Steve Holmes Memorial Match
In Aid Of The British Heart Foundation - Sunday 14th September 2008
On what turned out to be the best weekend of the summer (weather wise) the old and faithful of Tong turned out to support this worthy cause. Our thanks go to all who played and supported the afternoon from which over £500 was raised for the British Heart Foundation.
After the initial removal of the winter feed from the cut outfield and the recruitment of a gallant volunteer from the Greyhound, the game got under way only slightly later than the advertised time.
First in to bat were the Oldies, who were made up of: Nigel (Gladys) Parker; Roger (Please Sir) Howard; Rod (Rodders) Burston; Simon (Beaks) Breakwell; Duncan (Tarquin) Hawkins; Graham (Young Boy) Prince; John (Jingham) Ingham; Dave (George) Hornby; Graham (Hammy) Hastie; Bill (still pissed) Hannam.
Champagne moments from their innings were: McCutcheon's chest catch; Rod's brown cricket boots and Bill's first ever golden duck (honest it was!).
Scariest moment without doubt was Darren Holmes head-butting the ball for six! (Ruley, as per usual, moving away from the steadily oozing blood.) Thankfully DH quickly recovered, completing his over, scoring mega runs and holding a pint without a problem.
Front Row: Hannam, Parker, Hornby
2nd Row: Barton, Allen, Sutcliffe, Breakwell, Howard, Burnhill
3rd Row: Hudson Jnr, Burston, McCutcheon, Hawkins, Sowerby, Prince, Bell
Back Row: Hastie, Holmes, Hudson Snr, Spargo, Rule, Bottomley, Taylor, Ingham
After a long half-time beer break the Not-So's innings got off to a slow start with some impressive bowling by young Tarquin.
The Not-So Oldies team comprised of: Gareth (Butts) Bottomley; Darren (Young Shack) Holmes; Andy Allen; Paul (Huddy) Hudson; Phil (The Whack) Taylor; Dave (Slim Boy) Rule; Nick (the Skip) Sowerby; Ian (the gloves) Bell; Roy (the boy) Barton; Bob (Irry) McCutcheon and of course Kevin (Random Man From Pub) Sutcliffe.
Magic moments from this period of the game included: synchronised diving by Parker and Burnhill; a storming catch and drop by Beaks; Big Phil's towering sixes and of course Linford coming on to bowl from umpire to remove son.
More thanks must go to Kirsty Hannam, John Hudson and Mick Spargo for giving up their time, and to Dave (Kinder) Ingham, Helen (Hells Bells) Holmes and Steve (The Baby) Holroyd for their promotion and fund raising efforts. Thanks also to Paul Stafford and the staff at the Greyhound for some excellent food.
It has been proposed that we make this an annual event so roll on September 2009 (though not too fast) and watch this space/website.
THE NOT-SO OLDIES