ith the Parks just a good outfield throw away, the sound of leather on willow is rarely far from Keble in the balmy days of an Oxford summer. At all levels, from golden ducks at the Keble ground to massive innings in first-class matches, the College continues to treat it as a do or die situation.
The blues' excellent season has been contributed to in no small measure by a number of Keble players. Blues captain, Gregor Macmillan, of Leicestershire, has performed well with both bat and ball, notably producing a true captain's innings in the One Day Varsity Match.
Among undergraduates, second year historian Will Kendall of Hampshire has given his usual displays of quality batting, scoring 74 against Notts. and 94 in the Leicestershire match, as well as taking 3/37 in a rare bowling spell.
Of course, the famous Keble DipSocs have made a strong showing with the fast-bowling of South African Angus McRoberts and Jeremy Atfield of Northants., batsman and offspinner. Also bowling offspin as well as batting is Has Malik, whose nickname 'God' my source declined to explain. Pressures of work have limited Neil Martin to a couple of games early in the season, as with Mark 'Smudger' Jerman, whose nickname has too involved a history for this article.
A good season against the first-class teams, losing only to Derbyshire, was marked by the impressive win over the Tabs in the One Day Varsity Match. It only remains for Oxford, and its Keble backbone, to show its worth in the Varsity Match in early July.
Summertime, and the living is easy." So the song goes and, providing you're not a finalist, Trinity at Oxford certainly is. And what better way to spend those long, lazy days than playing croquet in the superb surroundings of Liddon Quad, with a song in your heart, a spring in your step and, preferably, a drink in your hand?
The game, in essence a cross between chess, snooker and golf, is easy enough to pick up if taught correctly. On the surface, croquet gives the appearance of a genteel and relaxing sport, but in truth it can be the most brutal and malicious game ever invented.
It is virtually a scientific fact that croquet players have the highest blood-pressure of any sportsmen. Having to watch your opponent make a break lasting 20 minutes and, when finished, being left with a shot which is as impossible to make as it is to fail PPE prelims, is frustrating in the extreme.
Keble last won Cuppers - the largest croquet tournament in the world - three years ago. Last year's 1st team reached the semi-final and, this year, the improved team is hopeful of getting further having already reached the last sixteen. In addition, the 2nd team have reached the last 8, while the 1st team must overcome the might of New, Merton and Wadham to get to the final.
the brick issue 4 - Trinity Term 1995
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