Gloucestershire Stars Light up Gordon’s Special Day
On Sunday 20th August we celebrated club president Gordon Taylor’s 65 years of service with a special day of cricket at the club. Invited guests from Gordon’s circle of friends and family mingled with players and families from the club’s past and present, enjoying a lunch time barbeque and a cricket tea whilst being entertained by two thrilling matches.
The day commenced with a T20 match between the club’s Under 19s and a Legends team, followed by the feature match between Tew’s 1st XI and a President’s XI starring Gordon’s grandsons Jack and Matt Taylor and four of their Gloucestershire team mates – Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, George Hankins and Gareth Roderick.
Ex-Tew players Mike Darby, Neil Megson, and Robbie Taylor, along with Chris Thompson from Sandford and Henry Woodward from our 1st team made up a very special President’s XI.
Full match reports from both games will follow once full scorecards are to hand, but for now the results were:
Match 1 – U19s 174-7 beat the Legends by 40 runs.
Match 2 – Presidents XI 186-7 beat Tew 1st XI by 4 runs in a fantastic final over finish.
Some wise judgement of the weather allowed us to shorten the main game to 25 overs per innings, meaning the day finished just ahead of the rain with the presentation of the man of the match award to Jancan Adams (Rob Hood winning the same for the first match for his 50), and the President’s Cup to Jack Taylor on behalf of his team.
There was then a presentation of gifts to Gordon and Irene, funded by truly generous donations from many club members, and thanks were given to the umpires Mark Acock and Steve Harris, and all the volunteers who helped plan and deliver the event. A special vote of thanks was given to Eric Mullis who does so much to prepare and maintain the pitches and grounds.
As the rain came, the day concluded in the pavilion with a showing of the tributes film put together by Joe Hummer over the past few weeks.
And so ended a most memorable day of friends and families enjoying good company and great cricket.