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Himley cricketers turn back the clock
11:44am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
HIMLEY cricketers turned back the clock 25 years when they returned to their Stourbridge Road ground for a reunion to mark their appearence at Lord’s in the National Village Knock-Out Final.
They were able to reflect on the occasion which might have been had rain not arrived to ruin their big day out when they took on Goatacre from Wiltshire.
Inserted to bat first, Himley posted the second highest total seen at a Lord’s Village final of 207-6 from 40 overs.
But after Goatacre had received just one over back in reply, rain stopped any further play and the game had to be abandoned.
Both teams had to return home and reconvene the following day at Beckenham in Kent.
Himley opener Steve Walker recalled: “We didn’t get back home until late that night but we had to be back on the coach again for 7am.”
Sadly for Himley they lost out second time around as Goatacre knocked off their target of 178 to take the trophy.
There was one legacy from an earlier round in the competition that year when Steve Walker together with Andy Shorter shared an unbroken opening partnership of 343 against Overton-on-Dee — a club record that still stands.
Reunited: Pictured left to right at back, Steve Walker, Carl Brandrick, Chris Norris, Mike Soley, John Crawford, and Nicola Small (scorer). At front left to right, Kevin Gerrish, Andy Shorter, ( captain ), Joe Brandrick, Chairman at the time, now President, and Tom Waterhouse, Team Manager
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