Studsvik only just failed to overcome a Workington Cricket Club All Star 11 in a thrilling 20-20 cricket match in June, for the inaugural Studsvik-WCC Cricket Challenge. The Challenge is arguably the highlight of Studsvik’s corporate sponsorship of Workington Cricket Club, which is now into its fourth year. The match, which amazingly had been postponed 5 times due to rain over the last 3 years, finally took place under sunny skies in front of WCC’s stunning new cricket pavilion.
The pavilion, opened by cricket legend Sir Ian Botham in April, has been completely rebuilt since the previous facility was destroyed in the terrible floods of November 2009. Studsvik, through its corporate sponsorship, has played an important role in supporting the club through this difficult period, and it was a memorable day for all those involved.
The WCC All Star 11, comprising of representatives from their 1st, 2nd and Under-15 teams, got off to a flying start against the Studsvik team drawn mainly from the Studsvik Metal Recycling Facility (MRF) at Lillyhall, and were 40-0 after 4 overs. However, the bowlers fought back, and with disciplined bowling at the death, in particular from Paul Fryer and Martin McKlusky, restricting the home team to 134 from their allotted overs.
Studsvik got off to a shaky start, with a wicket in the first over following a near run out, but Paul Farrell steadied the ship before retiring on 30 not out. A breezy 19 from Sam Usher, including 4 fours, maintained the required run rate, but when Andrew Laker was caught out for 31, it left Studsvik needing 14 off the last over. Despite a glorious 6 hit over mid-off from Mark Matear, Studsvik were unable to get over the line and lost by 6 runs.
Studsvik President, and team captain for the day Sam Usher congratulated WCC captain Malcolm Wood as he presented him the trophy. “Studsvik is delighted to continue our sponsorship of WCC, and we are pleased to play our part in supporting the community of our MRF. Thanks and credit to all involved in a great match, and we look forward to the rematch next year. Malcolm noted “It is the continued support of organisations such as Studsvik which allow our cricket club to thrive. On behalf of Workington Cricket Club, we are delighted to have won the challenge match with Studsvik and welcome their continued support”.