This year's Remnants annual dinner was held on Friday, November 21, at the Burleigh Arms pub on Newmarket Road. Some thirty Remnants (and partners/supporters) attended and once again we were fed and watered (well, not exactly watered) superbly.
The formalities began with the annual quiz:
(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.)
Naveen Chouskey (not that he knew this himself).
John Moore took the catch off the bowling of Naveen Chouksey (not that he knew this himself).
From the stats
220/5, made against Xaar in 2000.
Andy Owen equally Geoff Hales's record for the most dismissals in a season.
Andy Owen (18?.??) and Dave Norman (1??.??).
Andy Bell (2?? runs at ??.??) scored the most runs and Alec Armstrong (1? wickets at ??.??) took the most wickets.
Richard, Olly, Ferdi, Max(imus), Henry and ???.
Joe White (as recorded by Dave Williams, although no points were awarded for that).
Eli Ellwood (not that he knew this himself).
Michael McCann (39*) and Ferdi Rex (??) made the big partnership; ?? was there to finish the job; and John Richer (??) was the early wicket.
Paul Jordan said that off Matt Hughes (after he almost dropped a catch).
Catherine Owen and her retinue won the quiz with a score of something like 29/40, and so she (and they) were awarded a collection of wine samplers - a conveniently shareable prize.
The Champagine Moment of the year almost went to Eli Ellwood (for his great catches) and could have been awarded to Michael McCann (for his innings at Abington), but in the end headed in the direction of Michael Moore for his catch to dismiss Sam Grimshaw off the first ball of the Woozlers game.
The Les Collings pickled egg award was mayhem, with Les awarding Grahame Hart the eponymous jar only for Geoff to produce a second supply which was promptly given to Les.
Tom Serby, holder of the Phil Watson memorial grotesque, attempted to award the, er, thing to himself on the pretext that he was the only person who managed to dismiss Andy Owen all year . . . and so instead gave the, er, thing to Andy.
The last award was a new one: the silver salver donated to the club by Graham Hart to commemorate two decades of stuffings (largely, but not completely, by Hart-McLeod and of Remnants). It had been decided that this would go to the most improved player, defined by the canonical points system (1 per run, 20 per bowling dismissal and 10 per catch and stumping), by which criterion Ferdi Rex was the runaway winner, having accrued 532 points this year, up from 209 in 2013. Proud father Richard accepted on Ferdi's behalf, after which Graham took the chance to let us know i) just how much we grumbled about his club's ringers and ii) just how much playing for - and then against - Remnants has meant to him over the years.
After that it was time to deal with the problem of lots of half-empty wine bottles - the solution was to spend the next hour or two emptying them into a steadily decreasing number of glasses until the last Remnant left closer to 1am than midnight.