The Lord's Taverners v The Yankee Wanderers
The Lord’s Taverners 219 for 9 (36 overs)
Yankee Wanderers 220 for 9 (35.5 overs)
Yankee Wanderers won by one wicket
In many ways this was one of the most important Taverners matches for many years because our friends from the USA, the Yankee Wanderers, had raised £90,000 in sponsorship for the game, which produced two minibuses and 20 sports wheelchairs. This magnificent sum must be a record for a Taverners game and great tribute is to be paid to Michael Greathead, our Taverners member from Houston, Texas, and his colleagues for all their efforts in raising this money both personally and corporately.
This is the third match against the Yankee Wanderers, which is played every four years. The Yankee Wanderers come over to the UK to see the Lord’s Test Match and hopefully have a game of cricket against the Taverners from time to time. This match was played in the memory of Mike Denness OBE, a Yankee Wanderer himself, who had managed the team in previous years and sadly passed away earlier in the year.
In response to the generosity of our opponents we produced a side containing no fewer than nine players who had represented their country plus three former international cricketers, John Price, Mike Gatting and Chris Tavare, who together with Milton Johns, umpired throughout the game.
The Taverners batted first and generously allowed yet another international, Vikram Solanki, to play for the Yankee Wanderers, who also enlisted the services of Phil Tufnell. He was able to wind himself up and bowl 4 overs taking 2 for 18 before retiring to the bar, bringing back fond memories of his bowling and drinking.
Gus Mackay struck 81 hard hit runs off just 32 balls, while Colin Brazier and Jon Desborough, our TV presenters, could only admire at the other end. Contributions with the bat came from Jon Batty, Chris Villiers, of TV fame, Gareth Batty, Andrew Caddick, Jon Lewis, Martyn Ball and Phil Spencer. The rest of our squad, Ian Salisbury, Min Patel, Paul Taylor and Greg Garner, the RFU referee, were unable to get to the crease. 219 for 9 was a competitive total, but the Yankee Wanderers contained some good players with James Gatting, Phil Trayner, Vikram Solanki and Ryan Corns all making notable contributions. Ian Salisbury, as usual, was the best bowler with 2 for 19, whilst Min Patel took a couple of wickets rather expensively and Phil Spencer, the TV presenter, surprised us all with a really good spell of hostile, fast, left arm bowling, taking 2 for 23, outshining Andrew Caddick in the process.
The game was well balanced until the latter stages when wickets fell rapidly, but the standard of umpiring fell dramatically in the last 2 overs when seemingly good wickets fell off no balls, with the result that the opposition squeezed home with a leg bye off the penultimate ball to the dismay of the Taverners team. If the DRS system had been operating successfully the result might have been different.
The event was hosted with its usual aplomb by our President, Chris Cowdrey, supported by Michael Greathead, our generous major sponsor, with Henry Kelly battling valiantly against the odds with the auction, whilst the number of officials were pleasantly surprised by having their efforts rewarded with a bottle of champagne from the sponsors.
Oxted is a splendid location for such a cricket match and our hosts, Oxted CC, deserve a hearty vote of thanks for all the efforts they have made in supporting the event, attracting support of over 30 tables in the marquee for lunch with most of the supporters staying all day for the cricket to give a really good atmosphere to the event, which was played in perfect summer weather. Peter Tomlinson and Henry Kelly were excellent on the PA system and Trevor Sturgess produced his usual immaculate scorebook. Our thanks are due to them for their efforts.
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Venue: Oxted CC
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