Wombat Cricket Club hosted the second Walking Cricket Festival at their beautiful ground on the Quantock Hills in Bishop’s Lydeard.
Players were invited from all our hubs and following hubs were in attendance Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil, Highbridge, Wellington and Minehead – 60 players and guests attended.
The philosophy of the event was to be SAFE (Social-Activie-Fun-Enjoyment) in the spirit of walking cricket.
Play commenced on four 19 yards pitches with 25 yards boundaries-the format of the each game was very much determined by the hub leaders and the number of players available – usually a paired game of 4 overs.
The initial games saw the Taunton/Wellington and Weston hubs play a game with their own hubs on two pitches. Whilst Yeovil, Highbridge, Minehead collaborated to play on the other two pitches including a single wicket event on one pitch.
After a wonderful shared lunch and a break from the sunshine a second round of games were played.
This time Taunton/Wellington and Weston-split their teams to play against each other and the Minehead/Yeovil/Highbridge all played a combined big match – at one stage it looked liked it going on all night!!!
People have already commented on how much they enjoyed the day – the group WhatsApp have been busy: here is a selection of messages received:
A great day. Back in 2001 I limped off a cricket field for the last time . My ACL less left knee having collapsed again after diving for a catch. Time to face truth – New knee needed. Walking cricket has brought the pleasure of playing cricket back and as a bonus outside with great like minded players whose physical age and mental age are far apart.
It certainly was a memorable day. Really enjoyed the afternoon session playing with the WSM group who played the game in such a friendly, sociable manner. Many thanks to all involved in making it happen.
A good time was had by all we may be a little sunburnt, tired and stiff for tomorrow’s game.
More of these type of events would be most welcome.
Great hospitality great people and great cricket.
Best Regards to all involved today.
And a big shout out to my Weston Wickets team mates, you are all ⭐ ⭐ stars, plus superb banter.
Finally SCF would to thank:
Alan Weaden and Alan Ranger – Taunton hub
Brian Derrick – Weston hub
David Loft – Minehead hub
John Buddy, Nigel House, Paul Stevens – Yeovil hub
Mark Berry -Highbridge hub
Miles Hallewell – Wellington hub
Everyone at Wombat CC – the two Alans, Tim, Andy, Chalkie and Jon