HT20 Tour Report

An advance party of eleven Trundlers assembled in Queenstown on the afternoon of Tuesday 18 February. Four of the group [numbers 3, 9, 16 and 18] had done some serious altitude training under the direction of number 29, in preparation for the tour, while 10 had also done some bushwalking after umpiring the NZ over-60s along with 17. The Jif group brought a bus to Queenstown airport and collected the six who had arrived by air: 5, 11, 14, 41, 45 and 61. The group moved to the accommodation at Arrowtown used in 2019. Once again number 45 assumed responsibility for hydration and procured improbable quantities of refreshment for the welcoming and portfolio allocation session.

Game 1:  Millbrook CC vs Honest Trundlers, Millbrook, Wednesday 19 February

The tour began with the very short trip to the Millbrook ground, now boasting a white picket fence and practice nets as well as the elegant pavilion. It was agreed that the 40-over game would be divided into two sets of 20 overs each. Millbrook batted first and began brightly against the opening attack of Rowdy and Brewery. As an inspired piece of captaincy, the skipper brought himself on to bowl and broke the partnership of 41 with his first ball. That was our only success in the first session, which saw Millbrook comfortably placed at 1-96. Magic opened the batting with Duncan McPherson, now living in NZ and a very welcome guest player. After number 9 was caught for a solid 24, Jason Herron scored a brisk 25 to have the Trundlers looking in control at 1-87 in the 17th over. Duncan retired and a mini-collapse ensued, with Brewery and Shark both qualifying for the duck shirt to see us 4-95 after our 20 overs. When Millbrook returned to the crease, Magic and Ted each took an early wicket, but the innings was solidly rebuilt by Mike and Billy to have the home side a comfortable 3-160 in the 32nd over. Jason then took control and smashed through the lower order, with Brewery also taking two wickets. Retirees Steve Fraser and Owie returned, but Jason ended the innings by rattling Steve’s stumps to see Millbrook all out for 193. With the target a feasible 99 runs from 20 overs with six wickets in hand, there was a glimmer of hope for a rare Trundlers win on the Millbrook artificial pitch. The loss of Harmy and Trickster in consecutive balls, meaning a third player was fighting with Brewery and Shark for the two duck shirts, and the subsequent dismissal of Theo left the innings in disarray at 7-113, but Rowdy and Toru patiently batted us back into the game. Rowdy retired, but returned to join Duncan when Toru was run out attempting a courageous second run. At that point we were 9-167 in the 37th over, still needing an improbably 27 in less than four overs to snatch a win. It all came down to the last ball, with all three results possible. We needed two to win or one to tie, while Millbrook would have won with a wicket from the last ball. Rowdy and Duncan scrambled a short single to see the perfect result for a gripping match: a tie! Drinks and celebrations followed, with an impromptu ruling from the captain that a tie demanded at least a short battle hymn as part of the evening meal at an Arrowtown hotel.

Millbrook CC 193  [Jason 5-37, Brewery 2-25, Magic 1-12, Toru 1-14, Ted 1-25] tied with Honest Trundlers 9-193 [Duncan 48 30 n.o. Rowdy 40 n.o. Jason 25, Magic 24, Toru 24]

Game 2:  Central Otago Wanderers [COWs] vs Honest Trundlers, Clyde, Thursday 20 February

