New ground opened in style
new cricket ground, kindly provided by Edward and Yvonne Thomas in Burton
Lane, was opened in style on Sunday 2nd June. In the morning six local
primary schools, Dilwyn, Shobdon, Canon Pyon, Kingsland, Almeley and
Weobley sent teams to compete in a Kwik Cricket Tournament. Two matches
were played concurrently on pitches cut on the outfield. There were
two pools and the winners of each played the final on the square. The
games were played between 10.30-1.00pm. After six hard fought matches,
Canon Pyon and Kingsland met in the deciding match, in which Kingsland
were the winners. Trophies were presented to the captains of the two
teams by Bill Wiggin MP, who kindly stepped in at the last minute, when
Richard Thorpe was forced to withdraw, through ill health. All the children
who participated (60, including reserves) received commemorative certificates.
wish to congratulate all the children not only on their performances,
but also on their exemplary behaviour. Many of those attending commented
on their huge enjoyment in watching youngsters playing with such enthusiasm
and good sportsmanship. It was a great pleasure from our point of view
to have been able to host what we feel was a very successful event.
The presence of the children contributed greatly to the celebrations
for the opening of our new ground, a view endorsed by Mr Wiggin MP.
A fine photographic record was kept by Jayne watson, several of which
appeared in local newspapers.
The History Invitation Team v Howard Davies Invitation Team
game was first played in 1996 to celebrate 130 years of cricket in Eardisland,
on the ground where it all began in 1866. The venue was moved from the
old cricket meadow, to the new this season, to celebrate its opening.
Those who follow the saga of this match will be aware that for the first
three years the weather was glorious. There then followed three years
in which matches were played in rain, thunder and lightening. Yet throughout
it all, there emerged a bright ray of hope for the future prospects
of the game, a crack gazebo erection squad was honing the skills of
tent erection to new heights. However, this year, the training and encouragement
they have provided to their young apprentices finally bore fruit. Master
of Tents (with first class distinction,) John Gittoes had passed the
mantle to son David (until now, merely Pole-Holder 3rd Class) with Second
Mate, Spud Dyer as First Aid man (for the flying pole across the nut)
and Senior Observer-Expectant with Andrew Davies (acting Master of Guy
Ropes) taking notes.
was strange to see the day of the match begin without the playful banter
of Eric (Master of Cow Pat Removal Squad with bar) & Gill (Pole-Collapse-Catcher
& Rapid Response Range-Finder) Richards and Cathy (Techno-Dome-Support-Director)
Dyer, as they fought against gale force winds to secure the gazebos
to Ian Watson's hub caps. There was some speculation that they had been
head hunted by Burgoynes for an emergency job in the locality, and their
presence was certainly missed.
well one recalls the special systems they devised at the drop of a hat
to drain 4 gallons of water which collected every three minutes from
the central connecting channels of two adjacent structures in 1999,
and the improvised lightening conductor which John rigged up on the
central support post in 2000, just in case, which also served to call
emergency services when it was feared that several cars would be stranded
in the small stream that appeared in the outfield as the rain lashed
in from the west.
the new team, led by David Gittoes had learnt their job well and brought
a new dimension to work. Calling instructions with surgical precision,
each item was passed from one team member to the next and held securely
in place with Spofoths Sealing Fixative. The field hung with expectancy
as the orders began...
"three left hand threads, pole numbers 1,3,4, with groove attachment....times
four; two flange adapters... spigot number three with undulating hinge....
two cross pieces numbers 2 & 4.. . black tape.. 3.7centimentres....
roof flaps, side vent, pergola.... guy ropes, two half hitches...and
the work was done in less than 15 minutes....
So it is that history is made and a new chapter opens in the cricketing
life of Eardisland.
As for the match, that too, had its special moments of magic. The Chairman,
was deputed to meet Bill Wiggin on his arrival and invite him to take
the first ball of the match. On spotting the entry of a large, vintage
car into the ground, flying the flag of St George from the aerial, Martyn
made his way over to greet the celebrity.
He bowed a little, in natural deference, as the guest stepped from the
car; but was a little surprised to see him dressed a gaudy waistcoat,
yellow shirt and green trousers, with union jack stickers on his spectacles.
However, undeterred Martyn shook him firmly by the hand and directed
him to the tent from which the awards were to be made....and was heard
to say, "our esteemed MP, what a pleasure to meet you.." to
which the guest relied ..."oh, no, I'm the conjuror and children's
entertainer..." as he removed an egg from his ear.
