30 years on cricket street
Bowled over by friendly rivalry between neighbours
A UNIQUE cricket match, based on a road’s house numbers in Amersham, has reached its 30th anniversary.
Every year, Longfield Drive residents play each other and the team is decided based on whether you live in a odd or evennumbered house.
The idea came about when resident David Ouvry walked with neighbour John Hardcare reminiscing about their love for the sport.
As there was a cricket pitch at the end of the road, David proposed a match between the two sides of the road and since their first match in June 1987 the match has become a popular feature in Amersham.
He said: “It’s become quite a popular event to the point where you tell people what road you live on and they go ‘oh, so you live on the cricket street?’
“It’s nice to know that after all these years the event has become quite popular among our neighbours and it is a great event.
He joked: “The cricket isn’t bad either.”
Despite the Odds winning the first ever match, it was the Evens team that won this year by 32 runs.
Evens’ captain Aaron Overy was presented with a gold painted trophy featuring a bat and stumps - their very own ‘Ashes urn’ if you will – which has been handed to every winning captain since the event started.
This year, it was presented by Anne Hodge, widow of Philip who umpired the first ever match and generously donated a mobile scoreboard in his memory. Here’s to another thirty years!
Neighbours gather for the annual Longfield Drive cricket match. Below, the trophy is awarded