Cricket legends makes it a special day for youngsters
LAST Sunday was a very special day for 12 young cricketers from Beaconsfield CC as they took to the field at the stunning Wormsley Estate in front of some of the biggest names in cricket.
The stars were gathered to celebrate the 80th birthday of West Indian legend Sir Garfield Sobers, and 50 years of Barbados independence, with a day of cricket, music and Caribbean food.
The day began with a match between the Paul Getty Xl and the Sir Michael Parkinson Xl before the Beaconsfield boys took their turn, beating Aston Rowant by 19 runs to win the inaugural Flicx trophy, which was presented to the boys by 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones.
The third match of the day saw some big names line up as the PCA Masters took on the Barbados Legends.
Mark Ramprakash, Owais Shah, Geraint Jones, Alex Tudor, Simon Jones, Matthew Hoggard and Devon Malcolm were amongst the PCA talent, while Mike Gatting, Chris Broad, Desmond Haynes and Sir Garfield Sobers watched from the pavilion.
The PCA won by 7 wickets with Owais Shah and Mark Ramprakash top scoring with 61 and 62 (not out) respectively.
Throughout the day, the Beaconsfield children were entertained in the nets by a number of their cricketing idols, and selfies and autographs were also the order of the day.
Beaconsfield’s first team could do with getting a few of the legends on board, as their three-wicket defeat to Henley 2nds on Saturday left them second-bottom of Thames Valley League Division 2b, and in danger of a second successive relegation.
Jason Harrison and Nilesh Odedra posted 34 and 33 respectively, but a middle order collapse was only halted by knocks of 24no and 26 by last pair Sam Musk and Brian Richardson as Beaconsfield limped to 152 all out.
Musk then took 4-66 to cap a superb all-round display, but could not prevent Henley easing to victory.