PRESIDENT'S DAY 2014
Once again what another fantastic day! An excellent turnout by all sections who gave support to this annual event, we are one of the few clubs left in the area to still hold a traditional President’s Day and it was pleasing to note that ticket sales were taken up earlier than they have been for years. It was great to see so many smiling faces and chat to friends old and new as once again we were blessed with warm weather although the early evening rain almost spoilt the second X1’s chances of a win but they managed to mop up the last Penrith wicket with 4 balls to spare, I think Jake Peake would have been a bit disappointed if his 129 no hadn’t produced a result.
The Tennis section held an American tournament won by Steve Croasdale and Emma Swinscoe but the highlight of the afternoon was John McDonald’s remarkable comeback in the final of the men’s bowling competition, at one point he was 18-9 down but won every end after that to win 21-18. It was nice to see some of the ladies section taking part in some social bowling in the morning before they had their competition in the afternoon which was won by Audrey Balchin.
Jon McDonald receiving the cup and trophy from Dave Wane & Dave Bradshaw
It was a quick dash home and change for most people as it was an early start in the evening with the room being packed by 7.30 and extra tables drafted in later on. Helen Miller, our new caterer provided an excellent buffet which disappeared in no time flat, proving that she is a more than adequate replacement for Pauline Kaye. The trophy presentation ceremony went well and surprisingly the raffle went relatively smoothly - even Adrian Ross providing us with music for the night which didn’t blast us out of the room as has happened in the past. The first team Cricketers had to zoom back from Penrith and did make it back in time for the presentation but had to eat their buffet in the small lounge, in a high scoring win Alex Ross made 131no and Luis Rees 74.
Thanks are due to the organisers, especially Dave Bradshaw who has taken this club to his heart, he eats, lives and breathes it twenty four hours a day, being proactive is his motto and I am sure that most people will have noticed all the improvements that have been made recently. A special mention and thanks must also be made to Les Beardsworth our chairman, who works tirelessly, quietly and patiently but keeps his hand on the pulse and purse strings as well. Finally, of course, we thank all the volunteers from all sections who work so hard to keep the club going all year round, as does Jill and the bar staff.
Finally, we thank you, once again for your support.
Dave Wane (the “resident” President)