With the ground already transformed by the local obsession with rugby seeing goal-posts in the outfield, COWs hosted us this year in the town of Clyde. The task we faced was put in perspective by a quick calculation in the mini-bus, revealing the average age of the touring party to be 60.2, but the team was strengthened [and the average age reduced significantly] by the addition of Jason and Steve from Millbrook, allowing Ted to be relegated to umpiring duties. With a late start, it was agreed that the match would be 35 overs each. COWs batted first and, as they had last year, set off at a cracking pace, taking 33 from the first six overs. Harmy was introduced to the attack and broke the opening partnership with his first ball, the COWs opener dancing down the track and being stumped by some distance. Wickets fell steadily as the batsmen continued to attack, reaching 7-149 from their 35 overs. Trickter hit a boundary in the first over but holed out in the third. Jason and Steve both reached the retiring score, but the only other Trundler to reach double figures was Brewery who, after a few unsuccessful attempts, succeeded in being run out for 22 in a frantic last over which had begun with the score 8-141. With the two retirees, Jason and Steve, at the wicket the scores were tied with three balls remaining. They were still tied when the last delivery was bowled, but Steve hit a huge six to bring the Trundlers home.  An extremely pleasant period of socialisation followed before we set out on the short drive back to Alexandra for our overnight stay.

COWs 7-149 [Harmy 2-25, Magic 1-5, Steve 1-7, Jason 1-9, Rowdy 1-26] lost to Honest Trundlers 9-155 [Jason 45 n.o. Steve 36 n.o. Brewery 22]

On Friday 21 February, the eleven Trundlers set off by bus for Dunedin, arriving late morning and checking in to our motel before foraging for lunch. We managed to locate the delightful ground in the north of the city for the scheduled 3.30 p.m. start but were concerned to find only one of the home team present, no stumps in the ground and the small clubhouse securely locked. Players gradually drifted in over the next half hour, some carrying beer and some having cricket gear. With the late start and the dismal weather forecast in mind, it was agreed to shorten the game to 25 overs. Trundlers batted first and the Cavaliers stoutly continued to field in drizzling rain. Saint, Magic and Rowdy all retired, Trickster smacked a rapid-fire 17 and both Brewery and Shark were run out in scenes that bordered on the comical. After 25 overs, the total was a probably inadequate 6-132. With a wet outfield, it proved an impossible total to defend. Toru took a good catch off his own bowling and another from Ted’s, while Harmy again procured a first-ball stumping, but the Cavaliers cruised to victory with two overs to spare.

Game 3:  Dunedin Cavaliers vs Honest Trundlers, Chingford, Friday 21 February

Honest Trundlers 6-132 [Saint 26 n.o. Magic 24 n.o. Rowdy 20 n.o. Trickster 17] lost to Dundein Cavaliers 3-134 [Harmy 1-8, Toru 1-11, Ted 1-19]  

On Saturday 22, the team drove through constantly pissing rain to Christchurch, where our numbers were reinforced [and our average age reduced significantly] by the arrival of fresh legs from the mainland. Carbon #23 joined us at the Ashford Motel and we then met #69 Commander Banks for an afternoon net session. Datsun #75 arrived in the wee small hours of the morning to bring the touring party to full strength. Number 14 caused a minor alarm when he left the team dinner at Tutti Bene early and disappeared for a few hours, apparently choosing to wander for several kilometres in the wrong direction before eventually making his way back to the Ashford.

Game 4: Valley of Peace vs Honest Trundlers, Valley of Peace, Sunday 23 February

The iconic Valley of Peace ground looked a picture after its total reconstruction, with one of the iconic trees removed and the fielding surface an absolute carpet. We were delighted to have Willy turn up to umpire.

