View from the boundary
It is without a doubt that Hursley Park would not be the club it is without our players but we can't forget our families and friends who come to support us. We have asked some of them about their experience on the side lines and these are some of the responses we received.
Hampshire League August 2017
"HP went into this match with a weakened team (8 players + a mum, and only 4 batters) and by tea it looked all over with Kerry Hartnett having scored a ton and Odiham making 182 for 4. In football terms HP were 4-0 down and playing into the wind. However, they slowly and methodically went to work with the bat to make a match of it, and despite losing wickets they somehow made the required runs with 4 balls to spare and Sarah on 85*. A great result in the circumstances."
Hampshire league August 2019
"This was effectively a winner takes all match for the Hampshire League title and for 80% of the game it looked like Alton would take it. HP batted first and made 176 for 5, which looked 30+ short of a good total. HP’s concerns were heightened when, despite taking a wicket in the first over, Alton played well and reached 137 for 1 with plenty of overs and batters to come. HP were rattled, but kept the pressure on and were rewarded with the set batters falling in close succession. This was their big chance, Mistry brought the field in and Alton were held to 172 (just 4 runs short). A fantastic match and result."
Watching HPCC ladies play cricket:
"A welcome break from the stresses of working and being ‘busy’. Time out to sit and just be... watching the players work so well as a team. Respect and encouragement to each other - such a lovely atmosphere when they are playing, competitive yet kind, and also very very funny. Exciting and never a dull moment. Chatting to the other spectators at the match - all so very friendly, we are all part of the HP family. Am so grateful to be part of this amazing club and be able to spend some very relaxing evenings and Sundays watching some great cricket."
Not all Memorable moments are cricket related!!
One great moment that comes to mind: October 2019, the Hursley ladies came to Nantes and discovered fresh figs😂. Seemed to have been quite an experience!
"Daughter playing for under 16’s for the first time and being welcomed into the team by girls 3 or 4 years older than her - also watching one of the older girls come off the pitch furious that the other team were being so un-sportsman like! Watching my daughter laughing and joking with her teammates.
The first team captain arriving at an under 13’s match after training with Hampshire - just so see how they were getting on!
Quarantine Cup was a great idea - keeping cricket going through the very unusual and scary first lockdown - great to get to know/see some of the other teams."