (not washed out) match of the season Mike Jones returned the best bowling figures, 1/13, and thus found himself atop the club averages . . . but Joe White took 2/22 the next day (in his debut for the club, incidentally) and thus bumped Mike off the top of the pile.

  14. Who won the double-wicket competition?

    Phil Watson and Rupert Brown pooled their many years of cricketing experience to make 27 in their five overs as we made the best of the fact that The Education Nomads didn't turn up for our July 14 fixture against us.

  15. Who took the umpire's coat back to London (despite the fact that he hadn't even been umpiring)?

    Mike Scanlon, back in town for Remnants week managed this neat trick, but was instantly forgiven went he sent a nice note (and the coat) back to Cambridge.

    Tonk it, boys! (two or more runs each)

  16. Who, it was suggested, ``should count for five runs, like a helmet''?

    Geoff Hales. Umpiring at square leg he stopped an almost certain four by, well, getting in the way, and a rather animated Rob Harvey made the above suggestion.

    Dave Williams.

    ``. . . and then I said that he should count for five runs, like a helmet!'' Rob Harvey bemuses Baz Dare.

  17. Who got his first catch for Remnants since 1999?

    Russell Woolf, although unfortunately it wasn't some spectacular diving effort on the boundary, but rather a dolly at short mid-wicket (not that similarly simple chances haven't missed on occasion).

  18. Who fell in love with a barmaid after the match at Jesus College?

    No-one . . . well, okay, Daniel Mortlock might have enthused about her rare beauty and warm smile, but ``fell in love'' is over-stating things a tad . . .

    Daniel Mortlock and John Gull.

    Daniel Mortlock smiles at the memory of the one who got away . . . while John Gull feels his pain.

  19. Who got a wicket with a ball that bounced twice, who was the batsman, and who caught it? (three runs)

    John Young was the beneficiary (sorry -- but it was a terrible delivery); Phil Watson was the victim; and it was Les Collings who completed this most bizarre of dismissals.

  20. Which six of the original team of May 1980 turned out in the veterans match? (six runs)

    In a brilliant demonstration of the club's continuity, the silver jubilee match saw Geoff Hales, Anton Garrett, Steve Gull, John Meed, Mike Sneyd and Pete Warner relive the glories of that first, wintry outing a quarter of a century earlier.

    Eleven off the last ball (eleven runs . . . no, twelve runs)

  21. Eleven . . . no, twelve Remnants played in the six-a-side tournament; who were they?

    First of all there were the six who made up the Remnants side: Paul Jordan; Rupert Brown, Nick Clarke; Chris Martin; Julius Rix and John Young. Then there were four of our number who turned out for Romsey: Andy Owen; Daniel Mortlock, Tom Jordan and Russell Woolf. Finally, Phil Watson and Steve Tyrrell played for Girton (although note that, whilst Geoff Hales, Joe White and Dave Green were all in attendance, none of them actually played in the tournament).

With the last-minute adjustment of the final question 51 points was the perfect score, although the fact that the winning total was just 30/51 lends weight to the general feeling that it was pretty tricky. The winner (given that we all did the quiz individually this year) was John Young, who received a nice copy of Hugh de Selincourt's The Cricket Match, courtesy of G. David's Bookshop, Cambridge.

John Young.

The winner of the quiz, John Young, with his prize.

The other presentation was of a bottle of Champagne to John Gull for, er, the Champagne Moment of the season. One could be forgiven for thinking that it was awarded for his early-season appearance in which he bravely -- or was it stupidly -- played in wet conditions with special non-stick footwear just days after having a cast taken off his recently broken ankle. Not only did he top-score with a brutal 53 not out, but in the process involved himself in two moments -- the ``bat to square leg'' debacle and the 21 runs off one over triumph -- that warranted mentions in the above quiz. However such was the dramatic nature of the ginger one's season that it was actually for his stunning (three-star, in Sal's system) slips catch against The Beehive.

John Gull.

John Gull, possibly about to throw his Champagne bottle towards square leg.

The evening's ``formalities'' were thus almost at an end, and Geoff certainly thought so . . . but then our captain, Dave Williams, rounded out the evening with a quick speech thanking Geoff for yet another year of tireless work ensuring that Remnants CC goes from strength to strength (read dropped catch to inept run out).

Dave Williams.

Dave Williams starting to set his field for the opening match of the 2005 season.