Family XI v Friends XI MRMT Cricket Match – 20th June 2010
Wandsworth Common was the venue for an explosive encounter between a Family XI & Friends XI in a 30 over cricket match in memory of Myles and to raise funds for MRMT. A small contingent arrived early to set up marquees, gazeboes and get everything ready. Instructions were of course ignored but the marquee and gazebo were successfully erected in time, ready for the day ahead!
The Friends XI won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a lively wicket but it was agreed a strong total could be posted on a small pitch. Spectators started to pour in as the wind died down and the sun came out. Hollyer & Clarence-Smith opened the batting, with Hollyer not hanging around, bludgeoning the ball to the boundary with his 3.5lb bit of willow! Controversy arose in the 6th over with David trapping Clarence-Smith leg before for 9 with the batsman adamant the ball was sliding down leg! Poole kept the run rate ticking with some exquisite strokeplay through the offside, but the hangover caught up with him with Guest bowling him for 17 with a ‘jaffa’! The run rate continued to soar with the arrival to the crease of the big hitting Campbell-Golding and the captain Pritchard. The partnership was eventually broken by Maskey and some smart wicketkeeping. Clifton bowled 6 very tight overs, not giving the batsman any room and ended up only going for 9 runs, a very respectable economy rate. Captain Gold bowled some useful off-break and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Fennick-Clennell came in towards the end and hit a quick fire 32 but was eventually bowled by Gold going for the big one! Michael came on to bowl the last ball and showed why he used to open up for Charterhouse with the batsman only able to nurdle him away for a single! Pritchard remained unbeaten on 45 with the Friends XI setting a strong total of 218 to win.
As the players tucked into a feast of a tea between innings kindly provided by Caterers Thyme & Plaice, spectators continued to enjoy the Pimms tent. A very healthy crowd had now amassed to see the Family XI innings which was absolutely fantastic.
J Gold & Lough opened the batting against a strong opening bowling partnership of Mellor & Trench. Lough was run out 4th ball by some quick fielding from Fennick-Clennell at mid-on. Not an ideal start but there was plenty of batting to come. The tall Trench started out with 2 maidens, steaming in like there was no tomorrow and was getting a lot of bounce on an interesting wicket! David looked composed at the crease but fell for 10 to a straight one from Trench. The Friends XI continued to pile on the pressure with some tight fielding, but Maskey came in with other ideas and played with confidence. Tunnicliffe bowled a couple of tidy overs until Fennick-Clennell came on to bowl a bit of medium fast. This quickly changed to some ‘off-spin dobblers’ as the first few deliveries sailed over the wicketkeeper’s head! The change was genius, in his second over with a bit of help from the umpire he trapped Duckett & Griffith leg before and now had the chance for a hat-trick. Clifton was the next to bat and with the field right in for the catch couldn’t resist a big heave- ho over the top. The ball went sky high, all fielders hoped someone else would call for it, particularly Hollyer who had made just a bit of a meal with a similar effort a few overs earlier! Keeper Millington-Buck stepped up and took a confident catch – which triggered wild celebrations on the pitch, Fennick-Clennell had his hat-trick; extraordinary! Captain Gold came in with the score at 44 for 6, surely a comeback was not possible?
Santa-Ollala came on and Gold smashed him to the boundary for 4 successive 4’s. Maskey hit 10 off the next over and suddenly the Family side were back on the required runrate. The resistance was finally broken by the hat-trick hero Fennick-Clennell – Pulling a rank one down short, Gold’s eyes lit up but he creamed a back-foot cut right at cover and Pritchard took the catch. A stand of over 70 had given the Family side a glimpse of glory and with Maskey going 3 balls later to give Fennick-Clennell his first five wicket haul, the result looked now inevitable. Clarence-Smith scattered Guest’s stumps for 2, leaving the Friends side needing one more wicket for glory. Hollyer stepped up to bowl; there were murmurs on the boundary about his famous ‘doosra’ ball and would they be fortunate enough to see it! It duly arrived and was promptly called a no ball as it was the biggest chuck ever! The final ball of Hollyer’s over saw the 10th wicket go down, Sassoon caught midwicket by Santa-Ollala. The Family XI had been bowled out for 130, with the Friends XI winning by 87 runs.
A cameo appearance from Michael & Nick Stewart (aka the Colonel) with the bat at the end of the innings topped off a great day.
Special thanks must go Savills for supplying the Marquee and paying for the T-shirts, Mecco for supplying drinks and Pimms jugs, Thyme & Plaice for providing a brilliant player’s tea and 9Impressions for designing the T-shirts, Banners & Programmes and kindly printing them.
Thanks also to the Nick Tite, Richard Sherrington, Beamer Sherrington, Ed Sherrington, Alice Delmar-Morgan, Caroline Parker, Alex Moore and Kari Munro who set everything up and manned the bar all day and also to the umpires David Pritchard, Trewan Bashford & Ali Pritchard.
It was such a fantastic day, raising well over £1000 for the MRMT, and we are already looking forward to next year!