It was agreed to play the traditional 50-over game in two sessions of 25 overs each. Trundlers batted first and Datsun opened the batting with Saint. They weathered a hostile opening spell from a young English visiting cricketer and Jif before they were both adjudged LBW by Willy, #75 for 8 and #18 for 29. These were the only two wickets to fall in the first session, with Carbon and Magic both retiring to see us well placed at 2-102. In a nod to history, the captain invited numbers 10 and 11 to open the bowling. A tidy attack saw Valley only 0-37 after 10 overs. Saint, Datsun and Brewery were all tried without success before the captain brought himself on to bowl and immediately trapped the Jockey LBW to give Willy his third dismissal of the morning. That was our only achievement and Valley reached lunch a competitive 1-94. With the game evenly poised, Trundlers tried to lift the scoring rate, but wickets fell regularly. Toru and Theo each reached 18, while Brewery, Rowdy and Ted also reached double figures, but our total was a disappointing 8-209. With Valley comfortably placed at 1-120 after 30 overs, needing 90 from 20 with nine wickets in hand, we needed wickets desperately. Carbon and Rowdy stepped up with two unplayable deliveries to castle the two established batsmen. Then Jif took an ill-advised run to Carbon, whose bullet-like throw saw him run out, and the Valley innings subsided to 7-135. Harmy, guesting for Valley, then joined Tony Gray for an aggressive partnership that got Valley back on track, but the run rate was always a problem. When Brewery bowled Gray, the home team was all out for 185, giving Trundlers a win by 25 runs. We all agreed it was a game won by good cricket, with tight bowling backed up by spirited fielding.      After the presentation of the trophy, with the China Kitchen out of action, the teams met at a Thai restaurant for the traditional evening meal, enlivened when one of the Valley players decided to follow the Battle Hymn with an idiosyncratic vocal contribution.

Honest Trundlers 8-209 [Carbon 34 n.o. Saint 29, Magic 28 n.o. Toru 18, Theo 18] defeated Valley of Peace 185 [Harmy 24 n.o. Rowdy 2-12, Toru 2-18, Sharky 1-10, Ace 1-17, Carbon 1-18, Brewery 1-29]

Game 5: Heathcote CC vs Honest Trundlers, Heathcote, Monday 24 February

With an augmented squad of 13 available for this game, Ted agreed to join Willy as umpires for the day. Heathcote batted first and teed off unmercifully on the Trundlers attack, racing along at about a run a ball to reach 127 before the first wicket fell in the 20th over. The Trundlers reply was also brisk, with Carbon retiring before Magic and Trickster were bowled by consecutive deliveries, but Datsun and Rowdy saw us to a competitive 2-116 at lunch. Heathcote accelerated in the afternoon to reach 6-265 at the end of their 40 overs, leaving the challenge of scoring 150 in 20 overs. Although Rowdy made a polished 29 before holing out, Datsun retired with 40 to his name and Carbon returned to be an impressive 60 not out, the chase proved beyond us. The last overs were enlivened by a handy 12 not out from Ace, but we finished well short at 9-207.  Roger gracefully received the Broken Inn trophy.

Heathcote CC 6-265 [Brewery 2-29, Rowdy 1-27, Carbon 1-29, Toru 1-41] defeated Honest Trundlers 9-207 [Carbon 60 n.o. Datsun 40 n.o. Rowdy 29, Magic 26, Ace 12 n.o.]

Game 6: Swannanoa CC vs Honest Trundlers, Swannanoa, Tuesday 25 February

As is now traditional at this venue, the children from the local primary school came over to the ground and sang us a welcome, then celebrated the international nature of the fixture by singing the NZ national anthem and requiring us to retaliate by singing ours. Jockey was not playing today, instead supervising operations from the pavilion. Swannanoa batted first and their opening batsman sportingly left the crease after getting an almost imperceptible fine edge to Carbon but their other batsmen had little trouble; after the first 20 overs, the score stood at 2-122. We also started well, Carbon racing to the retiring score and Saint getting to 28 before being dismissed. A Brewery run out was the only other wicket to fall in the morning session, with Rowdy and Harmy both looking comfortable to see us 2-107 at lunch, only 15 runs behind. Swannanoa teed off in the afternoon session, which had been extended to 25 overs with the intention of giving everyone a bat. We spent a fair amount of the afternoon retrieving the ball from adjacent fields as the home team raced to an intimidating 5-306.  Moose and Rowdy retired and most of the batsmen reached double figures but we never really looked in danger of reaching the target. We finished at 7-240 to see Swannanoa very easy winners. After the usual formalities, we were treated to a sumptuous Japanese meal before returning to Christchurch, where we farewelled Carbon and thanked him for his sterling efforts over the three days he was with us on the field.

