A cricket match between a Belvoir CC Select XI and a King’s School XI was held at Knipton last Thursday to commemorate the life of former pupil and clubmate Euan Coulthard.
Euan died in a tragic accident earlier this year in Durham, where he was at university.
Euan would have been pleased that it was a day for batsmen with 498 runs coming from 80 overs. In particular, Harry Brewin’s 83no for King’s was reminiscent of the way that Euan used to play.
Sensible caution while he got his eye in (25 from 40 balls), then an elegant acceleration as four followed four smoothly to the boundary, ending with runs from each of his last 20 deliveries. His smile when checking the scorebook at the end was also a reminder of the Coulthard charm.
Belvoir had set a stiff target of 257 from their 40 overs, with a volcanic 50 from Tom Neville (31 balls), a punchy one from Ryan Lewis and a consolidating one from the limping Alec Forbes.
All the bowlers took some stick although Fergus Myles’ looping spinners did provide a brake on the scoring and nobody could have run in with more febrile intent than the unlucky Alex Dempster. Fraser Fentem, born on the same day in the same hospital as Euan, dumped two massive sixes at the end that would have delighted his friend.
In reply, King’s captain Dom Exton joined Brewin in a run-a-ball 104 fifth wicket partnership which not only steadied the innings after a difficult start, but lifted the run rate to near the requirement.
At the departure of Exton for 57, Ed Bloodworth and Alex Wharmby kept up the assault, but even 49 runs off the last four overs were not enough to overhaul Belvoir’s total.
It is not known which side Euan would have wished to succeed but he would, no doubt, have enjoyed the cricket.