Mid-Essex League outfit Havering-atte-Bower Cricket Club remember Andrew Dent with Memorial Cup match
PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:33 06 July 2016
A President’s XI played a Chairman’s XI with first team skipper James Walker lifting the Memorial Cup while £450 was raised for charity
Havering-atte-Bower hosted a club match in memory of Andrew Dent on Sunday which saw a Chairman’s XI take on a President’s XI.
A statement from the Mid-Essex League club read: “Andrew was a well respected, talented and loved friend to everyone and son to Havering’s chairman Barry Dent.”
The two teams were honoured to play the game and first team captain James Walker skippered the President’s XI who batted first.
James Walker’s side made a decent start before Emma Honey claimed 5-17 off four overs to give the Chairman’s XI the upper hand.
President’s XI were indebted to valuable contributions down the order with Dan Beechey top scoring with 35.
It enabled them to reach 177 before they were dismissed and everybody could enjoy an excellent tea provided by the Dent family.
Simon Trowe and Honey opened for the Chairman’s XI and made sure they didn’t give their wicket away cheaply.
James Walker got through five overs for the loss of just six runs before Mitch Walker was introduced into the account.
Mitch Walker was able to dismiss Honey before Tom Mitchell and James Lavender departed without troubling the scoreboard too much.
Frankie Aino provided a couple of tight overs of spin and it was enough to ensure the Chairman’s XI finished 30 runs away from their total.
“Special mention to Tom Attard, who batted sensibly and watchfully,” said President’s XI captain James Walker. “Another mention, although a different kind of special to Nick Hine for his experienced take on finishing off an innings!”
A statement from Havering added: “It was clear that Andrew “Baggy” Dent has a great deal of friends at the club and his memory will live long into the future.
“The day raised over £450 for charity. James Walker raised the Memorial Cup in honour of skippering the winning side, but the day will always be remembered for the way we said goodbye through cricket.
“Cricket is a sport we enjoy, it encompasses an aura of respect and team spirit. It is with great sadness that this match had been played, as it marks the passing of a true gentleman of the game.”
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