On Sunday 18th July 2021 the Provincial GrandÂ Lodge of Middlesex hosted this year’s Mark Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament at RadlettÂ Cricket Club, a regular haunt of their county team.
This long-standing annual tournamentÂ brings together teams and supporters from the neighbouringÂ Mark Provinces of Kent, Middlesex, SurreyÂ and Sussex with each taking it in turns to host this friendlyÂ day. Unfortunately, on this occasion, and due toÂ circumstances beyond their control SussexÂ were unable to attend.
Reverting to a triangular tournament, the day saw three very entertaining matches. First-offÂ was Surrey vs Kent, with our Provincial team Captained by Simon Clare edging out Surrey, Captained byÂ W.Bro. David Lawrence’sÂ Goddaughter, Kirstin.
Next up, defending champions Middlesex played Surrey and came out on top, setting up a final encounter with Kent.
In the final, for the Norman Todd Cup, the Middlesex XI batted first and set their Kent counterparts a challenging target. Their total proved too much for us, meaning that we had to settle for second place with Middlesex retaining their crownÂ for a further year.
Our gratitude goes to R.W.Bro. Eddie Garty, Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province ofÂ Middlesex, and his team for organising an excellent and safe day in testing circumstances.
The team from the Kent Province
The Province of Surrey’s team
The victorious team from Middlesex
The proceeds of the day will help to swell the 2022 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival which is beingÂ hosted by Surrey culminating in a Festival Celebration Dinner on Saturday, 2 July 2022, at theÂ Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel, Gatwick.
Next year’s tournament takes place in Surrey. If you are interested in playing please contact us viaÂ email@example.com.