WEDNESDAY 15th July 2015 (click thumbnails for larger images)
Dulwich Midweek XIs v Sydney Cricket Club & Ground
Dulwich XI v SCG Over-40s. Won by 48 runs.
Dulwich 276-9 innings closed (Gareth Cornick 75, Sean Keaton 53) Sydney C&G 228-9 innings closed
Dulwich XI v SCG Over-50s. Lost by 53 runs.
Sydney C&G 198-9 innings closed, Dulwich 145-9 innings closed (John Blennerhasset 60*)
Sunday 7th July saw the hottest day of the year and Dulwich CC hosting the return of its 6-a-Side tournament. In a more club orientated format than previous years, 6 teams with representatives from the men’s, ladies and colts sections were joined by friends, family and a few old faces for a day’s entertainment on the hallowed turf at Burbage Road. With Simon Bailey’s ‘Norfolk-in-Chance’ living up to their name (despite some solid bowling from Hanah Tennant) and James Bridgland’s highly eclectic ‘No-Ball Warriors’ being knocked out in the group stages, the semi-finals saw Anil Mahey’s ‘A-Mahey-Zing’ group winners perhaps surprisingly beaten by ‘The Gazzy C All-stars’ – Gareth Cornick’s ensemble of vintage, green and outright novice. In the other semi, Tim Brown’s ‘Sixth Sense’ managed to not chase down the modest total of 40 set by James Balmforth’s ‘Sons Of Pitches’ and so the tournament lost Anne Sage, who had bowled terrifically for Tim.
In the Cornick/Balmforth final face-off, youngster Ryan Anthony blazed his way to 25 as a competitive 62 was set by the ‘SOPs’. Captain Cornick and the vintage Allen Blackford set about that total with gusto though as the Allstars romped home, off the penultimate ball, to a deserved victory. Before Gareth & Co collected the trophy, the Young Player of the Day award was shared between Ryan Anthony and Kai Reed (who bowled, batted and fielded with great skill for ‘A-Mahey-Zing’).
Thanks is extended to Jenny Pratt for scoring, Steve Choney for umpiring, Olly Steward and Alex Gledhill for running the BBQ and Jackie Howard for providing an excellent lunch. A great day with a great atmosphere then, and a welcome one back on the calendar for both players and spectators to enjoy. Oh, and some Scottish bloke won some racquet match on the other side of town. Do your utmost to be there next year.
Former Dulwich cricketers used the opportunity of the Australia Transplant XI playing the GB Transplant XI at Dulwich to meet together. Robyn Hookes was making her first visit to Dulwich to see where her husband David played in 1975.
Here are a few shots (courtesy of Peter Rochford and John Soldan) of the former players sharing a joke or perhaps sharing a memory of a particular game…..
Robyn Hookes takes in the David Hookes Memorial Shield match accompanied by her husband’s former team and clubmates David Woods, Peter Rice and Stuart Courtney
Back Row (L. to R.): Lance Keene, Peter Rice, Francis Bowyer, John Sunter, John Smith (Pres.), Andy Ford, Colin Smith, Jeremy Gotch, Stuart Courtney
Front Row: Jim Gibson, Andy Lang, Ginger Thurlow, John Lawrence, Giles Bowyer, Peter Rochford, John Soldan, David Woods
The former players share a joke about Jimmy’s career stats – (L. to R.): Giles Bowyer, John Smith, Andy Ford, Jimmy Gibson, Stewart Harmer, Colin “CC” Smith and John Lawrence who was on the phone to Frank Jackson. John Howard can just be seen in the background
The former players interrupt looking at the team photographs to check when Eddie is buying the drinks (L. to R.): Edward Robinson, John Lawrence, Tom Smith (son of CC), Colin Smith, Andy Lang, Andy Ford and Ginger Thurlow
Everyone enjoyed the day and we all thought that this has been too long and when do we meet again?