1953 – Umpires Bribed at Ashingdon

To finish off their annual church fete activities, Ashingdon Parish Church held a comic cricket match at Ashingdon Recreation Ground on Saturday (15th August 1953). The teams playing were the choir, captained by Master C. Evelyn-White and the congregation, who were skippered by Mr. Wyeth. The match was rather poorly supported but this did not deter both teams from getting a great deal of fun and a good laugh out of the match.

The choir were sadly outclassed by the congregation in all aspects of the game. The fact they managed to score 100 runs can only be attributed to the sympathetic Vicar who “accidentally” gave them a few little extra runs here and there by fiddling with the score sheet. As the choir batsmen were skittled out they became more and more desperate and even “bribed” the umpires. It is not quite certain how many members of the choir batted, but it was definitely more than the specified eleven men.  After light refreshment, the congregation went into bat and in a short time knocked up 101 runs for three wickets.  At that point they declared.  The money raised by the fete on Wednesday week, and the cricket match amounted to between £60 and £80.

Ashingdon Parish Church

Ashingdon Parish Church

Acknowledgements
Southend Standard (Thursday 20th August 1953)
John Whitworth for photograph of Ashingdon Parish Church (www.essexchurches.info)