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As the rain poured down on Tuesday, prospects of a 19th Brad game on Wed 9th August looked slim but a strong overnight wind, the covering of the square, diligent groundsmanship from Craig and Liam all enabled a start at 11:07 after a convivial beverage on arrival. Bob Simpson and Paul Haley officiated unobtrusively. Sponsor, Roddy Golightly was delighted.

Jonny Gill was claimed by a work commitment in Germany, but Nigel Wardropper made it from Queensland, Mani Ragbir rolled back the years, Steve Harper showed multi sport talent behind the stumps, but perhaps more importantly 8 juniors enjoyed an opportunity to show their ability as JB would have wished, captained sympathetically by James Miller and Matty Hall.

A Northumberland X1, captained by Matty Hall, who can forget his 60 at Lord’s in 2006, began with a partnership of 77 between Rob Peyton (50 retired) and Keshav Krishnan (40 retired) against the seam of James Hutton (1-58) and Sam Wotherspoon (1-56). Promising spells from Bobby Green (0-23) and Guy Johnson (0-24) led to the introduction of James Miller (2-8), whose 6 overs of away swing accounted for Ru Fletcher (19) and Matty Jennings. Hugo Leefe’s leg breaks (0-14) showed promise.

A sumptuous lunch was taken at 13:00 with the score on 140-4. Bill & Susan Kidd and Janice Ramsay take a bow, the food was magnificent!

Nigel Wardropper twirled, Sam Wotherspoon(rm), James Hutton(rm) and Eashan Ragbir (ob) bowled 18 overs as Brian Arkle (37), Matty Hall (30) and Steve Harper (48*) accelerated. At 1438 the declaration came after 50 overs, 252-7.

SNCC opened with Hugo Leefe and Eashan Ragbir against the youthful seam of Jack Netts (1-26) and Jonnie Bell (2-23). Bell struck in his second over, Ragbir going to good low catch by Rob Peyton at second slip. When Leefe (12) played on to Netts in the 7th, SN were 18-2. Bobby Green (10) hit two nice shots before  a mistimed pull offered a catch to square leg at 24-3. This became 55-6 at tea as Tris Meears White(17) was well taken by Brian Arkle at first slip off David Harbottle, Nigel Wardropper ( 1) played on to Matty Jennings, wicket a little slower than in Australia!! and James Miller, after a six over extra cover, was also well held at first slip by Arkle off Matty Jennings (2-8).

Guy Johnson(2) was bowled by a quicker one from Mani Ragbir at 64 -7 but there followed a sensible partnership of 61 between Ben Sidney-Wilmot (23) and Sam Wotherspoon  before Ben was smartly  stumped by Steve Harper whilst advancing to David Harbottle’s off breaks at 125-8.

Sam Wotherspoon then took centre stage, going on to score 71 (11×4 and 2×6) from 81 balls in 69 minutes. In search of quick runs, James Hutton departed for 2 bowled by Mani Ragbir and finally Wotherspoon was bowled by Ru Fletcher with 4.4 overs of the last 20 from 17:00 remaining.

An entirely convivial day ended with Sponsor Roddy Golightly presenting the Bradman Trophy to winning captain Matty Hall and the Man of the Match fizz to Sam Wotherspoon.

Number 20 is  on Wednesday 8th August 2018. It is hoped a number of heroes of yesteryear may be persuaded to attend if not to play. We will reconvene then. The autograph book reflections and text messages, the mix of young and old and the smiles, remind us that this is an important day in SNCC’s calendar.

The Wardropper family photograph around the bench in memory of father Alan, a reminder of how generations of families have embraced South North in its 153 year history. Long may this continue.



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