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The 2013 Inter Province Cricket Tournament


This year the annual Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament was hosted by Surrey and was held on Saturday 20th July 2013 at St John’s School, Leatherhead. The contest last year had to be cancelled due to the weather so we were all very pleased that this year’s event took place on a warm day during our recent dry spell. Cloudy at first leading to sunshine in the afternoon made it an ideal day for cricket.

This cricket tournament of limited overs, which has been going for some years, has up to now been contested by Kent, Middlesex and Surrey. This year we were joined by a team from Sussex who were straight into action in the first match against Kent. Sussex played well but lost to Kent. Middlesex then played Surrey in what was a very close game, losing by 10 runs. Having both lost their opening matches Middlesex and Sussex played each other to decide the 3rd/4th positions in the tournament. Middlesex, under the very successful captaincy of Keith Waters, were more successful in this match, reaching the Sussex total with just under 2 overs to spare. Keith who has looked after Middlesex’s cricketing interests for some twenty years has decided that it is time to hand over to a younger pair of hands. I am delighted to announce that Raghu Sharma has agreed to take on the role of Captain in 2014 and I am sure that he will receive, as Keith has in the past, the full-hearted support of all Middlesex Mark Cricketers. Indeed such is Keith’s enthusiasm for both Middlesex and cricket that he has agreed to stay on for a year as Vice-Captain so as to ensure that Raghu is properly played in.

The final was played between Surrey and Kent and was again a close finish with Surrey holding on to become the tournament winners.

This was a very successful competition, blessed with good cricket, good weather and both players and supporters enjoying a great day.

As with most Masonic events, charity is not far from our minds and a considerable amount was raised from ticket sales, tombola and the supply of food and drink. There was also a ‘guess the weight’ of a splendid cake which I am pleased to say was won by our own Mike Falkner, a Middlesex man, although we have to acknowledge that he is also a long standing Surrey man as well. We tried to persuade Mike that he should share the cake with those present but he was having none of it, deciding that he was taking it home to help celebrate his grandson’s birthday. Thankfully, cake was in great supply in the afternoon as the picture of David Sparks and Beverley Edwards shows.

If any enthusiastic cricketers in the Middlesex Province wish to take part in next year’s tournament then please get in touch with the editor who will pass your details on to the new Middlesex Captain.

John Edwards
Provincial Grand Secretary

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Middlesex
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