Croham hit for four on home turf
SEVEN England cricket legends turned up in South Croydon last week to play in the annual match between Croham Hurst and the County Cricketers' Golf Society.
Among them were former captain Mark Butcher, openers Mickey Stewart and John Edrich, fast bowler Geoff Arnold and wicketkeeper John Murray all starring in an exciting match which the cricketers won 4-2.
Highlight of the day was a hole-in-one scored by former Sussex and England fast bowler Tony Pigott.
The result means that Croham Hurst remain ahead by seven wins to six after the 18th contest in the series so far.
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A tight opening game saw ex-Surrey and England spin bowler Pat "Percy" Pocock playing with one time Cambridge University star, Graham Cottrell, beat former Croham captain Colin Vidler and Guy Mackie 1up.
Stewart and his son-in-law Kevin Wallis then dispatched current Croham vice-captain Chris Allbut and his partner Mike Davies 2up.
The cricketers were soon three ahead when Arnold and his partner, former West Indies batsman John Shepherd, had a convincing 7&6 victory over Steve Woodward and Colin Clark.
In the fourth game legendary Surrey and Sussex wicketkeeper Arnold Long, playing with Murray, sank a 10-foot putt on the last hole to halve with Brian Carter and Chester Stern.
The fifth game featured a family battle with Mark Butcher, partnered by former Surrey and Bedfordshire all-rounder Chris Bullen for the cricketers, taking on his uncle Martin Butcher and Jon Mallett. This game, too, was halved.
The only victory for the local side came when Croham's John Elliott and John Kershaw beat Edrich and Pigott 3&2.
At the dinner after the match a toast was drunk to England greats Peter Loader and Fred Titmus who died recently. Surrey and England fast bowler Loader had also been a member of Croham Hurst Golf Club
The cricketers' captain, Mickey Stewart, said: "Peter was the master of swing bowling and a great bloke."