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The Man In The Shed: We’re back!

PUBLISHED: 10:30 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 18:46 19 July 2016

Mrs Browne's Boys (pic: Graham Hodges)

Mrs Browne's Boys (pic: Graham Hodges)

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South Woodford’s Harry Neicho is writing a blog during the 2016 cricket season

The victorious President's XI (pic: Graham Hodges)The victorious President's XI (pic: Graham Hodges)

The Man In The Shed has returned by popular demand.

Since the last blog, we were treated to a Nick Browne hundred, Bill’s wife’s cupcakes were tweeted by Cricket World, Dave Shirt continued to drop more names than a fourth team slip cordon, first XI all rounder (bowler) Krishan Vadher got married, and we won a game of cricket.

In fact, with two wins in the last four weeks, it’s becoming a bit of a habit.

In Saturday’s triumph against Ilford at Valentines Park, James Swash swished 84, with Aussie Peter Lazarus making 60 as the two put on a match-winning partnership, getting South up to 245-5.

The beaten XI on President's Day (pic: Graham Hodges)The beaten XI on President's Day (pic: Graham Hodges)

In reply, the hosts took the run chase to the wire, but with Harry Shirt taking four wickets, South restricted Ilford to 228, winning by 17 runs.

Meanwhile The Shed, now easily confused for a county out-ground, has been transformed with a new boundary rope, a lush outfield, and a wicket that actually bounces. It has come a long way since the days of burnt out cars on the outfield and travelling communities setting up camp on the square — and it’s all down to the hard work of Steve Guazzelli and club president Norman Reynolds.

The president’s reign was celebrated last Sunday with the club’s star-studded annual President’s Day match, with no less than four county pros gracing the field. With the great and the not so good on display, the day was well received, with Reynolds addressing the crowd at great length over lunch.

In a premonition in 1968, Manfred Mann sang about South Woodford and Essex fast bowler The Mighty (Matt) Quinn, who used the day as the perfect warm-up to take 11 Gloucestershire wickets in the County Championship this week.


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