The thirteenth annual joust for the Brian Rickman Memorial Trophy proved to be unlucky for the Elite, despite the healthiest of starts. At 60 without loss in the thirteenth over, Mark Gannaway (33) and Tony Denham (30) seemed to be laying the platform for a substantial score. That this platform was soon dismantled was largely due to the sabotage of Nick Gossip (5-40) who destroyed the Elite’s middle order. The rebuilding work was started by Will Thorp (31) before his labour was also terminated, this time by Chris James (3-55). Only the industry of Stuart Morgan (37) – playing in an appropriately agricultural style – saw the Elite get anywhere near 200.
A wicket in the first over was about as good as it got for the Elite, as Jerry Holt made sure that the result would never be in doubt. His 108 came in quick time (his second fifty in just 31 balls) as the Elite bowlers had no answer to his hefty blows. He received support throughout from Chris Todd (69no), and even the loss of a couple of late wickets could not distract them from their purpose.
The players then retired for the BBQ laid on by the Elite, as well as some liquid refreshment to wash it all down. Mrs Pat Rickman then presented the trophy to the winning captain, who expressed delight as well as large dose of surprise at the outcome. Stuart Morgan claimed the Elite man of the match, and everyone vowed to be back next year.