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Hurley’s annual fixture with the Past XI was another excellent day starting with the traditional breakfast greeting of bacon butties, warm up regimes and airing of kit not seen the light of day for a year.

The Past batted first and racked up an impressive 182 from their 35 overs, surprisingly with only one injury as Rob Eustace went down with sharp pains in his hip. Ironic as this ironman of rowing, marathons and triathlons had to be helped from the field. Silky batting from Ian Dawkins and Jonny Furneaux and a promising 31 from Michael Furneaux were the highlights while Mo behind the stumps helped himself to 5 dismissals. Everyone stampeded for a sumptuous lunch and a few pints delivered by Marnie Furneaux. ‘Rocky Road’ and lemon meringue pie helped feed the inner man.

Hurley’s reply was cut short at 114-4 when the rain came and despite the covers, water soaked into the run-ups. The game was nicely poised as debate raged over whether DLS was appropriate to award the Past a third successive victory by 6 runs. Dave Forrest proved his leg-breaks were still formidable with 3 maidens to begin his spell. Great also to see Andrew Dobson, Paul McDermott, and Ian Hopes again, while Dave Simoes made his return to cricket.

A brilliant day for the club seeing the old boys again who proved they still have enviable skills. Jonathan Dawkins became the 6th member of that family to play for the club on a day when every other person watching seemed to be a Furneaux, with Great Grandad Fred still going strong.


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