Hemel Town U13s defend Snowden Trophy title in emphatic style

The Hemel Hempstead Town U13s have retained the Snowden Trophy
The Hemel Hempstead Town U13s have retained the Snowden Trophy

The Hemel Hempstead Town U13s have retained the Snowden Trophy after winning each of their five matches in the competition.

Potten End U13 were runners-up in the three-team tournament, but Boxmoor U13 did beat Potten End once over the course of the competition.

The highest score in any one innings was 188 by Hemel Hempstead at Boxmoor on July 20, and 161 by Potten End at home versus Boxmoor – impressive run rates in 20 over games of 9.4 and 8.05 per over.

Highest individual runs scored: Max Coupland (Boxmoor) - 85; Edward Grayson (HH) - 81; William Jack (HH) - 73; Alfie Williams (HH) - 68; Jamie Wheeler (HH) - 65.

Most wickets taken: Edward Grayson (HH) - 10; Max Coupland (Boxmoor) - 5; Alfie Bordoley (HH) - 5; Harry Gilks (Potten End) - 4; Freddy Hockin (Boxmoor) - 4.

The trophy is named after a former Hemel Town CC player, Lieutenant Harcourt John Snowden, who was killed in action in 1915 during World War One.

Snowden’s death was reported in The Gazette on January 23 1915: “Yet another officer well-known in Hemel Hempstead has been killed at the front.

“The sad intelligence was received during the weekend that Lieutenant HJ Snowden, of the 1st Herts Territorial Force, had been shot through the chest, and subsequent messages revealed the fact that he was the victim of a sniper.

“Lieutenant Snowden, who was killed on January 11, was the younger son of the Rev Harcourt Snowden, of St. Peter’s, Broadstairs.

“He came to Hemel Hempstead a few years ago as a master at Lockers Park, and he was most popular amongst the boys. He came home on a few hours’ leave just before Christmas.

“He joined the 1st Herts Regiment in June 1913, as a 2nd Lieutenant, and in September was promoted in France to be a Lieutenant, and he was attached to the Royston Company.

“The young officer – he was 27 years of age – was a sportsman of much ability. He played cricket for the Hemel Hempstead club, and gave many excellent all-round displays. His brother is a well known Kent County player.”

The Snowden Trophy is organised by Professor Richard Grayson, with Hemel Town U12s winning the inaugural competition last year