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Saturday 6th May 2017
Today, the sixth of May 2017, I was given a cricket bat.
The little silver bat, which measures 11.5 centimetres, was stuck in my letterbox with an enclosed note and has travelled all the way from Croxley Green, a little town close to Watford’s football stadium just inside the M25
George Combe also received the bat 126 years ago, presented by our club for his extraordinary 110 runs against Randalstown CC on 30th June 1891.
George was a key figure during our first Golden Era winning 4 Senior Challenge Cup medals from ’91 to ‘94
He scored 32 in the final against North of Ireland CC in 1891, 93 against Ballymoney CC in the final in 1892, 38 again in a final v Ulster CC in 1893 and, typical of the game, ‘bagged a pair’ in the ’94 final against Holywood.
The sender of the bat, Nikki Shaw, has taken great care of it and has sent it in immaculate condition.