The early season visitors to Corfu will be able to see cricket on the Spinada, by the Liston, and in Gouvia. Early May sees an International Schools tournament and the weekend of 14/15th sees the Lords Taverners visit on a cricket and literary weeked. On the Saturday from 10am with the T20 v Corfu Select X1 starting at 1pm on the Spinada. On the 15th a 2nd T20 starts at 3pm on the pitch at Gouvia.
Lords Taverners are a mixture of old players, celebreties and members of the MCC. They have visited in the past. Nicholas Parsons was heavily involved but now into his 90's may just travel to relive previous trips.
The literary side involves the World Travel Writers association so should result in good press for Corfu.
Further details can be found by googling Corfu cricket or on the Lords Taverners website. As several Corfu players are from Roda there may well be a poster advert, possibly in Drunken Sailor.
Well worth a visit, if it is sunny what could be better than sitting at a bar with a frappe or beer watching cricket with the Fort as a backdrop. Just stay awake as the boundaries are small!!
Yesterday the 1st game was played in 32c on the Listo before a large crowd. Teams march along Liston behind band, cheerleaders, school children cricketers before anthemms and introductions. Nicholas Parsons at 92+ looked well and gave short speach.
Taverners include ex England captain Chris Cowdrey and bowler Andy Caddick, ex pros Paul Aldred and Paul Pritchard, ex Zimbabwe player Gus Mckay, wicket keeper Chloe Hill (england no 2), ex England rugby union George Schooter plus actors, poets and authors. Taverners bat 1st, some tidy bowling kept score to 50 of first 10 overs and to 129-8 after the 20 overs. Only one player bowl 4 overs maximum with 7 others bowling. Alex Lagos of Drunken Sailor bowl 2 overs taking 1 wicket for 9 runs (he had another wicket ruled out for a no ball!). The last over was very good, just a bye but 2 wickets for Corfu.
Corfu had worst start possibke with the young opener caught behind off Caddick first ball. In went Alex, who put on a fine partnership with the other opener to keep the score moving. Alex played some fine shots, including 2 sixes, before being caught having scored his half century to cement a place in Corfu cricket history. Corfu went onto to score 130-6 with 3 balls to spare and win agaibst the Taverners for the 1st time.
A great afternoon for all present. All resumes again today with a different Corfu XI at Gouvia on a bigger, smoother pitch. The Taverners present two bags of kit, pads, bats, gloves for children who cannot afford their own. Their tour has so far raised over 6,000€ for charity as well.
Yesterday it was not so hot due to high thin white clouds as the teams met again at the pitch in Gouvia. A lovely ground with small stand and use of pool bar at Gouvia Marina opposite. We chose to sit on boundry in our chairs with our picnic, chilled wine and beer.
A day for the batsmen, Corfu scored 178-6 off their 20 overs with Aslem (i think that his name) hitting 73. Alex scored a few before being caught behind by Chloe Hill off bowling of Andy Caddick. Oddly Corfu managed to lose wicket 1st ball of game just like Sunday, fortunately not same player.
The Taverners were determined not to lose again and batted solidly. Losing a player for 3 and another in 20s they then coasted to victory in 19 overs with guest greek Alexandros 51 not out and a superb Caddick 97 not out (including 6 mighty sixes).
Corfu again rotated the bowling and we saw a lot of promise for the future of cricket here with a 13 year old lad playing and bowling 2 overs of spin. He was followed by a girl from Roda who bowled 2 overs of medium fast. Neither were worried by bowling to Caddick and did thenselves proud, they also fielded very well to show they are getting good coaching.
There are matches next Saturday at Gouvia and Sunday on Liston with another touring side due to visit.
Oddity, as i drove to Gouvia for the afternoon match i saw Steve and Jan, heading in the opposite direction back towards Roda.
kaz: Just got on my 'puter..thanks for missing me!!...I am there in spirit (always)just wish my BODY was !!!never mind, next year with luck ( before I have to use a walking frame!!!)glad the weather is good for you all....hold on, just want to wipe the tears
Sept 11, 2019 19:50:02 GMT 2
kaz: Now my puter is playing up.......I cant win
Sept 11, 2019 19:53:37 GMT 2
kaz: Hope Forum meetings are going well?? I miss them too xxxx
Sept 11, 2019 20:01:03 GMT 2
kaz: Weather in Kent is very hot...........still not as nice as being in Roda!!!
Sept 17, 2019 16:19:06 GMT 2
kaz: Nights are drawing in...curtains closed.....lights on.........just not looking forward to a long Winter again ( it comes round so quick!!)...Just Xmas to look forward to now, then the New Year and THEN holidays in Roda
Sept 25, 2019 20:15:16 GMT 2
artisans: Be so good to see you again kaz ...
Oct 4, 2019 9:32:09 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Steve.........hope I get to make it to Roda??
Oct 4, 2019 12:14:36 GMT 2
johnreig: Has anyone got Spiros Banos apartment (Roda) details
Oct 8, 2019 14:15:36 GMT 2
artisans: Details on the thread ....
Oct 11, 2019 22:46:07 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Steve...has sent you email this evening ok
Nov 16, 2019 19:21:05 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - have replied twice now ..
Nov 21, 2019 8:03:35 GMT 2
artisans: Hi kaz - we have what you wanted
Nov 21, 2019 15:03:35 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz your tea is on its way to the UK, will be posted when it gets there
Dec 3, 2019 10:31:47 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Jan n Steve....sorry, not been on 'puter for a while but sent you an email to-day.....will let you know when parcel arrives ok, thanks a lot for going to all the trouble for me...take care love Jan n Rosie xxxx
Dec 7, 2019 18:48:58 GMT 2
janiemou: Kaz we'll sort it out when I know the postage etc
Dec 10, 2019 11:45:57 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz, are you OK?
Jan 14, 2020 12:41:51 GMT 2