Aythorpe Roding CC recall Ridleys awards

A newspaper clipping of Aythorpe Roding's Barry Hockley (right) after winning the August Ridleys/Ess

A newspaper clipping of Aythorpe Roding's Barry Hockley (right) after winning the August Ridleys/Essex Chronicle Cricket Awards in the early 1990s, with Nicholas Ridley and Chris Holiday, landlord of the George in Witham - Credit: Archant

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.

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.