That’s a double century and a half

Chalvington and Ripe celebrate an incredible 250 years at the crease.
Chalvington and Ripe celebrate an incredible 250 years at the crease.

Chalvington and Ripe Cricket Club launched their 250th anniversary celebrations last Sunday with a visit from Sir Tim Rice and his ‘Heartaches’ Cricket Team.

Sir Tim and his team joined club members and friends for lunch at the Yew Tree Inn in Chalvington before playing a 25-over game of cricket on what is, historians claim, the world’s oldest original cricket pitch still in use today.

Chalvington set an impressive 194 run total as they stepped up to bat first, with local boys Matt Dawber (52 not out) and Richie Burleton (27) joined by overseas player Rahul Chauhan (50 not out) in demonstrating impressive skills with the bat.In true Sunday cricket tradition, players and supporters got to enjoy a fabulous tea provided by Karen Barron before the Heartaches players attempted to answer Chalvington’s run total.

John Cohen (66 not out) and Richard Stoneham (49) were the best of the Heartaches, but they just ran out of overs, finishing with 168 in an exciting run chase. Chalvington’s Gearoid O’Callaghan notched the best bowling score of the day with 3-12, followed by ‘old boys’ Richard Ablett (1-3) and Tony Sylvester (1-11). Paul Glenn and John Pressland were the best for the visitors with 2-26 and 2-33 respectively.

Club President Coleridge Coomber was present at the celebrations and addressed the players and supporters, reminding them all of the great tradition, sportsmanship and fun that are to be found in the game of cricket, which the club is celebrating this year.

The club will continue their summer programme of games over the coming weeks, and celebrations will culminate with a game against David English’s Bunbury Cricket Club on September, 9.