MCC washout forgotten as Duke’s troops lift Chichester’s cricket week

The Duke of Richmond's XI line up to face Chichester
The Duke of Richmond's XI line up to face Chichester

CHICHESTER Priory Park’s annual cricket week was a big hit – even if one prestige game was a washout.

The MCC’s visit to Priory Park last Thursday was a non-starter because of rain but the rest of the week’s matches survived, and they produced some outstanding cricket.

The club’s under-14s began the week with back-to-back wins over Barns Green and Ansty, Beck Hemingway starring with the bat in each game and Will Price with the ball.

Chichester’s senior cricketers took over on Wednesday with a game against Hampshire Maniacs which the visitors won.

After the rain-ruined Thursday, a Duke of Richmond’s XI arrived for the final game of the week and just failed to defeat Priory in a high-scoring draw – totalling 273 for four before the Chichester reply came up just short. Matt Gregory struck a ton for Chichester.

A marquee put up on the ground for the final day was brimming with guests and proved a valuable fund-raiser for the club’s junior section.

Cricket club chairman Graeme Bennison said: “Our cricket week is a well-established annual event and this year was special – it was part of our 160th anniversary celebrations.”