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How the Ilford Recorder reported the great victory 20 years ago How the Ilford Recorder reported the great victory 20 years ago

Thursday, July 3, 2014
9:00 AM

Ilford Catholic 1994 cup winning team reform for one-off 20 year anniversary match

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Sunday will see a reunion of the 1994 Ilford Catholic CC League Cup winning side, when they play Leyton Orient Supporters CC at Barkingside Recreation Ground.

The fixture aims to mark the 20-year anniversary of the victory over Stort CC to win the Morrant League Cup.

Taking part will be 11 of the 12 players from the original side, who will be reunited to play in the game which will be a milestone event for the club.

Two decades have passed since Catholic recorded that 157-run victory, but many of the current players remember the game well.

As Ilford Catholic’s Ryan Naylor, who was 18 at the time, recalls; “We thought we had a chance as we had underperformed in the first league game, so felt they could underestimate us.”

As so it proved with Catholic notching up 228 runs batting first and then bowling Stort out for just 71 runs.

Twitter, in particular, has allowed others to share their memories – including former Stort members.

Martin Gladwin, from Stort CC, remarked on the social media site; “Ilford Catholic were well deserved winners. Stort, as league champions, seemed to think turning up was enough”.

In the match itself, Richard Harris and Vince Mulholland got Catholic off to a great start to put on 84 for the first wicket and then Mark Tompkins smashed 91 to post 228 for ICCC.

In reply, Stort were blasted out for 71 with three wickets apiece for John Gray and Vince Mulholland, supported by great fielding by the Catholic side.

Since then, some of the players have retired from playing and moved away from the area, but many of the 1994 side remain playing to this day.

Liam Mulholland, captain of the 1994 side, remains as club captain and is longest serving member in the club’s history with over 17 years in the role over two stints.

His brother Vince, now chairman, has taken most league wickets in the Herts and Essex Cricket League Division One for the last three years running, at the age of 48.

Left arm slow bowler John Rogers is the longest serving player having first played for the club at the age of nine. Turning 50 this year, Rogers still bowls for the 1st XI and is a regular wicket taker, while Ryan Naylor, now 38, also still features for the 1’s.

The reunion day at Barkingside will be a great day for the club and a social occasion – however the 1994 team are likely to be just as competitive 20 years on.

■ For more information visit the Ilford Catholic Cricket Club website – pitchero.com/clubs/ilfordcatholic

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