Sunday 28 July 2013 Winchmore Hill CC
RUPERT BETTISON MEMORIAL MATCH
Judd Street Tigers 188-2 beat Magpie & Stump XI 186-8 by 8 wickets
The Tigers continued their excellent run of form with an emphatic victory over their visitors, thanks to a new club record second-wicket partnership of 162 between Chris Wright (105) and Mike Herlihy (63*).
But for once the occasion was more important than the result, this fixture being arranged in the memory of Rupert Bettison, a cricketer well known to the former Walthamstow Horizontal players, who died suddenly last year in his early forties. A number of ex-Horizontal players were present in the Magpie XI, including current Tigers Matt Webster, Simon Warren and Craig Murray.
Batting first, the M & S openers got off to a flying start, putting up a 50 stand in the first 9 overs. Former Horizontal Glenn Winteringham looked particularly impressive and went on to make a well-crafted 72. Chris Dane (3-6) and Mike Delanian (2-24) put the brake on the scoring with excellent 8-over spells, James Lord catching Bergman (28) to break the opening partnership and Mike Herlihy taking a brilliant diving catch at slip to dismiss Matt Webster, new bat and all.
However, Simon Bomford (43), who guested for the Tigers last season, and Rupert’s brother Dominic added a useful 38 for the seventh wicket in 6 overs, before Simon Warren hit a further 16 not out at the end to leave a target 0f 187 in 40 overs, which looked slightly under par for the conditions.
The Tigers’ reply got off to a steady start, only 29 being accumulated in the first 10 overs for the loss of Steve Rennie. Wright and Herlihy then gradually increase the tempo – 80-1 after 20 overs to 153-1 after 30. The pair batted evenly to reach their fifties but thereafter Wrighty surged ahead with some big-hitting, including four sixes, then reached his second century for the Tigers with another maximum before retiring. Rowan Allerton subsequently needed just two deliveries to complete the victory.
There was quite a festival atmosphere during the day, which for the most part was played out in good weather. A brief shower threatened to upset proceedings, as did a chilly wind, but many friends and family of Rupert were present and there was food, drink, photo opportunities, speeches and presentations, and it is hoped this may become a regular fixture in the future.