Happy Christmas

A very happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas to all visitors to my humble blog.

I am spending Christmas at home with family and, in addition to attending to my duties as one of the churchwardens at St. Anne’s on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I am planning to go down to Crompton Meadows to watch the traditional Boxing Day cricket match between Tottington St. John’s and Brooksbottom. It does not look as though the fixture will be played in snow as it was the last time Tottington hosted the game but I am sure there will be great entertainment as ever.

Cricket in the snow

The winning hit!

Sue and I attended the Annual Boxing Day Cricket match yesterday between Tottington St. John’s and Brooksbottom played for the first time at Crompton Meadows the home ground of Tottington St. John’s.

This was the first time the game has been played at Tottington thanks to the installation of their new artificial wicket in October. The recent heavy snowfall meant that the game was played in perfect seasonal surroundings with the outfield covered with a thick layer of snow. There was a great crowd who enjoyed the facilities and the winter menu included mulled wine, lentil soup and hot pies.

The game was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live and mentioned on Test Match Special. Fittingly the match was won by Tottington St. John’s.

Totty Triumph

Sue and I walked down to Summerseat today to watch he traditional Boxing Day cricket match at Brooksbottom.
After a hard fought contest Tottington St.John’s ran out winners having scored 104 in their innings they bowled out the home team for 78 in the final over. Everyone was lucky that for the most part the match was played under grey skies with little wind and the sun was starting to peep out by the end of the match. As we walked back Sue and I contrasted todays match with the last time we watched Boxing Day cricket four years ago. Then we were in Melbourne attending the famous Boxing Day Test ‘at the G’ as they call the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. That year Australia were playing India; a fixture which by coincidence was being repeated as we all slept last night. The crowds and the conditions at the two games might be rather different but the enjoyment factor of all involved is, I am sure, just the same.