Nutley Cricket Club celeberated their 150th anniversary on Sunday 25th August with a tournament at their Fords Green ground on the Ashdown Forest, writes Ian Ritchie.
Founded in 1869 the club has a tradition of family connections spanning many years several of whom still play league cricket at Nutley.
Four teams competed for the Doug Hoad Cup in a ‘round robin‘ competition while raising funds for the club, the pavilion extension fund and for Hadlow Down CC defibrilator fund.
The teams were:
The ‘Family’ team: Representing the Hart family who played for the club for many years and included some current playing members.
The ‘Reed Oldies’:Representing the Reed family including current players.
The ‘Wheatsheaf’: A team of ‘Occasion’ cricketers made up of friends of the families.
Hadlow Down CC. Invited to the tournament following the abandonment of our league match when a Nutley player was taken ill.
The cricket was played in a friendly and beer fueled manner with numerous former Nutley players making ‘one off’ comeback appearances and many ‘retired’ players watching.
With players ages ranging from the very young to the ‘should know better’, there was bound to be some aching bodies the following day as several tried to relive their youth with varying levels of success!
A very generous raffle table ensured a steady sale of tickets throughout the day while the club’s stalwart tea lady Anne Reed (nee Hart) and her band of cheery helpers ensured that a superb array of food was available for all to complement Chub and Mick Scott’s barbecue.
Giggles Pub & Restaurant opposite the cricket ground kindly provided the bar to keep everybody ‘hydrated’ in the blazing sun.
Just seven weeks after suffering cardiac arrest during a match at Nutley, Colin Parsons made his comeback (with the blessing of his rehab nurses!) following his miraculous recovery and guested for Hadlow Down CC who’s members saved his life on that traumatic day.
This was a fantastic reunion as Colin took to the field alongside Karim Iqbal and Simon Rogers both of whom performed CPR on Colin until the ambulance arrived. See the full story here Medical emergency during cricket match
An enjoyable day was had by all and the tournament was won by the ‘Reeds Oldies’ while £900 was raised to split between the causes.
A huge vote of thanks goes to everyone attending. Whether you took part in the tournament, cooked, served, sold tickets, cleared up, provided the T20 Blast music, bought tickets, food and drinks, you contributed to a great celebration of quintissential English village life.
150 years of village cricket on the village green.
Images and story – Ian Ritchie
History of Nutley CC