While cricket and its stars were the main attraction at Stamford’s Sports Bash, for families attending the event there was also plenty of fun and festivities.
This year, players and visitors to the two-day event also helped raise more than £30,000 for good causes - Sue Ryder’s new hospice at Thorpe Hall, Peterborough and the Matt Hampson Foundation for people injured through sport, with money from the event going to Seb Goold, the Stamford Rugby Club under-9s player injured after a falling from a moving coach in April.
More than 1,500 people cam to watch their children and grandchildren from junior cricket clubs in the area complete and the two exhibition matches featuring county and international cricketers at Stamford School’s playing fields.
“It was very much a family day out for us,” said Judith Rowntree who was with her sons Oliver, 14 and Benjamin, 11 and their cricket-mad grandmother Rosemary Rainey who came down from Yorkshire.
“It’s the first time we’ve been able to come and it’s been a really good day out,” said Mrs Rainey.
Macey Andrews, 10, was one of the few girls competing. The Spalding Strikers player said she “hopes to play county cricket” some day.
Adam Renton, whose eight-year-old son Freddie plays for Burghley Club said: “It’s like an old fashioned family day out.”
Former England bowler and Stamford School cricket coach Dean Headley, who organised the Bash for DCR Events said:
“The emphasis this year was on good quality events for all the family.
“To start the day watching clubs from the community having fun in the Humberts Cup was a highlight to me. The girls and boys seemed to really enjoy themselves. As a coach that is always a priority.”
The winners of the Humberts Cup was Nassington Ninjas and runners up were Barnack Tigers.
Humberts Plate winners were Oundle Ospreys and runners Oakham Eagles.
Friday’s exhibition match was won by the All Stars XI with 186 for 6 in reply to the Local Legends X1’s 162 for 6. Chris Schofield scored 51 runs, Mal Loye 42 and Mark Ealham and Adam Hollioake’s made cameo scores of 29 off 10 balls and 22 runs off 10 balls respectively.
Stamford School’s former 1st team captain Henry Charlton took two wickets for 30 runs and scored 42 runs off 34 balls. Graham North took two wickets, conceding 25 runs.
Innings of the match went to John Meadows of Burghley Park who made 59 runs of 22, smashing the ball every which way.
On Saturday when Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints swapped scrums for a more gentlemanly game of cricket, the Tigers score of 138 runs off 20 overs for the loss of 15 wickets was beaten by the Saints 140 for nine wickets.
Mr Headley is keen for feedback on what people want next year. He can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.