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Dulwich CC 6-A-side 2013

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.

Dulwich CC Alumni Reunion

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?

David Hookes Memorial Shield

Dulwich Cricket Club was delighted to host a very special cricket match last week when the Great Britain Transplant X1 played the Australian Transplant X1 in a one day international cricket game. The match played last week was also timed to coincide with Organ Transplant awareness week.

The limited overs match was played for the David Hookes Memorial Shield which was won by the Great Britain X1. The day was sponsored by Dulwich member, Matt Johnson. Matt manages CAM Specialist Support.

All the players involved in the game have received life changing, and very often life saving, organ transplants that have transformed their lives. The players include some who have endured thrice weekly dialysis and those who have received donated hearts, kidneys, lungs and livers. The “transplant players” have been given the chance to continue playing the sport they love through the generosity of their donors.

The tourists asked to play at Dulwich as David played for Dulwich in 1975 before becoming a State player. He played 23 Test Matches, was Chairman of South Australia and then became manager of the Victorian State Side. David died in tragic circumstances in January 2004 and donated his organs, helping to save or dramatically improve the lives of 10 recipients.

His widow, Robyn, who travelled from Australia was present at the match. She is the Director of the David Hookes Foundation which has the objective of increasing the number of organ donors: increasing the public awareness of the need for organ donors and educating families to support the decision of their loved one to donate organs.

John Soldan, who was the captain of Dulwich in 1976 when “Hookesey” played at Dulwich, was instrumental in arranged the match. John was privileged to receive a special tribute from a tearful Robyn Hookes who presented John with a cricket jumper from David’s last test appearance for Australia. The whole day was very special to all the participants and the host club with even the English weather allowing a full game.

Photos courtesy of Peter Rochford and John Soldan.

Eighties Night

A few photos from the club’s Summer Eighties Night extravaganza…….

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