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Handcross cricketers at Ashfold School
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Handcross cricketers at Ashfold School

Following a match in 1956 between Staplefield cricket club and Ashfold School at their new home in a village close to Aylesbury another match was arranged for 17th June 1962. The first match is covered on picture #1660.
The team from Sussex comprised players from both Handcross, Staplefield and elsewhere, amd, as such, the team was described at Mr Ray’s XI in the score book.
Several players cannot be identified, but perhaps somebody can offer some names.
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1 Basil Wilkinson (coach driver), 2 Roger Ray (capt), 3 Ken Doggett, 4 Dick Sykes (Ashfold captain), 5 Joe Ray, 6 Jim Brown, 7 A. Yardy (see note below), 8 David Mitchell.
According the Rex Ray the young player numbered 7 was the son of a gardener at Nymans and lived in the estate cottages opposite North Lodge. He was an accomplished player and Rex can recall that he scored about 90 runs in a match against Cuckfield.
Of the names in the scorebook which I could not identify in the picture the name Yardy stood out as a Michael Yardy played for Sussex and England early this century. Knowing that many cricketers come from family dynasties I surmised that the young cricketer may be from the same family!
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