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Thousands raised at Jack Bland Memorial Game
HOOK and Newnham Basics took on hosts Odiham and Greywell in the Jack Bland Memorial Game.
Hook were captained by Jack’s brother Josh. They batted first and scored 220-6 from their 40 overs.
The innings started well with an opening partnership of 50 between Ben Thane and Josh Buckingham, who retired when he reached his half-century.
Matt Love and Matt McNally continued to push the score on, with McNally also reaching his 50 to become the second retiree of the innings.
A cluster of wickets then fell as Odiham’s spinners did an excellent job of putting the brakes on.
The pick of the bowlers was Ross McGaughrin (4-27) and it was left to Harry Warner, current holder of the Jack Bland trophy for Hook’s Young Cricketer of the Year, and Sam Bruin to end the innings with a dynamic partnership, taking the score to 220-6.
Odiham’s reply began well with an excellent opening partnership between Rob Heywood and John Hodgson – bringing up the 50 partnership inside eight overs.
Heywood was caught at long off for 38 and Hodgson was run out shortly after as a cluster of wickets fell, leaving them teetering on 110-4.
This brought Phil Thomas to the crease, and despite wickets continuing to fall around him he rebuilt the home innings, hitting several sixes off Hook’s quartet of spinners.
Thomas retired on 50 with Odiham still needing 20 to win. A wicket fell shortly afterwards with the score on 208-9, so Thomas returned to the crease.
With just nine runs to win, Thomas went for a big hit down the ground, where he was caught by an excellent diving catch from James Dovey, an effort worthy of winning any match.
The whole day, which also included a silent auction, raffle, bottle tombola and hog roast, raised more than £2,000 and it is hoped it will now become an annual event between the two sides.
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