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The Bugle Charity Cricket Challenge 2008

Monday, 28 July 2008

Howzat! The Bugle’s Annual Charity Cricket Challenge raises a fantastic £2226.31 for the John Merricks Sailing Trust.

Whew what at a scorcher!  In complete contrast to last year’s wash out, this year’s Bugle Charity Cricket Challenge in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) was blessed with fantastic weather. On Sunday 27th July Hamble pubs The Victory, YeOlde Whyte Harte, The King & Queen & The Bugle all turned out to take part in this annual cricket tournament with Stuart’s team from the Whyte Harte defending the highly contested title.

As the temperatures soared, the spectators gathered to cheer on their pub of choice and to enjoy a day of traditional English village fun.   From the start the standard of play was higher than ever, as The Bugle was soon to discover!  Although the Bugle boys and girl played some cracking cricket, The Bugle team just couldn‘t make the runs and they soon ended up in the play offs against The King & Queen for the Wooden Spoon.  

Throughout the day, the girls from the Bugle with the help of some brilliant volunteers, manned the bar and BBQ providing refreshment to the parched public.  Gazebos popped up all round the pavilion, to provide some shade from the fierce afternoon sun and as the afternoon stretched out the atmosphere was relaxed and laid back. 

There was only one pitch invasion, as the crowd became more animated thanks to some refreshing high carbohydrate liquids, one young man could wait no longer on the sidelines and stormed the pitch to join his Dad with his Mum in hot pursuit!


The sound of willow on leather continued with the defending champions Ye Olde Whyte Harte taking on the The Victory for the title. The Victory played well and it was a close match but the Whyte Harte ended the match with true style and took back the Trophy Tankard for the second year.

As for The Bugle team, well, although they took the wooden spoon the team thoroughly enjoyed their matches and the day itself, as Matt Boyle, owner of the Bugle, said, “ It’s all about taking part and coming last wasn’t so bad as everybody had such a great day whilst raising funds for the JMST at the same time.”  

L-R Dave Wyborne, Cricket Telecom; Simon, Captain - Ye Olde Whyte Harte; Matt Boyle - The Bugle

Team Captain Simon - Whyte Harte with the Trophy Tankard

The best bit… a fantastic total of £2226.31 was raised in total through sponsorship from Cricket Telecom, The Bugle’s Bar & BBQ, the Raffle 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 donate the supplies and resources for this event, along with some of their suppliers, namely Steve Smith at Scottish & Newcastle, Hugo’s drinks and Bees Marquees.  See

Cricket Telecom sponsor the event and provide the essential services –umpires and scorers – for more information see

Many local businesses support the event by donating wonderful raffleprizes namely:  Cricket Telecom; White Star Tavern; Henri Lloyd; England Cricket Team sponsors Vodafone; The Bugle; Grapefruit Graphics; Holt; Volvo Ocean Race; Ye Olde Whyte Harte; La Dolce Vita; The Daily Sail; Banana Wharf; RYA; Aladdins Cave; Bonne Bouche;Steph Brandt Sports Masseuse; Passion Flowers at Bonne Bouche; Mad Max; Pig Bags; Artemis Ocean Racing; S/Y Leopard

We’d like to thank everyone who came and supported this event whether you played, spectated, helped or donated.




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