THIS WEEKEND (Saturday April 1) Sporting Alfas Cricket Club pay tribute to club cricket icon Jack Hyams, who died four years ago at the age of 92.
The friendly match, against a specially selected Jack Hyams XI starts at 1pm at the Woodbridge Oval in Albir.
Hyams was arguably the most successful club cricketer of all time. He probably had the longest unbroken playing career, covering nine decades. At a conservative estimate, he scored more than 125,000 runs and 170 centuries. He was also a useful bowler, taking more than 1,300 wickets.
He scored his first century when he was 14 and went on to play for more than 50 clubs, including a spell in the Bradford League, ending his career at Cockfosters and Billericay.
Jack was in his 70s when he scored his last century, against Edmonton at Brondesbury, and the cricket historian David Frith described him as a “phenomenon”. In his 90th year, before a stroke laid him low, Jack played 11 times for Billericay and five for his own team.
He played all over the world, was made life president of the Barmy Army, the England fans’ organisation and made over 20 visits to the Woodbridge Oval, playing for The Nomads in fixtures against Sporting Alfas.
In their last match, a 40 over friendly against a Gloucester Seniors XI, the away team won the toss and elected to bat first. Their batsmen were comfortable but rather sedate against the home sides bowlers, who struggled for consistency in the windy conditions and eventually posted a respectable, if rather below par score of 201 for 7 in the alloted overs.
Alfas, however, were not in the mood to hang around and began their response with a century partnership from openers Laundon and Crompton. The latter giving the bowlers a particularly torrid time before a leg injury forced him to retire hurt on 105 not out. Later, some gutsy power hitting from Alger and skipper Munoz ensured the home side reached their target comfortably with more than 13 overs to spare, ending on 204 for 4 off 26.4 overs.
For more information on Sporting Alfas and future fixtures visit their website www.sportingalfascc.com