CRICKET: Abbots Ripton wave a fond farewell to founding member

Phil Wanstall is given a guard of honour by his Abbots Ripton team-mates ahead of his final appearan

Phil Wanstall is given a guard of honour by his Abbots Ripton team-mates ahead of his final appearance for the club. - Credit: Archant

One of the founder members of Abbots Ripton has called time on his cricketing career.

Phil Wanstall, who was influential in re-forming the village club in 1984 and has played regularly ever since, has hung up his whites at the age of 56.

The history of Abbots Ripton can be traced back to the 19th century, but the club ceased following the death of a player in an on-pitch incident during the late 1940s.

Abbots Ripton have won promotion on seven occasions since moving into the Cambs Junior League in 1992, but this season ended with a fourth relegation.

They finished second-bottom of Division Three North but did at least sign off with a victory against basement side Isleham 2nds in their final game recently.


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A half-century from captain Jerry Hyde helped the locals reach 192 before they dismissed the visitors for 84 with Mark Fox (4-9) and Ricky Masters (4-12) doing much of the damage.

There was also a farewell wicket for Wanstall.

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