On the warm afternoon of 7 July 2019 we bent our steps to the lovely cricket ground in Old Alresford for the annual “Rector’s Eleven” Alresford vs Ovington and Itchen Stoke cricket match – as thrilling as anything The Ashes has to offer! A good number of families, friends and assorted dogs had assembled to support their teams and the players were resplendent in their whites.
Ovington went into bat first and notched up a very respectable 132 runs by the end of the innings, despite Alresford’s quality fielding skills. A sumptuous tea was provided for players and spectators and greatly appreciated by everyone.
After the overs were, well, over Rev. Julia presented the cup to the victorious team’s captain Peveril.
Hearty thanks were given to the organisers, providers of the refreshments and, in particular, to Chris and Lorraine Lillywhite who did a great job with the scoring at the last minute, after usual scorer Pearl Page was suddenly and unexpectedly unavailable.
The match throughout was friendly and fun and it was a great afternoon for all ages, whether human or canine. Not even the occasional plaintive cries of a number of buzzards overhead could mar the good sporting atmosphere. I hope that next year’s match is just as great. One last point however – and I am not saying that a man can be bought – but what price to lure Mr. Myles over to Alresford next year…?!
Gisèle the Parson Russell Terrier