2001 Tour to Spain

2001 Tour to Spain

 Weekend of March 24/25 2001

We stayed at the very wonderful Hotel Sol Y Mar in Javea (that means drink and English breakfast in Spanish) (No seriously, it was very nice).
Instead of traveling with the hoi polloi on some grotty charter, I thought we should maybe hire our own plane. But it proved a bit dear. So we went Iberia. Which was also fine and on time too.
Before we left our tour interpreter got some instructions…
From Andy Foster:
Further to our discussions about the potential of a Tour Interpreter,  I am glad to announce that Charlie has accepted my invitation and has expressed a wish to take on the roll of Fiesta organizer (I’m not quite sure what this bit involves but knowing Charlie like I do, I think it has something to do with finding the best bars in town). Charlie’s fluency in Spanish and skills as a party organiser are surpassed only by her scoring skills and is renowned in certain parts of Sussex for her boundary fielding. I am sure you will join me in welcoming Charlie to a weekend of Great Cricket, stimulating conversation and early nights!

The Male Tour Participants (in alphabetical order):

  • Alex, Fatally forgetting to imbibe enough alcohol Alex was sadly attacked by the
    bowling yips, but it didn’t stop him being top run scorer
  • Ben Sarif, Although weighing in at only around 20lbs, Ben proved the best looking male
    on tour by far
  • Captain Ben, His years in the Army showed as he only slightly flinched at the sound of the fiesta fireworks and maintained a discrete calm in the face of a substandard team
  • Dickie Winter, Our resident Tour Operator eschewed the skills of his trade and travelled the
    hard way. Last seen looking for a bus to Alicante
  • Dr Dustman, Despite sustaining a non beer related injury to his knee Dr D maintained a
    high level of blood alcohol throughout and was fondly considered a second son by Podge’s Mater and Pater
  • El Director of Cricketo, Somewhat hampered by the lack of a Stannah Stair lift in the hotel (thanks
    for the joke Swordsman) our aged Director lost most of his ankle to Podge’s toenail in a hard fought game of beach volleyball that saw him knackered for the rest of the trip
  • Irwin Sarif, The Zimbabwean Love Machine showed once again why he is not known as
    the Rhodesian Run Machine
  • Old Dominic, Fighting off his outrage that the boat race was not carried live on Sky, our ex-Captain was perhaps the most monstered of all and was lucky to escape mutilation after waking the Director of Cricket by falling over his bed at 4 in the morning
  • Podge Joint Chief Architect of the trip and proud possessor of a Tin Tin quiff, he proved a little rusty on the first day, but it all came back on the second
  • Rodders, Sporting that Dennis Hopper early seventies look our beloved co-founder had a relatively quiet time on the pitch but succeeded in not being run out!
  • Steve Jacobs, Steve conclusively proved that getting monstered before a game and buying
    new shoes is step too far (or rather a hobble)
  • Swordsman, The Playing with an alcohol blood level that would kill 11 normal men, the
    Swordsman once again showed that in rare cases, getting monstered can prove a boon to performance
  • Shill, The Beaten at darts by a 7 year old, the Shill nevertheless showed fighting spirit and manfully tackled a left hand drive stick shift

The Female Tour Participants – The Tour was greatly enlivened by the fragrant, feminine and cultured presence of Louise, Kate, Charlie, Lucinda, Stella, Cathy, Julie, Madeleine, Ellie and Isobel, a number of whom were only to ready to get naked, frolic on the beach and build sandcastles.

The Salix CC Itinerary

Thursday: Sleet. Main party arrived at Gatwick for the Iberia flight to Alicante. Bets were lost when the Swordsman turned up on time. All pushchairs were fumigated due to foot and mouth. The team arrived in Javea around midnight and went straight out for mucho beero.

Friday: Red hot: Late start, full English on the beach, desultory beach volleyball interspersed with heavy drinking. Team got monumentally monstered. Rest of party arrived, and started drinking to catch up.

Saturday: Pretty blinking warm: Team struggled out of bed around noon for a 1 pm start. Swordsman and Jacobs well late due to slow delivery of Full English. Salix CC mullahed by Javea CC. Repaired to boozer for more drinks.

Sunday. Not quite as hot: For activities see Saturday. Vague attempt to go carting met by Spanish man with large
Doberman indicating the track was closed.

Monday: Nicely warm. Team assembles for Full English but with Champagne. Repair to Airport and arrive back to sleet and more foot and mouth.


Opponent Javea CC
Ground Javea
Date 24/03/2001
Type 35 overs
Result Match lost
Team Score For Overs
Salix CC 134 all out 30
Javea CC 135 4 16
No Player Score How Out
1 Shilling 2 Run Out
2 Winter 2 Bowled
3 Foster 22 Stumped
4 Shaw 27 Caught
5 Rogers 0 Bowled
6 Fletcher 8 Bowled
7 Rodbert 0 Bowled
8 Carter 28 Bowled
9 Sarif 7 Caught
10 Newton 19 Bowled
11 Jacobs 0 Not Out
Extras 19
Total 134
No Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
1 Jacobs 4 0 10 0
2 Newton 3 0 34 2
3 Fletcher 5 1 42 2
4 Rogers 4 0 48 0
5 Foster 0.5 0 9 0
Sarif 1 catch


Opponent Forties
Ground Javea
Date 25/03/2001
Type 40 overs
Result Match lost
Team Score For Overs
Salix CC 247 5 40
Javea CC 250 7 38
No Player Score How Out
1 Shilling 13 Caught
2 Guinness 8 Bowled
3 Foster 21 Caught
4 Shaw 50 Caught
5 Rogers 37 Bowled
6 Newton 69 Not Out
7 Carter 4 Not Out
8 Sarif DNB
9 Rodbert DNB
10 Jacobs DNB
11 Fletcher DNB
Extras 45
Total 247
No. Player Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
1 Jacobs 8 1 39 2
2 Newton 2 0 20 0
3 Fletcher 8 0 54 1
4 Rogers 2 0 10 0
5 Foster 8 0 60 1
6 Guinness 8 0 64 3
Sarif 1 catch
Shilling 1 catch
Carter 1 catch
Foster 1 catch
Shaw 1 catch
Jacobs 2 catch