Andover host Michael Vaughan as his Legends team
On Monday 27th August in front of a packed house at London Road, Andover CC hosted the NatWest Legends in the third and final game ‘Locals vs Legends’ T20 series. The ground was looking spectacular thanks to the hard work from the ground staff and the host of volunteers from the club and local community.
Before the game, a fantastic lunch was on offer under the Simply Health sponsored marquee for over 160 people, mingling with the ex-England legends. The question and answer session was as funny as it was insightful as Ed Giddins grilled Paul Nixon, Devon Malcolm and Michael Vaughan with questions from the audience and some of his own beauties. The auction of some fabulous prizes then ensued with auctioneer David Smith (Senior Partner of Carter Jonas) overseeing some generous bids from the buoyant crowd.
The game was a close fought contest with the Legends posting 139-8 from their 20 overs thanks to some powerful strokeplay from Mal Loye, Chris Schofield and former Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan. Man of the match Jonty Hadfield was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-19 from his 4 overs but all the Andover bowlers deserve credit for their fine performances.
The Andover run chase started positively with superb hitting from the top order of Ali Hooper, Luke Scully and Mark Copleston but found the pace of Devon Malcolm, guile of Mark Ealham and accuracy of Dean Headley just too much as they fell 32 runs short on 107-7 off their 20 overs.
There was more than just cricket on offer though as the Newbury Building Society sponsored circus fun slide was in full flow, food stalls being frequented (selling out of burgers!!) and the Carta Jonas real ale tent proving very popular amongst the locals. The day raised huge amounts of much needed funds for ACC and you will see this being reinvested into improving facilities and provision of cricket for the local community.
It truly was a spectacular day and it would not have been possible without some key people. Huge thanks to Dilys Williams who worked tirelessly coordinating the whole operation, Catherine Morton for sorting tickets, the cakes stall and organising the many volunteers (and roping her husband in to do the bar!), Richard Woodley for organising the bars, food stalls, tents and acting as MC for the day, and Ali Hooper for producing programmes, cajoling sponsors, coordinating marquee sales and generally being on hand to help out when needed. Although these 4 have been singled out for special mention, there were a whole army of volunteers who can give themselves a big pat on their back for their efforts in making the event one of the greatest in Andover’s rich history.
Take a look at the match statistics and over 300 pictures by using the links below:-
And listen to message from England Coach Andy Flower to the ACC players...Good luck to ACC