Swannanoa 5-306 [Toru 2-31, Saint 1-16, Harmy 1-19, Carbon 1-21, Datsun 1-48] defeated Honest Trundlers 7-240 [Carbon 33 n.o. Rowdy 30 n.o. Harmy 30 n.o. Saint 28, Trickster 25, Datsun 22 n.o.]

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Game 7: Akaroa Goatherders vs Honest Trundlers, Tai Tapu, Wednesday 26 February

 The traditional first game against the Herders was transferred from the usual Diamond  Harbour venue to a synthetic pitch at Tai Tapu.  We batted first and began slowly against steady bowling before Saint got a fine edge to see us lose our first wicket with the score at 22. A catastrophic collapse then ensued to see us only 6-56 after our first 20 overs. Datsun was the only success story with a solid 21. The Herders had little trouble racing to 55 in the ninth over, before Toru and Magic produced an almost equally spectacular collapse, with four wickets and a retirement in quick succession. With only one more wicket falling, the Herders reached 5-120 after their first 20 overs. Needing 65 to force our hosts to bat again, we did no better in our second spell at the crease. Trickster and a limping Brewery with a succession of runners were the only two to reach double figures. When Brewery holed out in the 40th over, we had reached only an embarrassing 114. The Herders cheerfully told us we could expect an easier game against their B team at Akaroa the following day! After the customary formalities, both teams moved to the nearby hotel, where our evening meals had been pre-ordered. Three of our number later regretted their choice of blue cod. After a convivial session we set out on the road to Akaroa.

Akaroa Goatherders 5-120 [Toru 2-14, Magic 1-14, Ted 1-23] defeated Honest Trundlers 114 [Brewery 29, Datsun 21, Trickster 18]

Game 8: Akaroa Goatherders vs Honest Trundlers, Akaroa, Thursday 27 February

As had happened many times before, Pointer opened for Akaroa and absolutely teed off. After only eight overs, Pointer had retired and the Herders were 0-57. Despite our group being reinforced by Jason and Steve Fraser, travelling up from Millbrook to join us, Trundlers were glumly looking to be chasing a score close to 300. After their first 20 overs, Herders were looking comfortable at 1-142. However, Trundlers responded impressively to the challenge. With Saint, Jason and Steve all retiring we reached a competitive 1-146 at the lunch break. After the usual Akaroa sumptuous lunch, we bowled and fielded tidily to slow the scoring, with even Pointer struggling to score freely on his return. Roly was starting to hit his straps when Jason took a spectacular catch at square leg as the umpire dived for cover. When the 40 overs saw Herders with a total of 9-276, there was a feeling we might see a rare Trundlers win on the Akaroa ground, with 131 needed from the final 20 overs. Harmy retired with 30 to his name, Magic scored a quick 28 and Trickster 22, then Saint returned to smash a second 30 to retire at 60 not out. We reached the target in the 37th over with only six wickets down.

Honest Trundlers 6-277 [Saint 60 n.o. Jason 36 n.o. Steve 34 n.o. Harmy 30 n.o. Magic 28, Trickster 22] defeated Akaroa Goatherders 9-276 [Steve 3-32, Datsun 2-30, Brewery 1-7, Magic 1-18, Ace 1-34]  

Game 9: ANZAC match, Ace’s XI vs Harmy’s Jungle XI, Akaroa, Friday 28 February

The now-traditional final match of the tour was a ten-a-side fixture this year. Ace’s XI batted first and were a comfortable 3-134 after 20 overs, with numbers 52 and 75 both retiring. For Harmy’s Jungle XI, numbers 10, 61 and 29 each snared a wicket. They then batted first and were an even more impressive 0-148 after 20 overs, with numbers 54, 62, 15 and 32 all having retired. After the usual great Akaroa lunch, Ace’s team rose to the challenge and scored freely to race to 5-303 at the end of their 40 overs. The task proved too much for the Jungle XI, who finished 18 runs short at 2-285. It was certainly a day for batsmen, with only seven wickets falling while nearly 600 runs were scored. After the usual post-match socialisation, the Trundlers cleaned up for the end-of-tour dinner at Bully Hayes. Trickster was a very popular choice as Man of the Tour.

