Ebernoe cricket teas bowl judges over

Ebernoe tea ladies, from left: Hazel Biggs, Jeanne Stemp and Mandy Morrish
Ebernoe tea ladies, from left: Hazel Biggs, Jeanne Stemp and Mandy Morrish

EBERNOE’s cricket teas have bowled over judges in a national competition and won the club £1,000.

The club was one of more than 130 which entered the Daily Telegraph’s Great Cricket Tea Challenge sponsored by Yorkshire Tea.

Former England cricket captain Mike Gatting and Telegraph sports correspondent Gareth Davies sampled Ebernoe’s hospitality at the unique and ancient annual Horn Fair and as a result the club was picked as one of the six finalists.

Mike Gatting declared the spit-roasted lamb ‘worthy of a meal at Lords, the home of cricket, adding Jeanne Stemp’s banoffee pie was ‘heavenly’.

Yorkshire Tea spokesman Beccie Deighton said it had been a tough decision choosing the eventual winner, Newton Lindford near Leicester, and impossible to choose one runner-up.

So Ebernoe and the other four are all receiving £1,000 for their dedication to ‘proper cricket teas’.

Ebernoe’s chairman Gary Fish and club captain Richard Stemp praised cricket club members who maintained the ground and prepared teas all season.

Gary said: “This is a fantastic accolade for Ebernoe Cricket Club, all of its members and particularly our dedicated tea ladies who are most appreciated by the players and visiting teams.

“Our building project this year of a new tractor shed to house our equipment has been a drain on our finances, so this prize will be a huge bonus to the club.”

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