Belvoir Cricket Trust: MCC match honours trustee Imogen

The teams and umpires line up with the Duchess of Rutland before play EMN-160709-163652002
The teams and umpires line up with the Duchess of Rutland before play EMN-160709-163652002
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The annual Duchess of Rutland XI feature match in support of the Belvoir Cricket and Countryside Trust took on added poignancy this year.

The game, held at Belvoir Cricket Club, in Knipton, saw the hosts take on the MCC for the Imogen Skirving Memorial Trophy.

Imogen, a long-serving trustee of the charity and owner of Langar Hall country house hotel, died tragically while on holiday in July.

The home team featured former England Test cricketer and charity ambassador Graeme Swann and the Duchess’ eldest son, Charles, Marquis of Granby in their line-up.

They reached 287-9 in their 35 overs with the top six all contributing.

Belvoir Cricket Club’s overseas player Greg Oldfield top scored with a quickfire 88 off just 58 balls, including half-a-dozen sixes, while Will Butler scored 54, Swann added 26 and Tom Neville made 40.

In reply the MCC lost wickets at regular intervals and despite quick 50s from David Cranfield-Thompson (64) and Derek Mulholland (57 not out) were bowled out for 201.

The Duchess of Rutland XI’s victory, by 86 runs, reduces their deficit in the series to 4-3.

Skipper and the Trust’s chief executive Darren Bicknell were presented with the trophy by Her Grace The Duchess of Rutland at a dinner in the state dining room at Belvoir Castle attended by MCC chairman Gerald Corbett and 73 MCC members.