Wrington Cricket Club: Micky Ball Day              Sunday, 8th July, 2012
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Steve Green writes: After the heavy rain of the last few weeks (and with even more forecast), it looked as if we would have to cancel the event as the outfield was very wet. Indeed we decided on Saturday that we would not be able to use the cricket square, so we resorted to 'Plan B', which was for the 6 teams of 8 people to take part in a KwikCricket competition on the outfield area between the square and the tennis courts.   As it turned out the weather was kind to us and, in fact, we saw blue skies and sun for a fair part of the afternoon. The teams taking part were representing Wrington Cricket Club, Wrington/Redhill FC, Yeo Valley Farms, Alvis Bros, the Cricket Club's Under 13 side and 'Jumpers for goalposts', a team of Dads who play football at the Rec each week.   The afternoon was great fun, all sides played with a great spirit and the games were thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd which grew in size as the afternoon progressed and as the sun came out. The final was contested by Wrington CC and the Football Club, with the cricketers running out winners by 38 runs. John Alvis presented the Micky Ball Memorial Shield to Anton Lovatt, who skippered WCC.   Tea and cakes were provided by Karen Ball (Micky's daughter) and friends, and there was a pig roast at the end of the afternoon, courtesy of Alvis Bros. Proceeds from the sale of tea and cakes plus the collection at the pig roast are to be donated to the Amyloidosis Reseach Fund based at UCL Medical School, a charity supported by the Ball family.   Special thanks to Phil Parker, WCC Secretary, for organising the event.
Raffle Draw Phil Parker invites John Alvis to present the memorial shield ... ... to Anton Lovatt, Captain of Wrington CC
Photos kindly supplied by Julie Green
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Report and photos by Phil Parker
  A final sour note. It is possible not to find every item of dog mess that is carelessly left at The Rec                This has become a real problem this year. On a Saturday Kwik cricket session this year one child trod in a pile that had not been noticed. He could just as easily dived face-first into it. Those who must consciously leave this health hazard must be aware that they are doing it, and all that use the Rec for community sport would please ask that more thought and consideration is given to the consequences.
Heavy rain on Friday and Saturday left just a quadrant of The Rec available for an adult  ‘Kwik Cricket’ tournament
. Kwik cricket is meant for children aged 11 or under and involves plastic bats and a rubber ball
and underarm bowling (as exhibited by Micky’s son Andy)
Each player bats and bowls for 6 balls and so every player is involved. Bowling is continuous and if the ball is struck the batsman has to run. So the game is quick as intended. The ball can be bowled as soon as it is returned to the bowler and if the batsman is not back in time and the bowling is accurate then he can be bowled
Many rules for this adult version were developed (and queried by some of the players!) during the day, but it led to a lively and fun day for all the participants and the large crowd.
The nature of the game is such that it is inclusive of all ages, gender and ability. And this format for the day is likely to be seriously discussed by the club for consideration for future years. All feedback is very welcome to the club so that future plans can be developed.
 And so to the tournament -  6 teams participated, the normal four: -cricket club, football club, Yeo Valley and Alvis Bros, but augmented by the Cricket Club U13s and ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ a group of local dads for whom the rebranding for the day of ‘Dustbins for wickets’ was suggested.
After 6 group games the final was contested between the football club and the cricket club
The cricket club prevailed and Anton Lovatt the team captain was presented with the Micky Ball Memorial Shield by an Honorary Member of the club John Alvis
At the end of the tournament a pig roast kindly provided by Alvis Bros was enjoyed whilst the U11s and primary school children reclaimed their equipment and enjoyed their own Kwik cricket game.
The Micky Ball Memorial bench was fittingly enjoyed by  club supporters
Thanks to everyone who turned up and to the many people who helped. Too many to mention by name but we all know who you are!