This was one of the more memorable cricket matches between Z/Yen and The Children’s Society, not least because it was one of the very few that Z/Yen won.
Also memorable because we have a lot of artefacts from the match:
- a wonderful stick of photographs taken on my camera – click here or the picture above. I’d love to credit the photographer(s) but no-one so far has been able to recall who actually took the pictures. I think Janie (Daisy) might be the culprit, as for sure she was there but isn’t in any of the pictures. With confession will come redemption, credit and possibly yet more good things. Janie should probably get a medal anyway for turning up at one of our silly cricket matches on her birthday;
- the scorebook pages – scans shown at the end of this piece;
- a ludicrously long match report, authored by me and Barmy Kev jointly – click here – published as a three-parter on Middlesex Till We Die (MTWD) over the winter of 2007/2008 when desperate for feature material. It is one of the MTWD “lost masterpieces”; as explained more fully in the posting linked here – Sportnetwork managed to lose all the features that were published on all of its web sites during a period around that time. That three-parter is for connoisseurs, not for normal people;
- a sensibly short piece from the Now and Z/Yen blog, replicated in its entirety below.
Z/Yen gets even hotter at games
If Ian Harris can claim that even one good thing has ever come out of Z/Yen’s annual cricket match, (an event which boasted it’s 10th anniversary this year), it must be the resulting courtship and recent marriage of our Fran Birch with Eugene Kinghorn. Three years ago, Eugene played for The Children’s Society while Fran played for Z/Yen. One thing led to another after the (cricket) match and those two were matched (married) a few weeks ago.
This year we returned to the scene of the crime, Holland Park, with Eugene of course now playing in Z/Yen colours (qualified by marriage, cricket was always thus).
Suffice it to say that Z/Yen won the fixture this year, with several Z/Yen people exceeding all expectations (even Ian, I kid you not). But you couldn’t have written the script for the ending – Eugene and Fran batting together, knocking off the winning runs.