Mr Wiggin arrived shortly afterwards and duly performed the opening
ceremony on the square. He spoke of the importance of events such as
this not only as a memory and celebration of the jubilee, but also as
evidence of community spirit. He said he was delighted to have had the
opportunity to open the ground, and wouldn`t mind a bit part in Emmerdale.
He was presented with a bottle of claret by Ian Watson on behalf of
the committee and thanked for coming to perform the ceremony for the
The game duly began in warm sunshine, and as always on such occasions,
the numbers wishing to play are uncertain. On this occasion we had 15
aside. It was agreed to allow the young cricketers (many of whom who
had played in the earlier tournament) to bat and bowl for two or three
overs each, so that they would contribute to the match. This then allowed
a game of 24 overs to decide the outcome of the Eardisland Bat.
playing Captain Howard Davies won the toss and sent the Oral History
team into bat. The youngsters played steadily and got the scoreboard
moving. But it was when Chris Watson and Hugh Lowe came into bat that
the tempo picked up. Both played fine shots all round the wicket, and
Hugh, who is a one game a year player, looked in fine shape and he drove
with great power. He was finally out to a good seaming ball from Andrew
Davies, making good use of a slight cross breeze, which took his off
stump. Chris drove a magnificent 4 through the covers before he was
caught and bowled by a slower ball from Malcom Dyer. The catch was a
fine one handed dismissal, which he managed to hold onto as he tumbled
to his right in his follow up.
There followed a middle order collapse as four batsmen went in the space
of four overs for five runs. Henry Simpson, normally a stalwart of the
Howard Davies team, had been subject to transfer negotiations before
the start of the match. His prowess as a hard hitting batsman, seam
bowler and agile fielder made him an extremely marketable commodity.
A transfer fee was negotiated, which Henry kindly donated to the bar,
and he was duly signed on. It was felt that to have an GB International
in the side (albeit Australian Rules) must be worth 20 runs and a couple
of wickets. However, it was not until he fielded that the true value
of the transfer was recognised. Unfortunately, the opposing captain,
realising that he may have made a mistake in letting him go, was determined
to undo his batting confidence. Andrew Davies bowling his leg cutters
with accuracy was able to bemuse Henry into a false sense of security.
The fourth ball he faced moved off the slow pitch with more bite. It
moved from leg to off with unusual pace and turned him square. The ball
shot through his defences and rocked his castle. But Henry was to have
Edward Thomas played well in his usual dogged style for several overs.
He played a straight bat to the straight balls and attempted to cut
and tickle to leg, those which were off target. However, Andrew Davies
found a way through his defences when he came round the wicket and aimed
for the rough. Edward endeavoured to pad up but mis calculated the turn
on the ball and found the timbers rattled. Unfortunately, Jayne Watson`s
long range telescope camera lens caught the moment.
some reason she failed to capture the fall of the next wicket, namely
the run out of Ian Watson. Ian saw that he was in trouble, as the ball
was hit too firmly to Ben Probert and his partner had set off, head
down as if he was on rails. None the less, Ian made a brave but futile
attempt to make his ground as the ball whistled past his ears and thudded
into the safe hands of Dickie Preece who whipped off the bails, to leave
Ian stranded. A call for an adjudication went unheeded.
The next man in, was an unknown quality since he was making his debut
in the match. Alaistaire Munns has only recently arrived in the village
but having learnt his cricket in Zimbabwe, in the shadow of Graham Hick,
no time was lost in making another signing for the History Team. He
batted with elegance and grace for several overs, playing the ball crisply
through the covers to get off the mark. He saw a mini collapse going
on and batted with quiet confidence in trying to repair the fortunes
of the team. However, he too, was left a yard short of his crease when
a fine hook was brilliantly fielded by Darren Jones at deep mid wicket.
The ball was returned like a laser and again Dickie did the honours.
However, this was a fine debut and a regular place in this team is assured.
The last three batsmen, Dave Gittoes, Paul Selfe and another transferee,
Edward Simpson, were able to add respectability to the score before
the innings ended. Edward recently back from trekking in the Himalayas
showed how fit he is, and scampered an number of quick singles. Whereas
last year he played in wellington boots and shooting jacket, the only
one to come prepared for the weather and every eventuality, this year
he went for speed. Paul Selfe added 16 with him for the last wicket
before he was out to a fine one handed slip catch by Martyn Connop.
