Following Finch Commercial’s crushing victory in the Basingstoke 6–a-side contest, two members of the team were invited to play in Baker Tilly’s summer social cricket match at Windsor Castle, which was held in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Vincent Gardner (Managing Director) and Nick Hoadley (Graduate Trainee), were selected to play in a Twenty20 match against the Royal Household Cricket Club on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Royal Household’s previous day’s match was against a team comprising of the two young princes, William and Harry, so Vince and Nick felt right at home.
The day started with a drinks reception and a fantastic BBQ lunch for over 300 guests in the marquee overlooking the ground – although the players had to restrain themselves somewhat with the cricket still to be played!
To add to the occasion, BBC Test Match Special commentator, Charles Dagnall, provided a humorous ball-by-ball commentary over the PA system which kept the guests amused.
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The Royal Household batted first and got off to a flyer reaching 100 off the first 8 overs. However, they were pegged back when Hoadley came on to bowl and quickly removed their dangerous No. 3 batsman. Further wickets for Hoadley and an exceptionally tight spell of bowling by the captain’s 15 year old ringer son from Surrey, meant that the RHCC closed on 180 from their 20 overs.
In response, Baker Tilley got off to a slow start and never looked like chasing the formidable total. Unfortunately Gardner and Hoadley both failed to trouble the scorers and the innings closed with the away team some 60 runs short.
It was a great day held in glorious sunshine and Finch would like to thank Baker Tilly for their invitation and great hospitality.