Article last updated : 20/05/2009
Cricket and Katie
Katie loved her cricket, she loved playing it and more importantly she loved beating her Dad at it!
Her Dad writes......
As a keen cricketer myself I was really pleased when Katie took a liking to the game. She would enjoy watching cricket on the television particularly when her hero Freddie Flintoff was playing.
She loved the 2005 Ashes series and her England shirt she received the following Christmas was her pride and joy. Games in the driveway were now becoming more competitive and gone were the days when I would bowl gently to her and tell her she could not be out first ball!
It would more likely be her telling me that I "could not be out first ball" such was her demon bowling. Many the time sho would whack the ball back over my head and with that cheeky face would shout "See ya" as I tore after the ball as it rapidly left the scene.
There is a lovely memory of her in my kitchen with the score of one our last ever games together immortalised on a blackboard and Katie has written underneath “Katie wins - in case you forget!” Also I know one of Alison’s (my partner) favourite memories of Katie is listening to Katie and I playing cricket in a lane about 100 yards from our house and all Alison could hear was Katie’s famous giggling. I expect I lost that game too!
Uncle Graham from Cambridge wrote on his memory card at Katie's funeral “Katie will always be such a major part of the family, present at every event, cherished for all the fond memories and celebrated as a really witty, intelligent and loving girl…..and not at all bad at cricket.”
When Katie knew of her condition she had a wish list of things she would like to and one of these was to meet Freddie Flintoff, sadly this wish never materialised.
Katie would have loved the cricket match last year, of course she was there in everyone's hearts, and she and the boss upstairs saw to it the weather was marvellous and the day a great success. Here's hoping for more of the same this year.