PRESIDENTS DAY REPORT The players were welcomed by a glorious August day on the 27th August for the latest instalment of the OHCC Presidents Day. The format was amended this year to two T20 style games and worked very well with players and spectators having a great day. The day was so well supported by the players that we had 25 making up the two teams. The first match went the way of the team captained by Neil Overington, chasing a small total of 127 they were in some trouble early against the side captained by Richie Bowers as Tim Harms claimed the prize scalp of his eldest son (Dave) caught on the square leg boundary by Dan Bishop to spark joyous scenes!! However Marc Cobby (50) and Neil Overington steadied the ship and the win was completed with 2 wickets to spare. The following game saw a turn of fortunes with the winners of the first game succumbing to a 5 wicket defeat as Richie Bowers team chased down 160 after Marc Cobby (50) and Owen Bartlett had top scored for the Overington team. A 1-1 draw saw the end of play in what proved to be a great day of cricket.
Between matches wonderful lunch was provided by Nicola Read in the new clubhouse, the pavilion looking resplendent with it's new kitchen, bar, carpet and furniture, great testament to those who have spent so much of their own time in getting the club to this situation. There are many that have helped but particular thanks should go to Dave Bishop and Clive Bulpitt for their efforst - great job chaps.
The evening saw the traditional round the stump contest with Ben West being unable to tackle a slippery Dave Harms in the final leg seeing team Overington come out on top by the smallest of margins (i.e Dave)! This was followed by the official opening of the pavilion by ex-player Ollie Colman. The players, families, friends and supporters were fed once again by the usual excellent BBQ provided by club president Robert Rawlings before music and further festivities closed out what was a fantastic day enjoyed by all.
PAVILION DEVELOPMENT President's day on Sunday August 27th saw the official opening of the re-developed club house. The main club house area was completed with funds from Hazel Watson, our local Surrey County Councillor (Bar Shutters) and Gatwick Airport Community Trust (Carpet). Dave Bishop thanked all those involved in the project from our financial sponsors, to the club members who so readily gave their time, efforts and donated goods. The official 'cutting the ribbon' was performed by Ollie Colman who was a a very good batsman and bowler as shown on our Honour's Boards from the late 40s. Apart from some decorating of the changing rooms we can say that the re-development is complete.
In the coming days...
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