In this he again demoinstrated his skill as a slipper. His similar catch
recently at Clee Hill was possibly the catch of the season, when he
dived full length, and held the ball in his left hand inches from the
ground, from a hard cut by the batsman which fizzed away in a blur towards
an inevitable boundary. To see it in his hand was truly astounding.
innings closed at 77 all out in 24 overs. Tea was taken and then the
Howard Davies team went out to score 78 in 24 overs.
Howard Davies innings begins
Once again the young players opened the batting and bowling and showed
much promise for the future. Alaistaire Munns was brought into the attack
and showed what a fine left arm seamer he is. He bowled with great accuracy
and picked up a wicket with his first ball in Eardisland cricket. His
athletic fielding is also a great asset to a team top heavy with the
The batting fireworks started when Malcom Dyer reached the crease. He
negotiated some fine leg break bowling by Sam Gittoes, before opening
his shoulders; first he attacked Ian Watson's in-swingers, creaming
a beautiful 4 though midwicket and several quick singles off Hugh Lowe.
But he was dismissed by a magnificent catch in the deep by Edward Simpson.
Hugh attacked Malcolm's leg stump and in order to deal with this difficult
line, he attempted to hit him inside out and moving over to the leg
side, he drove with great power towards deep midwicket. Edward had been
quenching his thirst and examining the quality of the grass in the outfield,
when the ball approach in a high trajectory, against a strong sun. Aware
that all eyes were on him and the batsmen had already crossed for two
speedily taken runs, Edward moved back towards the boundary edge and
then shuffled to his left. As he stumbled the ball reached his left
shoulder causing him to readjust but was unable to retain his equilibrium.
There was a possibility that the ball could have struck him a severe
blow on the head, but dancing lightly to his left as if in a tango-mode
he plunged forward and took the catch. Although not cleanly. The ball
flew into the air and over his right shoulder. But turning his imaginary
partner 90 degrees he fell back and held the ball as it plummeted towards
the earth.. He stood, covered in grass with the ball raised in his hand.
A sensational catch. Malcolm stood disbelieving, and then departed,
a fine innings at an end.
However, his place was taken by Andrew Davies, who quickly showed his
fine form by on driving a ball from David Gittoes for 4 and then clipping
one off his toes. However, David was now finding his line and length
and he tempted Andrew to hit over the top. But there at deep long leg
stood Henry Simpson, patrolling a wide area, trying to ensure that 5
runs were not conceded by the ball hitting obstructions left in the
field as he and Edward changed fielding positions. Henry heard a shout
of "catch it" and quickly located the source, as David Gittoes
began to wave at him, sending what appeared to be semaphore signals
as to the height and direction of the ball. Suddenly, Henry took off,
running like a sprinter and then flying horizontally for several yards
before he collapsed in a heap with the ball in his hand. Another extraordinary
catch, which it is hoped was caught on camera by Jayne Watson who was
situated at short mid on, braving the powerful hitting that was going
on around her.
The last of the History team bowlers tried hard to control the final
overs of the match, but Darren Jones playing powerfully with strong
controlled hitting, and with Spud Dyer, a substitute for Darren Staples,
made the winning hits. With two balls to spare, Darren drove the winning
run and the match ended with a one wicket win for the Howard Davies
The Eardisland Bat was presented for the 7th year by Leslie Evans, to
Andrew Davies. As always, we were extremely grateful to the umpires
and scorer, to Ian Watson for marking out several pitches and all those
who had helped provide teas, set up the equipment, organise the entertainments
and of course to those who took part. Bill Blatchford has done a marvellous
job in getting the ground into good shape for our matches, and David
Gittoes and John have worked hard in cutting the square. It was a great
day and we look forward to the future on this ground with great anticipation.
Annual match played on the new cricket ground 2nd June 2002
Result: win for the Howard Davies Invitation Team by one wicket
with two balls to spare.
History Invitation Team
Davies Invitation Team
Bill Price; John Edwards; Eric Richards & Bill Blatchford.
Scorer: Claire Price.
Eardisland Bat presented to Andrew Davies by Leslie Evans
Result to date: Howard Davies Team 4; History Team 3.
The first meeting of the junior section was held on Sunday 23rd June
when 13 young players turned up to play some Kwik Cricket and use the
catching cradle. We hope to arrange 8 sessions before the end of the
season to give them some coaching and an opportunity to develop their
basic skills. The Club coaches are Will Hicks and Ian Watson. Other
club members are welcome to attend these sessions to assist, as well
interested in joining the club should contact Secretary Bill Price and
Treasurer Claire Price 388309.
