On the 11th July at Debdale Park Sports Club in Mansfield Woodhouse the 17 players of Sherwood Colliery Cricket Club took on the 15 players of the Old Sherwoodonians (former players) in memory of Ian Bagshaw.
Old Sherwoodonians batted first captained by Phil Calcraft and got off to a slow start thanks largely to some tight bowling from Alex Greer, Mark Burden and Steven Edge plus the excellent captaining skills of Paul Wright utilising all of his 17 players to plug the gaps in the field, Pete Jackson opening the batting for Old Sherwoodonians could only look on in amazement as Alex Greer with 5 slips and 3 gully's opened the bowling with some gentle off spin, the tactic worked and Jackson was bowled 1st ball for a golden duck. With Sherwood reducing Old Sherwoodonians 75 for 9, captain Calcraft began to look a little worried so brought in his ringer Will Butler to take his side to a respectable 153 for the loss of only 13 wickets.
After a short interlude Sherwood came out to bat and got off to a steady start thanks to a huge 6 from Mark Burden, however as sun started to set and the beer began to kick in Sherwood continued to lose wickets at regular intervals until the junior members off the club less inebriated than their more senior counterparts started to take apart the Old Sherwoodonians bowling attack racing along to 140 until Calcraft, again running scared brought on his second ringer of the day in the form of Ashlene Bagshaw to steady up the bowling attack eventually taking the wicket of her brother Geoffrey. Alas, this move wasn't enough as Sherwood managed to creep home with and over to spare with the loss of 15 wickets.
The match was followed by raffles and an auction and the total raised from the event was £1838.36 which was donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Organiser Paul Wright would like to thanks all those that participated in the event and helped out with the running making it a night to truly remember. Well done to everyone!