Getting involved in team sport is a great part of working at G&T. Sport encourages employees to communicate and collaborate with other members of the firm across all levels of the business, creating a culture of teamwork and inclusivity. Sports are played across a variety of leagues against other construction firms and also some of our clients. G&T builds strong internal relationships by holding competitions and tournaments, including an Under 30s v Over 30s cricket match held once a year.
The Unders vs Overs cricket match is a well-established tradition in the G&T calendar and has been held annually for over 30 years. 2016 saw 24 employees take to the field in what was to be one of the toughest matches so far.
Read on to hear how the teams got on from the captains themselves…
The Overs – Tough in Defeat
By Andrew Allbon
“This year the Overs were able to field a full team of 11 qualifying players, all aged over 30. Question marks were raised over the age of some of the Unders team due to ‘light on top’ haircuts and slovenly beards. Nonetheless the Overs emerged looking fresh and ready for a well spirited game. The Unders won the toss and elected to bat first. The Overs noticed the weak batting line up and gave all 11 eligible players a bowl which allowed the Unders to post a large total of 193 runs.
A good team effort from all bowlers in the Overs, with special mentions going to Chatley (13-1), Bell (8-1) and myself (10-1).
The Unders were clearly worried about our imperious batting line-up and accordingly threw the ball to their strike bowlers to ensure victory by 23 runs.
It was a solid effort with Smith (30), Bell (30) and Ray (13) in amongst the runs. There was a special moment for all involved as M. Poulard (Snr) was joined by J. Poulard (Jnr) at the crease. Spectators were treated to some dabbing shots and quick runs between the wickets from the two Poulards.
It was a tough day for the Overs, who put up a great battle to the end.
…Until next year.”
Unders – Strong from the Start
By James MacDonald Watson
“The big day had arrived, another year of the Overs plotting the Unders downfall and with the recruitment of previous Unders, Chatley, Hay and Bell so spirits were high.
The toss was won and the Unders decided to bat, as a tradition and, after a shaky start from those who had started on the refreshments with too much gusto, the middle and later order enabled us to post an intimidating total of 193, aided by several 25s including Calnan peppering the nearby tennis courts. There was also assistance from the Overs in the field, especially their captain Allbon who shelled a catch and added to our total with two missfields.
With a solid total to protect, the bowlers set to work and strong efforts again from O’Brien, Calnan and Beeby kept the Unders in the lead. Some lusty hitting from the lower order of Smith and Bell kept the game close but any real fighting chance the Overs had was finally extinguished when the ‘Old Master and Young Pretender’ combination of Poulards was dismissed. Pleasingly for cricket my over was given the treatment and went for 14.
So ended another cracking day of cricket, once again one of the highlights of the G&T sporting calendar, played with fantastic spirit and competitiveness throughout. We look forward to the challenge next year as the Unders look to make it five years in a row as champions.
Under and out – (still only 28 despite the dubious hair)”
Overs M.O.M – Rian Smith
Unders M.O.M – Marcus Calnan
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