Tilford CC staged its first Fathers & Sons match on the Green on Sunday. Two teams, captained by Chris & Guy Wilson respectively, comprising a blend of youth and experience battled it out for family bragging rights. The age range was 54 years.
For the juniors there were excellent performances from Tom Bussell (a hard-hitting 64 until run out in classic schoolboy fashion followed up with two wickets), Zak Guyer (38 and 3 excellent catches), 13 year old Rhys Lamplugh with a stylish innings lasting 21 overs having earlier clean bowled the highest scoring father, and Oscar Young with a pacey spell of 1-6 in 5 overs. Undoubtedly the champagne moment was Leo Martyn, bowling with admirable control, having his father caught for 0.
Senior contributions were generally more modest. Hugo Young, bowling with considerable guile, returned the best analysis of 4-20. Will Gear with a more experimental style somehow claimed 4-44. With the bat John Hunt, notionally and somewhat unconvincingly deputising at short notice as Noel Hume’s son, hit a sparkling 36 and it was good to see Charles Lamplugh back at the crease, batting from memory.
With a splendid tea and the keen interest of attendant mums the game was much enjoyed and it is intended to make it an annual event.