‘Dads team’ celebrate their first taste of glory

Team orig­i­nally set up for par­ents fin­ish as cham­pi­ons

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Cap­tain Giles Gig­gins said: “It has been a re­mark­able sea­son. We’ve in­tro­duced new play­ers and inspired old ones back to the game. We have com­peted well while play­ing with great spirit, and had a lot of fun. I hope one day we will in­tro­duce colts to se­nior cricket, who will then move on to play sec­ond and first XI cricket, and hope­fully even their county and coun­try.”

The sea­son’s cli­max did not go well for the Cross first XI, who had to beat As­ton Rowant and hope other re­sults went their way to be in with a chance of pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion One of the Home Coun­ties Premier Cricket League.

Dan Hamp­ton, who would later hit a sparkling cen­tury, ini­tially starred with the ball, tak­ing the first three wick­ets as As­ton slipped to 35-3, but then re­cov­ered to 211 all out in the last over.

Hamp­ton and Sam Bracey then shared an open­ing stand of 56,

Ger­rards Cross CC 3rds celebrate pro­mo­tion but Bracey’s dis­missal ini­ti­ated a col­lapse as the Cross crashed to 104-6. Hamp­ton then found an ally in Jamie Hod­dle as they shared a run-a-ball 81-run stand, Hamp­ton smash­ing 43 runs off just 19 balls.

Af­ter Hod­dle was dis­missed, Hamp­ton did his best to pro­tect the tail, but with eight runs needed for a vic­tory which would have pre­served his side’s 100 per cent home record, he was last man out in the penul­ti­mate over.

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