HRCC defeat Gidman's Gloucestershire
HRCC Family Day a great success with many star appearances as old boy Gidman heads back to Hatherley
Alex Gidman's Gloucestershire Allstars were beaten by Hatherley and Reddings in the HRCC Family Day Twenty20 game on June 24th.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, the Gloucestershire XI – featuring Alex's younger brother Will, Jack Russell, Hamish Marshall, James Fuller and Dan Housego among others – reached 203 for six in 20 overs.
Housego top scored with 72, including seven sixes, but a strong batting performance by Hatherley and Reddings, led by Tom Coote (thats C-O-O-T-E) (72*) and Andre Soma (82*), took the North Park team to 204 for one in 18.5 overs.
The game was part of a Hatherley and Reddings Family Day, which saw the Gloucestershire players give coaching lessons to youngsters in the morning and included BBQ, tea, coffee & cake stand, bouncy castle, bottle bar, raffle, and cricket teas topped off with the England vs Italy Euro 2012 match shown live in the bar after the cricket!
The day started with a half an hour storm at 10am in the morning leaving the ground soaked with patches of standing water across the outfield. However a fantastic team project to clear up was quickly underway as we acquired 4 super spongers to mop up the copious amounts of rainwater. Special mention to Rich Harris, John McLean, Mike Cupper and Ian Coote for carrying the brunt of the back breaking work!
Amazingly the days schedule wasn't interrupted with the kids coaching starting at 12 (thanks to Dave Selley for his organisation) and the T20 kicking off on time at 2.30pm. Spectators made the most of the delicious cakes (well done girls!) and burgers/hotdogs (well done boys!) as the game progressed. Keith Franklin's commentary also kept the crowd entertained and 12th man Jake Nickell ensured the bar takings remained high.
Football result aside, the day was a tremendous success with a massive thanks to all involved especially when fighting against the elements in the morning. A big thanks to Alex Gidman and the Glos boys for making the effort to come along for the day.
All in all HRCC raised £2300 for Alex's Benefit Year (combined from Quiz Night, Family Day and 6s competition) a superb effort!!
And as the Italians slotted home their penalties to dump England out of the Euros, the general census was it didn't matter too much as we reflected on a great day had by all!