It’s a family affair to mark the Dave Allan Memorial Shield

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POLEGATE and Stone Cross won the Dave Allan Memorial Shield for the first time as they overcame last year’s victors, Cuckfield Vets.

The Memorial Game was inaugurated last year to mark the death of Polegate stalwart, Dave Allan, one year previous.

The shield, won by Cuckfield Vets in 2011, will be contested every 12 months between the old rivals.

The usual age restrictions were relaxed to allow two of Dave’s granddaughters to join the Polegate team under the captaincy of their father, Chris.

Polegate chose to bat first and reached 130-7 in their allocated forty-two overs.

Top scorer was Andy Johson, obliged to retire on 40 not out, with other key contributions from Geoff Hover (33) and Mark Durtnall (28).

The batting from the three Allans was more subdued: fifteen-year-old Katie made three, and thirteen-year-old Sophie four not out - with dad Chris bowled for one.

In Cuckfield’s reply, though, they played a key role.

Chris took 2-12 in six overs, Katie had a return of 2-26 off seven, and Sophie took 1-5 off three, thanks to a juggling catch from dad at deep mid-off.

It all ended with Cuckfield all out for 96, after thirty-three overs.

There was one wicket apiece for Geoff Morley and a rather younger veteran, Emmett Johnson.

But one for the record-books was the performance of very occasional bowler Alan Williams, who took two wickets with successive balls, to record figures of 2-15.