Two reports of the cricket match against Ferring
|From the "Worthing Gazette"|
Setting out for the battle
'PROFESSOR' JIM WAS A BIG HIT
A collection of Englands finest moustaches of all shapes and colours invaded
Ferring on Sunday when members of the famous Handlebar Club came to play cricket (?) in a
match in aid of Gifford House.
IN BROWN BOOTS
Who should turn up though but Jimmy Edwards. Now Jimmy is an excellent comedian and
musician and knows quite a bit about farming, but cricket to quote him, "How do
you play it?" He had not come prepared to play, but as the club had only nine players
he decided to make it ten. So he borrowed "whites" but kept on his brown boots.
Jimmy hit the ball really hard, and a six to the mid-wicket boundary deserved a drink
which he duly consumed at the crease. On a hot summers day batting is hot
work, so Jimmy had another beer after reaching 60. Most of his runs came from boundary
shots and at the close, when his team were 132 for eight, he was 86 not out.
From another newspaper
|10 bowlers could not move the "Professor"|
| The Handlebar Club visited Ferring on
Sunday with "Professor" Jimmy Edwards at the head of 38 moustached ex-RAF types.
The "Professor", who left his trombone at home, carried his bat for 86 not out
and saved the club from defeat in a charity match which raised over £60 for Gifford
Ferring batted first and declared at 186 for 6. Then Jimmy Edwards and G. Vaughan-Bendy put on 50 for the first wicket. Although Leslie Beeson, the Ferring skipper, tried 10 bowlers, Jimmy could not be moved. He clouted a six and 14 fours, and when stumps were drawn Jimmy was carried off the field in jubilation by his team mates.
The Handlebar Club lunched at the Greystoke Manor Hotel before the match and returned afterwards for a social evening. There was a specially prepared iced cake, and handlebar moustaches were a feature of the decoration.
As the picture left shows, Jimmy Edwards celebrated his great innings with a drink of tea.