JP Fagg at Twenty20=40 Big Bash


Slideshow highlights of JP Fagg at Marcus Curnow’s Twenty20=40 Big Birthday Bash.

Cricket Willow, Shepherds Flat, Victoria, September 11, 2011.

Photos: Ben Liney, Rohit Khanna

The Stats:

Player: JP Fagg

Nickname:  JF

Song: Brandy by Looking Glass

Game 1: 

Batting: 12 no

Bowling: 4 overs, 4 for 8

Game 2: 

Batting: JP Fagg c. AA Narula b. ME Curnow 11

Bowling:  Fast!…Made the birthday boy ME Curnow look pretty silly with some cranked up chin music!

The Stories:

Custard to Yewbeaut:  “As captain you should really think about who we let Jono bowl too!”

Yewbeaut: “He’s coming on NOW, bowling at YOU!”

Grizzly:  “Do you want a helmet?”

Custard: “F%*# off! It’s my birthday, it’s not a charity”

JF: (post first delivery bouncer)  “Happy Birthday Marcus!”

Custard ” Errr… can somebody grab me a thigh pad!”

Compton CC vs ACS Wanderers at Melbourne University

Custard's shot that that ended up on the ABC cutting room floor in preference of the 'stuck on the crease, nick behind, dropped!' that made the video! photo: David Boon

“We couldn’t beat the Poms, How about the Yanks?”  Link to the ABC  News report on The Compton Cricket Club versus Australian Cricket Society at University Oval.  Thanks to Ian Hammet, Graham Burgess and the Societies’ Chamberlin Trust Charity Arm for supporting the event so well.

Custard’s Top 5 Willowfest Nicknames

What is it about cricket and nicknames? I was honoured to be invited to play with the Johnny Mullagh XI at the recent Willowfest Cricket Carnival in Mildura but as an invited player I didn’t escape the power dynamics of being ‘named’…

1. Custard: I have always liked to think it’s because of the ‘cus’ at the end of Marcus but really it has more to do with my throwing arm… or lack thereof…

2. Curdle: Apparently this is what happens to Custard when its been in the sun too long!  5 games of cricket in 4 days in 35 degree heat and my team mates could tell I was wilting!

3. Colonel :  I’m not sure about this one.  Perhaps a KFC reference as they are a major sponsor of Victorian Bushrangers (see next nickname below).  Or was it because I was the white guy from down South?

4. Cricket Victoria/ CV: It’s not news that some of the Johnny Mullagh XI have had a few differences of opinion with the cricket authorities over the years.  Given my current contract with Cricket Victoria this one was heard as an ironic jeer whenever I did something ordinary…like a mis-field… ‘Good pickup CV!”

5. Digger: This was by far the most embarrassing!  In the first game we were playing on a pitch that was sub-standard.  I hit one short, but wide of mid wicket and took off for a quick single but was turned back by the non-striker.  Attempting to get back into my ground my spikes got stuck in a hole just centimetres outside my crease.  I was aware of mid wicket approaching the ball out of the corner of my eye but,  as he was a long way away, instead of just dropping my bat inside the crease,  I once again attempted to place my foot behind the line in front of me. Once again my spikes got stuck in the same hole.  Realising I was stuck I went to place my bat down behind the crease.  Unfortunately I was unaware that mid wicket had ambitiously launched a full blown kick at the ball and had managed  to “Bend one like Beckham” from outside the box.  The ball cannoned into the stumps from nowhere the moment before I touched my bat inside the crease… much to the joy of the fielding side who celebrated like they he just scored at Wembley!  Shirt over the head and everything.  Walking off I was a mix of perplexed, embarrassed and angry.   My less than sensitive team mates called me ‘Digger’ for the rest of the tournament… because I never made it out of the trench!


Mitch Drank the Ice Bath!

So things were looking pretty dark for Punter and his not so merry men. England were 1 nil up and were once again all over the Aussie’s on Day 1 of the 3rd Ashes Test in Perth.

