Charles Hunt memorial

On a beautiful sunny day at Roe Green the Strollers turned out in great numbers to play in the second Charles Hunt memorial game - a much missed Stroller. The trophy that we play for each year was originally won at Lords ….yes the Strollers, thanks to Charles, entered a team in a charity six a side competition at the home of cricket and won !!!!  Since this was down to Charles we now play for this trophy in his memory.   The President’s XI  played the Secretary’s XI   The President’s team batted first and Messrs Bandy and Singh added almost 60 for the first wicket. The 7 slips and 2 gullies were kept in the game but the batsman managed occasionally to find gaps elsewhere in the field. The introduction of slow bowling caused a dramatic shift in the fortunes with the score tumbling to 94 for 9! Ian Roper entered the attack and removed both the openers. Andy Nunn took his first Strollers’ wicket, 2 caught and bowled wickets for Rob A Bob Fisher (including the ever dangerous Cobra and Sheila slayer, Kenny Holden.) Matt Inman took two wickets in 2 balls,  a dropped catch on the third ball kept the hattrick at bay for another week. Paul Heath and Paul Morris added respectability to the total, also aided by lusty hitting from the ever young Dave Green.  The President’s team reached 112. Champagne moment - Mark Dix’s diving catch !!!   Now the highlight TEA …Bridget and the Ladies had done a remarkable job  (good tactic to bowl first thought Inman as he settled into his third plate of cakes, scones, strawberries etc.)   The President’s team opened the bowling with youth – Joe Croker and Lucas Gallo took 2 wickets each to have the opposition at 1 for 4.  Then Tommy Hunt and Ollie put on an excellent 50 for the next wicket… Tommy hitting an enormous six, Ollie retired and the Sec XI lost more wickets due to excellent bowling from Freddie Morris and Joe Croker.  At 79 – 8 things were a bit dicey but Mark Dix and John Inman managed to make the runs. Despite some intimidatory tactics – Dave Green appealing after hitting one of the batsmen in the rib cage.   Champagne moments -  Tommy’s Six or Ian Bandy’s stumping.   A good game with everyone batting and almost everyone bowling.   We then retired to the Moon and Stars for a pleasant evening.   Charles would certainly have enjoyed the game and particularly the tea .