Our Man in the Shed: A beautiful act of vandalism
PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 August 2016
South Woodford’s Harry Neicho is writing a blog during the 2016
Since the last Shed Blog, South Woodford have been confirmed as the best cricket team in the county. At under-13 level. Chasing down Wanstead’s 142, SWCC breezed to the score with three wickets spare at the Ford County Ground to win the Peter Coe cup for the first time.
An enthusiastic pitch invasion followed with an impromptu huddle, and that was just the dads.
Another highlight of almost equal importance in the past weeks was the death of one of SWCC’s oldest members. Krishan’s car.
One perfectly timed six sailed into the distance, veering towards the car park. The ball hit a car. But it did not hit any old car, it hit Krishan Vadher’s car. This was a game changer.
No cricketing act could bring such joy to the many at South Woodford cricket club and unite a club on the brink of relegation to the height of hilarity.
BMW in name. An old banger to you or I. But a prized possession in the Vadher household.
A car that to the naked eye looks like it may have been an early pilot vehicle, discarded and left for dead, replaced by the faster, slicker and trendier prototypes seen on the roads today.
But to one man in the South Woodford/Clayhall area, this car is more than a car. It is a way of life.
And to see a cricket ball careering through its windscreen was too much to take. For everyone.
I can only imagine, that this act of team bonding, communal joy, gave this club a belief that anything can happen. Even winning the Peter Coe cup. A new windscreen, a small price to pay in the greater scheme of things, even if this has to be sourced from a dwindling collection of BMW old banger windscreen specialists.
We happened to win the game, and it can only be down to one man and his car.
The world-class SWCC Shed Fest is fast approaching, from Friday, through to Sunday, with little sleep in between. A scheme initially dreamt up to keep head barman Kirk Green out of trouble, has turned into something special.
Hundreds of people from the local community including cricketers, families, music enthusiasts, cake bakers and glass glitterers are expected to make this Shed Fest another one to remember.
Captain Kirk is set to steer another Shed Fest into the record books.
Don’t forget to come along and enjoy the bank holiday weekend, which will be packed with fun for all the family.
In other news a charity campaign has begun to fund clothes for clubman Will Hutchins that actually fit him. Will, an intellectual powerhouse, is often seen sporting tight tees in the club house, and pretending that he has come straight from the gym.