The Leconfield Lotharios won in spectacular fashion in their first year at Flannels for Heroes last Friday.
Batting second, the Lotharios started slowly and found themselves at 24 for 4 after Andrew Gow and paceman Will Ripley tore through the talented upper Leconfield order. The match looked to be slipping away from them until Lothario Will Stebbings made his presence felt with a swashbuckling 74, his 50 coming from just 27 balls. The 300-strong crowd watched in awe as ball after ball of the Cadbury attack was sent in high arcs to all corners of Burton Court, and sometimes out of the ground. At one stage the game was paused while the umpire returned to the pavilion to fetch the game’s third spare ball.
Stebbings’ innings turned the game around, and even though the runrate required was 10 an over with 8 overs remaining, his powerful strokeplay took them to victory with 2 overs to spare.
Earlier the Hutton brothers, Ben and Oliver, grandsons of Sir Len, made 44 and 37 respectively in the Cadbury Cavalier’s total of 153 for 7, helped along with a fine 17 not out from Jack Cadbury.
Overall 853 runs were scored in the day, beating the previous best of 823 in 2012. Will Stebbings won the batsman’s award, Stuart Ferguson the Bowler’s award and Rory Cadbury won Catch of the Day. 370 guests were treated to fine champagnes and wines and top-level lunch and tea thanks to Rhubarb and Lucy Gemmell. They also had 300 prime beef burgers served between 6pm and 8pm courtesy of Al Murdoch’s Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
The total raised for Walking with the Wounded and Combat Stress at Flannels 2014 exceeded £25,000. The organisers are immensely grateful to Dockers, the sponsor; to the Team captains for their support; and to all who participated so generously in the auction.
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