All the president’s men celebrate 50 years at Aldwick

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Despite the weather, Aldwick cricketers and supporters from the past 50 years gathered to celebrate John Heredge’s final president’s game before he retires from office.

In between the showers, some cricket was played but for much of the time, guests were huddled together in a marquee watching a tennis final.

John’s Aldwick President’s XI (above) comprised former Aldwick players who had either put their kit in the loft or gone on to other clubs.

Stuart Hamlett (East Mosley), Rob Willway (Bognor), Mike Hales (Pagham) and Tony Teague (Dorking), among others, accepted the president’s invitation to return for the day.

Constant showers made the outfield too dangerous even for a gentle friendly but not before Ian Guppy had hit a huge six from the first ball, Mike Hawkins (2-14) had regained his wicket-taking ways, president’s skipper Keith Jeffries had bowled a wonder ball to get a wicket, and Brian Barnard hooked a mighty six with a ball unintentionally aimed at his head.

The day finished with enjoyable reminisces and congratulations to John Heredge and treasurer Mick Fredricks, both celebrating 50 years with the club this year.