In a great day for Superstars, Make-A-Wish and Planet Earth well over 50 people converged on Hall Place in Bexley
for the Make A Wish 6-a-side cricket tournament. The weather was good, the ground excellent and many very kind people bought cakes to sell for the cause. Oh and
there was some cricket but that felt a bit of a side show really. The event raised 605.18 pounds to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting
life-threatening conditions and we'd like to thank everyone who baked cakes, played cricket, arrived on time or supported the event in any way at all.
There was, however, some cricket and it feels sensible (and in some cases amusing) to record for posterity some of the
action that day. There were seven teams so the format meant each team would play 4 times in a league. Clearly teams would not play all the other teams but it seemed the best
way of sorting the hapless from the slightly less hapless.
The results of the games are below, click on the game to see further details including scorecards-
Regular cricketers the DEFRA Allstars won well against a spirited Which End? side. Ed Hawker
made a fine 43 not out for DEFRA while Jonathan Ninian scored 25 not out to ensure Daryl's Which End side at least scored some well earned bonus points.
In a thrilling match Jason's Harriers side came out on top after a nerve jangling last over was too much for the much heralded Leg Ends batting
line up. Earlier a superb innings of 31 by Harris Sr had set up the win.
Another close encounter followed with a Superstars team "SWAN" taking on Adam's Old Haileyburyian's rugby team. SWAN batted first
and thanks mainly to Diwakar and Vijay made a defendable 49. Rory bowled an impressive 1-0-1-2. OH Rugby lost 3 wickets in reply, and no one made more than 17 but a solid team effort got them to the target off the
The battle of the underdogs bought Paul Gaught's Spooners into the competition for the first time. Spooners bowled surprisingly well with Pete, Alok and staggeringly Paul bowling 3 overs for 14 between them. Daryl suffered the indignity of getting out to Paul as Which End made it to 35-2. Spooners were nervous at 10-2 after 2 overs but Matt Bollington and Paul safely made it to the target in the final over.
A simply sensational
match that will go down in cricketing history. Firstly Allstars destroyed the Leg Ends "attack" with 100
in their 5 overs - Steve (50no) and Dwayne (42no) causing the mayhem then amazingingly Matt Conway took
37 runs in the first over (6 runs+4 no balls, 6, 6, 4, 6 runs+4 no balls, 1) to give Leg Ends a chance.
However 2 wickets in the next over pretty much killed those chances. It was great entertainment for the large
Adam produced a great innings
which helped OH Rugby after a nervy start (mainly due to opening bowler Jonathan Ninian) to reach 69. Which
End struggled to 28 for 3 with Paul providing the strongest resistance and missing out on 5 points by one measly run.
After Allstars had scored at will in notching up 100 for no wicket against the Leg Ends, the SWAN bowlers were
delighted to keep boundaries to a minimum and kept the DEFRA outfit down to 58. After a good start from SWAN with the bat thye faltered a little mid innings and still needed 21 from the last over.
With Ed bowling at the death, SWANs swashed and buckled just 8 runs from the first 4 balls, requiring 13 from the last two balls to win. However, Vijay's tremendous sixes off the last two balls
brought about a tie. Jubilant SWANS flocked onto the pitch as the Allstars trudged off, deflated as if in defeat. This tie would haunt the Allstars later in the tournament.
In a game that reminded us
of Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson, Sutton beating Coventry and England winning a cricket match
Spooners managed to beat cricking regulars and royalty Leg Ends after a macnificent bowling and fielding
display which restricted Leg Ends to 43 (Conway 26). Paul and Pete calmly (perhaps too calmly for the watching
team mates) knocked off the runs with one ball spare.
Another thriller as Harriers set OH Rugby 61 to win, largely thanks to 44 not out from Mark Harris. With twenty required from the final
over it felt too much but when Jason was hit for 14 off the first 4 balls by an unknow batsman the great victory was on. Unfortunately two wickets meant 6 runs loss for the Rugby players.
Unfortunately Which End had become somewhat decimated by this point by injuries and early departures. They reached 24 runs with Daryl
limping to 14 and Glen taking a horrible one on the nose. They did not, however lose a wicket. Swan did lose a wicket but made the total easily in the 3rd over despite inspirational captaincy from Will Rose.
Allstars needed a win to keep up their tournament chances and did so with an efficient win over the young (except Jason of course) Harriers
line up who showed so much promise during the tournament. 51 never felt quite enough and so it proved with
Steve hitting a stunning 44 not out.
By this time the Leg Ends
were a mess of dejection, old age and ruderless leadership - so like they are most games and batting first
mustered a sorry 37-4 with only Barry contributing really. The Leg Ends may have enjoyed getting Adam
out second ball but there was no more joy and OH cruised home to secure a top 3 place at least.
And so, it was down to this. Outsiders Spooners had a chance of glory but star-laden SWAN stood in their way. Spooners batted first and some excellent bowling restricted them to 40 - Tom Goodwin making 19. Spooners had specialised in the fielding squeeze though and after 2 exceptional overs from Pete Robb and Alok SWAN were 7-2. This bought Vijay to the crease and a further wicket bought Jaime. Surely these guys would have enough. Even with 17 runs needed from the final over Vijay looked favourite as Paul G was to bowl. And so it seemed as two fours were hit from the first three balls. And then a little bit more flight, a lot more revs and Vijay was bowled through the gate with a classic off spin deliverly. Scenes. Still Roy strode to the crease knowing 7 in two balls would win and 6 would bring about a classic tie. Roy hit a 3 but Jaime could only nail a 2 to give Spooners the most famous of victories. Did I mention Paul G bowled Vijay?
These fourteen games, as well as the complicated bonus points system, meant a final League Table as below-
The original plan was to have a Final but with time
running out and kids wanting bedtime stories and grown ups wanting alcohol it was decided we would finish there. With a style befitting
the great sportsmanship shown through the tournament it was agreed that SPOONERS and ALLSTARS
would share the first ever Make A Wish 6-a-side Tournament. Once we'd managed to organise ourselves
the teams (each minus one player) celebrated with the trophy.