The Village Greenies curtain raiser for their 2011 cricket season was the third annual Sixes tournament, at the Smith Road Oval on a bright, sunny day.
The event doubled as a tribute for Alex Horner, a popular lady cricketer, who had passed away tragically the previous week. Members of her family and her fiancé Nick Quin’s were prominently in attendance, as a tearful minute’s silence preceded the ladies six-a-side match in her honour.
Big hitting was the order of the day, with Frankie Hinds leading the way with seven sixes, still inadequate to help the Grumpy Old Guys to a victory. National players Abali Hoilett (a total of 57 unbeaten runs with three sixes) and Sasha de Alwis (two sixes) also made the bowlers sweat. The poor bowlers were generally toiling but honourable mention amongst the carnage goes to Quin with 3-9 in 2 overs.
Dickie’s Daredevils, featuring three of the Quin sons, looked down and out against a Hoggyless Hoggy’s Heroes but inspired bowling by Nick Quin (2-4) and Dickie Thomas (1-4) enabled them to squeak home by the narrowest of margins. In the other group, good all-round play by Jerry Beck’s Evergreenies, enabled them to progress comfortably to the final.
In the final itself, in front of a capacity crowd, continued tight bowling kept the Daredevils on a tight leash and 48-2 in 5 overs seemed an under-par total. At 16-1 after 2 overs, the game looked nicely poised until, cometh the hour cometh the man, captain Beck smote a hugely impressive 25 in 7 balls, taking a distinct liking to Tom ‘Not So Mighty’ Quin’s bowling.
Three huge sixes to leg were as impressive as they were atypical. Beck modestly attributed his power hitting to “porridge for breakfast”. Beck’s whirlwind cameo just bettered an earlier dynamic innings from Saffas Marco of 24 from 7 balls.
Overall, it was an entertaining day’s cricket with worthy winners, the Evergreenies, comprising of Beck, Chris Palmer, Warren ‘Wazza’ Urquhart, Jeff Alban, Jon Marsh and Dreadsy Glyde. Alex’s spirit would have revelled in the fun and camaraderie of the day.
On a slightly sour note, a large Heineken cooler seems to have been stolen and hopefully it can be returned to its rightful home.