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Bob Hammond memorial match

Sunday 25th August 2013

Match report: Cricketers from across the region came together on Sunday 25th August to pay tribute to a much missed team-mate, opponent and friend. Bob Hammond, who played for several clubs in Hertfordshire and was a member of the county's over-50s side, died suddenly in November. He had been captain and chairman of Hare Street and the Hormeads CC for more than two decades, and the club staged a match between the current team and Bobby's Dazzlers - a side made up of people who had played cricket with and against Bob over the years.

Hare Street batted first, with Bob's sons, Chris and Matt Hammond, opening the innings in a timed game - the kind of fixture Bob preferred to play. The pair put on 97 for the first wicket, with Matt, who has taken over from his father as club captain, marking the occasion with his first half-century. His 66 included two huge sixes that cleared a building in the field adjacent to Hare Street's ground.

Kallum Ward (50) and Louis Fitzgerald (53) continued the onslaught, despite some very tight bowling from Ian McNulty and Steve Baker. The runs continued to come, though Jim Young (29 not out) and Reece Fitzgerald (32 not out) found scoring difficult in the closing overs, when the opposition captain, Paul Nathan, temporarily abandoned the policy of rolling substitutions that was adopted to allow as many people as possible to take part: gaps were hard to find with 18 fielders on the pitch.

Hare Street's total of 273 looked competitive, but with the short boundaries at The Meads, and plenty of time to get the runs, it was not an impossible target. However, several Hare Street regulars were playing for the opposition, so the home players had a chance to take some particularly prized wickets. The first of these to fall was Nathan, Hare Street's treasurer and opening bowler, who was thoroughly bamboozled by Barry Hume's leg cutters, and departed for 3. When Dan Alexander had Darren Fitzgerald caught by Ward for 6 the Dazzlers were in trouble at 9 for 2.

Jason Rowley (20), Matt L'Affineur (21) and Peter Haselden (36) gave some stability to the middle of the Dazzlers' innings, but their chances of victory ebbed away. In the final over, Clive Newland, another Hare Street regular, wafted Hugh McNamara's first legal ball to Matt Hammond on the midwicket boundary, and the visitors were 137 for 10. But with 18 opposition batsmen, play continued: the home side will claim the win, but by sheer force of numbers, the opposition could reckon to have forced a draw.

A terrific game played in superb spirit was followed by a convivial evening at the Blind Fiddler in Anstey, where Bob's memory was toasted extensively. Match fees from both sides, along with money collected from spectators, will be donated in Bob's name to the British Heart Foundation. The total raised was in excess of £300. The match is going to become an annual fixture.

Angus Batey
Chair, HS&tH CC

Hormead cricket team 

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