Aythorpe Roding CC recall Ridleys awards
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Aythorpe Roding members enjoyed their share of success in the Ridleys/Essex Chronicle Cricket Awards after their launch in 1992.
The awards were open to grassroots cricketers throughout the county, aged 18 and above, who had scored a century, taken five wickets or three catches, or produced the most unusual performance in a match.
And entries were sent to Suzanne Ward at the Hartford End Brewery in Chemlsford, with weekly winners receiving an exclusive tie and then entered into a monthly award.
Monthly winners were invited to a special presentation at a Ridleys pub, along with some Essex players, and then to a best of season awards dinner in September, where Graham Gooch would present awards.
Aythorpe Roding’s Kevin Hockley was one such winner after he claimed 6-6 in 4.5 overs against Boreham seconds, while Paul Gravatt hit an unbeaten 162 for another award.
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Brian Hockley and son Barry won the ‘most unusual performance’ award on one occasion after combining to take all 10 wickets in an innings. Barry claimed 7-48 and Brian 3-25.
Brian Hockley won a best bowler award after taking 9-39 in 18.4 overs against Hatfield Heath at the age of 46, some 24 years after another nine-wicket haul on home turf.
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And left-arm pace bowler Barry Hockley was a winner again after taking 8-37 against Little Waltham, receiving a specially engraved glass tankard for his efforts.