Shenfield High School

Clyde & Co Cricket Event


On Thursday the 3rd of September the opportunity of a lifetime was put forward to me by my friend’s dad Roger, the company he was representing was invited by Clyde & Co (a large city law firm) to Wormsley (part of the Getty Foundation estate on the outskirts of London)  for the annual City Sixes competition. Roger rang up a Clyde & Co to explain that I was a keen cricketer and ask if I could join him, ultimately giving me the chance to play cricket at the prestigious Wormsley Cricket Club, wear a classy suit, eat posh nosh, and meet and talk to some cricket legends!

The 6-a-side event was run by the charity organisation The Lords Taverners, a charity that helps aid underprivileged and disabled school students by donating vehicles, equipment and money in order for them to do things that otherwise would not be possible. The event was to raise money for the charity and is organised by ex-England captain Mike Gatting. The ground is situated on the estate of the Getty family, a beautiful place with precisely cut greens and a world famous library that many of the business men and woman were keen to attend. The City Sixes competition has been running for a number of years raising tens of thousands of pounds in the process. This year the auction and raffle was run by mock the week comedian Andy Parsons and he certainly made it entertaining!

When I arrived at the estate I was instantly amazed by the beauty of it all, from the thatched roofs on the pavilion and scoring room to the Red Kites flying above the trees, it was simply beautiful. Once I had settled in and met my Clyde and Co team mates, I went to the dining area, immediately I was encompassed by the elegance of the crockery and the floral displays, it made me nervous to ask for a cup of tea in case I were to break one of the cups by accident. After about 20 minutes, I was told to put on my whites as Clyde and Co were about to play, we huddled together and were stunned when we were told that the team we were playing against had Ex-England international Devon Malcom as one of their six players, it was safe to say we were all star-struck. We fielded first and managed to only concede 55 runs, a gettable total. I opened the batting, with our teams professional Neil Smith and put on a partnership of 23. The 4th over was the real test, Devon Malcom coming on to bowl. Despite only coming off a short run up, Malcom still had a bit of zip about his bowling, on one delivery just enough zip to watch me guide the ball through the covers to the boundary. That was very satisfying and a highlight of the day for me. However our efforts were not strong enough as we fell 4 runs short, I ended 23 not out.

In the second game, we played against a team consisting of a recently retired county professional and Andy Parsons, at least if we lost the game we would have had a laugh in the process. However during the game I was asked about the badge on my whites top, Neil Burns (ex-England and briefly at Chelmsford but mainly Leicester and Somerset) had recognised that it was the Shenfield Cricket Academy badge and much to my amazement recalled the South Africa tour that the academy went on earlier this year, he asked about how the squad was getting on and wished us good luck to next season, thank you Neil!

After that match was lunch time and the food display was phenomenal (see below). I couldn’t help but take photos to show the quality of the food and how good it looked. My favourites were the hazelnut meringues, they were unbelievable. Once lunch had finished, I had the opportunity to speak to the pros, the businesses and get some photos taken. The professionals included Tim Munton ex-England and manager of Wormsley Cricket Club, Neil Burns, Sajid Mahmood (England, Lancashire and Essex) Devon Malcom (Leicestershire and England) and Mike Gatting (England Captain and Middlesex). I was lucky enough to get some photos.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Roger Durowse for giving me the opportunity and to Simon Kemp (hiding behind the cup of tea above) a Clyde & Co Partner for allowing me this memorable opportunity and fingers crossed a possible return next year.