The traditional end of season cricket match between St Andrew’s Church and the Oxshott Club was played on a balmy Sunday afternoon in September – the first innings under hot sun and blue sky. A small crowd from the village gathered on the boundary rope sharing jokes and stories as the cricket got under way.
The Oxshott Club batted first, facing a tough onslaught from some tasty junior bowlers from the church, supported by a massive slip cordon. Some good bowling but variable fielding meant that the Club finished on 120 off their 20 overs with a few hefty fours, plenty of quick singles and only a couple of wickets to spare.
It was a good total and after a delicious OVSC cricket tea (and one or two stronger drinks) the St Andrew’s openers were both out cheaply to some demon fast bowling in the first few overs. The middle order steadied the ship and the run chase was on with some good knocks getting the scoring rate up quickly. Some retirements, Jolyon nearly getting his head knocked off and a couple of spectacular catches ended the charge and the church were left with 16 to get off the last 2 overs. A huge and ambitious six put the church in good shape to snatch victory, but a tight last over (unconventionally split between two bowlers) left St Andrew’s finishing on 119 and the Oxshott Club retained the Alfie Skelton Shield by just one run.
The annual match in Alfie’s memory was played in high spirits and lots of fun, bringing church and village, young and old, together to share a great afternoon of entertainment, fellowship and a bit of sport.