The Annual Walberswick cricket event started as the Walberswick v Visitors match and it is still very much played in that spirit.

This year it was played in honor of William (Bill) Bowyer who helped organize the first match back in the early 1960’s.

Bill had a lifelong passion for cricket.  In earlier life he played regularly in season and reached a very high level, while more recently he brought the game to Walberswick.

The annual match was – and is - played between the Bowyer and Village teams.  The games were always played very competitively, yet with much humour and lightness of spirit.

A feature of the late bank holiday in Walberswick, it has survived as a village match played on a sporting wicket giving an opportunity to the young and old alike to play the game with leather and willow. There have been many exciting matches over the years with triumphs on both sides.

Following his death earlier this year, the match was particularly poignant; we toasted Bill and installed a fine bench on the common, overlooking the pitch in his memory.

We always have a splendid tea and then retire to the Bell to play darts or boules to finish the night off. It is important this year to thank our local friends who have hosted this match for fifty years.

 

Vera Bowyer

Francis, Jason and Emma Bowyer