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The Flower Show Match

The annual "replay" of a famous fictional match

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Since 2006, the "Flower Show Match" has been an annual fixture between George Sherston's XI and Matfield Cricket Club, and is played on the village green in Siegfried Sassoon's native village of Matfield.  There is some poetic licence involved, since the original match depicted in Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man was based on one that took place in the neighbouring village of Brenchley.

The 2009 match took place on Matfield village green on  Wednesday 22nd July 2009.  George Sherston's XI followed up their 2008 victory, winning by five wickets.
Derek Underwood presented the trophy to the winning captain.
For the first time, the cricket match was preceded by a Golf Day, which took place at Lamberhurst on Tuesday 21 July, and was won by Neville Fox.

Next year's match will take place in July 2010, same time, same place.  If you are interested in playing, umpiring, scoring, or supporting, please get in touch with Bob Miller or Deb Fisher.

Ted Miller (grandson of Edmund Blunden)
receives the "man-of-the-match" award 2008

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Read about previous matches

Past years' results
Year              Winners                                    Man of the match
2006             Matfield CC                              Andrew Pinnell (Sherston's)
2007             Matfield CC                              Tom Danby (MCC)
2008             Sherston's XI                          Ted Miller (Sherston's)