WORLD famous lyricist (and equally famous cricketing nut) Sir Tim Rice took himself and his Heartaches Cricket Team along to Chalvington and Ripe Cricket Club on Sunday to help launch the club’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
Sir Tim and his team joined club members and friends for lunch at the Yew Tree Inn at Chalvington, followed by a game of cricket on what is, historians claim, the world’s oldest original cricket pitch still in use today.
In his address, Club President Coleridge Coomber welcomed friends old and new, and reminded all of the great tradition, sportsmanship and fun that are to be found in the game of cricket which the club is celebrating this year.
After lunch, the Chalvington team set an impressive total of 194 runs from their 25 overs, with local boys Matt Dawber (52 not out) and Richie Burleton (27) joined by overseas player Rahul Chauhan (50 not out), and all demonstrating impressive skills with the bat.
In the best tradition of Sunday cricket, a fabulous tea was provided by club tea lady Karen Barron, much enjoyed by the players and supporters alike.
After tea, Heartaches players John Cohen (66 not out) and Richard Stoneham (49) answered valiantly, but ultimately ran out of overs, finishing with 168 in an exciting run chase.
Best of the bowling on the day was Gearoid O’Callaghan for Chalvington (3-12), closely followed by ‘old boys’ Richard Ablett (1-3) and Tony Sylvester (1-11), with Paul Glenn (2-26) and John Pressland (2-33) the best of the visitors.
Chalvington and Ripe continue their summer programme of games over the coming weeks, and celebrations will culminate with a game against David English’s Bunbury Cricket Club on September 9.
Pictured: Sir Tim (far right of main picture) enjoying the company of all at the match..
The man behind hit shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita is pictured back row, sixth from the right.