What a month September proved to be. First the game against Cross Arrows and then the Centenary Dinner. 11th September dawned under a pure blue sky and stayed that way throughout the day. Lord’s could not have looked more picture perfect. The Cross Arrows team (drawn from MCC members) played the match in an excellent spirit and were excellent hosts off the field. Unsurprisingly they proved strong with the bat, ratcheting up 422 – 6 off their 50 overs (one six landing on the top of the roof of the Media Centre) but Ivanhoe was certainly not disgraced in responding with 172 all out. Stats for the game are on the website under ‘Averages’. Credit must also go to the two umpires, Charlie Puckett for Cross Arrows and Peter Hinstridge of the Hertfordshire Association of Cricket Officials for Ivanhoe, for entering into the spirit of the occasion. Not least, they and Cross Arrows permitted Ivanhoe to have a revolving 11th man in the field, enabling an additional three of our members to experience the unique atmosphere.
Then, on the 24th, the Centenary Dinner, attended by our guest speaker John Emburey, and Robbie Book, Chairman of the Club Cricket Conference. Robbie’s congratulatory message to Ivanhoe is on our website (the ‘100 Not Out’ page). It was rewarding to see so many eras represented – from the ‘50’s to the current day, tennis, football and cricket – and friendships renewed, as well also as the presence of members from Bamville, Arkley and Kidbrook, with whom we have enjoyed many encounters