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TeCSA v TECBAR Cricket - 2nd Annual Match - 10 July 2014



Following the TeCSA ’ victory over TECBAR in the inaugural Hudson Ashes contest last year, this encounter was keenly anticipated by both sides.  Would the TeCSA Tonkers of 2014 meet the standard set by their predecessors or would TECBAR deliver the trophy to the Bar for the first time and actually would everyone make it through the match in one piece?

The conditions at the attractive UCL ground in West Hampstead promised an interesting game with the combination of overcast sky and sultry heat promising a swinger’s paradise!  

Leading the Tonkers out again was last year’s winning playing captain, Jonathan Gold (Sheridan Gold LLP) who skilfully engineered a winning toss against TECBAR skipper Martin Bowdery (Atkin Chambers) who put TECBAR in to bat, a result that suited a number of TECBAR players who were still finding their way to the ground but which also worked for s bowling attack. 

TECBAR innings

Sir Robert Akenhead opened the batting with Hugh Saunders (3 Paper Buildings), against a strong bowling attack of Tim Hillier (Berwin Leighton Paisner) and Richard Bailey (Goodman Derrick).  The TeCSA bowlers started well, restricting the obviously talented opening batsmen with miserly lines and lengths.  Richard Bailey, in particular, set the tone by taking Hugh Saunders’ wicket with the first ball of his excellent spell of flighted left arm spin.  At the other end Tim Hillier eventually found just reward for his steady right arm seamers, removing Sir Robert Akenhead with one that nipped back and kept a fraction low.

The tone set, Jonathan Gold rotated his bowlers in the manner of the modern 20/20 captain, with Peter Parten (Mayer Brown), Marc Wilkins (Wragge Lawrence Graham) and Michael Draper (Sheridan Gold) all bowling enterprising spells.

However. the innings was far from being one-way traffic as  William Webb (Keating Chambers) and then Jonathan Selby (also Keating Chambers) batted expertly (Webb) and with controlled aggression (Selby) to give the TECBAR innings a real impetus through the middle overs.  Both batsmen retired at the mandatory 25 runs to an appreciative ovation from their grateful teammates.  Special mention should also go to Ben Sareen (Keating Chambers) who batted very nicely and Omar Eljadi (Atkin Chambers) who took a shy at the stumps in a sensitive place for the team (hopefully TECBAR will lay on more boxes next time!) attempting an ambitiously quick single and was forced to retire hurt.

As admirably as Webb and Selby batted, order was restored for TeCSA by the excellent trio of Stefan Cucos (Fenwick Elliott), Jolyon Bond (Nabarro) and Simon Budge (Wedlake Bell) who collectively stemmed the flow of runs with accurate and intelligent spells of pacey seam bowling.  Combined with s excellent fielding across the board, which saw four batsmen run out as the pressure mounted, TECBAR were restricted to a respectable but not intimidating 102 runs from their 20 overs.

TeCSA innings

The TeCSA innings was opened by Matthew Pexton (Wedlake Bell) and Ralph Hindle (Sheridan Gold).  Pexton was unlucky to receive the ball of the match from William Webb that bounced viciously, left the batsmen and trimmed his off bail. Hindle, meanwhile, in partnership with excellent contributions from Stefan Cucos, Richard Bailey and Tim Hillier, made good use of both the thick inside edge and the thick outside edge to work his way to 25 runs, on which he retired.

The game took on a more aesthetically pleasing aspect as Jolyon Bond and Simon Budge batted fluently to put TeCSA well ahead of the run rate and in control of its destiny.  However, with Bond falling on 24 and Peter Parten, Marc Wilkins, Michael Draper and Stacy Sinclair (Fenwick Elliott) all making excellent contributions but falling to some canny TECBAR bowling, the match reached an increasingly tense climax in the gloaming as the overs ticked down. All credit to TECBAR to avert what at one stage looked a relatively simple TeCSA victory.

Jonathan Gold, who as captain sportingly batted well below his station at last man in, was joined by Hindle, who was permitted to retake his guard (having retired earlier) for a last wicket stand to win or lose the match.  Happily, Gold settled the issue in short order, thrashing one to the boundary through straight midwicket before gliding two runs down to third man to win the match with very few balls in hand.


The bar was open throughout and after the match for spectators and players alike, and an excellent tea was made available for all shortly after the winnings runs were hit.

Many thanks to Matthew Ashman (Atkin Chambers) who organised the excellent and plentiful tea, uncomplainingly kept a record in the scorebook whilst also manning the score board and generally kept things on track all evening.

And finally

Finally, thanks to our umpires Dominic Helps (Corbett & Co) and Michael Soole (Chairman of TECBAR; 4 New Square); and to Dominic Helps (again) (TeCSA’s non-playing captain and Social Secretary) for marshalling the TeCSA troops. Also thanks to Martin Bowdery who marshalled TECBAR’s troops.

The TCC Protocol: The Law Society Gazette article

Check out the article by Vijay Rathou in the Law Society Gazette (15 July 2014)...

"Picking up the baton from Jackson LJ and in response to the subsequent Practice Direction 31B and new Civil Procedure Rules, the e-Disclosure guidance initiative by the Technology and Construction Solicitors' Association (TeCSA), Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR) and the Society of Computers and the Law (SCL), is set to bring much-needed clarity to the disclosure process."  CLICK HERE

Survey Monkey on Jackson reforms, etc.

Dear TeCSA and TECBAR Members,

We have a timely Survey Monkey for you to respond to here on the Jackson reforms, cost budgeting, PAP, Mitchell, proportionality etc.

We also have the opportunity to provide the results of this survey to the official HM Courts and Tribunals Service, as a result of the attached invitation from the Master of the Rolls to the Bar Council and Law Society for written submission by 9 June 2014, addressing the general impact of the Court's decision in Mitchell and News Group Newspapers Limited when the Court of Appeal is hearing three appeals dealing with relief from sanctions on 16 and 17 June 2014.  The Master of the Rolls (Lord Dyson) will be presiding.

So please read the attached and complete our survey, it takes just 8 minutes to complete, so please do take the time.

To help us meet the 9 June deadline for submission, we would ask if possible that you complete it by 12pm next Monday, 9 June.  The survey will stay on-line until the end of June, however obviously we would like to capture as many of your opinions as possible for the submissions on 9 June.

We will publish the results soon.

Best wishes

Simon Tolson (Chairman of TeCSA)

Martin Bowdery (Chairman of TECBAR)

TeCSA Champagne Summer Party 2014: Save the date

Dear Members

Please "save the date" for the TeCSA Champagne Summer Party:  Wednesday, 25 June 2014, at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin's Roof Terrace at 10 Queen Street Place, London  EC4R 1BE from 18.30 to 21.00.

Flyer attached.

Kind regards

Simon Tolson

Chairman of TeCSA

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