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2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

On Sunday 22nd July the Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex hosted the annual Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament in the picturesque surroundings of Ardingly College in Sussex.

2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

This annual competition and family day brings together teams and supporters from the Mark Provinces of Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex, each taking it in turns to host the day.

2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

The day saw four close and entertaining matches. In the first, Kent narrowly lost out to Middlesex having set them a respectable target of 8.5 runs per over, which they reached off the penultimate delivery of a tense final over. This dictated the tone for the day. In the second match Sussex overcame a spirited Surrey performance to see their way through to the final once again.

2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

In the battle for 3rd and 4th place between Kent and Surrey we brought out of retirement one of our Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, W.Bro. John French, who managed to stay in for nearly an over until he was clean bowled. John, ever the good sport, said the last time he had played cricket was when he was 11 years old.

2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

Surrey set Kent a seemingly modest 63-6 off 10 overs, which due to some tight bowling and fielding they spiritedly defended until Kent finally overcame them in the 9th over, losing only 2 wickets in the process.

In the final, for the Norman Todd Cup, the Sussex XI set Middlesex at testing target of 114-4 off their 12 overs. The match swung to and fro, eventually leaving Middlesex needing to score 7 to win off the final over. Standing at 108-3, if they didn’t lose any wickets a tie would win the game for them. Up stepped Sussex Captain Dave Moon-Watson to bowl the over of the day in which he returned figures of 5-3 to lead the hosts to victory. This and his other efforts during the day earned him the Player of the Tournament trophy.

2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

The Bill Balderson Memorial Trophy for the day's 'Champagne Moment' went to Ben Barker of Kent for an instinctive caught and bowled, which he took diving and just inches off the ground.

The Provincial Grand Master for Sussex, RW. Bro. Martin Wilson, and his team put together an enjoyable day’s entertainment which, combined with the good natured banter around the ground and great sportsmanship displayed by the players, made this a memorable day for all.

The Sussex team, lead by Captain David Moon-Watson, were a credit to the Province of Sussex and came away in the end with a much deserved victory and a few mild sunburns as well!

2018 Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament

The proceeds of the day will help to swell the 2019 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival which is being hosted by Sussex culminating in a Festival Dinner on Saturday 6th July 2019 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton.

We all look forward to next year’s Cricket Festival and Family Day Out hosted by Kent.

Click here to view the a slideshow of all the photographs from the Mark Inter Provincial Cricket Tournament.

Photos by Bob Tuthill, Chris Eley and Roy Baker