Gittoes has recently played in his first County Match for Herefordshire
Under 10s versus Shropshire, played at Dales Ground in Leominster. He
is due to play in further County matches in the coming weeks.
Annual Anniversary Match
ORAL HISTORY INVITATION TEAM VERSUS HOWARD DAVIES INVITATION TEAM
game was played on Sunday 19th August on the old cricket meadow where
the first matches were played in Eardisland in 1866. It was initially
the Burton Court Cricket Club, under the management of the Clowes family,
who had recently moved into Burton Court. Most matches, according to
old reports and score-books, were played in August. This is probably
because it was the time when most family members were available to play,
having returned from the Scottish estates and family visits.
always we are extremely grateful to Leslie Evans for permission to use
the ground. The Annual Anniversary match, organised by the local history
members was first played in 1996 to commemorate the start of cricket
in the village. The ground was used until the outbreak of war, and was
not used again for cricket until the first anniversary match.. The winning
team receives the Eardisland Bat which hangs throughout the year in
the White Swan.
The pitch had been cut a week before the match and as always it was
showing some signs of uneven quality, but since the introduction of
the Eardisland Rules (maximum run up to bowl 5 paces) it was felt that
the hazards of the pitch had been overcome. However, a pitch inspection
by Bill Blatchford (Master of Mowers and Member of the Umpires Union)
two days before the game was due to be played, deemed it unfit and said
that he would lay three tons of sand on it and organise Mike Connop
to bring his vibrating heavy roller to flatten it. This was duly done,
to the fascination of many experienced cricketers who turned up to assist.
Watson, honorary Pitch Marker Extraordinary, said that painting white
lines on sand was a new experience to him and one not given to many.
It could prove to be a skill central to career advancement. Anyone who
would like to become Ian`s apprentice for future years is recommended
to take a tin of white paint to Borth and put in a little practice.
Gazebo Squad in action
The gazebo erection team, under the usual direction of John Gittoes
(Master of Tents, First Class, with Distinction) assembled at 10am and
were surprised to find that they had a tricky problem to resolve. The
pitch had been cut in a new direction and in a new position. An hour
was spent discussing the best site for the tea tents and a sub committee
was set up to make the final decision. However, once agreement was reached
the team flew into action. Tribute must again be paid to John`s masterly
skills in directing his team of Cathy and Malcolm Dyer and Gill and
Eric Richards (sadly redundant this year as Master of the Cow-Pat Removal
Men). They form an extraordinarily experienced squad, hand picked for
the nimble ways in which cross-thread joints can be re-grooved in an
instant; their knowledge of correct pole procedure, knot adjustment
technique and gale-force wind alignment. Their ability to work as a
harmonious team of technicians, is always impressive to behold. John
is considering writing the definitive handbook for future erectors.
Fortunately, this year, much of the erection work was placed on video,
from which future members can take notes. Spectators not interested
in the cricket are recommended to arrive early in the morning next year
to watch the squad at work.
forecaster makes prediction
Those who recall the report of last year's match may remember the day
was somewhat wet, as it was the year before. Small bets had been taken
that we could not have three consecutive years of torrential rain for
this important event. The day was again heavy with cloud, but whilst
the Gazebo squad worked, quietly and efficiently at their task, weather
man Malcolm Dyer was again consulted for his local weather knowledge.
By 11.30 the sky had aspects of blue and a warm breeze was blowing.
He looked knowingly towards the west and said things could only get
better by 2.00pm
2pm the organising group returned to check that everything was ready.
The ground was in fine condition. The boundary markers were in place;
the gazebos were still standing; the tables and chairs had been erected
and the teas and refreshments had arrived. The urn of water was on the
gas, the pitch was marked; the teams were arriving; the day was set
2.20 the fifth light went on in Leslie's house. As the sky turned black.
2.22 Malcolm's weather predictions were again meteorologically a little
duff. It was for the third year raining stair-rods.
