18 Jul 2014 - Charlie Compton
Old Oaks 121-5
Shoreham 73 all out
After 7 years as the Peter Walker Memorial Match (Peter was President of Shoreham CC but also a Vine Vice-President and architect of the Otford Pavilion) this was the inaugural game for the joint Peter Walker/ Nigel ‘Couver’ Hollamby Memorial Match. Nigel, also a Vice- President, was responsible for the Cricket Club’s fundraising for the Otford Pavilion, as well as providing Guy and Peter as 1stXI captains! They were the best of friends always carrying out many small but necessary jobs for the Club as well as being ever present supporters regularly enjoying a drink with other non-playing members, during the hockey season as well as the cricket.
Shoreham have a good record in this fixture but their Oldies were mainly young this year and could not cope with the experience mustered by skipper of the day Guy Hollamby. A host of ex- 1st and 2ndXI players turned out to prove that despite their lack of mobility they still haven’t lost it. Richard Botting and Phil Francis rolled back the years with a steady opening partnership. Guy Hollamby proved that most deliveries can be worked to third man and quickened up the running between the wickets, duly upsetting Phil Francis by running him out by a country mile. As the run rate faltered it was actually Canadian Dave Olson (providing the Vancouver link), and better known for baseball, who found his range after many a swing and a miss. He, Peter Hollamby and Richard “everything is a single only” Smith took the Vine to a respectable, but very gettable 121 in 16 overs.
During the interval Guy and Peter Hollamby duly unveiled the new boundary bench in Nigel’s memory, with a few well chosen words.
The Shoreham innings faltered early against the accuracy of spin trio, Chris Crang, Vine groundsman Jason Carr and Tim Smith, with wickets falling regularly. It was only Old Oak and Shoreham captain Jerry Stanyard and Peter Walker’s grandson Ed, who showed any resistance but Peter Hollamby’s introduction to the attack was too much for the lower order. Excellent catches from Chris Crang, Gavan Burden and Guy Hollamby and tidy wicketkeeping from Phil Francis saw Shoreham fall well short. Non-playing Captain, Nick Walker made it back from Lords to witness the end. Well done to Tim and Richard Smith for making it back to play, and performing excellently, after a very social day but shorter day at Lords.
With all the Vine Old Oaks team vowing to return the die is now cast for many battles to come, subject to skipper Charlie’s consent to a team of non-regulars. Many thanks to Charlie for passing the baton to Guy to run the game and everyone who came along to support the evening. Shoreham have assured us they will toughen up next year. As to the Vancouver link you will need to ask Guy as it actually relates to rugby, not cricket!