England cricketer bowls mangold hurl rivals over
A TOUCH of Yorkshire cricketing class was brought to the ancient West Country sport of Mangold Hurling in Sherston this week.
Former England bowler Paul Jarvis won the longest hurl of the competition in front of an appreciative crowd at the village hall field.
The entrance of Mangold Maid Jennifer Race-Bungay riding in a cart full of the root vegetables while Doddington Band played the Ride of the Valkyries, heralded the start of the close-fought contest under blue skies and warm sunshine.
A dry summer and difficulty in obtaining mangolds had led organisers to fear the athletes would find themselves launching substandard missiles. However a farmer near Bath came up trumps with a supply of monster mangolds.
“We didn’t expect them to be that big,” said Grand Master Martin Rea. “Graham Hayman our summoner had to halve them with a saw for the ladies.”
But he praised the standard of competition, which saw The Piggeries victorious.”
“People did seem to know what they were doing this time. They all took it very seriously. In the past we’ve been there until 6pm trying to finish.”
Runners up were Once They Were Kings, with Deuteronomy and the Seagry Sex Addicts knocked out in the semi-finals.