Ace’s XI 5-303 [#75 52 n.o. #52 50 n.o. #41 38 n.o. #50 32 n.o. #53 32 n.o. #3 28] defeated Harmy’s Jungle XI 2-285 [#54 33 n.o. #15 33 n.o. #32 32 n.o. #62 30 n.o. #61 30 n.o. #29 30 n.o. #16 22 n.o.]

Battle Hymn 2020/1: 18 February

We began in Arrowtown another Trundlers tour
We played a game of cricket and we had a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

We’re always glad to have the flying Dutchman in the fold
Every year his fines sessions are truly solid gold
Alas this year his cricket gear has a serious case of mould
And the team goes trundling on

The Millbrook game was organised by our mate Robbie Freer
The food was food and the chilly bin was stocked with local beer
But when the match was over, the winner just wasn’t clear
And the team goes trundling on

Halfway through our innings, all our hopes were rather sunken
But in the shed we had a retiree, his name was Duncan
He came back in and saw the ball as if it was a punkin
And the team goes trundling on

There today our Trundler hopes were never really high
But Stu and Rowdy’s partnership was a case of do or die
Then Dunc and Orfy brought it home and made the match a tie
And the team goes trundling on

Steve Fraser thought our umpiring was really just a fiddle
How Magic didn’t give Rowdy out was certainly a riddle
The doctor said he thought the ball was sliding onto middle
And the team goes trundling on

My excuses for my fielding are getting pretty thin
I stopped one here today and lost a little bit of skin
Perhaps I should use hands instead of sticking out my shin
And the team goes trundling on

As captain of the evenings, Saint fulfils our every need
Even though his back was crook, he did a mighty deed
The Hotel New Orleans turned out a really splendid feed
And the team goes trundling on

Beneath their breath I hear the Trundlers start to moan and curse
The rhymes are really lousy and the singing’s getting worse
You’ll be relieved to know that there is only one more verse
And the team goes trundling on We’ve all enjoyed the cricket and we’ve all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evenings with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies still hold up, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on


Battle Hymn 2020/2  19 February

We played the COWs in Clyde today, another Trundlers tour
A lovely game of cricket and we’ve had a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Hooray for Captain Spalding, he’s the leader of the crew
He organised the cricket and accommodation too
And if you are a Trundler, he’ll give you a job or two
And the team goes trundling on

While I was umpiring today, I heard the players moan
What the hell was that? Could it be a ringing tone?
The COWs non-striker had brought out his bloody mobile phone!
And the team goes trundling on

Once again the Trundlers batting seemed to hit the wall
Every time we got on top, we had a wicket fall
Again today the game came down to the last bloody ball
And the team goes trundling on

Johnny Lindsay was determined that he would be run out
They called him back because the keeper said there was some doubt
But then he did a kamikaze; what the hell was that about?
And the team goes trundling on

Once again we had a today a lovely balanced match
The COWs team fielded wonderfully, they did defend their patch
Every time we looked in charge, they took another catch
And the team goes trundling on

A last ball finish once again, what could you believe?
Stuart and John Lindsay had both flattered to deceive
But then we saw a mighty six, it was from the bat of Steve
And the team goes trundling on

Beneath their breath I hear the Trundlers start to moan and curse
The rhymes are really lousy and the singing’s getting worse
You’ll be relieved to know that there is only one more verse
And the team goes trundling on

We’ve all enjoyed the cricket and we’ve all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evenings with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies still hold up, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on


Battle Hymn 2020/3  22 February

Here we are in Christchurch on another Trundlers tour
We’ve played a bit of cricket and we’ve had a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Derek Banks had said he wants to hear a battle hymn
But our system meant his hopes were really very slim
Valley had to lose the game to satisfy his whim
And the team goes trundling on

