MAYOR'S MATCH 2017
The 2017 Mayor's Match between Marlborough CC and the Mayor's XI raised £335 to buy cricket equipment for the town's new primary school, Marlborough St. Mary's. A free All-Stars / Kwik Cricket session before the match saw a large number of children playing games on the outfield, watched by family and friends, most of whom stayed for the main event.
This highly successful and popular event could not happen without the help of volunteers. Huge thanks to Norman Mussell for parking the cars, Tim Smith for running the bar, Chris Whiteley for serving the beer, Jo Crabbe for providing the best cakes imaginable, Hayley Lambert for selling raffle tickets and providing food for the players, George Fox for captaining the home team and Magnus Painter for designing the junior cricket session which was run brilliantly by Simon Wells!
MCC XI (134-3) beat Marlborough Mayor's XI (79-10) by 55 runs
In front of a large crowd of families, who had earlier enjoyed a taster session of All-Stars and Kwik Cricket, Marlborough batted first, looking to post a big target in the early evening sunshine. Oli Whiteley batted very well before retiring for 25, out-scoring his opening partner, Paul Smith, who followed soon after, also retired for 28. Andy Crabbe, batting at number three, needed only 21 balls for his 25 before retiring. The late flourishes to the innings were administered by Ben Drewett (whose 18 included the only 6 of the innings) and Jamie Goddard, who was undefeated on 19 when the innings came to close. Marlborough had scored 134 from their 20 overs.
After a quick drinks interval, the Mayor's XI got off to a flying start as two familiar faces from Avebury CC (Greg Dix and John Rheinberg) set about the chase. The breakthrough came when Bradley Whatley bowled Dix for 11. Rheinberg retired when he reached 25 but a succession of quick wickets meant he would soon get a second chance. Whatley finished with figures of 3 for 26 from his 4 overs while Jamie Goddard (3 for 12), Graham McDonald (2 for 5) and Arran Aujla (1 for 12) also chipped in with wickets. However the best moment of the match was reserved for young Zak Tunmore, who claimed the wicket of his dad Jamie, caught by Oli Whiteley for 0! Although Rheinberg did return, he was dismissed for a fine 32 to close the innings with the Mayor's XI still 55 runs short of their target. A fine victory for Marlorough and all in a good cause. See you next year! Ed Puddick