Big Bash 2017
On Saturday 24 June, four local teams met to take part in the fourth annual “Big Bash” Challenge at Fonthill Park Cricket Club, a tournament of high-octane 9-a-side cricket. Each team played three 8 overs-a-side games in competition for the magnificent trophy donated by organiser Charles Nicoll.
Prior's eyes on the Prize
There were some high scoring games, all closely contested, with former champions the Old Fonthillians just ceding their title to The Knight Watchmen of Fonthill in the penultimate game. Rob Austin was named as the player who made the biggest difference, and twelve year old Charlie Knight the best junior player for some useful wickets, runs and a great catch.
Apart from the sport, a major aim of the day was to raise funds for local charity CLEVAH (Creating Learning Experiences aVailable At Hospital) which the Club has supported for the past several years. Players donated a match fee, there was a barbecue and a raffle and the bar was open all day, so the Club is hoping to be able to make a donation of over £500 to the charity for two years running.
In the final game Tisbury Tailenders beat Dorset Knockers to take third position to end what had been a very successful day.
Old Fonthillians Supplanted
Presenting the “Big Bash” Cup to the Knight Watchmen, organiser Charlie Nicoll said he was delighted to see a new name on the trophy, and thanked everyone for supporting the event and the charity CLEVAH by playing, supporting or working behind the scenes on the bar, barbecue and raffle. All agreed that despite the occasional drizzle, the day had been a big success, with some good cricket and a great atmosphere.