Bank Holiday Monday 30th May we held a reunion day for current and former players.
Billed as the Hambrook ‘Legends’ XI versus Hambrook CC XI starring in what turned out to be a very close encounter on the common in a 40 over contest. The current Hambrook CC XI winning by a slender 10 run margin.
The teams lined up for a photo and then went straight into action with Steve Grimsted and Ryan Edwards opening the bowling for the legends. They were soon in the wickets with Seb Hull (12) and Alex Dyer (12) going early on. Nathan Warren joining them soon after having been run out for a duck by Stuart Rutter.
Mitch Vardy and Richard Dyer started to rebuild the innings. Dyer fell holing out to the long on boundary straight into the hands of the Legends skipper David Branton off the bowling of Mike Morgan, the first of Morgan’s three wickets.
A cameo 18 from Tyler Johansson (b. Morgan st. Steve Mcennery) was followed by what turned out to be a match winning knock by skipper Lee Dyer top scoring with 57 off 35 deliveries. The innings included five sixes but fell to the Legends skipper Branton by top edging to Tony Dent at point.
The reintroduction of Grimsted into the attack saw the wickets of Mark Dyer (17) and U15 Jeremy Yearsley fall in successive deliveries…….. Calum Martin coming in for the hat-trick ball and an attempted ramp shot that luckily missed everything saw Calum finish not out for 12 along with Roland Allen 14*.
After what could be best desribed as a cricket feast (rather than cricket tea) the Legends started their chase. Jeremy Yearsley taking the early prized wicket of Stuart Rutter for 18. Opener Tony Dent was looking like he had never been away but fell when Tyler Johansson found the edge and was caught behind by Alex Dyer (standing in for brother Lee who was unable to take the field due to an injury sustained when batting).
Tim Moss in the meantime was tucking into any bowling that was served up and at one point the Legends were well on course for a comprehensive win well inside the 40 overs…….however wickets did eventually start to fall (Simon Cross 10, Steve Mcennery 10) and the required run rate slowly started to creep up………. with Alex Dyer now bowling Moss eventually fell for a magnificent 84 off 81 deliveries, his innings included 15 fours – crisp clean hitting along the ground, superb!!
The remaining Legends batsmen were unable to match the scoring rate of Moss, despite an entertaining 22 from Rob Grimsted, 15 from Steve Grimsted and 11 by Rob Kislingbury they fell an agonising 10 runs short of their target. The innings closing with Ryan Edwards 5* and Rich Ford 0*
Judging by the crowds on the common, the day was deemed a great success by all.
Thanks must go to the following for making it all happen:
- John Gillingham, Lee Dyer, David Branton & Steve Grimsted for organising things
- Umpires – Colin Branton, Peter Reeves & Alistair Kilfoil
- Scorer – Carol Dyer
- Teas (or should we say Banquet) – Tracey & Paul Vardy
- Hambrook Sports Club for use of facilities and John Howe for running the bar
After the match – The Bristol Blue Glass Trophy was presented to the winning captain by Club President Peter Reeves……..
A great occasion and one we hope to repeat next year………..judging by some of the sore bodies afterwards it may take a year for a few to be fit again!! (LOL)
The scorecard from the day can be viewed on this link: http://hambrook.play-cricket.com/website/results/2840389
The photos taken on the day are now up on this website – click here to view them: http://www.hambrookcricketclub.co.uk/gallery/hambrook-cc-reunion-day-2016/
Again big thanks to everyone for making it a great club day!!
Martin Dyer – Chairman.