The season is over and what a year it has been. From the opening match on New Year’s Day the 250th Anniversary of the first recorded First-Class match has been well and truly celebrated.
And what an excellent Midsummer’s Day with the All-England team playing the Hampshire All Stars in a modern repeat of the 1772 fixture and, of course, MCC appearing in August.
I was also personally delighted that, having introduced Blind and Visually Impaired cricket to the Down in our Golden Jubilee year, 2009, we were able to host the Blind Cricket Southern Regional T20 final on 4th September. These special days together with our regular fixtures have continued to make Broadhalfpenny Down a magnet for cricketers of every level.
It was also a poignant year with the sad abandonment of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee match against the Old Wykehamists in early June because of rain and finishing the season against Brighton and Hove Crescent with flags at half-mast and black armbands in mourning for Her Majesty. On a lighter note we were visited by King Charles, then Prince of Wales, some years ago but only to use the ground as a heliport for the royal helicopter as pictures in the pavilion record.
If I have one observation on the enormous effort put in by Brigands members, the committee, the Trust, ground staff and many other supporters, as well as the Bat and Ball, is just how totally interdependent we all are to make our cricket so enjoyable and fulfilling. Long may it continue.
Bryan Burns, President