WITH Wickwar CC sadly folding a couple of years ago, village residents, some members of other clubs and some with no game at all for many years, were keen for the club`s comeback.

As a starter, they ventured fo a friendly 20/20 with neighbours Kingswood, Wooden Spoonists in the recent Pratt 20/20 cup.

Unlike the the previous week`s team of seven 49-74 year old players, Kingswood fielded seven schoolboys under the captaincy of 20 year old Ollie Niddrie, who put Wickwar in.

His 10 man attack contained most of the visitors to a total of 116-7, save for retirement scores of 30 from Simon Vooght and 33 from Paul Nethercote, backed up by 10 from skipper Richard Norton and 9* from former Kingswood player, Jim Long.

Wickwar`s total seemed not enough but Kingswood made it so. Intent more on run rate than survival, they were. happy to reach 46 in the seventh over and scarcely noticed that gentle catching practice and suicidal run outs had lost them seven wickets.

The game seemed Wickwar`s. A counter attack 18 by Ollie Niddrie and even more so by younger brother, Callum, who retired on 30 after being dropped four times, paved the way for veterans Angus McCubbin (17*) and Mark Thomas (5*) to see Kingswood home by just two wickets but 18 balls to spare.

Nevertheless, Wickwar were well pleased with their experiment and vowed to join the Pratt Cup in 2018.