Cricket Cups are like London Buses

August 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Sport, Village News

 Winning Histon 2nd Xl (including twelfth man) with Nigel Hills,captain, holding the Junior Cup and Ian Rush (extreme right in the front row) with the Man of the Match Cup.

Winning Histon 2nd Xl (including twelfth man) with Nigel Hills,captain, holding the Junior Cup and Ian Rush (extreme right in the front row) with the Man of the Match Cup.

In 2008, Histon Cricket Cub won the Cambridgeshire Cricket Association (CCA) Junior Cup, one hundred years of waiting after the first win in 1908. Just one year later, the 3rd Xl won the cup again.

Sunday 23rd August saw Histon face Godolphin (the team presenting the stable staff at the famous horse racing stables in Newmarket) on the Clare College Ground in the final. The opposition were clearly older and more experienced than the Histon team (with an average age around eighteen). Histon won the toss and batted first and after three quarters of an hour it seemed the match was already lost with most of the leading batsmen dismissed and the score on 54 for 5. Ian Rush had just got to the wicket and batting sensibly with all the remaining batsmen contributing rescued the score to a respectable 145 with 66 of them from Ian himself.

Over tea, the mood was glum. The cup was being lost. The batting flourish had saved our reputation but was not enough to be a challenge on a good batting wicket and forty overs to get them. Second ball of the Godolphin innings, first wicket down and hope returned. Godolphin worked hard and battled to keep wickets and see off the opening attack. Chris Butcher bowled out his allotted ten overs and finished with three wickets for nineteen: Godolphin were slightly behind the required run rate but the target was still not challenging.

Enter another bowler who was not giving away runs, Ishmail Baksh. His ten overs also cost only nineteen runs despite every attempt to strike him to the boundaries. He took two wickets both caught at long on and off. By then the run rate was concerning the opposition and they had two run outs.

At this time the game had an unusual event with all the players clapping and cheering – it was the time of the last wicket at the Oval and England had just won the Ashes. At about the same time, the on field umpire had to replace due to injury – and we thought it was only international matches that had a third umpire. The game resumed with George Lawton taking two wickets and Ian Rush (who earlier taken two catches) coming on to bowl the last overs. In the 38th over Ian had the last wicket with Godolphin on 128.

The Cup was presented again to captain Nigel Hills and the match adjudicator awarded the “man of the match” cup to Ian Rush.

CCA are making sure their rules do not permit a side winning a cup in three successive seasons to keep the cup! Well done to the youngsters of the cricket club.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Winning Histon 2nd Xl (including twelfth man) with Nigel Hills,captain, holding the Junior Cup and Ian Rush (extreme right in the front row) with the Man of the Match Cup.