The Rev was distraught on twitter:

Custard reflected…

Displaying his Christo-Anarchical tendencies The Rev lamented…

Custard was going to tweet a reply about the transitory nature of the power of Empire and how the Hebrew Bible suggests some, though evil, may be used for divine purposes.  Struggling to get that into 140 characters he let it go…

Then overnight Mitchell Johnson drank the Ice Bath! Suddenly he was transformed! No longer a skinny, shell of a bowler in whose face people kicked sand when he played Beach Cricket… suddenly he became ‘UNPLAYABLE!’ No longer was he mild mannered Myth-chell… he had become “OUR MITCH!”

By Saturday The Rev was much relieved…

Custard reflected…

Promoting Indigenous Cricket

Looks like Custard will be doing some work helping Cricket Victoria over the upcoming summer on community cricket, particularly  in indigenous communities around Victoria.  Above is a promo video made for Cricket Australia on indigenous cricket by Carbon Media who produced the doco “From the Ashes” (trailer here) on the recent indigenous Australian Team to tour the UK, retracing the steps of the 1868 team.

Compton Cricket in Oz & on TODAY Show!

Mar-'custard' Curnow and Ted Hayes willing the Compton Homies and Popz CC Down Under from Los Angeles last year.

Check the video of Laneway Cricket getting a plug on the TODAY Show thanks to the Compton Cricket Club.  A forwarding party are presently in Australia thanks to Hugh Snelgrove with view to a full tour in 2011.

Credo Cricketer, Marcus Curnow played with the team in LA in 2009 and Compton regular, John ‘The Rev’ Jensen gave a fantastic speech at our Laneway Cricket Finale earlier in the year whilst visiting Melbourne.

Australia Day/ Indian Republic Day Harmony Cricket Match

Urban Seed’s Credo Cricket and Cricket Victoria partnered to do what they do best on Australia Day hosting a fun match between Victoria Police and Indian students who are friends of Urban Seed through our local connections with the Barkly Street Uniting Church Cricket Club and Footscray Baptist Church.

Having run a well publicised street cricket match with Police and Indian students in the city last year; in Footscray on Indian Independence Day (August 15) and at the Diwali Festival in September,  the Jai Ho Festival at Myer Music Bowl (celebrating January 26 as both Australia and Indian Republic Day) proved the next perfect location to celebrate the connections that cricket can create.

Urban Seed’s Marcus Curnow said,

“Reports of street violence against Indians in Melbourne on Australia Day and reports coming from India that Australians may not be able play cricket in Mumbai are saddening and the responses of extremists. The Australia Day/ Inidan Republic Day match between Victoria Police and students is a statement that cricket should not be used to bowl hand grenades but can build partnerships that bring our nations together.  No matter your background  you are always welcome to play cricket in Melbourne and this is made a reality with Urban Seed running matches each week in Footscray and on city streets and through initiatives from Cricket Victoria and Harmony Australia, such as ticket giveaways and developing pathways to cricket umpiring as employment for Indian students.”

Given the profile he has had on the issue, particularly in India recently, it was fantastic to have the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Simon Overland participating in the match.  The Spirit of the day was captured well in his partnership with Ravi Bhatia the CEO of Primus Telecom.  Their running between the wickets was highly entertaining and went some way to demonstrating that the cultural differences between the countries could be overcome with good spirit, improved communication…and a bit of luck!

See various reports at Indian , Cricket Victoria, The West Australian and Urban Seed.

Later in the evening some Urban Seed Credo Cricketers had opportunity to keep talking cricket when they joined with locals in West Footscray at the busy Indian hub of Barkly Street Village for an Australian’s listening to Indian’s ‘Listening Post’ event organised by members of the Footscray Church of Christ.

Next Local ‘Listening Posts’

Tues 2nd Feb 8pm-10pm [meet outside Public Library on Barkly St West Footscray]

Sat 6th Feb 10am – 12pm [meet outside Subway store at end of Footscray tram line/opposite Footscray station]

Bring: some small folding chairs, Thermos and mugs, plus Indian/Australian colours and banners

Details: Greg Gow 0434 982 070 or Cara Munro 0420 418 16

Yewsie and Custard prepare for the match...feelin the Harmony!