Final this week of competition set up in memory of Wisbech cricketer
The final of a cricket league set up in memory of an ex-player will take place this Friday.
When ex-Wisbech Town Cricket Club player Paul Strickle passed away, current Sunday team captain Dominic Stannard wanted to find a way to honour him.
He settled on the Paul Strickle Midweek League, a fun competition to encourage social interactions between different clubs in the area.
Eight teams have competed in the first rendition of the tournament; an under-25 and over-25 team from Wisbech Town Cricket Club, a Long Sutton Cricket Club team, a group from Wisbech Wildbat rugby club, a Leverington Old Boys bunch, two of the CSKA football teams and a mixed team of Wisbech Hockey Club and March Cricket Club known as Got the Runs.
Wisbech over-25s beat CSKA Reds to set up a final against Got the Runs, who beat Wisbech under-25s in the other semi-final. It will take place this Friday (August 13).
Stannard is certain that Paul would have loved the idea.
“Yeah, he absolutely would have,” he said.
“When he first started playing, there was a midweek league with lots of local teams and they’d play social cricket.
“I think that was one of his first memories of cricket, and one of the things he enjoyed the most. We wanted to set something up in memory of Paul as he was such a big part of our club, so it seemed the perfect thing.
“It’s shaping up to be a really good final.
“Wisbech Over-25s are all the players that grew up with Paul and knew him for many years. The other team are captained by Scott Welcher, who is Paul’s son-in-law. A number of the players on his team also grew up with Paul.
“It’s the perfect final for the occasion.”
Stannard was delighted when the Wisbech Wildbats donated £200 to the league.
“It was such a nice gesture, and it showed an incredible kindness to support the league and support the club,” he said.
“They told us how much they’ve enjoyed it, so each week they just collected a little bit from each of their players – because we didn’t charge entry, as we didn’t see the need to.
“We’ve done well over the bar anyway!”
After such a great response from everyone involved, Stannard is looking forward to the league’s future.
“It’s been a fantastic success, and everyone’s enjoyed it,” he said.
“What’s been great as well is that even on weeks where teams haven’t had games, they’ve quite often come down to have a drink and have some food.
“It’s been buzzing down at the club with the younger teams playing and training as well.
“So it has been nice for people to have something to look forward to on a Friday night.”