The weather forecast was dreadful and so it was with a sense of fear and pessimism that people gathered at Stafford Grammar School for the annual Cricket match. However, blue skies greeted the 80 people who gathered and one sensed that maybe, just maybe, we might see some cricket today and avoid a “soggy” BBQ!
From the youngest (3 week old Lillian Farmer) to the eldest (probably octogenarian Fred Crowhurst!) this day is always a highlight as it sees the whole church gathering together for fun, food and fellowship. And so, at 11am the BBQ was lit, the children commenced their games and the much anticipated Bandmaster’s XI Vs Deputy Bandmaster’s XI cricket match commenced.
It was wonderful to see so many family and friends in attendance and to see a significant number of the kids “J-Zone” club with parents.
Whilst there were two very short breaks in play for the briefest of showers, we were very fortunate with the weather and the red noses and foreheads the following morning indicated that the sun had certainly been shining on us!
There were significant batting displays from a parent of a young “J-Zone” member who knocked a quick 26 not out and from the two captains. The Deputy Bandmaster needed to carry the burden of run scoring for his team after a string of low scores and he certainly stepped up to the plate with 67 not out. BM Lamplough was also free scoring deciding to come in further down the order and hitting a quick 38 not out from just 4 overs. The bowlers probably came out on top over all with notable displays from Craig Hughes (2-12), young Kieran Sharman (3-35) and Andrew Dickinson, Jonny Pearce and D/BM Mark Sharman all picking up a wicket each as well. For the Bandmaster’s XI there were wickets for Ben Kershaw, Darren Selby and Matthew Mynott as well as the Bandmaster who picked up (2-12). However, a cricketing highlight for the day was a stunning one-handed catch from Ian Kershaw! As batsman Craig Hughes lashed the ball for an inevitable boundary Band Sgt Ian Kershaw leaped several feet, arching backwards to take a remarkable one handed catch, much to the delight of everyone.....even the batsman congratulated him!
The children enjoyed games and a mini-olympics and people sat, enjoyed each other’s company and great food. A BBQ, fresh fruit and home-baked cakes kept everyone content and a great day was enjoyed by all.