Friends and family team up to remember Gary

Friends and family of Gary Jones line up with the two teams before the memorial match at Flixton CC
Friends and family of Gary Jones line up with the two teams before the memorial match at Flixton CC

Chris Allen’s team claimed a narrow victory against Mick Walmsley’s Plaxtons side when friends and family flocked to Flixton CC on Sunday for the annual Gary Jones memorial t20 game.

Jones, a talented batsman who turned out for Scarborough’s first team as well as village clubs Staxton and Flixton, died from a heart-valve infection which caused bronchial pneumonia in 2009.

Since then teams brought together by Gary’s friends Allen and Walmsley, who skippers a Plaxton line-up, have competed for glory in an annual 20-overs-per side match staged at Flixton.

There was also a barbecue and a bar throughout the day, with over £1,000 raised for Scarborough Mencap.

Skipper Allen, who was unbeaten with 14 at the finish, said: “We won with two balls to spare with Jamie Jackson hitting the winning runs. James Lacey retired on 30 for us.

“Plaxtons made 125 in 20 overs and Baz Jones, Gary’s dad, took two vital wickets for us.”