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Charity Cricket Challenge 2014

£1,900 raised at The Bugle’s Charity Cricket Challenge in Hamble.

The Victory Team were victorious in an exciting final won by 1 run scored off the last ball in the final over of the match.

On Sunday 27th July, Hamble village pubs The Bugle, King & Queen, The Victory and Ye Olde Whyte Harte all fielded teams for the coveted Bugle Charity Cricket Challenge Cup.  The annual contest is organised by The Bugle in order to raise money for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

The day kicked off in glorious sunshine and gazebos were duly erected all around the pavilion for the players and supporters, and the later clouds gave some welcome shade.  The 1st match saw The Bugle team batting and the King & Queen’s wicket keeper, receiving first blood as a ball caught him squarely on the nose.  Luckily for Dan, Dr Tommo was waiting to bat for The Bugle team, so was on hand to stitch him up on the nearest bench with help from his sister in law and daughter!

Ian Walker, JMST Trustee, double Olympic silver medallist and Volvo Ocean Race skipper, who sailed with John Merricks at the Atlanta Games in 1992 where they won a silver medal in the 470 class, arrived and joined The Bugle team for some fielding action.  Sadly even Ian’s cricketing skills were no match for the King & Queen’s batsmen and The Bugle team lost the match

With the sun blazing down and spectators setting up camps around the playing fields, the scene was set for the next game, which was won by the The Victory against Ye Olde Whyte Harte.

With everyone filled with BBQ food and beer, put on by The Bugle, the losing teams returned to the crease for a semi final match, with The Bugle winning Bronze position over Ye Olde Whyte Harte.   

The Final began with the King & Queen’s ‘Master Batters’ scoring a century in their 10 overs and with The Victory sitting on 47 runs in the sixth over it certainly looked like it was all over for their team, however they soon increased their run rate with JJ Richmond on the crease and in the final over they suddenly hit 100 runs with two balls left to play.  On the last ball Akers scored a run and The Victory’s supporters stormed the pitch!

The best bit… a fantastic total of £1,900 was raised through the raffle, The Bugle’s Bar & BBQ and Team entry fees. 

The Bugle’s Bar & BBQ operates on a non-profit basis and all takings are donated to the JMST.  The Bugle generously donates the supplies and resources for this event. http://www.buglehamble.co.uk

Many local businesses support the event by donating wonderful raffle prizes namely: The White Star Tavern; The Bugle; Grapefruit Graphics, The King & Queen; The Victory; Ye Olde Whyte Harte; La Dolce Vita; Katie Mawson Floral Design; The Bespoke Cake Studio, Botley Mills; Bonne Bouche; Force 4 Dinghy Centre;  Andark Diving and Watersports; Force 4 Chandlery; Blue Bijou;  Tim Hughes at Baxter Cusack; Sea, Sky, Art; Debbie Phillips (nee Fitzgibbon) at Sea Sky Art and Jeeves Boutique.

For photos see our Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/jmst.uk

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