Article last updated : 28/11/2011
Full Cricket Match Report
The sun shone and Nick's XI won a close encounter by just 11 runs to retain the Friends of Katie Trophy.
The relaxed afternoon was enjoyed by a number of spectators who helped raise another £200 for Little Havens. The photo shows Nick's XI in deep conversation following another wicket.
Nick won the toss and elected to bat in the 25 over a side match. Ian Walden and Bharat Gandhi gave their side a solid start with both having to retire at the mandatory 30.
With ten overs left the socre was 105-1 but some tight bowling and some less from frenetic batting meant the final score was 164-5. Dave Wilson scored a stylish 25 on his debut.
Rob's XI started well despite some close run out appeals and father and son Scott & Zac Fleming put on 36 for the first wicket. The run rate was never a problem but the regular loss of wickets kept Nick's XI as slight favourites.
Zac had to retire at 30 and an inspired spell of 3-25 from Glen Ramsey tipped the balance in Nick's favour. Despite having ten men the fielding was tight, inclding a great run out from Glen, and eventually Rob's XI fell 11 runs short.
Scorer Mark Abbott declared Glen the Man of the Match while Del Monte won the champagne moment for being out "Hit Wicket" for 0!
Thanks as always to Jo & Alison for preparing a beautiful tea and Anne-Marie Abbott, Kay Fleming, Sharon Sayers & Jean Greenfield for their invaluable help. Also to Paul at Little Baddow and all those who turned up to support the day.
Amazingly we raised £200 for Little Havens without really trying!
It was also great that Taylor Jacques, the first winner of Katie's award, and his family attended the match and seemed to have a great time.
Plans are already in place for next year, can Rob get his revenge?