Sunday saw the best that village cricket has to offer down on Tilford Green; Tilford’s All Stars showing their newly acquired cricketing skills, tea and cakes in the ECB-funded gazebo, the aroma of sizzling onions from the BBQ, a tightly contested traditional match and, uniquely, the Cricket World Cup shining gloriously in the bright sun.
Tilford was fortunate to be chosen to receive the Cricket World Cup which is touring the UK in the run up to the competition starting on 30th May. Many friends from the local cricketing world were able to come along and have a photo with the trophy.
Indeed, Nigel Martyn was photographed with the 2019 World Cup and the original I’Anson trophy, won outright by Tilford in 1910, which was unchained from the Barley Mow for the first time in many years (it was the trophy that was unchained, not the Chairman).
Tilford All Stars thoroughly enjoyed they day in the sun both playing on the Green and grabbing the unique opportunity for a selfie.
It was a day when the match could have seemed secondary but a brilliant 100* from Andy Hall Hall allowed Tilford to post a challenging total of 224 which The Authors chased down in the penultimate over.
For once the old cliche doesn’t seem too mawkish and it is fair to say that cricket was the real winner…