James Wilson Memorial T20 Match 2016
Sunshine United Cricket Club hosted the second James Wilson Memorial T20 Match at Selwyn Park, Albion today in fine conditions. Due to the efforts of the ground staff the turf wicket was prepared and ready for play on time despite the inclement weather during the night. With the VTCA round call off on Saturday Sunshine United fielded a strong side to face off against a Sunbury team comprising a mixture of experience and up and coming young guns of the future.
Promoted as a family day the kids were well catered for with a jumping castle, popcorn and fairy floss, those of us struggling on the Sunday morning grabbed a fresh cup of coffee from the Sacco Coffee van.
The weather held off throughout the day enabling Sunshine United to post an impressive total of 149. The Sunbury innings falling short after an exciting start. The match was played in good spirit and the after match speeches and trophy presentation was followed by group photographs.
Moving speeches by both club Presidents and James father, John all spoke of the love for the game that James had, what James meant to both clubs, the character and the loss felt by all with his passing. In the forefront was the community spirit brought together by this tragedy, this was a celebration of cricket and the enjoyment of the game in reflection of what James expressed while at both clubs.
For those of you who had not had the pleasure of meeting James, following is a tribute to James by Adam Kirk, SCC Vice President and Captain:
James had played all his junior cricket with Sunbury Cricket Club (SCC), I personally came to know him when I selected him to play his first senior game for the club as a 14/15 yr old medium pacer. As a kid he showed everything you want to see in a young sportsman. We played that year of seniors with mostly nine (9) players and qualified for finals with only eight (8). James in his first year as a senior player won the Toby Surkitt for Best Junior at the club in the 2008/09 season. He had made his first ton for our club and decided at the right age to try his hand at turf cricket in which he chose to play at Sunshine United as his brother in law was connected. James was well loved at SCC, affectionately known as “Sampras” for his similarities to the great tennis player. After his passing Sunbury CC and Sunshine United CC created what is now known as the James Wilson Memorial, a T20 game played between the two (2) clubs that James loved in which plays a major role in with respects to the people that grew to love him like i did.