Honiton cricketers all set for big reunion match on Sunday

Honiton CC in the 1990s, lining up in their ‘off-pitch attire’ (back row, left to right): Terry Lins

Honiton CC in the 1990s, lining up in their ‘off-pitch attire’ (back row, left to right): Terry Linsdell (then chairman), Dave Harkness, Bruce Baden, Jim Eastment, Phil Tansley, Paul Lapping, Betty Hattersley (scorer) Front row (left to right) Kevin Slynn, Adrian Pullin, Brian Cann, Paul Holland, Michael Wheeler. - Credit: Archant

This coming Sunday, Mountbatten Park, Honiton, plays host to a very special cricket match – and social gathering.

After weeks in the planning the bid day is almost here and Sunday will see the successful Honiton team of the 19909’s take on a select team from the clubs they faced during their period of dominance in East Devon cricket.

The idea is the brainchild of Dunkeswell-based, and Seaton CC player Brian Cann who was himself a member of a talented Honiton side that swept all before them, over a four year period in the mid 1990s.

Cann is set to be reunited with, and take to the Mountbatten pitch once more, with the likes of Connell Dunbar, Dave Harkness, Kevin Slynn, Paul Lapping, Gerry Carpanini, Pil Tansley, Adrian Pullen and Phil Holland, amongst others.

The opposition XI is to be led by Barry Fricker and, in their ranks will be the likes of Rob Johns, Nigel Wyatt, Phil Spong, Malcolm Pavia, Matt Hewer, Gary Kennard and Stuart Drew, along with others.

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The fun all gets underway at noon on Sunday with the plan being for a pre-match luncheon followed by a 35-overs-per-side contest with a barbecue and lots of social interaction post-match! Oh yes, and the club bar will be open from noon for the duration of the days events!

Organiser Brian Cann has one important matter to take care of, though this one, is very much out of his hands as he alluded to saying: “I have had a fabulous response to the idea and we are all set for what I am sure is going to be a cracking day when we rekindle old friendships and remember a wonderful period of cricketing times in the history of Honiton CC.

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“However, my one last concern is the good old English weather – both the past two weekends have had their fair share of rain and I am hoping upon hope that this Sunday the elements are kind to us.”

Spectators to the big game, will be made very welcome.

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