Family v Friends Cricket Match on Sunday 19 June 2011.
On a wet Sunday in June the annual Myles Robinson Family v Friends Cricket Match took place at Trinity Fields, Wandsworth. The hardest part of the day – constructing the marquee was done by a group of volunteers led by Michael in some rather heavy rain! But the dark clouds parted and the cricket got underway.
The friends’ won the toss and elected to bat on a wet wicket, an interesting decision, but Pritchard had depth in the batting line up; or so he thought! Lumbsden, a new addition to the family side this year opened up the bowling and immediately was causing problems. Poole was struggling with the accurate seam bowling and soon found his wicket knocked over – gone without troubling the scorers! Campbell-Golding replicated Poole’s score and the friends side were in a spot of trouble. The double barreller’s Clarence-Smith & Millington-Buck then batted with maturity, forging a handy partnership before Chalk trapped Clarence-Smith leg before with an inswinger.
Hollyer walked to the crease with the Friend’s side at 47-3, and quickly saw his partner Buck bowled by Chalk. 4 down, Hollyer needed to play the anchor for the remainder of the innings. Not a chance! Stewart delightfully floated a tempting ball down, Hollyer’s eyes lit up and with one mighty swing completely missed the ball, bowled for a duck. Pritchard offered a brief cameo hitting Chalk over his head for a large six, but Chalk had the last laugh with Pritchard spooning one up to the buckethand’s of Alex Mackenzie.
3 more ducks followed due to some good bowling from Stewart and Gold and some woeful batting from the friend’s side! All out for 90, could the family side get revenge for the heavy defeat in 2010, they were certainly the favourites at tea…
Stewart & Lumbsden opened up for the family side, Lumbdsen with a runner due to an ankle injury whilst bowling. The pair started well, with Lumbsden looking for quick boundaries right from the off. Tunnicliffe had Stewart in all sorts of trouble with an over of rusty ‘variation’! Stewart chipped one up straight back to the bowler off an almost double bouncer. Stewart gone for 1, a lucky wicket for the friends’ side. Mellor then tore through the Family side’s top order, dismissing Lumbsden, Lough, & Maskey. Chalk batted well for a short period until he skied one towards the direction of Hollyer. Spectators at last year’s match will recall Hollyer dropping an absolute sitter, but although not looking overly confident, held on to a difficult catch! Mellor had 4 and was looking really dangerous.
The family were in all sorts of trouble at 30-5. Captain Gold came to the crease needing a big knock and someone to support him. David was an able partner to Gold and got the innings back on track chipping away at the small total of 90. Pritchard broke the deadlock, David missing a straight one, gone for 13. 60-6, Guest did not get off the mark given out lbw to one that may have been going down leg.
Gold still battled on, but ran out of partners. Clarence-Smith ending the Family’s innings bowling Sassoon for 0 – All out for 74. The Friend’s side had got out of jail winning by 14 runs in a much tighter affair than last year.
Special thanks must go to Savills for providing the booze and the marquee, Addy Pritchard of Thyme & Plaice for the tea and David Pritchard for printing the programmes and umpiring. Despite the weather it was another hugely successful day for The Myles Robinson Memorial Trust. A great number of Myles’ friends and family came to watch and over £700 was raised for the Trust.
Man of the Match – Will Mellor
Stat of the day – 45.5% of the batsman got 0!