2.25 the rain was so heavy that it was impossible to see across the
ground (although someone did claim to have seen someone rapidly change
direction carrying the bag of equipment). Again, the whole local cricketing
community was brought together huddling in the central gazebo. We had
4 umpires, a scorer, a score-board operative, 6 people who had come
to watch and 18 players. We have become used to the unusual intimacy
the occasion provides since this is the third time we have been huddled
together on a wet Sunday in August. Whilst it does generate warmth and
some community banter, it is not conducive to cricket. Wrong.
in the gloom: shock
Tom and Will Hicks, emerged into the gloom and with water running off
their helmets like figures in a fountain, they said as one, we should
make a start, they at least were not fair weather cricketers. However,
the clap of thunder overhead and the shafts of lightening which were
observed by Howard Davies caused them to be out-voted by a considerable
majority. Claire Price said that the last time she had seen the sky
the same shade of purple was this time last year. But it was agreed
that the thunder was louder this time. Within minutes messengers arrived
carrying apologies from several of the expected team members indicating
that they were unable to attend after all because they had important
appointments and holidays arranged. Somehow, the bag of cricketing equipment
mysteriously arrived by an unseen hand and Edward Thomas was deputed
to make a new weather assessment before a decision was made to abandon
forecaster makes new prediction
Edward took one look out and said that the day would improve within
ten minutes. Malcolm said he thought it had set in. At 2.50 the rain
stopped; blue sky appeared overhead and the sun began to shine. At 3.00pm
the game was underway.
The Howard Davies Team won the toss and elected to bat. The captain,
Andrew Davies sent out his two youngest players to open. Sam Gittoes
and Luke Jones. This was the debut for both players and it was pleasing
to find several young boys keen to be involved in this match.
openers showed that they are going to be extremely useful cricketers
and struck the ball fluently on what was a slow a difficult wicket.
Sam played a sumptuous cover drive off Ian Watson and scored 10 high
quality runs before he was deceived by a slower delivery from Chris
Watson which swung and dipped. He moved inside the line, aimed to drive
through mid-wicket, got a top edge for Will Hicks to make an astounding
one handed catch in front of second slip. Ian Watson, who opened the
bowling with his usual steady seamers did not pick up a wicket with
his first ball as he has done for the past two matches bowled accurately
and kept the scoring down. He had his major success in capturing the
wicket of Luke Jones who was bowled by the leg cutter that Ian bowls
with great guile. Luke drove and cut and on a pitch with a faster outfield
would have picked up many more runs. He has good technique and plays
calmly. Rob Harper came into face Tom Hicks who was bowling his leg
breaks. Tom has been man of the match in the past, and still shows his
class on a hard dry wicket. But the sand made it difficult to get turn
and Rob flicked him off his pads and pulled a ball that was brilliantly
fielded by John Gittoes to prevent a boundary.
May, a young cricketer who regularly attends net-practice, took over
at the Cornfield end and with his third ball in senior cricket got one
to move off the seam and it kept low to deceive Rob into a false shot.
John Speke came into the game having scored over 300 in just a handful
of innings over the past months. Like Rob, he is clearly going to be
a very fine cricketer, and both have been selected for Herefordshire
Youth teams. But John found it difficult to get the ball to the boundary
on this usual surface. He played a beautiful cover drive and a hook
that stopped dead in long grass before Tom Hicks got one to deceive
him. The flipper is a hard ball to bowl but Tom can produce one that
would undo most players.
The score was moving along steadily, but slowly until Andrew Davies
came to the wicket. Dressed in black, to match the weather at the start
of the day, Andrew hit out powerfully. With three sixes and a four he
punished loose bowling and when he reached 26 was obliged to retire
(Eardisland Rules, No3, sub section 6(ii)). The score was now approaching
70, already a formidable one in a 24 over match. It took Spud Dyer only
10 balls to amass 14 runs with a 6 that scattered the tea-makers and
a 4 that dissected the bowler and mid-off, before he was snapped up
by Dave Gittoes, making a comeback after injury . Dave bowled him a
slower out-swinger that moved late and in trying to hook, got a top
edge. The ball looped high in the air giving all the players the opportunity
to watch as it appeared to hover in the light breeze and descend like
a meteor directly onto the middle stump. An extraordinary dismissal,
but one well deserved for the cunning way in which Dave won the wicket.
