‘Dads team’ celebrate their first taste of glory
Team originally set up for parents finish as champions
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.