Clever Supports SYBAs Cricket Day
We were delighted to sponsor the Sodbury & Yate Business Associations (SYBA) first summer party at the local Cricket Club on Friday.
The event was held at Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club who, on the day, were hosting the famous nomadic side Gloucestershire Gipsies in a 40 over game.
With the forecast looking so gloomy and rain falling at regular intervals, the Sodbury ground staff worked tirelessly to make sure the pitch got covered in the run up to the event and were on hand when the downpours came.
SYBA wizard Steve Birch had set up camp with his Sodbury Light Railway, for children (young and old!) to enjoy, the Marquee was up (just - the wind was strong!) and the game was on!
There was a decent audience in attendance, which included 22 SYBA guests who came along to enjoy the cricket (and the train rides), relax over a drink or two and have a cricket tea supplied by local restaurant the Squire.
James, our MD, is club captain at Chipping Sodbury as well as joint Chairman of SYBA. He said “we (the SYBA exec) felt this would be a great chance for us as a group to socialise, strengthen relationships and have fun in a relaxed environment, whilst supporting a local voluntary sports organisation.
This event was the first of its kind for us as a group and for the Cricket Club. With my Sodbury hat on, I can say that Sodbury were proud to host the event and welcome local businessmen and women from the area to the Ridings. Our grounds team work extremely hard to keep the grounds and facilities in good shape”
Gloucestershire Gipsies had a star-studded side out, which included a number of ex-Gloucestershire players, including Mark Alleyne, Ben Gannon and Mike Smith. Local Rugby legend Duncan Bell also pulled on the whites. The Gipsies were looking in a commanding position before the rain came down again around 6pm, which ultimately put an end to the days play.
The Man of the Match award went to Mitch Hammond, of the Gipsies, who scored an unbeaten 100! Mitch went home a happy man, as he was provided with a bottle of Red Door Gin provided by local business Red Door Coaching & Training .
James said “it would be brilliant to make this a yearly event and make the day bigger and better for 2020! With extra special thanks to players, officials, Rebecca Adams, Martin Weaver and the Cricket Club for helping to make it happen”
James Rendell (c)
Thanks to Rich McD for the photos