What a weekend that was! The highlight was the keenly anticipated natch up between KCC All Stars and Leicester Tigers.
The crowds were out in force and every available Tiger was there, even if they hadn’t made the playing roster and it made for thrilling afternoon that left everyone on the ground with a huge smile on their face.
The game itself was a classic, with Matt Smith winning the toss and electing to bat first and his boys didn’t disappoint with Tom Croft and our semi own Aaron Mauger playing the pick of the innings in a daunting total of 225 from 25 overs……a mere 75 over the predicted target of KCCs skipper John Hanger at the outset!
After a tremendous tea, thoroughly enjoyed by Abbo especially, given that he had been on the pitch for all of 6 balls during our fielding stint, we were ready for a strong response.
Trus was placed in family Bashford to get us going and it was young Freddie who provided the class with a lovely cameo once his dad had departed for more Lemon Drizzle cake.
The introduction of ‘The Kibworth Gower’ (Steve Parker) failed to provide the anticipated impetus, which was later blamed on the failure to play Nessun Dorma to accompany him to the wicket.
It was the Kiwi duo of Newby and Hamilton who got things finally going, with the former striking some meaty balls, whist the latter nearly lost his!
Drastic action was needed and it was found in the form of PJ ‘6 Pints’ Van Biljon, who had been enjoying a revival of his Dublin trip when he was pushed out to bat disguised as ‘Dave’ (well that was the call from the balcony!)
A quick cameo and it was game back on, and after an abject display from Coach Mason, messrs Hanger, FK and Treas’ took us to a narrow last ball defeat.
It had been a tremendous game and played in a friendly but competitive spirit.
But there was a bigger purpose to the afternoon, and we were honoured to have Matt Hampson himself make an appearance and through a collection on the day, a fantastic BBQ and some very generous sponsorship from Walkers Foods a fantastic £1500 was raised for the Matt Hampson Foundation.
A short presentation after the game saw Aaron Mauger take the player of the match award (a giant Pork Pie, not for cooking!), whilst Newbs took the biggest 6 hit award.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without our army of volunteers, of which there are too many to mention but to you BBQ Team, Bar Staff, Chef’s, Groundsmen, Umpires etc: our heartfelt thanks for helping to demonstrate what is so great about KCC.