Fernhurst stoolball charity match

The stoolball players. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

The stoolball players. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

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IT WAS a rare sight when men and women took to the pitch at Fernhurst for an annual stoolball tournament in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.

For the Three Counties Charity mixed competition is one of only two mixed tournaments which take place every season.

But there was keen competition for this year’s contest with a dozen teams taking to three pitches on the recreation ground.

The men were not daunted by their task and showed they had been preparing for the yearly occasion.

With a minimum of two and a maximum of four in each team, they showed no lack of expertise for their lack of match practice during the year, inevitably hitting and throwing far further than the girls in the teams.

After the teams had been divided into two groups, Midhurst beat Nemesis from Northchapel, Milland, Todd’s Lot from Midhurst, Ebernoe, and Three Counties A .

In the second group Lodsworth who were the joint favourites with Midhurst, beat Fittleworth, Three Counties B, Tillington, Stacey’s Crew from Fernhurst and The Whatevers.

The Whatevers were a last minute team made up from other teams’ players who were not playing at that moment as the 12th team had had to pullout.

Stalwarts James Walker and Dan Woods ended the day having played in every session either for their normal Three Counties Team or for the Whatevers and were given a special round of applause.

In the final, Midhurst beat Lodsworth in a very close match scoring 5 on the last ball of the four overs a side match to end up with a scoreline of 47 - 41.

The captain, Georgina Whitmore-Jones was presented with the trophy by Pam Jessop, the host team’s president.

Other members of the team were Lily White, a superb bowler with an unusual and very effective action, twins Jo and Helen Trussler, Gary Norgate, Lewis Hamilton, Mano Sinihakis and Luke Sheldrick.

A barbecue was cooked by Mike and Jacqui Fordham.

There was fundraising during the day in aid of Ataxia Telangiectasia a rare, neurodegenerative disease which causes severe disability supported by members of Todd’s Lot team.

A good crowd of spectators supported the day and the penultimate tournament of the year was a great success.