This was a special match played in memory of Tony Renwick, one of Ley Hill’s Vice Presidents and occasional umpire. Tony sadly passed away last November, and on the occasion of this match, a wooden bench engraved with his name was presented to the Club. The match was played against The Flycatchers, a wandering cricket team that Tony had been associated with for many years and was arranged via our President, Matthew Harman, who umpires for them.
Flycatchers won the toss and elected to bat – a necessary decision as at the start of play they only had 5 men at the ground. Two were in the pub, one on the A41, two more still trying to find their way out of London and the eleventh man at home blissfully unaware that the match was on Saturday and not Sunday! Luckily they all turned up although not all of them were needed to bat.
Ley Hill were fielding a special eleven which included three players from the 1st XI back in the late 1990s, and it was one of these – Ian Birkett – who demonstrated that he had lost none of his skill with the ball by taking 3 of the 5 wickets which Flycatchers lost during their innings. Ian ended up with figures of 3 for 31, having picked up the wickets of both openers (Andrew James – 33 runs and Andy Banks – 44 runs) and Miles Martin (39 runs). The best Flycatchers batting however came from Anthony Scammell who scored 80 not out. This was only a 35 over match due to a late start and Flycatchers ended up with 210 for 5 from their allotted 35 overs. There was a run-out and the final wicket was taken by Freddie Ventham.
By the time the tea interval arrived, a considerable number of Tony’s family and friends had arrived and were present when the aforesaid wooden bench was officially presented to the Club. It was interesting to note that no-one sat on the bench until the presentation had been made!!!
Ley Hill skipper Nick Lee chose to open with the potent combination of Will Holman and Ian Birkett – two ex-members who joined Ley Hill together when teenagers and played regularly for a number of years in the 1990s and early 21st century. Ian was unluckily bowled out for 18 runs, but Will stayed put and managed a final score of 71 before being caught. There were solid contributions from Phil Bush, James Webster and Freddie Ventham before the 35 overs were played out and Ley Hill had ended up on 176 for 8. Chris King was pick of the Flycatchers bowlers, taking 5 wickets for 24 runs, with 1 wicket each for Will Harris, Brad Abraham and Miles Martin.