Shock loss as season ends

CricketCricketers came from far and wide to see out the 2006 season in style as Castle Hedingham CC hosted a six-a-side tournament. Favourites Sudbury CC, Gestingthorpe, Wickham St Paul and the host club were joined by visitors Bacup CC, who play in the Lancashire League.

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Cricketers came from far and wide to see out the 2006 season in style as Castle Hedingham CC hosted a six-a-side tournament.

Favourites Sudbury CC, Gestingthorpe, Wickham St Paul and the host club were joined by visitors Bacup CC, who play in the Lancashire League.

That league is one of the most competitive in the country and just in case their squad wasn't strong enough, they brought their overseas professional, New Zealand international all-rounder Chris Cairns down for the trip! Cairns holds the record for sixes scored in Test cricket.


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Friday's downpours had given way to clear skies by the time the tournament started and the pool stages saw Bacup, Sudbury and Gestingthorpe through to the semi-finals, where, after a nail-biting 'bowl-out,' they were joined by Castle Hedingham's B team.

A good-size crowd enjoyed some entertaining cricket as each team member had to bowl one over. Cairns launched some ferocious big hits, with a few balls last seen heading way out of the ground and over the adjacent Sudbury road.

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His hitting was enough to see Bacup defeat Gestingthorpe, setting up a final against the hosts, who in a shock result triumphed over pre-tournament favourites Sudbury.

The final itself was a tense affair as Castle Hedingham, led by Alistair Nott, restricted the Lancashire lads to just 47 runs (although it has to be said that Cairns did not bat and indeed kept wicket for the visitors!)

Hedingham attacked the target with gusto, going into the last over needing seven runs to win. It was not to be however as the mighty Bacup bowled them out five runs short of that target.

Castle Hedingham chairman Andrew Newton presented the victorious visitors with a silver cup and commented: “It's been a great way to round off the season and make some new cricket friends.

“The whole event has been a big success and we now hope to make this an annual competition.”

Cairns responded for the winners: “We've had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the cricket and local hospitality; we'll definitely be back next year to defend the trophy and enjoy some more time down here in East Anglia.”

Bacup remained in the region on Sunday, when they played a Castle Hedingham XI in a 40-over match. They ran out easy winners, scoring 284 and bowling the home side out for just 127 in reply.

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