Off-Island Cricketers End St Mary’s Winning Run

cricket bowlerOff-island cricketers are celebrating their victory over a St Mary’s XI at the weekend.

The annual Hound Cup fixture offered players and spectators an action-packed match with well over 400 runs.

And it brought an end to four successive years of St Mary’s victories.

The event was started by the late John Goddard in 2005, in memory of the four cricketers who drowned on the gig, the Hound, returning to St Mary’s after a match in 1875.

Sunday’s off-island side was made up of five men from St Martin’s, the same number from Tresco and one St Agnes player.

Tony Goddard captained them whilst Kane Goddard led the St Mary’s side onto the field.

St Mary’s batted first and made 221 in 30 overs, losing 5 wickets.

The off-islanders achieved 222 with 11 balls to spare.

The best St Mary’s batsman was Mark Hicks, not out on 75. Kane Goddard got 41 and Daryl Shave, 39.

For the off-islanders, Luke Hamilton chalked up 60, Jo Benson got 51 and David Hamilton, 35.

Tony Goddard says the off-islands are boasting some real cricketing talent at the moment, including younger players like Luke Hamilton and Dan Goddard, who were also noticed in their recent Garrison cup success.

And Tony says that off-island sportsmen seem to be concentrating on cricket rather than football, which might explain their success.