Michael and Mel are remembered

Pictured, from left, are John Aubin, Jack Holt and Sarah Varley, Mel's daughter, holding the trophy, Eric Wallace and Hazel Hodder
Pictured, from left, are John Aubin, Jack Holt and Sarah Varley, Mel's daughter, holding the trophy, Eric Wallace and Hazel Hodder

A great day was had by all at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket and Bowling Club in memory of Michael Britcliffe and Melvin Edmondson on Sunday.

A 30-over cricket match took place at Church Meadows for the Michael Britcliffe Memorial, in aid of both the Alzheimers Society and RWC&BC.

For Michael, it was about giving kids the chance to play the great game - “It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part” was his key philosophy.

Michael’s grandson Jordan Britcliffe captained the winning side, beating Mark Thompson XI.

Jordan’s XI: J.Britcliffe (captain), I.Britcliffe, J.Scuderi, M.Peel, A.Marsh, J.Dewhurst, P.Dibb, H.Kay, M.King, T.Braithwaite, M.Briggs.

Mark’s XI: M.Thompson (captain), M.Woodruff, B.Woodruff, L.Delport, I.Threlfall, J.Jones, T.Ibbotson, W.Threlkeld, S.Hipgrave, J.Wells, C.Jackson, S.Jackson.

Also on the same day but on Bowling Green the MOVE-IT-DOUBLES bowls competition held in memory of Mel Edmondson.

The idea of this competition is to bring any social member and non bowlers and bowlers together, teaming them up in pairs.

A total of 32 players took part, and played in a round-robin format, with eight players per group playing three games of 15 up. The winners of each group played in the semi-final, and group A winners Hazel Hodder and Eric Wallace played group C winners Tracy Spencer and Alan Dewhurst, with Hazel and Eric winning 15-7.

Group B winners John Aubin and Jack Holt played group D winners Ann Barratt and Stuart Greenwood, with John and Jack winning 15-3.

In the final, Hazel and Eric beat John and Jack 15-11.

All who took part said how much they had really enjoyed learning and taking part in Mel’s competition.

Many thanks to all the organisers who helped make this day such a special day in memory of Michael and Mel, who will be sorely missed by all at Church Meadow.

Wanderers are also holding the popular Floodlit Pairs competition, sponsored again by Rectella International Ltd.

Qualifying rounds start on Tuesday, September 30th, and con tinue on Friday, October 3rd, Tuesday, October 7th, and Friday, October 10th.

Start time is 6-45 p.m. throughout qualifying, with a scratch time of 7-15 p.m.

Qualifiers on the night go through to finals day on Sunday, October 12th, with the last 16 playing down from noon, with a scratch time of 12-30 p.m., and no practice.

There are only a few places left to be filled - two places on Friday, October 3rd, three on Tuesday the 7th and one on Friday the 10th.