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Sixpenny Handley 6-a-side Tournament 2009

PRT Pirates once again descended on Sixpenny Handley for the 13th Annual 6-a-side Tournament. Fielding three sides, two veteran sixes: The Pirates and The Buccaneers, along with a team of young bucks (i.e. aged no more than 31) appropriately named The Cabin Boys.

Naturally it was the Cabin Boys who fared the better of the 3 Pirate teams, running away with the competition, facing some stiff opposition from Milton Abbas, who fielded an even younger side, who didn't quite enter into the spirit of proceedings by remaining sober throughout the afternoon.

Not to be outdone, it was the veteran Pirates who scooped 2 of the individual awards as Andy Randell picked up bowler of the day thanks to an impeccable economy rate for 6-a-side slogging, while Rupert "Captain Greybeard" Waight won the wicketkeeper of the day for three fine stumpings. Chris Leake won the day's batting award with a destructive display of measured hitting in the final.

Neither the Pirates or Buccaneers could muster a win in the group stages. Despite a gritty opening stand by Conrad Cole and Rupert who shared an unbeaten partnership of 39 against Milton Abbas. Alas this wasn't enough as the Buccaneers were unable to defend the target, which the youngsters reached within 3 overs. The Pirates fared slightly better, almost pulling off victory against Mere, and running Bournemouth Schools Association CC (BSACC) 'B' close in their final game.

Thus the two sides with a 100% losing record fought it out for last place in an entertaining game, but the Pirates were always in control, cruising to victory over the Buccaneers. The highlight of the game was Rupert's neat stumping of Dr John Walker, demolishing the stumps Tony Quayle-style, before racing down the wicket to celebrate.

The Cabin Boys progressed from their group stage with 2 wins from 2, vanquishing BSACC 'B' and Mere, setting up a final meeting with Milton Abbas. Thanks to Leake's unbeaten knock, and with useful contributions from Richie Samuel, Olly Whisker and Simon Proffitt, the Cabin Boys set an imposing total of 72. Tom Cole would surely have added to this total if he hadn't been run out by Chris without facing a delivery in the first over.

Milton Abbas got off to a cracking start as Neale and Allen set about the Cabin Boys attack with gusto, both passing 25 and retiring. Whisker helped stem the flow with a tight penultimate over, leaving Milton Abbas requiring 25 from 6 balls. Young Proffitt stepped up and bowled a fantastic final over, claiming two wickets and surrendering just 7 runs as the Cabin Boys won the cup.

Lessons learnt:

  • Conrad doesn't run 2s
  • Olly Whisker is a closet sherry drinker, owns a pink pillow and also likes tabby cats
  • Richard Stewkesbury hates nothing more than barbecues - the food cooked on them is a safety hazard. You couldn't pay him to eat a burger off a barbecue (he much prefers them grilled) and don't get him started on the dangers of chicken cooked outdoors...
  • Stewkes is quite partial to a burger cooked on a barbecue (as witnessed no less than 2 minutes after his anti-bbq rant)
  • Triangle has uncovered a new star 'keeper in the form of Cap'n Greybeard

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Conrad & Rupert enter the fray Squeaker's legs make an unwelcome appearance Olly relaxes on his pink pillow The Pirates look on Glyn warms up to face the might of the Pirates attack
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The Pirates finally get to bask in the summer sun Tom Cole looks less than impressed to be run out in the final The Cabin Boys clinch the title Rupert picks up his wicketkeeper of the day prize Andy Randell is named bowler of the day
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Chris Leake accepts the batsman of the day award Chris Leake with the cup The PRT Cabin Boys
2009 Winners
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