Howard Davies debut
Russell Smith made a return to the match, having been unavailable for
several seasons, but looked in good nick as he attacked the bowling
with some ferocity. He held out well against some flighted spin from
Paul Selfe and some left arm seamers from John Gittoes. It was only
when he misjudged the flight of a ball that went on straight to hit
his leg stump that his innings ended. This brought to the wicket for
the first time, the organiser of the team, Howard Davies. In the past
always an observer of the team, offering them keen support, but as a
result of injuries and pressing appointments, he agreed to take up the
blade on their behalf. He was accompanied in the last wicket stand of
10 by an ex-Leominster player, G.Evans, who showed that he had not forgotten
his skills. Uncertain how to bowl at Howard, never having seem him bat
before, the field was set for a potentially big hitter. In the event
he showed great competence as a defender. He watched John Gittoes swing
balls past the outside edge of his bat, and found the deceptive pace
of Edward Thomas disconcerting. His single was scored by a clever defensive
push which on faster out-field would have reached the boundary. It was
only when his colleague called for a quick single that he was outpaced
by a bullet like throw from Tom Hicks which clipped a bail and would
otherwise have gone through for over throws. The team was all out for
86.with Evans not out 6.
Tea in the sunshine
Tea was taken in bight summer like conditions and the delicious spread
was greatly enjoyed by everyone, including guests and visitors, there
was so much of it. Tea and refreshments were served by Gill, Cathy and
Claire and raffle tickets sold by Jessica.
match resumed at 4.30 in delightful conditions. In fact the sun was
shining so brightly that caps were required for batsmen.
Tom Hicks and Oliver May were deputed to open the innings. They faced
Sam Gittoes bowling wrist spin and Luke Jones bowling seam up. Sam was
getting quite a lot of turn and bowling with good control. Tom played
some strong shots before being surprised by the googly which took the
shoulder of the bat and flew low down the leg side. Spud Dyer took off
like an acrobat about to turn a somersault and held the ball inches
from the ground.
Oliver was battling hard against Luke's fine opening spell and having
played some good drives, attempted to get off the strike, but was brilliantly
run out by a direct hit on the wicket by Russell Smith. Two wicket down
for no runs. A bleak start. Ian Watson and Will Hicks were at the wicket
whilst the score moved along. Will struck a powerful 6 over long on
and pulled a ball to the boundary for 4. Ian with his usual careful
defence nudged and clipped balls away to ensure that the score ticked
over and gave the strike to Will. The team were looking to Will for
another big score. He is an extremely accomplished cricketer who has
the top score for ECC this season, 75 not out against Wellington. However,
Luke Jones in his final over captured Will's wicket with a faster delivery
that moved deceptively in the final yard after pitching in a sand divot.
Will got an edge that was well held by Andrew Davies. A good over from
Rob Harper saw the end of Ian Watson's defiant innings as he got one
through the defences to clip off stump. Chris Watson played powerfully
before being LBW to John Speke whose bowling skills put him in the all
rounder class. Five wickets down for 16. Things looked bleak and when
John Gittoes was also LBW to Rob Harper the score had only moved on
to 17. Dave Gittoes responded with a huge 6 which cleared the square
leg boundary before he moved to attack John Speke`s bowling. But the
off break totally undid him and his castle was demolished. It was 8
wickets down for 27 and Edward Thomas took guard. He played with great
authority, driving loose balls, running quick singles and taking the
attack to the bowlers. In a flourish, with a beautiful straight drive
for 4 he helped move the score to respectability 43 for 9, as Paul Selfe
managed only 2, being completely mesmeroised by the floaters and drifters
sent down by Howard Davies, in a very controlled spell of bowling. He
brought any thoughts of an attacking last wicket stand to a halt.
Bill Price came to the wicket, making a come-back after many years observing
from the umpires position, he also seemed bemused by the ball's high
trajectory against the glaring sun and although he played an immaculate
forward defensive stroke, reminiscent of Tom Graveney in his prime,
he failed to make contact. It was subsequently noted that Eardisland
Rules (Para 3 subsection 5 (iii) specidically states that comeback players
cannot be out first ball. Apologies to Bill. With the fall of that wicket,
the Oral History Team was all out 48. However, it was agreed to play
out the 24 overs and in batting a second time, managed to pass the score
of 86 with two balls to spare.
from good bowling and batting in difficult conditions, the two wicket
keepers excelled, since neither normally take up the gloves.
has won? Shock
A short meeting of the senior professionals in the History Team agreed
that since they had been bowled out for 48 in their first innings and
the Howard Davies team had not used their second innings, they were
the victors by 38 runs. It was also agreed that an amendment will have
to be made to the Eardisland Rules for future years to take account
of this anomaly.
The Eardisland Bat was presented by Leslie Evans to Andrew Davies after
votes of thanks to all who had assisted in the preparation and organisation
of the event which ended in warm sunshine. Donations received will enable
a sum to be presented to the village Youth Club. The Gazebo team had
done their work for another year. The video will be available soon.