IN 2004 ST. OSYTH CELEBRATED WITH A VISIT FROM MCC

The big anniversary festival was held on 22nd July 2004 and after many weeks of work even the weather fell into line to make the event one the village will remember for many a year to come!

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) were welcomed to Cowley Park to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first cricket match in St. Osyth, and one of the earliest recorded anywhere in Essex. The Club set out to make this a special event not just for the cricket club and cricket enthusiasts but also for the whole community - and the many hundreds attending showed that they had achieved their objective.


Mark Shuttleworth, Chairman of the Cowley Park Trustees, with Jim Prior
discussing the finer points of the last boundary hit from the St Osyth Players

 
Mark Shuttleworth giving one of many interviews, this one to BBC radio Essex

 
The teams leave the field for lunch and well earned break from the sun

  
The above pictures are snapshots of the many residents, enthusiasts and visitors who
had booked lunch on Cowley Park to make this a very special occasion


The visiting MCC team had lunch served in a separate marquee, where quite a few of the spectators asked to take their photographs. They proved themselves to be wonderful ambassadors for the game of cricket. A big thank you to them from all in St Osyth and Point Clear


Mark Shuttleworth greets Christine Turner, Chairman of Tendring District Council and John White, Parish Council Chairman and their spouses

 
Top table guests with both invited Chairmen, Mark, Jim Prior and Michael Talbot, all presided over by Barbara Shuttleworth, Club President


The visiting team. Perhaps as expected they won, but cricket in St. Osyth
was the winner from the anniversary visit by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Just repeat to ourselves in case we forget! We are remembering the 250th anniversary of the first cricket match in St. Osyth, and one of the earliest recorded anywhere in Essex. The bats may have been different, the wicket may have been different, the dress may have been different, but the sportsmanship endures unchanged!

   

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 December 2009 13:37 )