Sunny’s team gain victory at Stamford President’s Day Sixes

President Steve Armstrong dispatches the ball through the off-side during the match. EMN-140828-133109001
President Steve Armstrong dispatches the ball through the off-side during the match. EMN-140828-133109001

The bank holiday weekend saw many of Stamford Town Cricket Club’s members come together for another President’s Day.

After a pair of solid victories for the league sides on Saturday, attention firmly turned to the President’s Day Sixes competition.

Six teams in a two group round-robin, two semi-finals, a plate final and a final took place during the day with players of all ages soaking up the atmosphere and showing the strength and depth of cricketing talent in the club.

President Steve Armstrong got proceedings underway with his (and Paul Fox’s) combined President/Chairman’s XI. Then after nine wonderful matches it was time for the final, reigning Burghley Sixes champion Tom Williams and his team in the black vests versus Club Captain Sunny Appan and his team in the blue vests.

The blues batted first with Alex Birch, Adam Chapman and performing well to help reach 66, the highest total of the day, but it was Zak Chappell with a couple of enormous sixes at the end who took the applause come the end of the innings. Sam Crossley and Richard Field both bowled excellently with skipper Tom Williams living up to his reputation as a fantastic fielder by taking a fabulous boundary catch that was destined to be a six.

After a quick turnaround, the blacks came out to bat with self-proclaimed 6s specialist Chris Bore proving himself right and reaching 25 to retire. Freddie Cracknell continued his great day scoring 20 but in the end the final overs from Dan Robertson, captain Sunny Appan and resident scorer John Macmenemey were good enough to limit the scoring and ensure victory for the blue team by 10 runs.