|Let's hope the sponsors show no bias towards Woodhouse Grange CC|
On my visit to the Test Match Sofa on Sunday, a bit of friendly banter with Max from the sofa ensued, as I said a good luck to Reed from the Hertfordshire League which I play in, and being the proud Yorkshireman that he is, mentioned a good luck to the boys from Woodhouse Grange.
On a personal level, I have had many a good battle with Reed CC over the years. Based at the very north of Herts, not far from the Cambridgeshire border, whilst my club Southgate Adelaide CC are in North London, we have always had good, hard fought games on the pitch, but always having a good beer afterwards, despite being one of the furthest games geographically.
Back in 1996, when I was captain of the first eleven, we played them last game of the season. We took a load of support up there, as we needed points to go up, and whilst Reed were already promoted, whoever won the game would be champions. When we took the wicket we needed to get promoted, a pitch invasion ensued from fifty or so of the travelling North London support, but Reed took it in good spirit despite some high jinks and some outrageous behaviour over the day. They even put a bottle of champagne in our dressing room, which was a lovely touch.
|Lord's awaits the players of Reed and Woodhouse Grange|
Woodhouse Grange must start as favourites having been previous winners, and this being their fifth visit to the Home of Cricket in recent years. However, Reed have good batting and the Jacksons, Heslam and Co. will enjoy Lord's, whilst Lee Johnson for the Herts based side has serious wheels. I speak from personal experience, as I had my stumps rearranged by him a few years previously. Reed also beat Goatacre CC in the semi final who are always there or thereabouts in this competition.
Tickets for the final are available on the day and priced between £5 and £10.
With 292 clubs having entered the competition, the standard is improving year on year, and whatever happens on the day, I am sure that the players, officials, and supporters of both clubs will have a special, and memorable day out at Lord's. Enjoy it chaps, and for those who can't make it, check out www.themiddlestump.com for an exclusive on the day out.