Records were smashed, debuts were made, balls were lost and cars were dented at Dockers® Flannels for Heroes on Friday. It was belter of a day for cricketers, guests and the charities alike as 400 garden party-goers got stuck in to the endless fare of food and drink, and each other, while the sun shone at Burton Court.
This update gives a summary of the cricket, which was exciting at times, but everyone knows the day is more a celebration of sportsmanship and the British summer garden party, than it is about the game.
Help for Heroes CC made their first appearance at Flannels against tournament winners Milbank Malaprops, and showed a typically brave, yet on this occasion unsuccessful, stand in the face of some stiff competition from the lawyers and “associates”.
Previously, Dockers Heroes, led by Nick Compton and featuring an assortment of cricket-driven actors, were undone by the theatrical stroke-play of fellow Thespian, Mark Meadows (79) stylishly assisted by Rory Hamilton-Brown (37) and Sam Browne (39) of The Cadbury Cavaliers in their total of 227-4. The understated brilliance of Jaco Van Gass (5/34) then ripped through Dockers’ middle order to win the match for Cadbury. Van Gass won Best Bowler award for a remarkable session which began when Col. Cliff Dare took a running catch behind cover point to remove Nick Compton (43). For a one-armed veteran to take the wicket of an England opener was exciting in itself, but the next three balls astonished the baying crowd and accomplished something few had ever seen before. Not content with a hat-trick, Jaco went on to take four wickets in four balls and crushed the Dockers Heroes chances of reaching their target.
So it was a Milbank/Cadbury final and Milbank batted first with an awesome display of clean hitting from Will Leith, who raced to 100 in 13 overs, and Will Sheridan (68) – no doubt inspired by BLAKE singing Jerusalem in the marquee. Between them they lost 3 balls, endangered parked cars and kept the baying crowd on their toes by dispatching virtually everything in high looping arcs to the boundary. The Cadbury Cavaliers 233 run chase was tested early when Ben Hutton played down the wrong line (or perhaps the right line but the wrong ball) to go LBW in the first over, and Rory Hamilton-Brown was caught at deep long off for 10. Tim Brocklehurst (35) and Duncan Irens (21) made a valiant effort to stable the ship on a victory course, but the run rate demanded more boundaries and both were undone going for them. In the end it was the Milbank spinners, Uday Malhotra and Chris Benham, with 3 wickets each, who wrapped up the remaining Cadbury batsmen for an emphatic win and the Malaprops’ third Flannels Trophy in four appearances.
Will Leith won the batsman’s award for scoring the first hundred ever at Flannels, and Jaco Van Gass the bowlers’ for his extraordinary four in four. Executive Vice President of the Dockers’ Brand, Lisa Collier, presented the trophies including the Dockers Flannels for Heroes Trophy to Milbank Malaprops’ vice-captain Faraz Samadi.
Aside from events on the pitch, guests enjoyed the sumptuous fare from Blue Strawberry for canapes, lunch, tea and cocktails; wines from Claret-E and burgers from GBK. Fun and frivolity was enjoyed in large measures right through until 8:30 when Flannels 2015 ended.
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