Annual St. John's vs St. Peter's Cricket Match (2019)

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.

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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.

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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