A Bute of a day for beach cricket

15 Oct

The Tartan Duck trophy was taken home to Hughenden by the victorious Hillhead team who triumphed at Ettrick Bay on Sunday 27 September.

A gorgeous sunny afternoon graced Ettrick Bay for the first ever Bute Beach Cricket Festival which saw teams from Hillhead and Inverclyde take on the pick of Bute's cricketing youth under the watchful eye of the slightly older club captain, Richard Harding.

Proceedings were delayed by about 45 minutes until the spring tide reluctantly released its grip on the sands to create sufficient space to put down the artificial Flicx pitch and get the mini tournament under way. Played to Kwik Cricket rules each of the six-a-side teams started with 200 runs and in the first match Hillhead totalled 248 while a makeshift Inverclyde team replied with 231.

Hillhead then played Bute whose team was made up of 12-year-old Adam Guy, teenagers John Wilson, Jack Deans and Louis Ware plus Steve Mason and Richard Harding. Hillhead batted first and amassed an impressive 265 – convincing winners over the home team which totalled 228.

Afterwards some delicious cake went down well in the Ettrick Bay Tea Rooms - thank you Alec, Sandy and your team - and during a short presentation ceremony, Bute County Cricket Club chairman, David Mackay stressed the afternoon was all about having fun which it achieved in bucket and spades.

He congratulated club coach, Alan Peacock on mastering the Kwik Cricket rules but regretted he had not found one which enabled Bute to win! The club hopes to make Beach Cricket a still more successful and popular annual event, learning from the experiences of this year. The other clubs were delighted and promised to return next year.

David presented the runners-up trophy to Adam Guy, the youngest member of the Bute side while the fabulous Tartan Duck trophy was collected by Ian Holland on behalf of Hillhead. Ian assured us that it would have pride of place in Hillhead's trophy cabinet!

The raffle run prior to and during the event raised £209 which will be put towards safety equipment such as pads and helmets for an introductory cricket programme in the island's schools over the winter months.

For more information about Bute County Cricket Club please contact David Mackay: d.g.mackay@btinternet.com

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