High fliers edge out old-timers

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Wednesday 28th August 2019 8:42 am
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Current team captain Terry Nixon and Old Boys captain Scott Edwards hoist the Charlie Edwards Memorial Trophy.

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ALVINGTON and Woolaston’s current team pipped an ex-players XI by three overs in a fun game in memory of one of the club’s founders.

The Charlie Edwards memorial game was also a chance to see the club’s plans for a new £480,000 pavilion.

Local businessman Mr Edwards was am- ong the group that set up the club 36 years ago in 1983.

The former players scored 141 in their allotted 30 overs, but the current XI reached the target with some 18 balls to spare.

Nick Powell, who organised Sunday’s game with Scott Edwards, said: “It was a game in memory of Charlie Edwards and others members of the club who have passed away.

“It was a fun game and the former players scored 141, but the younger players got them with three overs to spare.

“We are trying to build a pavilion at Alvington playing fields. We have put in for planning permission and the plans were on show at the game.”

The club is hoping to have the pavilion in place in two years.

The cost is estimated to be around £480,000 and £120,000 has already been raised.

Mr Edwards’s family is supporting the project and several fund-raising events are planned.

The club currently plays in the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest League Division Two West where they are currently top of the table, 10 points ahead of Cheltenham Civil Service.

In the East and West League they are second, two points behind Churchdown.

Next weekend they host Witcombe 2nds knowing that victory will earn promotion.

The visitors have two wins from their last five games compared with the home side’s four from five.

To gain promotion, the club will have to install showers and toilets at the Alvington and Woolaston Oval, although they currently have running water.

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