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In the Hylands

10:19 06 August 2015

Free cricket sessions are coming to Tower Hamlets (pic: Graham Hodges)

Free cricket sessions are coming to Tower Hamlets (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Latest blog from Hornchurch Athletic centurion Nathan Bastin

A quite predictable week, really.

The first team, in what the captain described as a flawless display, overcame Springfield seconds after posting 276-4, before bowling their opponents out for 247.

The forthcoming match against South Wield mirrors closely the one game shootout for the title last year which the team lost.

As a philosopher once said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Despite additions from the gameless second team, the third XI failed to record that illusive back-to-back win as Burnham Sports seconds cashed in on some wayward bowling, leaving a run chase exceeding the side’s capabilities on the day.

The fourth team continue to march towards what looks to be a first league title with another tidy victory over South Woodham Ferrers thirds.

The team now have week off before the last leg of their season begins.

But now we turn our attention to the most hyped fixture in the Athletic summer calendar. East Ham Corinthians? Craven CC? Castlebrook!?! No, no, no! I’m talking about the Wood Ashes – an annual game played to mark the incineration of Harold Wood’s old clubhouse.

Of course, I’d dearly love to write about how this event has provided us with memorable innings, bowling performances, heroes and villains, but for the life of me I cannot think of any (apart from that Colin bloke – definite antihero).

Rather, the day is often reduced to grown men staggering tragically around a makeshift dancefloor to hits from ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 71’.

I realise I may not be doing the best of jobs at promoting the occasion but, after last year’s game ended in high-farce, Athletic have assembled the strongest side possible to ensure that the Ashes are regained.

Or possibly retained (who won it last time?). If you have a spare afternoon tomorrow (Friday), it would be great to see you there. Play starts at 2pm.

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