In the midst of a glorious summer heatwave, The Gecko Sixes returned to the Victoria Recreation Ground in its eleventh edition on Saturday 4th August. Our annual cricket tournament is a fun filled day of six-a-side cricket for all ages, sexes and abilities. Five over games played with a windball and small boundaries, with double runs awarded for female players, once again made for a thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved.
Ten teams contested for the title this year and were divided into two groups of five, with eight advancing to the quarter finals. In the quarter finals, Team Ham defeated Team Ash, Team Arun saw off Team Jamie, Team Lux got the better of Team Niki, and Team Deno beat Team Madu.
The first semi-final exhibited a rematch of the group stage fixture of Deno’s Daredevils and Ham’s Hammerheads. Batting first, the Daredevils could only muster 36 runs. A spirited bowling and fielding display, led by captain Deno himself with 3 clean bowled wickets in an over, almost pulled off a spectacular victory, but the Hammerheads prevailed by one wicket. The second semi featured two potent bowling sides in Lux’s Lions and Arun’s Anacondas. A strong fielding and bowling display defending a tough score saw the Lions into the final.
Not for the first time, the final was a tense encounter boiling down to the end of the final over. Batting first, Ham’s Hammerheads posted an imposing 112 for 0, led by Jonny Morris- a score enough to win most games. However Lux’s Lions kept up with the testing required run rate, powered by Youhan’s mighty hitting. With 8 runs required off the final over, The Lions finished in style with Youhan launching the penultimate ball down the ground for six to hit the winning runs and take the Gecko Sixes 2018 title. The team were presented with their deserved winners medals and a celebratory bottle of fizz.
As always, a delicious assortment of Sri Lankan and Western food, drink and cake was on sale for enjoyment by all. Our thanks to all those who helped cook and bake for this successful day.
The event has raised a total of £775. In addition to the funds raised from The Gecko Pub Quiz in January, these will be donated to Infinite Energy’s Solar Lantern Project currently operating in the North of Sri Lanka. Infinite Energy work to provide solar energy to underprivileged and vulnerable people in this region of the country, and to reduce the use of kerosene lamps and their associated hazards. For more information on their work, see their website here.
A huge thank you once again to all players and spectators for attending and making the day another huge success. We hope to see you again next year when World Cup fever hits the UK.