Cricketer Colin Parsons was back in action at the weekend seven weeks after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match.
He made his comeback during a tournament to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nutley Cricket Club, writes Ian Ritchie.
Colin guested for Hadlow Down CC whose members saved his life when he collapsed during a game between them and Nutley.
There was a fantastic reunion as Colin took to the field alongside Karim Iqbal and Simon Rogers who both performed CPR on him while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. See the full story here: Cricketer lucky to be alive after collapse during match.
Sunday’s tournament was held at Nutley’s Fords Green ground on the Ashdown Forest.
The club, founded in 1869, has a tradition of family connections spanning many years. Descendents of the early players still play league cricket at Nutley.
Four teams competed for the Doug Hoad Cup in a ’round robin’ competition while raising funds for the club, the pavilion extension fund, and for Hadlow Down CC defibrillator fund.
The teams were:
The ‘Family’ team: Representing the Hart family who played for the club for many years and included some current playing members.
The ‘Reed Oldies’. Representing the Reed family including current players.
The ‘Wheatsheaf’. A team of ‘Occasional’ cricketers made up of friends of the families.
Hadlow Down CC. Invited to the tournament following the abandonment of a league match when a Nutley player Colin Parsons was taken ill.
The cricket was played in a friendly and beer fuelled manner with numerous former Nutley players making ‘one off’ comeback appearences and many ‘retired’ players watching.
Players ages ranged from the very young to the ‘should know better’, and there were bound to be some aching bodies the following day as several tried to relive their youth with varying levels of success.
A very generous raffle table ensured a steady sale of tickets throughout the day while the club’s stalwart tea lady Anne Reed (nee Hart) and her band of cheery helpers ensured that a superb array of food was available for all to complement Chub and Mick Scott’s barbeque.
Giggles Pub & Restaurant opposite the cricket ground kindly provided the bar to keep everybody ‘hydrated’ in the blazing sun.
An enjoyable day was had by all and the tournament was won by the ‘Reeds Oldies’ while £900 was raised to split between the causes.
A huge vote of thanks goes to everyone attending. Whether you took part in the tournament, cooked, served, sold tickets, cleared up, provided the T20 Blast music, bought tickets, food and drinks, you contributed to a great celebration of quintissential English village life. 150 years of village cricket on the village green.
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