Wednesday 27 August 2014
This year the Expo Cup charity event, first played in 1968, was held at Clymping in West Sussex and hosted by the West Division. Over £600 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of Christine Pudduck, a member of Clymping Stoolball Club, who suffered from this terrible disease and passed away two years ago.
With eight teams from the five Sussex divisions plus teams from Kent, Surrey and for the first time a team representing the local Coastal League, the competition was played on two pitches with four teams in each group.
Apart from a vicious downpour half way through the day’s play, the event was blessed with warm sunshine for most of the time. In group 1, the Central Division were the winners with victories over Surrey, North Division and the Coastal League, while West Division in group 2 had wins over Kent, Mid Division and East Division.
In the final 6 over match, fast bowlers Amanda Curry and Fiona Kilfeather proved too much for the Central Division batsmen as they struggled to produce a challenging score. When West Division batted, some well-placed shots and speedy running between the wickets by Connie Chapman and Nicky Gorman saw them home by the end of the second over.
This day was all about fundraising, not individual achievement, and Melissa Mantle, West Division Secretary, was delighted to announce that the day had been a tremendous success both financially and on the field of play and thanked everyone for their contribution. Sylvia Rowbotham, Christine’s twin sister, also thanked Melissa for her hard work and said how proud her sister would have been and gave her grateful thanks to everyone for making the day such a success.
West Division winning team
West Division captain, Nicola Gorman, with the trophy