30 years on cricket street

Bowled over by friendly ri­valry be­tween neigh­bours

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM PHILLIPS tom.phillips@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Go­dalm­ingAd

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

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