We lost our number fourteen Sharky here on Saturday night
He left the restaurant early and then disappeared from sight
Instead of turning left, he wandered way off to the right
And the team goes trundling on

In the morning session, batting looked to be a breeze
Despite the green top surface, all the batsmen played with ease
There would have been none out except for Willy’s three LBs
And the team goes trundling on

We welcomed George and Brad today, they started this tour late
But the life they gave the team was really quite first rate  
The brought the Trundlers average age way down to fifty-eight!
And the team goes trundling on

Every year it gets a wee bit harder at this game
The pitch is getting longer and the excuses get more lame
But I hacked and edged a few late runs for a fleeting hour of fame
And the team goes trundling on

We thought that Philip would retire, it seemed he couldn’t fail
But Bradley started bowling like a howling Southland gale
He bowled a little trimmer that just pulverised the bail
And the team goes trundling on

With Valley batting well today, our hopes were in the gutter
Heads were down and fielders all were heard to whinge and mutter
Then Rowdy cleaned up young lad James with a truly great off-cutter
And the team goes trundling on

Now Jif’ run out today was really quite a farce
Bradley hurled the ball back in and sat Jif on his arse
He’s joining Shark and Brewery for a running master class
And the team goes trundling on

Then Harmy hit his straps today and smashed the ball about
He just ran out of partners and he ended up not out
The Trundlers gentle bowling must have surely helped him out
And the team goes trundling on

As usual after a Valley game, the raffles were in the mix
Number eighteen came out twice, it really looked a fix
So Jif got spirits just because the good Saint answered nix
And the team goes trundling on

We’ve all enjoyed the cricket and we’ve all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evenings with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies still hold up, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on


Battle Hymn 2020/4  27 February

We’re in Akaroa on another Trundlers tour
We’ve played a bit of cricket and we’ve had a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Usually at Akaroa, Trundlers hopes are faint
We think we might be in the game, but generally we ain’t
Today we scored a win, thanks to a mighty dig from Saint
And the team goes trundling on

Halfway through the game today, a flogging we were facin’
Herders on the go and a big total they were chasin’
Then Roly was a victim of a sensational catch by Jason
And the team goes trundling on

Every year at Akaroa, Bob Masefield will come
He mowed the field this morning while the others just chewed gum
But then he tried to take a catch and buggered up his thumb
And the team goes trundling on

I was pleased to see some runs today from Trundler number ten
It’s the sort of thing that only happens now and then
And if I keep the umpire’s shirt, it might occur again
And the team goes trundling on

Numbers 9 and 41 today were doing fine
Clubbing to the boundary and playing down the line
But then the silly buggers both got out for 29
And the team goes trundling on

To play at Akaroa is a great thrill for our bunch
We know the game will be a close one when we reach the crunch
I didn’t want to go back out after the stunning lunch
And the team goes trundling on

To play the game today our skipper really was alert
He loves to see the Herders finish in a world of hurt
The only downside was he got to wear the old duck shirt
And the team goes trundling on

When Harmy bats at Akaroa he clearly has no fear
He gest his footsies moving and his bat clicks into gear
He retired here again today, just as he did last year
And the team goes trundling on

When I have umpired all the day, my eyes are really dim
Legs are weak and mental powers are perilously thin
I really didn’t need to fabricate a battle hymn
And the team goes trundling on

Beneath their breath I hear the Trundlers start to moan and curse
The rhymes are really lousy and the singing’s getting worse
You’ll be relieved to know that there is only one more verse
And the team goes trundling on

We’ve all enjoyed the cricket and we’ve all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evenings with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies still hold up, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on


Battle Hymn 2020/5  28 February

We’re in Akaroa on another Trundlers tour
We’ve played a bit of cricket and we’ve had a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
Battle Hymn 2020/4  27 February

