President’s Day

President’s Day is one of the most important days in the Fulmer Cricket Club season and has become a great day for all the members of FCC and their families.

Our President’s Day Match for 2015 takes place on
Sunday 26 July from 12 noon

The day starts with a fantastic buffet lunch with a selection of fine foods from  President Peter Grieg’s family business, Pipers Farm and plenty of additional dishes from the Club tea stalwarts.

We then get to the main event… FCC v the President’s XI (or sometimes XII or even XIII).

The mighty Presidential Day ball…

The mighty Presidential Day ball…

The current format for the match was inaugurated by the current Senior Vice President and former President, Edward Guinness.

When Edward took over as President during the club’s centenary year in 1995, he saw the opportunity to make something of the President’s match and turn it into an event to celebrate Fulmer cricket and his family’s involvement.

The President’s side is made up mainly of Edward’s extended family including his son-in-law, Peter Greig, the current FCC President, and Peter’s son and captain since 2010, Will.

This important date in the FCC calendar always seems to blessed with good weather, with only a ten minute shower on one occasion looking to stop play. In the first match, in 1996, William Selby-Lowndes scored a 100 for the club while a grandson of C B Fry managed 90 for the President’s team. In our 2010 match there was an exciting tie which was a fitting end to a game played, as always, in good spirits.

The match is commemorated by two paintings by another of Edward’s son-in-laws, Piers Browne, which are proudly on show in the pavilion.

Once the battle has finished out on the field we then settle into a BBQ and a few well-earned beverages.

All members of the Fulmer Cricket Club and their families are welcome to attend and join in on the fun for the day.

After a spell of 15 victories to the President’s XI in a row, Fulmer are starting to gain some revenge with three victories in the last four years – 2011, 2012 and 2013 with some 6 overs to spare. Revenge was the President’s XI in 2014 when they also broke with the tradition and chose to field first… perhaps disconcerting FCC and their full stomachs who responded with a less than glowing batting performance.

1 Comment

David J Denness (Mark's Dad) on 5 July 2011 at 19:15.

As I have had the honour of umpiring a few matches at Fulmer CC in the past, I would like to wish everyone my very best wishes on their ‘Presidents Day’ 17th July 2011, which just happens to be my 71st birthday.
I would love to have been there on that day, but sadly I will be on holiday in Sidmouth, Devon and as Mark will tell you, I’d much rather have been at Fulmer CC, chatting with your skipper Tony, whom I played cricket with at Hampton CC for many years and of course with my Son Mark, who has been my best friend and cricket partner over the 30 odd years we played together.
I will , if it’s OK with Fulmer, come along in the very near future to one or more of your games and perhapse do a bit of umpiring, which I love very much.
My best regards to Tony, Mark, Del and everyone at Fulmer (sorry but I have a poor memory for names) and I do hope you all have a wonderful “President’s Day”
Regards Dave Denness (Lampwick)

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