Friday saw the return of over 30 Hamptonians for the annual Cricket 50 Years On reunion lunch, and what was the final match between the School and the Old Hamptonians, as part of the OHCC’s inaugural ‘Cricket Week’.
Now in its 23rd year, the annual lunch was a wonderful occasion for Hamptonians, their wives and partners, to catch up and reminisce about their time at Hampton and their various cricketing exploits and achievements.
‘Cricket Week’ started on Wednesday 26 June with the Old Hamptonians vs. Hampton School staff match, seeing the staff team win by 29 runs. The stakes were high, as the Old Hamptonians XI took on the Hampton School 2nd XI the next day in a 20/20, which resulted in a tie. It was all to play for on Friday, when the OH team faced the School 1st XI, for what was a hard-fought match. Over 600 runs were scored in what was a spectacular game, with the School chasing 301 to beat the Old Hamptonians. Adam Lee OH (2018), 102 not-out was awarded Man of the Match for the Old Hamptonians and J Berg, 80 not-out, was named Man of the Match for the School.
We were also honoured to welcome back Marie-Therese, partner of Arthur Reynolds OH (1959). Arthur sadly passed away last year and Marie-Therese travelled from Switzerland to be part of the day. During his time with the Old Hamptonians’ Cricket Club, Arthur planted four trees along the boundary of the OHCC cricket pitch. In what was a poignant moment for all, Marie-Therese unveiled a plaque for ‘Arthur’s trees’, a fitting tribute to Arthur and his contribution to the School and the Cricket Club.
Thank you to all the Hamptonians who came along to the lunch and who watched or played cricket.