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Cricket Report 2006

Tuesday, 18 July 2006

Over £2,250 raised at
The Bugle / John Merricks Sailing Trust
Challenge Cricket Cup

Tony Middleton in action

Match report courtesy of Louay Habib. All photos courtesy of Ian Finlay. More photos in the gallery.....

It is amazing what you can achieve when a group of people all pull in the same direction.

A blazing hot Sunday at Hamble-Le-Rice cricket ground saw hundreds of friends and families gathered for an all day cricket festival sponsored by Cricket Telecom, Linden Homes and Indigo Press. With teams from four pubs in the village: The Bugle, King & Queen, The Victory and Ye Olde Whyte Harte competing for The Bugle / John Merricks Sailing Trust Challenge Cup. The object of it all? To raise money for the John Merricks Sailing Trust and for everybody to have a great time doing it.

The first match was between The Victory, led by the infamous Landlord Budgie and The Bugle. The Bugle opened the batting with some aplomb as ringers…err sorry ex-Hampshire players; Tony Middleton and Kevin Light tore into the batting with some tremendous stroke play, Matthew Boyle, The Bugle captain pulled them both off after three or four high scoring overs with the scoreboard team struggling to keep pace, the damage was done and The Bugle side finished with what would be the highest score of the day; 108 runs in just 60 balls.

The Victory had a real go at the total and after five overs, they were still in the hunt but some tight bowling from The Bugle meant The Victory ran out of balls and it was first blood to The Bugle putting them into the final.

The Victory’s landlord; Budgie commented after the game, “The lads put a lot of effort in, especially in the team meeting the night before, we were absolutely smashed out there today but the lads will take on some high-carbohydrate drinks to aid a quick recovery and it will all forgotten in the morning.”

Next up was the clash between Ye Olde Whyte Harte and the King & Queen and there was high drama as the Whyte Harte really set about the King & Queen’s bowling but cometh the moment cometh the man, or woman in this case…Kirsty Hulett had been put under wraps as the King & Queen’s secret weapon, after a hypnotic session in the team bus by mystic Sophie, she emerged focused and ready to go. In her maiden over in the competition, South African spin demon Hulett pulled off a hatrick sending The Whyte Harte batting into a downward spiral. Clubber Scott Dawson and Hitman John Peg completed the rout for The King & Queen with a fine display of big hitting and the Whyte Harte was vanquished.

So the scene was set for a tremendous finale The King & Queen’s skipper David Dent was asked to dwell on his team’s chances before the final and commented;

“The Bugle have a very strong team this year and we put a plan into action months ago, really their only weakness may be fitness and in this heat we could capitalize on that, so we removed all of the bar stools from The King & Queen weeks ago, our lads have not sat down to have a pint for weeks and are in peak condition, now it’s pay back time.”

The crowd had now split into two factions with ‘The King & Queen Hill” competing for decibels with “The Bugle Bump”, the noise level fuelling the high-octane atmosphere as the final started.

The Bugle batted first and made a good start but The King & Queen got a couple of early wickets and things looked like they were hanging in the balance with Kiwi pace bowler Inigo Strez taking some quality scalps with his body-line attack, but The Bugle recovered to post a score of 96 runs, would it be enough?

The King & Queen had a slow start and lost a wicket in the first over as Hamble CC’s James Skipworth had an opener caught behind by Cotsi “The Cat”.

Clubber Scott Dawson came in and dominated with a string of boundaries before holing out into the safe hands of Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup sailor, Jonathan Taylor at mid-on and when Hitman John Peg was clean bowled next ball, well it was virtually all over.

The Bugle may have won the day but really all involved were winners; a well run BBQ by Lucy Richmond and Matt Williams and a raffle with some fantastic prizes from the pubs, local businesses and sponsors Cricket Telecom ensured that a fantastic amount was raised for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

The event was part of Hamble Week which has a whole host of activities going on until Sunday 9th July. for more details.

Person of the Match - Kirsty Hulett receives her prize from Tony Middleton after Dave Wyborn, Cricket Telecom (back of picture) made the presentation.

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