Hooray for Captain Spalding, he’s the leader of the crew
He organised the cricket and accommodation too
And if you are a Trundler, he’ll give you a job or two
And the team goes trundling on

We’re always glad to have the flying Dutchman in the fold
Every year his fines sessions are truly solid gold
Alas this year his cricket gear had a serious case of mould
And the team goes trundling on

The Millbrook game was organised by our mate Robbie Freer
The food was food and the chilly bin was stocked with local beer
But when the match was over, the winner just wasn’t clear
And the team goes trundling on

Early on that afternoon our Trundler hopes weren’t high
But Stu and Rowdy moved it on, a case of do or die
Then Dunc and Rowdy scrambled one to make the match a tie
And the team goes trundling on

Steve Fraser thought our umpiring was really just a fiddle
How Rowdy wasn’t LBW was certainly a riddle
The doctor said he thought the ball was sliding onto middle
And the team goes trundling on

The second game against the COWs, a lovely balanced match
The home team fielded wonderfully, they did defend their patch
Every time we looked in charge, they took another catch
And the team goes trundling on

While I was umpiring that day, I heard the fielders moan
What the hell was that? I can’t believe a ringing tone
The COWs non-striker had brought out his bloody mobile phone!
And the team goes trundling on

A last ball finish once again, another Stuart fix
John Lindsay had been run out twice, just one of his tricks
But Stevie Fraser brought us home with a mighty blow for six
And the team goes trundling on

The next day in Dunedin was a very messy game
No-one there when we turned up, it really was a shame
We finally came second and we weren’t sure who to blame
And the team goes trundling on

Last Saturday we headed back to Christchurch once again
The relay of bus drivers were in a total world of pain
Staying on the winding road despite the wind and rain
And the team goes trundling on

We lost our number fourteen Sharky later there that night
He left the dinner early and just vanished out of sight
Instead of turning left, he wandered way off to the right
And the team goes trundling on

Next morning at the Valley, batting looked to be a breeze
Though the pitch was really green, the batsmen looked at ease
There would have been none out except for Willy’s three LBs
And the team goes trundling on

Jif’s run that afternoon was certainly a farce
There never was a single so dismissal came to pass
He’s joining Shark and Johnny for a running master class
And the team goes trundling on

As we went to Heathcote Monday, all the Trundlers’ hopes had soared
We thought the Broken Inn would surely be our just reward
But then JG and Jingles quickly put us to the sword
And the team goes trundling on

At Swannanoa all the local schoolkids came to sing
Anthems and a Maori welcome, we had everything
But then their keen young batsmen really gave the ball a ding
And the team goes trundling on

The first of the two Herders games, at Tai Tapu this year
The field was nicely grassed and the chilly bin full of beer
But the Herders bowlers put our batsmen on their rear
And the team goes trundling on

 Usually at Akaroa, Trundlers hopes are faint
We think we might be in the game, but generally we ain’t
But we were brought a win this year by a mighty dig from Saint
And the team goes trundling on

As usual in the Herders game, the skipper was alert
He loves to see the local team be in a world of hurt
The only downside was he got to wear the old duck shirt
And the team goes trundling on

The highlight of the ANZAC game, when all is said and done
Gordon smashed it out of sight, he didn’t need to run
And when the ball was thrown back in, they scored exactly none
And the team goes trundling on

I have to mention a little book that brightened up our days
For the magic author all the team was full of praise
How else would we have understood that Johnny likes it both ways
And the team goes trundling on

When the grog is flowing, older player start to purr
Tales of glory are retold and others all concur
The older that we get, it seems, the better that we were
And the team goes trundling on

Beneath their breath I hear the Trundlers start to moan and curse
The rhymes are really lousy and the singing’s getting worse
You’ll be relieved to know that there is only one more verse
And the team goes trundling on

We’ve all enjoyed the cricket and we’ve all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evenings with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies still hold up, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on