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The inaugural cricket match between Woodstock Cricket Co. and All Out Cricket magazine was held last Sunday, thanks to the guys from AOC for inviting us to Sheffield Park in Sussex. For those of you who don’t know, this is an extremely historic venue in the cricketing world. The first ever series between England and Australia played on English soil was held at Sheffield Park many moons ago with greats of the game such as W.G.Grace and Donald Bradman having competed at the venue. The Sheffield Shield, Australian premier professional cricket competition takes its name from Sheffield Park.

The pitch was closed for a long time but since it’s re-opening has held matches including a legends XI in which stars such as Glenn McGrath played. We turned up at the game with a strong side fully expecting a tough game and hoping for a win for Woodstock.

The two captains, Woodstock shareholder Johnno Gordon and All Out Crickets Ian Sykes met in the middle for the toss. The pitch looked good and hard but with the look of some possible early assistance for the new ball. Johnno won the toss and decided to have a bat (Well… it was a Sunday!!). The format would be 40 overs per side with a maximum of 8 overs per bowler.

The opening pair of Johnno Gordon and Liam Burns made their way to the middle to open the innings, both looked solid before falling to the bowling of ex-Kent professional Matthew Dennington who was getting some good bounce and movement out of the pitch early on. Barry Rhodes(94 no ret) and Jamie Newsome(30) got the innings moving before Jamie fell caught behind. Matt Dunk the Haywards Heath Australian overseas player then joined Rhodes and made a very useful 58 no before both batsman retired to get others involved in the game. Leo Anderson  made a quickfire 38 supported by the rest of the team to get us to a total of 290 from our 40 overs.

A great tea was had by all before the second half began.

Danny Hall and Jack Simpson took the new ball and both bowled extremely well, Danny taking 3 early wickets to really put All Out Cricket under pressure. With some attacking fields Woodstock always felt in control and shared the bowling around to keep things fresh. Christian, one of All Out Crickets opening batsmen got to an impressive 50 but without much support from the other end before being caught at mid off. Wickets were shared around throughout the team and eventually All Out Cricket were bowled out for under 200

A Man of the match prize of a pair of Special Edition Woodstock Cricket Co. batting gloves were presented to the best player from each team, Matt Dunk for Woodstock Cricket Co. and Christian from All Out Cricket. A fantastic day was enjoyed by all involved and we look forward to the repeat fixture next year.

A massive thank you to all players for competing, the umpires Steve Johnson and Trevor Warburton for standing for the day and doing a great job and lastly but by no means least, All Out Cricket Magazine for offering us such an amazing opportunity to play at such a special and historic ground. If you would like to get involved next year, please get in contact.

The Woodstock Team