The Big Hit

The Big Hit award was instigated by Julie Sessions in honour of her late husband Phil, a Gardeners legend famed for scoring sixes as he compiled several memorable innings for Salmagundi.

Lord Fakenham emphatically claimed the Big Hit for 2012 – and this time it really was for Big Hitting, the man from Norfolk smashing his way to scoring 30 runs in an over (33 runs added in total) vs The Players.  Sequence was:

1 – Caught at deep square leg off a No-Ball (1 Extra), 2 – Six, 3 – Wide (1 Extra), 4 – Four, 5 – Wide (1 Extra), 6 – Four, 7 – Six, 8 – Four, 9 – Six

Clockwise from top left: Lord Fakenham is overcome with emotion on receiving the trophy from Julie; Mick Campbell plays it cool on taking the award on brother Jim's behalf; The Whitley Bay Champion does his best Noël Coward speech

Clockwise from top left: Lord Fakenham is overcome with emotion on receiving the trophy from Julie; David Stead constructively criticises the use of the Gill Sans typeface; The Whitley Bay Champion does his best Noël Coward speech

2011 saw Jim Campbell take the award for three superb catches to stem the flow against a rampaging Antares batting line-up.  Each catch was better than the one before, and all were of the highest standard.

The winner for 2010 was Tom Monahan, who produced a sublime run-out to alter the course of the game vs Jesus Long Vacation and put us on the road to a famous victory.  Skipper Richard Higginbottom hands the trophy to Tom below.

2009‘s recipient was Paul Brasted for a chaotic last ball effort to win the game against our keen rivals The Sunday Times.  Here is Paul receiving a bottle of whisky in lieu of the award from Julie as The Hon. J Amesbury and skipper David Stead look on.  The trophy was at the engravers … “bit of a cock-up on the admin front I’m afraid” said Mr J Monahan.


At a later match at London Fields, Hackney, Paul was at last presented with the splendid trophy by David – more big smiles please gentlemen:

In 2008 the inaugural Big Hit trophy went to Jim Monahan for his heroic last ball efforts in seeing SGCC to a famous win at Lyme Regis.  Jim was presented with the award by Julie at Jesus College.

1 Response to The Big Hit

  1. Julie Sessions says:

    Sorry guys – I missed the ‘Big Day’ but had a little laugh anyway! Was away when you called Jim, would loved to have been there but glad to see the pics and the ‘heroic’ recipient. And to think i missed that cream tea too!

    Best wishes to all.

    Julie Sessions

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