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THE FLOWER SHOW CRICKET MATCH
Celebrating the 120 th Anniversary of Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon's 120th anniversary and his love of cricket, is to be commemorated on Wednesday the 26th of July 2006 when a select Sassoon XI play at Matfield Cricket Club at 2pm.
As a boy, Sassoon played for Matfield and the village ground provided the setting for one of Sassoon's most famous pieces of writing – The Flowershow Match - published in his classic Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man.
The match has been organised by Bob Miller, a member of the Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship, and it is hoped that the fixture will become an annual event. A trophy will be presented to the winning team by Dennis Silk, a close friend of Sassoon, and former TCCB and MCC President.
The Sassoon team will be named the George Sherston XI in celebration of the semi-autobiographical character that Sassoon used in his books. The team will be captained by Andrew Pinnell and made-up of various Sassoon aficionados, plus various members of the PG Woodehouse cricket society – the Gold Bats.
In 1996, Pinnell compiled an anthology entitled ‘Siegfried Sassoon: A Celebration of A Cricketing Man' and he will be signing the last remains copies of this limited edition publication at the event.
For more information, please telephone 07793 293 417.
'A Celebration of a Cricketing Man'.
Edited by andrew Pinnell. Ltd Edition of 500 hand-numbered copies.
The last remaining copies of this edition will be available from this site when launched in August 2006.