The Wesson Cup: Sunday May 8th
A beautifully hot May Sunday saw Bigside play host to a triangular T20 tournament in which the 1st XI, the Radley Rangers and I Zingari competed to become the first winners of the Wesson Cup. Amongst the spectators was Richard Hutton, former England Test player, Editor of 'The Cricketer' magazine and son of Sir Len. Also making a return to Radley was Andrew Strauss OBE (above, with ARW), former England Captain and Director of 'England Cricket.'
The sad news of the death of WJW, Master in Charge of Cricket from 1993-2003, great supporter of the Rangers and longstanding member of IZ and, alongside Wags, responsible for arguably the greatest era in Radley's cricketing history, led to the creation of a T20 tournament in his honour.
Olly West (G Social) put together a 'Wesson XI', featuring former Middlesex Captain Ben Hutton (B Social) and former Glamorgan Captain and England one day international Jamie Dalrymple (H Social) and cheered on by Andrew Strauss (B Social). Olly Langton (G Social) organised an IZ side featuring 8 ORs of a slightly more recent vintage, and both sides gave away a lot in years to a very youthful and exciting 1st XI, featuring 6.1 Captain James Cunningham (G Social) as well as 4 Colts and 2 Junior Colts.
The cricket was keenly contested. The 1st XI made 150-7 (Cunningham 52) in reply to I Zingari's 161-3 (Wynne-Griffith, D Social, 59, Gordon-Lennox, B Social, 52) and the Rangers then fell 14 short of IZ's imposing 184-3 (Freyne, J Social, 74) in the second match, despite 65 from Hutton and 61 (from 21 balls) by Dalrymple. With the fate of the trophy thus already determined, the final match was played in the cool of the evening but ended in pulsating style - with 43 required from the final 12 balls it seemed that the 1st XI's total of 153-4 would be beyond the Rangers - but Hutton's 52 meant that Cricketer Cup Captain Jamie Dalrymple (43* from 16 balls) could put the death bowling to the sword and, by the time he had driven the penultimate ball over extra cover into the nets for six, scattering a few E Social Removes in the process, the Rangers required 2 from the final ball to win. An excellent delivery from the ice-cool debutant Henry Chapman (B Social) and some superb sportsmanship from the inspirational Dalrymple meant that the match ended in a tie.
The Wesson Cup, kindly donated by OR Charlie Pragnell (A Social), was presented to I Zingari by the Warden to conclude the day's proceedings.