Ever since the enthusiasts of Itchen Abbas, looking round them for some opponents, sent out an invitation to those from Slindon to meet them literally ‘half way’ on the perfect natural wicket at Broadhalfpenny Down, Hambledon, the challenge has lain at the heart of cricket.
Yesterday, in a time honoured tradition, the final year pupils of Stonyhurst College, known in Roman fashion as the Rhetoricians sent out their challenge written in Latin to the ten year olds of the Hodder Playroom, the Hoddericians, who valiantly replied again in Latin accepting the challenge and inviting their opponents to meet them on their awesome ground at St Mary’s Hall, watched over by Pendle Hill.
“Stuff and nonsense,” the Modernists cry.
But Post-Modernists may sagely nod approvingly.
Upholding another tradition, Hodder toppled their foe by a single run.