The Tom McGonigal Cup

Belper Meadows Hawks v Belper Meadows Falcons U13

THE annual benefit game in the memory of Tom McGonigal was scheduled to be Meadows v Amateurs, but due to holidays Belper Meadows U13 fielded most of the players, with thanks to Alex Cutts and Dylan Lloyd of the Amateurs side for turning out. The game was limited to 16 overs per side to ensure the following adult games could be accommodated.

Falcons captain Tom Hudson won the toss and decided to bat.

Tom and Dylan Garnett opened the batting and made steady progress until Dylan in particular hit top form with five boundaries. Tom held up the other end and managed three boundaries of his own before both retired, 27 and 28 respectively.

The bowling attack during this period was led by Harry Trent (14-0), Hayley Spendlove (17-0), Owen Patrick (13-0 from 3) and a tidy spell from Wykeham Bosworth Nightingale (9-0).

Josh Rockley was now at the crease and batted sensibly with 3 boundaries to his name before falling to an excellent caught and bowled by Ashley Redfearn (7-1). George Rains (10-0), Alex Cutts (13-0 from 2), Charlie Joyce (6-0), Edward Bradbury (3-0) and Mark Roe (7-0) completed the bowling.

It was left to Charlie Martin (10 not out) to score a couple of boundaries and Joe Brumby four not out to see the game home.

Falcons had scored an excellent 105 from their 16 overs, which looked a competitive total.

Hawks captain George Rains strode out to the crease with opening partner Owen Patrick intent on putting a good partnership together.

The openers found the gaps but a tight bowling spell from Tom Hudson (13-0) and Dylan Garnett kept the run rate down.

Owen looked well set before being bowled by Josh Rockley (16-1) for 5. Harry Trent joined George at the crease and survived an early scare before hitting his form. Harry moved the score on quickly with 5 boundaries before retiring on 25 and getting his side back up with the required rate.

Charlie Martin (8-0) bowled a tidy spell of swing to keep the pressure on the batting side and Chris Vickers showed some pace during his first game (20-0).

Hayley Spendlove joined George and kept the score moving before falling LBW (3) to Dylan Garnett (8-1). As George then retired (25) it left Ashley Redfearn with Wykeham in a difficult situation needing 20 from the final two overs.

Wykeham hit a couple of boundaries (13 not out) and Ashley was unfortunately run out in the final run chase leaving Calvin Roe also not out.

Hawks fell short with 87 runs on the board. The final few bowlers all had an over each and were all tidy spells keeping the score down – Oscar Gaunt (6-0), Dylan Lloyd (6-0), Russell Fletcher (1-0) and Max Martin (4-0).

It was an excellent game with plenty of good cricket on show befitting the occasion. I am quite sure Tom would have been very pleased indeed.

The batting was excellent with only four wickets falling in the whole game. Four retired batsmen, two from each team, kept the runs flowing – Tom and Dylan, George and Harry.

Imperial Commercial Vehicles man of the match: Ashley Redfearn. Took the award for a moment of excellence in the field with a great caught and bowled.