Broad Street Wrington Cricket Club
Micky Ball Memorial Cricket Day
13th July 2008

Report with photographs by Phil Parker

Unlike last year the sun shone in an otherwise wet summer. It was glorious day ...
... Wrington Cricket Club kicked off the first 10 over game in the morning against Yeo Valley ...
The Yeo Valley girls steal a single in their total of 51 from 10 overs. The cricket club knocked off the runs for 3 wickets in 7.2 overs. Here Mickey Edmunds quietly (just for once, as he was the days most explosive scorer) works one to the leg side. The second game saw Alvis Bros score 59-6 from their ten overs. But Winscombe Rugby club scored the winning runs with 5 balls to spare and 6 wickets in hand.
The Mickey Ball Memorial bench was put to good use by the club’s loyal supporters and Micky’s good friends throughout the day. In the afternoon Wrington Cricket Club scored 108-2 in their ten overs against Alvis Bros. Mickey Edmunds entertained the crowd with 30 from one over including 4 massive sixes. Under the rules of the competition Mickey had to retire at the end of the over in which he reached 25. With a final score of 47 he made full use of that over! It was entirely appropriate for the day as Micky Ball loved to watch Mickey Edmunds bat. Due to the ineptitude of the cameraman those shots were not recorded. Here however Andy Robinson hits out.
Another Alvis wicket falls in their reply of 45-9.            At the end though former Cricket Club favourite Maurice Blight (‘the silver fox’!) was unmoved and ensured Alvis batted the full 10 overs.
In the second game of the afternoon Winscombe Rugby club knocked up a massive 110-4 in their ten overs against Yeo Valley. Here Yeo Valley celebrate a minor success with middle stump less than vertical.                                           Micky Ball’s grandson Lewis hits it past square leg in the Yeo Valley reply of 39-9.

…and so to the final in the evening between the most successful teams in the four 10 over games, Wrington Cricket Club and Winscombe Rugby Club. The match was played over 20 overs. Wrington batted first and scored 109-5 in their 20 overs. Mickey Edmunds top scoring with 41. Winscombe in chasing looked to have chances.
Here, one of the club’s favourite sons Nick Doherty, now one of the West of England Premier League most successful bowlers this season with Glastonbury and their No.11, showed what he can do with a bat and opened his shoulders to record the top score of the day with 46 before being bowled by the accurate Anton Lovatt going for one big hit too many. With Nick gone Winscombe required 19 to win from 2 overs, but crucially with just one wicket left……………….. Last man Lewis Yule thrashed the ball back but fell to an astonishing caught and bowled from Tom Green, who is still wringing his hands in the photo above!! And so Wrington Cricket Club won and retained the Shield.
To the victors, the spoils……. Tim Ledbury Wrington CC’s captain is presented with the Micky Ball Memorial Shield by John Alvis who kindly provided lunch and the evening pig roast.
Wrington Cricket Club - winners of the Micky Ball trophy 2008

See everybody next year – either 12 July or 19 July to be confirmed.